U.P. Board Guess Papers
Class XII (2011)
Subject: English (First Paper)
Time: 3 Hours Max. Marks: 50
1. Explain with reference to the context any one of the following passage:
(a) The people I saw in India – those in the village as well as those in high office – have both pride and a lively sense of decency and citizenship. They also have a passion for independence. This beautiful child – born in squalor and poverty, uneducated in both grammar and manners – had given me a glimpse of the warm soul of India.
(b) There is a pleasant sense of freedom about being alone in the carriage that is jolting noisily through the night.It is liberty and unrestraint in a very agreeable form. You can do anything you like.
(c) Some kind of dream of unity has occupied the mind of India since the down of civilization. That unity was not conceived as something imposed from outside, a standardization of external or even of beliefs. It was some thing deeper and within its fold the widest tolerance to belief and custom was practiced and every variety acknowledged and even encouraged.
2. Read one of the following passages and answers the questions that follow:
(a) I must have walked the streets till after mid-night. At last I become so exhausted that I could walk no longer. I was tired, I was hungry, I was everything but discouraged. Just about the time when I reached extreme physical exhaustion, I came upon a portion of a street where the board sidewalk was considerably elevated. I waited for a few minutes till I was sure that no passers- by could see me, and then crept under the sidewalk and lay for the night on the ground, with my satchel of clothing for the pillow. Nearly all night I could hear the tramp of feet over my head.
i. Why was the writer tried?
ii. Why did the writer wait far a few minutes?
iii. Did the writer lose his courage?
iv. What sound did the writer hear all night ?
v. Describe the condition of the author.
vi. Where could the lay for the night and what did the feel there?
vii. What did the author search for till late in the night ?
(b) You are living in an age when there are great opportunities for woman in social work, public life and administration, Society requires women of disciplined minds and restrained manners. Whatever line of work you undertake, you should bring to it an honest disciplined mind. you will then succeed and have the joy of your work.
i. In which type of age are woman living today?
ii. What short (type) of woman does society require?
iii. What should you do while doing a job to make a living for yourself?
iv. When can you get the joy of your work ?
3. Answer any two of the following questions in not more then 30 words each:
(a) How did the writer reach Richmond?
(b) What are the most common things we often forget, according to Robert Lynd?
(c) Give a brief description of the train W.C. Douglas was travelling by.
4. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 150 words each:
(a) Describe the difficulties which Washington had to face on the way to Hampton.
(b) State briefly the views of S. Radhakrishnan on woman’s education?
5. Fill in the blanks in the followings sentences with suitable words or phrases given against each within the brackets:
(a) The ordinary man arrives …………… his destination with all his bags and trunks safe.
(i) on (ii) to (iii) at (iv) for
(b) The commonest from the forgetfulness occurs in the matter of ……………… letters.
(i) sending (ii) delivering (iii) posting (iv) reading
(c) I could not ……………… thinking of the fable by La Fontaine.
(i) support (ii) help (iii) aid (iv) assist
(d) I suppose you to death. Justice demands it , and the …………… awards it.
(i) mad dog (ii) white elephant (iii) black sheep (iv) shinning car
6. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 150 words each:
(a) Which character do you like most in Julius Caesar? Give reasons for your answer.
(b) Describe the role of the citizens of Rome in Julius Caesar.
7. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 30 words each:
(a) Describe Calphurnia ‘s dream ?
(b) How did Cassius die?
8. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 150 words each:
(a) What did Sanku’s problems and how did he try to solve them ?
(b)Give the character sketch of Gufar.
9. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 30 words each:
(a) Why was the author so keen to have a pen pal ?
(b) What led the author to ask for a picture of Alice?
10. Explain with reference to the context any two of the following extracts:
(a) The quality of mercy is not strain’d;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
(b) How happy is he born or taught,
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill !
(c) This man is free from servile bands
Of hope to rise, or fear to fall;
Lord of himself, through not of lands;
And having nothing, he hath all.
11. Give the central Idea of one of the following poems:
(b) Character of a Happy life
(c) The True Beauty
12. Answer any one of the following questions in not more then 150 words each:
(a) Why did Prince often become sad even in the midst of all pleasures?
(b) What were the seven visions that king Shuddhodana saw in his dream?
13. Point out the figures of speech in any two of the following:
(a) Ten thousand saw I at a glace.
(b)Death lays his icy hands even on kings.
(c) Let not ambition mock their useful toil.14. Define Personification and give an illustration of it.