8th Class English Sample Paper

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  • question_answer1)

    Read the following passage carefully:
    Fifty years ago people ate ice cream only in summer. Now it is eaten all the year around. It originated in the Orient, centuries before English schoolboys first tasted it. Macro Polo saw people eating ice cream there and brought back the idea to Italy. From Italy the idea was carried to France. It became very popular in France with the rich, and an effort was even made to keep the recipe a secret from the common people. But / of course/ they soon learnt about this delicious new food and ice cream became popular with everyone. Soon it spread all over the world the first factory to manufacture ice cream was started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1851. However, the real development of ice cream business didn't take place until after 1900 with new developments in refrigeration.
    The basis of all ice cream is cream, milk or milk solids, sugar, and sometimes eggs. Vanilla, chocolate, berries, fruit ingredients, and nuts are added as flavors. This is the usual proportion of ingredients in ice cream: about 80 to 85 percent cream and milk products, 15 percent sugar, half to four and a half percent flavoring, and three-tenths of one percent stabilizer.
    A small amount of gelatin is used in order to retain the smoothness of the ice cream by preventing the formation of ice crystals.
    When you eat a third of a pint of vanilla ice cream, you are getting about as much calcium, protein, and vitamin B as are in half a cup of whole milk/and as much vitamin A and calories as are in one cup of milk.
    (i) On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the following questions:    
    (a) When and how did ice cream originate?
    (b) How did ice cream become popular across the world?
    (c) Where was the first ice cream factory started?
    (d) Why didn't the ice cream business pick up?
    (e) What ingredients go into the making of an ice cream?
    (f) What gives smoothness to ice cream?
    (g) What nutritional values does ice cream have?
    (h) Write a word that is similar to 'proportion'.

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    Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
    The next time you take print outs unnecessarily or you throw a paper into the bin, think for a minute as to how many trees have been cut to manufacture something you use so often every day.
    Can you take out some time from your everyday routine and devote it to starting a simple recycling programme at your school or your neighbourhood? Not only would you save our planet from the torture of felling greenery, you would also reduce generation and dumping of waste into the environment. Using recycled paper conserves natural resources. As our worldwide population grows, the strain on these resources becomes even greater. You can drastically reduce the number of trees cut down for manufacturing paper. In addition to saving landfill space, you cut down on your expenses of trash- disposal. There is a reduction in    air pollution caused due to incineration. Making paper from discards instead of trees not only saves forests, it also reduces energy use by up to three quarters and requires less than half as much water. Paper items that can be recycled are loose paper, envelopes, paper bags, wrapping paper, cardboard, soft-cover books, newspapers, magazines and cardboard egg-trays. A paper-recycling programme gives positive images to large corporation or business organizations. Parents can teach their children the importance of recycled paper by bringing about simple changes in the lifestyle. School can also train students to make paper products like folders, penholders, material for display board, lampshades, teaching/learning aids, etc. Students can creatively make their own cards, files, folders, invitation cards and certificates for the school. Working on a paper recycling plant demonstrates the concepts of recycling waste into 'wealth'. The real success of such programmes is visible in the seemingly simple acts like students exchanging books in a new academic session, indirectly saving paper and thereby, trees. If each child saves one sheet of paper a day then 40,000 trees are saved per year by students alone.
    (i) Answer the following questions:                                             
    (a) Why do you need to think before you take print-outs unnecessarily?
    (b) Name the products that can be obtained from recycled paper.
    (c) How can schools help in creating awareness about paper recycling?
    (d) What act of children can save paper indirectly?

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  • question_answer3) Answer the following by selecting the most appropriate option:                                                          

    A) The antonym of' increase is

    B) Drastically                             

    C) Incineration                    

    D) reduce

    E) discard

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  • question_answer4) The synonym of 'pressure' is

    A) Torture                                 

    B) Strain          

    C) disposal

    D) concept

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  • question_answer5) The synonym of 'preserve' is

    A) Save                                    

    B) Recycle                         

    C) conserve

    D) keep

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  • question_answer6) The antonym of 'incomes' is

    A) expenses        

    B) reduction                      

    C) conserves     

    D) wealth

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  • question_answer7)

    Read the following conversation and write the message in about 50 words.                                                     
    Rama Hello ! Is it 3404040?
    lahita Yes please. May I know who is speaking?
    Rama I am Rama, your aunty. Where is your mother?
    Ishita Mother is away to attend a funeral ceremony.
    Rama Will you convey a message to her?
    Ishita Yes aunty.
    Rama: Please tell her that I will not be coming to Ludhiana this week as Aman has his papers. Tell her that I shall come next weekend definitely.
    Ishita: O.K. aunty. I shall convey the message.
    Rama: O.K. Dear. Bye.    

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    You are Dhruv of Sun International School, Kanpur. Write a speech in about 150 words on the topic 'Importance of Discipline in Life/
    You are Nishant, a reporter of 'The Hindustan Times-. You visited the factories of Fn. -. .ad and were shocked to see the children working in the miserable conditions of the factories. Write a report in about 150 words on the same.

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    Read the outlines of a story given below. Write it in full using these outlines and your own idea_
    Assign a suitable title to it:  
    Outlines:-A lady becomes blind-calls in a doctor-agrees to pay large fee-doctor calls daily-gives some medicine and removes some furniture-the lady is cured-the doctor demands his fees-lady refuses-sight not restored-no furniture-doctor files a suit-lady's reply-doctor punished.
    An old woman - greedy - had a goose - laid a golden egg everyday/ sold - earned her living - thought - hundreds of golden eggs in its stomach - thought of becoming very rich ? cut it ? only one egg ? lost what she had ? moral.

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    Insert the correct form of the verb in the blank below:                                                                     
    (i) A new car ....................... a lot of money, (cost)
    (ii) Travelling by bus ........................ some women sick. (make)
    (iii) The fishermen .................... in the rough sea for more than a day (struggle)
    (iv) We ..................... of the matter only this morning, (inform)

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    Change the sentences into passive voice:                                         
    (i) The wind carried away the newspaper.
    (ii) She can do it.
    (iii) Who will pay the bill?
    (iv) They laughed at us.   

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  • question_answer12) Edit the following passage. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against the correct blank number:

        Incorrect      Correct
    The minarets of Siddi Bashir's (i)    
    Mosque at Allahabad are unique. They're (ii)    
    20 metre high and each minaret have             (iii)    
    three stories with carved stone                 (iv)    
    balconies. The amazing things of                 (v)    
    these minarets which is joined with each other with a flat terrace in that when the top portion of one                   (vi)    
    minaret is shook, the vibrations  travel to the second minaret and               (vii)    
    that one too start swaying back and forth, (viii)    

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    Read the following stanza and answer the questions given below :                                                          
    How can the bird that is born for joy,
    Sit in a cage and sing.
    How can a child when fears annoys, /But droop his tender wing,
    And forget his youthful spring.
    (i) With whom is the child comparing himself to?
    (ii) Explain, 'droop his tender wing'.
    (iii) What can the child not forget?
    (iv) Identify the rhyme scheme of the above lines.

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    Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:
    Surely, I wanted to say, living creatively with the reality of his disintegrating body was a choice. But
    I kept quiet, because I felt guilty every time I spoke to him forcing him to respond. There he was, tapping at the little switch in his hand, trying to find the words on his computer with the only bit of movement left to him, his long pale ?fingers.                                          
    (i) Whom does the word T refer to?
    (ii) Whom does the word 'him' refers to?
    (iii) Why did the narrator feel guilty?
    (iv) Why did the other person tap the little switch?

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    Answer any four of the following questions:                                   
    (i) How did Jody find the Fawn?
    (ii) What did Alma's father do when he realised that Tsunami was going to hit the Island?
    (iii) How did Doe save Penny's life? What did Jody want to do in return?
    (iv) How does the experience of climbing the summit change you completely?
    (v) What do you think is the main reason for the plight of the rural people in India? (A visit to Cambridge)

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    Answer any four of the following questions;    
    (i) The camel was looking at his own reflection in the pool. What does it suggest to you about the camel?
    (ii) Why was it still winter in one corner of the garden?
    (iii) Who was the better swimmer Ranji or the other boy? How do you know it?
    (iv) What one throws away as waste may be valuable to others. Do you find this sentence meaningful in the context of the story 'children At work'? How?
    (v) The Giant saw a most wonderful sight. What did he see?

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    Answer any one of the following:                                                      
    Suppose you are one of the volunteers who went to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for relief work after the Tsunami. You work in the relief camp distributing food, water and medicine among the victims. You listen to the various stories of bravery of ordinary people even as they fight against odds to bring about some semblance of normalcy in their lives. You admire the grit and determination. Write a diary entry.
    Who in your views is an "unusual learner" in 'The Treasure Within'? What can schools do to draw out the best in unusual learners?

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