Subject: English, asked on 4/8/16

Subject: English, asked on 18/7/15

Sample Paper – 2013

Class - XII

TIME: 3hrs. ENGLISH Max. Marks: 100

Section A: Reading Max. Marks : 20

1.Read the passage given below and then answer the questions that follow:

To make our life a meaningful one, we need to mind our thoughts, for our thoughts are the foundation, the inspiration, and the motivating power of our deeds. We create our entire world by the way we think. Thoughts are the causes and the conditions are the effects.

2 Our circumstances and conditions are not dictated by the world outside; it is the world inside us that creates the outside. Self-awareness comes from the mind, which means soul. Mind is the sum total of the states of consciousness grouped under thought, will and feeling. Besides self-consciousness we have the power to choose and think. Krishna says: “no man resteth a moment inactive”. Even when inactive on the bodily plane, we are all the time acting on the thought plane. Therefore if we observe ourselves, we can easily mould our thoughts. If our thoughts are pure and noble, naturally actions follow the same. If our thoughts are filled with jealousy, hatred and greed, our actions will be the same.

3 Karmically, however, thought or intent is more responsible and dynamic than an act. One may perform a charitable act, but if he does not think charitably and is doing the act just for the sake of gain and glory, it is his thoughts that will determine the result. Theosophy teaches us that every thought, no matter how fleeting, leaves a seed in the mind of the thinker. These small seeds together go to make up a large thought seed and determine one’s general character. Our thoughts affect the whole body. Each thought once generated and sent out becomes independent of the brain and mind and will live upon its own energy depending upon its intensity.

4 Trying to keep a thought from our mind can produce the very state we are trying to avoid. We can alter our environment to create the mood. When, for instance, we are depressed, if we sit by ourselves trying to think cheerful thoughts, we often do not succeed. But if we mix with people who are cheerful we can bring about a change in our mood and thoughts. Every thought we think, every act we perform, creates in us an impression, like everything else, is subject to cyclic law and becomes repetitive in our mind. So, we alone have the choice to create our thoughts and develop the kind of impressions that make our action more positive.

5 Let us choose the thought seeds of right ideas, noble and courageous aspirations that will be received by minds of the same nature. Right introspection will be required of us to determine what we really desire to effect. Everything in the universe is inter-related and inter-dependent, that we live in one another and by accepting the grand principle of universal brotherhood we shall be in a position to appreciate what a heavy responsibility is ever ours to think right. Let us reflect and send loving and helpful thoughts and lighten the load of the world’s suffering.

1.1 Answer the following questions:

a. How can we make our life meaningful? 1 mark

b. Why does Krishna say, “No man resteth a moment inactive?” 2 marks

c. How do our thoughts affect the whole body? 2 marks

d. How can we change our mood when we are depressed? 2 marks

e. How can we bring about the desired effect? 2 marks

1.2 Find the words from the passage which mean the same as: 3 marks

a. Full of activity (Para 3) (Para 3)

b. Happening in cycles (Para 4)

c. to look into one’s own thoughts and feelings (Para 5)

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (8)

The small village of Somnathpur contains an extraordinary temple, built around 1268 A.D by the Hoyasalas of Karnataka-one of the most prolific temple builders. Belur and Helebid are among their-better-known works. While these suffered during the invasions of the 14th century, the Somnathpur temple stands more or less intact in near-original condition.

This small temple captivates with the beauty and vitality of its detailed sculpture covering almost every inch of the walls, pillars, and even ceilings. It has three shikharas and stands on a star-shaped, raised platform with 24 edges. The outer walls have a profusion of detailed carvings: the entire surface run over by carved plaques of stone. There were vertical panels covered by exquisite figures of gods and goddesses. With many incarnations being depicted. There were nymphs too, some carrying an ear of maize (a symbol of plenty and prosperity. The elaborate ornamentation the very characteristic of Hoyasala sculptures, was a remarkable feature. On closer look - and it is worth it - the series of friezes on the outer walls revealed intricately carved caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians, crocodiles, and swans.

The temple was actually commissioned by Soma Dandanayaka or Somnath (he named the village after himself), the minister of the Hoyasala king, NarasimhaIII. The temple was built to house three versions of Krishna. The inner center of the temple was the kalyana mandapa. Leading from here were three corridors, each ending in a shrine, one for each kind of Krishna-Venugopala, Janardana and Prasanna Keshava, though only two remain in their original form. In the darkness of the sanctum sanctorum, I tried to discern the different images. The temple’s sculptural perfection is amazing and it includes the doors of the temple and the three elegantly carved towers.

2.1 Make notes of the above passage using an acceptable format including

abbreviations, with suitable titles 5 marks

2.2 Make a summary of the above passage in not more than 80 words. 3 marks

Section B: Advanced Writing Skills - 35Marks

3. You are the President of your school theatre club. Your club is organizing a play The Miser to help the victims of earthquake. Design a poster informing the students about this play. Invent necessary details.


The students’ council of your school has organized an excursion to Goa for students of class XII during the Autumn Break. As President of the council, write

a notice in not more than fifty words informing the students about this excursion.

Sign yourself as Ravi / Raveena.

4. You are Rahul, the Headboy of Creative Public School, Delhi. Recently your school hosted the Regional Level CBSE Science Exibition. Write a report of this event for your school newsletter in about 125 words.


The International Book Fair was inaugurated by the Chairman of Children’s Book Trust, Dr. Kumar. The theme this year was Illustrated Works of Children. You are

Akshay/Akanksha a class XII student of A.K. International School Mathura.You

visited the exhibition and were impressed with the range of books on display. Write a factual description in about 125 words.

5. You are Naresh/Neetu. Recently, you came across a newspaper report on the

burning of a young woman as her parents could not meet the dowry demands. You

feel that even after 60 years of independence we have not really progressed as a nation. Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper expressing your views and also giving suggestions to improve the status of women in Indian Society.


You are Satish/Sonali, the student prefect in- charge of the school library. You have been asked to place an order for children’s story books (Ages 10-13 yrs). Write a letter to M.S. Book Depot Ram Nagar, Bikaner placing an order for the books. Invent the necessary details.

6. India is a country with diverse cultures, traditions, religious and political beliefs. To keep such a country together, to bind the people and take the nation ahead on the path of progress, democracy is the most suitable form of government. Write an article in about 150-200 words. You are Akshay /Asha, a class XII student at Rosary Senior Secondary School Lucknow.


You are Amit/Amita a student of class XII at K.N. Senior Secondary School

Nagpur. You recently visited a hill station along with your parents. It was an

exhilarating, adventurous and joyful experience. Write an article for the school

magazine, sharing your experience in 150-200 words.

Section – C(Literature-45 marks)

7. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:(4)

And yet, for these

Children, these windows, not this map, their world,

Where all their future’s painted with a fog,

A narrow street sealed in with a lead sky

Far far from rivers, capes and stars of words.

(a) What does the map on the wall signify? 1

(b) Who are these children? What is their world like? 2

(c) What kind of future does the poet foresee for them? 1


A thing of beauty is a joy for ever

Its loveliness increases, it will never

Pass into nothingness; but will keep

A bower quiet for us.

a. ‘A thing of beauty is joy for ever’. Explain. 2

b. Why does a beautiful thing ‘pass into nothingness’? 1

c. What does poet mean by ‘a bower quiet for us’ 1

(b) Answer any three of the following questions in about 30words: (3x2=6)

(a) What does Stephen Spender want for the children of the slums? How can their lives change?

(b) How will counting up to twelve and keeping still help us?

(c) Why is grandeur associated with the mighty dead?

(d). What is the significance of the parting words of the poet and her smile, in My

Mother at Sixty-six?

8. Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words. 10 marks

(a) Why was Franz afraid when he was going to school that day?

(b) What is the misadventure that William Douglas speaks about?

(c). Mention any two hazards of working in the glass bangles industry.

(d). How did Douglas overcome the old terror?

(e). The crofter can be called as a good host. Why?

9. Answer any one of the following in about 125-150 words. 10 marks

The life of bangle makers of Firozabad was full of obstacles which forced them

to lead a life of poverty and deprivation. Discuss with reference to Lost Spring.


How were the two hosts’ - the crofter and the ironmaster different from one another?

10. Answer any one of the following in about 125-150 words. 7 marks

Individuals who belong to enemy countries tend to hate each other even if they do not know each other personally. At times it is seen that some of them rise above such prejudices. What makes a human being do so?


The modern consumerist world is full of fear, insecurities, stress and wars. What

are the ways in which we try to combat them? Answer with reference to The Third


11. Answer the following briefly (30-40 words) 8 marks

(1) Why does Charley say that grand station is growing like a tree in the story

The Third level?

(2) Even though the Maharaja lost Rs. 3 lac, he was still happy. Why?

(3) In a short span of 12 thousand years man has managed to create a ruckus

on this earth. How?

(4). What did they think would be the best & the kindest thing to do for the injured man?

Subject: English, asked on 14/2/16

Sample Paper –2013

Sub: English

Class XII

Time- 3 hr M.M.-100


1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow it: 12

Swami Vivekananda is a striking figure with his turban and his kindly features. On my enquiring as to the significance, if any, of his name, the Swami said, “Of the name by which I am not known, the first word is descriptive of a Sanyasin, or one who formally renounces the world, and the second is the title I assumed- as is customary with all Sanyasins – on my renunciation of the world; it signifies, literally, the bliss of discrimination.”

“And what induced you to forsake the ordinary course of the world Swami?” I asked.

“I had a deep interest in religion and philosophy from my childhood”, he replied, “and our books teach renunciation as the highest ideal to which man can aspire. It only needed the meeting with a great teacher- Ramakrishna Paramhansa to kindly in me the final determination to follow the path he himself had trod, as in him I found my highest ideal realism.”

“Then did he found a sect, which you now represent”?

“No”, replied the Swami quickly. “No, his whole life was spent in breaking down the barriers of sectarianism and dogma. He formed no sect. Quite the reverse He advocated and strove to establish absolute freedom of thought. He was a great Yogi”.

“Then you are connected with no society or sect in this country? Neither Theosophical nor Christian Scientist and any other?

“None whatever!” said the Swami in clear and impressive tones. “My teaching is my own interpretation of our ancient books, in the light which my master shed upon them. I claim no supernatural authority. Whatever in my teaching may appeal to the highest intelligence and be accepted by thinking men, the adoption of that will be my reward”. “All religions”, he continued, “have for their object the teaching either of devotion, knowledge or yoga, in a concrete form. Now the philosophy of Vedanta is the abstract science which embraces all these methods, and this is that I teach, leaving each one to apply in to his own concrete form. I refer each individual to his own experiences, and where reference is made to books, the latter are procurable, and may be studied by each one for himself. Above all, I teach no authority proceeding from hidden beings speaking through visible agents, any more than I claim learning from hidden books or manuscripts. I am the exponent of no occult societies, nor do I believe that good can come of such bodies. Truth stands on its own authority, and truth can bear the light of day.”

“Then you do not propose to form any society, Swami”? I suggested.

“None; no society whatever. I teach only the self, hidden in the heart of every individual and common to all. A harmful of strong men knowing that self and living in its light would revolutionize the world, even today, as has been the case by single strong men before, each in his day”.

“Have you just arrived from India”. I inquired.

“No,” he replied, “I represented the Hindu religion at the Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893. Since then I have been travelling and lecturing in the United States. The American people have proved most interested audiences and sympathetic friends, and my work there has to take root that I must shortly return to that country”.

“And what is your attitude towards the western religions, Swami”?

“I propound a philosophy which can serve as a basic to every possible religious system in the world, and my attitude towards all of them is one of extreme - sympathy my teaching is antagonistic to none. I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves conscious of this divinity within. That is really the ideal- conscious or unconscious – of every religion”.


Answer the following questions briefly: 8 Marks

What does Swami Vivekananda tell the interviewer regarding significance of his name?

What influence did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa have on Swami Vivekananda?

What according to Vivekananda is the philosophy of Vedanta?

Why had Swami Vivekananda gone to Chicago?

How did Vivekananda find the American audience?

Explain: “I direct my attention to the individual”.

Find words from the passage which mean the same as each of the following: 4 Marks

Importance; the meaning of something.

Abandon; give up

Very old.

Q. 2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 8 Marks

Do children really need such long summer breaks, was a question posed by some experts recently. Apparently, such a long break disrupts their development and comes in the way of their learning process. Let’s get them back to their books, is perhaps the expert view, if not in so many words. One would have thought the children are doing too much during their vacations and not too little, given the plethora of classes, camps and workshops involving swimming, art, personality development, music, computers and the like that seem to cram their calendar. Even the trips taken in the name of holidays seem laden with exotic destinations and customized experience packed into a short period of time. We can do Europe in ten days and Australia in a week and come back armed with digital memories and overflowing suitcases. Holidays are in some ways, no longer a break but an intensified search for experience not normally encountered in everyday life.

It is a far cry from summer holidays one experienced while growing up. For holidays every year meant one thing and one thing alone------ you went back to your native place logged in with the emotional headquarters of your extended family and spent two months with a gaggle of uncles, aunts and first and second cousins. The happiest memories of the childhood of a whole generation seem to be centered around this annual ritual of homecoming and of affirmation. We tendered tacit apologies for the separateness entailed in being individuals even as we scurried back into the cauldron of community represented by family. Summer vacation was a time sticky with oneness, as who we were and what we owned oozed out from our individual selves into a collective pot.

Summer was not really a break, but a joint. It was the bridge used to reaffirm one’s connectedness with one’s connectedness with one’s larger community. One did not travel, one returned. It was not an attempt to experience the new and the extraordinary but one that emphatically underlined the power of the old and the ordinary. As times change, what we seek from our summer breaks too has changed in a fundamental way. Today, we are attached much more to work and summer helps us temporarily detach from this new source of identity. We refuel our individual selves now; and do so with much more material than we did in the past. But for those who grew up in different times, summer was the best time of their lives. (418 words)

Source: The Times of India

Make notes of the above passage using an acceptable format including abbreviations, with suitable titles. 5

Make a summary of the above passage in not more than 80 words. 3


3. You need two salesmen in your shop. Write an advertisement to be published in the columns of

a local daily. 5


You are Asha/Ashok. Write a letter to your friend inviting him to a house warming party of your

new house at 972, Sector 15, Chandigarh. Write the invitation is not more than 50 words.

4. Your school is going to celebrate ‘Annual Sports Day’. Write out an attractive invitation to be sent

to all parents for your school’s ‘Annual Sport Day’ celebration. 10


You are kiran/Karan of East Point Sr. Sec. School, Preet Vihar, Delhi. Your school has just

celebrated its 26th foundation day. Now write an article is not more than 100-125 words on the

programmes that your school conducted on this occasion, to be published in your school magazine


5. You are Rahul/Renu of 2 staff road, Dehradun. Write a letter to:

The editor of a leading daily expressing your concern over the deteriorating law and order

situation in the country. 10


Write a letter to the Director of Delhi Public Library putting in a request to start a reading room-

-cum-library in your area.

6. Write a composition in not more than 200 words on ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’. 10


.Health is Wealth .Regular Exercise .Holy Thought .Good Company .Saving on Medicines

. Intelligence


Deepika Sundaram is a student of class XII B of Mata Sundari Public School, Jalandhar. Having

watched the last solar eclipse of the millennium on the TV, she decided to write an article about it

for her school magazine. Write her article in not more than 150-200 words.

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