| SAMPLE PAPER
Maximum marks: 70 Time-3hours
The question paper is divided into three sections.
Reading comprehension & OTBA
Writing Skills / Grammar
15 +10=25 MARKS
Literature/Long Reading Text
1. ALL THE QUESTIONS ARE COMPULSORY.
2. ATTEMPT ANY ONE COMPLETE SECTION AT A TIME.
3. ALL THE QUESTIONS ATTEMPTED OF ANY SECTION SHOULD BE IN CORRECT ORDER.
4. READING TIME OF 15 MINUTES SHOULD BE GIVEN.
5. FOLLOW THE WORD LIMIT.
6. CHECK THAT THE QUESTION PAPER CONTAINS Q.1 TO Q.11.
SECTION A READING COMPREHENSION & OPEN TEXT BASED ASSESSMENT (20 Marks)
Q.1 a.Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (5MARKS)
Papaya is the healthiest fruit with a list of properties that is long and exhaustive. Papaya favours digestion as well as cures skin irritation and sun burns. You can munch on it as a salad, have it cooked or boiled or just drink it up as milkshake or juice. The most important of these virtues is the protein-digesting enzyme in the milky juice or latex. The enzyme is similar to pepsin in its digestive action and is said to be so powerful that it can digest 200 times its own weight in protein. It assists the body in assimilating the maximum nutritional value from food to provide energy and body-building materials.
Papain in raw papaya makes up for the deficiency of gastric juice and fights excess of unhealthy mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia and intestinal irritation. The ripe fruit, if eaten regularly corrects habitual constipation, bleeding piles and chronic diarrhea. The juice of the papaya seeds also assists in the above-mentioned ailments.
The juice, used as a cosmetic, removes freckles or brown spots due to exposure to sunlight and makes the skin smooth and delicate. A paste of papaya seeds is applied in skin diseases like those caused by ringworm. The black seeds of the papaya are highly beneficial in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism, malnutrition, etc. A tablespoonful of its juice, combined with a hint of fresh lime juice, should be consumed once or twice daily for a month. The fresh juice of raw papaya mixed with honey can be applied over inflamed tonsils, for diphtheria and other throat disorders. It dissolves the membrane and prevents infection from spreading.
Now answer the following questions : (1x5 =5 marks)
(a) Mention any two properties of papaya.
(b) How can intestinal irritation be overcome?
(c)How can we cure throat disorders?
(d) How does the juice help us as a cosmetic'?
(e) Find a word which means same as ’lack of nutrition’.
Q.1 b) Read the passage carefully: (5 marks)
A team from Cornell University, which is led by a scientist from India, has begun teaching a robot to understand instructions. These instructions are given by various speakers in the robot’s own language. This experiment tries to assess how adept the robot is at adapting to its environment. AshutoshSaxena, Assistant Professor at New York’s Cornell University has developed the software that can translate simple human sentences. One of his experiments has involved the simple act of making noodles from a packet. The robot is told in sentences to fill a pan with water. Place it on the stove, and heat the water. When it is boiling, the robot is instructed to put in the noodles. It has been found that the robot not only follows instructions but is smart enough to fill in the missing steps.
Saxena’s robot is also equipped with a 3D camera which scans its environment and identifies the objects in it, using this software. The robot has also been trained to associate the objects with their capabilities. Thus it knows that a stove can have objects placed on them and can heat things.
Saxena’s team used techniques called machine learning to train the robot’s computer ‘brain’. Thus the computer brain can associate entire commands given to it with flexibly defined actions.
Now answer the following questions briefly: ( 1x5=5marks)
What has Ashutosh Saxena developed at Cornell University?
What does the experiment try to do?
What simple task is the robot told to perform?
How does the robot identify objects in its environment?
Find a word in the passage that means the same as‘to link’.
Q.2 OTBA - Read the text and answer the following questions: (10 Marks)
Nurturing Compassionate Citizens
…..Be in love for a different reason
Let’s take a look at how animals were treated in India in the past….
Since ancient times….
The battle of Kalinge transformed Ashoka, the Great (268-223 BC) from a ruthless cruel leader to a kind, gentle person. He was sincerely grieved to witness first-hand, the huge number of casualties caused by his military campaigns. He brought about a number of changes and established the first known animal rights laws. In his edicts, King Ashoka expresses his concern about the number of animals killed and made his intentions very clear to end such killings. He therefore, stopped royal hunting parties and also ended the killing of animals for the royal kitchen. He outlawed the sacrifice of animals and made it illegal to kill many species such as parrots, ducks, geese, turtles, monkeys and rhinos. He established wells and watering holes, places of rests and hospitals for humans and animals alike. In addition, Ashoka taught his people to have compassion for animals and to refrain from harming or killing them. He prohibited forests from being burned to protect the creatures living in them. In one of his famous pillar edicts, he declared, “I have enforced the law against killing animals. The greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favour of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.”
Isn’t this a different and unknown facet of King Ashoka’s personality?
In recent times, a unique Bird Hospital in Delhi has caught everyone’s eye. Tourists from India and abroad, school children and bird lovers visit this place.
Our very own Bird Hospital
So many times we come across wounded and sick birds, but ignore them because we do not have the knowledge of where to take them for proper treatment and cure. We see birds electrocuted in electric wires, dehydrated during summers, wounded during storms, tree felling, aircraft collisions, etc. They too have the right for treatment and recuperation. One such unique hospital which provides all facilities for treatment of wounded birds free of cost is the Bird’s Hospital in Chandni Chowk, in Delhi, established in the year 1929. It is a one of its kind charitable hospital for birds, constructed by the funds voluntarily donated by the businessmen of Delhi. Eagles, crows, small birds are treated by the doctors and released into the sky to spread their wings and fly. The main objective of the hospital is to save the bird, within 24 hours.
There is also a hospice of birds on the roof of the hospital. The birds stay here for a while, take rest, eat grains, drink water and fly away to their destinations. Also, an Out Patient Department (OPD) is arranged for the treated birds which do not wish to leave this place, inside the hospital. It has separate wards for different species of birds like sparrows, crows, parrots, pigeons and domestic fowls. It has a research laboratory and even an intensive care unit for its serious patients.
Transported in bags or clasped between hands, 30-40 birds arrive in a day. In summers, they are often dehydrated or injured by moving fans and in winter they suffer from pneumonia. The winged patients can seek a remedy for everything from pigeon pox to the common cold. The birds are first kept held in the intensive care unit and are then transferred to the general wards, where they regain their wings and eventually fly off.
So the next time, when you visit Delhi, regale in the splendor of the historic Red Fort, witness the hustle and bustle of the markets of Chandni Chowk and walk in to the Bird Hospital to generate a compassionate spark within you.