Class 12 English Core Sample Paper 2022-23

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You will definitely find lots of changes this year in CBSE Class 12 English Core Sample Paper 2022-23. The typology and pattern of questions have some big changes this year. CBSE has made Class 12 English Core Sample Paper 2023 more realistic and analytical as compared to previous years.

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What’s New in Class 12 English Core Sample Paper?

Let’s discuss the main points that will surely help you understand the big changes CBSE has made this year in Class 12 English Core Sample Paper 2022-23.

  • Reading unseen passages is not exactly MCQ based but it has various types of objective questions. You will get MCQs, Very short answer-type questions, fill-ups, sentence completion, true & false, one-word answers and statement-based questions.
  • Creative writing tasks are now more realistic and situation based. Even letter writing or application for jobs have snippets from the newspapers.
  • Now there are two extracts from Flamingo and one for Vistas. Each extract from Flamingo carries 6 questions for 6 marks whereas the extracts from Vistas have 4 questions. The best thing is all these extracts have internal choices. So, you will get better options to choose from.
  • Long questions are now purely analytical based to assess the critical thinking ability. So, rote learning will certainly not work.

Section A – Reading Skills

Class 12 English Core reading skills include two passages. One of them is of descriptive nature and the other is a factual passage with some data, chart, diagram etc. Both passages have equal marks and an equal number of questions.

Section B – Creative Writing Skills

There are four questions in the class 12 English Core creating writing skills section. Each question comes with an internal choice. The first question is about notice writing in 40-50 words. The second question asks you to draft an invitation. The third question comprises letting writing task and the fourth question is about writing an article or report on the given situation.

Section C – Literature

Out of 80 mark question paper, the literature part comprises 40 marks. It has questions from the textbook Flamingo and the supplementary book Vistas. There are extract-based questions with internal choice. So, you will get 6 extracts and you need to attempt any three of them. Apart from extract questions, CBSE class 12 English core Sample Paper 2023 has short answer type questions and long answer type questions in this section.

Class 12 English Core Sample Paper 2023

 

Class 12 – English Core
Term-2 Sample Paper – 01


Maximum Marks: 40
Time Allowed: 2 hours


General Instructions:

  1. The Question Paper contains THREE sections-READING, WRITING and LITERATURE.
  2. Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.

  1. SECTION A – READING
  2. Read the passage and on the basis of your understanding of the passage answer the questions given below:
    1. That large animals require luxuriant vegetation has been a general assumption which has passed from one work to another, but I do not hesitate to say that it is completely false and that it has vitiated the reasoning of geologists on some points of great interest in the ancient history of the world. The prejudice has probably been derived from India, and the Indian islands, where troops of elephants, noble forests, and impenetrable jungles, are associated together in everyone’s mind. If, however, we refer to any work of travels through the southern parts of Africa, we shall find allusions in almost every page either to the desert character of the country or to the numbers of large animals inhabiting it. The same thing is rendered evident by the many engravings which have been published of various parts of the interior.
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    2. Dr. Andrew Smith, who has lately succeeded in passing the Tropic of Capricorn, informs me that, taking into consideration the whole of the southern part of Africa, there can be no doubt of its being a sterile country. On the southern coasts, there are some fine forests, but with these exceptions, the traveler may pass for days together through open plains, covered by poor and scanty vegetation. Now, if we look to the animals inhabiting these wide plains, we shall find their numbers extraordinarily great, and their bulk immense.
    3. It may be supposed that although the species are numerous, the individuals of each kind are few. By the kindness of Dr. Smith, I am enabled to show that the case is very different. He informs me, that in lat. 24′, in one day’s march with the bullock-wagons, he saw, without wandering to any great distance on either side, between one hundred and one hundred and fifty rhinoceroses – the same day he saw several herds of giraffes, amounting together to nearly a hundred.
    4. At the distance of a little more than one hour’s march from their place of encampment on the previous night, his party actually killed at one spot eight hippopotamuses and saw many more. In this same river, there were likewise crocodiles. Of course, it was a case quite extraordinary, to see so many great animals crowded together, but it evidently proves that they must exist in great numbers. Dr. Smith describes the country passed through that day, as ‘being thinly covered with grass, and bushes about four feet high,and still more thinly with mimosa trees.’
    5. Besides these large animals, anyone the least acquainted with the natural history of the Cape has read of the herds of antelopes, which can be compared only with the flocks of migratory birds. The numbers indeed of the lion, panther, and hyena, and the multitude of birds of prey, plainly speak of the abundance of the smaller quadrupeds: one evening seven lions were counted at the same time prowling round Dr. Smith’s encampment. As this able naturalist remarked to me, the carnage each day in Southern Africa must indeed be terrific! I confess it is truly surprising how such a number of animals can find support in a country producing so little food.
    6. The larger quadrupeds no doubt roam over wide tracts in search of it; and their food chiefly consists of underwood, which probably contains much nutriment in a small bulk. Dr. Smith also informs me that the vegetation has a rapid growth; no sooner is a part consumed, than its place is supplied by a fresh stock. There can be no doubt, however, that our ideas respecting the apparent amount of food necessary for the support of large quadrupeds are much exaggerated. The belief that where large quadrupeds exist, the vegetation must necessarily be luxuriant, is the more remarkable because the converse is far from true.
    7. Mr. Burchell observed to me that when entering Brazil, nothing struck him more forcibly than the splendour of the South American vegetation contrasted with that of South Africa, together with the absence of all large quadrupeds. In his Travels, he has suggested that the comparison of the respective weights (if there were sufficient data) of an equal number of the largest herbivorous quadrupeds of each country would be extremely curious. If we take on the one side, the elephants hippopotamus, giraffe, bos caffer, elan, five species of rhinoceros; and on the American side, two tapirs, the guanaco, three deer, the vicuna, peccari, capybara (after which we must choose from the monkeys to complete the number), and then place these two groups alongside each other it is not easy to conceive ranks more disproportionate in size.
    8. After the above facts, we are compelled to conclude, against the anterior probability that among the Mammalia there exists no close relation between the bulk of the species, and the quantity of the vegetation, in the countries which they inhabit. (809 words)
      Adapted from: Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin (1890)

    Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY EIGHT questions from the nine given below.

    1. Why does Dr. Smith refer to Africa as a sterile country?
    2. What does Darwin’s remark, “if there were sufficient data” indicate?
    3. To account for the surprising number of animals in a “country producing so little food’, what partial explanation does Darwin suggest?
    4. What does the author conclude from Dr. Smith and Burchell’s observations?
    5. What happened at the distance of a little more than one hour’s march from their place of encampment?
    6. What kind of flora and fauna exist in India?
    7. What idea struck Mr. Burchell on entering Brazil?
    8. What is the food larger mammals eat? 
    9. Pick out the words/phrases from the passage which are similar in meaning to the following:
      Barren (Para 2)
      Clear (Para 6)
  3. Read the passage given below.
    With globalization, urbanization, and environmental change, infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics have become global threats requiring a collective response. Although the majority of developed countries, predominantly European and North American, have strong real-time surveillance and health systems to manage infectious disease spread, improvements in public health capacity in low-income and high-risk countries — including human and animal surveillance, workforce preparedness, and strengthening laboratory resources—need to be supported by using national resources supplemented with international donor funding.
    International collective action among governments, non-government organizations, and private companies has been advocated in building and financing technological platforms to accelerate the research on and development response to new pathogens with epidemic potential.
    The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global partnership launched in 2017, has tracked global efforts in COVID-19 vaccine development activity and is advocating for strong international cooperation to ensure that vaccine when developed, will be manufactured in sufficient quantities and that equitable access will be provided to all nations regardless of ability to pay.
    Furthermore, affected countries may benefit from exchanging technological innovations in contact tracing, such as health Quick Response (QR) codes, to manage the outbreak more effectively. However, there are important privacy implications that need to be considered.
    In the case of COVID-19, the collective response and adoption of preventive measures to stop the global spread were implemented too late, after COVID-19 had already penetrated other regions through international travel. The given figure presents the dynamics of confirmed COVID-19 cases and shows that large countries in Europe (e.g., Italy, Germany, and the UK) and the U.S. have already outnumbered China, the origin of the epidemic, in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    Cumulative number of confirmed cases in emerging epicenters

    Data sources: WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
    Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY SIX out of the seven questions given below.

    1. What does the researcher mean by ‘real-time surveillance’?
    2. Why do you think that global threats should be responded to collectively?
    3. With reference to the given figure, write one conclusion about the COVID cases in the US in April.
    4. What steps have been advocated for collective global action?
    5. “Many countries outnumbered China, the origin of the epidemic.” Substantiate a given statement with the help of the given figure.
    6. What proves that the adoption of preventive measures was too late?
    7. Identify a word from para 2 that means an infectious thing.
  4. SECTION B – WRITING
  5. You are Dr. Girish Gupta, an eminent educationist. You have been invited to preside over an Inter-Zonal Declamation Competition by Garima, the President of English Literary Club of Government Model Sr. Sec. School Sector-19, Chandigarh. Write a letter of refusal of the invitation.
  6. You are Anand/Arti of 14, Model Town, Delhi. You have seen an advertisement in ‘The Hindu’ for the post of Chief Chef in a 5-Star Hotel. Apply for the job with complete bio-data. Write in 120-150 words.

    OR

    A few teachers and students from the Edwin University had visited your school on an exchange programme. You welcomed them grandly. Write a report in 125-150 words on the celebration. You are Brijesh/Benu.

  7. SECTION C – LITERATURE
  8. Attempt ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, within 40 words each.
    1. Pick out two instances from the story ‘The Rattrap’ to show that the peddler realized that he himself had been trapped.
    2. What was the highlight of Gandhiji’s method in solving the problems of the farmers?
    3. Why has Aunt Jennifer made ‘prancing, proud and unafraid’ tigers?
    4. The poem” A Thing of Beauty” gives us a strong message. What is it?
    5. If you were to give a different ending to the story, ‘On the Face of It’ how would you end it?
    6. Why was Roger so much excited with his new smell?
  9. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120-150 words each.
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    1. How does the poet explain that the beauty that we see is not shortlived?
    2. Who is Mr. Lamb? How does Derry get into his garden?
    3. How does Evans outwit the jail authorities?

Class 12 – English Core
Term-2 Sample Paper – 01


Solution

  1. SECTION A – READING
    1. While passing through Tropic of Capricorn Dr. Smith observed on the southern coasts there are some fine forests, but with these exceptions, the traveler may pass for days together through open plains, covered by poor and scanty vegetation. So he concluded that Africa is a sterile country.
    2.  In his Travels, Mr. Butchel has suggested that the comparison of the respective weights of an equal number of the largest herbivorous quadrupeds of Brazil and South Africa would be extremely contradictory.
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    3. Darwin suggests that animal food chiefly consists of underwood, which probably contains much nutriment in a small bulk. This vegetation has a rapid growth; no sooner is a part consumed than its place is supplied by a fresh stock.
    4. The author concludes, against the anterior probability that among the Mammalia there exists no close relation between the bulk of the species, and the quantity of the vegetation, in the countries which they inhabit.
    5. At the distance of a little more than one hour’s march from their place of encampment on the previous night, his party actually killed at one spot eight hippopotamuses and saw many more. They also saw many great animals crowded together.
    6. India and the Indian islands are extremely rich and diverse in flora and fauna with noble forests, and impenetrable jungles, vast deserts, lush green plains supporting a range of animals and birds. India is home to a variety of Animals. India along with the other 16 megadiverse countries is home to about 60-70% of the world’s biodiversity.
    7. When entering Brazil, Mr. Burchell was struck more forcibly by the splendour of the South American vegetation contrasted with that of South Africa, together with the absence of all large quadrupeds. He also observed the disproportionate size of animals in the two continents.
    8. The larger quadrupeds no doubt roam over wide tracts in search of food; and their food chiefly consists of underwood, which probably contains much nutriment in a small bulk. This vegetation has a rapid growth; no sooner is a part consumed than its place is supplied by a fresh stock.
    9. Pick out the words/phrases from the passage which are similar in meaning to the following:
      sterile
      apparent
    1. ‘Real-time surveillance’ is a system that allows tracking reports on a real-time basis. For example, the number of suspected COVID-19 infections can be tracked in a particular area on a real-time basis. It gives more up-to-date information on the health systems and helps to identify and implement steps to prevent to manage infectious diseases like COVID-19.
    2. Global threats (like COVID-19) need to be responded to collectively in order to support the low-income countries that are at high risk. This would subsequently improve the public health capacity in these countries.
    3. The graph shows a rise in the number of COVID cases in the USA in the month of April
    4. Global collective action among governments, non-government organizations, and private companies like (a) international donor funding (b) building and financing technological platforms to accelerate R&D, (c) exchanging technological innovations has been advocated.
    5. The graph shows that the COVID-19 cases in large European countries like Italy, Germany, and the UK and the U.S. outnumbered China, the country origin of the epidemic, by the end of March.
    6. The given data from shows that the confirmed COVID-19 cases had already spread through international travel by the month of March. This proves that the collective response and adoption of preventive measures were too late to contain (or restrain) the global spread.
    7. A pathogen is an infectious thing, such as a virus, bacteria, fungi, or parasite, which causes a disease.
  2. SECTION B – WRITING
  3. 73, Sector-11-A
    Chandigarh
    8, January 2019 Dear Garima
    Many thanks for inviting me to preside over the Inter-Zonal Declamation Competition to be held on 8 January 2019 at 9.30 p.m. but I am sorry to say that I shall not be able to attend the same due to a prior appointment with my doctor.
    With warm regards
    Girish Gupta

  4. 14, Model Town
    Delhi3rd  March 2014
    The General Manager
    JW Marriott
    New Delhi
    Sir,
    Subject: Job application for the position of the chief chefThis is in reference to your advertisement in The Hindu dated March 15, 2014 for an experienced chef. I hereby wish to apply for the same in your reputed organization.
    I have been working with organizations of international repute for the last seven years. At present, I am working with Radisson Hotels, Gurgaon as a Senior Chef. I believe that I have the skills, creativity and qualifications required to excel in the role. I would like to bring my enthusiasm for creating new dishes to your hotel.
    Please find attached my bio-data for the purpose. I would appreciate the chance to discuss my abilities and your menus, and explain how I could contribute to your restaurant’s success.I thank you in anticipation of an early response!
    Yours truly,
    Arti

    BIO-DATA 
    Name –  Arti
    Father’s Name –  Mr Daksh  Pandey
    Date of Birth –  24th September 1989
    Address – 14, Model Town, Delhi
    Phone –   91XXXXXXXX
    Educational Qualification
    A) M.Sc in Culinary Arts, HM College, Delhi (2005-2007)
    B) B.Sc.in Hotel Administration, IHM, Kolkata (2002-2005)
    Experience – Working as a Senior Chef Radisson Hotels, Gurgaon for the past 2 years
    Interpersonal Skills –

    1. Excellent communication skills
    2. Team player, sincere
    3. Knowledge of different cuisine
    4. Very effective in maintaining standards of food quality through active observation of dishes and direct supervision of special recipes
    5. Experienced in interviewing candidates for kitchen positions

    Languages known – English, Hindi and Gujarati
    Marital Status – Unmarried
    References 

    1. Mr Deepak Chautaliya Manager, F&B Operations. The Radisson, Gurgaon
    2. Dr. Krishna Chand Rai Director IHM, Kolkata.

    OR

    Visit by Exchange Programme Participants
    by Brijesh Subhash Nagar, 16th January, 20XX: On last Friday, four teachers and twenty students from Edwin University, British Columbia, Canada, visited the Happy School, Subhash Nagar. To broaden their awareness and outlook through this exchange programme, students of Indian schools visit the schools abroad and vice-versa. On the occasion of their visit, the school was decorated with a festive look. Decorations and posters welcoming the visitors were everywhere. Our Principal himself warmly welcomed the delegates at the school gate. After taking a tour of the classrooms, laboratories, and the facilities in the school, the delegates interacted with teachers and students for nearly an hour about education in India and how students can help society with their positive outlook and enthusiasm. The visit concluded with a delicious ‘high tea’ in honour of the delegation.
    The visitors were seen off by the Principal and senior teachers.

  5. SECTION C – LITERATURE
  6. Attempt ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, within 40 words each.
    1. The peddler robbed the old crofter who had been very kind to him. Then, as he took the way of the woods to avoid the highway, he got lost and realised that he himself had been trapped in the rattrap. Later, when he accepted the invitation to go to the manor house knowing that he could be caught anytime, he had the realisation that he himself had fallen into the trap.
    2. The highlight of Gandhiji’s method in solving the problems of the farmers was his way of tackling the entire situation through non-cooperation and non-violence. First, he collected the complete information about the problems of the peasants. Then, he took a stand that was right and that supported the peasants, and stood firm on his stand till the landlords caved in and the peasants won their battle through non-cooperation, non-violence and unity.
    3. The Tigers created by Aunt Jennifer are eternal. They will keep on prancing even after her death. She probably wants to convey that the tigers which represent the Aunt’s inner sense of freedom will stay forever. She had been a victim of male chauvinism and wanted to become fearless like her embroidered tigers.
    4. John Keats has tried to give a strong message through his poem” A Thing of Beauty”.According to him, a thing of beauty is an eternal source of joy for us. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, as is rightly said, it can provide the sense of happiness even in the darkest of days, when one is lonely, depressed or unhappy. We are surrounded by the bounties of nature. The trees, the sun, the moon, rivers, mountains, everything which is beautiful can bring joy and happiness in our lives and removes the gloominess.
      We just have to believe in ourselves and the divine powers that make this place worth living. Our attachments to the earthly things are like a flowery wreath. They are traps which bind us to the materialistic things and keep us away from eternal happiness. The Earth is full of hatred, greed and negativity. According to the poet, the gloom and sadness caused by this negativity fade away with the positive vibes of the beautiful things that surround us.
    5. The ending of the story, ‘On the Face of It’ is very sad as Mr. Lamb is probably dead. The story should have ended on a positive note. In my opinion, Derry should have saved Mr. Lamb from falling by holding the ladder at the last moment. Their friendship then continues, bringing comfort to both.
    6. The wise owl advised  Roger to go to the wizard for a solution to his problem. The wizard changed his foul smell to that of roses. Roger was so much excited with his new smell because all the creatures had started playing with him. He played many games with them like pick up sticks and football. The sudden change in his smell brought happiness to his life.
  7. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120-150 words each.
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    1. John Keats, the poet of ‘The Thing of Beauty’, has very well established the role of nature in bringing the happiness and joy in our lives through his poem. He believes that beauty of nature increases with time and is never constant. It is eternal and can withhold all our sorrows and sufferings and yet not lose its beauty. Instead, it gives us the strength to face the hardships of life. Its beauty is endless. We are surrounded by nature everywhere, the plants and animals, the rivers and mountains and even the lovely tales that we hear are beauty and can never fade away the happiness that these things bring into our life.
    2. Mr. Lamb was an old man who lived in a big house with a huge and beautiful garden. He had lost one of his legs due to a bomb explosion and it had now been replaced with a tin leg. He liked to talk to people and made them his friends, and so, he kept the gates of his garden always open.
      Derry was a fourteen-year-old boy who was low on self-esteem and liked to stay alone. Considering the garden to be empty, he jumped over the wall to hide away from the rest of the world.
    3. The governor of the Oxford prison caught Evans in the Golden Lion. He reached there by the help of the question paper. But Evans outwitted him there once again and had the last laugh. When Governor nabbed Evans at the pub he made a mistake by not accompanying him to the prison van. Thus, Evans escaped yet again. The prison officers who were Evans men remained silent until they handcuffed him and took him to the prison van. As they were actually his friends in the disguise. They took  Evans to the police van and unlocked the handcuffs as soon as the Governor was out of sight. Evans finally escaped to Newbury.  Consequently, the Governor, who had a sharp presence of mind and hawk-eyed vigil, made the greatest blunder of not checking the identity of the prison officer was proved good for a giggle by the witty Evans. Evans was correctly referred as Evans the ‘break’ as at the end he  escaped again.

 

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