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Will you please provide here the Central Board of Secondary Education 12th English question paper?

The Central Board of Secondary Education 12th English question paper has questions from following:

English Core

Reading Comprehension
Advanced Writing Skills
Prescribed Books
(i) Flamingo + Value Based
(ii) Supplementary Reader - Vistas

English Communicative
Literature+ Value Based
Long Reading Text/ Fiction
Listening and Speaking
Formative Assessment
Factual/Discursive/ Literary

Question paper

1. Read the passage and complete the sentences given below the passage by choosing the most appropriate option from those given.
(5 Marks)
Travelling is a pleasure. Particularly for the young, the desire to see new places and get the feel of a new environment makes travel a wonderful experience. But do we make it trouble-free for others?
Don't start a conversation with the co-passenger without first knowing his willingness to converse with you. He/ she might like to read or have a nap and not necessarily be in a mood to talk.
Place your baggage in the rack above your seat. Don't encroach upon another's space. Also wait till the plane/ bus/ train comes to a stop to pull your luggage out.
Be eco-friendly— remember that the place where you stand had been visited and has to be visited by thousands more. Carry a plastic bag for waste on sight seeing trips; you can empty it later in a dustbin. "Sustainable Tourism" is the only way to protect the resource and beauty of the earth.

If you want to enjoy the hospitality of friends or relatives residing in the place you visit, inform them in advance. Don't drop in like a bolt from the blue.

Be considerate towards your hosts. Help your host/ hostess in domestic chores. Go on sight seeing trips without troubling them to come to your help. Use your own toiletries and towels. Use the telephone of your host sparingly and only when necessary. Don't interfere in their domestic affairs unless you are asked to join. Don't expect your host to attend to your needs all the time.

1. Travelling gives us happiness because ……………………………………
a. we see hills
b. we see oceans
c. we see new places
d. of better weather conditions

2. We should not bother our fellow passengers by…………………..
a. talking needlessly
b. taking their reading material
c. taking their sleeping space
d. not puling their luggage out

3. Being eco-friendly in the passage implies…………………..
a. planting trees
b. not wasting things
c. not littering the place
d. being kind to your hosts

4. One can be considerate towards the hosts by………………..
a. not visiting them
b. carrying plastic bags
c. not overstaying
d. not expecting too much

5. The antonym for ‘sparingly’ is………………
a. liberally
b. carefully
c. necessary
d. needful

2. Read the passage and complete the sentences given below the passage by choosing the most appropriate option from those given. (5 Marks)
The ship is man’s oldest and most important means of transportation. Today, thousands of ships cross oceans, sail along sea coasts and ply inland waterways. Trade among countries depends heavily on ships. Many kinds of ships are used to carry goods and people. Giant tankers haul petroleum, vegetable oil, wine and other liquids. Other vessels carry cargoes such as grain, ore and sand. Passenger liners carry travellers across the oceans. Man’s first ‘ship’ was probably a log that he used to cross a river. He probably used his hands to paddle the log. Later, he learned to build rafts by lashing logs together. In ancient Egypt, the people made their first rafts out of bundles of reeds. Later, they learned to lash bundles of reeds together to make boats. By about 4000 B.C., the Egyptians had learned to build galleys. Galleys were long boats powered by a row of paddles. By about 3200 B.C., the Egyptians had invented sails and therefore, they were able to use the power of the wind to propel their boats. The basic pattern for ships became set with the invention of the sail. Shipbuilders began concentrating on designing bigger and better ships.
The 20th century saw some of the biggest ships in the world. The three largest transatlantic liners launched to carry passengers across the Atlantic during the 1960’s were the ‘Michelangelo’, the ‘Raffaello’ and the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’. The ships of the future are expected to be even more efficient and will cost less to operate.
1. The ship is the most important means of transportation because………
a. they carry goods and people
b. they are the oldest ways of transport
c. they travel both inland and overseas
d. people prefer to travel by ship

2. The origin of the ship was when man …………………
a. learnt to paddle
b. made a raft
c. used a log
d. built galleys

3. To use the force of the wind to propel boats…
a. galleys had to be built
b. sails were made
c. paddles were invented
d. a basic pattern of a ship had to be designed

4. Travelling by ship in future is likely to be ………………..
a. more economical and efficient
b. more entertaining and economical
c. more safe and efficient
d. more easy to operate

5. The antonym of ‘efficient’ is…………………
a. unefficient
b. inefficient
c. non efficient
d. disefficient

3. Read the poem given below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentences given below the poem.
(5 Marks)
Homework sits on top of Sunday, squashing Sunday flat.
Homework has the smell of Monday, homework's very fat.
Heavy books and piles of paper, answers I don't know.
Sunday evening's almost finished, now I'm going to go
Do my homework in the kitchen. Maybe just a snack,
Then I'll sit right down and start as soon as I run back
For some chocolate sandwich cookies. Then I'll really do
All that homework in a minute. First I'll see what new
Show they's got on television in the living room.
Everybody is laughing there, but misery and gloom
And a full refrigerator are where I'm at.
I'll just have another sandwich. Homework's very fat.

1. The speaker in this poem feels that his homework is…………………

2. The literary device used in ‘Homework sits on top of Sunday’ is ………………

3. Homework is “fat” means………...........

4. Home work makes the speaker miserable and so he keeps………………

5. The speaker’s diversions from homework are snacking and ……………...


4. You are Priyank/ Priyanka, living in the students’ hostel of Sacred Heart Convent,
Pathankot. Write a letter to your mother, telling her how you felt on the first day in the
hostel after your parents left and how you met a friend(100 words)
(6 Marks)
You are interested in joining a course in medicine after completing Class XII. Your school conducts coaching classes for medical entrance tests. However, the seats are limited. Write a letter to the co-ordinator of the coaching classes giving reasons why you should be permitted to join the programme. Do not exceed 100 words. You are Priyank/ Priyanka studying in Progressive Public School, Hyderabad.

5. Levels of education and literacy are growing but all of us seem to be becoming more
inhuman, unkind and inconsiderate. Look at the visual showing our attitude towards poor
and helpless creatures. Write an article on “Cruelty To Animals” with a view to
sensitising people to the needs of animals. (120 words) (6 Mark


Traditions and rituals outline the existence of the Indian girl child. Amidst uproars of gender equality and law enforcement, female infants are still found dumped in trash, while unborn foetuses continue to be sniffed in the womb. Wrought with discrimination, our society has dealt the girl child a raw deal. Now the issue has taken a serious turn as the girl child ratio has become lopsided Look at the visual given below and write a short paragraph on “Girls Still at Risk” in about 120 words.

6. The teacher asked the students to write a story. Retika could not complete the story. Help
her complete her story. (80 words) (3 Marks)

The green alien got down from his oval spaceship eagerly and looked around but could not see anything. The ship had created a dense dust cloud on the ground as it landed and this was now making visibility difficult. The alien got down………………….


Susie wants to wear fashionable dresses and dress like her role models in films but her mother wants her to be simple and dress traditionally. Write a dialogue between them with Susie trying to convince her mother. (80 words)


7 In the passage given below, some words are missing. Choose the correct words
from the given options to complete the passage meaningfully. (½x6=3Marks)
Governments are starting programmes (a) ............................ adults how to read and write, how to do (b) ............................ better, how to farm, and how to (c) ............................ and take (d)………………….. the health of their families. Programmes (e) ................................ launched to help adults finish high school. Such adult education programmes are (f) ...................... in many countries.
(a) (i) that teaching (ii) to teach
(iii) which taught (iv) were teaching
(b) (i) there jobs (ii) their jobs
(iii) its jobs (iv) it’s jobs
(c) (i) became healthy (ii) becoming healthy
(iii) becomes healthier (iv) become healthier
(d) (i) better care of (ii) more care of
(iii) good care of (iv) equal care of
(e) (i) has also been (ii) have too been
(iii) have also been (iv) have been also
(f) (i) already in (ii) already on
(iii) already underway (iv) already through

8. Given below is a conversation between David and his friend, Meenu. Complete the dialogue by choosing the correct option from those given. (3 Marks)
David : Hello. Is this 26897367?
Meenu : Yes. (a) ________________________________________________?
David : To Meenu. I am her friend David.
Meenu : David! It’s Meenu. (b) ____________________________________?
David : From Indira Gandhi International airport. I’m here for a visit.
Meenu : That’s great. (c) ___________________________________________?
David : I wanted to give you a surprise.
(a) (i) Who you are speaking to? (ii) Who are you speaking?
(iii) Whom do you wanted to speak? (iv) Whom do you want to speak to?
(b) (i) Where you are call from? (ii) Where you are calling from?
(iii) Where are you calling from? (iv) Where are you talking?
(c) (i) You did not let me know if you were coming?
(ii) Why didn’t you let me know you were coming?
(iii) Why are you not letting me know you were coming?
(iv) Why you were not letting me know you are coming?

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing the answers from the given options. 5 Marks
"It scares me," said Jack Hills, an astronomer at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory. "It really does." He and the rest of the world had good reason to be worried. Astronomer Brian Marsden, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics had just announced that a newly discovered asteroid 1.6 km wide was headed for Earth and might pass as close as 48,000km in the year 2028. "The chance of an actual collision is small," Marsden reported, "but not entirely out of the question."
An actual collision? With an asteroid of that size? It sounded like the stuff of science fiction and grade-B movies. But front-page stories and TV newscasts around the world soon made clear that the possibility of a direct hit and a global catastrophe well within the lifetime of most people on Earth today was all too real.
Then suddenly, the danger was gone. Barely a day later, new data and new calculations showed that the asteroid, dubbed 1997 XF11, presented no threat at all. It would miss Earth by 1 million Km - closer than any previously observed asteroid of that size but a comfortable distance. Still, the incident focused attention once and for all on the largely ignored danger that asteroids and comets pose to life on Earth.
XF11 was discovered last Dec. 6 by astronomer Jim Scotti, a member of the University of Arizona's Spacewatch group, which scans the skies for undiscovered comets and asteroids. Using a 77-year-old telescope equipped with an electronic camera, he had recorded three sets of images. The digitized images, fed into a computer programmed to look for objects moving against the background of fixed stars, revealed an asteroid that Scotti, in an e-mail to Marsden, described as standing out "like a sore thumb."
1. The world had reasons to worry because…………………….
a. it could come to an end
b. it would be hit by an asteroid
c. it might be hit by an asteroid
d. the astronomers had predicated a definite collision

2. The news that soon came as a relief was that………………….
a. there was no asteroid
b. the asteroid would disintegrate in space
c. it would cross the earth at a safe distance
d. it would be too small to cause harm

3. The asteroid XF11was discovered when…………………………..
a. Jim Scotti observed the sky
b. Scotti saw it through a telescope
c. Marsden discovered it through the computer
d. Jack Hills observed the sky

4. The astronomer, described the asteroid as standing out "like a sore thumb"
a. it was not a pleasant sight
b. it was noticeable in an unpleasant way
c. it was threatening and ugly
d. it had become huge as it neared the earth

5. The word in the second paragraph that means disaster is………………….
a. collision
b. dubbed
c. catastrophe
d. danger

4. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by choosing the answer from the given options: 5 Marks
Coded Messages
Arabic mathematicians made tremendous contributions to cryptanalysis — the science of decoding scrambled messages. Their interest stemmed partially from their religion.
The holy Koran contains revelations made by the Prophet Mohammed. The text contained dictated messages that the Prophet had received from the archangel Gabriel. However, these revelations were not necessarily placed in the order in which the Prophet had received them. To deduce the order of the revelations and place them in chronological context, Muslim scholars determined that some passages contained words coined more recently, and some contained words that were older.
Then, they counted the frequencies of words in each revelation, paying attention to the frequencies of modern and ancient words. Passages which contained a greater frequency of modern words were considered to have been written later.
In the ninth century, an Arab mathematician called Al-Kindi employed a similar technique to break encrypted messages — frequency analysis. Letters are ranked according to how commonly they occur. Then, the encrypted message is taken, and the most frequent letter appearing in the code is noted. The code is then compared to the language, and using the correspondence in rank, the encrypted message can be unscrambled. He described this in a book — A manuscript on deciphering cryptographic messages.
1. The art of deciphering scrambled messages has its roots in………………
a. cryptanalysis
b. Arabic language
c. religion
d. Mathematics

2. The Holy Koran documents the messages of …………………..
a. The Prophet Mohammed
b. Archangel Gabriel
c. Arabic hymns
d. Muslim Scholars

3. Placing the text of Koran in a sequential order was done……………..
a. by determining the chronological order of events
b.with the help of Arabic mathematicians
c. by using the frequency of modern and ancient words
d. by breaking the cryptic code contained in the messages

4. Al-Kindi’s contribution has been acknowledged in the field of……..
a. encrypting messages
b. cryptanalysis
c. language analysis
d. preparing a manuscript

5. The word in the last paragraph that means ‘coding of a clear text’ is…………
a. deciphering
b. encrypted
c. revelation
d. scrambled

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