CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Language and Literature Paper 7

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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Language and Literature Paper 7

Board CBSE
Class 10
Subject English Language and Literature
Sample Paper Set Paper 7
Category CBSE Sample Papers

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Time: 3 Hours
Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions

  • The paper consists of 3 sections: A, B, C.
  • Attempt all the questions.
  • Don’t write anything on the question paper.
  • Read each question carefully and follow the given instructions.
  • All the answers must be correctly numbered and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
  • Strictly adhere to the word limit given in the question paper. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.
  • Ensure that questions of each section are answered together.

(Reading – 20 Marks)

Question 1.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (8)

1. Filmmaker Pankaj Johar’s new film, Still Standing, is about his quadriplegic father, Rajinder Johar, who has not only come to terms with his disability but is a source of inspiration to many. The film is an emotive tribute by a son to his father, a man of immense courage.

2. “I knew that this is a story that the world needs to know,” says Pankaj. “My father has turned a personal disaster into an opportunity to serve society. This film is a dedication to the unbreakable spirit of this man.” Rajinder Johar has learned to accept his disability with stoic acceptance and good cheer. Among the many case studies presented in the film, is one of Sabina who was four years old when she lost both her legs in a train accident. Life became really tough for her. She went to Rajinder Johar who had, in the meantime set up an NGO, Family of Disabled (FOD). He helped her set up a small shop and later gave her a tricycle which she now used to go to work and ferry her children from school.

3. The film also shows a talented painter, Seema, at work. She lost both her hands in an accident at a very young age. But she has trained herself to do a lot of things with her feet, including painting. “When she came to meet my father, she was looking for a platform to showcase her talent. My father helped her but unfortunately, she has not been able to find buyers for her paintings,” says Pankaj. But other painters like Imamuddin, who is speech and hearing impaired, have been luckier.

4. Rajinder Johar’s family bore the brunt of his disability. Pankaj recalls that the family would never go on vacations and he was always embarrassed to bring his friends home. Today Pankaj considers himself lucky to have had the opportunity of watching his inspiring father at close quarters.

5. “People have different celebrities as their role models. I had one right at home,” he says. It shows in his loving portrayal of his father: Still Standing is a moving film for the audience.

1.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any eight of the following questions in brief: (1 x 8 = 8)
(a) Name the movie of Pankaj Johar. What is it about?
(b) Who was Sabina? What happened to her?
(c) How did Rajinder Johar help Sabina?
(d) What was unfortunate for Seema, besides she worked very hard?
(e) What embarrassed Pankaj?
(f) What was the point that filmmaker Pankaj Johar wants to convey through his film Still Standing?
(g) Why does Pankaj consider himself lucky?
(h) Name another painter who was speech and hearing impaired.
(i) Find the word in paragraph 1, which means the same as ‘homage’.

Question 2.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (12)

1. Deserts are usually hot and barren places; yet, they are also beautiful. A few plants, rocks and dusty red-brown soil make up the ingredients of most North American deserts where there is sufficient food and water for certain animals to survive.

2. One famous dry and hot place in the world with no visible rock or plant barely any water is the Sahara Desert. It is the largest desert in the world and is located in Northern Africa. It gives the impression of an ocean of pure white sand. Surprisingly, the Sahara is home to many strange animals.

3. These animals have survived over many generations because they were able to adapt to their particular conditions. However, a certain number of species were unable to adapt fast enough to their environment and so died out. One of the most interesting animals in the Sahara is the sand stink which in French means ‘fish of the desert’. The sand stink behaves just like a fish except that instead of in water, it ‘swims’ through the sand. Its legs act as fins and the hard scales on its skin act as armor helping it move through the sand. A piece of transparent skin protects its eyes as it swims through the sand. Its eggs are covered with skin to prevent dehydration.

4. Another desert animal that hides from the sun is the desert shrimp. The lifespan of these tiny animals is only about two weeks because that is about when puddles of water from desert rainstorms dry up. They are able to survive in the hot conditions, but without their main source of survival, they dehydrate and are virtually roasted to death.

5. One of the rare animals able to bask in the desert sun is the camel. For many hundreds of years, the camel has been the ‘horse of the desert’, helping travelers across the desert. This ‘horse’ is slow-moving, yet it is big and strong enough to carry extremely heavy loads. The camel has larger feet almost like snowshoes. This characteristic prevents it from sinking into the sand.

6. A camel is able to drink up to one hundred and eighteen liters of water in a day. Once it is full, it can move for five to seven days without water, carrying its own portable ‘water tank’. Its humps help to store fats which serve as a storage of strength, removing the need for food, sometimes for a week. In fact, the humps become smaller as the camel consumes the fats stored. They also help to regulate the camel’s temperature.

2.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in brief: (2 x 4 = 8)
(a) How much water is a camel able to drink up in a day? What is the use of its hump?
(b) Name one of the interesting animals in the Sahara. Describe it.
(c) What prevents camel to sink into the sand?
(d) Why can only certain animals survive in the North American deserts?
(e) Why is the lifespan of desert shrimps very short?

2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following: (1 x 4 = 4)
(a) The water tank of camels is …………
(i) very strong
(ii) portable
(iii) sandy
(iv) hot

(b) In paragraph 4, ……….. means a small pool.
(i) lake
(ii) oyster
(iii) puddles
(iv) pond

(c) All the deserts are ………
(i) hot
(ii) barren
(iii) fertile
(iv) hot and barren

(d) The Sahara Desert is the ………. desert.
(i) wet
(ii) largest
(iii) comfortable
(iv) beautiful

(e) In paragraph 4, the synonym of persist is ………..
(i) is
(ii) die
(iii) survive
(iv) stop

(Writing & Grammar – 30 Marks)

Question 3.
Write an article on the topic “Save Nature, Save Mankind” with the help of the following value points in about 100-120 words. (8)

  • Increased human population
  • Decreased forest area
  • Extinction of wild animals reasons being encroaching, poaching
  • Loss of habitat
  • Break in food chains


You are Pawan Sikri/Harsh Mishra, Head, Fitness Group of Gold Gym, 234, Ram Vihar, Delhi. You wish to purchase certain herbal medicines and wellness products. Write a letter to the Store Manager, M/s East India, 54, Preet Vihar, Delhi placing an order for the specific products required by you.

Question 4.
Develop the following outline into a story of about 150-200 words. (10)
Outlines: Mrs. Shivani Kapoor/walking with a heavy basket/two underaged bikers/jumped the red light/hit her/snatched diamond necklace/cried/young man and a couple helped to catch/finally Mrs. Shivani advised to follow traffic signals.
Develop a story with the help of the following opening line.
Once there lived a king Shibi Thakur. He was just and powerful ………..

Question 5.
Fill in any four gaps by choosing the most appropriate words from the options given below. (1 x 4 = 4)
Maria father taught mathematics (a) ………. physics in secondary school and shared his passion (b) ……….. learning and knowledge (c) ………. his children. The formative years left (d) …….. indelible impression on young Maria. Her contributions such as the discovery of Radium (e) ……….. other key elements help us out every day.

(a) (i) and (ii) or (iii) both (iv) of
(b) (i) of (ii) on (iii) in (iv) for
(c) (i) to (ii) but (iii) with (iv) and
(d) (i) the (ii) an (iii) a (iv) some
(e) (i) but (ii) which (iii) and (iv) who

Question 6.
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against any four lines of the passage. (1 x 4 = 4)
CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 English Language and Literature Paper 7 1

Question 7.
Rearrange any four of the following groups of words and phrases to form meaningful sentences: (1 x 4 = 4)
(a) cultural / of / the / anticipated / camival / festival / Hombill / most / is / Negaland / the
(b) Located in Northeast India / state / very / is / beautiful / Nagaland / diverse / ethnically / a / and
(c) Hombill / the / named / is / Indian / after / the / festival
(d) Naga / wom / the / traditional / festivities / often / on / is / headgears / displayed / hombill / during / wom / tribal
(e) Nagaland / all / the / this / part / take / tribes / of / festival / in

(Literature : Textbook & Long Reading Text – 30 Marks)

Question 8.
Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow: (1 x 4 = 4)

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
of a day I had rued.

(a) Name the poem and the poet.
(b) When did the poet’s mood change?
(c) What was the change in the poet’s mood?
(d) What is the rhyming scheme used in the above lines?
I checked the Map and the compass switched over to my second and last fuel tank and turned the Dakota twelve degrees west towards England.
I’ll be on time for breakfast’, I thought A good big English breakfast! Everything was going well it was an easy flight.
(a) Why did the pilot check the map and the compass?
(b) Name the airplane he was flying.
(c) Why was the pilot feeling satisfied?
(d) Where did the pilot think to have his breakfast?

Question 9.
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each: (2 x 4 = 8)
(a) What happened when Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom? What did Mijbil do two days after that?
(b) Why did Prince Siddhartha (Gautama) leave the palace and become a monk?
(c) How did Mr. Loisel purchase a suitable costume for his wife?
(d) In what respect was Bholi different from her sisters?
(e) Nothing is immortal in this universe. Fire and ice are very powerful things. They will destroy it. But hatred is more powerful. Explain.

Question 10.
Answer any one of the following questions in about 100-120 words: (8)
Write a character sketch of Natalya Stepanovna.
What does Bill say about Lutkin’s character to the narrator?

Question 11.
Answer any one of the following questions in about 200-250 words: (10)
Why did the Franks have to go into hiding? Where was the hiding place located and how does Anne describe it?
Describe the different ways in which Anne experienced Racism. Give examples.
How did Helen realize that she was different from other people? What was her reaction?
Who were Helen’s book friends? What was their importance in Helen’s life?


Answer 1.
(a) Pankaj Johar’s new film is Still Standing. It is about his quadriplegic father Rajinder Johar. The film is a source of inspiration to many.
(b) Sabina was a four-year-old girl who lost her both legs in a train accident.
(c) Sabina wants to Rajinder Johar who helped her in setting up a small shop and later gave her a tricycle.
(d) Seema painted a lot of paintings with her (legs) feet but unfortunately, she was not able to find buyers for her paintings.
(e) Pankaj was embarrassed to bring his friends home, i.e. disability of his father.
(f) The point was that one should never give up. There is always something that one can do despite his disability.
(g) Pankaj considers himself lucky because he had the opportunity of watching his inspiring father at close quarters.
(h) Imamuddin
(i) Tribute.

Answer 2.
2.1. (a) A camel is able to drink up one hundred and eighteen liters of water. Its humps help to store fats which serve as a storage of strength, removing the need for food.
(b) One of the interesting animals in the Sahara is the sand stink which is known as ‘fish of the desert’ in French. The sand stink behaves as fish except that in water it swims through the sand.
(c) The camel has large feet almost like snowshoes. This characteristic almost prevents it from sinking into the sand.
(d) Only certain animals can survive in the North American deserts because sufficient food and water is there to survive.
(e) The desert shrimps are small creatures. When the puddles of water dry up in the desert, they dehydrate and are virtually roasted to death.

2.2. (a) (ii) portable
(b) (iii) puddles
(c) (iv) hot and barren
(d) (ii) largest
(e) (iii) survive

Answer 3.

Save Nature, Save Mankind

The delicate balance of Nature has been disturbed due to the increased population of human beings. The activities of mankind have led to decreasing in the green cover comprising forest land. This has resulted in many wild animals getting extinct or reaching the brink of extinction. Increased population results in the clearing of forest lands. Encroaching is done for farming, leading to a decrease in living space for wild animals. Poaching for skins, rhino horns, elephant Turks, has led to a decrease in their numbers. Not only has the loss of habitat played havoc but the greed for animal products has caused the dwindling of the species of tigers, rhinoceros, crocodile and many of the birds. This has adversely affected the food chains. There is an urgent need for afforestation and strict implementation of forest laws. More wildlife sanctuaries are needed to protect the forest land. More voluntary agencies need to be active and work for Gandhiji’s message ‘Nature has enough for man’s need but not for man’s greed.’


Gold Gym
234, Ram Vihar
30th July, 20xx
The Store Manager
East India
Preet Vihar

Sub: Order for herbal medicines and wellness products

We have recently opened a fitness center at Ram Vihar and hence we require certain herbal medicines and wellness products. You are the biggest wholesale suppliers of products and offer the most competitive prices and prompt services.
The order is as follows:

Sl. No. Medicines/ Wellness Products Brand


1. Neem Power (100 gm) Herbal life 250
2. Aloe Vera Gel (500 ml) D.W.C. 500
3. Gooseberry Candy (250 gm) Organics India 500
4. Coffee Beans Extract (50 gm) Organics India 1000
5. Bitter Gourd Pills (10 pills) D.W.C. 500
6. Protein Shakes (250 gm) D.W.C. 1500

We expect at least a 15% discount and proper packing of the product. In case of any damage in transit, the goods will be returned at your cost. Payment would be made by cheque once the consignment is received, we expect prompt delivery within a week.

Thanking you
Yours faithfully
Pawan Sikri (Head, fitness group)

Answer 4.
Mrs. Shivani was walking on the road carrying a heavy basket full of vegetables. The road was deserted at this time of the evening. Suddenly a bike with two underaged boys passed by her side. At the zebra crossing, Mrs. Shivani was crossing the road. Instead of stopping at the red light, both the boys jumped the red light, hitting Mrs. Shivani. Actually, they thought to snatch the diamond necklace which Mrs. Shivani was wearing at that time. The biker took his bike close to the lady and the pillion rider pulled her diamond necklace. Mrs. Shivani lost her balance and fell down. Hearing her cries, a young man rushed to help her. He chased the two boys in his car and caught up with their bike. He stopped them with great difficulty. The two boys were given a sound beating and thereafter the young was about to handover them to the police but Mrs. Shivani Kapoor forgave the underaged bike riders and advised them to follow traffic rules as they are meant for the people’s safety and also not to get involved in habit of stealing.
Once there lived a king named Shibi Thakur. He was just and powerful king. He was famous for his truthfulness and kindness towards the poor. People loved him like God. So God Indra and God Agni made a plan to test his kindness. One day the king was sitting on the throne. Suddenly he saw a dove landed on his hand. It was frightened. Just then, an eagle also entered the hall. The dove seeing the eagle said to the king, “My lord, this cruel eagle wants to kill me.” The eagle said to the king, “This dove is mine. So I request you to return my dove.” The king said, “The poor dove has come to me for protection. If I don’t help it, it will be a great injustice. God will punish me and my Kingdom. My Kingdom shall not be blessed with rain and crops. So you may ask for anything, I am ready to give you instead of this dove.” The cruel and clever eagle thought for a moment and asked the king, “Give me an equal quantity of flesh from your body.” The courtiers were surprised. But the king was happy to keep his promise. The scales and the sword were brought there at the order of the king. The dove was placed on one of the sides of the scale. The attendant cut a piece of flesh from the right side of the king’s body and kept on the scale. But the dove weighted more. He kept more flesh but. the dove remained the heavier. The king was sad, he agreed to give himself fully to the eagle. The courtiers became angry towards the eagle. Suddenly the hall was filled with a bright light. Nobody could see anything. In that light, the dove and the eagle became God Indira and Agni. They were pleased with Shibi Thakur and blessed him and his kingdom.

Answer 5.
(a) (i) and
(b) (iv) for
(c) (iii) with
(d) (ii) an
(e) (iii) and

Answer 6.
Incorrect       Correction
(a) on                in
(b) have           has
(c) much         many
(d) to               of
(e) was             is

Answer 7.
(a) The Hornbill festival is the most anticipated cultural carnival of Nagaland.
(b) Located in Northeast India, Nagaland is very a beautiful and ethnically diverse state.
(c) The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill.
(d) The Hornbill is often displayed on the traditional tribal headgears worn during Naga festivities.
(e) All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival.

Answer 8.
(a) The extract given above is the part of the poem ‘Dust of Snow’ written by Robert Frost.
(b) The poet’s mood changed when the flowers from the hemlock tree fell on him.
(c) Poet’s mood changed from depression to hopefulness.
(d) abab.
(a) The pilot checked the map and the compass because he wanted to make sure that he was in the right track.
(b) He was flying the Dakota airplane.
(c) The pilot felt happy and satisfied because everything was going on very fine.
(d) The pilot thought to have his breakfast in England.

Answer 9.
(a) When Maxwell took Mijbil to the bathroom, it became wild with joy for about half an hour. Then it rolled and plunged into it. After two days it went itself and struggled with the chromium tap till it had a full flow. It was very much happier with the water.
(b) While going out for hunting Prince Siddhartha saw a sick man, an aged man and then a funeral procession. Then he saw a beggar begging for alms. These sights mourned him very much. He realized that the world is full of sorrows. He thus turned into a monk.
(c) Matilda’s husband i.e. Mr. Loisel had saved a substantial amount of money to buy a gun for him. His wife had declined to attend the ball unless he purchased a party dress for her. Therefore he had to go for the idea of buying the gun. The entire four hundred francs were spent on buying the costume.
(d) Bholi was the weakest and youngest child of Ramlal. Bholi had ugly looks and absence of a brain. Her sisters Radha Mangla and Champa were healthy, strong and good looking. They had been happily married.
(e) It is a universal truth that nothing is immortal in this universe. Everything has to destroy one day. Fire and ice will not leave anything. The poet also supports those who favor fire. But the feeling of hatred is more dangerous than fire and ice. Hatred will destroy it into pieces. This feeling will spoil humanity from this earth that is the human ornament.

Answer 10.
Natalya Stepanovna is the only daughter of Stepan Stepanovich Chubukov. She is about twenty- five. She is a well-educated woman and can serve as a good housewife. She possesses all the good traits of head and heart. She is very much attached to her household belongings and does not want to part with them. At this age, she has become love-sick. There visits Lomov and both have a hearty-talk. There arises a long controversy over the Oxen Meadows since both are the claimants of the said property. Till then she does not know that Lomov has come for her. Her father calls Lomov a blind hen who has come with a proposal for her. Immediately she softens and asks her father to call back Lomov.
The Hack Driver is a story of gripping interest. It depicts a battle of wits between country folk and a city boy lawyer. In fact, the lawyer is the narrator himself. The narrator had failed to locate Lutkins, still, he was excited about meeting a man like Bill. Bill was Lutkins himself. He exploited the narrator’s simple nature. Bill gives a funny picture of Oliver Lutkins. He says that Lutkins never pays a cent to anyone. He plays poker very much. He drove the narrator to the different places in his village. He pretended that he was looking for Lutkins when he was Lutkins himself in real life. Bill keeps the narrator out of sight and talks to the shopkeeper and even to his own mother.

Answer 11.
There was a call-up for sixteen-year-old Margot Frank by the German Secret Service on Sunday, July 5, 1942. A call-up meant, ‘concentration camps and lonely cells for the Jews. Anne’s father immediately decided to go into hiding with his family. He had already been planning to go there on July 16 but had to move earlier because of the order, on July 6, 1942. The hiding place was Anne’s father’s office, Opekta on Prinsengracht Street. Only his most trusted employees knew about it – Mr. Kugler, Mr. Kleiman, Miep and twenty-three old typists Bep Voskuijil. Bep’s father and Miep’s husband Jan were two more people who helped the Franks. The large warehouse on the ground floor was used as a workroom and storeroom and was divided into several different sections. There was a stockroom, a milling room where the spices were ground. Anne called it our lovely Annexe. She thought her new home was hot bad since they could do their own cooking and listen to the radio in her father’s office.
Anne, before she went into hiding, experienced Racism in many ways. First, the family had to migrate to Holland in 1933 from Germany, their birthplace when Hitler’s Nazi party won in elections. The Franks were among the 300000 Jews who fled Germany between 1933 and 1939. The second experience was when Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and occupied it. The Germans began to persecute Jews by passing discriminatory laws. The Franks sisters had to leave their Montessori school and join Jewish Lyceum. The Jews were ordered to study in Jewish schools. Her father had to sell his business to Mr. Kleiman and Jan Gies, in Amsterdam. Jews had to wear a yellow star, they had to hand over their bicycles and were banned from traveling in trains or drive cars. They could not visit theatres, cinemas and other places of entertainment and all public sports were prohibited to them. The biggest experience of racism was that the Franks had to go in hiding to escape being deported to other lands. They lived for 25 months in a secret Annexe, where fear of betrayal was their constant companion.
Helen did not clearly remember when she realized that she was different from other people. She noticed that her mother and friends did not use signs like her. They spoke with their mouths—sometimes Helen stood between two people who were talking and touched their lips. Helen tried hard, made gestures and was greatly frustrated. Many times she was so angry that she kicked and screamed and was deeply exhausted. Helen was unfulfilled, so many times she took out her anger on others. She troubled her companion Martha and would dominate her without any reason. Helen would also hurt Ella, her nurse. Many times she was naughty and regretted it later. The whole family tolerated and supported Helen because of her deprivations. Helen admitted that she took unfair advantage of most of the situations. Helen had become temperamental so she would mostly insist on having her way. Once she locked her mother in the store and would not let her out. Helen would upturn the cradle of her little sister Mildred and make her cry. So Helen’s outlet for her pent-up frustrations was her anger and unemotional behavior.
Helen depended upon books not only for pleasure, wisdom but also for information to which she had no access, due to her deprivations. She lacked the company of young girls of her age, so books filled the void of her life and Helen was extremely proud of her “book friend.” Initially, Helen read a few books in raised like print like Our World and Mrs. Sullivan would spell some poems or stories in her hand. Helen’s mind was very impressionable and she retained many words and expressions, so her friends were surprised at the richness of her vocabulary. Her first book that she deeply read with great understanding was Little Lord Fauntleroy. This book sparked Helen’s true interest in reading. She read lots of books like ‘Bible stories’, The Arabian Nights. She especially loved reading Heidi, Robinson Crusoe, and Little Women. Helen also loved reading stories of animals, especially The Jungle Book. She had a great interest in reading books relating to ancient history. She had read the Bible before but understood its stories in their true essence only in her later years. She also enjoyed the German or French literature along with poets like Wordsworth, Herrick, and writers like Mark Twain. Helen befriended books and like true friends they never deserted her.

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