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CBSE Sample Papers for Class English Communicative Paper 14
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Time Allowed: 3 hours
Max. Marks: 80
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections: A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.
(Reading) 20 Marks
1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: (8 marks)
Ergonomics in Workplaces
Many a time people feel fatigue because of poorly designed workspaces. Your desk, your chair, your computer and keyboard – the placement, height and angle of each of them – play a crucial role in preventing muscle and eye strain. That is what has given rise to an interest in the study of ergonomics. It is the applied science of equipment design at the workplace. Ergonomics is intended to reduce fatigue and discomfort for people sitting and working in offices.
So, why does it make sense for organisations to follow ergonomic principles? In a recent study, it has been found that over 60% of individuals diagnosed with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) had received no training in strain injury at their offices and another 30% had received incorrect ergonomic advice.
Another interesting find has been that employees who turn up to work in spite of being in pain can cause massive productivity losses amounting to thousands of dollars annually. Research findings have shown that most offices in India are operating with furniture that is a mismatch to the highly networked work culture that exists and there is hardly any awareness among employees about ergonomics and how it impacts them. This has resulted in an alarming 71% of employees suffering from rapidly spreading Musculo Skeletal Disorders (MSD). The symptoms are back pain, shoulder pain of varying intensity, leading to lowering of productivity of employees at work.
To counter this problem, some companies have created volunteers who are part of a ‘train and trainers’ initiative. They act as custodians of their bays and monitor their colleagues’ postures and advise them on a day-to-day basis. Talking about the part that employees can do to make their workplaces comfortable, some experts say that from an employee’s perspective, having knowledge of what is a safe working position, and what are the right ways of relieving fatigue, how the current set-up can be optimized, what simple solutions can be incorporated, can go a long way in creating a stress-free environment with healthy employees.
I. Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read: (1×8=8 marks)
(i) What is the latest finding about workplaces?
(ii) How can muscle and eye strain be prevented at the workplace?
(iii) What is ergonomics?
(iv) What are the findings about not conforming to ergonomic principles?
(v) What is the finding about furniture in Indian workplaces?
(vi) What are the symptoms of Musculo Skeletal Disorders (MSD)?
(vii) How are workplaces in India countering this problem?
(viii) What are the simple steps for creating a stress-free environment with healthy employees?
(ix) What have some of the companies done to counter the problem of back pain, shoulder pain, etc., among the employees.
2. Read the following passage carefully.
Experts say that what customers buy in the name of herbal cosmetics is often the same synthetic cosmetic with a herb or two added, which works to lure customers. A product that says it is 100% natural may be misleading in the sense that it’s difficult to stabilize a fully natural base and is always quite expensive, requiring advanced technology. The desired shelf life of a product is expected to be at least two years, but that of a purely herbal product would be restricted to about six months. Also, the product won’t be aesthetically appealing as the synthetic product. Hence, manufacturers of herbal products have to include synthetic base ingredients to balance the formula.
Herbal ingredients might also cause allergies as they may contain a large number of constituents which may be allergic to that user. Thus the concept of using ‘total extracts’ may be harmful, because there are several other ingredients going into the product. Also, things like pH need to be considered before using it.
According to the law experts, customers suing someone is considered extreme. Given the legal system in India and the long-drawn litigation processes, consumers tend to pursue legal action against manufacturers/distributors in the event of any problem. However, with the dawn of consumer forums and more effective laws protecting the interests of the consumers, the trend is slowly moving towards this direction.
At times, it is not just manipulative manufacturers and passive consumers but sometimes weak and absent rules regarding the process of manufacturing can also get fake production licenses. Also one cannot make a generalisation that synthetics are safe while naturals are harmful. I would say that the difference is that, if one is a known devil (synthetics) the other is unknown. Unlike the case of synthetic cosmetics, herbal cosmetics is still in a nascent stage. You don’t have well-defined standards for the use of raw materials in the production of herbal cosmetics.
Finally, customers can also check out their cosmetics by using the ‘Cosmetics ingredient dictionary ’, a database of 19,000 ingredients. It claims to help users check out what chemical compounds they use daily. This App lets you feed the names of the ingredients written on the container into the app and then get the reading about it.
A. On the basis of reading of the above passage, answer any four of the following questions (2×4 = 8 marks)
(i) Why is it misleading when a product is labelled as 100% natural?
(ii) Mention two drawbacks of natural products.
(iii) Why is taking recourse to legal action gaining momentum?
(iv) What is the cosmetics ingredient dictionary?
(v) How is the concept of using total extracts be harmful?
B. On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of the following blanks with appropriate word/phrases. (1×2 = 2 marks)
(i) Herbal ingredients right also cause ___.
(ii) ___are protecting consumers interests.
(iii) ___are known as devil.
C. Attempt any two of the following, find out the words, that mean the same as under: (1×2 = 2 marks)
(i) components (Paragraph 2)
(ii) gatherings (Paragraph 3)
(iii) with regard to beauty (Paragraph 1)
(Writing Skills and Grammar) 30 Marks
3. Write a letter to M/s Laxmi Stationery Mart, Chawri Bazaar, Delhi asking them to send their rates and terms of supply of stationery items. You are R.K. Mittal, Office Superintendent, Bundelkhand Public School, Jhansi. (8 marks)
You are a resident of Mahalakshmi Apartments, Patparganj, Delhi. Your residential area is flooded with road-side dwellers who are deprived of the basic civic amenities like street lights, public toilets and bathrooms. Write a letter to the Editor of ‘The Hindustan Times’ highlighting the problems of these road-side dwellers, and also the problems posed by them to the public. Give suggestions for improvement.
4. Write a short story in about 200-250 words with the help of given outlines.
Give a suitable title to the story. (10 marks)
How foolish I was to have believed that young woman…’
She finally had it – the key to the treasure – the map – she trembled – excitement – anticipation – got a cheque – 10,000 rupees – finally won.
5. Fill in any four of the following blanks choosing the most appropriate option from the ones given below. Write the answers in your answer sheets against the correct blank number. (1×4 = 4 marks)
The Delhi Police (a)___busted a gang of robbers who (b)___robbed 20 crore (c)___a bank. The arrested (d)___identified as Shyam Kumar, Puran and Chamanlal. The trio (e)___caught red handed.
(a) (i) has (ii) have (iii) had (iv) was
(b) (i) has (ii) have (iii) had (iv) was
(c) (i) of (ii) from (iii) at (iv) on
(d) (i) has (ii) have (iii) has (iv) were
(e) (i) was (ii) were (iii) have (iv) had
6. There is an error in each line. Mark the error and correct it. Write the word under correction column. Attempt any four. The first one has been done for you. (1X4 = 4 marks)
7. Rearrange the following words to make meaningful sentences. Attempt any four. (1×4 = 4 marks)
(iv) you/‘The Three Musketeers’/week/you/only/last/had seen/told me
(v) went/insisted/since/him/Ramesh/I accompany/that/‘Heena’/to see/I
(Literature and Long Reading Text). 30 Marks
8. Read extract given below and answer the questions that follow. Write the answer in your answer sheet in one or two lines only. (1 X4=4 marks)
“Gainst death and all oblivious enmity.
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room,
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.”
(i) What shall pace forth against death and enmity?
(ii) How long shall the ‘praise’ find room?
(iii) What does the poet want through this poem?
(iv) What do you mean by ‘the eyes of posterity’?
“Aye, I’m right enough but for a bit of a headache.
I wouldn’t mind betting that I’m not the first in this house
to be carried to the cemetery. I always think Henry there
looks none too healthy.”
(i) Who is the speaker of the above lines?
(ii) To whom is the speaker speaking?
(iii) What was thought of the speaker that morning? What had actually happened to him?
(iv) What does the phrase, ‘Henry there looks none too healthy’ mean?
9. Answer any four of the following questions in 30—40 words each: (2×4=8 marks)
(i) What according to Shakespeare is more enduring — his poetry or the ornate gilded monuments? How?
(ii) Which are the different ways in which the frog asserts his importance?
(iii) Do you think the title ‘7wo Gentlemen of Verona’ is apt? How?
(iv) Why did Ali give Lakshmi Das all the money he had saved?
(v) What change does grandfather make in his new will? What effect does it have on his daughters?
10. Answer any one of the following questions in 100-120 words: (8 marks)
Imagine you are the narrotor of the story. Write a letter to your friend giving your impressions about Nicola and Jacopo and explaining the vlaues you have learnt from them.
How, according to Shakespeare, can poetry withstand the devastating effect of hostile forces of nature or deadly engines of war?
11. Answer the following questions based on prescribed novel text for external reading in about 200-250 words: (10 marks)
The Diary of a Young Girl
How does Anne feel about the laws that restrict the Jews’ freedom?
Write a character sketch of Anne Frank.
The Story of My Life
Why did Helen have to leave the Cambridge school before completing her studies?
Who was Helen’s all-weather friend? How did he and his wife help?
(Reading) 20 Marks
1. I. (i) The latest finding is that poorly designed workplaces can lead to fatigue.
(ii) Muscle and eye strain can be prevented at the workplace by the correct placement, height and angle of the desk, computer and chair.
(iii) Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design to increase productivity and cut down fatigue.
(iv) It was found that 60% suffered Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and 30% suffered due to receiving incorrect ergonomic advice.
(v) Indian workplaces are operating with furniture mismatched to their highly networked work culture.
(vi) The symptoms of MDS are back pain, shoulder pain of varying intensity.
(vii) Volunteers in offices monitor their own and their colleagues postures
(viii) (a) Having the right ergonomic knowledge, (b) adopting the right posture, (c) Optimizing the present condition.
(ix) They have created volunteers who are part of a training and trainer initiative to monitor the positives of the employees.
2. (A) (i) It is misleading because it is difficult to stabilise a fully herbal base for the cosmetic. Also, natural cosmetics are expensive and require advanced technology.
(ii) Natural cosmetics have a much shorter shelf life of just six months unlike synthetic products that last two years. Also, they are not as appealing aesthetically as synthetic products.
(iii) Legal action is gaining momentum because of the dawn of consumer forums and more effective laws to protect the interest of consumers. This trend is making a difference.
(iv) The Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary is an App device with a database of 19,000 names of ingredients. It helps check out claims of what chemical compounds they use daily, by means of its readings.
(v) There are several other ingredients than the herbal ingredients. Things like pH need to be considered before using it.
B. (i) allergies
(ii) consumer forums and more effective laws
(iii) synthetic cosmetics
C. (i) Ingredients
(Writing Skills and Grammar) 30 Marks
3. Bundelkhand Public School,
Date 20 March, 20xx
M/s Laxmi Stationery Mart,
Subject: Inviting Rates and Terms of Supply
Bundelkhand Public School, Jhansi wants to place a bulk order for the supply of stationery items for our school office and the administrative block for the session 2017-2018. We have selected a few leading stationers for the purchase and supply of these items. We have included your prestigious firm in the list, keeping in view the good will it enjoys in the stationery market. Kindly quote your rates and terms of supply and send them in a sealed envelope. We shall accept the tenders quoting the lowest rates. The terms of supply will also get due weightage and consideration.
We need the following items with their brands. The number of items required are given below:
Let me remind you once again that maximum discounts and the suitable terms of supply will be important considerations before placing the order. The list of rates and terms of supply received after 20th April, 2017, will not be entertained.
20 March, 2017
The Hindustan Times,
Subject: Problems caused by the road-dwellers
Illegal constructions and settlements have become the order of the day in Delhi. I would like to highlight the nuisance caused by the road-side dwellers who have flooded the main road leading to Mahalakshmi Apartments.
Mahalakshmi Apartments inhabit people who are mostly government employees. Their hopes of living in a clean and peaceful colony have been shattered to pieces. The residential area is flooded with road-side dwellers. They are mostly those people w ho are unemployed of semi-employed. Many of them have even taken to begging. They are deprived of the basic civic amenities like light, public toilets and bathrooms. The area around the colony has been converted into a public latrine. There is only one public tap. Frequent quarrels and noisy duels are the common features. These road-dwellers are living in subhuman conditions. Heaps of dirt and the stagnant water have made this place unsuitable for human habitation.
Few suggestions in this regard can help to ease the situation. All these road- dwellers should be shifted to the outskirts of the city. They may be provided the basic civic amenities there. The roads, lawns and the public park should be properly maintained. The concerned authorities should take immediate steps to make Mahalakshmi Apartments a pleasant place to live in.
4. Misjudgement Corrected!
‘How foolish I was to have believed that young woman…’
I, an innocent victim!
How foolish I was to have believed that young woman! I saw her first near Lala Motiram’s shop. She was standing there calmly, head held high but eyes searching for something.
I would not have noticed, had my bike not punctured at exactly the same spot. She looked worried. I went up to her and asked her the reason. After some prodding she told me that she had come for an interview to our city. She slept off in the bus and had woken up suddenly at the stop. In the rush, she had forgotten one of her bags in the bus and that bag had her wallet in it. I told her not to worry and that bus would be back to this stop by evening 4 p.m. I also assured her that the people here are honest and would return the wallet soon. She seemed relaxed and started to move. However I felt bad for her and offered her some money. She seemed indignant and I had to coax her to take it. I gave her my card and said, ‘Take it as a loan. You can return it when you get your wallet.’ Saying this I gave her 250 rupees and went off, happy at helping someone in need. I never heard again from the lady. I had almost forgotten it when I saw her again. She was there at the same spot. This time talking to Mr. Shah, one of my neighbours. I was angry but decided to act wisely. I walked up to them and wished Mr Shah. The young woman seemed terrified seeing me. I asked her if she had found her wallet. She understood that her game was up and started pleading wTith us. We threatened her with dire consequences if we saw her around again. After hearing the complete incident Mr. Shah thanked me for saving him. I smiled and went off thinking how foolish I was to have believed that young woman.
The Treasure Hunt
It had been a long way up. Radhika was tired but she did not want to give up. She was determined to win the competition. After all she had prepared too long for it. Moreover she could not lose to Ravi. He was always after her and wanted to prove that girls could not do anything right. Radhika was determined to prove him wrong. After a few more steps, she checked her route map given by the organisers. She was near the location. Now’ she started carefully looking for the markers. Finally, she found it-, the key to the treasure, the final map. Trembling with excitement and anticipation she slowly opened it, only to find a blank page. She threw it away in anger. A minute later she realized her folly. The organisers would have put the information secretly. They would not make so easy. She ran to get it before anyone else found it. She finally found it and brought back to the large tree. She slowly opened it again and tried to look at it closely. Sudden she saw some letters. She held the sheet to the sun and looked closely again. There was — the secret code for reaching the treasure point. She checked her compass, she was moving in the right direction. Trying to keep her cool, she made some calculation using the information in the map. She was just 500 mtrs away from the place. She ran and started digging at the appointed spot. She pushed the mud hard with a stick. Suddenly there was a sound. Slowly she peeped in. It was a small tin. Taking it out, she checked. There lie the final treasure—a cheque for 10,000 rupees. She could not contain her and shouted loudly. She had finally won.
5. (a) (i) (b) (iii) (c) (ii) (d) (iv) (e) (ii)
7. (i) Studies are more important than films.
(ii) Seeing to many films which you have started is bad.
(iii) In the past, I used to but not now.
(iv) Only last week you told me you had seen ‘The three Musketeers’.
(v) Since Ramesh insisted that I accompany him, I went to see ‘Heena’.
(Literature and Long Reading Text) 30 Marks
8. (i) Written record of his friend’s life.
(ii) Till the last day of judgement.
(iii) To immortalise his friend.
(iv) in the eyes of future generation.
(i) Abel Merryweather.
(ii) his daughters and their husbands.
(iii) He was thought to be dead. He was not dead, he was in deep sleep.
(iv) Henry looks sick and pale and would die.
9. (i) According to Shakespeare, his poetry will survive longer time than the ornate gild monuments. He says that neither forces of nature nor wars can destroy his poet. In fact, even godly powers of Mars will not have a devastating effect on his poem.
(ii) The frog asserts his importance as a musician and an art critic. He asserts that owns the Bingle Bog and reigns supreme in it. He tells the nightingale if she goes training from him, she would scale new heights in singing.
(iii) I think the title is apt. The two boys are young in age but mature in mind. They have all the qualities of a gentleman like love, devotion, consideration, honest, fairness, politeness, courtesy, capacity to work hard and caring for others. The narrator saw in them a new nobility and hope for human society. All these make the title appropriate.
(iv) Ali thought that his end was near. He had not received any letter from Miriam far, but he had not lost hope. Suppose a letter did come from her after his death. How would he get it? He gave Lakshmi Das all the money he had saved. He ask him one favour — to send his daughter’s letter to his grave.
(v) The grandfather decides to make a change in his new will. He shall be leaving his bits of things to whoever he’s living with when he dies. Both his daughters, Elizabeth and Amelia — now want to have him and quarrel over this point. Ame reminds her father of their previous quarrel over the issue of keeping the old man with them by turns.
10. 327 Hotel Plaza,
25 July, 20xx
While driving to Vienna, I came across two young boys, Nicola and Jacopo, selling wild strawberries. They were childish enough and quite innocent. Yet in these boyish faces there was a maturity which was far beyond their years. In both there was a seriousness which one respected an air of purpose far beyond their years. They were polite and well mannered and always had their usual cheerful competence. What struck me most was their willingness to work hard, to do any and every kind of work that came their way. They proved extremely useful to us. They provided us a packet of American cigarettes or seats for a opera show. They suggested the name of restaurant that provided good Italian food.
Their shabby appearance was no index of their virtues. They were real gems covered in rags. Born of respectable parents and brought up in a comfortable and cultured atmosphere, they had to cope with sudden poverty and illness of their sister. They undertook to do any and every job that provided them money to get their dear sister treated. They worked selflessly and fairly. They did not spend the hard-earned money on themselves. They earned only for their sister. The nobility of purpose, sincerity, devotion and affection for sister is really rare. For me they are two great gentlemen of Verona. They are really a great hope for human life and society.
Poetry springs out of human heart and resides there. As long as the human heart throbs, it keeps the emotions alive. The sonnet written by Shakespeare in praise of his friend has certainly outlived both the poet and his friend. It is as fresh, lively and vibrant today as it was when the poet composed it almost 400 years ago. Huge monuments made of beautiful stones like white marble and embedded with precious gems have faded with the onslaught of time.
The hostile forces of nature and the deadly engines of war have left their devastating effect on these physical objects. On the other hand, poetry has survived the ravages of cruel time, hostile forces of nature and deadly engines of war. Shakespeare has indeed succeeded in immortalising his friend. As we go through the poem an image of his friend springs up in our imagination. Thus he has immortalised his friend through his poem.
11. The Franks left Germany to live in Holland because they could escape persecution. After the Germans invaded Holland in 1940, however, the same laws imposed in Germany were extended to the Netherlands. Anne thinks the laws are unjust, but she does not completely understand why the Jewish people have been singled out for this discrimination. She wishes that next time the Jews will be chosen for something good rather than something bad. Anne feels it is unfair that Jews cannot use streetcars, that they must wear yellow stars, and that she must attend particular school. Nonetheless, she is still optimistic about her family’s safety and feels relatively secure about her future. Anne accepts the restrictions as a fact of life in Amsterdam, and she is thankful to the Dutch people for their sympathy, especially the ferryman, who let Jews ride the ferry because they are not allowed to ride streetcars.
Once the SS calls up for Margot, Anne realises that she is not safe from the Nazis. Her entire life and worldview is quickly transformed as she is forced into hiding. As Anne hears about more of her friends being taken to concentration camps, her fears grows and she questions why the Jews are being restricted. She also questions why she remains relatively safe while her friends outside have to suffer so much. Anne says that she does not blame the Dutch people for her family’s misfortune, and her sense of perspective allows her to realise that the non-Jewish Dutch also suffer greatly during the war. When she hears that the Dutch are becoming more anti-Semitic, she is disheartened but remains optimistic about humanity.
Anne Frank is a young Dutch woman of German-Jewish origin. She is the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank. As the diary is her property and prized possession, the readers remain in her head throughout the length of the book. In her diary, she is precocious, intelligent, charming and, even under the worst circumstances, funny. Over the course of the diary, she grows from a spoiled, somewhat naive, young girls of thirteen to a self-aware young woman of fifteen. Although she has little political consciousness at the beginning of the diary, she grows to question anti-Semitism and the petty persecution of those around her. She also discovers a wealth of good qualities in herself. After the annex residents are discovered, she goes to the concentration camp at Belsen, in Germany, where she dies before her sixteenth birthday.
Mr Gilman told Miss Sullivan that Helen was overworked. Despite Helen’s requests, he reduced the number of her recitations. He had earlier agreed that she could complete her preparation for Radcliffe in two years more. Then he changed his position and insisted that she should remain at his school three years longer. She did not like his idea as she wanted to enter college with her class.
Miss Sullivan also supported Helen as she was sure that she would be able to complete her studies in two years. Mr. Gilman declared that Helen was breaking down. He made changes in her studies which made it impossible for her to take her final examinations with her class. So, Helen’s mother decided to withdraw her and her sister from the Cambridge school. A private tutor was engaged to teach Helen so that her studies did not suffer and she could achieve her goal in time.
Helen met Mr. Lawrence Hutton a poet, in New York, and found in him a great inspiring friend. He was a time-tested, all-weather friend. Mr Hutton had the well-known faculty of bringing out in every on the best thoughts and kindest sentiments. Mrs. Hutton was a true and tried friend. Mr. Hutton introduced Helen to many of his literary friends, greatest of whom were Dr. William Dean Howells and Mark Twain. When Helen found her work particularly difficult and discouraging, Mrs Hutton wrote a letter that made Helen feel glad and brave; for she was one of those whom Helen learnt that one painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.
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