CBSE Board Class 10 English Core Previous Year Question Papers 2009


CBSE Board Previous Year Question Papers 2009 for Class 10 English Core

(English core)
PREVIOUS PAPER 2009
CLASS 10

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
This paper consists of four Sections
Section A-Reading — 20 marks
Section B-Writing — 30 marks
Section C-Grammar — 20 marks
Section D-Literature — 30 marks
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Attempt all questions. 
2. Do not write anything in the question paper.
3. All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet
provided to you.
4. Attempt all questions in each Section before going on to the next Section.
5. Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
6. Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question Mai ks will be deducted for exceeding the
word limit. 

SECTION - A
(READING) 

1. Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions that follow:    (8 marks) 
FOREST FIRES
Someone dropped a burning match 
Uaheeded by the way
It caught on fire some underbrush; 
Its user did not stay. 
From grass to brush from brush to tree
So stealthily it ran, 
That no one ever guessed or knew 
Just where that fire began. 
Someone built a campfire 
And failed to put it out. 
A breeze came and quickened; 
The embers spread about; 
And soon the woods were blazing. 
The fire spread and spread; 
The trees that took long years to grow 
Stand blackened now and dead. 
Someone saw a little fire 
As he was passing by. 
He did not stop to put it out;
He did not even try. 
He had not started it, of course; He had no time to spare; 
That it might start a forest fire 
He did not even care.
Myrtle Barber Carpenter
1.1 Complete the following flow chart by writing suitable words/phrases against the correct blank
number in your answer sheet.       (5 x 1 = 5 marks)
                               
1.2 Someone who saw the fire did not stop to put it out because   (3 x 1 =3 marks) 
a. __________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :     (12 marks) 

1. Martin Luther King, one of the greatest men ever to walk on this earth, started the defence force with
which the American Blacks got their rights and gained freedom from the distress ing racial
discrimination.

2. Martin was born on January 15, 1929. His family lived on the outskirts of Atlanta. The fact that he could
not play with White children, or that he had to offer a seat in the bus to a White, disturbed him. When he
was eight years old, his father a Baptist pastor, told the family a sad story: Bessie Smith, a great singer,
met with an accident. An ambulance rushed her to the nearest hospital, but she was not admitted
because she was a Black. The ambu lance took her from one hospital to another, but she could not find a
place for herself because these hospitals were only for the Whites. She died for want of blood. From that
day, Martin Luther King dreamt of becoming a liberator of the Blacks.

3. King completed his studies at More House College, and then earned a doctor's degree in theology at
Boston University. In 1955, King married Alabama Soprano Coretta Scott. That very year he became a
pastor and preached his first sermon in the Baptist Church of Atlanta. As a young man, he was greatly
impressed by Mahatma Gandhi's success in the political field and the power of ahimsa. King decided to
follow the path of non-violence and get millions of Blacks their due. He felt that the Blacks had
immensely contributed towards the building of America, and there was no reason why they should not
be treated with respect. 

4. King drew national attention in 1956. Since the Blacks were not permitted to sit in the same buses as the
Whites, he led a boycott of public buses in Montgomery. A year later, after many arrests and threats, the
US Supreme Court gave a ruling that racial segregation of public transport was unlawful. This victory
taught the Blacks the power of non-violence. After 1957, King began visiting various places to deliver
lectures. Soon he became a powerful orator, drawing the attention of people the world over.

5. King continued the fight, a peaceful fight, demanding the rights of the Blacks. In 1964, he was awarded
the Nobel Peace Piize. In 1967, King led many peaceful demonstrations against the Vietnam War and in
1968 he declared a Poor People s Campaign On April 4 of that very year, while planning a demonstration
of striking sanitation workers, he was shot dead by an assassin. (421 words)  2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage, complete the following sentences. Write the
answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.    (3 x 1 =3 marks) 
f. Martin Luther King was disturbed by the fact that________________.
g. The story of _____________ ___________ motivated him to fight for the rights of the Blacks. 
h. He followed the path of non-violence because____________________ . 
2.2 Fill in the blanks to complete the following table. Write the answers in the answer sheet against
the correct blank number.        (5 X 1 = 5 marks)
Year                                   Event 
(a)      _____                      He became a pastor.
            1956                       (b) - 
            1964                       (c) 
            1967                       (d) - 
(e)     _____                       He died. 

2.3 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following from the paragraphs
indicated. Write the answer in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. 
(4 x 1 =4 marks) 
i. causing anxiety and pain (Para 1) 
j. very largely (Para 3) 
k. separation (Para 4) 
l. a person who murders (Para 5) 

SECTION B (WRITING) (30 marks) 

3. You are Anuj Gupta. You are at Mumbai, attending a computer training programme being conducted by
Apex International Institute, Ville Pane. The training has been ex tended by a week. Write a telegram to
your father, Mr. Akash Gupta of 15, Chitranjan Enclave, Kolkata, informing him of the change and also
ask him to send you Rs. 3,000 to meet certain unexpected expenditure. 
Copy the format of the telegram given below and write the telegram in your answer sheet Your
telegram should not exceed 25 words    
INDIAN POST AND TELEGRAPH
NAME AND  NAME
ADDRESS OF ADDRESS
THE ADDRESSEE  TEL. NO. :
MESSAGE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SENDER NAME:
Sender's Name and Address :
Not to be telegraphed

4. You are Geetanjali Ahuja, the Head Girl of Blossoms Public School, Gulbarga. Write a notice in about 50
words informing the students of classes IX and X about an inter-class debate competition to be held in
the school in the first week of April. Give the necessary details.     (5 marks)5. You are Sonia Dev, Secretary ‘Save the Child Foundation’. You are a social activist working for the
welfare of children in the developing world. As you travel to many developing countries, you have
collected the following fact sheet. Read it carefully and write a letter in 150-200 words to the editor of
‘The Daily Mirror’, highlighting the problems of childhood and how these can be solved. (10 marks) 
FACTSHEET    Lost Childhood
• In the developing world, more than one in three children do not have adequate shelter, one in five
children does not have access to safe water, and one in seven has no access to health services.
• As many as 121 million children, the majority of them girls, do not attend school.
• Two million children under the age of five die every year because they are not immu nized with
routine, commonplace vaccines.
• If just 0.5 percent of global military spending were diverted to immunization, every child, in the
world could be. immunized for the next decade.

6. ‘Massive poaching in the past two years has wiped out the entire tiger population at one of the tiger
reserves in India,’ says one of the investigation reports. 
Look at the visual below and notice how the number of tigers in India is falling. Using your own ideas
and clues from the unit ‘Environment’, write an article in about 200 words for ‘Eco-World’ magazine
expressing your concern on the issue.         

FALLING NUMBERS 
Officails estimates of tigers in the wild
For Blind Candidates Only 
‘Massive poaching in the past two years has wiped out the entire tiger population at one of the tiger
reserves in India’, says one of the investigation reports. The number of tigers in India has fallen
from 4334 in 1989 to 3500 in the year 2004. Using your own ideas and clues from the unit
‘Environment’, write an article in about 200 words for ‘Eco-World’ magazine expressing your
concern on the issue.      

SECTION C (GRAMMAR) (20 MARKS)

7. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and
the correction against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. The first one has been done for
you as an example.        

The passenger were waiting at the                           Example: passenger ... passengers
station when five policemen rushing                          (a) _________________
into difference compartments of a                              (b) _________________
train. After sometimes one of them                            (c) _________________
comes out with two young men                                  (d) __________________ and soon the other policemen joined her                (e) __________________
the men which had been arrested                             (f) __________________
was been caught for a theft.                                       (g) __________________
they had stealed two cars                                           (h) __________________
and a motorcycle. 

8. Fill in the blanks using only one word in each blank. The first one has been done as an example. Write
your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number.   

It is frightening to get stuck in (a) ___________________ storm. A dust storm (b) ____ __prove to be
quite blinding (c) ____________ dangerous. People (d)__________________ take shelter (e) _______________
a safe place. Children (f)__________________be told by (g)___________________ parents what they should
(h) ______________________ in such situations.

9. Read the following conversation between Ritu and Reena and complete the passage below it. Write the
correct answer in the answer sheet against the correct blank number.   
Ritu : Hello Reena! Do you know that the school trip to Mussoorie has been cancelled?
Reena : No, I didn’t know that. Why has the trip been cancelled?
Ritu : Our school principal is a little worried about our safety.
Reena : Why is she worried?
Ritu : It has been raining heavily during the past four weeks. Our principal feels that a landslide
could occur in that area.
       
  Ritu met Reena and asked her (a) cancelled. Reena replied that she didn’t know that. She Ritu
(b) _______________. Ritu told her that (c) ___________ Reena asked her why she was worried. Ritu
told her (d) _____________ during the past four weeks and their principal felt that a landslide could
occur in that area.

10. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done
for. you as an example. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. 

Example— important / it / is / to observe / rules / traffic 
                     It is important to observe traffic rules
. not / children / below / of / the age / must / drive / eighteen years.
a. protection / our / we / must / helmets / own / wear/for
b. phones / must / used / not / mobile / be / driving / while
c. traffic police / making /efforts / is / to increase / on the roads / safety

11. Read the news items given below Use the information in the headlines to complete the sentences. Write
the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number do not copy the whole sentences. 
           
. WOMEN RESCUE CHILD
Two brave women of Rampur village ____________ kidnapped by his father s distant relative.
a. TWO KILLED IN COLLISION
Two passengers travelling in a car died ________________ The driver of the truck is absconding
b. BAN ON SMOKING
Smoking ____________ all public places c. OLD BUILDING DEMOLISHED
Keeping in mind the dilapidated condition of yesterday 

SECTION D (LITERATURE) (30 marks)

12. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow Write each answer in your answer
sheet in one or two lines only Number the answers correctly.    
O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed
The winged seeds where they lie cold and low
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow...
. Who has been addressed in the above lines   
a. Name the poetic devices used in the above stanza   
b. What does ‘dark wintry bed’ refer to?      
c. What does the poet mean by ' azure sister ‘ ?     

13. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow Write each answer in your answer
sheet in one or two lines only Number the answers correctly.      
Though subdued and sleep-deprived, 
In the night her throat revived, 
And the sumac tree was bowed
With a breathless, titled crowd:
. Who is ‘her’ in the above stanza’?       
a.What has made her subdued and sleep deprived?     
b.Why is the ‘sumac tree’ bowed?       

14. Give any two reasons that Brutus gave the citizens to justify the assassination of Caesar. Write your
answer in 75—100 words.        

15. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in your answer
sheet in one or two lines only. Number the answers correctly.   
SCROOGE ... From now on I’m going to be one of your most persistent guests. I’ve changed, my boy;
you’ll see!
. Who is Scrooge speaking to?        
a. Why is Scrooge going to be his persistent guest’?      
b. What else does Scrooge do to show change in his attitude?     

16. What circumstances compelled the grandmother and her family to leave their home and go to the
refugee camp in South Africa? Write your answer in 50-75 words.     

17. You are the Postmaster in the story ‘The Letter’. You and Lakshmi Das leave the letter on Ali’s grave and
return home feeling very sad and remorseful. Write a diary page in 150-175 words describing your
feelings of guilt and how you have come to realize the importance of a letter.