[Reading Comprehension (Seen)]
1. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions given below:
It is always lovely on the Big Half Moon is summer. When it is fine, the harbour is blue and calm, with little wind and ripples. Every summer, we had some hobby. The last summer before Dick and Mimi came, we were crazy about kites. A boy on the ainland showed Claude how to make them. Back on the island we made plenty of kites.
Claude would go around to the other side of the island and we would play shipwrecked mariners signalling to each other with kites. We had a kite that was big and covered with lovely red paper. We pasted gold tinsel stars all over it and had written our names full on it-Claude leete and Philippa leete, Big Half Moon light house. One day there was grand wind for kite-flying.I’m not sure how it happened, but as, I was bringing the kite from the house, I tripped and fell over the rocks.
My elbow went clear through the kite, making a big hole. We had to hurry to fix the kite if we wanted to send it up before the wind fell. We rushed into the light house to get some paper. We knew there was no more red paper. We took the first thing that came handy-an old letter lying on the book case in the sitting room. We patched the kite up with the letter, a sheet on each side and dried it by the fire. We started out, and up went the kite like a bird.
A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentence in the given spaces:
(a) The Big Half Moon looked lovely during-
(ii) summer (Ans)
(b) The narrator and his playmates pretended to be-
(iv) shipwrecked mariners (Ans)
(c) The part of the narrator’s body that went through the kite was his-
(i) elbow (Ans)
(d) The narrator of the text is-
(c) Philippa (Ans)
(e) The kite was mended with a
(a) red paper
(b) letter (Ans)
B. Complete the following sentences will information from the text:
(i) The visitors to the island last summer were Dick and Mimy.
(ii) The name of the lighthouse was Big half moon lighthouse.
(iii) They hurried to fix the kite because They wanted to send the kite up before the wind fell.
C. State whether the following statements are True or False. Write ‘’T’’ for the True and ‘’F’’ for False in the boxes on the right-hand side. Provide sentences/phrases/words in support of your answer:
(i) In summer the island is rough and windy.
Supporting sentence: is always lovely on the big half moon in summer.
(ii) The names of Claude and Philippa were written on the kite.
Supporting Sentence: We had a kite that was big and covered with lovely red paper. We pasted gold tinsel stars all over it and had written our names full on it.
2. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions given below: [Reading Comprehension (Seen)]
The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel:
And the former called the letter ‘Little prig’
‘You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of thing and weather
Must be taken in together,
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it no disgrace
To occupy my place
If I’m not so large as you’
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry.
I’ll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.’
A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences:
(a) ‘Little Prig’ refers to-
(i) the mountain
(ii) the squirrel (Ans)
(iii) the forest
(iv) a nut
(b) The mountain is-
(i) very wise
(ii) quite lively
(iii) very big (Ans)
(iv) very pretty
(c) The quarrel was between-
(i) the forest and the squirrel
(ii) a nut and the squirrel
(iii) talented and wisdom
(iv) the mountain and the squirrel (Ans)
(d) Unlike the squirrel the mountain can-
(i) carry forest on its back (Ans)
(ii) crack a nut
(iii) move about happily
(iv) make a sphere
B. Answer the following questions:
(i) How does the mountain make fun of the squirrel?
Ans: mountain made fun of the squirrel by calling him a ‘little prig’ and demeaning his capabilities.
(ii) Mention two qualities of the mountain.
Ans: Two qualities of the mountain are:
1. He makes a very pretty squirrel track.
2.He can carry forests on its back.
[Reading comprehension (Unseen)]
3. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions given below:
P.V Sindhu, India’s latest badminton superstar, spoke freely and frankly to the press. She impressed everyone with her charming manner, infectious smile and friendly jokes. The Rio Olympics silver medalist is a lively 21 years old with a sharp brain and Fired dedication to her work. She recorded her days at Gopichand Academy. She told the phrase that she is started her training at 4.30 a.m. every day and she wished to continue to stick to that sale schedule she was Full of Praise for Gopichand’s Academy. ‘’I can tell you,’’ she said with great excitement, ‘’the infrastructure and everything has been perfect and we have been getting all the facilities. Whatever we have wanted has been there.’’
When she was asked to, she felt to be a woman achiever, she replied, ‘’It’s really a great feeling.’’ She added that all the women participants from India performed really well, because she believed that coming to the Olympics itself was a very big achievement.
Sindhu was asked to the comment on her feeling on the day of the final match. She said that she was confident and even her coach Gopichand believe that she would do it. On National Sports day, 29th August, Sindhu along with Deepa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
A. Tick the right answer:
(i) P, V, Sindhu is the latest superstar in the field of–
(b) badminton (Ans)
(c) lawn tennis
(ii) P.V. Sindhu is–
(a) 24 years old
(b) 43 years old
(c) 21 years old (Ans)
(d) 17 years old
(iii) Sindhu was trained at–
(a) Gopichand’s Academy (Ans)
(b) Sports Authority of India
(c) a local badminton club
(d) Nation Sports Academy
(iv) Everyday Sindhu started her training–
(a) in the afternoon
(b) early in the morning (Ans)
(c) in the evening
(d) at midday
(v) National Sports Day is observed on–
(a) 29th August (Ans)
(b) 15th August
(c) 5th September
(d) 2nd October
(vi) The above passage is an adaptation from–
(a) a story
(b) a report
(c) an article
(d) an interview (Ans)
B. State whether the following statements are True or False. Write ‘’T’’ for the True and ‘’F’’ for False in the boxes on the right-hand side. Also pick out suitable line or phrase from the passage in support of your answers:
(i) While speaking to the press Sindhu was nervous and shy.
Supporting sentence: P.V. Sindhu, India’s latest badminton superstar, spoke freely and frankly to the press.
(ii) Sindhu was full of admiration for Gopichand’s Academy.
Supporting sentence: She was full of praise for Gopichand’s Academy.
(iii) As a women achiever she felt excited.
Supporting sentence: When she was asked how she felt to be a women achiever, she replied, “It’s really great feeling”.
C. Answer the following questions:
(i) How did Sindhu impress everyone?
Ans: She impressed everyone with her charming manner, infectious smile and friendly jokes.
(ii) Mention the two special that Sindhu has.
Ans: The two special qualities that Sindhu has:
1.A sharp brain.
2. Fierce dedication to her work.
(iii) What is Sindhu’s opinion about the women participants from India at the Rio Olympics?
Ans: Sindhu said that all the women participants from India performed really well because she believed that coming to the Olympics itself was a very a big achievement.
(iv) How did Sindhu feel on the day of the final match?
Ans: Sindhu said that she felt confident and even her coach Gopichand believed that she could do it.
[Grammar & Vocabulary]
4. Write the correct alternative to fill in the blanks:
Minara Begum, Who has been coaching (was coaching/has been coaching/is coaching) nation-level gymnasts for 30 years, was surprised (is surprised/has been surprised /was surprised) to receive call from a parent soon after Deepa Karmakar finished (will finish/was finished/finished) fourth in the Olympics.
5. Do as direct:
(a) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions:
When John arrived in Mumbai by train, there was not a single penny in his pocket.
(i) It was raining. The children could not go out to play. (Join into complex sentence)
Ans: The children could not go to play as it was raining.
(ii) My friend gave me a story book. (Change the voice)
Ans: I was given a story book by my friend.
(iii) The policeman said to thief, ‘’Where have you kept the stolen goods? (Change into direct speech)
Ans: The policeman asked the thief where he had kept the stolen goods.
(c) Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs in the boxes on the right-hand side changing the form, where necessary. There is one extra phrasal verb in the list:
(i) The patient will recover within a week.
Ans: The patient will come around within a week.
(ii) Please do not reject my proposal.
Ans: Please do not turn down my proposal.
(iii) He wore a white shirt.
Ans: He put on a white shirt.
6. Give below are the meanings of four words. Find out the words and write them in the appropriate boxes on the right-hand side.
(i) very pleasant and attractive.– Charming
(ii) basic systems and services for an organization.– Infrastructure
(iii) something done successfully.– Achievement
(iv) feeling sure about one’s ability– Confident
[ Writing ]
1. Write a story (in about 100 words) with the help of the points given below and add a suitable title:
[Shepherd tends sheep near a forest-raises false alarm of a wolf-villagers rush to his rescue-shepherd enjoys-one day wolf really comes-shepherd cries for help-nobody comes-wolf kill sheep]
What goes around, Comes around
Once there was a shepherd in a village. He used to tend sheep near a forest. One fine day he wanted to do some mischief, to fool the villagers. “Wolf! Wolf! help me! He will kill my sheep. Help!” – He raised a false alarm. Being unaware of his mischief the villagers rushed to his rescue. “Ha! Ha! you really came! It was just for fun, you fool villagers!”- He said these to them while laughing and enjoying the bewildered faces of the villagers.
The other day the shepherd was out for some time. When he came back, he found out that a wolf had really come and killed many of his sheep. Being helpless the shepherd cried, “Please help! The wolf really came and killed my sheep. Please help me!” – Nobody came to his rescue as the lie he told before regarding the same. The wolf killed all the sheep and the shepherd sat there, crying with regret.
2. Write a letter (in about 100 words) to a friend living in a village about the place you live in. You may use the following points:
[The name of the place you live in-district where situated-the people around you-sights worth seeing-why you like the place]
B.C. street Nischinda
Kolkata – 711114
I could not keep in touch with you for a while because of my exams. I hope you are keeping well. Today I’m going to write you about my city; the place I live in.
You know Akash, the name of my city is Kolkata and it is situated in West Bengal. This is one of the biggest cities in India. The people around me are really humble and helpful, but you can see a strange thing among them. They are always in hurry but never in time! Apart from the people here are some sights worth seeing. The Howrah Bridge is holding its pride for more than hundreds of years as a symbol of the true ‘Calcutta spirit’. Besides, that, Outram Ghats, St. Paul’s Cathedral Church, Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace, Jorashanko, Thakurbari, etc, are the places of historical importance one should visit in Kolkata. I love this place, you know, for its rich culture and nostalgia. From the love of tea stalls to pandal hopping in Durga puja, Kolkata is much more of an emotion than just a city.
Next time when you come, I’ll take you to all the places I mentioned. Now it’s time to finish the letter. Awaiting your early reply. Stay healthy.
Your loving friend
Name: Kaushik Sharma
C/O: Ram Sharma
Address: Nischinda, Bally, Howrah
3. Use the following flow-chart to write a paragraph (in about 100 words) on the preparation of a mixture useful for rehydration or maintaining balance of water in the body:
[Wash hands, pots, spoons, glass-boil one litter water in pot-cool-add six level teaspoons of sugar + half teaspoon of common salt-stir well-ready]
Ans: The preparation of a mixture is useful to maintain the water balance in the body. To fight against dehydration there are few simple steps to follow. At first, hands, pots, spoons, and glasses are needed to wash. Then, in a pot, one litre water is boiled. After cooling the water, six level teaspoons of sugar are added with half teaspoon of common salt. Finally, the mixture is stirred well and is ready to drink: This is the easiest homemade remedy to stay rehydrate and maintain the water balance in the body.