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1. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
 If our forests are in peril so are our grasslands with both man and animals contributing to the destruction. And the problem is by no means new. A survey done 30 years ago had classified 80 per cent of the country’s grasslands as “poor” but even today there is no policy on the management or protection of grasslands, no effort to break the vicious circle that is playing havoc on the diversity they support.
 As a recent issue of the magazine “Down to Earth” noted, the growing demand for cultivable land is eating into our grasslands. Common lands, which once provided grazing ground, are being used for other purposes and our growing livestock is destroying what remains. India is now the second biggest dairy producer in the world with one livestock animal for every two persons. In fact, 25 per cent of the total gricultural produce comes from cattle rearing and dairy farming.
 So, as grasslands are getting degraded, more and more animals are needed to produce the same amount of milk that means an increasing demand for fodder. Moreover, goats have become popular because they also eat the roots.
 But this again means further degradation of grasslands. Weeds are replacing edible grass and soil erosion and water loss follow with far-reaching consequences for both man and animals.
 Perhaps the most affected are the 200 tribes, which amount to six per cent of the total population. Forced by the progressive decline in pasturelands many are giving up their traditional way of life of pastoral nomadism and joining the ranks of the urban and rural poor.
Several species of animals and birds which are linked to the bio diversity of grasslands including the wild buffalo, black buck, wild ass and chinkara are also under threat as also a host of insects and reptiles.
 Quite obviously, there is an urgent need for a long term holistic policy on the management and conservation of grasslands, one that will stress on improving the quality of livestock rather than quantity and will take traditional pastoral systems into account while developing strategies to meet the growing needs of the country.
A. On the basis of your understanding of the passage, complete the following statements: 1*5
[a] Grasslands are getting degraded not just because of __________________________.
[b] A recent issue of “Down to Earth” has ______________________.
[c] The 200 tribes, which amount to six per cent of the total population, have _________________.
[d] 80 per cent of the country’s grasslands______________________________.
[e] Till date, there is no policy___________________________________.
B. Answer the following questions in complete statements: 1*3
[a] Give a suitable title for the passage.
[b]Why do you think the author has stated that there is an urgent need for a long term holistic policy? Give reason to support your opinion.
[c]What do you think is the central idea of this passage? Give reason to support your opinion.
C. Find synonyms for the following words from the passage: 1*2
[a] danger [Para 1]
[b] bringing up and caring [Para 2]
D. Find antonyms for the following words from the passage: 1*2
[a] modern [Para 6]
[b] increase [Para 5]
2. R Read the poem carefully and answer the questions that follow:
There came a giant to my door,
A giant fierce and strong;
His step was heavy on the floor,
His arms were ten yards long.
He scowled and frowned, he shook the ground,
I remembered through and through;
At length I looked him in his face,
And cried, ‘Who cares for you’?
The mighty giant as I spoke,
Grew pale and thin and small;
And through his body, as ‘it were’ smoke,
I saw the sunshine fall.
Such giants came to strike us dumb,
But weak in every part;
They melt before the strong man’s eyes,
They fly the truth of heart.
A. Choose the most appropriate option to answer the following questions: 1* 6
[a]The poet has described his _______________, most prominently, in the poem.
[i] strength [ii] fear [iii] both [i] and [ii] [iv] none of these
[b] A __________ came to the poet’s door.
[i] giant [ii] fairy [iii] God [iv] policeman
[c] 'I saw the sunshine' is an example of ___________.
[i] alliteration [ii] simile [iii] personification [iv]metaphor
[d] In these lines, the giant has been portrayed as___________.
[i] weak [ii] dull [iii] shy [iv] strong and violent
[e] The word ‘melt’ here means ________________.
[i] to become strong [ii] to grow weak [iii] to think [iv] all of these
[f] Through this poem, the poet wants to tell that_____________________.
[i] nothing can stop a strong person. [ii] giants are weak
[iii] the boy looked like a giant [iv]all of these
B. Give a suitable title for the poem. Justify your opinion.
C. Find a synonym for ‘anger’ from the poem:
D. Find an antonym for ‘freeze’ from the poem.
SECTION-B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR [30 Marks]
3. On the occasion of Diwali, your society organized a rangoli making competition for its
members. Write a diary entry describing your excitement about winning this event with your family and the fun you had during this activity. [70-80 words]
Write a notice for your school notice board informing the students about an interschool Mono Drama Competition ‘D-drama’ [Topic: My Life As A Solider] to be held at Manav Rachna High School on September 15,2018. Build up necessary information like time, participants, venue etc.[50 words]
4. You are Mohit/Mohena Kapoor, a resident of 95, Pocket IV, Sunder Nagar, Chennai. Write a letter to your friend, Dipesh, telling him how you saved a drowning boy. [120-150 words]
You are Anjana/Arjun Chowdhary. Write a letter requesting the Traffic Manager of the City Transport Undertaking to make more buses available in your colony to provide an efficient bus service to the daily commuters. [120-150 words]
• Introduce yourself and the purpose of your writing.
• Refer to some recent incidents that you faced due to availability of less buses.
• Give suggestions, what should be done.
The Literary Club of your school is organising a story writing competition on the topic “The Day I Became A Superstar”. Map your ideas with the hints given below and write a story for the competition in about 120-150 words.
6. The following passage has not been edited. Find mistake/mistakes in each line and write the correct as well as the incorrect words in your answer sheet:
John Lennon was a English musician, singer [a] _____________ ______________
and song writer. He become famous as the [b] _____________ ______________
founders members of the rock band ‘Beatles’ - the [c] _____________ ______________
most commercially successful band in a history of [d] _____________ ______________
popular music. When the ‘Beatles’ breaks up, [e] _____________ ______________
Lennon come out as a wise man. [f] ______________ ______________
Most of his songs is a reflection of the society [g] _____________ ______________ of sixties.
7. Rearrange the following jumbled words to form meaningful sentences. 1*3
[a] the leisure hours/ of a child/ of the TV/ today/ are spent/ in front
[b] of most/ now-a-days /the attitude /parents is/ different
[c] in front of the / is harming the /lot of time in / spending a / television sets / eyesight of children
Choose the correct option, to change the following sentences in Passive Voice: 1*3
[a] The thief climbed the wall without being seen.
[i] The thief climbed over the wall without any one seeing him.
[ii]Without being seen the thief climbed over the wall.
[iii] The thief was climbed over the wall without being seen.
[iv] The wall was climbed over by the thief without being seen.
[b] The Chairperson kept the staff members waiting.
[i] The staff members were kept waiting by the Chairperson.
[ii]The staff members were waiting for the Chairperson.
[iii]The staff members are kept waiting for the Chairperson.
[iv]The staff members were being kept waiting by the Chairperson.
[c] Do you understand what I mean?
[i] What I mean is understood by you?
[ii] Was what I mean understood by you?
[iii] What I mean… is that understood by you?
[iv] Is what I mean understood by you?
SECTION-C: LITERATURE [30 marks]
8. Answer the following questions with reference to the context. Write your answers in complete statements:
[a] “When seated in the car, we were on our own mission called operation ‘Self Preservation’”
[i] What is the name of the story and the author? 1
[ii] Who are ‘we’ in the above lines? 1
[iii] What was operation ‘Self Preservation’? 1
[b] ”There had always been so much she wanted to communicate but like in a
bottleneck, the words remained stuck in her brain due to lack of an outlet”
[i] What was Sarah suffering from? 1
[ii] How was it caused? 1
[iii] Who helped Sarah communicate with the world? 1
[c] “The bruin lifted up its head
And lifted up his dirty feet.”
[i] Name the poem and the poet. 1
[ii] What is the condition of the animal? 1
[iii] What was happening when the above lines were being said? 1
[iv] What is the condition of the animal as per the above extract? 1
9. Answer ANY FOUR of the following questions in 30-40 words: 3*4
[a] What all would Helen Keller want to do if she would she get sight for three days?Why/Why not?
[b] Who was Zeus? Why did he want to create man?
[c] What is the central idea of the poem ‘My Mother Saw A Dancing Bear’?
[d] Do you think that the Gilbreth family was unique? Do you think the kids were scared of their mother? Why/Why not?
[e] Do you think Sarah was self-motivated? What would have been her condition if she was not motivated?
[f] How would you compare the condition of animals today versus in the poem ‘Entertainment’?
[g] What is the vision of the poet in the poem ‘Where The Mind Is Without Fear’?
[h] Why did the author, Viakom Muhammad Basheer call himself a ‘vagabond and loner’? Give reasons in support of your answer.
10. Answer ANY TWO of the following questions in 50-60 words: 4*2
[a]Why do you think the author had to make a separate house for himself where even his mother was not allowed to enter? Support your opinion with reason.
[b] Had you been in place of Billy in the chapter ‘Full House’ what would be your condition after playing a prank on Father?
[c] Would there be any improvement in Sarah’s condition if she would have a friend? Why/ Why not?
[d] Do you think the author; ‘Helen Keller’ would still consider ‘being blind’ as a boon if she actually had sight? Why/Why not? Give reasons in support of your answer.
[e] Do you think our country is the same as imagined by the poet in the poem ‘Where The Mind Is Without fear? Elaborate your answer.
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