2019 English Questions Set -1

CBSE Class 10 English Question Paper

CBSE Question Paper 2019
2019 English Questions Set -1

Time allowed : 3 Hours
Maximum Marks : 100
General Instruction :

The question paper comprises five sections, A, B, C, D and E. You are to attempt all the sections.

  1. All questions are compulsory.
  2. Internal choice is given in sections B, C, D and E.
  3. Question numbers 1 and 2 in Section-A are one-mark questions. They are to be answered in one word or in one sentence.
  4. Question numbers 3 to 5 in Section B are two-marks questions. These are to be answered in about 30 words each.
  5. Question numbers 6 to 15 in Section C are three-marks questions. These are to be answered in about 50 words each.
  6. Question numbers 16 to 21 in Section D are five-marks questions. These are to be answered in about 70 words each.
  7. Question numbers 22 to 27 in Section E are based on practical skills. Each question is a two marks question. These are to be answered in brief.

(Reading - 20 Marks)

Read the following passage carefully.

Few guessed that this quiet, parentless girl growing up in New York City would one day become the First Lady of the United States. Even fewer thought she would become an author and lecturer and a woman much admired and loved by people throughout the world.

Born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in 1884 to wealthy, but troubled parents who both died while she was young, Roosevelt was cared for by her grandmother and sent to school in England. In 1905, she married her distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She and her husband had six children. Although they were wealthy, her life was not easy and she suffered several personal tragedies. Her second son died when he was a baby. In 1921, her strong athletic husband was stricken with polio, which left him physically disabled for life.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman who had great intelligence and tremendous strength of character. She never let things get her down. She nursed her husband back to good health and encouraged him to remain in politics. She then helped him to become Governor of New York, and in 1933, President of the United States.

While her husband was President, she took a great interest in all the affairs of the country. She became her husband's legs and eyes; she visited prisons and hospitals; she went down into mines, up scaffoldings, and into factories. Roosevelt was tireless and daring. During the depression, she travelled all over the country bringing goodwill, reassurance, and help to people without food and jobs. During World War II she visited American soldiers in camps all over the world. The United States had never known a First Lady like her.

Roosevelt also kept in touch with the American people through a daily newspaper column called My Day. She broadcast on the radio and delivered lectures, all first for a First Lady.

1. On the basis of your understanding of the above passage answer the following questions: (any eight)

  1. How was Eleanor Roosevelt's personality in contrast to what she became?
  2. Apart from being the First Lady what else did she have to her credit?
  3. What challenges did she face in her personal life but remained unfazed?
  4. Eleanor was a strong woman who helped her husband become the President of America. How?
  5. What does the statement: 'she became her husband's legs and eyes' mean?
  6. What was her special contribution during the depression?
  7. How did she motivate soldiers during World War II?
  8. What did she do for the first time for a First Lady?
  9. What side of her personality is reflected in this passage?

Read the passage given below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Overpowering prey is a challenge for creatures that do not have limbs. Some species like Russell's viper injects 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 a species if they didn't evolve a deadlier poison to stop mongooses.

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.

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.

2. (1) Read the questions given below and answer any four in 30-40 words each.
  1. Russell viper and rat snake have different methods to attack prey. How?
  2. How does Sand Boa kill its prey?
  3. There is a constant tussle between the hunting animal and its prey? Why?
  4. What makes mongoose a snake predator?
  5. What difficulty does the writer face when he is entertained in the remote parts of India?

(2) On the basis of your reading of the above passage fill in any two of the following blanks.

  1. Overpowering ______ is a challenge for creatures that do not have limbs.
    1. killer
    2. humans
    3. a python
    4. prey
  2. Poison ______meat.
    1. enhances taste of
    2. hardens
    3. softens
    4. breaks down
  3. Californian squirrels are ______ rattlesnake poison.
    1. afraid of
    2. helpless against
    3. resistant to
    4. indifferent to

(3) Find words from the passage which mean the same as: (any two)

  1. Another (para 1)
  2. Liquid substances released from glands (para 2)
  3. Particular (para 7)

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2.1 Polynomial
2.1.1 Introduction
2.1.2 Geometrical Meaning of the Zeroes of a Polynomial
2.1.3 Relationship between Zeroes and Coefficients of a Polynomial
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3.1 Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables
3.1.1 Introduction
3.1.2 Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables
3.1.3 Graphical Method of Solution of a Pair of Linear Equations
3.2 Solving a Pair of Linear Equations
3.2.1 Substitution Method
3.2.2 Elimination Method
3.2.3 Cross - Multiplication Method
3.3 Equations Reducible to a Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables

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4.1 Quadratic Equations
4.1.1 Introduction
4.1.2 Quadratic Equations
4.1.3 Solution of a Quadratic Equation by Factorisation
4.1.4 Solution of a Quadratic Equation by Completing the Square
4.1.5 Nature of Roots
4.1.6 Applications of quadratic equations

5 Arithmetic Progression
5.1 Arithmetic Progression
5.1.1 Introduction
5.1.2 Introduction
5.1.3 Arithmetic Progression
5.1.4 nth Term of an AP
5.1.5 Sum of First n Terms of an AP

6 Triangles
6.1 Triangles
6.1.1 Introduction
6.1.2 Similar Figures
6.1.3 Similarity of Triangles
6.1.4 Criteria for Similarity of Triangles
6.1.5 Areas of Similar Triangles
6.1.6 Pythagoras Theorem

7 Coordinate Geometry
7.1 Coordinate Geometry
7.1.1 Introduction
7.1.2 Distance Formula
7.1.3 Section Formula
7.1.4 Area of a Triangle

8 Trigonometry
8.1 Trigonometry
8.1.1 Introduction
8.1.2 Trigonometric Ratios
8.1.3 Trigonometric Ratios of Some Specific Angles
8.1.4 Trigonometric Ratios of Complementary Angles
8.1.5 Trigonometric Identities

9 Application of Trigonometry
9.1 Some applications of Trigonometry
9.1.1 Introduction
9.1.2 Heights and Distances

10 Circles
10.1 Circles
10.1.1 Introduction
10.1.2 Tangent to a Circle
10.1.3 Number of Tangents from a Point on a Circle

11 Construction
11.1 Construction
11.1.1 Introduction
11.1.2 Division of a Line Segment
11.1.3 Construction of Tangents to a circle

12 Areas Related to Circle
12.1 Areas related to circle
12.1.1 Introduction
12.1.2 Perimeter and Area of a Circle — A Review
12.1.3 Areas of Sector and Segment of a Circle
12.1.4 Areas of Combinations of Plane Figures

13 Surface Area and Volume
13.1 Surface Area & volume
13.1.1 Introduction
13.1.2 Surface Area of a Combination of Solids
13.2 Volumes
13.2.1 Volume of a Combination of Solids
13.3 Surface Area & volume
13.3.1 Conversion of Solid from One Shape to Another
13.3.2 Frustum of a Cone

14 Statistics
14.1 Statistics
14.1.1 Introduction
14.1.2 Mean of Grouped Data
14.1.3 Mode of Grouped Data
14.1.4 Median of Grouped Data
14.1.5 Graphical Representation of Cumulative Frequency Distribution

15 Probability
15.1 Probability — A Theoretical Approach

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1.1 Chemical equations
1.1.1 Writing a chemical equation
1.1.2 Balanced chemical equations
1.2 Types of chemical reactions
1.2.1 Combination reaction.
1.2.2 Decomposition reaction
1.2.3 Displacement reactions
1.2.4 Double displacement reaction
1.2.5 Oxidation and reduction
1.3 Have you observed the effects of oxidation reactions in everyday life?
1.3.1 Corrosion
1.3.2 Rancidity

2.1 Understanding the chemical properties of acids and bases
2.1.1 Acids and bases in the laboratory
2.1.2 How do acids and bases react with metals?
2.1.3 How do metal carbonates and metal hydrogencarbonates react with acids?
2.1.4 How do acids and bases react with each other?
2.1.5 Reaction of metallic oxides with acids
2.1.6 Reaction of a non-metallic oxide with base
2.2 What do all acids and all bases have in common
2.2.1 What happens to an acid or a base in a water solution?
2.3 How strong are acid or base solutions?
2.3.1 Importance of ph in everyday life
2.3.2 Are plants and animals ph sensitive?
2.3.3 What is the ph of the soil in your backyard?
2.3.4 ph in our digestive system
2.3.5 ph change as the cause of tooth decay
2.3.6 Self defence by animals and plants through chemical warfare
2.4 More about salts
2.4.1 Family of salts
2.4.2 ph of salts
2.4.3 Chemicals from common salt
2.4.4 Are the crystals of salts really dry?

3.1 Physical properties
3.1.1 Metals
3.1.2 Non-metals
3.2 Chemical properties of metals
3.2.1 What happens when metals are burnt in air?
3.2.2 What happens when metals react with water?
3.2.3 What happens when metals react with acids?
3.2.4 How do metals react with solutions of other metal salts?
3.2.5 The reactivity series
3.3 How do metals and non-metals react?
3.3.1 Properties of ionic compounds
3.4 Occurrence of metals
3.4.1 Extraction of metals
3.4.2 Enrichment of ores
3.4.3 Extracting metals low in the activity series
3.4.4 Extracting metals in the middle of the activity series
3.4.5 Extracting metals towards the top of the activity series
3.4. 5 Refining of metals
3.5 Corrosion
3.5.1 Prevention of corrosion

4.1 Bonding in carbon – the covalent bond
4.2 Versatile nature of carbon
4.2.1 Saturated and unsaturated carbon compounds
4.2.2 Chains, branches and rings
4.2.3 Will you be my friend?
4.2.4 Homologous series
4.2.5 Nomenclature of carbon compound
4.3 Chemical properties of carbon compounds
4.3.1 Combustion
4.3.2 Oxidation
4.3.3 Addition reaction
4.3.4 Substitution reaction
4.4 Some important carbon compounds – ethanol and ethanoic acid
4.4.1 Properties of ethanol
4.4.2 Properties of ethanoic acid
4.5 Soaps and detergents

5.1 Making order out of chaos – early attempts at the classification of elements
5.1.1 Döbereiner’s triads
5.1.2 Newlands law of octaves
5.2 Making order out of chaos – Mendeléev’s periodic table
5.2.1 Achievements of Mendeléev’s periodic table
5.2.2 Limitations of Mendeléev’s classification
5.3 Making order out of chaos – the modern periodic table
5.3.1 Position of elements in the modern periodic table
5.3.2 Trends in the modern periodic table

6.1 What are life processes?
6.2 Nutrition
6.2.1 How do living things get their food?
6.2.1 Autotrophic nutrition
6.2.2 Heterotrophic nutrition
6.2.3 How do organisms obtain their nutrition?
6.2.4 Nutrition in human beings
6.3 Respiration
6.4 Transportation
6.4.1 Transportation in human being
6.4.2 Transportation in plants
6.5 Excretion
6.5.1 Excretion in human beings
6.5.2 Excretion in plants

7.1 Animals – nervous system
7.1.1 What happens in reflex actions?
7.1.2 Human brain
7.1.3 How are these tissues protected?
7.1.4 How does the nervous tissue cause action?
7.2 Coordination in plants
7.2.1 Immediate response to stimulus
7.2.2 Movement due to growth
7.3 Hormones in animals

8.1 Do organisms create exact copies of themselves?
8.1.1 The importance of variation
8.2 Modes of reproduction used by single organisms
8.2.1 Fission
8.2.2 Fragmentation
8.2.3 Regeneration
8.2.4 Budding
8.2.5 Vegetative propagation
8.2.6 Spore formation
8.3 Sexual reproduction
8.3.1 Why the sexual mode of reproduction
8.3.2 Sexual reproduction in flowering plants
8.3.3 Reproduction in human beings
8.3.3 (a) Male reproductive system
8.3.3 (b) Female reproductive system
8.3.3 (c) What happens when the egg is not fertilised?
8.3.3 (d) Reproductive health

9.1 Accumulation of variation during reproduction
9.2 Heredity
9.2.1 Inherited traits
9.2.2 Rules for the inheritance of traits – mendel’s contributions
9.2.3 How do these traits get expressed?
9.2.4 Sex determination
9.3 Evolution
9.3.1 An illustration
9.3.2 Acquired and inherited traits
9.4 Speciation
9.5 Evolution and classification
9.5.1 Tracing evolutionary relationships
9.5.2 Fossils
9.5.3 Evolution by stages
9.6 Evolution should not be equated with ‘progress’
9.6.1 Human evolution

10.1 Reflection of light
10.2 Spherical mirrors
10.2.1 Image formation by spherical mirrors
10.2.2 Representation of images formed by spherical mirrors using ray diagrams
10.2.3 Sign convention for reflection by spherical mirrors
10.2.4 Mirror formula and magnification
10.3 Refraction of light
10.3.1 Refraction through a rectangular glass slab
10.3.2 The refractive index
10.3.3 Refraction by spherical lenses
10.3.4 Image formation by lenses
10.3.5 Image formation in lenses using ray diagrams
10.3.6 Sign convention for spherical lenses
10.3.7 Lens formula and magnification
10.3.8 Power of a lens

11.1 The human eye
11.1.1 Power of accommodation
11.2 Defects of vision and their correction
11.3 Refraction of light through a prism
11.4 Dispersion of white light by a glass prism
11.5 Atmospheric refraction
11.6 Scattering of light
11.6.1 Tyndall effect
11.6.2 Why is the colour of the clear sky blue?
11.6.3 Colour of the sun at sunrise and sunset
12.1 Electric current and circuit
12.2 Electric potential and potential difference
12.3 Circuit diagram
12.4 Ohm’s law
12.5 Factors on which the resistance of a conductor depends
12.6 Resistance of a system of resistors
12.6.1 Resistors in series
12.6.2 Resistors in parallel
12.7 Heating effect of electric current
12.7.1 Practical applications of heating effect of electric current
12.8 Electric power

13.1 Magnetic field and field lines
13.2 Magnetic field due to a current-carrying conductor
13.2.1 Magnetic field due to a current through a straight conductor
13.2.2 Right-hand thumb rule
13.2.3 Magnetic field due to a current through a circular loop
13.2.4 Magnetic field due to a current in a solenoid
13.3 Force on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field
13.4 Electric motor
13.5 Electromagnetic induction
13.6 Electric generator
13.7 Domestic electric circuits

14.1 What is a good source of energy?
14.2 Conventional sources of energy
14.2.1 Fossil fuels
14.2.2 Thermal power plant
14.2.3 Hydro power plants
14.2.4 Improvements in the technology for using conventional sources of energy
14.3 Alternative or non-conventional sources of energy
14.3.1 Solar energy
14.3.2 Energy from the sea
14.3.3 Geothermal energy
14.3.4 Nuclear energy
14.4 Environmental consequences
14.5 How long will an energy source last us?

15.1 What happen when we add our waste to the environment
15.2 Eco-system — what are its components?
15.2.1 Food chains and webs
15.3 How do our activities affect the environment?
15.3.1 Ozone layer and how it is getting depleted
15.3.2 Managing the garbage we produce

16.1 Why do we need to manage our resources?
16.2 Forests and wild life
16.2.1 Stakeholders
16.2.2 Sustainable management
16.3 Water for all
16.3.1 Dams
16.3.2 Water harvesting
16.4 Coal and petroleum
16.5 An overview of natural resource management

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