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English Set 1 2019-2020 SSC (English Medium) 10th Standard Board Exam Question Paper Solution

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English [Set 1]
Marks: 80Academic Year: 2019-2020
Date & Time: 9th March 2020, 11:00 am
Duration: 3h

Section I: Language Study
[10]1
[4]1.A | Do as Directed (any four):
[1]1.A.1

Write two compound words of your own.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[1]1.A.2

Pick out the gerund from the following sentence:

The attitude of taking destroys families.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[1]1.A.3

Punctuate the following sentence:

after all he doesnt pay me

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[1]1.A.4

Form two present participle in which the last letter is doubled.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[1]1.A.5

Complete the following word chain of verbs:

Examine, e______, ______, ______, ______

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[4]1.B | Do as Directed (any two):
[2]1.B.1

Change the following sentences into indirect speech:

Robert asked, “Joan. how old are you ?” “I am 13 years old,” she replied.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[2]1.B.2

Make sentences of your own to show the difference in homophones:

  1. feet:
  2. feat:
Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[2]1.B.3

Rewrite the sentences in present perfect tense:

I had been working for Anil for almost a month.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[2]1.C | Do as Directed (any one):
[1]1.C.1

Rewrite the following sentences replacing ‘as soon as’ by ‘No sooner than’

As soon as the thief escaped, the family informed the police.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
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[1]1.C.2

Change the following sentence into positive and comparative degree:

It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
Section II: Textual Passages (Reading Skills, Vocabulary and Grammar)
[20]2
[10]2.A

Read the following passage and do the activities:

A1. Relate the following actions with the king and the hermit: (02)

digging learning things breathe heavily asking questions

 

King Hermit
1.______ 1.______
2.______ 2.______

 

When the king arrived, the hermit was digging the ground in front of his hut. He greeted the king but went on digging. The hermit was frail and weak, and each time he struck the ground with the spade and turned over a little earth, he breathed heavily. The king went up to him and said, “I have come to you, wise hermit, to ask you to answer three questions - How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay most attention? And what affairs are the most important and need my first attention?” The hermit listened to the king but said nothing. He just spat on his hand and resumed digging. The king watched in silence for a while. Then, feeling sorry for the hermit, he said, “You are tired, let me take the spade and work awhile for you.” The hermit silently handed over the spade and sat down on the ground. When he had dug two beds, the king stopped and repeated his questions.

A2. State whether you agree/disagree with the following statements: (02)

  1. The hermit was strong and agile.
  2. The king came to the hermit to ask three questions.
  3. The hermit handed over the spade and sat down.
  4. The king wasn’t feeling sorry for the hermit.

A3. Solve the cross word puzzle using words from the passage referring to the clues are given: (2)

Down

  1. Restart/Start again
  2. Sage

Across

3. A tool for digging
4. Intelligent

A4. Do as Directed: (02)

  1. When the king arrived the hermit was digging the ground.       (Name and identify the subordinate clause.)
  2. The hermit listened to the king but said nothing.       (Rewrite the sentence and begin it with “Though ……………. )

A5. Whom do you consider your guide when you are in difficulty? Why? (02)

Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
[10]2.B

Read the following passage and complete the activities:

B1. Choose the correct alternative: (02)

  1. Which state does Mary Kom belong to?
    a. Mizoram
    b. Manipur
    c. Gujarat
    d. Assam
  2. Who inspired Mary Kom to choose Boxing as a career?
    a. Dingko Singh
    b. Sushil Kumar
    c. Vijendra Singh
    d. Adams
  3. What were her parents?
    a. Teachers
    b. Boxers
    c. Tenant farmers
    d. Horticulturist
  4. When did Marry Kom make her international debut in Boxing?
    a. At 20
    b. At 18
    c. At 48
    d. At 38
Kom was born in Kangthei village, Moirang Lamkhai in the Churachandpur district of rural Manipur in eastern India. She came from a poor family. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers who worked in jhms fields. Kom grew up in humble surroundings, helping her parents with farm-related chores, going to school, and learning athletics initially and later boxing simultaneously. Her father was a keen wrestler at his younger age. She had an eager interest in athletics since childhood and the success of Dingko Singh a fellow Manipuri returned from the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games with a gold medal, Kom recollects had inspired many youngsters in Manipur to try boxing and she too thought of giving it a try. Mary Kom’s career started in 2000 after her victory in the Manipur state women’s boxing championship and the regional championship in West Bengal. In 2001, she started competing at the international level. She was only 18 years old when she made her international debut at the first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in the United States, winning a silver medal in the 48 kg weight category. Her greatness is reinforced by the way she apologized to the whole nation for not being able to win the Gold. She is a legend for sure and an idol for all the sportswomen to look up to.

B2. What difficulties did Mary Kom face in her childhood? (02)

B3. Find out one word for the following from the passage: (02)

a. Shifting cultivation
b. Strengthened
c. First public appearance
d. One who makes history.

B4. Do as Directed: (02)

  1. Rewrite the sentence using an infinitive: She started competing at the international level.
  2. Rewrite as an exclamatory sentence: Her father was a keen wrestler.

B5. “Sports are important in our life.” Elaborate. (02)

Concept: Reading Skill (Textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
Section III: Poetry
[10]3
[5]3.A

Read the following extract and do the given activities:

A1. Match the describing words from the Cloud ‘A’ with Cloud ‘B’: (02)

  Cloud ‘A’   Cloud ‘B’
1. broad a. noise
2. humorous b. jest
3. chuckling c. way
4. trifling d. grin

 

“There to the printer,” I exclaimed,
And, in my humorous way,
I added (as a trifling jest,)
“There’ll be the devil to pay.
He took the paper, and I watched,
And saw him peep within
At the first line, he read, his face
Was all upon the grin
He read the next; the grin grew broad.
And shot from ear to ear;
He read the third; a chuckling noise
I now began to hear.
The fourth; he broke into a roar;
The fifth; his waistband split;
The sixth; he burst five buttons off
And tumbled in a fit.

A2. Pick out two lines from the extract that indicate humour. (02)

A3. Write two pairs of rhyming words from the extract. (01)

Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
[5]3.B

Read the following poem and write an appreciation of it with the help of the given points in a paragraph format: 

All the World’s a Stage

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and breaded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. The last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and more oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

- William Shakespeare

Points:

  1. The title and the poet of the poem (01)
  2. Rhyme scheme (01)
  3. Figures of speech (01)
  4. Central Idea/Theme (02)
Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
(Section IV: Non-Textual Passage) (Reading Skills, Vocabulary, Grammar and Summary)
[15]4
[10]4.A

Read the following passage and complete the activities:

A1. State whether the following statements are True or False (02)

  1. Time is the most valueless resource.
  2. The importance of time management is self-evident.
  3. Allow the time to flow and pass away.
  4. Time’s nature is clear.
Time is the most valuable resource available to every individual.
Time is a resource to measure quantitatively but its nature is unclear. Time is a fleeting, limited, and intangible human resource which is always calculated and used accordingly. The time of the day is as shown on the clock or announced on the media like radio, television constantly guides us in carrying out daily activities, distribution of time for work, rest, entertainment and checking the progress during the day.
The secret of time management lies in successfully identifying and eliminating time-wasting activities with effective and efficient utilization of time. In order to be a good time manager, grab the time, utilize it properly and invest it into productive work. Do not allow the time to flow and pass away without offering any result.
The importance of time management is self-evident. Every individual has twenty-four hours a day to use. One must be aware of the available time and time needed to complete the daily routine. Everyone must remember that time cares only for those who take care of time. So, for the achievement of goals, proper planning and utilization of time are very important which is definitely possible only by time management.

A2. What are the secrets of a good time manager? (02)

A3. 

  1. Pick out two adverbs from the given passage.
  2. Write the root word for the following:
    a. utilization
    b. entertainment

A4. Do as Directed: (02)

  1. Rewrite the sentence using ‘Not only ……. But also’
    For the achievement of goals, proper planning and utilization of time are important.
    (Make the sentence assertive)
  2. Do not allow the time to flow.

A5. “Time once lost, is lost forever.” Justify (02)

Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
[5]4.B
Time is the most valuable resource available to every individual.
Time is a resource to measure quantitatively but its nature is unclear. Time is a fleeting, limited, and intangible human resource that is always calculated and used accordingly. The time of the day is as shown on the clock or announced on the media like radio, television constantly guides us in carrying out daily activities, distribution of time for work, rest, entertainment and checking the progress during the day.
The secret of time management lies in successfully identifying and eliminating time-wasting activities with effective and efficient utilization of time. In order to be a good time manager, grab the time, utilize it properly and invest it into productive work. Do not allow the time to flow and pass away without offering any result.
The importance of time management is self-evident. Every individual has twenty-four hours a day to use. One must be aware of the available time and time needed to complete the daily routine. Everyone must remember that time cares only for those who take care of time. So, for the achievement of goals, proper planning and utilization of time are very important which is definitely possible only by time management.

Summary Writing

Read the above passage and write a summary of it in a paragraph. Suggest a suitable title.

Concept: Reading Skill (Non-textual)
Chapter: [0.01] Reading Skill (Textual and non-textual)
Section V: Writing Skills
[5]5
[5]5.A
[5]5.A.1 | Letter writing:

Imagine you are Rohan/Rima residing at 225, Veerchakra Colony, Kolhapur, 416002 “Hima Das the Indian Sprinter won 5 Golds in one month”

 Formal Letter
Write a letter to the Education Officer, Kolhapur appealing to him to inculcate the importance of sports by providing basic sports facilities to schools.
Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
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OR
[5]5.A.2

Imagine you are Rohan/Rima residing at 225, Veerchakra Colony, Kolhapur, 416002 “Hima Das the Indian Sprinter won 5 Golds in one month”

Informal Letter
Write a letter to your friend Minu/Mohit making him/her aware of the importance of Sports in one’s life.
Concept: Grammar
Chapter: [0.02] Grammar
[15]6
[10]6.A | Information Transfer
[5]6.A.1

Verbal to Non-Verbal:

Read the following information and complete the following table below it:

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon will, for the first time, unravel secrets around the Moon’s the South Pole. Chandrayaan-2 is a three-part spacecraft - an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. The lander is named Vikram after Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of the Indian space programme. The rover is named Pragyan, meaning ‘wisdom’.
Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July atop ISRO’s GSLV Mk-III at 2:43 p.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. Performing as expected, the rocket released Chandrayaan-2 in a highly elliptic orbit around Earth about 17 minutes later. In fact, it was released 6,000 km higher than planned. The solar arrays on Chandrayaan-2 deployed smoothly as the probe began its journey.

  Table Information
1. Name of the Mission  
2. Date of Launch  
3. Centre of Launch  
4 Name of the Rover  
5. Founder of Indian Space Programme  
Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
[5]6.A.2

Non-verbal to Verbal:

Transfer the information into a paragraph:
Observe the tree diagram of types of disease and write a paragraph on it. Suggest a suitable title.

Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
[5]6.B
[5]6.B.1

Prepare a speech to be delivered on (15th October) “Reading Inspiration Day” in your school assembly: 

The subject given to you is “Importance of Reading”.
Use the following points:

  1. increases knowledge
  2. keeps one updated
  3. ideal way to keep occupied
  4. develops your vocabulary
  5. develops the power of expression
Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
OR
[5]6.B.2

Write your counterview on the topic “Internet will soon replace books”.

Points:

  1. easily accessible
  2. time-saving
  3. economical
  4. authentic
  5. storehouse of information
Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
Section VI: Creative Writing
[10]7
[5]7.A | Do any one of the following:
[5]7.A.1

Expand the theme:

Expand the following idea into 100 words:
“Be the change you want to see”

Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
[5]7.A.2

News Report:

Prepare a news report based on the following:
“Sweeper’s daughter/son scores 96% in Class XII.”

Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
[5]7.B | Developing a story/Narrating experience:
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[5]7.B.1

Develop a story in about 80-100 words with the following beginning. Give a suitable title:

He boarded the train happily and he searched his pocket for the tickets and found ……….

Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill
OR
[5]7.B.2

Narrate an experience in about 80-100 words with the following ending. Give a suitable title:

………. I promise myself to work hard in order to achieve success.

Concept: Writing Skill
Chapter: [0.03] Writing skill

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