Class XII – Sample Question Paper – 1

Sample Question Paper
ENGLISH CORE
Class-XII
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                                    M.M.100
General Instructions:
1. This paper is divided into four Section A, B, C and D. All the sections are compulsory.
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and questions, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.
Section A: (Reading)    30 Marks
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 12 Marks
1. Many of the underdeveloped countries will promote the growth of their economies in one way or the other, no matter whether they receive substantial outside aid in the process or not. The character of that development, however, is likely to be strongly influenced by the types of and amounts of aid available. The outcome is much more likely to be favourable, from the’ standpoint of the objectives for successful development set up previously, if there is substantial international aid than if there is not.
2. By substantial aid I mean not only large amounts of technical assistance but also of capital. Initially, the capacity of an underdeveloped country to use capital productively may be surprisingly small, limited by lack of organisation, trained personnel, and other social obstacles. At this stage technical assistance is the main need from outside, with comparatively small amounts of capital, much of which may have to be in the form of grants for non-self-liquidating projects, in education, health, access to roads to rural areas, and the like, if, at this stage, substantial capital is available from outside to supplement what can be formed internally (and to simulate internal capital formation, for it does that too) the rate of economic growth can be consistently increased, and the strains and frustrations and political risks of the development are likely to be considerably less.
3. It is possible for underdeveloped economies to modernise themselves with very little capital from outside. Japan imports of capital were small though some of it came at crucial times. The contribution of foreign direct investments to the advancement of technical know-how, also was greater than would be indicated merely by the size of the investment. The Soviet Union industrialised its economy with practically no aid from foreign investment capital except for the foreign owned installations confiscated after the revolution, though it imported machinery in the early days on short term or immediate term credits and hired services of foreign experts.
4. Both Japan and Russia achieved their development in an authoritarian political and social framework. The outcome in both cases form standpoint of the peace of the world and democratic ideals, was highly unfavourable.
5. In the absence of outside aid, the only way to accumulate capital, is to increase production without taking much of the benefit in more consumption or even while pushing consumption standards down. Where the people are already near the subsistence level this may mean extreme hardship. Somehow the people must be motivated to change their accustomed ways quickly, to work hard, and to forgo present consumption so that capital investment can be made.
A. Choose the most appropriate option: 1 x 3 = 3
(a) The passage says that
(i) without foreign aid no underdeveloped country can grow.
(ii) underdeveloped country must refrain from taking foreign aid.
(iii) the economies of the underdeveloped countries are more likely to grow faster with substantial foreign aid than without.
(iv) underdeveloped countries are economically backward because their governments have not got their priorities right.
(b) Substantial aid in this context means
(i) technical assistance in the form of trained personnel.
(ii) capital, in the form of bank loans and overdrafts.
(iii) large amounts of technical assistance and capital.
(iv) a cheap and plentiful supply of labour.
(c) Which of the following points or statements did the writer actually make?
(i) Japan and Russia achieved their development in a democratic framework.
(ii) Japan and Russia achieved their development in an authoritarian political and social framework.
(iii) Japan and Russia would have developed faster if they had relied on democratic methods.
(iv) Japan and Russia are still among the underdeveloped countries of the world.
B. Answer the following questions briefly: 1 x 6 = 6
(a) How does the availability of substantial capital help?
(b) How can a nation accumulate capital if it does not get outside aid?
(c) How did Japan and Russia become developed?
(d) What problems does an underdeveloped country face?
(e) What should an underdeveloped nation do to minimize risk?
(f) What was the contribution of FDI in case of Japan?
C. Find words in the passage similar in meaning as: 1 x 3 = 3
(a) substantial (Para 2)
(b) aid   (Para 2)
(c) gradually increase in number or quantity (Para 5)
B. Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow: 10 Marks
To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To Catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
                     — William Wordsworth
A. choose the most appropriate option:  1×3 = 3
1. How does the poet feel after seeing nature?
(i) happy 
(ii) sad 
(iii) mixed feeling 
(iv) philosophical
2. Which of the following is correct as per the poem?
(i) pleasure is everywhere
(ii) pleasure is everywhere except in poet’s mind
(iii) humans do not enjoy nature
(iv) humans enjoy nature
3. Why does the poet seem to be sad?
(i) man is killing man      
(ii) man is not enjoying nature
(iii) man has become selfish       
(iv) man is killing nature
B. Answer the following questions briefly:         1×5 = 5
(a) Where did the poet hear the melodious music?
(b) Why did the poet feel sad?
(c) What does the poet justify in the last two lines of the first stanza?
(d) How did the birds behave?
(e) What does the poet think about Nature’s plan?
C. Find words in the passage similar in meaning as: 1×2 = 2
(a) regret             (b)          jumped
Q2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
1. In a very short period of time the internet has had a profound impact on the way we live. Since the Internet was made operational in 1983, it has lowered both the costs of communication and the barriers to creative expression. lt has challenged old business models and enabled new ones. lt has provided access to information on a scale never before achievable. lt succeeded because we designed it to be flexible and open. These two features have allowed it to accommodate innovation without massive changes to its infrastructure. An open, border less and standardized platform means that barriers to entry are low competition is high, interoperability is assured and innovation is rapid.
2. The beauty of an open platform is that there are no gatekeepers. For centuries, access to and creation of information was controlled by the few. The internet has changed that and is rapidly becoming the platform for everyone, by everyone. Of course, it still has a way to go. Today there are only about 2.3 billion internet users, representing roughly 30% of the world’s population. Much of the information that they can access online is in English, but this is changing rapidly.
3. The technological progress of the internet has also set social change in motion. As with other enabling inventions before it, from the telegraph to television, some will worry about the effects of broader access to information — the printing press and the rise in literacy that it effected were, after all, long seen as destabilising. Similar concerns about the internet are occasionally raised, but if we take a long view, I’m confident that its benefits far outweigh the discomforts of learning to integrate it into our lives. The internet and the world wide web are what they are because literally millions of people have made it so. It is a grand collaboration.
4. It would be foolish not to acknowledge that the openness of the internet has had a price. Security is an increasingly important issue and cannot be ignored. lf there is an area of vital research and development for the internet, this is one of them. I am increasingly confident, however, that techniques and practices exist to make the internet safer and more secure while retaining its essentially open quality.
5. After working on the internet and its predecessors for over four decades, l’m more optimistic about its promise than l have ever been. We are all free to innovate on the net every day. The internet is a tool of the people, built by the people for the people and it must stay that way.
(a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage make notes
on it using recognizable abbreviations (minimum four) wherever necessary.
Use a format you consider appropriate. Supply a suitable title. (5 marks)

(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. (3 marks)
Section B:  (Advanced Writing Skills)     30
  
Q3. Godrej Home Appliances, Ghaziabad requires a receptionist for its newly constructed office in New Delhi. Draft a suitable advertisement to be published in the Situation Vacant column of a national daily giving necessary details.    4
OR
You are Sonal Ragini of 12-A, R.K. Puram, New Delhi. You have been invited by the principal of St. Joseph Public School, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi to act as one of the judges at a debate Contest to be held on 29th Sep. 2014. But you are unable to accept this invitation due to a previous engagement. Write an informal reply to the Principal expressing your inability to accept the invitation.    4
    
Q4. You are Prateek/ Pratiksha staying at 34-C, Modi Nagar, Ghaziabad. Last month, you bought a Telephone Answering System with Facsimile from the Royal Electronics, 56-N, Palika Bazar, New Delhi against a warranty of two years. Now you discover that there is something wrong with the answering machine. It does not record the caller’s message. Write a letter to the dealer complaining about the problem. Also request him to replace it, if needed, against the warranty that goes with it.       6
OR
You are Anita/ Arpan. Librarian of Three Dots Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Write a letter to the Sales Manager of P.C.Publishers, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi placing an order for the books that you wish to purchase for your school library.          6
Q5. Mobile phones have become a necessity and are seen in the hands of young and old alike. Write an article highlighting the crucial role of mobile phones by way of communication and in promoting business and economy. Also point out the difficulties and dangers in using mobile phones while driving. You are Abhinav/ Alisha.       10
OR
Indian culture has traditionally sustained a joint family system in which the old have always had a very respectable place. There has been an erosion of these values in these times. Write an article in about 150-200 words on the need for the young to take care of their old instead of sending them to the old age homes.        10
Q6. You are Kiran/ Kailash. You have been selected to represent your school in an All India School Debate Competition organized by the Lions Club, New Delhi. The topic for the debate is: Education is the only remedy for decreasing the crime rate amongst the educated folk.’ Write a speech in not more than 200 words for or against the motion, giving arguments for your stand.    10
OR
You are a student volunteer of National Literacy Mission (NLM) Wing of your school involved in the Adult Literacy Campaign ‘Each One Teach One’. Write out the introductory talk you plan to give at each place you visit. (Word limit: 200 words)        10
Section C:  (Text-Books)     40
Q7. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:  3
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
Questions:
1. What is it that should not be confused with total inactivity?   1
2. What is the life about?    2
OR
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness; but will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Questions:
1. What can a beautiful thing do for the human beings?    1
2. Explain: “It will never pass into nothingness”.      2
Q8. Answer any four of the following in about 30-40 words each:  3×4 = 12
a. What kind of host was the old crofter?
b. Why was Gandhiji impressed with Rajkumar Shukla’s tenacity and determination?
c. Why does the poet want us to keep quiet?
d. What does Jack actually want Jo to know and understand in the story?
e. What had the astrologers predicted about the tiger king?
Q9. Answer any one of the following in about 125-150 words each:   6
a. Bring out the contrast in the ironmaster’s attitude and behavior towards the stranger before and after he realizes his mistake.
b. Why does Jo want that the Wizard should hit the mommy? Does her stand reflect a child’s perspective on life? What is your choice?
Q10. Answer any one of the following in about 125-150 words each:    6
a. “All we have to fear is fear itself.” How do these words of Roosevelt apply to the narrator of the lesson ‘Deep Water’?      
b. Generally persons suffering from a physical impairment feel a sense of alienation and withdraw themselves from the world. What is the kind of behaviour that the person expects from others?      
Q11. What did the common people of Iping think about the visitor? Describe Mr. Cuss’s encounter with the visitor.       6
OR
Describe the meeting between Marvel and the Invisible Man.   6
Q12. Give a brief character sketch of Mr. Griffin.  6
OR
Discuss the character of Dr. Kemp as a friend and as a citizen. 6

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  • November 7, 2016 at 4:44 AM
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    is it possible to print the question paper for use in the exam.

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