DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, CHANDIGARH

Model Test Paper 2009-2010 (Set 1)
Class : VII, Subject : English
Time : 2½ hours

MM : 70

Name : _________________

Class & Section __________

Roll. No._____

Invigilator’s Name & Signature ________________________
This paper consists of 4 sections.

A

A.

Reading

10 marks

B.

Writing

20 marks

C.

Grammar

15 marks

D.

Literature

25 marks

B

C

D

Total

Marks Obtained:
General Instructions :

1. Attempt all the questions.
2. Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
3. Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks
will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.

SECTION – A
Q.1

Read the passage given below carefully:

(1)

Long ago, in a small town in China, lived a girl named Hyu Sui. When Hyu was of a
suitable age, her mother sent her to school. But, you see Hyu was not like other
little girls. She was terribly lazy. She hated school, and she hated, hated, hated work
of any kind. Before long, Hyu's teacher had had enough, and sent her back home
with a note. It said, "Hyu Sui is very, very lazy, and does not work at all. Instead,
she spends all her time making faces at the trees, the other students, and the
monkeys that live around the school. I really cannot have it. I can teach her nothing
if she does not want to learn."

(2)

Hyu Sui's mother was unhappy, and she asked her daughter why she did not wish to
learn. But Hyu merely shrugged, and said, "It is too difficult." Hyu Sui's mother did
not lose heart, and decided to send her daughter to a school for music and art. But
here too, her teacher sent her back with a note: "I can teach her nothing if she does
not want to learn." And again, Hyu said, "It is too difficult". Hyu's mother sent her to

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different

schools

after

that.

Schools

for

gardening,

astronomy,

cooking,

mathematics, tailoring and for the martial arts, but from each of these came a note,
"I can teach her nothing if she does not want to learn." And each time she would
reply, "It is really too difficult."
(3)

Finally her mother lost her temper and said, "If learning is too difficult for you, let us
see if you can fetch the water from the well every day. Perhaps that will not be too
difficult."

(4)

And so Hyu went every day to the well to fetch water. But this was not a pleasant
task, and before long, she began to be sorry that she had been lazy. "If only I had
been hardworking," she would say, "but it's much too late now." And so every day,
she would fetch the water from the well. Time passed, and every day Hyu grew
more and more regretful. But one day, as she was drawing the water, she saw a
strange sight.

(5)

For by the side of the well, where she stood everyday, was the imprint of a small
foot. Hyu Sui soon realised what had happened. "Why, that's my foot" she
exclaimed. "Every day, as I go back and forth from the well, my foot has pressed
against the rock so many times that it has made a dent even in this hard stone!"
Soon, Hyu began to think. "If my foot, which is much weaker than my mind, could
make a mark in stone just by trying again and again, surely I could gain knowledge
by trying as well?"

(6)

And so Hyu ran home and told her mother that she would like to go back to school.
Her mother was delighted, and back to school went Hyu Sui. And soon she found
that the lesson, the well had taught her was true, for the more she tried, the easier
learning became! Before long, Hyu Sui had become a scholar; she had attended
schools for gardening and for astronomy, schools for cooking and for mathematics,
schools for tailoring and for the martial arts. Whenever anyone asked her the secret
to her wisdom, she would smile and say, "No one can teach him who does not wish
to learn, and if at first you cannot make a mark upon the stone, rub it again and
again.

1.1

On the basis of your reading of the above passage, complete the following
statements as briefly as possible:
a.

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Sui Hyu was different from other girls because …………………………………………

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b.

Hyu’s mother wanted her to go to school because………………………………………
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c.

Sui Hyu spent her time in school ………………………………………………………………
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d.

According to Sui Hyu’s teachers she was ……………………………………………………
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e.

Sui’s mother tried her best to get Sui to learn by ………………………………………
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f.

Sui Hyu’s mother punished her by ……………………………………………………………
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g.

The lesson that marks in the stone taught Hyu was ……………………………………
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h.

To “Make a mark upon the stone” means……………………………………………………
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1.2

Find words from the passage which means the same as the phrases/word
given below.

[2]

a.

to feel sorry about something (para 4)

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b.

a stamp or mark made because of pressure (para 5) ………………………………
SECTION – B (Writing)

Q.2

Below is a telephone conversation between John and David. Since John is leaving
for his music class he decides to write a message for Leslie. Write the message in
not more than 50 words. Put the message in a box.

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David :

Hello! Is it 2323250?

John :

Yes, it is.

David :

Can I talk to Tom?

John :

Sorry, he is not at home. May I know who is on the line?

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David :

I am David, a friend of his.

John :

Would you like me to convey a message?

David :

Yes. Inform him that the interview scheduled for 5th October has been
postponed to the 7th. So he can reach Delhi by 6th evening.

John :

I will surely convey this message to him.

David :

Thank you!

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Q.3

You are Ritu Mishra, Secretary of The Art Club of Green Field Public School, Mohali. Your
school is organising a Debate Competition for the students of classes IX-XII. Write a
notice in about 50 words informing the students about the competition. Invent
necessary details. Put the notice in the box.

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Q.4

Write a paragraph on the topic “Importance of Moral Values in Life” using your own
ideas as well as the hints given below:

lack of moral values in society

growing crime, corruption, intolerance

need to teach values

believe in honesty

truth-fair means to achieve success

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read good books- fables and mythological stories

become role models-spread moral values

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SECTION – C (Grammar)
Q.5

Complete the following passage by filling in the blanks with suitable Determiners: [4]
Once upon a time two crows had …………. nest in a tree. …………………………… snake
also lived in …………………………… hollow trunk of …………………………… tree. When
…………………………………… crows flew away for food, …………………………… snake
would creep to …………………………… nest and eat …………………………… of the eggs
daily.

Q.6

Fill in the blanks with Abstract Nouns formed from the words in the brackets.

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Q.7

a)

There is no …………………………………… in my office. (vacant)

b)

It is very difficult to measure the ……………………………….. of the ocean. (deep)

c)

……………………………………. is a rare virtue. (wise)

d)

We went for ………………………………… seeing last week. (see)

Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful
sentences.
a)

[3]

waiting / he / for / his mother / is
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b)

begin / work / I shall / tomorrow / the
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c)

perfume / this / has / strong smell / a /
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Q8.

Change the following from Direct to Indirect Speech:
a)

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My mother said, “Honesty is the best policy.”
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b)

Mrs Donovan said to Mr Herriot, “I will never have another pet.”
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c)

Mirza said to the washerman, “Why have you not removed the stains form my
handkerchief?”
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d)

Dr Losberne said to Giles, “Will you show me the way?”
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SECTION – D

Q.9

Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow.
May he crouch low in the grass
When the herdsmen pass,

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And slumber in the dark caverns
When the sun is high.
a)

Who does ‘he’ refer to in the above lines?

[1]

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b)

Why does ‘he’ crouch when the herdsmen pass?

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c)

Give the meaning of the following words

[2]

i. slumber …………………………………………………………………………………………
ii. caverns …………………………………………………………………………………………
Q.10 Answer the following questions in 20-30 words each.
a)

[2x5=10]

Quote any one incidence from the lesson ‘Oliver Finds a Home’ that tells us
that Dr Losberne is a kind man.
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b)

Why do the animals and birds love the semul trees?
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c)

How did Mrs Donovan’s dog, Rex die?
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d)

What did Jane see when she came out of her chamber?
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e)

How are khair trees useful to the poor people of the United Province?
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Q.11 Answer the following question in about 50-75 words.

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Why does the forest have little timber of commercial value? Name two trees which
are different from the other trees and explain why?
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Q12

You are Rose and Oliver has come to your home as an orphan. You feel sorry for
him and wish to save him. As Rose, write a diary entry expressing your feelings in
about 100 words.

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