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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 English Term 2 Set 9 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:
In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards, The Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. Because we respect the freedom of others.
5. That is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of Independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us.
10. My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT, For fifty years we have been a developing nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are falling. Our achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves as a developed nation, self-reliant and self-assured.
15.1 have a THIRD vision. India must stand up to the world. Because I believe that, unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. Only strength respects strength. We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand.
20. What stops us? Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? We are the first in milk production, remote sensing satellites, the second-largest producer of wheat and rice.
25. Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY EIGHT questions from the nine given below. (1 x 8)
(A) Cite a point in evidence, from the text, to suggest that the writer’s opinion of India’s success in development is justified. (1)
(B) State any one trait of the writer that is evident from lines 15-25 and provide a reason for your choice. (1)
(C) The writer said that ‘only strength respects strength’. Why did he say so? 1
(D) Why does the writer say that media is obsessed with the nation’s failures? (1)
(E) Rewrite the given sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with another one, from lines 1-5.
The way the singer won the attention of all the people in the concert was amazing. (1)
(F) What does the use of the phrase ‘why are we embarrassed’ suggest in the context of the writer’s opinion about the people of India? (1)
(G) Select a suitable phrase from lines 15-25 to complete the following sentence appropriately.
I submitted the project after the deadline so the Principal it. (1)
(H) Why does the writer think that a nation needed to be free in order to be respected? (1)
(I) Analyse why many different countries had ruled us and won over us in the past. (1)
(A) As per the passage, it is clearly given that Dr. Sudarshan has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. Clearly stating that Indian’s success in development is justified.
(B) In the given lines, the writer has come across as a person full of appreciation and positive. He is focusing on the great achievements of the nation rather than its failures.
(C) By this, the writer meant that a strong thing never respects a weak thing. So, in order to come across as a strong nation, India should first stand up as a strong nation.
(D) The writer says so because media mostly cover the stories where there are failures, bad news or disasters. It never focuses on the achievements of the nation.
(E) Conquered our minds
(F) The phrase suggests that the writer believes that the people of India lack confidence and trust in their own achievements.
(G) Refused to acknowledge.
(H) The writer thinks that a nation is needed to be free to be respected because freedom is the biggest power to own. If a nation is dependent on another nation to run, it will not be respected by any one.
(I) Many countries had ruled us and won over us in the past because we, as a nation, were very weak and uneducated. We had no idea how to utilize our powers.
Read the passage given below:
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a range of psychological conditions characterized by abnormalities in social interaction, behaviour, interests, and communication. The five forms of ASD include Classical autism, Asperger
5. syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Rett syndrome, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Although the number of reported cases of ASD have experienced a dramatic increase in the past 25 years, the majority of doctors agree that this increase is due to changes in diagnostic practices and advances in the understanding of psychiatric health.
10. While there is no general consensus among medical professionals about the underlying causes of ASD, theories range from genetic inheritance to environmental factors. One of the most controversial theories to have emerged in recent times is the hypothesis that ASD could be caused by the MMR vaccine, which is an immunization against measles,
15. mumps, and rubella that was first developed in the 1960’s. The vaccine is a mixture of three live viruses and is administered via injection to children when they are one year old. By the late 1990’s, this vaccination had led to the near-eradication of measles in countries that employed widespread inoculation.
20. However, a combination of spurious scientific data and alarmist media attention led to an entirely preventable resurgence in measles cases in the early 21st century.
The first claims of a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism were made in 1998, when an article in The Lancet, a respected
25. British medical journal, reported on eight cases of autism that could possibly be traced back to the administration of an MMR vaccine. The parents of the children in this study contended that the symptoms of autism in their children developed within days of vaccination. During a press conference, Andrew Wakefield, one of the authors of the article,
30. called on British doctors to stop giving combined MMR vaccines, instead advocating for individual inoculations against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Following the publication of this article, Wakefield published several follow-up papers that further questioned the safety of the MMR.
35. vaccine. An onslaught of media coverage then began. Parents appeared on television sharing anecdotal evidence linking their child’s inoculation to the onset of ASD. The popular press quickly seized upon this story; in 2002, over 1200 articles were written about the link between MMR vaccines and ASD. Less than 30% of these article mentioned that an.
40. overwhelming amount of scientific evidence suggested that these vaccinations were completely safe.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY SIX out of the seven questions given below. (1 x 6)
(A) What does the researcher mean by “‘The popular press quickly seized upon this story.”? (1)
(B) Why, according to the doctors, the number of reported cases of ASD have experienced a dramatic increase in the past 25 years? (1)
(C) With reference to factual data, write any one symptom of ASD. (1)
(D) What was the purpose of parents appearing on the television sharing anecdotal evidences? (1)
(E) The story of MMR vaccines and ASD relation got attention proving the power of media. Substantiate. (1)
(F) What suggests that the safety of the vaccines had no great evidence as such? (1)
(G) Identify a word from lines 9-18 indicating a developmental disorder of variable severity with difficulty in social interaction. (1)
(A) It is clear through the passage that as the story of the link between the MMR vaccine and ASD got attention, the press started covering all aspects of it. The famous media publishers covered the story in all aspects.
(B) It is given in the passage that according to the medical professionals, the numbers of reported cases of ASD have experienced a dramatic increase in the past 25 years because of the changes in diagnostic practices and advances in the understanding of psychiatric health.
(C) As per the given data, abnormalities in social interaction is one of the symptoms of ASD.
(D) It is given in the passage that after the first claim of the link between the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, appeared on television sharing anecdotal evidence linking their child’s inoculation to the onset of ASD.
(E) It was due to the extreme press coverage and articles in media that the story got so much of attention. Media covered it in all aspects.
(F) As per the passage, only 30% of the published articles had an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that suggested that these vaccinations were completely safe whereas this means that 70% supported the claim of vaccines being, unsafe.
Section – B
Writing (8 Marks)
Your school., St. Lo Mart, Chandigarh is organizing its 34th AnnuaL Sports Day in the schooL pLayground. Draft a formaL invitation to invite the Mayor of the city to be the Chief Guest for the event. (3)
|St. La Mart
28th August 20XX
Mr Harsh Shah
ChandigarhSubject: Invitation to be the Chief Guest for the Annual Sports DayRespected Sir,
We are delighted to inform you that our school St. La Mart is hosting its 34th Annual Sports Day on Tuesday, 4™ of September 20XX in the School Playground. We would like to invite you to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest to honour the prizes to the winners.
Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below.
(A) You are Renuka Awasthi, a resident of 12/23, Hari Singh Road, Mohali. You have read the advertisement given below. You are qualified for the job. Write an application in 120-150 words along with a resume.
|PL Cosmetics, Mohali requires
Qualification: M. Com (Accounts & Law)
Experience: Minimum 5 years
Job requirement: Maintaining books of accounts, preparation of Balance Sheet, etc.
Salary: 50,000 + perks
Apply to: Managing Director, PL Cosmetics,
Plot. 2, New Jaspreet Colony, Mohali
(B) A super specialty COVID hospital was inaugurated in the city by the Health Minister. As a reporter from ‘The Tribune’, write a report in about 120-150 words on the same to be published in the newspaper, covering all the details like 120-bed hospital, fully equipped, life support ambulances, big expenditure.
12/23, Hari Singh Road
15th November, 20XX
The Managing Director
Plot. 2, New Jaspreet Colong
Subject: Application for the post of Accounts offcer.
This is with reference to your advertisement published in The National Times, dated 12th November, 20XX, that announced the vacancy for the post of Accounts officer in your company. I would like to apply for the same.
I hold a masters degree in Accounts and I am skilled at managing the balance sheet and book-keeping. I have five years experience of being an Accounts Manager in The Tree Club LLP. I am enclosing my Bio-Data to enable you to assess my suitability for the given post. Looking forward to a positive response!
Name : Renuka Awasthi
Father’s Name : Mandeep Awasthi
Date of Birth : 25th May 20XX
Address : 12/23, Hari Singh Road, Mohali
Educational Qualification : (i) M. Com (Accounts & Law) from LPU, Mohali.
(ii) Diploma in Book-Keeping from HT Institute, Mohali
Experience : Accounts Manager in The Tree Club LLP., Delhi for five years
SaLary Expected : Negotiable
- Mrs. Simrandeep Kaur, H.O.D (Accounts) LPU, Mohali, 9123xxxxxx
- Mr Pawandeep Oberoi, Accountant, The Tree Club LLP, Mohali, 9897xxxxxx
Super Specialty COVID Hospital Inaugurated by Smita Patel, Staff Reporter, The Tribune
Agra, 8th June 20XX: ’Manvi’ a super specialty COVID hospital was inaugurated by the Health Minister of the State in the city of Taj on Wednesday, 7th June, 20XX. The 120-bed hospital is fully equipped with advanced life- support ambulances that have been made available round the clock. The hospital has an in-house oxygen bank which is the need of the hour in the current pandemic situations. The ratio of the doctor to its patients is 3:1.
The total expenditure in building the hospital is said to be three crore rupees. Addressing the people, Dr. Paritosh Singhal, the Medical Superintendent, reinforced the need for dedicated and committed staff. He sincerely hoped that the hospital would provide the best COVID care services to the people at a nominal cost.
Section – C
Literature (18 Marks)
Answer ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, within 40 words each. (2 x 5)
(A) State the incident that shows the servants demeaned Gandhiji at Rajendra Prasad’s house. (2)
(B) State why the peddler derived pleasure from his idea of the world as a rattrap. You may begin your answer like this:
As the peddler was a destitute rattrap seller, the world had never. (2)
(C) A beautiful thing gives us joy. Are these things worth treasuring or are they momentary? Rationalize. (2)
(D) Give an example which could be used to say that Aunt Jennifer had a mental trauma by her husband. (2)
(E) Mr. Lamb told Derry the story of a man who hid himself in his room. Why did the man do so and with what result? (2)
(F) Validate the ‘new phase’ that had come in Jo’s behaviour. (2)
(A) The servants at Rajendra Prasad’s house mistook Gandhiji to be one of the poor sharecroppers as he was wearing simple clothes. So, the servants did not permit Gandhiji to draw water from the well lest he is an untouchable and some drops of water from his bucket pollute the entire source.
(B) As the peddler was a destitute rattrap seller, the world had never been kind to him, so it gave him an unexplainable joy to think ill of it by considering it as a rattrap. It became his cherished pastime to think about the people he knew who had let themselves caught up in the dangerous trap and of others who were still circling around the bait in the rattrap of this world.
(C) A beautiful thing gives us unending joy and pleasure. These things are worth treasuring because they leave an everlasting happy impression on our minds that help us come out of the gloom and melancholy of our depressive lives.
(D) In the poem, Aunt Jennifer finds it so hard to pull the ivory needle through the panel on which she is embroidering the tigers because of her nervousness and anxiety. Her hands are shaking and fingers are fluttering while doing so. This signifies that Aunt Jennifer is under a mental trauma given by her husband.
(E) Mr. Lamb told Derry the incident of a timid man who hid himself in his room and refused to come out as he didn’t want to face any fatal accident because of which he could die. But, in the end, he died inside his room because a picture hanging on the wall fell on his head and killed him.
(F) Earlier, Jo was a passive listener but now she had become quite inquisitive. She was no more an opinionless listener. She would have her own perceptions about things. Her right-to-the-point questions would put Jack in an awkward situation.
Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120 words each. (4 x 2)
(A) Towards the end of the poem ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’, we see two different sides of endings for tigers and the Aunt. Compare and contrast the stark difference in the death of Aunt Jennifer and the tigers prancing on the panel. (4)
(B) The story, ‘The Rattrap’ is both entertaining and philosophical. Resonate the given statement with a rationale. Examine the rattrap in the light of this statement. (4)
(C) How does the story, ‘Should Wizard Hit Mommy’ bear testimony to the fact that the frustrations faced by adults and their personal experiences often intrude upon their interaction with their children? Substantiate with reference to text. (4)
(A) There is a huge difference in the way the poem ends for both the tigers and Aunt Jennifer. In the Aunt’s case, when she dies, she is still burdened with the responsibilities of her domestic life and her husband in the form of the wedding ring that surrounds her finger. The aunt dies with the burning desire in her heart to be independent, strong and fearless but these desires are left unfulfilled. She will never be able to get rid of her oppression and her responsibilities, even after her death.
On the other hand, the tigers are shown in the same way throughout the poem and that is – fierce and fearless. They are the kings of the wild world and are never afraid of anything. They roam around the forest with all their might and courage. When aunt dies, her tigers go on prancing in the forest with the same strength and fearlessness forever.
(B) The story, The Rattrap’ is indeed, both entertaining and philosophical. It revolves around a petty rattrap seller who couldn’t survive in his minimal living. Hence, he also steals money to make it up. The retired crofter’s warm and welcoming nature is a treat to read. The way he shares his secrets and treats the peddler as his old friend is lovely. The twist of the ironmaster mistaking the peddler as his old comrade is both funny and interesting. The kind generosity of his daughter Edla towards the peddler is also amazing.
However, the story too bears a philosophical meaning. It teaches us that the company of a loving person or a family member is so important for human beings to live a happy and a healthy life. All the characters display complete isolation from humanly love and warmth, that is why they end up having troubles. Finally, peddler changing his ways and thinking for the world due to Edla’s respect and love towards him is a proof that love and compassion can change a person completely.
(C) It is true that frustrations faced by adults and their personal experiences often intrude upon their interactions with their children. We can see this in the story ‘Should Wizard hit Mommy?’ that when Jo was not ready to accept Jack’s ending of the story, she started interrupting and asking questions that irritated Jack. As a father himself, he couldn’t agree to what Jo was asking him to do with the story. Jo felt that the wizard should hit Mommy Skunk back as revenge. But Jack was frustrated as Mommy Skunk was a ‘mother’ and a mother could not be beaten for thinking good of her child.
Also, we noticed that Jack pondered over while telling Jo about Skunk’s bullying by his friends. He looked despaired. This shows that may be he himself faced some sort of bully in his childhood and his mother would have done the exact same thing that the Mommy Skunk did for her child. So, Jack might be recalling his own incidents while narrating the story and that is why he was getting frustrated on Jo for interrupting him continuously.