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ANNUAL EXAMINATION (2017-18)CLASS-VIISUBJECT-ENGLISH (SET-A)TIME: 3 Hrs. M.M.100General Instructions:This question paper consists of four sections:Section A- Reading (20 marks)Section B- Writing (20 marks)Section C- Grammar (25 marks)Section D- Literature (35 marks)This question paper has 16 questions.Read the questions properly and answer in the given answer sheet section wise.All the questions are compulsory.___________________________________________________________________________________SECTION–A (READING)Q.1 Read the following passage carefully.(1) If one looks for good qualities in one single plant, the sunflower is considered supreme over many other plants. According to historical sources, King Louis XIV of France used the sunflower as his emblem. He was therefore named the Sun King. Sunflower also inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint his famous series of sunflower paintings.(2) The sunflower-an oilseed (like soyabeans, groundnuts and castor oil) is also rich in protein, edible oil and calcium. Almost all sunflower seed is crushed for sunflower oil. This vegetable oil is also used in margarine and lubricants and serves as a substitute for diesel fuel. The compressed shells are used as fuels in furnaces and boilers. Sunflower cake- a by-product is used for animal feed because of its high protein content. Shelled sunflower seed is a delicacy and whole seeds are found in food given to caged birds and small pets. Regular use of sunflower oil as cooking medium can reduce cholesterol in body cells and fluids and prevent heart attacks.(3) Traditionally, the sunflower had numerous uses. It was a part of the culture of the North American Indians (Red Indians) for over 3000 years. It was used mainly for food and in medicine and dye. In 1510, Spanish explorers saw the sunflower plants for the first time in New Mexico (Southern United States) and took some seeds back to Spain. From there the sunflower seed was distributed to the rest of Europe and Russia (today the world’s largest producer), China , India, Australia and South Africa.(4) The sunflower is an annual summer dryland crop. Planting time is from September until January.(5) Usually, sunflowers reach a height of one to two metres. But plants of six metres height have also occured. Before the bud opens, the scale leaves turn towards the sun so that the photosynthesis can take place. A day or two before the bud opens, it turns permanently towards the east. Sunflowers are ready to be harvested as soon as the backs of the heads change colour from green to yellow and when the moisture content of the seed has dropped to less than ten percent. 1.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions.a) Why was King Louis XIV named as Sun King? (1)b) What is the planting time of Sunflower? (1)c) In what way does sunflower oil help to fight diseases? (1) d) What is the usual height of sunflower? (1) e) How was the sunflower seed distributed in different countries? (2) f) Mention any two traditional uses of Sunflower. (2)1.2 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following: (1×2=2) a) Condensed into a small space (Para 2) b) To stop (Para 2)Q.2 Read the following poem carefully. It crept forward. A spark at first. Growing into a flame Then brightening into a blaze. It crept forward. Like a panther, stealthily stalking his prey. Slowly, now, then leaping Like a beast gone mad. Leaping, and being doused with water. Still, relentlessly, on and on it went. Tearing through, with lightning speed. It spread. Its petals fanned out, yellow and orange And red. The greedy rage-flower. Advancing its tendrils, announcing their arrival With a crackle, a hiss, a sizzle and spit. Tearing along with blinding fury. Destroying everything in its path. Hurrying through. Feeding on dried-up wood and brittle screams Fire! On the basis of your reading of the poem, choose the correct option.(1x5 = 5) i) ‘It’ in the above poem refers to a) an animal b)the fire c) a child d) lightning ii) The fire a) increased in intensity gradually b) burned steadily c) burst out suddenly d) did not advance at all iii) The poet compares the fire to a panther because it a) moved very fast b) advanced quietly at first c) was cruel d) jumped over things in its way iv)The fire is called greedy because a) nothing can stop it b) everybody feeds it c) it continues to burn for a long time d) it devours everything it finds v) The fire burns a) noiselessly b) like a growling animal c) with a thundering sound d) with a variety of sounds Q.3 Read the passage carefully.(1) Parimarjan Negi – a famous chess player, began playing chess when one of his father’s friends presented him with a chess set when he was four. He fell in love with the game immediately and it didn’t take his parents long to discover that chess wasn’t just a hobby for him.(2) Before long, Parimarjan started playing in tournaments and began to make his presence felt at the national and international events. He’s done partly well in quite a few of them, winning medals at the World, Asian and Commonwealth meets. At 13 years and 142 days, Parimarjan Negi became the World’s second youngest ever Grandmaster on July 1, 2006 in Satka, Russia.(3) Parimarjan is a truly gifted player who spends hours practicing. He is unperturbed by losses. And he holds a number of records. He is the youngest Indian to get the International Master title, the youngest Indian to beat a GM and the youngest Indian to get the GM title.(4) The journey is never easy after you become a GM but knowing Parimarjan, one could safely say that the boy would relish all the challenges that he would come across that journey.On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions.a) Parimarjan started playing chess _____________________________________. (1)b) Parimarjan has won _______________________________________________. (1)c) The chess set was given to Parimarjan by ______________________________. (1)d) When Parimarjan loses a match, he is ________________________________. (1) e) Make a sentence of your own with the word ‘journey’. (1)SECTION–B (WRITING)Q.4 You are Prithvi/Payal, the head boy/head girl of Modern Public School, Pune. Your school is organizing a trip to Nainital for the students of class VII and VIII. Write a notice for the school notice board inviting the students for the same. Give all the relevant details including date, time, and cost. (50 words) (4) OR Rehana receives a call from her sister’s friend, Rosy, when she is not at home. She has the following conversation with Rosy. Since Rehana has to go out, she leaves a message for her sister. Read the conversation given below and write the message in not more than 50 words.Rehana : Hello! Rosy : Hello! May I speak to Roma please? I am her friend, Rosy. Rehana : I am afraid she is not at home. She has gone to the market. Can I take your message? Rosy : Please tell her that today’s music class has been suspended as the teacher is not well. Instead it will be held on Sunday. So she should remember it. Could you please pass this message to her? Rehana : Oh! Sure. Rosy : Thank you.Q.5 India is inhabited by people who believe in different religion, follow different traditions and have their individual beliefs and lifestyle. Despite these dissimilarities, people live in a peaceful coexistence. Taking ideas from the unit ‘Unity in Diversity’ and using your own ideas write an article for your school magazine on the topic ‘Varied People, Varied Cultures, but One Humanity’. You are Bimal/Bhumi. (120-150 words) (8)OR Success comes to those who struggle to overpower their apprehensions. It is a result of hard work, endurance and persistence. Taking ideas from the unit ‘Achievers’ and using your own ideas prepare a speech for your school assembly on the topic- ‘The seed of achievement lies in the human mind’. (120-150 words)Q.6 Accidents and crime during night have become a menace for the people of your area. Owing to the unavailability of the street lights, darkness prevails as the night advances. Write a letter to the Editor of ‘The Times of India’ highlighting the problems faced by local people and suggesting measures to improve the situation. Imagine yourself to be Priyanshi Khanna. (120-150 words) (8)SECTION-C (GRAMMAR)Q.7 Complete the passage by choosing the correct options given below. (? ×8 = 4) When Chintu (a) ________ back home after whole evening’s play, he (b)________ his mother (c)___________ for a long time. On seeing his muddy clothes, she (d) _______, “Where (e) _______ you all this time? See how much you (f) _________ your clothes. Now who (g) _______all this? Let your Papa come. I(h) __________ him to leave you in a boarding school.(a) (i) comes (ii) came (iii) come (iv) coming(b) (i) saw (ii) see (iii) was seeing (iv) had seen(c) (i) was waiting (ii) had been waiting (iii) waited (iv) had waited(d) (i) was shouting (ii) shout (iii) shouted (iv) shouts(e) (i) were (ii) was (iii) are (iv) has(f) (i) had spoiled (ii) has spoiled (iii) have spoiled (iv) are spoiled(g) (i) is washing (ii) has washed (iii) will wash (iv) washes(h) (i) will tell (ii) am telling (iii) tell (iv) will be tellingQ.8 In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line against which a blank is given. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in your answer sheet. (? ×8 = 4)BeforeMissingAfterWhen you leave enter a country there (e.g.) leave or enterAre certain things you are not allowed (a) ___________________To take you. For example when you (b) ___________________Come to India from abroad, you to (c) ___________________Declare things that bring especially (d) ___________________Items gold, foreign currency or electronic (e) ___________________Items etc. You have to pay duty them (f) ___________________Certain things like drugs totally forbidden. (g) ___________________You cannot carry them you. (h)___________________Q.9 Rearrange the following words or phrases into meaningful sentences. (1×4=4)(a) illiterate/a large number of/India/ in/ are/ people(b) the functioning of/ understand/ democratic institutions/ do not/ they(c) aware of/ they/ the great value of/ are not/ vote/ the(d) easily/ illiterate people/ these/ politicians/ deceived by/ areQ.10 Fill in the blanks with appropriate linkers. (1×4=4)The human body is a wonderful piece of work that nature has created. It is not beautiful like the body of butterfly (a) _________ it is shaped practically. (b) ____________ it is healthy, the body can give great pleasure (c) ________ when it is sick it can cause great pain. The wise man would always keep his body fit (d) ____________ a healthy mind can work only in a healthy body.Q.11 Read the following conversation and then report what was said by completing the following passage. (1×4=4)Tanisha: I want to order a big pineapple cake for my birthday.Confectioner: When is your birthday?Tanisha: It is tomorrow.Confectioner: You can collect it by noon.Tanisha told the confectioner (a) __________________________ birthday. The confectioner asked (b) _______________________. Tanisha replied (c)_______________________. The confectioner told her (d) _________________________by noon.Q.12 (i) Use the verb ‘burn’ both transitively and intransitively in sentences of your own. (2) (ii) Do as directed. (1×3=3) a) At this time next week, I ____________________ (attend) the conference. (fill the correct form of future tense) b) He _________ swim very well when he was young. (fill in the modal) c) She has been learning English ________________. (complete the sentence using ‘since’)SECTION – D (LITERATURE)Q.13 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (5)Where wretchedness will hang its head,And joy, like a pearl,Attend the needs of all mankind.a) Explain-‘wretchedness will hang its head’. (2)b) What is the significance of the comparison between joy and pearl? (2)c) Identify the figure of speech used in line 2. (1) OR And now, dear little children, who may this story read,To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed,Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,And take a lesson from this tale of the spider and the fly.a) What does the poet want to say in the above lines? (2) b) How can the children avoid flatterers? (2)c) What is the rhyme scheme of the above lines? (1)Q.14 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (5)“I don’t care! You better go out, call your friends and play.”a) Who are ‘I’ and ‘you’ in the above lines? (1)b) Why should ‘you’ go out? (2)c) What made the speaker make this statement? (2)Q.15 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words. (20)How was Ram Singh arrested? Why was he summoned to the court? (3)Which sentence was underlined in red in the newspaper cutting? Why? (3)What happened to the Trishna? How was it saved? (3) Why did the villagers initially hesitate to add anything to the soup? What was their reaction afterwards? (3)In the poem ‘Friends and Flatterers’, the poet says ‘pity but he were a king’. If a person is a king, why is he to be pitied? (3)What were the three inbuilt principles in Ram Singh’s system? (3)Why was the captain of the ship worried? (2)Q.16 Imagine yourself to be Mrs. Dev. Write a diary entry describing the changes in Gopa’s attitude after you found him screaming in the dream. (80-90 words) (5) (Chocolates in Your Dreams too) ORImagine yourself to be the soldier. Write a letter to your friend telling him/her how you befooled the villagers and enjoyed your meal. (80-90 words) (5) (Stone Soup in Bohemia)ANNUAL EXAMINATION (2017-18)CLASS-VIISUBJECT-ENGLISH (SET-B)TIME: 3 Hrs. M.M.100General InstructionsThis question paper consists of four sections:Section A- Reading (20 marks)Section B- Writing (20 marks)Section C- Grammar (25 marks)Section D- Literature (35 marks)This question paper has 16 questions.Read the questions properly and answer in the given answer sheet section wise.All the questions are compulsory._________________________________________________________________________________SECTION–A (READING)Q.1 Read the following passage carefully.(1) The exchange of greetings between two friends is very common. The most popular medium for this is the greeting card usually sent by post. It is an illustrated message that expresses friendship, love, affection, goodwill, gratitude, sympathy or some similar sentiments. Greeting cards are sent on birthdays, anniversaries and religious, cultural and social occasions. Greeting cards are also sent to convey congratulations thanks, bon-voyage or get well messages.(2) The practice of exchanging illustrated greetings between friends is an ancient one. The ancient Egyptians celebrated New Year by giving each other symbolic presents like scent bottles and mud tablets with the inscription “good luck to you”. In ancient Rome, the medium of expression of greetings was a branch of the Olive or Laurel tree with its leaves coated with gold. (3) Seasonal greetings were symbolized by exchanging Roman lamps impressed with the figures of victory surrounded by the inscription “May the New Year be happy and lucky for you”. The practice of sending greetings for the New Year continued in Europe through the early days of the millennium.(4) With the coming of the printing press and its commercial use by 18th and 19th centuries, the exchange of New Year cards by merchants and tradesmen became very ordinary and uninteresting. The introduction of postal stamps and envelops in 1840 provided a convenient transmission media. The modern day greeting card became definite and clear in 1830 when the first Christmas card with season’s greetings was designed in Britain. The commercial production of greeting cards became fully established by 1860.(5) Though there are several means of conveying greetings, the public post remains the most popular. Nowadays, with the availability of modern technology, electronic mail is also being easily used for sending greetings.(6) In India, the practice of sending greeting cards had begun by British. Today, we send greetings on occasions like Diwali, Pongal, Durga Pooja, Baisakhi and other regional festivals. 1.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions.a) Which is the most popular medium of sending greetings? (1)b) How did ancient Egyptians celebrate New Year? (1)c) In what way did ancient Romans use Olive tree? (1)d) Which was the first modern greeting card? (1) e) The way of greeting changed in 18th and 19th century. How? (2) f) What is the importance of sending greeting card to someone? (2)1.2 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following: 1×2=2 a) carved words (Para 2) b) set up (Para 4)Q.2 Read the following poem carefully.BALLOONSWhenever I seeGas balloons go upI wonder where we’d end upIf we’re balloons.Would we go far awayTo some unknown destiny?Or will it be carefully decided goalWe would work our way to?Balloons! How much the’reLike human beings-So different from each otherIn colours, shapes, designs and sizesSome live long and some don’tJust like us some findA pair of loving hands and some don’tThey get lost, burst or destroyedLike we doAt timesThey rub cheeks affectionatelyOccasionally you can hearThem whisper secretsAs only friend willAnd once in awhile, in the chillOf the night or the mist of dawnYou may find one tearFlowing downSilently. On the basis of your reading of the poem, choose the correct option.(1x5 = 5) i) The poem describes a) differences between one balloon and another b) differences between balloons and human beings c) similarities between balloons and human beings d) similarities between the stages of a balloon’s life and human life ii) Lines 2 and 8 describe poet’s uncertainty about a) the destiny of balloons b) the destiny of human beings c) what destiny is d) where the balloon ends up iii) ‘So different from each other’(line11). The poet has used this expression to describe a) colours b) destiny c) human beings d) balloons iv) The rustling sound the balloons make is compared to the sound of a) breeze b) rubbing cheeks c) whispers d) bursting v) the expression ‘one tear’ refers to a) a lonely balloon in the air b) a tear drop that looks like a balloon c) a dew drop flowing down a balloon d) a child crying for balloonsQ.3 Read the passage carefully.(1) One day a rich father took his young son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “Very good, Dad!” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked, “Yeah!” “And what did you learn?”(2) The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon. When the little boy was finishing, the father was speechless.(3) His son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!” Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humour and a positive attitude towards life, you’ve got everything!(4) You can’t buy any of these things. You can have all the material possessions you can imagine, but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions.a) The father took his son on a trip to the country because ___________________. (1)b) Instead of learning how poor people could be, the son learnt ________________. (1) c) According to the author, you cannot buy ______________________________. (1)d) According to the story poverty depends on ____________________________. (1) e) Make a sentence of your own with the word ‘attitude’. (1)SECTION–B (WRITING)Q.4 You are Nitin/Nitisha , the Head Boy /Head Girl of Doon Public School, Chandigarh. Your schoolhas decided to celebrate World Elders Day. On behalf of your school, write a notice inviting all the grandparents of the students of your school. Give all the relevant details including date, time and venue. (50 words) (4) ORRahul receives a call from his mother’s office when she is not at home. He has the following conversation with Mr.Rastogi from office. Since Rahul has to leave for his tuition class, he leaves the message for his mother. Read the conversation given below and write the message in not more than 50 words. (4)Rahul: Hello!Mr. Rastogi: Hello! May I speak to Mrs. Sharma please? I am Satish Rastogi from the office.Rahul: I’m sorry uncle. Mom’s not at home right now.Mr. Rastogi: In that case, can you give her a message? It’s urgent.Rahul: Yes.Mr.Rastogi: Please tell her that the meeting fixed for tomorrow has been rescheduled. Ask her to check her mail for the details as soon as possible. Please don’t forget to inform her.Rahul: Don’t worry uncle. I will inform her.Mr. Rastogi: Thank you.Q.5 Owing to the advancements in science and technology, our life will undergo a drastic change in the forthcoming years. It will contribute to improve the quality of our life in every aspect . Taking ideas from the unit ‘The Future World’ and using your own ideas write an article for your school magazine on the topic ‘The Future Time’. You are Avinash/Avika. (120-150 words) (8)OR Universal brotherhood is of utmost importance for all human beings. Beneath the physical bodies, we all have the same soul. Taking ideas from the unit ‘Unity in Diversity’ and using your own ideas write a speech for your school magazine on the topic- ‘No Men are Foreign’. (120-150 words) (8)Q.6 Potholed roads are a common sight in your area which is a major cause of road mishaps and traffic jam. This poor condition of roads has become a nuisance for all. Write a letter to the Editor of ‘Hindustan Times’ highlighting the problems faced by local people and suggesting measures to improve the situation. Imagine yourself to be Sarthak Kapoor. (120-150 words) (8)SECTION-C (GRAMMAR)Q.7 Complete the passage by choosing the correct options given below. (? ×8 = 4) When I (a) _________ home yesterday, I (b) _________ that an old friend of mine (c) ______ for me. I (d) __________him for the last ten years. He (e) ____________ very fat now. He (f)_________ thick spectacles on his face. I (g) __________ him when he was free. Now, we (h) ________ to watch a movie on Sunday.(a) (i) returned (ii) return (iii) returning (iv) was returning(b) (i) saw (ii) see (iii) was seeing (iv) had seen(c) (i) was waiting (ii) had been waiting (iii) waited (iv) had waited(d) (i) did not see (ii) had not seen (iii) have not seen (iv) was not seeing(e) (i) have become (ii) has become (iii) had become (iv) will have become(f) (i) wear (ii) wore (iii) was wearing (iv) has worn(g) (i) ask (ii) was asking (iii) asked (iv) asks(h) (i) will go (ii) have gone (iii) goes (iv) will be goingQ.8 In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line against which a blank is given. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in your answer sheet. (? ×8 = 4) Before MissingAfterDistance education is full possibilities. Its e.g fullof possibilitiesgrowing popularity itself explains truth. Nowadays (a) ________________many prestigious universities institutions are (b) ________________serving the society this system. It is a (c) ________________boon those students who really want to pursue (d) ________________their education but have no time attend (e) ________________regular classes. Distance education provides (f) ________________opportunity for this. It is an effective option (g) ________________continue education these students. (h) ________________Q.9 Rearrange the following words or phrases into meaningful sentences. (1×4=4)(a) young man/Hughie Erskine/ a lovable/ was(b) a clever/ in his life/ he never said/ or even an / unpleasant thing(c) and very popular/ he was/ with everybody/ wonderfully good looking(d) of making money/ except that/ every skill/ he hadQ.10 Fill in the blanks with appropriate linkers. (1×4=4)Money is very important in our life, we have to get enough money to support our life. (a)______________, our life cannot only be full of money. Love also plays a significant role. (b) ________ people have love, they feel happy and energetic. So, love is more important (c) _________ money (d)____________ if you have love, everything will be happy for you.Q.11 Read the following conversation and then report what was said by completing the following passage. (1×4=4)Amit: Where are you going?Atul: I am going to the airport.Amit: Can I drop you there in my car?Atul: Thanks a lot. It will be a great help to me.Amit asked Atul (a)__________________. Atul replied (b)___________________. Amit asked him (c)___________________. Atul thanked him and said (d) ___________________.Q.12 (i) Use the verb ‘stop’ both transitively and intransitively in sentences of your own. (2) (ii) Do as directed. (1×3=3) a) By 2030, he _______________(complete) his graduation. ( fill the correct form of future tense) b) I ______ complete this project in time. My promotion depends on that. (fill in the modal) c) She has been learning living in Delhi ________________. (complete the sentence using ‘for’)SECTION – D (LITERATURE)Q.13 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (5)Every man will be thy friend,Whilst thou hast wherewith to spend;But if store of crowns be scant,No man shall supply thy want.(a) Why would everyone be your friend? (2)(b) What would happen if the person loses his money? (2)(c) What is the rhyme scheme of the above lines? (1)ORNo other will scornWhere love will bless the earthAnd peace its path adorn(a) Why does a man scorn others? (2) (b) What does the poet dream of in the above lines? (2) (c) Identify the figure of speech. (1)Q.14 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. (5)“Do you have the courage to listen to what I’ve to say?”a) Who are ‘I’ and ‘you’ in the above lines? (1)b) Why does the listener need courage to listen? (2) c) What does the speaker tell ‘you’? (2)Q.15 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words. (20)a) What happened to robot Ram Singh in the court? Why? (3)b) Who do you think kept the newspaper on Manjula’s table? Why? (3)c) What were the instructions that alien gave to Gopa to be disciplined? (3)d) How does the spider try to lure the fly? What is the reaction of the fly? (3)e) What were the various methods that soldier adopted to be friendly with the villagers? (3)f) Where was the Trishna going? Why was it going there? (3)g) What lesson do you learn from the poem ‘The Spider and The Fly’? (2)Q.16 Imagine yourself to be Prem Chopra. Write a diary entry expressing your guilt after Ram Singh disintegrated himself. (80-90 words) (5) (The Human Robot) ORImagine yourself to be Gopa. Write a letter to your friend describing how your life underwent a change after meeting the alien. (80-90 words) (Chocolates In Your Dreams Too) (5) ................
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