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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 English Term 2 Set 4 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.
It is now being increasingly realised that sports contribute to the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of an individual. Sports play a significant role in healthy social development and interaction. It helps people learn how to set and achieve goals through discipline and hard work. It nurtures the development of decision-making and leadership abilities, while teaching people to manage both success and failure.
5. Sports today, face the pressures of modern society and new challenges. When sports events like Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games or those related to cricket, football, volleyball, tennis, hockey or badminton take place, millions of spectators, viewers on television, the internet or listeners on radio become intensely engaged, even though only a select few participate. Along with emotions, a large amount of money too rides on the performance of sportspersons.
10. Perhaps that is why, in this highly competitive sports environment, we quite often hear about unethical behavior, which includes doping, abuse of food additives, physical and verbal violence, harassment, sexual abuse and trafficking of young sports persons, discrimination, exploitation, unequal opportunities, unethical sports practices, unfair means, excessive commercialisation and corruption. In this context, ethics occupy a critical place.
15. Ethics, morals and values are used interchangeably in everyday language, though these terms are not synonymous. The concept of ethics is technically understood as a branch of philosophy that defines what is good for the individual and society and establishes the nature of obligations, or duties, that people owe themselves and one another. But without going into the complexities of this concept, it is
20. relevant to understand ethics as the practice of making principled choices between right and wrong: a code of conduct that guides human behaviour, norms or laws by which attitudes and actions are determined to be either “right or wrong”.
25. The fundamental problem of ethics is determining what constitutes proper conduct. It is important to figure out an answer because it defines how individuals, professionals in different fields, organisations, associations, federations and corporations choose to interact with one another.
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 writer’s view of unethical behavior in sports is prevalent. (1)
(B) State any one required trait of the sportsperson that is evident from lines 15-20. (1)
(C) The writer thinks that sports today face the ‘pressure of modern society. Why? (1)
(D) Why does the writer say that it is important to find an answer to a proper conduct? (1)
(E) Rewrite the given sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with another one, from lines 1-5. A happy family helps to nourish the growth of a child in his young age. (1)
(F) What does the use of the phrase ‘increasingly realized’ suggest in the context of the writer’s viewpoint of sports in India? (1)
(G) Select a suitable phrase from lines 5-15 to complete the following sentence appropriately. The old generation is struggling to deal with the today. Their old beliefs are not yet ready to vanish. (1)
(H) Even though only a few participate in sports, there are a large number of people engaged in the game. Why do you think so? (1)
(I) Analyse how the sports authority can control the unethical behavior of the sportspersons in the events. (1)
(A) As stated in the passage, a big-money rides on the performances of sportsperson today and hence, it leads to the unethical behavior like doping, taking food additives, violence, etc.
(B) The one trait that is required in a sportsperson is to be ‘ethical’.
(C) The writer thinks that sports today face the ‘pressure of modern society’ as sports events include big money deals on the performances of the players from the end of their sponsors and agencies.
(D) The writer says so because the philosophies regarding the moral conduct of people differ and so it becomes really important to find a conclusive answer as to what must be followed by people from different fields while their interactions with others.
(E) nurture the development
(F) The phrase ‘increasingly realized’ is used by the writer to express that the people of India are now excessively realizing the importance of sports in the overall development of an individual.
(G) pressure of modern society
(H) The reason why a large number of people are engaged in the game even when only few participate is that people in India are emotionally addicted to their favorite teams, games, sportspersons and events.
(I) The sports authority should strictly check the sportspersons’ belongings and keep an eye on their activities. Also, there should be a complete ban on sportspersons’ bringing their supplements. The sports authority should provide their resources to each sportsperson for safety.
Read the passage given below.
I have often thought, it would be a blessing if each human being was stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight, silence would teach him the joy of sound.
5. Now and then, I have tested my seeing friends to discover what they see. Recently, I asked a friend, who had just returned from a long walk in the woods, what she has observed. “Nothing in particular,” she replied. How was it possible, I asked myself, to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing worthy of note?
10. I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch or the rough, shaggy bark of a pine. In spring, I touch the branches of trees hopefully in search of a bud, the first sign of awakening nature after her winter’s sleep. Occasionally, if I am fortunate and place my hand gently on a small tree, I feet the happy quiver of a bird in full song.
15. At times my heart cries out with longing to see all these things. If I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight I have imagined what I would like to see, if I were given the use of my eyes, say, just for a few days. I would want to see the people, whose kindness, and gentleness, and companionship has made my life worth living.
Helen Keller Timeline a
- June 27, 1880 Helen Keller is born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her father’s name is Captain Arthur Henley Keller and her mother is Kate Adams Keller.
- February 1882 After being struck by illness, Helen loses both her sight and hearing. No one is ever sure exactly what disease she had, but sane people think it was scarlet fever.
- March 3,1887 Anne Sullivan comes to the Keller home and begins teaching Helen letters by signing into her hand (“manual sign language”).
- April 5, 1887 Anne makes the “miracle” breakthrough, teaching Helen that everything has a name by spelling W-A-T-E-R into Helen’s hand as water flows over her palm.
- Fill 1889 Helen goes to Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston, her first formal education.
- September 1900 Helen Becomes a member of the freshmen class of 1904 at Raddiffe College.
- 1902 With the help of an editor, Helen writes The Story of My Life.
- June 28,1904 Helen becomes the first deaf-blind individual to earn a college degree, graduating with honors from Raddiffe.
- Spring 1909 Helen joins the Suffragist movement, demanding the right to vote for women.
- October 1924 Helen and Anne begin their work with the American Foundation for the Blind.
- April 1930 Helen, Anne, and Polly Thompson travel abroad for the first time, visiting Scotland, Ireland, and England for over six months. This trip is only the beginning of Helen’s travels overseas — she would eventually visit 37 countries!
- October 1936 Anne Sullivan Macy dies.
- January 1943 Helen visits blind, deaf, and disabled soldiers of World War II in military hospitals around the country.
- September 1964 President Lyndon Johnson gives Helen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
- June 1, 1968, Helen Keller dies in her sleep.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY SIX out of the seven questions given below.
(A) What does the writer mean by saying her ‘heart cries out’? (1)
(B) Why is this timeline of Helen Keller given in the passage? (1)
(C) With reference to given timeline, write one conclusion about Helen’s determination towards her studies. (1)
(D) What can be concluded about Helen’s reason for being deaf and blind with reference to the given timeline? (1)
(E) Helen was a courageous humanitarian. Substantiate. (1)
(F) What did Helen’s friend mean by saying ‘nothing in particular’? (1)
(G) Identify a word from lines 9-18 indicating a short tremble. (1)
(A) It is evident from the passage that the writer was blind. So, she would be so despondent that her ‘heart cries out’ and she would desperately want to see things from her eyes which she could feel without them.
(B) The timeline in the passage is given for the readers to take a look at the insights of Helen Keller’s journey of life.
(C) Helen was so determined towards her studies. This can be concluded from the year 1904, June 28 in the timeline that marks the achievement of Helen for becoming the first ever deaf-blind person to earn a college degree of honors from the Radcliffe college.
(D) As stated in the timeline, Helen’s reason for turning deaf and blind was never concluded. Although some people think it to be the scarlet fever, the conformity of the same has never been established.
(E) Helen being herself deprived of sight, visited the blind, deaf and disabled soldiers of World War II in military hospitals around the country. This proves that she was a courageous humanitarian.
(F) By saying ‘nothing in particular’, Helen’s friend meant that she saw nothing to be worthy of sight. Everything that she saw was just ‘normal daily things’ of which, people are thankless.
Section – B
Writing (8 marks)
You are the Principal of DAV Public School. You have been invited by the newly opened bookstore to be the Chief Guest for their inaugural ceremony. Draft a formal reply stating your inability to attend it. (3)
Mrs Poonam Sharma thanks M/S Goyal and Sons for inviting her to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of their new bookstore. Unfortunately, she will not be able to attend the ceremony due to her prior engagements regarding the school. She wishes the store a great success.
Mrs Poonam Sharma
Principal, DAV Public School
Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below.
(A) You are Vineeta Sharma, a resident of 12, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. You have seen an advertisement in the newspaper, ‘The Delhi Times’ for the post of Manager (Accounts) in Wipro Inc. New Delhi. Apply for the post with your complete bio-data in 120-150 words.
(B) You are Malini Khanna. As a staff correspondent for Mumbai Mirror, write a report on the car accident that killed 5 people on it, travelling from Mumbai to PanveL Include details like bus collision with the car, drunk bus driver, family car, etc., along with your own ideas to write a report about the same in 120-150 words. (5)
12, Lodhi Road
14th October, 20XX
Subject: Application for the post of Manager (Accounts)
In response to your advertisement in The Delhi Times’ dated 13th October, 20XX, I wish to be considered for the position mentioned above. I feel my qualifications and experience are good enough to enable me to discharge my duties. I herewith attach the attested copies of my certificates and my complete bio-data. If given a chance, I assure you that I shall discharge of my duties with utmost honesty.
Name : Vineeta Sharma
Father’s Name : Mr Rajan Sharma
Address : 12, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Date of Birth : 15th July, 1990
Educational Qualifications :
- CA certified from ICAI in 20XX.
- M Com (Accounts) in 20XX from SRCC, New Delhi
- B. Com. (Hons.) in 20XX from SRCC, New Delhi Accounts Manager in Swastik Corporations Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
Salary expected : 60,000 p.m. + perks
Marital Status : Unmarried
Languages Known : Hindi, English and German
- Dr. Kavita Kaushik, H.O.D. Accountancy, SRCC, New Delhi, 9897xxxxxx
- Mr. Laxman Rajan, Manager, Swastik Corporations Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 9891xxxxxx
5 Killed of a Family in a Road Accident
Report by Malini Khanna,
Staff Correspondent, Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai, 3rd October, 20XX: Five people, including a woman and a four-month old baby, were killed in a tragic road accident involving a family car and a bus at Panvel Road. As it was a holiday on the 2nd of October, many people in the city took advantage of it to have a family time. A family of 5 was travelling to Panvel to enjoy.
Little did they know about their ill fate ahead as on the turn of Panvel Road, a roadways bus which was in a high speed, banged into the car. The car collided head- on with the bus, killing all five of them on the spot. The injured in the bus were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital where nine succumbed to death.
The Police have registered a case against the Roadways Bus driver as it claims the driver to be drunk while driving. The police controlled the commotion caused after the accident somehow and took the bus driver into the custody for further interrogation. Inspector Dinesh said that the other people on the bus are safe and the driver will have to suffer strict punishment for the incident.
Students miss out on the correct format whilewriting a newspaper report Remember that the format for writing a newspaper report is different than that of the school report Stick to the prescribed format for scoring format marks.
Section – C
Literature (18 marks)
Answer ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, with in 40 words each. (2 x 5)
(A) Why did the peddler keep to the woods after leaving the crofter’s cottage? (2)
(B) Supporting Gandhiji’s management, give examples for the chapter ‘Indigo’ to show that Gandhiji kept a long distance watch on his ashram during his long stay at Champaran.
You may begin your answer like this:
From Champaran, Gandhiji sent regular instructions to his Ashram by ……… (2)
(D) Rationalize the image that the poet used to describe the beautiful bounty of the earth in the poem ‘A Thing of Beauty’. (2)
(E) If you were to give a different ending to the story, ‘On The Face of It’ how would you end it? (2)
(F) Highlight the role of Mother skunk in the story. (2)
(A) The peddler had stolen thirty kronors from the crofter’s cottage. So, out of the fear of being caught , he avoided taking the public highway and kept to the woods after leaving the crofter’s cottage. The forest was dark with no hint of light in it. The peddler ended up getting lost into the mazes of the dark woods.
(B) From Champaran, Gandhiji sent regular instructions to his Ashram by mail and asked for financial accounts. He also wrote to the residents that it was time to fill in the old latrine trenches and dig new ones. These incidents show that while Gandhiji was in Champaran for so long, he still managed to keep an eye on his Ashram.
(C) In the poem ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’, the poet has used the symbol of tigers. The tigers represents bravery, might, courage, strength, confidence and zeal. The way they roam in the forest unbothered, symbolizes the inner desire of Aunt Jennifer.
(D) In the poem, the poet says that the earth undergoes the phases of construction and destruction of life and death every year. When winter comes, the fields look barren, the trees shed leaves and no new plants grow. It appears that all is lost; the game is over for the earth. But with the onset of spring, the same earth wakes up from sleep, and looks cheerful with new plants, and flowers and fruits.
(E) I would end the story with Mr Lamb and Derry becoming good friends. Mr Lamb would have continued to influence Derry positively and put him in a position where he is able to befriend others despite his handicap.
(F) Mother Skunk didn’t support the idea of wizard changing the original smell off her Skunk to the smell of roses. She took Roger with her to the wizard to hit him on his head with her umbrella. Further, the wizard retuned Roger skunk his original smell.
Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each. (4 x 2)
(A) In reference with the poem ‘A Thing of Beauty’, give a description of the beautiful things that you see around you. Write your answer in about 120-150 words. (4)
(B) The crofter revealed his private earnings to a stranger. Examine the reckless reciprocation by the peddler in the light of this statement in about 120-150 words. (4)
(C) The actual pain or inconvenience caused by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by the person with disabilities. Substantiate with reference to the play ‘On the Face of it’ in about 120-150 words. (4)
(A) This world is full of beautiful and unique things that are a treat to my eyes. The changing weather, seasons, different cultures, colours in the nature, and a lot more things, bring a great amount of happiness and serenity in my life. My depressed mood instantly lightens up when I feel the cool breeze on my face while walking back from the school.
The little droplets of rain, falling on my palms, give me a feeling of liveliness. As a student, there are many things that add to my stress and worry but nature is the cure for it. In the poem, ‘A Thing of Beauty’, Keats has compared the beautiful thing to a ‘bower’. In the same way, I get relief from the scorching heat in the summer when the sky gets laid with big black clouds and trees that give cool breeze.
(B) In the chapter, the crofter was a person who was a lonesome retired man. He craved for a company of human being. So, when the peddler, who was a complete stranger to the crofter, landed on his door, the crofter welcomed him in his house quite warmly. The crofter took good care of him, served him supper, shared his tobacco, and played a card game ‘mjolis’ with him until bedtime.
The crofter had shown a tremendous confidence in the peddler as he told the latter that he had been a crofter at the Ramjso ironworks but now retired, and that he had earned thirty kroners by selling his cow’s milk.
However, despite receiving such compassion and trust, the peddler showed a reckless behavior by stealing the thirty Kronors that the crofter had shown him. The peddler clearly strangled the crofter’s confidence in him.
(C) The play ‘On The Face Of It’ focuses our attention on the physical pain and mental anguish of the persons suffering from some physical impairment. The playwright, Susan Hill, beautifully raises up the topic of alienation felt by disabled people through her two main characters-Mr. Lamb and Derry. It is tre that the octal pain or the inconvenience caosed by a physical impairment is often much less than the sense of alienation felt by a disabled person.
In the play, Derry is a tween who has one side of his face burnt by acid. This impairment made Derry a monster in the view of people. They treated Derry as if he was an alien. This pathetic behavior of people made Derry disdained and shattered. He didn’t want to be around people de to their reactions on seeing him. Mr. Lamb on the other hand was an old man with a tin leg. The children of the area used to call him ‘Lamey-Lamb’.
He always felt alienated as no one came to meet him or care for him. Both Derry and Mr. Lamb desired love and acceptance from the society. They would have been so motivated and positive about their lives if people around them would have been kind to them. People should always make the disabled people feel extremely loved and valued. It makes a huge difference in their life.