CBSE Class 10 English Sample Paper 2017 Set F



1 Read the passage given below and answer the questions I complete the sentences that follow: 

Mirrors have been used since ages. It is said that Archimedes used huge mirrors to focus the heat of the sun's rays on enemy ships to bum them. The same principle is used in solar cookers where mirrors are used to reflect and focus the sun's rays on to cooking containers. Astronomers use huge concave mirrors to focus starlight. The mirrors used in telescopes are polished by giving a thin coat of silver or aluminum to the glass. With the telescopes, astronomers can see the heavenly bodies but even without the telescopes one can see the moon. A full moon shining overhead is a beautiful sight. But it is also a puzzle because if the sun and the moon both give the same sunlight, then why is the moonlight more pleasant? The reason is that the moon reflects very little sunlight, in fact, only seven percent of the light it receives. The earth reflects about half of the radiation that it receives from the sun. Imagine how bright the earth must be looking from the moon? One can even read a book on the moon in the earth light. However, you do not have to travel all the way to the moon to realize how strong the earthlight is. Observe the crescent moon soon after all the new moon. The bright crescent is illuminated by the sun. The rest of the moon is illuminated by earthlight. In other words, the light reflected by the earth is falling on the moon. This is being reflected back to us and is strong enough to show the moon faintly. As the cresce nt increases in size, this effect disappears Fresh snow is the best reflector of sunlight in nature. The bright light reflected by it can dazzle and harm your eyes. Mountaineers, therefore, use dark glasses.

(a) Archimedes used mirrors to focus the heat of the sun's rays to

(b) Mirrors used in telescopes are polished by giving the glass a thin coat of

(c) The principle of focusing the sun's rays is used in _

(d) The bright light reflected by fresh snow can____

(e) The earth reflects. the radiation received from the sun.

(f) The moon absorbs most of thelight it receives and reflects only

(g) The dim part of the crescent moon is lighted by _

(h) Mountaineers wear ___ while climbing mountains.


2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions/ choose the correct option: 

"Something is coming uphill", said Mother Wolf, twitching one ear. "Get ready." The bushes rustled a little in the thicket and Father Wolf dropped on his haunches under him, ready for his leap. Then, if you had been watching, you would have seen the most wonderful thing in the world - the wolf checked in mid-spring. He made his leap before he saw what he was jumping at, and then he tried to stop himself. The result was that he had shot up straight into the air for four or five feet, landing almost where he had left the ground. "Man!" he snapped.

"A man's cub. Look!"

Directly in front of him, holding on a low branch, stood a naked brown baby who could just walk - as soft and as dimpled a little atom as ever came to a wolf's cave at night. He looked up into Father Wolf's face and laughed. "Is that a man's cub?" said Mother Wolf. "I have never seen one. Bring it here. How little! How naked! How bold!" she said softly. The baby was pushing his way between the cubs to get close to the warm hide."Aha! He is taking his meal with the others. And so this is a man's cub. Now,was there ever a wolf that could boast of a man's cub among her children?" "I have heard now and again of such a thing, but never in our pack or in my time," said Father Wolf. "He is altogether without hair, and I could kill him with a touch of my foot. But see, he looks up and is not afraid."

The moonlight was blocked out of the mouth of the cave, for Shere Khan's great square headand shoulders were thrust into the entrance. Tabaqui, behind him, was squeaking: "My lord, my lord, it went inhere!"

"Shere Khan does us great honor," said Father Wolf, but his eyes were very angry."What does Shere Khan need?"

"My quarry. A man's cub went this way, " said Shere Khan. "Its parents have run off. Give it to me."

(a) Why did Father Wolf drop on his haunches?

(b) Why did he stop inthe middle of his jump?

(c) What did a man's club look like?

(d) What did it do to keep itself warm?

(e) What is meant by the word 'bold'? (para 3)

         (i)  brave              (ii) smart    

         (iii)bright              (iv) thrust

(f) What is meant by the word 'spring'? (para 1)

          (i) coil                 (ii) jump

          (iii) cushion          (iv) bed

(g) What is meant by the word 'altogether'? (para 4)

           (i) combined            (ii) cleverly

           (iii) completely         (iv) quiet

(h) What is the opposite of the word 'uphill'?

          (i) bottom          (ii) plain

          (iii) valley           (iv) downhill



3. You recently visited an important historical monument. You were shocked to find it in a state of utter  neglect. Taking help from unit, 'Travel and Tourism', the clues given below and with your own ideas, write a letter to the 'editor of a leading newspaper in)00-120 words ,highlighting the poor condition of important archeological and heritage sites. Point out the lack of essential services, the poor state of maintenance and its misuse by people. Give suggestions for improving the situation. 


• lack of maintenance

• poor security

• funds not properly used

• dumping garbage

• graffiti

4. 'It was a dark night . There was no one. At lam, suddenly it started raining ...... I could hear the noise of the cats crying. Suddenly ......... Complete the story in150-200words.  

5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate  word/ phrases from the given options. 

The Passenger Pigeon, or, as it is usually named in America, the Wild Pigeon, moves with extreme rapidity, propelling itself by quickly repeated flaps of the wings, which it brings more or less near to the body, (a)                to the degree of velocity which is required. Like the

Domestic Pigeon, it often flies during the love season (b)a circling manner, supporting itself with both wings angularly elevated in (c)      position it keeps them until it is about to alight.


6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number. The first one has been done as an example. 


 7 Read the conversation given below and complete the paragraph that follows: 

Sumit :  Where were you yesterday evening ?

Amit : There was a dance drama by Padmashree Shovana Narayan. I went

Sumit :How well are you prepared for your exam next week ?

Amit : I have been preparing for the last two weeks.

Sumit asked Amit {a) Amit replied that (b) and he had gone there. Sumit wanted to know (c) for the exam next week. Amit told him that he had been preparing for the last two weeks.



8 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 


" The whole universe is built up through love and the grief reparation is inescapable".

(a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy?

(b) What pain has the speaker gone through?

(c) What does the word 'inescapable' mean?


Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 

Now the frog puffed up with rage.

"Brainless bird-you're on the stageUse

your wits and follow fashion.

Puff your lungs out with your passion".

(i) Why was the frog puffed up with rage ?

(ii) Give the opposite of 'Brainless' ?

(iii) What happened when the nightingale puffed up her lungs ?

Answer the following questions in 30 - 40 words:

9(i) What does Mrs.Slater want to do better than the Jordons ? 

(ii) Bring out the sum and substance of Shakespeare's sonnet, "Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments?" 

(iii) How did the boys make themselves useful to the narrator? 

(iv) Why is the woman agitated and has tears inher eyes? (Mirror) 

10 Imagine yourself to b" the Nightingale (The Frog and the Nightingale). You realize how  foolish you were not to recognize your capabilities and tried to emulate the frog. Write a letter to your friend 'Cuckoo' describing your feelings. 


The poem The Frog and the Nightingale tells us how simple and genuine talent is exploited by people for their personal gains. Write a letter to the poet Vikram Seth mentioning how deeply you were touched by the poem and how beautifully it exposes the bitter truth of life.

Attempt either question no. 11 or 12.

11 Give an account of some of the problems faced by the persons in the Secret Annexe? Discuss in light of 'Diary of a Young Girl'. 


'But enough about my illness, I am fit as a fiddle again'. What does it tell about Anne ? 

12 Helen's first experience of 'nature as a destructive force' was when she was up in the cherry tree. What kind of feelings were experienced by her?  


Write a detailed character-sketch of Mr.William Edicott as friend. 


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