Rajasthan Board Secondary Examination 2010 – English Paper

Rajasthan Board Secondary Examination 2010 – English Paper

1. Choose the appropriate preposition and write A, B, C or D of the correct answer in the format in your answer-book :

(i)He was endowed ……………… divine gifts.
(A)for                     (B) with
(C) to                      (D) at.

(ii)Please translate this passage ………………… English.
(A) from                (B) in
(C) to                      (D) into.

(iii) He is ………………… the devil and the deep sea.
(A)among            (B) in
(C) on                    (D) between.

(iv)One day I passed ………………… a dense forest.
(A)on                      (B) at
(C)through         (D) in.

2. (A)Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions :
(i) He died ……………… loss of blood.
(ii) Ranjan got married ………………… 20th February, 2008.

(B)Fill in the blanks with appropriate relative pronouns :
(i) I know the man ……………… son has become a doctor.
(ii) This is the boy ………………… all like.

3.Fill in the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs given in the brackets :

(i) Monica ……………… a story since last year, but she has not
finished it yet. ( write )
(ii) Prem Kumar …………………… Sarpanch last year. ( elect )
(iii) Look ! The river ……………… very fast now. ( flow )
(iv)The women clasped the trees while the soldiers ………………… them. ( cut )

4.Fill in the blanks with appropriate determiners given in the brackets : ( some, any, much, many, little, a little, the little, few, a few, the few )

(i)I was feeling ……………… bit tired, so I decided not to go out.
(ii) How ……………… photographs did you take ?
(iii) The teacher did not help ……………… boy in the examination.
(iv) How ……………… milk do you have everyday ?

5.Frame a question for the first sentence, and add a question tag to the second sentence :
(i) How long …………………………… ?
She has been waiting here for two hours.
(ii)I am writing a story, ………………………… ?

6.Rewrite the following sentences using the connectives given in the
brackets :
(i)The milk is very hot. She cannot drink it.
……………………………………………………( too …… to )
(ii)He is a poet. He is a writer.
……………………………………………………( both …… and )
(iii)He will come. She will come.
……………………………………………………( either …… or )

7. Change the following sentences into indirect speech :

(i) My uncle said to me, “What do you want ?”
(ii) She said to me, “Please wait till I return.”

8. Change the following sentences into passive voice :
(i)The Education Minister will launch a new policy.
(ii) Hari has learnt all the poems.

9. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :

Some people regard sleep as one of the pleasures of life and get as
much sleep as they can. Others go a step further and claim that sleep
is the natural state for man and keeping awake is unnatural. But
some others, and the number of such people has increased in the
twentieth century. They regard it as a waste of time. These people
complain that even twenty-four hours of the day would not be enough for all the things they have to do. They are worried by the thought that at least one-third of their lives is wasted in sleep. The majority of people still believe that a good night’s rest is the best tonic, and it is in sleep that a body recovers its health. But a few believe that sleep dulls both mind and body making them unfit for action. However, there is no scientific proof for this. In 1933, a young man convinced that sleeping was a habit which could be given up. He stayed awake when scientists observed his behaviour. They found that after a week his mind was so affected by sleeplessness that the experiment had to be stopped. If he had continued, he might have died. Although we have no proof in this case, we know that animals deprived of sleep die, and also that in the olden days sleep-deprivation was a method of carrying out the death penalty.

(i)Is sleep one of the pleasures of life ?                                                          1
(ii) Why do some people regard sleep as a waste of time ?                1
(iii) What is the best tonic according to the majority of people ?  1
(iv) What happens to the animals who are deprived of sleep ?      1

10. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow :
In nature, animals are not influencd by media campaigns and they
trust their own instincts. Nature has given each animal the power to
monitor its own body and maintain normal health. As an example, salt is an essential element required by all animals. Wild animals in the forest ( like rhinoceros, elephants or deer ), try to find a place where salt is present in the soil. They regularly lick the soil to get the exact amount of salt their bodies need. They eat only the required amount of food and never suffer obesity as we humans often do. They monitor their body needs by instinct and eat no more than is required. All carnivorous animals eat grass whenever they have diarrhoea or other stomach problems due to indigestion. And, they normally manage to maintain good physical health. We human beings seem to have lost the ability to monitor our own bodies in order to maintain health. We refuse to understand our own body signals and tend, instead to follow the advice of doctors or the media. Sometimes, overzealous parents force infants and small children to eat because it is feeding time — not because they are hungry.
(i) What has nature granted to animals ? 1
(ii) What necessary element do all animals need ? 1
(iii) Why do animals lick the soil ? 1
(iv) Why do animals not suffer from fatness ? 1
(v) When do carnivorous animals eat grass ? 1
(vi)How do the animals monitor their body needs ? 1
(vii) Why do overzealous parents make children eat ? 1
(viii) When do human beings rely on doctors or the media ? 1

11. Answer the following questions each in about 20 – 30 words :
(i)What do you mean by a spiritual bank account ?
( The Night We Won the Buick )
(ii)What is the immediate advantage of avoiding risk ?
( Risks ) ( The Tale of Bishnois )
(iii)What made Abhay Singh’s men frightened ?
(iv)Why did the boy go to the shoe store ?
( What I Learnt in the Shoe Store )

12. Answer any four of the following questions each in about  20 – 30 words :
(i) How should one behave if a mother with a child is standing in a crowded bus                         (Courtesy)          2
(ii) How does prayer bring about discipline in our life.
(A Discourse on Prayer)                2
(iii) What did the queen say to her dear love in the reply of his song ?
(The Swan Queen)                              2
(iv) Why did the old man sit by the side of the road ?
(Old Man at the Bridge)                                 2
(v) Why did the Djinn make a hump on the Camel’s back ?
(How the Camel Got its Hump)                 2
(vi) Why was nobody able to make the guards fool ?
(The Boy Who Tired )                                      2

13. Answer the following question in about 60 – 80 words :

What is the author’s opinion about courage ? ( A Hero )                  4

OR

What does Amma tell about the freedom ? ( Growing Up Pains )  4

14. Answer the following question in 60 – 80 words :

What does Pt. Ravi Shankar suggest about the teaching of music among children ? ( Music and Dance : The Soul of India )  4

OR

What were the complaints of the two women who came to the well to
fetch water ? ( The Thakur’s Well )                                           4

15. Imagine that you are Savita living in Jamnagar, Gujarat. You friend
Mamta has failed in Secondary Examination this year. Write a letter
expressing your sympathy to her.                                                 5

OR

Imagine that you are Ram Narayan Sinha and monitor of your class X
reading in Government Secondary School Ranchi, Bihar. There are no
proper library facilities in the school. Write an application of complaint to your Headmaster.                                                              5

16. Complete the following story in about 60 to 80 words with the help of the given outlines :

Four bulls — always together — a lion — the same forest — wants to
kill them — thinks of a plan — whispers to one bull — other bulls
envy you — eat fresh grass — leave bad — bull believes — goes alone
— kills and eats — the same words to others — kills them.              5

OR

A good boy — falls — bad company — disobeys — father advises to
shun — all in vain — decides to teach a lesson — brings apples —
puts them in almirah — notices one rotten apple — next day all apples
rotten — teaches a lesson.                                                                               5

17. Mrs. & Mr. Patel are organising a party on the occasion of the ring
ceremony of their daughter. The other information are as under :

Venue                                    :                              Hotel Rajputana, Palanpur
Day & Date                         :                             Friday, March 19, 2010
Time                                        :                             5 p.m. ( Evening )
Now draft an invitation.                                                                                        5

18. Write a paragraph of about 120 words on “the annual function of your school”. You may touch upon the following points :

(i) Day and date of the function.
(ii) The chief guest of the function.
(iii) Cultural programme presented.
(iv) Other details of the function. 5

OR

Write a paragraph of about 120 words on “A Postman”. You may use
the following points :

(i) Duty of the postman
(ii) His uniform
(iii) The things he carries with him
(iv) Why do people wait for him. 5

19. Explain any two of the following with reference to the context :
3 + 3 = 6

(i) To place ideas and dreams before a crow is to risk being called
naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

(ii) I fell into grief, and began to complain ;
I looked for a friend, but I sought him in vain ;
Companions were shy, and acquaintance were cold ;
They gave me good counsel, but dreaded their gold.

(iii) I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west ;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

(iv) Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song ;
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.

20. Explain the meaning of any two of the following literary terms :
1 + 1 = 2

i) Onomatopoeia
ii) Rhyme
iii) Sonnet
iv) Humour.

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