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Sample Paper Term 1 Class 10 English With Solutions Set E
I. Read the passage given below.
I. Amartya Sen wrote about the Indian tradition of skepticism and heterodoxy of opinion that led to high levels of intellectual argument. The power sector in India is a victim of this tradition at its worst. Instead of forcefully communicating, supporting and honestly and firmly implementing policies, people just debate them. It is argued that central undertakings produce power at lower tariffs and must therefore build most of the required extra capacities. This is a delusion. They no longer have access to low-cost government funds.
II. Uncertainty about payment remains a reason for the hesitation of private investment. They had to sell only to SEBs (State Electricity Boards), SEB balance sheets are cleaner after the “securitisation” of the Rs. 40,000 crore or so owed by SEBs to central government undertakings, now shown as debt instruments. But state governments have not implemented agreed plans to ensure repayment when due. The current annual losses of around Rs. 28,000 crore make repayment highly uncertain. The central undertakings that are their main suppliers have payment security because the government will come to their help. Private enterprises do not have such assurance and are concerned about payment security, that must be resolved.
III. By the late 1990s, improving the SEB finances was recognized as fundamental to power reform. Unbundling SEBs, working under corporate discipline and even privatization and not vertically integrated state enterprises, are necessary for efficient and financially viable electricity enterprises. Since government will not distance itself from managing them, privatizing is an option. The Delhi model has worked. But it receives no public support.
IV. The Electricity Act 2003, the APRDP (Accelerated Power Reform and Development Programme) with its incentives and penalties, and the creation of creation of independent regulatory commissions, were the means to bring about reforms to improve financial viability of power sector. Implementation has been half-hearted and results disappointing. The concurrent nature of electricity in the Constitution impedes power sector improvement. States are more responsive to populist pressures than the central government, and less inclined to take drastic action against electricity thieves.
V. Captive power would add significantly to capacity. However, captive generation, three years after the Act enabled it, has added little to capacity because rules for open access were delayed. Redefined captive generation avoids state vetoes on purchase or sale of electricity except to state electricity enterprises. Mandating open access on state-owned wires to power regardless of ownership and customer would encourage electricity trading. The Act recognized electricity trading as a separate activity. A surcharge on transmission charges will pay for cross-subsidies. These were to be eliminated in time. Rules for open access and quantum of surcharge by each state commission (under broad principles defined by the central commission) have yet to be announced by some. The few who have announced by some. The few who have announced the surcharge have kept it so high that no trading can take place.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any eight out of the ten questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 1. The author thinks it appropriate to _____.
(a) discuss any policy in details and make it fool proof instead of implementing it hastily.
(b) follow Indian tradition meticulously as skepticism is essential for major decisions.
(c) divert our energies from fruitlessly contracting policies to supporting its implementation wholeheartedly.
(d) intellectual arguments and conceptualization of every policy is definitely better than its enforcement.
Question 2. Why are the Central undertakings not capable of generating power at low cost?
(a) Due to paucity of low-cost funds
(b) Due to their access to Government funds
(c) Due to their delusion about government funds
(d) Because of their extra capacities
Question 3. Which of the following is the reason for apathy of private investors in power sector?
(a) Their hesitation
(b) Uncertainty of their survival
(c) Cut-throat competition
(d) Lack of guarantee of timely returns
Question 4. What was the serious omission on the part of the State Government ?
(a) Agreement for late recovery of dues
(b) Reluctance to repay to private investors as per agreed plan
(c) Non-implementation of recovery due to unplanned and haphazard policies
(d) Lack of assurance from private enterprises
Question 5. Which of the following is/are considered necessary for improving performance of electricity enterprises?
(a) Corporate work culture
(c) Properly integrated State enterprises
(d) None of these
Question 6. The example of ‘Delhi Model’ quoted by the author underlines his feelings of _____.
A. happiness about its success.
B. unhappiness for lack of public support.
C. disgust towards privatisation.
(a) A and B only
(b) B and C only
(c) A and C only
(d) None of these
Question 7. Why were the results of the power sector reforms not as had been anticipated?
(a) The means to bring about reforms were illconceived
(b) The enforcement of the reform means was inadequate and apathetic.
(c) The Act and the reform measures were contradicting with each other.
(d) The incentives on the one hand and penalties on the other created dissatisfaction.
Question 8. What serious drawback of the States is pointed out by the author of the passage?
(a) The incentives and penalties enforced by the States were disproportionately incomparable
(b) The enforcement of the provisions of the acts was drastic and harsh
(c) Their vulnerability to fall prey to populist pressures
(d) Imposition of penalties were not judicious and incentives were not free from partiality
Question 9. Choose the word or group of words which is most nearly the same in meaning as the word printed in bold DELUSION
(a) Proper understanding
(b) Wrong prediction
(c) False belief
(d) Unrealistic optimism
Question 10. Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning of the word printed in bold IMPEDES
II. Read the passage given below.
I. In today’s idea-driven economy, the cost of time is what really matters. With the constant pressure to innovate, it makes little sense to waste countless collective hours commuting. So, the most efficient and productive regions are those in which people are thinking and working-not sitting in traffic.
II. The auto-dependent transportation system has reached its limit in most major cities and megaregions. Commuting by car is among the least efficient of all our activities – not to mention among the least enjoyable, according to detailed research by the Nobel Prize – winning economist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues. Though one might think that the economic crisis beginning in 2007 would have reduced traffic (high unemployment means fewer workers traveling to and from work), the opposite has been true. Average commutes have lengthened, and congestion has gotten worse, if anything. The average commute rose in 2008 to 25.5 minutes, “erasing years of decreases to stand at the level of 2000, as people had to leave home earlier in the morning to pick up friends for their ride to work or to catch a bus or subway train,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which collects the figures. And those are average figures. Commutes are far longer in the big West Coast cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the East Coast cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. In many of these cities, gridlock has become the norm, not just at rush hour but all day, every day.
III. The costs are astounding. In Los Angeles, congestion eats up more than 485 million working hours a year; that’s seventy hours, or nearly two weeks, of fulltime work per commuter. In D.C., the time cost of congestion is sixty-two hours per worker per year. In New York it’s forty-four hours. Average it out, and the time cost across America’s thirteen biggest city regions is fifty-one hours per worker per year. Across the country, commuting wastes 4.2 billion hours of work time annually – nearly a full work-week for every commuter. The overall cost to the U.S. economy is nearly $90 billion when lost productivity and wasted fuel are taken into account. At the Martin Prosperity Institute, we calculate that every minute shaved off America’s commuting time is worth $19.5 billion in value added to the economy. The numbers add up fast: five minutes is worth $97.7 billion; ten minutes, $195 billion; fifteen minutes, $292 billion.
IV. It’s ironic that so many people still believe the main remedy for traffic congestion is to build more roads and highways, which of course only makes the problem worse. New roads generate higher levels of “induced traffic,” that is, new roads just invite drivers to drive more and lure people who take mass transit back to their cars. Eventually, we end up with more clogged roads rather than a long-term improvement in traffic flow.
V. The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering of jobs, innovation, and productivity in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions. Some regions could end up bloated beyond the capacity of their infrastructure, while others struggle, their promise stymied by inadequate human or other resources.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any six out of the eight questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 11. The average commute rose in 2008 to _____.
(a) 15.5 minutes
(b) 20.5 minutes
(c) 25.5 minutes
(d) 30.5 minutes
Question 12. Which of the following is not a East Coast city?
(a) New York
(c) Washington D.C.
(d) Los Angeles
13. The passage most strongly suggests that researchers at the Martin Prosperity Institute share which assumption?
(a) Employees who have longer commutes tend to make more money than employees who have shorter commutes.
(b) Employees who work from home are more valuable to their employers than employees who commute.
(c) Employees whose commutes are shortened will use the time saved to do additional productive work for their employers.
(d) Employees can conduct business activities, such as composing memos or joining conference calls, while commuting.
Question 14. As used in the passage, ‘intense’ most nearly means
Question 15. Which claim about traffic congestion is supported by the graph?
(a) Commuters in Detroit spend more time delayed annually by traffic congestion than do commuters in Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago.
(b) New York City commuters spend less time annually delayed by traffic congestion than the average for very large cities.
(c) Los Angeles commuters are delayed more hours annually by traffic congestion than are commuters in Washington D.C.
(d) Commuters in Washington D.C., face greater delays annually due to traffic congestion than do commuters in New York City.
Question 16. In Washington D.C., the time cost of congestion is_____ per worker per year.
(a) Sixty two hours
(b) Seventy two hours
(c) Fifty one hours
(d) Sixty five hours
Question 17. What is the overall cost to the U.S. economy when lost productivity and wasted fuel are taken into account?
(a) $20 billion
(b) $50 billion
(c) $70 billion
(d) $90 billion
Question 18. Which of the following statements is not true?
(a) In today’s idea-driven economy, the cost of time is what really matters.
(b) In Los Angeles, congestion eats up more than 485 million working hours a year.
(c) Commutes are far longer in the big East Coast cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
(d) The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering of jobs, innovation, and productivity in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions.
GRAMMAR & WRITING
III. Answer any five out of six questions by selecting the most appropriate option for each.
Question 19. Which option displays the correct change of the following to reported speech?
The chairman of the selection committee said, “We shall finalise the rest of our team after we have selected the skipper.”
(a) The chairman of the selection committee told that they would finalise the rest of our team after we have selected the skipper.
(b) The chairman of the selection committee said that we would finalise the rest of our team after we have selected the skipper.
(c) The chairman of the selection committee said that they would finalise the rest of their team after they selected the skipper.
(d) The chairman of the selection committee said that they would finalise the rest of their team after they had selected the skipper.
Question 20. Which option displays the correct change of the following to reported speech?
I said to my friend, “Can I borrow your dictionary for one day ?”
(a) I asked my friend if I could borrow his dictionary for one day.
(b) I asked my friend if I could borrow your dictionary for one day.
(c) I asked my friend if I can borrow his dictionary for one day.
(d) I asked my friend that if I can borrow his dictionary for one day.
Question 21. She was wearing a bracelet on _____ wrist.
(d) None of these
Question 22. He _____ not eat so much, he will fall ill.
(d) used to
Question 23. The book ‘Management Principles’ _____ quite insightful.
Question 24. As he was crossing the road, a car _____ him down.
(a) was knocking
(b) had knocked
(d) would have knocked
IV. Answer any five out of the six questions by selecting the most appropriate option for each.
Question 25. Which of the following is the correct receiver’s address from the following
(a) To, The Editor, The Hindustan Times
(b) The Editor, Hindustan Times
(c) The Editor, The Hindustan Times
(d) None of these
Question 26. Why do we write a letter to the editor?
(a) To comment on news/articles
(b) To complain
(c) To express views on societal issues
(d) All of these
Question 27. What should be written if sender’s address is not given in the question/heading of a letter to editor?
(a) Any address you know
(b) Address of the school
(c) XYZ, Examination Hall
(d) None of these
Question 28. What are parameters of measuring a good letter written to editor?
(a) Grammatical Accuracy
(b) Suggest ions to sort out the problem
(c) Request to editor to publish the views
(d) All of these
Question 29. Which of the following is the correct subject in a letter to editor?
(a) Nuisance Created by Stray Animals
(b) Nuisance Created by Street kids
(c) Nuisance created by Family Members
(d) None of these
Question 30. The writer’s address is placed at the top left corner.
(b) May or may not be true
(d) Not sure
V. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
“God, he wrote, “if you don’t help me, my family and I will go hungry this year. I need a hundred pesos in order to sow my field again and to live until the crop comes, because of the hailstorm….” He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, went to town. At the post office, he placed a stamp on the letter and dropped it into the mailbox. One of the employees, who was a postman and also helped at the post office, went to his boss laughing heartily and showed him the letter to God. Never in his career as a postman had he known that address. The postmaster – a fat, amiable fellow – also broke out laughing, but almost immediately he turned serious and, tapping the letter on his desk, commented, “What faith! I wish I had the faith of the man who wrote this letter. Starting up a correspondence with God!”
(A Letter To God)
Question 31. What did Lencho write in his letter to God?
(a) He communicated his poverty-stricken situation.
(b) He wrote that he needed 100 pesos.
(c) He asked for money to sow seeds and survive until the new crop comes.
(d) All of the above
Question 32. Where was the post office situated in which Lencho posted the letter to God?
(a) In the valley
(b) In the village
(c) On the outskirts of the town
(d) In the town
Question 33. Why are the stamps pasted on the letters?
(a) To beautify the letters.
(b) To distinguish the letters.
(c) To pay the cost involved in moving the letters.
(d) Stamps on letters do not serve any purpose.
Question 34. Why did the postman laughed heartily on seeing Lencho’s letter to God?
(a) He never saw a letter to God in his lifetime.
(b) Lencho had bad handwriting.
(c) The postman was an amiable fellow.
(d) He wanted to make fun of Lencho’s letter.
Question 35. Why did the Postmaster immediately turn serious?
(a) He was afraid of God.
(b) He was astonished at Lencho’s faith in God.
(c) He did not want to make fun of a needy farmer.
(d) He was pretending to be serious.
VI. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
As for Maddie, this business of asking Wanda every day how many dresses and how many hats, and how many this and that she had was bothering her. Maddie was poor herself. She usually wore some body’s handme- down clothes. Thank goodness, she didn’t live up on Boggins Heights or have a funny name. Sometimes, when Peggy was asking Wanda those questions in that mocking polite voice, Maddie felt embarrassed and studied the marbles in the palm of her hand, rolling them round and saying nothing herself.
(The Hundred Dresses I)
Question 36. Maddie used to wear old clothes because
(a) she had a universal one
(b) she never wants others
(c) she liked them
(d) she was poor
Question 37. What bothered Maddie the most was the
(a) asking of querries
(b) asking of notations
(c) asking of questions by classmates
(d) asking of whereabouts by teachers
Question 38. The old discarded clothes, given to someone were
(a) hand-me-down clothes
(b) designer clothes
(c) costly clothes
(d) non-sticky clothes
Question 39. Maddie would feel ashamed herself when
(a) Wanda asked Peggy those questions about her dress
(b) Peggy asked Wanda those questions about her dress
(c) Keesing asked Peggy those questions about her dress
(d) Wanda asked Keesing those questions about her dress
Question 40. The word ‘embarrassed’ means
VII. Read the given extract to attempt the questions that follow:
But he’s locked in a concrete cell,
His strength behind bars,
Stalking the length of his cage,
He hears the last voice at night,
The patrolling cars, …
(A Tiger In The Zoo)
Question 41. Choose the image that best describes the condition of the tiger based on the given extract.
(a) Option (1)
(b) Option (2)
(c) Option (3)
(d) Option (4)
Question 42. Which option correctly lists the reason for the tiger ‘stalking the length of his cage’?
(a) Animals tend to cover large distances and burn a lot of their energy by hunting for prey, in their natural habitat. Zoos deprive them of such stimulation and they are restless and bored.
(b) Animals are scared of visitors gazing at them in their unnatural surroundings. Zoos are places where animals are far removed from the privacy of their natural habitat.
(c) Animals dislike human noises in the city and react to them aggressively. Zoos are often located in cities or outskirts.
(d) Animals require human love and care and miss this when in captivity. Zoos are places where they walk around mechanically to attract human attention.
Question 43. Which option identifies a patrolling car correctly?
(a) Option 1
(b) Option 2
(c) Option 3
(d) Option 4
Question 44. The main contrasting idea suggested by the extract is that of
(a) strength and weakness.
(b) nature and culture.
(c) beasts and mortals.
(d) confinement and freedom.
Question 45. Choose the option listing the most likely reason for the tiger to ignore visitors, according to the extract.
(a) He is scared of their constant stares.
(b) The visitors don’t provide him with any food.
(c) He knows that none would help him out of captivity.
(d) The visitors don’t speak to him kindly.
VIII.Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
As she and her husband turned away in terror, the extraordinary chair pushed them both out of the room and then appeared to slam and lock the door after them. Mrs Hall almost fell down the stairs in hysterics. She was convinced that the room was haunted by spirits, and that the stranger had somehow caused these to enter into her furniture. “My poor mother used to sit in that chair,” she moaned! To think it should rise up against me now! The feeling among the neighbours was that the trouble was caused by witchcraft.”
(Footprints Without Feet)
Question 46. Mrs Hall felt that the room was haunted by spirits because
(a) she could see evil spirits.
(b) she heard strange noise.
(c) uncanny things happened there.
(d) the door slammed shut.
Question 47. Pick the option that best describes how Mrs Hall must be feeling at the moment described in the extract.
(a) stunned and furious
(b) shocked and outraged
(c) outraged and nervous
(d) stunned and agitated
Question 48. Pick the option that includes the correct matches of Column A with Column B.
Column A Column B
I. The stranger was (i) eccentric, lonely and callous
II. He had escaped (ii) eccentric, callous and short-tempered
III. He had an uncommon appearance (iii) from Iping to London
(iv) as he wore bandages round his forehead
(a) I-ii; II-iv; III-iii
(b) I-i; II-iii; III-iv
(c) I-iii; II-ii; III-i
(d) I-ii; II-iii; III-iv
Question 49. Pick the sentence that brings out the meaning of ‘hysterics’ as used in the extract.
(a) My friend and I were in splits when we saw the clown’s antics.
(b) I don’t know why I suddenly felt worried about flying home.
(c) The sight of blood put the old man in a frenzy.
(d) The people who had witnessed the accident were spellbound.
Question 50. Pick the option that displays a cause -> effect relationship.
(a) pushed and locked out -> hysterical
(b) rising of the chair -> moaning
(c) troubled neighbours -> witchcraft
(d) stranger -> haunted spirits
IX. Attempt the following.
Question 51. What began Mandela’s hunger for freedom?
(a) The fact that it had already been taken away from him
(b) His obligation towards people
(c) His obligation towards family
(d) He was born to fight
Question 52. How far was the narrator from Paris when he saw dark clouds in the sky?
(a) 200 km
(b) 100 km
(c) 50 km
(d) 150 km
Question 53. What name was Anne’s book published with?
(a) From the Diary of Anne Frank
(b) The Diary of a Young girl
(c) Anne Frank
(d) Anne Frank’s Diary
Question 54. “So Peggy had the same idea! Maddie glowed” What was the idea?
(a) To tease Wanda one more time
(b) To go and look for Wanda at Boggins Height
(c) To apologise to Wanda
(d) Both b and c
Question 55. The fall of snow flakes on the poet made him realize that
(a) it is winter
(b) the whole day is wasted.
(c) the whole day is not wasted
(d) crow is a symbol of ill omen
Question 56. What does violent desire refer to in the poem “Fire and Ice”?
(c) Both a and b
(d) None of the above
Question 57. Why does the poet decide not to condole the boy?
(a) He is busy
(b) He is indifferent
(c) It will be of no use
(d) He is happy
Question 58. What did Mrs Pumphrey think her dog is suffering from?
(c) Stomach pain
Question 59. The thief boy was grateful to Anil for
(a) giving him a job
(b) giving him money
(c) watching wrestling match with him
(d) talking with him
Question 60. Who called the incident “an extraordinary affair”?
(b) Clergyman’s wife
(c) Mrs Hall
(d) None of the above