Sample Papers for CBSE Class 10 English Term 2 #1

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1.Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
Today, Comprehensionrize to its credit, Grameen is one of the largest microfinance organizations in the world. It started out providing small sums to underprivileged tycoons in Bangladesh to help them grow from a survival living to a livelihood. The great discovery its founders made was that even with few assets, these entrepreneurs repaid on time. Grameen and microfinance have since become financial staples of the developing world. Its approach, distinct from other microfinance, uses the group lending model. Costs are kept down by having borrowers vet one another, tying together their financial fates and eliminating expensive loan officers entirely. The ultimate promise of Grameen I to use business lending as a way for people to lift themselves out of poverty. Recently, Grameen has taken on a different challenge by setting up operations in the US .money may be tight in the waning recession, but it is still a nation with 1,00,000 bank branches. Globally, the occupied microfinance equation consists of borrowing reserves economically and keeping loan evasions and overhead expenses adequately low. Microlenders, including Grameen, do this by charging colossal interest rates as high as 60% or 70%-which is necessary to compensate for the risk and attract bank funding, but loans rates much above the standard 15% would most likely be attacked as usurious in America. So, the question is whether there is a role for a Third World leader in the world‘s largest economy. Grameen America believes that in a few years it will be successful and turn a profit, thanks to 9 million US households untouched by mainstream banks and 21 million using the likes of payday loans and pawn shops for financing. But enticing the unbanked won‘t be easy. after all, profit has long eluded US microfinanciers and if it is not lucrative, it is not microlending, but charity. when Grameen first went to the US, in the late 1980s, it tripped up. Under Grameen‘s tutelage, banks started microloans to entrepreneurs with a shocking 30% loss. But Grameen America says that this time results will be making loans, not training an American bank to do it. More often than not, the borrowers, Grameen finds, in the US already have jobs(as factory workers for example) or side business-selling toys, cleaning houses etc. the loans from Grameen, by and large, provided a steadier source of funding, but they don't create businesses out of anything. But money isn‘t everything. More importantly for many entrepreneurs, group members are tremendous sources of support to one another.

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below.

  1. How does Grameen operate?
  2. What has adversely affected the success of microfinance institutions in the US?
  3. Why was Grameen made a second attempt to launch itself in the US?
  4. According to the author, what has enhanced the likelihood of success for Grameen America at present?
  5. Why was Grameen America‘s initial US initiative a flop?
  6. Which is a benefit of the Grameen system of microfinance?


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

  1. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. When areas in and around Leh began to experience water shortages, life didn’t grind to a halt. Why? Because Chewang Norphel, a retired civil engineer in the Jammu and Kashmir government came up with the idea of artificial glaciers.
  2. Ladakh, a cold desert at an altitude of 3,000-3,500 metres above sea level, has a low average annual rainfall rate of 50mm. Glaciers have always been the only source of water. Agriculture is completely dependent on glacier melt unlike the rest of river/monsoon-fed India. But over the years with the increasing effects of climate change, rainfall and snowfall patterns have been changing, resulting in severe shortage and drought situations. Given the severe winter conditions, the window for farming is usually limited to one harvest season.
  3. It is located between the natural glacier above and the village below. The one closer to the village and lowest in altitude melts first, providing water during April/May, the crucial sowing season. Further layers of ice above melt with increasing temperature thus ensuring continuous supply to the fields. Thus, farmers have been able to manage two crops instead of one. It costs about Rs.1,50,000 and above to create one.
  4. Fondly called the “glacier man”, Mr Norphel has designed over 15 artificial glaciers in and around Leh since 1987. In recognition of his pioneering effort, he was conferred the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee, in 2015.
  5. There are a few basic steps followed in creating the artificial glacier. River or stream water at higher altitudes is diverted to a shaded area of the hill, facing north, where the winter sun is blocked by a ridge or a mountain range. At the start of winter/November, the diverted water is made to flow onto the sloping hill face through distribution channels. Stone embankments are built at regular intervals which impede the flow of water, making shallow pools freeze, forming a cascade of ice along the slope. Ice formation continues for 3-4 months resulting in a large accumulation of ice which is referred to as an “artificial glacier”. (349 words)

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below.

  1. Who was Chewang Norphel?
  2. Why have Glaciers been the only source of water for Ladakh?
  3. Why has the pattern of snowfall and rainfall changed?
  4. How do farmers manage to grow two crops instead of one?
  5. Which word in para 4 means the same as ‘involving new methods’?
  6. According to the tabular graph given, when did the most tourists visit Leh?

3.Attempt ANY ONE from i and ii.                                                                                                            (5 marks)
  1. The following graph was published in a magazine on the occasion of the anti-dowry week. It represents the data concerning the impact of dowry on Indian society from 2009 - 2015.Write a paragraph in not more than 120 words, analysing the ill-effect of dowry on Indian society.
  2. You are interested in learning fashion technology through a correspondence course. Write a letter to the Principal of Fashion Institute of Correspondence, C.R. Das Road, Nasik, inquiring about the details of fee and duration of the course etc. While writing, imagine yourself Sangeet/Sangeeta Jain who is living at 15, Sangeet Bhawan, Janakpuri.

4.The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Identify the error and write its correction against the correct blank number. Remember to underline the correction. The first one has been done for you.             (3x1=3)
5.Read the conversation between a mother and daughter and complete the passage that follows.                                 (2x1=2)
Mother: Why are you looking so worried? 
Daughter: My exams are approaching.
Mother: When will they start? 
Daughter: Next month, Mother.
Mother asked her daughter ____ (a) _____
The daughter replied that her exams were approaching. Mother further asked _____ (b) _____
The daughter told her mother that they would start in the following month

6.Answer ANY SIX questions in 30-40 words each.                                                   (2x6=12)
  1. How did Kisa Gotami realise that life and death is normal process?
  2. What message is the poet trying to convey through the poem, “Animals’
  3. Is Amanda at fault at all? 
  4. How did the other three pets boast of their bravery?
  5. Why do you think Natalya Stepanova asked her father to call Lomov back when she heard that he had come with a proposal? 
  6. Why did Valli lose her initial enthusiasm for the bus ride when she saw the dead cow? 
  7. Explain why Bill’s offer wasn’t ‘entirely a matter of brotherly love?
7.Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each.                                  (4x2=8)
  1. The aphorism that, “All that glitters is not gold” holds right in the life of Matilda. Her disposition invited her doom. Comment in the context of the text you’ve read.
  2. What do our elders are often heard reminiscing nostalgically about in Goa? Did the old profession of making the famous loaves of bread end with the Portuguese?
  3. Bholi chose a dignified life of service rather than surrendering herself to a greedy old man for the rest of her life. Education provides the required stimulus to overcome one’s personal barriers. Explain the role of education in shaping the life of a child with respect to the lesson ‘Bholi’.




  1. It operates by providing small sums to underprivileged tycoons in Bangladesh to help them grow from a survival living to a livelihood.
  2. Their failure to attract those outside the formal banking system as customers.
  3. The realization that a large percentage of the American population not reached by mainstream banks can be tapped
  4. It provides loans at nominal rates of interest ie below 15 per cent
  5. Shortage of correct training to Grameen American staff.
  6. Backing that borrowers receive from other group members 



  1. Chewang Norphel was a retired civil engineer by profession from the Jammu and Kashmir government who gave the innovative idea of artificial glaciers to solve the water shortages problem in and around Leh. And thereafter he was called a ‘glacier man’.
  2. Ladakh is located at an altitude of 3,000-3,500 meters above sea level with a low average annual rainfall of 50mm. Glacier is the only source of water for the people of Ladakh. It is a cold desert wherein agriculture is dependent completely on glaciers melt.
  3. Because of the continuous change in climatic conditions, the patterns of snowfall and rainfall have been changing over the years which resulted in severe shortage and drought situations. But in the case of severe climatic conditions, farming is restricted to just one harvest season.
  4. The layers at the lowest altitude provide water during April/May and the layers in higher altitude melt with increasing temperature thereby providing continuous water supply to the fields. Thus, with over 15 artificial glaciers in and around Leh, the farmers manage to grow two crops instead of one.
  5. Pioneering
  6. July 2011



3.Answers to this section are highly subjective and hence students are supposed to attempt it by themselves.


  1. for … as
  2. into … in
  3. to … too

5.(a) Why she was looking very worried
   (b) When they would start.




  1. Kisa Gotami realised that life and death is a normal process and also that all she was doing was out of grief and selfishness. At first, she was being selfish by thinking about her son’s loss and constantly asking for medicine that would cure him. This realisation came in the second time when she discovered that every family had lost a beloved one and she was not the only one to suffer this loss. This taught her that death was natural and inevitable and that no human had control over it. Therefore it was Buddha who made her accept this truth of life and death.
  2. There is nothing great about being humans. They have degraded themselves to the extent that animals appear to be noble and superior beings in their comparison. No doubt, humans did possess those ‘tokens’ of love, innocence, simplicity, contentment and independence. But they have given up such ‘tokens’ long ago. Animals still share those noble virtues and appear to be nobler than humans.
  3. Amanda is not at fault at all. It is too harsh for a small child to understand the concept of acne and not eating chocolate. Love of parents is missing from Amanda’s life. It is with pity that we look towards Amanda. There is nothing worst for a child who wishes to be an orphan. Amanda just seeks freedom from the overpowering environment around her. 
  4. After Mustard, Ink and Blink fled on seeing the pirate, it was Custard, who fought him and killed him. The other pets soon made excuses for their cowardice and said that they would have been twice and thrice as brave as Custard.
  5. The play highlights the tendency of wealthy families to seek ties with other wealthy families. Lomov was a wealthy neighbour of Natalya with a lot of real estate. Moreover, Natalya was already 25, an age suitable for marriage. She was a lovesick cat and wanted to get married to a rich man.
  6. Valli was a timid little girl who was on her first bus ride. When she saw the dead cow lying in the crowd, she was horrified by the scene. She was too young to digest the loss of a being in such a brutal manner. This shocked and deeply saddened her leading to a loss of her excitement and joy that she initially had. She spent the rest of her journey quietly and was no more interested in the sceneries out of the window.
  7. Bill's offer wasn't entirely a matter of brotherly love as he was being paid by the young fellow for the job that he was doing.



  1. Mme Loisel belongs to a family of clerks. Her existence is quite average. They live on a meagre income, enough for basic needs but not to fulfil aspirations. She gets married to a clerk and is so caught up with her dreams of wealth and pleasure that she is out of touch with the truths of her real life. In order to keep up appearances just to flatter her pride, she blows up four hundred francs on a gorgeous dress. And, not contented, she goes on borrowing a necklace from her friend. And, all of this is just to impress the wealthy and the rich with her beauty and glamour (even if on loan). No doubt, her pride is flattered and her wish of fine dining, expensive dresses and jewels satisfied but at a great price. Unfortunately, the necklace has been lost and the couple has to cough up their entire inheritance and borrow as well to replace it. Repayment of the debt eats away the next ten years of their youth. They live poor. All the house hold chores and cares of a life of poverty visit them. Hence, her disposition invites her doom.
  2. Our elders in Goa are often heard reminiscing nostalgically about the good old Portuguese days. They are often heard saying nostalgically about their famous loaves of bread. Many eaters of loaves might have vanished but the makers are still alive. The profession of baking loaves of bread has not died with the end of the Portuguese rule. Goa still has the mixers, moulders and the bakers of those loaves. The furnaces still bake those unique loaves of bread. Even today one can hear the thud and jingle of the traditional baker’s bamboo in the morning. Marriages, feasts, Christmas and other festivals are meaningless without the sweet bread known as bol. The baker’s presence in even Goan village is absolutely essential. Baking was indeed a profitable profession in the good old days. However, the tradition hasn’t died completely yet.
  3.  Gone are the days when girls’ education was considered an unacceptable right as they were not allowed to come out of their houses. But education is the answer to all social ills. Illiteracy and ignorance bring nothing but poverty, suffering and misery. Bholi lacks confidence initially because of her disabilities. She is silent, timid and weak in mind. Her ugliness and her stammer do not let her progress. She is afraid to speak as others make fun of her.
    School changes her life completely to open a new world of hope for her. Her teacher treats her with love and kindness. Her affection and support help Bholi to have faith in herself.
    She studies and grows into a confident young woman. She knows her rights and she asserts them as well. She refuses to marry a man who demands dowry. Thus, being educated changes the life of Bholi.
    Here, Bholi represents all the girls of society who take a stand for their rights and know what is right or what is wrong. This happens only due to proper education to girls. If a girl is educated, she can change the society and nation.
    She is like the base of the family and imparts her knowledge and experience to her family and the next generation. So education is the right and must for the girls.

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