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Class 12 Subject English Core Paper Set 2 with Solutions


(Reading Skills)

Question 1: (Marks 12)

Read the passage given below :

Donated Organs and their Transportation

1. Once an organ donor’s family gives its consent and the organs are matched to a recipient, medical professionals are faced with the onerous challenge of transporting organs while ensuring that the harvested organ reaches its destination in the shortest possible time. This is done in order to preserve the harvested organs and involves the police and especially the traffic police department.

2. The traditional method of transporting organs by road is referred to as a ‘green corridor’. This process entails police escorting an ambulance, so as to move around traffic - usually a specific traffic lane is chosen and all signals on the route stay green to ensure it reaches its destination in the shortest possible time. A green corridor is a route cleared and cordoned off by the traffic police to ensure the smooth and steady transportation of harvested organs, on most occasions, to those awaiting a life-saving transplant. Organs tend to have a very short preservation time, such as the heart, which has to be harvested and transplanted within four hours or the lungs, which can be preserved for only six hours once they are harvested.

3. The first green corridor in India was created by the Chennai Traffic Police in September 2008 when they accomplished their task of enabling an ambulance to reach its destination within 11 minutes during peak hour traffic. That organ saved a nine-year-old girl whose life depended on the transplant.

4. Similarly, such green corridors have been created by traffic police of various cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Delhi NCR, etc. Personnel are stationed at selected points to divert, control and clear the traffic giving way to the ambulance. Apart from this, a motorcade of police vehicles accompanies the ambulance ensuring that it does not face any problems. Delhi Traffic Police provided a green corridor from IGI Airport to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Vasant Kunj for transportation of a liver. The distance of 14 kms was covered in 11 minutes.

5. Experts point out the lack of a robust system to transport organs to super-speciality hospitals in least possible time. The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), the country’s apex organ donation agency, is now framing a proposal to airlift cadaver organs and will send a report to the Union Health Ministry. ‘‘Cadaver organs have a short life and so transplant should be done within a few golden hours,’’ Director (NOTTO) expressed. ‘‘Therefore, we are preparing a proposal for airlifting organs at any given moment.’’.

6. Most States do not have enough well-trained experts to retrieve or perform transplant procedures. Also, there is an acute shortage of advanced healthcare facilities to carry out a transplant. So, it is referred to other big centres in metropolitan cities. Organs retrieved from Aurangabad, Indore, Surat, Pune are sent to Mumbai as these cities do not have super-specialty healthcare centres, informed officials.

7 ‘‘In India, about fifty thousand to one lakh patients are suffering from acute heart failure and need heart transplant at any point of time. In a private set-up, a heart transplant costs ₹ 15 – 20 lakh, which is followed up by post-operative medication of about ₹ 30,000 per month lifelong.’’

1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer any five of the following questions by choosing the most appropriate options :

(a) The first green corridor in India was created in

(i) New Delhi

(ii) Chennai

(iii) Mumbai

(iv) Pune

Answer :

(ii) Chennai

(b) The organisation which is framing a proposal to airlift cadaver organs is

(i) Union Health Ministry

(ii) Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation

(iii) National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation

(iv) State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation

Answer :

(iii) National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation

(c) The onerous task that the author is talking about in para 1 is

(i) finding organ donors.

(ii) finding doctors capable of performing transplants.

(iii) to carry the harvested organ in the shortest possible time.

(iv) to arrange the requisite facilities for the transplant.

Answer :

(iii) to carry the harvested organ in the shortest possible time

(d) Most of the people do not go for heart transplant as

(i) it is very risky.

(ii) it is very painful.

(iii) it may cause death of the recipient.

(iv) the cost is prohibitive.

Answer :

(iv) the cost is prohibitive

(e) Most states refer organ transplant cases to big hospitals because

(i) they don’t have well-trained experts.

(ii) the patients don’t trust local doctors.

(iii) the state hospitals are very crowded.

(iv) they don’t have a pool of harvested organs.

Answer :

(i) they don’t have well-trained experts

(f) Heart retrieved from a body is alive only for _________ hours.

(i) two

(ii) three

(iii) four

(iv) five

Answer :

(iii) four

1.2 Answer the following questions briefly :

(a) What is a ‘green corridor’ ?

Answer :

Traditional method of transferring/transporting organs by road / a short route cleared and cordoned off by the traffic police / a route for the smooth and steady transportation of the harvested organs

(b) Why is smooth transportation of the retrieved organ necessary ?

Answer :

A harvested / retrieved organ has a short life / organs have a very short preservation time

(c) What opinion do you form of the Chennai Police with regard to the transportation of a harvested heart ?

Answer :

Proved to be very efficient/ helpful / caring / responsible / quick / prompt / any other relevant point

(d) What does the author mean by ‘a few golden hours’ ?

Answer :

The few hours during which, the harvested organ is alive. / the time the harvested organ is to be transported and transplanted / short preservation time of the harvested organ

(e) How much does a heart transplant cost a patient in a private hospital ?

Answer :

15-20 lakhs

1.3 Pick out the words from the passage which mean the same as the following :

(a) save (para 1)

Answer :


(b) achieved/carried out (para 3)

Answer :


Question 1: (Marks 8)

Read the following passage :

1. How does television affect our lives ? It can be very helpful to people who carefully choose the shows that they watch. Television can increase our knowledge of the outside world; there are high quality programmes that help us understand many fields of study, science, medicine, the different arts and so on. Moreover, television benefits very old people, who can’t leave the house, as well as patients in hospitals. It also offers non-native speakers the advantage of daily informal language practice. They can increase their vocabulary and practise listening.

2. On the other hand, there are several serious disadvantages of television. Of course, it provides us with a pleasant way to relax and spend our free time, but in some countries people watch television for an average of six hours or more a day. Many children stare at the TV screen for more hours a day than they spend on anything else, including studying and sleeping. It’s clear that TV has a powerful influence on their lives and that its influence is often negative.

3. Recent studies show that after only thirty seconds of television viewing, a person’s brain ‘relaxes’ the same way that it does just before the person falls asleep. Another effect of television on the human brain is that it seems to cause poor concentration. Children who view a lot of television can often concentrate on a subject for only fifteen to twenty minutes. They can pay attention only for the amount of time between commercials.

4. Another disadvantage is that television often causes people to become dissatisfied with their own lives. Real life does not seem so exciting to these people. To many people, television becomes more real than reality and their own lives seem boring. Also many people get upset or depressed when they can’t solve problems in real life as quickly as television actors seem to.

5. Before a child is fourteen years old, he or she views eleven thousand murders on the TV. He or she begins to believe that there is nothing strange about fights, killings and other kinds of violence. Many studies show that people become more violent after viewing certain programmes. They may even do the things that they see in a violent show.

(a) One the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it using headings and subheadings. Use recognizable abbreviations (minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Supply a suitable title to it.

Answer :


Distribution of Marks


Content (minimum 3 headings and sub-headings, with proper indentation and notes) Abbreviations/Symbols (with/without key )

Suggested notes:

Title: Advantages and Disadvantages of Watching Television/ How Television affects lives/ Any other relevant title

1. Benefits
1.1 increases know.
1.1.1 of outside world
1.1.2 science
1.1.3 medicine
1.1.4 diff. arts
1.2 recreation for old ppl. & patients
1.3 informal lang. practice
1.4 increases vocab. & helps practise listening

2. Disadvantages
2.1 ppl. watch for 6 hrs. or more
2.2 students stare at screen for hrs.
2.3 negative influence 2.4 effect on human brain
2.4.1 poor conc.

3. Impact
3.1 feels life not very exciting
3.2 TV more real, life seems boring
3.3 depression when can’t solve problems

4. Violence shown on TV
4.1 Children become violent
4.2 killings seem normal

One the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on

(b) Make a summary of the above passage in about 80 words.

Answer :


The summary should include all the important points given in the notes.




(Writing Skills)

Question 3: (Marks 4)

You have received an invitation to preside over the annual function of Goodwill Public School, Noida. But due to some urgent prior engagement, you have to decline the invitation. Send a formal letter of reply. You are M. Mohan, Secretary, M.D.B. International School, Delhi. (50 words)


You need to buy a flat. Draft a suitable advertisement to be published in the classified columns of a local newspaper, giving all your requirements of a 2-bedroom set – park-facing, near market, etc. You are Kiran/Kashish, F-105/41, Krishna Park, Rohtak. (50 words)

Answer :

Declining an Invitation




Format comprises designation and address of the recipient, date ,salutation, closing

Expression includes grammatical and spelling accuracy, coherence and fluency of ideas.

Suggested value points

– thanking for the invitation

– reason

–some urgent prior engagement


Heading- To Buy/ Accommodation Required/ Accommodation Wanted Suggested value points:

► accommodation type (Flat)

► preferred locality (optional)

► size-2 BHK

► amenities desired (park-facing, near market etc.)

► price range

► contact (Kiran/ Kashish, F-105/41, Krishna Park, Rohtak)

(any other relevant details)

(due credit should be given to economy of words)

Question 4: (Marks 6)

You are Keerti/Kartik of Flat No. 31, Station Road, Mumbai. Last month you bought an automatic ‘VIP’ washing machine from Messrs Rajneeti Electronics, Andheri (E), Mumbai. You find that the machine is making an unbearable noise and its spinner is not working properly. Write a letter to the Sales Manager, complaining about the machine and requesting him to replace the machine as it is very new and within the guarantee period. (120 – 150 words)


You are Kamini/Kamal of 21/14, Civil Lines, Indira Nagar, Agra. The main road leading to the colony has three uncovered manholes which have caused a couple of accidents. Describing the accidents, write a letter to the Editor, ‘National Times’, drawing attention of the Municipal Commissioner to this problem of the residents, requesting him to take appropriate action. (120 – 150 words)

Answer :

Letter of Complaint

Suggested Value Points

- reference to the purchase

- problem (machine making an unbearable noise and its spinner is not working properly)

- cash memo no./ invoice no. and date

- guarantee period - request for replacement

(any other relevant point)


Suggested Value Points

- problem-main road has three uncovered manholes, accidents due to it

- description of the accidents

- problems of the residents

- drawing attention of the Municipal Commissioner to the problem

- action requested

(any other relevant point)

Question 5: (Marks 10)

You are a reporter of ‘Aaj Kal’, a newspaper. You witnessed a quarrel among a group of boys outside a college gate over some minor issue. The quarrel took an ugly turn when some more students joined in. Write a report for your newspaper, giving an account of the quarrel, its cause, the number of students involved, etc. Give your comments on the lack of tolerance in today’s youth. (150 – 200 words)


As sports captain of your school, write an article for your school magazine emphasising the need of adventure sports in youngsters’ lives. Such sports help us in being strong, both in body and mind. There is a lot of geographical diversity (mountains, hills, rivers, beaches, etc.) in our country. There is a great scope for such sports. These sports prepare us to face the future challenges of life. You are Rohit/Roshani of Happy Public School, Mathura. (150 – 200 words)

Answer :

Heading- Quarrel Outside College Gate/ Quarrel Among College Boys/ Any other appropriate Title

Suggested Value Points

- what (a quarrel witnessed )

- when - where - important details

- comment on lack of tolerance by today’s youth

Note- past tense should be used


Suggested Value Points

- What are adventure sports?

- role of adventure sports

- impact on body and mind

- character building-prepares us to face the future challenges of life

- scope of adventure sports in India due to geographical diversity of mountains, hills, rivers, beaches (e.g. paragliding, river rafting, surfing at sea, hiking and mountain climbing etc.)

(any other relevant details)

Question 6: (Marks 10)

You have seen many homes destroyed by drug addiction of their children. Prepare a speech to be delivered in the school assembly on ‘Drug abuse and its prevention’. Describe why children take to drugs, consequences of drug abuse and how we can solve this problem. You are Mohit/Mohini. (150 – 200 words)


Write a debate either for or against the motion : ‘Heredity is the only decisive factor in the development of one’s character’. You are Shalini/Suresh. (150 – 200 words)

Answer :

Topic: Drug Abuse and its Prevention / any other relevant Topic

Suggested Value Points

- problem

- its prevalence

- reasons: curiosity, peer pressure, fear of failure, problems in the family, lax laws and order system, easy availability

- consequences: physical, mental ,emotional, financial, take the path of crime

- solutions: sympathetic, attitude, counselling, de-addiction centres, strict law enforcement

(any other relevant point)

(any five points)


Suggested Value Points


- role of DNA in the formation of character

- current family environment

- continuation of / following the family values

- social pressure, family pride/ large families (example of uncles/ cousins)

- in case one comes under some bad environmental influence, family pressure rescues one


- rise of nuclear families; family influence quickly lost

- world becoming a global village, environment place a great role

- earlier social circle limited, now influence of environment more effective

- influenced caused by technology, exposure is much more varied

- today’s youth more ambitious wants to achieve more, easily influenced by the environment

Note: (A candidate may be awarded marks if he/ she has given more or different but convincing arguments)


(Literature : Text Books)

Question 7: (Marks 8)

Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :

(a) Now we will count to twelve

and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the Earth

let’s not speak in any language,

let’s stop for one second,

and not move our arms so much.

(i) Name the poem and the poet.

Answer :

Keeping Quiet; Pablo Naruda

(ii) What does the poet hope to achieve by keeping still ?

Answer :

introspection/ universal brotherhood/ creating a feeling of mutual understanding among human beings/ productive silence

(iii) What does he want us to do for one second ?

Answer :

not to speak in any language/ introspect/ productive silence

(iv) Describe the pun on the word, ‘arms’.

Answer :

human upper limbs and weapons of war

(b) This went on until July. But I was still not satisfied. I was not sure that all the terror had left. So I went to Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire, dived off a dock at Triggs Island, and swam two miles across the lake to Stamp Act Island. I swam the crawl, breast stroke, side stroke, and back stroke. Only once did the terror return. When I was in the middle of the lake, I put my face under and saw nothing but bottomless water. The old sensation returned in miniature.

(i) Name the chapter and its writer.

Answer :

Deep Water; William Douglas

(ii) Why was the writer still not satisfied ?

Answer :

He was not sure that all the terror had left/ had residual doubts

(iii) What did ‘he’ do to satisfy himself ?

Answer :

went to Lake Wentworth, dived off a dock at Triggs Island and swam two miles across the lake to Stamp Act Island/ went to various water bodies

(iv) Which ‘old sensation’ did he experience ?

Answer :

terror/sensation of fear

Question 8: (Marks 10)

Answer any five of the following questions in 30 – 40 words each :

(a) What was the mood in the classroom when M. Hamel gave his last lesson ?

Answer :

- strange/ solemn/ serious

- everything was as quiet as Sunday morning/ M. Hamel was grave and gentle/ village elders were sorry for not attending school

(b) Why did the ironmaster invite the peddler to his house ?

Answer :

- mistook the peddler for his old regiment comrade

- next day was Christmas so wanted to help his friend for whom things had gone downhill

(c) What change occurs in Saheb’s life ? Is it a change for the better or worse ?

Answer :

- working in a tea stall

- for worse-freedom gone, canister in place of plastic bag, lost care free look/ no longer his own master

for better-regular income, meals taken care of

(d) How does the poet describe her mother in the poem, ‘My Mother at Sixty-six’ ?

Answer :

old, wan, pale, ashen face like that of a corpse/ like a late winter’s moon

(e) Why did Jack agree to use Skunk as the hero of his story ?

Answer :

a new animal /Skunk must have been mentioned at school/ for Jack- a fresh hero

(f) ‘‘I felt like sinking to the floor’. Why did Zitkala-Sa say so ?

Answer :

Zitkala-Sa, an American Indian, felt ashamed/ her blanket taken away, felt uncomfortable, uneasy, vulnerable

(g) Why does Hana believe that the American prisoner is a ‘menace, living or dead’ ?

Answer :

- Prisoner of war, an enemy

- Sadao operated on him.

- if survives, Sadao can be arrested for harbouring an enemy

- if dies (operations fails) Sadao fails as a doctor and still can be arrested

Question 9: (Marks 6)

Answer the following question in 120 – 150 words :

How was the share-cropping system in Champaran exploiting the Indian peasants ?


Was Umberto Eco a novelist or an academic scholar ? Give a reasoned answer.

Answer :

- Indian peasants; British landlords

- long term contract

- indigo to be planted on 15 percent of the land

- no food crops/ rendered the soil arid

- synthetic indigo planting no longer profitable landlords wanted to be compensated for releasing the peasants from the contract

- unjust-peasants’ oppositions


-Both/ academic scholar

-as a academic scholar

- a professor at the university of Bologna in Italy; 40 works of non-fiction, formidable reputation as a scholar for his ideas on semiotics, literally interpretation and medieval aesthetics-academic texts, participated in academic conferences, identified with the academic community

as a novelist

-won world fame for-‘the Name of the Rose’ which sold 10-15 million copies

Question 10: (Marks 6)

Answer the following question in 120 – 150 words :

Describe the Tiger King as a completely self-centred person.


What happened at the Golden Lion Hotel ? (Evans Tries an O-Level)

Answer :

- mission of killing hundred tigers/felt one could kill even a cow in selfdefence- so started indiscriminate killing of tigers

- banned tiger killing and imposed arbitrary penalties later levied taxes on villagers

- bribed the British officer. Lost three lakhs of rupees but didn’t mind as managed to retain his kingdom

- married princess of a kingdom with a sizable tiger population

- Dewan on the verge of being dismissed

- wanted shopkeepers to gift him a toy tiger

(any three)


- Evans escaped

- hid himself in Golden Lion Hotel

- found the governor

- no chance of escape

- governor got Evans arrested

- a prison officer handcuffed Evans

- took him into the van

- the prison officers were his accomplices

- governor duped again- handcuff unlocked

(any other relevant point)

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