Monday, January 5, 2009


Class :X
Time : 3 Hrs Max Marks : 80
Q.1 Why did the British Government curtail the freedom of Press after 1857 in India? 1
Write the main contribution of Vaikkom Muhammad Basheer as a novelist in Malayalam
literature. 1
Q.2 Why did Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru proclaim the river dams as the temples of modern
India? Explain the main reason. 1
Q.3 Write one point of similarity and one point of difference between magnetite and hematite
iron are. ½ + ½ = 1
Q.4 Which is the northern most international airport of India? 1
Q.5 Mention any two ways in which caste has influenced politics in India. ½ + ½ = 1
Q.6 Name any two Asian countries in which there was conflict between two linguistic and
ethnic groups. ½ + ½ = 1
Q.7 State one reform for making Indian democracy more effective. 1
Q.8 Define per capita income. 1
Q.9 Among Punjab, Kerala and Bihar, which one has the lowest Infant Mortality rate? 1
Q.10 How can development be sustained in an economy? Give an example with reference to
the use of resources. 1
Q.11 Analyse the circumstances which led Gandhiji to choose abolition of the salt tax as the
most important demand of the Civil Disobedience movement. 3x1=3
Q.12 Critically examine the different ways suggested by different leaders for uplifting the status
of dalits in Indian society. 3x1=3
Below are given three groups A,B, & C of questions 13 and 14. Select any one group for answering these two questions.
Q13 Analyse the three measures adopted by the producers in India to expand the market for
their goods in the 19th century. 3x1=3
Q.14 Explain three types of movements or ‘flow’ within the international economic exchange
in the 19th century in the context of world economy. 3x1=3
Q.13 Describe the position of women in Britain in the 19th century in three points. 3x1=3
Q.14 “The indentured labour gave rise to a new culture in the Carribean” Justify this Statement
with three examples. 3x1=3
Q.13 The First world war created dramatically a new situation for Indian Industries. Analyse how this happened by giving three situations. 3x1=3
Q14 Do you agree or disagree that the process of Urbanization in the city of London providedmore disappointments than opportunities? Give three reasons in support of your answer.
Q.15 Read the following extract taken from the textbook and answer the questions that follow:
In 1926, Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossien, a noted educationist and literary figure.
strongly condemned men for withholding education from women in the name of religion
as she addressed the Bengal Women’s Education Conference:
The opponents of female education say that women will become unruly.....Fie! they call
themselves Muslims and yet go against the basic tenets of Islam which gives women an
equal right to education. If men are not led astray once educated, why should women?
(a) Explain how Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein asserts women’s right to education?
(b) What was the impact of printed books on women in India in the 19th century.? 1+2=3
Read the following passage and answer the questions given below it : 2+1=3
‘Dear children, don’t read these novels, don’t even touch them. Your life will be ruined. You will
suffer disease and ailments. Why did the good Lord make you - to wither away at a tender age?
To suffer in disease? To be despised by your brothers, relatives and those around you? No. No.
You must become mothers; you must lead happy lives; this is the divine purpose. You, who were
born to fulfill this sublime goal, should you ruin your life by going crazy after despicable novels?’
(a) Analyse the message given by the writer to children.
(b) Name the woman novelist of early nineteenth century who wrote against traditional role
of women as wives and mothers.
Q.16 Study the above map and answer the following questions:
(16.1) Name the three Super Highways shown in the map.
(16.2) Name any three metropolitan cities linked by one of these Superhighways.
1½ + 1½=3
For Blind students only in lieu of question number 16
Name the three states, each of which has two major sea ports and also name any one
port of each of these states. 1½ + 1½ = 3
Q.17 Examine with the help of three examples, how dignity and freedom of citizens are bestguaranteed in a democracy. 3
Q.18 Analyse with a suitable example the meaning of right to choose provided under
Consumer Protection Act. 3
Q.19.1 Give any four features of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Vietnamese war against the U.S.
4x1=4 OR
Q.19.2 Describe four stages of unification of Germany. 4x1=4
Q.20 Describe four main characteristics of arid soils of India 4x1=4
Q.21 Describe four important characteristics of rice cultivation in India. 4x1=4
Q.22 Which factor plays the most dominant role in the ideal location of an industry? Explain
any three reasons in support of this factor. 1+3=4
Q.23 Explain any four measures taken to decentralize power in India 4x1=4
Q.24 With the help of two examples explain how social divisions have affected politics.2+2=4
Q.25 “Political parties play a major role in democracy.” Give four points to justify this statement.
Q.26 Give the meaning of tertiary sector. State any three factors that have contributed to the
growth of this sector. 1+3=4
Q.27 The following table shows the sources of credit for rural households in India in 2003
Source Share
Money lenders 30%
Cooperative societies 27%
Commercial banks 25%
Others (traders, relatives etc) 18%
On the basis of the above table answer the following questions:
(27.1) What is the share of formal sector in the total credit?
(27.2) Suggest two measures for improving the share of formal sector in total credit.
(27.3) Why is money lender still the largest single source of credit? 1+2+1=4
Q.28 Why did the Indian government put barriers to foreign trade and foreign investment after
Q.29 Six features with serial nos. 1 to 6 are marked on the given outline political map of India
Identify these features with the help of the following information and write their correct
names on the lines marked in the map :
1. Main centre of overseas trade in the seventeenth century;
2. Large scale industrial region in 1931;
3. A type of soil;
4. Major producers of coffee;
5. A coal mine, and
6. Eastern terminal city of East-West Corridor. 6x1=6 OR
Q.29 Locate and label the following on the given outline political map of India.
1. A place where session of Indian National Congress was held in 1920;
2. A place in Gujarat where Gandhi ji organised satyagraha movement of cotton-mill workers;
3. An iron and steel plant located in the Chhattisgarh;
4. Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu;
5. Software Technology Park in Jammu and Kashmir, and
6. A sea port in Andhra Pradesh. 6x1=6
The following question is only for blind candidates in lieu of Q No 29
i) Name the place where Gandhi ji organised satyagraha against indigo planters.
ii) Name the place where a massacre took place on 13th April, 1919.
iii) Name an iron and steel plant located in Chhattisgarh.
iv) Name a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
v) Name a software technology park in Jammu and Kashmir.
vi) Name a sea port in Andhra Pradesh. 6x1=6

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