CBSE Class 10 English Communicative SA 1 2011 (7). 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 practised to get better marks in examinations.
SECTION - A
(Reading - 20 Marks)
1. Read the following passage carefully.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option from the ones given below :
Hot summer days remind me of my childhood in a little village. There was a large banyan tree right in the middle of the village, where I spent hours playing each day during my holidays. The tree was like a massive umbrella with its branches providing much needed shade and succour. Travellers spend some time under it and catching their breath before going on their way. To make them comfortable there was a horegallu- a stone bench - under the tree. On this bench anyone could sit and rest awhile, chat with a fellow traveller and exchange news of the road.
The horegallu in my village holds special memories for me as it is linked with my grandfather - a retired school teacher who spent hours every day sitting under the tree talking to those resting there. When I would get tired of playing, I would sit next to him and observe the people and listen to their conversation. Often it centred around their daily lives and worries. They talked about the difficulties they lived with and my grandfather would only listen to them. When they left, they blessed the horegallu for being their. I did not understand why they had to bless a stone bench. My grandfather then told me, "Child, a horegallu is essential in any journey. We all carry our own burdens according to our situations and capacities. But every now and then we need to stop, put the burden down and rest. The horegallu helps people to regain their strength."
(a) Horegallu was supposed to be :
(i) a stone bench for resting.
(ii) a lovely garden with benches to sit on.
(iii) a name given to the banyan tree.
(iv) a central hall in which travellers could rest.
(b) The travellers blessed the horegallu in the village because :
(i) it provided them a place to rest.
(ii) it helped them quench their thirst.
(iii) they would often meet up with old friends.
(iv) by resting and venting out their worries they would regain strength to go on with their remaining journey.
(c) Grandfather loved to spend hours everyday sitting under the tree because :
(i) he could pass his time talking to strangers.
(ii) he could keep an eye on his daughter. (iii) he loved the shade of the tree.
(iv) by giving a patient hearing to the stories of the difficulties and worries of the travellers he would often help them feel better.
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