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CBSE 2009 - Class 10 - English Language and Literature Paper (Outside-Delhi Set-1)
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SECTION–D (Text Books) (45 marks)

12. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to number the answers correctly. 5 marks

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.

(a) Who delivered the letter and to whom ? - 1

(b) What did the postmaster do in the meantime ? - 1

(c) Which ‘good deed’ is referred to here ? - 1

(d) Why was Lencho not surprised on seeing the money ? - 1

(e) Find the noun form of the word ‘content’ from the passage. 1

13. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to number the answers correctly. 5 marks

All I think about when I'm with friends is having a good time. I can't bring myself to talk about anything but ordinary everyday things. We don't seem to be able to get any closer, and that's the problem. May be it's my fault that we don't confide in each other. In any case, that's just how things are, and unfortunately

they're not liable to change. This is why I've started the diary.

(a) What does Anne think about when she is with friends ? - 1

(b) Mention any two problems which she thinks she has in relation to her firends. - 2

(c) What is the reason for her to start writing a diary ? - 1

(d) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘to tell personal things privately to a person that one trusts’ ? - 1

14. Answer the following question in about 80 words: - 6 marks

The pilot is lost in storn clouds. How does he reach safely ?

OR

Describe Coorg's weather, main crops and the sports which fascinate the visitors.

15. Answer any two of the following questions in 30 -40 words each: - 4

(a) What is the play, ‘The Proposal’ about?

(b) Where dos Wanda sit in the classroom and why?

(c) Why was the young seagull afraid to fly with his brothers and sisters?

16. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet.Remember to number the answers correctly. - 4

Now the name of the little black kitten was Ink,

And the little grey mouse, she called him Blink,

And the little yellow dog was sharp as Mustard,

But the dragon was a coward, and she called him Custard.

(a) Who are the characters in this stanza ? 2

(b) Who is ‘she’ ? 1

(c) What does she call the dragon ? 1

OR

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree

(a) What is the dust of snow ? 1

(b) Who shook it down ? 1

(c) What does ‘the dust of snow’ stand for ? 1

(d) What is a “hemlock tree” ? 1

17. Answer any two of the following questions in 30-40 words each, on the basis of the lines given below : - 6marks

(a) On pads of velvet quiet,

In his quiet rage.

Who is referred to here ?

Why does he express his anger quietly ? - 3

(b) (1 am an orphan, roaming the street. ...)

Who is ‘I’ ? Is she an orphan ? Why does she say so ? - 3

(c) long-cramped boughs shuffling under the roof

Like newly discharged patients

Why does the poet compare branches with patients ? - 3

18. Answer the following question in about 100 words : - 8 marks

Science is a good servant but a bad master. How is this applicatble to Griffin's scientific discovery? Give examples from the text.

OR

Mrs. Pumphrey is a very loving and caring mistrees for Tricki. Do you agree ? Give a reasoned answer.

19. Answer the following question in 30 -40 words: - 4

How did Hari Singh know that Anil had forgiven him ?

OR

What lesson did Elbright learn when he did not win anything at a science fair ?

20. Answer the following question in 20-30 words : - 3

Why did Monsieur Loisel go out into the cold night minutes after returning from the ball ? Was he successful in his errand ?

OR

Why was the twentieth century called the ‘Era of the” Book’ ?



 
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