Please refer to Class 12 English Sample Paper Term 1 With Solutions Set B provided below. The Sample Papers for Class 12 English have been prepared based on the latest pattern issued by CBSE. Students should practice these guess papers for class 12 English to gain more practice and get better marks in examinations. The Term 1 Sample Papers for English Standard 12 will help you to understand the type of questions which can be asked in upcoming examinations.
Term 1 Sample Paper for Class 12 English With Solutions Set B
I. Read the passage given below:
(1) A fisherman, enfeebled with age, could no longer go out to sea, so he began fishing in the river. Every morning he would go down to the river and sit there fishing the whole day long. In the evening, he would sell whatever he had caught, buy food for himself and go home. It was a hard life for an old man. One hot afternoon while he was trying to keep awake and bemoaning his fate, a large bird with silvery feathers alighted on a rock near him. It was Kaha, the heavenly bird ‘Have you no one to care for you, grandpa?’ asked the bird ‘Not a soul’. ‘You should not be doing such work at your age’, said the bird ‘From now on I will bring you a big fish every evening. You can sell it and live in comfort’. True to her word, the bird began to drop a large fish at his doorstep every evening. All that the fisherman had to do was take it to the market and sell it. As big fish were in great demand, he was soon rolling in money. He bought a cottage near the sea, with a garden around it and engaged a servant to cook for him. His wife had died some years earlier. He had decided to marry again and began to look for a suitable woman.
(2) One day he heard the royal courtier make an announcement. ‘Our king has news of a great bird called Kaha,’ said the courtier. ‘Whoever can give information about this bird and help catch it, will be rewarded with half the gold in the royal treasury and half the kingdom!’ The fisherman was sorely tempted by the reward, Half the kingdom would make him a prince!
(3) ‘Why does the king want the bird?’ he asked, ‘He has lost his sight,’ explained the courtier. ‘A wise man has advised him to bathe his eyes with the blood of Kaha. Do you know where can she be found?’ ‘No…I mean …no, no…’ Torn between greed and his sense of gratitude towards the bird, the fisherman could not give a coherent reply. The courtier, sensing that he knew something about the bird, informed the king. The king had him brought to the palace.
(4) ‘If you have information about the bird, tell me,’ urged the king. ‘I will reward you handsomely and if you help catch her, I will personally crown you king of half my domain’. ‘I will get the bird for you,’ cried the fisherman, suddenly making up his mind ‘But Kaha is strong. I will need help’. The king sent a dozen soldiers with him. That evening when the bird came with the fish, the fisherman called out her to wait. ‘You drop the fish and go and I never get a chance to thank you for all that you’ve done for me,’ he said ‘Today I have laid out a feast for you inside. Please alight and come in’. Kaha was reluctant to accept the invitation but the fisherman pleaded so earnestly that she finally gave in, and alighted The moment she was on the ground, the fisherman grabbed one of her legs and shouted to the soldiers hiding in his house to come out. They rushed to his aid, but their combined effort could not keep Kaha down.
(5) She rose into the air with the fisherman still clinging onto her leg. By the time he realised he was being carried away, the fisherman was too high in the air to let go. He hung on grimly, and neither he nor Kaha were ever seen again.
Based on your understanding of the above passage, answer any eight out of ten questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option:
Question 1. Why was the king desperately looking for Kaha, the bird?
(A) The king wanted a pet bird.
(B) A wise man advised the king to capture the bird for good luck.
(C) Kaha was the only heavenly bird with silvery feathers.
(D) The king was blind and required Kaha’s blood for his eyes.
Question 2. Why did the bird volunteer to bring fish for the old man?
(A) The old man was inexperienced at fishing.
(B) The bird took pity on the old man and wanted to help him.
(C) The bird had caught more fish than required.
(D) The bird wanted to make the old man rich.
Question 3. What led the courtier to sense that the fisherman might know something about Kaha?
(A) The courtier had observed Kaha alight at the fisherman’s house every evening.
(B) The courtier had seen the fisherman talk to Kaha.
(C) The fisherman fumbled when asked about Kaha.
(D) Word went around that the fisherman was in contact with Kaha.
Question 4. Which of the following is not true about Kaha?
(A) Kaha was a very considerate bird.
(B) The blood of Kaha was precious.
(C) Kaha was a strong bird.
(D) Kaha saved the fisherman from the King’s wrath.
Question 5. Why did the fisherman stammer when asked if he knew about the bird?
(A) The fisherman thought he was going to be punished for living off the bird.
(B) He was thrilled he would be able to help the king.
(C) He already knew about the reward that was being offered.
(D) He was conflicted between the king’s reward and his gratitude towards the bird.
Question 6. Pick out the correct meaning of the phrase ‘rolling in money’?
(A) To have a large amount of money
(B) To waste the money
(C) To invest the money
(D) To have no idea of money being possessed
Question 7. The bird _____________ along with the fisherman clinging on to her leg.
(B) flew away
(C) was captured
(D) was caged
Question 8. Pick out the word or phrase from the passage opposite in meaning to ‘take off ’ (as used in Para 1).
(A) Go out
(B) Go down
Question 9. Pick out the word/phrase from the passage opposite in meaning to ‘released’ (as used in Para 4).
(C) Both (A) and (B)
(D) Neither (A) nor (B)
Question 10. Whom did the king send with the fisherman to catch Kaha?
(A) His son
(B) His soldiers
(C) His hunters
(D) Other fishermen
II. Read the passage given below:
(1) A new dimension of women in politics emerged in recent years all over the world. More and more women have now been entering into politics. Conventional politics reflected male concerns and hence, women were notably absent in politics.
(2) Welfare policies have been constructed and reinforced women’s traditional position as wives and mothers. Women have struggled over issues affecting them, especially their rights to property and vote in the 19th century.
(3) In India, reform movements before and after independence have helped the women to gain some power in politics also. After independence they have achieved an unprecedented political breakthrough with the reservation of seats for them in panchayats and other public bodies.
(4) It is heartening to note that Indian women were among the earliest to get their political rights (right to vote) without any political movement like in The United States and many Western countries. They were among the foremost to take active part in politics even in pre-independence times.
(5) Indian women have a distinction to become UNO Secretary (Vijay Laxmi Pandit), Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi), Chief Minister (Sucheta Kriplani, Jayalalitha, Uma Bharati, Mayawati and Vasundhara Raje) and even President (Pratibha Patil).
(6) A recent study was conducted to understand the status of women in politics across the world. The graph below proves that even in the 21st century, the status of women is not equal to that of men when it comes to occupying high positions in various occupations.
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 theme of the passage?
(A) Women empowerment
(B) Involvement of women in politics
(C) Involvement of women in employment opportunities
(D) Gender inequality
Question 12. ___________ politics reflected male concerns.
(D) None of these
Question 13. Which traditional positions of women have been reinforced?
(C) Both (A) and (B)
(D) Neither (A) nor (B)
Question 14. Pick out the right of women which was a question of struggle in the 19th century.
(A) Right to vote
(B) Right to worship
(C) Right to work
(D) None of these
Question 15. Where have been the seats reserved for the women after the independence?
(D) All of these
Question 16. Which of these pictorial representation represents the true relationship between America and Asia in regard to participation of women in national parliament?
Q.17. Which of these pie diagram sections represent the participation of women in National Parliament in sub-Saharan African countries?
Question 18. Name the only woman Prime Minister of India.
(B) Indira Gandhi
(C) Uma Bharti
(D) Pratibha Patil
III. Answer any four out of the five questions given below.
You are Vinod/Vineeta, General Manager, Global Solutions, Meerut. You want to rent a bungalow to be used as a guest house. It should have all the modern amenities. Draft a suitable advertisement in not more than 50 words to be published in a local newspaper.
Question 19. (A) Situation Vacant
(D) Situation Wanted
Question 20. (A) quite
Question 21. (A) Salary
Question 22. Where is the writer’s signature placed in the Notice?
(A) Above the name of the writer.
(B) Below the name of the writer.
(C) After the Heading of the Notice.
(D) After the designation of the writer.
Question 23. What is not mentioned in the ‘Found’ Notice?
(A) Place where the object was found.
(B) Detailed description of the object.
(C) Name of the person who found the object.
(D) Place from where the object can be collected back.
IV. Answer any six of the seven questions given below.
The word ‘father’ is synonymous with strict discipline, etc. but it is not completely true. The father fulfils his responsibilities affectionately for the family. Write an article in 150-200 words on the topic, ‘Role of father in the family.’ You are Dhruv/Deepa.
(25) _________________ that can’t be played by others. This role can have (26) __________ and it helps shape him/ her into the person they become in future.
It is not completely true that ‘father’ is (27) _____________. In fact like mother, he is (28) ________ in the development of a child’s emotional well-being. Children look to their father to lay down the rules and enforce them. They also look to their father, to provide them a feeling of security- both physical and emotional. Children want to make their father proud and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength.
(29) __________________, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instils an overall sense of well-being and self-confidence. The father not only fulfils his responsibilities affectionately for the family but also sets the pattern in relationships which will, in turn be
(30) __________________ other people in society.
Question 24. (A) Role of father in the family
(B) Father in the family
(C) Role of father
(D) Role of the family
Question 25. (A) Father plays a significant role in his child’s life
(B) Father played a sincere role in his childs life
(C) Father plays a sincere role in his child’s life
(D) Father played a significant role in his child’s life
Question 26. (A) large impact on a child
(B) a large impact on the child
(C) large impact at the child
(D) a large impact in the child
Question 27. (A) synonym with lenient discipline only
(B) synonym to strict discipline only
(C) synonymous with strict discipline only
(D) synonymous to lenient discipline only
Question 28. (A) a rock
(B) a stand
(C) a wall
(D) a pillar
Question 29. (A) Studies shows that when father are affectionate and supportive
(B) Studies show that when a father is affectionate and supportive
(C) Studies showed that if a father is affectionated and supported
(D) Studies show that when a father is affectionately and supportively
Question 30. (A) reflecting to how his children related with
(B) reflected to how his children relatively with
(C) reflected by how his children relate with
(D) reflecting by how his children relatively with
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:
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… tender arms around me… tender arms like Mother’s… now I
must go to sleep… I crossed to oblivion, and the curtain of life fell.
Question 31. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
Statement 1: The author tried his best to jump out of water.
Statement 2: After a while, the author was not anxious in water.
(A) If Statement 1 is the cause, Statement 2 is the effect.
(B) If Statement 1 is the effect, Statement 2 is the cause.
(C) Both the statements are the effects of a common cause.
(D) Both the statements are the effects of independent causes.
Question 32. The ‘curtain of life fell’ corresponds to an aspect of:
Question 33. The purpose of using “…” in the above passage is to:
(A) show omission
(B) indicate pauses
(C) shorten a dialogue
(D) replace an idea
Question 34. Which option indicates that the poet lost consciousness?
(A) ‘It was quiet and peaceful’.
(B) ‘I crossed to oblivion.’
(C) ‘Tender arms like Mother’s.’
(D) ‘It wiped out fear.’
Question 35. “It wiped out fear, it wiped out terror.” What is ‘it’ here?
(A) Conscious state
(B) Unconscious state
(C) Deep sleep induced by a psychiatrist.
(D) Unable to think properly.
VI. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
In the afternoon, the second thing happened. Hana, working hard on unaccustomed labour, saw a
messenger come to the door in official uniform.
Question 36. Which day had two things happened?
(A) The day the war broke.
(B) The day of the arrival of the American prisoner.
(C) The day Japan won the war.
(D) The seventh day after the arrival of the American prisoner.
Question 37. What was the second thing that happened on the very day?
(A) His servants left
(B) General sent him a message
(C) Received a message from the office
(D) None of these
Question 38. Which of the following was giving trouble to the General?
(C) Gall bladder
Question 39. Why was Hana working in spite of having servants?
(A) The servants were on leave.
(B) The servants had gone to buy groceries.
(C) The servants had left the job.
(D) The servants had died.
Question 40. Sadao and Hana have a moral compass which urges them to save the prisoner’s life paving way for _________________.
(A) a harmonious society
(B) a liberal nation
(C) equal rights for everyone
(D) global help
VII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the Earth
Let’s not speak in any language,
Let’s stop for one second and not move our arms so much.
Question 41. What is the significance of the number ‘twelve’?
(A) Measure of distance
(B) Measure of capacity
(C) Measure of gravity
(D) Measure of time
Question 42. Which two activities does the poet want us to stop?
(A) Speak and Move
(B) Move and Eat
(C) Speak and Dance
(D) Move and Sleep
Question 43. What does the poet mean by ‘let’s not speak in any language’?
(A) To be silent
(B) To be dump
(C) To be unconscious
(D) To be straight
Question 44. What is the pun in the word ‘arms’?
(A) Human organs
(B) Destructive weapons
(C) Both (A) and (B)
(D) None of these
Question 45. Which poetic device can you spot in the last two lines of the stanza?
(D) Transferred Epithet
VIII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow:
‘I cannot bear for you to touch him,’ she said. ‘We shall have to tell the servants he is here. I will tell
Yumi now. She can leave the children for a few minutes and she can wash him.’
Question 46. Who is the speaker of the above lines?
(A) Dr. Sadao
(D) Kamala Das
Question 47. Why is ‘he’ needed to be washed?
(A) Too dirty
(B) Filled with blood
(C) Covered in oil
(D) Body washed with salt water
Question 48. Who was Yumi?
Question 49. Who did eventually wash ‘he’?
(A) Dr. Sadao
(D) Yumi’s mother
Question 50. ‘She did not wish to be left alone with the white man.’ Why did Hana feel so, despite having studied in America?
(A) being married, it wasn’t appropriate to stay on with a stranger.
(B) America and Japan were not supporters in the ongoing World War.
(C) He was someone she’d recognised from her past in America.
(D) Her husband had warned her against the American.
IX. Attempt the following.
Question 51. What explanation is given by the people, to Anees Jung, for staying barefoot?
(A) Religious barrier
(B) Traditional way of acceptance
(C) Lack of money
(D) Social demarcation
Question 52. While the class was in motion, why did M. Hamel sit motionless?
(A) He wanted to inscribe this classroom scene in his mind.
(B) He was very tired after giving lecture.
(C) He was worried about the German attack.
(D) He was invigilating the test.
Question 53. Why did Saheb feel the weight of the steel canister but not that of the plastic bag used for rag picking?
(A) The steel canister was filled with milk which made it heavy.
(B) The rags were weightless.
(C) Saheb didn’t like to work on the tea stall.
(D) All of the above.
Question 54. What suggestion did M. Hamel give to his class full of pupils?
(A) To attend the lessons regularly.
(B) To be focused while learning their language.
(C) To promote the slogan, ‘Long Live France’.
(D) To safeguard their language and not let it perish.
Question 55. Driving from my parent’s
home to Cochin last Friday
Why did the poet use ‘last Friday’ specifically?
(A) To show that the poet had to commence her job from the next week.
(B) To emphasise overarching idea of things coming to an end.
(C) To show that the poet travelled on weekends.
(D) Friday is poet’s favourite day of the week.
Question 56. Which figure of speech can you spot in, ‘slums as big as doom’.
Question 57. When the poet wishes to avert her attention from the reminder of ageing and death, she chooses to look at “young” trees and “young” children, signifying youth and life. This striking sharp contrast accentuates ____________________.
(A) the poet’s talent to shift the tone from depression to excitement.
(B) the poet’s ability of being observant.
(C) the poet’s art of comparison.
(D) the poet’s desperate attempt to escape harsh realities of life.
Question 58. The essence of ‘Keeping Quiet’ is based on ____________.
(D) looking around
Question 59. The value of a newly issued stamp increases if it has the post mark of the date of issue on it.
Therefore, the stamp collectors buy new stamps on the very first day of its sale and paste them on self–addressed envelopes and post them. These envelopes are called the ________________________.
(A) First–week covers
(B) First–hour covers
(C) First–year covers
(D) First–day covers
Question 60. Sam’s quiet business of hay, feed and grain would give him ______________________.
(A) satisfaction and enjoyment
(B) peace and contentment
(C) less profit but more satisfaction
(D) more profit but less satisfaction