CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Question Paper 2007 (2). 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.
(Language and Literature)
SECTION A (Reading)
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
India has a long tradition of proper use and wise conservation of all resources that are useful to people. Forests have been the lifeline for tribals and other forest dwelling communities since ages. For the conservation of forests, the concept of sacred groves (small groups of trees) was started. In fact, the practice of dedicating groves to local gods has a long history. They are the ancient natural sanctuaries where all forms of living creatures are given protection by a god. These sacred groves have been a traditional means of protecting a large number of different kinds of animals and plants. Nobody is permitted to cut any tree or plant, kill any animal or bird, or do any harm to any form of life in this area. Such groves can still be found in most states, notably Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Meghalaya. The Bishnois of Rajasthan are the followers of a faith that encourages them to protect and worship nature; the khejri tree and the black buck are held in high regard.
1.1 (a) Why do the tribals conserve forests ?
(b) Why was the concept of ‘sacred groves’ started ?
(c) How has India maintained a long tradition of sacred groves ?
(d) Where do such groves exist now ?
(e) Which faith is followed by the Bishnois ?
1.2 Which words in the passage mean the same as the following :
(b) places of refuge for birds and animals
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
In India, since the earliest times, the traditional artisans, whether they worked for the royal patrons or met the needs of villagers, belonged to artisan families. The craft they practiced was inherited from their forefathers. It was invariably the father or the grandfather who trained his sons in the fine points of his hereditary craft. He used to pass his age-old skills and expertise to the next generation. The patrons of the village painters were ‘the local people, the local temple priests, landlords, rich farmers and others. In addition, traditional artists expressed religious themes through the art. Their works also centred around the folk songs or legends or the brave acts of the local warriors or heroes. A number of folk paintings are the creations of rural women, the illiterate housewives, who painted the mud walls of their homes and their thresholds on ceremonial and auspicious occasions. In this case, painting was a personal, family obligation, dictated by socio-religious customs. (a) On which occasions did the village women paint the walls of their homes ?
(b) How did the traditional artisans learn their craft ?
(c) For whom did the village painters draw and paint ?
(d) What are the themes of folk paintings ?
(e) How did folk paintings educate the villagers ?
3. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
The Van Gujjars are forest dwelling people that have been living in the foothills of the Himalayas for centuries, rearing their buffaloes in the forests and pasture lands. In winter, the Gujjars cut down branches from selected fodder trees. They make sure that enough branches and leaves are left so that the tree may grow again during the remaining period of the year. Also, they cut the branches just before the time of leaf fall of the particular species. In this way they ensure that the tree gets the full benefit of the foliage for growth. Buffalo manure provides a very rich fertilizer for the forests. They live in complete harmony with the forests and their wildlife. Wherever they live, the wildlife thrives. They protect and conserve the forests and the wildlife. They know every species of tree, animal, and bird. They recognize every sound in the forest and its meaning.
(a) Who are the Van Gujjars’ ? What is their occupation ?
(b) How do the Gujjars protect and conserve the forests ?
(c) Mention the seasons when they cut down the branches.
(d) What knowledge do the Van Gujjars have about the wildlife ?
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