Model Question for Grade – Eight [Basic Level Education] English

Model Question Set

Subject: English                      

Full Marks: 75

Class: VIII

Time: 2.5 hrs.                     


Attempt all questions.

1. Rewrite the following sentences filling the gaps with a suitable word.  5

  1. Mr. Bhola is ____ HA. (a/an/the/nothing)
  2. people were deprived____ education. (off/of/form/out)
  3. we often go to the river ____ swim. (in order to/ so that/ therefore/ for)
  4. The mirror fell off and broke _____. (itself/himself/herself/yourself)
  5. everything is perishable, _____? (isn’t it/aren’t it/ are they/ is it)
  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets. 3×1=3
  1. No one is going to help her. (into passive)
  2. Sangita said, “Do not sell this house”. (into indirect speech)
  3. Amit drives a car safely. (into negative)

2. Fill in the blanks with the correct word from the bracket. 2

(was/were/is crying/was crying)

  1. Which one of those bags ___yours.
  2. Listen! The baby ______.

3. Read the following text and do the activities that follow. [10]

Prince Siddhartha Gautam was born in Lumbini in Nepal about 2555 years ago. He had a luxurious royal life in the palace until he was 29. He was completely ignorant of the trouble of everyday life. One day, he went outside and was shocked when he saw an old man, a cripple and a corpse. The sights made him leave the palace and worldly pleasures in order to find the cause of these sufferings and the true meaning of life. After much wandering and searching, Gautam finally attained enlightenment and became known as Buddha. He preached the four noble truths. According to him, desire is the root cause of all suffering. These desires and other problems can be totally eliminated by following the rule eightfold paths- right views, right intent, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation.

A. State whether the following sentences are ‘True’ or ‘False’. 2

  1. Siddhartha Gautam was born in Lumbini.
  2. He was aware of the trouble of everyday life while staying in a palace.
  3. He was delighted when he saw an old man, a cripple, and a corpse.
  4. Desire is the root cause of suffering.

B. Match the words in column ‘A’ with their meanings in column ‘B’. 2

‘A’                                   ‘B’

Luxurious               knowledge about and understanding of something

Cripple                     ignorance

Corpse                      very uncomfortable 

Enlightenment        dead body

                                  A disabled person

C. Answer the following questions. 6

  1. Where and where was Siddhartha Gautam born?
  2. What made him shocked?
  3. Why did he leave the palace and worldly pleasures?

4. Read the following text and do the activities that follow. [10]

Games generate the feeling of sportsmanship and broaden one’s outlook. They are very essential for the students. In our schools, however, games and sports are not given much importance. A period of half an hour or forty-five minutes should be dedicated to games every day in schools. Some schools dedicate this timing to games only once a week. Children find it difficult to pursue a game in the specified period. Some schools cannot afford funds for sports equipment. Similarly, some schools do not have a playground. Many schools do not employ any physical instructor to guide the children in various games. Even parents want their children to complete their home assignments after school hours rather than play games. They fail to realize that games make children strong both mentally and physically. Many school children become obese due to a lack of participation in games. Obesity puts them in the high-risk category of contracting diseases like diabetes and heart ailments. The education system needs to be reformed and equal importance needs to be given to sports and games.

A. Find the synonyms for the following words in the poem. 2

  1. widen b. committed c. money d. fatness

B. Write TRUE or FALSE. 2

  1. Games are essential for school children.
  2. All schools employ physical instructors to guide children strong both physically and mentally.
  3. Parents are aware that games make their children strong both mentally and physically.
  4. In our schools, games and sports are given adequate importance. 

C. Answer the following questions. 6

  1. What sort of feeling is created by games?
  2. How much time should be allocated for games in schools?
  3. Why do many children become obese?

5. Read the given text and do the tasks that follow.

You should always try to communicate in English with your teachers and friends. Listening to the radio programmes in English could be an interesting way. Why don’t you buy a radio for yourself and listen to such programmes? For better pronunciation, copying people could be effective. As you listen to any new word you out to repeat it. Using an English dictionary is another effective way to learn the language. You had better buy a good English dictionary and use it. You know my English was not that good when I was in Nepal. But now I feel it’s great. I have to speak it all the time. I picked up pronunciation and expressions one by one. How about talking to foreign tourists who come to visit our area? They will be happy to know about our village and its beauty from a student and would benefit from new English words and expressions.

A. Fill in the gap with appropriate words from the passage.   5×1=5

  1. The writer suggests we listen ………..programmes.
  2. Dictionary use is better for improving ………………..
  3. We should pick up ……………from tourists one by one.
  4. ……………….come to visit our area which benefits us.
  5. Copying people could be effective for better…………….

B. Answer the following questions.   5×1=5

  1. What should we do as we listen to any new word?
  2. How did the writer improve her English?
  3. Suggest any two ways of improving English.
  4. Why should we speak to foreign tourists?
  5. What is the text about?

6. Study the given vacancy and do the activities that follow.

Vacancy Announcement

City Center Shopping Centre, a well-known shopping centre for genuine goods/products in Kathmandu, announces a vacancy for the post of accountant. A hardworking and energetic candidate having at least three years of work experience can apply with a detailed CV and two passport size colour photographs. 


Age: Below40 years

Other requirements: Good knowledge in computer-Word, Excel and Tally

Application deadline: March 10, 2019

Write to:

The General Manager

City Centre Shopping Centre

Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu

a. Match the words in column A with their meaning in column B. 5

A                        B

Well known a person         who keeps an account

Post                                        reputed

Energetic                              designation

Deadline full of strength, active

Accountant last date

Format request

B. Answer the following questions. 5

  1. What is the required qualification for the post?
  2. What kind of candidates can apply for the advertised post?
  3. What additional qualifications or skills are required for the post?
  4. Who has announced the vacancy?
  5. Who should be addressed the application?

7. Complete the following dialogue choosing the correct expressions from the box given below. 5

Ramesh: Good morning, Mr Dahal

Mr. Dahal: Good morning, Ramesh. ______________________

Ramesh: Oh, yes_________ I could not catch the first bus. 

Mr. Dahal: ___________________________

Ramesh:  I am terribly sorry. ___________

Mr. Dahal: __________________________

8. Write a news story using the following clues:

9. Write an essay on one of the following topics:

  • a. My School
  • b. Importance of Games and Sports
  • c. My Hobby


Write a letter to your friend telling him or her about your plan after SEE.


Your labour will be paid off!