CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative – Paper 5

(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]
Hibernation is one of the main adaptations that allow certain northern animals to survive long, cold winters. Hibernation is like a very deep sleep that allows animals to save their energy when there is little or no food available. The body functions of true hibernators go through several changes while they are hibernating. Body temperature drops, and the heart rate slows down. For example, a hibernating Woodchuck’s body temperature drops by more than 30 degrees Celsius, and its heart rate slows from 80 to 4 beats per minute! Other true hibernators include the jumping mouse, little brown bat, eastern chipmunk, and several ground squirrels. Other animals, such as the skunk and raccoon, are not considered true hibernators, as they wake up in the winter to feed, and their body functions do not change as much. Since they only sleep for a little bit at a time, the term dormancy or ‘light sleeping’ is used to describe their behaviour. The largest animals to hibernate are bears. Their heart rate may slow down from a usual 40 ­50 beats per minute to 8-12 beats per minute, but their body temperature changes very little, so they are able to wake up quickly.
Hibernating animals have a special substance in the blood called hibernation inducement trigger, or HIT. This substance becomes active in the fall, when the days become cooler and shorter. When HIT becomes active, the animals start preparing for winter. Some animals store food so that they can eat when they wake up, and some animals eat a lot in late summer and fall to add excess fat to their bodies. This fat keeps them warmer and acts as a source of energy while they are sleeping. Some animals also shift to the places where they will sleep (dens). They add leaves and grasses to keep themselves warm.
(a) Why do animals hibernate? [1]
(b) Why are the skunk and raccoon not considered true hibernators? [1]
(c) Why are bears able to wake up quickly? [1]
(d) Why do animals eat a lot before hibernating? [1]
(e) When do animals start preparing for hibernation? [1]
(f) Name the largest animal who hibernates? [1]
(g) What do animals add to keep themselves warm? [1]
(h) Why do bears wake up quickly even when their heartbeats slow down? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :               [12]
Imagine parking your car at a beautiful upland vantage point on a sparkling spring day. You open the boot and don your flying suit and boots, then lift out your incredibly light flying machine in its carrying rucksack and trek off a few yards to where your friends are preparing to fly. After a few minutes spent inspecting your equipment, you don your helmet and harness, look around, allow the wind to raise the canopy and launch off into space. This is paragliding for novices and experienced pilots alike.
Developed from parachuting canopies, modern paragliders can be soared effortlessly on windward slopes, and flown across the country in suitable conditions. It’s the same freedom that hang- glider pilots enjoy, but a paraglider is more portable and a little easier to learn to fly. They are more hampered by strong winds than hang-gliders but are easier to land in small fields. Paragliding is a great community. You’ll often find championship-winning pilots comparing notes with novices. Both know that their sport is perhaps the simplest and most intuitive way of flying yet devised. If you want to enjoy the challenges that only being truly at one with the elements can provide, book a training course today!
Many paraglider pilots strive to perfect their skills in cross-country flying. A summer sky filled with fluffy cumulus clouds provides abundant but invisible lifting currents which pilots use to gain altitude. Setting off on such a day, either towards a pre-selected goal or just drifting where the wind will take you is one of the most breathtaking experiences available today. Most pilots will talk of the sense of freedom they feel when drifting from cloud to cloud, in almost total silence, watching the landscape unfold beneath them as they navigate across the sky.
It normally takes around ten days of flyable weather to train a would-be pilot to Club Pilot level, the minimum standard required to fly unsupervised with a recreational club.
Your instructor will explain how the canopy is laid out, inflated and controlled by its brake lines. You ‘ll then take it in turns with other members of your group to have your first short training hops down a gentle slope.
(a) What is considered paragliding for novices? [2]
(b) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of paragliding as compared to hand gliding. [2]
(c) The writer describes how a paraglider feels when he flies. Would you like to share the same feelings? Why? Why not?   [2]
(d) Explain what the writer means by saying “Paragliding is a great community.”[2]
(e) Why is the day called ‘Sparkling’? [1]
(f)   How much time does it take to train a would-be pilot to Club Pilot level?     [1]
(g) Which word can replace the word ‘Novices’ in the passage? [1]
(h) Give the noun form of the word ‘intuitive’. [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                     (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
Write a letter to the court of Consumer Redressal Forum about large scale Food Adulteration in the city of Noida, expressing your concern and give some suggestions.         [8]

Question 4:
Weave a story with the given outline in about 200-250 words.                               [10]
A jackal wants crabs on the other side of a river – tells camel to carry him across – one of them plays a trick and is drowned – tit for tat.

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words / phrases from the given options.   [4]
Before alighting, the Wild Pigeon, like the Carolina Parrot (a)___________ a few other species of birds, breaks the force of its flight by repeated flapping, (b)_____________ apprehensive of receiving injury from coming too suddenly (c)_____________ contact, either with the branch, (d)___________ the spot of ground on which it intends to settle.
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 5-5

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 5-6

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences.                                 [4]
(a) reality / labour / a / child / the problem / in / India / of / is
(b) are / related / child labour / poverty / closely / and
(c) the / to eliminate / way / only / is / poverty / employment
(d) to / education / have / every / access / should / child


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :                           [4]
John there is not a bit of use trying to deceive me what is it you are trying to conceal from me?
(a) Why was John trying to deceive the speaker?
(b) Whom was he trying to conceal?
(c) What was John afraid of?
(d) Who is the speaker of the above lines?


Mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure?
(a) Identify the speaker.
(b) Why is Caesar lying so low?
(c) Why have Caesar’s achievements come to naught according to the speaker?
(d) What actually does the speaker mean?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                                         [2×4 = 8]
(a) Why does Patol Babu walk away before he can be paid for his role?
(b) Why does the crew hang the albatross around the Mariner’s neck?
(c) How does the old man compare his present life with what it once was?
(d) Ali had lost the zeal to do anything else except to come to the post office and wait for his name to be announced. Why?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                               [8]
In the poem, Mirror, the woman is trying to make a distinction between     a ‘false’ outer self of appearance, and a ‘true’ inner self. As the woman, write a letter to your friend contemplating on the importance of self-awareness.


Michael cannot get over this miracle and his involvement in saving Sebastian’s life. The playing of games and effort to help Sebastian has taken a toll on his health and emotions. After a gap of time, Michael writes a letter to his friend describing this experience. Write this letter for him.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words :                           [10]
Discuss the role of the helpers in the life of the eight who hid in the secret annexe. Could they have survived without the helpers ? What does Anne feel about them?


Write a detailed character-sketch of Anne Frank as a writer.


What prompted Helen to take a dive in the cool water? Elucidate.


Write a detailed character-sketch of Helen’s father.


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