Madhyamik Class 10 English Solved Paper 2017 | Second Language


ENGLISH (Second Language)

Time : 3 Hours 15 Minutes

(First 15 Minutes for reading the question paper only, 3 Hours for writing)

Full Marks : For Regular Candidates – 90

For External Candidate – 100

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Name ____

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Answer all the questions in the space provided. There is enough space for the answers. However, the extra sheet will be supplied by the invigilator, if required.

Special credits will be given for the answer which are brief and to the point. Marks will be deducted for spelling mistakes, untidiness and bad handwriting.

  • Section – A: Reading Comprehension – 20 marks (Seen)
  • Reading Comprehension – 20 marks (Unseen)
  • Section – B: Grammar and Vocabulary – 20 marks
  • Section – C: Writing – 30 marks
  • Section – D: Supplementary: 10 marks for external candidates only

Section – A

Reading Comprehension (Seen)

1. Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that follow :

It is always lovely on the Big Half Moon in summer. When it is fine, the harbour is blue and calm, with little wind and ripples. Every summer, we had some hobbies. The last summer before Dick and Mimi came, we were crazy about kites. A boy on the mainland showed Claude how to make them. Back on the island, we made plenty of kites. Claude would go around to the other side of the island and we would play shipwrecked mariners signalling to each other with kites.

We had a kite that was big and covered with lovely red paper. We pasted gold tinsel stars all over it and had written our names full on it – Claude Leete and Philippa Leete, Big Half Moon lighthouse.

One day there was a grand wind for kite-flying. I’m not sure how it happened, but as I was bringing the kite from the house, I tripped and fell over the rocks. My elbow went clear through the kite, making a big hole.

We had to hurry to fix the kite if we wanted to send it up before the wind fell. We rushed into the lighthouse to get some paper. We knew there was no more red paper. We took the first thing that came in handy – an old letter lying on the bookcase in the sitting room. We patched the kite up with the letter, a sheet on each side and dried it by the fire. We started out, and up went the kite like a bird.

A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences in the given spaces : [1×5=5]

a) The Big Half Moon looked lovely during -

  1. Spring
  2. summer
  3. autumn
  4. winter

Ans(ii) summer

b) The narrator and his playmates pretended to be -

  1. robbers
  2. adventurers
  3. mountaineers
  4. shipwrecked mariners

Ans. (iv) shipwrecked mariners

c) The part of the narrator’s body that went through the kite was his -

  1. elbow
  2. ankle
  3. knee
  4. fingers

Ans. (i) elbow

d) The narrator of the text is -

  1. Dick
  2. Mimi
  3. Philippa
  4. Claude

Ans. (iii) Philippa

e) The kite was mended with a -

  1. red paper
  2. letter
  3. leaflet
  4. newspaper

Ans. (ii) letter

B. Complete the following sentences with information from the text : [1×3=3]

  1. The visitors to the island last summer were ____.
  2. The name of the lighthouse was ____.
  3. They hurried to fix the kite because ____.


  1. Dick and Mimi.
  2. Big Half Moon.
  3. they wanted to send it up before the wind fell.

C. State whether the following statements are True or False. Write  ‘T’ for True and ‘F’ for False. Provide sentences /phrases /words in support of your answer : [2×2=4]

  1. In summer the island is rough and windy.
  2. The names of Claude and Philippa were written on the kite.


  1. False.
    Supporting sentence
    : It is always lovely on the Big Half in summer.
  2. True.
    Supporting sentence
    : We had written our names full on it Claude Leete and Philippa Leete.

2. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow :    

The mountain and the squirrel

Had a quarrel:

And the former called the latter ‘Little Prig.’

Bun replied,

‘You are doubtless very big;

But all sorts of things and weather

Must be taken in together,

To make up a year

And a sphere.

And I think it no disgrace

To occupy my place.

If I’m not so large as you,

You are not so small as I,

And not half so spry.

I’ll not deny you make

A very pretty squirrel track;

Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;

if I cannot carry forests on my back.

Neither can you crack a nut.

A. Write the correct alternative to complete the following sentences  [1×4=4]

a) ‘Little Prig’ refers to –

  1. the mountain
  2. the squirrel
  3. the forest
  4. a nut

Ans. (ii) the squirrel

b) The mountain is –

  1. very wise
  2. quite lively
  3. very big
  4. very pretty

Ans. (iii) very big

c) The quarrel was between  –

  1. the forest and the squirrel
  2. a nut and the squirrel
  3. talent and wisdom
  4. the mountain and the squirrel

Ans. (iv) the mountain and the squirrel

d) Unlike the squirrel the mountain can –

  1. carry forests on its back
  2. crack a nut
  3. move about happily
  4. make a sphere

Ans. (i) carry forests on its back

B. Answer the following questions : [2×2=4]

  1. How does the mountain make fun of the squirrel?
  2. Mention two qualities of the mountain.


  1. The mountain makes fun of the squirrel by calling him “Little Prig.”
  2. Two qualities of the mountain
    a) It can make a very pretty squirrel track.
    b) It can carry forest on its back.

 Reading Comprehension  (Unseen)

3. Read the following passage and answer the questions that   follow:               

P.V Sindhu, India’s latest badminton superstar, spoke freely and frankly to the press. She impressed everyone with her charming manner, infectious smile and friendly jokes. The Rio Olympics silver medalist is a lively 21 years old with a sharp brain and fierce dedication to her work. She recalled her days at Gopichand’s Academy. She told the press that she started her training at 4.30 am. everyday and she wished to continue to stick to that same schedule. She was full of praise for Gopichand’s Academy. “I can tell you,” she said with great excitement, “the infrastructure and everything has been perfect and we have been getting all the facilities. Whatever we have wanted has been there.”

When she was asked. how she felt to be a woman achiever, she. replied, “It’s really a great feeling.” She added that all the women participants from India performed really well because she believed that coming to the Olympics itself was a very big achievement.

Sindhu was asked to comment on her feelings on the day of the final match. She said that she was confident and even her coach Gopichand believed that she could do it. On National Sports Day, 29th August, Sindhu along with Deepa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik received the Rajib Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

[Adapted from an interview published in The Times of India, dated 31st August 2016]

A. Tick the right answer : [1×6=6]

i) P.V. Sindhu is the latest superstar in the field of   

  1. table-tennis  
  2. badminton  
  3. lawn tennis        
  4. hockey

Ans. (a) table-tennis

ii) P.V. Sindhu is              

  1. 25 years old           
  2. 43 years old  
  3. 21 years old
  4. 17 years old

Ans. (c) 21 years old

iii) Sindhu was trained at

  1. gopichand’s Academy      
  2. Sports Authority of India
  3. a local badminton club   
  4. National Sports Academy

Ans. (a) gopichand’s Academy

iv) Everyday Sindhu started her training    

  1. in the afternoon      
  2. early in the morning
  3. in the evening    
  4. at midday

Ans. (b) early in the morning

v) National Sports Day is observed on 

  1. 29thAugust                               
  2. 15thAugust
  3. 5thSeptember    
  4. 2ndOctober

Ans. (a) 29th August

vi) The above passage is an adaptation from           

  1. a story   
  2. a report
  3. an article    
  4. an interview  

Ans. (b) a report

B. Each of the following statements is either ‘True’ or ‘False’. Write ‘T’ for ‘True’ and ‘F’ for ‘False’ Also pick out suitable line(s) or phrase from the passage in support of your answers : [(1+1)×3=6]

  1. While speaking to the press Sindhu was nervous and shy.
  2. Sindhu was full of admiration for Gopichand’s Academy. [T]
  3. As a woman achiever, she felt excited. [T]


  1. False. Supporting sentence:  Sindhu spoke freely and frankly to the press.
  2. True. Supporting sentence:  She was full of praise for Gopichand’s Academy.
  3. True. Supporting sentence: As a woman achiever, she replied. “It’s really a great feeling.

C. Answer the following questions : [2×4=8]

  1. How did Sindhu impress everyone?
  2. Mention the two Special qualities that Sindhu has.
  3. What is Sindhu’s opinion about the women participants from India at the Rio Olympics?
  4. How did Sindhu feel on the day of the final match?


  1. Sindhu impressed everyone with her charming manner, infectious smile and friendly, jokes.
  2. She had a sharp brain and fierce dedication to her work.
  3. Sindhu opines that the women participants from India performed really well in the big events at the Rio Olympics.
  4. On the day of the final match, Sindhu felt exuberant. It was a great feeling for her to achieve such a great feat.

Section – B

[Grammar and Vocabulary]

4. Write the correct alternative to fill in the blanks : [1×3=3]

Minara Begum, who _____ (was coaching/has been coaching, is coaching) national-level gymnasts for 30 years, _____ (is surprised / has been surprised/was surprised) to receive a call from a parent soon after Deepa Karmakar ______ (will finish/was finished/finished) fourth in the Olympics.


Minara Begum, who has been coaching national-level gymnasts for 30 years, was surprised to receive a call from a parent soon after Deepa Karmakar finished fourth in the Olympics.

5.A. Fill the blanks with appropriate articles and prepositions : [1×3=3]

When John arrived ____ Mumbai ____ train, there was not ____ single penny in his pocket.


When John arrived in Mumbai by train, there was not a single penny in his pocket.

5.B. Do as directed [1×3=3]

  1. It was raining. The children could not go out to play. (Join into a complex sentence)
  2. My friend gave me a storybook. (Change the voice)
  3. The policeman said to the thief, “Where have you kept the stolen goods?” (Change into Indirect Speech)


  1. The children could not go out to play because it was raining.
  2. I was given a storybook by my friend.
  3. The policeman asked the thief where he had kept the stolen goods.

5.C. Choose the correct phrasal verbs from the list given below to replace the words underlined. Write the correct phrasal verbs, changing the form, where necessary.

There is one extra phrasal verb in the list : [3]

  1. The patient will recover within a week. 
  2. Please do not reject my proposal. 
  3. He wore a white shirt. 

[put on, put off, turn down, come round ]


  1. come round
  2. turn down
  3. put on

6. Given below are the meanings of four words that you will find in Question No. 3. Find out the words and write them. [2×4=8]

  1. very pleasant and attractive.
  2. basic systems and services for an organisation.
  3. something done successfully.
  4. feeling sure about one’s ability.


  1. charming
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Achievement
  4. confident

Section – C


7. Write a story (in about 100 words) with the help of the points  given below and add a suitable title : [10]

[shepherd tends sheep near a forest- raises the false alarm of a wolf- villagers rush to his rescue-shepherd enjoys- one day a wolf really comes- shepherd cries for help- nobody comes- wolf kills sheep]


The shepherd and the wolf

A shepherd boy used to tend his sheep near a forest. He would often raise a take false alarm, “Wolf! Wolf!’ for sheer fun. The villagers working in their fields would hear his cries and thinking that he had been attacked by a wolf, would Come running to save him. But to their surprise, they would find no wolf there. Seeing them, the naughty shepherd boy would begin to laugh. He played this trick several times. At this, the villagers became very angry. One day a wolf really came and attacked the sheep. Now the shepherd boy cried. “Wolf! Wolf! come to help me!” But this time nobody came to his rescue. As a result, the wolf first killed the sheep and then killed the boy.

Moral: Nobody believes a liar.

8. Write a letter (in about 100 words) to a friend living in a village about the place you live in. You may use the following points: [10]

[The name of the place you live in-district where situated- the people around you- sights worth seeing- why you like the place]


72, Vivekananda Road

Kolkata – 700007

May 18, 2022

Dear Friend,

I am fine and hope you are also fine. In this letter, I am going to tell you about the place where I live in.

I live in Kolkata, It is also a big city and a city of places. It is situated on the bank of the Hooghly river. The people residing here are well-educated and well-mannered. They are very helpful also. It has a number of worth-seeing places these places are the Victoria Memorial, the Alipore Zoo, the Kali temple, the Shaheed Minar, the Birla planetarium, the National Library, The Indian Museum etc. The Rabindra Setu and the Vidyasagar Setu spanning over the river Hooghly are also worth Visiting places. The underground metro railway in the city is another major attraction. I like it because it is also the birthplace of some great men like Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar etc.

So much for the present, with love to you and regards to aunt and uncle.

9. Use the following flow – chart to write a paragraph (in about 100 words) on the preparation of a mixture useful for re-hydration or maintaining balance of water in the body : [10]

[Wash hands, pots, spoons, and glass- boil one-litre water in pot-cool- add six level teaspoons of sugar - half teaspoon of common salt -stir well- ready]


Dehydration can be fatal. It can take someone’s life by draining out excess fluid from the body. A rehydration mixture can save the life of a man suffering from rehydration. Let’s see how it is made.

First of all hands, pots, glass and spoons are cleaned well. If needed they may be sterilised also by putting a glass and spoon in boiling water for a few minutes. Then one litre of water is boiled, in a pot. The water is allowed to cool down. Then six teaspoonful of sugar is added to the water. Half teaspoonful of common salt is also added to the water. The mixture is stirred well. Now our rehydration mixture is ready. It should be given to the person suffering from dehydration at regular intervals. The whole mixture should be consumed within 24 hours.

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