CBSE Class 8 English Sample Paper Set 6

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SECTION-A

(READING)

1. Read the following passage carefully :

VALUES AND T.V.

(1) Values are the essence of humanity, values assist a nation live and build her identity. India, the mother to all human values, enjoys a much privileged position in the world, thanks to a well developed system and defined set of values that the people here have been practising since ages. Values are in no way hostile to materialistic, technological and scientific progress. They help people live life in peace with themselves, with society and nature.

(2) The satellite channels, another manifestation of science, in spite of all of their advantages have been hitting hard and hard at the very root, the foundation of Indian society, i.e. its values. The availability of BBC, CNN, Zee TV, Discovery etc. in sitting room at the click of button have exposed the Indians, especially the young and impressionable ones to the culture practices which pollute the young and old alike.

(3) The majority of programmes beamed on the satellite channels are based on fantasy. They suggest infeasible solutions for day-to-day life problems. Moreover, the programmes such as W.W.F. make the

viewers aggressive, callous and violence-crazy. In addition to it, the life styles shown in various programmes stand a stark contrast to the one appreciated and suggested by our values. The new generation - the youth is definitely being impressed with the alien culture of short dresses and vulgarity. Moreover, the long hours of television viewing has led to our younger generation becoming couch potatoes. Also the time spent on social interaction, the most educative and informative interaction is decreasing. Consequently, all the values-social as well as moral are now going haywire with the blatant display of flirting, romance, extra-marital relations on various channels.
 
(4) It is now imperative that the parents should take up the duty of minimizing the exposure of the children to the 'idiot box'. They should owe this as the dutiful citizens of a nation. Also, the government should ensure a strict censorship of these channels so that our principles, values and culture are not eroded, damaged and spoiled.
 
1.1. On the basis of your reading of the above passage, complete the following statements. Write your answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number -
 
(a) India has a very special place in the world, since it has _______________ and _______________.
 
(b) Values help people live in _______________.
 
(c) Indian values have been hit hard by ______________ ________________ of science.
 
(d) Most of the programmes shown on T.V. are _______________.
 
(e) Our youngsters are becoming couch potatoes due to ______ _______________________________________.
 
(f) Both _______________ and _______________ should join hands to stop the harm being done by the satellite channels.
 
(g) It is imperative to safeguard the basic values as these are the _______________.
 
1.2. Find words from the passage that mean the same as the following from the paragraphs indicated. Write your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number -
 
(a) honoured / entitled ____________ (para 1)
(b) unfeeling / cold-hearted ____________ (para 3)
(c) unashamed / bold ____________ (para 3)
(d) easily influenced ____________ (para 2)
 
2. Read the following poem carefully.
A CHILD'S PET
When I sailed out of Baltimore,
With twice a thousand head of sheep,
They would not eat, they would not drink,
But bleated o'er the deep.
Inside the pens we crawled each day,
To sort the living from the dead;
And when we reached the Mersey's mouth,
Had lost five hundred head.
yet every night and day one sheep,
That had no fear of man or sea,
Struck through the bars its pleading face,
And I stroked it.
And to the sheep-men standing near,
"You see", I said", this one tame sheep ?
It seems a child has lost her pet,
And cried herself to sleep.
And every time we passed it by,
Sailing to England's slaughter-house,
Eight ragged sheep-men - tramps and thieves
Would stroke that sheep's black nose.
 
2.1. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions. Write the correct option in your answer-sheet against the correct answer number.
 
(a) The number of sheep at the start of the journey was -
       (i) 3000           (ii) 2000
      (iii) 1000          (iv) 1500
 
(b) The sheep were being taken to the -
       (i) market                 (ii) fields
      (iii) slaughter-house   (iv) zoo
 
(c) 'One sheep that had no fear of man and sea' means -
(i) sheep was innocent like a child unaware of its fate.
(ii) it was strong and well-built, thus unafraid
(iii) it was over-confident
(iv) both (ii) & (iii)
 
(d) During the journey, the sheep ________
     (i) ate nothing                (ii) did not drink anything
    (iii) bleated continuously  (iv) all the above
 
(e) ____________ sheep were left at the end of the journey
     (i) one thousand        (ii) one thousand five hundred
     (iii) five hundred        (iv) seven hundred
 
3. Read the following passage carefully –
 
The great Wall of China is said to be one structure built by man on earth which would be visible to observers on moon. It covers a distance of 1,500 miles as the crow flies. From the Liaotung Peninsula westward to the last fortress in Central Asia, it crosses the northern province of China.
 
In the eastern section its height varies from 15-30 feet and its width from about 25 feet at the bottom to 15 feet at the top, where there is a pathway wide enough for six house-men to ride side by side protected by parapets. When the wall was built it had about 25000 towers each 40 feet square and 40 feet high projecting from it every few hundred yards, with holes from which the defenders could shoot at attackers.
 
There are also many watch-towers on the enemy side, outside the wall on
hilltops or passes. These towers were used for signalling with smoke or
flags by day and with fire by night.
 
The great Emperor Shih Haung Ti joined three earlier frontier walls to form a great wall to act as a boundary between China and the north, and keep out the feared nomads of the Mongolian. Steppes. The wall was
designed to strengthen the nation's defences. Later it became in Ming
times, a substitute for a strong army and state.
 
3.1. Answer the following questions by choosing the correct option from the ones given below
 
(a) The Great Wall of China is so 'great' that -
     (i) it can be seen from another continent
     (ii) one can't measure it
    (iii) it can be seen from the moon
    (iv) it can be seen from Mars.
 
(b) The Great Wall of China is so wide that -
     (i) eight horses could run side by side.
     (ii) one could drive motors on it.
     (iii) six horse-men could ride side by side.
     (iv) one could drive a truck on it.
(c) The wall is like a fortress with holes form which one can -
     (i) see the enemy down
    (ii) oversee the enemy's positions
    (iii) attack the enemy's horses
    (iv) shoot the attackers
 
(d) Emperor Shih Haung Ti got the Wall constructed to -
    (i) act as a boundary
   (ii) protect the country from attackers
   (iii) keep the wandering tribes off
   (iv) all the above
 
(e) The towers of the Wall were used for signalling with -
   (i) smoke
   (ii) flags
   (iii) fire 
   (iv) all the above

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