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English Question paper for Class VIII

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Time : 3 hrs. Class VIII Section A – Reading Section B – Writing Section C – Grammar Section D– Literature M.M. : 100 20 Marks 30 Marks 20 Marks 30 Marks

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS : 1. This paper is divided into four sections A, B, C and D. All the sections are compulsory. 2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully. 3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. deducted if this limit is crossed. 4. Marks will be

Please write down the serial number of the question in the answer script before attempting it. SECTION – A (Reading) (20 Marks)

A 1.

Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions based on your reading:I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o‟er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils, Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never ending line Along the margin of a bay : Ten thousand saw I at a glance Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced, but they Outdid the sparkling waves in glee : A poet could not but be gay In such a jocund company! I gazed – and gazed – but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought. - William Wordsworth

2 A 1.1 Based on the reading of the poem answer the questions that follow:(a) (b) (c) (d) The poet compares himself with a __________. What did the poet see beside the lake? How many did he see at a glance? What does th poet mean by „show‟ in the last line?

(4 Marks)

A 1.2 Find the word in the poem which mean the same as the following. (a) (b) (c) (d) Valley (First Stanza) Move Backward and forward (First Stanza) Never ending (Second Stanza) Stared (Third Stanza) Passage II

(4 Marks)

One of heaven‟s best gifts to man is humour, for it adds innocent pleasure to life both in health and in sickness, and helps to promote good feelings among people in their daily dealing with one another. Think for a moment what life would be if there were no humour or wit in the world, no laughter, no fun. Now humour is not the same thing as wit. Wit is concerned chiefly with words, while humour deals rather with situation : a man may be witty and yet not possess much humour. Humour is much larger and profounder than wit. Nearly, all the greatest writers have the gift of humour. But like all the pleasurable things of life, wit and humour have their dangers and three of the commonest are those of being vulgar, unkind and profane. In other words, those who use these gifts of wit and humour must avoid vulgarity, must see that they do not hurt the feelings of others and must beware of jesting about sacred things. The only way in which you can acquire the right taste for what is good in the world of wit and humour is to read examples of which there are many in literature. Shakespeare is a mine in himself and so is Dickens. A 2.1 On the basis of your reading the passage answer the following questions briefly. (a) (b) (c) (d) Why is humour regarded as one of heaven‟s best gift to man? (1 Mark) Wit is chiefly concerned with_________ while humour deals with____________. (1 Mark) What are the three dangers of wit and humour? (1 Mark) Give a suitable title for the passage. (1 Mark) (4 Marks)

A 2.2 Find the words in the passage which mean the same as the following:(a) (b) (c) (d) Happiness Increase Deeper Joking (Para 1) (Para 1) (Para 2) (Para 3)

3 A 2.3 Find words in the passage which mean the opposite in meaning to the following:- (4 Marks) (a) (b) (c) (d) Lose Refined Pious Instance. SECTION – B (Writing) (30 Marks)

B 1. You are Amitabh and had an appointment with your friend Prakash to visit a painting exhibition at 3 p. m. but you have been held up by your parents for going to the market to purchase sweets for unexpected guests. Draft a message to Prakash giving your reasons for not keeping the appointment in not more than 40 words in your answer sheet. (5 Marks) B 2. Radhika is on a holiday to Goa. After visiting some places, she made some notes in her diary. Use the information in these notes to write the postcard which she sent to her father in not more than 50 words. Do not add any new information. (5 Marks) NOTES Arrival Wonderful place People Landscape Food Tours Carnival festival Goa 20 September 2007 no crime friendly, happy Beaches, beautiful ancient Churches Sea food Bus and ferry Dance, fun and frolic

B 3. You are Rita of 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai. Write a letter to your friend Prerna telling her that you have shifted to a new house. Describe the new house and your neighbourhood. (10 Marks) B 4. The Environmental Club of your area is organizing a speech competition on “Hazards of Environmental Pollution,” in which you have to participate. Write a short speech. (10 Marks) SECTION – C (Grammar) (20 Marks)

C 1. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. (4 Marks) Lara was selected for lead the West Indies Cricket Team of under 23 in India. He make his debut against Pakistan in 1990. The year 1994 is lucky for him as he crossed the high record of test score in Vivian Richards. In the same year he join the club 300 by scoring 375 runs. He crossed all the last records for Hutton and Sobers. to (a)………………. (b)………………. (c)………………. (d)………………. (e)………………. (f)………………. (g)………………. (h)……………….

4 C 2. In the passage given below, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in your answer sheet against the correct blank Number. Ensure that the word that forms your answer is underlined. (4 Marks) One day our History teacher took/to The Red Fort. It is beautiful palace built by Shah Jahan. It is made of red stones. We entered the palace the Lahori Gate. First all, we visited Nagar Khana, the Royal Band played six times day. Then we went Dewani-e-Alam. Here the Emperor used to hold his Darbar. Received the high officials here. To left, we saw Dewan-e-Khas. C 3. us (a)………………… (b)………………… (c)………………… (d)………………… (e)………………… (f)………………… (g)………………… (h)………………… (4 Marks)

Supply the verb in agreement with the subject in the following sentences:(a) (b) (c) (d) Each of these girls _________ guilty. He as well as you __________ clever. A great statesman and patriot_________ left us. Neither this teacher nor the student ______ present.

C 4.

Change the voice. (a) (b) (c) (d) The teacher was teaching the class. He has bought the ticket. By whom was your money stolen. Had the jug been broken by them?

(4 Marks)

C 5.

Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences. (a) (b) (c) (d)

(4 Marks)

is / very / communication / important / every / for / every / human being.. tongue, lips and vocal chords / people affected / can communicate / either with limbs / with a paralytic stroke. to answer / some can / their eyes / even blink nervous / system / to the voluntary / due to extensive damage / is impossible / but in a few / even a small gesture. SECTION – D (Literature)

(30 Marks)

D 1. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow in one or two lines only. Number the answers carefully: (4 Marks) Then there is no mistake. And it is not enough if you feel sad. The cause of sadness must be removed. Only then can I think of release. (a) (b) (c) (d) Name the lesson and its author. Who are „you‟ and „I‟ here? Who is speaking and to whom? What does the speaker want to tell here?

5 D 2. He pushed her around; He pushed his sister. Before school, after school; On weekends. (a) (b) (c) (d) D 3. Name the poem and its poet. Who are „he‟ and „her‟ here? What did he do? When did he do? (4 Marks)

I felt so furious as I watched him there, snapping out his pompous orders that I was ready to do anything. Yet what could I do? I was such a tiny creature. (a) (b) (c) Name the lesson and its author. Who are „I‟ and „him‟ here? Why couldn‟t it do anything? (1 Mark) (1 Mark) (2 Mark)

D 4.

We join with the earth and with each other. We join together as many and diverse expressions Of one loving mystery: For the healing of the earth and the renewal of life. (a) (b) (c) Name the poem. Who are we here? What do you think the poet means by „One loving mystery.‟? (1 Mark) (1 Mark) (2 Marks) (10 Marks)

D 5.

Answer the following questions.

(a) The narrator says: „… But the poor fellow failed again and I felt sorry for him. My pleasure of passing was reduced to half.‟ What does this tell you about the narrator? (b) What is the reason for many superstitions regarding eclipse? (c) What are the two comparisons that the chief uses to describe the relationship of man with the environment? (d) How did Mr Pink teach Narhari Babu a lesson? (e) What was the sign that the school master was no longer in a happy mood? D 6. Draw the character sketch of Attila. (4 Marks)

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