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First Terminal Examination 2012 -ENGLISH – Std. X
Answer Key

  1. Ravi thought about the fun of being left alone unconquered/He had never known the sensation of winning the game/ he wanted to be the winner / a champion
  2. a whole slab of chocolate all to himself given by his uncle
  3. now and then getting up and going up to the door to put his ear to the broad crack and listening for sounds of the game.
  4. He alone left unconquered.
  5. The persuer is the seeker (Raghu) and the pursued are the hiders.
  6. Dogged determination
  7. the scorpion
  8. according to their belief, with every movement the scorpion made his poison would move in mothers blood too.
  9. They are innocent but superstitious.
  10. The sting of the scorpion will help the mother to get the sins of her previous birth burned away; the suffering will decrease the misfortunes of her next birth
    the sum of all evil in this unreal world will be diminished by her pain.
  11. The poet is ashamed to continue reading her poem because she has spoken about her imaginary Himalayas to Swami Anand who has direct experience in the Himalayas.
  12. You can read your poems now
  13. The word now indicates that Swami Anand approves of her skill in writing poems. She has reached a maturity period for writing poems.
  14. The Himalayas
  15. The writer thanks God for giving the world the a refreshing drink called tea.
  16. China
  17. It is now the most common drink all over the world.
  18. Leaves
  19. Tea can be grown only in those part of the world where the climate is not too hot and where there is a good rainfall.
  20. A. Narrative is a description of an event imaginary or real. The event is described in all its details.
      Grading indicators for Narrative
  • A suitable title
  • events fixed and developed properly
  • proper beginning and ending
  • Varieties of images used
  • use of language appropriate to the context
  • varieties of sentences
B. Write-up is an analysis, description, or evaluation of an event , a work of art, person etc.
Grading indicators for Write-up
  • A suitable title
  • proper beginning and conclusion
  • organisation of ideas
  • Varieties of sentences used
  • attitude of the writer conveyed
  • command over language
  1. Letter of apology
    Many teachers are confused about the form to be used in this letter. Formal/official or informal?
In my viewpoint, the form is less important here. Even then, an informal letter will do because it is a letter of apology. What has such a letter to do with officiality? Moreover, in all discourses we aim at testing the language proficiency of our learners.
  1. Diary entry need not be a record of person s usual activities of a day. It is usually written as an outcome of an intense feeling generated by a particular event on that day.
    So it should reveal
  • the character s spontaneous thoughts
  • his/her feelings and emotions
    personality features of the character
It is usually a first person narrative. The day and date is clearly mentioned. The ideas neednt be systematically organised and can be scattered
  1. News Report
    Grading indicators
  • A short and catchy Headline
  • Lead paragraph should contain details like time, place, major events etc.
  • the main points are clearly organised and explained
  • a very formal language is used
  • an objective tone is usually maintained
  1. Preparing a paragraph
    This question is also an instance of dispute among teachers and learners. It is based on the extended reading passage. The SCERT guidelines state that upto 15 percentage of the questions can be expected from the extended reading portions. That may be why this question paper contains 12 marks from the Extended Reading portions.
About this question : the main dispute is whether to sequence the points in the proper order first and then to write in a paragraph. Here also my question is why to repeat the same process of writing the same stuff in sequencing first and then in writing another paragraph.....?

After all, the objective of this question is
  • to test whether the learner has comprehended the idea of the reading passage
  • to make him/her write a cohesive paragraph using proper linkers 

    Therefore simply writing the sequenced sentences into a paragraph will not be enough here. (Let the learners add , if they know and wish, more details). The proper use of linkers to connect the ideas is a must. The paragraph should be systematically organised.
25. Profile : each detail given should be used in the profile according to their importance. 
        A heading will make the profile more attractive
  1. Nature cure for Diabetes
    27. Orbit International
    28. Sentence structure Exercises
    29. Words for Daily Use
    30. Orbit International
    31. a. Arent you? / dont you?
    (Here too, to be more precise the answer is Arent you? look at the reply of 
    course I am.)
        b. What is the reason? / What for ? /did swami give the letter to the HM?
        c. he will/can/may.......
        d. the more …......
        e. Where is he now?
    32. a. dark
      b. see
      c. patiently
      d. heard
      e. found
      33. a. to
      b. in / through
      c. a
      d. the
e. when
        34. Father asked Swami whether Samuel punished the boys
        35. Already given in discussions


  1. nice attempt regarding the phrase structural labelling to avoid confussion one example is givan at the and I think it will be help ful.

    regarding writing paragraphs from the extended reading part. no need to sequence it first and write a paragraph later. both can be done together by adding proper linkers.

  2. If u publish the question analysis of Std.IX (Onam Exam),it also may be a help