CBSE Sample Papers for Post-Mid Term Exam Class 10 Communicative English – Paper 1
Periodic Assessment 3
[Periodic Assessment 3 is based on the main points of the syllabus of Periodic Assessment 1 & 2 and the following syllabus.]
A factual passage of 300-350 words with 8 very short answer type questions.
A discursive passage of 350-400 words with 4 short answer type questions and 4 very short type questions (2 for vocabulary and 2 for comprehension)
Writing Skills with Grammar
Formal letters: complaint and inquiry
Writing a short story
Editing or Omission
Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text
One out of two extracts from prose and poetry with 4 very short answer type questions.
Four short answer type questions (Patol Babu, Virtually True, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Snake)
One out of two long answer type questions (Julius Caesar)
One out of two very long answer type questions
Diary of a Young Girl – Chapter 14 to 20
The Story of My Life – Chapter 17 to 23
Sample Paper 1
Strictly based on the Remodelled Scheme of Assessment, the Latest Syllabus and Design of the Question Paper released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi effective from academic year 2017-18.
SECTION A : READING (20 MARKS)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
Sariska National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, located at a distance of 107 km from Jaipur. The park possesses historical monuments and temples, which depict the legacy of the Maharajas of Alwar. The park is bigger than Ranthambore but has a similar topography. Though this sanctuary doesn’t have many tigers yet many wild animals dwell on the grounds of this park. Apart from other carnivores and herbivores, you can also trace Rhesus Monkeys, which can usually be seen playing tricks upon each other around Tad Vriksh (palm tree).
The park also shelters many different species of birds including Bush Quails, Sand Grouses, Tree Pies, Golden backed Woodpeckers, crested Serpent Eagles and Great Indian Horned Owls. Animal lovers would definitely love this place which will offer them some of the best scenes to remember. The best place to spot the wildlife is at the waterholes where animals come to satisfy their thirst. You can trace hundreds of birds at the Kalighati Waterhole and Nilgai can be spotted at Salupka waterhole.
Siliserh Lake is another attraction which is inhabited by crocodiles on the edge of the sanctuary. You would find innumerable monkeys and langurs all over the park doing activities. The Kankwadi Fort is also worth visiting that has a long chaotic history. According to one of the beliefs, here Dara Shikoh was imprisoned by Aurangzeb. Bharathari is another place which is named after Raja Bharathari of Ujjain who took ‘Samadhi ’ in this holy place. Devotees from all over Rajasthan come to this place on 8th of shukla-paksha of Bhadon month.
Sariska Palace is also worth a visit, which has been converted into a heritage hotel. Besides all this, you can visit the Pandupol, a place where Bhima adjusted a stick in the rock face of a cliff to make a pathway. You can also opt for Jeep Safaris which are easily available to explore the National Reserve. Sariska National Park is an enthralling sanctuary, where you can visit the rich heritage sites and enjoy the beauty of natural world.
(a) Where, is Sariska National Park situated? 
(b) What special possessions does it have and what do they depict? 
(c) Which other wild animals dwell here besides tigers? 
(d) Mention the different species of birds that take shelter 
(e) Why would animal lovers love this place? 
(f) Name the place situated at the edge of the sanctuary. 
(g) Which other place is also worth a visit and why? 
(h) How is Sariska National Park described by the writer? 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
The young lift-man in a City office, who threw a passenger out of his lift the other morning and was fined for the offence was undoubtedly in the wrong. It was a question of ‘Please ’. The passenger, entering the lift said ‘Top ’. The lift man demanded “Top, please, ” and his demand being refused, the lift-man hurled the passenger out of the lift.
While it is true that there is no law that compels us to say ‘Please ’, there is a social practice much older and much more sacred than any law enjoins us to be civil. The first requirement of civility is that we should acknowledge a service. Please ’ and ‘Thank you ’ are the small change with which we pay our way as social beings. They are the little courtesies by which we keep the machine of life oiled and running sweetly. They put our interaction upon the basis of a friendly co-operation and easy give-and-take instead of superiors dictating to inferiors. It is a very vulgar mind that would wish to command when he can have the service for asking and have it with willingness and good feeling instead of resentment. If bad manners are infectious, so also are good manners. If we encounter incivility most of us are apt to become uncivil but it is an unusually uncouth person who can be disagreeable with sunny people. It is with manners as with weather. “Nothing cheers up my spirits like a fine day, ” said Keats, and a cheerful person descends on even the gloomiest of us with something of the benediction of a fine day.
It is a matter of general agreement that the war has had a chilling effect upon these little everyday civilities of behaviour that sweeten the general air. We must get those civilities back if we are to make life kind and tolerable for each other. We cannot get them back by invoking the law. The policeman is a necessary symbol and the law is a necessary institution for a society that is still somewhat lower than the angels. But the law can only protect us against material attack. Nor will the lift-man s way of meeting moral affront by physical violence help us to restore the civilities. I suggest to him that he would have had a more subtle and effective revenge if he had treated the gentleman who would not say ‘please ’ with elaborate politeness. He would have had the victory, not only over the boor, but over himself, and that is the victory that counts.
(a) What did young lift-man demand from the passenger?
(b)What is the first requirement of civility?
(c) Good manners are infectious. How?
(d) How could the lift-man have had victory over the discourteous man?
(e) Do you sympathise with the lift-man? Why?
(f) What has been the effect of war on the behaviour of the people?
(g) Which word can replace ‘acceptable’ in the paragraph 3?
(h) Which word in the passage means ‘give an idea’?
SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR (30 MARKS)
You are Savita staying at Vikas Kunj, Pragati Colony, New Delhi. You happen to overhear the following conversation between two of your classmates :
Seeta : Our school has become very dull and boring.
Meena : Imagine sitting in one place and listening to one lecture after another.
Seeta : I wish we could have something practical to do, some application-based learning.
Meena : We have been reduced to mere machines for just rote-learning. „…………………………………… ,…
Savita was no stranger to these emotions, she felt the same dilemma. So she decides to write a letter to the Editor, The Times of India, New Delhi, giving suggestions to make the curriculum more flexible to the changing needs of the social environment. Using ideas from the unit ‘Education’ write a letter along with your ideas. 
Write a short story in about 200-250 words on the basis of the beginning of the story. 
It was raining heavily. Rahul was all alone at home. The sound of thunder frightened him……….
Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options. 
(a)_______________interviewing the first standard students (b)__________ were candidates for a special programme for gifted children, (c)_________________________________ of the questions asked was what life would be (d)_______________ 100 years hence.
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Put a / where the word is missing and then write the correct word in the space provided. 
Rearrange the following words to form meaningful sentences. 
(a) written / the Indian Constitution / is / comprehensive / a / document / and
(b) it / longest / in fact / world / in / constitution / is / the / the
(c) 397 articles / 12 schedules / it / and / contains
(d) provides for / whole India / a single citizenship / for / the / for / it
SECTION C : LITERATURE TEXTBOOK AND EXTENDED READING TEXT (30 MARKS)
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow : 
“Counting your chickens again before they’re hatched, are you? No wonder you could never make a go of it. ”
(a) Who is the speaker of the above expression?
(b) Describe the context of the above statement.
(c) Why does the speaker use the expression, ‘never make a go of it’?
(d) Do you think that the prediction made above proved to be true? Why/Why not?
At length did cross an albatross,
Through the fog it came,
As if it had been a ‘Christian soul’
We hailed it in God’s name.
(a) What is an albatross?
(b) How is the coming of the albatross favourable?
(c) Why was the albatross called ‘A Christian soul’?
(d) What reception does the albatross receive?
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words : 
(a) Who was Mr. Pakrashi? How do his words help Patol Babu in enacting his role?
(b) How does the mariner describe the movement of the ship as it sails away from the land?
(c) Why does Patol Babu walk away before he can be paid for his role? What does this reveal about his character?
(d) How do we know that the albatross was not afraid of the humans? Why did the sailors hail it in God’s name?
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words : 
Grabbing, pinching and greed are the main traits of Mrs. Slater. How does Mrs. Slater grab old man’s belongings before the arrival of Mrs. Jordan and Ben? What is the role of her husband in all such activities?
Compare and contrast the characters of Brutus and Mark Antony.
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words : 
Do you think Anne needs Peter’s friendship as much as Peter needs hers? Give reasons for your answer.
Anne thinks she is becoming more and more independent of her parents. How? Describe what she thinks of her future role in life.
How had Miss Sullivan’s workload increased? What does her attitude reflect about her temperament and nature?
Despite so many obstacles and setbacks, Helen still decided to appear for the examination. What does this reflect about her character?