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For 2025 Board Exam
CBSE Competency Based Questions:
Class 10
Class 12

Literature Worksheet: Board PYQs| CBQs | Class 10 | CBSE

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Q1. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow. Let me put this more clearly, since no one will believe that a thirteen-year old girl is completely alone in this world. And I’m not. I have loving parents and a sixteen years old sister, and there are almost thirty people I can call friends. I have a family, loving aunts and a good house. No, on the surface I seem to have everything, except my one true friend. All I think about when I am with friends is having a good time. I can’t bring myself to talk about anything, but ordinary everyday things.


(i) On the surface, it appears that Anne the thirteen year old girl _____.

(ii) How can we infer that the speaker felt alone in the world ?

(a) She had a family of many people.

(b) She had loving parents.

(c) She had thirty friends.

(d) She craves for a true friend.

(iii) Anne and her friends talked about _____.

(a) their problematic parents

(b) their financial problems

(c) common everyday things

(d) the commuting problems

(iv) Complete the analogy by selecting the suitable word from the text :

alone : friends : : nothing : _______

(v) Select the option that correctly captures the usage of the idiom ‘bring myself ’ from the extract : (a) to do something willingly

(b) to do something unwillingly

(c) a charitable act

(d) an involuntary act


Q2. Mrs. Hall almost fell down the stairs in hysterics. She was convinced that the room was haunted by spirits and that the stranger had somehow caused these to enter into her furniture.

(i) Mrs. Hall tripped because ______

(a) the floor was oily.

(b) she was standing on a chair.

(c) she was in a state of panic.

(d) the door was slammed.

(ii) Mrs. Hall suspected everything in the room was put under a spell of witchcraft by ______.

(iii) Fill in the blank with one word only : Mrs. Hall was afraid that spirits had entered _______.

(iv) According to the extract, the feeling of Mrs. Hall can be best described as

(1) stunned (2) happy (3) awestruck (4) nervous (5) outraged (6) agitated

Select the correct option :

(a) (2) and (4)

(b) (3) and (6)

(c) (5) and (6)

(d) (1) and (6)

(v) ‘Spirits’ in the above lines means the same as

(a) ghosts (b) conscience (c) ego (d) attitude


Q3. Though to distinguish beasts of prey

A novice might nonplus,

The crocodiles you always may

Tell from the Hyena thus :

Hyenas come with merry smiles;

But if they weep they’re crocodiles.

(i) Select the appropriate option to complete the sentence, according to the extract : Crocodiles can be identified by their _______.

(a) tears

(b) attitude

(c) smiles

(d) attacks

(ii) State whether the following statement is True or False :

Hyenas are famous for weeping.

(iii) ‘Novice’ in line 2 means the same as :

(a) learner

(b) beast

(c) tender foot

(d) beginner

(iv) In this extract the poet has presented two different behavioural traits of animals. They are ______.

(v) The poet uses ‘A novice might nonplus” instead of the novice might get confused. How does this usage impact the poem ?

(a) adds an incorrect option.

(b) it is associated with beasts.

(c) it rhymes and adds humour.

(d) it simplifies the meaning.

Q4. He stalks in his vivid stripes

The few steps of his cage,

On pads of velvet quiet,

In his quiet rage

He should be lurking in shadow

Sliding through long grass

Near the water hole

Where plump deer pass.

(i) Complete the sentence appropriately. The vivid stripes refer to the ______.

(ii) Which word from the extract is the opposite of ‘loud’ ?

(iii) The use of the phrase ‘pads of velvet’ means

(a) neck

(b) tail

(c) skin

(d) paws

(iv) State whether the following statement is True or False :

The confinement of the cramped space of the cage has restricted the tiger’s steps.

(v) The tiger was lurking in shadow _________.

(a) to catch its prey

(b) as the cage was dark

(c) as the velvet was quiet

(d) as he was in a rage

Q5. Attempt any four out of the five questions given below in 40-50 words each. 4x3=12

(a) What did Pranjol and Rajvir do during the journey ? Why ?

(b) Who read the letter sent by Lencho ? What did he do then ?

(c) Where is Coorg located ? Write any two characteristics of the people of Coorg ?

(d) How does the poem ‘The Tale of Custard The Dragon’ differ from the traditional ballad ?

(e) What does the Buddha say about the world ?

Q6. Attempt any two out of the three questions given below in 40-50 words each : 2x3 = 6

(a) Why does Anil not hand over Hari Singh to the police ?

(b) What opinion did Mr. Weiherer, Ebright’s Social Science teacher have about him ?

(c) What was Mr. Herriot’s strict advice ? Did Mrs. Pumphrey agree to his advice ?

Q7. Answer any one of the following questions in 100-120 words : 6x1=6

(a) Whenever we want to achieve something, difficulties always come in our way. What did Valli have to do to go and ride in a bus ?

(b) Through the story of Kisa Gotami, what did the Buddha try to preach to the common man ?

Q8. Answer any one of the following questions in 100-120 words : (6M)

(a) Education is always a great asset in the life of a woman. How did Bholi, an educated girl, face the challenge posed by Bishamber’s greed ?

(b) Those who are satisfied with what they have are happy in life. Those who aspire more than what they can afford ruin their life. Matilda was one such person. If she were content with her life she would have led a happy life. Elaborate on the basis of the chapter ‘The Necklace.’

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