CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 10 English Communicative – Paper 1

(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]
Spices bring to mind images of tempting culinary art, fascinating travels and the bitter struggle for supremacy. Expressions like ‘Variety is the spice of life’ and ‘Sugar and spice and all that is nice ‘ show how spellbound were men of letters about the fascination of spices.
To Orientals, spices are indeed the soul of food. In the western world, it evokes dreams of exotic tropical islands, exciting expeditions to find routes to the source and the rise and fall of empires. Columbus went westwards in 1492 from Europe to find a sea route to the land of spices but found the New World. Six years later, Vasco da Gama went round Africa and touched Kozhikode on the South West coast of India. Long before that, Arabs started trading with the Orient through land routes. During the 13th century Marco Polo experienced the attraction of spices in his travels. Even the European conquests and trade arrangements in India and East Indies have a lot to do with spices.
Thousands of years ago, great masters of Ayurveda (the Indian system of medicine), notably Susruta and Charaka, discussed in detail the use of spices for culinary and medicinal purposes. Enterprising soldiers of fortune took the knowledge of spices to Egypt. There they used spices and aromatic herbs in food, medicine, cosmetics and for embalming. The conquest of Egypt and Asia by Alexander the Great, made spices an article of commerce in Mediterranean countries and later to central and northern Europe. There are reports of pepper being used in meat, both to aid preservation, and to mask the unwelcome odour of deterioration of quality during the long winter storage.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and Theophrastus, a Greek scholar and botanist, wrote treatises on medicinal plants, including spices.
(a) Why do spices fascinate people? [1]
(b) Where do Orientals live? [1]
(c) Where did Columbus want to reach? [1]
(d) What is meant by ‘culinary art’? [1]
(e) What did Susruta and Charaka discuss in detail? [1]
(f) What made spices an article of commerce in Mediterranean countries? [1]
(g) Who have written treatises on medicinal plants, including spices? [1]
(h) When and who experienced the attraction of spices in his travels? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                                         [12]
The cross-cultural spread of English is unprecedented in many ways. It is more widely used than any of the other colonial languages like French, Portuguese or Spanish. It even has a wider use than some of the languages associated with international non-western religious traditions like Arabic or Sanskrit. In countries like India and Nigeria, English is used at all levels ofsociety: in local English language, newspapers and broadcasting, in public administration, in university education, in major industries, in the courts and the civil services.

Its global stature is backed up by massive English-language training programmes, an international business that in textbooks, language courses, video programmes and computerized instruction is worth hundreds of millions of pounds or dollars to the economies of the US and the UK. The English language is now one of the Britain s most reliable exports. It is an ideal British product, needing no workers and no work, no assembly lines and no assembly, no spare parts and very little servicing; it is used for the most intimate and the most public services everywhere.

Indeed with nearly 200 languages, India needs English to unify the country. Professor Lai, a champion of Indian English who runs a well-known writers ‘workshop, claims that in simple numerical terms, in a country of840 million, more Indians speak English and write English than in England itself. Even Malcolm Muggeridge said- ‘The last Englishman left will be an Indian ‘. Malcolm Muggeride s insightful observation underlines the importance of the English language for India. The people of India have begun to understand the potential of English in terms of better job opportunities in the corporate world. There is, therefore, a strong desire among parents to admit their children in public schools where the standard of English is very high. Our educationists are working towards improving the standard of English in state owned schools. The Government schools need to improve their standard of teaching English to compete with the public English medium schools.
(a) Explain what the writer means by “non-western religious traditions.”[2]
(b) Why does the writer compare India with Nigeria? [2]
(c) How have the US and the UK backed the global stature of English? [2]
(d) What do you understand by Malcolm Muggeridge’s statement, “The last Englishman left will be an Indian”?   [2]
(e) Why is there a rush by parents to admit their children in public schools where the standard of English is very high?           [1]
(f) Why does the writer consider English as an ideal British export product? [1]
(g) Which word in the second paragraph of the passage means, ‘trustworthy’? [1]
(h) Give the verb form of the word, ‘champion’. [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                       (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
The field of education has seen a sea change in its aspects. Technology is used on a large scale. The common sight of chalk and talk is fading. Write a letter to the Editor of a National Daily on the ‘Changing Trends in Education’ in about 100-120 words.           [8]

Question 4:
Write a story in about 200-250 words which describes ‘how the elephant got its trunk’ or ‘how a giraffe got its long neck’.     [10]

Question 5:
Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words / phrases from the given options.       [4]
About half of India’s children, aged (a) ________________________  6 and 14, do not go to the school. About 5.5 crore children work in factories, cottage industry units in the agricultural sector. It has been said (c)_______________ enough that poverty keeps (d)______________ children out of school.
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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. The first one has been done as an example.   [4]
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Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences. [4]
(a) thirst-quenchers / one of the best / watermelon / in summer / is
(b) cultivated in / 96 countries / it is / around / the world
(c) grown / about 5000 years / first / ago / it was / in Africa
(d) determined / all / can / solve / man / a / difficulties


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:                           [4]

“The whole universe is built up through love and the grief of separation is inescapable”.
(a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy?
(b) What pain has the speaker gone through?
(c) What does the word ‘inescapable’ mean?
(d) Do you agree with the speaker’s view?


Now the nightingale inspired,
Flushed with confidence, and fired
With both art and adoration,
Sang – and was a huge sensation.
(a) Why was the nightingale feeling inspired?
(b) Explain the image created by the word, “flushed”.
(c) What does the poet mean by “art and adoration”?
(d) How do you know that the nightingale was a huge sensation?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                                 [2×4 = 8]
(a) Whose influence did the nightingale come under? What was the effect of the influence?
(b) What were the contents of Caesar’s will?
(c) What did the narrator conclude that Jacopo and Nicola were going to do with the money they earned? What was the reality?
(d) What is your expression of Ozymandias as a king?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                                 [8]
The mirror calls itself “silver and exact”. It does not form judgements. But we humans are opposite. We are too judgemental. Do you think it is right to form opinions?


‘Motivation is the commanding force to instil confidence in a person’. Sebastian kept encouraging Michael and requesting him not to give up. Write your views on the importance of motivation in life.

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

A long stay in the secret annexe had begun to make the persons in hiding desperate and restive. Discuss.


Write a detailed character-sketch of Anne Frank.


Describe in your own words Helen’s first Christmas after Miss Sullivan’s came to Tuscumbia.


Ms. Sullivan was both a teacher and a friend. Write an incident to illustrate the statement.

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