English Medium Class 10 - CBSE Question Bank Solutions for English - Language and Literature

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Sounds are tiny vibrations that can travel through air and other materials. The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (db).
Typical sound level in decibels:
(1) Silence                                        0db
(2) Rustle of leaves                           10 db
(3) Breathing                                    10 db
(4) Radio music inside home              50-60 db
(5) Loud television                            70 db
(6) Road traffic Noise                        60-90 db
(7) Powerful rock music                    100 db
(8) Motor cycle                                105 db
(9) Heavy truck traffic                      90-100 db
(10) Wind in the trees                       20 db

OR

Read the following information and prepare a fact life:
Delhi, capital of India, has an area of 1,483 sq.km. Haryana and U.P are its neighbours. It has a literacy rate of 81.7%: (males 87.3 %, females 74.7%). People generally speak Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English. It is known for its Roshnara festival Shalimar, Qutab, mango festivals, garden Tourism and winter carnival.

[0.12] Writing Skills
Chapter: [0.12] Writing Skills
Concept: Writing Skills

Why does Noodle tell Think-Tank about the books?

[0.1] The Book that Saved the Earth
Chapter: [0.1] The Book that Saved the Earth
Concept: The Book that Saved the Earth

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Why did Matilda not want to see her rich friends?

[0.07] The Necklace
Chapter: [0.07] The Necklace
Concept: The Necklace

Answer the following question in 80-100 words:

“Don’t you worry, Pitaji! In your old age I will serve you and mother”. Through this statement the narrator wants to highlight the moral values Bholi was imbued with. Based on the reading of the lesson, what made Bholi aware of her rights and how did she use them?

[0.09] Bholi
Chapter: [0.09] Bholi
Concept: Bholi

How did a story book, 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' open a window of knowledge to Helen and help to shape her career?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Helen's statement, "We worked hard and faithfully, yet we did not quite reach our goal" tells us about her failure to achieve the goal at the Wright-Humason School in New York City. What was the goal that she failed to achieve there?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Why was Matilda in a hurry to go to her house after the ball?

[0.07] The Necklace
Chapter: [0.07] The Necklace
Concept: The Necklace

What filled Bholi, a dumb cow, with a new hope?

[0.09] Bholi
Chapter: [0.09] Bholi
Concept: Bholi

What was Mr. Otto Frank's major contribution to the world?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Anne describes herself as a 'little bundle of contradictions'. Why? Explain in your own words.

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

How did Helen benefit when Dr. Graham Bell accompanied her to the World Fair?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

How did Helen display her passion for Radcliffe College?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:

If you do not get lowered in your own eyes
While you raise yourself in those of others,
If you do not give in to gossips and lies
Rather heed them not, saying, 'who bothers?'
You may be the person I am looking for.
If you crave not for praise when you win
And look not for sympathy while you lose,
If cheers let not your head toss or spin
And after a set-back, you offer no excuse,
You may be the person I and looking for.

(1) What should be your reaction towards gossips and lies?
(2) Who are your role models? Why?
(3) Give the rhyming pairs of words from the first stanza.
(4) Which line is repeated in this extract and what is its effect?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Read the follow ing extract and answer the questions given below:

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...

They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

(1) What makes a nation strong?
(2) According to you, what makes India a strong and powerful nation?.
(3) Write down the rhyme scheme used in the extract.
(4) What does the phrase 'others fly ... ' mean?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:

How do you know
Peace is a woman?
 I know, for
I met her yesterday
on my winding way 
to the world's fare.
She had such a wonderful face
just like a golden flower faded
before her prime.

(1) How does the poet describe the face of peace?
(2) Do you think there is a way out of the war-ridden world? What is it?.
(3) Name and explain the figure of speech in the following line:
"I met her yesterday 
on my winding way."
(4) The poet asks the question and herself answers it. What effect does it create in the extract?

[0.13] Reading Skills
Chapter: [0.13] Reading Skills
Concept: Reading Skills

Suggest two measures to increase the number of birds.

[0.12] Writing Skills
Chapter: [0.12] Writing Skills
Concept: Writing Skills

You mush have noticed that when we report someone’s exact words, we have to make some changes in the sentence structure. In the following sentences fill in the blanks to list the changes that have occurred in the above pairs of sentences. One has been done for you.

1. To report a question, we use the reporting verb asked (as in Sentence Set 1).

2. To report a declaration, we use the reporting verb __________.

3. The adverb of place here changes to ___________.

4. When the verb in direct speech is in the present tense, the verb in reported speech is in the ______________ tense (as in Sentence Set 3).

5. If the verb in direct speech is in the present continuous tense, the verb in reported speech changes to ______________tense. For example, ____________ changes to was getting.

6. When the sentence in direct speech contains a word denoting respect, we add the adverb _______________in the reporting clause (as in Sentence Set 1).

7. The pronouns I, me, our and mine, which are used in the first person in direct speech, change to third person pronouns such as____________, ___________, ___________ or __________in reported speech.

[0.11] Grammar
Chapter: [0.11] Grammar
Concept: Grammar

Why is Mrs Pumphrey worried about Tricki?

[0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Chapter: [0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Concept: A Triumph of Surgery

What does she do to help him? Is she wise in this?

[0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Chapter: [0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Concept: A Triumph of Surgery

Who does ‘I’ refer to in this story?

[0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Chapter: [0.01] A Triumph of Surgery
Concept: A Triumph of Surgery
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