Sample Paper – 2012 Class – XII Subject – English (CODE: 301)GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: i. This paper is divided into three Sections: A, B and C. All the questions in each section are compulsory. ii. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully. iii. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. iv. Handwriting should be neat and legible. SECTION A: READING 20 Marks Q.1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below: 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 Sannyasin, or one who formally renounces the world, and the second is the title I assumed- as is customary with all Sannyasins – 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 Paramahamsa to kindly in me the final determination to follow the path he himself had trod, as in him I found my highest ideal realised.” “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, nor 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 fromIndia”? I inquired. “No,” he replied, “I represented the Hindu religion at the Parliament of Religions held atChicagoin 1893. Since then I have been travelling and lecturing in theUnited 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”. Questions: a) Answer the following questions briefly: 8 Marks
- i. What does Swami Vivekananda tell the interviewer regarding significance of his name?
- ii. What influence did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa have on Swami Vivekananda?
- iii. What according to Vivekananda is the philosophy of Vedanta?
- iv. Why had Swami Vivekananda gone toChicago?
- v. How did Vivekananda find the American audience?
- vi. Explain: “I direct my attention to the individual”.
- i. Importance; the meaning of something.
- ii. Abandon; give up
- iii. Very old.
SECTION B: WRITING 35 MarksQ.3. You are the General Manager of E.V.L. Company which requires posh bungalows on company lease, as guest houses. Draft an advertisement in not more than 50 words under classified columns to be published in ‘The Times of India’. 5 Marks
ORYou are the President of Barracks Road Residents Association. Chennai. The election of office bearers of the association will be held on 28th December 2007 at the Railway Club. Draft a notice inviting all members to take part in the election to elect a President, Secretary and Treasurer and other posts for a new three-year term. Q.4. You attended a seminar conducted by Swami Krishnananada. The seminar was on benefits of Yoga for heart ailments and need to practice it for good Health. Write a report about it for your newspaper in about 100 – 150 words. 10 Marks
ORThere were many vacant spaces in your locality which were lying unattempted and uncared for. You and your friends decided to beautifully and develop those areas into green parks or playgrounds for the benefit of all. With practically no money but lots of enthusiasm of the children of the colony, your project became a roaring success. It has now even caught media attention. You have been approached by a local newspaper to share your success story. Write a brief report in 125 – 150 words on how you organized the entire project. You are Anuj/Anita, a resident ofBangalore. Q.5. The Manager, ICICI Bank, Lucknow requires a few business development Managers, for the credit card section. Write an application for the post, offering your services, giving bio-data. You are Pritam/Priti, Nirala Nagar, Lucknow. 10 Marks
ORWrite a letter to the editor of a national daily on the mushrooming of various coaching center and how extra tuitions have become a common feature in a student’s life. You are Amit/Amita. (Word limit – 200 words) Q.6. Write an article in about 200 words on the topic ‘Problems of Hacking and Cyber Security from Internet’. 10 Marks
ORWrite an article in not more than 200 words on the topic ‘Honour Killing inIndia’.
SECTION C: TEXT BOOKS 45 MarksQ.7. Read the extract given below and answer the question that follow: On sour cream walls, donations. Shakespeare’s head, Cloudless at dawn, civilized dome ridling all cities. Belled flowery, Tyrolese valley. Open-handed map Awarding the world its world. And yet, for these Children, these windows, not this map, their world, Where all their future’s painted with a fog,
- What is meant by sour cream walls?
- What do these windows refers to?
- Explain: ‘Belled, flowery Tyrolese, valley’.
- What has been said about their future?
ORA thing of beauty is a joy forever Its loveliness inceases, it will never Pass into nothingness; but will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
- Explain: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’.
- Explain: ‘A bower quiet’.
- What idea does the poet want to convey in these lines?
- Why are the young trees described as ‘sprinting’?(My Mother’s at Sixty Six)
- Why did Aunt Jennifer should select two embrioder tigers on the panel?
- What is the ‘childish longing’ that the poet refers to? Why is it vain?(A Roadside Stand)
- How according to the poet can Earth teach us ?(Keeping Quiet)
- Cultural and social backwardness of the people was Gandhi’s concern. Explain.
- How did the instructor ‘build a swimmer’ out ofDouglas?
- What made the peddler accept Edla’s invitation?
- Why did the villagers come to school?(The Last Lesson)
- What were the options that Sophie was dreamoing of? Why does jansie discourage her from having such dreams?
ORThe story ‘The Last Lesson’ his all about linguistic chauvinism. Comment. Q.11. Why isAntarctica the place to go understand the earth’s present, past, and future?
ORThe two accounts that you read above are based in two distant cultures. What is the commonality of theme found in both of them? Q.12. Answer the following in 30 – 40 words each:
- How did they realize that the man was an American?
- What will the Maharaja do to find the required number of Tigers to kill?
- Why was Charley not able to find the third level again?
- What is it that drawsDerrytowards Mr Lamb inspite of himself?
- What were the precautions taken for the smooth conduct of the Examination?