NBSE Class 10 English 2019 Question Paper (Old)

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Total marks : 80 || Time : 3 hours

General instructions:

i) Approximately 15 minutes is allotted to read the question paper and revise the answers.
ii) All questions are compulsory.
iii) The question paper consists of 18 questions, divided into Units I, II, III and IV.
iv) Internal option is given in some questions.
v) Marks allocated to every question are indicated against it.

N.B: Check that all pages of the question paper are complete as indicated on the top left side.

UNIT – I (Literature)

Answer the following questions:

1. What were the qualities that Mehouviü and Morusa were known for? (3)

2. Why did Gandhiji eventually give up his ambition?  (3)

3. Why was Macbeth reluctant to murder King Duncan?  (3)

4. What measures did Mandela take to unify the people of South Africa?
Explain how Macbeth ascended the throne.

5. Answer either 5(i) or 5 (ii) or 5 (iii) (5)

(i) Read the lines and answer the questions that follow:

(a) His anger poured
On Etiben who he beat unconscious
Almost taking that breath from her precious
Left her lying among the helpless crops

(i) Who was angry? (1)
(ii) What did he do in anger? (2)

(b) I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple –dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing.

(i) What did the poet see and what was it doing? (2)
(ii) Give the summary of the poem, ‘The Listeners’. (5)
(iii) Describe the character of death as presented by the poet in the poem, “Death the Leveller”. (5)

6. He’ll not stop him, mother and I heard Eamon Simon and Stephen Pheety and Colum Shawn saying he would go.

(i) Who is the speaker here? (1)
(ii) Why will the priest not stop him? (2)

7. What did Bartley entrust the girls before leaving for the Galway fair? (3)
Is Maurya’s fate an example of how human beings are powerless against the fury and might of nature? Explain.

UNIT – II (Reading)

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

When Camilla Cabello announced her departure from “Fifth Harmony” at the end of 2016, some thought the move was ill-timed given that the “Work from Home” girl group was at the height of its success. Yet, with the release of her debut album, “Camilla” could top the charts the following week. The 20-year-old singer proved the importance of her needing to find and embrace her identity as an artist to ultimately reach her full potential. More than a year ago, those worries about Camilla’s prospects as a solo star were not found. Yes, even before turning 20, the singer had scored two top 40 hits and a No.1 radio single, the latter accomplishment came via singing on MGK’s “Bad Things” that sampled the beloved 90’s rock hit “fastball”. Camilla as a lead artist was still unproven, even when it was time to shine solo, the results at first lacked lustre.

“Crying in the Club” gathered lots of interest, but there was negative feedback saying that she followed Sia’s “Cheap Thrills.” Despite high-profile performances, the track stalled at chart No. 47 with 5H’s comeback single ‘Down’, ultimately performing the charts with the reflective, brooding ballad “I have questions”.

All of that changed three months later with the release of “Havana,” an effortless Latin pop tune that doubled as an ode to her home country’s capital. Released alongside the confidence anthem “OMG”, which the Billboard report reveal pushed as a big smash by her label song music. Executive Mike Biggane said that “Havana” was the song that audiences were really reacting to.

Her song ‘young thug’ was at No.2 on the Billboard while being the most played song on Top 40 and rhythmic radio. Camilla Cabello has been proud and open about her immigrant background. She was born in Havana, Cuba but she migrated to America with her mother and sister at the age of seven in hope of a better life in America.

(i) Answer the following questions:

a. When did Camilla Cabello announce her retirement from ‘Fifth Harmony’? (1)
b. What were some of Camilla’s achievements? (2)
c. Write about Camilla’s song ‘Havana’. (2)

(ii) Complete the following sentences: (6×1⁄2=3)

Camilla’s song __________ was at No.2 on __________. It was also the most _________ on __________ and the rhythmic radio. She has been _________ and open about her immigrant background. She was born in Havana, Cuba but later __________ to America in hope of a better life.

9. Read the passage given below and answer the questions:

It is said that real culture has a tendency to avoid excessive individuality. Instead, it requires that every person should be treated with equal courtesy whether they are strangers in the street or friends in the living room. A person’s ability to accord respect to a fellow human being provides him with a certain charm. It is this appeal of courtesy that has made etiquette so important a factor in civilization. Thus, we are taught the proper way to behave in different situations and settings. It is usually the quiet, well-mannered person who inspires respect. We credit this person with gentility and refinement and we form a good impression of his family because it is a mark of good breeding. Noisy and boisterous conduct has a tendency to irritate and put people off. ‘The loud laugh bespeaks a vacant mind’. Etiquette, in its truest sense, goes beyond a set of rules or manners that a person displays in the public’s eye. It is a reflection of oneself rather than the exhibition of a code of behaviour. We do what is right and courteous naturally because we are well-bred and it’s a part of us. Often, we are very conscious of our behaviour when we know that others are watching. It is only natural that we want others to have a good impression of us. However, appearance is not always reality.

(i) Answer the following questions:

a. What kind of behaviour tends to put people off? (1)
b. What impression do we have of a well-mannered person’s family and why? (2)
c. What happens to us when we know that others are watching us? (2)

(ii) Find words in the passage that has the same meaning as: (3×1=3)

a. people who are not familiar to us
b. empty
c. the ideas and social behaviours of a particular people or society

10. Read the poem carefully and fill in the blanks:

Day by Day
You can do it, I know you can,
I trust and believe in your plan
It has been processed in your mind
The ideal path, you shall find.
It’s clear that you have what it takes
You simply won’t need any brakes,
Since you have so much passion inside
This dream of yours will be a special ride.
You can do it, I know you can,
I’m your first and biggest fan
One more thing I’d like to say
Enjoy the journey day by day.

Fill in the blanks and complete the summary of the poem: (8x 1⁄2=4)

The poet has __________ and believes in our __________ that we can do it as the plan has been ___________ in our mind and we shall find __________ path, we don’t need ____________ as there is so much of ___________ inside and this dream will be a ___________, and we should enjoy the  __________ day by day.

UNIT – III (Writing)

11. You are Akum, the Cultural Secretary of Pine Mount School, Phek. Write a notice inviting participants to the upcoming Cultural Day. Mention necessary details like date, time, place, etc. (4)
You are the owner of a bookshop. You need a part-time salesperson. Write an advertisement for the “Situation Vacant” column of a newspaper.

12. Write a paragraph in about 80-100 words on “Discipline in life” using the inputs given: (4)

obedience to rules and regulations-helps to utilize time wisely-important in all spheres-school, office, playground etc-absence of discipline brings disorder and chaos- the key to success

13. Based on the visual and data input given below, write about “Poor Road Conditions” in about 120–150 words: (5)

causes fatal accidents –extensive damage to vehicles-traffic jams-absence of proper drainage systems-low quality material used-should be priority for any Government

14. You are Kevi, the president of the Charity Club of Eden School, Kohima. The students of your school wish to make a contribution to help the victims affected by landslides in your State. Write a letter to the Principal of your school requesting him/her to allow the students to collect money to help the landslide victims. (7)
You are a staff reporter of “Times of India”. Write a newspaper report on “the Hornbill Festival” of Nagaland 2018.

UNIT – IV (Grammar)

15. Rewrite the given sentences as directed in the brackets: (5×1=5)

(a) Priyanka Chopra won the award.
(Underline the verb and state whether it is transitive or intransitive)

(b) They plan ____________ a new house soon.
(Fill in the blank with a non-finite verb)

(c) ‘Why don’t you do the dishes _________?’ suggested the angry wife.
(Fill in the blank with a reflexive pronoun)

(d) Although I know driving, my parents do not allow me to drive.
(State whether the underlined clause is dependent or independent)

(e) I met Mukesh in Kashmir. He is a tour guide.
(Combine the pair of sentences by using an adjective clause)

16. Change the narration: (4×1=4)

(a) Priya says, “Anna lives in London.”
(b) He said, “I am working in the Park Street office today.”
(c) The doctor advised Ravi to quit smoking.
(d) The old man requested the girl to carry his basket.

17. Change the voice: (1×3=3)

(a) We elected him leader.
(b) The ball was kicked by the captain.
(c) The old man made a disturbance at the meeting.

18. Identify the adverb clause and state its kind: (1×3=3)

(a) Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else.
(b) If you save your money, you will be able to go to college.
(c) The wandering beggar goes wherever he pleases.


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