2. DIDI (Life writing)

3. STAMMER (Poem)

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1. You have read the inspiring story of Shaheen Mistri. You would like to write an e-mail to her appreciating the activities of Akanksha that transformed the children in the slums of Mumbai. Write the e-mail explaining how Shaheen has inspired you. (4)

2. People have different hobbies. Some are passionate enough to make their hobbies their career. Think about one of your favourite hobbies and write a paragraph on it. (4)

3. Read the following passage. Pick out 1 fact and 1 opinion from the passage.

Indians are the world’s biggest bookworms, reading on average 10.7 hours a week, twice as longs as Americans, according to a new survey. The NOP World Culture Score index surveyed 30,000 people in 30 countries from December, 2004 to February, 2006. Analysts said self- help and aspirational reading could explain India’s high figures. Britons and Americans scored 50% lower than the Indians’ hours and Japanese and Koreans were even lower at 4.1 and 3.1 respectively. R.Sriram, Chief Executive Officer of Crosswords Bookstores, a chain of 26 bookshops in India, says Indians are extremely entrepreneurial and reading is “a fundamental part of their being”. The NOP survey of 30,000 consumers aged over 13 saw China and Philippines take second and third place respectively in average hours a week spent reading books, newspapers and magazines. (2)

4. The underlined phrases in the following sentences are idiomatic expressions. Rewrite these sentences into plain English sentences. (2)

a. Seema felt like a fish out of water in her new class.

b. He was all ears when the teacher started talking.

5. A relief centre in your locality is planning to give English classes to the children below 10 years. They are looking for volunteers to help them in tutoring the children from economically and socially backward areas. You are applying for the job. Write an application and resume with necessary details. (8)

6. Irfan Alam says that entrepreneurship can solve the problem of unemployment. Do you agree with this? Write your thoughts in a paragraph. (4)

7. ” Each time we stammer

we are offering a sacrifice

to the God of meanings

– What is stammer compared to in these lines? (1)

– How does stammer get a spiritual status through these words? (3)

8. “God too must have stammered

when He created man

That is why all the words of man

carry different meanings.’

– What is the reason for different meanings in the poet’s view? (2)

– Why do words carry different meanings in the poet’s opinion? (2)

9. “That is why everything he utters

from his prayers to his commands


like poetry”

– Who is referred to here as “he?” (1)

– What quality does the simile attribute to stammer in these lines? (3)

10. The use of ‘silence’, ‘sacrifice’ and ‘poetry’ make Stammer a different experience. Write a paragraph on the meaning conveyed by those terms in the poem. (4)

11. A person’s stammer is different from ‘a people’s’ stammer. How does the poet tell us about it through his poem “Stammer”? Give your opinion in a paragraph. (4)

From Teachers Hand Book of SCERT


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