CBSE Class 7 English Sample Paper Set M. It’s always recommended to practice as many sample papers as possible before the examinations. Students can download the sample papers and also question papers of previous years to practice and score better marks in examinations. Refer to other links too for more sample papers.
Section – A
A.1 Read the following passage carefully. (5)
Nehru said, 'I like being with children and talking to them and, even more, playing with them. If you were with me, I would love to talk to you about this beautiful world of ours, about flowers, trees, birds, animals, stars, mountains, glaciers and all the other beautiful things that surround us in the world. We have all this beauty all around us and yet, we, who are grown-ups, often forget about it and lose ourselves in our arguments or in our quarrels. We sit in our offices and imagine that we are doing very important work. I hope you will be more sensible and open your eyes and ears to this beauty and life that surrounds you. Can you recognize the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship. Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs of rich and poor. Thus they live in prisons of their own making. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders. I hope you will take a long time in growing up.'
Chacha Nehru loved flowers as much as he loved children. In his most familiar photograph he is always wearing a red rose close to his heart. The story goes that he started to and eventually got accustomed to tucking the flower to his jacket, when a little girl courageously came too close and tucked it on his jacket at a function. In fact, he often compared the two saying that children were like the buds in a garden who needed to be cared, nurtured and loved, as they were the future and foundation of a nation.
Read the questions given below and write the option you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet.
i) The barriers that adults build are -
a) barriers of knowledge b) colour, religion and caste
c) barriers of ego d) all of the above
ii) Adults live in -
a) prisons of their own making b) their homes
c) the ego spaces they create d) houses made of glass
iii) What do ‘Grown-ups’ do ?
a) grown-ups lose themselves in arguments or in quarrels.
b) they think they know everything
c) they don't think like children
d) they do not appreciate things around
iv) He started wearing a red rose in his coat -
a) because he liked red roses b) his family wanted him to wear it
c) a child put it for him in a party d) it made him look smart
v) Nehru compares children to -
a) flowers b) buds
c) birds d) everything nice that is around
A.2 Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions that follow :
Five minutes, five minutes more, please!
Let me stay five minutes more!
Can't I just finish the castle
I'm building here on the floor ?
Can't I just finish the story
I'm reading here in my book?
Can't I just finish the bead-chain
It's almost finished, look!
Can't I just finish this game, please?
When a game's once begun
It's a pity never to find out
Whether you've lost or won.
Can't I just stay five minutes?
Well, can't I stay just four?
Three minutes, then? two minutes?
Can't I stay one minute more?
Complete the summary by filling in the appropriate word. Supply only one word
for each blank.
The poet wants five minutes to complete the (a)________________ he is building and
complete the (b)________________ he was reading. He also wanted more time as he
did not want to leave the (c) ________________ incomplete as he was just finishing it.
He also wished to (d)________________ his game as it was a (e)________________
never to know whether he had won or lost.
A.3 Read the following passage carefully and answer the given questions. 
PROTECT HERITAGE TREES IN CIVILIZATION INTEREST
1. Trees are the best friends of man, for they provide him protection from the harshness of nature, be it rains or sunlight. Trees have their historic, scientific, medical and religious uses. When an apple fell on Isaac Newton's head, it led to the discovery of the theory of gravitation, helping invention of aircraft. Over two millennia ago, Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. A descendant of the same tree at the same spot attracts millions of pilgrims and tourists every year.
2. Not only do trees protect us they also beautify the place where they are located. A canopy of green trees is so refreshing to the eyes. The green colour lifts our mood and we feel fresh and energised. Walking in the morning with trees by the side of the road is the best thing we can ask for in concrete jungles where we live. The fresh air from the Neem tree is supposed to be very rich in oxygen. Trees such as the Peepal give shade and in the past weary travellers would take rest under its shade. These trees whose fruits are relished and eaten by all such as the Mango, Apple and many others. The roots of trees hold the soil together and prevent soil erosion. Whenever we cut a tree we should plant two. Only when we make such resolves, we can protect the tree cover around us.
3. The Forest Research Institute at Dehradun, which has a unique museum of trees,was instrumental in preserving the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. Its expertise also helped in preserving another ancient tree in the precincts of the Sai Baba temple at Sirdi in Maharashtra. It was, perhaps, these achievements that fetched the institute and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) the contract to save 131
trees in the 800-year-old Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia, known for the trees that surround it. The ASI had earlier done a good restoration job in the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. A tree, believed to be as old as the Golden Temple at Amritsar and situated close to its sanctum sanctorum and another one at Ochira in Kerela under which ‘Parabrahmam’ is believed to be situated are called heritage trees.
4. Similarly, the Botanical Garden in Kolkata has one of the oldest and largest banyan trees in India. It also has a unique palm tree that gave its first crop at the age of 120. Such trees are part of the environmental heritage of the country and need to be protected from hazards, natural or otherwise. It is in this contest that the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage’s (INTACH) plan to catalogue and preserve all heritage trees needs to be welcomed. The programme will give a boost to environmental tourism and increase our understanding of the role trees played in the evolution of civilization.
i) Answer the following questions in brief.
a) Mention two ways in which trees are useful to man? (2)
b) Why is the Bodhi tree famous even today? (1)
c) How did ASI and Forest Research Institute manage to get the contract of saving trees in Cambodia?
d) Where is the Angkor temple complex situated? (1)
ii) Say whether the following statements are true or false. (2)
a) According to this passage man has to take care of trees.
b) Inside the Golden Temple there is a tree that was planted about 50 years ago.
iii) Find words from the passage that mean the same as given below : (2)
a) roughness (para-1) b) being one of its kind (para-3)
Section – B (Writing – 25 marks)
B.1 You are Sunil/Geeta, the head boy/girl of your school. Your school is planning to celebrate its Annual day on December 16. Draft a notice for the school notice board, asking for volunteers. Add all relevant details. Put the notice in a box. (word limit 50- 60 words)
You are Ashish Gupta of class VII-D, Oxford Public School, Gaziabad. While playing in the school basketball court, you lost your Science practical note book. Draft a notice regarding the same and announce a suitable reward to the finder. Add the relevant details. Put the notice in a box (word limit 50-60 words).
B.2 Read the telephonic conversation given below.
Aarushi : Hello, I am Aarushi, can I talk to Seema.
Rohan : Hello Aarushi, I’m Rohan, this side, Seema’s brother. Seema is not at home. She has gone to meet her friend Sonali, who has come down from USA.
Aarushi : OK! I called to ask her if she would come with me tomorrow to meet our favourite teacher who has come here for a few days. I plan to go in the evening. Will you please inform her and also ask her to call me once she is back?
Rohan : Yes, Sure I will.
Now Rohan is going out and will be back late in the night so he decides to leave a message for his sister. Write this message in about 60 words.
B.3 Your father has always been your support and strength. On the eve of ‘Father’s Day’you recall how your father guided and supported you all through the life. Write a Diary entry in 80-100 words expressing your feelings and emotions for your father.
Write an application to the Principal of your school, seeking permission for four days leave as your grandmother is critical and hospitalised.
B.4 Your school organised an Inter-School athletics meet. You took active part in a number of events and won quite a few prizes as well. Write a letter to your cousin describing your experience.
You are Ayushi/Abhay studying in Blue Bells School, Shimla. Your performance in school academics is below average and you are greatly embarrassed. Write a letter to your father promising a reversal in your marks.
Section – C (Grammar – 20 marks)
C.1 The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the correction in the space provided.
Folk tales offer a lots of advice e.g. lot
Much of them deliver the message (a) _______
quite clear. There is a story in (b) _______
Birbal not being allowed to attending (c) _______
the king’s free lunch. The reasons was (d) _______
which he was not dressed properly (e) _______
This happened inspite of its highly (f) _______
intellectual abilities. The advice that is ×
convey is ‘Don’t judge the book by (g) _______
this cover’. (h) _______
C.2 In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. The place where a word has been omitted is marked with ‘/’. Write the omitted word in the space provided.
When the final examination / over a) __________
/ Deputy Commissioner asked his son, b) __________
/ he had done his English paper well. c) __________
The boy told him / was easy, and that for d) __________
one question / had written that his father e) __________
was / washer-man. The boy’s father shouted f) __________
angrily but / son replied “I did not know g) __________
the spelling / Deputy Commissioner and h) __________
I didn’t want to lose one mark”.
C.3 Rearrange the following jumbled words to make meaningful sentences. 
a) nothing / is open / so, / it is / a public holiday,
b) other section ? / in the / any friend / don’t / have / you
C.4 Do as directed.
i) Read the following sentences and underline the finite verbs.
a) We will not be able to get you on a flight tonight.
b) My mother is cooking mouthwatering food.
ii) Fill in the blanks with the correct form of verbs given in brackets.
a) The students _______ reading fables. (like)
b) My neighbours _______ Christmas with friends last year. (celebrate)
c) The migratory birds _______ off to the warmer countries. (fly)
d) Bake Club _______ delicious cup cakes. (make)
iii) Underline the noun phrase in this sentence.
The third problem is the most complicated one.
iv) Choose the word with positive meaning to complete the given sentence.
The _______ was held to celebrate the company’s twenty-fifth year. (party/revelry)
v) Complete the sentences with correct degree of the adjectives in the bracket.
a) Atul is _______ (forgetful) than I am.
b) Maria is the _______ (cheerful) girl in our class.
vi) Change these sentences to passive voice.
a) Jia plays the guitar for her parents every evening.
b) Rupa is washing the clothes.
vii) Underline the adjective phrase.
a) Cars that run on electricity, save gas.
b) Shubha has gone to the telephone office across the road.
Section – D (Literature – 25 marks)
D.1 Read the following line carefully and answer the given questions : 
“I wonder if they are all quite dead,” she said, “Is it a dead garden? Oh, how I wish, it isn’t !”
i) Name the author of the story.
a) F.H. Burnett b) Ruskin Bond c) Roald Dahl
ii) Who is ‘she’ referred to in the above lines?
a) Mary b) Garden c) Dry garden
iii) What did she wish?
a) dead garden b) dry garden c) a lively garden
D.2 Read the following stanza and answer the given questions. 
“It said unto the forest, ‘Shout !
Hang all your leafy banners out !”
i) Name the poet of the poem.
ii) Whom does the wind awake in these lines?
iii) What are the leafy banners that the poem talks about?
D.3 Answer the following questions in short. (Any five) [2×5=10]
i) What was Matilda’s father’s response to her request to buy her a book?
ii) Where did the young gentleman think Jo was coming from?
iii) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of verb.
a) House prices have ______ in the last year. (plummet)
b) The two seater plane ______ to a stop near the hanger. (glide)
iv) Why was Ram Bharosa not happy when everyone else seemed content in October?
v) State whether the following statements are True or False.
a) Every afternoon, Matilda walked down to the library with her mother.
b) Mary worked in the garden until it was time for lunch.
c) Bijju and Binya passed Ram Bharosa’s shop once in a week.
d) Jo did not want to share her secret with her sisters.
vi) Why does the wind cross the churchyard with a sigh and tell it to stay quiet ?
D.4 Answer any one question. 
i) “Its important to think before you act”.
Recall an incident when you realised this and write a diary entry on it.
ii) Write any three responsibilities you take up at home or in class.
D.5 “Material things do not seem important when compared to human relation. Is it possible that something you treasure can become unnecessary and meaningless when compared to human relationships? Write a paragraph explaining such a situation you have experienced. (100-120 words)
N.B. - Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills.
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