(Paper) History Sample Paper Class XII - 1996 (Solved)

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History Class- XII 
Sample Paper- Year 1996 

SET- I :

Q.1 Mention any two social legislation's introduced by the British in India before 1857 (2 marks)

Q.2. Describe the causes of the rivalries and conflicts among the European countries in India in the Eighteenth Century. How were they finally resolved? (5 marks)


Q.2 Describe the measures adopted by the British Government in the field of education. What was their impact on Indian society?

Q.3. Describe the developments that led to the battle of Buxar. What were its consequences? (8 marks)


Q. Mention the British economic policy, which led to the impoverishment of the Indian peasantry.

Q.4. The revolt of 1857 marked the closing of an era and the beginning of a new one in the history of British

Q.5. Give the main reasons for the backwardness of the Muslim Community and also state the role played


Q. 5 Point out, with reasons, the changes in the British policy towards Indian states after1857.

Q.6 How did the British rule hamper the growth of modern industries in India? (5 marks)


Q. Explain the main issues of women's emancipation which were raised by the social reformers in the 19th century.

Q.7. Examine the main causes for the unrest in India before the first half of the 19th century, which were at the root of the revolt of 1857. (5 marks)


Q. Did the revolt of 1857 have a popular character? Give arguments to support your answer.

Q.8. Mention any two unpopular measures of Lord Lytton which led to an agitation against the British rule. (2 marks)

Q.9. "It is said that the idea of socialism brought about changes in the nature of National Movement". Do you agree with this Movement? Substantiate your answer with arguments. (5 marks)


Q. What were the causes of frequent occurrence of famines India in the 19th century?

Q.10.Explain the forces that weakened the caste system in India under the British rule. (5 marks)


Q. Explain the conditions of people living in the princely states and how they were brought in the mainstream of India's freedom struggle.

Q.11. Read the following questions carefully and answer the questions that follow: "The earlier movements had been in the nature of preparatory training for the final struggle. The movement of 1942, however, was intended to be the last stage in the struggle and there the supreme sacrifice of one's life was required to attain independence. The call was "do or die" (Quit India Movement , Dr. R. Prasad.)
(a) How did the earlier movements launched by Gandhiji impart preparatory training for the final stage? (2 marks)

(b) Why did the Congress ask the British to "Quit India"? (2 marks)

(c) Give the main features of the "Quit India " movement. (4 marks)


Give the main features of the Indian Council Acts of 1909. Why did it fail to satisfy the aspirations of the people?

Q .12 On the given outline map of India, mark and show the following: Any five major Indian states in 1947.


On the given outline map of India, mark and show the following: Expert of the Maratha territory in 1805 with any four of its important centres. (6 marks)


Q.13. What was the Atlantic Charter? (2 marks)

Q.14. What were the causes behind the out break of the First World War? (5 marks)

Q.15. List any four points suggested by Wilson for maintaining peace after the First World War. (2 marks)

Q.16. Trace the rise of the United States of America as major industrial and imperialist power by the end of the 19th century. (8 marks)


Q. What was the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on the World countries.

Q.17. What was the Operation Barbarossa? Why did it fail? (2 marks)

Q.18. When was the United States of America drawn into the Second World War? What was its effect on the course of the War? (5 marks)


Q. Explain the main features of Japan's role in the World affairs between 1919 to 1939.

Q.19. Analyze the factors responsible for the rapid collapse of Imperialism after the Second World War.
(5 marks)


Q. Explain the reasons which prompted America to interfere inWest Asia.

Q.20. Give any four revolutionary changes in the Chinese literature between 1917 and 1937. (2 marks)


Q. What was the basic reason of the Economic crisis in 1929 in USA.

Q. 21. Assess the contribution of Raja Ravi Verma in the field of art. (2 marks)


Q. What was the Renaissance movement? In which countries was it started ?

Q. 22 How have the developments in communications led to changes in the spread of information? (2 marks)

Q.23. On a given outline map of Europe, mark and show the following with their names. Two countries annexed by Germany before 1939 and three countries annexed after 1939.

Any five newly independent countries formed after the First World War. (5 marks)


Q.1. What is meant by the term 'succession states' in the context of the history of India in the 18th century? How did their rise affect the Mughal Empire? (5 marks)


Q. Explain the reasons for the failure of the Marathas to get the support of other Indian rulers in the third battle of Panipat.

Q.2. Tipu Sultan was finally defeated in 1799. How were the territories of his kingdom divided after his death? (2 marks)

Q.3. Explain the meaning of 'subsidiary alliance'? (2 marks)

Q.4. Describe the developments that led to the war between the English and the Nawab of Bengal in 1757. Explain the immediate and the long-term consequences of the war. (8 marks)


Q. Describe the major steps taken by the British Government in the field of education upto 1857. Make a critical assessment of these steps in spreading education in India.

Q.8. What were the reasons for the British government's interest in Afghanistan? (2 marks)

Q.9. What is the importance of the Surat Session in the history of the Indian National Congress? (2 marks)


Q.14. Describe the reasons for the tension between Serbia and the Austria -Hungarian Empire before the First World War. (5 marks)


Q. When and why did Russia withdraw from the First World War?



Q.2. Explain one major step taken by the East India Company to drain the wealth from Bengal after the Battle of Plassey. (2 marks)

Q.6. Describe the contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy in the field of religious reforms. (5 marks)


Explain the religious ideas of Swami Dayanand Saraswati.

Q.7. What were the changes in the British policy towards the rulers of the Indian states after 1858? Why were these changes introduced? Explain.
(5 marks)


Describe the changes introduced by the Act of 1858 in the administration of Britain's empire in India.


Q.17. Why is the policy of Britain and France in the 1930's known as the policy of appeasement ? Explain with suitable examples. (5 marks)


Describe the main features of political development in the Soviet Union in the 1930's?

Q.18. When and why did USA enter the Second World War? What was its impact on the outcome of the war? (5 marks)


Why did the Soviet Union appeal for the opening of the 'second front' during the Second World War? When was it opened and with what consequences?