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CBSE 2009 - Class 10 - English Language and Literature Paper (Outside-Delhi Set-1)
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2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 8 marks

Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. At the age of 34, her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California Coast.

On the 4th of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath.” The fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats. She struggled on -hour after hour -while millions watched on - television.

Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her the goal wasn’t much farther. But all she could see was fog. They urged her not to quit. But with only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out. Several hours later she told a reporter that it was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her. It was the fog. She was unable to see her goal.

Two months later she tried again. It was the same dense fog. But she swam with her goal clearly pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere behind the fog was land. And this time she succeeded.

She became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, eclipsing the men’s record by two hours. (210 words)

(a) What was Florence Chadwick’s goal at the age of 34? 1

(b) How did the people witness her performance? 1

(c) How did her mother and her trainer encourage Florence? 2

(d) What made her quit when she had only a half mile to go? 1

(e) In spite of the same fog, what made her succeed the second time? 2

(f) What record did she set? 1