(Download) CBSE Class-10 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme 2015-16 : English Language & Literature

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(Download) CBSE Class-10 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme 2015-16 :

English Language & Literature


Time allowed- 3 hours Maximum Marks-70

(a) The question paper is divided in to three sections.
(b) Section A: Reading 20 Marks
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 Marks
Section C: Literature/ Text Books & Long Reading Texts 25 Marks
(c) All questions are compulsory.
(d) Marks are indicated against each question.



Section A Reading – 20 marks



Read the following passage and  answer the questions that follow.

Fish keeping has benefits that make it an attractive hobby for millions of people . Aquariums can bring a bit of nature, a living ecosystem, into any home, including apartments that do not allow other pets. like tending a furry animal ,helping to maintain a fish tank can teach a child the responsibility of caring for other living creatures.

As pets fish have distinct advantages: they are quiet, they do not chew or scratch the furniture ,and with a few slow -release feeders in their tank ,they can safely be left alone for a week or two.

But it is likely the documented benefit to human health that has helped make  aquariums  so  popular  .like  petting  a  dog  or  cat  ,  gazing  at  an

aquarium at the end of a long, hard day can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Likewise ,research shows that people waiting to see a doctor or

undergo medical procedure were less anxious after watching fish swimming in a  tank. Watching fish also has a significant calming effect on children with attention deficit as well as on elderly people with Alzheimer's disease.

Today  ,  home  aquariums  became  popular  as  commercial  fish  breeding operations and air transport made it easy and affordable . More durable

tanks and improved filtration system enabled hobbyists to sustain fish for longer periods.

Today, home aquariums range from a child's goldfish bowl to elaborate

tanks holding several hundred gallons of water and dozens of exotic fish. more adventurous hobbyists opt for saltwater tanks ,which take more work and  equipment to maintain a stable environment .saltwater fish are more costly and  more susceptible to changes in temperature and water quality than freshwater species .on the positive side ,they are spectacularly colorful and turn a tank into a dramatic focal point.

Modern aquariums have evolved far beyond the boring rectangular tank. today's  models come in almost any shape imaginable -round hexagonal,

bow front .concave ,free form and flat to hang on the wall .they also have

become key elements in home and office decor .they are built into walls and incorporated into tables ,lamps ,desks and even bath tubs. Almost any object

it seems can be turned into a fish tank.

(approx.360 words)

1. On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following questions:

a.    Why do people prefer keeping fish as a pet?

b.    What are the special advantages of petting fish?

































c.    How does fish-keeping control high blood pressure?

d.    Why is salt water tank used sometimes for keeping fish? e.           What is the main reason for the popularity of aquariums? f.        Why are aquariums available in different shapes?

g.      Find a word from the passage which means the same as: a disease of the brain that affects memory.

i. a disease of the brain that affects memory. ii  different/ unusual



Read the passage given below:

Tourism  is  travel  for  recreation,  leisure,  religious,  family  or  business purposes, normally for a limited duration. Tourism is generally associated with       International travel, but may also refer to travel to another place within the same country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as   people   “travelling   to   and   staying   at   places   outside   their   usual environment for not more  than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes.”

1.    Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. Tourism can either  be domestic or international and international tourism can be classified  as  either  inbound  or  outbound  tourism.  Today  inbound tourism is a major source of income for many countries.es specially  in terms of foreign exchange earned by the country as a whole. It also has a substantial  impact on the local economy and employment of a place frequently visited by tourists.

2.    India  is  a  country  with  a  rich  cultural  heritage  which  has  always fascinated travelers. It is a unique land of diversities where all kinds of

natural  beauty including desert,  sea  ,  forests  ,  mountains, flowers,

wildlife is present within a single geographical boundary of a country. Anybody  visiting  India  will  have  experience  of  different  dresses, culture, flora and fauna in different states. Thus India has always been a  destination for tourists who   want to enjoy   this combination of culture, tradition and rich heritage. Not only this, foreign tourists act as “Ambassadors Of Indian Culture” and take the message further across the world.

3.    Indian government has made various efforts to take advantage of these unique possessions to promote tourism. One such big initiative is the

scheme of e-Tourist Visa. The measure has been introduced to make

travelling to India easier and simpler for foreign tourists.

4.    The entire scheme began with the demand by the tourism industry to liberalize the visa regime for foreign tourists to give a boost to tourism

in the country. In response, “Visa-On Arrival” was initiated by the

government and is now made available to forty four countries. “Visa- On-Arrival” means that you need a visa to enter but it is possible to

apply for and receive the visa only when you show up in the country of

visit itself.                                                     (approx..360 words)

2.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following questions:

a)   What do you understand by ‘tourism’?

b)  How is the economy of a country affected by tourism?

c)   Can India be a popular tourist destination?  Give 2 reasons. d)   Give any two factors that help boost tourism in India.
































2 X 4 = 8


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