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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow : 

Billy Weaver had travelled down from London and by the time he arrived it was nine o’clock in the night and the moon was coming up. 

“Excuse me,” he asked a porter. “but is there a cheap hotel nearby?” 

“Try The Bell Hotel,” the porter answered, pointing down the road. 

Billy thanked him, picked up his suitcase and set out to walk the distance to The Bell Hotel. He had never been to Richmond before. But the man at the Office had told him it was a splendid city. 

Billy was seventeen years old. He was wearing a new navy-blue overcoat, a new brown hat, and a new brown suit, and he was feeling fine. He walked briskly down the street. He was trying to do everything briskly these days. The big shots up at the Head Office were fantastically brisk all the time. They were amazing. 

The road was lonely and dark with a few scattered houses. 

Suddenly, in a downstairs window Billy saw a printed notice propped up against the window glass. It said Bed and Breakfast.  

He moved a bit closer and peered through the window into the room, and the first thing he saw was a bright fire burning in the hearth. On the carpet in front of the fire, a little dog was curled up asleep with its nose tucked into its belly. The room in half-darkness was filled with pleasant furniture. There was a piano and a big sofa and several plump armchairs; and in one corner he spotted a large parrot in a cage. Animals were usually a good sign in a place like this, Billy told himself and it looked to him as though it would be a pretty decent house to stay in . 

Then a queer thing happened to him. He was in the act of stepping back and going away from the window when he felt a strange urge to ring the bell! 
He pressed the bell. He heard it ringing, and then at once the door swung open and a woman was standing there. 
She gave him a warm welcoming smile. 
“Please come in,” she said pleasantly. Billy found himself automatically moving forward into the house.  
“I saw the notice in the window,” he said, holding himself back. 
“Yes, I know.” 
“I was wondering about a room.” 
“It’s all ready for you, my dear,” she said. She had a round pink face and very gentle blue eyes. 
“How much do your charge?” 
“Five dollars a night, including breakfast.” 
It was fantastically cheap. He could easily afford it. 

(a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage :  One-word answers or short phrases will be accepted. [3]

(i) splendid    (line 7)  
(ii) spotted   (line 20)  
(iii) automatically (line 29)   

(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.

(i) How did the porter assist Billy? [2] 
(ii) Why did Billy want to do everything briskly? [2]
(iii) Why did Billy think animals were a good sign in a place like this? [2]
(iv) Which sentence tells you that something strange happened to Billy? [2]
(v) How much did the room cost?[1]
 
(c) In not more than 50 words, give a brief account of what Billy saw as he looked through the window of the room. [8]
 
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Chapter: [3] Reading
Concept: Reading

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

Granny knew I'd been in the train for two nights, and she had a huge breakfast ready for me. Later she told me there'd been a letter from Uncle Ken.
'He says he's the manager in Fitpo's hotel in Simla,' she said. 'The salary is very good. It's a steady job and I hope he keeps it.' Three days later Uncle Ken was on the veranda steps with his bedding roll and battered suitcase. 'Have you given up the hotel job?' asked Granny. 'No,' said Uncle Ken. 'They have closed down.' I hope it wasn't because of you.' 'No, Aunt Ellen_ The bigger hotels in the hill stations are closing down. 'Well, never mind. Come along and have your lunch. Over lunch; Uncle Ken talked very seriously about ways and means of earning a living. There is only one taxi in the whole of Debra, he mused. 'Surely there is business for another?' `I'm sure there is,' said Granny. 'But where does it get you? In the first place, you don't have a taxi. And in the second place, you can't drive.' I can soon learn. There's a driving school in town. And I can use Uncle's old car.' 'I don't think it will run now,' said Granny. 'Of course, it will. It just needs some oiling and greasing and a spot of paint.' 'All right, learn to drive.' So, Uncle Ken joined the driving school.After a month Uncle Ken announced that he could drive and that he was taking the car out for a trial run. 'You haven't got your license yet,' said Granny. 'Oh, I won't take it far,' said Uncle Ken. 'Just down the road and back again.' He spent all morning cleaning up the car. Granny gave him money for a can of petrol. After tea, Uncle Ken said, 'Come along, Ruskin, hop in and I will give you a ride. Bring Mohan along too.' Mohan and I needed no urging. We got into the car beside Uncle Ken. 'Now don't go too fast, Ken,' said Granny anxiously. 'You are not used to the car as yet.' Uncle Ken nodded and smiled and gave two sharp toots on the horn. He was feeling pleased with himself. Driving through the gate, he nearly ran over a cat. Miss Kellner, coming out for her evening rickshaw ride, saw Uncle Ken at the wheel of the car and ran indoors again. [40] Uncle Ken drove straight and fast, tootling the horn without a break. At the end of the road there was a roundabout. 'We’ll turn here,' said Uncle Ken, 'and then drive back again.' He turned tt;e steering wheel, we began going round the roundabout, but the steering wheel wouldn't turn all the way, not as much as Uncle Ken would have liked it to... So, instead he went on - and straight through the Maharaja of Jetpur’s garden wall. It was a single-brick wall, and the car knocked it down and emerged on the other, side without any damage to the car or any of its occupants. Uncle Ken brought it to a halt in the middle of the Maharaja's lawn. Running across the grass came the Maharaja himself. When he saw that it was Uncle Ken at the wheel, the Maharaja beamed with pleasure. 'Delighted to see you, old chap!' he exclaimed. 'Jolly decent of you to drop in again. How about a game of tennis?'

(a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: 
One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. 

(i) battered 

(ii) bused 

(iii) emerged 

(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i) Why did Granny hope Uncle Ken would keep his job at  Fitgo's hotel? 

(ii) When Uncle Ken arrived with his luggage, Granny remarked that she hoped the hotel had not closed down because of him. What does this remark tell you about Uncle Ken? 

(iii) Why did Uncle Ken think that driving a taxi in Dehra would be profitable? 

(iv) Which sentence tells you that the narrator and his friend were waiting to be invited for a drive in a car? 

(v) Why did Miss Kellner run indoors when she saw Uncle Ken at the wheel of the car? 

(vi) What was Uncle Ken's intention at the roundabout? 

(c)
(I) In not more than 60 words, describe what happened after the car went through the wall. 

(ii) Give a title to your summary in 3(c)(i). Give a reason to justify choice of the title. 

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Chapter: [3] Reading
Concept: Reading

Write an original short story in which two children and their Grandfather are the main characters. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) must be installed in every class room. 

Give your views either for or against this statement.

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Your class had to conduct a Morning Assembly. Write an account of how you prepared for it, what your role was and what you gained from the experience. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Summers are becoming hotter with each passing year. Write a description of one such very hot day. What did you see and hear as you walked outside ? 

How were birds and animals affected ? 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

You want to start a new club in your school. 

Write a letter to your Principal requesting permission to start the club, explain your role in it and give reasons to prove that the club will be beneficial for the school. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Your friend has not fared well in the recent examinations. Write a  letter to him/her expressing your concern. Give him/her some advice on how to score better marks and offer to help him/her to improve his/ her performance. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Your school is hosting an Inter-School Quiz Competition. 

Write out a notice to be displayed in your school giving all details for the event. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Write an e-mail to the Principal of a neighbouring school requesting him/her to send a team of three members to participate in the Quiz Competition. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. 

Example : 

(0) roamed 

Once upon a time, in the days when genies and giants (0) ____________ (roam) the land, there (1)________ (live) a farmer (2) _____________ (name) Baba Ayub. He lived with his family in a little village by the name of Maidan Sabz. Because he had a large family to feed, Saba Ayub (3)________ (see) his days (4) ________________ (consume) by hard work. Every day, he (5) _________ (labour) from dawn to sundown, (6) ___________ (plow) his field and (7) __________ (turn) the soil and (8) __________ (tend) to his meagre pistachio trees. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Fill in each blank with an appropriate word. 

(i) The puppy was hiding ___________ the sofa.
(ii) Stop worrying ______ your future.
(iii) When I stepped ________ the lift, I found it had stopped working.
(iv) We had to use a bridge to go ______ the river.
(v) I have lived in this town ______ ten years.
(vi) Please switch __________ all lights and fans when you leave the room.
(vii) Ronnie is married ______ my cousin.
(viii) The gift came _______ a birthday card. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and but or so : 

(i) He was very ill. He did not take any medicine.
(ii) You come back from your holiday. We will discuss the problem.
(iii) He remained absent on Friday. It was foolish of him.
(iv) Rahul ran all the way to the bus stop. He missed the bus. 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

The old woman said to Arun, “Can you hep me to cross the street?”
(Begin: The old woman asked Arun……………….) 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

As soon as the sun rose over the hills, the fog disappeared. (Begin: No sooner ……………………..) 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

 It rained so heavily that they could not go for the picnic. (Rewrite: Using ‘too………………to’) 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

If your friends get here before 7 o’clock we can take them out for dinner.
(Rewrite: Using ‘unless’) 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

The school captain was elected by the students of classes XI and XII.
(Begin: The students ………………….)

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing

Greenland is the largest island in the world. 
(Rewrite: Using ‘larger’.) 

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Chapter: [4] Writing
Concept: Writing
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