Guess Paper For English Class XII
Time allowed: 3 hours Maximum Marks:
A.1 Read the
passage carefully and answers the questions that follow:
Science and technology have annihilated distances, brought the various parts
of the world much nearer each other, enormously increased international trade
and integrated the economy of all nations. It is consciousness of the need for
regulating the operations of world economy to make it more orderly and stable
that has led to the formation of international bodies to ensure order and
stability in matters like tariffs, currency and labour. Foreign aid is being
given to developing nations individually because it is now recognized that
economic stability and full employment in the world cannot be achieved unless
two-thirds of humanity now living at the subsistence level is helped to attain
economic maturity as expeditiously as possible. Yet it cannot be said that the
material and manpower resources of the world are being utilized on a scientific
and planned basis. This country for example, could have raised the standards of
living of its people to a much greater extent than at present if it had not been
thwarted in its endeavors by shortage of foreign exchange and inadequacy of
world statesmanship that, while astronomical amounts are being spent on
manufacturing weapons of mass annihilation and space exploration, the affluent
nations are not prepared to help developing nations on a scale which would make
a significant impact on their lives.
Only a world
government looking at progress. Many civilizations in the past perished because
the people recklessly exploited natural resources, exhausted the soil and turned
the land into a desert. Impelled by the profit-motive, nations are still
recklessly exploiting world resource without giving any serous thought to what
would happen a few hundred years hence. When we know that man has to live on
this planet for millions of years, this policy of exploiting, nation’s resources
and not judiciously conserving them is, to put it mildly, extremely
short-sighted. The same short-sightedness is being displayed over population
growth. Science has rendered great service to humanity by finding a cure for
most diseases, by preventing the outbreak of epidemics which formerly used to
kill million of persons and by curtailing the death rate in other ways. But
unless men learn to curtail the birth rate as well, we will, before long, be
faces with a population explosion. Science has not proved that Malthus was
wrong. It has only proved that for some time natural restraints on population in
the form of wars, pestilences and famines can be held back. This planet can be
made a decent place to live in only if man is wise. Science given Knowledge and
power but not necessarily wisdom.
Make notes on the
above passage using suitable format and recognizable abbreviations
(minimum-4). Apply a suitable title also. (5)
Write a summary
using note in about 80 words. (3)
A.2 Read the passage carefully and answers the questions that
cities have fallen victim to the car. Here is a report frome Lagos ,the
capital of Nigeria (Africa)
Try not to
schedule business appointment in Lagos on a Wednesday-particularly if you
have to cross one of the many bridges into the commercial centre, called
It is not that
Wednesday are work-free days in Lagos. Just the opposite: mid week is now
the day Lagos roads are busiest. (In Lagos they have a five-day week-Monday
to Friday.) In 1989, when the city’s population was about five million, no
fewer than two million people hit Lagos roads at the same time, generally to
the same place- the Island . Two million people filled the city’s roads in
every conceivable kind of vehicle: buses, mini-buses, taxis, mini-taxis and
of course, cars, cars and more care.
Car ownership shot
up in the oil boom of the mid-1980s.Before anybody realized what was
happening, nearly all middle- income workers in business and in the civil
service even teachers and clerks, had joined the rich in the car owners’
club. Every day more that 150,000 cars contributed to the traffic headache.
Government decided to take action. It enacted an ingenious traffic control
law which divided the cars on Lagos streets into two groups- based on
whether they had registration numbers starting with odd or even numbers, On
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, only the odd-numbered cars could use the
roads. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, cars with registration numbers beginning
with 2, 4, 6 or 8 were permitted.
The first problem
is that there will always be more cars on the roads on the ‘odd-number’
days, because there are more odd than even digits- no registration numbers
in Nigeria start with zero.
But on Monday
things are not too bad. The week is still young and business activities are
still fairly quiet. Then on Friday, Juma prayers by Moslems mean that the
day virtually ends at noon. So Friday is quiet as well. Wednesday is
therefore the choice day when as many people as possible- and as many odd-
number vehicles as possible- are on the move. Traffic is a nightmare.
This law had many
interesting effects. Some former car owners, for example, became
hitch-hikers. And neighbours with odd-and even- number cars suddenly became
more friendly, giving each other rides to work on the alternate days when
their car shad no right to the road.
But soon the
richer Lagosians found another solution. They began to buy second cars, so.
They had a car each for odd and even number days could therefore drive into
the city when they liked.
By 1993, second
cars had become so common that the traffic control law become virtually
useless. Since then the traffic chaos has gone from bad to worse. Today
300,000 cars compete daily for the 50,000 available parking spaces on the
Island. The population of Logos- a tiny stretch of coastal land 35
kilometers wide and ten kilometers long- has balloomed to eight million.
the third day of the week, but in the given passage it been called mid-week.
How was the
traffic in Lagos affected by the oil boom in the mid-1980s? (1)
Government to of Lagos divided the cars into two groups- odd and even. Why
was there more cars in the group? (2)
On two working
days – Monday and Friday – the traffic conditions were not so bad. Why? (2)
Find single words in
the passage which mean the opposite of each of the following:
Same (para3) (3×1=
What do the words
given below mean? (3×1= 3)
(a) Conceivable in
(b) Contributed in para4.
(c) Virtually in para7.
SECTION – B
(ADVANCE WRITING SKILLS)
B.1 You have purchased a new washing machine from Naresh
electronics, 123, (10)
Pratap Nagar. Three month ago under the fully replacement
guarantee but after three month it started to give some technical problems, As
its dryer is not moving and giving current etc. Write a complaint letter to
sales manager. Write yourself Naresh Dogra, p-123, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi- 110092.
You are Ranjan staying at D-85 Preet Vihar Delhi -92. You saw an
advertisement for the various Posts in BPL Pvt. Ltd. But you found your self
eligible for the “Technical Incharge. Draft an App. for liable post to Director,
BPL Comp D-92.
B.2 You are Rakesh\Rekha, the secretary of Park view apartment’s welfare
Swarka, New Delhi. Write a notice for the society’s notice board
residents to attend a meeting to discuss the problem of parking
You are general manager of Tele Atlas, a computer company in
Noida and you
need a software engineer for it. Write an advertisement to be
published in “The
Times of India” in not more than 50 words.
B.3 Write any one article from given following: (Words limit 200)
1. Trees are our friend.
2. Child labour is an offence.
3. Value of education.
4. Declining of sports level in India.
5. How is Delhi changing its shape?
B.4 You are reporter of a local newspaper. You are asked to cover
the report on “robbery held in day light” in saket in a businessmen’s house.
(Words limit 100-125) (10)
You are Harsh Gupta, you have attended a seminar on “How the
burden of school bag” is
increasing on school going children. You decided to write an
SECTION – C (LITARATURE)
1 (a) Read the lines given below and answer the question that
And realized with pain that she thought away, and looked but
Put that thought away and looked out at young trees sprinting, the merry
children spilling out of their homes,
Name the poem and the poet of there lines.
Who is ‘she’ in these lines?
Where is the narrator’s mother in reality?
Find the same meaning of ‘jovial’ in above lines.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Find the similar meaning of “intervene?
What will the single minded do?
What would we do for once if we were not single minded?
What would be there for once on the earth?
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead.
All lovely tales that we have heard or read,
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.
Who is the “mighty dead” in these lines?
What has been imagined for the mighty dead?
How do we come to know about the lovely stories?
What are the lovely tales compared to in the poem?
(b) Answer any three of the following questions in about 30-40
words: (2×3 = 6)
What kind of pain and ache that the poet feels?
What is it
that blocks the path of the progress of these children of slum?
Why does the
poet aim at in his poem ‘Keeping Quiet’?
What do the
things of nature do for the living beings?
How does a
thing of beauty of the past, become a joy for us?
What is the
main aim of the polished traffic passing through the country side?
Why does the
poet critcise the people who prepare green wars?
heap?( Elementary School)
any five of the following questions in about 30-40 words each :- (2 × 5 = 10)
Why was M. Hamel
going from that school?
What are the
suggestions given to students by M. Hamel on “The Last Lesson”?
Why does Sahib
feel that canister is heavier than his rag picking bag?
Where lid the
rattrap peddler escape after steeling the old crofter’s Money? Could he
Why was Gandhi not
allowed to draw water from the well?
When did Gandhi
exclaim,” the battle of champaran is won?
description of her first meeting with Danny Casey?
What was the
weekly Pilgrimage in the story “Going place’s?
C.3 Answer any one
of following in about 150 words: - (10)
What is the place
of the narrator little Franz in the story ‘The Last Lesson’.
When did the
ironmaster realize his mistake?
Why was Gandhi
Summoned to appear in court the next day? How did the trial proceed? What
was the Penalty imposed as a result of it?
Sophie, What was the Perfect Place for a meeting of this kind describes the
place and the meeting.
C.4 Answer the
following in about 125 words: - (7)
Why did Jo want the
wizard to hit the mummy?
Write the character
sketch of Evans.
Write the Character
sketch of the king Pratibandapuram?
How were the
conditions at the third level different from those at other two levels?
C.5 Answer any four
of the following questions in about 30-40 words each :- ( 2×4 = 8)
What is global
warming and how is this caused?
What made Jo
unhappy about skunk’s story?
How did McLerry
want to help the police?
How did Evans’
manage to get blood in his cell?
How will the
Maharaja prepare himself for the hundredth tiger which was supposed to his
What did children
call Mr. Lamb? Did it hurt him?
What did Annan
tell Bama’ to do, to get the people attached to her?