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CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2016 Delhi

CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2016 Delhi

Time allowed : 3 hours
Maximum marks: 100

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  • This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
  • Separate instruction are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions
  • very carefully and follow them faithfully.
  • Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.

** Answer is not given due to change in present syllabus

CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2016 Delhi Set – I

Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.

Section – B
(WRITING SKILLS)

Question 4.
Principal, Sunrise Global School, Agra requires a receptionist for her school. Draft a suitable advertisement in about 50 words to be published in the classified columns of a national newspaper giving all the necessary details of qualifications and experience required in the receptionist. [4]
OR
Water supply will be suspended for eight hours (10 am to 6 pm) on 6th of March for cleaning of the water tank. Write a notice in about 50 words advising the residents to store water for a day. You are Karan Kumar/Karuna Bajaj, Secretary, Janata Group Housing Society, Palam Vihar, Kurnool.
Answer:

RECEPTIONIST REQUIRED

Smart, graduate, proficient in Hindi and English, having good communication skills, not more than 25 years of age, has two years of experience, can contact the principal with complete resume within seven days.
Attractive Salary
Contact: Principal
Sunrise Global School,
Agra.

OR

JANTA GROUP HOUSING SOCIETY
NOTICE

25thFeb, 20XX

WATER SUPPLY SUSPENDED

All the residents of Janta Group Housing Society are hereby informed that on 6“ Mar. 20XX of March from 10 am to 6 pm due to the cleaning of the water tank. So, you are requested to store the water for the day. Karuna Bajaj/Karan Bajaj.
(Secretary)
Janta Group Housing Society,
PalamVihar, Kurnool

Question 5.
Yesterday you went to Sunrise Hospital, Market Road, New Delhi taking with you the victim of a hit and run accident. There were chaotic conditions in the casualty department. The injured was attended to after a lot of precious time had been lost.
Write a letter of complaint in 120-150 words to the Medical Superintendent. You are Karan/ Karuna, M-114, Mall Road, Delhi. [6]
OR
Lack of job opportunities in rural areas is forcing people to migrate to cities. Every big city thus has a number of slums in it. Life in these slums is miserable.
Write a letter in 120-150 words to the editor of a national newspaper on how we can improve the living conditions in these slums. You are Karan/ Karuna, M-114, Mall Road, Delhi.
Answer:
M-114, Mall Road
Delhi

20th March, 20XX

The Medical Superintendent,
Sunrise Hospital, Market Road,
New Delhi.

Subject: Chaotic conditions in the casualty department
Dear Sir,
I, Karan/Karuna, a resident of New Delhi want to bring to your kind notice the conditions of the Sunrise hospital. Yesterday, while I was going to my office, I witnessed a person lying on the road in a pool of blood. There was a crowd around him. On enquiry, I came to know that he was hit by an unidentified vehicle and nobody took the pain to take him to Sunrise hospital. So, I brought him to hospital where I was further shocked to see the pathetic condition a of the casualty ward. The corridors were full of people where the smell of medicines prevailed and cotton dabs were thrown away on the floor. I requested the doctor on duty to attend the patient immediately to avoid any mishap but was asked to file a police complaint first.

The patient was left unattended for about an hour during which he lost ample amount of blood which could have been proved to be fatal. Later, when all the formalities were completed, the doctor came to see him and by God’s grace his life was saved. Then, again drugs were administered in an inappropriate way by the staff who came only after being reminded. I think this negligence could cost anyone their life someday. So, I request you to be more vigilant towards the working of the hospital.
Yours truly,
Karuna/Karan
OR
M-114, Mall Road,
Delhi.

20th March, 20XX

The Editor,
Times of India,
New Delhi.

Sub: Improvisation of the living conditions in slums
Dear Sir,
Through the esteemed columns of your prestigious newspaper, I would like to highlight the quality of life of the people living in slums. Each family consists of six to seven members who share a single room. Their children can be seen playing on the heaps of garbage and breeding grounds of flies, mosquitoes and cockroaches. Sincere efforts are required to improve the physical, social and economic conditions of these slum dwellers. Practical action should be taken by providing access to clean drinking water, proper health and sanitation facilities, waste management services and better housing facilities.

Slum upgrading should be a major part of the government’s agenda to alleviate the poor living standards of the people. But unless government takes a quick action, there can be no sustainable solution to the housing challenges. The government is not doing much regarding this reasons which may include low incentives, less financial resources, lack of provision of any such reform due to their short-term electoral period. But NGOs, training institutes, local residents, community groups can join hands together with government to eradicate the miseries of slum dwellers.
Hope my letter would find a place in your newspaper.
Yours Truly,
Karuna/Karan

Question 6.
‘The policy of reservation of seats for admission to the professional courses is good for the deprived sections of society.
Write a debate in 150-200 words either for or against the motion. [10]
OR
Write a speech in 150-200 words on ‘Benefits of early rising’ to be delivered by you in the morning assembly of your school. You are Karuna/Karan, Head Girl/Head Boy.
Answer:
POLICY OF RESERVATION OF SEATS’ IN PROFESSIONAL COURSES
Good morning, respected judges and the esteemed audience! The topic of today’s debate is ‘Policy of reservation of seats for professional courses’, is good for the deprived section of the society, I, stand before you to speak against the motion.

According to the Indian constitution, reservation in all the fields whether education, jobs or any other place, has been made to bring underprivileged classes at par with privileged or general ones. There are numerous reservations like reservation for women, reservation for physically challenged, reservation for economically backward class, reservation for scheduled castes, etc. But, I believe that this leads to further discrimination in the society. It had started with a very good objective of uplifting the socially backward society to give them equal opportunities. But with time its meaning has been changed and the aim of starting it is lost. People have started taking undue advantage of it. This has resulted in widespread protests and counter protests as it has affected thousands of jobs and admissions opportunities. Students securing 80 or 90 percent sometimes lag behind the underprivileged who do secure only 40 or 50 percent for taking admission in the vocational or professional courses.

It denies the equality of opportunity to those who do not belong to backward communities. They are denied admissions even though they have secured a good percentage. This would also perpetuate caste feeling among people and hamper national unity. Also the reservation systems in India is creating manpower which is not able to compete at the global level. India needs people who can work for the growth and development but reservation is raising undeserving candidates at higher positions. Hence, I think a reservation system should be demolished.
OR
‘BENEFITS OF EARLY RISING’
Honorable Principal, respected teachers and my dear friends, Good Morning! I am Karan/Karuna, Head boy/Head Girl of the school; it is a great opportunity for me to share my views on the topic ‘Benefits of rising early’ in today’s assembly.

We derive pleasure from many things, people, and places in our life. One such pleasure is when we get up early in the morning. It gives a good start to our mood. The air we breathe is so fresh that it refreshes our whole day. One should not miss the wonderful art of nature, rising of the sun from the dark color of midnight and gradually turning brighter, spreading its vibrant colors in the sky. This glory can’t be explained in words. We come into close contact with nature when we hear the chirping of birds, see green trees, flowers and leaves dancing. There is no chaos in the early morning and we can easily concentrate on our studies.

It is well said that whatever we study in the early hours of morning is learnt quickly and our mind retains it forever. Early morning meditation helps in keeping our body and soul fit. Breakfast, the most important meal of the day can be taken up timely. Besides, many other things, one may get enough time to exercise which keeps the body energetic and fit throughout the day. Then our productivity and capacity to work also increases. There is no distraction in the morning hours in case we want to indulge in some creative activities.
To sum up, I can say that I have full faith in the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Question 7.
India is a land of diversity. One way in which it makes us feel proud of it is the number of festivals we enjoy. Write an article in 150-200 words on ‘Festivals of India’. You are Karuna/ Karan. [10]
OR
Rising pollution, fast and competitive lifestyle, lack of nutritious food etc. have caused health woes for a large section of our population. Providing health care used to be a charitable and ethical activity. Today it has become commercialized, a money spinning business. Write an article in 150-200 words on ‘How to provide proper health care to the common man’. You are Karan/Karuna.
Answer:
‘FESTIVALS OF INDIA’
By Karuna/Karan
India is a land of colors. It is a country populated by the people of many castes, religions, faiths, communities, languages and creeds. Therefore, many festivals, celebrations, social and cultural gatherings, fairs take place every year. India is said to be a country which is full of pleasures, joys and festivities. Throughout the year, we celebrate many festivals. They represent the grandeur of the country. These are the occasions when families gather at one place and celebrate happy moments. Festivals are celebrated throughout the year and people await these festivals with great enthusiasm. These have an important place in the hearts of Indians as they believe that fasting on these occasions purify their soul and help them to lead a problem free life.

Some festivals are celebrated all over India and people celebrate them irrespective of their status and social position. These include Diwali, Holi and Dusshera. Each festival has its religious value and contains some mythology behind it. For example, Dusshera is celebrated on account of victory of good over evil and when Lord Ram killed Ravana. Similarly, Janmashtami has also a social and religious significance as Lord Krishna was bom to kill all the demons on the earth. Thus, each and every festival has its own value which . teaches people to come closer and forget all their differences.
OR
‘HOW TO PROVIDE PROPER HEALTHCARE TO THE COMMON MAN’
By Karuna/Karan
A large section of our population is suffering from physical as well as mental problems like, fever, injury, epilepsy, learning disability, etc. Women have problems related to pregnancy and childbirth whereas children require immunization against common diseases. Most of these health woes have been the result of our changing life style, rising pollution, lack of nutritive value in food. Hence, they require access to health-care facilities and treatment. Unfortunately, health services are often planned without consulting the community members. To meet the necessities of the people for accessible and affordable services, community members should be consulted and involved in their planning. Health centers should be more vigilant.

Most people prefer home remedial measures and go to the hospital or refer to a doctor only when the situation is beyond their control. But it’s not necessary that they will go to a well-qualified doctor, they may approach local pharmacist or traditional healers. Therefore, it is necessary that the health sector must intervene and create awareness among the people.

Health care facilities should be within the reach of the common man. Government’s investment in public health care is very low. As a result, many hospitals run by the government do not provide sufficient medical facilities. Therefore, improvements are required in this sector and it is a positive thing that the government is now planning to allocate more funds for the renovation of hospitals.

Section – C
(LITERATURE: TEXTBOOKS AND LONG READING TEXT)

Question 8.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow : [4]
Its loveliness increases, it will never
Pass into nothingness, but will keep
A bower quiet for us, and asleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
(a) Whose loveliness will keep on increasing?
(b) Identify the phrase which says that ‘it’ is immortal.
(c) What is a ‘bower’?
(d) Why do we need sweet dreams, health and quiet breathing in our lives?
OR
Old
familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,
but all I said was, see you soon,
Amma,
all I did was smile and smile and
smile ………….
(a) What does the phrase, ‘familiar ache’ mean?
(b) What was the poet’s childhood fear?
(c) What do the first two lines tell us about the poet’s feelings for her mother?
(d) What does the repeated use of the word, ‘smile’ mean?
Answer:
(a) Loveliness of anything that is beautiful keeps on increasing. It gives us immense joy, unending and everlasting pleasure.
(b) “It will never pass into nothingness” is the phrase which says that it is immortal.
(c) ’Bower’ literary means leafy shelter or a pleasant shady place under a tree.
(d) We need sweet dreams, health and quiet breathing in our lives as they refresh us and give eternal joy and remove our sorrows and sufferings. Thus, we want to remain bound to the earth.
OR
(a) By the phrase ‘familiar ache’ the poet means the pain which she had already felt in her childhood. The pain was due to the fear of getting separated from her mother and the realization that she had not cared enough for her. She suppressed it by smiling again and again at her and by promising to meet her soon.

(b) The poet’s childhood fear was that her mother was old and had a pale and colorless face, she might not live very long and the poet might lose her someday.

(c) The poet had the childhood fear that she would lose her mother soon. She possessed the same fear while going away from her. But she did not say anything to her except the optimistic note ‘see you soon Amma’. She gave her a cheerful farewell.

(d) The word ‘smile’ has been repeated to show that in order to hide her fearful thought of separating from her mother, she puts on a false smile. Secondly, she gives moral support to her mother by promising to meet her soon. She tries to hide her feelings by smiling again and again.

Question 9.
Answer any four of the following in 30-40 words each: [3 × 4 = 12]
(a) Describe the irony in Saheb’s name.
(b) Why was Gandhiji opposed to C.F. Andrews helping him in Champaran?
(e) When he was only ten days old, a prediction was made about the future of the Tiger King. What was ironic about it?
(f) What was his father’s chief concern about Dr. Sadao?
Answer:
(a) Saheb’s full name was Saheb-E-Alam which means the ‘Lord of the Universe’. The irony in his name was that he was a poor rag picker who did not even have chappals to wear. He walked on the streets barefoot to earn his living and looked into the garbage for gold coins or something to survive.

(b) Gandhiji was opposed to C.F. Andrews helping him in Champaran because he wanted the Indians to be self-dependent and self- reliant in their struggle against injustice. He told him that Indians were strong enough to fight their own battle and had the capability to win it. Therefore, Gandhiji refused his help.

(e) When The Tiger King was only ten days old, the chief astrologer predicted that the death of the prince would result from a tiger. So when he grew up, he killed hundred tigers without knowing that the hundredth tiger didn’t die by his bullet. Ironically, the King died because of a wooden toy tiger.

(f) Sadao’s education had been his father’s chief concern. At the age of twenty-two, he sent his son to America to learn about surgery and medicine. He lined up to his father’s expectations. By the time his father died, Sadao had established himself as a famous surgeon as well as a scientist.

Question 10.
Answer the following question in 120-150 words: [6]
Our language is a part of our culture and we are proud of it. Describe how regretful M. Hamel and the village elders are for having neglected their native language, French.
OR
Teachers always advise their students to dream big. Yet, the same teachers in your classrooms find fault with Sophie when she dreams. What is wrong with Sophie’s dreams?
Answer:
There is no doubt that our language is a part of our culture and we feel proud of it. But the true value of it can be realized only when the freedom of speaking it, is taken away from us.

The story ‘The Last Lesson’ depicts the pathos of the whole situation, how people feel in not learning their language and losing an asset. One day Franz, one of the students came unwillingly to the school and noticed that everything was still and as quiet as a Sunday morning and there were elder people sitting quietly at the back of the classroom. There was an order from Berlin that French would not be taught any further in the schools and instead German was to be taught. This news shocked everyone. All the villagers gathered in the classroom to attend their last French lesson and to pay their respect for the French teacher, M. Hamel, who was going to deliver his last speech in French, the adults felt sorry that they had not attended the school and thanked Hamel for his faithful service.

To honor his French lesson, M. Hamel also put on his fine Sunday clothes. His behavior changed to kindness. He even blamed himself for neglecting french as he used to give holidays when he wanted to go fishing or for watering his flowers. He told his students that it was the most beautiful and logical language and they should not forget it.
OR
It is a natural thing for teenagers to dream. They don’t have much liabilities and burden at that stage of life so they are free to dream. It is a part of their life but sometimes these dreams are impractical and non-realistic and when they are shattered, they cause a lot of pain.

In the story ‘Going Places’, the author has described the feelings and dreams of a girl, a school-going teenager Sophie. She was a day dreamer and fantasized that she had met with Danny Casey, a football player from Ireland. She dreamt of having met him twice in the arcade. For her, he was a hero to be worshipped. She went to the place where she thought he would meet her and when he didn’t turn up, she felt disappointed. Then she thought of owning a boutique, becoming a manager, a fashion designer or an actress irrespective of her weak socio-economic status.

She had not thought about where the money would come for opening a boutique. She was blind to the bitter truth of life. She dreamt of an imaginary life, full of beautiful things. It can be said that she wanted to lead a lavish and grand life which was not possible. She was over ambitious. Her dreams were unrealistic in the sense that ultimately she would have to work in a biscuit factory.

Question 11.
Answer the following question in 120-150 words: [6]
Derry sneaked into Mr. Lamb’s garden and it became a turning point in his life. Comment.
OR
How did Jo want the Roger Skunk story to end? Why?
Answer:
Derry sneaked into Mr. Lamb’s garden and it became a turning point in his life. Before that, Derry used to live an isolated life. He did not like meeting people or socializing. The reason was his acid-burnt face, seeing which people often got terrified. He began leading a secluded life.

Meeting Mr. Lamb brought a change in his life. His attitude towards life was completely changed. Mr. Lamb gave him confidence and supported him morally as he was too physically impaired like him. He had a tin leg because the original one was blown off in the war. He told Derry that he was not affected by people’s sarcastic remarks. He motivated Derry to face the challenges of life and not to lament over his burnt face. According to him, he was lucky to have two arms, two legs, ears, eyes and tongue. He could do far better than others.

All these preachings left an impression on Derry and then he started looking at things and the world differently. He began to help Mr. Lamb with crab apples and developed a positive attitude towards life.
OR
Jack used to tell his little daughter Jo, bedtime stories. As soon as she grew a bit older, she began to ask questions from her father. Once her father told her a story of a little animal called Skunk who smelled bad. He therefore, met with a wizard who solved his problem a magic wand and made him smell like roses. But the Skunk’s mother did not like it and took him back to the wizard to smell bad once again.

This ending was not acceptable to Jo as she wanted the story to have another ending where the wizard would hit the mommy with his magic wand and shop off her arms ‘forcibly.’ Jo thought that Roger was the hero of the story so he must not look ugly; or stinky. Jo’s perspective on life was different from her father’s. She wanted the wizard to hit mommy on head as a punishment as she imposed her will on her son unnecessarily. According to Jo, Roger should be allowed to choose his own life. Moreover, she didn’t want the story to end sadly.

She wanted to change the end of the story to assert her views on her father. She had her own ideals and views which she wanted to pursue.

Question 12.
Answer the following question in 120-150 words:** [6]
What do we learn about Mrs. Hall and Griffin from their first interaction at Coach and Horses inn?
OR
What kind of life did Silas lead before coming to Raveloe?

Question 13.
Answer the following question in 120-150 words:**
Everyone who comes into contact with Griffin suffers. Attempt a character sketch of Griffin in the light of this remark. [6]
OR
Attempt a character sketch of Nancy Lammeter.

CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2016 Delhi Set – II

Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.

Section – B
(WRITING SKILLS)

Question 4.
You need to buy a flat. Draft a suitable advertisement in about 50 words to be published in the classified columns of a local newspaper giving all the necessary details of your requirement. You are Karan/Karuna, M 114, Mall Road, Delhi. [4]
OR
Sunrise Global School, Agra is going to organize a one-act play competition in the school auditorium. You have decided to invite noted stage artist, Nalini to grace the occasion. Draft a formal invitation for her in about 50 words. You are Karuna/Karan, Cultural Secretary.
Answer:

FLAT WANTED

A 2 or 3 BHK flat covering in the area of Mall Road, Delhi. Covering area 800-1500 sq. ft. required should be newly-built, ventilated and centrally located: C parking is preferred. Should be accessible to market and metro station. Cost negotiable
Please contact.
Karan,
M114, Mall Road,
Delhi Ph : xxx xxx xxx

OR
Sunrise Global School Agra

15th May, 20XX

Nalini
Abhilasha Vihar,
Delhi

Subject: Invitation to preside over one-act play competition.
Dear Ma’am,
Our school is going to organize a one-act play competition in the school auditorium. A large number of students from classes XI and XII are likely to participate in this inter-school competition. We shall be highly honored if you will grace the occasion with your presence on the 30th of June, 20XX at 2 pm. Kindly confirm your appearance in time.
Regards Karan/Karuna
(Cultural Secretary)
Sunrise Global School Agra

Question 5.
Park Lane, Chanakyapuram, Mysore is proud of having four reputed public schools in close proximity to each other. In the morning and afternoon there is a heavy traffic along the road and hundreds of student are put to a lot of inconvenience. [6]
Write a letter in 120-150 words to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) describing the problem. Suggest a few measures to regulate the traffic. You are Karuna Shetty/Karan Kumar, Principal, Sunrise Global School.
OR
Write an application (including a resume) in 120¬150 words for the post of receptionist advertised in a national newspaper by JKL Publishers, Peshwa Road, Pune. You are Karima, M-114 Mall Road, Pune, a graduate from SNDT University and have done a Secretarial Practice Course from YWCA, Mumbai.
Answer:
Sunrise Global School,
Park Lane, Chanakyapuram,
Mysore

1st March, 20XX

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic)
Chanakyapuram,
Mysore

Dear Sir/Madam,
Subject: Traffic congestion on the road surrounding the schools.
This letter intends to be to your kind the serious problem of traffic mess near the school’s surroqnding which has caused great inconvenience. There are four reputed public schools in the ambit of the area. In the morning, the movement of the school transport, staff vehicles and the vehicles of the parents, who come to drop their children, along with the general traffic, creates a huge chaos on the road. The same chaos could be witnessed in the afternoon when the school gets off. The situation gets worse when the traffic lights don’t work. The children, who come from the nearby areas, find it difficult to cross the roads and face a huge risk.

The safety of the children is of utmost importance for the schools. Therefore I would request you to appoint traffic police on different points of the roads around the schools, so as to avoid traffic jams. Also, a regular check of the traffic lights would help in reducing inconvenience. The schools are also planning to arrange traffic rules awareness workshop for their respective staff, parents, and children. I request you to look into the matter and solve the issue at the earliest.
Yours Sincerely
Karan Kumar/Karuna Shetty
Principal
Sunrise Global School
OR
M-114, Mall Road
Pune

1st March, 20XX

JKL Publishers
Peshwa Road,
Pune.

Subject: Application for the post of Receptionist.
Dear Sir, With reference to your advertisement of the job in the newspaper. I want to apply for the post of a receptionist I am a graduate from SNDT University and have completed a Secretarial Practice Course from YWCA, Mumbai. I have been working as a receptionist with Gupta & Sons Textiles Ltd. since March, 201XX. I have a proven record of meeting my goals by accepting all challenges throughout my professional career.

My resume has been attached herewith. Please let me know, if any further information regarding my background and qualifications, is needed. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Yours faithfully,
Karuna
Enclosure: Resume and two passport-size photographs
RESUME
Name: Karuna
Father’s Name : Om Prakash Chauhan
Date of Birth : 11 – 07 – 1989
Residential Address : M-14, Mall Road, Pune
Contact Number: +91-xxxxxxxxxx
Educational Qualifications : (i) Graduation (SNDT University) (ii) Secretarial Practice Course (YWCA, Mumbai)
Computer Proficiency: MS Office and Adobe Photoshop
Experience: Working as Receptionist with Gupta & Sons Textiles Ltd. since March 20XX
Salary Expected : ₹ 15,000
Marital Status: Unmarried
Hobbies : Travelling, reading and socializing
Languages Known : Hindi and English
References : (i) Mr. Anil Thackrey Marketing
Head Mumbai
(ii) Mrs. Shabha Rana HRM, Surat

Question 6.
‘Rising prices can be controlled only by the government.’ Write a debate in 150-200 words either for or against the motion. [10]
OR
Write a speech in 150-200 words on the topic, ‘Library plays an important role at school’. It is to be delivered in the morning assembly. You are Karuna/Karan, Head Girl/Head Boy.
Answer:
RISING PRICES CAN BE CONTROLLED ONLY BY THE GOVERNMENT’
A very good morning to jury members, friends and my fellow opponents!! am Karan/Karuna of Head boy/Head girl. Today, I am going to speak against the motion’ Rising prices can be controlled only by the government.’ The role of government in an economy is to announce measures of regulation and control. A government can impose restrictions on hoarding, the export of some items and track prices of limited commodities. However, the execution vests in the custody of the people residing in the nation.

It would not be correct to put the blame wholly on the government. The consumer is no less to be blamed for inflation. Some consumers allow themselves to be robbed due to the fear of insufficient good supply and adverse price trends. Also, some consumers indulge themselves into hoarding and black marketing of the products. Such practices not only deprive the country of much-needed resources but also serve as bad examples for those who cannot afford to pay such high prices. By reducing the demand of a good, its price can be controlled by the consumers. Thus, I believe, the rising prices or inflation can be controlled by the combined effort of the government and consumers.
Thank you.
OR
LIBRARY PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE AT SCHOOL
Good morning everyone!
Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends, I am Karan/Karuna, the head boy/ Head Girl of your school, and I am going to give a short speech on how ‘Library plays an important role at school.’ A school library is a place that plays an important role in encouraging innovation and thirst for knowledge. It provides support for learning and teaching throughout the school. The school library exhibits positive impact on the academic achievement of the student, as it helps in developing the mind of the student. It is integral to the teaching and learning process. A library at school not only provides academic references but a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, digital and print resources. It develops the habit of reading in students and helps to to enhance students’ intellectual, cultural and emotional growth. The school library also provides opportunities for teachers to plan, implement and evaluate new learning programs.

It also plays a critical role in assisting the students in compiling, critically analyzing and organizing information, and then presenting their findings. A school library provides a safe environment that encourages curiosity and imagination. The students become users of information and start to develop a better understanding of the world.
Thank you

CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English 2016 Delhi Set – III

Note: Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.

Section – B
(WRITING SKILLS)

Question 6.
‘The policy of no detention till class VIII is not in the interest of students.’ Write a debate in 150-200 words either in favour of or against the motion.’ [10]
OR
Write a speech in 150-200 words on the topic, ‘A student must know how to manage his time.’ It is to be delivered in the morning assembly. You are Karan/Karuna, Head Boy/Head Girl of the school.
Answer:
THE POLICY OF NO DETENTION TILL CLASS VIII IS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF STUDENTS
A very good morning to jury members, friends, and my fellow opponents. Today, I am going to speak for the motion ‘The policy of no detention till class VIII is not in the interest of the students.’ Firstly, let me tell you what the no-detention policy states. The policy states that no child shall be held back in any class or expelled from the school till the completion of elementary education. The step was taken to reduce stress and pressure among students, but the policy has led to poor outcomes, as there has hardly been any improvement in the academic standard. It has encouraged negligence and reluctance in children to study. The student develops a carefree and an easy going attitude, due to an automatic promotion system up to class VIII, and in class IX, he is unable to change his attitude. Suddenly, they fail to cope up with the academic pressure and end up performing badly in board exams.

I, therefore, firmly agree that the policy of no detention till class VIII is not in the interest of students, as it gives then the security of making it to the next class, regardless of a child’s competence to learn higher concepts.
OR
A STUDENT MUST KNOW HOW TO MANAGE HIS TIME
Good morning everyone!
Respected principal, teachers and all my dear friends, I, Karan/Karuna, the head boy/head girl of your school, am going to give a short speech on the topic, ‘A student must know how to manage his time’.

When life takes a highway and everything seems to be going out of control, the only thing that can bring back the required pace in life is time management because a student’s time is so valuable, it is important to use it wisely. This can be done by taking advantage of an idle time that could be spent studying. This could happen during lunch, on the bus ride to and fro from school or before a class starts.

A student must prioritize what comes first in his life.
Spending time with friends, family and having fun is important to provide a healthy balance. To successfully satisfy their personal life and meet education obligations, students must learn to juggle the two effectively by managing their time well.

When you get into the habit of procastinating as a student, you tend to do the same as an adult. Habits that are learned at an early are hard to change when you become old. Therefore, develop a sense of responsibility towards your task at an early.
Thank you.

Question 7.
India is an emerging economy, we are rich in natural resources. Yet a significant proportion of our people is living below poverty line. One cause of this poverty is our rising population. Write an article is 150-200 words on ‘How to keep a check on population/ You are Karuna/Karan. [10]
OR
Women feel unsafe on the road, at their place of work and even at home. There is an urgent need to change the male mindset in its attitude towards women.
Write an article in 150-200 words on ‘How to make women feel safe’. You are Karan/Karuna.
Answer:
HOW TO KEEP A CHECK ON POPULATION
By Karan/Karuna
An economy requires the support of its population to function smoothly. The fact remains intact that India is extremely rich in its natural resources, yet incapable of sustaining its population. We often ponder over the question. Who is responsible for the imbalance? Is it the current government? Is it the lack of facility? Or is it just ignorance?

The disproportionate distribution of wealth in the country is mostly an outcome of the humongous population, hyperbolically termed as the ‘Population Explosion’. The government, at regular intervals, has introduced birth control schemes and programmes, such as ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’.

Such programs have failed tremendously because of the illiteracy and religiously guided notions of the people. The only way possible to curb the population is to educate the Indian population. The beliefs and desirability of having a male child also increases the population, which can be checked by making people understant that it is better to facilitate the children in a manner to empower them without being gender biased. The government can work effectively only when the population understands the fragility and the need of the moment.
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‘HOW TO MAKE WOMEN FEEL SAFE’
By: Karan/Karuna
The safety of women in the modern society is increasingly becoming a grave concern by each passing day. It is no longer an issue of morals but of criminalist mentality of a majority of the male sector of our society. Ensuring security of women can never be possible by restraining them to their houses. It can never be the solution. It is said, that to solve a problem effectively and efficiently, its root needs to be targeted’ and in the same way, we need to put efforts into educating our boys and quite evidently, men as well, to respect the women. Rather than teaching a girl how to live with restrictions, we should teach a boy how to respect and accept the girl’s wishes. This will help to reduce the cause a lot, but in order to eradicate the problem, severe legal measures are needed to be taken.

The criminals should be punished severely and the legal procedures should be shortened. Domestic violence against women should not be tolerated and programs should be set-up to support women suffering in these scenarios. The aggressors in such cases need to be adequately penalized. The women should be trained the basic self-defense at an early age. Besides, taking these measures, special forces need to be posted at all places where crimes against women are more frequent, like tourist sites and secluded places. Special help-line numbers need to be set-up and effective and quick aid should be provided to women whenever and wherever required.

Section – C
(LITERATURE: TEXTBOOKS AND LONG READING TEXT)

Question 9.
Answer any four of the following in 30-40 words each: [12]
(a) How did his experience at the YMCA swimming pool affect Douglas?
(b) What hospitality did the peddler receive from the crofter?
(e) What kind of life was enjoyed by crown prince Jung Bahadur till he reached the age of twenty?
(f) Where, when and how did Dr. Sadao meet Hana?
Answer:
(a) The experience created a terrible fear in the heart of Douglas for a long time, after his YMCA swimming pool experience when Douglas hit the pool, he started drowning when he was saved, he became weak and rembled badly. He conldn’t even eat for many days as he felt sick in the stomach. This made Douglas more afraid of water. The very sight of water made him ill. Douglas decided not to play any water sports.

(b) Unlike the indifferent attitude of the others towards him, the peddler was whole heartedly welcomed by the crofter in his cottage. The crofter, at once, put the porridge pot on fire and gave him supper. He gave him a roll of tobacco for his pipe. He also played a game of cards with him.

(e) The British dominance and its effect on the Indian royalty are evident in the upbringing of the crown prince Jung Bahadur. He was brought up by an English nanny, drank the milk of an English cow, taught English by an Englishman and watched English films.

(f) Dr. Sadao met Hana in America at the house of a professor Harley where some foreign students were living. He liked her but waited to fall in love with her until he was sure she was a pure Japanese.

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