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BOARD PREPARATORY EXAM

SUBJECT– ENGLISH
SESSION 2019-20
Maximum Marks : 80 Class –X Time : 3 Hours
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
(i) This question paper is divided into three sections.
Section A : Reading 20 Marks
Section B : Writing and Grammar 30 Marks
Section C : Literature : Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text 30 Marks
(ii) All questions are compulsory.
(iii) All questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order.

SECTION –A (READING)
1. Read the following passage carefully.
1. Ideas rule the world. You shape your fate and decide your destiny by your thoughts. You have to
think high to rise. You have to believe and be sure of yourself to win a prize. Life’s battles do not
always go to the stronger or the faster man. But, sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who
thinks he can.
2. Success starts with your thoughts. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
And your mind is nothing more than a bundle of thoughts. Since you have the power to shape your
thoughts, you automatically have the power to fashion your fate and decide your destiny. Thus, your
thoughts are the most potent, powerful and prime source of your success.
3. For your thoughts to blossom into success, they should be combined with definiteness of purpose,
perseverance and a burning, pulsating strong desire to translate them into action. Believe that you
will succeed and believe it firmly. You will then do whatever is necessary to bring success about.
4. Faith in yourself as well as the confidence that you can and will succeed are the key to your
success in any venture. If you keep your mind riveted on your goal and focus your thoughts on the
great and splendid things that you wish to have, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon
the opportunities that are required for the fulfilment of your desires.
5. Thoughts are supreme. Preserve the right mental attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer.
Think of success in your work and you will then do automatically and unconsciously, the things
necessary to bring success about. If your desire is weak and your efforts are erratic your
achievements will also be slight and fleeting. But, if you go after your goal with the single-
mindedness of a bulldog after a cat, nothing and nobody under the sun can stop you. Your goal
should also be well-defined, clear-cut and specific and should be linked to a fixed timeframe so that
your definite energies and efforts can be focussed and forcefully directed towards its attainment.

1.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer the following questions.
[1 × 8 = 8 Marks]
(a) The basic triggers of achieving success are:
(i) Be sure of yourself (ii) Think high
(iii) Have the power (iv) Both (i) & (ii)
(b) The suitable heading for para 3 is:
(i) Be positive (ii) Dream big
(iii) Success only depends on you (iv) Streamline your life
(c) Which of these plays the most important role in achieving our success?
(i) our health (ii) our thoughts
(iii) hardwork (v) confidence
(d) In order to change our thoughts into success, we must also have:
(i) definiteness of purpose (ii) Perseverance
(iii) Strong desire (iv) All of these

(e) If you go after your goal with the _____, you will achieve success.
(i) In a hurry (ii) Think about obstacles
(iii) Be alert (iv) Single-mindedness
(f) The key to your success in any venture is:
(i) Faith (ii) Confidence
(iii) Both (i) & (ii) (iv) None of these
(g) Preserve the right mental attitude of courage, frankness and _____
(h) Thoughts are not that important. (True/False)

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
1. Do children really need such long summer breaks, was a question posed by some experts recently.
Apparently, such a long break disrupts their development and comes in the way of their learning
process. Let’s get the takes back to their books, is perhaps the expert view, if not in so many words.
One would have thought the children are doing too much during their vacations and not too little,
given the plethora of course, classes, camps and workshop involving swimming, art, personality
development, music, computers and the like that seem to cram their calendar. Even the trips taken
in the name of holidays seem laden with exotic destinations and customised experience packed into
a short period of time. We can do Europe in 10 days and Australia in a week and come back armed
with digital memories and overflowing suitcase. Holidays are in some ways, no longer a break but
an intensified search for experience not normally encountered in everyday life.
2. It is a far cry from summer holidays on experienced growing up. For holidays every year meant one
thing and one thing alone—you went back to your native place, logging in with emotional
headquarters of your extended family and spent two months with a gaggle of uncles, aunts and first
and second cousins. The happiest memories of the childhood of a whole generation seem to be
centered around this annual ritual of homecoming and of affirmation. We tendered tacit apologies
for the separateness entailed in being individuals even as we scurried back into the cauldron of
community and continuity represented by family. Summer vacation was a time sticky with oneness,
as who we were and what we owned oozed out from our individual selves into a collective pot.
3. Summer was not really a break, but a joint. It was the bridge used to re-affirm one’s connectedness
with one’s larger community. One did not travel, one returned. It was not an attempt to experience
the new and the extraordinary but one that emphatically underlined the power of the old and the
ordinary. As times change, what we seek from our summer breaks too has changed in fundamental
ways. Today we are attached much more to the work and summer helps us temporarily detach from
this new source of identity. We refuel our individual selves now; and do so with much more material
than we did in the past. But for those who grew up in different times, summer was the best time for
their lives.
2.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions in 30-40 words: [2 × 4 = 8 Marks]
(a) Why do experts question about the summer breaks given to children?
(b) How are students kept busy during summer breaks?
(c) What is the central point of the writers happiest memories of childhood?
(d) What goal do the present summer breaks want to achieve?

2.2. On the basis of your reading of the above extract, answer the following. [1 × 4 = 4 Marks]
(a) The synonym of ‘excessive’ as given in para 1 is _____
(i) plethora (ii) plenty (iii) varied (iv) bizarre
(b) The synonym of ‘distinctively’ as given in para 3 is _____ .
(c) The antonym of ‘decreased’ as given in para 1 is _____ .
(i) posed (ii) packed (iii) intensified (iv) encountered
(d) The antonym of ‘permanently’ as given in para 1 is _____
(i) underlined (ii) emphatically (iii) temporarily (iv) re-affirm

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SECTION –B (WRITING & GRAMMAR)

3. Write an article on ‘Importance of newspapers for Students’ in 100-120 words. You are Rashmi/Rohan.
News of the world- make one aware of various activities-various government policies public reaction -
sports news-a good reading habit-more news than on TV-can be read at one’s convenience.
OR
You are Mohit Sharma, a resident of Greater kailash -2. Your colony is facing the serve problem of
supply of inadequate and poor quality of tap water. You decide to express your views and make the
authorities aware of the situation by writing a letter to the Editor of the Times of India, New Delhi Write
letter in about 150 words. [8 Marks]

4. Write a story in about 150-200 words with the clues given below. [10 Marks]
Hints: Pooja alone at home/grandfather ill/scaring night/different thought came in her mind/ heard a
noise/surprised to see her pet dog.
OR
Develop a story with the help of the following opening line. Once there lived a potter named Kabira in a
village......

5. Complete the following passage by filling in the blanks. Write the answers in the space provided. [4 Marks]
Time once gone (a)….. never be recalled. Opportunities (b) ……………… chances do knock at your
door (c)……………… it is upto you to make use of them. So you (d) ……….. remain alert and vigilant.
(e) ………….. the tide turns in favour, you must swim (f) ………….. the shore. If you are looking the (g)
…………….. way, the tide will recede and you will (h) ……………… standing on this side of the river.

6. There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in the space provide (Attempt any four)
[4 Marks]
Passage Error Correction
An inter-school football match is been (a) …………….. ……………..
organised among our school and City (b) …………….. ……………..
Montessori School. The match will be (c) …………….. ……………..
playing
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on 18 march on are school grounds (d) …………….. ……………..
since 5 p.m. onwards. (e) …………….. ……………..

7. Rearrange any four of the following group of words/phrases to make meaningful sentences. [4 Marks]
(a) foundation/discipline/of/is the/society/very
(b) in all/importance/it is/spheres of/of great/life
(c) will/life/disorderly/without it/become
(d) everyone/civilised society/follow rules/must/in a
(e) in maintaining/this/healthy balance/helps us/a/ in life

SECTION –C
(LITERATURE AND SUPPLEMENTARY READING TEXT)
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow : [4 Marks]
“But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.”
1. Who is the speaker of these lines ?
The speaker of these lines is :
(i) the poet (ii) the poet’s friends
(iii) Anne Gregory (iv) Anne Gregory’s lover

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2. Why does Anne say she can change her hair colour ?
Anne says so because :
(i) she loves to colour her hair in different colours.
(ii) she wants to impress her love with her different look.
(iii) to show that internal beauty is real and permanent.
(iv) to show that internal beauty is real and permanent.
3. What is the rhyme scheme of the stanza ?
The rhyme scheme of the Stanza is :
(i) abcdab (ii) abcbbc
(iii) abcbdb (iv) abdbcd
4. What does the word despair mean ?
The word despair means :
(i) hopeful (ii) madness
(iii) sadness (iv) hoplessness
OR
“Don’t bite your nails, Amanda!
Don’t hunch you shoulders, Amanda!
Stop that slouching and sit up straight,
Amanda!”
1. Who is speaking to Amanda ?
(i) Amanda’s teacher (ii) Amanda’s mother
(iii) Amanda’s elder sister (iv) Amanda’s father
2. How is Amanda feeling ?
(i) She is feeling happy. (ii) She is in a thoughtful mood.
(iii) She is sulky and feeling a bit low. (iv) She is depressed.
3. What was Amanda’s posture ?
(i) She was sitting straight (ii) She was lying on the bed
(iii) She was standing straight (iv) She was sitting in a lazy dropping way
4. Which of the following things Amanda’s mother didn’t tell her to do ?
Amanda’s mother didn’t tell her to :
(i) stop biting her nails (ii) hunch her shoulders
(iii) stop slouching (iv) sit up straight

9. Answer any five of the following question in 30-40 words each. [10 Marks]
(a) What change would the departure of the trees bring to the forest ?
(b) How did Ebright’s mother help him ?
(c) The narrator was happy though he had not found Lutkins. Why?
(d) What difficulty do the crew of the space probe face on the Earth ?
(e) Why did Maddie write a note to Peggy and then tore it ?
(f) Why did Lencho write a letter to God ?

Answer the following questions in 100-120 words [8 Marks]

10. The poet in the poem, ‘For Anne Gregory’ conveys that we should given importance to the inner beauty
and not to the physical appearance. Elaborate with reference to the poem.
OR
What kind of person is Valli ? Illustrate your answer from the text that you have read.

11. Horace was a successful thief he carefully planned his robberies. Should we call him a successful thief
and still appreciate his work. [8 Marks]
OR
Bholi is a child different from others. This difference makes her an object of neglect and laughter.
Elaborate.