School Leaving Certificate (SLC) | Class-10 | Old Question Paper
SLC | Reading & Writing Test
Subject – Compulsory English
Level: SLC/Class-10 | Year: 2069/2013 | RE-101’C’
Full Marks: 75 | Pass Marks: 24 | Time: 2 Hrs 15 Minutes
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Candidates are required to give their answers in their own words as far as practicable. The figures in the margin indicate full marks.
1. Read the following text and do the activities that follow: 
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
“This is my own, my native land!”
Whose heart hath never within h1m buried?
As home his foot steps he hath tum’d.
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell,
High though his title, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim,
Despite thqse titles, power and pelf,
The wretch concentrated all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And doubly dying shall go down,
To the vile dust from where he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d and unsung.
– Sir Walter Scott
A. write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against the following statements: [4×0.5=2]
a) People who don’t love their country are like dead
b) Patriotism is not precious than
c) People who come back from alien country are notpatriotic.
d) One’s motherland is far better than heaven.
B. Choose the best aliswer to complete the following sentences: [3×1=3]
a) The poet asks us to ……….. the unpatriotic.
i. mark ii. horrout iii. respect
b) The wretch are …………..
i. unselfish ii. selfish iii. honoured
c) An unpatriotic person dies ……………….
i. only physically ii. only spiritually iii. both physically and spiritually
2. Read the following text and do the activities that follow: 
After school, I asked some of my friends to lend me a pair of trousers, but no one had a pair which would fit me. I even tried on a pair of my father’s trousers. They were too short for me and much too large at the waist. I gave up in despair.
The next day·arrived. I thought of not going to school but my parents told me to get ready. They told me to stop grumbling because there was nothing wrong in wearing shorts. So, I turned up as usual at school. he class teacher was aghast when he saw me. He and_some other students wanted me to be excluded from the photograph but the head teacher intervened. She asked me tojoin the group. The class teacher told me to sit in the front with two students on either side of me.
The photograph was duly taken. A few days later a copy of the picture appeared on the notice board. Crowds of students gathered to see it. It was a well-taken photograph. All the students were there in their well-ironed, spotlessly white shirts and trousers except in the fron row, with my
knobbly knees conspicuously exposed! Needless to say, the picture gave ‘rise to a Iot of laughter nd unkind remarks. You can imagine how I felt!
But the incident had a happy ending. I bought a copy of the photograph and showed it to my parents. My father immediately asked my mother to buy some white trousers for me – my very first pair.
A. Find the worcls from the text that are similar in meaning to the following words/phrases: [4×1=4]
a) suit b) hopelessness c) came together d) at once
B. Put the following sentences in the correct order: [4×0.5=2]
a) The writer thought of not going to school.
b) The writer’s mother bought him trousers.
c) The writer sat in the front row when the photograph was taken.
d) The writer tried on his father’s trousers.
C. Answer the following question: [4×1=4]
a) Why didn’t the writer wear his father’s trousers for the group photograph?
b) Why did the class teacher want to exclude him from the group photograph?
c) How did he look in the group photograph?
d) What made his parents buy him apair of trousers?
3. Read the following text and do the activities that follow: 
Today the scenario has changed a lot. Though nature still an enemy that is always unpredictable, can be conquered to a certain extent. Modem agriculture assures us of an ample food supply. Modem transportation has reduced the distances between countries. Similarly modem medicine and sanitation allow dense population to cover the ground without risk of pestilence. The fact is that more severe natural disasters cannot be avoided evennow. Against earthquake, flood apd hurricane man has not yet devised adequate protection. · The Tsunami tragedy has once again given man shudders. The tragedy has become a nightmare for humanity. Now the scientists’ boastings seem to be crueljokes. The tragedy had rendered man helpless and hopeless with no protection from anywhere to heal his wounds. We are forced to ask question, “Are we safe on this planet?” These are warnings that many, island countries will be eliminated by the wrath of nature 111 the decades to come. We should not be pessimistic. Events like Tsunami are rare, nature is no longer frightening, she has been subdued to great extent.
A. Find the words from the text that are opposite in meaning to the following words: [4×0.5=2]
a) ancient b)destruction c) optimistic d) common
B. Write ‘True’ or ‘False’ against the following statements: [4×0.5=2]
a) We cannot conquer nature at all.
b) Tsunami frightened a lot of people.
c) Scientists can stop natural disasters like earthquake.
d) The writer is optimistic about the future of the world.
C. Answer the following questions: [3×2=6]
a) How has the distance between countries been reduced?
b) What has made people’s life longer?
c) Why can’t people be safe from natural disasters?
4. Read the following text and do the activities that. follow: 
International Centre for Academics (ICA), a college of distance education and OJ1line studies, is one of the pioneer organization of Npal. The college offers academic programmes from Certificate to Master’s level in the distance mode in affiliation with universities of international reputation . . ICA hereby invites application from qualified and experienced professionals for Academic Co-ordinator (Full time)
- Master’s degree holder, preferably MBA
- 1 to 2 years of experience in handling, coordinating academic programmes of Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
- Interested candidates should have high degree of communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong computer knowledge and fluent in written and spoken English.
Salary: negotiable. .
Candidates having above qualification may email their recent bio-data and a copy of PP size photograph by April 15, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. Match the words in col.umn ‘A’ with .their explanation in column ‘B’: [4×1=4]
i. can be settled through discussion.
b) Certificates to Master’s level
ii. a college of distance education.
iii. duration of experience required
d) 1 or 2 years
iv. Offered Programmes
v. the address of the institute.
B. Complete the following sentences using appropriate words/phrases from the text: [3×1=3]
a) The above text is an example of a vacancy …………..
b) The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating and ………… academic·
c) The application should be sent not later than …………
C. Answer the following questions: [4×2=8]
a) What does ICA stand for?
b) What is the name of the post advertised?
c) What is the academic qualification required to be a candidate?
d) How can the applications be sent to?
5. Complete the following dialogue with the correct expressions from the box given below: [6×1=6]
Assistant: Good Morning, Sir …………………..
Customer: Yes, …………………………….
Assistant: Desktop, Laptop or Palmtop?
Customer: ……………. A desktop, I think.
Assistant: ……………. Now What Kind of thing do you want to use for it?
Customer: Writings documents, mainly. …………………..
Assistant: Well, I am sure we can find you a replacement.
Customer: Yes, that will be fine.
- all our desktops are over here.
- I’m not sure.
- I am looking for a computer.
- and do you need a monitor as well?
- can I help you?
- my old one has just died.
6. Write a story with the help of the following outlines. Give it a suitable title and a moral too: 
a cat grows old……gets no food…….makes a plan to trap rats ……. wears garland of flowers…….rings the bell ….,..nearing the sound, rats tome to him…….he stays eyes shut up…….a rat asks him…….he replies he commits crime no more ………is devotee of God…….rats trust. ……walk freely……….number of rats decreases…….moral.
7. You have a friend who lives in a foreign country. He/she wants to know your plan after SLC. Write a letter to him/her stating what you are going to do when your SLC examination is over. 
8. Choose the correct answers from the brackets to complete the following sentences and copy them in your answer sheet: [12×0.5=6]
a) ………..book you gave me yesterday was very interesting. (A/An/The)
b) The students were pleased ………..their new teacher. (with/on/in)
c) Have a light breakfast, ………..? (do you/will you/have you)
d) Even the school children ……….. capable of thinking in abstract terms. (is/are/have)
e) ‘The burning fuel drives the engine’. The correct yes/no question of the sentence is:………..(Does the burning fuel drive the engine?/Do the burning fuel drive the engine?/Does the burning fuel drives the engine?)
f) My mother always takes care of me but she……….. takes care of my small brother. (never /does not never /always)
g) By this time next year, I ………..in grade 11. (will study/will have been studying/studied)
h) She said that she ………her homework. (has finished/finishes/had finished)
i) ‘He did not invite his friends to the party.’ It means ………..(His friends were invited to the party/His friends were not invited to the party/His friends was not invited to the party)
j) Mountaineers couldn’t climb the mountain ……….. the snowfall(because of/in spite of/because) .
k) If the butter is heated, …….. (will melt/melts/would melt).
l) Ms. Sharma got her students………..the task. (complete/completed/to complete)
9. Choose the correct answers from the brackets to complete the following text and copy them in your answer sheet: [10×0.5=5]
Science has told us so much ……. (on/about/to) the moon that it is fairly easy to imagine what it ……. (was/will be/had been) like to go there. It is certainly not a friendly place, …….? (isn’t it/is it/does it). There can be no life of any kind on the moon ……. (because/therefore/although) there is no air or water. For mile after mile; there … … (are/has/is) only the dust with mountains around. Above, the sun and stars shine in ……. (a/an/the) sky. If you step out of the mountain shadow, …… (you were/ you will/you would) move from severe cold to great heat. The moon is also a very silent world, for sound waves can only travel through air. But beyond the broken horizon, a friendly sight …………. (is seen/ be seen/ to be seen). The astronauts say, “…:.……… (The earth shines /The earth shone/The earth will shine) more brightly than the stars.” From the distance, our earth looks like an immense ball, clouded blue and green and brown. The sight of the heavenly bodies makes us …………….. (wonder/wondered/to wonder) about the universe.