HBSE Class 12 English(Core) Question Paper 2019 SET-A

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HBSE Question Paper Class 12 English(Core) 2019 SET-A

[ For all Groups I, II, III ]
(Only for Fresh/Re-appear Candidates)
Time allowed : 3 hours] [ Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions :

(i) This question paper is divided into four Sections : A, B, C and D.
(ii) All the sections are compulsory.
(iii) Attempt all the parts of a question together.
(iv) Stick to the word-limit wherever prescribed.
(Reading Skills) [ M. M. : 9]
1. Read the following passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
New Year is the time for resolution. Mentally, at least most of us could compile formidable lists of ‘do’s and don’ts’. The same old favourites recur year in and year out with monotonous regularity. We resolve to get-up early each morning, eat healthy food, exercise, be nice to people we don’t like and find more time for our parents. Past experience has taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond attainment. If we remain deep rooted liars, it is only because we have so often experienced the frustration that results from failure. Most of us fail in our efforts,
at self-improvement because our schemes are too ambitious and we never have time to carry them out.

We also ‘make the fundamental error of announcing our resolution to everybody so that we look even more foolish when we slip back into our bad old ways. Aware of these pitfalls, this year I attempted to keep my resolutions to myself. I limited myself to two modest ambitions, to do physical exercise every morning and to read more in the evening. An overnight party on New Year’s Eve provided me with a good excuse for not carrying out either of these new resolutions on the first day of the year, but on the second, I applied myself diligently to the task.

The daily exercise lasted only eleven minutes and I proposed to do them early in the morning before anyone had got up. The self-discipline required to drag myself out of bed eleven minutes earlier than usual was considerable. Nevertheless, I managed to creep down into the living room for two days before anyone found me out. After jumping about on the carpet and twisting the human frame into uncomfortable positions, I sat down at the breakfast table in an exhausted condition. It was this that betrayed me. The next morning the whole family trooped in to watch the performance. That was really unsettling but I fended off the taunts and jibes of the whole family good-humouredly and soon everybody got used to the idea.

However, my enthusiasm waned. The time I spent at exercises gradually diminished. Little by little the eleven minutes fell to zero. By January 10th, I was back to where I had started from. I argued that if I spent less time exhausting myself at exercises in the morning, I would keep my mind fresh for reading when I got home from work. Resisting the hypnotising effect of television, I sat, in my room for a few evenings with my eyes glued to a book.
One night, however, feeling cold and lonely, I went downstairs and sat in front of the television pretending to read. That proved to be my undoing, for I soon got back to the old bad habit
of dozing off in front of the screen. I still haven’t given up my resolution to do more reading. In fact, I have just bought a book entitled ‘How to Read a Thousand Words a Minute’. Perhaps it
will solve my problem, but I just have not had time to read it.

Questions : 1 × 4 = 4
(i) What were the writer’s two resolutions ?
(a) Physical exercise in the morning
(b) Read more in the evening
(c) Both (a) and (b)
(d) Not to make more resolutions
Ans. (c) Both (a) and (b)
(ii) How much time did the daily exercise last initially ?
(a) 10 minutes
(b) 11 minutes
(c) 5 minutes
(d) 8 minutes

Ans. (b) 11 minutes
(iii) How many days did the narrator continue his resolution ?
(a) 8 days
(b) 9 days
(c) 10 days
(d) 7 days

Ans. (c) 10 days
(iv) Which book did the narrator buy ?
(a) How to read a thousand words a minute
(b) How to be a good reader
(c) How to be firm on your resolutions
(d) The importance of exercising

Ans. (a) How to read a thousand words a minute

1. Many of us believe that ‘small’ means ‘insignificant’. We believe that small actions and choices do not have much impact on our lives. We think that it is only the big things, the big
actions and the big decisions that really count. But when you look at the lives of all great people, you will see that they built their character through small decisions, small choices and small actions that they performed every day. They transformed their lives through a step-by-step or day-by-day approach. They nurtured and nourished their good habits and chipped away at their bad habits, one step at a time. It was their small day-to-day decisions that added up to make tremendous difference in the long run. Indeed, in matters of personal growth and character building, there is no such thing as an overnight success.

2. Growth always occurs through a sequential series of stages. There is an organic process to growth. When we look at children growing up, we can see this process at work; the child first learns to crawl, then to stand and walk, and finally to run. The same is true in the natural world. The soil must first be tilled, and then the seed must be sowed. Next, it must be nurtured with enough water and sunlight, and only then will it grow, bear fruit and finally ripen and be ready to eat. Gandhi understood this organic process and used this universal law of nature to his benefit. Gandhi grew in small ways, in his day-to-day affairs. He did not wake up one day and find himself to be the “Mahatama”. In fact, there was nothing much in his early life that showed signs of greatness. But from his mid twenties onwards, he deliberately and consistently attempted to change himself, reform himself and grow in some small way every day. Day-by-day, hour-by-hour, he risked failure, experimented and learnt from mistakes. In small and large situations alike, he took up rather than avoid responsibility.

3. People have always marvelled at the effortless way in which Gandhi could accomplish the most difficult tasks. He displayed great deal of self-mastery and discipline that was amazing. These things did not come easily to him. Years of practice and disciplined training went into making his successes possible. Very few saw his struggles, fears, doubts and anxieties, or his inner efforts
to overcome them. They saw the victory, but not the struggle. This is a common factor in the lives of all great people: they exercised their freedoms and choices in small ways that made great
impact on their lives and their environment.
4. Each of their small decisions and actions, added up to have a profound impact in the long run. By understanding this principle, we can move forward, with confidence, in the direction of our dreams. Often when our “ideal goal” looks too far from us, we become easily discouraged, disheartened and pessimistic. However, when we choose to grow in small ways, taking small steps one at a time, performing it becomes easy.
Questions : 1 × 4 = 4
(i) The main idea in the first paragraph is that :
(a) Big things, big actions and big decisions make a person great
(b) Small actions and decisions are important in one’s life
(c) Overnight success is possible for all of us
(d) Personal changes are not important

Ans: (b) Small actions and decisions are important in one’s life
(ii) What does the writer mean by saying ‘chipped away at their bad habits’ ?
(a) Steadily gave up bad habits
(b) Slowly produced bad habits
(c) Gradually criticized bad habits
(d) Did not like bad habits

Ans. (a) Steadily gave up bad habits
(iii) Which of the following statements is true in the context of the third paragraph ?
(a) Gandhi became great overnight
(b) Gandhi showed signs of greatness in childhood itself
(c) Every day Gandhi made efforts to change himself in some small way
(d) Gandhi never made mistakes

Ans. (c) Every day Gandhi made efforts to change himself in some small way
(iv) What is done by great people to transform their lives ?
(a) They approach life on a day-by-day basis
(b) They build character in small ways
(c) They believe in performing everyday
(d) All of these

Ans. (d) All of these

(v) What is our belief?

(vi) How do great people develop their character?

(vii) Which phrase has the same meaning ‘develop and implement’ in the the passage?

2. Read the following passage carefully and make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Supply an appropriate title also : 4 + 1 = 5
The small village of Somnathpur contains an extraordinary temple, built around 1268 A.D. by the Hoyasalas of Karnataka – one of the most prolific temple-builders. Belur and Helebid are
among their better-known works. ‘While these suffered during the invasions of the 14th century, the Somnathpur temple stands more or less intact in near-original condition. This small
temple captivates the beauty and vitality of its detailed sculpture, covering almost every inch of the walls, pillars and even ceilings. It has three shikharas and stands on a star-shaped, raised
platform with 24 edges. The outer walls have a profusion of detailed carvings: the entire surface run over by carved plaques of stone. There were vertical panels covered by exquisite figures of
gods and goddesses with many incarnations being depicted. There were nymphs too, some carrying an ear of maize – a symbol of plenty and prosperity. The elaborate ornamentation, the very characteristic of Hoyasala sculptures, was a remarkable feature. On closer look – and it is worth it – the series of friezes on the outer walls revealed intricately carved caparisoned (covered decorative cloth) elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians, crocodiles, and swans. The temple was actually commissioned by Soma Dandanayaka or Somnath (he named the village after himself), the minister of the Hoyasala king, Narasimha, the third. The temple was built to house three versions of Krishna. The inner center of the temple was the Kalyana Mandapa. Leading from here ‘were three corridors each ending in a shrine, one for each kind of Krishna – Venugopala, Janardana and Prasanna Keshava, though only two remain in their original form. In the, darkness of the sanctum sanctorum, I tried to discern the different images. The temple’s sculptural perfection is amazing and it includes the doors of the temple and the three elegantly carved towers.

Title: History of ‘The Somnathpur Temple’

A: History of ‘The Somnathpur Temple’

A.1. Sit. in small village

A.2. Built around 1268 A.D

A.3. Built by the Hoyasalas of Karnataka

B. Works of the Hoyasalas

B.1. The Somnathpur Temple

B.2. Belur and Helebid

C. Beauty of ‘The Somnathpur Temple’

C.1. Sculpture on walls, pillars and even ceilings.

C.2. Three shikharas and stands on a star-shaped platform with 24 edges

C.3. Car. on outer walls, vertical panels of gods and goddesses

D. Char. of Hoyasala sculptures

D.1. Nymphs, the series of friezes on the outer walls, elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians, crocodiles, and swans.

E. Building of ‘The Somnathpur Temple’

E.1. Built in village Somnathpur

E.2. By the minister of the Hoyasala king, Narasimha, the third.

E.3. Three corridors of  Krishna – Venugopala, Janardana and Prasanna Keshava,

Abbreviations: Characteristic: char.

Situated: sit.

Carvings: car.


HBSE Question Paper Class 12 English(Core) 2019 SET-A (Grammar/Writing Skills)

(Grammar/Writing Skills) [ M. M. : 26]
3. Attempt any two from each sub-part :
(a) Change the form of narration : 1 × 2 = 2
(i) “I have read a new novel by R. K. Narayan”, said Monika.

Ans. Monika said that She had read a new novel by R. K. Narayan.
(ii) “Do you wish to open an account ?” the manager asked the customer.

Ans. The manager asked the customer if he wished to open an account.
(iii) “Bravo! Well done!”, he said.

Ans. He applauded him well done.
(b) Supply articles wherever necessary : 1 × 2 = 2
(i) We buy ………. oil by the litre.

Ans. the
(ii) ………. great Shakespeare committed grammatical errors.

Ans. The
(iii) ………. rich should help the poor.

Ans. The
(c) Fill in the blanks with suitable modal auxiliary verbs given in the brackets : 1 × 2 = 2
(i) She expects that her son …….. return. (may/can)

Ans. may
(ii) She advised that I ……… curtail expenditure. (should/can)

Ans. should
(iii) She ……… not have left alone as it was raining heavily. (can/must)

Ans. can
(d) Change the voice : 1 × 2 = 2
(i) He encourages me.

Ans. I am encouraged by him.
(ii) Please come soon.

Ans. You are requested to come soon.
(iii) It is impossible to do.

Ans. It is impossible for this to be done.
(e) Use the correct form of verbs given in the brackets : 1 × 2 = 2
(i) More men than one ……. absent today. (was/were)

Ans. were
(ii) Neither of the two boys ………. done it. (has/have)

Ans. have
(iii) What evidence ………… these acts ? (is/are)

Ans. is

4. Attempt any two of the following : 3 × 2 = 6
(a) The Residents’ Welfare Association, Model Town, Narnaul is organising a ‘Diwali Fete’ in the locality. As the President of the Association, draft a notice in not more than 50 words informing the residents about the same. Give other essential detail too.



Diwali Fete

The Residents’ Welfare Association, Model Town, Narnaul, is organising a “Diwali Fete” in the locality. The residents are invited to the “Diwali Fete” on November 18, 2023, at 6 p.m. There will be a lighting of the lamp in the society, and sweets will be distributed among all the members of the society. For more information, contact:

The President


Model Town.

(b) You are Rama/Radha, General Manager of Hotel Grand, Rohtak. You need a receptionist for your hotel. Draft an advertisement in not more than 50 words to be published in “The Tribune”, giving all the relevant details.



The Hotel Grand in Rohtak needs a receptionist on an urgent basis. The applicant must be well-spoken and proficient in both English and Hindi. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and a fast typing speed is required. The candidate must have at least three years of experience in a similar position in a reputable organisation. Eligible candidates should provide a detailed C.V. to the undersigned by March 20th, 2019.


General Manager

Hotel Grand, Sheela Bye Pass


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(c) Design a poster creating awareness on the ‘Need to grow more trees’.

Ans. Check your drawing in making poster by using the following ideas:

  • Reduce carbodioxide
  • Reduce pollution
  • Reducing the danger of Global warming

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5. Attempt any one of the following : 5
(a) You are Bhavan/Bhavika. As an active member of the Mountaineering Club of your school, you had participated in a summer camp organised by the Indian Mountaineering Association. Write a report on the camp and its activities for your school newsletter in about 150-200 words.


Clues for Report:

  • Importance of Camps for students
  • Development of children
  • Experience gained
  • Activities during Summer Camp
  • Importance of theme of the camp.
  • Unity in diversity

Step 1. First find out the topic or title of the report from the question: 

Report on Summer Camp and its Activities

Step 2. Write down the summary of the report in a few sentences:

The Indian Mountaineering Association of Morni Hills organized a seven-day summer camp at Morni Hills for children from various Haryana schools to teach them about life in the hills. It aided pupils in developing discipline, cooperation, and team spirit.

Step 3. Introduction of the report:

My school, like many others in Haryana, teaches children to be independent, self-sufficient, disciplined, and cooperative. All students reached Morni hills on the tenth of June in the evening. This summer camp was an important component of our growth as citizens of the country. As a member of our school’s Mountaineering Club, I was allowed to write a comprehensive report on the summer camp for our school’s newsletter.

Step 4. Body of the report:

We were offered a variety of activities such as mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing, living in unusual conditions, cooking instruction, and cultural activities. Every year, a fresh topic is chosen for this camp. This year’s summer camp theme was “Culture.” We were taught extensively about many cultures as well as a practical understanding of various states, such as music, lifestyle, and many other things.

We were assigned to research the customs and traditions of several cultures. We were asked to present what we had learned to everyone at the end of the program. This was a great and interesting activity since we got to hear everyone’s thoughts on the value of the camp. Our teachers also spoke up about the value of such camps and the wonderful impact they have on our children’s minds.

Step 5. Conclusion of the Report:

This camp was a fantastic experience for all of us because we came away with so many useful skills and knowledge. This camp taught us not just about different states and their cultures, but also how to work efficiently as part of a team.

(b) Write a paragraph of about 100 words on “Importance of Yoga”.


Yoga has grown in popularity among all segments of society, regardless of caste, creed, or boundaries. People who practise yoga on a daily basis are able to control a wide range of diseases and have significantly improved their health. It has become an integral part of their lives. Yoga is “not just about body balance or mind-body balance, but also about balance in the human relationship with the world.” “Yoga emphasises the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline, and perseverance,” the UN adds. Yoga provides a path to sustainable living when applied to communities and societies.” The theme of “Yoga for Humanity” is appropriate for Yoga Day. We should help communities practise yoga in order to improve societal health. A healthy society keeps the country on top. Students, parents, and teachers should work together to improve our nation’s health and be proud citizens of a healthy country.

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Q. 6. You are Kazim/Kumud of 148, Raj Nagar, Jhajjar. You are awaiting your class XII results. Meanwhile, you would like to do a short-term course on etiquette development. Write a letter to The Director, Personal Care, Rohtak enquiring about the course detail. (125-150 words) 5



Raj Nagar


17th March 2023

The Director of Personal Care

Department of Public Relations


Subject: To enquire about the short course on etiquette development

Respected Sir

I live in Raj Nagar and would like to enroll in your short course on etiquette development. I took the 12th-grade exam and am awaiting the results.

During the summer, I saw your advertisement for a short course on etiquette development in The Tribune. Sir, I need some information about this course. Could you please tell me how long the course will last? What are the course’s timings? What is the course fee? How can I ensure my seat in the course? This course interests me because it will help me improve my skills.

Please provide the above information so that I may proceed.

I am awaiting your response. Your prompt response will assist me in making an admissions decision.

Yours faithfully


HBSE Question Paper Class 12 English(Core) 2019 SET-A: (A) Main Reader [ Prose ]

(A) Main Reader [ Prose ] [ M. M. : 20]
7. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
I started for school very late that morning and was in great dread of a scolding, especially because M. Hamel had said that he would question us on participles, and I did not know the first word about them. For a moment I thought of running away and spending the day out of doors. It was so warm, so bright! The birds were chirping at the edge of the woods; and in the open field back of the sawmill the Prussian soldiers were drilling. It was all much more tempting than the rule for participles, but I had the strength to resist, and hurried off to school.

Questions : 1 × 5 = 5
(i) Name the chapter from which this passage has been taken :
(a) The Last Lesson
(b) Lost Spring
(c) Deep Water
(d) The Rattrap

Ans. (a) The Last Lesson
(ii) Who does ‘I’ refer to these lines ?
(a) M. Hamel
(b) Franz
(c) Alphonse Daudet
(d) None of the above

Ans. (b) Franz
(iii) M. Hamel was going to ask the questions on :
(a) gerunds
(b) infinitives
(c) participles
(d) tenses

Ans. (c) participles
(iv) What was the narrator full of ?
(a) fear
(b) pain
(c) happiness
(d) all of the above

Ans. (a) fear
(v) Who was M. Hamel ?
(a) the narrator’s neighbour
(b) the narrator’s father
(c) the narrator’s teacher
(d) the narrator’s friend

Ans. (c) the narrator’s teacher
The makeup room had the look of a hair-cutting salon with lights at all angles around half a dozen large mirrors. They were all incandescent lights, so you can imagine the fiery misery of
those subjected to makeup. The makeup department was first headed by a Bengali who became too big for the studio and left. He was succeeded by a Maharashtrian who was assisted
by a Dharwar Kannadiga, an Andhra, a Madras Indian Christian, an Anglo-Burmese and the usual local Tamils. All this shows that there was a great deal of national integration long before
A.I.R and Doordarshan began broadcasting programmes on national integration.
Questions : 1 × 5 = 5
(i) Name the chapter from which this passage has been taken :
(a) Indigo
(b) Poets and Pancakes
(c) The Interview
(d) Going Places

Ans. (b) Poets and Pancakes
(ii) How did the makeup room look ?
(a) like a hair-cutting saloon
(b) like a junk-shop
(c) both (a) and (b)
(d) neither (a) nor (b)

Ans. (a) like a hair-cutting saloon
(iii) Of the following who headed the makeup department first of all ?
(a) A Maharashtrian
(b) A Tamil
(c) A Bengali
(d) All of the above

Ans. (c) A Bengali
(iv) The makeup room presented a picture of :
(a) Social discrimination
(b) The rich and the poor
(c) National Integration
(d) None of the above

Ans. (c) National Integration
(v) Which of the following contributed to National Integration ?
(a) All India Radio (A.I.R.)
(b) Doordarshan
(c) Both (a) and (b)
(d) None of the above

Ans. (c) Both (a) and (b)
8. Answer any one of the following : 5
Q. How do you estimate M. Hamel as a man with a ruler and as a man with a gesture ?


M. Hamel is an experienced teacher who has taught in the village school for the past forty years. He is a strict teacher, and students like Franz, who are slow learners, are terrified of being punished by him.

The order from Berlin compelled him to leave the school forever. He became emotional while he was delivering his last lesson. So, we can say that he became emotional in the end.

His performance in the last lesson was outstanding. He uses a solemn and gentle tone when he is addressing the villagers and students. He has a logical mind and can analyse problems to determine what is causing them.

He is aware of a language’s emotional hold on its users. He is an excellent communicator who patiently explains everything. Partings are painful, and M. Hamel, being human, is no exception. He can’t say goodbye because his throat is blocked the last. Overall, he is a patriotic gentleman.

Q. How did Douglas develop an aversion to water ?


In Deep Water, William Douglas discusses his fear of water and how he finally overcame it. He uses his own story to make us understand how it is very difficult to overcome our childhood fears.

William Douglas started his journey of learning to swim at the Y.M.C.An on his own as it was safer than the Yakima River, which was “treacherous”. The author got a pair of water wings and went to the pool. The author’s fear of water started when he was three and the waves knocked him down, almost drowning him. Fright had grabbed him. In Y.M.C.A., he started his training with full confidence, and one day he was alone in the pool. A strong boy picked him up and “tossed” him into the deep end. William Douglas got frightened but tried his best to come out of the water.

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9. Answer any five of the following : 2 × 5 = 10
(i) How was M. Hamel’s class different the day Franz went late to school ?

Ans. Franz was late to school that day. He found that villagers were standing in front of the bulletin board. There was no noise in the school; “What could be the matter now?” He reached into the classroom and found that villagers were sitting on the last benches, which was an unusual thing for him.
(ii) How is Mukesh’s attitude to his situation different from that of his family ?

Ans. Anees Jung explains how our traditions cause us to be poor and illiterate, as in the case of Mukesh, who aspires to be a car mechanic like any other normal family boy. His entire family has worked in the glass industry for many generations and has always been exploited by middlemen. He didn’t lose his heart till the end of the story and his determination of becoming very strong.
(iii) Why did Douglas go to Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire ?

Ans. It’s now up to the author to figure out if he’s gotten to the point where he can swim without fear. So, he tried on his own in a swimming pool to test his fear, and he confidently declared that the terror of swimming couldn’t scare him. He went to a lake called Wentworth in New Hampshire where he tried swimming the crawl, breaststroke, side stroke, and backstroke. The good thing was that he got frightened only once. He laughed and said, “Well, Mr. Terror, what do you think you can do to me?”
(iv) Why didn’t the stranger tell the ironmaster that he was not Nils Olof ?

Ans. In the woods, he meets an ironmaster who took him as his old comrade. Therefore, the ironmaster invites the peddler for a Christmas party but the peddler denied to join. Then. Elda, the ironmaster’s daughter convinced him to join them. In the meantime, he feels bad about stealing the crofter’s money. They assist the peddler in getting a makeover, dressing him in nice clothes, and shaving his beard. The ironmaster then realises he made a mistake; the peddler was not his comrad
(v) Why did Gandhiji go to Lucknow in December 1916 ? Who met him there and why ?

Ans. Gandhiji went to Lucknow in December 1916  to attend the Indian national Congress meeting. Rajkumar Shukla was a farmer from Champaran who came to meet Gandhiji to take him to Champaran to solve the problems of sharecroppers. He came to Lucknow to take Gandhiji to Champaran.
(vi) Why did Sophie wish to become an actress ?

Ans. Sophie aspires to open her own boutique. It will be the most spectacular store the city has ever seen. She claims that if she ever gets rich, she will open a boutique. She is open to becoming an actress in order to run a boutique as a side business. Because she has no money or experience, it is referred to as a ‘dream’ rather than a ‘plan’.
(vii) What was the autograph riddle ? Could it be solved ?

Ans. Sophie asked Danny Casey for an autograph for little Derek when they first met at Royce’s window. But I didn’t have any paper or a pen. The same riddle remained unsolved in the second real meeting at the Royce’s—the autograph couldn’t be given because neither had a pen.

HBSE Question Paper Class 12 English(Core) 2019 SET-A: (B) Main Reader [ Poetry ]

(B) Main Reader [ Poetry ] [ M. M. : 11]
10. Read the stanza given below and answer the questions that follow :
Driving from my parent’s home to
Cochin last Friday morning,
I saw my mother, beside me,
doze, open mouthed, her face ashen like that
of a corpse and realised with pain
that she was as old as she looked but soon
put that thought away, and looked out at young
Trees sprinting, the merry children spilling
out of their homes, ….
Questions :
(i) Name the poem and poet. 2

Ans. The name of the poem is ‘My Mother at Sixty-six’ and the poet name is kamla das.
(ii) Where was the poet going to and with whom ? 1

Ans. She was goinh Kochhin Airport with her mother.
(iii) What did the daughter notice inside the car ? 1

Ans. She noticed that her mother was looking vry old with open mouth.
(iv) In what state is the mother now ? 1

Ans. She was like a corpse and her mouth was open.
The stunted, unlucky heir
Of twisted bones, reciting a father’s gnarled disease,
His lesson, from his desk. At the back of the dim class
One un-noted, sweet and young.
Questions :
(i) Name the poem and poet. 2
(ii) Who is the unlucky heir ? 1
(iii) What will he inherit ? 1
(iv) Who is sitting at the back of the dim class ? 1

Note: Important points to answer the above questions.

  • An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum is written by Stephen Spender.
  • There was no window in the school.
  • Children in the school were very weak with twisted bones.

11. Answer any two of the following : 3 × 2 = 6
Q. (i) Compare the world inside the car and outside the car. ‘My Mother at Sixty-six’ 

Ans. Old age is real and everyone tries to run away from the situation by claiming they are too afraid of old age. The poetess turns her attention towards the ‘Young Trees’, merry children. It shows us that all of us are worried about old age and always imitate being young. This is a human dilemma. She compares her mother’s face with “winter’s moon”, which shows that in old age things are not always the same as the winter’s moon, which doesn’t shine as in summer.
Q. (ii) Do you think the poet, Pablo Neruda advocates total inactivity and death ? Why/Why not ?

Ans. The poet’s emphasis on stillness doesn’t mean complete inaction in all things. He wants calmness in all things to give relief to the Earth and the people who don’t understand the importance of self-realisation. They don’t have enough time to understand their problems.
Q. (iii) List the things that cause suffering and pain. (A Thing of Beauty)


The poet discussed some negatives we have in our lives and how they can be neutralised by beautiful things. “morrow”, “wreathing”, “despondence”, “inhuman dearth”, “gloomy days”, and “dark spirits” are some of the negative words used by the poet in the second stanza to explain that these negative vibes can be wiped out by the positivity of beautiful things.

HBSE Question Paper Class 12 English(Core) 2019 SET-A: (Supplementary Reader)

(Supplementary Reader) [ M. M. : 14]
12. Answer any one of the following : 5
Q. When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom ? How was he able to avert the danger ?

Ans. Taking and giving bribes is an offense, but the things that are going on. The Maharaja paid the bribe to save his throne and succeeded in his plans. The tigress The King was on his way to slaughter a hundred tigers. A British officer arrived in his kingdom and enjoyed shooting tigers and having his picture taken with dead tigers. As a result, he revealed his wish to the king, which was unacceptable to the king because it could have jeopardized his plan to kill a hundred tigers. As a result, the king discussed the matter with his Dewan.

The Maharaja arranged for the officer’s lady to receive fifty expensive diamonds. She kept all of the rings and did not return even one. She expressed her gratitude to the king for the gifts. The Maharaja was required to pay three lakh rupees for the gift. After paying such a large bribe to the officer’s wife, he was able to save his throne. Bribe has become an inseparable part of our system, and we are not immune to it. There are good people in our system, but they are not counted.

Q. “If all the Japanese were like you, there wouldn’t have been a war” said Tom. Justify his statement.

Ans. The general asked the doctor to kill the enemy. He advised the doctor to get rid of him as soon as possible. He offered the doctor to get the soldier murdered by his men that night. Dr. Sadao agreed to the general’s plan, but he found the man was safe as the general didn’t send his men to kill the American soldier. Therefore, the doctor advised escape by boat. This way, the American soldier escaped. He informed Doctor Sadao that he was unable to fulfill his commitment due to illness. The General was careless in performing his duty.

Dr. Sadao informed his wife about the war prisoner. he told his wife about his injury. It was his duty to treat him. He told his wife that he needs her help in the treatment of the American soldier.

Most Important Vistas Exam Questions Class 12 English(Core) 2023

CBSE Sure-Shot Questions Vistas Class 12

13. Answer any three of the following : 3 × 3 = 9
(i) Why did the Maharaja decide to get married ?

He would hunt a hundred tigers, and to complete his target, he was ready to do anything. He was able to kill seventy tigers in the first ten years. The tiger in his state asked the dewan about the remaining thirty tigers. The Tiger King then decided to marry a girl from his neighborhood state, where the tigers are in large numbers. The king got married to a girl from his enemy’s state to have more tigers to hunt.

The king used to kill five or six tigers when he visited his father-in-law. This way, he got his target completed and he killed ninety-nine tigers.

(ii) How did Roger Skunk pay the wizard ?

The wizard demands seven cents as price to make Roger Skunk smell like roses. Skunk only possesses four cents. The wizard instructs him on how and where to locate the last three pennies. Roger complies with the wizard’s directions, locates the three pennies in the magic well, and pays the wizard in full.
(iii) How does Mr. Lamb try to remove the baseless fears of Derry ?

Mr. Lamb informs Derry that he has two eyes, two ears, two legs, two arms, a brain, and a tongue, just like everyone else. He is able to do or achieve everything he desires. In this manner, Mr. Lamb attempts to dispel unfounded worries of Derry.
(iv) Who do you think has outwitted the other –Evans or the Governor ? How ?

Evans had ultimately outwitted the Governor. This was due to the fact that he was able to flee again after being apprehended by the Governor at the hotel. The Governor was able to recapture Evans after decoding the question paper’s numbers, but Evans was able to elude jail officials once more.

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