CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 : English Elective (N)
ENGLISH (Elective) (N)
Time allowed : 3 hours
Maximum Marks : 100
General Instructions :
(i) Question Nos. 1 – 4 are compulsory.
(ii) Attempt either question 5 or 6.
(iii) Your answers should be to the point. Stick to the given word limit.
- Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages.
- Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate.
- Please check that this question paper contains 6 questions.
- Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting it.
- 15 minute time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the answer-book during this period.
SECTION A — (Reading) 20
1. (A) Read the passage given below and complete the statements that follow : 10
1 Elephants are prone to many diseases. In the Ramayana there are references to elephants gripped by fever. They are susceptible to enteric fever, pox and foot-and-mouth disease. They also may get rabies when bitten by rabid dogs. The intense heat of north India does not suit elephants. In
February 1962, a party of sadhus camped with their elephant outside a city. They could not provide either covering or shelter for the night and the animal just froze to death.
2 If an elephant catches a chill, he may get pneumonia or pleuropneumonia. When the body of an elephant is heated up through exertion in kheda, it is not wise to let him drink cold water or to bathe him. He may catch pneumonia or get colic pain. However, the practice in South India is just the opposite
of this. There they give a newly-captured elephant plenty of water to drink so that he may cool down.
3 When wild elephants invade human habitations, they eat up anything they come across flour, jaggery, even tobacco.
Sometimes from overeating or from eating things that do not agree with them, they become ill with digestive disorders. Elephants have been known to have become so sick as to remain sprawled on the ground for days, being unable to move. In the Khara forest in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, once a
CBSE Class-12 Exam 2017 : English Elective (C)
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 10
1 Respect of others is a critical measure of the significance of your own life. Have you noticed that as people grow older, how important
being respected becomes to them ? As life plays itself out and the end seems near, the only things that seem important are love and a
healthy regard by those who matter to us. Respect is a measure of a life well spent, a life that was useful to others.
2 Men had it easy in earlier times. Regardless of his position outside, a man was the king in his own house, with wife and children
pandering to every wish, tiptoeing around him and creating a respectable aura for him. Remember how Grandma treated
Grandpa ? Or, how our parents barely spoke with their own ads out of a respectful fear and a distant regard ? Grandma made sure to
create a respectful aura around the man of the house, and he revelled in that feeling of regard.
3 Such respectful pandering creates an aura around a person, which forces others to look at him in a new light, a rub-off from the regard
of others; those men earned that respect merely by being the providers and protectors. As roles diffused, the man‖s aura
diminished and he came to be treated less God-like. Now he had to earn that respect by other means. Some accepted this more easily
4 Respect does have a ripple effect. You tend to respect those who are respected by others. And so, it becomes important to be respected by
those immediately around you. Certainly there is a regard you gain by sheer dint of your position or your relationship with someone. But
far more precious is the regard you earn through who you are, how you conduct yourself, and how you interact with others.