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Board Paper of Class 10 English (Lang. and Lit.) Term-II 2022 Delhi(SET 2) (Series : CPQRS/2) - Solutions

General Instructions:

(i) This question paper contains three sections READING, WRITING & GRAMMAR and LITERATURE

(ii) Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each Part/Section.

  • Question 1
    Read the passage given below:
    (1) Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He is the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
    (2) The race for which Singh is best remembered is his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games. He led the race till the 200 m mark before easing off, allowing others to pass him. Singh's fourth-place time of 45.73 seconds was the Indian national record for almost 40 years.
    (3) From beginnings that saw him orphaned and displaced during the partition of India, Singh became a sporting icon in the country. In 2008, journalist Rohit Brijnath described Singh as "the finest athlete India has ever produced".
    (4) He was disappointed with his debut performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. "I returned to India, chastened by my poor performance in Melbourne. I had been so excited by the prospects of being part of the Indian Olympics team, but, hadn't realized how strong and professional the competition would be. My success in India had filled me with a false sense of pride and it was only when I was on the track that I saw how inconsequential my talents were pitted against superbly fit and seasoned athletes. It was then that I understood what competition actually meant, and that if I wanted to succeed on the international arena, I must be prepared to test my mettle against the best athletes in the world.”
    (5) Then he decided to make sprinting the sole focus of his life.
    “Running had thus become my God, my religion and my beloved.”
    “My life during those two years was governed by strict rules and regulations and a self-imposed penance. Every morning I would rise at the crack of dawn, get into my sports kit and dash off to the track, where I would run two or three miles cross-country in the company of my coach."
    (6) On how he pushed himself through the tough days of vigorous training. "I practiced so strenuously that often I was drained of all energy, and there were times when I would vomit blood or drop down unconscious through sheer exercise. My doctors and coaches warned me, asked me to slow down to maintain my health and equilibrium but my determination was too strong to give up. My only focus was to become the best athlete in the world. But then images of a packed stadium filled with cheering spectators, wildly applauding me as I crossed the finishing line, would flash across my would mind and I would start again, encouraged by vision of victory."

    Based on your reading answer any five questions from the six given below :
    (i) What is Milka Singh known as ? What realization did Milkha Singh have when he was on the track during the Melbourne Olympics ?
    (ii) List any two of Milkha Singh's achievements.
    (iii) What strict rules and regulations did Milkha Singh follow ?
    (iv) State two consequences of his hard and strenuous practice.
    (v) What motivated Milkha Singh to become the best athlete in the world?
    (vi) Explain the phrase 'I would start again' in the last sentence. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 2
    Read the following excerpt from a Case Study. J.K. Rowling – A Journey

    The story of Joanne Kathleen Rowling's near magical rise to fame is almost as well known as the characters she creates.

    Rowling was constantly writing and telling stories to her younger sister Dianne. "The first story I ever wrote down was about a rabbit called Rabbit." Rowling said in an interview. "He got the measles and was visited by his friends including a giant bee called Miss Bee. And ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have always wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so.

    However, my parents, both of whom come from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.

    A writer from the age of six, with two unpublished novels in the drawer, she was stuck on a train when Harry walked into her mind fully formed. She spent the next five years constructing the plots of seven books, one for every year of his secondary school life.

    Rowling says she started writing the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, in Portugal, where she was teaching English.

    At first nobody wanted to publish Harry Potter. She was told that plot was too complex. Refusing to compromise, she found a publisher.

    In 1997 Rowling received her first rovalty cheque. By book three, she had sky rocketed to the top of the publishing world. A row of zeroes appeared on the author's bank balance and her life was turned upside down. Day and night she had journalists knocking on the unanswered door of her flat.

    Rowling's quality control has become legendary, as her obsession with accuracy. She's thrilled with Stephen Fry's taped version of the books and outraged that an Italian dust jacket showed Harry minus his glasses. "Don't they understand that the glasses are the clue to his vulnerability."

    Annual earnings of J.K. Rowling from 2010 to 2019.

    On the basis of your understanding of the passage answer any five of the six questions given below.
    (i) Explain J.K Rowling's 'near magical rise to fame'.

    (ii) What reason did the publishers give for rejecting Rowling's book?

    (iii) What was the drawback of achieving fame?

    (iv) Why was Rowling outraged with the Italian dust jacket?

    (v) Find a word in the last para that means the same as insecure/helpless'.

    (vi) According to the graph, how many years did it take Rowling to become very successful?

  • Question 3
    Attempt any one from (i) and (ii).
    (i) A survey was conducted in the National Capital in over twenty schools about the different activities that interest the children in the age group of 13 years to 15 years. Write a paragraph in not more than 120 words, analyzing the following information.

    (ii) You are Niharika, Incharge of the Neighbourhood Library for children. Write a letter to Manautal Publishers placing an order for books 2 sets each of Panchatantra and Amar Chitra Katha in about 120 words. Mention mode of payment, library discount and date of delivery. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 4
    Read the conversation and complete the passage that follows :
    Ritika : Can I borrow your Math book for a couple of days?
    Mohit : Yes certainly, I have already studied for the test tomorrow.
    Ritika asked Mohit (1)                   for a couple of days. Mohit agreed and said that (2)                      . VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 5

    The following paragraph has an error in each line with a blank. Write the correct and the incorrect word in the blanks provided. The first one has been done for you.







    A first Indian woman physician






    Anandibai Joshi graduated at 1886.






    About 125 years later, Indian women had start to outnumber men in






    admissions of medical colleges.







  • Question 6
    Answer any six questions in 30-40 words each.

    (i) Why are Kodavus permitted to carry fire arms without licence? (Glimpses of India)

    (ii) Why did Chubukov misunderstand the purpose of Lomov's visit? (The Proposal)

    (iii) As a reader do you identify with Amanda? How?

    (iv) What two attributes of the Animals please the poet?

    (v) Why did everyone laugh at the realio, trulio dragon? (The Tale of Custard the Dragon)

    (vi) How did Ebright get the idea of his new theory about cell life? (The Making of a Scientist)

    (vii) Why was the narrator happy to go to New Mullion? (The Hack Driver)


  • Question 7
    Answer any two of the following in about 120 words each.
    (i) As Valli, make a diary entry about your experience of riding the bus alone for the first time. (Madam Rides the Bus)
    (ii) How does Buddha bring about a different perspective in Kisa Gotami's understanding of life? (The Sermon at Benaras)
    (iii) As a reader do you sympathise with Matilda ? Give reasons from the text to support your answer. (The Necklace) VIEW SOLUTION
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