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10th Class English First Term Question Paper (Kumarbharati) Maharashtra State Board

Written by Sachin Raut

10th Class First Term Exam 10th Class English First Term

Std: 10th                                    Sub: English                                             Marks: 80

SECTION I: LANGUAGE STUDY 10th Class English First Term

Q.1 A1. Do as directed :(Any four) [4 Marks]

  1. Write two compound words:
  2. ii. Punctuate the following sentence:   im so sorrydreinstein she said
  3. Fill in the blank using the appropriate form of the verb from the bracket: I did not _______________ it at all. (understood/understand)
  4. Pick out the infinitive from the sentence: Every child is free to grow.
  5. v. Make a meaningful sentence using the following phrase:   to look into

 A2. Do as directed: (Any two) [4Marks]

  1. Rewrite into indirect narration: “Forgive me!” said the bearded man in a weak voice.
  2. Rewrite the sentence beginning with „The French Army ………‟:Joan led the French Army to several victories during this war.
  3. Frame sentences using the homograph to show the difference in their meanings: Train

B. Do as directed:(Any one) [2Marks]

  1. Pick out the modal auxiliary and state its function: Governments must make child-friendly policies.
  2. Rewrite the sentence as a simple sentence using a present participle:
  3. She had read a book of mine and had written to me about it.

SECTION II : TEXTUAL PASSAGES (Reading skills, vocabulary and Grammar)

Q.2 (A) Read the following passage and do the activities: (10Marks)

  A.1 Tate whether the following statements True or False.

  1. The hermit was well known.
  2.  The hermit spoke usually to everyone.
  3. The hermit dug the ground easily.
  4. The hermit was strong.

        Equally varied were the answers to the second question. Some said, the people, the king most needed, were his councillors; others the priests; others the doctors while some said the warriors were the most necessary.

To the third question about what was the most important occupation, some replied that the most important thing in the world was science. Others said it was skill in warfare; and others, again, that it was religious worship. The king was convinced by none of these answers and gave the reward to none.

He decided, instead to go to a hermit who was widely renowned for his wisdom. The hermit lived in a small hut in a forest which he never left. He spoke only to common folk. So the king put on simple clothes and approaching the hermit’s cell, dismounted his horse and left his bodyguard behind.

When the king arrived, the hermit was digging the ground in front of his hut. He greeted the king but went on digging. The hermit was frail and weak, and each time he struck the ground with the spade and turned over a little earth, he breathed heavily. The king went up to him and said, “I have come to you, wise hermit, to ask you to answer three questions-How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay most attention? And what affairs are the most important and need my first attention?”

A2. Why did the King go to the hermit in disguise?

A.3 Write from the passage synonyms for -1) famous, 2) frail

A.4  Do as directed.

1) The king was convinced by none of these answers.

( rewrite the sentence beginning with “None of these answers….”)

A.5 Did you help to someone and how?

Q.2 (B) Read the following passage and do the activities: (10Marks)

A1. Complete the following statements with the help of the passage: (02)

  1. The heaviness of being successful was replaced……………………………………
  2. The technology we developed at Next…………………………………………………….

My second story is about love and loss. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz (Steve Wozniak) and I started Apple when I was 20. In 10 years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company. And then I got fired. It was devastating. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I had did. And so, I decided to start over. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. During the next five years, I started a company Next, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar is now the world’s most successful animation studio, bought Apple next. I returned to Apple and the technology we developed at Next is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

A2. The writer Steve Jobs gives the readers some advice for life, list at least two of the important advices given by him in the passage: (02)

 i. ………………………………………………………. ii. ……………………………………………………….

 A3. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words given below: (02)

( devastating, renaissance, current, creative )

  1. The invention of the internet has brought about a __________ in communication.
  2. We should read the newspaper to keep ourselves updated on the _________ affairs.
  3. The earthquake had a ____________ effect on the life of the people.
  4. The Art teacher is very ___________,she always comes up with new ideas.

A4. Do as directed : (02)

  1. Pixar is the world’s most successful animation studio. (Rewrite the sentence in Positive degree)
  2. Don’t lose faith. (Rewrite as an Assertive sentence)

A5. What does the second story of Jobs convey to you? (02)

SECTION III : POETRY 10th Class English First Term

Q3. A. Read the following extract and do the given activities: [05 Marks]

A.1  Choose the correct alternative from the following.

1. Herbert’s poem “The Pulley” displays………… as the two main themes.

  1. Origin of Morality/Spirituality
  2. Origin of species
  3. Origin of the universe/galaxy
  4. Origin of the earth/space

2. In the poem, ‘The Pulley’ is considered

  1. a mechanical device.
  2. a gift to mankind
  3. an image to lift objects.
  4. an image by which God compels people to become devout.

When God at first made Man,

Having a glass of blessings standing by;

Let us (said He) “pour on him all we can:”

Let the worlds riches, which dispersed lie,

Contract into a span.

So strength first made a way;

Then beauty flow’d, then wisdom, honour, pleasure:

When almost all was out, God made a stay,

Perceiving that alone of all His treasures

Rest in the bottom lay.

For if I should (said He)

Bestow this jewel also on my creature,

He would adore my gifts instead of me,

And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature.

So both should losers be.

Yet let him keep the rest,

But keep them with repining restlessness:

Let him be rich and weary, that at last,

If goodness lead him not, yet weariness

May toss him to my breast.

A.2 Why did God withhold the gift of ‘Rest’ from man ?

A.3 Pick out two lines that contain the following figures of speech.

(a) Antithesis

(b) Inversion

Q3B] Read the following poem and write an appreciation of it with the help of the given points in a paragraph format:[5 Marks]

Animals I think I could turn and live with animals, they are

so placid and self-contain‟d

 I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

 They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with themania of owning things.

Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.

So they show their relations to me and I accept them,

They bring me tokens of myself, they evince them plainly in their possession

I wonder where they get those tokens,

Did I pass that way huge times ago and negligently drop them? – Walt Whitman

Use the following points: • Title • Poet • Rhyme Scheme /Figures of speech • Theme/Central Idea


(Reading Skill, Vocabulary, Grammar and Summary)

Q.4. A) Read the following passage and do the activities: [10 Marks]

 A1. Complete the following: (02)

  1. Neeraj Chopra topped the qualifying ___________.
  2. “My goal was always ___________.
  3. Indian Javelin thrower JaiveerChoudhary recognised his potential _________
  4. He shot to fame after winning the gold medal at _________________

   Heading into the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra was, at best, a dark horse in the men‟s javelin competition which featured a strong field consisting of overwhelming favourite Johannes Vetter, reigning world champion Anderson Peters, London 2012 gold medallist Keshorn Walcott, among others. Come the main event, though, the Indian stepped up in a major way. Neeraj Chopra topped the qualifying round with an 86.65m throw, finishing above Vetter‟s 85.64m. The challenge from Vetter to Neeraj Chopra in the final never materialised; The German struggled and failed to make it into the final eight, as Chopra led the field from start to finish. While his first throw measuring 87.03m put him on the perch, Neeraj Chopra consolidated his spot with an 87.58m second attempt – a throw that eventually proved enough to win him the historic gold medal. “My goal was always the Tokyo Olympics. I put in the hard work and trusted the process since every single effort counts when it comes to success at the highest 22 level,” Neeraj Chopra said after his win. The win was the culmination of a remarkable, yet short, journey which began with a 13-year-old obese kid taking up sports to lose weight and gain confidence. Neeraj Chopra soon took to javelin throw after watching the sport at the Shivaji Stadium in Panipat. With the ability to throw over 40m with no training, his talent for the discipline was obvious. Indian javelin thrower JaiveerChoudhary recognised his potential and took Neeraj Chopra under his wings. With proper coaching, there was no turning back for the Haryana lad. Neeraj Chopra dominated the national scene at the youth level and won multiple international accolades. He shot to fame after winning the gold medal at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His winning throw of 86.48m at Poland still stands as the under-20 javelin throw record and made him the first Indian track and field athlete to become a world champion at any level and hold a world record. With the qualifying cut off for Rio 2016 men‟s javelin throw set at 83.00m, the attempt would also have qualified Neeraj Chopra for his maiden Olympics but unfortunately, it came a week after the qualification window had shut. Before that, injuries had hampered Neeraj Chopra‟s Rio qualification campaign.

A2. How did Neeraj Chopra win the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics? (02)

A3. Form noun forms of: (02) i. Reigning ii. dominated iii. qualifying iv. recognized

A4. Do as directed: (02)

  1. The win was the culmination of a remarkable, yet short, journey which began with a 13-year-old obese kid taking up sports to lose weight and gain confidence. (Use not only……………….. but also)
  2. Injuries had hampered Neeraj Chopra‟s Rio Qualification campaign (Add a question tag)

A5. Do you think only hard work leads to success? Why? (02)

Q4B) Write a summary of the above passage and suggest a suitable title for it. (05)

Section: V Writing Skill

Q 5 (A) Letter writing: [5 Marks]

Imagine you are Suraj / Sarita residing at Suman Apartment, V. P. Road, Miraj – 416410. Attempt any one of the following letters with the help of the following news heading:

“Learn more than one language”

 India is a country full of diversity. We have many languages. Communication is a great power. Just as we think that we should learn piano or tabla, similarly we should learn the language of any of our neighbouring states.

A1. Formal Letter: Write a letter to the Principal of your school requesting him/her to conduct language learning classes on weekends for Std 10th.

 OR A2. Informal Letter: Write a letter to your friend describing your experience in learning a new language in your school.

Q.6 (A) Information Transfer: [5 Marks]

 Do any one of the following activities:

 A.1 Verbal to Non-verbal: Read the following paragraph and convert it into a flow chart. Give suitable title.

There are five main steps in cutting a diamond. First is planning, where an expert carefully plans how the diamond will be cut using computers and the latest technology. Second step involves Cleaving, in this process diamonds are used to cut another diamond into multiple pieces. Third Process involves Bruiting, in this step the diamond is shaped into a specific cut. This process is the most intensive and takes the most time for perfection. Fourth process involves Polishing phase of the diamond. Finally the last step is Inspection. An expert will use specific magnifying galsses to review its cut and value.

OR A 2 Non- verbal to verbal : Read the information on the awards and recognition of Mary Kom and write a paragraph on her professional achievements. Suggest a suitable title.

Awards and recognitions:-

  • Arjuna Award (Boxing) in 2003
  • Padma Shree (Sports) in 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna Award in 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records in 2007
  • CNN-IBN and Reliance Industries Real Heroes Award in 2008
  • Pepsi MTV Youth, AIBA in 2008
  • „Magnificent Mary‟, AIBA in 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi KhelRatna award in 2009
  • International Boxing Association‟s Ambassador for Women‟s Boxing in 2009
  • Sportswoman of the year, Sahara Sports Award in 2010.

 Q 6 (B) Do any one of the following activities: [5 Marks]

 B1.Speech writing: 1) Write a speech to be delivered in school assembly on „National Readingday‟ about Importance of reading books.


  • Storehouse of knowledge
  • Influence on our life
  • Broadens our perception
  • Best friends

OR B2. View- Counter view: Write your views on the topic: “The internet will soon replace books”


  • Saves time
  • More storage facility
  • Fast and reliable
  • Easy accessibility

Section VI: Creative Writing

 Q7 (A) Expand the theme/ News Report: [5 Marks]

A 1  Expand the Quotation: “Honesty is the best policy.

OR A2. Prepare a news report based on the given headline: Teachers and students of SavitribaiPhule School, Nagpur join hands for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

(B) Developing a story/ Narration of experience [5 Marks]

 B1. Develop a story in about 80 -100 words with the help of the following beginning.

Give a suitable title for it. Sara, a fourteen-year-old girl, always wanted to be a singer, but her parents …………………………………………


B2. Narrate an experience in about 80-100 words beginning with the following words. Suggest a suitable title for it. It was Sunday morning. When I stepped out of my house, I saw……

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Appreciation and Explanation of the poem The Pulley

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