Class 10 – English – Communicative – Paper 8

(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]
We’ve heard about the stock market and the wild price swings taking place. What are stocks some form of gambling? It seems that way because of the large amounts of money that people make and lose when trading stocks. Stocks are actually parts of a company. If you own stock in Walt Disney Corporation, you are part owner of that company. You own part of Disney World. Companies that are divided into shares that people can buy and sell are called corporations. These corporations use much of their profits to build the company. They spend it on research and development to bring out new products, building new factories and equipment, and sometimes buying other companies. The profits that aren’t reinvested into company growth are paid out to the shareholders as dividends. The more shares of stock you own, the more dividend you get. The stock market is made up of a number of exchanges where buyers offer to purchase shares of a company’s stock at a price they think is fair. Owners, who want to sell, offer to give up their stocks at a price they think is fair. When those two prices are the same, a sale is made. Million of shares are traded every business day. When things are looking better for a company, more people want to own its stock, so the price goes up. But sometimes buyers aren’t willing to pay as much and those holding the stock are more willing to sell, even if it means taking less money than they paid for it. Then price falls. Perhaps someday you ‘ll want to start a business. If you don’t have enough money to start your company, you might issue and sell shares of stock. That means you ‘ll have to share ownership with others, but you can get the money you need to start up.
(a) What are stocks? [1]
(b) What are companies that are divided into shares called? [1]
(c) What does trading stocks mean? [1]
(d) What happens to the profits that aren’t reinvested? [1]
When a corporation is making a lot of money, it usually pays some of it to the stockholders.
What are these payment called?   [1]
(f) When do more people want to buy a company’s share? [1]
(g) What can be done to arrange money if you do not have enough funds to start a business?                     [1]
(h) Find the word from the passage which means ‘put back into the same scheme’. [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                               [12]
After ‘Digital India ‘ and ‘Make in India ‘, the NaMo (Narendra Modi) Government launched yet another programme. This new programme, called ‘Skill India’, is supposed to be a multi-skill programme.
The main goal of the programme is to create opportunities, space and scope for the development of the talents of the Indian youth and to develop more of those sectors which have already been put under skill development for the last so many years and also to identify new sectors for skill development. The new programme aims at providing training and skill development to 500 million youth of our country by 2020, covering each and every village. Various schemes are also proposed to achieve this objective.
The idea is to raise confidence, improve productivity and give direction through proper skill development. Skill development will enable the youth to get blue-collar jobs. Development of skills, at a young age, right at the school level, is very essential to channelize them for proper job opportunities. There should be a balanced growth in all the sectors and all jobs should be given equal importance. Every job aspirant would be given training in soft skills to lead a proper and decent life. Skill development would reach the rural and remote areas also. Corporate educational institutions, non-government organizations, Government, academic institutions, and society would help in the development of skills of the youth so that better results are achieved in the shortest time possible.
What shape ‘Skill India ‘ will take and what it will do only time can tell. But no doubt it seems to be a good initiative – providing skills to people, especially because India is one of the few countries all across the world whose working age population will be very high, few years down the line, going by its ever-increasing, growth of population, as per the World Bank.
It is also high time now; measures are taken to improve the physical and mental development of the youths of the country so that none of them remains unemployed and the country’s unemployment problem also gets reduced. It is time to open up avenues by which the youth accepts responsibility and no one remains idle because an idle youth is a burden to the economy. The economy should concentrate on job creation and social security schemes. With this new approach towards skill development, India can definitely move forward towards its targeted results.
(a) What is the main objective of Skill India programme? [2]
(b) What does the programme aim at? [2]
(c)   How will the programme help the youth? [2]
(d) How will the participation of corporate educational institutions, non-government organisations etc. help the youth? [2]
(e) What is going to happen in a few years down the line? [1]
(f) Why are measures needed to be taken to improve the physical and mental development of the youths of the country? [1]
(g)   Find the word in the passage which means the same as ‘manual labour’. [1]
(h) What is the opposite of the word ‘improve’? [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                         (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You recently visited an important historical monument in Agra. You were shocked to find it in a state of utter neglect. Taking help from unit, ‘Travel and Tourism’ and the clues given below and with your own idea write a letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Agra in about 100-120 words, highlighting the poor condition of important archaeological and heritage site. Point out the lack of essential services, the poor state of maintenance and its misuse by people. Give suggestions for improving the situation.   [8]

  • lack of maintenance
  • poor security
  • funds not properly used
  • dumping garbage
  • graffiti

Question 4:
Sunita accepted a challenge that she would write such an emotional story that would extract the   last drop of tears from the eyes of readers; but saying is easier than doing. Make it easy for Sunita by completing the story in about 200-250 words. Taking help from the given lines.                   [10]

In a village there lived a girl named Radhika. Though it was difficult for the family to make both ends meet somehow they were satisfied, but destiny willed otherwise. One day…………..

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate word/phrases from the given options. [4]
The FBI field office is a four-storey brick fortress (a)______ the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain. We stop (b)________ the heavy iron gate (c)_________ show an armed guard our credentials. Once inside, we hurry (d)_________ to the vestibule where a woman awaits us.
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 8-5

Question 6:
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number. [ ½ x 8 = 4]
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 8-6

Question 7:
Rearrange the words / phrases given below to form meaningful sentences. [4]
(a) disability / common / congenital / a / it / is
(b)   Shafique’s foot / twisted / had / inward
(c) increasingly painful / this / have / would / become
(d) permanent / friends / pleasure / seekers / make / not / do


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :           [1×4 = 4]
Nothing beside remains : round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
(a) What does ‘that colossal wreck’ refer to?
(b) How is the desert described?
(c) Which trait of Ozymandias could still be seen on his face?
(d) Why are the word inscribed on the pedestal ironical?


Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.
(a) Where were the mariners?
(b) What caused their present condition?
(c) Explain the simile given in the last two lines of the extract.
(d) Why could the ship not move?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                     [2×4 = 8]
(a) Why does the poet feel honoured by the presence of the snake?
(b) Why did Ali give up hunting?
(c) Explain the circumstances under which Calpumia implores Caesar to stay at home.
(d) What were the changes that the grandfather wanted to implement in his will and why?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                           [8]
The poet in the poem ‘Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments’ reveals the stark reality that everything comes to an end gradually by the impact of time. Keeping this in view, write an article on the topic ‘Time works wonders’.


Under which circumstances is the wedding guest detained and held by the ancient mariner? What is the reaction of the wedding guest?

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words :                     [10]

The diary fulfilled a deeply felt need to write in Anne. Discuss.


Describe the ways which you find make Anne different from other members in the annexe.


‘What exhilarating madness!’ What is the madness being referred to? Explain.


Helen found new surprises during Christmas with Ms. Sullivan. Discuss the characteristics of Ms. Sullivan in the light of this statement.