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Term 1 Sample Paper for Class 12 English With Solutions Set A
I. Read the passage given below:
(1) The sage of science, Einstein, was sitting in a depressive and pensive mood one evening. His eyes
were brimming with tears. The pain was evident on his face. He peeped out of the window of his room.
The sun had set a few minutes back. The sky was filled with a reddish glow. At this sunset, he felt that it was humanity that had sunk into devilish darkness and the reddish glow in the sky was the blood of humanity spilling all over the sky from earth. With tired steps, he walked back to his chair and settled down. It was the 9th of August 1945. Three days back, he had felt the same agony as if someone had tom him apart. He was deeply hurt and depressed when he heard on the radio that America had dropped an atom bomb on the Japanese city, Hiroshima. Today, within three days another bomb was dropped on another city, Nagasaki and lakhs of people had been killed.
(2) He had heard that the blast released so much energy that it had paled all past destructions in
comparison and death had played out a pitiable dance of destruction. The flames that broke out of the
bomb were burning, melting and exploding buildings. Scared of the heat of the bomb, people had jumped into lakes and rivers, but the water was boiling and the people too were burnt and killed. The animals in the water were already boiled to death. Animals, trees, herbs, fragrant flowering plants were all turned into ashes. The atomic energy destruction had just not stopped there. It had entered the atmosphere there and had spread radiation that would affect people for generations to come and would also bring about destructive irreversible biological change in animals and plants.
(3) As the news of the atomic attack reached Einstein, and he became aware of the glaring horror of
the abuse of atomic energy, his distress and restlessness knew no bounds. He could not control himself and picked up his violin to turn his mind on to other things. While playing the violin, he tried to dissolve his distress in its sad notes, but couldn’t. He was burning on the embers of destruction; his heart was filled with an ocean of agony and tears just continued streaming uncontrollably out of his eyes. Night had fallen. His daughter came up and asked him to eat something as he had not taken anything for the last four days. His voice was restrained and he said, “I don’t feel like eating.”
(4) He could not sleep that night. Lying down, he was thinking how he had drawn the attention of
the then American President Roosevelt towards the destructive powers of an atomic bomb. He had thought that this would be used to scare Hitler and put an end to the barbarism that Hitler was up to. However, Roosevelt kept him in the dark and made false promises. Eventually, he had abused Einstein’s equation of E = mc2 that resulted in the destructive experiments. His actions had made science and scientists as murderers. Einstein kept on thinking for a long time. Eventually, he slipped into sleep. When he woke up at dawn, there was a new dawn in him too. The atomic threat had transformed his heart.
(5) The next day, he decided to disassociate himself from the scientific policy of the government and
all governmental institutions. He decided to open educational institutions for children, adolescents and
youth—institutions where along with science, spirituality will be compulsorily taught.
(6) To inaugurate this institution, he had invited two great philosophers, Bertrand Russell and Albert
Schweitzer. Ten other great scientists who had own Nobel Prizes in different fields were also invited. They
all saw a different Einstein, not a great scientist but a sage in him. The institution was opened by garlanding a photo of Mahatma Gandhi. While garlanding the Mahatma, he became emotional and said with a lump in his throat, “I bow down to the great man who fought for the independence of his country through nonviolence. He could do so because he was a truthful man and true spiritualist.”
(7) Those who teach science should be taught, spirituality too. Without harmony between science
and spirituality, the destruction would continue unabated. A few years after this institution was built, a
Japanese delegation came to meet him. Einstein broke down in the meeting and said. “You can give me any punishment and I will accept it. Anyway, I have decided to lead my life in penitence.” The Japanese were moved by this sincerity and forgot their grief. Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any eight out of the ten questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 1. Which musical instrument did Einstein play when he was in grief?
Question 2. Einstein came to know that America had dropped an atom bomb on the Japanese city, Hiroshima through __________________.
(D) a telephonic message
Question 3. Einstein said to the Japanese delegation,
(A) ‘You can give me any punishment and I will accept it.’
(B) ‘I am not at fault.’
(C) ‘What could I do?’
(D) ‘The President didn’t agree to my advice.’
Question 4. What did Einstein do to show his displeasure over the atomic attack?
(A) He decided to open a science laboratory.
(B) He decided to establish an Educational Institution.
(C) He disassociated himself from governmental institutions.
(D) He invited two great philosophers.
Question 5. The depressive mood of Einstein was compared to:
(C) Devilish darkness
(D) Tired steps
Question 6. What made Einstein more restless and sleepless?
(A) When America was hit by atomic bomb.
(B) When Nagasaki was hit by atom bomb.
(C) When atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by America.
(D) Both (B) and (C)
Question 7. Pick out the event after which Einstein could not control himself and tried to play instrument to divert his mind.
(A) After getting the news of atomic attack
(B) By inventing sad notes
(C) Over barbarism of Hitler
(D) When he was pained by false promises
Question 8. Which event in 1945, according to Einstein, turned science and scientists into murderers?
(A) The wrong use of Einstein’s equation
(B) False promises of Roosevelt
(C) The dropping of atom bombs on the two Japanese cities
(D) None of these
Question 9. Einstein invited which philosopher to inaugurate the new institution?
(A) Bertrand Russell
(B) Albert Schweitzer
(C) Both (A) and (B)
(D) Neither (A) nor (B)
Question 10. Besides two great philosophers, how many other scientists were invited by Einstein to inaugurate the institution where spirituality would be compulsorily taught?
II. Read the passage given below:
(1) Human life changes constantly over time. Mobile phones were previously seen only among few high-class people and were considered as something lavish. Then slowly, even the average or the common men on the street, like a cobbler or vegetable vendor, could be seen having a cell-phone. In the world today, even young kids and school going children are found busily chatting away on their mobile phones. Now kids as young as seven and eight too have started owning a mobile phone. Welcome to the new age world!
(2) Studies recommend that mobile phones should only be given to children above sixteen years of age. Children below the age of sixteen should not be given mobile phones since their brain is too sensitive to withstand the effects of mobile radiation. Since the tissues in the brain and body are still developing, these radiations can cause cell damage. Due to the absorption of radiation, children can have severe health issues. Although, adults also get affected by these radiations, it will be more severe in children because of increased absorption of these radiation levels. Experts also believe there is a link between childhood cancer and mobile phone usage among children.
(3) A survey was conducted to get the views of the parents and teachers as to whether the children below sixteen years of age should be given mobiles or not. The responses received were formulated into a pie diagram as under:
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any six out of the eight questions by choosing the correct option.
Question 11. What is the minimum age prescribed by the studies to give mobile phones to children?
Question 12. Which of these diseases is linked to mobile phone usage?
(A) Childhood obesity
(B) Childhood retardation
(C) Childhood cancer
(D) All of these
Question 13. What percentage of parents and teachers are against giving mobile phones to students in any situation?
Question 14. Which of these categories is represented by this pictorial representation?
(A) Yes, no restrictions
(B) Yes, but not during class hours
(C) Yes, but only in emergency
(D) No, never
Question 15. Pick out the word or phrase from the passage which means the same as ‘extravagant’ (used in Para 1).
Question 16. Pick out the word or phrase from the passage which means opposite to ‘contracting’ (Para 2).
Question 17. The word ‘conducted’ used in Para 3 here means:
Question 18. Now-a-days, who are found busily chatting on their mobile phones?
(A) Vegetable vendors
III. Answer any four out of the five questions given below.
Question 19. Which of the given advertisements is written by an employer?
(B) Situation Wanted
(C) Situation Vacant
Question 20. Classified advertisements are always written __________________________.
(A) inside a box
(B) with jargons
(C) along with promotional pictures
(D) by an employer
Question 21. Where is the designation of the issuing authority written in a Notice?
(A) On the top right hand side corner of the Notice.
(B) On the bottom right hand side corner of the Notice.
(C) Just below the signature of the issuing authority
(D) Just above the signature of the issuing authority
Question 22. What is written on top of a Classified Advertisement?
(C) Name of Institution
Question 23. Notice is a type of ______________.
(D) None of these
IV. Answer any six of the seven questions given below.
Question 24. An Article is a ___________________ piece of writing.
(A) informal and long
(B) formal and informational
(C) long and winding
(D) informational and main
Question 25. Heading of an Article should be:
(A) catchy and appealing.
(B) long and descriptive.
(C) capital and bold.
(D) detailed and sparkling
Question 26. Byline of an Article contains:
(A) theme of the Article.
(B) central idea of the Article.
(C) extra piece of information.
(D) name of the writer of the Article.
Question 27. Which of the following is the characteristic of Article Writing?
(A) Passive voice
(B) Emotive language
(C) Rhetorical questions
(D) All of these
Question 28. What should be done to make your Article look synchronised?
(A) Stick to your opinion and go on repeating it.
(B) Present strong arguments for your ideas supporting them with evidence or elaboration.
(C) Introduce a new point at the beginning of each paragraph to strengthen your ideas.
(D) Both (B) and (C)
Question 29. Why should the first and last paragraph be in synchronization with each other?
(A) To confuse the readers.
(B) To form connection with the topic before concluding.
(C) To make the Article look impressive and leave a lasting impression.
(D) They should never be in synchronization with each other.
Question 30. Which of the following should NOT be used to end the Article?
(B) Food for thought
(C) Thank you note
(D) Summing up the ideas discussed
This section has sub-sections: V, VI, VII, VIII, IX. There are a total of 30 questions in the section.
Attempt any 26 questions from the sub-sections V to IX.
V. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
The yellowish light was going out. Then all efforts ceased. I relaxed. Even my legs felt limp and a
blackness swept over my brain. It wiped out fear; it wiped out terror. There was no more panic. It was
quiet and peaceful. Nothing to be afraid of. This is nice… to be drowsy… to go to sleep… no need to
jump… too tired to jump… it’s nice to be carried gently… to float along in space.
Question 31. Which of the following images depicts the state of the author as mentioned in the above para?
(A) Image 1
(B) Image 2
(C) Image 3
(D) Image 4
Question 32. Why did the author cease all the efforts?
(A) He was feeling exhausted.
(B) He was feeling sleepy.
(C) He was feeling unhappy.
(D) He was feeling drowsy.
Question 33. Why did ‘I’ feel quiet and peaceful?
(A) He was confident of being saved.
(B) He felt that his end was near and he was passing out.
(C) He had started rising in water as the water level started decreasing.
(D) He was swimming miraculously.
Question 34. What is the purpose of using “…” in the above passage?
(A) To replace an idea.
(B) To show omission.
(C) To indicate pauses.
(D) To shorten a dialogue.
Question 35. According to Douglas, death was:
VI. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
The presidents of the New York Central and the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroads will
swear on a stack of timetables that there are only two. However, I say there are three, because I’ve been
on the third level of the Grand Central Station.
Question 36. Who is ‘I’ in the above lines?
Question 37. What will the presidents of railway stations swear?
(A) There is only one level.
(B) There are only two levels.
(C) There are only three levels.
(D) There is sometimes a third level.
Question 38. Why did ‘I’ contradict them?
(A) He feels that there are two levels.
(B) He feels that there are three levels.
(C) He has never seen the third level.
(D) None of these
Question 39. Pick up the word which has the similar meaning as ‘a pile of objects’.
Question 40. “The fast growing Grand Central station at times seems to be a maze to Charley.”
This line points to which incident in the story?
(A) Charley lost his way at Grand Central.
(B) Charley’s plan for a journey not realised.
(C) Charley reached the Third Level.
(D) Charley came back after travelling in time.
VII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
Far far from gusty waves these children’s faces.
Like rootless weeds, the hair torn around their pallor:
The tall girl with her weighed-down head. The paperseeming
boy, with rat’s eyes. The stunted, unlucky heir
of twisted bones, reciting a father’s gnarled disease,
his lesson, from the desk. At back of the dim class
one unnoted, sweet and young.
Question 41. The phrase ‘weighed-down head’ DOES NOT refer to being:
(A) burdened by poverty.
(B) ashamed at her plight.
(C) distressed due to difficulties.
(D) dizzy with a headache.
Question 42. Pick the option that matches the words / phrases with the literary device.
Word/ phrase Literary device
1. Like rootless weeds A. Metaphor
2. Paper-seeming boy B. Pun
3. Reciting C. Synecdoche
(A) 1-A, 2-D, 3-C
(B) 1-D, 2-B, 3-A
(C) 1-D, 2-A, 3-B
(D) 1-B, 2-A, 3-C
Question 43. Pick the option that enumerates the tone of the poet in this extract.
1. Apprehensive 2. Compassionate
3. Resentful 4. Thoughtful
5. Disillusioned 6. Woeful
(A) 2, 4 and 6
(B) 1, 4 and 5
(C) 3, 5 and 6
(D) 1, 3 and 6
Question 44. The ‘gusty waves’, most likely, indicate:
(A) survival and struggle.
(B) verve and brightness.
(C) drudgery and dullness.
(D) animation and alertness.
Question 45. The literal meaning of ‘reciting’ refers to delivering the lesson aloud. What does its figurative meaning refer to?
(A) Showing extra interest in the lesson.
(B) Carrying his father’s disease.
(C) Resigning to his disease and condition.
(D) Voicing the poor conditions, he lives in.
VIII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
He had hesitated a good deal about giving the man a flashlight. But he had decided to give it to him
after all. It was a small one, his own, which he used at night when he was called. “If your food runs
out before you catch a boat,” he said, “signal me two flashes at the same instant the sun drops over the
horizon. Do not signal in darkness, for it will be seen. If you are all right but still there, signal me once.
You will find fresh fish easy to catch but you must eat them raw. A fire would be seen.”
Question 46. For how many times the prisoner was asked to flash light if food ran short?
(D) Not at all
Question 47. Which boat the prisoner of was asked to escape by?
(A) A Japanese Boat
(B) An American Boat
(C) A Russian Boat
(D) A Korean Boat
Question 48. Sadao made the prisoner dress up in:
(A) Korean clothes
(B) Chinese clothes
(C) Japanese clothes
(D) Indian clothes
Question 49. Sadao advised the prisoner to eat only:
(A) raw fish
(B) cooked food
(C) ripe fruits
(D) raw vegetables
Question 50. Why did Dr. Sadao initially hesitant handing over his torch to the prisoner?
(A) The torch was a gift given to him by one of his patients.
(B) The torch was old and he feared that it might break down.
(C) The torch Dr. Sadao possessed was his own and he used it whenever he was called at night by his patients.
(D) Sadao felt that the prisoner might use the torch in the dark leading to his arrest.
IX. Attempt the following.
Question 51. M. Hamel taught his pupils that even without arms, they have the power to challenge their subjugation.
Choose the correct option that corresponds with M. Hamel’s views.
(A) Option (i)
(B) Option (ii)
(C) Option (iii)
(D) Option (iv)
Question 52. What does the narrative single sentence style of the poem, ‘My Mother at Sixty-Six’, highlight?
(A) Poet’s state of mind
(B) Poet’s self-doubts
(C) Poet’s point of view
(D) Poet’s intertwining thoughts
Question 53. “Unless, governor, inspector, visitor”, is an example of ____________.
Question 54. How does Mukesh challenge his destiny?
(A) By dreaming of becoming a motor mechanic.
(B) By working in a motor garage which is quite far from his place.
(C) By engaging in the work of bangle making which was his family business.
(D) Both (A) & (B)
Question 55. The name ‘Franz’ means:
(A) From France
(B) Always free
(C) Fun loving
Question 56. ‘Keeping Quiet’ is not an activist’s call to action but a ____________ call to introspection.
Question 57. Which of the following images show ‘catacombs’?
(A) Option i
(B) Option ii
(C) Option iii
(D) Option iv
Question 58. Choose the correct option that corresponds with the description of the poet’s mother.
(A) Option (i)
(B) Option (ii)
(C) Option (iii)
(D) Option (iv)
Question 59. When Yumi refused to offer help, Hana informed her _______________________________________.
(A) that she could leave the house immediately.
(B) to go back to the baby’s room.
(C) to go and cook food.
(D) that they would hand over the prisoner to the police after making him conscious.
Question 60. Which two nations mentioned in the story, ‘The Enemy’ are at war with each other?
(A) Japan and Korea
(B) Israel and America
(C) Malaysia and America
(D) Japan and America