CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2014 Delhi
Time allowed : 3 hours
Maximum marks: 100
- This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
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CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2014 Delhi Set – I
Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous
An Inter-school Kabadi Competition is organized by your school. Write a notice, in not more than 50 words, requesting the students to be present at the venue to encourage the players. Invent all the necessary details. You are Arjun, the sports captain of your school. 
You possess an acre of land in the heart of the city. You want to dispose of the property since you have decided to buy a flat. Write an advertisement to be published in a national daily, giving all the necessary details. You are Krishan of Moti Nagar, Delhi.
ABC SCHOOL, DELHI
13th February, 20XX
Inter-school Kabaddi Competition will be held at our playground on Friday, February 20, at 9 a.m. Students from different schools will be participating in the competition.
Sale of 1-acre plot located in the heart of the city besides 100 ft. road with lush green surroundings suitable for building residential flats. Location adjacent to posh Friends colony and free from encumbrance. Interested parties can meet in person or can contact.
Incessant rain has caused irrecoverable damage in your area. As an active participant in the flood relief programme, write a report in 125¬150 words on the different flood relief measures carried out. You are Krishan/Krishna. 
You have visited a book exhibition in your neighbourhood. Write a report in about 125¬150 words on the exhibition. You are Rohan/ Rohini.
FLOOD RELIEF PROGRAMME
By Krishnan/Krishn Staff reporter
Xyz, 13th June, 20XX, The torrential rain in the past few days flooded our area causing irrecoverable damage to the properties. A relief camp was set up to aid the victims of the flood-affected areas. Everyone made generous contributions in the form of money, clothes, food and other basic requirements. Relief-treaties also emerged as helpful groups. The Chief Minister too announced a definite amount of relief for the victims affected. The devastating effect of the over-powering rain, played havoc with the city. The volunteers also helped the victims to be shifted to the relief camps, set up on the suburbs of the city. A huge amount of donations has come from the people of the city along with various N.G.O.s
13th June, 20XX, The Surya Nagar residents organised a book exhibition in the community centre of the locality. The exhibition started on June 10th and lasted for five days. The event attracted book lovers from all over Delhi. Renowned publishing houses participated in the fair. Books by well-known writers were displayed. The exhibition also offered heavy discounts on the books written by Indian authors. Apart from Hindi novels there were multifarious writers and bards dictions available like Shakespeare, Milton and John Keats. People were excited to get access to some of the rare books that were on display. The event was marked by the presence of the renowned writer and novelist Chetan Bhagat.
You are the librarian of Amla Public School. You had placed an order for text books with Dhanpati & Sons. Since the books did not arrive on time, you have decided to cancel the order. Write a letter to the Manager, Dhanpati & Sons, Chennai, cancelling the order. (125-150 words) 
You are interested in doing a short-term course in computer graphics during your holidays. Write a letter to the Director, Easy Computers, enquiring about their, short-term courses and asking for all the necessary details. You are Naresh/Nandini.
Amla Public School,
13 June, 20XX
Dhanpati & Sons,
Subject: Regarding cancellation of order number 43/20XX
With reference to the order number 43/20XX placed with your publishing house on May 31st, 20XX, I would like to inform you that we have not received the delivery of 12 sets of Encyclopedia from you as promised by your company on June 10, 20XX. A cheque of five thousand was duly sent to you enclosed with the order. Since your company has failed to keep its commitment, therefore, we are cancelling the order. Kindly reimburse the money to the school account at the earliest.
Amla Public School
23, Defence Colony,
3rd March, 20XX
Subject: Request for details of the short-term courses provided
I came across an advertisement about your institute in today’s newspaper. I would like to know the details of the short-term courses offered by your institute.
I am a student and I wish to pursue a course in computer programming/computer graphics during my holidays next month. Kindly mail me the details of all short-term courses, along with their duration, fee structure and the relevance of the course material. I would be thankful if you can dispatch the prospectus of the course too. Looking forward to your early response.
You are Rajendra Kumar, a social worker, You read an article in The Hindu on ‘Health care for Indian Workers’. Write a speech in 125¬150 words on the importance of health care to be delivered at a public function to create awareness among the workers. 
Media has a strong hold on society. Write a speech in 125-150 words on how media influences public opinon to be delivered in the school assembly.
HEALTH CARE FOR INDIAN WORKERS
Good morning to all. Today I, Rajendra Kumar, am going to deliver a speech on the topic ‘Health care for Indian workers’ Recently, I had read an article in the local newspaper The Hindu and wondered why we don’t care for the health of the workers around us. We remain mute spectators to their misery trials and tribulations of life.
Often, the workers are found working in inhuman conditions, neglecting their health. They are exploited, as they are illiterate and lacking awareness of a hygienic way of life. The authorities must ensure clean and healthy working conditions for these people. It is the responsibility of the government to provide affordable healthcare services to workers and their families. Indian workers should be taught the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. Many non-governmental organizations can play a role in spreading awareness about health and hygiene.
Workers play a major role in our life. We must understand and appreciate their contribution towards society. Access to basic health facilities is their innate right. As responsible citizens, we should get together to make their lives healthy. However, we should not forget that it is the sweat and blood of these workers which has provided us with enormous comfort while we sit in our well-furnished homes.
IMPACT OF MEDIA
Good morning everybody. Today, I Xyz am here to voice my concerns on how Media influences public opinion?
Media acts as a powerful weapon in democracy. It keeps people abreast with the recent changes and development in the society and the world. They also help people to understand the various developments and build their opinion about the same. With the development of better modes of communications, the influence of media has increased. Consequently, its responsibility of delivering correct information has also increased. If people blindly believe the biased news which the print and electronic media tell us, our democracy will suffer badly. Media has the power to showcase both the facets of a piece of information. It should work towards helping the common man and understand the pros and cons of any issue or event.
Thus, one can clearly say that it is the responsibility of media and the media personnel to ensure that they direct their efforts towards building a constructive and balanced society as well as a nation.
Section – C
Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow: 
All lovely tales that we have heard or read;
An endless fountain of immortal drink.
Pouring onto us from the heaven’s brink.
(a) Name the poem and the poet. 
(b) What is the thing of beauty mentioned in these lines? 
(c) What image does the poet use in these lines? 
With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal.
For lives that slyly turn in their cramped holes
From fog to endless night?
(i) Who are ‘them’ referred to in the first line? 
(ii) What tempts them? 
(iii) What does the poet say about ‘their’ lives? 
(a) The above given lines are from the poem ‘A thing of Beauty’ by John Keats.
(b) The tales of mighty men is the thing of beauty mentioned in the given lines.
(c) The poet used the image of ‘an endless fountain of immortal drink’ to describe the beautiful bounty of the Earth. The Earth, like a fountain, gives us numerous beautiful sights like the sun, the moon, flowers, rivers and greenery.
(a) The children studying in the school are referred to as “them”.
(b) The beauty, vastness and radiance of things tempt them.
(c) According to the poet, those children spent their whole lives like rodents confined in ‘their cramped holes’. The undernourished bodies of those children looked almost like skeletons. Their steel-framed spectacles with repaired glasses made them look like, the broken pieces of a bottle scattered on stones. Since, their entire lives revolved around slums, their future also seemed blotted.
Answer any two of the following questions in about 30-40 words : [2 × 2 = 4]
(a) How does Kamala Das try to put away the thoughts of her ageing mother?
(b) Which is the exotic moment that the poet refers to in ‘Keeping Quiet’?
(c) What are the difficulties that Aunt Jennifer faced in her life?
(a) Kamala Das is troubled by the thoughts of her ageing mother and tries to console herself by looking outside at the car. The sight is full of youthful whim and vigour. She watches the trees ‘sprinting’ past her speeding car and the children, full of life and activity, running out of their houses to play. Her ashen like mother irks her so much that for a moment she ponders over the past memories to feel solace.
(b) The exotic moment the author talks about is when everyone keeps quiet and still. The moment would be extraordinarily tranquil, with no hustle-bustle of the frenzied world. Although, it may seem a little strange in the beginning, it would eventually bring us all together. Ultimately, this is the introspection which makes one united with one’s soul.
(c) Aunt Jennifer spent her life in accordance to the rules laid down by her husband. Her life was overburdened by the demands and duties and it lacked self-expression. She was feeble and it had to face oppression by her husband which depicted the age-old tribulations of women’s lives.
Answer any six of the following questions in 30-40 words : [2 × 6 = 12]
(a) Why did Gandhiji feel that taking the Champaran case to the court was useless?
(b) Why did the peddler derive pleasure from his idea of the world as a rat trap?
(c) How is Mukesh different from the other bangle makers of Firozabad?
(d) What tempted Franz to stay away from school?
(e) Why did the Maharaja ban tiger hunting in the state?
(f) How was the skunk’s story different from the other stories narrated by Jack?
(g) Which words of her brother made a deep impression on Bama?
(a) Gandhiji believed that the. peasants were under the grip of fear. He felt that taking the Champaran’s case to the court would be useless because actual relief for the peasants would come when they would be free from fear. So, his ultimate motive was to kill the fear in them.
(b) The peddler was never treated kindly by the world, which is why he was amused by the idea of the world to be a rat trap. He nurtured hard feelings towards the world by comparing it to a giant rat trap.
(c) Mukesh who hailed from the city of Dhaka was different from other bangle makers of Firozabad because he liked to dream, unlike others who followed the family lineage of making bangles. He wanted to be a motor mechanic and drive cars.
(d) Franz was not prepared for test on participles. The chirping birds and sight of the Prussian soldiers were far more interesting to him than his attending the school. That is why he stayed out of the doors of the school to bask in the nature’s glory.
(e) The Maharaja wanted to prove that the prediction of the State astrologer was wrong. For that purpose, he restricted the hunting of tigers in all the tiger-rich forests of Pratibandapuram, so that he could hunt them down.
(f) Usually, the stories told by Jack were taken well by But she was not satisfied and convinced with the ending of the skunk’s Story. She believed that the wizard should have hit back the skunk’s mommy for demanding skunk to get his bad smell back.
(g) On narrating what happened while returning home, Bama’s elder brother told her, that although, people did not get to decide the family they were born into, they could outwit the indignities inflicted upon them if they were well read and successful. It was by educating themselves that they could attain a feeling of individuality that left a deep impression on her.
Answer the following in about 100-125 words. 
Has Sophie met Danny Casey? What details of her meeting with Danny Casey did she narrate to her brother?
Describe the precautions taken by the prison officers to prevent Evans from escaping.
No, Sophie had not met Danny Casey in reality. One day, while drawing Geoff’s attention, Sophie narrated an imaginary story about accidentally meeting Danny Casey at the Royce’s. Geoff, however, refused to believe her. So, she describes Danny Casey’s physical appearance to make her brother believe her story. She told Geoff that she was also willing to get an autograph for little Derek, but she did not have a pen or a paper for the same. Then, Sophie claimed that the two of them talked about clothes at Royce’s. She ended her story by saying that Danny has promised to meet her again.
Special precautions were taken by the prison staff to prevent Evan from escaping during his O-level German test. The test was to be taken where he was kept. A person from St. Mary Mags was called to invigilate and to keep the prisoner incommunicado during the exam. Evans was kept in the heavily guarded Recreational Block. There were two locked doors between his cell and the yard, which boasted of a high wall. All the prison officers were also on high alert. The Governor got a microphone installed in Evans’ cell, while Stephens kept, an eagle eye on Evans. Two prison officers, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Stephens, thoroughly checked his cell for any sign of a possible escape. Even his razor, nail filer and male scissors were taken away.
Read the following and answer the question that follows: 
The story “Deep Waters” has made you realise that with determination and perseverance one can accomplish the impossible. Write a paragraph in about 100 words words on how a positive attitude and courage will aid you to achieve success in life.
In the story “Deep waters”, the author overcomes his childhood fear of water through determination, perseverance and hard work. Thus, the story sends the message that with positive attitude and strength of will, one can accomplish everything in life. All of us are in the grip of fear. But fear, when conquered with courage, becomes victory which has its own charm. It might appear to be a long and arduous journey, but it will definitely culminate in success. Douglas improved himself and was able to develop into a full-fledged swimmer. It gave him a feeling of victory and achievement in the end.
CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2014 Delhi Set – II
Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.
Section – B
You are Smrithi Saran of Victoria Public School, Hyderabad.Your school has organised a Science Exhibition in connection with the death anniversary of Ramanujam. Write a notice in not more than 50 words inviting students to participate in it. Provide all the necessary details. 
You want to sell off your motor bike which you have been using for five years, as you have decided to buy a car. Write an advertisement, in not more than 50 words, to be published under the classified columns of a national daily. Furnish all the necessary details.
VICTORIA PUBLIC SCHOOL, HYDERABAD
15th June, 20XX
A Science Exhibition is being organised by our school on June 18, 20XX in the school hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in order to commemorate the death anniversary of Ramanujam. Students from classes IX to XII are requested to prepare models on the theme ‘India’s foray into space research.’ Interested students should give their names to the undersigned by 16th June, 20XX.
Availabe for sale a black coloured, 2010 model XYZ motor bike, in a good condition, scratch-less, giving a-mileage of 50 km/L. It has hardly run 9000 km. Price negotiable. The Party is selling the motorcycle as it is buying a car.
You are Sampreet, an educationist. You have noticed that the youth of today are often unable to cope with stress and become frustrated and bitter. Write a speech in 125-150 words to be delivered at a college function on ‘Youth, their problems and solutions’. 
After Independence, India has seen a steep upward trend in the graph of corruption. The public has often become disgusted and disappointed. As Venkat, a well-known journalist, write a speech in 150-200 words on ‘Corruption, its causes and solutions’.
YOUTH, THEIR PROBLEMS, AND SOLUTIONS
Good Morning! I am Sampreet an educationist and today I am going to deliver a speech on the topic youth their problems and solution Aspirations are now high and with this the level of competition and peer pressure among the youth has been increasing with each passing day. The youth is either not yet matured or trained enough to handle so much stress and, therefore, they ultimately get frustrated, easily commit suicide get involve in, road-rage, hatred crimes, drug abuse, looting, rapes etc. At the slightest provocation, they hold out protests and demonstrations. The minimum desired level of tolerance is missing in them. They don’t see any harm in violating the norms and fundamental rights.
The solution is a doddle one. The youth of today needs our untinted support, it needs to know that, irrespective of the situations they are in they are always loved by their parents, teachers and elders. They need to develop confidence in their capabilities. We need to remove the unnecessary pressure that our education system exerts on the young minds. It needs to be eased and, CCE is a positive step in this direction. Counsellors can help the young generation to understand and solve their problems. More job opportunities need to be created, better recruitment processes are need to be developed, and professional courses that equip them with necessary skills have to be designed.
The most important thing is to impart value-based education so that they achiveve high self-esteem, tolerance and patience and more importantly the zeal to create a clean and civilised society and to be a good citizen.
CORRUPTION, ITS CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Good morning, friends! I am Venkat. As a journalist and a responsible citizen of India, it is my duty to shed light and apprise you, that how corruption exists in almost every nook and comer of our country.
Corruption can be understood as misappropriation of government, public property or money. It is an unlawful and immoral act. Corruption has had a gradual growth in our country. How and why did corruption become so common in our country? India’s colonial past has contributed in flourishing corrupt practices. It is said that corruption cannot survive long in this world. Although, with the increase in scientific technology and advancement of the nation, corruption still remains unbeatable. The corruption also has a relation with scarcity and exists especially because of the vested interests and greed of the people in power.
It is the spasmodic snare of corruption which springs from all prodigality and dissipation. Whatever the reason may be, corruption is an ill practice that is seen as the major hindrance in the process of economic growth and modernization of the nation. The need for an anti-corruption bill like Jan Lokpal has long been discerned now. But, in a democracy like India, the power of the common man should not be underestimated. Constant vigil and intervention by the civil society is also required to bring positive changes in the country. Punishment must be increased and illegally confiscated wealth must be recovered. As aware citizens and of course as in united whole, we must overcome our flaws and work towards bringing about a corruption free society.
CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2014 Delhi Set – III
Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.
Section – B
You are Anoop/Arya, the cultural secretary of your school. As part of national heritage programme the school has decided to put up a show on ancient art forms. Write a notice to be put up on the school notice board inviting students to watch the show and encourage the artists. Write the notice in not more that 50 words. 
You would like to let out a portion of your independent house for office use. Write an 4 advertisement for the classified coloumns of the * local newspaper giving all the necessary details. Write the advertisement in not more than 50 words.
14th November, 20XX
SHOW ON ANCIENT ART FORMS
As a part of the national heritage programme, the school has decided to put up a show on ancient art forms on 20th November, 20XX at 12 O’Clock in the school auditorium.
AVAILABLE OFFICE SPACE
For rent, good location, separate entrance and exit. Spacious, 24 hour water and electricity supply, parking facility, security and power backup.
On Teacher’s day, the badge holders of your school organized a grand celebration to honour the teachers of your school. As the head boy of the school, write a report on the celebration in 125-150 words. 
As you were travelling by train, you happened to witness an accident at an unmanned level crossing. As the reporter of a newspaper, write a report on the accident, including details of the number of people injured and the extent of damage caused.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
By Xyz Head boy
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of our former president, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the badge holders of our school had organised a grand celebration on 5th September to honour the teachers of our school, the celebration took place in the assembly hall. It began at around 9:30 a.m. In the morning, senior students greeted the teachers warmly in a traditional way by putting tilak on their forehead and giving them flowers. The senior students were dressed up as and played their role teachers. They counted on the teacher’s efforts by praising them. After honouring all the teachers, the students performed activities like dance, drama, singing and speech. They also organised few games like musical chair, dodge ball, balloon game, etc. to make the day memorable. Teachers were made to dance and sing. In the end, teachers were provided a lavish lunch by the seniors. It was indeed a great celebration.
ACCIDENT AT AN UNMANNED LEVEL
A horrible sight of a train accident was witnessed at an unmanned level crossing at Udaipur, near Chittor. A bus was carrying nearly 45 people, happened to cross the railway track when suddenly the train arrived. It happened to collide with one of the bogies of the train and overturned badly. 23 people were seriously injured and they were immediately taken to a nearby hospital by the locals. The bogie was also derailed. The extent of damage caused is not yet estimated. Due to this accident, the train got delayed and the schedule of the other trains of that route was also disturbed. It resulted into a lot of inconvenience to the passengers. Government has set up an enquiry to probe into the matter. A sum of ₹ 50,000 was announced for all those injured.
You are the Physical Education Instructor of ‘All Saints School’. You had placed an order for sports goods with Bat and Ball Enterprises. When the items arrived you found that some of them were defective. Write a letter to the Manager, Bat and Ball Enterprises, asking him to replace the defective items. 
You live in a crowded area in Mumbai. Unauthorized parking of vehicles in your area is causing a lot of inconvenience to the locals. Write a letter to the Police Commissioner of the district complaining against the practice. You are Rohan/Rohini of Sakinaka, Mumbai.
All Saints School,
18th December, 20XX
Bat and Ball Enterprises,
Subject: Replacement of the defective sports items
This is to bring to your kind notice that one month ago, our school placed an order for the following sports items:
5 Bats, 10 Balls, 3 Footballs, 3 Basketballs, 5 Badminton Racquets.
On the arrival of the goods, it was found that some of them were defective. The handle of the bats were cracked, the net of one of the badminton racquet was loose and the stitching of the football was not properly done. Therefore, I request you to replace the defective items as soon as possible as the sports week of the school is approaching and the children are required to do the practice. I would be obliged if you kindly understand my problem and arrange for the early delivery.
Physical Education Instructor
24th August, 20XX
District Police Commissioner,
Subject: Unauthorized Parking of Vehicles
This is to draw your attention towards the problems faced due to unauthorized parking of the vehicles in our area. There is not a single day in our area when the place is without disorder or free from traffic jams. As it is a crowded place, there is inadequate parking space. It creates problems not only to the residents but also to the people who come to meet their relatives or for some other purpose. As it is a busy area, vehicles are parked all over in a haphazard manner. It often results in quarrel among the people who display the lack of civic sense in them also creating noise pollution. It is therefore necessary to take some quick actions and provide the proper parking area to the residents as well as do some arrangements for the visitors too.
We all hope for an immediate action to get relief from this problem.
Section – C
What were Sophie’s plan for her future? Why would you call her dreams unrealistic? (100-125 words) 
What benefits did Derry reap from his association with Mr. Lamb?
Sophie was a daydreamer although she belonged to a middle-class family. She was blind to the bitter truth of life. She dreamt of an imaginary life, in which she owned a boutique full of beautiful things. She also dream of becoming an actress as there was a lot of money and fame in the profession. She also wanted to be a fashion designer. It can be said that she wanted to lead a lavish and grand life which was not possible. Her dreams were unrealistic in the sense that ultimately she would have to work in a biscuit factory. She only thought of impractical things. The house in which she lived was also not a very good one and her father used to work hard to earn bread for the family. They entertained themselves by watching the United team’s matches. That’s how she wanted to achieve the impossible dream.
Derry had no association with the outer world till he met Mr. Lamb. His meeting with Mr. Lamb was a turning point in his life. He learned to live a respectful life and also appreciated Mr. Lamb’s attitude and outlook towards people and life. He realized his true worth. Mr. Lamb inspired him to face the world in spite of his disability. Derry’s thinking towards people and life completely changed and he became self-confident. Mr. Lamb successfully infused in him courage and self-determination. He advised him to ignore the comments made by people on his physical impairment and enjoy beauty of life and nature. Derry went back to Mr. Lamb’s garden in spite of his mother’s refusal., Derry understood the importance and true meaning of life and understanding himself better than before. Only due to the association with Mr. Lamb.