Please refer to Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 1 Set G with solutions below. The following CBSE Sample Paper for Class 10 English has been prepared as per the latest pattern and examination guidelines issued by CBSE. By practicing the English Sample Paper for Class 10 students will be able to improve their understanding of the subject and get more marks.
CBSE Class 10 English Sample Paper for Term 1
I. Read the passage given below.
1. Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret message 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 soliloquy.
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 up 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, eyes and heart open. Words are only the part of 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.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY EIGHT out of the ten questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 1. According to the passage, listening appear to be a lost art becuase:
(a) it is very difficult.
(b) we live in a world where everyone is talking but only a few are listening
(c) listening is a neccessary task.
(d) it makes us emotional.
Question 2. Choose the options with the sentences that are NOT TRUE according to the passage.
(I) Words are only the part of communication.
(II) Lots of people are good listeners.
(III) Listening refers to the voice that you heat.
(IV) Good listeners focus on what they hear.
(V) Listening is a tough task.
(VI) Hearing requires no focus.
(a) II, III, VI
(b) III, V, VI
(c) I, III, IV
(d) I, IV, VI
Question 3. Select the option that suitably completes the dialogue with reference to paragraph 3.
Jane: I am feeling so bad that I responded in a very eerie manner to Max. He didn’t mean what I thought of him. I should have heard him clearly first.
Jeena: Yes, you should definitely be a good listener. Just focus on ………………………………….
(a) what you hear. Pause to think before responding.
(b) your relation with the speaker
(c) your communication skills
(d) your hearing capacities and try to enhance them
Question 4. Identify the way the skill of listening be developed?
(a) By practice
(b) By removing distractions
(c) By repeating back what the other person has said
(d) By being aware of voice messages
Question 5. Select the option that best captures the central idea of the passage from the following.
(a) Do more listening than talking.
(b) Never stop listening.
(c) Learn by talking
(d) listening is talking.
Question 6. We need to experience the other person’s feelings
(a) to really understand
(b) to be the part of the communication
(c) to recalibrate our understanding
(d) to keep the conversation going
Question 7. What our ability to listen effectively depends on?
(a) how the other person uses his or her body
(b) use of language and voice
(c) both (a) and (b)
(d) degree to which we perceive and understand the messages
Question 8. We need to …………… with our heart as well as our mind.
Question 9. ‘hearing’, different from ‘listening’ as:
(a) Hearing eliminates distraction; Listening gives us an opportunity to re-calibra our understanding
(b) Hearing is the ability to receive message; Listening is the ability to interpret message
(c) Hearing refers to the sounds that you hear; Listening means paying attention not only to the story, but how is it told
(d) Option (a), (b) and (c)
Question 10. Choose the option that lists the quote best expressing the central idea of the passage.
(a) “If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.” —Robert Baden-Powell
(b) “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” —Stephen R. Covey
(c ) “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.” —Ed Cunningham
(d) “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” —Ernest Hemingway
II. Read the passage given below:
1. With an estimated ` 60,000 crore front-end expenditure, the recently concluded 2019 l.ok Sabha elections is the most expensive elections held ever, according to a report by Centre for Media Studies, a premier research organisation. BJP spent about 45% of the total expenditure.
2. The report estimated that ` 700 per vote was spent and on an average, nearly ` 100 crore per Lok Sabha constituency was spent in these elections.
3. The methodology for estimation was based on a PPE approach of enquiry, a method evolved by CMS for estimating corruption in India over years. Key sources for the estimation included campaign activities by parties and candidates, voters’ observation in elected constituencies, secondary data on demographic divides, field study and media coverage among others.
4. While CMS had estimated ` 30,000 crore as poll expenditure in the 2014 elections the figure has doubled in the 2019 elections, making Indian elections as the costliest elections ever in the world.
The BJP spent about 20% in 1998 against about 45% in 2019 out of the total poll expenditure estimate. In 2009, the Congress share was 40% of total expenditure against 15 to 20% in 2019,” the report stated.
5. CMS found that the leaders of the opposing parties were accusing each other of receiving anonymous grants which were spent in the elections. The report was released at the Curtailing. New Delhi, during a round table discussion on ‘Electoral Reforms Required for Curtailing Rising Costs of Elections in Our Country.’ Quraishi, in his tenure as CEC (Chief Election Commission) had established an “expenditure monitoring department’ in the election commission. Commenting on the report, he said. “Money power has assumed new dimensions in these elections.” and added that the electoral bonds system brought in by the BJP governments are ‘unmitigated disaster’ as far as poll expenditure is concerned.
6. As per the report, around ` 12,000-15,000 crore was distributed to the voters directly, ` 20,000-25,000 crore was spent on publicity. ` 5,000-6,000 crore on logistics. ` 10,000-12,000 crore on formal expenditure and ` 3,000-6.000 crore was spent for miscellaneous purposes.
Based on your understanding of the passage,answer ANY SIX out of the eight questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 11. Pick the correct statement from the following lines that was said by Quraishi, the Chief Election Commission.
(a) “Money power has assumed new dimensions in these elections.”
(b) “In 2009, the Congress’ share was 40% of total expenditure, against 15 to 2007 in 2019.
(c) “The BJP spent about 20% in 1998 against about 45% in 2019 out of the total poll expenditure estimate.”
(d) Options (a) and (c)
Question 12. Select the option that is true for the two statements given below.
(1) CMS found that the leaders of the opposing parties were accusing each other of receiving anonymous grants which were spent in the elections.
(2) The report was released in the Curtailing, New Delhi, at the round table discussion.
(a) (1) is the result of (2).
(b) (1) is the reason for (2).
(c) Both (1) and (2) are true
(d) (1) contradicts (2).
Question 13. The key sources for the estimation of corruption in poll expenditure are the:
(a) Secondary data on demographic divides and field study
(b) Campaign activities by parties and candidates
(c) Voter’s observation in select constituencies
(d) Options (a), (b) and (c)
Question 14. The term ‘front-end expenditure’ means expenses made
(a) in the beginning
(b) in the end
(c) in between
Question 15. …………….. made Indian elections the costliest election ever in the world.
(a) Media coverage
(b) Poll expenditure
Question 16. Which of the following statement is NOT TRUE according to the passage?
(a) The recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections the most expensive electrons held ever.
(b) The methodology for estimation was based on a PPE approach of enquirer
(c) Nearly ` 100 crore per Rajya Sabha constituency was spent in these elections.
(d) CMS found that the leaders of the opposing patties were accusing each other of receiving anonymous grants which were spent in the elections.
Question 17. What has been referred as ‘unmitigated disaster’?
(a) Electoral bonds system brought in by the the BJP government
(b) Opposing parties abusing each other
(c) Money distributed lo the vote
(d) Election commission
Question 18. As per the report, ` 3,000 – 6,000 crore was spent on:
(b) miscellaneous purposes
(d) formal expenditure
GRAMMAR AND WRITING
III. Answer ANY FIVE out of the six questions by selecting the most appropriate option for each.
Question 19. They …………………. understand it because it was too difficult.
(b) could not
(c) shall not
(d) might not
Question 20. The leader, together with his wife,…………………. the press cordially.
(b) will greets
Question 21. …………………. the husband and wife are members of this club.
(a) Any of
Question 22. Nobody …………………. the trouble I’ve seen.
(b) is knowing
(d) has known
Question 23. Change the narration of the following sentences by choosing the correct option “Can you tell me how far is the bus stop from here?”, said the stranger to the boy.
(a) The stranger proposed to the boy to tell him how far was the bus stop from there
(b) The stranger asked the boy whether he could tell him how far was the bus stop from there.
(c) The stranger requested the boy to tell how far is the Bus stop.
(d) The stranger asked the boy whether you can tell how far is the bus stop from here.
Question 24. Change the narration of the following sentences by choosing the correct option The doctor said, “He is sleeping, please do not disturb him.”
(a) The doctor informed that he had sleeping requested did not disturb him.
(b) The doctor informed that he is sleeping requested do not disturb him.
(c) The doctor informed that he was sleeping requested not to disturb him.
(d) The doctor said that he slept requested do not disturb him.
IV. Answer ANY FIVE out of the six questions given, with reference to the context below.
You are Raghav, a resident of Indrapreet Vihar, Patna. There have been increased reporting of cases of domestic violence during the period of nationwide lockdown. This shows a grave scenario that being forced to stay indoors is proving to be harmful for the mental health of many people. You have to write a letter to the editor of a daily local and create awareness about this issue.
Question 25. In a letter to Editor, Raghav writes a line – “It was unfortunate to have observed that …?”
Which paragraph is likely to contain this line?
(a) Lead Paragraph
(b) Concluding Paragraph
(c) Explanatory Paragraph
(d) Options (a), (b) and (c)
Question 26. The purpose of Raghav for writing a letter to the editor is:
(a) to bring a pertinent local/ social concern to light
(b) to raise concern regarding an ongoing familial issue
(c) to register a complaint for a product
(d) to enquire about a particular service/ product
Question 27. Choose the CORRECT option that has the right match of both the columns.
(A) poor sanitary condition of area (I) business complaint letter
(B) defective T.V. set (II) letter to the editor
(C) mental illness spreading in lockdown era (III) official complaint le tter
(a) (A) – (I) ; (B) – (II); (C) – (III);
(b) (A) – (I); (B) – (III); (C) – (II);
(c) (A) – (III) ; (B) – (II); (C) – (I)
(d) (A) – (III) ; (B) – (I); (C) – (II)
Question 28. “Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to …………………………………………..”
(a) draw the attention of the concerned authorities
(b) draw the attention of the concerned editors
(c) draw the attention of the concerned publishers
(d) draw the attention of the public
Question 29. Writing a letter to the editor will help Raghav to …………………………………… .
(a)• Release the lockdown
• Stop the violence
(b)• Give an alternative for physical violence
• Suggest verbal spat instead
(c)• Remove the problem of stress among people
• Bring enlightenment in people’s life
(d)• Spread awareness about the issue
• Help many people to overcome the stressful period indirectly through his suggestions
Question 30. Raghav shares some suggestions in his letter, to address the issue.
Select the option that helps him complete these suggestions, appropriately.
The frustration and the burden of negative thoughts have turned them into ruthless beasts. For those people who are finding it hard to deal with the current situations, there needs to be some sort of help given. It can be in the form of providing (i)…………………. ……………….. or airing informative commercials on keeping good mental health over the mass media.
Choose the correct option for (i)
(a) online counseling sessions
(b) free subscription to online entertainments
(d) stress-relief activity books
V. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
“Mr. Keesing had a good laugh at my arguments, but when I proceeded to talk my way through the next lesson, he assigned me a second essay. This time it was supposed to be on ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’. I handed it in, andMrKeesing had nothing to complain about for two whole lessons. However, during the third lesson, he’d finally had enough. “Anne Frank, as a punishment for talking in class, write an essay entitled-‘Quack, Quack, Quack, said Mistress Chatterbox’.”
(From the Diary of Anne Frank)
Question 31. Identify Anne’s feeling when she was punished for the third time by Mr Keesing.
(a) she was happy as she had to write three essays on the sametopic.
(b) she enjoyed making fun of Mr. Keesing in her own way.
(c) she was worried as she had run out of original ideas for heressay.
(d) she was thrilled at another opportunity to showcase her writing abilities.
Question 32. Select the CORRECT convincing argument that was made by Anne.
(a) She had inherited the trait from her mother, so couldn’t stop being talkative.
(b) She was talkative in the same way as other students.
(c) She had the right to be talkative, as it was a classroom and not a prison.
(d) She found it impossible to be quiet like the others as she couldn’t change herself.
Question 33. Based on this extract, pick the option with the list of words that best describe Mr. Keesing.
(a) arrogant and stern
(b) strict and innovative
(c) lenientand strict
(d) innovative and jovial
Question 34. Mr. Keesing ‘had a good laugh’. This implies that
(a) he realised the humour in it and was amused.
(b) he celebrated his ability to make Anne write the essay.
(c) he ridiculed Anne in front of the whole class.
(d) he pulled up Anne for her arguments in the essay.
Question 35. Why did Mr. Keesing chose the title – ‘An Incorrigible Chatterbox’ as topic for Anne to write?
(a) because he expected Anne to express her inability to elaborate on such a topic.
(b) because he expected that this would embarrass Anne and would check her in discipline.
(c) because he expected her to apologise and not repeat her talkative behaviour.
(d) because he expected Anne to explore her creative writing skills.
VI. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
The following Sunday Lencho came a bit earlier than usual to ask if there was a letter for him. It was the postman himself who handed the letter to him while the postmaster, experiencing the contentment of a man who has performed a good deed, looked on from his office.
Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence — but he became angry when he counted the money. God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.
Immediately, Lencho went up to the window to ask for paper and ink. On the public writingtable,he started to write, with much wrinkling of his brow, caused by the effort he had to make to express his ideas.
(Letter to God)
Question 36. Select the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.
(I) Lencho had no faith in God
(II) Lencho was extremely ecstatic to see the amount
(III) Lencho was a naïve man
(IV) Lencho was a diligent farmer
(V) Lencho was angry on the amount being sent by God
(VI) Lencho had requested God to send him some amount
(VII) Lencho wrote a letter to his friend asking for some money
(a) (I), (II) & (VII)
(b) (II), (III) & (IV)
(c) (V), (VI) & (VII)
(d) (I), (II) & (III)
Question 37. Choose the option that correctly classifies fact/s and opinion/s in the statements given below:
(1) Lencho wrote a letter to God requesting him to send hundred pesos
(2) Lencho may have taken his friend’s help for food till the letter came
(3) Lencho firmly believed that God would help him
(4) Postmaster was a mature and kind hearted person as we could understand the problems of Lencho
(a) F- (1), (2) & (3) and O- (4)
(b) F- (1), (3) & (4) and O- (2)
(c) F – (1) & (2) and O- (3) & (4)
(d) F- (2) and O – (1) & (3)
Question 38. Choose the word that can NOT replace the word ‘denied’.
Question 39. What amount of money did Lencho receive?
(a) Thirty pesos
(b) Hundred pesos
(c) Seventy pesos
(d) Twenty pesos
Question 40. Identify Lencho’s emotions when he counted the money.
VII. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over – there it is in the water!
No use to say – ‘O there are other balls’:
(The Ball Poem)
Question 41. What does the expression ‘what, what is he to do?’ denotes:
(a) Loss of ball
(b) Further action of play
(c) Boy’s grief over the loss of ball
(d) Fetching of happiness
Question 42. What does the ball gone into the water symbolises?
(a) The ball will become wet.
(b) The boy will have to buy a new ball.
(c) The time that has gone by.
(d) The boy will be scolded by his parents.
Question 43. Which of the following option can NOT replace the term ‘merrily’.
Question 44. There is no use to say- ‘O there are other balls’ because:
(a) They will not be as good.
(b) That are special memories attached with this ball.
(c) They will not be as expensive.
(d) They will not be special.
Question 45. ‘What is the boy now, who has lost his ball’.
Which feeling is expressed in this line?
(d) no feelings
VIII. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
Griffin, the scientist, had carried out experiment after experiment to prove that the human body could become invisible. Finally he swallowed certain rare drugs and his body became as transparent as a sheet of glass — though it also remained as solid as glass. Brilliant scientist though he was, Griffin was rather a lawless person. His landlord disliked him and tried to eject him. In revenge Griffin set fire to the house. To get away without being seen he had to remove his clothes. Thus it was that he became a homeless wanderer, without clothes, without money, and quite invisible — until he happened to step in some mud, and left footprints as he walked!
(Footprints Without Feet)
Question 46. Select the option that describes the phrase ‘his body became as transparent as a sheet of glass’. It means that Griffin
(a) became fat
(b) became thin
(c) became strong
(d) became invisible
Question 47. Griffin carried out multiple experiments.
Why did he do so?
(a) to become the most successful
(b) to become invisible
(c) to become the richest
(d) to become the strongest
Question 48. What did Griffin do to take revenge from his landlord?
(a) murdered his landlord
(b) burnt his landlord’s house
(c) threw his landlord off a building
(d) beaten his landlord to death
Question 49. Choose the option that is NOT true about Griffin.
(a) He was a brilliant scientist
(b) he was successful at being invisible
(c) he was a lawful person
(d) he was revengeful
Question 50. Choose the option that is NOT true as per the extract.
(a) Griffin had a healthy relationship with his landlord
(b) Griffin became transparent as sheet of glass
(c) Griffin was a brilliant scientist
(d) Griffin became a homeless wanderer
IX. Attempt the following.
Question 51. Select the option that correctly classifies fact/s and opinion/s in the statements given below:
(1) Mandela was accompanied by his friends to the ceremony
(2) He was elated to achieve freedom for his nation
(3) He abolished racism form his nation
(4) He earned a lot of money
(a) F – (1), (2), (3) &(4)
(b) F- (1) & (3) and O- (2) , (4)
(c) F- (2), (3) and O – (1) , (4)
(d) O – (1) , (2) , (3) & (4)
Question 52. Why did the woman in-charge laugh at the pilot of old Dakota when he asked her about the black aero plane?
(a) as there was no other airplane flying on the stormy night
(b) as she thought the pilot was fooling her
(c ) as she was funny
(d) as it was an alien
Question 53. Choose the option that appropriately describes the relationship between the two statements given below.
(1) The tiger’s movement in silence in its zoo cage
(2) The tiger staring at the stars in the sky
(a) Beginning – ending
(b) cause – effect
(c) question – answer
(d) introduction – conclusion
Question 54. Which poetic device is used in the line “Balls, balls will be lost always, little boy”?
Question 55. Choose the option that appropriately describes the relationship between the two statements given below.
(1) Anne’s parents emigrated to Holland for work
(2) Anne and her sister were sent to live with their grandmother
(a) Beginning – ending
(b) cause – effect
(c) question – answer
(d) introduction – conclusion
Question 56. Maddie never liked Peggy for bullying Wanda but she never stopped her. Why?
(a) as she enjoyed watching it
(b) as she wasn’t courageous enough to stop Peggy from doing it
(c) as she wanted Peggy to do it
(d) as she wanted a revenge from Wanda
Question 57. Choose the reason why was the young seagull maddened when he looked at the food that her mother was holding.
(a) it was his favorite
(b) he wanted to taste it
(c) he was starving
(d) he wanted to play with his mother
Question 58. Select the correct combination of emotions that may end the world.
(a) fear – love
(b) anxiety – hatred
(c ) excitement – sadness
(d) Lust – hatred
Question 59. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
(1) Tricki had become so weak and malnourished
(2) Dr. Herriot decided to take Tricki away with him to his hospital
(a) (1) is true but (2) is false
(b) (1) is false but (2) is true
(c) Both (1) and (2) are true
(d) Both (1) and (2) are false
Question 60. When the train was moving, Hari couldn’t board it. Why?
(a) for thoughts in his mind
(b) for the fear of getting caught
(c) for the sake of his honesty
(d) for the sake of his friendship with Anil