Grade 8 English Paper 2024​

Grade 8 English Paper 2024​

Grade 8 English Paper 2024

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Subject: English 
Class: VIII
Duration : 3 Hrs.                                                                                                           Max. Marks  80
Grade-8 English Sample Paper 2024 Answer Key Download Given Below

General Instructions:

General Instructions:
1. The Question Paper contains FOUR sections. Reading, Writing, Grammar &
2. Marks are indicated against each question.
3. Attempt questions as per instructed.
4. All the questions are compulsory to attempt.

Section- A (Reading)

Q1. Read the following passage and choose the most appropriate option given below:         (1×10=10)

            A fundamental principle of pharmacology is that all drugs have multiple actions. Actions that are desirable in the treatment of disease are considered therapeutic, while those that are undesirable or pose risks to the patient are called “effects.” Adverse drug effects range from the trivial, e.g., nausea or dry mouth, to the serious, e.g., massive gastrointestinal bleeding or thromboembolism; and some drugs can be lethal. Therefore, an effective system for the detection of adverse drug effects is an important component of the health care system of any advanced nation. Much of the research conducted on new drugs aims at identifying the conditions of use that maximize beneficial effects and minimize the risk of adverse effects.

            The intent of drug labeling is to reflect this body of knowledge accurately so that physicians can properly prescribe the drug; or, if it is to be sold without prescription, so that consumers can properly use the drug. The current system of drug investigation in the United States has proved very useful and accurate in identifying the common side effects associated with new prescription drugs. By the time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, its side effects are usually well described in the package insert for physicians.

            The investigational process, however, cannot be counted on to detect all adverse effects because of the relatively small number of patients involved in premarketing studies and the relatively short duration of the studies. Animal toxicology studies are, of course, done prior to marketing in an attempt to identify any potential for toxicity, but negative results do not guarantee the safety of a drug in humans, as evidenced by such well-known examples as birth deformities due to thalidomide. This recognition prompted the establishment in many countries of programs to which physicians report adverse drug effects.

            The United States and other countries also send reports to an international program operated by the World Health Organization. These programs, however, are voluntary reporting programs and are intended to serve a limited goal: alerting a government or private agency to adverse drug effects detected by physicians in the course of practice. Other approaches must be used to confirm suspected drug reactions and to estimate incidence rates. These other approaches include conducting retrospective control studies; for example, the studies associating endometrial cancer with estrogen use, and systematic monitoring of hospitalized patients to determine the incidence of acute common side effects, as typified by the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program.

            Thus, the overall drug surveillance system of the United States is composed of a set of information bases, special studies, and monitoring programs, each contributing in its own way to our knowledge about marketed drugs. The system is decentralized among a number of governmental units and is not administered as a coordinated function. Still, it would be inappropriate at this time to attempt to unite all of the disparate elements into a comprehensive surveillance program. Instead, the challenge is to improve each segment of the system and to take advantage of new computer strategies to improve coordination and communication.


(i) The author is primarily concerned with discussing:

            (a) the importance of having accurate information about the effects of drugs

            (b) methods for testing the effects of new drugs on humans

            (c) procedures for determining the long-term effects of new drugs

            (d) attempts to curb the abuse of prescription drugs

(ii) The author implies that a drug with adverse side effects:

            (a) will not be approved for use by consumers without a doctor’s


            (b) must wait for approval until lengthy studies prove the effects are not


            (c) should be used only if its therapeutic value outweighs its adverse effects

            (d) should be withdrawn from the marketplace pending a government investigation

(iii) Which of the following can be inferred from the given passage?

            (a) A centralized drug oversight function would improve public health.

            (b) Most physicians are not aware that prescription drugs have side


            (c) Some rare adverse drug effects are not discovered during the limited


            (d) Consumers are seldom unable to understand directions for proper use

                 of a drug.

(iv) The author introduces the example of thalidomide to show that some:

            (a) drug testing procedures are ignored by careless laboratory workers

            (b) drugs do not have the same actions in humans that they do in animals

            (c) drugs have no therapeutic value for humans

            (d) drugs are prescribed by physicians who have not read the manufacturer’s


(v) The author of the passage regards current drug investigation procedures as:

            (a) important but generally ineffectual

            (b) lackadaisical and generally in need of improvement

            (c) comprehensive but generally unnecessary

            (d) necessary and generally effective

(vi) The author is most probably leading up to a discussion of some suggestions about how to:

            (a) centralize authority for drug surveillance among international agencies

            (b) centralize authority for drug surveillance in the United States

            (c) coordinate better the sharing of information among the drug

                 surveillance agencies

            (d) improve drug testing procedures to detect dangerous effects before

                drugs are approved

(vii) Which of the following does the author rely on in developing the passage?

            (a) examples                             (b) statistics

            (c) analogy                               (d) rhetorical questions

(viii) What is the fundamental principle of ‘pharmacology’?

            (a) all drugs have multiple actions.

            (b) all drugs have unicellular action

            (c) drugs do not do any action

            (d) improve drug testing procedures

(ix) According to the passage ‘drug’ is approved by whom?

            (a) food and drug administration

            (b) pharmacologists

            (c) analogists

            (d) testing procedures

(x) Suggest an appropriate title for the above passage:

            (a) Drugs and its explicit uses

            (b) Harmful effects of drugs

            (c) Drugs and its variants

            (d) Any of the above     

Q2. Read the following passage and choose the most appropriate option given below:      (1×10=10)

 Children should be educated without pressure. They should enter into adulthood free from the damaging effects of tradition and fear. Free expression of thought should be given to the children. A child once asked Krishnamurthy replied:” I’m glad you asked that question. You know, if you love something, you never get tired of it. I mean love in which there is no desire of wanting something out of it. If you are talking because you are getting something out of it: money, reward, sense of your importance: then there is weariness. Then it has no meaning because it is only self fulfillment, but if there is love in your heart, it is like a fountain, always giving fresh water”.

(i) Children should be educated without______ .

            (a) fear             (b) money         (c) pressure       (d) teachers

(ii) What type of expression should be given to children?

            (a) busy (b) damaging    (c) complex      (d) free

(iii) If you _____ something you never get tired of it.

            (a) hate             (b) love             (c) enjoy           (d) express

(iv) Weariness means feeling _______.

            (a) happy          (b) joy              (c) tired            (d) angry

(v) What quality of Krishnamurthy excited the child?

            (a) talking         (b) singing        (c) listening      (d) enjoying

(vi) Which word is wrongly matched with its opposite?

            (a) damaging-preserving            (b) never-always

            (c) give-take                             (d) fresh sour

(vii)  Which reward will not make you feel weariness?

            (a) money                                 (b) sense of importance

            (c) only reward                          (d) love in your heart

(viii) At what age should we enter free from the damaging effects of tradition and fear?

            (a) childhood                            (b) adulthood

            (c) old age                                (d) teenage

(ix) Find out the conjunction in the following sentence:

            If you are talking because you are getting something out of it.

            (a) because       (b) you             (c) out              (d) it

(x) Identify the figure of speech in the following line.

            “If there is love in your heart,it is like a fountain, always giving fresh


            (a) simile          (b) metaphor     (c) hyperbole    (d) personification

Q3. Read the extract and choose the most appropriate option given below:              (1×5=5)

In the second year,the piano was silent in the lodge, and the prisoner asked only for the classics. In the fifth year music was audible again, and the prisoner asked for wine. Those who watched him through the window said that all that year he spent doing nothing but eating and drinking and lying on his bed, frequently yawning and angrily talking to himself. He did not read books. Sometimes at night, he would sit down to write; he would spend hours writing, and in the morning tear up all that he had written—more than once he could be heard crying.

(i) Who is the author?

            (a) Anton Chekov                     (b) Chekov Antonin

            (b) Anton Pavlevich                  (c) Pavel Antonin

(ii) How old is the lawyer when he takes the bet?

            (a) 30               (b) 25               (c) 22               (d) 20

(iii)  How is the story of the bet told?

            (a) in reverse order                    (b) as a flashback

            (c) linearly                                (d) chronologically

(iv)  How long is the initial bet?

            (a) 5 years         (a) 15 years       (c) 2 years         (d) 5 months

(v)  The prisoner asked for wine in________year  of imprisonment.

            (a) Second        (b) Fifth           (c) Sixth           (d) fourth

Q4. Read the stanza and answer the questions that follow: (1×5=5)

            With candles and with lanterns

            Throwing giant scorpion shadows

            On mud-baked walls

            They searched for him;he was not found.

            They clicked their tongues.

(i) What was the mother laying on?

            (a) Mat             (b) Rug             (c) Ground        (d) Her bed

(ii) What poisoned the mother?

            (a) Snake          (b) Hippo          (c) Scorpion      (d) Acid rain

(iii) Name the poem.

            (a) Night of my Mother             (b) Night of the Scorpion

            (c) Night of the Rain                 (d) Night of Misfortunes

(iv) Who is ‘he’ in the poem?

            (a) Shadows      (b) Scorpion      (c) Father         (d) Neighbour

(v) What is the name of the poet?

            (a) Tony Blair                           (b) Nelson Mandela

            (c) Nissim Ezekiel                     (d) Nissim Vaughan

Section- B (Writing)

Q5. Congratulate your younger brother through an email as he has won the first prize in an inter-school debate competition.                                (5)


            As a student representative of your class, write an email to your classmates, suggesting a party for class teacher who is retiring next month.


Q6. MMD School, Nashik, recently organized a science exhibition on the topic: ‘Effect of pollution on quality of life’. You are Amit/Amita Raazdan, editor of the school magazine. Write a report on the event for your school magazine. (120 – 150 words).                 (5)

[Hint: Chief guest, different projects, all classes should participate, prize distribution, speech by chief guest]


You are the head boy/head girl of your school. Write a report on the celebration of ‘Independence Day’ in your school.

Section- C (Grammar)

Q7. Do the following questions as per direction:               

(I) Fill in the blanks using determiners:                            (½×2=1)

            (a) I would love to have __________orange. (a/an/the)

            (b) There was _______sugar in the container.(a few/ little/ few/ many)

(II) Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate form of the verb in agreement with the subject :   (½×2=1)

            (a) Do you ______ football in the ground? (play/ played/ playing/ plays)

            (b) I ____ just ____ my homework. (has finished/ have finished/ had

                  finished/ will have finished)

(III) Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate determiners:  (½×2=1)

            (a) She has decided to join ______ university. (a/an/the)

            (b) We won the _____ match because we played so well. (a/an/the)

(IV) Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate verb:       (½×2=1)

            (a) This girl or that boy _____ thrown the stone. (will/shall/has/have)

            (b) Neither of them ______ at fault. (is/am/are/has)

(V) Fill in the blanks with the correct infinitive, participle or gerund

            forms of the verbs given below:                       (½×2=1)

            (a) He is good at _____ the television. (repair/ repairing/ to repair/


            (b) He has sent a ____ message to me. (writing/ written/ write/ wrote)

(VI) Choose the most appropriate plural form of nouns:              (½×2=1)

(a) Woman ______. (Women/Women)

(b) Child _______. (Children/Children)

(VII) Fill in the following blanks with their most suitable form of verbs along with their subject:  (½×2=1)

(a) Each of the boy ______ sent to school. (was/ were)

(b) Neither he nor they _______ to blame. (is/ are)

(VIII) Fill in the following blanks with their most suitable degree of adjective:                               (½×2=1)

(a) Madhya Pradesh is the ______ state in India. (large/ largest)

(b) Gold is _______ than all other metals. (costly/ costlier)

(IX) Fill in the following blanks with their most suitable form of noun:


(a) The ______ was climbing the tree. (boy/ boys)

(b) The _______ were washing the clothes. (washerman/ washermen)

(X) Combine the following sentences with the most appropriate option: (½×2=1)

(a) This is the boy. He won the race. (who/ which/ when/ why)

(b) We were tired. We sat down to rest. (so/ still/ which/ where)

Section- D (Literature)

Q8. Write down the meaning of the following words. (Do any ten).


            (a) ghastly                    (b) infrastructure           (c) inevitable

            (d) reckoning                (e) caprice                     (f) disaster

            (g) sceptic                     (h)  diminished             (i) conflagration

            (j) lamentation              (k) tyrant                      (j)  hybrid

Q9. Fill in the blanks.                     (1×5=5)

(a) I got these flowers _______ the nursery. (from/to/on)

(b) The fence ran ______ the track. (across/around/beside)

(c) The flames _______ throughout the village. (spread out/looks down/broke off)

(d)  ______ of the girls was given a certificate. (some/each/many)

(e) A person who lends money is called_____. (lender/taker/greedy)

Q10. Answer the following questions in about 20-30 words. (Do any six) (2×6=12)

(a) What are the harmful effects of television?

(b) What is space tourism? What are its limitations?

(c) How is global warming putting pressure on the ecosystem?

(d) How did the captive spend his first two years in ‘solitary confinement’?

(e) How are the descriptions of the bangles linked to nature?

(f) What is meant by the unforgiving minute?

(g) Why does RK Narayan say ‘But it is one of the minor mysteries that make travel through that country so engrossing’?

Q11. Answer the following questions in about 50-60 words. (Do any two) (4×2=8)

(a) Describe the circumstances that led to the bet. What were the terms and conditions of the bet?

(b) How are humans responsible for global warming?  How can we help future generations?

(c) What is the message of the poem ‘Television’? What message does it give to both parents and children?


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