Class 10 - Formative Assessment 3 - English (2016-2017)

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[I] Read the following passage given carefully and answer the questions. [5M]

1. One day Gandhiji and Vallabhbhai Patel were talking in the Yervada jail when Gandhiji remarked, 'At times even a dead snake can be use of.' And he related the following story to illustrate his point: Once a snake entered the house of an old woman. The old woman was frightened and cried out for help. Hearing her, the neighbours rushed up and killed the snake. Then they returned to their homes. Instead of throwing the dead snake far away, the old woman flung it onto her roof.

2. Sometime later a kite overhead spotted the dead snake. In its beak, the kite had a pearl necklace which it had picked up from somewhere. It dropped the necklace and flew away with the dead snake.

When the old woman saw a bright, shining object on her roof, she pulled it down with a pole. Finding that it was a pearl necklace she danced with joy.

When Gandhiji finished hi story, Vallabhbbhai Patel said he too had a story to tell:

3. One day a bania found a snake in his house. He couldn't find anyone to kill it for him and hadn't the courage to kill it himself. Besides, he hated killing any living creature. So, he covered the snake with a pot and left it there.

4. As luck would have it, that night some thieves broke into the bania's house. They entered the kitchen and saw the overturned pot. "Ah" they thought, "the bania has hidden something valuable here." As they lifted the pot, the snake struck. Having come with the object of stealing, the barely  left with their lives.

Once he came out of jail Gandhiji went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours, he addressed a meeting in Orissa.

5. After his speech a poor old woman got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting.

"I must see him," she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet.

Then from the folds of her sari, she brought out a copper coin and placed it at his feet.

Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully.

The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Gandhi for the coin Gandhi refused.

Reas the given questions and write the answers in a sentences:

(a) Why did the woman cry out for help?

(b) What did the kite do when it saw the dead snake on the roof?

(c) How did the live snake help the bania?

(d) Why was the old woman happy?

(e) Why did Gandhiji go to Orissa?

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: [5M]

Sacred trees form an important part of the ecological heritage of India. Most temples, towns, and villages - and sometimes even Muslim dargahs - are associated with trees. Some plants are sacred to the individual deity: others are sacred to the place ... Several plants have been worshipped in India from time immemorial. Wherever the tulsi grows - from the Indo-Gangetic plains to the shores of the Indian ocean at Kanyakumari - it occupies a position of pride in the central courtyard of the house, tended to, carefully, by the housewife.

Apart from the elaborate myths connecting it to krishna, the tulsi plant has several medicinal properties.

To protect and revere this plant with so many medicinal properties, it was designated as sacred, a fitting tribute to its role in providing invaluable healthcare. The worship of plants is an ancient phenomena in India. It is probably the oldest form of worship. The association of a single tree with a sacred sthala is reflected in the chaitya vriksha and sthala vriksha of literature and society.

When people turned to food production, the Mother Goddess or the Earth Mother became the chief deity. Fertility, creation, and the world of plants and animals became her blessings to her devotees. The worship of the tree was the adoration of her creative abilities, symbolising  fertility so essential for the survival of the early people. Spirits - good or bad - were believed to reside in trees. If the trees were worshipped, then the resident spirits were pleased. As sacred forests were replaced by agriculture, a single tree was left and was designated as 'sacred tree'.

The earliest temples were little more than images placed under trees. Later, the tree and the image were enclosed by a fence made of wood, followed even by stone. Numerous references are made in literature to trees as abodes of gods.

Read the given questions and write the answer in a sentence.

(a) What forms an important part of India ecological heritage?

(b) What  kind of trees are found in religious places?

(c) Where all can we find the Tulsi plant?

(d) What is the myth regarding the Tuldi plant?

(e) What is the oldest form of worship in India?

II. You are Muskaan / Amit living at E-5/6 Sect-16 Ram Nagar, New Delhi. Streets and roads in your area experience water logging during the monsoon season. The people in your area find it difficult to lead a normal life and this adds to their problems. Write a letter in about 120 words to the Editor, The Herald, Delhi to draw the attention of authorities concerned to this problem. You can take help from the MCB Unit 'Environment'. [5M]

III. Write a story in 150-200 words using the following clues: [5M]

Today was an ordinary morning of school for Jeff. He woke up late, and took his shower, and got on his bus to go to school ......

or

Long ago there lived a little boy named Swamy. He was 'a' good boy. He was good in his studies, obedient to his parents, more intelligent than many, other boys in his class and kind to everyone. ....

IV. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate option given below. [3M]

Four persons were injured (a) ............................................... the demonstration. Three (b) ............................... them were students (c) .................................. the university, the fourth is here for a holiday.

(a)     (i) from                (ii) at                  (iii) of           (iv) on

(b)     (i) in                (ii) of                  (iii) off           (iv) at

(c)     (i) in                (ii) at                  (iii) of           (iv) into

V. In the following passage, there is one error in each line. Underline the same and write the correct word in the space provided alongside. [4M]

    Incorrect Correction
(a) One Morning, the Nawab call ...................................... ......................................
(b) his minister and said him ...................................... ...................................... 
(c) that I wanted the length and ...................................... ...................................... 
(d) breadth from the earth ...................................... ......................................
(e) measured. He also feel the ...................................... ......................................
(f) need to have the stars on the ...................................... ......................................
(g) sky counted. The minister says ...................................... ......................................
(h) that the task he have been set was impossible ...................................... ......................................

VII. Rearrange the words and phrases given below into meaningful sentences. [3M]

(a) to find / it was / princess / very difficult / a real

(b) all over / of one / he / in search / travelled / the world

(c) but no / real / money / one seemed / he saw / to be

VIII. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow. [3M]

I met a traveller from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command,

(a) What does the poet mean by antique land?

(b) 'Two vast and trunkless legs' which poetic device is used in this line?

(c) What is meant by 'trunkless'?

IX. Answer any two of the following questions. [2 x 1½ = 3M]

1. How does Patol babu reconcile to the dialogue given to him?

2. How do we know that Patol babu was a meticulous man?

3. What does Calpurnia dream about Caesar?

X. Answer any ONE of the questions. [4M]

Antony was a true friend of Caesar. True friends are a blessing. Write a short paragraph on Antony.

OR

Patol babu write a letter to Nishikanto Ghosh to thank him for being instrumental in his getting a role in a film. He also shares his experience at the film shoot including the excitement and deep satisfaction that he derived from the same. Write the letter.