Class 12 English Sample Paper 

English Sample Paper Class 12: The CBSE has released the English Class 12 Sample Paper for both English Core & English Elective subjects on its official academic website The CBSE Class 12 Sample Papers are released to give an insight to the students about the revised pattern of Class 12 Board Exams. The students can plan their preparation strategy for the English exams with the help of these CBSE Class 12 English Sample Papers and solutions. CBSE has also provided the solutions to the sample papers for which the direct links to download have been provided in this article. 

English Sample Paper for Class 12 Exam

For Class 12 board exams 2022, the board will follow the scheme of English Sample Paper Class 12 as released for  English Core & English Elective, and the same are discussed below- 

Class 12 English Core: Time duration- 3 hours & Marks- 80.

Class 12 English Elective: Time duration-3 hours & marks-80.

CBSE Class 12 English Sample Paper PDF

The students who are going to appear in the 12th Board English exam which has been scheduled for 24th February 2023, must have last minute preparation with English Sample Paper Class 12 released by CBSE. The Class 12 English sample paper has been set as per the CBSE Class 12 Syllabus & new exam pattern. For your ease, we have provided the direct link to download CBSE Class 12 English Sample Paper PDF along with the solution and marking scheme which was uploaded to

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Class 12 English Sample Paper and Solution 2023[Core]

Below are the Sample questions as per the new CBSE pattern, have a look over these questions and practice it so as to score good marks. These are the sample questions of the core paper. 

Section A: Reading Skills(20 Marks)

I. Read the passage given below(10 Marks)

1. Ghost nets aren’t supernatural, but they are legitimately scary. A ghost net is a fishing net that’s been lost or abandoned in the ocean. They are one particularly appalling part of the global ghost fishing problem, which includes fishing gear abandoned in the water. Any net or line left in the ocean can pose a threat to marine life. Just because a net is no longer used by fishers doesn’t mean it stops working. These nets continue to trap everything in their path, presenting a major problem for the health of our oceans and marine life. 

2. Ghost nets entangle sea turtles, dolphins and porpoises, birds, sharks, seals, and more, apart from catching fish. The nets keep animals from moving freely, cause injuries and keep mammals and birds from rising to the surface for air. Since hundreds of animals can be caught in a single net, this threat is monumental. The ghost nets harm coral reefs too—breaking corals, exposing them to disease, and even blocking the reefs from needed sunlight. 

3. Ghost nets are also a major contributor to the ocean plastics crisis. Most modern nets are made of nylon or other plastic compounds that can last for centuries. According to a 2018 study in Scientific Reports, ghost nets make up at least 46 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Those abandoned fishing lines and nets that do break down never go away; they just become smaller pieces of plastic. Marine animals mistake this microplastic for food and eat it, which can harm internal organs, keep them from eating and expose them to toxic chemicals. 

4. Exorcising ghost nets from our oceans will require commitment, cooperation, and innovation. Many groups are working to remove ghost nets from the sea and are collaborating with local fishers and governments around the world to identify target areas and remove as many nets as possible. In 2015, a single World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)-led mission in the Baltic Sea hauled up 268 tons of nets, ropes, and other material. 

5. To stop these nets from becoming ghosts in the first place, conservation organizations advocate for fishing gear that can be traced to its owner so anyone dumping nets can be fined and refundable deposits on nets to encourage returning or recycling rather than littering. Tools like sonar reflectors that can make ghost nets easier to find and working with small-scale fisheries to develop more sustainable fishing gear and practices are other suggestions. It is only by attacking. This problem from all sides, together with conservation partners, fishers and supporters, can we banish ghost nets and protect our oceans

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below.

Question1: Complete the sentence by choosing an appropriate option. 

Ghost nets have been named so because they…………..

A. cause much harm to marine life. 

B. are functional though not in use by fishers. 

C. are not owned by anyone. 

D. act as a snare for all animals in oceans

Solution: C. are not owned by anyone. 

Question2: Comment on the writer’s reference to the ghost nets in paragraph one, as a health problem for the oceans. 

Solution: The ghost nets are the reason marine life is frequently sick. If not addressed, this ‘health issue’ would soon be chronic.

Question3: List the two ways being entangled in a ghost net is likely to impact a walrus.

Solution: 1. entangle and cause injuries 2. entangle and prevent resurfacing, leading to death by drowning.

Question4: Select the option that conveys the opposite of ‘negligible’, from words used in paragraph two. 

A. unimpressive 

B. monumental 

C. exposing 

D. threat

Solution: B. monumental 

Question5:The writer would agree with the given statements based on paragraph three, EXCEPT: 

A. Most ghost nets take a few years to completely disintegrate. 

B. Ghost nets contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 

C. Most ghost nets provide nutrition to marine animals, upon disintegration. 

D. Ghost nets can curtail the freedom of marine animals.

Solution: C. Most ghost nets provide nutrition to marine animals, upon disintegration. 

Question6: Some records share that fishing nets used to be made of common rope using natural fibers, prior to the 1960s. Based on your understanding of paragraph three, list one major advantage that these had over the fishing nets being used in present times.

Solution: Used to be bio-degradable/ easily disintegrated, as compared to artificial fiber nets that do not disintegrate. 

Question7: Why is it fair to say that commitment and innovation have to go hand-in-hand to rid the oceans of ghost nets?

Solution: Commitment—This task will require perseverance/a long time to accomplish Innovation—Creative ideas and strategies would be needed to address this problem.

Question8: Complete the given sentence with an appropriate inference, with respect to the following: The writer quotes the example of the WWF-led mission in the Baltic Sea (paragraph 4), in order to.............................


  • draw attention to the magnitude of the problem
  • indicate that Governments need to collaborate with such groups for addressing the problem of ghost nets
  • share evidence of human apathy/ carelessness towards natural resources.

Question9: How can the solutions suggested in paragraph five best be described? 

A. practical 

B. presentable 

C. popular 

D. prejudiced

Solution: A. practical 

Question10: Select the most suitable title for the above passage. 

A. The Scary Side of Ghost Nets 

B. Ghost Nets – A Result of Human Dominance 

C. Ghost Nets – A Menace to Marine Life 

D. Ways to Tackle the Problem of Ghost Nets 

Solution: C. Ghost Nets – A Menace to Marine Life

II. Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below. (10 Marks)

1. It is generally accepted that leadership development should be a part of the education system's responsibility for preparing individuals to participate in a democratic and progressive society. Many schools, colleges, and universities, across nations, provide their students with leadership courses, curricular programs, and co-curricular programs that are designed to develop students’ formal knowledge about leadership as well as opportunities and experiences to develop students as leaders and actually practice leadership. Yet, only a handful of studies have sought to understand leader development from the student's point of view, with students describing their own experiences and what they learned from them in their own words. 

2. A 2014 descriptive study sought to understand student leadership with research through key events via the following research questions: 

Research Question 1: What key events do student leaders in college, report as significantly impacting their development as a leader? 

Research Question 2: What lessons do student leaders in college, report learning as a result of the key events they have experienced? 

Research Question 3: Are certain key events more likely to be linked to particular lessons? 

Approximately 130 students were contacted and the 72 interested, were interviewed. Two members of the research team were present for each 15–45-minute interview. One member served as the primary interviewer while the second ran the audio equipment. The results for lessons learned (Table 1), were varied, but there were a few that were frequently quoted.

3. This study described the rich array of leadership lessons that students are learning through their experiences. It revealed that student leaders are learning foundational leadership skills and competencies that have positively impacted how to accomplish work, how to work with others, and how to be both supported by and support others.

II. Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below.

Question1: i. Does the following statement agree with the information given in paragraph 1? The researcher believes that educational institutions have ideal resources to study the impact of leadership skills on young adults. Select from the following:

True - if the statement agrees with the information

False - if the statement contradicts the information

Not Given - if there is no information on this

Solution: FALSE [the researcher indicates that educational institutions have opportunities and programs to inculcate leadership skills]

Question2: Do you think the researchers of the study aimed to change the students’ outlook towards the development of leadership skills, directly or indirectly? Support your answer with reference to the text.


  • No
  • The aim of seeking students’ perspectives was to enable a better design/ creation/ of the leadership programs in educational institutions OR promote higher efficacy/betterment of leadership programs.

Question3: Select the option that displays the most likely reason for including Research Question 3 in the 2014 study. In order to find out if... 

A. learning opportunities shape students’ overall personality. 

B. leadership lessons are the result of the designed learning opportunities. 

C. all learning opportunities cater to a specific lesson. 

D. certain lessons are common in more than one learning opportunity.

Solution: D. certain lessons are common in more than one

Question4: Complete the sentence based on the following statement. More than 50% of the identified student respondents were keen to participate in the 2014 study. We can say this because …………

Solution: 72 of 130 students consented and were interviewed.

Question5:  Which key event has been designed with “Balancing Roles” (Table 1) as the objective? 

A. Students will be able to debate the issue at hand with different teams. 

B. Students will be able to manage the responsibilities of a mentor, planner researcher, and presenter. 

C. Students will be able to surmount minor problems and focus on the final goal. 

D. Students will be able to explain concepts and clarify them for peers.

Solution: B. Students will be able to manage the responsibilities of a mentor, planner researcher, and presenter.

Question6: The 2014 study attempts to understand student leadership by focussing on (Choose the correct option.) 

A. experiences that shaped students’ overall personality. 

B. lessons gained by students as they grew up. 

C. relationship of key events with particular lessons. 

D. students in leadership roles.

Solution: C. relationship of key events with particular lessons.

Question7: The lessons for ‘Individual competencies’ had a range of responses. Give one reason why having the least number of responses for ‘Decision Making, is a matter that needs attention.

Solution: This needs attention because it clearly indicates that the lessons created / student experiences do not allow sufficient opportunity for the development of this crucial skill.

Question8: Complete the given sentence by selecting the most appropriate option. The concluding sentence of the text makes a clear case for by listing it as a core competency for student leadership. 

A. collaboration 

B. flexibility 

C. hard work 

D. observation

Solution: A. collaboration 

Question9: Complete the sentence appropriately with one/ two words. In the context of “Working with Others” in Table 1, the lesson of ‘Conflict’ refers to ………….

Solution: Being able to amicably and effectively resolve matters/ conflict resolution 

Question10. Based on the reading of the text, state a point to challenge the given statement. When theoretical knowledge about leadership suffices, it is a waste of funds by educational organizations, to organize leadership camps and programs.

Solution: I disagree because no amount of theoretical knowledge can aid students in actually applying their learning about leadership and developing various skills.

Section B – Creative Writing Skills

1. Attempt One from A and B given below

Question: A. You are Josely Mathew, the President of the school book club. The club is organizing a drive for promoting the reuse of study materials and books. Draft a notice in about 50 words, for the school notice board, addressing students of classes X-XII, informing them about this drive, and urging them to contribute to the endeavor. Mention how the donated books would benefit a charitable cause.


B. As the House Captain of A.B.M Public School, Telangana, draft notice in not more than 50 words for the school notice board, informing House members from X-XII about the change in topic and submission dates for Round 1 of ‘Discovery’ - the upcoming InterHouse Research-based Paper Presentation Competition. Do not forget to issue an apology for the above. You are Kruthika Reddy.



  • Correct format ( as listed above)
  • Drawing attention—students of X-XII
  • Mentioning the event
  • Giving details -D,T, V
  • Sharing how donated books would benefit a charitable cause + urging them to contribute
  • Line with reference to the undersigned.



  • Correct format ( as listed above)
  • Drawing attention—House members of X-XII
  • Sharing the changes—giving context
  • Giving details -D,T,V
  • Line of polite apology/ inconvenience regretted etc.
  • Line with reference to the undersigned.

2. Attempt Anyone from A and B given below.

Question: A. You are Dr. Suchitra Mukherjee. You have received an invitation from the Director, Health Services, Kharagpur, W.B, to preside over a gathering of leading medical practitioners attending a workshop on mental wellness on 09 November 2023 at 11 a.m. in the Public Hospital, Jammu, J & K. Respond to accept the invitation in about 50 words.


B. Draft an invitation in about 50 words, on behalf of your aunt, Meghna Menon, which she has to share to invite prior work colleagues to the inaugural event of her own investment consultancy firm, in the Acer mall, Kozhikode, Kerala.



  • Reference to invitation
  • Acceptance of invitation
  • Confirmation of the date, time, and venue
  • Comment on looking forward to attending (if at all)

B. Refer to the Features, listed above.

3. Attempt Anyone from A and B given below.

Question: A. You are Minu Sen, an intern at a software company in Hyderabad. You feel that the growing relationship of companies with non-profit organizations has made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the buzzword today. Your own involvement in one such project in your company has convinced you that CSR looks beyond the company's profits and focuses on benefiting the greater community. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily in about 120-150 words, sharing your opinion about CSR and its advantages and providing suggestions to make it an integral part of every organisation. Use the given cues along with your own ideas to compose this letter


B. You are Minu Sen, employed as an Asst. Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in your current company in Hyderabad. You saw the given advertisement in the newspaper and wish to apply for the position advertised.



  • Opinion—CSR looks beyond company profits & benefits the community – a reference to first- hand experience + CSR efforts(cues)
  • Advantages (reference --cues)
  • Importance of making it an integral part of every organisation
  • Suggestions-awareness, laws to mandate companies include CSR, privileges or offers of some kind to companies that show some positive change in society via CSR, special rebates for students who take up CSR projects in collaboration with such companies, etc




  • Covering Letter
  • Reference to the advertisement
  • Conveying suitability for the position-CSR (Head) / CSR Manager (as advertised)
  • Submission of application

 Biodata as a separate enclosure 

  • Profile of self
  • Educational Qualifications (include advertised requirements)
  • Work experience/s (if relevant)- include as it is a senior post
  • References Any other relevant information.

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

Question: A. The construction sector is believed to be quite hazardous and has the maximum number of fatal work injuries because apart from other causes, stakeholders in this sector tend to ignore safety regulations. As a columnist for an e-zine, draft an article of about 120-150 words, on the theme of the importance of worker safety in construction zones. Explore possible reasons for the prevailing situation and include suggestions for addressing it. Support your ideas with the cues given below. 


B. The construction sector is believed to be quite hazardous and has the maximum number of fatal work injuries. A safety fair was organized by ‘Building Safely’, an NGO in Mysuru, Karnataka with the overarching theme pertaining to the importance of worker safety in construction zones. You were asked to cover this event as the junior correspondent of a local daily. Write a report covering this event in about 120-150 words. Support your ideas with outline cues given below, to craft your newspaper report.



  • Explain the hazardous nature of the construction sector and write why --refer to the importance of worker safety
  • Examine the issue with Reasons (any 2)–
  • Stakeholders ignore safety regulations -exploitation
  • Fatigue of workers (cues) –overworked
  • Extreme weather conditions (cues) –work doesn’t stop—accidents/ health problems
  • Provide Suggestions (any 2) ---
  • Awareness
  • Stricter laws and penalties
  • Bridge gap between managers and workers (cues)
  • Frequent training programs for workers.



  • The reason why the safety fair was organized—by whom? When? Who attended?
  • Event details –(refer to cues)
  • Conclude including witness/ participant account

Section C – Literature

1 Attempt ANY ONE of the two extracts given.

A. It is in the news that all these pitiful kin

Are to be bought out and mercifully gathered in

To live in villages, next to the theatre and the store,

Where they won’t have to think for themselves anymore,

While greedy good-doers, beneficent beasts of prey,

Swarm over their lives enforcing benefits

That is calculated to soothe them out of their wits,

And by teaching them how to sleep they sleep all day,

Destroy their sleeping at night the ancient way.

i. What is the tone of the poet in the above lines?

(i) Aggressive

(ii) Tolerant

(iii) Sarcastic

(iv) Resigned

(v) Sentimental

Choose the most appropriate option.

A. Only (i)

B. (ii) and (iii)

C. (i), (iv) and (v)

D. Only (iii) 

Solution: D. Only (iii)

ii. Identify the phrase from the extract, that suggests the following: No one bothers to take ‘their’ consent before pushing the promise of a better life, their way.

Solution: enforcing benefits

iii. What quality of the villagers can be inferred through these lines?

A. gullible

B. futuristic

C. hypocritical

D. ambitious

Solution: A. Gullible

iv. Complete the following analogy correctly. Do NOT repeat from used example. greedy good doers: alliteration::................................... oxymoron.

Solution: beneficent beasts of prey

v. On the basis of the extract, choose the correct option with reference to (1) and (2) given below.

(1) The city dwellers make promises for the betterment of the villagers.

(2) The city dwellers have ulterior motives.

A. (1) is true but (2) is false.

B. (2) is true but (1) is false.

C. (2) is the reason for (1).

D. Both (1) and (2) cannot be inferred from the extract

Solution: C. (2) is the reason for (1).

vi. Fill the blank with an appropriate word, with reference to the extract. The line ‘… calculated to soothe them out of their wits’ implies that ‘them’ are being ……….

Solution: manipulated / fooled / duped [one word only] 


B. A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Its loveliness increases, it will never

Pass into nothingness, but will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, health, and quiet breathing.

Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing

A flowery band to bind us to the earth

i. Choose the option that displays the same poetic device as used in the first line of the extract.

A. I’m as happy as I can be.

B. Life is a roller coaster ride.

C. Nature is God’s gift to us.

D. The dazzling divas enchanted all.

Solution: B. Life is a roller coaster ride.

ii. What does the phrase ‘a bower quiet’ indicate?

A. serenity

B. morality

C. superiority

D. diversity

Solution: A. serenity

iii. The benefits of a thing of beauty for humans include.

(i) healthy body

(ii) calm mind

(iii) struggle-free life

(iv) better relationships

(v) hope to carry on

Choose the most appropriate option.

A. Only (v)

B. (i), (ii) and (v)

C. (i), (iii) and (iv)

D. (ii) and (iv)

Solution: (i), (ii) and (v)

iv. Answer in ONE word. When the poet says that a thing of beauty will never pass into nothingness, he means that it is ……

Solution:  immortal/ everlasting/ eternal / undying

v. On the basis of the extract, choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.

(1) We are surrounded by beautiful things.

(2) Beautiful things provide us joy.

A. (1) can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.

B. (2) can be inferred from the extract but (1) cannot.

C. Both (1) and (2) can be inferred from the extract.

D. (2) is the reason for (1) and can be inferred from the extract.

Solution: B. (2) can be inferred from the extract but (1) cannot.

vi. Which of the following is an apt title for the extract?

A. Full to the Brim with Joy

B. Beauty Galore

C. Live Life King Size

D. Hope Floats

Solution: D. Hope Floats

2 Attempt ANY ONE of the two extracts given

A. DERRY: You’re... peculiar. You say peculiar things. You ask questions I don’t understand. MR LAMB: I like to talk. Have company. You don’t have to answer questions. You don’t have to stop here at all. The gate’s open. DERRY: Yes, but... MR LAMB: I’ve a hive of bees behind those trees over there. Some hear bees and they say, bees buzz. But when you listen to bees for a long while, they humm....and hum means ‘sing’. I hear them singing, my bees. DERRY: But....I like it here. I came in because I liked it .....when I looked over the wall. MR LAMB: If you’d seen me, you’d not have come in. DERRY: No. 

i. List the playwright’s purpose of using ellipses (…) in this extract

Solution: To indicate to the character to pause for thought/ to act showing a gathering of thoughts.

ii. Select the option that best describes Derry and Mr. Lamb in the extract. 

A. Derry: introvert; Mr. Lamb: friendly 

B. Derry: fearful; Mr. Lamb: domineering 

C. Derry: friendly; Mr. Lamb: Weird 

D. Derry: open-minded; Mr. Lamb: charming

Solution: A. Derry: introvert; Mr. Lamb: friendly 

iii. Which of the following best summarises Mr. Lamb’s attitude towards the bees?

A. Beauty is being true to yourself.

B. There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.

C. Beauty is the promise of happiness.

D. The beauty of the world lies in the details.

Solution: D. The beauty of the world lies in the details.

iv. Derry says, “I came in here because I liked it ….” What was the one significant thing Derry might have liked about the place, as per the extract?

Solution: Away from prying eyes/ people


B. Students on Ice, the program I was working with on the Shokalskiy, aims to do exactly this by taking high school students to the ends of the world and providing them with inspiring educational opportunities which will help them foster a new understanding and respect for our planet. It’s been in operation for six years now, headed by Canadian Geoff Green, who got tired of carting celebrities and retired, rich, curiosity-seekers who could only ‘give’ back in a limited way. With Students on Ice, he offers the future generation of policy-makers a life-changing experience at an age when they’re ready to absorb, learn, and most importantly, act.

i. Complete the sentence appropriately, with reference to the extract. The writer refers to the educational opportunities as ‘inspiring’ because……….

Solution: These educational opportunities would motivate them to work towards the good of the planet / allow them to observe first-hand that the planet needs to be respected/nurtured rather than abused.

ii. Which of the following would NOT be a life-changing experience?

A. Being given the lead role in a play.

B. Going on an adventure trip.

C. Playing a video game.

D. Meeting a great leader, you admire

Solution: C. Playing a video game. 

iii. Select the most suitable title for the given extract.

A. Adventure with a Mission

B. Adventure – The Spice of Life

C. The Wanderlust

D. Students of the Future

Solution: A. Adventure with a Mission

iv. Why does the writer refer to ‘act’ as more important than ‘absorb’ or ‘learn’?

Solution: Because having the right knowledge or inclination/ understanding is just half the job done. It fails to have an impact till it is applied/practiced/ put to use in our actions

3. Attempt ANY ONE of the two extracts given.

A. A girl from the countryside, she hadn’t gone through all the stages of worldly experience that generally precede a position of importance and sophistication that she had found herself catapulted into. She never quite recovered from the terror she felt that day. That was the end of a brief and brilliant acting career — the legal adviser, who was also a member of the Story Department, had unwittingly brought about that sad end. While every other member of the Department wore a kind of uniform — khadi dhoti with a slightly oversized and clumsily tailored white khadi shirt — the legal adviser wore pants and a tie and sometimes a coat that looked like a coat of mail. Often, he looked alone and helpless …

i. ‘Stages of worldly experience’ in the given context would refer to.

A. good education to gain knowledge.

B. situations that require one to be street smart.

C. smaller, not-so-important roles in acting.

D. training in soft skills

Solution: B. situations that require one to be street smart.

ii. Select the suitable word from the extract to complete the following analogy: sealed: closed :: propelled: ………..

Solution: catapulted

iii. Select the correct option to fill in the blank.

The harm done to the actress was a/an

A. well-planned act.

B. unintentional act.

C. act of jealousy.

D. act of male dominance.

Solution: B. unintentional act.

iv. Based on the above extract choose the statement that is TRUE for the legal adviser.

A. He disliked the actress from the countryside.

B. He acted after thinking through things carefully.

C. He did not gel well with others in the Department.

D. He was always dressed smartly.

Solution: C. did not gel well with others in the Department

v. Identify the textual clue that allows the reader to infer that the writer is sympathetic towards the professional fate of the actor. 

Solution: ‘sad end

vi. Complete the sentence with an appropriate explanation, as per the extract. 

The writer uses the word ‘uniform’ to refer to the outfits of the Department members because just like a uniform …………

Solution: This is a common dress code for all, similarly, their apparel/ dress was nearly the same - a loose khadi shirt and khadi dhoti.


B. Some might make quite extravagant claims for it as being, in its highest form, a source of truth, and, in its practice, an art. Others, usually celebrities who see themselves as its victims, might despise the interview as an unwarranted intrusion into their lives, or feel that it somehow diminishes them, just as in some primitive cultures it is believed that if one takes a photographic portrait of somebody then one is stealing that person’s soul.

i. What is the most likely reason some people consider the practice of interviews to be an art?

This could be because it requires. fluency of words.

B. sensitive and careful handling.

C. creativity and imagination.

D. probing and focusing on details. 

Solution: C. creativity and imagination. 

ii. Rewrite the sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with its inference.Celebrities feel that an interview diminishes them. 

Solution: Celebrities feel that an interview makes them appear ordinary. [accept - negatively impacts OR weakens them/ their aura]

iii. On the basis of the extract, choose the correct option with reference to the two statements given below.

(1) Celebrities don’t consent to be interviewed.

(2) Interviews intrude the privacy of celebrities.

A. (1) Can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.

B. (1) cannot be inferred from the extract but (2) can.

C. (1) is true but (2) is false.

D. (2) is the reason for (1).

Solution: D. (2) is the reason for (1).

iv. Rationalise, to support the given opinion: To say that an interview, in its highest form, is a source of truth is extravagant, claim.

Solution: It is an extravagant claim as an interview cannot be a source of truth due to the following interview may be scripted 

OR People may make false statements 

OR Certain questions may be left unanswered.

v. Replace the underlined word with its antonym from the extract. Some celebrities hate the idea of having to give an interview because it makes them feel like supporters

Solution: victims

vi. The author’s views on interviews, in the extract, can best be described as statements based on.

A. facts

B. hypothesis

C. beliefs

D. superstitions

Solution:  A. facts

V. Answer ANY FIVE of the following in about 40-50 words each.

i. “You realize the true value of a thing only on losing it.” Comment on this statement in the light of the story, The Last Lesson.

Solution: Prussians put a ban on the French language - People realized the importance of holding onto their mother tongue.


M Hamel was considered strict and the classes/work given by him were not taken seriously - After he was ordered to leave the

country, villagers realized the importance of his contribution to society.

ii. State the common issue faced by most of the aged in the current times, with reference to the poem My Mother at Sixty-six.

Solution: Common issue: absence of supporting presence/ loneliness/alone when children move away – Explanation: the poet lived away from her mother

iii. What do we come to know about the author of Lost Spring, Anees Jung, through her interactions with Saheb and Mukesh?

Solution: [have to be relevant with respect to BOTH boys]

  • Observed in detail – observant
  • Is moved by their plight - sensitive/empathetic
  • Feels helpless about her inability to do anything for them.

(Any other relevant)

iv. Give two reasons why, according to Pablo Neruda, is ‘keeping quiet’ essential to attaining a better, more peaceful world. (Keeping Quiet)


  • Makes us introspect and reflect upon our actions.
  • Helps us better understand ourselves and what we want.
  • Enables us to realize that many of our mindless actions are only harming us and not giving us happiness.

v. If the Christmas spirit is about selflessness, forgiveness, and becoming 'better' versions of ourselves amongst other things, Edla Willmansson is the epitome of this spirit. Justify with two points of evidence from The Rattrap.

Solution: EdlaDespite knowing the truth about the peddler - 

  • gave him shelter and treated him with full respect. (forgiveness)
  • even invited him for Christmas next year. (a better version of herself)

vi. How can we say that marriage was a compromise for Aunt Jennifer? Support your response with two justifications. (Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers) 


  • Couldn’t live the way she wanted to or do what she wanted to.
  • Burdened by responsibilities.
  • Oppressed by her husband.

VI. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 40-50 words each.

i. ‘It’s easy to judge others and give advice, but much more difficult to apply it to ourselves.’ Elaborate with reference to the character of Sam in The Third Level.

Solution: Told Charley that he was dissatisfied and looking for an escape – the Third level was his imagination. In the end, the same is revealed as true for Sam – he went in search of the Third level himself

ii. Comment on any one aspect of the writing style of the author, Kalki in The Tiger King. 2


  • A satire on those in power – use of humor, exaggeration, and harmony to criticize
  • The conversational, narrative style

iii. How do we know that Dr. Sadao was conscientious as well as loyal? (The Enemy) 2


  • True to his profession (conscientious) – attended to the wounded soldier and saved his life
  • Informed the General about the prisoner and agreed to the plan of assassination. (loyal to his country).

VII Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 120-150 words. 

i. The prose selections, Deep Water and Indigo bring out the importance of overcoming fear, in order to be able to lead our lives successfully.

Imagine yourself to be a motivational speaker who has to address high school students. Write this address in 120 – 150 words elaborating on occurrences from the two texts to inspire your audience and convince them about the importance of overcoming fear.

You may begin like this …

Good morning, students!

We all know what it’s like to be afraid. Fear is our body’s natural response to a perceived threat or danger.

But when …


  • Fear immobilizes us and prevents us from progressing – as in the case of William Douglas – due to his fear of water he could not lead a normal life – could not go fishing, canoeing, etc. Similarly, due to their fear of the Britishers, the peasants of Champaran could not take a stand for their rights.
  • Need to face our fear, devise a plan and work through it – William Douglas worked through his fear rather than giving into it. When the peasants gathered around the courthouse in Motihari, it was a step towards overcoming their fear.
  • Require determination – persistence – it took Douglas months to overcome his fear of water and learn to swim. It took nearly a year to get justice for the peasants in Champaran.
  • strength in unity when fighting a common fear – only when the people in Champaran were they able to overcome their fear and fight for justice.
  • But once overcome, one is free to live his / her life to the fullest.


ii ‘Their mother sighed.

Sophie watched her back stooped over the sink and wondered at the incongruity of the delicate bow which

fastened her apron strings.’

The prose selection, Going Places includes this telling comment about Sophie’s mother.

In Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, we are told that -

‘The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band

Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s Hand.’

Imagine a conversation between Sophie’s mother and Aunt Jennifer. Create this exchange with reference to

the two extracts are given above.

You may begin the conversation like this …

Sophie’s mother: Your embroidery is so beautiful. Do you love tigers?


  • Aunt Jennifer shares her loss of identity; her use of art as a means to express her deep-down desires and feelings. Sophie’s mother shares information about her servile role – all her time is spent meeting the needs of the family; has no life of her own. Sophie’s mother stays home while all others go to witness DannyCasey’s football match.
  • Both feel burdened with responsibilities.
  • Both have domineering husbands; They do not have a say in family matters.
  • There seems to be no likelihood of any change in their status.

VIII. Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 120-150 words.

i. On returning home, Tishani Doshi writes her thoughts reflecting on how her decision to enroll in the Students on Ice program has been the single most important decision of her life that has completely transformed her. Imagine yourself to be Tishani and express these thoughts.

You may begin like this:

I can’t thank my stars enough for having cashed in on the opportunity of...........


  • An experience completely different than any other - to visit a landscape that is not inhabited by humans and so still relatively pristine.
  • Provided insight into the earth’s past, present, and future.
  • Made her delve deep into the threat faced by the environment and the earth itself due to human activities.
  • Realized how little changes can have a major impact on the environment and therefore the need to take care of the small things.
  • An eye-opening experience – realized how everything on this earth is interlinked.
  • The trip indeed had a life-changing impact.

(Any 4 points to be included.)


ii. Both Bama and Zitkala Sa experienced the harsh reality of discrimination in their childhood. Instead of letting it pull them down, they found a way to overcome it. You wish to include a cameo* of both in your upcoming blog post. As a part of the research, compare and contrast the experiences faced by the two and their response/s to these experiences, in 120-150 words. 

[Clue: Include the similarities and differences in the discrimination they faced - their feelings - determination to overcome – success] *a short description that neatly encapsulates someone or something


  • Both of them faced discrimination; Zitkala Sa was discriminated against because of cultural differences while Bama faced discrimination due to her caste.
  • Zitkala sa rebelled and refused to get her hair cut. She put up a strong fight, though had to give in finally. Bama was enraged and wanted to go and touch the packet of vadai to teach a lesson to the landlord. But was guided by her elder brother to calm down. He showed her the path to overcoming discrimination.
  • Both of them worked hard to excel in their education.
  • Both succeeded as writers among other things; They have written much against discrimination and evils of oppression, thus continuing the fight for justice for their communities.

Class 12 English Sample Paper and Solution 2023[Elective]

Below are the Sample questions as per the new CBSE pattern, have a look over these questions and practice it so as to score good marks. These are the sample questions of the Elective paper. 

Section A- Reading

1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 1. The Higgs boson has been called, or miscalled, the God particle, enabling it to pass into the realm of popular scientific lore, like the discovery of the smallpox vaccine, the structure of DNA, or the theory of relativity. It would be difficult for most people to understand its significance, just as it would be to comprehend the notion of relativity, but such problems are overcome by locating science in personalities as well as cultural and national traditions. The first thing that you and I know about the Higgs boson is that it’s named after Peter Higgs, a physicist at Edinburgh University who made the discovery — although the original insight, in one of those recurrent backstories of science, was Philip Anderson’s.

2. Still, we have Higgs and Edinburgh, and western civilization to fall back on. The rest — “the Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. It belongs to a class of particles known as bosons ...” — we needn’t worry too much about it. But maybe we should worry just enough to ask, “What is a boson?” since the word tends to come up as soon as Higgs does. Is it, an ignoramus such as myself would ask, akin to an atom or a molecule? It is, in fact, along with the fermion (named after Enrico Fermi), one of the two fundamental classes of subatomic particles.

3. From Bose The word must surely have some European genealogy. In fact, “boson” is derived from Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian physicist from Kolkata who, in 1924, realized that the statistical method used to analyze most 19th-century work on the thermal behavior of gases was inadequate. He first sent off a paper on quantum statistics to a British journal, which turned it down. He then sent it to Albert Einstein, who immediately grasped its immense importance, and published it in a German journal. Bose’s innovation came to be known as the Bose-Einstein statistics and became a basis of quantum mechanics. Einstein saw that it had profound implications for physics; that it had opened the way for this subatomic particle, which he named, after his Indian collaborator, “boson.” Still, science and the West are largely synonymous and coeval: they are words that have the same far-reaching meaning. Just as Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings digest the Japanese prints they were responding to so we don’t need to be aware of Japanese prints when viewing the post-impressionists, western science is pristine, and bears no mark of what’s outside itself.

4. Other Indian contributions The last Indian scientific discovery that is universally acknowledged is zero. Indians are very strong at maths, and the only modern Indian who’s remotely part of the western mythology of science is Srinivasa Ramanujan, equally well known for his Hindu idiosyncrasies and his agonized stay in Cambridge as he is for his mathematical genius.

5. Indians can be excellent geeks, as demonstrated by the tongue-tied astrophysicist Raj Koothrappalli in the U.S. sitcom Big Bang Theory; but the Nobel prize can only be aspired to by Sheldon Cooper, the super-geek and genius in the series, for whom Raj’s country of origin is a diverting enigma, and miles away from the popular myth of science on which Big Bang Theory is dependent. Bose didn’t get the Nobel Prize; nor did his contemporary and namesake, J.C. Bose, whose contribution to the fashioning of wireless predates Marconi’s. The only Indian scientist to get a Nobel Prize is the physicist C.V. Raman, for his work on the light at Kolkata University. Other Indians have had to become Americans to get the award. 6. Conditions have always been inimical to science in India, from colonial times to the present day; and despite that, its contributions have occasionally been huge. Yet non-western science (an ugly label engendered by the exclusive nature of western popular imagination) is yet to find its Rosalind Franklin, its symbol of paradoxical success. Unlike Franklin, however, scientists were never in a race that they lost; they simply came from another planet. 

Question1. Based on your reading of the passage, answer twelve out of the fifteen questions that follow:

(a). What is the first thing which the narrator knows about Higgs Boson?

(b). What is Bose-Einstein statistics?

(c). How does Sheldon view Raj’s country of origin?

(d). What do Van Gogh’s paintings do to Japanese prints?

(e). Has India always got the credit for its merit?

(f). What do Higgs Boson have in common with Smallpox vaccine?

i. Both are used in medical radiography.

ii. Both are part of scientific myth and legends now.

iii. Both were met with scepticism on their discovery.

iv. Both fetched their teams a Nobel prize.

(g). Which statement is not true about Boson?

i. They were not discovered by Enrico Fermi.

ii. They constitute one class of subatomic particle.

iii. It is named after an Indian Physicist.

iv. It was discovered by Satyendra Nath Bose.

(h).Choose the word which is an apt synonym of the word Ignoramus

(used in para 2)

i. Idiot

ii. Intelligent

iii. Idealist

iv. Ingenious

(i). How are esoteric scientific concepts made understandable for


i. By printing short introductory courses.

ii. By comparing it with other scientific discoveries.

iii. By locating science in personalities, social and cultural


iv. By revising the country’s educational structure.

(j). Based on the reading of the passage, which statements are correct

about Higgs Boson.

1.They are called God’s particle.

2. Philip Anderson’s study provided the original insight.

3. This concept is easily understood by common people.

4. A physicist from Edinburgh University made the discovery.

5. It was discovered by Albert Einstein.

i. 1,2 & 3

ii. 2,3 & 5

iii. 1, 4 & 5

iv. 1,2 & 4

(k). Which field of Physics was SN Bose working on?

i. Quantum Mechanics

ii. Electromagnetism

iii. Geophysics

iv. Acoustic

(l). Which scientist/ mathematician out of the following won the Nobel


i. J C Bose

ii. C V Raman

iii. Srinivasa Ramanujan

iv. S N Bose

(m). What is Srinivasa Ramanujan known for in the popular culture?

(1) Mathematical genius.

(2) For formulation of game theory.

(3) Hindu Idiosyncrasies.

(4) Troubled stay in Cambridge.

(5) For devising another explanation for chaos theory.

i. 1, 2 & 3

ii. 1, 3 & 5

iii. 1, 3 & 4

iv. 1, 4 & 5

(n) . The conclusion of third paragraph highlights that

i. Western art grants recognition to all its inspirations.

ii. Van Gogh painted Japanese prints.

iii. Western art subsumes all the influences under it.

iv. Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec are post-impressionist


(o). Why did JC Bose deserve a Nobel?

(i) He was an Indian physicist.

(ii) He was the only one researching wireless.

(iii) His research & findings on wireless started before Marconi.

(iv) He acquired an American citizenship


(a) Named after Peter Higgs- an Edinburgh University Professor

(b) based on quantum statistics-was born when Bose realized that the statistical method used to analyze most

19th-century work on the thermal behavior of gases was inadequate

(c) a diverting enigma- and miles away from the popular myth of science

(d) Van Gogh’s paintings digest the Japanese prints they were responding to

(e) No – very few acknowledgments – CV Raman -only Indian Physicist to have won the Nobel Prize

(f) ii. Both are part of scientific myths and legends now

(g) iv. It was discovered by Satyendra Nath Bose.

(h) i. Idiot

(i) iii. By locating science in personalities, and social and cultural traditions.

(j) iv. 1,2 & 4

(k) i. Quantum Mechanics

(l) ii. C V Raman

(m) iii. 1, 3 & 4

(n) iii. Western art subsumes all the influences under it.

(o) iii His research & findings on wireless started before Marconi.

Question2. Based on the careful reading of the passage given below, answer any four out of five questions that follow:

1. When you see me sitting

quietly, Like a sack left on the


Don’t think I need your chattering.

I’m listening to myself.

Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!

Hold! Stop your sympathy!

Understanding if you got it,

Otherwise, I’ll do without it!

2. When my bones are stiff and aching, And my feet won’t climb the stair,

I will only ask one favor:

Don’t bring me a rocking chair.

When you see me walking, stumbling,

Don’t study and get it wrong.

‘Cause tired doesn’t mean lazy

And every goodbye ain’t gone.

3. I’m the same person I was back then,

A little less hair, a little less chin,

A lot less lungs and much less wind.

But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

Maya Angelou

(a) What does the poet think she looks like when sitting quietly?

(b) Does the poet invite pity? Quote a line to support your argument.

(c) What has changed in the poet over the course of years?

(d) Pick out a word from the second stanza which means ‘faltering’.

(e) Why does the poet consider herself lucky? 

Solution: (a) like a sack

(b) No. Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!

(c) less hair, chin, and breathing capacity

(d) stumbling

(e) she is lucky to be still breathing despite her old age.

Question 3. Based on the careful reading of the passage given below, answer any four out of five questions that follow:

Climate change and global warming are the biggest threats of the present time and how the world manages to control pollution will define our future. Rising industrialization, urbanization, deforestation, etc., are endangering the natural ecosystem. Since 1880, the earth’s temperature has been rising at a rate of 0.14° F (0.08° C) per decade and the rate of increase has doubled since 1981 at 0.32° F (0.18° C) per decade. The 10warmest years on record have occurred since 2015, with 2020 recorded as the second-warmest year as per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With growing economies, global carbon measurements have been rapidly rising for the last 15 years. As per recent data, in January 2022, carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement stood at 418 parts per million, up around 11% from 378 parts per million recorded since 2007.

(a) What is the key to defining our future?

(i) The means employed to control pollution.

(ii) The means employed to control resources.

(iii) The means employed to control state policies.

(iv) The means employed to educate the masses.

(b) Which of the following elements are not responsible for endangering natural ecosystems?

(i) Deforestation

(ii) Inflation

(iii) Industrialization

(iv) Urbanization

(c) According to the passage, economy, and carbon emissions have been to each other for the last 15 years.

(i) Inversely proportionate

(ii) Directly proportionate

(iii) Not related

(iv) Disproportionate 

(d) Name the institution responsible for observing and recording the earth’s temperature over the years.

(i) National Organic and Atmospheric Administration

(ii) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(iii) North Organic and Atmospheric Administration

(iv) National Offshore and Atmospheric Administration

(e) Carbon dioxide measurement stood at parts per million in 2007.

(i) 387

(ii) 378

(iii) 481

(iv) 418

Solution: (a)(i) The means employed to control pollution.

(b) (ii) Inflation

(c) (ii) Directly proportionate

(d) (ii) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

(e) (ii) 378

Question 4. Rewrite the sentences according to the instructions given after each.

Attempt eight out of ten questions.

(a) Anne paid a heavy price for her recklessness.

(Begin: It ....................................................)

(b) He does not intend to leave the company.

(Use: Intention…................................ )

(c) “Do you want some more ice cream or a slice of cake?” asked my


(Begin: My aunt asked… .......................)

(d) Both the players are not adequately prepared for the tournament.

(Begin: Neither…....................................... )

(e) That need not happen.

(Rewrite: using does)

(f) This horse is better trained than yours

(Begin: Your…............................ )

(g) The teacher asked, “How many of you think the answer is correct?”

(Rewrite the sentence using indirect speech)

(h) She opened the kitchen door, and a cockroach ran out.

(End with ‘cockroach’)

(i) “I am sorry for insulting you,” said Lakshmi to Madhu

(Begin: Lakshmi apologized ..................................................................)

(j)Suresh suddenly thought of a splendid idea.

(End:....................................................................................................... to


Solution: (a) It was a heavy price that Anna paid for her recklessness.

(b) He has no intention of leaving the company.

(c) My aunt asked me whether I wanted some more ice cream or a slice of cake.

(d) Neither of the players is adequately prepared for the tournament.

(e) That does not need to happen/Does that need to happen?

(f) Your horse is not as well trained as this horse.

(g) The teacher asked how many of them thought their answer was correct.

(h) She opened the kitchen door and out ran a cockroach.

(i) Suddenly a splendid idea came to Suresh.

Question 5. Attempt any three of the following four questions in 120-150 words

[Competency-Based Involving Analysis/Interpretation/Application]

(a)“The five Ss of sports training are stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” —Ken Doherty. More lessons are learned on the sports field than in the classroom. Write a magazine article for your school magazine expressing your views in 120-150 words.

(b) "It's a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don't understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television." - Amy Jo 5 Martin Keeping the above quote in mind, discuss the pros and cons of social media pervading all parts of our life in form of an article for a journal in 120-150 words

(c) Failure is an inescapable part of life and a critically important part of any successful life. Describe a transformative failure you faced and how 5 it changed you.

(d) The prerequisites of being a hero have undergone a huge change over the years. Describe in about 120-150 words what qualities GEN Z admire and look for when they envision their hero.

Solution: (a) Sports teach teamwork-problem solving skills-boosts self-esteem -teaches self-discipline & better time-management

Sports enthusiasts do well academically- the development of interpersonal skills -helps make diverse social connections -Post-Lockdown, sports have assumed greater importance

(b) social media- a tool of communication-a place for conversation-not for just one-way monologue.Very important to be kept in mind. Powerful-if benefits-harmful repercussions too

(c) -analysis of failure -Personal experience of failure-failed at what? -Immediate reaction after the failure-Transformation experienced after that

(d) definition of a hero's process of change in the hero’s figure. What has been added now-what not essential now The reason for such choices.

Question 6. Attempt any one of the following questions in 120-150 words. [Competency-Based Involving Analysis/Interpretation/Application] 

(a) Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Draft a speech discussing the importance of mental health awareness and effective strategies to promote mental health.

(b) Ways and means Inc. An organization engaged in personality development programs organized a leadership Training Workshop in your school recently. Write a report in about 150-200 words for a newspaper.

Solution: (a)

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
  3. Conclusion

Value points

  • way to educate the public about mental illness
  • misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health issues
  • raise awareness surrounding research and treatments
  • reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • education about the reality of living with a mental health condition 

(b). Heading


  • Place, Date: The report should concern itself with
  • Who
  • When
  • What
  • How
  • Observation/comment of Chief Guest/eye witness/spectator

Section C  Literature

Question 7. (a) Choose any one extract and answer the questions that follow:

As the first were made to blind

Others, these which come behind

Will work upon ourselves, and blind our eyes.

If our loves faint, and westwardly decline,

To me thou, falsely, thine,

And I to thee mine actions shall disguise.

The morning shadowes wear away,

But these grow longer all the day;

But oh, love's day is short, if love decay.

Love is a growing, or full constant light,

And his first minute, after noone, is night.

a) What does the poet mean by ‘the first’?

b) How are the first different from others that follow?

c) What is meant by love declining westward?

d) What does morning shadows represent?

e) What is the night symbolic of?

f) Which word is an apt synonym for ‘thine’

(i) Ours (ii) yours

(iii) hers (iv) theirs


(b) But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted

Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!

A savage place! as holy and enchanted

As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted

By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,

As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,

A mighty fountain momently was forced:

Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst

Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,

Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail

And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever

It flung up momently the sacred river.

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,

Then reached the caverns measureless to man,

And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;

And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far

Ancestral voices prophesying war!

a. How is the chasm described in these lines?

b. What did Kubla Khan hear from afar?

c. Which sacred river is being referred to in the lines above?

d. What are bursts of water compared to?

e. What does the phrase By woman wailing for demon-lover mean?

f. An apt antonym for the word ‘savage’ is

(i) civilized (ii) vagabond

(iii) severe (iv) ferocious

Solution: (a) (i) noon shadows

(ii) In the first lovers still care and love each other despite the waning of the physical attraction.

(iii) Like the sun setting westward- the love between the poet and lovers declines

(iv) he and his beloved will not remain true to each other. Hence, both lovers will become oblivious to each other.

(v) Morning shadows represent night symbolic of -darkness-comes into the lives of lovers due to the death of their love-

(vi) (ii) yours


(i) The deep chasm slanted down the hill- with an occasional powerful burst of water

(ii) His ancestors’ prophesies of war

(iii)River Alph

(iv) rebounding hail and chaffy grain

(v) a woman in love with a demon who had deserted her-. Much distressed by his desertion, she mourns his absence

(vi) civilized

Question 7. (b) During the morning nobody worried about the car encrusted in the wall, for people assumed it was one of those that had been parked on the pavement. But when the crane lifted it out of its setting, the body of a woman was found secured behind the steering wheel by a seat belt. The blow had been so brutal that not a single one of her bones was left whole. Her face was destroyed, her boots had been ripped apart and her clothes were in shreds. She wore a gold ring shaped like a serpent, with emerald eyes.”

a. Who wore a gold ring?

b. How did she make her living?

c. What state was ‘She’ discovered in?

d. Why did the author mention the snake ring?

e. Why did no one bother about the damaged car?

f. Which word can be a good synonym for brutal

(i) Brash (ii) ebullient

(iii) cruel (iv) crass


(b) He was tall, slim, blond, and blue-eyed. His hair was thinning and had turned somewhat grey, but he managed to disguise these signs of age. He stooped a little, but in the company was quick to straighten up. Years ago in

Germany he had worn a monocle…”

a. Who does ‘he’ refer to?

b. What signs of age were evident to him?

c. ‘But in the company was quick to straighten up….’ What does this phrase reflect about ‘him’?

d. Pick out the word from the extract which means to conceal one’s appearance by using wigs/glasses etc.

i. straighten ii. disguise

iii. monocle iv. stopped

e. What had happened to his uncle?

f. Give a brief description of him.

Solution: (a) Frau Frieda

(b) She earned her living by working as a psychic- she sold her dreams

(c) her body was crushed as a result of the massive blow of the wave.

(d) Snake ring proved very important in the narrator recognizing the woman as Frau Frieda.

(e) No one bothered about the damaged car because they thought that there were no occupants – it was just wreckage-

(f) (iii) cruel


(a) Dr. Margolin

(b) grey thinning hair stooped

(c) Very careful about his public image-how he appeared to others-took great pride in his appearance

(d) (ii) disguise

(e) His uncles had been having perished during the Jewish Genocide in Germany.

(f) Dr. Margolin was a skilled and respected physician- was a poor man’s son who had risen in life due to his hard work and intelligence-was called a prodigy in childhood.

Question 8. Answer any one of the following two questions in 30-40 words. (a) What do the swans in the poem, ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ symbolize? (b) What type of relationship does Eveline have with Frank?

Solution: (a) symbol of beauty, energy, and permanence, also remind the poet of the pains of getting old and the inevitability of


(b) a strange relationship, suggesting a difference in class, there seems to be an emotional gap too, Eveline views Frank as a rescue from her father.

Question 9. Answer any one of the following two questions in 50-60 words. (a) What were the thoughts racing in Dr. Margolin’s mind, when he sat at the back of a taxi? (b) Why did the author think that Frau Frieda’s dreams were a stratagem for surviving? Did he believe in her prophetic ability?

Solution: (a) Dr. Margolin thought about the place the taxi was taking him- was musing on Why God created dictators like Hitler or Stalin- what is the purpose behind world wars & deadly illnesses (b) Her conversations made it clear that, dream by dream, she had taken over the entire fortune of her patrons in Vienna. Author knew that they were no more than a stratagem as she said that she sold them for a living and he realized the reality behind her interpretations – interpreted dreams of the religious family – finally asked them to go away for five years – bequeathed a part of their estate – the author believe in her dreams as he left Vienna and never returned.

Question 10. Answer any one of the following two questions in 120-150 words. [Competency Based Involving Analysis/Interpretation/Inference] (a) How does D.H. Lawrence assert that the novel is a book that can touch the life of a whole man alive and that is why the novel matters? (b) Nature may have tricks up her sleeves to check us if the chemists exploit her too greedily. Critically comment on the statement.

Solution: (a) Novel provides guidance in this matter, it helps to see when a man is alive and when he is dead in life, helps to develop an instinct for life, does not advocate a right or wrong path which varies according to circumstances. Novel portrays the varying nature of life thus making readers realize that life itself is the reason for living…end result – whole man alive.

(b) Science and technology help produce machines – increase in production of food grains – helps in equal distribution of wealth – we can now cultivate the sky as well as the earth – improve the quality of grass, improve cattle, butter, poultry – it might prove risky – Shaw talks about ecological disturbance – the harsh reality of the modern world.


Question 11. Answer any one of the following two questions in 30-40 words. (a) How did the captain’s behavior change in front of the cameraman? (b) What were the instructions of the captain regarding the show and animals of the circus? (c) Discuss the character of Brinda in the novel ‘The Financial Expert’. (d) Give an account of Balu the pampered son

Solution: (a) Captain did not like being ordered around-in front of the cameraman he was submissive-the tiger found it unbelievable for the captain to be taking orders from others 


(b) To observe the animals carefully –to anticipate how long one animal would last to get an immediate replacement if

anyone dies-show should never stop because of one animal.


(c) Introduced as a seventeen-year-old, very beautiful girl-her father a tea estate owner-lives in harmony with in-laws –

suffers greatly under her husband- despite his blatant cheating and misdemeanor continues to tolerate him


(d) Nurtured as a pampered son-Margayya listened to all his demands- did not do well in school-reluctance to study-runs

away to avoid pressure despite coming back-no improvement-Mr. Pal responsible for worsening his case-gets further

embroiled in illicit activities and leads to the father’s downfall.

Question12. Answer any one of the following two questions in 50-60 words. (a)Describe the business agreement between Captain and Madan. (b)The creation of the role of Master is intended to serve as an ideal. Justify (c)Margayya’s rise and fall in life make the readers introspect on various notions of ethics and integrity. Elaborate. (d) Describe briefly Margayya’s newfound career in the publishing house.

Solution: (a) Reveals Captain’s self importance, Madan approaches him about having Raja perform in a film – Madan forced to

draft and redraft agreement – gives opportunity to manipulate others – both play


(b) Expounds spiritual profundity – understands God’s scheme of things– has overcome limitations of his past life – advises villagers to control their pride and arrogance – doesn’t surround himself with prisons of his own making


(c) Combines traditional values and wave of westernization – bears no remorse in illegal sale of forms – obsession with money leads to neglect of only son – stoops low in immoral literature – suffers noguilt or qualms – devoid of love and compassion – ignores domestic life


(d) Sold the manuscripts of Bed Life by Dr. Pal for whatever cash Margayya has – is assured that the book named Domestic Harmony will sell in thousands if the right publisher is found – Madan Lal agrees to publish it on a 50-50 partnership – book is popular and Margayya hits a fortune.

Question 13. Answer any one of the following two questions in 120-150 words. [Competency Based Involving Analysis/Interpretation/Inference] (a) The Master advised the frightened villagers not to use the words ‘beast’ or ‘brute’. Discuss his rationale behind it. (b) The Master’s early life is a total contrast to his present philosophical leanings. Comment. (c) Margayya, the hero of ‘ The Financial Expert’ is probably Narayan’s greatest single comic creation. Justify. (d) In what way is Margayya ruined through his own son? Trace the path of their relationship and discuss.

Solution:(a) Ugly demeaning words coined by man in his arrogance – it is man’spride that lies at the roots of his sufferings and

delusion – mankind surrounds himself with prisons of his own making – lives under false fallacy that all creatures other than himself are awful beasts –the words portray his pride and ego centricity


(b) Sudden information about his early life – satisfied selfish appetites –has inordinate demands for food – left wife and family without warning – labeled for desertion


(c) Modern town man always struggling to change his social position –experiences ups and downs of life – attains self-knowledge only when he gives up his chase for money – lack of insight contributes to his failure-Lust for money, but Margayya is no monster of greed and wickedness. R.K. Narayan has succeeded in humanizing him and showing that, despite his lust for money, he is a human being like us.


(d) Balu, his spoiled child threw his account books in the gutter which destroyed all transactions – could not do SSLC in spite of admitting him in school in great style and private tutor - seized school leaving book, tears it and throws it in the gutter – runs away from home –befriends Dr. Pal and falls into evil ways – refuses to restart the business of his father – spread false rumors about his death.  

Steps to download CBSE Class 12 English Sample Paper 2021-22

Download the CBSE Class 12 Sample Paper by following the below-mentioned steps or directly download CBSE Class 12 English Sample papers from the above link.

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Step III- Click on the link under “Sample Papers Class XII”.

Step IV- Search for English (Core & Elective) in the list of “Class XII Sample Question Paper & Marking Scheme for Exam 2021-22” that appears on the screen. 

Step V- Click on “SQP” for all the subjects and download the sample paper pdf. 

Step VI- Check the marking scheme after attempting the Class 12 sample paper 2021-22 for English. 

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