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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 English Term 2 Set 2 with Solutions
Time Allowed: 2 Hours
Maximum Marks: 40
- The Question Paper contains THREE sections-READING, WRITING and LITERATURE.
- Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.
Section – A
Reading (14 Marks)
Read the passage given below.
Once a man saw three masons along with some laborers constructing a temple. He observed the masons for three days and found that though the three of them were doing the same kind of work, there was a marked difference in their approach towards their job. He saw that the first mason reported for his work late, did his work half-heartedly and
5. sluggishly, enjoyed a longer respite, frequently checked the time on his wristwatch and left the work before time.
The second mason was very punctual in arriving and leaving, and did his work methodically. The third mason, however, would come before time, take little rest in the interval and often worked overtime.
10. The man naturally got curious and wanted to know the three masons’ outlook on their work. He asked them what they were doing. The first mason tapped his big belly with his hand and said, “I am earning food for myself.” The second said, “I am constructing a building.” The third mason looked at the huge building 15. and said, “I am building the house of God.”
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY EIGHT questions from the nine given below.
(A) Cite a point in evidence, from the text, to suggest that the first mason’s work was not up to the mark. (1)
(B) State any one trait of the second mason that is evident from lines 5-10 and provide a reason for your choice. (1)
(C) The third mason worked ‘overtime’ for building the temple. Why did he work ‘overtime’? (1)
(D) Why does the man get curious to know the reason behind every mason’s approach towards his work? (1)
(E) Rewrite the given sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with another one, from lines 5-10.
Savita moved in a very lazy way when her mother asked her to go and clean her room. (1)
(F) What does the use of the phrase ‘frequently checked his wristwatch’ suggest in the context of the first mason? (1)
(G) Select a suitable phrase from lines 10-15 to complete the following sentence appropriately.
I ……………………… to know the details when the teacher announced the picnic for the class. (1)
(H) A worker who is uninterested in his job works half-heartedly. How can we say that the first mason was ‘uninterested’ in his work? (1)
(I) Analyse why working ‘overtime’ is one of the features that can prove the love of work for a worker. (1)
(A) As stated in the passage, the first mason had clearly done his work ‘half-heartedly, took a long break and went home early’. This shows that his work wasn’t up to the mark.
(B) The second mason was a disciplined man, because he did his work methodically.
(C) The third mason was not working considering the building to be an ordinary construction but a house of God. So, he gave extra time to build the temple.
(D) The man got curious to know the reason behind every mason’s approach towards his work as he observed the difference among all three mason’s working style even when they all were working on the same thing.
(E) Savita moved sluggishly when her mother asked her to go and clean her room.
(F) The phrase suggests the first mason’s urge to go leave the work for the day that he had to do unwantingly in order to earn for himself and go home.
(G) naturally got curious
(H) An ‘uninterested’ worker does not want to work for long hours. He gets away for a break whenever he gets a chance and is never punctual.
(I) When a worker works ‘overtime’, he either wants to earn more money or has an actual love for his job. Otherwise, no worker wants to work more than the time given to him.
Read the passage given below.
The present generation is well-updated in the use of internet and computers. The rapid development in computer technology and increase in accessibility of the internet for academic purposes has changed the face of education for everyone associated with it. Let’s look at the data arising out of a recent survey that was done to ascertain the time spent on utilisation of the computer and internet:
5. At present, many schools and universities have been implementing internet-based learning, as it supplements the conventional teaching methods. The internet provides a wide variety of references and information to academics as well as scientific researchers. Students often turn to it to do their academic assignments and projects.
10. However, research on the Net is very different from traditional library research, and the differences can cause problems. The Net is a tremendous resource, but it must be used carefully and critically.
15. According to a 2018 Academic Student e-book Experience Survey, conducted by LJ’s research department and sponsored by EBSCO, when reading for pleasure, almost 74% of the respondents said they preferred print books for leisure, whereas, 45% of respond¬ents chose e-books rather than the printed versions, for research or assignments.
20. When asked what e-book features make them a favourite for research, the respondents were clear. Having page numbers to use in citations, topped the list (75%); followed by the ability to resize text to fit a device’s screen (67%); the ability to bookmark pages, highlight text, or take notes for later reference (60%); downloading the entire e-book (57%); and allowing content to be transferred between
25. devices (43%) were the varied responses. Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY SIX out of the seven questions given below.
(A) What does the researcher mean by saying that internet should be used ‘critically and carefully’? (1)
(B) Why was this survey of time spend on computer and internet undertaken? (1)
(C) With reference to fig. 1, write one conclusion about the importance of internet in the lives of people. (1)
(D) What can be concluded from the use of computer for ‘academic studies’ with reference to fig. 1? (1)
(E) There are many schools that have implemented internet-based studies. Substantiate. (1)
(F) Why is ‘traditional’ used as a significant feature of a library? (1)
(G) Identify a word from lines 5-10 indicating the generic study pattern used by the schools. (1)
(A) The researcher means that though internet has many benefits and is required everywhere today but it must be used very cautiously as it may lead to a lot of misunderstandings.
(B) The survey was undertaken to ascertain the amount of time and work done through the use of internet. It shows the rapid increase in the use of internet over a period of time.
(C) From the fig. 1, it is clear that the internet has become very important in the lives of people as it shows that a high per cent of people use internet daily in their leisure time.
(D) Computers are used for ‘academic studies’ by a large per cent, which comprises of nearly 50% of the people, using it everyday.
(E) With the recent event of the pandemic and lockdowns, the schools have turned towards the online studies with the help of the internet. This has increased the use of the internet tremendously.
(F) Library is the old way to do the research by finding the data in the books present there. It is the traditional way as before the ‘internet’ arrived, it was library that was people’s first choice for research.
You are Anwesha Rai. Your friend has invited you to her 18th birthday party. However, you are unable to attend it as you have a pre-board examination the same day. Draft a formal reply to your friend denying the invitation. (3)
M31/1, Mao Road
31sl December, 20XX
Subject: Reply to the invitation of birthday
I am so upset to inform you that due to my pre-board examination on the same day as your birthday, I won’t be able to accept the invitation and come over to celebrate the day with you. i am so excited at the fact that you will soon turn 18 and become an even better version of yourself.
Lots of love to you.
With warm regards
Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below.
(A) You are Jaspreet/Jitendra, a resident of A-21, Krishna lok Apartment, Patna. You have seen an advertisement in the newspaper, ‘The Times of India’ for the post of Human Resource Manager in Serco Pvt. Ltd., Patna. Apply for the post with your complete bio-data in 120-150 words.
Wanted a young energetic HR Manager for Patna Office of Serco Pvt. Ltd. The candidate must have a degree from a reputed college and minimum three years’ experience in the given field. Contact: Raman, Manager, Serco Pvt. Ltd: 233-45xxx
(B) Your school has organized an exhibition-cum-sale of the items made by students in their work experience classes. The proceeds of the sale have been donated by your school in a function to Helpline India, an organization supporting the cause of orphans. Make a report of the same in 120-150 words, covering all the details, to be published in your school magazine. You are Priya/Priyank, Head girl/boy of schooL (5)
Krishna Lok Apartment,
8th June, 20XX
Serco Pvt. Ltd.
Subject: Application for the post of Human Resource Manager
In response to your advertisement in ‘The Times of India’ dated 5th June, 20XX, I wish to be considered for the post of Human Resource Manager.
I hold a Masters degree in Business Administration (Human Resource) from Patna ColLege of Commerce. I had recently left Chhaya International after serving as an HR Manager for four years to pursue my diploma in HR Managing (foreign) from Patna College of Commerce, which is now complete.
I feel my qualifications and experience are good enough to enable me to discharge my duties. If given a chance, I assure you that I wilL leave no stone unturned to perform well. I herewith attach attested copies of my certificates and my bio-data for your perusal.
Father’s Name : Devesh Kumar
Address : A-21, Krishna Lok Apartment, Patna
Date of Birth : 22nd May, 20XX
Educational Qualifications :
- M.B.A (Human Resource) from Patna CoLlege of Commerce, Patna.
- Diploma in HR Managing (Foreign) from Patna College of Commerce, Patna.
Experience : Worked as an HR Manager in Chhaya International for four years
Salary Ex-pected : negotiable
Marital Status : Unmarried
Languages known : Hindi and English
- Mr Saket Bhisht, MD, Chhaya International, Patna, 9897xxxxxx
- Mrs Vaishali Rao, HOD(HR Dept.), Chhaya International, Patna 9786xxxxxx
by Priya/Priyank, Head boy/girl
Holy Public School organised an exhibition-cum-sale in the school premises on the 25th of October, 20XX. The items in the sale exhibited were prepared by the students. The event raised an overwhelming response to the endeavor from the local students, parents, teachers and the general public who showed a lot of interest in the items made by the students. A wide array of items such as candles, greeting cards, jewelry boxes, wooden handicrafts were made by the scraps and salvages of materials by the talented students.
The students were really encouraged by the positive feedback they got from everyone present. The Principal Mrs. Sarita Rastogi, inaugurated the event. She appreciated the students’ hard work and creativity and announced that the money collected from the sale of items would be donated to an old-age home in the vicinity ofthe school.
Section – C
Literature (18 marks)
Answer ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, with in 40 words each. (2 x 5)
(A) The peddler compared the world to a ‘rattrap’ meant for human beings. Why? (2)
(B) You are a supporter of Gandhi in his fight for justice for the sharecroppers. State a reason to let your group know why Gandhiji agreed to the planters’ offer of a 25 percent refund to the farmers.
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Gandhiji asked the indigo planters for a 50 per cent refund to the farmers but the planters offered only 25 percent to him. However (2)
(C) Keats lists several things of beauty given to us by nature in the poem. List them. (2)
(D) The poet has used the metaphor ‘massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band’ to express the tyranny of aunt’s husband. Explain. (2)
(E) ‘All of Jack’s stories used to be on the same pattern’. Justify. (2)
(F) Rationalize what did Derry’s mother think of Mr Lamb. (2)
(A) The peddler used to sell rattraps. Once he had a revelation that this world is a big rattrap for human beings in the form of joys, comfort and riches. These things are nothing but tempting baits which lure people towards them and when they get closer to it, it traps them inside it forever like a helpless rat.
(B) Gandhiji asked the indigo planters for a 50 per cent refund to the farmers but the planters offered only 25 per cent to him. However, Gandhiji accepted their offer because for him, the amount of the refund was of less importance but the fact that the planters had been forced to surrender a part of their rights was more important. This is the reason why he agreed to their settlement.
(C) According to Keats, there are plenty of bounties that we receive from the nature free. The sun, the moon, the shady bushes, the daffodils, the dark passages that stream make to keep themselves cool in summer, and the streams of clear water are all things of beauty for us.
(D) The poet metaphorically says that the weight of uncle’s wedding band is so heavy for Aunt because of her heavy responsibilities. She has to bear domestic tyranny of her husband and follow his orders her entire life.
(E) Jack had a similar pattern of telling story to Jo every night. The story would be about any creature named as Roger. Roger would have a problem in his life and to sort it, he would get the wise owl. The wise owl would then tell Roger to go to the wizard to help him. And the wizard would solve Roger’s problem at the end. This was the basic storyline of Jack’s stories.
(F) Derry’s mother was apprehensive of Mr Lamb. She thought that it wasn’t, right for Derry to continue meeting Mr. Lamb as she had not really heard good things about him. She had been warned by people about Mr. Lamb, so had viewed him as a suspicion.
Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each. (4 x 2)
(A) How does Keats show his unhappiness with his fellow human beings in the poem, ‘A Thing of Beauty? Write your answer in about 120-150 words. (4)
(B) Human being is a social animal that requires to communication with others in order to learn, teach, grow and spread love. Examine the Rattrap in the light of this statement, in about 120 – 150 words.
(C) Derry gets inclined towards Mr. Lamb in spite of being an introvert in the chapter ‘On the Face of it’. Substantiate with reference to text, in about 120-150 words. (4)
(A) In the poem, ‘A Thing of Beauty’, Keats shows his unhappiness with his fellow human beings by stating that there is a ‘dearth of noble man’ in today’s world as there are only a few human beings who are noble in characters. Most of the men today are very selfish and opportunists who do not think about the welfare of others.
Earlier, the earth has seen men who were giving, magnanimous and kind in nature. They rose above the petty differences by being caring and loving towards each other. Unlike them, today’s men are very self-centered and unkind to the human nature. They even destroy the beautiful bounties of nature for their own happiness.
(B) Human being is a social animal that requires to communication with others in order to learn, teach, grow and spread love. No human can live a serene life if he is isolated. Similarly, in the story ‘The Rattrap’, we see three incidences where the consequences are aresult of human’s loneliness.
First of all, the rattrap seller, who came up with a thought that this world is he rattrap itself in the form of riches. It lures human beings with the help of money, materials and joys as baits. People, who try to get this worldly happiness, get trapped and lost inside it forever. He had this negative relevation because he was lonely man who was left with his thoughts alone.
Next was the lonesome retired crofter who craved for a human company. It was because of the desire of having a friend that made the crofter trust a complete stranger. He showed his private earnings to the peddler and as a result, lost all his earnings to him.
In the end, we also find that the ironmaster and his daughter were lonely. They had nobody to spend their Christmas Eve with, so, they insisted that the peddler should spend Christmas Eve with them even after knowing that he was a thief.
(C) Derry is an introvert due to his disability. He doesn’t like to be around people because they consider him frightful and ugly. They avoid him as they are afraid of him. His parents seem to be worried about him and his future. But one thing that inclines Derry to Mr. Lamb is that both Derry and Mr. Lamb suffer from physical impairment. While Derry has one side of his face disfigured and burnt by acid, the Mr. Lamb has a leg of tin because his real leg got blown off during the war. Also, apart from the physical disabilities, Derry finds signs of loneliness and disappointment in Mr. Lamb’s life that is quite similar to his own but Mr. Lamb’s approach towards his life is very positive, different than Derry’s.
Mr. Lamb provides Derry with a new approach to things. He tells him to see, hear, feel and think about things around him. He should not hate others as hatred is worse than acid because it bums the inside of a person. He told Derry that he has all the God-given limbs. He must work towards making his life better. Mr. Lamb’s positivity and understanding of Derry as a person inclines Derry towards Mr. Lamb.