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CBSE Class 12
English Core (Code No. 301)
(Sample Paper 2022-23)
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.
Maximum Marks: 80
- 15-minute prior reading time allotted for Q-paper reading.
- The Question Paper contains THREE sections-READING, WRITING and LITERATURE.
- Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part. Write the correct question number in your answer sheet to indicate the option/s being attempted.
Section A: READING SKILLS (20 marks)
I. Read the passage given below. (10)
(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 breakdown 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 organisations 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. 1×10
- Complete the sentence by choosing an appropriate option.
Ghost nets have been named so because they ________
- cause much harm to the marine life.
- are functional though not in use by fishers.
- are not owned by anyone.
- act as a snare for all animals in oceans.
- Comment on the writer’s reference to the ghost nets in paragraph one, as a health problem for the oceans.
- List the two ways being entangled in a ghost net is likely to impact a walrus.(Clue: Think about the type of animal a walrus is)
- Select the option that conveys the opposite of ‘negligible’, from words used in
- The writer would not agree with the given statements based on paragraph three,
- Most ghost nets take a few years to completely disintegrate.
- Ghost nets contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Most ghost nets provide nutrition to marine animals, upon disintegration.
- Ghost nets can curtail freedom of marine animals.
- Some records share that fishing nets used to be made of common rope using natural fibres, 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.
- Why is it fair to say that commitment and innovation have to go hand-in-hand to rid the oceans of ghost nets?
- Complete the given sentence with an appropriate inference, with respect to the
The writer quotes the example of the WWF-led mission in the Baltic Sea (Paragraph 4), in order to…..
- How can the solutions, suggested in paragraph five, best be described?
- Select the most suitable title for the above passage.
- The Scary Side of Ghost Nets
- Ghost Nets – A Result of Human Dominance
- Ghost Nets – A Menace to Marine Life
- Ways to Tackle the Problem of Ghost Nets
II. Read the passage given below. (10)
(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 practise leadership. Yet, only a handful of studies have sought to understand leader development from the students’ 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.
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below. 1×10
- Does the following statement agree with the information given in paragraph 1?The researcher believes that educational institutions have ideal resources to study 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
- 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.
- Select the option that displays the most likely reason for including Research Question 3 in the 2014 study.
In order to find out if…
- learning opportunities shape students’ overall personality.
- leadership lessons are the result of the designed learning opportunities.
- all learning opportunities cater to a specific lesson.
- certain lessons are common in more than one learning opportunity.
- 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 ________ .
- Select the option that displays the key event designed with “Balancing Roles” (Table 1) as the objective.
- Students will be able to debate the issue at hand, with different teams.
- Students will be able to manage the responsibilities of a mentor, planner researcher and presenter.
- Students will be able to surmount minor problems and focus on the final goal.
- Students will be able to explain concepts and clarify them for peers.
- Complete the given sentence by selecting the most appropriate option. The 2014 study attempts to understand student leadership by focussing on ________ .
- experiences that shaped students’ overall personality.
- lessons gained by students as they grew up.
- relationship of key events with particular lessons.
- students in leadership roles.
- 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.
- 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.
- hard work
- Complete the sentence appropriately with one/ two words.
In the context of “Working with Others” in Table 1, the lesson of ‘Conflict’ refers to ________.
- 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 organisations, to organise leadership camps and programmes.
III. SECTION B – CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS (20)
All the names and addresses used in the questions are fictitious. Resemblance, if any, is purely coincidental.
1. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. (5)
- You are Josely Mathew, the President of the school book club. The club is organising a drive for promoting 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 endeavour. Mention how the donated books would would benefit a charitable cause.(OR)
- As the House Captain of A.B.M Public School, Telangana, draft a 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 Reasearch-based Paper Presentation Competition. Do not forget to issue an apology for the above. You are Kruthika Reddy.
2. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. (5)
- 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.(OR)
- 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.
3. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. (5)
- You are Minu Sen, an intern in a software company in Hyderabad. You feel that the growing relationship of companies with non-profit organisations have made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the buzzword today. Your own involvement in one such projectfor your company has convinced you that CSR looks beyond the company 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 provide suggestions to make it an integral part of every organisation. Use the given cues along with your own ideas to compose this letter.
- 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.
Write a a letter to Credit Sage Pvt. Ltd. along with your bio-data, expressing your interest in the situation vacant.
4. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. (5)
- 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 in 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 cues given below.
- The construction sector is believed to be quite hazardous and has the maximum number of fatal work injuries. A safety fair was organised 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.
SECTION C – LITERATURE 40
IV Read the given extractsto attempt the questions with reference to context.
1. Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*6=6
1.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 are 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.
(A Roadside Stand)
- What is the tone of the poet in the above lines?
Choose the most appropriate option.
- Only (i)
- (ii) and (iii)
- (i), (iv) and (v)
- Only (iii)
- 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.
- What quality of the villagers can be inferred through these lines?
- Complete the following analogy correctly. Do NOT repeat from used example.
greedy good doers: alliteration :: ________ oxymoron
- 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.
- is true but (2) is false.
- is true but (1) is false.
- is the reason for (1).
- Both (1) and (2) cannot be inferred from the extract.
- Fill the blank with an appropriate word, with reference to the extract.
‘… calculated to soothe them out of their wits’ implies that ‘them’ are being ________.(OR)
1.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, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth
(A Thing of Beauty)
- Choose the option that displays the same poetic device as used in the first line of the extract.
- I’m as happy as I can be.
- Life is a roller coaster ride.
- Nature is God’s gift to us.
- The dazzling divas enchanted all.
- What does the phrase ‘a bower quiet’ indicate?
- 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.
- Only (v)
- (i), (ii) and (v)
- (i), (iii) and (iv)
- (ii) and (iv)
- Answer in ONE word.
When the poet says that ‘a thing of beauty’ will never pass into nothingness, he means that it is ________ .
- 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.
- (1) can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.
- (2) can be inferred from the extract but (1) cannot.
- Both (1) and (2) can be inferred from the extract.
- (2) is the reason for (1) and can be inferred from the extract.
- Which of the following is an apt title for the extract?
- Full to the Brim with Joy
- Beauty Galore
- Live Life King Size
- Hope Floats
2 Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*4=4
2. A DERRY: You’re… peculiar. You say peculiar things. You ask questions I don’t
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.
(On the Face of It)
- List the playwright’s purpose of using ellipses (…) in this extract. 1
- Select the option that best describes Derry and Mr. Lamb in the extract.
- Derry: introvert; Mr. Lamb: friendly
- Derry: fearful; Mr. Lamb: domineering
- Derry: friendly; Mr. Lamb: weird
- Derry: open minded; Mr. Lamb: charming
- Which of the following best summarises Mr. Lamb’s attitude towards the bees?
- Beauty is being true to yourself.
- There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.
- Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- The beauty of the world lies in the details.
- 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?(OR)
2.B Students on Ice, the programme 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.
(Journey to the End of the Earth)
- Complete the sentence appropriately, with reference to the extract. The writer refers to the educational opportunities as ‘inspiring’ because ________.
- Which of the following would NOT be ‘a life changing experience’?
- Being given the lead role in a play.
- Going on an adventure trip.
- Playing a video game.
- Meeting a great leader, you admire.
- Select the most suitable title for the given extract.
- Adventure with a Mission
- Adventure – The Spice of Life
- The Wanderlust
- Students of the Future
- Why does the writer refer to ‘act’ as more important than ‘absorb’ or ‘learn’?
3 Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*6=6
3.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 …
(Poets and Pancakes)
- Select the option that completes the given sentence appropriately.
‘Stages of worldly experience’ in the given context would refer to ________.
- good education to gain knowledge.
- situations that require one to be street smart.
- smaller, not so important roles in acting.
- training in soft skills.
- Select the suitable word from the extract to complete the following analogy: sealed: closed :: propelled: ________
- Select the correct option to fill in the blank.
The harm done to the actress was a/an ________
- well-planned act.
- unintentional act.
- act of jealousy.
- act of male dominance.
- Based on the above extract, choose the statement that is TRUE for the legal adviser.
- He disliked the actress from the countryside.
- He acted after thinking through things carefully.
- He did not gel well with others in the Department.
- He was always dressed smartly.
- Identify the textual clue that allows the reader to infer that the writer is sympathetic towards the professional fate of the actor. (Clue: a phrase)
- 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 ________.(OR)
3.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.
- What is the most likely reason some people consider the practice of interview to be an art?
This could be because it requires
- fluency of words.
- sensitive and careful handling.
- creativity and imagination.
- probing and focusing on details.
- Rewrite the sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with its inference.
Celebrities feel that an interview diminishes them.
- 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.
- (1) Can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.
- (1) cannot be inferred from the extract but (2) can.
- (1) is true but (2) is false.
- (2) is the reason for (1).
- Rationalise, to support the given opinion:
To say that an interview, in its highest form, is a source of truth, is an extravagant claim.
- 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.
- The author’s views on interview, in the extract, can best be described as statements based on ________ .
V Answer ANY FIVE of the following in about 40-50 words each. 5*2=10
- “You realise the true value of a thing only on losing it.” Comment on this statement in the light of the story, The Last Lesson.
- State the common issue faced by most of the aged in the current times, with reference to the poem My Mother at Sixty-six.
- What do we come to know about the author of Lost Spring, Anees Jung, through her interactions with Saheb and Mukesh?
- Give two reasons why, according to Pablo Neruda, is ‘keeping quiet’ essential to attaining a better, more peaceful world. (Keeping Quiet)
- 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.
- How can we say that marriage was a compromise for Aunt Jennifer? Support your response with two justifications. (Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers)
VI Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 40-50 words each. 2*2=4
- ‘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.
- Comment on any one aspect of the writing style of the author, Kalki in The Tiger King.
- How do we know that Dr. Sadao was conscientious as well as loyal? (The Enemy)
VII Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 120-150 words. 1*5=5
- 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 to 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 …(OR)
- ‘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
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 given above.
You may begin the conversation like this …
Sophie’s mother: Your embroidery is so beautiful. Do you love tigers?
VIII Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 120-150 words. 1*5=5
- On returning home, Tishani Doshi writes her thoughts reflecting on how her decision to enrol for the Students on Ice programme 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………..(OR)
- Both Bama and Zitkala Sa experienced the harsh reality of discrimination in their childhood. Instead of letting it pull them down, they both 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
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