CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Question Paper 2007 (3). Students can download the last year question papers using the link below. Free download of examination question papers with solutions. Last 10 year question papers should be practiced to get better marks in examinations.
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
1 One day, driving down a busy road in my town, I noticed a new fence, being built around a home, I’d always admired. The house, well over a hundred years old, faded white with large front porch, had once sat back from a quiet road. Then the road was widened, traffic lights went up, and the town began to look like a city. Now the house had hardly any front yard at all. Still, that yard, was always swept clean, and flowers burst forth from the hard ground. I began to notice a woman raking, sweeping, tending the flowers, cutting the grass. She even picked up the litter thrown by the countless cars that whizzed by. Each time I drove past the house, I watched the rapid progress of the picket fence. The elderly gardener added an overhead rose trellis and a gazebo. He painted it all to snow-white, and then the house to match.
2 One day I pulled off the road to stare long and hard at the fence. The carpenter had done such a magnificent job. I blinked tears away. I couldn’t bring myself to leave. I switched off the engine, walked over and touched the fence. It still smelt of fresh paint. I heard the woman trying to crank a lawn mower at the back. “Hi!” I called, waving. “Well hey”. She stood up straight and wiped her hands on her apron. “I - I came to see your fence. It’s beautiful.” She smiled. “Come sit on the front porch, and I’ll tell you about the fence.” “Sit on the rocking chair,” she said smilingly. I was suddenly overjoyed that I was on the porch drinking iced tea with the marvellous white picket fence surrounding me.
3 “The fence isn’t for me,” the woman explained matter-of-factly. “I live alone. But since so many people come by here, I thought they’d enjoy seeing something real pretty. People look at my fence and wave. A few, like you, even stop and sit on the porch to talk.” “But didn’t you mind when this road was widened and there was so much change ?” “Change is a part of life and the making of character, dear. When things happen that you don’t like, you have two choices : you get bitter or better.” When I left she called out : “Come back any time. And leave the gate open. It looks friendlier.” I carefully left the gate ajar and drove off, feeling something deep inside me. I didn’t know what to call it, but I could picture the hard brick wall around my heart crumbling. And in its place this neat little white picket fence was being built. I planned on leaving the gate open for whatever or whoever might come my way.
1.1 Complete the sentences given below :
(a) The house lost all its front yard when_____________ .
(b) The lady of the house made the fence____________ .
(c) The lady made the author feel at home by ________ .
1.2 Fill in the blanks :
The lady of the house kept her (a)_____________ spick and span. She made sure that the fence looked (b)_____________ for the sake of others. This shows the (c)____________ of the lady. She realised that being better was the best way to (d)______________ with change. The meeting with the lady brought about a welcome (e) __________________ in the narrator.
1.3 Find words from the passage that mean the same as the following :
(a) observed/paid attention to para 1
(b) rubbish/garbage para 1
(c) splendid/excellent para 2
(d) partly open para 3
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
1 Set in the declining but still green Western Ghats in the South-West of Karnataka, Coorg is the heart of India’s coffee country. Coffee is the world’s most heavily traded commodity after crude oil. Coorg boasts a land area four times larger than Hong Kong and seven times the area of Singapore. Most of it is under tree cover because unlike tea plants, the coffee bush requires shade.
2 India is acknowledged as the producer of the finest mild coffees. With their tropical climate, high altitude, abundant rainfall and fertile soil, Coorg and the neighbouring Chickmangalur districts in Karnataka have consistently produced and exported high quality coffee for over 150 years. The coffee output of these two districts accounts for 70 percent of the total coffee produced in the country. Coorg coffee is valued for its blue colour, clean beans and fine liquoring qualities and hence is in demand in the international markets.
3 In March and April, the coffee blossom time in Coorg, when blossoms transform into berries, the bushes are cropped. The cherry-red fruit is then pulped; the seeds separated, dried and sent for curing. Coorg or Kodagu is the district which is one of the largest producers of pepper, cardamom and honey in the world.
4 Not much is known about the early history of Coorg. Recorded history is available only from 1600 A.D. onwards when Kodava Rajas ruled over the region and established their capital at Mercara by constructing a mud-walled fort. The martial Kodavas troubled Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, who ruled the Mysore region in the 18th century, by way of sporadic rebellions. But in 1785, Tipu’s large army marched into Kodagu and devastated the kingdom. Fourteen years later, with the help of the British, who defeated Tipu Sultan following the historic siege of Srirangapatana in 1799, Coorg regained independence and under the leadership of Raja Veerarajendra rebuilt the capital. Later in 1834, the British exiled its ruler Chikkaveera Rajendra and assumed administrative charge of the district. The British left India in 1947, leaving behind a legacy of coffee plantations, colonial buildings and well-planned road networks.
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