CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 : All India Scheme Question Paper, English Core

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CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 : All India Scheme Question Paper, English Core

CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 :  English Core (Set-1)

SECTION A — (Reading) 30
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12
We sit in the last row, bumped about but free of stares. The bus rolls out of the dull crossroads of the city, and we are soon in open
countryside, with fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see, their heads all facing us. Where there is no water, the land reverts to desert.
While still on level ground, we see in the distance the tall range of the Mount Bogda, abrupt like a shining prism laid horizontally on the
desert surface. It is over 5,000 metres high, and the peaks are under permanent snow, in powerful contrast to the flat desert all around.
Heaven Lake lies part of the way up this range, about 2,000 metres above sea-level, at the foot of one of the higher snow-peaks.
2 As the bus climbs, the sky, brilliant before, grows overcast. I have brought nothing warm to wear: it is all down at the hotel in Urumqi.
Rain begins to fall. The man behind me is eating overpoweringly smelly goats‖ cheese. The bus window leaks inhospitably but reveals a
beautiful view. We have passed quickly from desert through arable land to pasture, and the ground is now green with grass, the slopes
dark with pine. A few cattle drink at a clear stream flowing past moss-covered stones; it is a Constable landscape. The stream changes
into a white torrent, and as we climb higher I wish more and more that I had brought with me something warmer than the pair of shorts that
have served me so well in the desert. The stream (which, we are told,

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CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 : English Core (Set-2)

Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100
General Instructions :
(i) This paper is divided into three sections : A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow
them faithfully.
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

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CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 :  EnglishCore (Set-3)

On the basis of your understanding of the above passage complete the
statements given below with the help of the options that follow : 14=4
(a) One benefit of sitting in the last row of the bus was that
(i) the narrator enjoyed the bumps.
(ii) no one stared at him.
(iii) he could see the sunflowers.
(iv) he avoided the dullness of the city.
(b) The narrator was travelling to
(i) Mount Bogda.
(ii) Heaven Lake.
(iii) a 2,000-metre high snow-peak.
(iv) Urumqi.
(c) On reaching the destination the narrator felt relieved because
(i) he had got away from the desert.
(ii) a difficult journey had come to an end.
(iii) he could watch the snow-peak.
(iv) there were thick quilts on the beds.
(d) Mount Bogda is compared to
(i) a horizontal desert surface.
(ii) a shining prism.
(iii) a Constable landscape.
(iv) the overcast sky.
Answer the questions given below briefly : 16=6
(e) Which two things in the bus made the narrator feel uncomfortable ?
(f) What made the scene look like a Constable landscape ?
(g) What did he regret as the bus climbed higher ?
(h) Why did the narrator like to buy food from outside ?
(i) What is ironic about the pair of trousers lent by Mr. Cao ?
(j) Why did Mr. Cao not like the narrator to swim in the lake ?
(k) Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following : 12=2
(i) sellers (Para 4)
(ii) increased (Para 7)

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