# 8th Class English Sample Paper

 Read the following passage carefully: From Rameswaram to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, it's been a long journey. Taking to Nona Walia on the eve of Teacher's Day, President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam talks about life's toughest lessons learnt and his mission being a teacher to the Indian youth. "A proper education would help nurture a sense of dignity and self-respect among our youth," says President Kalam. There's still a child in him though, and he's still curious about learning new things. Life's a mission for President Kalam. Nonetheless, he remembers his first lesson in life and how it changed his destiny. "I was studying in Standard V and must have been all of 10. My teacher, Sri Sivasubramania lyer was telling how birds fly. He drew a diagram of a bird on the blackboard, depicting the wings, tail and the body with the head and then explained how birds soar to the sky. At the end of the class, I said, "I didn't understand." Then he asked the other students if they had understood, but nobody had understood how birds fly," he recalls. "That evening, the entire class was taken to Rameshwaram shore," the President continues, "My teacher showed us sea birds. We saw marvellous formations of them flying and how their wings flapped. Then my teacher asked us. Where is the bird's engine and how is it powered?' I knew then that birds are powered by their own life and motivation. I understood all about birds' dynamics." (i) When did Nona Walia talk to the President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam? (ii) What did the teacher draw on the blackboard? (iii) What did Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam learn when the entire class was taken to the Rameshwaram shore? (iv) (a) Give the antonyms of: (i) remembers (ii) toughest. (b) Which words in the passage mean the following: (i) fate (ii) forces that produce movement. (v) What inspiration do you gain after reading about Dr. Kalam's experiences as a student?

 Read the following passage and answer the questions that follows: Solar energy has long struggled to compete with fossil fuels due to the high cost of solar panel production, installation and maintenance. It is here that robots made their entry and have come in handy. The auto industry and many other solar companies have automated the production of photovoltaic (PV) panels with robots that are more cost effective and precise. This has led to a fall in price of solar energy in recent years. However, the savings generated by robotic production alone have not been enough to create widespread availability. In order to create a competitive edge, many companies had to look to other areas to cut costs. Solar company Alion has developed the "Rover," a robot that can install solar panels rows along concrete bases using only an operator and a small team to create the foundation. The robot can work continuously in the hot, sunny areas where solar panels necessarily have to be installed. This brings down the cost of installation and materials by 75 per cent over conventional methods. Once installation is complete, other robots take over the maintenance of the panels by moving across each row to wash away any surface material that may reduce the efficiency of the panel - a time-consuming task previously done by teams of people with hoses. This robotic maintenance technology is improving. Robotic innovation is not restricted to the solar industry. Competitors in energy field like mining, oil and gas industries ? are also seeking to integrate robots to cut down on their costs. Driverless trucks and trains in mines today are used to cut cost, eliminating the need to pay operators, Similarly, companies across the mining industry are looking to replace human workers at the face of the mines with robotic technology as conditions hundreds of metres below ground are often extremely dangerous. Robotic technology can be remotely operated and is cheaper. In Canada, rig robots can now assemble an entire down-hole assembly system for obtaining oil at the bottom of the sea. Other welding robots have become more sophisticated and require near little help when making repairs. Robotics companies are now trying to replace manpower by fully automating the entire drilling process from the floor to retrieval. The adoption of robots in the fossil fuel industry may slow solar integration in the near future by boosting competitors, but won't be able to stop it. Developed countries have committed themselves to renewable energy resources. The U.S. recently donated $4 billion in private sector funding for innovations. In emerging energy markets, solar innovations are becoming more sustainable and affordable than fossil fuels. (i) Answer the following questions: (a) Why is solar energy still not a preferable mode for energy generation? (b) How are the companies using solar panels trying to cope with the cost? (c) What are some of the areas being taken over by robots? (d) Why is the U.S. Government donating money to private companies? View Answer play_arrow • question_answer3)  Read the following passage and answer the questions that follows: Solar energy has long struggled to compete with fossil fuels due to the high cost of solar panel production, installation and maintenance. It is here that robots made their entry and have come in handy. The auto industry and many other solar companies have automated the production of photovoltaic (PV) panels with robots that are more cost effective and precise. This has led to a fall in price of solar energy in recent years. However, the savings generated by robotic production alone have not been enough to create widespread availability. In order to create a competitive edge, many companies had to look to other areas to cut costs. Solar company Alion has developed the "Rover," a robot that can install solar panels rows along concrete bases using only an operator and a small team to create the foundation. The robot can work continuously in the hot, sunny areas where solar panels necessarily have to be installed. This brings down the cost of installation and materials by 75 per cent over conventional methods. Once installation is complete, other robots take over the maintenance of the panels by moving across each row to wash away any surface material that may reduce the efficiency of the panel - a time-consuming task previously done by teams of people with hoses. This robotic maintenance technology is improving. Robotic innovation is not restricted to the solar industry. Competitors in energy field like mining, oil and gas industries ? are also seeking to integrate robots to cut down on their costs. Driverless trucks and trains in mines today are used to cut cost, eliminating the need to pay operators, Similarly, companies across the mining industry are looking to replace human workers at the face of the mines with robotic technology as conditions hundreds of metres below ground are often extremely dangerous. Robotic technology can be remotely operated and is cheaper. In Canada, rig robots can now assemble an entire down-hole assembly system for obtaining oil at the bottom of the sea. Other welding robots have become more sophisticated and require near little help when making repairs. Robotics companies are now trying to replace manpower by fully automating the entire drilling process from the floor to retrieval. The adoption of robots in the fossil fuel industry may slow solar integration in the near future by boosting competitors, but won't be able to stop it. Developed countries have committed themselves to renewable energy resources. The U.S. recently donated$4 billion in private sector funding for innovations. In emerging energy markets, solar innovations are becoming more sustainable and affordable than fossil fuels. (ii) Complete the following statements with one word or phrase: (a) Robotic technology is beneficial for mining industry because it can now get the dangerous part of the job done by robots without risking the life of human beings. Also because robotic technology can be __ (b) Solar energy is not only renewable source of energy but also more ___. (c) Another word used in the passage which means the same as distantly is ___. (d) ___ is a system in which work is done with mechanical or electronic equipment and not human beings.

• question_answer4) You are Rachit Sharma, the Head Boy of Ryan Public School, Ghaziabad. Your school is organizing a cultural programme to raise the funds for an orphanage in your city. Write a notice for your school notice board, informing the students about the same.

 The mother asked her daughter where she had been the previous day. The daughter replied that she had gone to her friend's house. The mother said that she should have told her. The daughter replied that she had gone out and added that she would tell her in advance before going out. She would remember it for the next time. Write the above passage in the form of dialogue. Or You are Harshit of Model School, Aligarh. Recently your school held Annual Sports Day. Write a report for the same.

 Read the outlines of a story given below. Write it in full using these outlines and your own ideas. Assign a suitable title to it. Outlines:-Hot June-crow thirsty - search for water- no water around - saw a jug of water - tried to drink - level very low - beak couldn't reach water - sad - thought a plan - put pebbles one by one into jug - raised the level - very happy - hard work leads to success. OR Complete the story on the basis of the beginning given below: Away from the crowds of cities, in a far flung village, lived a boy named Ravi. Ravi became an orphan when he was still a baby. One day an old woman came to his hut and said............

 Complete the following passage by choosing the correct options : Confucius laid great stress (i) ___ good character. He preached (ii) ___ people should respect (iii) ____ parents. He held a prominent place (vi) ___ philosophers and religious reformers. The syllabus (v) ___ his teaching was a wide one which (vi) ____ morals, family duties, social reforms and personal relationship. He knew (vii) ____ languages and arts. He has written about his experiences in life in a book (viii) ____ Chin Chinking.
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• question_answer15) In 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. Also underline the correction:                                                                                                                                                                                                                  [½ x 8=4]

 e.g. Incorrect was correct is Football was popular in every part of the world. Players ran from one (i) .................... .................... corner to other corner of the playground (ii) .................... .................... with fully enthusiasm to score goals, (iii) .................... .................... To reach the goal post of opponent side and (iv) .................... .................... to make a successful goal, they played (v) .................... .................... passionate. After scoring a successful (vi) .................... .................... goal, what is a response ? It is (vii) .................... .................... time to celebration, but again he is ready to score next goal. What a game! What a passion! (viii) .................... ....................

 Change the following sentences into reported speech; (i) Diya said to Maya, "\ am going to the park now". (ii) My friend said to me, "Go for morning walk". (iii) 'Oh! It is so hot here', said Meena. (iv) Sohan said, "What a beautiful dress!"

 Read the following stanza carefully and answer the questions given below: In the heat of the mid-day the houses stood with shut doors I wandered along the crooked lane An old man came out with his bag of gold. He pondered and said, "I will hire you with my money/' He weighed his coins one by one/ but I turned away. (i) Whom does T and 'You? refer to in line 4? (ii) Why were the houses with the door shut? (iii) What did the old man bring out? (iv) How did the speaker react to the old man's offer?

 Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow: Of all the emotions which surged through me as I stood on the Summit of Everest, looking over miles of panorama below us, the dominant one I think was of humility. The physical in me seemed to say, "Thank God ifs all over!"? However, instead of being jubilant there was a tinge of sadness. Was it because I had already done the 'ultimate7 in climbing and there would be nothing higher to climb and all roads hereafter would lead down? (i) Who is the narrator? (ii) What was the dominant emotion of the narrator? (iii) "Thank God it's all over?" What was all over? (iv) Why would all roads lead down hereafter?

 Answer any four of the following questions: (i) Why does he compare himself with a bird in a cage or a plant that withers? (The School Boy). (ii) Who was Gathergold? (iii) Why did Ernest think the poet was like the stone face? (iv) Jody didn't want Mill-wheel with him for two reasons. What were they? (v) Why did Bepin Babu change his mind about meeting Chunni? What was the result of this meeting?

 Answer any four of the following questions:- (i) Immediate action was needed, the scientists decided. Give one example each of "defensive" and "offensive" action mentioned in the text. (ii) He offers to play a game with Allah Miyan. What is the game? (iii) What is the King's opinion about his councillors? Why did he form that opinion? (iii) What did the scientists at the conference say about Jame's 'sums'? (iv) Hafeez Contractor wanted to join the police force. Why didn't he?