CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative – Paper 9

(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]
The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. Its name ‘‘milky “is derived from its appearance as a dim glowing band arching across the night sky in which the naked eye cannot distinguish individual stars. The term “Milky Way”is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek. From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that all of the stars in the universe were contained inside of the Milky Way. Following the 1920 great debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble definitively showed that the Milky Way is just one of many billions of galaxies.
The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy some 100,000-120,000 light-years in diameter, which contains 100-400 billion stars. It may contain at least as many planets as well. The Solar System is located within the disk, about 27,000 light-years away from the Galactic Centre on the inner edge of one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust called the Orion Arm. The stars in the inner ≈ 10,000 light-years form a bulge and one or more bars that radiate from the bulge. The very center is marked by an intense radio source, named Sagittarius A which is likely to be a supermassive black hole.
Stars and gases at a wide range of distances from the Galactic Centre orbit at approximately 220 kilometres per second. The constant rotation speed contradicts the laws of Keplerian dynamics and suggests that much of the mass of the Milky Way does not emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation. This mass has been given the name ‘‘dark matter”. The rotational period is about 240 million years at the position of the Sun. The Milky Way as a whole is moving at a velocity of approximately 600 km per second with respect to extragalactic frames of reference. The oldest known star in the Milky Way is at least 13.82 billion years old and thus must have formed shortly after the Dark Ages of the Big Bang.
Surrounded by several smaller satellite galaxies, the Milky Way is a part of the Local Group of galaxies, which forms a subcomponent of the Virgo Supercluster, which again forms a subcomponent of the Laniakea supercluster.

(a) What is the Milky Way? [1]
(b) From what is its name derived? [1]
(c) How many galaxies are there? [1]
(d) What kind of a galaxy is the Milky Way? [1]
(e) How does the ‘Milky Way’ appear from the Earth?     [1]
(f) Where is our Solar System located? [1]
(g)How fast is the Milky Way moving? [1]
(h) How old is the oldest known star? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                     [12]
A nutritionist is a person who advises on matters of food and nutrition impacts on health. Different professional terms are used in different countries, employment settings and contexts — some examples include: nutrition scientist, public health nutritionist, dietitian-nutritionist, clinical nutritionist, and sports nutritionist.
Some confuse the terms “dietitian “and “nutritionist”, and this tends to be erroneous. However in many countries and jurisdictions, the title “nutritionist “is not subject to professional regulation; any person may call themselves a nutrition expert even if they are wholly self-taught. In most US states, parts of Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the term nutritionist is not legally protected, whereas the title of dietitian can be used only by those who have met specified professional requirements. One career counsellor attempting to describe the difference between the two professions to Canadian students suggested “all dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. “
The term nutritionist is particularly associated with alternative medicine. Prominent examples include Gillian McKeith and Robert O. Young.
Dietitians and nutritionists in India held about 150,000 jobs in 2011. More than half of all dietitians and nutritionists worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and physician’s offices and clinics. The need for dietitians and nutritionists is increasing every day with sedentary lifestyles, high consumption of fast food and other food related health disorders at an all-time high. They also help to reduce the resistance for diseases, such as malaria, by providing diets rich in protein and calories. Dietitians and nutritionists can find employment in hospitals, fitness centres, spas, health clubs, colleges, nursing care facilities, canteens, hotels, government, etc. One can also work as consultants or do private practice.
Several professional associations are available to serve nutritionists, dietitians, and food technologists in India, e.g. Nutrition Society of India, Food Scientists and Nutritionists Association


Question 3:
Science and technology have revolutionised life. It has developed and improved the quality of life in various spheres such as health, environment, agriculture, etc. Using your own ideas, write a letter to the Editor of a national daily in about 100-120 words about the improvements due to science and technology.           [8]

Question 4:
The shape of the moon undergoes a change every time. Observe the pictures given below and weave a story based on it in about 200-250 words.           [10]
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 9-4

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words / phrases from the given options.     [4]
The old man remained dreaming (a)_________________ (in / on / at / was) the Sun. His kite shop (b)_________________ (had / was / were / in) gone, the premises (c) ____________________  (having / after / had / been) sold a few years ago (d)_______________ (to / of / from / for) a junk dealer.

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 the word that comes after it.           [ ½ x 8 = 4]
CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative - Paper 9-6

Question 7:
Rearrange the following jumbled up words into meaningful sentences.               [4]
(a) Mother Teresa / greatest / missionaries / one of the / was / time / of / our
(b) dedicated / the poorest of the poor / entire life / she / to / her/ the/ service / of
(c) she / apostle / was / of / unwanted / the / an
(d) spread / healthy carriers / some / of / diseases / are / germs / by


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :                               [4]
At one time Patol Babu had a real passion for the stage, in fact it verged on obsession.
(a) What was Patol Babu during his earlier years?
(b) How can you say he was obsessed?
(c) What was Patol Babu by nature?
(d) What was his real passion?


Is that all you’ve got to complain about?
Lavina enquired.
“Yes, ma ‘am. “
All right then. Go back to the kitchen. You can use the board for kindling wood.
(a) Who is ‘you’ here?
(b) What was the complaint about?
(c) Why does Lavinia ask her to use the board for kindling wood?
(d) What significance had ‘the board’ in this context?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                                 [2×4 = 8]
(a) How was Sebestian’s memory saved in the computer? Give one possible explanation of this wonderful happening.
(b) What did Calpumia say about Caesar’s wisdom? How did Caesar reply to that?
(c) Why do you think the rich and the powerful people get monuments and statues erected in their memory?
(d) What attributes did Nicola and Jacopo possess?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                       [8]
Sebestian Shultz writes his diary on his miraculous escape from going into oblivion – as doctors call it coma. Write this for him.


What characteristics are diplayed by the Roman mob in the play? Discuss how the mob changes the fate of the main characters of the play.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 200-250 words :                                       [10]
Describe in detail the scene when all the inmates gather together to listen to Mr Winston Churchill’s speech.


Anne writes a poem of two lines about herself :

‘An empty day, though clear and bright
Is just as dark as any night.’

These lines tell us a lot about Anne. Which qualities of Anne are revealed by them?


How did Helen study of physical geography interest her endlessly? What secret did this study reveal to her?


How did Miss Sullivan’s workload increase? What does her attitude reveal about her temperament and nature?

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