April 20, 2010

2009 CBSE English Question paperThis paper consists of four sections:

2009 CBSE English Question paperThis paper consists of four sections:

Section. A - Reading. ( 20 marks)
Section B. – Writing ( 30 marks)
Section C. – Grammar (20 marks)
Section D – Literature ( 30 marks)


1. Attempt all questions
2. Do not write anything in the question people
3. Answer the questions in each section before going on to the next section
4. All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written in the answer sheet provided to you.
5. The adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.

SECTION – A (Reading)(20 marks)

6. Read each question carefully and follow the instructions

A Nurse’s Prayer (8 marks)

Today, Lord, grant me
The sagacity, courage, and proficiency
To carry out my duties well
And not to find it difficult

To do all that I can
To alleviate the distress
Of all those who are ill
And longing for a cure.

I ask for Your support, Lord
That my work may yield fruit
And I will bring hope
To the heart of the ailing.

My lips speak words of comfort
To soothe the weary heart
In my eyes, a gentle look that speaks
With compassion and empathy.

Make my hands ever gentle,
That with them I will assist the sick
And fill my heart with love and kindness
To support their every effort.

Grant me fortitude and patience
When sighs of suffering surround me
So that, with a consoling smile
I will inspire hearts to tranquility.

A. 1. On the basis of the poem fill ONE WORD in each given blank. (4 marks)

A nurse in the poem prays to (a) ________ to grant her courage, prudence and proficiency so that she could carry out her work without any (b) ________. She wants to lighten the (c) __________ of the (d) ______. She wants to utter (e) _________ words and wants to wear a (f) _________ look to ease the ailing people. She will assist the sick and bring them (g) ________ with her (h) _________ smile.

A. 2. On the basis of your reading of the poem, answer the following questions as briefly as possible. Write your answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.

(i) What does the sick people desire for? (1)

(ii) How can the nurse express sympathy and kindness ? (1)

(iii) Find the words in the poem which express the same meaning .

(i) wisdom __________. (ii) peace ____________ . (2)

A Special Bond of Love (12 marks)

1. Your relationship with your grandparent may also be free of some of the tensions that youths sometimes experience with their parents. Why might this be so? For one thing, grandparents often enjoy a special bond with their grandchildren. The Bible says: "Old men are proud of their grandchildren."

2. Remember, too, that it is your parents—not your grandparents—who must bear the heavy responsibility of raising you "in the discipline and mental-agility." Because their role is less demanding, your grandparents may be less prone than your parents to be critical of you. Also, one's grandparents are usually not encumbered by the responsibilities and pressures of the daily care of a family. Because they may be relatively free of such stresses, it may be easier for them to respond to your needs or to pay attention to you. Seventeen-year-old Tom recalls the attention he got from his grandparents. They would send him "little gifts for getting good report cards"; they even paid for his piano lessons.

3. Of course, not all grandparents are able to provide such gifts, but they may still demonstrate their interest in you, perhaps by offering you praise and encouragement or by giving you a hearing ear from time to time. This can forge deep bonds of friendship between you. Damaris says regarding her grandmother: "She makes me feel at ease, and I can go to her and talk to her at any time because she is always willing to listen—even if I am not making sense at the time." A youth named Jônatas similarly enjoys freeness of speech and the opportunity to talk about serious subjects with his grandparents.

4. While grandparents can offer you their wisdom and love, they can also benefit from your youthful energy and companionship. How so? Well, there are likely a number of ways in which you can be of help and support to your grandparents. Oftentimes, their physical strength is fading. Or they may be battling ill health. No doubt they would be encouraged if you helped them with shopping and household chores. No doubt about it, drawing close to your grandparents can enrich your life—as well as theirs!

A. 3. On the basis of your reading the passage complete the following sentences:

(8 marks)

(a) Why don’t the youth sometime experience good relations with their parents? (1)

(b) Who bear the responsibility of making the children disciplined ? (1)

(c) Why do the grandparents pay more attention to their grandchildren? (1)

(d) What deepens the bond of friendship between grandparents and grandchildren? (1)

(e) What are the problems that old grandparents may suffer from ? (2)

(i) _____________________________________________________ .

(ii) _____________________________________________________ .

(f) The youth get (i) ______________ and (ii) ____________ from their grandparents and they can benefit them by their (iii) __________ and (iv) ________________ . (2)

A. 4. Find words in the passage which mean: (4 marks)

a). Burdened (2nd paragraph) _________

b). Comparatively (2nd paragraph) _________

c). Eager (3rd paragraph) _________

d). Improve (4th paragraph) _________

SECTION – B (Writing)

(30 marks)

B 1.You are Manav/Manvi, the Head Boy/Girl of Model Public School, Chandigarh. The famous T.V star Mr. Anupam Kher is coming to your school in hunt of talent. After the audition the selected students will participate in famous program City Stars. Put up a notice informing the students about the audition date etc and encouraging them to participate. Write the notice in not more than 50 words and put the notice in a box.

(5 marks)

B 2.

Imagine that you are Nidhi/Kush living in Delhi. Write a postcard to your friend Love, living at 68 - A, Friend’s Colony, Chandigarh – 1720075, telling him/her about a book which you have recently got from your uncle and you find it very effective to improve speaking and writing skills of English. Do not exceed 50 words. Copy the format of the postcard from the question paper in your answer sheet.

B. 3. You are Akshay/Saloni of class Xth. You have read a pamphlet stressing the need to save water. You prepare a speech on ‘Water is the Elixir of Life’ to be delivered in the morning assembly of your school. (10 marks)

Water is Our Life Line
But it is becoming more & more Scare
It is Precious

Here’s How You Can Save Water

* Don’t clean driveway and sidewalk with hose pipe, use wet mop
* Don’t leave the tap running while using water for daily use
* Avoid shower or tub bath
* Store rain water for watering plants & harvesting


B 4. You are Mohit/Mohita of 21, Green Colony, Bangalore. You feel that our changing life style, too much T.V viewing, craze for fast food, sedentary life, lack of physical exercises have made the children plump and obesity is coming up as a serious disease. Write a letter to the Editor of ‘The Times of India’ drawing his attention on the gravity of the problem ‘ INDIAN BULGE IS GOING TO BURST’ and also suggesting some effective ways to have a healthy life style.

Write the letter in 150 words. (10 marks)

SECTION – C (Grammar)
(20 marks)

C 1. In the passage given below, there is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct blank number in your answer sheet.
(½x8=4 marks)

Our beliefs creates negative and positive loops in our body. (a) ____
A negative belief makes negative loops. Suppose you are ask to speak (b) ____
to the group of people. If you believe that you are not good at speaking, (c) ____
you will not be self-confident. As a result, when you stood up to speak, (d) ____
you will lack the power, you will assume that you are not speaking good. (e) ____
That will have bad effect on your speech. You can cut a sorry figure and (f) ____
end up as a flop show. And this will confirm on yourself that you are (g) ____
not good at speaking in public. The positive beliefs work in the same way.
They make positive loops. So belief in yourself and generate only positive (h) ____
loops within you.

C 2. In the following passage one word has been omitted from each line. Mark the place where you think a word has been omitted and write the omitted word in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.

(½x8=4 marks)

The habit of reading is one of greatest resources of mankind. (a) ____
We enjoy reading books belong to us much more than if they (b) ____
are borrowed. A borrowed book is like guest in the house; it must (c) ____
be treated with punctiliousness, a certain considerate formality. (d) ____
You must see that it sustains no damage; it not suffer while (e) _____
under your roof. You cannot leave carelessly, you cannot mark it, (f) ____
you cannot turn down pages, you cannot use it familiarly. And (g) ____
then, some day, although this seldom done, you really ought to return it. (h) ____
C 3. Read the newspaper headlines and complete the sentences below. Write the answer in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the whole sentence. (4 marks)

Kiwis arrive in Delhi

New Zealand’s cricket team (a) ______________________________ the early hours today and headed to a hotel under the guard of elite police commandos.

Drug peddler arrested
The narcotics branch of Delhi police today (b) _____________________________ the Vasant Vihar area.
Students, workers march against terrorism
A massive march to Parliament (c) _____________________________ in the Capital on Friday to protest against terrorism and communalism.
Sheila vows to continue with development work
Just after an hour of the swearing-in ceremony, Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time, Sheila Dikshit vowed that (d) __________________________________ with the same speed.

C 4. Read the conversation given below and complete the passage. (5marks)

Student : Mam, I have some doubts in language.
Teacher : You need to make practice of grammar.
Student : i am making practice but I have a few things to confirm.
Teacher : well, See me in the recess. I will be there in the English lab.
Student : Thanks mam.

A student told his teacher (a) _________________________ in language. The teacher advised him (b) ________________________. The student informed that he was making practice (c) _____________________ to confirm. The teacher asked him (d) _____________________ and told (e) _____________________ the English lab. The student respectfully thanked his teacher.

C 5. Examinations are not the be-all-and-end-all of your life, they are just one aspect of your life as a student. Parents need to keep in mind a few things to help their children to cope up the examination stress. Re-arrange the words to form the meaningful tips. (4 marks)
(i) themselves / encourage / in / children / to / believe
(ii) children / comparing / self-esteem / avoid / a child / with / his / lowers / other / children / this / as
(iii) opportunities / exams / but / explain / do not / the child/ to / success / opens / of / doors / reflect / his true / that / weaknesses / or / strengths
(iv) would/ what / are / reassure / things / no matter / that / him / be / all right / the results

SECTION – D (Literature)
(30 marks)

D.1. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Number the answers correctly.(4 marks)

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
A heavy weight of hours has chain'd and bow'd
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.

i)Who does ‘I’ refer to?(1 mark)
ii)What does the poet want the West Wind to do?(1 mark)
iii)Who was once tame less and like whom ?(1mark)
iv)What is the rhyming scheme used in the above lines?(1 mark)

D. 2.
He holds him with his glittering eye - (4 marks)
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Mariner hath his will.
i)Who is ‘he’ in the first sentence and what is special about him ?
(2 marks)
ii)Who listens like a three years' child and why?
(2 marks)
D. 3.
How Julius Caesar was murdered? Explain with the reference to the incidents happens before and after the incident.
(Word limit 80 words)
(5 marks)
D. 4.
Cutie—Pie was extremely attached to his mother. Give incidents from the lesson to prove this statement. Your answer should be in about 50 words.
(4 marks)

D. 5.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answers in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. Remember to number the answer correctly.
Mrs. CRATCHIT (bristling): Mr. Scrooge indeed. I wish I had him here: I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast the poem, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.

(a) What is Mrs. Cratchit’s opinion of Mr. Scrooge? (1 mark )

(b) How does Cratchit react to it? (2 marks)

(c) What lesson did Scrooge learn from this sight? (2 marks)

D. 6.
The post master realizes the anxiety of a father’s heart and remembers Ali, the poor father when he himself anxiously awaits to hear from his own daughter . He enters a page in his diary confessing his guilt that he has committed a sin by abusing Ali. Describe his feelings in about 150 words .(8 marks)



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