Class-10 2017-18 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme
TIME – 3 HOURS
SECTION –A: READING
Q1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
1. Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match arenas to
village greens, tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the world's
second most popular spectator sport after football.
2. The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research concedes
that the game derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by
which one player served up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and
another hit it with a suitably fashioned club. Cricket was first recorded in
16th-century England, and it was played in grammar schools, farm communities and
everywhere in between. But things really took off when 18th-century nobles
realised it was a great sport.
3. The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on a
handkerchief, naturally. It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord’s in London. The
oldest permanent fixture is the annual Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A
young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the first match, though history
doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his bowling was.
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat England in
Melbourne. The match was dubbed a “Test”, since the gruelling nature of playing
over five days was deemed the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was
Australia’s first win on English soil – in 1882 at The Oval in London – that led
to matches between the two nations being christened the Ashes. Following the
defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of English
cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played
between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed
number of overs, usually 50. The Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The
international one-day game is a late twentieth-century development. The first
ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne
1.1 Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage
you have read.
i. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate?
ii. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws?
iii. Which match did Lord Byron play? iv. When was the first international match
played? v. Which countries played that match?
vi. Why were the matches between Australia and England titled “The Ashes”?
vii. In which format is the Cricket world cup played ?
viii. When did the ODIs begin?
ix. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as ‘exhausting’?
Q2.Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the
desire to put those whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from
every kind of petty discomfort and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence
called politeness requires only an inclination to make them happy temporarily,
while they are in our presence, and when this can be done without any sacrifice
on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal comfort.
2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised
person. Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be
implemented in every walk of life. When we deal with people elder to us we are
polite. But, an honest polite person is polite with everyone, people of lower
status, workers and even children. Not only with humans but also with animals we
must be polite as they are our helpers.
3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with
practice. The greatest enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you
have to sacrifice your ego. It is difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have
to imply politeness in your thinking, speech and actions. Actions work more than
words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness will reduce your stress
and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, you protect
your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come
across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves.
4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in
the street or in the drawingroom, at home or at school, in the company of
friends or of strangers. There is also to be considered the great diversity of
social etiquette which distinguishes one country from another.
5. Politeness, besides being a duty that we owe to others, is a valuable
possession for ourselves. It costs nothing, and yet may in many cases bring much
profit. The great advantage of this excellence of conduct was very clearly
expressed by Dr. Johnson, when he said that the difference between a well-bred
and an ill- bred man is that one immediately attracts your liking, the other
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the
following questions in about 30-40 words each :
i. Why is politeness called as limited part of benevolence?
ii. List some of the persons we should be polite to?
iii. Why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite?
iv. What are the benefits of being polite?
v. Which rules of behaviour are to be observed?
2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the
following blanks with appropriate words/phrases.
i. Politeness is an art of choosing_________.
ii. An honest polite person is polite with ___________.
iii. To others, we _____________________.
2.3. Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same
i. ‘insignificant’ (Paragraph 1)
ii. ‘manners’ (Paragraph 4)
iii. ‘civil’(Paragraph 5)
SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR
Q3.(a) You are Sonal/ Samkit of Vidyanjali Public School , Lucknow . You have
seen an advertisement in ‘The Times of India ’ related to new batches of
‘Astronomy Club’initiated by National Science Centre , Lucknow starting from the
coming fortnight .You wish to join the Club. Write a letter to the Director,
enquiring about the venue , duration ,fee- structure , activities ,
transportation etc. Invent other necessary details
Q3.(b) You are the In-charge of the Medical Section of Gyanodaya Public
School , Nehru Vihar , Alwar . Your stock of medicines is about to finish .Write
a letter to the Director of Jambo Medicare ,Delhi ,ordering medical items like
glucose , crocin , bandages, tincture , pain-healers, ointments etc. Ask for
discount on bulk order .Invent other necessary details.
Q4 Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues
given in the boxes below. Give a suitable title to the story .
|Jasmine , Ali and two other friends decided to go on a picnic to a
They packed their bags and were quite excited . They reached the picnic
spot and came across a
small child who was crying ………..
|On October 4 ,we all were decorating our house to celebrate the most
festival , Diwali . My heart was filled with excitement to meet my
father after a long
gap of six years . But a call from the army headquarter left us stunned…
Q5. Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate
option from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer –sheet
against the correct blank numbers.
A. Sanitation and hygiene are also important ( a) ___________the well – being
of society and biodiversity conservation .
B. The government has (b )____________ a programme .
C. It aims to develop ( c) ____________riverfronts .
D. It will solve the problem of pollution ( d) ____________ the rivers .
E. The need has been(e) ______for a long time.
(a ) ( i) by (ii ) from (iii) for (iv) into
(b ) (i) initiates (ii) initiated (iii) initiate (iv)initiating
(c ) (i) an (ii) a (iii) in (iv ) the
(d ) (i) in (ii ) on (iii) onto (iv )by
(e) (d ) (i) feeling (ii ) feel (iii) felt (iv ) have felt
Q6. In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line .Write
the missing word, in any four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the
word that comes before and the word that comes after it in the space provided .
Before Missing Word
Himachal Pradesh a good place for Eco Camp Eg.
Pine Hill Eco Camp one of the ecotourism resorts ( a )
near Barog Himachal Pradesh . Ecotourism is
gaining popularity each passing day as more
( c )
and more people want get away from the
( d )
hectic schedules . This become a favourite tourist spot. (e)
_______ _ ____
Q7. Rearrange any four of the following word clusters to make
meaningful sentences .
( a ) rain water / flooding / helps/ harvesting / in / chances of / reducing
( b ) storm / helps/ also/better/ water/ it / water management / in
( c ) plant growth / in/storing /rainwater / can/ help / improving
( d ) is/ from / stored/ natural and/ pollutants /rain water /free/ man- made
(e) out/ the/street/ earthquake/another/on/people/ came/ fearing/
SECTION C LITERATURE
Q8 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that
follow . Write the
answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only.
(a) "We do many things, sir," Nicola answered seriously. He
glanced at us hopefully.”
i. What does the speaker mean by "We do many things, sir, ?
ii. Whom is he addressing to ?
iii. Why was Nicola serious ?
iv. Find the synonym of ‘looked’.
(b)CAESAR :Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
i. Whom does Caesar console and why ?
ii. Which quality of the speaker is revealed here ?
iii. Explain: Cowards die many times before their deaths.
iv. Give the synonym of ‘Gallant’.
Q9 Answer any four of the following Questions in 30-40 words
i.Although Calpurnia revealed her fear after nightmare yet
Caesar decided to go to senate house. Why ?
ii.“Pen is mightier than sword”. Elucidate with reference to the poem ‘Not
Marble Nor Gilded Monuments’.
iii.Why was the ‘Writer’s inspiration Bureau’ formed?
iv.What message is conveyed by Vikram Seth through the poem ‘The Frog and the
v. How does the story ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ give hope to the society?
Q10 Attempt any one out of the two following long answer type
questions in 100-120 words.
Q.10. (a) ‘Pride goes before a fall.’ Justify the statement on basis of the
chapter Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger.
Q.10. (b). ‘Only the bearer knows where the shoe pinches’.
Elucidate the statement with reference to the
story The Letter.
Q11 A ) Answer the following question based on prescribed novel
text for extended reading in about 200-
The Diary of a Young Girl
|Q. 11. A. i. What are Anne’s views about the Laws that restrict the
Jews’ freedom ?
Q. 11.A. ii. Write the pen portrait of Mr. Van Dann
Q.11 B) Answer the following question based on prescribed novel text for
extended reading in about 200-
The Story of My Life
|Q.11. B. i. In the life of Helen Keller, Ms. Anne Sullivan acts as
an inspiration behind her
extraordinary life. Justify with suitable instances from the text.
Q.11.B.ii. Give a pen portrait of Dr. Alexender Graham Bell.