CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative – Paper 3

(For Annual Board Examinations to be held in and after March 2018 and onwards)
Based on the latest syllabus and design of the Question Paper released by the C.B.S.E., New Delhi.

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)

Question 1:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                                     [8]
In the 16th century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and lost the king’s favour. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain.
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W longitude to Spain and all the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography of South America in search of a world is round, with no precipice at the edge.
(a) What was 16th century best known as? [1]
(b) Why did Magellan lose the favour of the king of Portugal? [1]
(c) What did Magellan offer to prove? [1]
(d) How many ships did Magellan take with him when he set sail from Spain? [1]
(e) By what name is the meridian called now? [1]
(f) How and why was Magellan killed? [1]
(g) How many men of Magellan died during those long days at sea?                           [1]
(h) What proved once for all that the world is round with no precipice at the edge? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                       [12]
India’s growing obsession with vehicles and failure to develop roads has increased air pollution in most cities, the country’s pollution watchdog has revealed. In the past two decades, the carrying capacity of roads increased by less than 2,5 per cent, whereas the number of vehicles grew at an annual rate of over 10 per cent. In 2008, in India, 12 million vehicles were plying on the 3.5 million km road network. For people, its visible impact has increased congestion on roads, but what one didn’t see was the higher air pollution.
The high concentration of pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons cause lung cancer and asthma, besides routine breathing problems. The sudden jump in air pollution is a recent phenomenon, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finding that half of the two-wheelers and cars running on Indian roads have been registered in the last five to seven years. The growth phenomenon in case of heavy vehicles has been less impressive.
The new vehicles, however, are not the sole cause of air pollution. The CPCB said that vehicles older than 10 years caused 60 per cent of vehicular air pollution. And the reason is poor maintenance and no norms in India for the expiry of a vehicle, especially the private ones. Adulteration of fuel has been stated as another reason for high vehicular pollution.
So far, ironically, because of lower level of income thresholds, the Indian market has favoured small cars and two wheelers. As small engines use less fuel the average fleet-wise fuel consumption is expected to be low. But already, with rising income levels, there is a steady shift towards bigger cars that use more fuel. Taking their place are the bigger cars in compact, mid-size and high-end segments. Therefore, standards can make a significant difference in India.
(a) What has the country’s pollution watchdog revealed? Mention two things. [2]
(b )Why has there been a sudden jump in air pollution in recent times? [2]
(c) Analyse the reasons for air pollution in India. [2]
(d) Why had Indian market favoured small cars so far? Which change expected soon will make a significant difference?       [2]
(e) What’causes lung cancer and asthma? [1]
(f) What has increased more than the carrying capacity of roads? [1]
(g) Which word in the second paragraph of the passage means, ‘inspiring’? [1]
(h) Give the noun form of ‘Ironically’. [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                   (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are Aman/Ananya. Write a letter to the ‘chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education, voicing your ideas on the current curriculum and work load and its effect on students in about 100-120 words.           [8]

Question 4:
Weave a story with the given outline in about 200-250 words.                                         [10]
A young man setting out on a journey-accompanied by an old man-they sit under a pipal tree-young man asks old man to keep Rs. 100 for him till he retums-old man agrees and takes money-old man says he never gave him any money to keep.

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words/ phrases from the given options.       [4]
After all the stories that he (a)___________ been hearing, he was too frightened to sleep alone. So, that night, he slept with the cross his mother had given him, (b)_________ his pillow. He believed (c)_________ conviction that it (d)_________ protect him from the evil.
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 3-5

Question 6:
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and after it. The first one has been done as an example.                     [4]
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 3-6-1
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 3-6-2

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences.
(a) a large number of / become a death trap / it has / for / ships and human beings
(b) were considered / these tragedies / at first coincidental.
(c) scientists / the growing frequency / the / of accidents / later /
(d) great / works / be / cannot / a day / achieved in.


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :               [4]
An old man was walking through the town, now and again drawing his tattered clothes tighter to shield his body from the cold and beating wind.
(a) Who is the old man?
(b) Where is he going?
(c) Why is he going there?
(d) What season of the year do the words ‘cold and beating wind’ indicate?


Every day the frog who’d sold her
Songs for silver tried to scold her:
You must practise even longer
Till your voice, like mine grows stronger.
(a) Who is the frog scolding?
(b) How did he sell her song?
(c) What does the phrase ‘for silver’ mean?
(d) What does it tell us about the frog?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                           [2×4 = 8]
(a) Why does Ali go to the post office every day?
(b) How does Shakespeare bring out the fact that art in poetry is more powerful than time?
(c) What are the three things that the grandfather plans to do on Monday?
(d) Why did the news of the ‘miracle recovery’ shock Michael?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                                             [8]
The character of Patol Babu portrays that personal satisfaction in one’s work is more rewarding than materialistic gains. Highlight these values in a letter to your friend that “Hard work never goes unrewarded”.


Mrs Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for the opportunity of shooting a tiger. After reading the lesson, you were disturbed to know how bribery is prevalent in our society. Write an article on how the monster of bribery is gradually eating away the values in our society.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words :                                     [10]
Anne was unhappy with her parents. Discuss the reasons in detail.


Anne disliked Mrs. van Daan. What was the reason?


What did Helen desire to do after being able to speak on her own? Explain in your own words.


Helen was very close to nature. She could understand nature through touch and smell. Discuss the role of nature in Helen’s life.

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