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Thursday, 19 November 2009
English I Model Question Paper English Paper I Model Paper
Class X English Paper 1
Grammar and Composition
Answer to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: - 
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)
1.You feel sad and disgusted as you find so many children working in shops, hotels, and factories. In spite of the government’s best efforts to give them education, the situation has become very dismal. Evaluate the pathetic situation of child labour with a few examples from daily life.
2.Which in your opinion is more important a healthy body or a healthy mind? Substantiate your answer.
3.Imagine a situation in which a character from your favourite book comes alive and visits you. Write an imaginary account of a day spent with this character.
4.Write a short story with an alien, a business man and a film actor as its characters.
5.Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be clear connection between the picture and your composition.
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question] 
a) You come across an advertisement of an American student inviting pen-friends from India. You decide to write a letter to him. Write a letter describing your age, family, education, hobbies and interests.
Note: Bear with me for the faulty alignment.
b) Write an application in response to the following advertisement:
Teachers in English Wanted Immediately
Barons School of Communications, a USA institution,
invites applications for Teachers to work in the Middle School Section.
A Masters Degree [M.Ed] and 3-4 years experience preferred.
Apply within 10 days to
Post Box 2729
Times of India,
Isaac Newton, a name that may still be seen today cut into the wood of a window-sill at King’s School,Grantham, where he studied Grammar and Latin. At first, Isaac Newton seemed to be rather a dull boy, and not very good at his lessons. But he liked to use his hands, and used to make little machines, such as wind-mills. He caught mice and compelled them to drive some of his little machines.
One day at school, Newton was kicked by a bigger boy who was higher up in the class than he was himself. The kicking made Newton very angry and he turned on the bigger boy and gave him a good beating. He also decided to beat him at lessons, and this made him start work harder. After that, he improved at his studies, and so perhaps the big boy who kicked Newton did a service to the world.
Newton went to Cambridge University where he studied Mathematics and Science. He started to make discoveries in Mathematics while still at College. However, Newton did not confine his studies to Mathematics. He became very interested in the nature of light, and he showed that sunlight, which appears to us as white light, can be split up into the colours of the rainbow.
One day, it is said, Newton watched an apple as it fell from a tree to the ground. He began to wonder why it moved towards the earth, and not upwards towards the sky. After a great deal of thought on this subject, he produced his gravitation theory and published it in his great book ‘Principal’. He showed that every body attacks every other body. The sun and the earth attract each other, and so we do not fly away from the sun into the darkness and coolness of outer space; the moon and the earth also attract each other, which is why the moon stays near us and does not speed away, leaving us in darkness every night.
Newton’s head was usually so full of ideas and problems that he was often quite lost in thought. Many stories are told of his absent mindedness. Once, when he was entering some guests at dinner, he went out of the room to fetch some more wine. For a long time his friends awaited his return, but neither host nor wine appeared. At last they went to look for him, and found him hard at work in his study. The wine, the dinner, and his guests were all forgotten.
On another occasion, he invited one of his friends to dinner, but when the man arrived, the great philosopher was not there. The guest sat down to wait and repeatedly looked hungrily at the dinner table not far away. Two places were laid and everything seemed ready for an excellent meal.
After having waited a long time, the guest could wait not longer. He sat down at the table and enjoyed splendid dinner alone after which he returned to his other chair and sat down once more to wait for his host. host.
At last Newton came in. He looked at his friend in a puzzled manner and realized that he had entirely forgotten him. After shaking his hand and apologizing, he turned to the dinner table.He noticed that someone had already dined.
“I’m sorry,” he said, apologizing once again.
“I see that I have eaten my dinner. I certainly ought to have waited for you.”a)Three words from the passage are given Give the meaning of each as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases are accepted.
- compelled (line 5)
- confine (line 13)
- splendid (line 35)
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:-
- How did Newton spend his early days at school?
- What was Newton’s immediate reaction when he was kicked by a bigger boy?
- Why is it said that the boy who kicked Newton did a service to the world?
- What other discovery did Newton make besides the theory of gravitation?
- Why was Newton referred to as a ‘great philosopher’?
4.Quote the line from the passage which illustrates Newton’s theory of 5.Use the word ‘light’ in a sentence of your own such that it has a meaning different from that used in the passage. 
(c) In not more than 60 words of your own , show how Newton was truly absent minded.  (d) Give a title to your summary in 3(c) above and give a reason to justify your choice. 
a) Rewrite the following sentences as according to the instructions given after each.Make other changes that may be necessary but do not change the meaning of any of the sentence. 
- My father said to me” Let us go to the club.” [Change into indirect speech]
- No other empire in the world was as powerful as the Roman empire. [Use: most]
- As soon as he wins the race, he prostrates on the track. [Begin: No sooner…]
- The Principal disagreed with the proposal of the students, didn’t he? [ Use: agree]
- Who replaced the player after he was injured? [ Use substitute instead of replaced]
- Jasper has probably forgotten his mother’s birthday. [Begin: In…]
- For more information, please, contact the receptionist of the hotel. [Begin: if…]
- He could not participate in the race as he had an injured foot. [ Use: ’prevented’]
- Those that are helpless deserve our pity. [Begin: The helpless…]
- The reason of her failure is not known. [ Rewrite using ‘why’ in the
b) Complete each of the following sentences with a suitable form of the word given in brackets: 
- She was ….. that she won a prize. [please]
- As the weather was bad, we …... at home. [stay]
- He ……. that he was innocent. [declare]
- I was surprised when I …… him talk so. [hear]
- A good name which can …….. can never be recovered. [ be, lose]
c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.  />
- Let us begin …….. the first poem.
- I do not approve……. Your action in the matter.
- He is seldom attentive ….. his lessons.
- He was cured …. his disease.
- I am very angry …… his misconduct.