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Sample Paper Term 2 Class 12 English With Solutions Set B
Section A – Reading
1. Read the passage given below :
I saw ‘Jaws’, the popular shark movie, the summer it came out, in 1975 and became paranoid about sharks. Though I kept swimming after Jaws, it was always with the vague fear that a shark’s teeth could tug on my leg at any moment. Never mind that there’d been only two shark bites since 1900 on the Connecticut coast, where I lived.
So, when I got this assignment for the National Geographic magazine, I decided to accept and do 5 what I’d never wanted to do: swim with the sharks. I had to go to a place in the Bahamas known as Tiger Beach and dive with tiger sharks, the species responsible for more recorded attacks on humans than any shark except the great white. It was to be my first dive after getting certified—which meant it would be my first dive anywhere other than a swimming pool or a quarry—and without a diver’s cage. Most people who got wind of this plan thought I was either very brave or very stupid. 10 But I just wanted to puncture an illusion. The people who know sharks intimately tend to be the least afraid of them, and no one gets closer to sharks than divers. The divers who run operations at Tiger Beach speak lovingly of the tiger sharks the way people talk about their children or their pets. In their eyes, these sharks aren’t man-eaters any more than dogs are.
The business of puncturing illusions is never just black and white. My fellow divers had hundreds 15 of dives under their belt and on the two-hour boat ride to the site in the morning of our first dive, they kept saying things like, “Seriously, I really can’t believe this is your first dive.” All this was okay with me until I reached the bottom and immediately had to fend off the first tiger shark, I had ever laid eyes on. However, when I watched the other divers feeding them fish and steering them gently, it became easy to see the sharks in a very benign light.
I think it would be unfair not to mention that though tiger sharks are apex predators. They act as a crucial balancing force in ocean ecosystems, constraining the numbers of animals like sea turtles and limit their behaviour by preventing them from overgrazing the sea grass beds. Furthermore, tiger sharks love warm water, they eat almost anything, have a huge litter and are the hardiest shark species.
If the planet and its oceans continue to warm, some species will be winners and others will be losers, and tiger sharks are likely to be winners.
On the basis of your understanding the above passages answer any eight questions from the nine given below:
Question. Cite a point in evidence, from the text, to suggest that the writer’s post-Jaws fear was not justified.
Answer. Not justified as stated in the text that there were only 2 shark attacks reported in 75 years i.e., from 1900 – 1975, so it was highly unlikely that he had anything to fear.
Question. State any one trait of the writer that is evident from lines 4-8 and provide a reason for your choice.
Answer. Adventurous/ Courageous/ Bold/ Experimental Because he feared the tiger sharks/ was aware of the fact that they were dangerous, yet accepted, as his very first assignment, that required him to face them.
Question.People thought the writer was ‘either brave or very stupid’. Why did some people think that he was ‘very stupid’?
Answer. Because he was risking his life and could be bitten by the sharks as other people were/ sidelined the popular notion that tiger sharks are dangerous/ did not pay due attention to the fact that he was walking into obvious danger without the required expertise
Question. Why does the writer say that people who know sharks intimately tend to be least afraid of them?
Answer. Because they find the sharks to be harmless/ as docile as pets—the sharks feed on the food they offer and seem as docile as pets
Question. Rewrite the given sentence by replacing the underlined phrase with another one, from lines 7-15.
Some academicians think that reward, as a form of discipline, is a simple right or wrong issue.
Answer. Some academicians think that reward, as a form of discipline, is a simple black and white issue.
Question. What does the use of the phrase ‘benign light’ suggest in the context of the writer’s viewpoint about the tiger sharks?
• Benign light – viewed as benevolent/ gentle/ friendly
• Tiger sharks did not seem to be that harmful/dangerous/ They seemed fairly docile/less dangerous than the other sharks
Question. Select a suitable phrase from lines 11-19 to complete the following sentence appropriately.
I agree the team will find this experience tough, but competing will be easier next time after they get this tournament ___________________________________.
Answer. I agree the team will find this experience tough, but competing will be easier next time after they get this tournament under their belt. (line 16)
Question. Apex predators serve to keep prey numbers in check. How can we say that tiger sharks are apex predators?
Answer. Because tiger sharks restrict the number of sea turtles (by feeding on them), and act as a balancing force in the ecosystem. If the numbers weren’t constrained, it would result in the depletion of sea-grass which supports other marine life forms.
(ix) Analyse why having a large litter is one of the features that empowers tiger sharks to emerge winners if global warming persists.
Answer. Reduces possibility of extinction or destruction due to harsh conditions, as large numbers would ensure that some definitely survive.
2. Read the following passage.
Changing food preferences have brought about rapid changes in the structure of the Indian diet. The rapid proliferation of multinational fast-food companies and the influence of Western culture have
replaced traditional home-cooked meals with ready-to-eat, processed foods thus increasing the risk of chronic diseases in urban Indians. Therefore, nurturing healthy eating habits among Indians from an early age would help to reduce health risks.
To date, little is known about the quality and quantity of foods and beverages consumed by urbanIndian adolescents. This lack of evidence is a significant barrier to the development of effective nutrition promotion and disease prevention measures.
Therefore, a self-administered, semi-quantitative, 59-items meal-based food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) was developed to assess the dietary intake of adolescents. A total of 1026 students (aged 14–16 years) attending private, English-speaking schools in Kolkata completed the survey.
A sample percentage of the food consumption pattern is displayed
The survey results report poor food consumption patterns and highlights the need to design healthy eating initiatives. Interestingly, while there were no gender differences in the consumption of legumes and fried snacks, the survey found more females consumed cereals, vegetables and fruits than their male counterparts.
In conclusion, the report suggested that schools ought to incorporate food literacy concepts into their curriculum as they have the potential of increasing the fruit and vegetable intake in teenagers.
Additionally, healthy school canteen policies with improved availability, accessibility, variety and affordability of healthy food choices would support the consumption of nutritious food in students. 19
Based on your understanding of the passage, answer ANY SIX out of the seven questions given below.
Question. What does the researcher mean by ‘changing food preferences’?
Answer.Urban population’s transition from healthy home-cooked meals to ready-to-eat-processed foods
Question. Why was this survey on the food consumption of adolescents undertaken?
Answer.▪ Understand the food consumption pattern of urban adolescents and
▪ Make recommendations based on the data
Question. With reference to above figure, write one conclusion about students’ consumption of energydense drinks.
Answer.Close to 47% drink three or more servings of energy dense beverages while a mere 5% said ‘no’ to more than one serving of the beverage.
Question. What can be concluded by the ‘no intake’ data of fruit consumption versus energy dense snacks, with reference to above figure?
Answer.Nearly half the respondents (45%) did not consume any servings of fruit in contrast to 95% that had some form of energy dense snack.
Question. There were no gender differences observed in the consumption of healthy foods, according to the survey. Substantiate.
Answer.Females had more nutritious dietary intake as they consumed more cereals, vegetables and fruits compared to their male counterparts.
Question. Why is ‘affordability’ recommended as a significant feature of a school canteen policy?
Answer.The consumers are school children and therefore food should be affordable
Question. Identify a word from lines 6 – 13 indicating that the questionnaire was specifically designed to be completed by a respondent without the intervention of the researcher collecting the data.
Section B – Writing
Question. You are Natasha, residing in Pune. Your cousin, from the same city is hosting your grandmother’s eightieth birth anniversary and has extended an invite to you. He has also requested your assistance for arrangements needed. Draft a reply of acceptance, in not more than 50 words..
#121 XYZ Apartments
14 Jan 20XX
It was a great pleasure to receive the invitation to attend grandmother’s eightieth birth anniversary celebration. It is a wonderful occasion and nothing can stop me from attending it. It goes without saying that all of us will come together to make it a grand event. As you have already taken the initiative, just let me know how I can help. I would love to offer my assistance for our lovable grandmother.
Question. Attempt ANY ONE from (A) and (B) given below.
(A) You are Shantanu, residing at Ghar B-94, Balimela Road, Malkangiri. You come across the following classified advertisement in a local daily. Write a letter, in about 120-150 words, applying for the position of a volunteer for the Each One Teach One campaign.
(A) Ghar B-94
14 Jan 20XX
The Coordinator (Each One Teach One)
4 Literacy, Ambaguda
Subject: Volunteer for Each One Teach One campaign
This is with reference to your advertisement published in ‘The National Times’, dated 13 January, 20xx inviting volunteers to teach the underprivileged children. I want to present myself as one of the candidates for the same.
I am a young man of 21. I have recently completed my graduation and since I’m preparing for the entrance of Post Graduation, I would like to serve the community by offering my services for this noble cause. Although, I don’t have any experience in this field, yet, I feel that after undergoing the training conducted by you, I would be able to do justice to the campaign. I can speak and write Odiya fluently as it is my mother tongue.
I hope my qualifications will meet your requirements. My resume is attached herewith for your perusal.”
Name : Shantanu
Father’s Name : Mr. S.K. Singh
Date of Birth : 30 Nov., 20XX
Address : Ghar B-94, Balimela Road, Malkangiri, Odisha- 764045
Nationality : Indian
Marital Status : Single
Language Known : Odiya, Hindi, English
Qualifications : B.Com (Odisha University)
Hobbies : Listening Music, Dancing, Reading
Proficiency in other fields : Computer (Basics)
(B) E Each One Teach One
(Staff Reporter, ‘The Odisha Bhaskar’)
Malkangiri, Odisha 14 January: In a grand programme held at the District Centre, Malkangiri, the efforts of 400 volunteers of the Each One Teach One campaign were lauded by the District Collector,Shri V. Singh (IAS).
The NGO, 4 Literacy, started the Each One Teach One campaign in the district of Malkangiri, Odisha.The campaign aims to teach the underprivileged children of our community. All the 400 volunteers involved in this noble work are from varied age groups and are above 18 years of age. All the volunteers, natives of Odisha, even untrained and freshers, were given initial formal training by the NGO and the district administration.
The infrastructure– classrooms, blackboard, writing material and uniforms for the children, etc. is also funded by the NGO and district administration. Various other organisations have also stepped forward to contribute for the noble cause. The District Collector, on behalf of the district administration has appealed more the local masses to be liberal with donations so that this campaign can move smoothly and benefit more number of people.
WANTED committed volunteers, aged 18 years and above, to teach underprivileged children, for one hour a week, in the district of Malkangiri. Ability to speak, read and write Odiya fluently, important. Experience not necessary. All volunteers to receive training. Contact Nethra N,Coordinator (Each One Teach One), 4 Literacy, Ambaguda, Malkangiri, Odisha -764045
(B) The efforts of 400 volunteers working with the NGO, 4 Literacy, in the district of Malkangiri, Odisha, was lauded by the District Collector, Shri V. Singh (IAS). As a staff reporter of ‘The Odisha Bhaskar’, write a report about this in 120-150 words covering all the details, such as training, teaching and
infrastructure involved in the ‘Each One Teach One’ campaign, initiated by the district administration in association with the NGO.
Section C – Literature
5. Attempt ANY FIVE of the six questions given below, within 40 words each.
Question. A mistaken identity led to a discovery of a new one for the rattrap peddler. How did this impact him
Answer.The ironmaster mistook the peddler for an old acquaintance, Nils Olof (Captain von Stahle). and this mistaken identity led to a discovery of a new one for him. It was the genuine kindness of Edla that reformed peddler and lent him conviction to elevate himself from being a thief. This allowed him the opportunity to behave in a dignified manner befitting that of a captain after being treated like a Captain. This gave him the power to clear his conscience and brought out his latent goodness.
Question. As the host of a talk show, introduce Rajkumar Shukla to the audience by stating any two of his defining qualities.
You may begin your answer like this: Meet Rajkumar Shukla, the man who played a pivotal in the Champaran Movement. He ……
Answer.Raj Kumar Shukla is determined and resolute. He followed Gandhi ji wherever he went so that he could convince Gandhi ji to accompany him to Champaran where the poor peasants were facing injustice. Being impressed of his tenacity, Gandhi ji fixed a date told Shukla to meet him in Calcutta. It was the perseverance and dedication of Rajkumar Shukla that made Gandhi ji reach Champaran and raise his voice against the social injustice.
Question. Adrienne Rich chose to express her silent revolt through her poem, Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, just as Aunt Jennifer did with her embroidery. Explain.
Answer.Adrienne Rich, through her poem, criticizes the traditional institution of marriage, in her times, suggesting that it oppresses women.
Similarly, Aunt Jennifer, a victim of an unhappy marriage, under a domineering husband, chooses embroidery to vent her angst.
Both use their creative outlet as a form of protest against societal expectations.
Question. Rationalize why Keats uses the metaphor ‘an endless fountain of immortal drink’ in his poem, A Thing of Beauty?
Answer.Things of beauty are just like the immortal drink of the gods that flow continuously and never die. Just as the endless fountain of immortality is an elixir of life, similarly, things of beauty are constant or perennial in providing the everlasting joy, motivation and bliss to humanity.
Question. How do you think Derry’s mother contributes to his sense of alienation and isolation? (On the Face of It)
Answer.Derry’s mother is overprotective and doesn’t understand her son’s longing for companionship. She treats him with a sense of pity and robs him of his dignity by perpetually treating him like a helpless victim. She contributes to his isolation by keeping him home because of his facial injury. She also forbids him from returning to Mr Lamb’s house. All this is done without any intentional harm but it proves to bring more negativity than any amount of positivity.
Question. Validate John Updike’s open-ended title, Should Wizard Hit Mommy?
Answer.The title “Should Wizard Hit Mommy?” is apt and justified, in spite of the fact that the father – the mouthpiece of the author – is firm in his opinion that mothers all over the world are supreme and cannot err. The reader is face to face with two contrasting view-points. The spirit of equality, stamped in her mind urges Jo to condemn the mother and demand that the wizard should hit the mother in retaliation. The child’s thinking is simple and innocent. She fails to understand that her father wants to tell her that mothers are above all blame.
The author deliberately keeps the story open-ended and does not categorically state his opinion and the title has a question mark leaving the readers to decide whether the mother needs to be hit or spared, because he wants the gingerliness to correspond with the ending of the story that leaves the narrator caught in the “ugly middle position” of uncertainties.
6. Answer ANY TWO of the following in about 120-150 words each.
Question. How does Keats’ poem, A Thing of Beauty appeal richly to the senses, stimulating the reader’s inner sight as well as the sense of touch and smell? Write your answer in about 120-150 words.
Answer.Keats’s descriptions allow for a deeper perception of the imaginary concept, converting it into a life-like experience stimulating the reader’s inner sight as well as the sense of touch and smell. Keats establishes this with powerful imagery and word play. The cooling comfort of the bower, dancing daffodils in its green environs, the babbling stream and the mid-forest brake with the musk rose blooms, evoke our imagination, sense of hearing, touch and smell. The stories of mighty and the doom that befalls them appeals to our intellect. The endless fountain may be an allusion of the fountain of youth, however, it has a sublimating effect on the reader. Keats poetic descriptions presents beauty that appeals to our senses and gives delight.
This poem, in many ways, signifies a romantic finale of Keats’s firm belief in the non-destruction of beauty, and of its claim to legitimacy with reference to its permanence, and its ability to call up, or contextualize the truth. This forms the main theme of the poem. The poet’s artistic view of beauty as an obstinate source of pleasure and joy comes in the face of a knowledge of the sharp problems of life, to which the essential thing of beauty offer their own mode of struggle. Unlike the common place objects of everyday certainty, the objects of beauty are resistant to the perishability of time, and indeed of mortality. This interlaces the melancholic note characteristic to many of the poet’s odes with a classical, fleeting form of beauty. Their power rises with time. They are the signifiers of a continuity that is reflected as historical truth, of a story that exceeds the limitations of specific insight, but includes and decides the collective flow. The sun, the moon, the flora and the fauna in Nature are protectors of an infinity that can never be equated with the temporariness and incontinency of human schemes.
Question. Colin Dexter, the author of Evans Tries an O-level employs the red herring technique of intentionally misleading readers by placing false clues to keep the plot enigmatic. Substantiate with reference to text, in about 120-150 words.
Answer.The stage is set with a maximum security prison and a kleptomaniac with a record of breaking out of prison.
Evans’ grubby appearance, jovial manner and friendly banter distracts from sharp intelligence and extraordinary talent for deception. The silly but filthy looking bobble hat (a knit beanie with a pom-pom on top) distracts, giving readers the appearance of a comical character. ‘Number two Handkerchief ’ neatly placed on the bed, where’s number one? This technique eludes the reader’s attention always to the distractors and never lets them focus on to the main point. The first mention of Reverend Stuart McLeery exiting his bachelor flat in Broad Street, mention of the nail file and then reference to McLeery’s meticulously manicured fingers are quite illusive. The illusion created about McLeery’s thin demeanour and then ‘McLeery’ slumped in a chair are perfect distractors to mislead the reader. Further, clues in the question paper and a chase for Evans all over town are all false cues to keep the plot enigmatic.
Thus, Colin Dexter’s Evan’s Tries an O-level is a creative and highly complicated prison break interspersed with twists in the plot.
Question. Biographies include features of non-fiction texts – factual information and different text structures such as description, sequence, comparison, cause and effect, or problem and solution. Examine Indigo in the light of this statement, in about 120-150 words.
‘Indigo’ is an excerpt of a biography and thus has features of fiction as well as non-fiction texts. The factual information provided in the text with reference to the exact dates are recorded in order of occurrence. The events which are part of the text, illustrate Gandhiji’s method of working. Gandhiji’s politics was intermingled with the day-to-day problems of the millions of Indians. He opposed unjust laws. He was ready to court arrest for breaking such laws and going to jail. The famous Dandi March to break the ‘Salt Law’ is another instance. The resistance and disobedience was peaceful and a fight for truth and justice. This was linked directly to his ideas of Satyagraha and Non-Violence.
The points of comparison between people, Gandhiji’s interaction with the peasants, the lawyers and his attitude towards C. F. Andrews all give an insight into Gandhiji’s character and his impact on people. The problem solving approach administered by Gandhiji and his conflict resolution techniques support the features of non-fiction text.
So we can conclude that Indigo reiterates the fact that it includes features of non-fiction text.