SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT - I - 2011
Sample Question Paper
(Language and Literature)
M.M. 90 Time 3:00 hrs
The Question paper is divided into four sections:
All questions are compulsory.
Marks are indicated against each question.
Reading - 20 Marks
1. Read the passage given below and write the option that you consider the
most appropriate in your answer sheets:
(5x1= 5 marks)
Bunol in Spain is famous for its produce, tomatoes. But its notoriety comes from the locals' habit
of wearing the produce as well as tasting it. On the last Wednesday of every August Bunol hosts
La Tomatina, the world's largest vegetable fight.
La Tomatina started with a good laugh. During the forties, in Bunol's main town square, a
number of friends started a tomato fight for unknown reasons. Soon enough, however, their
rowdy hooliganism drew passers-by into the fray. They had so much fun that from that day
onward, the fiesta has been celebrated annually and has grown ever bigger each year.
The night before La Tomatina, the narrow streets beneath the town's imposing medieval bell
tower are filled with tomatoes. Early Wednesday morning official instigators begin
ceremoniously pelting the awaiting crowd with their precious cargo:
Soon the streets are awash in tomato seeds and pulp. The madness continues until more than
90,000 pounds of tomatoes have been hurled at anything that ducks, runs, stops, turns about, or
fights back. Once the battle is over in less than half an hour the warriors head down to the river
to remove the saucy mess from hair and body.
A. La Tomatina is a .............................
B. The mood that marked the beginning of La Tomatina was that of.......................
C. La Tomatina begins with............... pelting tomatoes.
D. La Tomatina ends with........................
a. mess on the streets
b. people fighting
c. people rejoicing
d. people bathing
E. The word `notoriety' as it occurs in the passage means............
c. bad name
2. Read the passage given below and write the option that you consider the
most appropriate in your answer sheets:
(5x1= 5 marks)
The growing rate of crime among the youth today is a matter of great concern. It ranges
from kidnapping, extortion and even murder. The once sensitive, caring, loving and
compassionate young man immortalized by Ruskin Bond and R. K. Narayan is today a
character confined to books alone. The new world has turned him into a criminal with no
moral sense or ethical responsibility. The young are selfish in their thoughts, action and
existence. They are like parasites; thriving on extravagant consumption of illegal
material. And when this becomes an addiction, all means of self - control, morals and
ethics take a beating at individual and social spheres. There can be various reasons as to
why the youth are going wrong. Increasing competition leads to stress and cutthroat
competitions. Stress related problems like suicides are on the rise. The rush to succeed
takes them astray. Nuclear families have made youth selfish, self centered and intolerant.
The gap between the rich and the poor has led to frustration in the lower classes. Media
popularizes criminals like Harshad Mehta, who shot to quick fame and fortune. This
allures the youth. Above all, the snags in the Indian legal system, corruption at all levels,
loss of values has all worsened the situation. (208)
A. The reason for alarm in the present day world is...........
a. increase in different forms of crime
b. increase in number of crime
c. increasing sin in cities
d. irresponsible citizens
B. The words `confined to books alone' implies...................
a. the books are full of good characters
b. the world is full of good characters
c. good characters only in books
d. books should have good characters
C. The main reason for suicides is......................
a. increasing competition
b. increasing crime
c. failing exams
d. selfish people
D. The breakup of Joint family system has made people.....................
E. The antonym of `worsened' is...............
c. gone up
3. Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow:
Leaving the safety of a rocky ledge
The snail sets out
On his long journey
Across a busy path.
The grass is greener on the other side!
For tender leaf or juicy stem
He'll brave the hazards of the road.
Not made to dodge or weave or run,
He must await each threatening step
Chancing his luck
Keeping his tentacles crossed!
Though all unaware
Of the dangers of being squashed,
He does not pause or flinch-
A cartwheel misses by an inch!-
But slithers on,
Intent on dinner.
He's there at last, his prize-
Rich leaf-mould where the grass grows tall
I salute you, Snail.
Somehow you've made me feel quite small.
1. What is the poet's attitude towards the snail?
2. Why does the snail set out of the safe rocky ledge?
3. What does "Not made to dodge or weave or run" mean?
4. What does the poet convey by the line "keeping his tentacles crossed"?
5. Pick out a word from the poem that means the same as "dangers".
Q4. Read the following passage carefully and complete the sentences that follow.
Write your answers against the correct question numbers in your answer sheet.
(1X5 = 5 Marks)
Unconsciousness is a state where a person appears to be in deep sleep from where he/ she
cannot be awoken. The individual does not respond to any external stimuli, like
sprinkling clod water on the face, and for that matter even painful ones like piercing with
a pin, tingling a nerve etc. This insensible state is brought about by some interference in
the normal functioning of the brain and the nervous system.
Unconsciousness when partial is called stupor and when complete is called coma. In
cases of stupor, the individual can be roused with difficulty but the eyelids cannot be
opened due to resistance by the individual. In a coma, however there is no response
when an individual is being called, the lid can be opened without any resistance.
The usual case of unconsciousness includes fainting, sunstroke, concussion (brain injury),
etc. Fainting is caused by the temporary reduction in the blood supply to the brain
because of fright, unexpected good or bad news etc. People held up in stuffy places like
the elevators often faint. A sudden fall in blood pressure can also cause fainting. The
individual appears pale, becomes weak and slow, breathing becomes shallow and skin
turns cold and clammy. Excessive summer heat can make the individual faint.
Prolonged exposure to sun may cause sunstroke, which starts with headache, vomiting,
dizziness, cramps or dryness of the throat.
Concussion commonly results in unconsciousness. Direct injury to the brain caused by
either a blow on the head or a fall from a height etc may result in concussion. The patient
may `black out' for a short time. An individual could suddenly become unconscious due
to a heart attack. The initial signs are vomiting, profuse sweating and pain on the left
side of the chest.
1. Unconsciousness is caused by......................................................
2. Stupor is .................................... and coma is.........................
3. Fainting is usually brought about by ...........................................
4. ................................................... are the initial signs of heart attack.
5. A word in the passage that means the same as `opposition' is
5. You are Pankaj/ Priyanka, living in the students' hostel of Teresa's Mission
School, Mumbai. Write a letter to your brother, telling him of an interesting
You are Manas/ Manasi staying in the students' hostel of Heritage School, Jaipur.
Trough a letter from your mother you get to know that your younger brother
Prashant is feeling sad for not having finished his project work at school due to viral
fever. You decide to encourage him by sending a comforting email. Using some
words from the input provided and your own creativity, write the email in 120-150
words, asking your brother not to give up and try again after he recovers. Also
make enquiries about his health and giving some tips on good eating habits and
exercise. The format of the email is given below:
recuperate determination distressing persistence
patience accomplishment diligence endeavour
indomitable spirit grit sincere efforts
Format of an e-mail:
Our Planet Earth is in danger as man indiscriminately cuts down forests
causing natural ecosystems to break down. Look at the visual showing a man
carrying his own `air purifier'. Write an article on the importance of trees for man's
survival in not more than 120 words.
Thousands of kids across the country are making fast foods a staple of their daily lives at
the expense of the nutritious food they need if they are to have healthy futures. The
matter has taken a serious turn as the intake of junk food coupled with lack of exercise is
leading to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems at an early age. Look
at the visual given above and write an article on the Growing Junk Food Menace In India
in about 120 words.
7. Given below is the beginning of a story. Complete it in about 80 words
When Raju reached his house from the school, he saw a crowd gathered in front of it.
Shocked and disturbed he started running towards it. Many thoughts were flashing in his
Susie wants to go for a party with her friends but her mother wants her to finish her
school assignment. Write a dialogue between them with Susie trying to convince her
mother. (80 words)
Section - C
Grammar - 15 Marks
8. Read the following conversation between a reservation officer and Sharath and
complete the dialogue in a suitable way. Write the answer in your answer sheet
against the correct blank number. Do not copy the whole sentence.
(1x3 = 3 marks)
Sharath : I would like to book a ticket to Chennai on the Dhanbad Express for the 20th of
Officer : (a) ___________________________________________________?
Sharath : A/C 3-tier. Preferably a lower berth.
Officer : The 3rd A/C status is currently waitlisted.
Sharath : (c) __________________________________________?
Officer : That would be Rs. 750.
(a) (i) How are you like to travel? (ii) How you would like to travel?
(iii) How would you like to travel? (iv) How you are like to travelled?
(b) (i) Would you like to try the 2nd A/C? (ii) Would you liking to try the 2nd A/C?
(iii) Are you like to try the 2nd A/C? (iv) Did you like to try the 2nd A/C"
(c) (i) How much is the ticket costing? (ii) How much does the ticket costs?
(iii) How much has the ticket costed? (iv) How much does the ticket cost?
9. Choose the most appropriate option from the list to complete the following
passage. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.
Do not copy the whole passage. (1/2 X6= 3 marks)
Legend tells us that in about three thousand years B C a Chinese Empress, (a)
___________ taking her tea, out of curiosity, dipped the cocoon of a silk worm (b)
___________ it and learnt to (c) ___________ the fine thread of silk of which it was
composed. It was nearly five thousand years later (d) ___________ a French man,
experimenting with crushed leaves of the mulberry tree, (e) ___________ which the silk
worm feeds, (f) ___________ out how to produce a silk filament which we now call
(a) (i) while (ii) when (iii) as (iv) on
(b) (i) in (ii) on (iii) to (iv) into
(c) (i) unwinding (ii) unwound (iii) unwind (iv) unwinds
(d) (i) when (ii) that (iii) which (iv) while
(e) (i) of (ii) with (iii) by (iv) on
(f) (i) found (ii) find (iii) fond (iv) finds
10. Edit the news item given below by correcting the errors underlined. Do not copy
the whole passage. Write your corrections against the correct blank number in your
(1x3 = 3 marks)
Four killed in a road accident in Puducherry
Four persons were killed, and four seriously injured when the van they (a) are travelling
in hit a boulder and rammed into a roadside tree at Reddiarpalayam near Puducherry
early this morning. Police said 17 tourists (b) have arrived here from Ranipet in Tamil
Nadu and were proceeding to Reddiarpalayam early this morning when the mishap
occurred. Initial reports suggest that the driver of the van(c) was losing control while
negotiating a turn.
11. Read the following dialogue and then complete the report by changing sentences
from direct to reported speech. Write your answers in your answer sheet with
correct blank number. Do not copy the dialogue and the report.
(1x3= 3 marks)
Teacher: Can you read what is written on this page?
Student: I can't read all the words.
Teacher: Would you like to read them?
The teacher asked the student (a) ____________________________________________.
The student regretfully replied that (b) ______________________________________.
The teacher then asked her (c) ______________________________________________.
12. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.
Write your answers neatly in your answer sheet. The first one has been done as an
(1x3 = 3 marks)
Example: biggest/ greater/ is /the/ Australia's/ gliding/ glider/ possum
The greater glider is Australia's biggest gliding possum.
a. one/ length/ it/ up/ measures/ to/ metre/ approximately/ in
b. eucalyptus/ animals/ are/ diet/ of/ solitary/ whose/ gliders/ consists/ primarily/
c. are/ in/ rest/ the/ during/ gliders/ the/ they/ tall trees/ in/ nocturnal/ and/ day/
Text Books-35 marks
13. (a) Read the extract given below and complete the sentences that follow.
Write your answers against the correct question number in your answer sheet.
(1x4 = 4 marks)
Margie did so with a sigh. She was thinking about the old schools they had when her
grandfather's grandfather was a little boy. All the kids from the whole neighborhood
came, laughing and shouting in the schoolyard, sitting together in the schoolroom, going
home together at the end of the day. They learned the same things, so they could help one
another with the homework and talk about it.
A. The mood indicated by these lines is that of......................................
B. Margie was longing for schools long time back because.....................
C. From the extract it is clear that Margie's classroom was situated ...........................
D. The expression of regret in the passage is...................
13. (b) Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write
your answers against the correct question numbers in your answer sheet.
(1x4 = 4 marks)
Evelyn Glennie has already accomplished more than people twice her age. She has
brought percussion to the front of the orchestra, demonstrated that it can be very moving.
She has given inspiration to those who are handicapped, people who look at her and say,
`If she can do it, I can.'
A. What has Evelyn Glennie accomplished?
B. How has she helped the percussion instrument?
C. How do the handicapped people view her?
D. Pick out a word from the passage that means the same as `touching'.
14. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing
the most appropriate options from those given below. [any two extracts]
a. Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same
A. What is the `other' in these lines?
B. Why does the poet choose the other?
a. less travelled
b. more beautiful
c. less leaves
d. more travelled
C. What does the poet's choice signify?
a. he is ambitious
b. he is adventurous
c. he is lazy
d. he does not take risks
b. There, look what you did - you threw them all down
You tore the pages of the books.
You brought rain again.
You are very clever at poking fun at weaklings