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NAME-_______________ DATE-_____________

ROLL NO.___________ M.M. – 90

General Instructions

  • All questions are compulsory.

  • The marks have been assigned against each question.

  • The handwriting should be neat and clear

Section A: Reading :- 20Marks

Section B : Writing:- 25 marks

Section C : Grammar:- 20 Marks

Section D : Literature:- 25 Marks

Section A Reading (20)

Q1 Read the given passage carefully: (10)

Commonwealth Games

The common wealth games are a multi sport and multinational event. It is held every four years and involves the best athletes of the common wealth of nations. Almost five thousand athletes participate in these games. The first such event then known as the British Empire games, was held in Hamilton Ontario, Canada in 1930. The name changed to “British commonwealth games” in 1970 and assumed the present name of the commonwealth Games 1978.

There are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations and 71 teams participate in the games. A sporting event bringing together the members of the British Empire was first proposed by Reverend Astley Cooper in 1891. He wrote an article in the Times suggesting “ a Pan – Britannic – Pan – Anglican contest and festival every 4 years as a means of increasing the good will and good understanding of the British empire”.

The festival of empire was held in London to celebrate the coronation of King George V. During this festival, an inter-empire championship was held in which teams from Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia competed in various games such as Boxing, Swimming and Wrestling etc. In 1928, it was decided to organize the first British Empire games. These were held in Hamilton Ontario 2 years later.

Various countries send their respective teams for these games. The four constituent countries of the United Kingdom i.e. Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland send separate teams to the common wealth games. Some individual teams are also send from the British crown dependencies and British overseas territory. The six teams that have attended every common wealth games are Canada, Australia, England, New Zealand, Wales and Scotland.

(a)On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following sentences: (5)

The Commonwealth Games are a multisport and (a) _____________ event. The first such event then known as the (b)_________ was held in Hamilton Ontario(c) __________ in 1930. There are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations and (d)__________teams participate in the games. This sporting event was first proposed by (e)_________ in 1891.

(b) Answer the following questions briefly: (5)

  1. What do you understand by the word multinational?

  2. What was proposed by Astley Cooper?

  3. What was the reason given by Astley Cooper behind organizing this festival?

  4. Which teams have always participated in all commonwealth games?

5. Find words from the passage that are synonyms of the following

  1. Ceremony of crowning a Monarch

  2. Friendliness

Q2 Read the poem and answer the questions that follow: (1x5=5)

When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.

‘Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies.’

No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,

And the hills are all cover'd with sheep.’

‘Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed.’
The little ones leapèd, and shoutèd, and laugh'd
And all the hills echoèd.

On the basis of your reading of the poem , choose the correct option : (5)

(1) What do you think why children are happy?

  1. because they are sharing a joke.

  2. because nobody is scolding them.

  3. because they are playing without any worries.

  4. because no one is there to interrupt their game.

(2) Whose heart is at rest, according to you?

  1. father’s

  2. Mother’s

  3. Gaurdian’s

  4. Children’s

(3) Why does the speaker ask them to stop their game?

  1. It is twilight.

  2. The person is worried about their safety.

  3. No one is there besides children.

  4. They have to go to school the next morning.

(d) What reason is given by the children?

    1. They are not tired.

    2. There are other people on the hill.

    3. It is still day, birds and sheep are awake.

    4. the next day is holiday.

(e) What does the poet want to say through this poem?

  1. Children should not be allowed to do what they please.

  2. Children should be allowed to do what they please.

  3. Children should be kept under strict vigilance.

  4. Children should be allowed to have free play.

Q3 Read the given passage carefully:

Have you ever wondered what keeps a hot air balloon flying? It's a very basic principle: Hot air rises and cold air falls. The super-cooled air settles and, the hot air in a hot air balloon pushes up, keeping the balloon floating above the ground. In order to understand more about how this principle works in hot air balloons, it helps to know more about hot air balloons themselves.

A hot air balloon has three major parts: the basket, the burner, and the envelope. The basket is where passengers ride. The basket is usually made of wicker. This ensures that it will be comfortable and add little extra weight. The burner is positioned above the passenger's heads and produces a huge flame to heat the air inside the envelope. The envelope is the colorful fabric balloon that holds the hot air. When the air inside the envelope is heated, the balloon rises.

The pilot can control the up-and-down movements of the hot air balloon by regulating the heat in the envelope. To ascend, the pilot heats the air in the envelope. When the pilot is ready to land, the air in the balloon is allowed to cool and the balloon becomes heavier than air. This makes the balloon descend.


1) According to the passage,hot air balloon works by the principle

  1. that hot air rises up and cold air settles down.

  2. that regulates the air temperature inside the balloon.

  3. that cold air rises up and hot air settles down.

  4. that light weight object can float in air.

2) The basket for passengers is made of wicker because

  1. It is comfortable.

  2. It is cheap and easily available.

  3. It is big in size.

  4. It is comfortable and light in weight.

3) As used in paragraph 3, which is the best synonym for ascend?

  1. move

  2. fly

  3. sink

  4. climb

4) As used in paragraph 3, which is the best synonym for descend?

A. fall

B. float

C. rise

D. drop

5) If the hot air balloon pilot wants to descend, what will he do?

A. he head toward a mountain peak.

B .he waits for rain

C. fly into a cloud

D. he will allow the air in the balloon to cool down.
Section- B (Writing)

Q4 Use the notes given below to write the bio-sketch of Dhyan Chand. 5

Name Dhyan chand singh better known as ‘hockey wizard’

Born 29, August, 1905

Birth place Allahabad, UP, India in a Hindu Rajput Family

Coaches Subedar-Major Bhole Tiwari of Brahmin Regiment and Pankaj Gupta

Debut Joined Indian Hockey team for the Newzealand in 1926

Achievement Scored 100 goals out of 192 goals against New Zealand,

Gold Medal for India in 1928 and 1932 Olympic Games,

Stadium to commemorate Dhyan Chand at New Delhi.

Indian Postal Department issued a stamp in his respect

Award: Padam Bhushan in 1956

Death: 3rd December, 1979
Q5 . You are Anupama /Abhay. Your friend has met with an accident and you have to leave immediately to his / her house. Write a message for your sister, who has gone to the market,telling her that you will not be late. 4

Q6. You are Vipin Dogra /Vibhuti Sharma, The Student Editor of the magazine of Gandhi Memorial Senior secondary school. Draft a suitable notice for your school Notice Board inviting articles, poems, etc. for the forthcoming edition of the magazine. 4

Q7. Write a letter to your father explaining the cause of your failure in the final examination

` Or 6

You are Prakash staying in Krishna housing society, The Mall, Kanpur, UP. There has been frequent power failure in your area for the last two months due to this, there are no street lights on the main road and shortage of water in the area. Write a letter to the editor of the Hindustan Times drawing attention of the Government to the problems associated with it.
Q8. Write an article in about 120 words expressing your views regarding ‘Importance of Time Management’. (6)

Section- C (Grammar)

Q.9. Complete the following conversation with suitable determiners from the given options. (5)

Host : Sir, do you like curd?

Guest: Yes. But I shall take(a) _____ (some/ a little/Few)

Host : Would you like to have some (b)________tea? (some/the/a)

Guest : Yes.

Host : Would you like to have some(c)________ paranthas ?(few/some/more)

Guest: I shall take(d)_______paranthas. (two/ little/much)

Host : Would you like to have anything else?

Guest : No, that is______. (some/little/enough)

Q.10. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. (5)

At the beginning of the year, Mohan did

not knew a word of English a) __________

Now he was able to read simple English

without any difficulty b) __________

He makes rapid progress so far c) __________.

If he went on this speed, he will d) __________

soon gain efficiency. His parents

pays special attention to his needs e) __________,

and encourages him with praise f) __________.

But Ravi’s case was different g) __________.

Instead of making progress

he is seeming to be going slower h) __________.

The negative factors at home

causes all this difference i) ___________.

Every time he made an enquiry he

is snubbed and made to feel small. j) ___________

Q.11. Change the following sentences as directed:- (5)

    1. We are going to Shimla at the moment. (Past continuous)

    2. I have not been doing my work for two hours. (affirmative sentence)

    3. My brother was fighting with me. (present perfect continuous)

    4. Meena had read Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. (simple future)

    5. Why were you not doing the work? (present perfect)

Q.12. Change the following sentences in the passive form:- 5

  1. I gave a ten rupees note to Meena.

  2. All the students are laughing at her.

  3. I have taught this boy.

  4. Why did your brother write such a letter?

  5. The mason is building the wall.

Section D Literature

.Q.13. Read the following extracts and answer the following questions. (3x 3)

(a) ‘‘The trembling bearers run away and hide behind a tree. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ I call to you, just leave it all to me. ’’

(i) Who is the speaker and to whom are the above lines spoken to?

(ii) Who are the trembling bearers mentioned in the above extract?

(iii) Why did the trembling bearers run away?

(b) Suddenly, the horse raised its forelegs high in the air and neighed loudly.

(i) Name the writer and the chapter from where this extract has been taken.

(ii) What happens to the above mentioned horse in the story?

(iii) Who was riding him?What happened to that person?

(c) ‘‘ But I had the satisfaction to see the young rogue scolded and turned out of the room’’

(i.) Who is I mentioned in the above line?

(i)Why the young rogue was scolded and turned out of the room?

(iii) Name the writer and chapter from where this extract has been taken.

Q.14. Give the meaning of the following words . (2)

a. swagger.

b. suppressed

Q.15. Answer the following questions in three or four sentences. (2x5)

a. How was the response of Erwin and Jack uncommon and extraordinary?

b. Explain the terms ‘ the sign of the Green Eagle’ and ‘Splacknuck’.

c. The master told the tiger to change his lifestyle as ‘violence is not everlasting’. How did he explain this to the tiger?

d. Mention any four places the poet wishes to visit in the poem’ Travel’.

e. Who do you think Narhari Babu thought was responsible for his strange and frightening experience? How can you tell?

Q.16. Answer the following question in about 100 -150 words. (4)

Why do you think Chicago police had been looking for Bob whom they had nicknamed ‘Silky Bob’? Pick sentences from the story that show the kind of life Bob had led in the West.


Heroism involves courage, selflessness and presence of mind. Discuss how Jack and Erwin displayed all these qualities.


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