Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 2 With Solutions Set C

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Please refer to Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 2 With Solutions Set C below. These Class 10 English Sample Papers will help you to get more understanding of the type of questions expected in the upcoming exams. All sample guess papers for English Class 10 have been designed as per the latest examination pattern issued by CBSE. Please practice all Term 2 CBSE Sample Papers for English in Standard 10.

Sample Paper Term 2 Class 10 English With Solutions Set C

Section A

1. Read the following passage carefully:
(1) The Road to success is not straight; there is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, caution–lights called family, and you will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spark called determination, an engine called perseverance, insurance called faith, and a driver called God, you will eventually make it to a place called success!
(2) In spite of all our planning and preparation, unexpected challenges are certain to arise. The bumps in the road will be unavoidable, but you’ll never get to your destination if you aren’t willing to drive over them. The difference between a disaster and triumph lies in whether or not you’re prepared and willing to weather the storm. If you’re ready, those bumps will become the stepping-stones.
(3) The key thing to realise is that working harder is the same as working smarter. How do you work  smarter? You just need to have the right skills. People want improved circumstances and better life without an improved self. They want victory without paying the price or making efforts. It really cannot happen without the other. Any improvements that have not been generated by improving yourself are superficial and short-lived. If you want to have a better future, you have to change yourself. Stop worrying about the various challenges that will come your way. Just believe in yourself and use them as stepping-stones.
(4) “Success” is getting whatever you want out of life without violating the rights of others.” It is not an accident. Success is the result of our attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance.
(5) Today success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. Attitude is everything. Success is not restricted within some kind of brick and mortar premises. It assumes the individuality of a complete act executed with perfection; material achievements do not define life. We don’t remember sports stars for the products they endorse but the spirit of achievement that they represent. In the abundance of positive attitude, lie the grandeur of a truly rewarding rich life.
(6) Success can be measured from two standpoints—the external and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and the recognition. Internally it is the feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or fulfilment of desire.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below: 

(i) What qualities lead one to the place called success ?
Ans. One’s determination, faith and perseverance lead one to the place child success.

(ii) What is the mantra to change bumps into stepping stones ?
Ans. The only mantra to do so is to realize that working harder is the same as working smarter.

(iii) What is success today according to the passage ?
Ans. Success represents a holistic and positive attitude to life. It is not restricted to the four walls of any premises.

(iv) The difference between a disaster and triumph lies __________.
Ans. Whether or not you are prepared and willing to weather the storm.

(v) How can one have a better future?
Ans. One can have a better future by changing oneself.

(vi) Pick the synonym of ‘surplus’ as given in paragraph 5.
Ans. Abundance.

2. Read the following passage carefully:
(1) Even as the number of recorded COVID deaths crossed a million on Monday, medical professionals called for balance in the treatment of COVID and non-COVID cases pointing to the fact that every year cardiovascular diseases kill more than 17 million, cancers over 9.5 million and chronic respiratory diseases almost four million. According to the medical journal Lancet’s report Global Burden of Diseases, there are at least 15 different diseases that kill more than a million people every year.

Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 2 With Solutions Set C

(2) While the swine flue pandemic in 2009 is estimated to have killed about half a million in one year, the 1918 Spanish flu is estimated to have killed about 50 million.
(3) However, COVID-19 stretched the capacity of health systems as no other pandemic in recent history, as an extraordinary number of patients required hospitalised care and came in at unexpected pace. A good section of these needed prolonged critical care. With the virus being highly infectious, large numbers are affected in a short time. Just 5-6% of total case becoming critically ill has meant a huge burden on the health system. 
(4) As health systems geared up for COVID, most other health services were suspended. Referring to a survey across several countries, that showed regular health services were hit in most countries due to COVID, WHO Director General said that many who needed treatment for diseases like cancer, heart ailments and diabetes were not getting the required attention. 
(5) A professor at AIMS, Delhi said, “We have about three to four patients of stroke or heart attack who are brought dead to the hospital every day. The only difference is that COVID deaths are being counted and these are not.”
(6) A modelling study published in the Lancet Global Health suggested that, worldwide, one in five people were at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 should they become infected, mostly as a result of underlying non-communicable diseases.
(7) Unfortunately, hospital systems are designed for average patient loads, not epidemics, stated a paper on hospital capacity and operations during COVID-19, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It added that most hospitals prided themselves on minimising empty beds, but this could result in their being ill-equipped for an increase in cases. The pandemic brought into focus the slackness in a system — under-utilized capacities and capabilities both physical and human, which could be put to use in a crisis.
(8) With health systems operating at more than maximum capacity, a Lancet editorial warned that “healthcare workers, unlike ventilators or wards cannot be urgently manufactured or run at 100% occupancy for long periods.” 
On the basis of your understanding of the passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below. 

(i) What concern was shown by medical professionals?
Ans. The concern shown up by medical professional was that not enough attention was being paid to non-covid cases with the rise of covid patients

(ii) How did COVID-19 affect the health systems?
Ans. COVID-19 stretched the capacity of health systems as an extraordinary number of patients required hospitalised care and that too prolonged critical case.

(iii) Which disease is the world’s biggest killer after cardiovascular diseases?
Ans. Cancers are the biggest killers after cardiovascular diseases.

(iv) How many people were killed due to diabetes mellitus in 2017?
Ans. As many as 1.4 million people were killed due to Diabetes milletus in 2017.

(v) What was brought into focus by the pandemic?
Ans. The pandemic brought into focus the slackness in a system – under utilized capacities and capabilities whether it was physical or human and which could be put to use in a crisis.

(vi) The phrase ‘geared up’ in para 4 means ___________.
Ans. Get ready

Section B
Writing and Grammar

3. Attempt ANY ONE from (i) and (ii).
(i) You are Neeti/Rajan, a resident of 25/42, civil Lines, Kanpur. You are very much inspired to watch reality shows on dance at various channels on T.V. and wish to join dance classes to learn ‘Salsa’. Write a letter in about 120 words to Shamak Dawar (Salsa Guru), Director, S.D. Group, Model Town Delhi, enquiring about the dance classes, timings, fees, duration, conditions for admission, etc.

(ii) Read the following excerpt from an article that appeared in the magazine section of a local daily:
The ban on single-use plastic is impractical. The purpose of articles like bags and packaging is ultimately to make human life easier. Plastic articles do this well, so they shouldn’t be banned. Write a paragraph in about 120 words to analyze the given argument. You could think about what alternative explanations might weaken the given conclusion and include rationale / evidence that would strengthen / counter the given argument. 
Ans. (i) 25/42, Civil Lines,
December 08, 20XX
Mr. Shamak Dawar
Director, S.D. Group
Subject : Enquiry about dance classes
This is with reference to the dance classes offered by your renowned institute. I am a student of class X and very much interested in dancing. I have come to know about your institution which provides various courses on dance. It is well known that as a master you have trained various film and TV artists.
I would like to know the details of all the dance courses offered by your institution. I also want to know about the timings, the fees and duration of dance classes and please let me know if you have a cab facility for picking up the students living at a long distance from the institution. I am attaching a self addressed envelope and a demand draft numbered 1234xxxx of Rs 1000 with this letter.
Please send the prospectus of your institution, I will be very grateful to you if you teach me ‘Salsa’ and other western dances. Hoping to receive a quick reply as soon as possible.
Thank you
Yours sincerely

Ban On Plastic

Single use plastic causes more harm to the environment than benefitting it. Its toxic contents are harmful for all whether they are human beings, animals or marine creatures. In fact they cause a decline in the healthy state of those also who produce it as it leads to many illnesses. The government has decided to put a blanket ban on single-use plastic articles which is a wise step. It is going to be helpful for our environment which is in a declining state everyone must join in this campaign to save our planet and to make it pollution free. More of environment friendly products should be used. The ban on these products is not impractical. There is no denying the fact that these products make our life easier but we should come up for the welfare of all and not be selfish. The ban will be useful in the long run.

4. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Identify the error and write its correction against the correct blank number. Remember to underline the correction.

Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 2 With Solutions Set C

Today, girls have broke the five foot barrier
and on some cases are almost a half
foot taller then their grandmothers.
Ans. Error Correction 
(a) broke broken
(b) on in
(c) then than

5. Read the conversation given below and complete the passage that follows.

Class 10 English Sample Paper Term 2 With Solutions Set C

The customer complained …..(a)…… .
The tailor told him …..(b)….. .
Ans. (a) that those caps didn’t fit him.
(b) to wear them on the tip of his fingers and they would fit him.

Section C

6. Answer ANY SIX questions in 30-40 words each.

(i) What was Valli’s favorite past time ?
Ans. Valli’s favourite pastime was to watch the bus that travelled between her village and the nearest town.

(ii) How did the baker become synonymous with celebrations and occasions in Goa?
Ans. The village baker was very important for festive occasions. Marriage gifts were meaningless without the sweet bread known as ‘bol’. Sandwiches, cakes and bolinhas were a must for Christmas as well as other festivals. These were made with the bread.

(iii) Why was Sinclair Lewis beaten up ?
Ans. He was beaten because he went to serve summons to the victims in dark and shadowy corners of the city to appear as witness in court which they disliked.

(iv) Do you find ‘The Tale of custard the Dragon’ to be a serious or a light-hearted comedy? Give reasons to support your answer.
Ans. The Tale of Custard the Dragon’ is a humorous, light hearted poem as the characters display behavioural attributes, contrary to their appearance as well as nature. It is extremely funny to imagine a fierce looking dragon crying for a safe cage or mouse raging like a lion.

(v) Do you think Bholi’s father would have agreed to the match if her mother hadn’t insisted upon it? Why/why not ?
Ans. No, he wouldn’t have agreed to it. In the story, Ramlal is shown to be a concerned and loving father who had immense love for his youngest daughter. Even though he confronted his wife and warned her to marrying off Bholi to Bishamber but it was his wife who insisted on her getting married to this old man.

(vi) How would you characterise the speaker in the poem Amanda!’? List any two qualities, supporting the reason of your choice, with evidence from the poem.
Ans. The speaker i.e. Amanda’s mother is very caring and concerned towards Amanda. So much so that she has rather become over protective. Amanda’s careless attitude has made her worry for her future. She wants to teach Amanda all the rules of proper social conduct lest people should blame her for nagging Amanda.

(vii) How did Kisa Gotami realize that life and death is a normal process ?
Ans. Kisa Gotami’s only son had died. She went to Buddha to seek some medicine to revive her son.
The Buddha asked her to bring some mustard seeds, from the house where there had been no
death ever, but Gotami could not find any such house. Thus she realised that death is inevitable
for every mortal being. Cycle of life and death is a normal process.

7. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each. 

(i) Natalya and Ivan argued about the ownership of Oxen Meadows and the superiority of their respective dogs in the play, The Proposal.
Imagine yourself as the playwright of the play. Based on your understanding of the personality traits of Natalya and Ivan, write a dialogue based on an imaginary event, showcasing another argument between them. 
Ans. Natalya: Oh my God! Did I hear you right when you called my mother ‘hump backed’?
Lomov: Yes, Of course! She was hump-baked 
Natalya: And what do you have to say about your family? It’s so mean of you talking like that. Your head is swirling, you’re seeing stars in front of your eyes and even then you’re talking ill of my family!
Lomov: Don’t start another fight. Never mind about me, I’ll be all right in some time but your mother wasn’t able to do any thing about it.
Natalya: You are getting on my nerves! Ivan. Another word and I will throw you out of the house.
Lomov: It is the only thing I can expect from such an ill-mannered lady like you Hugh!

(ii) You have been requested to write a brief blog post for a Science blog for kids on the theme-‘Science is Real’.
Based on your understanding of the chapter, ‘The Making of a Scientist’, write the blog highlighting how science pervades every aspect of our lives.
You may begin like this:
Monday, October 19, 2021

Monday, October 19, 2021
It’s true that above line is telling us about the significance of Science in our lives. It indeed is our life, the be all and end all of our existence on this very special planet mother earth. Many scientific discoveries and inventions have changed the course of our life, from a food gatherer man became a food producer; it’s all thanks to the greatness of Science. It has revolutionised the entire world around. No man is left free without his dependence on scientific inventions and discoveries. So, we can say truly ‘Science is life’.

(iii) What lesson did Kisa Gotami learn the second time that she had failed to learn the first time?
Ans. Kisa Gotami was devastated by the death of her only son and wandered door to door, seeking help. Someone directed her to Sakyamuni, the Buddha, who asked her to bring a handful of mustard seeds. This raised a hope in Gotami’s heart that her son could be revived. But the condition imposed by Sakyamuni was that the seeds should be from a house where people had not lost a loved one to death. Kisa Gotami’s futile search made her realize the bitter truth that sorrows are a part and parcel of life and one can attain peace only by acceptance.
Buddha says that everything in this world is subject to death. He further says that the world is deeply affected by suffering, disease or pain. Inevitably there is death and decay, therefore the wise do not grieve, knowing the terms of the world. Neither from weeping nor from grieving can anyone obtain peace of mind.