CBSE Class 10 English sample paper for 2019 board exams

CBSE Class 10 board exams 2019: Here is the sample paper on English

CBSE Class 10 board exams 2019: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct board examinations from February for the coming academic year 2019. The board has already released a list of vocational subjects for the examinations that will be conducted from February to March 2019, the schedule and date of the examinations will be released later.

Apart from the 40 different vocational subjects, the board will conduct exams for typography and Computer Applications (English), web applications, graphics, office communication, et al, in February as these subjects have larger practical component, and shorter theory papers.

CBSE Class 10 board exams 2019: Check this sample paper of English

Section A – Reading (20 Marks)

1. Overweight and obesity are affecting many countries in the world: More than 300 million people are overweight or obese. In India, some people tend to be overweight because of their high calorie diet and lack of physical activities. In the United States, obesity is more prevalent in lower economic groups. Obesity is now well recognized as a disease in its own right. Though obesity commonly means overweight, it is defined as an excess amount of body weight that
includes muscles, bone, fat and water. “Obesity” especially refers to an excess amount of body fat. Some people, such as body builders or other athletes with a lot of muscle, can be overweight without being obese.

2. Woman have more body fat than men. Usually men with more than 25% body fat and women more than 30 per cent body fat are regarded as obese. Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns.

3. Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic cause. Environmental factors mean lifestyle behaviours such as what a person eats and his or her level of physical activity.

Although you cannot change your genetic makeup, you can change your eating habits and levels of activity. You can learn how to choose more nutritional meals which are low in fat and become more active.

Then there are the physical factors. Negative emotions such as boredom, sadness, anger respond to people who overeat. There is also “binge eating” when people eat large amount of food thinking that they cannot control how much they are eating. Those with the most severe binge eating problems are also likely to have symptoms of depression and low self-esteem.

4. Obesity is a health hazard. Several serious medical conditions have been linked to obesity, including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Obesity is linked to higher rates of certain types of cancer. Other diseases and health problems linked to obesity include gall bladder disease and gallstones, liver disease and deterioration of joints.

5. The benefits of exercise are much more than any other way of losing weight. Not only does exercise help you lose weight but it also improves your fitness and flexibility and improves skin texture. Exercises also free one from the harmful side effects of crash dieting, slimming capsules and the heat treatment used by slimming centres.

1.1 On the basis of your reading of above text, answer the following questions in your answer sheet: (6 marks)

a) What is obesity?
b) When can women be described as being obese?
c) What are the environmental factors which cause obesity?
d) What are the consequences of binge eating?
e) Mention any four diseases linked to obesity.
f) What are the benefits of exercise?

1.2 Find words in the passage which mean the same as the following. Write your answers
in the answer sheet against the correct blank numbers: (2 marks)

a) eats/uses ( para 2)
b) signs ( para 4)

Q 2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. (12 marks)

1. The quality of fruits and vegetables that feed most of Delhi’s population is being affected by the river’s pollution. It is not pesticides, but a toxic mix of industrial effluents that are contaminating the fruits and vegetables that are being grown on the river bed. This is risking the lives of those people specially who eat greens grown on this soil. The National Green Tribunal has been asking for a ban on artificial colours applied to fruits and vegetables and on the waxing of certain fruits such as apples.

2. That the government is conscious of this grave danger looming large over the city’s population is evident from the fact that they recently issued an advertisement asking consumers to clean their vegetables in various solutions, to do away with the chemical residue. They have advised consumers to discard the outer layers of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage. In the case of melons, carrots and turnips, consumers are advised to rub the surface first with a
dry brush or towel and then rinse it. Others advise that vegetables be kept in boiling water before being rinsed and an even more ingenuous solution to the problem is to soak the vegetables in diluted vinegar before rinsing them.

3. Another advice given is to dip the vegetables in ozonised water to help reduce pesticide residues. A more sober approach given by some is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to avoid excessive consumption of the same
kind of pesticides.

4. The Energy and Resources Institute in its study has found that the level of toxic metals like nickel, lead, manganese, chromium, and zinc are high in many water samples. Sometimes it is as high as ten times the accepted limits and water in the vicinity of thermal plants the mercury concentration is as high as 200 times more than the required level.

5. Even the polished food grains are not free from this menace for these items, contaminated with hazardous substances are being sold in wholesale and retail markets. Farmers growing vegetables and fruits for a livelihood have thus no choice but to use the polluted water as the pollution and industrial agencies have failed in their task of controlling the flow of effluents into the river.

2.1 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words. (2×4=8 marks)

a) What is the type of contamination of greens taking place in Delhi?
b) How should leafy vegetables be consumed?
c) What were the findings of The Energy and Resources Institute?
d) What was the condition of farmers in such precarious condition?
2.2 Which word in the passage substitutes the meaning for the below statement.

4. (1×4=4 marks)

a) the sewage being thrown into the water (para 1)
b) throw away or dispose of (para 2)
c) Abstemious (para 3)
d) Locale (para 4)

SECTION B- Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)

B.1 Attempt any one of the following. (10 marks)

a) Tourism is an industry which not only generates foreign revenue but also creates a plethora of employment opportunities. In spite of having rich treasures of historical heritage, India is lagging behind in projecting itself as a global tourist destination. Write a letter to the Editor of a National Daily about the reasons for the grim state of tourism and suggest ways and means to promote tourism. (Insanitary and unhygienic conditions at all holy pilgrimage centres-Lack of transport facility- Scarcity of accommodation-. Fleecing tendency of vendors and priests- Uncultured behaviour of pilgrims- Security threats and terrorist attacks).

b) You are Snehvandan, a high school student of Army Public School, Lansdowne. You have started a yoga and fitness club in your school. You want more and more students to join your club. Write an article to be published in your
school magazine about the importance of sound health and role of yoga in it. Word limit 180-200
words.

B.2 Develop a story by taking help from the clues mentioned below. (8 marks)

Ben Ericson-a high school student- captain of football team- academically bright- planned a trip
with friends-went to an island- a series of mystery- and……………………………………………

B.3 Read the following passage and supply the appropriate answer by choosing from the
given options. (1/2X8= 4 marks)

Once upon a time a merchant went to a fair to sell his wares. In the evening he set (a) _________ to his village. He placed the bag of money (b) ________________ the saddle and (c) ______________ his way home. The way lay (d) ______________ a thick forest but he had full trust (e) _____ himself. Dacoit emerged and shouted-‘Your money or your life’. But the trader galloped (f) _______. The dacoit pulled the trigger. The gun would not go (g) ______________. The merchant spurred (h) ________ horse and make a good escape.
(a) (i) at (ii) of (iii) off (iv) for
(b) (i) in (ii) into (iii) within (iv) under
(c) (i) has (ii) had (iii) went (iv) took
(d) (i) in (ii) within (iii) into (iv) through
(e) (i) on (ii) upon (iii) with (iv) in
(f) (i) has (ii) had (iii) on (iv) in
(g) (i) on (ii) within (iii) into (iv) through
(h) (i) it (ii) upon (iii) with (iv) in

B.4 In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the word that has been omitted along with the word that comes before it and the word that comes after it.

Write your answer in the answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. (1×4=4 marks)

Before word after

The study fossils is very important (a) ________ ________ _______
and helps man learn about his (b) ________ ________ ________
own past and that of the animals lived (c) ________ ________ ________
millions of years ago. It now developed (d) ________ ________ ________
into separate science called ‘palaeontology’.

B.5 The words and phrases in the following sentences are jumbled up. Re-arrange them to frame meaningful sentences. (1×4=4 marks)

(a) left me/ my/ city/ parents/ her/ with/ they/ in /went/ live/ when/ to/ they
(b) morning / to/ wake/ used/ up/ the/ in/ she/ me.
(c) said / prayers /monotonously/ morning/ she/ her.
(d) listened/I / loved/I/ voice/ because/ her.

Section- C Literature (30 marks)

C.1 Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. (4 marks)

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;

a) Wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command depict ____________________________
b) Those passions are still noticeable because ________________________________
c) Whose hands mocked them?
d) Name the poetic device/s employed in the poem.

or

“He is too honourable to have gone without paying his premium.”
a) Who is the speaker and who is the listener?
b) Who is “He” in the above statement?
c) What is the speaker’s relation with the person mentioned?
d) What is the speaker’s conception of ‘honour’?

C.2 Answer the following questions (any five) in about 30-40 words each: (2×5=10 marks)

1. Why was Mrs. Packletide compelled to buy Miss Mebbin
the cottage?

2. The frog says that the nightingale was ‘far too prone to influence. ‘What was ironical about
this statement?

3. The postmaster says to Ali, "What a pest you are, brother!" Do you agree with the
statement? Give reasons for your answer.

4. What were the special touches that Patol Babu gave to
his role to make it more authentic?

5. The incidental expenses are so heavy," she confides to inquiring friends. Who is the
speaker? What is she referring to here?

6. Describe Hallock’s first meeting with Helen.

C.3 Answer any one of the following questions in about 150-200 words: (8 marks)

‘Ozymandias and ‘Not Marble……..’ are based on time. Compare the two in terms of the way in
which time is treated by the poets.

or

Victoria is the only one who loves her grandfather. She is also a witness to the manipulations and
the mercenary behaviour of her parents and her aunt and uncle. She writes a diary expressing
shock at their attitude and the emotional loss she would undergo after her grandfather’s departure.

C.4 Answer any one of the following questions in about 250-300 words. (10 Marks)

The Frost King episode had a great impact on Helen’s life. Elaborate.

or

In The Story of My Life, explain the fears experienced by the narrator. How did Miss Sullivan
pacify the narrator and motivate her?

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