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Class X English Paper 1
Grammar and Composition
Answer to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in
bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the
following: – 
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this
1.You feel sad and disgusted as you find so many children working in
shops, hotels, and factories. In spite of the government’s best efforts to give
them education, the situation has become very dismal. Evaluate the pathetic
situation of child labour with a few examples from daily life.
2.Which in your opinion is more important a healthy body or a healthy
mind? Substantiate your answer.
3.Imagine a situation in which a character from your favourite book
comes alive and visits you. Write an imaginary account of a day spent with this
4.Write a short story with an alien, a business man and a film actor as
5.Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an
account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of
the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be clear
connection between the picture and your composition.
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes
on this question] 
a) You come across an advertisement of an American student
inviting pen-friends from India. You decide to write a letter to him. Write a
letter describing your age, family, education, hobbies and interests.
Note: Bear with me for the faulty alignment.
b) Write an application in response to the following
Teachers in English Wanted Immediately
Barons School of Communications, a USA institution,
invites applications for Teachers to work in the Middle School Section.
A Masters Degree [M.Ed] and 3-4 years experience preferred.
Apply within 10 days to
Post Box 2729
Times of India,
Isaac Newton, a name that may still be seen today cut into the wood of a
window-sill at King’s School,Grantham, where he studied Grammar and Latin. At
first, Isaac Newton seemed to be rather a dull boy, and not very good at his
lessons. But he liked to use his hands, and used to make little machines, such
as wind-mills. He caught mice and compelled them to drive some of his
One day at school, Newton was kicked by a bigger boy who was
higher up in the class than he was himself. The kicking made Newton very angry
and he turned on the bigger boy and gave him a good beating. He also decided to
beat him at lessons, and this made him start work harder. After that, he
improved at his studies, and so perhaps the big boy who kicked Newton did a
service to the world.
Newton went to Cambridge University where he studied Mathematics
and Science. He started to make discoveries in Mathematics while still at
College. However, Newton did not confine his studies to Mathematics. He
became very interested in the nature of light, and he showed that sunlight,
which appears to us as white light, can be split up into the colours of the
One day, it is said, Newton watched an apple as it fell from a
tree to the ground. He began to wonder why it moved towards the earth, and not
upwards towards the sky. After a great deal of thought on this subject, he
produced his gravitation theory and published it in his great book ‘Principal’.
He showed that every body attacks every other body. The sun and the earth
attract each other, and so we do not fly away from the sun into the darkness and
coolness of outer space; the moon and the earth also attract each other, which
is why the moon stays near us and does not speed away, leaving us in darkness
Newton’s head was usually so full of ideas and problems that he was often
quite lost in thought. Many stories are told of his absent mindedness. Once,
when he was entering some guests at dinner, he went out of the room to fetch
some more wine. For a long time his friends awaited his return, but neither host
nor wine appeared. At last they went to look for him, and found him hard at work
in his study. The wine, the dinner, and his guests were all
On another occasion, he invited one of his friends to dinner, but when the
man arrived, the great philosopher was not there. The guest sat down to wait and
repeatedly looked hungrily at the dinner table not far away. Two places were
laid and everything seemed ready for an excellent meal.
After having waited a long time, the guest could wait not longer. He sat down
at the table and enjoyed splendid dinner alone after which he returned to
his other chair and sat down once more to wait for his host.
At last Newton came in. He looked at his friend in a puzzled manner and
realized that he had entirely forgotten him. After shaking his hand and
apologizing, he turned to the dinner table.He noticed that someone had already
“I’m sorry,” he said, apologizing once again.
“I see that I have eaten my dinner. I certainly ought to have
waited for you.”a)Three words from the passage are given Give the meaning of
each as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases are
- compelled (line 5)
- confine (line 13)
- splendid (line 35)
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:-
- How did Newton spend his early days at
- What was Newton’s immediate reaction when he was kicked by a bigger
- Why is it said that the boy who kicked Newton did a service to the
- What other discovery did Newton make besides the theory of
- Why was Newton referred to as a ‘great
4.Quote the line from the passage which illustrates Newton’s theory
the word ‘light’ in a sentence of your own such that it has a meaning different
from that used in the
(c) In not more than 60 words of your own , show how Newton was truly
absent minded.  (d) Give a title to your summary in 3(c) above
and give a reason to justify your choice. 
a) Rewrite the following sentences as according to the
instructions given after each.Make other changes that may be necessary but do
not change the meaning of any of the
- My father said to me” Let us go to the club.” [Change into indirect speech]
- No other empire in the world was as powerful as the Roman empire. [Use:
- As soon as he wins the race, he prostrates on the track. [Begin: No sooner…]
- The Principal disagreed with the proposal of the students, didn’t he? [ Use:
- Who replaced the player after he was injured? [ Use substitute
instead of replaced]
- Jasper has probably forgotten his mother’s birthday. [Begin: In…]
- For more information, please, contact the receptionist of the hotel. [Begin:
- He could not participate in the race as he had an injured foot. [ Use:
- Those that are helpless deserve our pity. [Begin: The helpless…]
- The reason of her failure is not known. [ Rewrite using ‘why’ in the
b) Complete each of the following sentences with a suitable
form of the word given in brackets: 
- She was ….. that she won a prize. [please]
- As the weather was bad, we …… at home. [stay]
- He ……. that he was innocent. [declare]
- I was surprised when I …… him talk so. [hear]
- A good name which can …….. can never be recovered. [ be, lose]
c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate
- Let us begin …….. the first poem.
- I do not approve……. Your action in the matter.
- He is seldom attentive ….. his lessons.
- He was cured …. his disease.
- I am very angry …… his misconduct.