CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

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CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023 is a method of analysing your final preparation for the CBSE exams. The CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams for Class 12 English in 2022–2023 will benefit you in two ways: firstly, it will test your preparation, and secondly, it will help you understand the new pattern of CBSE Final Exams and the most important questions for the final examinations, which are going to start on February 15, 2023. Download the CBSE Date Sheet here.

CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

CBSE Class 12 English(Core-301) Question Papers 2022 Solved


Time allowed: 3 hours                                                                             Maximum Marks: 80                                                                           Download PDF of Sample Paper 2022-2023

General Instructions :
Read the following instructions very carefully and strictly follow them :
(i) This question paper contains THREE sections READING, WRITING, and LITERATURE.
(ii) Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.

CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

Section A: Rrading Skills (20 marks)

Note: You will get two paragraphs to test your reading comprehension skills.( 10*2=20)

Reading Comprehension of Unseen Passge 1: CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

Section A: READING SKILLS (20 marks) Marks: 2022-2023 Sample Paper
Passage I.  Read the passage given below. 10

1 So great is our passion for doing things for ourselves, that we are becoming increasingly less dependent on specialised labour. No one can plead ignorance of a subject any longer, for there are countless ‘do-it-yourself’ publications. Armed with the right tools and materials, newly-weds gaily embark on the task of decorating their own homes. Men of all ages spend hours of their leisure installing their own fire-places, laying out their own gardens, building garages and making furniture. Some really keen enthusiasts go so far as to make their own record players and radio transmitters. Shops cater for the ‘do-it-yourself’ craze not only by running special advisory services for novices but also by offering consumers bits and pieces which they can assemble at home. Such things provide an excellent outlet for pent up energies, but unfortunately, not all of us are born handymen.
2 Wives tend to believe that their husbands are infinitely resourceful and versatile. Even husbands who can hardly drive a nail in straight are supposed to be born electricians, carpenters, plumbers and mechanics. When lights fuse, furniture gets rickety, pipes get clogged, or vacuum cleaners fail to operate, wives automatically assume that their husbands will somehow put things right. The worst thing about the ‘do-it-yourself’ game is that sometimes husbands live under the delusion that they can do anything even when they have repeatedly been proven wrong. It is a question of pride as much as anything else.

3 Last spring my wife suggested that I call in a man to look at our lawn mower. It had broken down the previous summer, and though I promised to repair it, I had never got round to it. I wouldn’t hear of the suggestion and said that I would fix it myself. One Saturday afternoon I hauled the machine into the garden and had a close look at it. I was not at all iffy about my skills and observed it as a professional technician would eye it. I moved all around the machine to analyse its every upgroove and bolt. After an hour’s scrutiny, I decided to work hands-on on the machine. To me, overall the machine only needed a minor adjustment; a turn of screw here, a little tightening up there, a drop of oil and it would be as good as new. I did not waste more time in re-evaluating my decision-making skills and sat down to mend it out. Inevitably, the repair job was not quite so simple. The mower firmly refused to mow, so I decided to dismantle it. The garden was soon littered with chunks of metal which had once made up a lawn mower. But I was extremely pleased with myself. I had traced the cause of the trouble. One of the links in
the chain that drives the wheels had broken.
4 But the mess all around me filled me with fear. For one moment my own decision of getting it repaired myself troubled me a lot. But the other moment, I despised it and moved ahead all full of confidence. I decided to go to the market to buy a new chain. But oops ! Whom and where to go to ? I wasn’t very much aware of the market too. I quietly called up my servant. Quietly because I did not want to be laughed at, and in no way by my wife, I gathered the required information from him and got all set to go to the nearby market. I went into the hardware shop to get a new chain.
5 After buying a new chain I was faced with the difficult task of putting the parts together again. I was not surprised to find that the machine still refused to work even after I had reassembled it, for the simple reason that there were still bits of metal around which did not fit anywhere. I gave up in despair. The weeks passed and my wife got angry with me when grass grew and our house became surrounded by a jungle.
1.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer each of the questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option from those that follow : 1×3=3
(a) The work of decorating their homes themselves is generally taken up by ___________ .
(i) middle-aged people
(ii) senior citizens
(iii) professionals
(iv) newly-weds
(b) The author planned to fix the _____________ himself.
(i) electric motor
(ii) lawn mower
(iii) fan
(iv) air fryer
(c) Shops that cater to the ‘do-it-yourself’ craze provide ____________ .
(i) advisory services and record players
(ii) bits and pieces to assemble and build garages
(iii) advisory services and bits and pieces to assemble
(iv) outlet for people’s pent up energy
1.2 Answer the following questions briefly : 1x 4=4
(a) What do wives tend to believe about their husbands ?
(b) Why do husbands think that they can do anything even when proved
otherwise ?
(c) What is the disadvantage of the ‘do-it-yourself’ game ?
(d) Why did the author’s wife get angry with him ?
1.4 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following : 1x 3=3
(a) free time (para 1)
(b) very much (para 1)
(c) break up (para 3)

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CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

Reading Comprehension of Unseen Passge 2:CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

Passage II.  Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 10

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.
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.

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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.
(295 words)

Solution of Reading Comprehension of Unseen Passge 2: CBSE Sample Question Paper 2022-2023

Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below. 1×10
i 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 1
Ans. Do it yourself.
ii 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. 1

Ans. No, the researchers emphasis was on developmental of leadership programmes with better designing and creation of the new leadership programme.
iii Select the option that displays the most likely reason for including Research Question 3 in the 2014 study. In order to find out if…
A. learning opportunities shape students’ overall personality.
B. leadership lessons are the result of the designed learning opportunities.
C. all learning opportunities cater to a specific lesson.
D. certain lessons are common in more than one learning opportunity. 1

Ans. Check your skills
Iv 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 . 1

Ans. We can say this because 72 of 130 were consented and interviewed.
v Select the option that displays the key event designed with “Balancing Roles” (Table 1)

as the objective.
A. Students will be able to debate the issue at hand, with different teams.
B. Students will be able to manage the responsibilities of a mentor, planner researcher and presenter.
C. Students will be able to surmount minor problems and focus on the final goal.
D. Students will be able to explain concepts and clarify them for peers. 1

Ans. B. Students will be able to manage the responsibilities of a mentor, planner researcher and presenter.
vi Complete the given sentence by selecting the most appropriate option.
The 2014 study attempts to understand student leadership by focussing on .
A. experiences that shaped students’ overall personality.
B. lessons gained by students as they grew up.
C. relationship of key events with particular lessons.
D. students in leadership roles. 1

Ans. Ans yourself.
vii 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. 1

Ans. The lesson or student experiences do not provide enough opportunity for development of this critical skill.
viii 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.
A. collaboration
B. flexibility
C. hard work
D. observation

Ans. A. collaboration
ix Complete the sentence appropriately with one/ two words.
In the context of “Working with Others” in Table 1, the lesson of ‘Conflict’ refers to

Ans. Reflect Resolution
x 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.

Ans. It cannot be agreed as the theoretical knowledge can’t aid the students to learn the developmental skills and other skills.

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SECTION B – CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS( 20 marks): CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023

Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below.

Q. 1. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. 5

A: You are John, 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 , informing them about this drive and urging them to contribute to the endeavour. Mention how the donated books would would benefit a charitable cause.


Notice Writing on : Promotion of Reusing Study Materials and Books!

Save Paper! Save Trees! Participate in Promotion of Reusing Study Materials and Books!

The D.P.S. Public School is organising a drive to promote the reuse of study materials and books on Haryana Day at 10 a.m. in the school library. The students who want to donate their used books can participate in the drive by using second-hand books to save paper and thus trees. Interested students may contact the undersigned for further information.



Book Club




Notice Writing on New Year 2023


New Year 2023 Celebrations

The D.P.S. Public School is going to celebrate the New Year 2023 on the school campus on January 1, at 10 a.m. There will be different programmes on speech, painting, and poster-making on the new year’s programme. Students who want to participate should contact the undersigned by tomorrow.


Cultural Secretary

Drafting Invitation Letter: CBSE Sample Question Paper 2022-2023 Class 12 English Solved

Q. 2. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. 5

A: 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.


I, Dr. Suchitra Mukherjee, has a great pleasure in receiving an invitation from The Director, Health Services, Kharagpur who has invited the leading medical practitioners to attend a workshop on mental wellness on November 9, 2023 at 11 a.m. in the Public Hospital, Jammu. I am proud that I have been given the responsibility in presiding over  the workshop on Mental Wellness.

I confirm mysolicited presence with thanks.

Dr. Suchitra Mukherjee

November 5, 2023.


CBSE Sure-Shot Questions Class 12 English(Core) 2023

B: 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.

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Q. 3. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below: 5

Letter to the Editor: Importance of CSR for the community

Q. A: 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 project for 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.


IT Hub

Golf Course Road


November 6, 2022

The Editor

The Hindu


Subject: Importance of CSR for the community

Respected Sir

Through the column of your esteemed newspaper, I, Menu Sen, an intern at Samanth Tech Pvt. Ltd., want to draw the attention of concerned people regarding corporate social responsibility and its benefits for society. Recently, on the occasion of Diwali, my company promised to help improve the infrastructure of public schools in the poor area of Hyderabad so that the poor students can avail of a good education in such schools. My company has been doing this type of work for a long time, and every year the CSR budget is increased. We took this step to encourage other organisations in the area to help the downtrodden by utilising their CSR for the upliftment of society. In a way, the CSR increases the brand value of the company; people start recognising it, and as a result, the profit gets enhanced. If all the companies can come together and donate their CSR to educate poor children, they can be the source of eradicating their poverty.

I sincerely expect that your valuable newspaper will publish my thoughts in the paper. Your positive response will benefit society and will help organisations think about how to best utilise their CSR for the greatest benefit.


Sincerely yours

Menu Sen


CBSE Sample Question Paper 2022-2023 Class 12 English(Core): Application for the post of CSR Manager

B: 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.

cbse sample letter job advertisement

Write a a letter to Credit Sage Pvt. Ltd. along with your bio-data, expressing your interest in the situation vacant.


1. Sender’s Name and Address:

H. No. 47
City- Hyderabad

2. Reference no. and date:

March 5, 2023

3. Receiver’s Name and Address:

Gagan Vij

HR Head

Credit Sage Pvt. Ltd.


4. Subject of the Letter:

Subject: Application for the post of Manager(CSR) Head

5. Greeting or Salutation:

Respected sir

The body of the letter:

Opening paragraph – Grab the reader’s attention with 2-3 of your most notable academic accomplishments. You should also include the following  in your introductory paragraph:

  • Why are you applying for this post?
  • When and where did you discover the post?
  • Cover all your testimonials and qualifications, which help convince the employer to take action.
  • Explain how can be an asset to the organisation?
  • Sell your skills like a salesman.
  • Adopt a different approach at the beginning of the letter, avoid such sentences which are common in use “Concerning your advertisement…”

On March 5, 2022, I was reading “The Times of India’s” advertisement column when I came across your advertisement for the position of manager (CSR) head. It immediately piqued my interest that a reputable company, Credit Sage Pvt. Ltd., would be able to put my 5 years of experience as an Asst. Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and my M.A. in Sociology with a high GPA from Delhi University, which awarded me a certificate of excellence, to good use. I believe I am qualified for this position.

  • Convince the employers of your experience and other achievements(the main body of the job application letter).

As you can see from my enclosed C.V., I have met the requirements for the position of manager (CSR) head through my extracurricular activities and have worked in a variety of NGO settings. During my studies, I interned in human resources management at the Hope India Gurugram branch, where I gained practical experience in the HR department, which will benefit me in this position at your organisation. In my present position as assistant manager (CSR), I have made strategies for the utilisation of 1% of people’s time that will give me an edge in delivering on my responsibilities as manager (CSR) head. I am capable of developing CSR money utilisation in the village adopted by the company. I have extensive experience working with various government agencies and non-governmental organisations to maximise CSR. My experience and excellent oral and written communication skills should make me a valuable candidate for the position of manager.

  • Prepare your employer to take immediate action on your application for a job(Concluding Paragraph).

A copy of my C.V. is enclosed with copies of testimonials. With my experience as an assistant manager, I look forward to the challenge of becoming a manager in your company and enhancing business of Credit Sage Pvt. Ltd., I would be delighted to answer any additional questions you may have, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you. I am available to attend the interview at your convenience, and I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

Complimentary closing


Signature and name:

Minu Sen

Encl: C.V.

Resume Format the post of Manager(CSR) Head


CSR importance for the community is a known field for me and my aim to become CSR Manager to spread the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility for the benefit of both the organisation and the the needy people.


K.U. Kurukshetra, May 2016

B.A.(Hons.) Sociology

Delhi University Delhi, May 2018

M.Sc. Sociology


Strong Interpersonal and communication skills in verbal and written way


Asst. Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): October, 2018-Present

SSEN, Hyderabad

  • Worked as Asst. Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on different projects of CSR.
  • Four Years experience with NGO to disburse CSR amount


Member of CSR Group, Hyderabad


Manager, CSR, NGO, 


H. No. 47
City- Hyderabad
Check your skills of Cover Letter Writing

Q. 4. Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below: 5

A: It’s time to make resolutions for the next year. At least mentally, most of us could create impressive lists of “does” and “don’t.” Every year, with monotonous regularity, the same old favorites return. We commit to getting up early every day, eating well, exercising, being kind to those we don’t like, and making more time for our parents.Write an article on “New Year Resolutions” in not more than 125-150 words.. You can start the article with, “New year resolutions can be an effective way of planning for students”


Article Writing: CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023


Writing Article on New Year Resolutions

New year resolutions can be an effective way of planning for students. On the night of the new year in 2023, students’ resolutions can be a busy but fruitful preparation project. Students can start new promises of improving their health and academic career which can enhance their chances to excel in life but the condition is that they must implement the resolutions they made on the eve of the new year 2023.

New year’s resolutions can boost their confidence to accomplish their targets. Reduce your screen time on social media and use it constructively. The students are fond of social media, but unfortunately, they don’t use it for success in their lives. Avoid late-night sleeping as it may reduce your energy level the next day. Don’t bunk your class and your work. Don’t leave your homework pending for tomorrow in the new year. Don’t get involved in minor offenses. Don’t depend on shortcuts for your examination. Avoid inferior study materials as they may reduce your score in the examination.

We resolve to get up early every day, eat healthy foods, exercise, be nice to people we don’t like and spend more time with our parents. Don’t avoid prayer in school and, hence, reach your school in time. Don’t put off your academic work because it will put you under more pressure in the upcoming final exam in March 2023.

Hence, it’s time to make resolutions for the next year. At least mentally, most of us could create impressive lists of “does” and “don’t.” Every year, with monotonous regularity, the same old favorites return. We commit to getting up early every day, eating well, exercising, being kind to those we don’t like, and making more time for our parents.



Reporting on the programme of the “Students on Ice”.

“If you want to know more about the planet’s past, present, and future, Antarctica is the place to go to. The climate was warmer, and it was rich in “flora and fauna.” You have part of the programme “Students on Ice”. Being a reporter for the newspaper, writing a report on the programme “Students on Ice”.


Report on “Students on Ice”

By Sonakshi, The Times of India


March 20, 2023.

I got an opportunity to be part of the “Students on Ice” trip to Antarctica. The journey of the “Students on Ice” took more than 100 hours in a combination of a car, an aeroplane, and a Russian ship. Geoff Green directed “Students on Ice,” which taught the history of humanity in Antarctica to 52 high school students.

Antarctica was an isolated and immense continent, and the students were able to learn about the planet’s past, present, and future. We found that Antarctica was a white landscape, the “coldest, driest, windiest continent in the world.” Gondwana, a giant southern supercontinent, was established six hundred and fifty million years ago. There were no human beings present on the Gondwana continent. The climate was warmer, and it was rich in “flora and fauna.” It existed for 500 million years when the dinosaurs were wiped out, the age of mammals came into existence, and the present system of the globe took shape.

Antarctica was explained, the future of which is made of carbon, ozone, pre-Cambrian granite shields, and Cordilleran folds. It provided information on the extinction and evolution of people. Is the West Antarctic ice sheet going to completely melt? That was the question before the students on the “Students on Ice” trip to Antarctica. History has always included Antarctica. It explains our founding story and where we are headed in the future.

CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023: SECTION C – LITERATURE (40 Marks)

IV Read the given extracts to attempt the questions with reference to context.

1. Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*6=6

Q. 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)

i. What is the tone of the poet in the above lines?
(i) aggressive
(ii) tolerant

(iii) sarcastic
(iv) resigned
(v) sentimental
Choose the most appropriate option.
A. Only (i)
B. (ii) and (iii)
C. (i), (iv) and (v)
D. Only (iii)

Ans. D. Only (iii)

ii. 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

Ans. enforcing benefits

iii. What quality of the villagers can be inferred through these lines?
A. gullible
B. futuristic
C. hypocritical
D. ambitious


iv. Complete the following analogy correctly. Do NOT repeat from used example.
greedy good doers: alliteration ::…………………………….. oxymoron

Ans. beneficient beasts of prey

v. 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.
A. (1) is true but (2) is false.
B. (2) is true but (1) is false.
C. (2) is the reason for (1).
D. Both (1) and (2) cannot be inferred from the extract.

Ans. C. (2) is the reason for (1).

vi. . 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 .

Ans. fooled/manipulated

Q. 1.B

A thing of beauty is a joy forever     1*6=6
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

i. Choose the option that displays the same poetic device as used in the first line of the extract.
A. I’m as happy as I can be.
B. Life is a roller coaster ride.
C. Nature is God’s gift to us.
D. The dazzling divas enchanted all

Ans. B. Life is a roller coaster ride.

ii. What does the phrase ‘a bower quiet’ indicate?
A. serenity
B. morality
C. superiority
D. diversity

Ans. A. serenity

iii. 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.
A. Only (v)
B. (i), (ii) and (v)
C. (i), (iii) and (iv)
D. (ii) and (iv)

Ans. B. (i), (ii) and (v)

iv. Answer in ONE word.
When the poet says that ‘a thing of beauty’ will never pass into nothingness, he means
that it is………..

Ans. immortal
v. 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.
A. (1) can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.
B. (2) can be inferred from the extract but (1) cannot.
C. Both (1) and (2) can be inferred from the extract.
D. (2) is the reason for (1) and can be inferred from the extract.

vi. Which of the following is an apt title for the extract?
A. Full to the Brim with Joy
B. Beauty Galore
C. Live Life King Size
D. Hope Floats

Ans. D. Hope Floats

Q. 2 Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*4=4


Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:

By the time I set foot on the Antarctic continent, I had been travelling over 100 hours in a combination of a car, an aeroplane and a ship; so, my first emotion on facing Antarctica’s expansive white landscape and the uninterrupted blue horizon was a relief, followed up with an immediate and profound wonder. Wonder at its immensity, its isolation, but mainly at how there could ever have been a time when India and Antarctica were part of the same landmass

Q.1. How many hours did the author travel to land in Antarctica?

(A) 200

(B) 100

(C) 152

(D) None


Q.2. How did she travel to Antarctica?

Ans. She travelled to Antarctica using a car, an aeroplane, and a ship.

Q.3. How was she welcomed in Antarctica?

Ans. She was welcomed by the white landscape and uninterrupted blue horizon of Antarctica.

Q.4: What did the author feel about reaching Antarctica?

Ans. She felt relief.

Q. 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) i. Complete the sentence appropriately, with reference to the extract.
iThe writer refers to the educational opportunities as ‘inspiring’ because .
Ans. Educational opportunities as inspiring because they motivate the team to work for the benefit of the planet.
ii. Which of the following would NOT be ‘a life changing experience’?
A. Being given the lead role in a play.
B. Going on an adventure trip.
C. Playing a video game.
D. Meeting a great leader, you admire.
Ans. C. Playing a video game.
iii. Select the most suitable title for the given extract.
A. Adventure with a Mission
B. Adventure – The Spice of Life
C. The Wanderlust
D. Students of the Future
iv. Why does the writer refer to ‘act’ as more important than ‘absorb’ or ‘learn’?

Ans. Right practical knowledge is always better and task can be done easily.

Q. 3 Attempt ANY ONE of two extracts given. 1*6=6

Q. 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)
i. Select the option that completes the given sentence appropriately.
‘Stages of worldly experience’ in the given context would refer to .
A. good education to gain knowledge.
B. situations that require one to be street smart.
C. smaller, not so important roles in acting.
D. training in soft skills.
Ans. B. situations that require one to be street smart.
ii. Select the suitable word from the extract to complete the following analogy:
sealed: closed :: propelled:
iii. Select the correct option to fill in the blank.
The harm done to the actress was a/an
A. well-planned act.
B. unintentional act.
C. act of jealousy.
D. act of male dominance.
Ans. B. unintentional act.
iv. Based on the above extract, choose the statement that is TRUE for the legal adviser.
A. He disliked the actress from the countryside.
B. He acted after thinking through things carefully.
C. He did not gel well with others in the Department.
D. He was always dressed smartly.

v. 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)
Ans. sad end
vi. 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 
Ans. Their uniform depicts nationalism as they were khadi dhoti and kurta.
Q. 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. (The Interview)
i. What is the most likely reason some people consider the practice of interview to be an art? This could be because it requires

A. fluency of words.
B. sensitive and careful handling.
C. creativity and imagination.
D. probing and focusing on details.
Ans. C. creativity and imagination.
ii. Rewrite the sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with its inference. Celebrities feel that an interview diminishes them.
Ans. interview maks them appear ordinary.
iii. 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.
A. (1) Can be inferred from the extract but (2) cannot.
B. (1) cannot be inferred from the extract but (2) can.
C. (1) is true but (2) is false.
D. (2) is the reason for (1).
Ans. D. (2) is the reason for (1).
iv. Rationalise, to support the given opinion: To say that an interview, in its highest form, is a source of truth, is an extravagant claim.
Ans. Interview can be false statements, hiding facts, and questions are unanswered.
v. 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.
Ans. Victims
vi. The author’s views on interview, in the extract, can best be described as statements based on .
A. facts
B. hypothesis
C. beliefs
D. superstitions
Ans. A. facts

CBSE Sample Pre-Board Exams Class 12 English 2022–2023: Q. No. V.

V. Answer ANY FIVE of the following in about 40-50 words each. 5*2=10(Short Answer Questions)

i. “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.

Ans. As per M. Hamel, French was not going to be taught from tomorrow. Hamel informed the villagers that French was not going to be taught in the school. There was an order from Berlin that German would be taught in the schools of Alsace and Lorraine. The author, who showed no interest in the French language, started missing his mother tongue and felt sorry for not learning the language. Being a French teacher, he knew the value of language, but unfortunately, people couldn’t realise the importance of French. Naturally, people realise the value only when they are free to learn the language. The same thing happened with the author. Everyone loves the country and its language. The mother tongue always reflects the rich culture of any country.
ii. State the common issue faced by most of the aged in the current times, with reference to the poem My Mother at Sixty-six.

Ans. All of us are going to be old one day, and aging is a natural process. In this poem, the poetess explains the old age of her mother, and she tries to explain that all of us have to become old. Old age symptoms and gestures are common among all human beings. She explains the problems of old age in her poem, “My Mother at Sixty-six.” She was seated beside her mother and looked at her face. Her mother’s face was ‘doze, open-mouthed, her face ashen like that of a corpse’. All these words are the symbol of old age, which all of us have to face.
iii. What do we come to know about the author of Lost Spring, Anees Jung, through her interactions with Saheb and Mukesh?

Ans.Anees Jung explains how poverty affects children regardless of what they do. She explains that Saheb and Mukesh, like the other children, wanted to work according to their desires, but circumstances prevented them from doing so. Both Seemapuri and Ferozabad suffer from a lack of amenities. As a result, we can conclude that the title, Lost Spring, is appropriate in both parts of the story.
iv. Give two reasons why, according to Pablo Neruda, is ‘keeping quiet’ essential to attaining a better, more peaceful world. (Keeping Quiet)

Ans.The poet, Pablo Neruda, wants to convey through his poem, Keeping Quiet, that stillness is important for human beings. He conveys this idea through the title of the poem. We are always busy with our actions and don’t have time for self-reflection. Therefore, the poet wants us to be still for a second, and during this stillness, we will realise the importance of being quiet in our acts. This moment of silence will be an esoteric moment for the whole world.
v. 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.


Answer: Edla Willmansson handled the peddler in a respected way. Therefore, her empathy toward the peddler helped him to change his life. This is the main idea of The Rattrap where the author, Selma Lagerlof asks us that a bad man can be turned into a good human being if we treat the person with a human touch.

Elda cooperates with the peddler to change himself and offers him a Christmas suit as a gift. Therefore, her love and care help him to become a nice fellow. Thus, the peddler wrote to Elda and appreciated her, “Honoured and noble Miss,” since you have been so nice to me all day long. “

vi. How can we say that marriage was a compromise for Aunt Jennifer? Support your response with two justifications. (Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers)

Ans. Do it yourself.
VI Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 40-50 words each. 2*2=4
i. How do geological phenomena help us to know about the history of humankind in “Journey to the End of the Earth”? 2

Ans: Tishani Doshi, the writer of ‘Journey to the End of the Earth’, found Antarctica as a white landscape, the “coldest, driest, windiest continent in the world”. It is an isolated and immense continent. “If you want to know more about the planet’s past, present, and future, Antarctica is the place to go to. The climate was warmer, and it was rich in “flora and fauna.” It existed for 500 million years when the dinosaurs were wiped out, the age of mammals came into existence, and the present system of the globe came into shape. Our resources have been negatively impacted by the growing population, and the combustion of fossil fuels has resulted in a worldwide carbon dioxide ozone layer that is now the primary contributor to global warming. Is the West Antarctic ice sheet going to completely melt?

ii. Comment on any one aspect of the writing style of the author, Kalki in The Tiger King. 2

Ans. The author uses the method of satire on the society. The Tiger King was a “man of indomitable courage face-to-face.” The most fantastic aspect of his demise was that, as soon as he was born, astrologers had foretold that one day the Tiger King would have to die. “The child will grow up to become the warrior of warriors, hero of heroes, champion of champions. But… “They bit their lips and swallowed hard.” When compelled to continue, the astrologers came up with it. “This is a secret which should not be revealed at all. And yet we are forced to speak out. “The child born under this star will one day have to meet its death.”
iii. What will Dr. Sadao do to get rid of the man? (HBSE 2019)


He did not want to treat him, but his medical profession required him to do so. As a doctor, it was his responsibility to save lives first, regardless of the person’s identity. The general summoned Sadao and ordered him to murder the American soldier. It did not occur. Sadao assisted the soldier in fleeing in a boat. As a result, we think the doctor’s final solution to the problem was the best possible one in the circumstances.

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 …


In Indigo, the Champaran Movement became a symbol of Indian independence. Gandhi agreed to a settlement of a 25 percent refund to the farmers, as he explained, “The real relief for them is to be free from fear.” Mahatma Gandhi helped the Indian farmers come out of the fear of English landlords who used to exploit the sharecroppers of Champaran. Therefore, Gandhi knew the importance of courage in fighting against the exploitation of landlords.

Hence, the students must learn the psychology behind their fears and adopt techniques for overcoming them to live a happy life.

ii. The poet discusses the human apathy and complexities of poor people in the poem ‘A Roadside Stand’. The economic well-being of a country depends on the balanced development of the villages and the cities. Explain this imbalance in the light of the poem,‘A Roadside Stand’.

The development of any country cannot be considered the responsibility of cities alone; it is also the sole responsibility of any society to make the villages self-reliant. In a country like India, where two-thirds of people live in villages, it’s vital to have equivalent development in both cities and villages if we claim to be developed. The Indian economy has a major part in its agricultural products, which are produced by the farmers in villages. Even in the crisis of COVID-19, Indian agriculture showed positive growth when other sectors were poorly performed. Hence, the village economy of any country is vital for its development.

On the other hand, industries produce a lot of products and create a lot of employment for people. It means industries have a big hand in the development of any country. In this poem, ‘A Roadside Stand’, Robert Frost describes the imbalanced economy between the rural and urban areas of the country. Here, farmers are in pity because of the imbalanced growth of their village due to the petty interests of politicians who promise a lot but never fulfill it. Such fake development claims are responsible for the apathy of farmers who are unable to sell their products to make ends meet. The poet has clear ideas that the rural economy is equally responsible for the development of the country and that the problems of the peasants should be addressed. In this way, the economic well-being of the country can be strengthened.

Q. VIII Answer ANY ONE of the following in about 120-150 words. 1*5=5
Q. i.

When Stephens comes back to the cell he jumps to a conclusion and the whole machinery blindly goes by his assumption without even checking the identity of the injured ‘McLeery’. Does this show how hasty conjectures can prevent one from seeing the obvious? How is the criminal able to predict such negligence?

Introductory Paragraph of the Long Answer Question


The jail administration concluded that McLeery, an Evans acquaintance who had come to educate Evans on the jail site, was the person who had left the facility first. Because Evans had carried blood in a rubber tube, his entire face was covered, making it impossible for the jail staff to identify him. The term “The Break,” which perfectly describes Evans’ temperament, came about as a result of Evans and his comrade McLeery deceiving the jail authorities once more and escaping from their careful watchfulness.

Main Paragraph of the Long Answer Question


Evans was a cunning and astute criminal. He had effectively identified the jail authorities’ flaws. Stephen was a new employee in the prison system. He was so shocked to see the hurt McCleery in the jail that neither he nor anyone else bothered to ask their identities. No one thought to wonder how there could be two people there, one in the cell and the other being led away by Stephens. For precisely this reason, the friend of Evans who had called pretending to be the Governor had instructed Stephens to personally lead the parson outside once the test was over. Evans was led out of the prison by the governor and his guards. The purpose of leaving the exam paper behind was to deceive the governor.

Conclusion Paragraph of the Long Answer Question


In contrast, a criminal who is planning a crime develops a flawless strategy, taking into consideration the complexity and avoiding hasty assumptions. He is armed with alternate options. Moreover, a criminal’s intelligence is sharp enough to anticipate any prospective official neglect. During his time in prison, Evans must have observed things clearly and formulate strategies accordingly.


Q. ii. It may take a long time for oppression to be resisted, but the seeds of rebellion are sowed early in life. How did Zitkala-Sa face oppression as a child and how did she overcome it ? (CBSE 2018)


The book “Memories of Childhood,” written by Zitkala-Sa and Bama, exposes orthodox society’s discrimination against highly educated women from all countries. Both the writers are discriminated against when they were children. Such injustice is always reflected in their character and work when they grow. It is visible from both Bama and Zitkala-Sa.

The book “Memories of Childhood,” written by Zitkala-Sa and Bama, exposes orthodox society’s discrimination against highly educated women from all countries. America and India are the two biggest democracies in the world. America is considered the most developed country in the world, and India is a developing country where caste discrimination still prevails. On the other hand, American society is considered mature but discrimination still prevails, even against native Americans with a high academic record.

The Cutting of My Long Hair, from the book “Memories of Childhood,” is written by Zitkala-Sa. She describes her painful experience at an American school. She belonged to the family of warriors who took pride in keeping long and thick hair. She was admitted to the school where her hair was cut. It was painful for a woman like her to be terrified of such a heinous crime. She tried her best to save her hair and struggled a lot to save herself from such humiliation.

“No, I will not submit! “I will struggle first!” she protested. She further explains with apathy that nobody came there to help her and she suffered “extreme indignities.” My long hair was shingled like a coward’s. She cried for help from her mother, but she didn’t. She further explains that she is now like an animal driven by a herder.

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