CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 SA2 English Solved 2016 Set 8
1. Read the following passage carefully.
Upon arriving at Nashik, the Maharashtra city on the western edge of the Deccan plateau, I was enlightened about the city’s most celebrated ‘jewels’ – grapes, onions, and religious structures. A visitor to the town therefore embarks on a fascinating journey in the land of the Godavari, revolving around these three key factors.
The first encounter that a visitor has is with Nashik’s pungent onions that can be had at the town’s vegetable market, for no one can miss the tons of onions piled all around, in all shapes and sizes. The conducive climate of Nashik is favourable for vegetable farming, and Lasalgaon, in particular, a town around 60 km from Nashik is famed for its wholesale onion market. This place has grown to be the largest onion market in Asia and produces more than five lakh tones of onions annually.
The grape vineyards are located along the Gangapur Road, with its best known vineyard located at the Savergaon Village. The visit to this place is accompanied by a campus tour and a delectable lunch served at a French restaurant with well done interiors and a welcome serving of fondue and cheese.
Moving beyond grapes and onions, visitors are encouraged to scale the peak of the Pandavleni Caves for a trekking adventure. The caves were built by Jain kings around 2000 years ago in the Anjinagiri hills. Inside the caves one can spot idols of Buddha, the Bodhisatva, Jain Tirthankars, Vrishabhdeo, Veer Kapibhadra, and Ambikadevi. Descending from the caves, visitors often visit the site of the Kumbh Mela at Goda Ghat, located between the narrow lanes of the old city.
The tour of Nashik is not complete without a visit to Tribakeshwar, about 30 km from Nashik, where the river Godavari appears after its origin in the Himadiri. Being an important city linked with the lunar calendar, busloads of pilgrims arrive here for a pilgrimage to the adjacent temple.
Q. On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the following questions.
(a) Where is Nashik located?
(b) What three things is the city famous for?
(c) Why is Nashik famed for vegetables?
(d) What is Lasalgaon known for?
(e) Where are grape vineyards located?
(f) What is the origin of the Pandavleni Caves?
(g) Where is the site of the Kumbh Meal located?
(h) Why is Trimbakeshwar a pilgrim spot?
2. Read the following passage carefully.
Every morning, art gallerist Mandira begins her day with a cup of coffee with beans sourced from El Salvador. In another part of the city, sound recordist Ayush starts his day by pulverizing Watapi coffee beans from the Biligiri Rangana Hills in Karnataka. These people are of the new camp of Indian coffee drinkers who cringe at cafe-served cappuccinos and balk at assembly line products. They like their coffee black, freshly roasted and made with signature single-origin beans.
Single-origin coffees are made from beans picked from a single coffee growing region. The unique soil, climate, altitude and influence, which is collectively known as ‘terrior, distinguishes the flavour of the coffee procured from its beans. Thus a plantation with orange trees in the neighbourhood may have a subtle citrus note in the beans.
According to coffee control experts, this phase in coffee drinking is referred to as the third wave of the coffee drinking experience in India. The first wave in coffee drinking peaked when instant coffee hit the shelves in the 1960s. The second wave arrived with the coming of coffee, with their cappuccinos and lattes. The current phase is marked with SO coffee on the shelves of supermarkets. The selections of premier coffee instead of sachets of instant coffee, has become the norm in high-end places. Coffee tasting and coffee workshops are now becoming commonplace. Outlets in India are now serving seven different SO coffees and the Ethiopian Sidamo, a mild black coffee with hints of caramel and chocolate, is the most popular.
These specialist stores keep no stock waiting. They roast coffee beans on order, grind per requirement and dispatch the pack within a day, so it remains fresh. Also, there are detailed notes about the plantation from where the coffee is picked, along with notes about its taste and flavour.
One of the most intriguing stories is that of the Attikan Estate Coffee. Named after the notorious bandit Veerappan, the estate of Attikan in Karnataka grows the beans in the Billigiri Rangama Hills, south of Mysore. As this hilly terrain was used by Veerappan, for nearly two decades no one dared to visit the plantation. After the shooting of the bandit in 2004, the coffee from there is marketed at specialist shops. ’
Several coffee connoisseurs have evinced interest in what is known as ‘cat poop coffee’. The berries for it are not handpicked but are collected from droppings by civet cats. These cats eat only the best beans which human hands cannot pick. It is regarded as the world’s most expensive coffee. No wonder partakers of it refuse a cup of coffee by their friends as they can no longer bear the burnt, over boiled concoctions served at cafes.
2.1 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words.
(a) What is unique about Mandira and Ayush?
(b) What is meant by single origin coffees?
(c) Mention the three waves of coffee drinking in India.
(d) What is ‘cat poop coffee’?
2.2 Choose the word which is closest in meaning to the words given below.
(a) The word ‘specialist’ in this context means … .
(i) a doctor who is an expert in some branch of medicine
(ii) A unique variety of coffee plantation
(iii) a special technique of brewing coffee
(iv) a unique brand of brewing
(b) The word ‘partakers’ in this context means … .
(i) those who part and meet again(ii) those who join together in an enterprise
(iii) those who like to take things apart (iv) those who part ways
(c) If something is done by human hands it is … .
(i) crafted by people (ii) used on one’s hands
(iii) possible to do (iv) impossible to undo
(d) To balk at something is … .
(i) to buy in large quantities (ii) to laugh at something
(iii) to hesitate about something (iv) to build a big thing
Section B – Writing & Grammar
3. Your school has recently banned the sale of burgers in the school canteen and encouraged children to bring roti rolls for tiffin. Write an article in your school magazine on the health benefits of eating home cooked meals. You are Mohit/Mohita. You can take help from MCB unit ‘Environment’.
The Archaeology department has recently unearthed an ancient step well in a city forest in your town. The place holds tremendous potential as a tourist attraction. Write a letter to the editor of the a Citizen Sentinel’ urging the authorities to turn the place into a tourist attraction and encourage visitors to the town. You are Mohit/Mohita. You can take help from MCB unit ‘Travel and Tourism’.
4. Write a short story in about 150-200 words with the help of the given outline.
The magician Jadugar Dada was in town and Raju’s uncle decided to take him to the show as a birthday treat…
Aubhik’s grandmother lived all by herself in a pretty cottage in the Himalayas. He enjoyed spending his summer holidays with her.
7. Rearrange the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences.
(a) a / rising / badminton / in / star / Saina / is / Nehwal
(b) brought / she / and / glory/ fame / has / India / to
(c) participated / she / in / several / has / championships / world
Section C – Literature Textbooks and Long Reading Text
8.Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow.
‘But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time.’
(a) Who is being referred to in the first line?
(b) What does the term ‘besmear’d’ mean?
(c) Why is time called sluttish?
’In a world that is supposed to be swayed by hunger and by love, Mrs Packletide was an exception….’
(a) Why is Mrs Packletide considered different?
(b) Find the synonym of the word ‘moved’ from the passage.
(c) What do we gather about Mrs Packletide’s character from this statement?
9. Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each.
(a) Who was Gladolia? What agitated her?
(b) Why had Patol Babu changed jobs?
(c) What impression do we make of Ozymandias as a king?
(d) How does grandfather react when he sees all the family wearing mourning?
(e) What was the main thrust of the game ‘Dragon Quest’?
10. Answer the following question in about 80-100 words each.
‘The nobility of life lies in doing selfless deeds.’ In the light of this remark show how the brothers Nicola and Jacopo lived up to this ideal.
What views about education does the poet question in the poem ‘Snake’? How far are they justified?
Attempt any one — Part A or Part B
11. What impression do we form of Alfred Dussel from the novel ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’?
What attitude did Pirn provide about Anne’s closeness to Peter as depicted in the novel ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’?
11. Cite examples from the text of the novel ‘The Story of My Life’ to show that Helen was good at learning languages.
Write a character sketch of Dr Alexander Graham Bell as shown in the novel ‘The Story of My Life’.
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