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Section – A (Reading)

Q.1) Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it: (2016)

The Jataka Stories recount the many previous births of the Buddha in human and animal lives. In all there are 547 stories, originally told by the Buddha to his disciples. They were written down in Pali Language around 400 B.C. and absorbed into the Buddhist Canon not long ago after his death. The stories show the progression of his lives through many incarnations, gradually acquiring the wisdom, selflessness and thoughtfulness which eventually lead to enlightenment. In each birth he performed some meritorious deed to bring him spiritual progress. Here is one of his stories.

A hare once lived in the forest with his animal friends, the jackal, the otter and the monkey. The animal respected the hare as he was wise and gentle. One day he said that they should all fast and give whatever food they gathered to whoever needed it. So the monkey found ripe mangoes, the jackal found a Lizard and a pot of milk and the otter found a fish. But the hare could not find any food and vowed that if anyone is hungry, he would offer him his own body. His tremendous vow was heard by the earth herself, who told Sakka, Lord of the devas. He decided to test the hare.

Sakka entered the forest disguised as a beggar and asked hare for food. ‘Please eat my body’ -the hare replied without hesitation.

So, Sakka built fire and the hare willingly ran into the flames. Feeling no pain, he rose upto heaven. In gratitude Sakka ,drew an image of hare on the moon  for everyone to see and remember the hare’s self sacrifice.

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Q. 1. Jataka stories are related to the previous incarnations of ….._….. (l)

    1. Lord Krishna                     (ii) Mahavee r

(iii) Datatreya                        (iv) Gautam Buddha.


Q.2. The stories are written in ……………. (1)

    1. Sanskrit                          (ii) Pali

(iii) Prakrat                        (iv) Awadhi.

Q.3.  The wise animal was……………….:

(i)    Monkey

(iii) Hare

(ii) Otter

(iv) Jackal.


Q.4 . Sakka entered the forest in disguise …….. .. . : (1)

    1. a beggar      (ii) a monk
    2. a fakir          (iv) a
  •  Q.5. The Jataka Stories contain …………….. (1)

(i)   547                                        (ii) 457

(iii) 754                                        (iv) 745.

Q. 6. .Word ‘ previous ‘ relates to……………… :                                                                                                       (1)

  • Present (ii) Past
  • Future .
  • Q.7. Monkey found……..as food to be given to a needy (1)
    1. Bananas                   (iii) Guavas
    2. Ripe mangoes       (iv) oranges
  • Q.8. The Jataka stories were written in…… (1)
    1. 400BC (ii) 400AD (iii)420BC (iv)420AD


Q.9 What reward did Sakka give to hare for his self sacrifice? (2)
Q.10. What do Jataka stories show you? (2)

Unseen Passage 2

1.  Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it:


Because our eyes are so valuable to us both for work and for play, it is important that we should take very great care of them. By using our eyes foolishly it is possible to damage them so severely that they never fully recover. For this reason, it is wise to observe a few simple rules, especially when reading, writing or doing other close work such as making models.


Whatever work we are doing there should always be enough light. It should be sufficiently strong and should at the same time be, evenly spread. If we are writing we should be in such a position that the hand which holds the pen does not cast a shadow on the paper, where the letters are being formed. Very strong light should be avoided since it is tiring for eyes, particularly when reflected from a sheet of white paper.


When reading or writing it is best to sit straight, but quite comfortably, and to have the page about twelve inches from the eyes. Never look directly at a very bright


light, such as the sun or a welder’s arc, unless you have thick dark glass to look through. Lights as bright as these can quickly damage the retina beyond repair.



  • Eyes are             valuable             to             us             :                    [1]

(i) for work (ii) for play (iii) for work and play (iv) none of these.


  • By using      our      eyes      foolishly      it      is      possible      to:           [1]

(i) protect them (ii) neglect them. (iii) damage them severely (iv) none of these.


  • The word       ‘observe’       in       the       passage       means       :             [1]

(i) break (ii) follow (iii) ignore (iv) see.


  • Whatever work    we    are    doing    there    should    be    enough    :                   [1]

(i) air (ii) sound (iii) noise (iv) light.


  • Very strong     light     should     be     avoided     since     it     is     :             [1]

(i) tiring for the eyes (ii) comfortable for the eyes (iii) does not affect our eyes (iv) All the above.


  • The verb             form              of‘simple’              is:                    [1]

(i) simple (ii) simplify (iii) simplicity (iv) None of these.


  • Whatever work      we      are      doing      there      should      be      :                     [1]

(i) enough light (ii) sufficiently strong light (iii) evenly spread light (iv) All of these.


  • While reading or writing the page should be……..from the eyes. [1]
  • twelve inches (ii) twenty inches (iii) two inches (iv) twenty-two


(i)    Why    we    should    not    look    directly    at    a    very    bright    light?        [2]

(j) What care should we take while reading or writing? [2]


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  1. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below it:


  • Destruction of forests has a major impact on the productivity of our croplands. This happens in two ways. Soil erosion increases manifold and the soil literally gets washed away, leading to an accentuated cycle of floods and droughts. But equally important is the impact of the shortage of firewood on the productivity of croplands. When firewood becomes scarce, people begin to burn cow dung and crop wastes. In many places cow dung and crop wastes are now the major sources of cooking energy. Thus, slowly every part of the plant gets used and nothing goes back to the soil. Over a period of time this nutrient drain affects crop productivity. Add to this the technology of the Green Revolution, the technology of growing high yielding varieties on a limited diet of chemical fertilizers like nitrogen, phosphates and potash. The total biomass production goes up and so does the drain of the nutrients from the



  • Make notes in points, from the above passage, using abbreviations, where necessary and              supply a                    suitable    title                 [5]
  • Write a summary of the above passage in about 90 words. [3]



Life is not a bed of roses, but a bed of thorns. It is full of dangers and difficulties. In the race of life, we should not be afraid of the risk which is but natural. Success in any work in life goes to those persons who welcome risk. Science would not have made such wounderful achievements if our scientists had not risked their lives and comforts. The more difficult a work is. the harder should be our efforts to perform it. Life is not a smooth sailing. Petty difficulties frighten a weak heart, who is not prepared to take a risk. But brave hearts achieve fame and honour because they enjoy taking risks. In short, risk brings success and works miracles.



  • Make notes in points, from the above passage, using abbreviations, where necessary and supply a suitable title also. [5]
  • Write a summary of the above passage in about 90 words. [3]

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Section – B (Writing )

Q 3. Advertisement / Notice / Poster


(I) You are B. Reddy of Bhopal. You want to let out a house. Write out an advertisement to be published in the classified column of a newspaper. [5]


  1. You are Ankit Gupta. You have found a school bag in your school Prepare a ‘Lost and Found’ notice.(2016)


  1. You are Alok Gupta, the secretary of the cultural activities of your school. Draft a notice giving information about the selection of two participants from your school to take part in the inter-school debate


  1. Prepare a poster on ‘Say no to Drugs’.(2016,2018)


  1. Design an attractive and instructive poster of the Delhi Police to educate and warn the people against-unclaimed articles like dolls, tiffin boxes, suitcases, bags, transistors, mobiles lying in public places/trains/buses.

(VI) Your father has been transferred to another city. You want to sell certain household goods design a suitable advertisement to be published in local newspaper.


  1. VI) You are Aishwarya Patel, student of class XII of Govt.HSS, Dhar. You have found a tiffin box in the school play ground. Prepare a notice for school notice board.
  • With the help of the clues given, design a poster in a suitable box entitled ‘Don’t be Cruel to Animals’.

Love them, feed them, shelter them ,save animals, save the earth

  1. design an attractive poster with catchy slogans on ‘Blood Donation Camp’.


Q.4. Formal Letter                                                                       [6]

  1. With the help of the following words given below produce a write up on ‘NSS Camp’

1.NSS Camp in Rampur village                                            (2016)

2.100 volunteers 3.Planting of trees 4.cleaning of drains

  1. Adult literacy classes


  1. Produce a write up on Value of Games
  2. Necessary for life 2.Removes monotony 3.Make our body healthy 4.Learning good habits

5.Develop quality and brotherhood


  1. You have witnessed an accident. Write a report for a newspaper in 100 words about the accident using the following details;

Where, when and how did the accident happen People, vehicle involved, loss of life and property

The scene of accident,details of causalities-deaths, injured ,hospitalized


  1. You are Kamal as a responsible citizen you have organized a campaign on ‘Say No to Polythene Bags’ in your locality. Write a report using the following input;
  2. campaign in our locality
  3. disastrous effects of polythene
  • chokes the sewage system
  1. to make public aware of its harm
  2. to make locality polythene free


  1. Last Monday you went to the hospital to see your friend who was admitted there. Using the following input produce a small write up on ‘A visit to a hospital’


(i) registration counter (ii) people in front of doctors room (iii) surgical ward (iv) nurses attending (v) medical ward-patients lying on their beds


Q5. Formal Letter            [6]

  1. Write a letter to M/s Deepali stationary mart,New market, Ratlam asking them to send their rates and terms of supply of stationary items


  1. Write a letter to the collector of your district about the lack of facilities and malfunctioning of the government hospital of your


  1. Write a letter to the collector of your district about the nuisance of loudspeakers in your area requesting him to impose a ban on the use of


  1. Write an application to the principal of your school requesting him to issue a character


  1. You are Mohan student of class XII Govt. Higher Secondary School, Dewas Write an application to the Principal requesting him to issue you School Leaving Certificate/Transfer Certificate as you have to submit it in the office of Collector for your selection in revenue department.


  1. You are Aditi Pal residing at 53 Vikas Nagar, Ujjain. Write a letter to the Post master, complaining against the Post man of your area


  • In Formal Latter [6]
  1. Write a letter to your brother telling him how you have spent you summer vacation.


  1. You are Bharat Singh residing at 192, Dwaraka Colony, Bhind. Write a letter to your friend Harish congratulating him on his brilliant success in higher secondary certificate


  1. Write a letter to your friend advising him to study English, Maths, General Knowledge and reasoning for competitive


  1. Write a letter to your father requesting him to send you Rs 1000/- to purchase books/school and hostel fee


  1. Write a letter to your friend inviting him on your elder brother’s/sister’s marriage


  1. Write a letter to your father requesting him to permit you to attend the tour to Mandu.


  • Composition [7]

Write an article on ‘Man, Computer and Mobile’ for your school magazine using following inputs ;

  1. So many technical devices
  2. computer: a great invention
  • stores large data
  1. a reliable device
  2. mobile: a basic necessity
  3. wonderful various purposes
  • internet: a home of knowledge


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Write an essay on any one of the following topics in about 250 words:

  • Science : A Blessing or A Curse
  • The Problem of Unemployment
  • Value of Games and Sports
  • Pollution Problem: A Great Challenge
  • Festivals of India
  • COVID-19


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Section-c Grammar

  • Fill in the blanks- [5]
  1. I have seen …. (much, many) (2016)
  2. The boy…. The bird.(catch/catches/catchs) 3……knowledge is a dangerous thing.(a little/little/few)
  3. I think it ….. rain (may/might/can’t)
  4. There are…. precious books in the (much/any/some)
  5. My brother is——- engineer. (the I an I a)
  6. Did you buy——– sugar from the shop? (any I some)


  1. I don’t like——– of them. (either I neither)


  1. You——- stop smoking. (must I should)



  1. We are going——– a match

(playing/to play/played)



  1. My friend lives ……… New (in/at/into)


  1. Work hard lest you ……… fail.(would/ could/should)
  2. Ram prefers milk….tea. (at /to/than)
  3. David is……European.(a/ an/the)
  4. I have…………. (much/many)

16………………. Ramayan is a sacred book(A/An/The)

  1. My grandmother is hard………. hearing.(of /to/on)

18………….. God bless you! with a doughter.(Can/Could/May)

  1. The building has………. down (falling/fallen/fall)
  2. He distributed sweets……… children(among/between)


  • Do as directed- [5]
  1. His brother sold all the gold.(Make question with ‘How much’)
  2. I know the boy.(Change the voice) 3.(a) He is my

(b) He is wearing a red shirt.( Combine to make relative clause)

  1. He is so weak that he cannot walk.( Rewrite using ‘too…to)
  2. The child cried for milk. ( Change into Past Continuous tense)
  3. (a) He gets salary.

(b) He starts spending it.( combine using ‘No sooner….than’)

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  1. Raju/write/can/either/with/hand. (Arrange the jumbled words into a meaningful sentence)
  2. He makes tea.(Change the voice)
  3. As soon as he closed his eyes, the telephone rang.(Rewrite using ‘No sooner…than’ in place of ‘As soon as’)
  4. They were playing football.(Change into simple present tense)
  5. a/apple/an/day/the/keeps/away/doctor.(Rearrange the words to make a meaningful sentence)
  6. He does his duty.(Change into negative) 13.a) The fan is
  7. b) I cannot touch it.(Combine using ‘so….that’)
  8. If you do not work hard, you will fail.( Rewrite using ‘ Unless’ in place of ‘If ’) 15.a) Sita does not sing.
  9. b) She does not dance.( join sentences using ‘neither….nor) 16.Mr. Gupta teaches Hindi.(Change the voice)
  10. She can’t afford it. She buys a car.(combine the sentences using non finite clause )


  1. They (watch) television since morning(supply the correct tense of the verb in the bracket)
  2. We are playing football.( Change the voice)
  3. We saw a very good film yesterday.(Change the voice)
  4. The student is very fast. He can win the race.(Combine sentences using ‘so…that’)

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Section D


Q.   Extract from the poetry-


  1. Teach me to listen ,

Lord To those far from me

The whisper of the hopeless

The plea of the forgotten

The cry of the anguished.



  1. A word similar in meaning to ‘hear’ [1]
  2. i) pear ii) near iii) listen
  3. The opposite word of ‘near’ is… [1]
  4. i) far ii) clear iii) fear
  5. Give the name of the poem from which these lines have been taken. [1]


  1. Teach me to listen, Lord To Those nearest me

My family,my friends, my co-workers

Help me to be aware that

No matter what words I hear The message is,

‘Accept the person I am, Listen to me’



  • What is the same meaning of the word ‘Listen’?       (a)peer (b) dear      (c) hear
  • What is the opposite of the word ‘friend’?          (a)  enemy (b) co-worker        (c) oppressed
  • Name the Poem?


3    Can I admire the statue great

When living men starve at its feet?

Can I admire the park’s green tree,

A roof for homeless misery ?

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  1. Name the poet……
    1. Sri Aurobindo ii) W.H. Davies iii) William Rands
    2. Give the meaning of the word ‘ starve’…1. die of hunger ii)labour hard iii) work comfortably
    3. Why does the poet say that he cannot admire the statue great?


4.  Some words have different meanings, and yet they are spelt the same.

A cricket is an insect, to play it it’s a game.

On every hand, in every land, it’s thoroughly agreed,

The English language to explain, Is very hard indeed

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  1. Find out the opposite of ‘different’ [1]
    1. Same b) difficult   c) hard
  2. An insect and a game can be called……. [1]
    1. chess b) hockey      c) cricket
  3. What is thoroughly agreed? [1]


5. The wonderful air is over

And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree.

It walks on the water, and whirls the mills

And talks to itself on the tops of hills.



  1. The opposite of the word ‘bottom’ is
    1. Wonderful b) top            c) whirl
  2. The word that rhymes with ‘tree’ is
    1. will b) me           c) mill
  • Name the


6. Yet dear is far from cheap.

A jumper is a thing you wear.

Yet a jumper has to

It’s very clear,

it’s very queer.

and pray who is to blame

for different meanings to some words

Pronounced and spelt the same?


Questions :


  1. What is the opposite of the word ‘dear’?
    1. Costly b) cheap                 c) precious
  2. The word ‘Jumper’ has two meanings. It’s one meaning is one who jumps. What is its second meaning?
    1. loose outer garment b) strange     c) different
  • Name the poem?


7. Wise were the human hands that set her there Above the world and Times dominion;

The Soul of all that lives calm,pure,alone, Revealed its boundless self mystic and bare




  1. What is the synonym of the word ‘Soul’?

(a) Infinite              (b) spirit                 (c) mystic

  1. What is the opposite word of ‘Pure’?

(a) Impure              (b) secure               (c) sure

  • Name the poet of the poem?

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Q. 11.Answer any two of the following questions: (4)

  1. Why does the poet regard earth as a friend?
  2. Who are the people far from us?
  3. What are the two meanings of the word ‘cricket’?
  4. What kind of life does the poet find in the woods?
  5. Whom does the poet wish to trust?
  6. How can one reach the temple?
  7. What is the attire of the earth?
  8. What is the difference between a selfish and a helpless man?
  9. Why does the forest envy the river?
  10. What did the poet see when he reached the temple?
  11. What is the kingdom of water?

12.What is the forest’s complaint about its life?

13.How does the river praise the forest?

14.Why does the river consider its journey meaningless?

15.What other meaning does the word ‘ball’ have?

16.What happens when you slam the a door?

17.How is copper used in a kitchen?

18.What makes the poet think that man is God’s greatest creation?


Q.12. Answer any seven of the following questions:          [14]

  1. What disability did Mini have?
  2. What is the best way to disarm hostility?
  3. How was the bird fed?
  4. Who was Swami Arvasu?
  5. What did Birju see when he peeped inside the hut?
  6. What was Mini doing in the balcony?
  7. What miracle did the sage and his followers witnessed the next morning?
  8. Who were the first visitors to the farm?
  9. Why did Mohan name his ass truck sa’ab’?
  10. What instructions did the girl’s parents give when they saw her off?
  11. What was Swami Arvasu doing under the banyan tree?
  12. Why did Kanchhedi say he beat up Ghasi?
  13. What happens if we prejudge people and future events?
  14. What was the ‘ball’ that in Mini’s lap?
  15. Write two ways in which the crows irritated the author
  16. Where did Ghasi find the ass?
  17. What is the meaning of the word spastic?
  18. What was Ghasi’s complaint to the panchayat?
  19. Why did the neighbourhood children not become friendly with her?
  20. What should we never despise anyone for?
  21. What happened when Birju went to collect firewood?
  22. What did the author mean ‘a safe remark’?
  23. Why do you think Mini named the bird ‘Mitra’?


Q.13 Answer any one of the following questions :-                                                                                   [4]

1.What is the difference between playmates and schoolmates?

  1. Describe the duck’s farewell.
  2. Do you think that the author was blind by birth? Justify your answer from the hints given in the
  3. ’Explain, True equality is the only true morality or true wisdom’
  4. Why did the Sarpanch say he considered an ass more reliable than a man?
  5. Do you think that the title of the story ‘Ends and Means’ is suitable to its content?
  6. Who do you think the story is about, Mini or the duck?Why?


Q.14. Answer any four of the following questions:            [8]

  1. What are distilled books like?
  2. What makes a team whole?
  3. Why must we take risk?
  4. What does the poet say about past and future
  5. Who will certainly reach to Lord Krishna?
  6. Which is the world’s highest waterfall and where is it?
  7. How does the author compare the crafty, simple and wise men?
  8. What accounts for beauty in yourself?
  9. Why is the Gita beyond the mere intellect?
  10. How is the ‘Angel Falls’ compared to ‘Niagara Falls’?
  11. Where have we come from to build our nation?
  12. How can one reach to have a look at the Angel ?
  13. What is ‘the Angel Canyon’? And what is the ‘Churun River’?
  14. Who can plan and carry out the things in a better way?
  15. What is idleness according to the author ?
  16. What do people do for their harvest?
  17. How can you say that nature’s bounty is boundless?
  18. What helps plants create colours and variety of tastes?
  19. Why is our society passing through changes in its value system?
  20. How much does the heart work in a day?
  21. When does the heart get rest? How much does it rest in a day?
  22. Give a few examples of words that are ‘happy’ and words that are ‘sad’.



15 Answer any one of the following questions :- [4]

  1. Write the central idea of the poem ‘The Risk’
  2. Write the central idea of the poem’ The Psalm of Life’
  3. Write the central idea of the poem’ We are the Future’
  4. In what categories does the author divide the books?
  5. Summarize the poem ‘Words’ in about 80
  6. Write the central idea of the poem ‘Beauty’
  7. Describe the importance of ‘Gita’ in 80
  8. What do you understand by do’s and don’ts?

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