Section - A
1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below. Impoverished children Beat odds to turn Role models
Being born in a poor family often cuts into a child‟s chances of a bright future, but not for the group of children who have not only managed to beat their misfortune but have also turned into inspiring role models for others in their communities.
Nanda Munda, a thirteen year old tribal boy from a remote village of Odhisha‟sNayagarh district was forced to work at a road-side eatery to help his family to meet their daily needs, but his strong desire to not only just helped him fulfill his dream, but also made him a „ change maker „ in his community who now inspires others to continue to go to school. Similarly,NazeemaKhatoon ( 14) who hails from a small village in Jamtara district of Jharkhand, always believed that all children should enjoy their childhood and not to be sent to work. This belief which she held despite all the difficulties of living in acute poverty, helped her turn into an activist who is now a known figure in her locality.
The story of SukraMajhi is nothing different, as the 16 year old from a remote Odisha village proved that poverty and disability could not stop one from dreaming big even making them happen. Majhi, blind one eye, who was forced to quit school a few years ago, is now a player with India‟s blind cricket team. He has recently represented the country in a tournament against Pakistan. What is common among these children is that they all have got the much-needed assistance and motivation that helped them dream for a better and a meaningful future. DoloMohopatra, National Director of Child Fund India, an international NGO which has been working for such children for the past 60 years in India says “ Every child has some potential circumstances prevent them from realizing that. All they need is a small push. If we can provide them that, they can also shine like other privileged children”.
1. What would be major setback often cuts into child‟s bright future ?
2. Describe Nanda Munda‟s success story-
3. NazeemaKhatoon turned into an activist. Why ?
4. Explain how the story of SukraMajhi is inspiring-
5. What is the opinion of DolaMohapatra about these children ?
6. The common factor among all these children mentioned in the passage is-
7. Who proved the point that disability cannot kill the human spirit ?
8. The word which means living in deplorable state or abject penury
Should E- Learning Technology Replace Teachers?
1. Gone are the days when one had to wait for a teacher to get back to you to clear your doubts. In this age of technology, we can learn things at any time, from any place. We need not wait to begin learning until the start of the semester, as e-learning has become popular around the world.
2. A person sitting in a remote place can learn anything the world offers. Students belonging to different countries can learn the courses offered from a country they cannot afford to go to. What is the need for a teacher when a person can find things out for himself or herself? E-learning was devised such that the educators‟ work is reduced. Through elearning, the process of learning is revamped. It makes one feel independent, but does this mean we no longer require teachers?
3. Of course not! E-learning is made easy because they are a set of learned educators and teachers working together to put in the information required and organizing things such that the person on the other end gets a hustle -free and hassle-free training session.
4. You may think that you will be able to completely rely on technology to get the answers for all your questions. But the truth is that you will still require a guide to take you through the right path. At times, you may not be able to get the right answer but will be led into a loop wherein everything you get as an answer is not relevant. In such cases one requires a teacher who has done intensive study and research on the subject.
5. Also, a system may crash any time. You cannot 100 percent rely on something that is virtual. E-learning is a „ virtual „ learning process. Just imagine, actually you are interacting with „nobody‟ but only a programmed machine. It is incomplete if there is nobody to update the data or guide you through properly or answer your queries as and when they occur. Nothing can take over human intelligence and the teachers who share knowledge without hesitating. No technology or man-made robot can ever replace the “old reliable teacher‟ who is just a call away, to answer you, guide you and to help you out and most importantly, be your motivator.
2.1Answer the following questions
a) Why does the author state that no machine can replace the „old reliable teacher‟?
b) As per the passage, what are the author‟s views about the reliability of e-learning?
c) What are the major advantages of e-learning mentioned in the passage?
d) What are the two reasons given in the passage for e-learning being easy?
2.2 Find out the most suitable words from the passage for the given expressions
a) The word which means „far off place , distant land or unconnected
b)An antonym of „ relevant‟ in Para 4 is ……………..
c)What do you mean by „virtual‟
d)“Nothing can take over human intelligence”- find the most suitable expression from the passage, that substitutes the statement.
Section B ( Writing and grammar )
3. Tourism is an industry which not only generates foreign revenue but also creates a plethora of employment opportunities. In spite of having rich treasures of historical heritage, India is lagging behind in projecting itself as a global tourist destination. Write a letter to the Editor of a National Daily about the reasons for the grim state of tourism and suggest ways and means to promote tourism.(Insanitary and unhygenic conditions at all holy pilgrimage centers-Lack of transport facility- Scarcity of accommodation-. Fleecing tendency of vendors and priests- Uncultured behavior of pilgrims- Security threats and terrorist attacks )
4. One door closes, another door opens‟ is a famous quote, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which opens for us. (A young man- goes for an interview for a job- interviewed by the board members- rejectedcomes out dejected- meets an old man on the way- car broke down- no garage nearbyseeks young man‟s help- young man unmindful of his new clean and ironed dress offers to help- car repaired- old man happy and grateful- offers to give him lift in the carcomes to know that the young man was looking for a job- gives job in his reputed firm) Develop a story upholding the statement given above by using the hints given in brackets.
5.The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each of the line against which a blank is given.
Yesterday I have met an old friend a)
She is living in Mumbai for many b)
years . She is a intelligent girl and c)
She hopes to be a successful person one day.
6. The factual passage given below has missed out certain verb forms. Use the correct form of verbs and complete the passage. 1/2X6= 3 Marks
The battle of Haldighati a)_________________( fight) in the sixteenth century.
MaharanaPratap b)__________________( defeat) in the battle. A number of his soldiers
c)____________ ( kill) . Many of them d) ( take ) as prisoners. He escaped to the jungles of Mewar. He e)______________( pursue) by the Mughal army but f) _ not ( capture) . 3 m
7. Read the conversation given below and complete the passage that follows 1x4=4 M
Swaroop ; I am planning to visit my aunt in Delhi next week
Varun ; Is she working there?
Swaroop : she is a lawyer in supreme court
Varun : How long will you be there?
Swaroop ; For about a week.
Swaroop told varun a)________________in Delhi the following week. Varun wanted to know b)_______________________. Swaroop agreed and said c)______________________. Varun asked how long d)_______________________ there. Swaroop replied that he would bethere for about a week.
Section C- Literature and Long Reading Novel
8. ANSWER ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
And he stoppeth one of three
By thy long grey beard and glittering eye
He holds him with his skinny hand
“there was a ship,” quoth he.
a) Who does “He“ refer to in the above extract ?
b) Pick out the words that describe the physical condition of speaker
c) Why is his hand called “ skinny”?
“ I am going back to my grandmother. My lawyer will communicate with you later,”
a) Who speaks the above lines?
b) Why is the speaker going back?
c) What kind of temperament did you notice in the character or speaker ?
9. Answer any four of the following question in about 30-40 words.
a) What was Calpurnia‟s dream and how did Decius Brutus interpret it?
b) What were sufferings undergone by mariners in the silent sea?
c) Why did Lavinia decide to leave her husband and what did she do
d) “ I have something to expiate” Explain.
e) what were the lines engraved on the pedestal? What character trait of the king is revealed?
10 VALUE BASED QUESTION Following are the lines from “ Julius Caesar “
„ And turn pre-ordinance and first decree into the law of children “ I am constant as northern star”. Cowards die many times before their death but valiant once in life. Julius Caesar was firm and resolute. He did not budge an inch on decision taken. And he was not afraid of death in dispensing his duties. Laws are meant to establish orderliness in society . One can glean a bundle of values from his life. We need leaders like Julius Caesarprepare a speech to be delivered in the morning assembly.
The poem, Ozymandias‟ illustrates the vanity of human greatness- comment. It is a poem on the conceit of those in power. One should understand the transience of human life and pretensions of fame and fortune. Identify the values conveyed through the message of the poem-
11. NOVEL – LONG READING TEXT Answer any one of them
a) Teachers are pace setters for future generations. They immensely contribute to the society. After reading the book we realize Helen‟s teacher Anne Sullivan was indeed a Miracle worker in the life of Helen Killer. Comment with examples and also stress upon the need of having such teachers who are endowed with patience and perseverance.
b) The theme of “ The story of My life “ can be summed up as the triumph of fortitude and perseverance over the disabilities and infirmities. Her story is an inspiration to all the physically challenged people in the world. What message does Helen want to convey through the story of life ?
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