CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative Set 1
These Sample papers are part of CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative. Here we have given CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Communicative Set 1
Time allowed: 3 hours
Maximum marks: 80
❖ The question papers divided into three sections :
Section A : Reading 20 marks
Section B : Writing and Grammar 30 marks
Section C : Literature 30 marks
❖ All questions are compulsory.
❖ You may attempt any section at a time.
❖ All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
SECTION-A : READING
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
Ship of the Desert
1. Known as “ships of the desert”, camels have been used for transporting goods across deserts for thousands of years. In fact, camels are the only desert animals that can carry heavy loads of goods and travel for a long period of time without food or water. Transportation, however, is not the only benefit that camels can offer us. Desert people also rely on camels for their milk, meat and fur. Even camels’ droppings are useful—desert people use camels’ manure as fuel.
2. Weighing more than 1,500 pounds, adult camels can reach the height of six feet at their shoulders and seven feet at their humps. Camels have two hoofed toes on each foot, under which a leathery pad links the two toes. When camels walk, they spread their toes as wide apart as possible to prevent their feet from sinking into the sand. The tough, leathery pads under their feet also allow camels to walk on a stony and rough ground. Camels are nicknamed as the “ships of the desert” because they walk like the motion of a rolling boat and move both their feet on one side of their bodies together, then both feet on the other.
3. There are two different species of camels—Dromedary and Bactrian. To differentiate one from the other is easy; just count how many humps a camel has ! With just one hump on their backs, Dromedary camels live in North Africa and the Middle East. Bactrian camels have two humps and they exist only in China and Central Asia. Interestingly, camels’ humps are like their secret safe. When there is plenty of food any vegetation in deserts, including thorny twigs and salty plants that other desert animals cannot have, camels overeat and store the extra as fat in their humps. The excessive fat in their humps is like a safety net allowing camels to have enough energy to walk extra miles until they find something to eat.
1.1. Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read: [1 x 8 = 8]
(i) Who are known as the ‘ships of the desert ?’
(ii) What are the other benefits of the camel that desert people rely on ?
(iii) What is the height and the weight of a camel ?
(iv) How do camels prevent themselves from sinking in the sand ?
(v) What are the two different species of camels ? .
(vi) Where do Dromedary camels live and how many humps do they have ?
(vii) Where do Bactrian camels exist ?
(viii) Where do camels store their extra fat ?
(ix) How does the extra fat help the camels ?
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Tools of Persuasion
1. Persuasion is the art of convincing someone to agree with your point of view. According to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, there are three basic tools of persuasion: ethos, pathos and logos. Ethos is a speaker’s way of convincing the audience that he is a credible source. An audience will consider a speaker credible if he seems trustworthy, reliable and sincere. This can be done in many ways. For example, a speaker can develop ethos by explaining how much experience or education he has in the field. After all, you are more likely to listen to an advice about how to take care of your teeth from a dentist than a firefighter. A speaker can also create ethos by convincing the audience that he is a good person who has his best interests at heart. If an audience cannot trust you, you will not be able to persuade them.
2. Pathos is a speaker’s way of connecting with the emotions of the audience. For example, a speaker who is trying to convince an audience to vote for him might say that he alone can save the country from a terrible war. These words are intended to fill the audience with fear, thus making them want to vote for him. Similarly, a charity organisation that helps animals might show an audience the pictures of injured dogs and cats. If the audience feels bad for the animals, they will be more likely to donate money.
3. Logos is the use of facts, information, statistics or other evidences to make your argument more convincing. An audience will be more likely to believe you if you have data to back up your claims. For example, a commercial for soap might tell you that laboratory tests have shown that their soap kills all 100% of the bacteria living on your hands. Presenting evidence is much more convincing than simply saying, “our soap is the best!”
4. Use of logos can also increase a speaker’s ethos; the more facts a speaker includes in his argument, the more likely you are to think that he is educated and trustworthy. Although ethos, pathos and logos all have their strengths, they are often most effective when they are used together. Indeed, most speakers use a combination of ethos, pathos and logos to persuade their audiences. The next time you listen to a speech, watch a commercial, or listen to a friend trying to convince you to lend him some money, be on the lookout for these ancient Greek tools of persuasion.
2.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in
about 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) What are the tools one can use for persuasion ?
(ii) How can a speaker evoke fear in the audience ?
(iii) How do numbers help in convincing people to do something ? Give an example.
(iv) Why is it that people often give importance to education ?
(v) How can a speech be very effective ?
2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill any two of the following blanks with
appropriate words/ phrases. [1 x 2 = 2]
(i) An audience will consider a speaker credible if he seems ……….
(ii) Logos is the use of facts …………
(iii) Most speakers use a combination of……….
2.3. Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same as below:
[1 x 2 = 2]
(i) Trustworthy (Paragraph 2)
(ii) Influence (Paragraph 3)
(iii) Indication (Paragraph 4)
SECTION-B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR
(Attempt all question from this section)
(a) You are Rajesh Kumar living at 51,7th Cross Street, OMBR Layout and Bengaluru 43. The
residents of your area are facing a lot of inconvenience due to poor maintenance of the public park of your locality. Write a letter to the editor of a local daily drawing the attention of the concerned higher authorities towards the problem and requesting them to solve it. 
(b) Write the letter to Jasmeet Traders & Co., Furniture Manufacturers, Haryana as the Principal, Vaidik Kanya Public School, Haryana placing an order for school furniture.
Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set of the cues given below. Give a suitable title to the story. 
No one would believe what happened that night ……….
Storms were certain that night but it wasn’t the weather that caused the turmoil…….
Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer-sheet against the correct blank numbers. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) We went out…………….the fact that it was raining.
(ii) in spite
(iii) even as
(b) ………..she has got the right qualifications, she lacks experience.
(i) in spite of
(iii) even as
(c) He told me…………he loved me, but he was lying.
(d) ………..you know, I work hard.
(e) you focus on your studies; you will not pass.
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word, in any four sentences of the given paragraph, along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in the space provided. [1 x 4 = 4]
Rearrange any four of the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) ship/ violently/ the/ storm/ rocked/ the
(b) masterpiece/ artist/ painstakingly/ the/ his/ worked/ at
(c) gift/ free/ a/dad/ offered/ firm/ by/ the/ was.
(d) i/ read/ paper/ in/ the/ burglar/ been/ caught/ had/ the/ that.
(e) nightfall/ began/ cricketers/ the/ at/ their/ piercing/ calls.
SECTION-C : LITERATURE
(Attempt all question from this section)
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your
answer sheets in one or two lines only. [1 x 4= 4]
(a) The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around :
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
i Like noises in a swound.
(i) What are the sailors surrounded by ?
(ii) List the adjectives used to describe the crunching noise of ice.
(iii) What are the sailors experiencing ? ‘
(iv) Find the synonym of’rumbled.’
(b) Caesar: I am ashamed I did yield to them.
(i) What is Caesar ashamed about ?
(ii) What does Caesar decides to do ?
(iii) What made Caesar decide to go out to the Senate ?
(iv) Find the synonym of the word’embarrassed.’
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: [2 x 4 = 8]
(i) How did the author react when he drove Nicola and Jacopo back to the city ?
(ii) Why Lavinia did not get upset on seeing Helen ‘the ghost’ ?
(iii) How can you say that the frog was very determined in his singing ?
(iv) What role does Victoria play in ‘The Dear Departed ?’
(v) What were Michael’s thoughts on how Sebastian entered the computer games ?
Attempt any one out of the two following long answer type questions in 100-120 words. 
(a) The frog has a good self-image. Discuss how he thrives even after the nightingale dies.
(b) Discuss the fickleness of the mob in the play ‘Julius Caesar’.
(a) Answer the following question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in
about 200-250 words. 
The Diary of a Young Girl
(i) Discuss Anne Frank’s early entries that reveal a bubbly girl of thirteen and her awareness of reality.
(ii) Discuss the theme of loneliness in adolescence in Anne Frank’s Diary.
(b) Answer the following question based on the prescribed novel text for extended reading in about 200-250 words.
The Story of My Life
(i) Discuss the “The Frost King Incident” as given in the ‘The Story of My Life’ by Helen Keller.
(ii) How did Dr. Alexander Graham Bell influence Helen Keller’s life ?
(i) Camels are known as the ships of the desert.
(ii) Desert people also rely on camels for their milk, meat and fur.
(iii) Adult camels weigh more than 1,500 pounds and can reach a height of six feet at their shoulders and seven feet at their humps.
(iv) When camels walk, they spread their toes as wide apart as possible to prevent their feet from sinking into the sand.
(v) The two different species of camels are Dromedary and Bactrian.
(vi) Dromedary camels live in North Africa and the Middle East and have only one hump.
(vii) Bactrian camels have two humps and they exist only in China and Central Asia.
(viii) Camels store their extra fat in their humps.
(ix) The extra fat in their humps gives them the energy to walk extra miles until they find food.
(i) One can use any of the three tools of persuasion according to the ancient Greek Philosopher Aristotle. They are ethos, pathos and logos.
(ii) The speaker can use pathos while speaking, to evoke emotions of fear and to convince the audience of his cause. His words are intended to create fear in the audience.
(iii) Use of data in logos can convince people to do or buy something as there are proofs in numbers. We might buy a soap that kills 100% bacteria based on an advertisement which claims that they have done the laboratory research.
(iv) Education gives credibility to any person who is educated and the people believe him based on the fact that he is knowledgeable and one can trust him.
(v) Ethos, pathos and logos all have their strengths, however, a speech can be effective when they are used together. Indeed, most speakers use a combination of ethos, pathos and logos to persuade their audiences.
(i) An audience will consider a speaker credible if he seems trustworthy, reliable and sincere.
Logos is the use of facts, information, statistics, or other evidences to make your argument more convincing.
51,7th Cross Street,
23rd June, 20xx
The Hindustan Times,
Bengaluru – 560001
Sub: About poor maintenance of the Public Park of our locality.
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to express my serious concern on the poor maintenance of the public park of our locality.
The public park of our area is in a pitiable condition. The gardeners are not regular so, the plants are not pruned regularly, as a result of which, the park gives an unpleasant appearance. The park has become a thoroughfare for stray animals as there is no gate at the entrance of the park. It has become a haven for the anti-social elements to gather in the park in the evening making it difficult for the women folk to have a walk and also for children to play in the evening. Our regular complaints to the local authorities have failed to bring any change in the situation.
Therefore, I would like to request the concerned higher authorities to improve the condition of the park for the convenience of the local residents. I shall be highly obliged to you for publishing my letter in your newspaper.
Vaidik Kanya Public School.
21st March, 20 xx
M/s. Jasmeet Traders & Co.
Sub: Order for school furniture
On behalf of the Vaidik Kanya Public School, I am placing an order for the following items of school furniture:
I would be grateful if you supply the above articles at the earliest before the session starts. Please send the bill along with the furniture and we will dispatch a demand draft for the amount of the bill in your favour within a week after receiving the articles.
Sidharth Sinha (Principal)
Believe It or Not
No one would believe what happened that night when I went to the village festival. I was just ten years old. I had been to my grandparents’ house which is in a very small village. We used to go there every summer when we were young, until our grandparents came to live with us.
It was the night of the temple festival, when the whole village came to life in many colours and sounds. Music blared in every street, the streets were decorated with streamers and the front of every house was adorned with rangoli and it was a resplendent sight. In the evening, there was a cultural programme organized by the village heads. It was held in the open grounds outside the village.
I participated in a dance competition and was having such a good time that I did not see time going by quickly. I had made friends in the village and they planned to go out into the fields, after everything was over, for a walk. I went along with them and as we walked, I heard the tinkling of bells and saw a ghost-like figure. I was terrified and my heart palpitated and I soon realized that my friends were off the path and I was alone.
That was the last time I went with friends or anybody to the fields. Believe it or not but I am sure, I really saw a ghost that night.
Storms were certain that night but it was not the weather that caused the turmoil. It was getting stormy with the winds howling through the window. The weather was getting terrible by every minute. I heard the branches snap. Electricity was cut off and I could see through the windows that the power lines were cut and hanging dangerously on the poles and branches of the trees.
The storm was nothing at all when we realised that our father had got a wheezing attack which got severe because of the weather. My mother gave him the usual medication but that did not seem to help. We took turns to sit with him and rub his back to ease the pain but it did not seem to get better with time.
Usually, in such situations, we used to take him to the hospital and he would be given oxygen that would ease his condition. We were in turmoil because we could not take him out in such bad weather. Every moment was like being on pins and needles.
The long and disturbed wait for relief got over when the rains let up and a neighbour helped us in taking our father to the hospital. Though it was just for a night, it was unforgettable and turbulent. The sun shone through in morning and the storm had passed.
(a) The storm rocked the ship violently.
(b) The artist painstakingly worked at his masterpiece.
(c) Dad was offered a free gift by the firm.
(d) I read in the paper that the burglar had been caught.
(e) The cricketers began their piercing calls at nightfall.
(a) (i) The sailors are surrounded by the ice as far as their eyes can see.
(ii) Cracked, growled, roared and howled.
(iii) The sailors are experiencing severe storm that has driven them to icy seas which is dismal as they can see neither human nor a beast.
(iv) The synonym of the word ‘rumbled’ is roared.
(b) (i) Caesar is ashamed that he listened to Calpumia’s dreams and wished to stay at home.
(ii) Caesar decides to go out to the Capitol against the wishes of Calpumia.
(iii) Caesar had been coaxed and convinced by Decius Brutus who said that the dream meant positive things for Caesar and not as Calpumia feared. Caesar decided to go based on this counsel.
(iv) The synonym of the word ’embarrassed’ is ashamed.
(i) The author waited outside until the boys returned and did not say a word until they reached the city. He wanted the boys to feel that their secret was safe and he admired them for their nobility in their hearts.
(ii) Lavinia, who had already decided to leave her husband as he was supposedly having an affair with a lady, comes to see him before she leaves and finally meets Helen, who is just as a ghost should be, not so pretty, Lavinia just smiles knowing that there is no need for doubting John, leaves and reconciles with him.
(iii) Though none liked the frog singing, he continued to croak from morning till evening and no amount of stones, bricks or complaints could stop him from doing what he did. This shows that the frog was very determined to keep on singing, in spite of criticism.
(iv) Victoria portrays the innocence against the manipulative and scheming adults in the play, who wish that their grandfather was dead. They use to get their work done and want her to behave properly when they themselves are not doing the right thing. She is a loving girl and still has the innocence which is not seen in the grown-ups.
(v) Michael feels that Sebastian’s memory must have plunged into the computer when he banged his head in the accident. The computer must have immediately stored his memory upon immediate contact. A little later, he also realises that the memory must have got transferred when Michael and his father picked the game at the fair.
(a) The frog merily croaks which is disliked by all in the bog but that does not deter the frog from belting out in rain or shine, day or night. His determination is so extreme that neither sticks nor bricks, complaints or insults stopped his elated heart; until a nightingale came to the bog and every bird and animal was enraptured with her singing. The frog with his confidence takes the opportunity to deride the nightingale’s singing, makes money out of her talents and pushes the nightingale to extreme limits that it burst a vein and killed it. The frog was not concerned but blamed the nightingale for being stupid and influenced. The frog had the audacity to say that he can sing with panache and continue to out blare out loud in the bog.
(b) The citizens of Rome clearly play an important role in the play ‘Julius Caesar’. The characters in the play are timed to express themselves and are very passionate. Throughout the play these emotions are communicated through various events.
An example of expression by the citizens occur during the funeral oration by Mark Antony. Brutus logially gives his reasons that required Caesar’s death. He informs them that he acted out of love of Rome and his desire to prevent tyrants from controlling it. The citizens embrace his words with cheers and understanding. However, their mood alters when Antony offers his interpretation of the situation. He passionately described the deeds Caesar performed on behalf of the citizens of Rome, which clearly contradicted the opinions of the conspirators that Caesar was too ambitious. This alteration in the minds of the crowd fells us about their ficklemindedness in Julius Caesar.
(a) (i) The first entries in the diary tell us about the lively existence of a young Jewish girl who has just turned thirteen. She seems to bubble with laughter and joy, playing Ping-Pong, participating in pranks and flirting with young men. Although she seems popular with her school friends and is doted upon by her parents, Anne feels loneliness. Not having a best friend with whom she can share her emotions, she decides to write her thoughts and feeling into her diary, which she names “Kitty.”
Anne is particularly close to her father, Otto Frank. His father’s birthday gift to her, the red- checkered diary, is her favourite. He also trusts her enough to tell her about his plans to take the family into hiding. Anne is also close to her sister, Margot, even though she seems a bit jealous of her. She states that Margot is the smart one in the family while she struggles to do well in school to keep up with Margot.
In spite of her youth and happiness, Anne cannot disregard what is going on around her. She had to quit her Dutch school and attend a Jewish one. Additionally, she gives a long list of other restrictions that were put on the Jews. They cannot ride trains, own bicycles, work in most businesses, go for movies or visit Church. Anne finds the restrictions difficult, but she says that life is bearable. It is obvious that this optimistic and positive young lady tries to make the best of any situation.
(ii) Anne Frank’s perpetual feeling of being lonely and misunderstood provides the impetus for her dedicated diary writing and colours many of the experiences she recounts. Even in her early diary entries, she writes about her friends and her lively social life. Anne expresses gratitude that the diary can act as a confidant with whom she can share her innermost thoughts. This might seem an odd sentiment from such a playful, amusing and social young girl but Anne explains that she is never comfortable discussing her inner emotions, even around close friends. Notwithstanding her excitement over developing into a woman and despite the specter of war surrounding her, Anne nonetheless finds that she and her friends talk only about trivial topics.
We learn later in the diary that neither Mrs. Frank nor Margot offers much emotional support to Anne. Though Anne feels very connected to her father and derives strength and encouragement from him, he is not a fitting confidant for a thirteen-year-old girl. Near the end of her diary, Anne shares a quotation she once read with which she strongly agrees : “Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.” Because young people are less able than adults to define or express their needs clearly, they are more likely to feel lonely, isolated and misunderstood.
Feelings of loneliness and isolation also play out in the larger scheme of the annex. All the inhabitants feel anxious, fearful, and stressed because of their circumstances, yet no one wants to burden the others with such depressing feelings. As an outcome, the residents become impatient with one another over trivial matters and never address their deeper fears or worries. This continual masking and repression of serious emotions creates isolation and misunderstanding between all the residents of the annex.
(b) (i) The winter of 1892, was a troubling time for Helen. During an autumn at Fern Quarry she wrote a story called “The Frost King,” seemingly inspired by the fall foliage around her and sent it to Mr. Anagnos at the Perkins Institute as a gift. Mr. Anagnos loved it and was very impressed, so he published the story in one of the Institute’s reports. However, it was soon discovered that a very similar story called “The Frost Fairies” existed in a book that was published long before Helen wrote her story. Helen could not remember hearing such a story but Mr. Anagnos came to think he had been deceived and that Helen and Miss Sullivan had deliberately taken the words from “The Frost Fairies.”
Helen was investigated by a court comprised of the teachers and officers of the Perkins Institute and it took a toll on her morale, as she felt horrible that such a thing had happened. Miss Sullivan had never heard of “The Frost Fairies,” either. Eventually, it comes out that Mrs. Sophia C. Hopkins had read books to Helen during the summer she spent at Brewster while Miss Sullivan was away on vacation and “The Frost Fairies” must have been one of those. The strange words had remained in Helen’s mind, though she did not realise it. Helen was forgiven but the experience left her petrified to write for a long time. Even when writing a letter she felt that the words were not her own.
(ii) As Helen grew older, so did her frustration of not being able to properly express herself. She had many terrible fits of anger that deeply troubled her parents. When she was six, her t parents took her to an occultist, Dr. Chisolm, in Baltimore to see if he could help her but it went in vain. Instead, the doctor advised to find Helen a teacher so that she could be educated. He suggested them to consult Dr. Alexander Graham Bell in Washington for recommendations. Finally, after writing to Dr. Anagnos at the Perkins Institution in Boston, they received confirmation that a teacher for Helen had been found.
Alexander Graham Bell helped Helen by suggesting her father the school that might be able f to provide Helen with a teacher. Helen dedicated ‘The Story of My Life’ to Bell because of his work with the deaf and also because he was the first to start her journey towards communicating and learning.
He had wonderful stories of his inventions and experiments to tell her and every subject he
touched, kept her fascinated. He made her feel confidant about herself and also dream that she could be an inventor one day. He was humorous and poetic and his love for children , was above all else. Helen Keller’s steps toward greater things, learning and experiences
were guided by Dr. Bell.
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