A Question of Trust CBSE Question Bank Class 10 2021

CBSE has added the following question bank for students to prepare well for Term 1, 2021 exams.

MCQ Class 10 English A Question of Trust | CBSE Question Bank Answer Key

Q3 Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract
(A) How foolish people are when they own valuable things, Horace thought. A magazine article had described this house, giving a plan of all the rooms and a picture of this room. The writer had even mentioned that the painting hid a safe! But Horace found that the flowers were hindering him in his work. He buried his face in his handkerchief. Then he heard a voice say from the doorway, “What is it? A cold or hay fever?” Before he could think, Horace said, “Hay fever,” and found himself sneezing again. The voice went on, “You can cure it with a special treatment, you know if you find out just what plant gives you the disease. I think you’d better see a doctor if you’re serious about your work. I heard you from the top of the house just now.”

i According to the extract, Horace was sneezing due to a
a) sudden allergy
b) prior infection
c) long-standing disease
d) nasal pain

ii Which magazine could have published the article mentioned in the given extract?
a) Paws & Claws
b) Outdoors & Landscaping
c) Interiors
d) The Investor

iii Choose the image that correctly describes the location of the safe, based on the given extract.

a) Option (1)
b) Option (2)
c) Option (3)
d) Option (4)

iv In the line – Before he could think, Horace said, “Hay fever,” –the response was
a) rehearsed.
b) spontaneous and natural.
c) hesitant.
d) rapid and hostile.


v The line from the extract that can be considered an example of sarcasm is
a) How foolish people are when they own valuable things.
b) Horace found that the flowers were hindering him in his work.
c) You can cure it with special treatment.
d) I think you’d better see a doctor if you’re serious about your work.

A Question of Trust MCQ Answer Key (A)

i. b
ii. c
iii. c
iv. b
v. d

(B) But he never got the chance to begin his plan. By noon a policeman had arrested him for the jewel robbery at Shotover Grange. His fingerprints, for he had opened the safe without gloves, were all over the room, and no one believed him when he said that the wife of the owner of the house had asked him to open the safe for her. The wife herself, a grey-haired, sharp-tongued woman of sixty, said that the story was nonsense. Horace is now the assistant librarian in the prison. He often thinks of the charming, clever young lady who was in the same profession as he was, and who tricked him. He gets very angry when anyone talks about ‘honour among thieves.

i The plan devised by Horace was to
a) tell about the safe to the owner of the house.
b) blackmail the wife of the owner later.
c) look for another safe for stealing books.
d) tell police the truth before the lady could deceive him.

ii Based on the extract, choose what you think are the main feelings Horace probably has, for the young lady who tricked him, when he thinks about her?
a) anger and blame
b) admiration and respect
c) respect and gratitude
d) anger and vengeance

iii Choose the option that lists the evidence that the police might have used against Horace, to arrest him.

a) Option 1
b) Option 2
c) Option 3
d) Option 4

iv Given below are four situations in Mr Verma’s house. Choose the situation that depicts Mr Verma being sharp-tongued with his family members.
a) Mr Verma’s wife shares a life problem with him and he advises her honestly.
b) Mr Verma’s daughter scores poor marks in his exams and Mr Verma remains silent.
c) Mr Verma’s son cooks food for the first time and he is criticized by his father immediately.
d) Mr Verma’s sister buys a new car to surprise him and he is overjoyed with the news.

v Honour among thieves is an example of a/n
a) idiom
b) slogan
c) proverb
d) lyric

A Question of Trust MCQ Answer Key (B) CBSE Question Bank 2021

i. c
ii. d (please note that its answer is wrongly printed as ‘b’ at CBSE’s site.)
iii. d
iv. c
v. a

The following subjective answers will be added after Term 1 exams

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words
i The woman posing as house owner’s wife had laid out a careful plan to dupe Horace Danby. Cite any two instances from the text that suggest the same.
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ii In the chapter “A Question of Trust”, Horace Danby’s final arrest was a blessing in disguise. Comment briefly.
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iii “Society must be protected from men like you.” Comment on the irony of the given quote.
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iv “A Question of Trust” is a story about the robbery of the robber. Expound.

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words
i “How foolish people are when they own valuable things” Does this statement hold true for Horace Danby himself?
Support your answer with instances from “A Question of Trust”.

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ii “The most successful people work smart, not hard” Justify the quote with reference to “A Question of Trust”.
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iii Based on the story, would it be fair to say that deception is a crucial aspect of robbery. Do you agree? Why/why not?
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iv Thieves and swindlers have no sense of moral righteousness. Comment with references to instances from “A Question of Trust”.

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words
i Imagine that the young lady thief writes a letter to Horace Danby while he is in prison. Write the letter imaging yourself to be that young lady with respect to the story.
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ii As the woman who dupes Danby, pen a diary entry for the night before the robbery. Pen down your thoughts, fears, and hopes from the robbery based on the events of the story “The Question of Trust”.
Wednesday, 12 July ’78 9 PM
Its D-day, finally! Today, I know how it feels to be nervous and excited at the same time……. (continue)……….

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