CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Question Paper 2010 (1). 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. I felt stupid, being made to stand on the desk while the other kids were bent over their notebooks. I couldn’t understand my new school or my new classmates, or their alien language – English – and the fact that they could do sums in their head, while I struggled with a paper and pencil. For me, at age six, the good times had ended. Life seemed a far cry from those days in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, all thanks to my grandfather’s reflected glory. He was a military doctor, a great man, and I lived with him. And so even policemen gave me affectionate salaams, which I learned to acknowledge with a nod. I’d simply lay my head down on the desk and sleep in class, if bored. I was a pampered little prince.
2. In early 1971, my parents decided it was time I moved to Bombay where father worked. My first few days were a disaster. No one spoke Tamil or Telugu, the only languages I knew. I couldn’t keep pace with their writing or reading. Then one day, a slight plump lady with large spectacles, wearing trousers walked into the classroom. “Hello,” she said, “My name is Miss Jean. I am your new class teacher.” She’d done her homework. Spotting me in a back corner, she beckoned me to the front. My almost empty notebooks must have given Miss Jean a clue that I needed the extra attention. If the class had to write a page, I’d be made to write two. Even during PT, I had to stay back and write. When I was caught sneaking to the window to watch the others playing, Miss Jean put me in the middle row, far from the window.
3. I made some progress and Miss Jean made it a point to praise every little achievement. If I did my work wrong, she’d call me to her desk, hug me and show me how to correct my errors. Mistakes were only human in her eyes, but neglecting home work was a crime – there’d be a terse comment in my diary for mother to see. And I’d be grounded that evening. Meanwhile I was getting possessive and minded if another child got more hugs. By Christmas, I stood fifth in class. “I am very proud of Srikant,” she told the class after reading out the marks. I related that moment to mother again and again. When I returned after summer vacations, I heard that Miss Jean had got married and was going to Australia.
4. Many years went by. I graduated in engineering, then in management, got a job, married and had kids. One day I found myself thinking of Miss Jean. Soon afterwards I found myself in Sydney, Australia, on an official trip. I tried looking up my teacher in the phone book. But it was of no help as I did not know even her surname. Thank you, Miss Jean, wherever you are for the tact and patience with which you taught me.
1.1 Complete the following sentences.
(a) When the author got bored in his class while he studied in Nellore, he _______________.
(b) He was given a preferential treatment when he was a child because _________________.
(c) The author felt very bad and could not mix with his new classmates because __________.
(d) When Miss Jean discovered that the author needed her extra attention she assigned him ________.
(e) Miss Jean put the author in the middle row far from the window when she found ________________.
(f) When the author committed mistakes, Miss Jean made it a point to __________.
(g) The author became so possessive of Miss Jean that __________.
1.2 Find words from the passage that mean the same as
(a) spoiled with too much attention (para 1)
(b) called / signalled (para 2)
(c) having excessive desire to own (para 3)
(d) fail to do something (para 3)
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