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Class X (10th) SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER - English Language & Literature of Year 2008
DESIGN OF QUESTION PAPER SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER X - English Language & Literature
ENGLISH – LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
Time: 3 hrs Max. Marks: 100
Section B Writing 20
Section C Grammar 15
Section D Text Books 45
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow (8)
In the history of mankind, dance as an artistic form of expression is extremely old. Evidence of dance as a creative form is available in ancient literary texts, painting and sculpture from pre historic times to the medieval period.
There are now seven major classical dance styles-Bharatnatyam originated from Tamil Nadu, Kathkali from Kerala, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Odissi from Orissa, Manipuri from Manipur, Kathak from Northern Region and Satriya from Assam.
Most of these classical dances trace their roots to the grammar and techniques of movement codified in the Natya Shastra compiled by Bharat muni, some times between 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD.
Dance according to Bharat is classified into two main aspects: Nritta and Nritya. Nritta in the broadest sense is “pure abstract dance” which basically does not interpret or communicate a specific theme. It is the movement of limbs and body to the accompaniment of percussion instruments playing a specific rhythmic cycle or tala.
Nritya is the aspect of dance which is expressive and which communicates the meaning or theme of a song through gestures of the hands (hastas) facial expression and body movements.
Stylized interpretation when conveyed through body movements and facial and hand gestures is known as Angika Abhinaya, through words, as Vachika Abhinaya and through costumes and make-up as Aharya Abhinaya (200 words)
a. How do we come to know that dance is a creative form of art? (2)
b. Explain the following terms: (2)
i. Angika Abhinaya
ii. Aharya Abhinaya
c. What does Natya Shastra tell us about dance? (1)
d. What is the difference between Nritta and Nritya? (2)
e. Find the noun forms of words given below from the passage and write them:(1)
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow (12)
The first important traveller to
About 2400 years ago, Seleokos, a general of Alexander the great tried to recapture the territories, once held by his master but afterwards conquered by Chandragupta Maurya. Chandragupta defeated him in 305 B.C. The defeated seleukos sent Megasthenes as his ambassador to the court of Chandragupta.
Megasthenes observed our two largest rivers, the
The numerous trees that grew in
About the people of India Megasthenes says that Indians were generally tall and slim. Most people wore a white cotton dress, which contrasted with their dark complexion. The rich however wore gaily coloured linen clothes. They wore ivory ear-rings and gold ornaments.
Megasthenes undoubtedly admired the Indian character. He says that the Indians behaved in an orderly manner. They just followed their customs and traditions. They did not care for written contracts. In business deals they took a man at his word.
How do we know Megasthenes’ views on
Why could the
c. How did the Indians decorate themselves in Megasthenes’ time? (1)
What were the conditions which brought Megasthenes to
e. How does Megasthenes support the fact that the Indians were disciplined and honest? (1)
f. Which of the following options is correct? (1)
According to the author the
i. They were flooded
ii. They were full of crocodiles
iii. There were roads to be used
iv. There were no boats.
B. Many people wore a cotton dress because: (1)
i. They were poor
ii. It covered their head
iii. It contrasted with their complexion
iv. The passage does not tell us.
g. Frame two questions on the basis of the underlined part of the passage. (2)
h. Find out the words from the passage which mean the same as the following:
Many para 4
Certainly para 6 (2)
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