(Download) CBSE Class-12 Sample Paper 2021-22 : English Core/Elective
Sample Question Paper (Term-1) 2021-22
Subject Name : English Core/Elective
Time Allowed: 90
Subject Code: 301/001
Minutes Maximum Marks: 40
I. Read the passage given below.
I. I got posted in Srinagar in the 1980s. Its rugged mountains, gushing rivers and vast meadows reminded me of the landscapes of my native place – the Jibhi Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Unlike Srinagar that saw numerous tourists, Jibhi Valley remained clouded in anonymity. That’s when the seed of starting tourism in Jibhi was planted. I decided to leave my service in the Indian Army and follow the urge to return home.
II. We had two houses – a family house and a traditional house, which we often rented out. I pleaded with my father to ask the tenant to vacate the house so that I could convert it into a guesthouse. When my family finally relented, I renovated the house keeping its originality intact, just adding windows for sunlight.
III. I still remember the summer of 1992 when I put a signboard outside my first guesthouse in Jibhi Valley! The village residents, however, were sceptical about my success. My business kept growing but it took years for tourism to take off in Jibhi Valley. Things changed significantly after 2008 when the government launched a homestay scheme. People built homestays and with rapid tourism growth, the region changed rapidly. Villages turned into towns with many concrete buildings. Local businesses and tourists continued putting a burden on nature.
IV. Then, with the 2020-21 pandemic and lockdown, tourism came to a complete standstill in Jibhi Valley. Local people, who were employed at over a hundred homestays and guesthouses, returned to their villages. Some went back to farming; some took up pottery and some got involved in government work schemes. Now, all ardently hope that normalcy and tourism will return to the valley soon. In a way, the pandemic has given us an opportunity to introspect, go back to our roots and look for sustainable solutions.
V. For me, tourism has been my greatest teacher. It brought people from many countries and all states of India to my guesthouse. It gave me exposure to different cultures and countless opportunities to learn new things. Most people who stayed at my guesthouse became my repeat clients and good friends. When I look back, I feel proud, yet humbled at the thought that I was not only able to fulfill my dream despite all the challenges, but also play a role in establishing tourism in the beautiful valley that I call home. (394 words)
Q.1 The scenic beauty of Srinagar makes the writer feel
Q.2 A collocation is a group of words that often occur together.
The writer says that Jibhi valley remained clouded in anonymity.
Select the word from the options that correctly collocates with clouded in.
Q.3 Select the option that suitably completes the given dialogue as per the context in paragraph II.
Father: Are you sure that your plan would work?
Writer: I can’t say (1) ………………………………………….
Father: That’s a lot of uncertainty, isn’t it?
Writer: (2)............................................................ , father. Please let’s do this.
A. (1) that I would be able to deal with the funding (2) Well begun is half done
B. (1) anything along those lines, as the competition is tough (2) Think before you leap
C. (1) that, because it’s a question of profit and loss (2) All’s well that ends well
D. (1) I’m sure, but I can say that I believe in myself (2) Nothing venture nothing win
Q.4 Which signboard would the writer have chosen for his 1992 undertaking, in Jibhi Valley?
Section A- Reading
I. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
The roar began at the back of the crowd and swept like fire in heavy growing crescendo until it seemed to toss thousands of hats above their heads. The band in the courtyard struck up the Mexican national air, and Villa
came walking down the street.
He was dressed in an old plain khaki uniform, with several buttons lacking. He hadn't recently shaved, wore no hat, and his hair had not been brushed. He walked a little pigeon-toed, humped over, with his hands in his trousers pockets. As he entered the aisle between the rigid lines of soldiers he seemed slightly embarrassed, and grinned and nodded to a friend here and there in the ranks. At the foot of the grand staircase, Governor Chao and Secretary of State Terrazzas joined him in full-dress uniform. The band threw off all restraint, and, as Villa entered the audience chamber, at a signal from someone in the balcony of the palace, the great throng in
the Plaza de Armas uncovered, and all the brilliant crowd of officers in the room saluted stiffly. It was Napoleonic!
Villa hesitated for a minute, pulling his mustache and looking very uncomfortable, finally gravitated toward the throne, which he tested by shaking the arms, and then sat down, with the Governor on his right and the
Secretary of State on his left.
Señor Bauche Alcalde stepped forward and pronounced a short discourse, indicting Villa for personal bravery on the field on six counts, which he mentioned in florid detail. He was followed by the Chief of Artillery, who said: "The army adores you. We will follow you wherever you lead. You can be what you desire in Mexico." Then three other officers spoke in the high-flung, extravagant periods necessary to Mexican oratory. They called him "The Friend of the Poor," "The Invincible General," "The Inspirer of Courage and Patriotism," "The Hope of the Indian Republic." And through it all Villa slouched on the throne, his mouth hanging open, his little shrewd eyes playing around the room. Once or twice he yawned, but for the most part he seemed to be speculating, with some intense interior amusement, like a small boy in church, what it was all about. He knew, of course, that it was the proper thing, and perhaps felt a slight vanity that all this conventional ceremonial was addressed to him But it bored him just the same.
Finally, with an impressive gesture, Colonel Servin stepped forward with the small pasteboard box which held the medal. General Chao nudged Villa, who stood up. The officers applauded violently; the crowd outside cheered; the band in the court burst into a triumphant march.
Villa put out both hands eagerly, like a child for a new toy. He could hardly wait to open the box and see what was inside. An expectant hush fell upon everyone, even the crowd in the square. Villa looked at the medal, scratching his head, and, in a reverent silence, said clearly: "This is a hell of a little thing to give a man for all that heroism you are talking about!" And the bubble of Empire was pricked then and there with a great shout of laughter.
(1). When the author describes the entrance of Pancho Villa as “Napoleonic,” he is referring to the __________
of the occasion.
(2) What was the reason for the roar sweeping like wildfire?
a) A gallantry band
b) enthusiastic audience
c) arrival of Villa
d) ceremonial occasion
(3). Villa’s testing of the throne shows
a) His disregard for the comradery
b) His discomfort and doubt
c) His simple and innocent self
d) His acceptance of the reward
(4). The way Villa was dressed shows that
a) He didn’t believe in vanity
b) He was eccentric
c) He was very casual in attitude
d) He was whimsical
(5). what was Villa’s reaction on seeing the medal?
a) He was elated
b) His happiness knew no bound
c) He was deeply obliged
d) He was completely dissatisfied