Subject: English Maximum Marks:75

Time: 2hrs.15minutes Grade: X

Candidates are required to show creativity in the answers wherever applicable. The figures in the margin indicate full marks.

1. Read the following text and do the tasks that follow. 5

Human Trafficking

Victims are trafficked within a country or trans-national. They are smuggled because they are forced to work as prostitutes, domestic servants, beggars, factory workers, mine workers, circus performers and child soldiers. It is like another form of slavery. The majority of trafficking victims are women and children because of their marginalization in many societies and their limited economic resources. Besides them, other key target groups include people from low income households, ethnic minorities, illiterate or people with low level of education, refugees, illegal migrants, children running away from home, and other. Members of split families are also prone to it. Women of forced marriage and early marriage, deserted wife, widows and discriminated daughters are easily victimised.

Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable members of society. In order to deceive first, they take help of local people to identify such families. They may provide economic incentive and financial loans to their friends, relatives, family, spouse or even parents. At times, most victims are lured to promises of better jobs or well paid job in cities, false marriages and proposals, easy money. dream of sophisticated life and other. Victims of earthquakes, floods, wars and epidemics can be easily smuggled.

A. Match the words in column A ( taken from the text) with their synonyms in column B : 3×1=3

Column A Column B

victim exile

refugee sufferer

vulnerable weak


B. Answer the following questions. 2×1-2

a.       Why do women and children belong to the category of main trafficking victims?

b.       Mention any two strategies that the traffickers use to deceive the most vulnerable members of society.

2. Read the following text and do the tasks that follow. 10

Parents "Dad! I’m going to meet my e-mail friend." "When?" I asked.


"I’m coming with you." "No, I’m going alone." "Look, Anuja…"

"You are obsessed dad. Nothing is going to happen to me."

Anuja, my daughter is only 13. She spends most of her time on computer chatting with her friends and sending e-mails. She has many e-friends. A couple of days ago she told me about her new e-friend. She is 12 and Anuja is very fond of her. And now she is going to meet her. I warned her about bad people who fake themselves as teenager, chat with girls like her and seek opportunities to take advantage of innocent girls. But she doesn’t listen to me. She thinks I am an old man who is over protective of his daughter, a man who sees ghosts in every dark comer. "Look, honey. I’m not saying you can’t meet your friend. All I’m saying is let me come with you. I will not get out of the car first and if I see a girl of 12 waiting, I’ll do some window shopping and you can go and meet her. But if there is no girl, we will wait for 10 minutes and then come back. OK?"

"This is ridiculous." She stamped her feet.

"Why? Is it because I’m 60 years old? Or is it because I’ve a big belly? Or because there are no hair on my head that you’re ashamed of going out with me?" I tried to joke.

"Oh Dad, you’re impossible."

"You look like a boy in your new outfit." On the way, I commented on her dress. "Dad! I think I must tell you something."

"I’m listening."

"I’m not a girl… I mean I’m not a girl for the girl… I mean the friend I am going to meet." "You lost me."

"Sorry. What I want to tell you is that I chatted with her as a boy."

"You mean you pretended to be a boy to this girl?" I stared at her and the car swerved a little which I controlled. "Yes, she knows me as a boy."

"God!" I tried to digest this new information.

A. Put the following sentences in the correct order as they occurred in the story. 5×1=5

a.       Her father wants to go with her but she does not want him to go with her.

b.       The father tells her that she looks like a boy in her new clothes.

c.       Anuja wants to meet her email friend.

d.       Anuja reveals with her father that she pretended to be a boy to her email friend

e.       Anuja finally accepts her father going with her.

B. Answer the following questions. 5×1=5

a.       How does Anuja spend most of her time?

b.       How old is her new e-friend?

c.       Why did Anuja’s father warn her about bad people?

d.       Write any two physical characteristics of Anuja’s father.

e.       What did Anuja tell her father on the way?


3. Read the following news story and do the tasks that follow. 10

Govt to construct four-lane bridge over Mahakali River


Mar 2, 2017 The government is going to build a four-lane bridge over Mahakali River that borders Nepal and India in Kanchanpur district.

The bridge will be constructed under the Road Upgradation Project of the Department of Roads (DoR). India’s EXIM Bank is said to provide a soft loan to build the bridge. The undertaking is expected to cost Rs 4.5 billion.

On Tuesday, Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Ramesh Lekhak inaugurated the Mahakali Bridge Construction Project Office at Mahendranagar. Speaking on the occasion, he said the bridge will widen the Nepal-India economic ties. The town of Dodhara Chandani, which is connected to the bordering Indian town via suspension bridge, could develop into a major border town with the motorable bridge, the minister added. DoR Director General Devendra Karki said the proposed bridge will be 800-metre long with 16 spans. The construction works will begin shortly, he said, adding that the Detailed Project Report has already been completed and the project officials are presently working on tender documents. The project chief, Sunil Babu Panta, said the bridge would be constructed 2.5 km upstream from Dodhara-Chandani suspension bridge.


A. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words/phrases from the news story. 5×1-5

a.       This news story was published on………….

b.       The Mahakali Bridge Construction Project Office was inaugurated by…………

c.       The town of ………..could develop into a major border town after the construction of the bridge.

d.       Devendra Karki is the Director General of ………..

e.       Project officials have already completed the ………..

B. Answer the following questions. 5×1=5

a.       Which district of Nepal will be linked with India by the bridge?

b.       How much cost is expected to build the bridge?

c.       What DoR stands for?

d.       When was the Mahakali Bridge Construction Project Office inaugurated?

e.       According to Devendra Karki, how long will be the proposed bridge?

4. Read the following story and do the tasks that follow. 15

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be, grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between. She tried to ignore to avoid a scene. So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gusty cookie thief diminished here stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, "If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye." With each cookie she took, he took one too. np When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her one of the halves and ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought, "This guy has some nerves and he’s also rude. Why he didn’t even show any gratitude!"

She had never known that she had been so galled and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings. and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate. She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, and then she sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes. "If mine are here", she moaned in despair, "the others were his, and he tried to share." Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.


A. As per the instructions below, suggest a word from among the underlined ones in the text. 5×1=5

a.       ………….. is the antonym of increased.

b.       We can use the word… instead of many.

c.       ………… gives the opposite meaning to pleased.

d.       ………….. means thankfulness.

e.       When we have no hopes we are said to be in …………..

B. Answer the following questions. 5×1=5

a.       What two things did the lady buy at the airport?

b.       Why do you think the man must have been surprised?

c.       How was the last cookie eaten?

d.       Why did the woman think the man was rude?

e.       Did the woman apologize for her mistake? Why not?

C. Put the following sentences in the correct sequence so that they make the summary of the story. 5×1=5

a.       A man with a bag of cookies was sitting next to the woman.

b.       Both the man and the woman ate the cookies from the same bag.

c.       The woman realized her mistake as she found her cookie bag safe after boarding the plane.

d.       A woman was waiting for her flight reading a book.

e.       The woman was, in fact, the ingrate which she thought the man was.

5. One of your class friends has won ‘The Best Player Award’ in the Regional badminton tournament and is selected to play in the national level. Write a message of congratulations to be published in a newspaper on behalf of your school family. Use the clues given below. 5

Clues: Rabi Dhami……….. best badminton player at school……….. deserved the award………. the result of his hard work and sincerity… all proud of him wish further success… make the nation feel proud.


7. Write a dialogue between two friends who are planning for a picnic. Write at least six exchanges. 6

8. Write a letter to the Editor of a local newspaper complaining about The Bad Condition of the Road in Your Area’. Request him/her to publish your letter in the newspaper so that the interest of the concerned quarters can be drawn to the issue. 8

9. Reproduce the following sentences as directed in the brackets.. 6×1=6

a.       Don’t open the door………….? (Add a suitable tag.)

b.       Do not go there at once. (Change into affirmative.)

c.       Kapil visits his parents once in a week. (Change into How often… question.)

d.       By the end of June this year, Sima….. her M.A. in English literature. (Use the correct form of verb ‘complete’ in the blank space.)

e.       The head teacher asked, "How old are you, Gaurab?" (Change into reported speech.)

f.        They are constructing a new bridge over the Bagmati River. (Change into passive voice.)

10. Choose and copy the best answers for the numbered blanks below. (Rewriting is not compulsory.) 10×0.5=5

Once there was …1… (the/an/ a) fox. He lived in a jungle. There also lived a crane. The crane and the fox ….2… (was/ were/ are) great friends. They visited each other’s home now and then. One day, the fox invited the crane…3… (in, on, to) dinner. He …4… (has put/ puts/ put) the soup in a flat dish. The crane had a long beak. He could not take any of the soup. The fox finished licking his dish and asked the crane, "How …5… (was the food/the food was/ the food is ) ?". The crane said it was very nice. In fact, it was really upsetting to the crane, …6… (isn’t it, didn’t it, wasn’t it)? The crane felt insulted. He wanted to take revenge. The next week, the …7…… (invited/ will invite/ was invited) to dine with the crane at his home. The crane served boiled rice in a jug…8… (because, so that, in order to) the fox could not reach the food. The jug had a very narrow neck. The fox could only smell the rice. Its head wouldn’t go inside the jug. The crane enjoyed the food very much. In this way the crane made the fox…9… ( felt/ feel/ to feel) sorry for his behavior. If the fox had fed the crane well, the crane…10… (did not insult/ would not insult would not have insulted) the fox.

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