CBSE PSA Class 10 English Sample Question Paper 2014

CBSE PSA Class 10 English Sample Question Paper 2014 - You will find here Sample Model Question Papers of English 10th Class for Examination to be held on 10th January 2014. This Sample Paper will help you for better exam preparation.

Does PSA help the average students? 

Yes, the items in Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be designed in such a way so as to improve the generic and higher order thinking skills. This will also result in improving scores within the core school subjects.

 
 

Comprehension

PASSAGE – A

Read the following passage carefully and answer the question &

that follow and pick out correct option :

There are some men who seem to be always on the lookout for trouble and, to tell the truth, they are seldom disappointed. listening to such men one would think that this world is one of the stormiest and most disagreeable place. Yet, after all it is not such a bad place and the difficulty is often in the man who is too thin-skinned. On the other hand, the man who goes out expecting people to be like himself kind and brotherly, will be surprised at the kindness he meets even in the most unlike quarters. A smile is apt to be met with a responsive smile while the sneer is just as apt to provoke a snarl. Men living in the same neighbourhood may live vastly different lives. But it is not the neighbourhood which is quarrelsome, but the man within us. And we have it in our power to change our neighbourhood into a pleasant one by simply changing our own ways.

1.            The passge is about

 

(a)         our disagreeable and hostile world.

(b)         a kindly and pleasant world.

(c)         our indifferent and unresponsive world.

(d)         the world and what one makes of it.

2.            “........they are seldom disappointed.” The statement denotes that such men.

 

(a)         do not have to face any trouble.

(b)         welcome difficulties as a morale booster.

(c)         manage to keep unruffled in the face of discomforts.

(d)         generaly do not fail to come across troubles.

3.            The author’s own view of the world is that it is

 

(a)         one of the loveliest and quietest places.

(b)         an unpleasant and turbulent place.

(c)         one’s own excessive sensitivity that makes it a bad place.

(d)         a sordid place for those who suffer in life.

4.            Which of the following is opposite in meaning of the expression ‘thin-skinned’ as used in the passage?

(a) insensitive (b) intelligent
(c) awkward (d) obstinate

5.            “On the other hand ........................ unlikely quarters.” The statement shows that people’s reactions to our attitude is

(a) surprisingly responsive (b) generally indifferent
(c) often adverse (d) mainly favourable

Passage – B

Every genius that comes to the world, achieves greatness through the capacity of taking trouble. All great men of the world who have achieved impossible things in their life time have undergone hardships, sacrifices, trials and tribulations. There is no easy victory over failure. No hard achievement is smooth and easy. History of great men reminds us that with strong determination man can achieve anything he may set his mind upon, however impossible it may seem apparently.

A man with determination and iron will can defeat all hurdles in the way of his mission. Even the most intelligent people suffer in life if they cannot cope with their circumstances and labour hard to achieve the goal of their life. A genius who is fired with real zeal and determination to achieve his ideal comes to possess the necessary capacity to bear the hardships, cross the hurdles and achieve the final victory. Genius and hardwork go together to bring the desired results. The stage of greatness comes after many stages of frustration and disappointment. The weaker man gives way to these frustrations but the genius perseveres and holds on to their mission until they achieve the object of their life.

6.            The writer feels that victory over failure :

(a) is not possible (b) is not good
(c) is absolute (d) is not easy

7.            According to the passage genius implies :

 

(a)         failing again and again

(b)         capacity of taking trouble and hardship

(c)         stages of frustration and disappointment

(d)         escape from hardship

8.            Which of the following is correct:

 

(a)         Only dull people should work hard.

(b)         Intelligent people need not labour hard.

(c)         None of the above.

(d)         Even intelligent people have to cope with circumstances.

9.            A man can defeat all hurdles by :

 

(a)         strong determination and iron will

(b)         coping with all situations

(c)         becoming strong

(d)         becoming tall

10.       Find out the antonym of the word ‘victory’.

(a) win (b) defeat
(c) conquer (d) lose

Passage – C

Newspapers sell because of news and editorial coverage but it gets more revenue from advertisements. News costs money, while advertisements fetch money. The economics of modern newspapers is such that it cannot run by just selling news; it has to depend on advertisements. The economics of newspaper publishing requires both subscribers who can afford to buy newspapers and businessmen who can afford to advertise in it. The growth of the press depends on both. Therefore, in newspaper management neither aspect can be neglected.

Co-ordination among the various departments – editorial-circulation, advertising and production – is very essential for effective and better management. The head of various departments must be part of the management of a newspaper. They must be aware of the goals set, policies and future plans of the management. They cannot afford to remain cut off from the mainstream of management function. In addition, each department should keep the other department managers informed of those of its activities that will be useful to them. This is a vital aspect of newspaper management.

11.       The growth of a newspaper depends on

 

(a)         the editorial and news coverage.

(b)         large scale subscribers.

(c)         subscribers and advertisers.

(d)         advertisers.

12.       The main idea of the first paragraph of the passage is

 

(a)         The growth of the press.

(b)         The economics of newspaper publishing.

(c)         News and editorial coverage.

(d)         The importance of advertisements.

13.        The main idea of the second paragraph of the passage is

 

(a)         The future of newspapers.

(b)         How to sell newspaper.

(c)         The role of the head of the department.

(d)         Effective newspaper management.

14.       The word ‘goal’ in the passage means

(a) conclusion (b) result
(c) aim (d) benefit
15. The word ‘vital’ as used in the context means
(a) primary (b) important
(c) healthy (d) lively
GRAMMAR USAGE
Fill in the blanks with suitable words.
16. No sooner did he go in ............... he came out.
(a) then (b) when
(c) than (d) and
17.  ............... work hard, you won’t succeed.
(a) Unless you not (b) Unless you
(c) Unless you do not (d) Lest you

18.  Drive slowly ............... you should meet an accident.

(a) otherwise (b) lest
(c) while (d) because

19.

No body knows it better than ............... .
(a) me (b) mine
(c) I (d) myself

20.

Nirmal has special aptitude ............... dancing.
(a) in (b) to
(c) for (d) of

21.

Raghubir died ............... over work and exhaustion.
(a) from (b) of
(c) by (d) for

22.

Do not ............... till tomorrow what you can do today.
(a) put on (b) put out
(c) put up (d) put off

23.

Ashoka was one of the ............... kings.
(a) great (b) greater
(c) greatest (d) none of these

24.

Throwing off his coat he plunged ...............

the sea.

(a) into (b) in
(c) with (d) on

25.

Many students were fighting with ...............

.

(a) each other (b) some another
(c) any other (d) one another

26.

Calcutta is a ............... port of India.
(a) biggest (b) bigger
(c) big (d) none of these

27.

Ferozpur is ............... than Faridkot from Delhi.
(a) farthest (b) farther
(c) further (d) none of these

28.

Had I been rich I ............... have helped the poor.
(a) will (b) must
(c) shall (d) would

29.

Since he has been in hospital, he has improved ............... .
(a) great (b) greatest
(c) greater (d) greatly
30. Somebody has put ............... the candle.
(a) out (b) on
(c) in (d) into
31.  ............... road we take, we shall be late.
(a) Whatever (b) Whenever
(c) however (d) Whichever

32.  ............... of the following questions carries five marks.

(a) Some (b) Each
(c) Every (d) Few

33.       Ram and Ramesh are fast friends. The ............... is a farmer while the latter is a police officer.

(a) later (b) former
(c) letter (d) farmer
34.  Shanghai is the ............... city of the world.
(a) much populous (b) most populous
(c) more populous (d) none of these

Choose the correct meaning out of the four responses.

35.       A burning question –

 

(a)         a present

(b)         a matter hotly discussed in public

(c)         life imprisonment

(d)         an old important issue

36.       A turn coat –

 

(a)         one who changes one’s opinion or party

(b)         a wet coat

(c)         man of principles

(d)         a poor man

37.       A bottle neck –

 

(a)         a type of drink

(b)         big business

(c)         anything that causes delay

(d)         a challenge

38.  Bed of roses –
(a) very soft bed (b) dull life
(c) belong to (d) full of joys

39.       Smell a rat –

 

(a)         to act unfairly

(b)         to talk boastfully

(c)         to have reason to suspect

(d)         to discourage

40.       Hand in hand –

(a) to starve (b) to welcome
(c) to destroy (d) together

From the following choose the one which best expresses the meaning of underlined word :

41.  Annihilate :

(a) efface (b) cultivate
(c) reason (d) perpetuate

42.  Fugitive :

(a) weak (b) run away
(c) vain (d) enduring

43.  Farcical :

(a) solemn (b) dismal
(c) destiny (d) funny

44.  Ignominy :

(a) implied (b) profane
(c) disgrace (d) distinction

45.  Malignant :

(a) harmful (b) benign
(c) treat (d) misconduct

46.  Mundane :

(a) world (b) fact
(c) worldly (d) vocal

47.

Outlandish :
(a) familiar (b) friend
(c) fashionable (d) strange

48.

Susceptible :
(a) detached (b) vulnerable
(c) pledge (d) tangle

49.

Zenith :
(a) nadir (b) plant
(c) peak (d) minimum

Jumbled Sentences

Make meaningful sentences by using given options :

50.       Alexander

 

(a)         was a disciple of Aristotle,

 

(b)        who was a great conqueror,

 

(c)         whom the world acknowledges as the great philosopher.

 

(d)        the world has ever known.

(a) abdc (b) cabd
(c) bacd (d) dabc

51.       Wark is the one thing

 

(a)         and without it

 

(b)        that is necessary

 

(c)         to keep the world going

 

(d)        we all should die

(a) badc (b) dcba
(c) cabd (d) bcad

52.       Everybody

 

(a)         attracts every other

 

(b)        whether big or small

 

(c)         body with the force

 

(d)        in the universe of gravitation

(a) acdb (b) cdab
(c) bacd (d) dbac

53.       All such sutdents

 

(a)         get success

 

(b)        who are honest and hard working

 

(c)         and recognition

 

(d)        in every walk of life.

(a) acbd (b) bacd
(c) adcb (d) dacb

54.       The natives of the carribean

 

(a)         regarded the papaya

 

(b)        because of its ability

 

(c)         as a magic tree

 

(d)        to keep them healthy

(a) acbd (b) cabd
(c) acdb (d) cadb

In the following questions, choose the word, which is most nearly the opposite in the meaning.

55.  Ambiguity :

(a) Rigidity (b) Clarity
(c) Certainty (d) Rationality

56.  Serene :

(a) Nervous (b) Jocular
(c) Earnest (d) Agitated

57.  Agile :

(a) Brisk (b) Feeble
(c) Sluggish (d) Emaciated

58.  Humane :

(a) Uncultured (b) Unsympathetic
(c) Uncivilised (d) Uncompromising

59.  Vigilant :

(a) Careless (b) Irresponsible
(c) Innocent (c) Ignorant

60.

Fragile :
(a) Broad (b) Tall
(c) Strong (d) Heavy

61.

Liberated :
(a) Concealed (b) Emanicipated
(c) Enclosed (d) Imprisoned

62.

Inquisitive :
(a) Careless (b) Dull
(c) Indolent (d) Uninterested

63.

Mammoth :
(a) Narrow (b) Huge
(c) Tiny (d) Affluent

Detecting the Errors

Directions : In the following sentences, every sentence has been divided into four parts which are marked a, b, c and d. One of these parts contain an error. Read each sentence carefully and mark the part which contains the error.

e.g. (a) Bihar / (b) is rich / (c) in irons / (d) and various other minerals.

Ans. (c) Plural of ‘iron’ is ‘iron’ not ‘irons’.

64.       (a) My father is / (b) very fond of / (c) eating vegetable / (d) in the morning.

 

65.        (a) I have lost / (b) my scissor / (c) in my office / (d) in the afternoon.

 

66.       (a) The thief was / (b) caught red handedly / (c) by the police / (d) in the crowded market.

 

67.       (a) Athletics are / (b) not popular / (c) in our college / (d) this year.

 

68.       (a) Seema requested / (b) that I shall lend her / (c) my car / (d) for one week.

 

69.       (a) The Indian Government / (b) has sent / (c) its force / (d) to Srilanka.

 

70.       (a) The aim and the object / (b) of this association / (c) is to help / (d) the poor.

 

71.        (a) She congratulated / (b) me for / (c) my promotion / (d) in the office.

72.       (a) Rohan denied / (b) that he had not stolen / (c) the gold ring /

 

(d) of Seema.

 

73.       (a) Telephone was / (b) discovered by / (c) Graham Bell / (d) an American scientist.

Fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given against each

no. (74-83) below the passage.

(i)

To live in a glass house and to throw __74__ at other people outside is an __75__ of great __76__ . The people ouitside are to __77__ with stones and smash the glass house into pieces __78__ a man attacks others, he must form a __79__ idea of his strength and __80__ . If his own position is __81__ no purpose will be served by his __82__ an attack upon others. Only when a man is fully __83__ of his unassailable position should he provoke, hit or attack others.

74.

(a) bricks (b) peddles
(c) stones (d) mud

75.

(a) occasion (b) incident
(c) act (d) action

76.

(a) common sense (b) folly
(c) cruelty (d) pity

77.

(a) retaliate (b) resent
(c) respond (d) reverberate

78.

(a) as (b) when
(c) before (d) if

79.

(a) simple (b) direct
(c) rough (d) correct

80.

(a) resources (b) weakness
(c) intelligence (d) wisdom

81.

(a) strong (b) weak
(c) satisfactory (d) doubtful

82.

(a) considering (b) launching
(c) forming (d) doing
83.  (a) familiar (b) ignorant
(c) conscious (d) convinced
(ii)

The true __84__ of rights is duty. If we all __85__ our duties, rights will not be __86__ to seek. If leaving duties unperformed we run __87__ rights, they will __88__ us like an elusive person. The more we pursue them, the farther __89__ they fly. The same __90__ has been embodied by Krishna in the __91__ word : ‘Action __92__ is thine. Leave thou the fruit severly alone’. ‘Action is __93__ : fruit is the right.’

84.

(a) end (b) source
(c) fruit (d) purpose

85.

(a) deny (b) devote
(c) discharge (d) imagine

86.

(a) far (b) close
(c) easy (d) against

87.

(a) as (b) after
(c) at (d) from

88.

(a) hold (b) grab
(c) fight (d) escape

89.

(a) will (b) should
(c) can (d) did

90.

(a) teaching (b) method
(c) control (d) technique

91.

(a) sequential (b) true
(c) conflicting (d) immortal

92.

(a) divine (b) desire
(c) promptly (d) alone

93.

(a) fruit (b) right
(c) duty (d) prompt

Directions : Which of the word/phrases should replace the word/phrase given in bold in the following sentences to make the sentence meaningfully correct.

94.  They were all astonished by her failure in the examination.

(a) for (b) on
(c) at (d) from

95.       Due to rough weather the number of ships crossing the channel last week is very small.

(a) are being (b) are
(c) were (d) was

96.

The roads are wet, it must had rained last night.
(a) must have been (b) might had
(c) would have been (d) must have

97.

It will depend now on they coming on time.
(a) their coming (b) them coming
(c) their’s coming (d) they come

98.       He decided to quickly leave the house.

 

(a)         quickly to leave the house

(b)         quickly leave house

(c)         leave the house quickly

(d)         leave quickly the house

In the following questions each word is spelt differently in responses a, b, c, d. Choose the response which gives the incorrect spelling of the word.

99. (a) auspicious (b) delicious
(c) jealous (d) courtious
100. (a) conquerer (b) admirer
(c) miner (d) butcher
101. (a) dependent (b) accident
(c) repeutant (d) pendent
102. (a) welcome (b) welfare
(c) farewel (d) travel
103. (a) business (b) bigining
(c) buffalo (d) beggar

104.

(a) ancient (b) patient
(c) magnificient (d) efficient

105.

(a) muslin (b) masculine
(c) kiln (d) disciplin

106.

(a) flowery (b) jewelery
(c) early (d) curly

In each of the following questions an active sentence has been given. Out of the four alternatives suggested select the one which best expresses in the passive voice.

107.   Do you imitate others?

 

(a)         Are others imitated by you?

(b)         Are others being imitated by you?

(c)         Were others being imitated by you?

(d)         Have others been imitated by you?

108.   Some one gave her a bull dog.

 

(a)         She was given a bull dog.

(b)         A bull dog was given to her.

(c)         She has been given a bull dog.

(d)         She is being given a bull dog by some one.

109.   Darjeeling grows tea.

 

(a)         Tea grows in Darjeeling.

(b)         Tea is grown in Darjeeling.

(c)         Let the tea be grown in Darjeeling.

(d)         Tea is being grown in Darjeeling.

110.   They are building a house next door to our school.

 

(a)         Next door to our school a house is being built by them.

(b)         Next door to our school is being built a house by them.

(c)         A house next door to our school is being build by them.

(d)         A house is being built by them next door to our school.

111.   I saw him leaving the house.

 

(a)         He had been seen leaving the house.

(b)         He was seen to be leaving the house.

(c)         Leaving the house he was seen by me.

(d)         He was seen leaving the house by me.

112.   Who taught her such things?

 

(a)         Who was she taught such things by?

(b)         She was taught such things by who?

(c)         By whom she was taught such things?

(d)         By whom was she taught such things?

113.   We hope that we shall win the match.

 

(a)         The match is hoped to be won.

(b)         Match winning is our hope.

(c)         It is hoped that the match will be won by us.

(d)         Winning the match is hoped by us.

114.   It is time to ring the bell.

 

(a)         It is time the bell rings

(b)         It is being time to ring the bell

(c)         It is time for the bell to ring

(d)         It is time for the bell to be rung.

115.   I remember my sister taking me to the museum.

 

(a)         I remember taken to the museum by my sister.

(b)         I remember myself being taken to the mesuem by my sister.

(c)         I remember I was taken to the museum by my sister.

(d)         I remember being taken to the museum by my sister.

116.   People claim to have seen the suspect in several cities.

 

(a)         The suspect is being seen in several cities.

(b)         The suspect has been seen by the people in several cities.

(c)         The suspect is claimed to have been seen in several cities.

(d)         The suspect was seen by people in several cities.

In each of the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct Speech, select the option given, which best expresses the Indirect Speech.

117.   He said, “I saw a book here.”

 

(a)         He said that he saw a book here.

(b)         He said that he saw a book there.

(c)         He said that he had seen a book there.

(d)         He said that he had seen a book here.

118.   The teacher said, “The Sun rises in the East.”

 

(a)         The teacher told the Sun rises in the East.

(b)         The teacher said the Sun rises in the East.

(c)         The teacher told that the Sun rises in the East.

(d)         The teacher said that the Sun rises in the East.

119.   Rajesh said, “I bought a car yesterday.”

 

(a)         Rajesh said that I have bought a car the previous day.

(b)         Rajesh told that he had bought a car yesterday.

(c)         Rajesh said that he bought a car the previous day.

(d)         Rajesh said that he had bought a car the previous day.

120.   He said, “What a beautiful scene!”

 

(a)         He said that what a beautiful scene it was.

(b)         He wondered that it was a beautiful scene.

(c)         He exclaimed what a beautiful scene it was.

(d)         He exclaimed that it was a very beautiful scene.

121.   She said to him, “Why don’t you go today?”

 

(a)         She said to him that why he don’t go today.

(b)         She asked him if he was going that day.

(c)         She asked him why he did not go today.

(d)         She asked him why he did not go that day.

122.   He said to me, “Where is the post office?”

 

(a)         He wanted to know where the post office was.

(b)         He asked me that where the post office was.

(c)         He asked me where the post office was.

(d)         He asked me where was the post office.

123.   He said, “Can you sing?” and I said, “No”.

 

(a)         He asked me that could I sing and I refused.

(b)         He asked me if I could sing and I said that I couldn’t.

(c)         I denied, when he asked me if I could sing.

(d)         He asked me if I could sing and I said no.

124.    “Are you alone, my son?” asked a soft voice close behind me.

 

(a)         A soft voice from my back asked if I was alone.

(b)         A soft voice said to me are you alone son.

(c)         A soft voice asked that what I was doing there alone.

(d)         A soft voice behind me asked if I was alone.

125.   “I don’t know the way. Do you?” he asked.

 

(a)         He said that he didn’t know the way and did I know it.

(b)         He told that he was not knowing the way, but wondered if I knew.

(c)         He said that he didn’t know the way and asked me if I did.

(d)         He asked me if I knew the way which he didn’t.

126.   He said, “Will you listen to such a man?”

 

(a)         He asked them will you listen to such a man.

(b)         He asked them are you listening to such a man.

(c)         He asked them whether they would listen to such a man.

(d)         He asked them whether they will listen to such a man.

Detailed Key

(d)   The world and what one makes of it.

(d)   generally donot fail to come across troubles.

(c)   one’s own excessive sensitivity that makes it a bad place.

(a)   insensitive

(a)   surprisingly responsive

(d)   is not easy

(b)   capacity of taking trouble and hardships

(d)   even intelligent people have to cope with circumstances

(a)   strong determination and iron will

(b)   defeat

(c)   subscribers and advertisers

(b)   the economics of newspaper publishing

(c)   the role of the heads of departments

(c)   aim

(b)   important

(c)   than

(b)   Unless you

(b)   lest

(c)   I

(c)   for

(a)   from

(d)   put off

(c)   greatest

(a)   into

(d)   one another

(c)   big

(b)   farther

(d)   would

(d)   greatly

(a)   out

(d)   whichever

(b)   each

(b)   former

(b)   most populous

(b)   a matter hotly discussed in public

(a)   one who changes one’s opinion or party

(c)   anything that causes delay

(d)   full of joys

(c)   to have reason to suspect

(d)   together

(a)   efface

(b)   run away

(d)   funny

(c)   disgrace

(a)   harmful

(c)   worldly

(d)   strange

(b)   vulnerable

(c)   peak

(c) alexander who was a great conqueror, was a disciple of Aristotle, whom the world acknowledges as the great philosopher, the world has ever known.

(d) Work is the one thing that is necessary to keep the world going and without it we all should die.

(d) Everybody in the universe whether big or small attracts every other body with the force.

(b) All such students who are honest and hard working get success and recognition in every walk of life.

(a) The natives of the carribean regarded the papaya as a magic tree because of its ability to keep them healthy.

(b)   clarity

(d)   agitated

(c)   sluggish

(b)   unsympathetic

(a)   careless

(c)   strong

(d)   imprisoned

(d)   uninterested

(c)   tiny

(c)   ‘Vegetable’ is always used in plural as ‘vegetables.

(b)   The correct word is ‘scissors’ not ‘scissor’.

(b)   The correct phrase is ‘caught red handed’.

(a)   ‘Athletics’ takes the singular verb ‘is’ not ‘are’.

(b) To agree with the past tense of principal clause use ‘should’ in place of ‘shall’.

(c)   Use ‘forces’ in place of ‘force’.

(a)   Omit the latter article‘the’.

(b)   Instead of ‘for’, ‘on’ is used here.

(b)   ‘Not’ should be deleted.

(b)   Use ‘invented’ instead of ‘discovered’.

(c)   stones

(c)   act

(d)   pity

(a)   retaliate

(c)   before

(c)   rough

(b)   weakness

(b)   weak

(a)   considering

(d)   convinced

(b)   source

(c)   discharge

(a)   far

(b)   after

(d)   escape

(a)   will

(a)   teaching

(d)   immortal

(d)   alone

(c)   duty

(c)   at

(d)   was

(d)   must have

(a)   their coming

(c)   leave the house quickly

(d)   courteous

(a)   conqueror

(b)   accident

(c)   farewell

(b)   beginning

(c)   magnificent

(d)   discipline

(b)   jewellery

(a)   Are others imitated by you?

(b)   A bulldog was given to her.

(b)   Tea is grown in Darjeeling.

(d)   A house is being built by them next door to our school.

(d)   He was seen leaving the house by me.

(d)   By whom was she taught such things?

(c)   It is hoped that the match will be won by us.

(d)   It is time for the bell to be rung.

(d)   I remember being taken to the museum by my sister.

(c)   The suspect is claimed to have been seen in several cities.

(c)   He said that he had seen a book there.

(d)   the teacher said that the sun rises in the East.

(d)   Rajesh said that he had bought a car the previous day.

(d)   He exclaimed that it was a very beautiful scene.

(d)   she asked him why he did not go that day.

(c)   He asked me where the post office was?

(b)   He asked me if I could sing and I said that I could not.

(d)   A soft voice behind me asked if I was alone.

(c)   He said that he didn’t know the way and asked me if I did.

(c)   He asked them whether they would listen to such a man.

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