Term 1 Sample Paper Class 10 English Elective (184) 2021-22

Term 1 Sample Paper Class 10 English Elective (184) 2021-22

Time Allowed: 1.30 hour

Maximum Marks-40


Q. Read the passage given below and answer the question no. 1 to 6.

1) Overpowering prey is a challenge for creatures that do not have limbs. Some species like Russell’s viper inject poison. Some others opt for an alternative non-chemical method – rat snakes, for instance, catch and push their prey against the ground, while pythons use their muscle power to crush their prey to death. But snakes can’t be neatly divided into poisonous and non-poisonous categories.

2) Even species listed as non-poisonous aren’t completely free of poison. The common Sand Boa, for instance, produces secretions particularly poisonous to birds. So the species doesn’t take any chance it crushes its prey and injects poison as an extra step.

3) Do vipers need poison powerful enough to kill hundreds of rats with just one drop? After all, they eat only one or two at a time.

4) While hunting animals try their worst to kill most efficiently, their prey use any trick to avoid becoming a meal, such as developing immunity to poison. For instance, Californian ground squirrels are resistant to Northern Pacific rattlesnake poison.

5) Competition with prey is not the only thing driving snakes to evolve more and more deadly poison. Snakes also struggle to avoid becoming prey themselves.

6) Some snake killers have partial immunity to poison. Famously. mongooses are highly resistant to cobra poison, and with their speed and agility, kill snakes fearlessly. It would be the death of cobras as species if they didn’t evolve a more deadly poison to stop mongooses.

7) Poison has another important role. It’s an extreme meat softener; specific enzymes break up the insides of the prey. Normally, a reptile depends on the sun’s warm rays to aid digestion.

8) But I wonder if we cannot use venom in our favour. In remote parts of India, local hospitality often involves leather-tough meat. I chew and chew until my jaws ache. If I spit it out or refuse, our hosts would be offended, I swallow like a python stuffing a deer down its throat and hope I don’t choke. If only I had poison.


On the basis of your understanding of the passage answer the given questions.


1. Which species of snakes inject poison as an extra step?

a) Viper

b) Cobra

c) python

d) sand boa


2. Poision ……..meat.

a) enhances taste of

b) hardens

c) softens

d) breaks down


3. Snakes also struggle to avoid becoming……. themselves

a) Killer

b) predator

c) deadly

d) prey


4. The synonym of the word deadly is

a) Lethal

b) cruel

c) violent

d) brutal


5. The antonym of the word resistant is……..

a) Opposing

b) Defiant

c) Susceptible 

d) Unyielding


6. Californian squirrels are …….. rattle snake poison.

a) Afraid of

b) Helpless against     

c) Resistant to 

d) Indifferent to


7. For overpowering its prey rat snake uses a………

a) Chemical method

b) Non chemical method

c) Both a and b

d) none of these


8. Antonym of specific word is…….

a) Stuffing

b) General

c) Definite

d) Particular


Q. Read the passage given below: (9 to 14)

1) On 24 June 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I were engaged in the Battle of Solferino, commanding a combined total of about 2,70,000 troops onto the field for a single day of battle. Nearly 40,000 were either dead, injured, or missing and many of them were simply left to die on the battlefield. Later, spectators crowded the fields, looking for loved ones, searching for items they could sell, or for simply taking in the horrors of the battle. A Swiss businessman and social activist Jean Henri Dunant, who was travelling in Solferino, witnessed all this.

2) Jean Henri Dunant witnessed the atrocities of war as well as the helplessness of the countries not prepared or equipped to ease the suffering of those who had been injured in the Battle of Solferino. Dunant organised a group of volunteers to help bring water and food to the injured, to assist with medical treatment, or to write letters to the families of those who were dying. He also urged the public to create an organisation which would assist the wounded, regardless of which side they fought for during the times of war. From that moment, he wrote the book, A Memory of Solferino. His writing inspired countless others to rally behind him in the creation of the International Federation of the Red Cross.

3) The modern day Red Cross began by devoting itself largely to the acts of disaster relief and epidemic treatment. This effort it continues to this day. One of the easiest ways you can help the Red Cross is to make sure you are able to donate blood and make an appointment at the Red Cross website. But donating blood isn’t the only way you can help out-the Red Cross also encourages you to donate your time if you can. This is what the Red Cross wants everyone to know.

On the basis of your understanding of the passage answer the given questions:


9. An appropriate subheading to para 2 of the passage is:

a) International federation of The Red cross

b) Functions of the Red cross

c) The contributions of Jean Henry Dunant

d) The battle of solferino


10.To donate blood one should:

a) Make an appointment with society members

b) Make an appointment at the Red cross website

c) Collect information from patients

d) Collect information from neighbourhood.


11. The modern day Red cross does not deal with:

a) Blood donation 

b) Disaster relief

c) Epidemic treatment

d) Writing a book


12. A word which means act of brutality is:

a) Witnessed

b) Helplessness

c) Atrocity

d) Equipped


13. Jean Henry Dunant was the resident of:

a) Solferino 

b) England

c) Switzerland

d) Ireland


14. …….. means an individual or group who freely gives time to benefit others

a) Troop

b) Volunteer

c) Public             

d) Organisation


Section B (writing and grammar)

15. Which is the vital part of the letter which is as good as wishing the person ?

a) salutation 

b) Enclosure

c) Subject

d) Reference


16. How will you end the main body of a formal letter?

a) By showing your love for the recipient

b) By discussing the weather in your city

c) By saluting him or her again

d) By telling the recipient what he should be doing next


17. If you do not know the recipient’s name how would you address the person?

a) Dear Mr. or Mrs.

b) Hello

c) Dear sir or dear madam

d) My dear


18. The purpose of writing a letter to the editor is…..

a) To express one’s request

b) To give warning about the issue

c) To express one’s opinion or give comment on a current issue

d) To inform the readers about a certain issue


19. The main point of a letter is written in………part.

a) Post script

b) Closing

c) Heading

d) Opening


20. Many a man…….come to welcome her.

a) Were

b) Is

c) Are

d) Has


21. He has……..friends as he is an introvert.

a) Many

b) Few

c) a few

d) several


22. I as well as my brothers……… diligent.

a) Are

b) Were

c) Was

d) Am


23. He said to me,” Will you have a cup of tea?”

The indirect speech of above mentioned direct speech will be……….

a) He told me that I will have a cup of tea.

b) He asked me if you will have a cup of tea.

c) He asked me if I would have a cup of tea.

d) He said would I have a cup of tea.


24. She …….play hopscotch when she was 15 year old.

a) Should

b) Would

c) May

d) Can


Section C (literature)

Q> Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow.

I knew that the opressor must be liberated just as surely as oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred . He is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow mindedness. I am not totally free if I am taking away someone else freedom just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the opressor alike are robbed of their humanity.


25. He refers to………..

a) Nelson Mandela

b) Oppressed

c) Opressor

d) None of these


26. The oppressor is the victim of

a) Prejudice

b) Narrow-mindedness

c) Prejudice and narrow mindedness

d) Luxury


27. In true sense who is free?

a) One who takes away someone else’s freedom

b) One who is prejudiced

c) One who is selfish

d) One who does not take away others’ freedom


28. In the above extract the speaker says that……….

a) Only oppressor is at fault

b) Only oppressed is at fault.

c) Opperssor and oppressed both are at fault.

d) None of these


Q> Read the following extract and answer the questions based on it.

Goodness!  Wasn’t there anything she could do.  If only she could tell Wanda she had not meant to hurt her feelings.  She turned around and stole a glance at Peggy but she did not look up. She seemed to be studying hard . Well, whether Peggy felt badly or not ,she Maddie had to do something.  She had to find Wanda Petronski. Maybe she had not yet moved away.


29. ‘She’ in the first line is……..

a) Wanda

b) Peggy

c) Miss mason

d) Maddie


30. Maddie wanted to lessen her feelings of………

a) Passion

b) Guilt

c) Sadness

d) None of these


31. ……….. seemed to be studying hard.

a) Maddie

b) Peggy

c) Both a and b

d) None of these


32. The word glance means……..

a) A deep look

b) A harsh look 

c) A quick look

d) A funny look


Q> Read the following stanza carefully and answer the questions based on it.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.


33. The rhyming scheme of the stanza is…….

a) Ababb

b) abcab

c) aabbc

d) Ababa


34. ………..is the synonym of parish word.

a) Destruction

b) Construction

c) destruct 

d) None of these


35. ‘It’ in the first line stands for…….

a) Poem

b) Poet

c) World

d) Hate


36. According to the poet …….. is enough for the destruction of the world.

a) Affection

b) Man

c) Science

d) jealousy


Q> Study the given extract and answer the questions that follow.

I think he knew I made a little money this way but he didn’t seem to mind. Anil made money by fits and starts. He would borrow one week, lend the next.  He kept worrying about his next cheque but as soon as it arrived, he would go out and celebrate. It seems he wrote for magazines, a  queer way to make a living.


37. As soon as it arrived. ‘It’ refers to………

a) Magazines 

b) Money

c) Cheque

d) None of these


38. Fits and starts means……….

a) Regularly

b) Irregularly

c) Honestly

d) Dishonestly


39. The information in the extract suggests that Anil could be a……..

a) Salaried professional 

b) Freelancer

c) Businessman 

d) Volunteer


40. ‘A queer’ means……….

a) General 

b) Strange

c) Simple

d) none of these


Attempt the following Questions.

41. The theatrical company shop was situated on…………..

a) Dury lane

b) Druy lane

c) Druri lane

d) Drury lane


42. The other dogs ignored tricky because

a) He was ill

b) He was furious

c) He was an an uninteresting object

d) All of the above


43. The word harbour in the ball poem does not have a meaning similar to……

a) Port

b) Pier

c) Dock

d) Cargo


44. Name the poetic device used in the line ‘in his quiet rage’ in ‘A Tiger in the Zoo’ is………

a) Metaphor

b) Hyperbole

c) Oxymoron  

d) Personification


45. What are the two negative things that Frost used as carriers of positivity?

a) Snow , dust 

b) Hemlock tree, snow

c) Snow, crow   

d) Hemlock tree ,crow


46. In which city were Anne and Margot sent to live with their grandmother?

a) Berlin 

b) Munich

c) Aachen

d) Burn


47. Lencho’s field looked as if it were covered with……….

a) Locusts

b) Water

c) Salt

d) Ice


48. The young seagull’s family had landed on the………..

a) Tree on the island

b) Green floor of the sea

c) Iceberg in the sea

d) Ship in the sea


49. What urged the young seagull to make his first flight?

a) Hunger

b) sight of fish

c) Courage 

d) Both a and b


50. Hari Singh attempted at being friend with Anil by……….

a) teasing him

b) introducing himself

c) flattering him

d) All of these