(Download) CBSE Class-12 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme 2015-16 : Creative Writing & Translation Studies
Class XII Code No. 069
(Creative Writing and Translation Studies)
MM: 80 Time 3 hrs.
The Question paper is divided into three sections:
Section A: Reading Comprehension 20 marks
Section B: Creative Writing Skills 20 marks
Section C: Translation 20 marks
General Instructions Text 20 marks
1. All questions are compulsory
2. You may attempt any section at a time.
3. All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
Reading Comprehension-- 20 Marks
1.(1) Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
The green movement is catching on in many pockets of the world. This is especially true in the construction industry. Today's buzz words, which include global warming and zero emissions, are causing everyday people (not just celebrities) to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Purchasing environmentally-friendly property is a good investment for those who are concerned about their own health and the well-being of the earth. Based on this trend, entire districts, known as eco-communities, are being designed with green initiatives in mind. Dockside Green in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is one of these communities. Its goal is to become the world's first zero-emissions neighbourhood.
If everything goes according to plan, Dockside Green will be a self-sufficient community along the harbour front of British Columbia's capital city. The community will be home to 2500 people and will consist of residential, office, and retail space. The plans describe a variety of environmental features, some of which are unprecedented.
Builders of Dockside Green have the environment in mind with every choice they make. They ensure proper ventilation, and guarantee residents 100% fresh indoor air. Interior and exterior building materials, such as paints and wood, are natural and non-toxic. Eco-conscious builders usebamboo wherever possible because it is durable and does not requirepesticides to grow.
Energy efficiency is one of the top priorities in eco-communities, such as Dockside Green. Not only do energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures reduce the environmental impact of heating and hot water, they also save residents and business owners money. Dockside Green claims that home owners will use 55% less energy than average residents in Canada. Though they are sharing space by investing in condo-style living, residents will have individual utility metres. Studies show that people use approximately 20% less energy when they are billed for exactly what they use. In 7
1.1 addition, water is treated at Dockside Green and reused on site for flushing toilets.
Planners of eco-communities such as Dockside Green must take the future into account. Dockside Green plans on reusing 90% of its construction waste. They also plan to continue using local suppliers for all of their transport and maintenance needs. This is a great way to reduce emissions. Dockside residents will be encouraged to make use of a mini transit system and buy into the community's car share program. Finally, plans are in the works for a high-tech heating system that will use renewable biomass instead of fossil fuels.
The first two stages of development at Dockside Green have already been completed, and many other plans are in the works. Other smaller eco-villages can be found around the world. These are also known as intentional communities. Most have a small population of 50-150 residents. Residents of these communities aim to reduce
their carbon footprint and be models for sustainable living.
On the basis of your understanding of the passage answer the following:--
a. Would you want to live in an eco-community now or in the future? Why or why not?
b. What drawbacks do you think residents might find living at Dockside Green?
c. What do you think is the most important "green initiative" for eco-builders at this time in history? Why did you choose this?
d. If there was a car share program in your community would you consider using it instead of owning a car? Why or why not?
e. Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following:-
i A material that does not contain poisonous chemicals
ii Something that has never been recorded before.
2. Read the story given below and answer the questions that follow:-
“Towards midnight the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars. Then the breeze died too and there was no noise save the drip and tickle of water that ran out of clefts and spilled down, leaf by leaf, to the brown earth of the island. The air was cool, moist, and clear; and presently even the sound of the water was still. The beast lay huddled on the pale beach and the stains spread, inch by inch.
The edge of the lagoon became a streak of phosphorescence which advanced minutely, as the great wave of the tide flowed. The clear water mirrored the clear sky and the angular bright constellations. The line of phosphorescence bulged about the sand grains and little pebbles; it held them each in a dimple of tension, then suddenly accepted them with an inaudible syllable and moved on.
Along the shoreward edge of the shallows the advancing clearness was full of strange, moonbeam-bodied creatures with fiery eyes. Here and there a larger pebble clung to its
own air and was covered with a coat of pearls. The tide swelled in over the rain-pitted
sand and smoothed everything with a layer of silver. Now it touched the first of the stains that seeped from the broken body and the creatures made a moving patch of light as they gathered at the edge. The water rose further and dressed Simon's coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured
marble. The strange, attendant creatures, with their fiery eyes and trailing vapours busied themselves round his head. The body lifted a fraction of an inch from the sand and a
bubble of air escaped from the mouth with a wet plop. Then it turned gently in the water.
Somewhere over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling; and the film of water on the earth planet was held, bulging slightly on one side while the solid core turned. The great wave of the tide moved further along the island and the water lifted. Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out towards the open sea.”
On the basis of your understanding of the passage answer the following :--
a. Complete this sentence:---A larger pebble clung to its own -----------and was covered with a------------------------.
b. What does the author mean when he says, “the sun and moon were pulling”.
c.. What kind of weather is described in the beginning of the passage?
d. What were the attendant creatures attending?
e.The word that means,”that cannot be heard” is ------------------------ .
What is the theme of the story given here?
3. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow:-
Come and hire me,"
I cried, while in the morning
I was walking on the stone-paved road. Sword in hand, the King came in his chariot.
He held my hand and said, "I will hire you with my power."
But his power counted for nought, and he went away in his chariot. In the heat of the midday the houses stood with shut doors.
I wandered along the crooked lane.
An old man came out with his bag of gold.
He pondered and said, "I will hire you with my money." He weighed his coins one by one, but I turned away.
It was evening. The garden hedge was all a flower.
The fair maid came out and said, "I will hire you with a smile."
Her smile paled and melted into tears, and she went back alone into the dark.
The sun glistened on the sand, and the sea waves broke waywardly.