CBSE Class 10 English Answer Key 2024 set 1,2,3,4

CBSE Class 10 English Answer Key 2023-24

SECTION A Reading Skills10

1. Read the following passage carefully:

(1) Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations, where garbage collection systems are often inefficient or nonexistent. But the developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, also has trouble properly collecting discarded plastics. Plastic trash has become so ubiquitous that it has prompted efforts to write a global treaty negotiated by the United Nations.

(2) Plastics made from fossil fuels are just over a century old. Production and development of thousands of new plastic products accelerated after World War II. It transformed the modern age so much that life without plastics is unrecognizable today. Plastics revolutionized medicine with life-saving devices, made space travel possible, lightened cars and jets saving fuel and pollution and saved lives with helmets, incubators, and equipment for clean drinking water.

(3) The conveniences plastics offer, however, led to a throw-away culture that reveals the material’s dark side today, single-use plastics account for 40 percent of the plastic produced every year. Many of these products, such as plastic bags and food wrappers, have a lifespan of mere minutes to hours, yet they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

(4) Most of the plastic trash in the oceans, Earth’s last sink, flows from land. Trash is also carried to sea by major rivers, which act as conveyor belts, picking up more and more trash as they move downstream. Once at sea, much of the plastic trash remains in coastal waters. But once caught up in ocean currents, it can be transported around the world.

(5) Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, from birds to fish to other marine organisms. Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by plastics. Nearly every species of seabirds eats plastics. Most of the deaths of animals are caused by entanglement or starvation. Seals, whales, turtles, and other animals are strangled by abandoned fishing gear or discarded six-pack rings.

(6) The solution is to prevent plastic waste from entering rivers and seas in the first place, many scientists and conservationists including the National Geographic Society – say. This could be accomplished with improved waste management systems and recycling, better product design that takes into account the short life of disposable packaging, and reduction in manufacturing of unnecessary single-use plastics.

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Answer the following questions, based on the above passage:

(i) Which of the following statements best describes the reason why plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues?

(A) Plastic trash collection systems have become inefficient or nonexistent.

(B) Rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.

(C) Some plastics have a lifespan of mere minutes to hours, yet they may persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

(D) The developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, has trouble properly collecting plastics.

Answer: (i) (B) Rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.

(ii) What is the tone of the writer in the given lines from paragraph 2? Rationalise your response in about 40 words. ‘It transformed the modern age so much that life without plastics is unrecognizable today.’

Answer: (ii) The tone of the writer in the given lines from paragraph 2 is one of emphasis and acknowledgment of the significant impact of plastics on modern life. The statement highlights the transformative nature of plastics, implying a tone of awe or recognition of their pervasive influence.

(iii) The passage includes some words that are opposites of each other. From the sets (A)-(E) below, identify two sets of synonyms.

(A) garbage and trash

(B) starvation and strangled

(C) disposable and reduction

(D) persist and downstream

(E) transformed and revolutionized

Answer: (iii) Sets (A) and (E) are synonyms:

(iv) Complete the sentence appropriately:

The writer says that most of the plastic trash is found in the Earth’s last sink and the reason it is transported around the world is _____________

Answer: (iv) The writer says that most of the plastic trash is found in the Earth’s last sink and the reason it is transported around the world is major rivers acting as conveyor belts, picking up more and more trash as they move downstream.

(v) Based on the reading of the passage, examine, in about 40 words, the downside of the convenience that plastic offers.

Answer: (v) The downside of the convenience that plastic offers is highlighted in the passage as contributing to a throw-away culture, where single-use plastics account for a significant portion of plastic waste. Despite their short lifespan, these products persist in the environment for hundreds of years, leading to environmental degradation.

(vi) Complete the sentence appropriately:

According to conservationists, the two ways in which most of the deaths of animals are caused are ____________

Answer: (vi) caused are entanglement and starvation.

(vii) Based on the passage, how can we contribute to the reduction of plastic waste?

(A) by internationalising the waste management system

(B) by minimizing the use of single-use plastics

(C) by not abandoning fishing gear

(D) by not using helmets made of plastic

Answer: (vii) (B) by minimizing the use of single-use plastics.

(viii) State one reason why plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations.

Answer: (viii) One reason why plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations is that garbage collection systems are often inefficient or nonexistent in these regions, allowing plastic waste to accumulate more visibly compared to developed nations.

CBSE Class 10 English Answer Key 2024 sET 1,2,3,4

2. Read the following passage carefully:10

(1) Rotation of crops is a universal phenomenon which is practised by most of the farmers of the tropical and temperate countries. The main objective of rotation of crops is to obtain higher agricultural returns on the one hand, and to maintain the soil fertility on the other.

(2) In other words, the rotation of crops helps in making agriculture more sustainable. The importance of crop rotation is more in the areas where farmers grow two, or more than two crops in the same field in a year. Irrigation facilities have also been appreciably developed in the country during the last three decades. The availability of water to the arable land has helped in the intensification of agriculture.

(3) In the areas such as Punjab and Haryana, where the Green Revolution is a big success, one soil exhaustive crop (rice) is followed by another soil exhaustive crop (wheat). Subsequently, the field vacated by wheat is devoted to either rice or maize or cotton. Thus, in one year, the farmers are harvesting three soil exhaustive crops from the same field. Such a rotation of crops may fetch more income to the farmers, but depletes the soil fertility at a faster pace.

(4) A number of field studies were conducted to assess the traditional crop rotation pattern. One such field study about the changes in the rotation of crops was conducted in the village Banhera (Tanda), Haridwar district. The main rotation of crops of the village is shown in the table below.

Traditional Ration of crops (1960-65)
YearKharif (mid june to mid october)Rabi ( mid october to mid April)Zaid (Apri to June)No. of dys land aeft follow
1960 Milet / fodder / rice)gramFallow90
1961fallowwheatFallow210
1962Millet Mix withgramFallow90
1963FallowwheatFallow210
1964Millet mixed with urad/dodder/ riceGra,Fallow90
1965fallowwheatFallow210

Answer the following questions, based on the above passage:

(i) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate option from those given in brackets, based on your understanding of para 2.

One of the reasons that there has been an intensification of agriculture in the country is the development of irrigation facilities is a/an _________(fact/opinion) because it is a/an_________ (subjective judgement/objective detail).

Answer: i) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate option from those given in brackets, based on your understanding of para 2.

One of the reasons that there has been an intensification of agriculture in the country is the development of irrigation facilities is a/an (fact) because it is a/an (objective detail).

(ii) Based on your understanding of paras 1 and 2, state whether the following statement is true or false.

If proper irrigation facility is provided, higher agricultural returns can be obtained by making crop rotation more sustainable.

Answer: False. The passage suggests that proper irrigation facilities have indeed helped in intensifying agriculture, but it doesn’t explicitly state that higher agricultural returns can be obtained solely by making crop rotation more sustainable.

(iii) Justify the following in about 40 words.

Crop rotation may fetch more income to the farmers, but depletes the soil fertility at a faster pace.

Answer: (iii) Justify the following in about 40 words.

Crop rotation may fetch more income to the farmers, but depletes the soil fertility at a faster pace because it often involves the repeated cultivation of soil-exhaustive crops, leading to a decline in soil nutrients and overall fertility.

(iv) Based on the table, mention the years when the land was left fallow for maximum number of days.

Answer: (iv) 1961 and 1963.

(v) The study conducted in village Banhera (Tanda) reflects that during the years 1960 to 1965, from April to June, the land was left fallow or uncultivated throughout. State any one inference that can be drawn from this.

Answer: (v) The study conducted in village Banhera (Tanda) reflects that during the years 1960 to 1965, from April to June, the land was left fallow or uncultivated throughout. State any one inference that can be drawn from this.

One inference is that during those years, no crops suitable for cultivation during the Zaid season were planted or attempted.

(vi) Select the option that correctly states the significance of crop rotation as given below :

(1) Crop rotation is done to obtain higher agricultural returns.

(2) Higher agricultural returns can be obtained by harvesting soil-exhaustive crops.

(3) Crop rotation demands that land should be left fallow for a few months to increase the fertility of soil.

(4) Better irrigation facility to the arable land has helped in the intensification of agriculture.

(5) If crops to be harvested are chosen wisely, crop rotation can help in maintaining fertility of soil.

Options:

(A) (1), (2) and (4)

(B) (1) only

(C) (3) and (5)

(D) (1) and (5)

Answer: (D) (1) and (5)

(vii) Crop rotation is helping in making agriculture more sustainable. Mention one benefit and one drawback of crop rotation. (Answer in about 40 words)

Answer: (vii) Crop rotation is helping in making agriculture more sustainable. Mention one benefit and one drawback of crop rotation. (Answer in about 40 words)

One benefit of crop rotation is that it helps in reducing soil erosion and pest infestations. However, a drawback is that it may lead to a decline in soil fertility over time if not managed properly.

(viii) Which of the following is the main takeaway from the study mentioned in the passage?

(A) The study needs to include more valid data to support the practice of crop rotation.

(B) Crop rotation is a sustainable practice that can transform the agricultural sector.

(C) The impact of crop rotation on farmer’s upliftment has been thoroughly explained.

(D) Crop rotation is independent of the type of crops harvested and availability of water for irrigation.

Answer: (viii) (B) Crop rotation is a sustainable practice that can transform the agricultural sector.

SECTION B Grammar and Creative Writing Skills 20 marks

Grammar

Set 1

Grammar and Creative Writing Skills Grammar 20 marks

3. Complete any fen of the following twelve tasks, as directed. 10×1-10

(i) Read the given sentence from a science journal. Identify the error and supply the correction in the sentence.

When nutrition therapy is provided by a qualified professional, people could learn how to make better food choices.”

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (i) Error: “could”

Correction: Can

(ii) Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the brackets, for the given portion of a letter.

Please keep me ___________ (apprise) of your next step to address this matter. Thanks for your time.

Answer: (ii) apprised

(iii) Sunanda and Pushkar had a conversation about their travels. Report Pushkar’s question.

Have you ever been to Peri Bagh?

Answer: (iii) Pushkar asked Sunanda if she had ever been to Peri Bagh.

(iv) Read the dialogue between Vilakshna and her physician, Dr. Sharnani, regarding the effectiveness of her medication.

Dr. Sharnani: How is your acid reflux problem now?

Vilakshna: I’d tried everything without success, but this new medicine is great.

Select the correct option to complete the reporting of the above dialogue.

Dr. Sharnani asked Vilakshna about her acid reflux problem to which Vilakshna replied that she’d tried everything without success, _____________

(A) but she found the new medicine to be great

(B) but she thought that this new medicine was great

(C) but the new medicine was great

(D) but that new medicine was great

Answer: (iv) (A) but she found the new medicine to be great

(v) Identify the error and supply the correction for the given sentence from a private coaching institute’s advertisement.

Are you living a happy life? Do you want identification? Do you want to find your enhance your career ?

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (v) Error: “ your career “.

Correction: career

(vi) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the line from an insurance company brochure. to

Suitable for someone who wishes to ________ (insure/assure/ensure) adequate financial backup. It is available to the family in case of his/her untimely death.

Answer: (vi) ensure

(vii) Select the option that identifies the error and supplies the correction for a on a pop-up that appeared on a webpage.

These cookies are used to collect information about how you interact with our website and allows us to remember you.

Option No. Error Correction

(A) interact interacted

(B) with to

(C) for about

(D) allow allows

Answer: (vii) Option (D) allow allows

(viii) Complete the given narrative by filling in the blank with the correct option.

I ____________watching that programme every week since it started.

(A) has been

(B) had

(C) have been

(D) was been

Answer: (viii) (C) have been

(ix) Report the following dialogue between two friends who are visiting a museum, by completing the sentence.

Auronima: What are you staring at?

Soumitra: I am in awe of this beautiful painting! I have not seen anything like this before.

Auronima asked Soumitra what he was staring at. Soumitra exclaimed that he was in awe of the beautiful painting and that ___________

Answer: (ix) Auronima asked Soumitra what he was staring at. Soumitra exclaimed that he was in awe of the beautiful painting and that he had not seen anything like it before.

(x) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the weather warning given by the IMD.

IMD on Sunday a ‘thunderstorm’ alert for some districts in coastal Maharashtra in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy gushing over the Arabian Sea.

(A) will issue

(B) will be issuing

(C) issued

(D) is issuing

Answer: (x) (B) will be issuing

(xi) Complete the slogan, by filling in the blank with the correct option.

When it gets really hot, rain ___________ a blessing.

(A) should be

(B) will be

(C) must be

(D) ought to be

Answer: (xi) (B) will be

(xii) Identify the error and supply the correction for the following advertisement of an antivirus software.

A properly installed and maintained antivirus program may wipe out any malware attack, be it a bot, a virus, a Trojan or even ransomware.

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (xii) Error: “may Correction: “can”.

CBSE Class 10 English Answer Key 2024 sET 1,2,3,4

Set 2

3. Complete any ten of the following twelve tasks, as directed.10 * 1 = 10

(i) Read the given sentence from a sports journal. Identify the error and supply the correction in the sentence.

In present times, physiologists would travel the world to conferences and meetings to present their findings to other scientists.

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (i) Error: “would”

Correction: Will

(ii) Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the brackets, for the given portion of a letter.

Dear Sir,

I am an account holder in your branch at Jayanagar. My current ATM card is _________(damage) and I am unable to use it for any POS transaction.

Answer: (ii) damaged

(iii) Kevin and Rohan had a conversation about their college admissions. Report Rohan’s question.

Would you be interested in studying arts or medicine?

Answer: (iii) Rohan asked Kevin if he Would be interested in studying arts or medicine?

(iv) Read the dialogue between Yogita and Nandini, regarding the progress of a task.

Yogita: How long have you been working on this task?

Nandini: I’ve been working for two hours.

Select the correct option to complete the reporting of the above dialogue.

Yogita asked Nandini ____________

Nandini replied that she had been working for two hours.

(A) for how long was she working on the task

(B) how long she had been working on that task

(C) for how long had she been working on this task (

D) how long had she been working on this task

Answer: (iv) (D) how long had she been working on this task

(v) Identify the error and supply the correction for the given sentence from an Art Exhibition invitation.

Artisan Club invite you to ‘Art and Soul’ an art exhibition featuring art work created by our budding artists,

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (v) Error: “invite” should be “invites”.

Correction: Artisan Club invites you to ‘Art and Soul,’ an art exhibition featuring artwork created by our budding artists.

(vi) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the concluding line from an educational report.

However, such indicators are too crude a measure to __________ (access/assess/accept) quality in an educational setting.

Answer: (vi) assess

(vii) Select the option that identifies the error and supplies the correction for a privacy policy document.

We process this data to supply the goods as well as services you have purchased or to keep records of such transactions.

Option No. Error Correction

(A) this these

(B) or and

(C) keep keeping

(D) have has

Answer: (vii) Option (B) Error: “or” should be “and”.

Correction: We process this data to supply the goods and services you have purchased or to keep records of such transactions.

(viii) Complete the given narrative by filling in the blank with the correct option.

I __________started. watching that programme every week since it started

(A) has been

(B) have been.

(C) were

(D) was been

Answer: (viii) (B) have been

(ix) Report the following dialogue between a food delivery executive and a customer, by completing the sentence.

Food delivery executive: Could you give me a 5 star rating?

Customer: I can only tell after I finish eating the food.

The food delivery executive asked the customer if he/she could give him a 5 star rating. The customer replied by saying that _________________

Answer: (ix) The food delivery executive asked the customer if he/she could give him a 5-star rating. The customer replied by saying that they could only tell after finishing eating the food.

(x) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the Disclaimer given by a news channel.

Except for the headline, this story _____staff and is published from a syndicated feed. edited by YTV

(A) will be

(B) has not been

(C) has not

(D) have not been

Answer: (x) (B) has not been

(xi) Complete the slogan, by filling in the blank with the correct option.

Your plastic contribution _____________causing ocean pollution.

(A) should be

(B) won’t be

(C) is

(D) ought to be

Answer: (xi) (C) is

(xii) Identify the error and supply the correction for the following advertisement of a software.

This product handles the basics and then goes beyond that with a collection of additional security features that must take on many security breaches and win.

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (xii) Error: “must

Correction: Can

CBSE Class 10 English Answer Key 2024 sET 1,2,3,4

Set 3

3. Complete any ten of the following twelve tasks, as directed. 10×1=10

(i) Read the given sentence from an art journal. Identify the error and supply the correction in the sentence.

When marginalized voices get a chance to tell their story, anger or sadness would be a justified theme.

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (i) Error: “would” should be replaced with “will”.

(ii) Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the brackets, for the given portion of a letter.

Kindly pay heed to our request and provide the students with _________ (adequacy) support on their project.

Answer: (ii) adequacy

(iii) Monika and Sunil had a conversation about their summer vacation plans. Report Sunil’s question.

Are you planning to visit your hometown during the summer vacation?

Answer: (iii) Sunil asked Monika if she was planning to visit her hometown during the summer vacation.

(iv) Read the dialogue between Shambhavi and Akshat, regarding a tree plantation drive.

Shambhavi: How do you plan to contribute to the tree plantation drive?

Akshat: I have prepared a speech for the morning assembly to raise awareness about the drive.

Select the correct option to complete the reporting of the above dialogue.

Shambhavi asked Akshat Akshat _______ replied that he had prepared a speech for the morning assembly to raise awareness about the drive.

Answer: (iv) (C) how he planned to contribute to the tree plantation drive

(A)how he had planned to contribute to the tree plantation drive

(B) how did he plan to contribute to the tree plantation drive

(C) how he planned to contribute to the tree plantation drive

(D) how was he planning to contribute to the tree plantation drive

(v) Identify the error and supply the correction for the given sentence from an advertisement for guitar classes. “Where words fail music speak.” Each batch will contain only five students which will assure personal attention to each student.

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (v) Error: “speak” should be replaced with “speaks”.

(vi) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the quotation by Joyce Meyer.

“_________(Complement/Compliment/Compliance) people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.”

Answer: (vi) Compliment

(vii) Select the option that identifies the error and supplies the correction for a website’s terms and conditions document.

We reserve the right to make change to this website at any time without notice and it is your responsibility to revisit this page from time to time to re-read these terms.

Option No. Error Correction

(A) change changes

(B) any the

© notice noticing

(D) and or

Answer: (vii) Option No. (A) Error: “change” should be replaced with “changes”.

(viii) Complete the given narrative by filling in the blank with the correct option.

I don’t know anyone else who _________ to the new theatre production yet.

(A) has been

(B) have been

(C) are going

(D) were going

Answer: (viii) (A) has been

(ix) Report the following dialogue between a customer and a salesman by completing the sentence.

Customer: Where can I drop a request to get an exchange?

Salesman: Sir, you need to fill in this form before getting the exchange.

The customer asked the salesman where he could drop a request to get an exchange. The salesman answered politely that _________

Answer: (ix) The salesman answered politely that the customer needed to fill in a form before getting the exchange.

(x) Fill in the blank by choosing the correct option to complete the advertisement given by a car company.

The vehicle also has a divider to separate the front passengers from the rear, in case you want_________ Daisy. around like Miss

(A) to be driven

(B) to driving

(C) the drive

(D) the driving

Answer: (x) (A) to be driven

(xi) Complete the slogan, by filling in the blank with the correct option.

Save the green and blue before our future generation _________ paint everything black.

(A) may has to

(B) has to

(C) have to

(D) should

Answer: (xi) (B) has to

(xii) Identify the error and supply the correction for the following part of an advertisement of a web hosting site:

One of the world’s most popular domain name seller provides fantastic web hosting packages as well

Use the given format for your response.

Error Correction

Answer: (xii) Error: “seller”

Correction: “sellers”

Explanation: The subject of the sentence is “One,” which is singular. Therefore, the verb following it should be singular as well. “Sellers” is the plural form of “seller” and agrees with the singular subject “One” in this case.Correction: One of the world’s most popular domain name sellers provides fantastic web hosting packages.

6. Read the following extracts and answer the questions for any one of the given two, (a) or (b):

(a) For the first twenty-four hours, Mijbil was neither hostile nor friendly; he was simply aloof and indifferent, choosing to sleep on the floor as far from my bed as possible. The second night Mijbil came on to my bed in the small hours and remained asleep in the crook of my knees until the servant brought tea in the morning, and during the day he began to lose his apathy and take a keen, much too keen, interest in his surroundings. I made a body-belt for him and took him on a lead to the bathroom, where for half an hour he went wild with joy in the water. (Mijbil the Otter)

(i) Which of the following is not a reason why Mijbil came on to Maxwell’s bed in the small hours?

(A) He had started taking interest in his surroundings.

(B) He was becoming friendly with Maxwell.

(C) He wanted to play with Maxwell on his bed.

(D) He wanted to feel safe and not remain indifferent.

(ii) Maxwell says that Mijbil was neither hostile nor friendly, he was simply aloof and indifferent for the first twenty-four hours. Give reasons in not more than 40 words.

(iii) Read the following descriptions (A) – (D) and identify which one correctly corresponds to the extract.

(A) Owning a pet is tedious and needs commitment.

(B) A pet needs his own space and time to get adjusted to his owner’s environment.

(C) Maxwell decided to bring Mijbil because he was very sad to lose his dog.

(D) Maxwell and Mijbil loved travelling.

(iv) Which characteristic trait of otters is revealed when Mijbil is taken to the bathroom?

OR

(b) The arrival of a stranger at an inn in winter was in any case an unusual event. A stranger of such uncommon appearance set all tongues wagging. Mrs. Hall, the landlord’s wife, made every effort to be friendly. But Griffin had no desire to talk, and told her, “My reason for coming to Iping is a desire for solitude. I do not wish to be disturbed in my work. Besides, an accident has affected my face.” Satisfied that her guest was an eccentric scientist, and in view of the fact that he had paid her in advance, Mrs. Hall was prepared to excuse his strange habits and irritable temper. (Footprints Without Feet)

(i) State any one inference about Griffin from the given context:

“My reason for coming to Iping is a desire for solitude. I do not wish to be disturbed in my work. Besides, an accident has affected my face.”

(ii) State True or False:

Even though Mrs. Hall was satisfied with Griffin, she was skeptical to excuse his strange habits and irritable temper.

(iii) It was not difficult for Griffin to convince the landlord and his wife about his strange appearance and eccentric behaviour. Elaborate in about 40 words with reference to the context.

(iv) Which phrase would correctly substitute ‘set all tongues wagging’ in the given sentence from the extract? A stranger of such uncommon appearance ____________

7. Read the following extracts and answer the questions for any one of the given two, (a) or (b):

(a) But he’s locked in a concrete cell, His strength behind bars, Stalking the length of his cage, Ignoring visitors. (A Tiger in the Zoo)

(i) Why is the tiger ‘stalking the length of his cage’?

(ii) What is the significance of the use of the word ‘locked’ to describe the concrete cell where the tiger is kept and how does it contrast with the tiger’s presence in its natural habitat? Answer in about 40 words.

(iii) Complete the sentence with the appropriate option:

The lines from the poem tell us that the tiger is

(A) enjoying his time in the cell

(B) being indifferent to visitors because it is a daily routine for him

(C) not as strong as his counterpart in the jungle

(D) wanting to be free from the cage

(iv) Identify the type of literary device used in the line: ‘But he’s locked in a concrete cell’

OR

(b) Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears, And Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs, Mustard was as brave as a tiger in a rage, But Custard cried for a nice safe cage. (The Tale of Custard the Dragon)

(i) Comment upon the contrast that is reflected in the last two lines of the extract.

(ii) Fill in the blank with one word.

While describing Ink and Blink, the speaker says that they could chase lions down the stairs. By saying so, he is revealing the ___________ characteristic of their personality.

(iii) Comment on the poet’s use of language in these lines in about 40 words.

(iv) Which of the following best describes the theme of the poem?

(A) Bravery and heroism

(B) Humility leads to bravery

(C) Valour and diligence

(D) Crisis reveals character

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