Class 11 English Sample Paper

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Section A – Reading

1. Read the passage given below :

We are what we eat. The type of food we eat has both immediate and long-term effect on us, at all the three levels — the body, the mind and the spirit. Food which is tamasik (i.e. stale or leftover) in nature is bound to generate stress as it tends to upset the normal functioning of the human body. Fresheners should be avoided. Taking piping hot tea/milk or steaming hot food, whenever available, must be preferred. Excessive use of condiments also disturbs one’s usually calm attitude. Further, it is a mistaken belief that smoking or drinking, even in moderation, relieves stress. Simple meals with one or two food items, rather than too many lavish dishes, are advisable. Also, vegetarian diet is preferable. Although it is customary to serve fruits with food items, it is not the right thing to do. This is because different kinds of digestive secretions are produced by the stomach for variant food items. Mixing up too many varieties of food items in one meal creates problems for the digestive system. In fact, any one type of fruit, preferably taken in the morning, is better.
On an average, we eat almost three to four times the quantity of food than we actually need. A lot of body’s energy is used up for digesting the excess food. It is said that after a particular level of food intake, the ‘food actually eats one up’.
It is always good to eat a little less than your ‘full-stomach’ capacity. Besides, never eat food unless you are really hungry. To have dinner at 8 or 9 pm after a heavy snack around 5 or 6 pm in the evening is asking for trouble. In fact, skipping a meal is always good if the stomach is upset. There are varying views on the benefits of fasting, but we will not discuss them here. However, giving a break to one’s stomach, at least once a week, by having only fruit or milk, etc. may be worth a try.
While a little bit of water taken with meals is all right, drinking 30 to 60 ml of water with food is not advisable. Water, taken an hour or so before or after meals, is good for digestion. One’s diet must be balanced with all the required nutrients for a healthy living.
Also remember, excess of everything is bad. Related to the problem of stress, excessive intake of salt is definitely out. Too much of sugar, fried food and chillies are not good either. Over-indulgence and excessive craving for a particular taste/type of food generates rajasik (aggressive) or at worst, tamasik (dull) tendencies. An even more important aspect of the relationship between food and stress lies not so much in what or how much we eat but how the food is taken. For example, food eaten in great hurry or in a state of anger or any other negative state of mind is bound to induce stress. How the food is served is also very important. Not only the presentation, cutlery, crockery etc. play a role, the love and affection with which the food is served is also significant. Finding faults with food while it is being eaten is a bad habit. It is better not to eat the food you do not like, rather than finding faults with it.
It is good to have regular food habits. Workaholics who do not find time to eat food at proper meal time invite stomach ulcers. One must try to enjoy one’s food, and therefore, eating at the so-called lunch/ dinner meetings is highly inadvisable. Every morsel of food should be enjoyed with a totally peaceful state of mind. Food and discussions should not be mixed. There are accepted ways to ‘charge’ the food we eat. Prayer is perhaps ‘the best method for energizing the food and it does definite additional good at no extra cost.

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY EIGHT questions from the nine given below.

(i) Give one point of evidence from the text that encourages us to avoid tamasik food.
Answer : Tamasik food influences a person by generating stress. So, it should be avoided.

(ii) State any one misconception that people generally practise at the table.
Answer : Generally, people believe that condiments help to enhance appetite.

(iii) Which disease is common in workaholics?
Answer : Stomach ulcers are very common among alcoholics due to their irregular food habits.

(iv) How is prayer helpful for a person’s health?
Answer : Prayer energises the food we eat. So, it is helpful in our digestion.

(v) Rewrite the following sentence replacing the underlined words with a word or phrase from lines 5 to 10 in the passage.
We should avoid spending in extremes and save for our future.
Answer : We should spend in moderation and save for our future.

(vi) Why has the writer used the word ‘charge’ in relation to the food we eat?
Answer : Good food provides energy and makes a person feel full of vigour. In this way, it charges us.

(vii) Use a suitable phrase from lines 25-30 from the passage to complete this sentence.
Children should be _____________ from their studies to rejuvenate themselves.
Answer : given a break

(viii) The writer says that the “food actually eats one up”. What is the meaning of this phrase?
Answer : Excessive intake of food takes a lot of body’s energy to digest it. So, the proportion of energy provided by the food is far less than the proportion of energy required to digest it. So, it eats one up.

(ix) How are rajasik tendencies generated?
Answer : Rajasik tendencies are generated due to over-indulgence and excessive craving for a particular taste.

2. Read the following passage.

(1) Pangolins are adorable, shy and stooped creatures. When threatened, this pre-historic mammal curls up into a ball, presenting a hide covered in overlapping scales so tough, they can withstand a tiger attack or blows from an axe. Around 3,500 pangolins are boiled alive in India every year, and about 10,000 worldwide according to the data from the UK based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency.
(2) Its scales fetch up to ₹ 15,000 per kg in the market. They are used as a ‘tonic’ in traditional Chinese medicine. It is the most poached mammal in India and the world. Yet, there is little data on its decline as it is largely ignored.
(3) Similarly, other animals like the Slender Loris and the Red Line Torpedo Barb are also trapped and sold by the thousands as exotic pets. The Dugong or Sea Cow is hunted for its flesh, and the first owlet is sought after for its supposedly magical properties. The Sea Cucumber, which is hunted as a delicacy and an ingredient in traditional Chinese and South-East Asian medicine, has been wiped out in many parts of the western coast. The Sea Horse, traded in thousands as aquarium pets, dried curios and ‘cure’ for asthma, faces the same fate on the eastern coast.
(4) In spite of this, the large and powerful animals like the tiger, elephant, koala and whale are given more attention and budgetary allotment. “With the bulk of endangered species, the conservation efforts end at moving them from one list to another as their numbers drop and they become more and more endangered. This is just a cosmetic change since it does not reflect any changes of real significance on the ground,” says Shikhar Niraj, head of TRAFFIC India, a joint programme of World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Conservation Union. Since ‘celebrity’ animals like the tiger or the elephant are international symbols of Indian Wildlife, they tend to hog public attention. This is bad news.
(5) As marine ecologist Deepak Apte puts it, “We may concern ourselves with the flagship species, but it is the minutiae that actually balances the ecosystem. Be it the Scavenger species, the Sea Cucumber or the Insectivorous Loris, it is these species that keep the ecosystem healthy and clean.”

(A) On the basis of your reading the passage, make notes using recognisable abbreviations wherever necessary. Use a format you consider suitable, supply a suitable title.
Answer : Endangered Animals

1. Animals often poached:
1.1. Pangolin
1.2. Slender Loris
1.3. Red Line Torpedo Barb
1.4. Sea-Cucumber
1.5. Dugong

2. Pangolin
2.1. shy stooped creature
2.2. ambles close to ground
2.3. beady eyes
2.4. looks furtively
2.5. hide covered with overlapping scales

3. Reasons for poaching:
3.1. Pangolin
3.1.1. used as a tonic in chinse medcn
3.2. Loris & Red Line Torpedo Barb
3.2.1. sold as pets
3.3. Dugong or Sea Cow
3.3.1. hunted for flesh
3.4. Sea Cucumber
3.4.1. eaten as a delicacy
3.4.2. ingr. in chinse. medcn.
3.5. Sea Horse
3.5.1. traded as aquarium pet
3.5.2. cure for asthma

4. Need for consrvtn:
4.1. balance the ecosystem
4.2. keep the ecosystem healthy and clean.

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(B) Make a short summary of the passage in about 50 words.
Answer : SUMMARY

Animals like Pangolin, Slender Loris, Red Line Torpedo Barb, Sea- Cucumbers, Dugong, Sea Horse etc. are endangered but ignored. More budget is allotted to conserving large and powerful animals like tigers and elephants. But there is need to conserve these endangered animals as they balance the ecosystem and keep it healthy and clean.

Section B – Writing and Grammar

3. Prepare a poster on behalf of an NGO to be placed in various parts of the city urging the people to save trees.
Answer : (image) 49

4. Attempt ANY ONE from (A) and (B) given below.

(A) The canteen of your school is supplying oily and sweet food. Write a letter to the Principal of your school requesting her to improve the quality of the food sold by the canteen.
Answer : 

The Principal,
Victoria Public School,

28th March, 20XX

Subject: Improvement in the school canteen.


Through this letter of mine, I wish to draw your attention towards the unhygienic conditions of the school canteen. Our school canteen is providing oily food to the students. All of us know that oily food is not good for our health. It makes us obese and lethargic. The sedentary lifestyle of today’s students is also making them disease prone. The quality of food supplied by our canteen is low. The food items lack in vitamins and purity.
I request you to make arrangements for the supply of nutritious food at the canteen. The items supplied should be such that it helps to improve the health of the students. No fast food should be sold by the canteen as it is quite unhygienic in nature.

Thanking You

Yours truly,
Ria Dutta

(B) You are Kamakshi/Kuber. You have been selected to represent your school in an All India School Debate Competition organised by the Rotary Club, Bengaluru (South). The topic for the debate is: ‘In the opinion of this house, value- based education is the only remedy for decreasing crime rate amongst the educated folk.’ Write the debate in 120-150 words for or against the motion, giving arguments for your stand.
Answer :

Value-Based Education Today

I, Kuber of class XI, have got the golden opportunity to express my views for the motion on the topic, value-based education is the only remedy for decreasing the crime rate. Mr. Chairman, Respected Judges and Dear Friends! There can’t be two opinions on the fact that ‘value- based education is the only remedy for decreasing crime rate among the educated folk.’ Even though education has been made compulsory up to the secondary level in India, value-based education to all still remains a distant dream. Education has been practically reduced to the job of providing degrees. These degrees do help them in getting jobs in the market. However, our education system doesn’t help young men and ladies to build up their characters and morals. The result is disastrous. Our schools, colleges and universities are producing a huge army of irresponsible and uncivilised young brutes. Crime among the educated young people have been rising at an alarming rate. Robberies, chain-snatching, eve-teasing and thefts haven’t remained the monopoly of professional uneducated criminals anymore. Many educated young people have joined their ranks. Therefore, the need of the hour is an education system that is based on moral values. Moral education should be made a compulsory subject in all schools. Nationalism, patriotism, devotion and dedication to our country and its people, should be the guiding principles of our education system. Only a comprehensive and value-based education can help in the character building, moral and spiritual upliftment of the educated folk. It will certainly bring down the crime rate in them.

Thank you

5. A. Complete the following sentences using suitable words.

(i) I wrote it on piece of paper.
Answer : a

(ii) It (rain) for two days now. (Fill in the blank using the present perfect continuous tense.)
Answer : It has been raining for two days now.

(iii) If there are words you don’t understand, use a dictionary.
Answer : any

B. Rearrange the given set of words to form a meaningful sentence.
boy/each/was punished/of the class/yesterday
Answer : Each boy of the class was punished yesterday.


6. Answer the following questions within 30-40 words each.

(i) What suggestions of Frank shocked Taplow? Why?
Answer : Frank had suggested that Taplow could cut Crocker Harris because the latter was already ten minutes late. This suggestions shocked Taplow because he could not even think of doing such a thing.

(ii) ‘The Voice of the Rain’ contains a dialogue between the poet and the rain itself. Give a summary of the dialogue.
Answer : The poet inquires who the rain is. The rain replies, “I am the poem of Earth. I rise out of the Land and the bottomless sea like something untouched. I rise upwards to the sky where I change my form. Then I fall down on the the earth and bathe the droughts, atoms and dust. I give life to things”.

(iii) What is the significance of Green Movement in the modern world?
Answer : The Green Movement has brought a great awareness among people. It has taught us that we are just partners on the earth sharing this planet with other living organisms. Having learnt this, human beings worldwide have reduced the large amount of destruction being caused on Earth.

7. Answer the following questions within 70-80 words each.

(i) What was Andrew’s view of marriage? Why was he resentful and confused?


Mention three things in the behaviour of mother that astonish Doris.
Answer : As Andrew sat dozing by the kitchen fire his thoughts wandered over the subject of marriage. He thought of Bramwell who was foolishly devoted to a woman who deceived him meanly. Then he thought of Edward Page who was married to the ill-natured Blodwen and was now living unhappily, apart from his wife. This led him to the conclusion that all marriages are dismal failures. Then he thought of his girlfriend, Christine, and wished to consider marriage as a pleasant state.


Doris is astonished because mother, has not got tea ready for her as usual. Secondly, her mother who has always been a docile housewife can be seen smoking smugly. Thirdly, she clearly declares that she is not in mood to iron her silk that she intends to wear that evening.

(ii) Comment on the role of Yuri in Albert Einstein’s life.
Answer : Yuri is the central figure in the story. He was the only friend whom Einstein could rely upon in Munich. When he felt too miserable in school, he told his woes to him. One day he confided to him that if he could procure a medical certificate from a friendly doctor that he was suffering from nervous breakdown. Yuri ultimately enabled him to have the desired certificate that too without any charge. He advised and helped him from time to time.

(iii) Describe the difficulties and disillusionment faced by Nick Middleton during his journey to Mount Kailash.
Answer : Nick Middleton, the narrator had to journey through the difficult terrain to reach Mount Kailash. The path was totally snow covered, the snow was so steep that they could not go around it. They somehow went over it. The danger was that they could slip. They flung handfuls of dirt and covered the snow completely with soil.
The narrator and Daniel got off the vehicle to lighten the load while Tsetan drove the vehicle over the snow. Due to low atmospheric pressure, the author got a headache. The fuel of vehicle also expanded due to the low pressure, which would prove perilous for them. In Darchen, the narrator also suffered from blocked sinuses that resulted in extreme cold and breathing problems. The town Hor was shabby, dirty and very depressing. Overall, the journey of the author was adventurous.

Class 11 English Sample Paper