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Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

(Silchar Region)

Support Material CCE-SA-I/SA-II


Subject: English Communicative

Class: X

















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Sample Question Papers- Summative Assessment-I (SA1)

Summative Assessment-II (SA2)


Division of marks for Term I (April-September)

Summative Assessment

Section Marks

Reading 20= 12+8

Writing and Grammar 25=10+5+4+3+3

Literature and Long Reading Text 25=3+2+2+2+2+4+10

Listening and Speaking 20= 10+10

Total 90

Division of marks for Term II (October-March)

Summative Assessment

Section Marks

Reading 20= 12+8

Writing and Grammar 25=10+5+4+3+3

Literature and Long Reading Text 25=3+2+2+2+2+4+10

Listening and Speaking 20= 10+10

Total 90





Reading Section is designed to test comprehension. Questions are framed to test conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary. The students will be given two passages (carrying 8+12 marks). They will require effort on the part of the students to supply the responses.


  • Read the passage carefully to know what the passage is about.

  • Identify the main points.

  • Read the questions one by one and look for the correct option/response.

Solved examples:

1. Read the following passage carefully: (8 marks)

In acupuncture, no drug is injected into the body, so it has no adverse effects. The stimulation of acupuncture points was done so far by very thin, sharp sliver needles. The prick is almost painless. But now techniques like the use of laser beams (without using needles) are being used in which there is no prick, no pain. These are readily acceptable to children and those patients who are scared of needles. For every patient, there is a separate set of needles, which is sterilized after every use, so there should not be any fear of infection. Initially three of four courses of acupuncture treatment are given (one course is of ten days) to control asthma and usually the patient is off medicine by that time. After this, one sitting, weekly or fortnightly, is continued for some time, so as to prevent relapse. At the time of Holi or Diwali when there is a change of season, there is a tendency of relapse, so once/twice a week sittings are given during the period of three seasons, which generally results in an almost cure in children and young patients(up to the age of 25-30 years). Relapses are generally unusual. In older age groups though some damage to lungs has been done due to prolonged disease and medication, yet considerable improvement is possible resulting in decrease in severity and frequency of attacks.

1.1.On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following questions briefly.

a.Why has acupuncture no adverse effect on patients?

b.Why is acupuncture almost painless?

c.What is the reason for prolong acupuncture treatment?

d.What are acceptable to those who are scared of needles?

e.What happens to older patients?

f. Why are needles sterilized after every use?

1.2. Find a word from the passage which means the same as:

a.severeness/ acuteness

b. once in two weeks

1.1. Answers:

a.Acupuncture has no adverse effect on patients as no drug is injected into the body of the patients.

b.Acupuncture is almost painless for patients because the stimulations of acupuncture points was done by thin and sharp silver needles.

c.Acupuncture treatment gets prolonged so that there is no change of relapse.

d. Laser Beams are acceptable to those patients who are scared of needles.

e.Sometimes lungs are completely damaged to older patients taking acupuncture treatment.

f.Needles are sterilized after every use to avoid infection.

1.2. Answers:

a. severity b. fortnightly

2. Read the passage carefully: (12 marks)

1) The world’s smallest dog, the Chihuahua or the Pocket Dog is barely 1 kg to 2 kg as an adult! The Chihuahua is named after a Mexican State, but its roots can be traced back to China. Today this breed is popular choice among the dog lovers world over and their popularity seems to be ever increasing.

2) The main advantage of this breed is that they need no particular exercise. They are quite satisfied with their walks within their house. Being small, however, does not mean that they are dull, on the contrary they are sharp, alert animals, very strong in character. They are good guard dogs due to their strong cords. They have an inherent curiosity that makes them want to know what goes on within the house.

3) For show purposes the maximum permissible weight is 0.9kg to 1.8 kg. Chihuahuas are of two types, the long coated and the smooth coated. The long coated ones have flat or slightly wavy coats. The smooth coated ones are soft textured and glossy in appearance.

4) They can be of any colour. Their heads are apple dome-shaped and in some animals, the frontal areas of the skull do not fuse! The nose is short and the ears are at an angle of 45 degrees to the head. The dogs are slightly longer than the tail and the tail is carried like a sickle that just touches the back. The body on the whole is compact and has a graceful appearance. Occasionally a tail-less dog is born but tail cropping is not an accepted practice.

5) Compared to other pups, they require little care, and only the long-haired variety needs grooming. They tend to exercise themselves within the confines of the house. This makes them prone to have overgrown nails that need regular clipping. As far as their diet is concerned, they could be fussy and choosy eaters, but then almost all toy breeds are so! They are intelligent and learn easily.

6) They are very active within the house and literally are burglar alarms. They are good with children and are loyal and devoted to the family. On the whole, the Chihuahua is quite a pet! At just six inches, it is bundle of energy. Most people are surprised seeing these animals and the general awareness of this breed is still low. However, just one hurdle remains. Because this is a pocket dog, it may pinch a few pockets.

2.1.On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following questions briefly.(4)

a.Which is the most popular variety of dogs today?

b.How much does the dog weigh?

c.Besides strength of character, what do these dogs possess?

d.What makes them function as burglar alarms?

2.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (4 marks)

(a) The two types of Chihuahua are distinguished on the basis of their coats



(b) The pocket dog is not only a show piece but a good guard as well because __________________________________________________________.

(c) This breed is rapidly becoming more popular because these pups _________________________________________________________

2.3 Find words/phrases from the passage (para indicated) which mean the same as the following. (4marks)

a. liked or admired by many people (para 1)

b. intrinsic (para 2)

c. small and strong (para 4)

d.brushing or cleaning of the fur (para 5)

(a) The most popular variety of dogs today is the Chihuahua.

(b) An adult dog weighs between 1 kilogram and 2 kilograms

(c) Besides strength of character, they possess sharpness and alertness.

(d) They function as burglar alarms as they have strong vocal cords.

2.2 (a) 1* flat or slightly wavy 2* soft textured and glossy in appearance

(b) It is very active, alert inside the house and barks loudly with its strong vocal cords.

(c) Require little care in grooming and exercise them within the house

2.3.a) popular b) inherent c) compact d) grooming

3. Read the passage carefully: (8 marks)

There was a time when all house-work was done by the woman or the guests of the household. Few husbands ever dreamt of washing up, preparing breakfast or tending the baby. Such duties were no concern of theirs. And a normal school boy assumed that if help was needed at home, his sisters would be called on to give it. The whole family supported the view that the male child could not or should not clean, mend, wash, cook or make beds.

Things are very different today. Doctors or barristers find nothing shameful in putting on an apron to help in the kitchen or nursery and even boast of being good at washing of clothes and personal linen.

The school boy now more often extends help to his mother. One reason for the change is the shortage of domestic servants. Girls could once be found to do the hard work in middle and upper class homes for very moderate wages. Such girls can nowadays work in factories. In a short working day they earn more money than most householders can afford to pay. Thus the wife now does the house work herself with the aid of labour saving machines; and she expects some help from the husband.

3.1 On the basis of your reading the passage above, complete the following sentences:-

In the past all house work was done by (a) ________________________.

Husbands never came forward to (b) ____________________________.

Male child was not supposed to(c) _____________________________.

Today even doctors and lawyers (d) _____________________________.

The chief reason for this change in attitude is (e)___________________.

3.2. Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following. (4marks)

a.caring for or looked after

b.lawyers who are qualified to argue a case in court.

c. average in amount


  1. the woman or the guests of the household.

  2. washing up, preparing breakfast or tending the baby.

  3. clean, mend, wash, cook or make beds.

  4. find nothing shameful in putting on an apron to help in the kitchen or nursery.

  5. the shortage of domestic servants.


b. barristers

c. moderate

4. Read the passage carefully: (8 marks)

In front of the enormous Shibua train station in Tokyo, there is a life-size bronze statue of a dog. Even though the statue is very small when compared to the huge neon signs flashing, it isn’t difficult to find. It has been used as a meeting point since 1934 and today you will find hundreds of people waiting there for their friends to arrive.

Hachiko, an Akita dog, was born in 1923 and brought to Tokyo in 1924. His owner, Professor Eisaburo Uyeno and he were inseparable friends right from the start. Each day Hachiko would accompany his owner, a professor at the Imperial University, to Shibua train station when he left for work. When he came back, the professor would find the dog patiently waiting for him. Sadly, the professor died suddenly at work in 1925 before he could come home.

Although Hachiko was still young dog, the bond between him and his owner was very strong and he continued to wait at the station every day. Sometimes, he would stay there for days at a time, though some believe that he kept returning because of the food he was given by street vendors. He became a familiar sight to commuters over time. In 1934, a statue of him was put outside the station. In 1935, Hachiko died at the place he last saw his friend alive.

4.1 On the basis of your reading the passage above, answer the following questions:-

a. How big is the statue of Hachiko?

b. Why is the statue difficult to find?

c. What is the profession of the owner of Hachiko?

d. When did the professor die?

e. What did the dog do everyday at the station?

4.2. Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following. (3marks)

a. shining with a bright but brief or irregular light

b. unable to be separated

c. persons offering something for sale


a.The statue of Hachiko is life-size.
b.The statue is difficult to find because there are huge neon signs.
c.The owner of Hachiko was a university teacher.
d.The professor died in1925.
e.The dog waited every day at the station for his master to return.


a. flashing b. Inseparable c.vendors

5. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: 12

Kanai liked to think that he had the true expert’s ability to both praise and judge women and he was intrigued by the way she held herself, in an unusual way. It occurred to him suddenly that perhaps, despite her silver earstud and the tint of her skin, she was not Indian, except by descent. And the moment the thought occurred to him, he was convinced of it : she was a foreigner; it was stamped in her posture, in the way she stood, balancing on her heels like a flyweight boxer, with her feet planted apart. Among a crowd of college girls on Kolkata’s Park Street, she might not have looked entirely out of place, but here, against the sooty backdrop of the commuter station at Dhakuria, her neatly composed appearance seemed out of place, almost exotic.

Why would a foreigner, a young woman, be standing in a south Kolkata commuter station, waiting for the train to Canning ? It was true, of course, that this line was the only rail connection to the Sundarbans. But as far as he knew, it was never used by tourists. The few who travelled in that direction usually went by boat, hiring steamers or launches to Kolkata’s riverfront. The train was mainly used by people who were daily passengers coming in from outlying villages to work in the city.

He saw her turning to ask something of a bystander and was seized by an urge to listen in. Language was both his livelihood and his addiction, and he was often preyed upon by a near-irresistible compulsion to eavesdrop on conversations in public places. Pushing his way through the crowd, he arrived within earshot just in time to hear her finish a sentence that ended with the words ‘ train to Canning’. One of the onlookers began to explain, gesticulating with an upraised arm. But the explanation was in Bengali-‘Ami Bangla jani na’. He could tell from the awkwardness of her pronunciation that this was literally true : like strangers everywhere, she had learned just enough of the language to be able to provide due warning of her incomprehension.

5.1.Answer briefly. (5 marks)

a. Why was Kanai intrigued?

b. What made Kanai convinced that she was a foreigner?

c. Where was she travelling?

d. Why does the girl appear not to be a tourist?

e.Why was Kanai seized with the urge to listen to what the girl was talking about?

5.2. Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following. (5marks)

a. a person who has great knowledge or skill in a particular area

b. arouse somebody’s curiosity or interest

c. strikingly colourful or unusual

d. strong desire or impulse

e. gesture dramatically instead of speaking

5.3. On the basis of your reading the passage above, complete the following sentences: (2marks)

a.She had her silver earstud but ___________________________

b. Kanai pushed his way through the crowd and __________________


(a) Kanai was intrigued by the way she held herself because she held herself in an unusual way.

(b) Her posture convinced Kanai that she was a foreigner.

(c) She was travelling from Kolkata to Canning in the Sunderbans .

(d) That the girl was not a tourist was apparent from the fact that she was taking a route which is never taken by tourists.

(e) Kanai was seized with the urge to listen to what the girl was talking about because language was both his livelihood and his addiction.


a. expert b. intrigue c. exotic d.urge e. gesticulating

5.3. a. she was not an Indian.

b. arrived within earshot just in time to hear her finish the sentence


1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: (8 marks)

Many years ago, when the art of stunting plants was quite unheard of except in remote areas of India, Buddhist monks in isolated monasteries in Tibet stunted trees like the oak, orange tree, peepal tree, watching with excitement, the tree still flowering and bearing fruit regardless of this “deformity” . Since the trees looked so artistically beautiful, the art was learnt by some Chinese monks who taught “Bonsai” making, an art that became most sought after in China. Every garden, among plant lovers, had at least half a dozen ‘bonsais’. China and India claimed rights to the art, till Japan followed, enamoured by its beauty. Today Japan leads in Bonsai making of plants and has derived new methodologies to make the plants look aesthetic and artistic. The most beautiful is the Cherry blossom that is breath-takingly attractive. The bonsai remains full grown for even more than ten years, although it needs constant pruning, watering, shaping and correct environment. The trees can be planted in colorful containers of your choice.

Innumerable schools have mushroomed, where the art is taught and cultivated.Best known among them is the Indian Bonsai association.

India has great demand for Bonsai and hotels, homes, garden houses, farm houses, restaurants, guest houses, invariably decorate lobby’s dining halls, drawing rooms with these exotic plants. It is aptly said that, ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’. Indeed the Bonsai lasts in one’s imagination long after the plant has lived its life.


1.1.Answer the following questions. (4 MARKS)

a) Who began to stunt trees and plants?

b) Which country leads in this art today?

c) How can one take care of the plants?

d) What is the life span of a Bonsai?

1.2. Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the same as the following. (4marks)

a. communities of monks living under religious vows

b. Fond of, fascinated c. appropriately/ suitably d. not consistantly

2.Read the passage carefully.

When I went up to the university, I was given a room of my own. The common link of friendship was snapped. My grandmother accepted her seclusion with resignation. She rarely left her spinning wheel to talk to anyone. From sunrise to sunset she sat by her wheel spinning and reciting prayers. Only in the afternoon she relaxed for a while to feed the sparrows. While she sat in the verandah breaking the bread into little bits, hundreds of little birds collected round her creating a veritable bedlam of chirruping. Some came and perched on her legs, others on her shoulders. Some even sat on her head. She smiled but never shooed them sway. It used to be the happiest half-hour of the day for her.

When I decided to go abroad for further studies, I was sure my grandmother would be upset. I would be away for five years, and at her age one could never tell. But my grandmother could. She was not even sentimental. She came to meet me at the railway station but did not talk or show any emotion. Her lips moved in prayers, her mind was lost in prayer. Her fingers were busy telling the beads of her rosary. Silently she kissed my forehead, and when I left I cherished the moist imprint as perhaps the last sign of physical contact between us.

But that was not so. After five years I came back home and was met by her at the station. She did not look a day older. She still had no time for words, and while she clasped me in her arms and I could hear her reciting her prayers. Even on the first day of my arrival, her happiest moments were with her sparrows whom she fed longer and with frivolous rebukes.

In the evening a change came over her. She did not pray. She collected the women of the neighbourhood, got an old drum and started to sing. For several hours she thumped the sagging skins of the dilapidated drum and sang the home-coming of warriors. We had to persuade her to stop to avoid overstraining. That was the first time since I had known her that she did not pray.

The next morning she was taken ill. It was mild fever and the doctor told us that it would go. But my grandmother thought differently. She told us that her end was near. She said that, since only a few hours before the close of the last chapter of her life she had omitted to pray, she was not going to waste any more time talking to us.

We protested but she ignored our protests. She lay peacefully in bed praying and telling her beads. Even before we could suspect, her lips stopped moving and the rosary fell from her lifeless fingers. A peaceful pallor spread on her face and we knew that she was dead.

We lifted her off the bed and, as is customary, laid her on the ground and covered her with a red shroud. After a few hours of mourning we left her alone to make arrangements for the funeral. In the evening we went to her room with a crude stretcher to take her to be cremated. The sun was setting and had lit her room and verandah with a blaze of golden light. We stopped halfway in the courtyard. All over the verandah and in her room right up to where she lay dead and stiff wrapped in the red shroud, thousands of sparrows sat scattered on the floor. There was no chirruping. We felt sorry for the birds and my mother fetched some bread for them. She broke it into little crumbs, the way my grandmother used to, and threw it to them. The sparrows took no notice of the bread. When we carried my grandmother’s corps off, they flew away quietly. Next morning the sweeper swept the bread crumbs into the dustbin.

2.1.On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following by choosing the correct options. (4marks)

a. The common link of friendship was snapped when the narrator

i. went abroad for further studies

ii. went to the railway station

iii. went up to University

iv. went to feed the sparrows

b.How did the grandmother accept her seclusion?

i.with resignation and peace

ii. with chirruping

iii. with sentiments

iv. showed emotions

c.The grandmother relaxed for a short time say prayers

ii. to feed the sparrows

iii. to collect the women

iv. to thumb the drum

d.When the grandmother kissed his forehead, he thought that….

i. it was the last physical contact with her

ii. the grandmother could not talk

iii.the grandmother was emotional

iv.the grandmother looked older

2.2.Fill in the blanks with ONE word only. (4 marks)
The people laid the dead body of the grandmother on the (a)……… and (b) ……… it with a red shroud. All over the verandah (c) ………. thousands of (d) ……….. scattered on the floor.

2.3.Find a word in the passage that means the following. (4 marks)

a. loneliness

b.held tightly

c. a great noise and confusion

d. a red cloth put on the dead body

3.Read the passage carefully.

Chat online, tickets online, banking online, books online, mail online, dating online, travel online, jobs online, shopping online, gaming online, socializing online, cinema online- everything in this world seems to be going online. Don t be surprised; people may marry, pray or even eat or drink online in the not-too-distant future. It may sound absurd, but remember who could have imagined a hundred years ago that we

could locate our homes from a satellite in outer space and see them on a computer monitor.

Yes, amazing things have happened with the launch of the internet. No need to stand in long queues in the hot summer to book railway or bus tickets. We can now do banking online at the click of a button. Books from the whole world are up for grabs online, that too for free. Postal mail has really become a thing of the past. Now we have faster, accurate and simpler email. Online video tutorials have made education easy and accessible to everyone. Sitting in the comfort of our home, we can attend the lecture of a professor in Harvard. We can video chat with our friends anywhere in the world. In simpler words, distances do not matter in this internet world. Listing these benefits, one may reach the conclusion that the internet has changed our lives for the better.

But wait a minute, anything in excess can lead to problems; even an intake of large doses of sugar can give rise to diabetes. Look at the internet generation. Most youngsters spend hours on the so-called social networking sites, be it Orkut, Facebook or Twitter without realizing how much it can affect their mental and physical growth. People have got so addicted to their virtual life that they forget there is more to life than just sitting in front of a plastic box.

3.1. Complete the statements. (4 marks)

  1. Two activities which a student can do online are (i)__________ (ii)__________.

  2. In future people may even (i)__________ and (ii)__________ on line

  3. Postal mail has already been replaced by __________

  4. Spending hours on social networking can affect the youngsters __________.

3.2.Answer briefly. (4marks)

(a) What may seem absurd to us?

(b) How is education accessible to everyone?

© Why do people suffer from diabetes?

(d)What is the word in the passage which means ‘to start an organised activity’?

4.Read the passage carefully.

On Sprouts

(1) Sprouts relatively contain the largest amount of nutrients per unit of any food known to man. Sprouts produce a fountain of power for chemical changes. Enzymes are produced, starch gets converted into glucose. Protein is transformed into amino acids and vitamin value increases. In fact a new explosion of life force takes place. According to Dr. Bailey of the University of Minnerata, U.S.A the vitamin C value of wheat increases 600 percent in the early sprouting period. Dr. C.R. Show of the University of Taxas Cancer Centre found that cancer was inhibited upto 90% when healthy bacteria were exposed to a cancer causing substance in the presence of a juice made from wheat sprouts.

(2) Enzymes which initiate and control almost every chemical reaction in our bodies, are greatly activated in the sprouting process. Enzymes spark the entire digestive system to synthesize the nutrients in our food into blood. They are the key to longevity.

(3) Sprouts are enjoyed more when they are fresh. Mix sprouts with other foods and dressing, according to your taste and enjoy eating them. But eat them you must, everyday! you will soon realise that making sprouts a part of your diet has a dramatic effect on your health. With this live food, all the cells of your body will become active and agile

(4) The nourishment which develops as the sprouts grow is very stable and can be frozen or dried for future. Sprouted potato or tomato seeds are likely to be poisonous. Alfalfa and moongbean Sprouts are excellent soft food. They are almost predigested and can be easily assimilated even by the children and the elderly. They contain every known vitamin in perfect balance, necessary for the human body.

4.1. On the basis of your reading of the passage given complete the statements that follow by choosing the answers from the given options. (5marks)
(1) Sprouts are useful because they __________.

(a) contain largest amount of nutrients

(b) produce a fountain of power for chemical changes

(c) produce enzymes, convert starch into glucose

(d) all of the above.

(2) The vitamin C value of __________ increases 600 percent in the early sprouting process.

(a) nutrients (b) wheat (c) glucose (d) enzymes

(3) __________ seeds are likely to be poisonous when sprouted.

(a) Alfalfa

(b) Moongbean

(c) Potato and tomato

(d) none of the above

(4) `They are the key to longevity. Here `They’ refers to __________.

(a) nutrients

(b) vitamins

(c) sprouts

(d) enzymes

(5) A word from the passage which means, to combine a large range of something is __________.

(a) contain

(b) inhibited

(c) synthesize

(d) assimilate

4.2. Answer the following briefly. (3 marks)

a. How are sprouts likely to be enjoyed by people?

b. How is the nutrients in our food synthesized into blood?

c. How does eating sprouts effect our health?

5. Read the passage given below carefully.

An angry wind stirred up ghostly dust devils as King Tut was taken from his resting place in the ancient Egyptian cemetery known as the Valley of the Kings. Dark-bellied clouds had scudded across the desert sky all day and now were veiling the stars in casket grey. It was 6 p.m. on 5 January 2005. The world’s most famous mummy glided head first into a CT scanner brought here to probe the lingering medical mysteries of this little understood young ruler who died more than 3,300 years ago.

All afternoon the usual line of tourists from around the world had descended into the cramped, rock-cut tomb some 26 feet underground to pay their respects. They gazed at the murals on the walls of the burial chamber and peered at Tut’s gilded face, the most striking feature of the mummy-shaped outer coffin lid. Some visitors read from guide books in a whisper. Others stood silently, Perhaps pondering Tut’s untimely death in his late teens, or wondering with a shiver if the pharaoh’s curse- death or misfortune falling upon those who disturbed him – was really true.

“The mummy is in very bad condition because of what Carter did in the 1920s,” said Zahi Hawaas, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities as he leaned over his body for a long first look. Carter- Howard Carter, that is – was the British archaeologist who in 1922 discovered Tut’s tomb after years of futile searching. It’s contents, though hastily ransacked in antiquity, were surprisingly complete. They remain the richest royal collection ever found and have become part of the pharaoh’s legend. Stunning artifacts in gold , their eternal brilliance meant to guarantee resurrection, caused a sensation at the time of the discovery- and still get the most attention. But Tut was also buried with everyday things he’d want in the afterlife: board games, a bronze razor, linen undergarments, cases of food and wine.

After months of carefully reordering the pharaoh’s funerary treasures, Carter began investigating his three nested coffins. Opening the first, he found a shroud adorned with garlands of willow and olive leaves, wild celery, lotus petals, and cornflowers, the faded evidence of a burial in March or April. When he finally reached the mummy, though, he ran into trouble. The ritual resins had hardened, cementing Tut to the bottom of his solid coffin. “ No amount of legitimate force could move them,” Carter wrote later, “What was to be done?”

The sun can beat down like a hammer this far south in Egypt, and Carter tried to use it to loosen the resins. For several hours he set the mummy outside in blazing sunshine that heated it to 149 degrees Fahrenheit. Nothing budged. He reported with scientific detachment that “the consolidated material had to be chiseled away from beneath the limbs and trunk before it was possible to raise the king’s remains.”

5.1.On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions:(4marks)

a. Who was King Tut?

b. When did the young ruler die?

c. Who discovered Tut’s tomb and when?

d. Why did Carter set the mummy outside the blazing sunshine?

5.2. Fill in the blanks with one word only. (4 marks)

The ancient cemetery is known as the (a)………….. of the kings. A CT scan of the mummy’s gilded (b) ……….. of Tut was done to (c) …………. the medical (d) ……….. of the young ruler.

5.3.Find a word in the passage that means the following. (4 marks)

a. Thinking deeply

b .Covering

c. Paintings done on the walls

d. Decorated


Seven types of questions on writing skill:

  • Biographical sketch

  • Data Interpretation

  • Dialogue Writing

  • Description(People, Places, Events)

  • Message Writing

  • Notice

  • Diary Entry

Note:- The question will assess students’ skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing or transcending information from one form to another.
Biographical sketch


Biographical sketch means an account of the life and activities of an individual or

family. It would include information about the person's name, place of

residence, education, occupation, life and activities and other important

details. A biographical sketch is always written by someone else except the person

on whom it is written. It provides the pen picture of that person.

A bio-sketch presents the facts about the person's life including what the person

did and how he/she influenced the world. It should describe the person's

personality and provide an explanation for why he or she acted in certain ways.

Most bio-sketches not only present the facts, but also tell what those facts mean.


  • Written in third person

  • Significant and impressive points be included

  • Special awards or recognitions be mentioned

  • Be descriptive

Main Points to be included:-

  • Name and age

  • Main personality traits

  • Special interests

  • Education and training

  • Special contribution or research, if any

  • Why people like him/her

Such sketches focus on the biographical details besides the achievements and honours conferred on.



Expression (fluency and accuracy)



Q-1 On the basis of the given profile, write short bio sketch of Dr. P.N. Agrawal.

Dr P.N. Agrawal

DM ,FRCS,Cardiac Surgeon

Full Name: Prem Narain Agrawal

Father’s Name : Dr A.N. Agrawal,Cardiac Surgeon

Presently working as:Director,Heart Care Research Institute Agra

Achievements: Govt. of India honour-Padma Vibhushan.

For conducting 300 successful bypass surgeries

and four Human heart transplants.


Dr.P.N. Agrawal, a renowned Cardiac Surgeon, is son of Dr A.N. Agrawal, a Cardiac Surgeon of world repute. He is presently the director, Heart Care Research Institute, Agra.

He has been awarded Padma Vibhushan, India’s greatest honour, for conducting 300 successful bypass besides four human heart transplant cases, etc.

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1-On the basis of given hints, write a biographical sketch of your English teacher.
Name: Vineet Kashyap

Profession: English teacher

Experience: 15 years as post graduate teacher

Qualification: MA in English with degree in teaching

Special areas of expertise: excellent teacher, talented in script writing, working for an NGO in his leisure for old aged

Others: head of department

Why is she popular? Calm, composed and helpful
2-Given below is some data on Abhinav Bindra, an ace shooter who brought credit to India by bagging the first ever individual gold medal in Beijing Olympics in 2008. Use the information to write his biographical sketch in about 80 words.
Birth: - 28 September, 1983- Dehradun

Education: -Doon school, Dehradun till 8th

St. Stephen’s school, Chandigarh XII

BBA from Colorado University

Achievements: - 2000 youngest Indian contributor at the Olympic Games

2001 Bronze medal in Munich World cup

2002 Gold medal in Manchester Commonwealth Games

2008 Gold medal in Air Rifle shooting in Beijing Olympic

Awards: - 2000 Arjun Award

2009 Padma Bhusan


This form of writing is used to interpret the facts presented in the form of table, graph or chart. A graph or chart is a visual stimulus to depict the data. Data interpretation requires an analysis and comparison of the given facts and drawing conclusions based on the given data.


1-Study the chart given below, which is the result of the survey conducted in the public schools and government schools of Vadodara. This depicts the types of activities the teenagers (Age 13- 19 years are involved during their leisure time). Complete the summary in about 80 words.

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