CBSE Class 10 English Term 2 Sample Paper (Set-1)

CBSE Class 10 English Term 2 Sample Paper

Class – X Exam 2021-22

English – Language and Literature (184)

Time Allowed: 120 minutes

(Maximum Marks: 40)

General Instructions:

1. The Question Paper contains THREE sections-READING, WRITING & GRAMMAR and LITERATURE.
2. Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part. (06)


1. Read the passage given below.

1. Last summer I boarded a flight from the IGI airport. The airplane waited at the runway in a queue to take off for one hour, with the engines running. A lot of aviation fuel was wasted. Carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and water vapour were released into the atmosphere.

2. With the entry of many players in the aviation industry, pollution has reached the skies as well. With the number of air line flights worldwide growing and expected to sky-rocket over the coming decades, the problem of delayed arrival and departure will intensify.

3. The inefficiencies in the air and on the ground caused by the system also mean wastage of fuel and excessive of CO2 No doubt, the air travel industry is coming under scrutiny for its role in climate change. Though aviation industry contributes only 2% of the total C-emissions. But with the rapid economic growth and ever increasing affordability of air travel, this industry will only expand at a much faster pace than ever before, thus increasing the rate of carbon emissions.

4. Aircraft emission pollutes the air and threatens to become one of the largest contributors of global warming by 2050. At present, pollution from the air-crafts is less that 3% of the environmental pollution, but it is believed that aircraft emissions are currently one of the fastest growing contributors to global warming.

5. Viable and a sustainable solution comes from the next generation jet bio fuels made from algae or coconuts. Another sustainable alternative would be to put an analog traffic-control system, which is installed in a few airports around the world.

6. Next Gen is the FAA’s (Federal Aviation Administration) long term plan to replace the current U.S. radar based air – traffic control system with one that operates using satellites and a global positioning system. Instead of a radar system, that updates the position of planes only as often as its dish rotates every 12 sec. or so, next Gen will use satellite data to locate planes in real time. Instead of relying on time consuming voice communication with a control tower, pilots will instantly know the location, speed and direction of the planes around them. Every minute saved from a flight plan means fuel saved and carbon emissions averted. And with jet fuel costing about $ 1.75 per gallon that save the airlines millions.

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

i. What is the outcome of the entry of many players in the aviation industry?
ii. What did the inefficiencies in the air on the ground caused by the system mean?
iii. What does every minute saved from a flight plan means?
iv. What is FAA’s long term plan?
v. Rewrite the following sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with a word that means the same from
para 5.

The proposed investment was economically capable of working successfully.

vi. Find the word from the above passage which mean the same as ‘move in a circle round a central position’.

2. Read the case based factual passage given below.

1. The report, progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (2000-2017): Special focus on inequalities, is the most recent publication by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, which tracks global progress in achieving the water and sanitation portion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

2. The 17 SDGs aim is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” by 2030. Goal 6 calls for universal access to safe and adequate access to drinking water and sanitation services.

3. According to the new report, progress has been made since 2000, yet billions of people are still underserved. The report delineates between access to basic services, which has greatly improved, and access to “safely managed” services, which is inadequate in many parts of the world. Only about 45 per cent of the global population has access to safely- managed sanitation services. In 2017, an estimated 673 million people continued to openly defecate, most of them in 61 “high burden” countries where the practice remained common among more than 5 per cent of the population.

4. To qualify as being “safely managed”, drinking water must meet three criteria: be accessible on the premises, be available for at least 12 hours per day, and be free from E. coli, arsenic, or fluoride contamination. Sanitation is considered safely managed when facilities are not shared with other households, and waste is safely treated on-site or at an off-site facility.

5. In 2017, an estimated 5.3 billion people had access to safely-managed drinking water. Of that number, 1.4 billion used basic services, 206 million used limited services, 435 used unimproved sources, and the remaining 144 million relied on untreated surface water.

6. Poor and rural populations are at the greatest risk of being left behind. In 2017, urban access to basic drinking water services was at 97 per cent, while rural coverage was at 81 per cent.

7. In terms of sanitation, an estimated 2.1 billion people gained access to basic services between 2000 and 2017, but 2 billion remain without access.

8. The report also focuses on improvements in eliminating open defecation. Between 2000 and 2017, the global rate of open defecation fell from 21 percent to 9 per cent.

On the basis of your understanding of the Passage, answer ANY FIVE questions from the six given below.

i. What is the percentage of population which has access to sanitation services?

ii. Which type of water is considered as safely managed and drinking water?
iii. Describe the aim set by UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme.
iv. Which countries have the maximum access to safely managed water?
v. When is sanitation considered as safely managed?
vi. What is the number of population that has gained access to basic services by 2017?


3. Attempt ANY ONE from i and ii.

i. Study the graph given below. The graph shows birth and death rates in a country from 1901 to 2101. Write an analytical paragraph in not more than 120 words..

ii. You are interested in a short term course in computer graphics during the holidays. Write a letter to the Director, Star Graphics, Enquiring about their short term courses and asking for all the necessary details. You are Kamal/Kiran of A-21, Green Park, New Delhi.

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.

Error Correction
We, here in India has so many E.g. has Have
religions, we ate so many different (a)
foods, we wear so much different (b)
kinds of dresses. Still we are much (c)
united than any other Country in the World.

5. Read the following dialogue between Sanjay and Madan and complete the passage that follows:

Sanjay: I am surprised to see you here in Delhi. When did you come?
Madan: I came here yesterday. I have been offered a job here.

Sanjay told Madan (a) _____ and asked when he had come. Madam replied that he had come there the previous
day and added that (b) _____.


6. Answer ANY SIX questions in 30-40 words each.

i. The author says: ‘The baker and his family never starved.’ Why does he say so? Give reasons.
ii. Why did Prince Siddhartha leave the palace and become a beggar?
iii. Who is the mermaid in ‘Amanda’, what does she wish to do ?
iv. What, according to the poet, makes the animals different or better than the human beings ?
v. Give a brief description of the pirate in the poem ‘The Tale of Custard the Dragon’.
vi. What was Mme Loisel shocked to know at the end of the story “The Necklace”?
vii. What did the hack driver tell the lawyer about Lutkins’ mother?

7. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each.

i. One is known by one’s roots. The people of Coorg are also recognized for their values and traits in spite of being thousands of miles away from their places of origin-Greece and Arabia. Describe their values and traits.

ii. Hobbies play a very important role into one’s life. Elaborate this with reference ‘The Making of a Scientist.’

iii. Valli’s bus journey made her familiar with the world outside her house where she got the opportunity to interact with her surroundings. Mention the traits of her character which helps her to learn from her surroundings.

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