CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative – Paper 6

(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 :              
Plastics form an important class of synthetics-plastics are also polymers. Since most plastics can be easily molded into any shape after heating, they are used for making a variety of objects of different shapes and sizes. Plastics are poor conductors of heat which makes them suitable for making handles of cooking vessels, for use in refrigerators, and for making containers used in microwave ovens.
Plastics are also poor conductors of electricity and that is why they are used as covering materials in electrical appliances like cords and wiring. Plastics are insoluble in water and are, therefore, used for making bottles, buckets and other containers. Most plastics are inflammable. However, they do not corrode, or rust and so are mostly used in homes and laboratories.
Despite the many different uses of plastics, there are environmental and health hazards associated with their disposal. This is because plastics are non-biodegradable. Accumulation of plastics is considered a serious problem because most of the methods used to dispose them of result in some type of damage to the environment. Though somewhere between 500 million to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, most plastic wastes end up littering roadsides and form ugly dumps that harbour many disease causing organisms. Plastics dumped in water bodies pose a threat to aquatic life; plastics that get buried prevent rainwater from seeping into the ground. This affects the growth of plants. When plastics are burnt, they produce toxic gases and smoke.
Hence, reducing the usage of plastics and recycling plastic objects and using bio-degradable environmental friendly plastics is the only solution.
(a) Why are plastics used for making bottles?           [1]
(b) Why are plastics mostly used at home and laboratories?               [1]
(c) In what way plastics pose serious environmental and health problems? [1]
(d) Why shouldn’t we dump plastics in lakes and rivers?               [1]
(e) How is aquatic life threatened by plastics?                       [1]
(f) Why is burning of plastics very risky?           [1]
(g) How can this problem be partly solved?                     [1]
(h) What is the best and the only solution? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :           [12]
Women’s role in theatre has long been the subject of dispute and discussion. It is clear that women actresses, playwrights, and producers have played a powerful part in forming the world of theatre and continue to do so, but their importance was not entirely understood and agreed upon until more recently. Working in the theatre has given women a chance to explore and learn with different roles, as well as express their individuality to the fullest extent. It is this attraction, and sense of power that women in theatre have over their audiences.
But social and family pressures have been very strong in keeping women away from the stage. Think of the prejudice that existed half a century ago against the so-called ‘nice girls ‘ going on stage. The stage was won out for the simple reason that it had to have women to play feminine roles in plays and operas, and was willing to offer a young woman more money than she could make in any other profession. Moreover, on stage, she was appearing as an individual, as a centre of attraction. This was gratifying to both her and her family. To this day, while the average parents are reconciled to seeing their daughter become a singer or an artist, they don’t like the idea of seeing her submerging her personality to become the member of a chorus or one of the extras.
While women vote, hold public offices and practise many other professions, without shocking our sensibilities, in this particular field, our attitude towards women still remains the same. However, this prejudice is rapidly crumbling, and is likely to disappear entirely in a few years.
(a) In what ways has working in the theatre helped women develop their personality? [2]
(b) Why were women prevented from acting in plays and operas? [2]
(c) Explain the motives which made women act on stage in spite of opposition? [2]
(d) What changes does the author foresee in our attitude towards women? [2]
(e) What shocks our sensibilities with regard to women? [1]
(f) On what note does the passage end? [1]
(g) Find the word in the passage which means the same as ‘giving pleasure’. [1]
(h) Find the word in the passage opposite in meaning to ‘appear’. [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                   (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are disturbed by the fact that people don’t realise the significance of sports. They consider it only as mere entertainment Write a letter to the editor of a leading newspaper about the significance of sports and creating awareness regarding the benefits of sports among the people. Sports have a deeper significance than mere entertainment.     [8]

Question 4:
On the basis of the clues given below, write a short story in about 200-250 words.   [10]
Mr. Chatterjee—rich man—his darling grandson fell sick—engaged best doctors—post operation medicines not available—searched for the drug—result negative—went to Mother Teresa’s ashram—Mother looked into his eyes—helpless state—poorest of the poor—Money couldn’t help—Mother helped—paid thanks.

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words / phrases from the given options. [4]
One of the (a)____________ problems facing the world today is global warming, (b)______________ scientists believe that our production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is having a heating effect on the atmosphere and this (c) _________________ be very dangerous for human life. We (d)______________ examine the problem of global warming and suggest some ways of solving it.
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Question 6:
The following passages have not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. Also write the correct word in your answer sheet as shown. [ ½ x 8 = 4]
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Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences.                         [4]
(a) hoarding / miser / the / spends / money / time / his / in
(b) life / in / surest / is / the / way / to success / honesty
(c) the / fruits / an honest / enjoy / will / man / of labour
(d) before him / when / the / paper / examination / terrified / he was / came


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :                           [4]
“Patol Babu suddenly felt that he could write a whole thesis on that one monosyllabic exclamation. “
(a) What did Patol Babu rehearse?
(b) What is meant by writing a thesis?
(c) Why did Patol Babu do it?
(d) What does it tell us about Patol Babu.


Not marble, nor the gilded monuments of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents Than unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time.
(a) In whose praise did the poet write these lines?
(b) What is the poet’s belief about his poetry?
(c) Find the word from the extract, which means the opposite of clean?
(d) “Unswept stone”and “sluttish time”create powerful images. Explain.

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                           [2×4 = 8]
(a) Why does Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger? How does she realise her ambition?
(b) Who says “Et tu, Brute”? When and why?
(c) Why does the nightingale call the frog a ‘Mozart in disguise’?
(d) What were the contents of Sebastian’s last message? Why did Sebastian thank Michael?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                             [8]
Motivated by the lines spoken by Antony you decide to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing your anxiety over speeches and lectures delivered by politicians or religious leaders instigating general public which result in violence.


The mirror is the symbol of truth whereas candlelight and moonlight are called liars, as they flatter the woman. Elaborate how flattery can be harmful and truth, even though cruel, is always pleasing in the end.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words :                           [10]
“Human spirit to live, triumphs, in every circumstance.”Discuss in detail in the light of ‘Diary of a Young Girl’.


What impression do you form of Gestapo on its way of handling the Jews after reading ‘Diary of a Young Girl’.


Who was Mrs. Lamson? Discuss in detail about the specific information she provided.


Write a detailed character sketch of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.

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