CBSE Board English Elective Sample Papers for Class 10

English (Elective)
Sample Paper

Time allowed : 3 hours
Maximum marks : 100

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
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.


Q. 1. Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow: 8


Rise, brothers, rise; the wakening skies pray to the morning light.
The wind lies asleep in the arms of the dawn like a child that has cried all night.
Come, let us gather our nets from the shore and set our catamarans free,
To capture the leaping wealth of the tide, for we are the kings of the sea!
No longer delay, let us hasten away in the track of the sea gull’s call,
The sea is our mother,the cloud is our brother, the waves are our comrades all.
What though we toss at the fall of the sun where the hand of the sea-god drives?
He who holds the storm by the hair, will hide in his breast our lives,
Sweet is the shade of the cocoanut glade, and the scent of the mango grove,
And sweet are the sands at the full o’ the moon with the sound of the voices we love;
But sweeter, O brothers, the kiss of the spray and the dance of the wild foam’s glee;
Row, brothers, row to the edge of the verge, where the low sky mates with the sea. __Sarojini Naidu

Q. 1.1 Read the summary of the poem and supply the missing word in each case. 1 x 8=8
Addressing the fishermen as (a) _____________ the poet is exhorting them to set their fast sailing (b) _____________ free to catch the fish which are leaping with the tide in the ocean. Being the (c) _____________ of the sea, they have the sole right to claim possession of that (d) _____________. Even the sea gulls are calling them out to the (e) _____________, so they should no longer (f) _____________ but make haste, for the sea, the cloud and the waves, all are their relatives. There is no point to fear, for the sea-god who controls all things in nature will undoubtedly (g) _____________ their lives. The poet tells the fishermen that living in the company of other objects of nature is sweet but the love of the sea and the adventure they experience is (h) _____________ than any other experience.

Q .2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12


An escalating epidemic of overweight and obesity is affecting many countries in the world; more than 300 million people are overweight or obese. Obesity could be reason specific. In India, some people tend to be overweight because of their high calorie diet and lack of physical activities. In the United States, obesity is more prevalent in lower economic groups. Obesity is now well recognized as a disease in its own right. Though obesity commonly means very overweight, it is defined as an excess amount of body weight that includes muscles, bone, fat and water. ‘Obesity’ specifically refers to an excess amount of body fat. Some people, such as body builders or other athletes with a lot of muscle, can be overweight without being obese.
A certain amount of body fat is needed for stored energy, heat insulation, shock absorption and other functions. Generally, women have more body fat than men. Usually men with more than 25% body fat and women with more than 30% body fat are regarded as obese. Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic cause. Environmental factors mean lifestyle behaviours such as what a person eats and his or her level of physical activity. Although you cannot change your genetic make-up, you can change your eating habits and levels of activity. You can learn how to choose more nutritional meals which are low in fat, and become more active.
Then there are the psychological factors. Negative emotions such as boredom, sadness or anger, respond to people who overeat. There is also ‘binge eating’ when people eat large amounts of food thinking that they cannot control how much they are eating. Those with the most severe binge eating problems are also likely to have symptoms of depression and low self-esteem. These people may have more difficulty in losing weight and keeping it off than people without binge eating problems.
Obesity is more than a cosmetic problem; it is a health hazard. Several serious medical conditions have been linked to obesity, including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Obesity is also linked to higher rates of certain types of cancer. Other diseases and health problems linked to obesity include gall bladder disease and gallstones, liver disease, osteoarthritis which leads to deterioration of joints, gout which also affects the joints and reproductive problems in women.
As the trend is to equate attractiveness with slimness, especially for women, obesity makes people feel unattractive. There are many methods of treatment but the benefits of exercise are much more than any other way of losing weight. Not only does exercise help you to lose weight but it also improves your fitness and flexibility and improves skin texture. Exercises are also free from the harmful side effects of crash dieting, slimming capsules and the heat treatment used by slimming centres.
Q. 2.1 Complete the following sentences taking help from the text:
(a) Obesity is defined as ___________. 1
(b) Men and women can be described as being obese when ___________. 1
(c) Osteoarthritis, which is also linked to obesity, leads to ___________. 1
(d) Two psychological factors that cause obesity are ___________ and ___________. 1
(e) Although the genetic factor which also causes obesity cannot be changed, yet we can control obesity by ___________. 1
(f) Obese people are regarded as unattractive because ___________. 1
(g) The treatment practised at the slimming centres consists of ___________ which have their side effects. 1
(h) The best way to reduce weight___________. 1

Q. 2.2 Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following: 4
(a) increasing (para 1)
(b) uncontrolled eating (para 3)
(c) improving outward looks/appearance (para 4)
(d) to think that something is the same as something else (para 5)


Q. 3. Messrs Dolton & Mayors have selected Smita Sahu as Sales Manager for their company and drafted the letter given below to intimate her. The firm later decided to send a telegram instead, to save time. Draft the telegram on behalf of the Manager Personnel in not more than 25 words. Copy the format of the telegram from the Question Paper. 5

Q. 4. You are Heena/Hiten, Coordinator of the Newspaper in Education Scheme in your school, Happy School, Shillong. You want to write a notice for a lecture by Professor David of Cambridge University, U.K. Entry will be on first come first served basis, at the British Council Hall on 01 September, 2009 at 6 p.m. Write the notice in not more than 50 words for your school notice board. 5

Q. 5. You have come across the following news item in the news magazine, ‘Outlook’: 10


Q. 7. Look at the words and phrases given below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done as an example. Write the answers against the correct numbers. 1×3=3

e.g. national / a / fog / capital / thick blanket / the / of / engulfed.
A thick blanket of fog engulfed the national capital.
(a) runway visibility / to / reduced / 1000 metres / the / it
(b) it / a dozen / were / due to / flights / about / delayed
(c) two days / predicted / for / shallow fog / the next / has been

Q. 8. Dinesh is being interviewed for the Students’ page of a newspaper. Complete the dialogue given below in a suitable way. Write your answers against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentences. 1×4=4

Interviewer : (a) ________________________________________________________
Dinesh : Yes, I think my school is the best school.
Interviewer : (b) ________________________________________________________
Dinesh : Mrs. Dolly Verma is the best. She teaches us English.
Interviewer : (c) ________________________________________________________
Dinesh : I got 95 marks.
Interviewer : (d) ________________________________________________________
Dinesh : I am sure she was very happy.

Q. 9. Given below is the schedule of Mr. Rajiv Kumar who is visiting The Valley School for inspection. As Head Prefect of the school, you are to put up his programme on the notice board. Complete the programme using the words or phrases in their suitable form from the box given below. Do not add any new information. Write only the correct answers against the correct blank numbers in your answer sheet. 1×5=5

school visit – inpsection – 15th Sept 2009 – first school assembly - scheduled meeting with the members of the Management Committee – join staff members – departure
On 15th September, 2009, Mr. Rajiv Kumar (a) ............................... on inspection. He (b) ............................... the school assembly. Then he plans (c) ............................... . After that he (d) ............................... at tea before he (e) ............................... .

Q. 10. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. The first one has been done as an example. 1/2×8=4
Incorrect / Correct
Contrary by popular belief, the dreaded Aedes by to
mosquito, the carrier of the many feared Dengue (a) ...................... .....................
virus, striken between dawn and dusk. (b) ...................... .....................
Much conventional types strike usually at night. (c) ...................... .....................
The Aedes mosquito must breed anywhere near (d) ...................... .....................
your home by tin cans, coconut shells, piles (e) ...................... .....................
of garbage or even in your flower vase. Which (f) ...................... .....................
is important is that they breeds in fresh water (g) ...................... .....................
and it can be stop from breeding by keeping (h) ...................... .....................
the surroundings of your house clean.

Q. 11. Use the information in the headlines to complete the news items given below. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentences. 1×4=4
People in Mumbai (a) ........................................ after continuously heavy rains.
The prices of vegetables and fruits (b) ........................................ .
Due to lack of proper street lights (c) ........................................ .
New text books (d) ........................................ .


Q. 12. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in in one or two lines only. 3
and they sat around
on the floor with my mother in the centre,
the peace of understanding on each face.
(a) Why was mother lying on the floor? 1
(b) Explain: ‘the peace of understanding on each face’. 2

Q. 13. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in one or two lines only. 3
It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, How wherefore
stopp’st thou me?’
(a) Whom did the mariner stop? 1
(b) Why did he stop him? 1
(c) How did the mariner look? 1


I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Q. 14. Answer the following in 50-75 words. 4 What kind of help does the poet expect from the west wind?


Give two examples to prove that the nightingale was a simple and foolish bird.

Q. 15. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write each answer in one or two lines only. 4

Scrooge : “Merry Christmas, indeed! What right have you to be merry? You are poor enough!”
Fred : “What right have you to be dismal? You are rich enough!”
(a) Why did Fred visit Scrooge? 2
(b) How did Scrooge’s attitude undergo a change? 2

Q. 16. Answer the following in 50-75 words. 4
Why did Calpurnia try to stop Caesar from going to the senate house?

Q. 17. Answer the following in 50-75 words. 4 Give two examples to substantiate that his elder brother made great sacrifices to help Babuli.


Why was Coachman Ali called a pest by the postmaster?

Q. 18. Answer the following in 150-175 words. 8
When Ch-tsal did not return from Quta-pi for quite some time, his mother became worried. She decided to record her feelings in her diary. Write her diary entry.