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Term 1 Sample Paper for Class 12 English With Solutions Set D
Section A Reading
I. Read the passage given below.
1. India has never subscribed to the doctrine of militarism and war in her history. Here, war was never treated as an ideal. It was only tolerated as unavoidable and inevitable and all attempts were made to check it and bring it under control. In spite of the frequency of wars in ancient India, in spite of highly developed military organisation, techniques of war and imperialism and in spite of the open justification of war as national policy, the heart of India loved pacifisms as an ideal capable of realisation.
India’s intelligence supported the cause of peace not only in national affairs but in international affairs also. All the great seers of the yore visualised the unity of life, permeating all beings, animate or inanimate, which ruled out killing and suicidal wars.
2. This doctrine of philosophical pacifisms practiced by ancient Aryans is, no doubt, a question of controversial nature. Certainly, the great Indian teachers and savants stuck to this doctrine and even translated it into practice and preached it to masses and the princes of military classes.
3. The excavations of Mohenjo-daro, also enunciated the doctrine of pacificism and friendship to all. Strangely enough, the Indus Valley Civilisation has revealed no fortification and very few weapons.
4. Ahimsa or the doctrine of non-violence in thought, speech and action assumed a gigantic importance in the Buddhist and Jain period. By a constant practice of this virtue, man becomes unassailable by even wild beasts, who forgot their ferocity the moment they entered the circumference of his magnetic influence. The monks and nuns reached every nook and corner of the world and delivered the message of love to war-weary humanity. The greatest votary was the royal monk Ashoka, who was responsible for transforming Ahimsa as an act of personal virtue, to Ahimsa as an act of national virtue.
5. Many a historian recounting the causes of the downfall of the Mauryas, hold the pacific policy of Ashoka which had eschewed the aggressive militarism of his predecessors, responsible for an early decay of the military strength of the state and its consequent disintegration, leading to the rise of Sungas, Kanvas and Andhras. But, in reality the fault lies with the weak successors of Ashoka, who could not wield the weapon of non-violence with a skill and efficiency which required the strength of a spiritual giant like Ashoka.
6. Besides the foregoing philosophical and religious school of thought, even many political authorities gave their unqualified support to the cause of pacifisms. They recognised the right of rivals to exist as collaborators in the building of a civilisation. Thus, in the pre-Mauryan India, scores of small independent republics existed and flourished without coming in clash with each other.
7. With regard to Kautilya, the much maligned militarist and the so called Machiavelli of India, he thinks that the object of diplomacy is to avoid war.
8. The Mahabharata observes in the connection, “A wise man should be content with what can be obtained by the expedients of conciliation, gift and dissention.” It denounces the warring world of men by comparing it to a dog-kennel. “First there comes the wagging of tails, then turning of one round to other, then the show of teeth, then the roaring and then comes the commencement of the fights. It is the same with men; there is no difference whatever. Likewise, Sri Krishna who’s Bhagwad-Gita has been styled by some as ‘a song of the battle’, should not be considered out and out militarist.
9. All possible avenues of peace such as negotiation, conciliation through conference, meditation and so on, were explored before the war was resorted to. This proves that the heart of ancient India was sound and it longed for peace. (Passage taken and adapted from ‘Culture India-Pacifism has been the Ideal’ by Sri Indra)
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any eight out of the ten questions by choosing the correct answer.
Question 1. The author’s use of ‘At least philosophically..’with respect to India’s militarism and its beliefs regarding disputes is aimed at
(a) crticising the contrast between militarism preach and practice.
(b) highlighting the Indian ideal of pacifism.
(c) showing how the Indian doctrine of pacifism is perfect.
(d) encouraging the age old doctrine of pacifism in modern times.
Question 2. A collocation is a group of words that often occur together.
The author says that man has forgot his magnetic influence.
Select the word from the options that correctly collocates with ‘magnetic’.
Question 3. Select the option that suitably completes the given dialogue.
Writer: The ancient kings and preachers followed the ideology of pacifism.
X: I agree. ___________________________.
Writer: People like King Ashoka and Gandhiji preached this ideal.
(a) War was the last option to resolves any conflict.
(b) War was not the approved way to resolve the conflict.
(c) War was considered as an evil act.
(d) War did not garner any positive result.
Question 4. Which board correctly points the ways to resolve a conflict as used by ancient rulers?
(a) Option 1
(b) Option 2
(c) Option 3
(d) Option 4
Question 5. Select the option that clearly indicates the correct pair.
Question 6. What is the relationship between (1) and (2)?
(1) …. policy of pacifism of Ashoka.
(2) … rise of Andhras.
(a) (2) is the cause for (1).
(b) (1) repeats the situation described in (2).
(c) (2) elaborates the problem described in (1).
(d) (1) sets the stage for (2).
Question 7. When the author blames the lack of spiritual strength shown by Ashoka’s successors, he is trying to
(a) defend the ideal of pacifism.
(b) highlight the role of peacemaker taken by Ashoka.
(c) criticise the successors of Ashoka and other humans in realising the potential of pacifism.
(d) show how India’s pacifism has led to the downfall of the Indian militarism.
Question 8. The use of the term ‘war-weary humanity’ indicates
(a) that wars has destroyed humanity.
(b) that wars has become a common place event.
(c) that wars were avoided at all costs.
(d) that wars has made humanity immoral.
Question 9. Which of the following statements is TRUE in the context of the passage?
(a) Mohenjo-Daro excavations are one of the many indications of cordial relations between different states in India.
(b) There are almost no weapons found in the excavation of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
(c) For the Indian states, war was the last resort to solve a conflict.
(d) India does not show the presence of highly developed military organisation.
Question 10. Deriving from the symbol of a Dog kennel, choose the correct sequence in which a war takes place.
1. Display of power 2. War cry
3. Trying to concialiate 4. War
5. Trying to incite one another
(a) 1, 5, 3, 2, 4
(b) 3, 5, 1, 2, 4
(c) 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
(d) 2, 4, 1, 5, 3
II. Read the passage given below.
Rapid technological advances can have an impact on personal, social and professional development. Implications for education include changes in the demand for knowledge and skills as well as expanding possibilities for teaching and learning. ICT use brings numerous advantages, such as greater connectivity and lower-cost for services, goods and information. However, these gains are not equally distributed and technology use comes with a number of risks. Building resilience to this is crucial.
Risks linked to digitalisation
Children face three main types of digital risks. Content risks refer to violent, hateful and unethical content, or commercial advertising masquerading as news. Contact risks include harassment, abuse and the compromise of personal data. Lastly, conduct risks include cyberbullying. These digital risks exist alongside risks to physical and mental health.
The danger of these risks increases with the extent of dependency. As found, 16% of respondents in PISA 2015 were extreme internet users – those who connect to the internet for more than 6 hours daily in a typical weekday – with the highest percentage reported in Chile, Italy and the UK.
It is important to identify which children are more vulnerable to digital risks and compulsive internet use in order to help protect them. Risk factors include (1) personality factors such as sensation-seeking, low self-esteem and psychological difficulties (acting both as causes and consequences of internet addiction disorders),(2) social factors, such as the lack of parental support and peer norms and (3) digital factors, such as specific online practices, online sites and skills.
Parents who are more confident of their own or their children’s digital skills take a less restrictive approach and favour mediation strategies. By encouraging digital activity
and sharing it with children, such parents create a safer environment without preventing use or hindering children’s agency and learning, helping them better manage risk and learn when things go wrong.
Teachers’ use of ICT for students’ projects or class work in schools can also contribute to students’ risk resilience in a number of ways. First, teachers can be trained on digital risks and their implications. Secondly, schools can foster a zero-tolerance culture to behaviours such as cyberbullying. Lastly, they can introduce online ethics and safety learning opportunities into the curriculum, offering spaces for adult and peer mentoring so that students can discuss practical implications of digital engagement and improve their levels of empathy and self-control.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer any six out of the eight questions by choosing the correct answer.
Question 11. Select the correct inference with reference to the following.
…. these gains are not equally distributed and technology use comes with a number of risks.
(a) ICT brings with itself the problems of equity and other socio-psychological problems.
(b) ICT’s impact has been associated with a lager socio-economic problem of unequal distribution.
(c) ICT gains differ for different sections of the society and can increase the gaps between social classes.
(d) ICT poses a number of health risks to individuals and thus must be limitedly used.
Question 12. The report highlights the physical and mental health issues which is a result of,
(a) excessive dependence on watching TV.
(b) excessive dependence on watching videos.
(c) excessive dependence on staying online.
(d) excessive dependence on staying home.
Question 13. As per the data Estonia is the country which reflects
(a) more boys feel bad if not connected to internet.
(b) more girls feel bad if not connected to internet.
(c) lowest number of children feeling bad if not connected to internet.
(d) most number of students feeling bad if connected to internet.
Question 14. Based on the passage, select the appropriate counter argument to the given argument.
Argument: Each and every child is vulnerable to the risks associated with the ICT.
(a) The health factors for each child may differ.
(b) There are certain factors like low self-esteem that makes certain children more prone to problems associated with ICT’s.
(c) As every being is unique, we need to look at each and every child separately.
(d)Children are more vulnerable to digital risks and compulsive internet use in order to help protect them.
Question 15. Select the option that displays the correct cause-effect relationship.
Question 16. Choose the option which is NOT TRUE as per the report.
(a) Compulsive internet behaviour may lead to low self-esteem.
(b) Compulsive internet behaviour may involve the risk of cyber-bullying.
(c) Compulsive internet behaviour may lead children to success.
(d) Compulsive internet behaviour may lead to psychological issues.
Question 17. What are the ‘Contact risks’ as per the report?
(a) Indulging in Physical fight
(b) Disclosing private information
(c) Cyber bullying
(d) Objectionable videos
Question 18. Read the two statements given below and select the option that suitably explains them.
1. The risks associated with the ICT can be easily removed.
2. Practical implication of digital engagement builds empathy and self-control.
(a) (2) elaborates (1)
(b) (1) is false but (2) correctly explain (1).
(c) (1) summarises (2).
(d) (1) is true and (2) is the reason for (1).
Section B Writing Skills
III. Answer any four out of the five questions given, with reference to the context below
You are the cultural secretary of your school. Write a notice inviting the names of students who would like to participate in the variety of programs that you are planning in aid of an old age home in your city.
Question 19. Select the appropriate title for the notice.
(a) Fest for the Old People
(b) Attention Everyone
(c) Sandhya Tara- Helping the Elderly
(d) Participation Invites
Question 20. Select the option that lists the most accurate opening for this notice.
(a) Greetings and attention please, to one and all….
(b) This notice is written to share some news with you all about…
(c) This is to inform all about….
(d) I wish to share with all …..
Question 21. Select the option with the information points to be included in the body of the notice.
1. Opinion about regular fests 2. Resolution for fests
3. Reason for the fest 4. Timings of the fest
5. Acts for the fest 6. Date of the fest
(a) 3, 4, 5, 6
(b) 1, 2, 3, 4
(c) 2, 3, 4, 5
(d) 1, 2, 4, 5
Question 22. Select the appropriate conclusion for this notice.
(a) Stay informed
(b) Collaboration solicited
(c) Stay prepared
(d) Inconvenience regretted
Question 23. How will you authenticate the notice?
(a) Name of organisation
(b) Name of writer
(c) Designation of writer
(d) All of these
IV. Answer any six of the seven questions given, with reference to the context below.
Apart from newspapers, 24 – hour news channels on TV are a major source of information for the common man. As compared to foreign news channels, the Indian channels are full of advertisements. Write a letter to the editor of a national newspaper urging the news channels to create a healthy balance between news and commercials.
Question 24. Select the appropriate subject line for the letter.
(a) The problem with Indian Newschannels
(b) To create a healthy balance between news and commercials
(c) The increasing commercialisation of Indian news channels
(d) The reducing authenticity of the Indian media channels
Question 25. While elaborating on the issue what should not be chosen ?
(b) Commercial friendly
(c) Repetition of news
Question 26. Read a sentence from the letter draft and help him complete it by selecting the most appropriate option.
The main focus of TV news channels should be on education and entertainment.
(a) TV news channels should be entertainment–friendly rather than ad–friendly.
(b) TV news should focus on delivering information rather than showing advertisements.
(c) TV news must first focus on news and then on other things.
(d) TV news must remember their ethical use and focus on news only.
Question 27. Which is the most appropriate way to address the receiver of the letter?
(a) Sir/ Ma’am
(c) Dear Mr/Miss
(d) The editor
Question 28. Which suggestions, from those given below, would be appropriate for the letter?
(a) Eco-friendly and balanced
(b) Balanced and educational
(c) Entertaining and information
(d) Both (b) and (c)
Question 29. Which of the following is the most appropriate complimentary close for the letter?
(a) Yours lovingly
(b) Yours dearly
(c) Yours sincerely
Question 30. Choose the option with the correct format to be used for the given letter.
(a) Option (1)
(b) Option (2)
(c) Option (3)
(d) Option (4)
Section C Literature
V. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow :
“If at the end of the day we can feed our families and go to bed without an aching stomach, we would rather live here than in the fields that gave us no grain,” say a group of women in tattered saris when I ask them why they left their beautiful land of green fields and rivers. Wherever they find food, they pitch their tents that become transit homes. Children grow up in them, becoming partners in survival. And survival in Seemapuri means rag-picking. Through the years, it has acquired the proportions of a fine art. Garbage to them is gold. It is their daily bread, a roof over their heads, even if it is a leaking roof. But for a child it is even more.
Question 31. Garbage to them is gold because
(a) they can buy gold in exchange of garbage
(b) they can find something precious in garbage
(c) garbage is the means of their livelihood
(d) garbage is the source of wonder
Question 32. What do you think is the purpose of calling ‘ragpicking’ a fine art?
(a) To state its importance for the people of Seemapuri.
(b) To state that people of Seemapuri had attained expertise in it.
(c) To show a contrast between beautiful valleys and dirt of the garbage.
(d) To show the extent to which people of Seemapuri can go for survival.
Question 33. Which of the following can be attributed to the people of Seemapuri?
(a) Nostalgic pride
(b) Scathing helplessness
(c) Despairing acceptance
(d) Laboured ease
Question 34. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
(1) Anees Jung aptly compares the condition of the ladies in Seemapuri with the general scenario one can see in Delhi.
(2) Anees Jung shows the real picture of Seemapuri to show the plight of deprived and downtrodden children.
(a) Statement (1) is true and statement (2) is false
(b) Statement (1) is false and statement (2) is true
(c) Both statement (1) and statement (2) can be inferred
(d) Both statement (1) and statement (2) cannot be inferred
Question 35. Select the option that lists the correct characteristics one can attach with the concept of transit homes.
1. Temporariness 2. Poverty
3. Travel 4. Wonder
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 3 and 4
(c) 5 and 6
(d) 1, 2 and 5
VI. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow :
Then I started down a third time. I sucked for air and got water. The yellowish light was going out.Then all effort 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 36. Why does the author started to go down the third time?
(a) He had been drowning for the third time
(b) He had tried to jump out of the water twice but in vain
(c) He had started to swim upwards but his third try failed
(d) He had been pushed into the water by someone for the third time.
Question 37. Select the option that lists the correct inference based on the information in the extract.
(a) The author had given up.
(b) The author had no energy left.
(c) The author accepted his fate
(d) All of these
Question 38. The author says that a blackness swept over his brain.
He means that he was ____________
Question 39. What is the reason for the use of ‘…’ in the given lines?
(a) To show the state of the author
(b) To show that the author was drowsy
(c) To show the calm expression of the author
(d) To show the author’s acceptance of his situation
Question 40. The curtain of life fell. Such an image is used in
VII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow :
On their slag heap, these children
Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel
With mended glass, like bottle bits on stones.
All of their time and space are foggy slum.
So blot their maps with slums as big as doom.
Question 41. The image of the children presented in the extract shows that they are
Question 42. What is the figure of speech used in ’So blot their maps with slums as big as doom’?
Question 43. Which two characteristics are used to describe the slums in the above extract?
1. Unclear 2. Dingy
3. Polluted 4. Deprived
(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 and 4
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 44. “All of their time and space are foggy slum.” The given line can be summarised by
(a) the dirt and ding that covers the slum are eternal and make time and space inconsequential.
(b) lack of a sense of time and space as children are hemmed in by their circumstances.
(c) the lack of knowledge of time and worldly sense deprives children of the slum of a better future.
(d) lack of proper space and time for education had negatively impacted the future of the slum children.
Question 45. 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
VIII. Read the given extract to attempt questions that follow :
Yes, I’ve taken the obvious step: I talked to a psychiatrist friend of mine, among others. I told him about the third level at Grand Central Station and he said it was a waking dream wish fulfillment. He said I was unhappy. That made my wife kind of mad, but he explained that he meant the modern world is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it and that I just want to escape.
Question 46. Why did the narrator go to a psychiatrist?
(a) Because he experienced something unusual
(b) Because he was unhappy
(c) Because he was depressed
(d) Because he wanted to meet him
Question 47. What is Waking dream wish fulfillment; according to the psychiatrist in the lesson?
(a) Charles finding of a Third Level at Grand Central Station
(b) Charley’s realisation of his wish to visit Galesburg Illinois
(c) Charley’s Stamp collecting hobby
(d) All of the above
Question 48. Select the option that signifies the condition of people of the ‘modern world’ mentioned in the extract.
1. Anxious 2. Over enthusiastic
3. Afraid 4. Nostalgic
(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 and 5
(c) 3 and 4
(d) 4 and 5
Question 49. Why did Sam’s explanation make Charley’s wife ‘mad’?
(a) It seemed to her that she was not a good wife to Charley.
(b) It seemed to suggest to her that the cause of Charley’s unhappiness was their marriage.
(c) It made her aware of Charley’s bad habits.
(d) It offended her that Charley and Sam collectively accused her.
Question 50. What does the psychiatrist explain to Charley?
(a) That the third level is his escapist route
(b) That Charley is hallucinating
(c) That Charley’s infatuation with his past is mental
(d) That it was the result of stress and anxiety of his mind
IX. Attempt the following.
Question 51. The parting words of the poet in ‘My Mother at Sixty-Six’ shows
Question 52. In the lesson, Deep Water, Douglas says ‘I wanted to get into them’.
The underlined phrase suggests that Douglas ……………… .
(a) was dreaming about swimming in the water body
(b) was tempted to join his friends
(c) desired to got into the water body but couldn’t
(d) hesitated in entering the water body
Question 53. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
(1) The Grand Central Station is such a big place that Charley is not the only person who got lost in it.
(2) Charley is among the many people suffer from the anxieties of Modern Life.
(a) Statement (1) is true but Statement (2) is false
(b) Statement (1) is false but Statement (2) is true
(c) Both Statement (1) and Statement (2) can be inferred
(d) Both Statement (1) and Statement (2) cannot be inferred
Question 54. The moment of silence is called ‘exotic’ because that moment is …………………… .
(a) of the unusualness of the silence.
(b) of lack of any sort of activity.
(c) of the unity of people in the act.
(d) of perfect peace and harmony.
Question 55. In the poem ‘An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum’, the poet portrays_________________
(a) the plight of slum children
(b) the malnourished children
(c) extremely thin children
(d) inattentive children in the classroom
Question 56. ‘‘Only the desks and benches had been worn smooth; the Walnut-trees in the garden were taller, and the hopvine that he had planted himself twined about the windows to the roof.” The given lines indicate
(a) the beauty of garden created by M. Hamel
(b) the long years of M. Hamel’s faithful service
(c) the efforts M. Hamel puts through in his lessons.
(d) None of the above
Question 57. Classify the fact (F) or opinion (O), based on the reading of ‘The Last Lesson’.
1. Franz should not have been so upset at the thought of not learning French.
2. The old people of Alsace knew the value of what they were going to lose.
3. M. Hamel made it clear why their native tongue was most precious to them.
4. Franz should have hugged M. Hamel to make him feel special in his last lesson.
(a) F – 1, 4 ; O – 2, 3
(b) F – 2, 4 ; O – 1, 3
(c) F – 2, 3 ; O – 1, 4
(d) F – 1, 2 ; O – 3, 4
Question 58. What does the narrative style of the poem ‘My Mother at Sixty-Six’ signify?
(a) A single painful thought
(b) Amalgamation of thoughts and reality
(c) Contrasting thoughts
(d) Reality which differs from thoughts
Question 59. Choose the statement that is NOT TRUE with reference ‘The Enemy’.
(a) Yumi is a nationalist in a sense that she wants nothing to do with a white man.
(b) The old servants at Sadao’s house had to leave the house because Sadao was helping the POW.
(c) Hana was scared that someone would tell the authorities of Sadao’s decision of helping the POW.
(d) Sadao knew that the consequences of his action could be bad so he tells the General everything.
Question 60. Choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.
(1) Sadao’s father lived a satisfied life.
(2) Sadao fulfilled his father’s dream.
(a) Statement (1) is true but Statement (2) is false.
(b) Statement (1) is false but Statement (2) is true.
(c) Both Statement (1) and Statement (2) can be inferred
(d) Both Statement (1) and Statement (2) cannot be inferred