10th State Board, English Unit Test 2

Jai Hind Academy

Class: 10 State Board (English)                                                                         Unit 1 : Lessons 4,5,6                   Marks: 30
  1. No. 1. Read the following passage and do the activities. 10

A1 Answer the following in short.                                                                                                               2

  1. a) Where was Joan going?
  2. b) How does Robert address Poulengey?

Robert: (To Poulengey) This may all be nonsense, Polly. But the troops might just be inspired by it though nothing that we say seems to put any fire into them. Even the Dauphin might believe it. And if she can put some fight into him, she can put it into anybody.

Robert :(Turning to Joan) Now you, listen to me and don’t cut in before I have time to think. Your orders are that you are to go to Chinon under the escort of this gentleman and three of his friends.

Joan: (Radiant, clasping her hands) Oh, thank you, squire!

Poulengery: How is she to get into the Royal presence?

Robert: I don’t know. How did she get into my presence? I will send her to Chinon and she can say I sent her. Then, let come what may, I can do no more.

Joan: And the dress? I may have a soldier’s dress, squire?

Robert: Take what you please. I wash my hands off it.

Joan: (Wildly excited by her success) Come. Polly. (She dashes out).

Robert: (Shaking Poulengey’s hand) Goodbye, old man, I am taking a big chance. Few other men would have done it. But as you say, there is something about her.

Poulengey: Yes, there is something about her. Goodbye.

A2. a) Was Joan successful in her attempt to persuade Robert? Explain.                                                      2

A3. a) Write the synonyms of the following words from the passage.                                                     1

(i) guard                          (ii) country gentleman

  1. b) Write the verb forms of the following: 1

(i) Know                         (ii) believe

A 4. a) I wash my hands off it.           (Add a question tag)                                                                           1

  1. b) I am taking a big chance. (Frame a Wh- type question to get the underlined answer)                1

A5. Write 5 to 6 lines about any Indian woman fighter.                                                                                2

Q.2. (A) Read the following passage and do the activities.

A1 Rewrite the following sentences in proper sequence.                                                                         2

(1) It starts wilting.

(2) Through the day, it smiles with the sun.

(3) It withers completely.

(4) Every fortnight a flower blooms.

We have a hibiscus plant in our garden. Every fortnight a flower blooms on it – big. bright and tender. Through the day it smiles with the sun and dances with the wind, but as evening approaches, it starts wilting. The morning after, it withers completely and by evening it falls and becomes one with the earth again. The flower comes to life only for a day, yet it does so in full splendour. What if we too lived our life, however short, to its fullest?

We went to a rocky beach and saw the spread of the majestic ocean and the rocks alongside, carved, sculpted and shaped by the water. Water is so gentle, rock so hard, yet, as the water flows over it every day, for years, the rock gives in. It takes the shape that the water commands. Our problems are so colossal and we are so small, yet if we persist…

We saw small bits of grass peeping through the small cracks in a concrete pavement. It left us thinking: however impossible things may look, there is always an opening…

We saw a tree bare of all leaves in the cold winter months. We thought its chapter was over. But three months passed, spring set in and the tree was back to its green majesty once again, full of leaves, flowers, birds and life. What if we too had the conviction that, however difficult things are right now, it will not remain so for ever. Remember, this too shall pass.

A2.  a) What do we learn from small bits of grass?                                                                                   1

  1. b) What do the trees teach us? 1

A3 Match the columns.                                                                                                                                 2=

Column ‘A’.                                      Column ‘B’

Drying and drooping.                     Conviction

Huge, massive.                               Splendour

Grandeur.                                        Colossal

Firm belief.                                       Wilting

A4. Do as directed.                                                                                                                                        2

(1) We went to the rocky beach.              (Frame a Wh- type question to get the underlined answer.)

(2) We have a hibiscus plant in our garden.   (Write a question to which the underlined word is the answer).

A5.  What role does nature play in our lives?                                                                                                 2

 Q.3 (A) Read the following extract and do the activities.                                                                          5

A1. State whether the following statements are true or false.                                                                  2

(a) The third stage is of soldier.

(b) The last scene is of second childishness.

(c) The soldier has a beard of formal cut.

(d) In the sixth stage a man gets loose skin hanging by his side.

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined,

With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances:

And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slippered pantaloon.

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,

Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion.

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

-William Shakespeare

A2. What do the given words signify; match the columns.                                                                       2

Word                        meaning

  1. Characters                          i) birth
  2. Script                                  ii) roles played by human being
  3. Dialogue                             iii) story of life
  4.  Entry                                  iv) conversation

A3 Give an example of onomatopoeia in the given poem justify with the reason.                                        1

Q. 4. Write an appreciation of the poem ‘All the World is a stage’ in paragraph format.                    5