School Leaving Certificate (SLC) | Class-10 | Old Question Paper
SLC/Class-10 | Reading and Writing Test
Subject – Compulsory English
Level: SLC/Class-10 | Year: 2070/2014 | RE-101’E’
Full Marks: 75 | Pass Mark: 24 | Time: 2 Hrs 15 Minutes
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 poem and do the activities that follow: 
Where the Minds is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is had forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action?.
Into that heaven of freedom, my father
Let my country awake ??- Rabindranath Tagor
A. Write ?True? for true statement and ?False? for false ones: [4 X 0.5 = 2]
a. Dignity is high when there is no fear in the mind.
b. Domestic walls have fragmented the world.
c. The poet prays to Father for his individual freedom.
d. A stream can have a good effect in the desert.
B. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words from the poem: [3 X 1 = 3]
a. Continuous effort leads us towards ????????????..
b. Fearless situation makes people can get ?????????.. of all kinds.
2. Read the passage an do the activities that follow: 
The vehicles were being driven slowly.
because of the downpour. The visibility was poor and the wind was howling. There had been landslides in many places and driving was dangerous. Earlier the wind had been blowing forcefully but, by the time we started off, it had calmed down. The downpour had turned into a drizzle and brought thunder and lightning.
I?d been driving for an hour when the accident happened. My wipers hadn?t been working, and the rain was spattering my windscreen, so I couldn?t see will. I?d been stopping to clean my windscreen every few minutes. I had just started the engine again when my tyres started to slip. The truck slipped onto the side of the road, hit the hill, turned over and stopped.
I felt and looked to see if I was hurt, but I wasn?t. I had been driving quite slowly and luckily the bend was quite wide. It was very quiet, with just the sounds of music and falling rain; I?d been playing the cassette. I looked for my Khalasi but couldn?t find him. Soon there was a long queue of vehicles and people were all round me asking questions about the accident. I heard them talking about two more accidents in which three people had died and ten others had been injured, Suddenly, someone shouted that there was a man lying beside the road. It was my Khalasi. He had been lying unconscious for half an hour. He was helped?
A. From the passage, find the words that are similar in meaning to the following: [4 X 1 = 4]
a. Heavy shower b. State of being easy to see
c. Searched d. Senseless
B. Put the following sentences in the correct order: [4 X 0.5 = 2]
a. The windscreen was often cleaned.
b. The man was driving the truck slowly.
c. The helper of the driver was hurt.
d. The truck soon got in the road accident.
C. Answer the following questions: [4 X 1 = 4]
a. Why was driving dangerous?
b. What was wrong with the wipers?
c. Where was the sounds of music coming from?
d. How many accidents happened altogether on that day?
3. Read the passage and do the activities that follow: 
When parents make a lot of rules about their children?s behavior, they make trouble for themselves. I used to spend half my times making sure my rules are obeyed, and the other half answering questions like ?Jack can get up whenever he likes, So why can?t I? or Why can?t I play with Angela? Jack?s mum doesn?t mind who he plays with.? Or Jack can drink anything he likes. ?Why can?t I drink wine too?? Jack?s mum, I decided, was a wise woman. I started saying things like ?of course, dear. You can drink as much wine as you like?. And ?No, I don?t mind how late you get up.? And ?Yes, dear, you can play with Angela as often as you like.? The result have been marvelous. They don?t want to get up late any more, they?ve decided they don?t want wine, and, most important, they?ve stopped playing with Angela. I?ve now realized (as Jack?s mum realized a long time ago) that they wanted to do all these nasty things because they weren?t allowed to.
A. Write ?True? for true statements and ?False? for the false ones: [4 X 0.5 = 2]
a. The writer?s parents made several rules.
b. The writer thought Jack?s mother wasn?t so wise.
c. Freedom from the parents made children turn positive.
d. Children were curious to do strange things because they were not forbidden to do them.
B. Rewrite the sentences in the appropriate order: [4 X 0.5 = 2]
a. Children hen to do nasty things as they aren?t allowed to.
b. I used to spend half my times answering to kids? questions.
c. Parents make trouble to kids making a lot of rules.
d. Freedom to kids for doing things may have marvelous results.
C. Answer the following questions: [3 X 2 = 6]
a. How do parents make trouble to themselves?
b. Why should children be treated freely?
c. What causes the bothering result?
4. Read the following advertisement and do the activities that follow: 
Announcement for SAARC Essay Competition
Theme: ?SAARC ? a regional hope?
(First published dated: 8 December 2013)
On the auspicious occasion of Twenty ? Eight Anniversary of SAARC, the SAARC Information Center(SIC) invites to all interested students for Eassay Competition.
The details/terms & conditions of Essay competition are:
1. The Essay competitions will be organized among the students up to class/Grade 12, the national of member states studying in Nepal.
2. Essay will be in English Language containing between 2000 ? 2500 Words.
3. The Cash Prize of Nrs. 30000.00(Thirty Thousand), NRs 20000.00 (Twenty Thousand), Nrs 10000.00 (Ten Thousand) for first, second, third prize respectively and Nrs. 5000.00 (Five Thousand) each for Eight Consolation Prize along with Certificate provided by SIC.
4. For detail information, please visit SIC Website: www.saarc.sci.org
The Center requests interested students studying in Nepal public/private schools to submit their Essay directly or as following address latest by 31 December 2013
SAARC Information Centre(SIC)
Media Village, Tilganga
P.O. Box No. 26339, Kathmandu, Nepal.
A. Match the words in column ?A? with their meanings in column ?B? [4 X 1 = 4]
Coulmn ?A? Coulmn ?B?
a. Aniversary i. special event or happening
b. Organized ii. Event in which people compete
c. Competition iii. Celebration of the yearly return date/event
d. Occasion iv. Arranged for
B. Complete the following sentences with the correct words/phrases from the text: [3 X 1 = 3]
This is an ???????. for essay competition, announced on the ??????.. of 28th Anniversary of the SAARC. The students up to grade 12 can take part in the competition. They can submit their essay latest by ????..
C. Answer the following questions: [4 X 2 = 8]
a. What?s the word limit of the essay?
b. How can competitors submit their essays?
c. Who are eligible for the essay competition?
d. What?s the title of the essay?
5. Complete the following dialogue with the correct phrase/sentences given in the box below: 
Pukan: ?????? where did you buy them?
Pujan: Oh, yeha? Next to the post office.
Pujan: If you don?t mind, ????????.
Prami: Rs. 1,200 in the sale. ??????????
Pujan: ???????????..! Would you me some time later?
Prami: Sure ??????????
? at that new shop in town
? it was reduced from Rs 2,200
? remember me
? what a bargain
? how much did they cost
6. Write a short readable story with the help of the following outlines. Give it s title and a moral too. 
Two school students: Krishna and Raja ??????????. Krishna kinda and positive ??????. Raja rather cruel and negative ???????. One day, their teacher sends them to go and see the condition of their city ????. Both go there together ????????? come back to the teacher????? the teacher asks both of them about the condition of the city ?????.. Krishna says it?s beautiful ????? Raja says it?s dangerous ????????? Krishna says there are some poor people ????????.. they need help ??????.. Raja says there are robbers, fighters, drug addicts etc. everywhere.
7. Write an essay on ?Rivers in Nepal? in about 200 words using the clues given below. 
Introduction ???????? Advantages ????? Present situation ?????.. Conclusion.
8. Choose and copy the best answers. Re-writing is not compulsory) [12 X 0.5 = 6]
a. This is ?????? man who helped me yesterday. (a, an, the)
b. Please wash these shocks. They are giving ?????. Foul smell. (off/up/of)
c. He always complains. Nothing seems to satisfy him, ?????. ? (is it/does it/ doesn?t ot)
d. Measles ????. Broken out in this area so the schools have been closed down for a week. (has/have/having)
e. The affirmative transformation for ?He didn?t either go there? is ?He ??????.. ? (Went there either/ did go there/ too went there.)
f. Nepalese people ?????.. any formal schools 100 years ago. (didn?t used to have/didn?t use to have/hasn?t used to have)
g. Hush! Someone ????????.. outside. (cries/ was crying/ is crying)
h. When the doctor asked me how ????., I said I was in my late forties. (old are you/ old I was/ old was I)
i. The answer sheets ?????? but the result will be published after a month (have checked/ has been check/ have been checked)
j. ?????? the heavy snowfall and the storms, the climbers kept on pushing upwards. (Because of / Although/ Despite)
k. If we ?????????., we?d have got this sentence correct. (had learnt ?had had? /had had? hearn / learnt ?had had?)
l. Where does Shyam ??????.. his hair cut? (gets/make/have)
9. Choose the correct answer s from the brackets to complete the following text and copy it in your answer sheet. [10 X 0.5 = 5]
Dolphins are marine mammals that are related to whales and porpoises. ?????. (A/An/The) marine animal is one that ?????. (live/lives/is living) in water. Dolphins ???.. (have found/ are found/ are being found) all over the world?s oceans, big rivers and marshes. They are carnivores and feed ?????. (in/by/on) fish and squid. They have powerful eyesight and hearing ??? (and/although/but) do not have sense of smell. Dolphins come in different sizes ???. ? (aren?t they/do they/don?t they) some are smaller than average person where as others are more than five times as long as the average person. Marine zoologists say that dolphins ???????? (communicate/ communicated/had communicated) with each other using clicks and whistles. This is one of the reasons that ?????.. (have/gets/makes) them look close to human beings. Whether big or small all ???.. (is/has been/are) powerful swimmers. If you ever chance to be at the shoreline, you ??????. (see/will see/will have seen) dolphins bobbing in and out or waves.
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