CBSE Board Class 10 English Core Previous Year Question Papers 2008

CBSE Board Previous Year Question Papers 2008 for Class 10 English Core


Time allowed: 3 hours]          [Maximum marks: 100
General Instructions: 
(i) This paper consists of four sections: 
Section A Reading   20 marks
Section B Writing   20 marks 
Section C Grammar   15 marks 
Section D Text Books  45 marks 
(ii) All questions are compulsory. 
(iii) Marks are indicated against question. 

SECTION – A (Reading)       [20]
Q1. Read the passage given below and answer the que stions that follow:     [12]

1. Bhutan is the most appropriate place to visit if on e is seeking peace, one’s youth and discovery.
October – November is the right time to pay a visit to this beautiful neighbor. Its blue skies,
magnificent snow views, crisp mountain air and rema rkably well preserved centres of Buddhist
culture are worth enjoying. 

2. Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan. It is spread along a willow lined river, Wang Chhu. All
buildings here are built traditional style and ador ned with beautiful paintings. Thimpu has no
traffic lights, something we Indians are not used t o. Traffic is directed by policemen, standing
on highly decorated boxes. They use exaggerated but elegant gestures to guide it. The main
street, Norzim Lam, leads to the town centre and th e clock tower with its adjoining hotels, shops

3. Here there are many places worth seeing. One can vi sit Telecom Tower situated at the height of
8,807 ft. On your way down you can stop at the mini zoo, where you can see goat-antelope,
known as Takin. It is Bhutan’s national animal. Acc ording to legend this large and certainly
strange-looking animal was created by the 15th century saint, Lame Drukpa Kinleyn to prove his
magical prowess. 

4. in Thimpu, National Memorial Chorten is the most pu blic religious place in the country. This
white-domed building with its golden spires was bui lt in 1947 in memory of the third king.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the seat of the government as well as religious order. Built in the
thirteenth century, it was renovated in 1962 when T himpu became the capital 

5. Here archery is a favoured short which can be witne ssed on weekends. Thimpu is the base for
several walks into the stunning country side. India n nationals do not need visas to travel to
Bhutan. (302 words) 
(a) When is the right time to visit Bhutan?        [1]
(b) Mention any two objects of nature which are worth e njoying there.    [1]
(c) How is the traffic in Thimpu managed without traffi c lights?    [2]
(d) Name the national animal of Bhutan. Where can you s ee it?     [1]
(e) What is the legend associated with its creation?  
(f) When and why was the National Memorial Chorten buil t?      [2]
(g) Find out from the passage the adjective forms of wo rds given below:    [2]
(i) appropriately (Para 1)
(ii) beauty (Para 2) 
(h) Find out from the passage the words which mean the  same as the following:   [2]
(i) Movements of the part of body to convey meaning (Pa ra 2) 
(ii) Pointed parts of a tower (Para 4) 

Q2. Read the passage given below and answer the que stions that follow:     [8] Material downloaded from  lorence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the E nglish Channel in both directions. At age 34,
her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast. 
On the 4th of July morning in 1952 the sea was like an ice ba th. The fog was so dense she could
hardly see her support boats. She struggled on – ho ur after hour – while million s watched on
Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother  and her trainer offered encouragement. They
told her the goal wasn’t much farther. But all she  could goal see was fog. They urged her not to
quit. But with only half mile to go, she asked to b e pulled out. Several hours later she told a report er
that it was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her. It was the fog. She was unable to se e
her goal. 
Two moths later she tried again. It was the same de nse fog, but she swam with her goal clearly
pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere behin d fog was land. And this time she succeeded.
She became the first woman to swim the Catalina cha nnel, eclipsing the men’s recurred by tow
hours. (210 words) 
(a) What was Florence Chadwick’s goal at the age of 34?      [1]
(b) How did the people witness her performance?      [1 ]
(c) How did her mother and her trainer encourage Floren ce?      [2]
(d) What made her quit when she had only a half mile to go?     [1]
(e) In spite of the same fog, what made her to succeed  the second time?    [2]
(f) What record did she set?          [1]

SECTION – B (Writing)       [20]

Q3. You are Arun/Aruna, living at 537, D.D. A. Flat s, Prashan Vihar, Delhi, you have come to know
that your cousin often misses his classes in his ne w school. Since he is very intimate with you,
write a letter advising him to avoid the company of those students who bunk off classes.  [8]
Injuries and death taking place due to underage dri ving are being reported almost everyday. Write
a letter to the Commissioner of Traffic Police aski ng him to be very strict in such cases and also
take necessary steps to stop this practice. You are Abha/Abhinav, P-37, Suman Apartments, New

Q4. Eating of fast food, lack of exercise and activ ity have been causing life style diseases such as
obesity, heart disease, diabetes etc. even among ch ildren. Write an article, in about 125 words on
the rising tendency of the life style diseases amon g school children and how to prevent them. [8]
Yamuna in Delhi has become extremely polluted. It h as been reduced almost to a drain. Using the
hints given below write a paragraph, in about 125 w ords, on the causes of the pollution of the
Yamuna river and how to bring to its old glory.  
Once an overflowing clean river – now polluted – al l garbage, industrial and domestic waste
thrown into it – animals bathe – rituals performed  – throwing of garbage and waste to be banned –
separate proper places to be allocated for rituals

Q5. You are Deepak/Deepika, Secretary of Ahimsa Clu b of Rishabh Public School, and Delhi. On 2
October you school observed “International Day for  Peace and Non-violence,” organizing various
activities such as visit to Raj Ghat, charkha spinn ing, lectures by eminent Gandhians etc. Write a
report in about 60 words for your school magazine.
Yoga camp was organized in you school. Mentioning t he activities such as presentation of
yogasans by the students of senior and junior wing, lectures delivered by experts on yagasans,
pranayam, meditaion, foot etc. Write a report in ab out 60 words. You are Pranav/Prerna, Head
Boy /Head Girl of Sarvoday Bal Mandir School, Gagan Vihar, Delhi.

SECTION – C (Grammar)      [15]

Q6. The following passage has not been edited. Ther e is one error in each line. Write the incorrect wo rd
and the correction in your answer sheet as given be low against the correct blank number.
Remember to underline the word that you have suppli ed.      [3] 
Robinson was shipwreck on    e.g. shipwreck – shipw recked
A island. It was inhabited    (a) 
Only by animals or birds. There    (b) 
Was not a single human beings     (c) 
On an island. He saw a      (d) 
Large number of multicolored bird   (e) 
Footmarks in the ground made him   (f) 
Fear the presence of dangerous animal.

Q7. Fill in the following blanks with suitable non  – finites: [2]
Three tourists form Delhi decided (a) ------------- ------- (visit). Goa last year. They went there.
While (b) ------------------------- (stand) at the  Calangute beach, two of them decided (c) ---------- -----
----- (have) a dip in the sea. While (d) ---------- --------------- (play) in the water they were swept
away by the current.  

Q8.Read the dialogue and complete the passage given below. Write the correct answers in your answer
sheet against the correct blank numbers. Do not cop y the whole sentence. [3]
Son  : Mummy, I am very hungry. Is there anything f or me to eat? 
Mother  :  I am preparing your lunch.
Son  : When will it be ready? 
Mother  :  In just 10 minutes.
The son told his mother that he was very hungry and asked (a) ------------------- for him to eat. The
mother told him (b) ----------------------. The son inquired when it would be ready. The mother
replied that (c) ------------------------. 

Q9. Look at the words and phases given below. Rearr ange them to form meaningful sentences. The
first one has been done as an example. Write the co rrect sentences in your sheet. Remember to
number the answers correctly.          [2]
Birthday / 22
/ is / August / of / Ishita’s
(a) on that / made / her / a big/ mother / cake / occas ion 
(b) friends / party / invited  / many / the / to / Ishi ta 

Q10. Look at the sentences given below and complete the paragraph that follows. Write the correct
answers in your answer sheet against the correct bl ank numbers. Do not copy the whole
sentences.            [3]
(a) Brutus allowed Antony to speak. 
(b) Antony addressed the public. 
(c) His speech aroused them to revolt. 
Roman general Caesar was killed by Brutus and his f riends. His friend, Antony came to express
his grief. He (a) ----------------------. The publi c (b) ------------------------- . Hearing his speec h they
(c) -------------------------.

Q11. The underlined words in the following passage  have been used inappropriately. Replace them
with their appropriate forms. Write your answer in  your answer sheet with correct numbers. Do
not copy the whole passage. 
He is a hockey player. He is not happy with the ste p – motherly (a) treat shown towards his (b)
favour sport. The team was not given even a (c) receptive on their return to India after (d) win the
world cup. 

SECTION – D (Text Books)      [45]

Q12. Read the extract given below and answer the qu estions that follow. Write the answers in your
answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to  number the answers correctly.   [5]
He wandered for seven years and finally sat down u nder a fig tree, where he vowed to stay until
enlightenment came. Enlightened after seven days, h e renamed the tree Bo tree (Tree of Wisdom)
and began to teach and to share his new undersigns. At the Buddha preached his first sermon at
the city of Benaras, most holy of the dipping place s on the River Ganges. 
(a) Which tree is referred to here?         [1]
(b) What name did he give to it?          [1]    
(c) Why did he name it so          [1]
(d) Where did he give his first sermon?         [1]
(e) Which word/phrase in the passage means the same as  ‘place for bathing’?    [1]

Q13. Read the extract given below and answer the qu estions that follow. Write the answers in your
answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to  number the answers correctly.   [5]
The moon was coming up in the east, behind me, and  stars were shining in the clears sky above
me. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was happy to be alone high up above the sleeping
countryside. I was flying my old Dakota aeroplane o ver France back to England. I was dreaming
of my holiday looking forward to being with my fami ly. I looked at my watch: one thirty in the
(a) Who is ‘I’?            [1]
(b) What does ‘the sleeping countryside’ mean?       [1 ]
(c) What was he doing?           [1]
(d) What did he think of?           [1]
(e) Which phrase in the passage means the same as ‘expe cting/anticipating?    [1]

Q14. Answer the following questions in about 80 wor ds.       [6]
Why does Lencho write a letter to God? What does he experience?
Why did Mr. Keesing assign Anne extra homework, an  essay on “A Chatterbox”? How did she
justify her being a chatterbox? 

Q15. Answer any two of the following questions in 3 0-40 words each.     [4]
(a) Justify, in brief, the title of the play, “The Prop osal”. 
(b) Why was the young seagull afraid to fly? 
(c) The people of Coorg have a tradition of courage and bravery. How has it been recognized in
modern India? 

Q16. Read the extract given below and answer the qu estions that follow. Write the answers in your
answer sheet. Remember to number the answers correc tly.      [4]
He should be snarling around houses 
At the jungle’s edge, 
Baring his white fangs, his claws, 
Terrorizing the village!
(a) Who is ‘he’?            [1]
(b) Where does he snarl around?          [1]
(c) Why does he do it?           [1]
(d) What effect does it have on the whole village?  [1]
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All night the roots work 
To disengage themselves from the cracks 
In the veranda floor. 
(a) Where are the roots?          [1]
(b) What are the roots doing?          [2]
(c) Where have the cracks appeared?         [1]

Q17. Answer any two of the following questions in 3 0-40 words each on the basis of the lines given
below:             [6]
(a) To say that for destruction ice 
   Is also great For the poet, what does ‘ice’ stand f or? How is it sufficient to bring destruction?   [3 ]
(b) They do not lie awake in the dark and 
      Weep for their sins, ----------------- 
      Who are ‘they’? How are they different from h uman beings?     [3]
(c) The fog comes On little cat feet. 
      How does the poet compare the fog with cat? W hich poetic device is used here?  [3]

Q18. Answer the following question in about 100 wor ds:       [8]
Who was Anil? How did he transform Hari Singh’s cha racter? 
         Describe the role of Ebright’s mother in m aking him a scientist. 

Q19. Answer the following question in 30-40:     [4]
What did Mrs. Pumphrey do to bring Tricki back to n ormal health? Was she wise? 
Why were two boys in London surprised?

Q20. Answer the following question in 20-30 words:      [3]
Why was it not difficult for Horace to open the saf e? 

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