CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper PDF Download


 CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper PDF Download 

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  • Series JSR/1 Set 
  • Code No. 1/1/3 
  • Candidates must write the Code on
    the title page of the answer-book.


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  •   Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages.
  • Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate.
  •  Please check that this question paper contains 11 questions.
  • Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting it.
  • 15 minute time has been allotted to read this question paper.
  • The question paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the answer-book during this period. 




Time allowed : 3 hours                                                                        Maximum marks : 70

   General Instructions :

(i) The question paper is divided into three sections :

Section A : Reading 20 marks

Section B : Writing & Grammar 25 marks

Section C : Literature 25 marks

(ii) All questions are compulsory.

(iii) You may attempt any section at a time.

(iv) All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.

Section-A (Reading)                            

                                                                                                                                    20 marks 

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 1×8=8

1.One of the greatest advances in modern technology has been the invention of computers. They are widely used in industries and in universities. Now there is hardly any sphere of human life where computers have not been pressed into service of man. We are heading fast towards the day when a computer will be as much part of man’s daily life as a telephone or a calculator.

Computers are capable of doing extremely complicated work in all branches of learning. They can solve the most complex mathematical problems or put thousands of unrelated facts in order. These machines can be put to varied uses. For instance, they can provide information on the best way to prevent traffic jams. This whole process by which machines can be used to work for us has been called ‘automation’. In the future automation may enable human beings to enjoy more leisure than they do today. The coming of automation is bound to have important social consequences.

Some years ago an expert on automation, Sir Leon Bagrit, pointed out that it was a mistake to believe that these machines could ‘think.’ There is no possibility that human beings will be “controlled by machines.” Though computers are capable of learning from their mistakes and improving on their performance, they need detailed instructions from human beings to operate. They can never, as it were, lead independent lives or “rule the world” by making decisions of their own.CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper

Sir Leon said that in future, computers would be developed which would be small enough to carry in the pocket. Ordinary people would then be able to use them to obtain valuable information. Computers could be plugged into a national network and be used like radios. For instance, people going on holiday could be informed about weather conditions. Car drivers can be given alternative routes when there are traffic jams. It will also be possible to make tiny translating machines. This will enable people who do not share a common language to talk to each other without any difficulty or to read foreign publications.CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper

(a) What is the greatest advancement in modern technology? 1

(b) What complicated works are computers capable of doing? 1

(c) Write one use of computers. 1 (d) Explain automation? 1

(e) Why can’t computers lead independent lives or rule the world? 1

(f) How would computers as translating machines help people? 1

(g) What was the prediction of Sir Leon about computers in future? 1

(h) How can computers help people going on holiday? 1

2     Read the passage given below.                                                    12

Why does a person become overconfident? The reason lies in over assessment of his capabilities. Sometimes people over assess their competence and jump into situations that are beyond their control.

Napoleon Bonaparte who became Emperor of France would say that the word ‘impossible’ was common only amongst fools. The overconfident Napoleon invaded Russia in the winter of 1812. This proved to be a big disaster.

Overconfidence generally leads people into misadventures, endangering their chances in life. It is wisely said that any achievement is a result of two factors- one’s personal planning and support from the external world. People, take into account only their planning, generally ignoring external factors. They become unable to foresee future developments. Hence, the great risk of failure.

Then there is the question : how can one manage overconfidence? The formula is very simple. Before taking a decision discuss the matter with other informed people with an objective mind and when it is proved that you are about to go off the path, accept reality and say without delay, “I was wrong.

Overconfidence is a flaw characterizing people who lack the virtue of modesty. Modesty makes you a realist; you become a person who is cut down to size. People of this kind become very cautious; before taking an action they assess the whole situation. They adopt a realistic approach.

Overconfident people live within their own thoughts. They know themselves but they are unaware of others. Living inside their own cell they are unable to make use of the experiences of others. This kind of habit is highly damaging to all concerned.

There is a saying that the young man sees the rule and the old man sees the exception, with a slight change, I would like to say that the overconfident person sees the rule and the confident person sees the exception. Overconfident people are always at risk. It is said that taking risk is good but it must be well calculated otherwise it becomes very dangerous.

2.1 Answer the following questions :                                                    2×4=8

(a) Why does a person become overconfident?

(b) What does overconfidence generally lead people into?

(c) How can one manage overconfidence?

(d) What kind of person does ‘modesty’ make you?

2.2 Find meanings of the words given below with the help of the options that follow : 1×4=4

(a) Misadventure (para 3)

(i) Mishap

(ii) Unlucky

(iii) Unhappy

(iv) Unpleasant

(b) Endangering (para 3)

(i) Reckless

(ii) Imperil

(iii) Risky

(iv) Threatening

(c) Assess (para 5)

(i) Assemble

(ii) Acquire

(iii) Evaluate

(iv) Accept

(d) Objective (para 4)

(i) Obedient

(ii) Servile

(iii) Honest

(iv) Impartial


(Writing and Grammar) 25 marks

3. Write an article for the school magazine emphasizing the need for art and music to be taught in schools. Mention how the study of art and music helps in the better emotional development of students in shaping their personalities. 5


Some of us have often been ridiculed for poor time management and lack of punctuality. You feel that it affects the image of our country. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily in 100-120 words, mentioning the reasons for our weakness and how we can change ourselves. You are Arun/Aruna, 24 Mall Road, Agra.

4. Write a story in 150-200 words based on the input given below : 10 Uday’s dream − do something brave − win recognition far and wide − be famous in the world − one fine day, he saw this opportunity when ………


The parent-teacher meeting was scheduled for tomorrow – scared of informing them – had been scolded for missing school – no way out – cooked a story ….CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper

5. Complete the following paragraph by filling in the blanks with the help of given options :                                                                                                                           3

There is a general belief (a) _______________ students that (b) __________ who write long sentences get (c) ___________ marks.

(a) (i) in (ii) of (iii) among (iv) between

(b) (i) they (ii) those (iii) all (iv) them

(c) (i) more (ii) many (iii) most (iv) much

6. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the error and its correction as shown in the example.                        ½×8=4

Error           Correction

Overeating is one of the more wonderful e.g.                             more        most

practices among those which think that they                     (a) …………. ………….

can afford it. In fact that is said that                                        (b) …………. ………….

near all those who can get as much                                        (c) …………. ………….

as he desire, overeat to their                                                     (d) …………. ………….

disadvantage. This class of peoples could                         (e) …………. ………….

save the great deal more food than                                      (f) …………. ………….

they can save by missing one meal                                      (g) …………. ………….

per week and also improving their health.                        (h) …………. ………….

7. Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences. The first one has been done as an example.                                                                    3

e.g. came / months / me / for eight / to teach / he

For eight months he came to teach me.

(a) algebra and / a week / me / geometry / twice / he taught

(b) very poor / subjects / I was / in these / earlier

(c) very / now / proficient / have become / in them / I


(Literature : Textbook and Long Reading text)         

25 marks

8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow : 1×3=3

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,

That I am meek and gentle with these butchers !

(a) By whom have the above lines been spoken?

(b) Why is the speaker meek with the butchers?

(c) Write the antonym of the word, ‘gentle.’


“This is only the first step on the ladder, my dear better-half! Yes …. the first step that would ….. God willing … mark the rise to fame and fortune of your beloved husband!”

(a) What was “the first step on the ladder”?

(b) What characteristic does the speaker display here?

(c) What does the word, ‘fortune’ mean?

9. Answer any four of the following in 30-40 words each : 2×4=8

(a) Give two examples of the use of supernatural in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

(b) Why did the poet throw the log at the snake?

(c) What idea did Patol Babu have while rehearsing? What was the director’s reaction?

(d) Why did the spirit in the Ouija Boards call Hallock a traitor?

(e) Why did Calpurnia not want Caesar to go to the Senate?

10. Answer the following in 80-100 words :                                     4

You are one of the crew. After the mariner kills the albatross, you have to suffer and there is no hope of survival. Write a diary entry of your feelings of regret and remorse.CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper


Imagine you are Michael. Write a diary entry describing your spirit of fellow feeling with which you finally rescued Sebastian.

11. Answer the following in 150-200 words :                                               10

Helen’s contact with Dr. Bell raised her perception and understanding of the world. Comment.


Helen’s teacher took her across the tough road of her life. What role did she play in her success?


Anne Frank’s growing years were not normal. Elaborate. Or The Annexe was almost a prison for Anne. How did it limit her life?CBSE Class 10th English Communicative SET 3 sample Paper

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