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(Download) CBSE Class-12 2016-17 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme (English Elective NCERT)
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Time allowed: 3 Hrs
Maximum Marks: 100
The Question paper is divided into three sections:
Section A – Reading 20 marks
i. All the questions are compulsory.
(Reading : 20)
1 Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :
1. The Ring at Casterbridge was merely the local name of one of the finest Roman amphitheaters, if not the very finest remaining in Britain. Casterbridge announced old Rome in every street, alley, and precinct. It looked Roman, bespoke the art of Rome, concealed dead men of Rome. It was impossible to dig more than a foot or two deep about the town fields and gardens without coming upon some tall soldier or other of the Empire, who had laid there in his silent unobtrusive rest for a space of fifteen hundred years.
2. Imaginative inhabitants, who would have felt an unpleasantness at the discovery of a comparatively modern skeleton in their gardens, were quite unmoved by these hoary shapes. They had lived so long ago, their time was so unlike the present, their hopes and motives were so widely removed from ours, that between them and the living there seemed to stretch a gulf too wide for even a spirit to pass. The Amphitheater was a huge circular enclosure, with a notch at opposite extremities of its diameter north and south. It was to Casterbridge what the ruined Coliseum is to modern Rome, and was nearly of the same magnitude. The dusk of evening was the proper hour at which a true impression of this suggestive place could be received. Standing in the middle of the arena at that time there by degrees became apparent its real vastness, which a cursory view from the summit at noon-day was apt to obscure.
3. Melancholy, impressive, lonely, yet accessible from every part of the town, the historic circle was the frequent spot for appointments of a furtive kind. Apart from the sanguinary nature of the games originally played therein, such incidents attached to its past as these: that for scores of years the towngallows had stood at one corner; that in 1705 a woman who had murdered her husband was half-strangled and then burnt there in the presence of ten thousand spectators. In addition to these old tragedies, pugilistic encounters almost to the death had come off down to recent dates in that secluded arena, entirely invisible to the outside world save by climbing to the top of the enclosure, which few townspeople in the daily round of their lives ever took the trouble to do.
4. Some boys had latterly tried to impart gaiety to the ruin by using the central arena as a cricket-ground. But the game usually languished for the aforesaid reason - the dismal privacy which the earthen circle enforced, shutting out every appreciative passer's vision, every commendatory remark from outsiders - everything, except the sky; and to play at games in such circumstances was like acting to an empty house. Henchard had chosen this spot for meeting his long-lost wife. As Mayor of the town, with a reputation to keep up, he could not invite her to come to his house till some definite course had been decided on.(498 words) Adapted from: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (1886)
1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly:
(a) What was the name given by the locals to the ancient Amphitheatre at Casterbridge?
1.2 Choose the meaning of the words/phrases given below from the given options:
(a) Concealed (Para 1))
(b) Hoary (Para 2)
(c) Pugilistic encounters (Para 3)
(i) vindictive meetings
(d) Secluded (Para 3)
2 Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: Across the Kashmir Valley and over the famous Zoji La pass lies Ladakh - the Land of High Passes. It is a magical land, completely different from the green landscape of many other parts of the Himalayas. It is nature at an extreme. A land of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight, Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape.
This region once formed part of the erstwhile Kingdom of Ladakh, believed to have been inhabited by the early colonizers of Ladakh - the Indo-Aryan Mons from across the Himalayan range, the Darads from the extreme western Himalayas, and the itinerant nomads from the Tibetan highlands. Also, its valleys, by virtue of their contiguity with Kashmir, Kishtwar and Kulu, served as the initial receptacles of successive ethnic and cultural waves emanating from across the Great Himalayan range. Thus, while the Mons are believed to have carried north-Indian Buddhism to these highland valleys, the Darads and Baltis of the lower Indus Valley are credited with the introduction of farming and the Tibetans with the tradition of herding. The aridity of Ladakh is due to its location in the rain shadow area of the Great Himalayas, as well as because of its elevation and the radiation of heat from the bare soil. The most striking physical feature of Ladakh, however, is the parallelism of its mountain ranges. In Ladakh, large rivers and their tributaries have carved deep gorges far below their steep banks. However, their water is not of much use, as the terraced fields lie high above the gorges. The region is extremely dry, with rainfall as low as 10 cm each year. These valleys sustain an exclusively agrarian population of about 80,000 people who cultivate the land available along the course of the drainage system, wherever sources for artificial irrigation are available. The majority of the population is Muslim. Descendants of missionaries of Kashmir who introduced Islam, locally called Aghas, still hold sway over the population, perpetuating the faith even as ancient folk traditions with Buddhist and animistic undertones are palpably present. Many folk traditions, particularly those connected with the agricultural cycle, are still followed with subdued reverence.
During the last decade a gradual change in the tourist's perception of Ladakh has come about, thanks to the growing mystique of the Himalayas and a burgeoning interest in adventure tourism worldwide. As a result of this change in perception there has been a steady increase in the number of tourists to the Western flank of Ladakh, which comprises several river valleys. Chief among these are the spectacular valleys of Suru and Zanskar, nestling along the foothills of the main range of the Greater Himalayas; the smaller lateral valleys of Dras and Wakha-Mulbek, as also of Chiktan (still in the restricted zone) constitute important subsidaries. Drained and formed by the southeastern tributaries of the high Indus, these valleys constitute the district of Kargil.
The itinerary of the average tourist to Ladakh begins with a tour of Leh, the ancient capital and principal township of Ladakh. It invariably includes visits to a selection of monasteries located along a stretch of the Central Indus Valley, between the spectacular monastery of Lamayuru in the west and the prestigious establishment of Hemis in the east. Some take to trekking along the lateral valleys, especially in Markha, but few venture out of the confines of the central Indus valley, which represents Ladakh's heartland.
(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary-minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it.
(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words.
SECTION : B
(Writing and Grammar )
3 The Drama Club of KMN International School is staging an adaptation of the popular Shakespearean tragedy, Julius Caesar, the proceeds of which will be used for a charitable cause. Design a visually appealing poster for this in about 50-60 words. Include all relevant details.
You are Komal/Karan, the Sports Captain of Rose Public School, Chandigarh. Your school has decided to allow students to use the swimming pool during the summer vacations. There will also be specialized coaching for beginners. Draft a notice in about 50-60 words informing students about this. Include all relevant details.
4 You are Ramesh/Rashmi of 151 Chandan Nagar, Delhi. Write a letter in about 120-150 words to the Manager, Elvys Crockery Store, Delhi, placing an order of crockery and cutlery for your newly opened restaurant.
You are Karuna/Kailash staying at B-101, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi. You find it inspiring that hill stations in India, like Ooty implement a strict ban on polythene bags which helps in preserving the natural beauty of the place. Write a letter in about 120-150 words to the Editor of a national daily expressing your views on how people in the city can learn from this and be more active in prevention of environmental degradation. Also suggest ways to mobilise city dwellers for being eco-friendly.
5 You are Neerja/Nitin, a reporter with ABVP News India, posted at Ghaziabad. You are one of the first group of reporters who reached the accident site near the Gajraula toll booth where a luxury bus with 54 foreign passengers on board from Delhi met with a head on collision with a water tanker. Write a report in about 150-200 words for the newspaper giving details of loss of life and damage caused.
You are Satish/Saba, associated with an NGO which works to uplift the socioeconomic conditions of child labourers by counselling their parents and helping them to go to school. Write an article in about 150–200 words on the role of literacy in eradicating the evil practice of child labour from society.
6 On the occasion of World Health Day prepare a speech in about 150-200 words for the morning assembly on healthy eating habits in the face of a fast paced stressful lifestyle.
Your school has invited you to address your former school mates during a special assembly after you have successfully cleared the UPSC Civil Services Examination with top honours. Prepare your speech in 150-200 words, motivating and giving them tips on how to achieve success in the examination.
(A) Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences.
(a) courage / history/ women / change/have the / mankind's/ to /the/course of.
(b) equal/ women/ no true / decision making/ at all/there can/ governance and development / participation of / levels of/ be /without
(c) limits/ for/success/ any/ women/I / key/think/ set/ the /to/ is/ to not
(B) The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the error and the correction in your answer book against the correct blank number. Underline the word you have supplied.
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NCERT Science Question Paper (Class-9)
Chapter 1 Matter In Our Surroundings
Question 1. Which of the following are matter? Chair, air, love, smell, hate, almonds, thought, cold, colddrink, smell of perfume.
(a) 300 K
(a) Naphthalene balls disappear with time without leaving any solid.
(a) water at room temperature is a liquid.
Chapter 2 Is Matter Around Us Pure
Question 1. What is meant by a pure substance?
(i) butter from curd
Question 10. Try segregating the things around you as pure substances or mixtures. NCERT Solutions Intext Questions Page no.
(a) Sodium chloride from its solution in water.
(a) What mass of potassium nitrate would be needed to produce a saturated solution of potassium nitrate in 50 grams of water at 313 K?
(a) saturated solution
(a) Salt solution
(a) Growth of a plant
Chapter 3 Atoms and Molecules
Quetion 1. In a reaction, 5.3 g of sodium carbonate reacted with 6 g of ethanoic acid. The products were 2.2 g of carbon = dioxide, 0.9 g water and 8.2 g of sodium ethanoate. Show that theseobservations are in agreement with the law of conservation of mass. sodium carbonate + ethanoic acid → sodium ethanoate + carbon dioxide + water
(i) H2S molecule and
(i) sodium oxide
Question 14. If one mole of carbon atoms weighs 12 gram, what is the mass (in gram) of 1 atom of carbon?
(a) Magnesium chloride
(a) Quick lime
(a) Ethyne, C2H2
(a) 1 mole of nitrogen atoms?
(a) 12 g of oxygen gas
(a) 0.2 mole of oxygen atoms?
Chapter 4 Structure of The Atom
Question 1. What are canal rays?
(i) Atomic number
(a) J.J. Thomson proposed that the nucleus of an atom contains only nucleons.
(a) Atomic Nucleus
(a) the same physical properties
Chapter 5 The Fundamental Unit of Life
Question 1. Who discovered cells, and how?
(a) Keep cup A empty
Chapter 7 Diversity In Living Organisms
Question 1. Why do we classify organisms?
(a) The place where they live.
Chapter 8 Motion
Question 1. An object has moved through a distance. Can it have zero displacement? If yes, support your answer with an example.
(a) It cannot be zero.
(i) uniform acceleration?
(a) The speed acquired,
(a) from A to B and
Chapter 9 Force and Laws of Motion
Question 1. Which of the following has more inertia:
(a) a rubber ball and a stone of the same size?
(a) the batsman did not hit the ball hard enough.
(a) the net accelerating force
Chapter 10 Gravitation
Question 1. State the universal law of gravitation.
(i) the mass of one object is doubled?
(i) the maximum height to which it rises,
(a) the velocity with which it was thrown up,
Chapter 11 Work And Energy
Question 1. A force of 7 N acts on an object. The displacement is, say 8 m, in the direction of the force (Fig. 11.3). Let us take it that the force acts on the object through the displacement. What is the work done in this case?
Question 2. An object thrown at a certain angle to the ground moves in a curved path and falls back to the ground. The initial and the final points of the path of the object lie on the same horizontal line. What is the work done by the force of gravity on the object?
Question 9. A certain household has consumed 250 units of energy during a month. How much energy is this in joules?
Question 21. A freely falling object eventually stops on reaching the ground. What happenes to its kinetic energy?
Chapter 12 Sound
Question 1. Explain how sound is produced by your school bell.
Chapter 13 Why Do We Fall Ill
Question 1. State any two conditions essential for good health.
Question 6. Why are we normally advised to take bland and nourishing food when we are sick?
(a) Think of one change you could make in your habits in order to avoid any of/most of the above illnesses.
(a) that the baby is sick?
(a) when she is recovering from malaria.
(a) when you are taking examinations.
Chapter 14 Natural Resources
Question 1. How is our atmosphere different from the atmospheres on Venus and Mars?
Chapter 15 Improvement In Food Resources
Question 1. What do we get from cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables?
(a) Farmers use high-quality seeds, do not adopt irrigation or use fertilizers.
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