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NSQF Sample Question Paper of Summative Assessment-I English (Communicative)



ENGLISH (Communicative)

Time allowed : 3 hours            Maximum Marks : 70

General Instructions :

(i) The Question paper is divided into three sections :
Section A – Reading 20 Marks
Section B – Writing and Grammar 25 Marks
Section C – Literature 25 Marks

(ii) All questions are compulsory.
(iii) You may attempt any section at a time.
(iv) All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.

SECTION – A Reading (20 Marks)

Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow :-

8 Marks

It was a quiet evening. The sun was setting behind me as I stood at the edge of Lake Beira- a tree-lines oasis of calm and peace in the middle of bustling Colombo. I had been in the city for four days, but nothing touched me as profoundly as the site I now beheld. In the lake stood the Sima Malaka temple comprising two pavilions and a Bodhi tree spread over three little islets. The temple’s blue-tiled roofs were bathed in the last rays of the sun, and the numerous bronze buddhas sitting atop. The boundary wall surrounding the main pavilion, lent an air of meditative calmness. There were a couple of orange-robed monks with cloth bags slung in their shoulders.

They stepped out of the temple and strolled leisurely towards the hanging footbridge. The scene was picture perfect. Although Sima Malaka is merely the meditation hall of the much larger 120-year-old famous Ganagaramaya Buddhist Temple nearby, it offered more points to ponder over than all the expensive idols and debates at the main temple put together. Interestingly, the original floating temple had started to sink and was rebuilt in the 80’s by the famous Sri Lankan architect, Geoffery Bawa, with financial support from a local Muslim merchant.
Under the watchful eye of a curious egret perched on a rock nearby, I leisurely walked down the wooden pathway leading to the temple. I was greeted by a reclining Buddha watching the world go by, a benign smile on his face. The marble statue was placed just behind two giant-size footprints carved in stone. The Buddha, reclining with his right hand under his head, signified tranquillity and detachment from the desires of the world, a state obtained on the attainment of nirvana. According to a Buddhist belief, a person who attains nirvana, does not go through the cycle of life and death and is freed from the maze of destiny and misery. Very tempting. But how does one arrive at this point ? The secret seems to be hidden in the Buddha figurines ahead.
(a) Lake Beira is situated in the __________.

(b) Sima Malaka temple touched the narrator very __________.

(c) The numerous bronze Buddhas gave an air of __________.

(d) Sima Malaka is actually a hall meant for __________.

(e) The floating temple was rebuilt with the financial help of a __________.

(f) The narrator was greeted by a __________.
(g) The Buddha signified __________ and __________ from desires.

(h) A person who attains __________ does not go through the cycle of life and death.

2.Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

12 marks

1. Work is the one thing that is necessary to keep the world going ; without it we should all very quickly die.

2. Let us think for a moment about all the kinds of work there are and what they are for.
3. To begin with, many men work on the land. They are cultivators or gardeners. They plough or dig, and sow seeds, or else they look after cows and buffaloes, goats and sheep. They are all busy growing things and looking after animals. Without them there would be no wheat to make into flour; no hay to feed the horses on; no rice and dal; no tea to drink, no milk and ghee and no cotton for our clothes.

4. Next, there are those who dig things out of the earth. They are the miners, who dig out the coal and the iron, the precious stones, and gold and silver, tin, copper, lead, mica and other minerals; and the quarry men who dig out stones for buildings and roads, and for laying a bed for railway lines. Others dig up clay to make into bricks, and plates, and another sort of clay to make into earthen ware and plates and bowls.

5. Both coal and iron are needed for hundreds of different purposes, and we could not get on at all without them. Most things are made by machinery these days, and the machinery is chiefly made of iron and steel. And the coal is not only needed to make the iron machines, but very often to drive them when they are made.

6. Then, there are those who make things. They cannot do their work till others have done theirs. Things must be either grown or dug up before something can be made out of them. Things can also be made from leather and wool which come from animals. So workers of this third kind, those who make things need the first two types to provide them with material before they can begin to work.

7. Now we come to a fourth kind of worker, who is just as useful and necessary as the other three. The things you want to eat or to wear or to use will not come to you by themselves and it would be very awkward if you had to fetch them all. Things have to be brought from the place where they are made or grown or dug up to the place where they are wanted. So, a great many men are occupied in moving things: sailors and railway men, cart drivers and motor-drivers and so on.
(1) (a) Who gets us wheat to make into flour ? How ?

      (b) Who are the diggers ? What do they dig for us ?

      (c) Why do we need coal and iron ?

      (d) What do movers do in our life ?

(2) Find words from the passage which mean the same as each of the following :
     (a) valuable (para 4)
     (b) many times (para 5)
     (c) supply (para 6)
     (d) to go and bring (para 7)

SECTION – B Writing and Grammar (25 Marks)

3.You are Amrit/Amrita. You went on a three-day school trip to Agra. At the end of the first day, you decided to write a diary entry on what your feelings were. Write your diary entry in 100-120 words. 5 Marks

4.  A lion was very cruel to other animals in the forest. They wanted to teach him a lesson but they did not know what to do. They were surprised when a small rabbit said that he would tame the lion……….
Complete the story in 150-200 words. 10 marks

5. Complete the paragraph given below with the help of clues that follow each blank :
A man went (a) __________ (rob) a bank. He (b) __________ (not want) the people to know what was (c)__________(happen). 3 Marks

6. Following paragraph has not been edited. There is one word missing in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before it and the word that comes after it against the correct blank number.

                                                      Word Missing   Word before     word after

One fine day, long time ago (a)        _____            _____            _____

a little girl a red coat  (b)                  _____           _____             _____

was walking a forest with(c)             _____          _____             _____

a bag full big red apples(d)               _____          _____             _____.  4 Marks

7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences : 3 Marks

(a) that he was / a letter / Joe said / hadn’t written / sorry he

(b) he had / it / because / been busy / was

(c) good marks / he had / very hard / to get / been working

SECTION – C Literature Text Book and Long Reading Text (25 Marks)

8.Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :

I could have asked somebody in this village but I was too embarrassed to do so. I felt very dependent and helpless. We are well-off, but what use is money when I cannot be independent ?

(a) Who is the speaker ?       1

(b) Why did he/she feel helpless ?          1

(c) What does the word, ‘well-off’ mean ?          1

I come from the haunts of coot and hern ;
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley.

(a) Who is ‘I’ ?                 1

(b) Where does it come from and where does it go ?     1

(c) What does the word, ‘sally’ mean ?            1

9.Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each : 2*4=8 Marks

(a) How was Hooper a favoured young man in 1953 ? (The Dog Named Duke )

(b) In the poem, ‘The Road Not Taken, which road did the poet take ? Why ?

(c) Who enjoyed the songs of the nightingale and the cuckoo ? (The Solitary Reaper)

(d) How did Juliette feel one month after she had put up the ‘Villa for Sale’ sign outside the villa ?

10.Answer the following questions in 80-100 words : 4 Marks

Why did Avva touch the feet of her grand daughter on Dassara ? How do you show respect to your teachers ?


How did Duke help Chuck recover from his ailment within a few months ?
How would you look after a relative suffering from a similar disability ?

Attempt either Part A or Part B

11.Part A (Three Men in a Boat)- 10 Marks
Why did the narrator visit his doctor ? What did the doctor advise him ? (150-200 words)


Why did the narrator not approve of a sea trip ? (150-200 words)

12.Part B (Gulliver’s Travels)- 10 Marks

What does Gulliver tell us about the emperor’s palace in Liliput ? How could he see its magnifience ? (150-200 words)


Why did the emperor of Liliput get annoyed with Gulliver ? (150-200 words)



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