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Q1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes
we passed around. But not anymore. Now it’s all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is
almost as important as learning your ABC. So, when my daughter came home last year with
cursive handwriting homework, I was nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to
make it easier for children to write with a quill. By joining up the letters, it kept the quill on the
parchment and minimised ink blots. But my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much
to her teacher at the next parents’ day. But the teacher explained that research suggests that
the process of writing information down on paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the
formation of memories in the learning process than typing. Taking notes in class is still the
most effective way to learn. It’s a better way to store the skills for written language in a child’s
brain than pressing keys. She went on to say, “But that doesn’t mean that one should ditch
computers. Children should be taught to touch‐type early on. She just feels that learning is
aided by the physical act of writing. Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it’s to
do with the pace of thought, or some kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don’t know.
But it’s a fact.”
The French would doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe
that fluency with a pen ‘unlocks the mind’ and they spend more time on writing than reading
between the ages of three and eight. We teach children the formation of letters and the
appropriate joining strokes. But after a few years, we leave them on their own devices, just as
the written workload starts to increase. That’s when the bad habits set in.
But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving your handwriting is a
good investment. In the future, sending a handwritten letter will be a display of affluence and
class, which is why the sale of fountain pens is reviving.
I. Complete the following sentences based on your reading of the text: 
1. Cursive writing was originally developed to _________________________________________________.
2. The advantage of writing information down on paper is that it has a more direct effect
3. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting
when they grow older _________________________________________________.
4. Learning your QWERTY means _________________________________________________.
5. When his daughter came home with cursive handwriting book, the author felt
6. Writing was given more importance in school once upon a time
II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only: 
According to the author, the importance of the computer cannot be (a) _________, but learning
other skills is (b) _________ important
Q2 Read the following passage carefully: 
“Mum!” I shouted. “Are you okay?” I saw her little tent shuddering in the gale and listened
closely for her response. Her voice was almost casual, “Oh, yes, I’m fine” That’s my mother. It
was the first night of our cycling trip through the interior of Iceland – a region so remote and
inhospitable that for centuries, according to legend, it was abandoned. The weather was
decidedly hurricane‐like, but Mum wasn’t concerned. Months ago, I told her about my plan to
pedal across Iceland. “It will be really difficult,” I said. “The roads are unpaved and often
washed out, and the wind is blowing constantly—sometimes so hard that it pushes you off the
road.” There was silence for a moment. Then she asked, “Can I come?” “Sure,” I replied. “But like
the rest of us, you have to train to do two 160 kilometres a day back‐to‐back,” “Wow,” she said,
“I could never do that,” I had more faith in my mother’s physical abilities than she did.
I’d seen her raise six children and put in long hours doing physical labour on our small farm.
“Sure you can,” I told her, “Start tomorrow.” What really concerned me was what I perceived to
be her frustrating humility: I thought her too self‐deprecating about her attractiveness just
because she had not completed college. I felt she underestimated her attractiveness just
because she was not the type to wear make‐up or fancy clothes. As I had grown into adulthood,
the life I’d chosen seemed light years away from Mum’s quiet existence, still caring for her
children and her children’s children. Sometimes, on a visit home, I’d describe some recent trip
I’d taken, and her blue eyes would shine with interest. So, I couldn’t help thinking this trek
might revitalise Mum, who had started to slow down in her 50s. It might spice up what I saw as
her humdrum life. And it might be a boost to her tentative and retiring persona. Mum trained
furiously, months in advance. As the trip roster was pared down to Mum, my good friend Allen
and me, she stood as the most dedicated. Soon she was riding 80–100 kilometres per day, and
was as strong a rider as Allen or I.
Q1. Based on your reading of the passage, complete the following sentences. 
i. It would be difficult to pedal across Iceland as _____________.
ii. The narrator thought that his mother was stronger than me as _____________.
iii. The preparation for the cycling trip included _____________.
iv. As a grown up, the narrator realised that his life was _____________.
Q2. Find words from the passage that mean the same as the following: 
ii. breath a new life into
IV. to lowere value
Writing & Grammar
Q3. You spent a day at an orphanage as part of your school project. You met children
from all age groups and learnt about their life in that institution. Write a diary entry in
about 100 words about your visit. 
Q4. Write a short story in about 150–200 words with the help of the outline below. 
Master sent slave to market– slave came back frightened – said he saw a woman in the market
– the woman was Death herself – she made threatening gesture at him – slave feared for his life
– asked master to lend him his horse – he wanted to escape death – master obliged and lent
him his horse – slave rode the horse to Bagdad – master went to the market to investigate –
found Death there – he asked her why she threatened his slave – she said she didn’t threaten –
she was surprised to see him there – she had an appointment with him in Bagdad in the
Q5. Complete the passage by choosing the correct option from those given in brackets:
Psychological disorders (a)________ problems that (b) ________ the mental health of a person.
These problems (c) ________ the behavioural pattern of the person.
Q6. The following passage has not been edited. There is ONE error in each of the first
nine lines. Write the incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against
the correct blank number in your answer sheets. Also underline the correct word you
have supplied. 
The NGOs for the city have decided to a. ___________ ___________
organising a one‐day free camp b. ___________ ___________
to creates awareness among people c. ___________ ___________
regard climate change . d. ___________ ___________
Q7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The first
one has been done as an example. 
E.g. feared by / snakes are / in our / worshipped / and / many / country
Ans. Snakes are worshipped and feared by many in our country.
a) for serving / the fast food joint / sticking out of the bun / with an iron nail / came under fire
/ a stale burger
b) made a fool / by making / of himself / the party leader / incinerating statements
c) cease asking / if my answers / you should / scary questions / frighten you
Q8. Read the given extract and answer the following questions by choosing the most
appropriate option. 
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
1. The poet shall be telling with a sigh that ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
2. The emotion expressed in the above lines is that of ‐‐‐‐‐‐
3. The roads are symbolic of ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
I STEAL BY lawns and grassy plots
I SLIDE BY HAZEL COVERS
I move ihe sweet forget –me –nots
That grows for happy lovers
1 Where does the river steal by
2What are “forget me not here?
3What is the movement of brook in these lines
Q9. Answer a of the following questions in about 30–40 words each. 
1. For what was the author’s grandmother dependant on her?
2. What is the poet’s lament in the poem The Solitary Reaper?
3. What was John A. Pescud’s opinion about bestsellers?
4. How could the poet have avoided going to the dentist?
Q10. How was Charles Hooper’s appointment as Assistant Sales Manager a special and a
befitting tribute to Duke? 
Q11.Write the character sketch of narrator of “Three men in a Boat “
Describe the humour in the novel “Three men in a Boat “
Q1. Read the following passage carefully:
1. make it easier for children to write with a quill.
2. on the formation of memories in the learning process than typing.
3. as the written workload starts to increase.
4. learning to type.
5. that it was unnecessary as she used a laptop more than writing.
6. students used to write both in their exercise books and while taking down notes.
2 I denied Ii Also
i. The roads in Iceland were unpaved and washed out according to the author.
ii. The narrator had seen her bring up six children and carry out physical labour in the farm he grew up
iii. The training included back‐to‐back cycling for 160 kilometres every day.
iv. The narrator’s life was different from his mother’s quiet existence.
WRITING & GRAMMAR
Q3. You spent a day at an orphanage as part of your school project. You met children from all age
groups and learnt about their life in that institution. Write a diary entry in about 100 words about
23 July 2015 Thursday
Today was one of the best and worst days of my life. We went to Prem Daan, an orphanage near our
school, as part of a school project. When the social worker took us through the whole place, I saw
children from all age groups looking longingly at me and the other students. Some toddlers clung on
to our teachers as they appeared to be parental figures. Some older children agreed to talk to us and
told us about their orphan life. Most of the older children had become used to living without parents,
but some still expressed a desire to have their own family. Thank you, Almighty, for giving me a
wonderful family and a secure home to live. I now know the value of my parents and siblings.
Q4. Write a short story in about 150–200 words with the help of outline below.
Once there lived a master and his slave. The master sent his slave to the market to buy provisions. He
returned frightened for he had seen a woman in the market. She was Death herself and she had made
a threatening gesture at him. The slave feared for his life and asked the master to lend him his horse
since he wanted to escape death. The master obliged and let the slave go. The slave rode the horse all
the way to Bagdad. The master then went to the market to investigate. He found death there standing
in the market. He approached her and asked her why she threatened his slave. Death calmly replied
that she didn’t threaten him. In fact, she was surprised to see him there since she had an appointment
with him in Samarra later in the evening.
Q5. Complete the passage by choosing the correct option from those given in
.for, organizing creates, regards, Of, organize, create , regarding
Q7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The
first one has been done as an example.
a) The fast‐food joint came under fire for serving a stale burger with an iron nail sticking out of the
b) The party leader made a fool of himself by making incinerating statements.
c) If my answers frighten you, you should cease asking scary questions.
You should cease asking scary questions if my answers frighten you.
Q8. Read the given extract and answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate
1. the path he chose has made all the difference
3. difficulties in life
1 lawns and grassy plots
2.flower which symbolises love
Q9. Answer any FOUR of the following questions in about 30–40 words each.
i. The author’s grandmother was dependant on the author who would read out the weekly magazine
Karmaveera to her.
ii. The poet’s lament in the poem The Solitary Reaper is that he cannot understand the song.
iii. John A. Pescud disapproved of bestsellers and he felt all of them were alike. The novels appeared
unrealistic to him as he thought reality was far from what happened in the books.
iv. The poet should have eaten less of candies and sweets. This would have kept her teeth in good
shape and she wouldn’t have to visit the dentist.
After the near fatal accident, Charles Hooper was paralysed and showed little enthusiasm to get
better. It was Duke who showed exceptional feelings and put in efforts to make his master walk again.
Duke persuaded Charles to take little steps, one at a time, and walk him. They started from their
home and one day reached the porch of the house. Slowly and steadily, Charles resumed work again
and got promoted to Assistant Sales Manager. Unfortunately, Duke succumbed to his injuries after a
fatal accident. Indeed Charles Hooper’s appointment was a tribute to his dog named Duke.
Robert Frost uses nature and imagery in the poem The Road Not Taken to describe life. In the poem,
the road symbolises the opportunities we get in our lives. However, it is up to us to make the best of
what is given to us. Undoubtedly, it is very difficult to make decisions in life, especially when all the
given options are either good or uncertain. We do choose one option over the other, but always feel
the regret of not having chosen the other option. The poet explains this very dilemma through his
poem. No matter which way you choose, you will always wonder what would have happened if you
had chosen the other path. In life too, there are parallel roads where we must pass through one path
despite knowing that we can never return and take the second path.
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