(Download) CBSE Class-10 2016-17 Sample Paper And Marking
Scheme (English – Communicative)
Maximum marks: 70
The question paper is divided into three sections.
Section A: Reading 20 marks
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 marks
Section C: Literature 25 marks
Reading – 20 Marks
1 Read the following passage carefully:
1. Bubble wrap is a flexible transparent plastic material
used for packing fragile items. It was invented by two engineers Al Fielding and
Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes in Hawthorne, N.J. in 1957. However both of them
were not trying to make a product to be used as packaging material. In fact they
were trying to create textured wallpaper. They started out by sealing two shower
curtains together in such a way that it would capture air bubbles which would
make the textured appearance for their wallpaper. But this wallpaper idea didn’t
sell too well.
2. Not to be deterred, they then set about finding another
use for their product. The alternate use they came up with was to use it as
greenhouse insulation. While bubble wrap by itself does create somewhat of an
insulating effect, this idea didn’t become popular either.
3. It was three years after the initial creation of Bubble
Wrap that Frederick W. Bowers, a marketer at Sealed Air, which makes Bubble
Wrap, finally came up with the perfect use for their product. On October the 5,
1959, IBM announced their new 1401 variable word length computer. Bowers got the
idea that Bubble Wrap could be used as a good packaging material to protect the
computer while it was being shipped. He then pitched the idea to IBM and
demonstrated Bubble Wrap’s protective abilities. His demonstration went over
well and IBM began purchasing Bubble Wrap to protect their 1401 and other
fragile products they sold and shipped.
4. One of the downsides to Bubble Wrap has always been the
space it takes up during shipping and storage, for customers who are just buying
the Bubble Wrap. In order to get around this problem, one of he dreams of the
original inventors was that they’d someday be able to create a Bubble Wrap that
customers could self inflate, as needed.
5. While originally being used primarily for packaging for
electronics equipment, today the vast majority of Bubble Wrap made is used for
food packaging. Because bubble wrap makes a satisfying popping sound when
compressed and ruptured, it is often used as a source of amusement.
1.1Fill in the blanks:
(a) Bubble wrap was, at first, thought by the two engineers
to be useful to____________.
(b) The engineers were trying to create textured wallpaper by
(c) The alternate use of their product was____________________________________.
1x8 = 8
(d) IBM announced their new 1401 variable word length computer on
(e) IBM purchased Bubble Wrap to __________________.
(f) What was the original use of original use of Bubble Wrap
(g) The word which means the same as ‘exhibition’ is ________________________ (
(h) The word which means the same as ‘cracking’ is __________________________ (
2 Read the following passage carefully:
1. Listening is the ability to accurately receive and
interpret messages in the communication process.One of the greatest gifts any of
us can ever receive is the gift of listening. It is also one of the greatest
gifts we can ever give. Unfortunately, it appears to be a lost art. We live in a
world where everyone is talking but few are listening. What often passes for
listening is simply one person pausing to collect their thoughts for their next
2. Hearing refers to the sounds that you hear, whereas
listening requires more than that: it requires focus. Listening means paying
attention not only to the story, but how it is told, the use of
language and voice, and how the other person uses his or her body. In other
words, it means being aware of both verbal and non-verbal messages. Your ability
to listen effectively depends on the
degree to which you perceive and understand these messages.
3. Listening is a difficult task. Like every skill, the more
you do it, the better you get. Listening can be developed through practice, or
lost if not used regularly. Good listeners focus on what they are hearing. They
pause to think about what they’ve heard before responding. They ask questions
because they want to know the answers, not just to keep the conversation going
4. So often, we are distracted with other things. We try to
listen while continuing to work on the computer or watch television. To be fully
present means we eliminate these distractions and focus exclusively on the other
person. It takes great effort to be fully in the moment, leaning forward, with
your ears—and heart—open. Words are only part of the communication. Sometimes we
need to experience the other person’s feelings to really understand. We need to
listen with our heart as well as our mind. We must repeat back what the other
person has said. When we do this—and do it accurately—we communicate that we
understand. It also gives us an opportunity to re-calibrate our understanding if
we have misunderstood something. Plenty of people are good talkers. Few are good
listeners. If you develop the latter skill, you will find yourself invited into
amazing conversations that wouldn’t otherwise happen.
2.1 Answer the following questions briefly:
(a) What is listening? Why does it appear to be a lost art?
(b) What is the difference between hearing and listening?
(c) State any two qualities of a good listener.
(d) How can we ensure good listening?
2.2 Do as directed:
(a) The antonym of ‘interpret’ is:
(b) The word ‘soliloquy’ means:
(c) The word ‘eliminate’ means:
(d) The word ‘calibrate’ means: