Sample Papers for CBSE Class 10 English Term 2 #2

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 SECTION A- READING (10 marks)

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

  1. Demonetization refers to an economic policy where a certain currency unit leases to be used as a legal tender. It occurs whenever there is a change in the national currency: The existing form or forms of money is pulled from circulation and retired, to be replaced with new notes or coins. Sometimes, a country completely replaces the old currency with a new currency.
  2. On 8 November 2016, the Indian government decided to demonetize the 500 and 1000 rupee notes, the two biggest denominations in its currency system. These notes accounted for 86% of the country’s circulating cash. With little warning, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to the citizenry that these notes would be rendered immediately ineffective with immediate effect. People were given time till the end of the year to deposit or exchange them for newly introduced 2000 rupee and 500 rupee notes.
  3. The government’s goal was to combat India’s thriving underground economy on several fronts: eradicate counterfeit currency, fight tax evasion (only 1% of the population pays taxes), eliminate black money accumulated from money laundering and terrorist¬financing activities, and promote a cashless economy. Individuals and entities with huge sums of black money Acquired from parallel cash systems were forced to take their large-denomination notes to a bank, account for them satisfactorily and submit proof of tax paid. If the owner could not provide proof of making any tax payments on the cash, he possessed a penalty of 200% on the tax due was imposed.
  4. Demonetisation had a severe impact on the gold market. The extraordinary demand for the yellow metal made a stiff hike in the cost. However, the Government made it mandatory that every buyer had to submit his/her PAN card details for purchases made. Erring jewellers were brought to book.
  5. Many Indians switched to alternative payment methods. The biggest gainers \yere mobile wallet companies that offered easy transactions through a large network of partners. Alibaba-backed Paytm saw a sevenfold increase in overall traffic. Prepaid cash cards were another option that the customers found useful. Other alternatives were mobile payment systems linked to e-commerce businesses like Ola Money, FreeCharge, Flipkart Wallet.

    Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below.
  1. What is meant by demonetization?
  2. When did the government demonetize the 500-and 1000-rupee notes?
  3. What announcement did Prime Minister Narendra Modi make on Nov. 8?
  4. What did the government want to accomplish by the demonetization?
  5. When was a penalty of 200% imposed?
  6. Which were the alternate payment methods available for Indians post demonetization?


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

If you are addicted to coffee and doctors warn you to quit the habit, don’t worry and just keep relishing the beverage, because it is not that bad after all! In fact, according to a new study, the steaming cup of Java can beat fruits and vegetables as the primary source of antioxidants. Some studies state that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet, and both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels. Antioxidants, in general, have been linked to several potential health benefits, including protection against heart diseases and cancer, but Vinson, a dietitian said that their benefits ultimately depend on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body. The research says that coffee outranks popular antioxidant sources like tea, milk, chocolate, and cranberries. Of all the foods and beverages studied dates have the most antioxidants based solely on the serving size, but since dates are not consumed anywhere near the level of coffee, the drink comes as the top source of antioxidants, Vinson said. Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease, according to some recently published studies. The researchers, however, advise that one should consume coffee in moderation because it can make you jittery and cause stomach pains.




On the basis of your understanding answer ANY FIVE of the six given below:


  1. Who is Vinson in the paragraph?
  2. Which food has the most amount of anti-oxidants?
  3. What is the doctor’s advice to coffee lovers? Why?
  4. List some health benefits linked with coffee.
  5. Why is it advisable to drink coffee in moderation?
  6. Which type of coffee has minimum caffeine per cup?



3.    Attempt ANY ONE from i and ii.                                                                         (5 marks) 

  1. Here is a line graph showing the number of persons of different age groups killed in accidents. Analyse the given data in a paragraph of 100–120 words.

  2. You are Sunita / Suraj 4 Grant Road, Dadar. You need accommodation for yourself. Write a letter to the Manager of paying guest service, 15, Aditya Complex, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi, enquiring about the details such as type of accommodation, monthly charges, facilities provided etc.


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 dne for you.                             (3x1=3)






Traffic in metropolitan cities have almost




reached a saturating point. The roads are overcrowding




with people moving in the hurry. They




are not interested to following the rules and regulations





5.Read the conversation between a mother and daughter and complete the passage that follows.                                   (2x1=2)


Sunita: Tomorrow is your birthday, what do you want as a gift?

Neetu: That is a lovely thought but I don’t want anything.

Sunita asked Neetu since the next day was her birthday, (a) …………………… Neetu replied that (b) …………………… but she did not want anything.






6. Answer ANY SIX questions in 30-40 words each.                                                       (2x6=12)


  1. What did Kisa Gotami do when her only son died? What did her neighbours think about her?
  2. Mention three things that humans do and animals don’t.
  3. What does Amanda say, ‘I am Rapunzel’? What does she promise not to do?
  4. How did everyone react after Custard ate the pirate?
  5. Describe Chubukov’s reaction when he comes to know about Lomov’s purpose of visit.
  6. How can you say that the conductor was a good-natured jolly fellow?
  7. What attitude did the lawyer have to the country life? How did his experience at New Mullion change it?



7.     Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each.                        (4x2=8)


  1. People should always try to live within their means. Aspiration has no limits but one should never forget the ground realities. Elaborate on the basis of the chapter, “The Necklace”.
  2. The Corgis are the descendants of the Greeks or the Arabs and are still are able to maintain their traditional practices. Do you agree that following these practices today is important? Why or why not?
  3. Describe Bholi’s first-day experience at school. Did she enjoy it? Give a reasoned answer.





  1. Demonetization refers to an economic policy where a certain currency unit leases to be used as a legal tender.
  2. The government demonetized the 500-and 1000-rupee notes on Nov. 8, 2016.
  3. Prime Minister Modi announced that the 500- and 1000- rupee notes would be rendered ineffective immediately. The Indian citizenry was given time till the end of the year to deposit or exchange them for the newly introduced 2000 rupee and 500 rupee notes.
  4. The government wanted to eradicate counterfeit currency, fight tax evasion, eliminate black money amassed from money laundering and terrorist financing activities, and promote a cashless economy.
  5. If the owner could not provide proof of making any tax payments on the cash he possessed, a penalty of 200% on tax due was imposed.
  6. The Indians started using the services of mobile wallet companies (Alibaba-backed Paytm) and prepaid cash cards. The other alternatives include mobile payment systems linked to e-commerce businesses like Ola Money, FreeCharge, Flipkart Wallet.



  1. Vinson is a dietician
  2. Dates
  3. Doctors advise coffee lovers to quit the habit because it has potential health hazards.
  4. Besides keeping you alert and awake, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, according to some recently published studies.
  5. One should consume coffee in moderation because it can make you jittery and cause stomach pains.
  6. Decaf instant






  1. The line graph illustrates the number of persons of different age groups killed in accidents.
    It is evident from the graph that the maximum number of people who are killed in road accidents are pedestrians. Among pedestrians, too, people of the 16–25 age group record the highest number of accident deaths is 800. Coincidentally, this age group faces the maximum number of motorbikers deaths in road accidents which is one-fourth of pedestrians’ deaths.
    Whereas, people who die due to bus or car accidents belong to the 26–35 age group. But, after the age of 35 people get less caught in road accidents.
    It can be concluded that 16–35 years of generation falls victim to road accidents more than the people who have crossed 35 years. However, pedestrians are at the highest risk of accidents followed by bus and car riders.

    4, Grant Road,
    25th February 2018
    The Manager
    Paying Guest House,


    Subject: Enquiry About Accommodation
    I am a resident of Dadar and have joined coaching classes in Laxmi Nagar, Delhi. I want to inquire if there is a room available as accommodation for a paying guest around this area. If so, please let me know whether it is single or twin sharing. Besides this, could you also send me the details regarding the monthly charges of boarding and lodging? I am interested to know what kind of other facilities you also provide. If there are 24 hours power-supply, mode of transport available, meal, washing facility and also if there is any shopping centre located close by.
    I shall be exceedingly grateful if you respond promptly as I currently am living with some distant relatives. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thanking you.
    Yours faithfully




  1.   overcrowding            overcrowded
  2.   the                               a
  3.   to                                 in



  1. what she wanted as a gift
  2. that was a lovely thought



  1. Kisa Gautami’s only son had died. She was overwhelmed with grief. She carried the dead child to all her neighbours. She asked them for medicine to cure her son. The neighbours thought she had lost her senses. A dead child could never be cured.
  2. Animals do not cry and complain about their conditions. They do not commit sins and therefore do not weep for them. They are also very satisfied creatures and have no desire to possess material things. Humans, on the contrary, complain all the time, commit all sorts of sins and are affected by the madness of owning things.
  3. Rapunzel was a beautiful girl with long hair. She was locked up in a tower by a witch. In her imagination, Amanda thinks of herself to be like Rapunzel who led a peaceful life. She promises never to let down her bright hair.
  4. Belinda embraced Custard because he had saved everyone by killing the pirate. Mustard licked him to show his affection while Ink and Blink started dancing around Custard out of happiness.
  5. Chubukov has a grown-up daughter of twenty-five years of age, hence wants to marry her off. As such as soon as Lomov discloses, his intention to ask for Natalya’s hand for marriage Chubukov’s joy knows no bounds. Out of excitement he embraces and kisses Lomov and showers the choicest of praises on him. Although aware of his funny behaviour still blesses the couple to be
  6. The conductor of the bus was a good-natured fellow, with pleasant manners. He was concerned that such a small girl was travelling to town alone and took care that she was comfortably seated. When Valli objected to being treated as a child, he took it in good spirit and jokingly addressed her ‘Madam’. His behaviour, thus, reflects the congeniality of his nature.
  7. The lawyer was under the impression that away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the people in the country led a pleasant, simple, honest, helpful and peaceful life. But his experience in New Mullion with the smart hack driver, who himself was Oliver Lutkins-who humiliated and befooled him with his clever tricks and quick thinking, made the lawyer change his overview towards the country life.


  1. Matilda was a pretty young woman. But she was a daydreamer. Although she was born in a poor family, yet she dreams to have costly dresses and jewellery. She wanted to be honoured and respected like the rich. One day her husband showed her an invitation from a minister. She was emotionally forced to buy a new and costly dress for the ball. After this, she borrowed a diamond necklace from her friend Forestier. She enjoyed the party heartily. She danced with enthusiasm. But she lost the necklace and in this way, their problems started. To replace the necklace her husband had to borrow a very high rate of interest. To repay that amount, they lived in a rented houses. She did all the household work herself. Mr Loisel worked extra to earn small wages.
    Thus, it is correctly said that we should always live within one means. Our aspirations have no limits. But we should never forget the ground realities. If Matilda had knowledge of this fact, her life would not have changed into realities.
  2. After reading the text, I feel that it is important to follow the traditional practices, as it has kept the tradition of Coorgis known to the people even today. If the people of Coorg had not followed it their tradition would have perished and nobody would have remembered them today because of their culture and traditional practices. According to the text, their traditions can be seen in the martial traditions, religious rites and marriages. The Kodavas even wear a dress that resembles Arabs. Traditional practices also play a very important role in maintaining values amongst people and have an impact on shaping the behaviour of people. 
  3. Bholi did not wish to go to school. But her father forced her and took her to school. When they reached the school, the children were already in their classrooms. Bholi looked at the headmistress with fear-laden eyes. The headmistress asked Bholi to sit down in a corner in one of the classrooms. The teacher who was in the class was saying something to the girls but Bholi could understand nothing. she looked at the pictures on the wall. The teacher talked to her very politely and gave her a book. Bholi was assured that she would be able to read the book within a month. Her heart throbbed with new hope and a new life.

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