12th HSC English Sample Paper 5



Time: 3 Hours

1. Section I: Prose

2. (Reading for Comprehension, Language Study, Grammar, Note making, Mind mapping)

Q.1. (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below:

He sat under the boughs of a spreading tamarind tree which flanked a path running through the Town Hall Park. It was a remarkable place in many ways. A surging crowd was always moving up and down this narrow road from morning till night. A variety of trades and occupations was represented all along its way: medicine sellers, sellers of stolen hardware and junk, magicians and above all, an auctioneer of cheap cloth, who created enough din all day to attract the whole town. Next to him in vociferousness came a vendor of fried groundnut, who gave his ware a fancy name each day, calling it “Bombay Ice Cream” one day and on the next “Delhi Almond,” and on the third “Raja’s Delicacy,” and so on and so forth, and people flocked to him. A considerable portion of this crowd dallied before the astrologer too. The astrologer transacted his business by the light of a flare which crackled and smoked up above the groundnut heap nearby. Half the enchantment of the place was due to the fact that it did not have the benefit of municipal lighting. The place was lit up by shop lights. One or two had hissing gaslights, some had naked flares stuck on poles, some were lit up by old cycle lamps, and one or two, like the astrologer, managed without lights of their own. It was a bewildering crisscross of light rays and moving shadows. This suited the astrologer very well, for the simple reason that he had not in the least intended to be an astrologer when he began life; and he knew no more of what was going to happen to others than he knew what was going to happen to himself next minute.

A1. In the story, it is told that the town Hall Park was a remarkable place in many ways for an astrologer to build his business. List the exceptional qualities of the place.

A2. The astrologer never opened his mouth till the other had spoken for at least ten minutes. Tell the reasons behind his act.

A3. Complete the following :

A4. Suggest some steps to eradicate superstitions and other ill practices from our society.

A5. Do as directed :

  1. Avariety of trades andoccupations was represented all along its way. (Rewrite beginning with IT…………)
  2. He had not intended to be an astrologer (Rewrite as an affirmative sentence)

A6. Give noun forms of the following words: surging moving manage intend

(B) Language Study

B1. Do as directed/Transformation of sentences:

  1. The king………..Kashipur decided to go everywhere ……..disguise. (Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions)
  2. There was …………article in ………Times of India about this critical issue. (Fill in the blanks with suitable articles)
  3. Many promises have been given inspite of the drawbacks. (Frame a Wh-question to get the answer underlined)

B2. Spot the error in the given sentence and rewrite the correct sentence:

Radha brought pens and distributed them between her five children.

Q.2. (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below:

Often students who are fond of reading books are labelled by their comrades as book-worms. Boys who shine in athletics or in the playing of some game, consider that the games field is a better or nobler arena for their activities and the expenditure of their energies than the classroom or the reading desk. The idea is born out of an inferiority complex inherent in the games minded students who actually envy their fellows who shine academically. Academic honours have a glamour which is unique.

It is not to be denied that the playing of games is a worthy activity. It is worthy in the sense that the team spirit can be engendered in the invididual only if he has learnt to participate in the playing of games. It is also true that the player does much for society and for his country on the playing field. It is true that the feeling of cooperation can be cultivated in a person only through group activity. But studies should not be sacrificed in order that students devote their time only to the playing of games.

Let each type of activity have its own place in our daily round and then only the balanced division of interests will produce an individual with a proper perspective of things.

A1. Complete the following:

Write the qualities that can be acquired through games:

A2. Gamesters call academically bright students bookworms’. Give reasons for it.

A3. Write the message that the writer wants to convey through the extract.

A4. The writer says, ‘Academic honours have a glamour which is unique’. Do you agree with it ? Justify your answer.

A5. Do as directed :

  1. The games field is a better or nobler arena for their activities than the classroom. (Rewrite in positive degree)
  2. The team spirit can be engendered in the individual only if he has learnt to participate in the playing of games. (Rewrite as a negative sentence)

A6. Complete the following table :

Verb Noun Adjective
. envy .
produce . .


(a) Permanent source of income for govt.


(B) Summary Writing:

Write the summary of the above extract with a suitable title, with the help of the given points / hints. gamesters-tease ……….. academically ……….. brilliant ……… students-qualities through games goal of education go hand in hand.

(C) Note making / Mind mapping:

Draw a tree-diagram that contains the main points and supporting details from the extract.

In order to provide a nation with an adequate supply of such social necessities as roads, hospitals and schools, a government must have a permanent source of income. It gets its essential income by the device of taxation, that is to say,it extracts compulsory contributions from the population in order to give them back in the form of social benefits. Naturally, if the government wishes to devote more money to the development of such facilities, it must increase its income and the only way to do this is by devising further means of taxation.

It is not possible in all types of tax to draw up different rates according to income and it is for this reason that two types of tax exist-direct and indirect. Direct taxes are those in which the tax payers pay the contribution directly to the government such as income tax, excess profit tax and death duty. Indirect taxes such as tobacco duty, sales tax and entertainment tax, are paid by the tax payer when he buys certain goods or services.

Now, complete the following tree-diagram.

3. Section II : Poetry

4. (Poetry and Appreciation)

Q.3. (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below:

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

The earth, that is sufficient.

I do not want the constellations any nearer,

I know they are very well where they are,

I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,

I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,

I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,

I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

A1. Write four lines from the extract showing that the poet is prepared to enjoy every moment of his journey.





A2. The poet is a person who is free from all inhibitions. Elaborate the concept of freedom expressed in the extract.

A3. Explain the metaphorical concept of ‘road’ used in the extract.

A4. Write two examples of the figure of speech ‘Climax’ from the extract

A5. Use the following words and compose two to four lines on ‘The Road that leads to my college [bag of books, bright sun, travel, pain]

(B) Appreciation

Read the extract and write the appreciation based on the aspects given bleow:

When I had money, money, O!

I knew no joy till I went poor;

For many a false man as a friend

Came knocking all day at my door.

Then felt I like a child that holds

A trumpet that he must not blow

Because a man is dead; I dared

Not speak to let this false world know.

Much have I thought of life, and seen How poor men’s hearts are ever lights; And how their wives do hum like bees About their work from morn till night.

So, when I hear these poor ones laugh, And see the rich ones coldly frown Poor men, think I, need not go up You may use the following points for writing the appreciation in about 100-150 words.

  • About the poem, significance of the title.
  • The form of the poem, theme and its significance.
  • Poetic style, language features/poetic devices.
  • Inspirational message, values, morals reflected in the poem.
  • Special features.
  • Your opinion and critical evaluation of the poem.

5. Section III : Writing Skills

Q. 4. Complete the activities as per the instructions given below :

(A) Attempt any ONE of the following:

Drafting virtual messages/statement of purpose / group discussion.

Using information from the dialogue given below, write the message which Amrita left for her brother, Sourajit.

Shekhar : Is this 9850852345 ?

Amrita : Yes. May I know who is speaking?

Shekhar : I am Shekhar and want to speak to Sourajit. I am his friend from I.H.M. Dadar.

Amrita : I am his sister Sourajit is not at home at the moment. Can you ring up a little later?

Shekhar : I shall be a little busy. Actually, I have got a placement at the Hotel Veena Resort in Goa and will join with immediate effect. So right now I am trying to get all the formalities completed. This is the news that I wanted to give him. Will you do that for me? Also tell him that I will let him know my new cell phone numbers as soon as I get one.

Amrita : I’ll do that Bye and all the best.

Amrita had to leave for office, so she wrote a note to Sourajit. Draft her message in not more than 50 words.

6. OR

You must have decided your aim in life. Which institute/ university would you like to join for your diploma a graduation? Write a statement of purpose as a part of your application to the institute / university.


Rama, Asif, Rachana and Aarav are participating in a group discussion. The evaluator has given them a topic ‘Teenagers are more inclined towards junk food now. a-days. Write suitable dialogues for each participant giving his/her opinion on the topic and the conclusion they reach at.

(B) Attempt any ONE of the following:

You visited the Book Exhibition held at S.P. Ground, Pune. Using the hints given below, write an e-mail to your friend about your experience.

(a) Very big and grand exhibition

(b) All types of books

(c) Special discounts offered

(d) A feast for reader


7. Report Writing:

Prepare a report on the prize distribution of yours college for your college magazine. Take help of the following points:

(a) Decoration of the Assembly Hall

(b) Nature of prizes

(c) Speech of the chief guest

(d) Feelings of awardees

(e) Add your own points



You are the Sports Representative of your college and asked to interview a professional swimmer. Frame a set of 8 to 10 questions to interview him. Use the following points:

(a) Introduction

(b) Remarkable experience

(c) Physical warm up

(d) Favourite event

(e) Conclusion

(C) Attempt any ONE of the following: Speech:

Write a speech on ‘Social Media : Good or Bad’ in about 100-150 words.


8. Compering:

Imagine that you are a compere of ‘Book Release Programme’ Prepare a script for compering the programme with the help of the following points in about words.

(a) Introduction

(b) Lighting the lamp

(c) Introduction of guest and felicitation

(d) Introductory note by the publisher

(e) Speech of the author (f) Speech of the chief guest

(g) Vote of thanks


Expansion of an ideas:

Expand the following idea in about 100-150 words.

‘If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

(D) Attempt any ONE of the following:


Review :

Write a review of any historical film of you choice, with the help of the following points :

(a) Significance of the title

(b) Year of release

(c) Story line/Theme

(d) Actions / Music and songs

(e) Setting / Location

(f) Producer and Director


9. Blog Writing:

Write a blog in proper format in about 100-150 words in ‘Man V/s Nature’ with the help of the following points:

(a) Behaviour of man with nature

(b) Role played by man in nature

(c) Importance of nature

(d) Side effects if trees are unavailable

(e) Add your own points

10. OR


Prepare an appeal on the topic ‘A Cleanliness Drive’, with the help of the following points:

(a) Need of cleanliness

(b) Importance of cleanliness

(c) Catchy slogans

(d) Venue, date and time

(e) Add your own points

11. Section IV : Literary Genre-Novel

Q.5. (A) Complete the activities given below as per the instructions:

  1. Complete the following statements:

(i) The two types of conflicts that the plot may have are

(ii) The word ‘picaresque’ is originated from ……

12. Write a short note of about 50 words on:

(i) ‘Novella’

(B) Answer the questions given below in about 50 words:

  1. Complete the following with the traits of Fernman:

  1. Which event took place in ‘To Sir, With Love’. Choose the correct one and give reasons to support your answer:
  • Annual Sports day on November 15th
  • Annual Social and Cultural Gathering on November 15th
  • Half-yearly report of Students Council on November 15th
  • Farewell programme on November 15th

(C) Answer the questions given below in about 50 words:

  1. Describe the importance of the following place in the development of the plot and behaviour of the characters in ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.
  • London
  1. Write the Central Idea of ‘Around the World in Eighty days’ in 50 words.

(D) Answer the questions given below in about 50 words:

  1. Highlight the qualities of :

13. Give reasons for the following:

Miss Morstan received a pearl every year

14. Answer Key

15. Section I : Prose

  1. (A) A1. (a) A surging crowd

(b) A variety of trades and occupations

(c) Enough din to attract people

(d) Provision of light from nut vendor

A2. (a) He is good at reading the people

(b) His practice has sharpened his perception

(c) He has a working analysis of mankind’s troubles

(d) He can win confidence of his customers with information gained.


A4. It is essential to eradicate superstitions and other ill practices from our society if we want society to improve and ultimately our nation to develop. Education plays a vital role in it. The national approach of looking at everything can be imbibed among the students right from their schooling so that they will spread it and become a responsible citizen.

A5. 1. It represented a variety of trades and occupations all along its way.

  1. He had intended to be someone else than an astrologer.

A6. surge




(B) B1. 1. The king of Kashipur decided to go everywhere in disguise.

  1. There was an article in the Times of India about this critical issue.
  2. How have many promises been given?

B2. Radha brought pens and distributed them among her five children.

2. (A) A1.

A2. Gamesters call academically bright students bookworms because of their inferiority complex arising out of envy of academic excellence.

A3. The writer and wants to convey a message that the goal of proper education is to build up well rounded personality. This can be possible by balancing studies with other activities like games and sports.

A4. I do not agree with what the writer says. It is true that education is very important in a man’s life but a person can shine in other fields also. A sports man can be equally honorable as an academician. Sachin Tendulkar, Vishwanathan Anand, P.V. Sindhu are the glowing example of this fact.

A5. 1. The classroom is not as good or noble arena for their activities as the games field.

  1. The team spirit can never be engendered in the individual unless he has learnt to participate in the playing of games.


Verb Noun Adjective
envy envy envious
produce production productive


(a) Permanent source of income for govt.

(b) Compulsory contribution from population.

16. (B) Classroom Vs. Games

Gamesters usually make fun of academically brilliant students due to their inferiority complex emerging from academic excellence. The qualities achieved through games cannot be denied at all. But involvement in games and sports should not be at the cost of neglecting studies. The main goal of education is to produce well-rounded personalities.

17. Section II : Poetry

18. (Poetry and Appreciation)

  1. (A) A1. 1. Afoot and light hearted, I take to the open road.
  2. Healthy free the world before me.
  3. Henceforth, I ask not good fortune, I myself am good fortune.
  4. Strong and content I travel the open road.

A2. Freedom is the major theme in the poem. The poet encourages the readers to be true to themselves, live freely and enjoy the freedom of life. Although, our life is not free from obligations and troubles, the concept of freedom encourages everyone to live their dream.

A3. The poet compares the road of life to a sweet song so it becoms a metaphor. Everyone should enjoy life freely and happily. The metaphor suggests singing the song of life beautifully. It also indicates the path people must take to live a fruitful life.

A4. Two lines indicating climax are:

  1. Done with indoor complaints, libraries querulous criticism.
  2. Healthy, free, the world before me.

    A5. The Road that leads to my college.

A bag of books presses heavy on my shoulder

The sun burns bright on my face.

Why do I travel so far in such pain!

(B) The poem ‘Money’ is composed by William H. Davies who spent a significant part of his life as a tramp. He became a peddlar and street singer in England. After experiencing such wandering life for many years, he published his first volume. This poem tells about the rich man who wants to be a poor man to find the real happiness. When we do not have money or have lost our money, we realise how important the money is. At the end of the poem, the poet says that now he doesn’t have money but he has true friends though they may be few.

The poem brings out the impact of money on people’s behaviour. When a man possesses money, many false friends gather around him. The poet compares himself to a child with a trumpet but he is not allowed to blow it for there has been a death. The poet makes use of “simile” again as the poor man’s wife is described as humming busily like a bee.

Thank you Sir I don’t have words to appreciate you for throwing light on the role of biographies in our lives.

  • Now I request Mr. Nayan Gomant to present a vote of thanks to conclude the programme.


If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

The given proverb is taken from Shelley’s poem. Here both words ‘winter’ and ‘spring’ have a symbolic significance. Winter represents the tough times available in man’s life and spring stands for the renewal of hope in man’s life. When man has to face the tough or difficult situations in life, he should not feel discouraged but believe in the face that spring is going to appear very soon and things will change.

A person should be prepared to face all challenges and hardships without losing confidence. One should never feel discouraged in such condition. One needs to create positive surroundings around. Though the days are dark and unhappy, the days of happiness and joy are sure to follow. Winter represents nervousness and barrenness whereas spring represents joy and cheerfulness.

(D) B Man Nature X +

Man Vs Nature.onthespotblog.com/2020


Man Vs Nature

Nature nurtures and teaches us many things. It provides many things to all living beings. But man behaves in a selfish manner and wants everything

Report from nature.

Abuse Nature fulfils all the needs of the human being. But what are human beings doing with nature? We act cruelly with nature, all its aspects and resources. We are destroying natural resources in a reckless way. Man is responsible for the pitiful condition of nature. We are cutting the trees and forests mercilessly for building houses and industries. Trees offer us fruits, flowers and medicines but we cut them ruthlessly.

For enjoying a comfortable life, there is a need of preservation of nature, otherwise progress is not possible for us. Such harmful tampering of nature is causing the degradation of nature. Progress and development is at the cost of deforestation.

Man is expected to make a judicious use of nature.

19. OR

20. Film Review

  • The title of the film ‘Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior’ is very appropriate as it revolves around Tanhaji Malusare, a great warrior in the army of Shivaji Maharaj. The film is a biographical sketch of him.
  • This film was released in 2020.
  • Shivaji Maharaj handed over the charge of 23 forts to Mirza Raje in the contract of Kondhana, which is the pride of Maharashtra and is handed over to Udaybhan, after his release from the clutches of Aurangzeb. Shivaji Maharaj wants to regain it. Tanhaji takes up the responsibility by keeping his son’s wedding aside. He climbs the fort with few Marathas and battles with Udaybhan. For a power-packed climax it is advisable to watch the film.
  • The film is action packed and all the actions are directed smoothly and nicely .
  • As the film reflects the Maratha empire, the period of century in Maharashtra is wonderfully depicted. The film makers had made great efforts to set up a long set to make it look like the valley.
  • Ajay Devgan, Bhushan and Krishan Kumar have produced this film and Om Raut has directed it.




Must Join


Saturday 5th June 2021

Venue: Swargate Bus Depot, Pune

Time : a.m,

  • Clean filth and dirt A clean city
  • Keep our city green Clean environment


22. Section IV : Literary Genre-Novel

  1. (A) 1. (i) The two types of conflicts that the plot may have internal or external.

(ii) The word ‘picaresque’ is originated from spanish word ‘picaro’.

  1. The ‘Novella’ is a literary genre of written fiction. We can certainly say that, a novella is shorter than a full-length novel and it is longer than a short story. It is originated from an Italian word ‘novella’ which means ‘new’.

(B) 1.

  1. Half yearly Report of Students Council on November took place. The teachers and the


23. Prize Distribution Ceremony of G.K. College

Ambegaon March, 17

On 15th of March, G.K. College appeared to be at its best with lovely and beautiful decorations and colourful rangolis to celebrate the prize distribution ceremony, in the presence of the famous social worker Mr. Prem Gaware with extreme enthusiasm and vigour under the guidance of the Principal and other staff members.

The whole college was cleaned and beautiful rangolis were drawn at the entrance gate of the college. The assembly hall was nicely decorated with flowers and balloons. The chief guest. Mr. Prem Gaware, was impressed by the arrangements. The principal of the college Dr. Khurana welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries and read out the annual report of the college. Then, the academic and extra-curricular prizes were distributed to all the winners. All the winners were heartily appreciated by all present. The chief guest praised all the prize winners in his speech and encouraged others to work hard to win prizes next year. Then the general secretary presented a vote of thanks to all the invitees and the chief guest.

Everyone present enjoyed the programme very much.

-by College Reporter


Welcome Mr. Virdhawal Khade. We are fortunate to have you with us. I hope you would like to share your experiences with us:

  1. Please share with us your journey of becoming a professional swimmer?
  2. How long do you practise swimming?
  3. How was your experience in the Asian Games?
  4. How do you prepare for the international competitions?
  5. What do you like most-freestyle or butterfly?
  6. According to you, which is your best performance uptil now?
  7. How do you react to your success as well as failure?
  8. What do you do to overcome your short comings/mistakes?
  9. Who is your role model in swimming? Why?
  10. What are your future plans?

Thank you, Mr. Virdhawal. Thanks for spending your valuable time with us.

(C) Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends.

Today I stand here to express my views on a very lively subject ‘Social Media Good or Bad’. Modern world can be rightly called the world of social media as people all over the world use it. Social media has brought people from distant places together. But it needs to be given a thought if it is good or bad for the society.

Every coin has two sides. It actually depends upon our perspective and the way we use it. Many people think it to be good as they can communicate with their close ones irrespective of the distance. But some people think about its negative impact on the society. Today, we can get every kind of information about everything on social media like blogs, newspapers, facebook, twitter and through many other ways. Cell phone has put the world in our pockets. It is no doubt that we have been given an opportunity to connect with people and build better relationships with all.

We can communicate and shareour views, thoughts on different topics with many people. Social networks have become a crucial part of our lives. They offer good opportunities for online business also. But excessive use of social media has reduced the sense of human interaction. Though people have their online identities, they are isolated. Social relationships are badly affected because of it. Communication gap among people is widening day by day due to social media.

My views about both sides together can be confusing. But I think that we need to use social media with a proper control for important things so that it will prove to be a boon.

Thank you all for giving me a patient ear!


A very good afternoon to all and a hearty welcome. , xyz welcome you all for the book release of Dr. Karnad’s biography, ‘I am Dr. Girish Karnad’. It is published by Nikita Publication of Nagpur.

  • Lamp is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. So I request the chief guest of this function, the writer and the publisher to light the lamp.

Thank you all the dignitaries.

  • We are really very lucky to have Dr. N.M. Joshi as the chief guest for this function. He needs no introduction as he is a well known figure in literary world. His books for children are extremely popular and his novel ‘Vishwa Maze Ghar’ has received great acclamation. I request Mr. Naren Gomant, the head of Nikita Publication, to felicitate our chief guest Dr. N.M. Joshi.

Thank you Sir, Now, Mr. Rathod, the author of the book will be felicitated by the organiser of this function, Mr. Nayan Gomant.

Thank you.

  • A publisher becomes a perfect link between an author and the readers. So I request the publisher, Mr. Naren Gomant to give an introduction of the function.

Thank you, Sir.

  • Now, I want the author of the book Mr. Rathod to speak to us. Please welcome him with a big round of applause.

Thank you Sir.

  • Now, let me call the chief guest Dr. N.M. Joshi to express his precious views on this occasion.

The poet emphasises that not having money never means the lack of happiness. The poor man is able to laugh but a rich man becomes angry. The poet has made use of five four lined stanzas with the uniform rhyme scheme of ‘ d’ throughout the poem. He repeats the word ‘money’ to stress the fact that money is unnecessarily given undue importance by man. He wants to suggest that money cannot bring happiness.

24. Section III : Writing Skills

  1. (A) 1. Dear brother,

Your friend from IHM, Goa, Shekhar called you up to inform that he has got a placement at Hotel Veena Resort in Goa and he has to join immediately. is trying to get all the formalities completed so he will let you know his new cellphone number, when he gets it.


25. OR

26. Statement of purpose

Our country is a developing country and needs more skilled innovators and entrepreneurs, who can create and start cutting edge products and services to keep my country at the forefront of technology. We don’t have good quality entrepreneurial study programmes as Silicon velley has.

Savitribai Phule University Pune has the programme that I am looking for. The centre for entrepreneur studies has exciting events with many networking opportunities and I really want to have the advantage for extension of my learning. I am very much excited by the World Business Programme contest as it encourages students to launch their own business and I am aspiring to do myself.

I belong to a small business family as my father has a spare parts dealership and I might follow in his footsteps. I have followed some pioneering business leaders like Kirloskar, JRD Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani who have created their own successful ventures from nowhere. I am eager to know how and where India’s best enterpreneurs have begun their startups. If selected, I would aspire to pursue graduation.

Presently, I am pursuing studies at New India College and I am focussed on finance and marketing. My goal is to start my own vehicle spare parts company and to achieve it, I want to get an MBA degree with entrepreneurial focus as your institute offers. I am interested in studying with people like Prof. lyer who teaches entrepreneurial studies. I wish to learn from my fellow students having similar ambitions. I hope my application will be considered favourably.

27. OR

  1. Evaluators : You all have been given a few minutes to think about the topic of today’s group discussion which is Teenagers are more inclined towards junk food.’ You may now begin the discussion. Who would like to start!

Rama : I would like to put forward my opinion first I feel that junk food is unhealthy as it causes obesity due to saturated fats in it. Perhaps banning junk foods in and near school and colleges could decreas the frequency of heart disease among the young people.

Asif : You are obsolutely right, Rama. I am in complete agreement with your view. Junk foods certainly create negative effects on our health. It is true that nowadays students are more inclined towards junk food as a matter of convenience.

Aarav : I am afraid but I don’t agree with these opinions. Even healthy food can be bad sometimes. If junk foods are banned, the sense of boredom can be felt by students as they have to eat the homemade food only. Healthier food also tends to be more expensive.

Rachana : I am sorry to interrupt but I certainly feel that junk food potentially result in decreased academic performance. It contains unhealthy oils and preservatives which are really harmful for the human health. So there is a need to ban the junk foods in schools and colleges.

Evaluator: Please conclude the discussion now.

Rama : After all the discussion, we conclude that it is up to us to decide what to eat and what to avoid. Occassionally, having junk food can be a good option but regular consumption of junk food must be avoided for sure.

(B) To:rajeev.kul12@gmail.com

From : raja.jad1@gmail.com

Subject: Book exhibition

Dear Rajeev,

I am sending this e-mail to you about my recent visit to a book exhibition. It was held at S.P. Ground. Pune by three publishing houses together and all leading publishers had set up their stalls.

The exhibition had a great variety of books like dramas, novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, poetry books, puzzles and many more. I visited it with my close friends and family members. After entering. I was amazed to see a variety of book stalls. We spent almost six to seven hours there. There were many special discount offers on all types of books. Many book lovers took advantage of the exhibition. I purchased a few books from there.

It would have been nice if you were there with me. They are going to organise a similar exhibition in the Engineering College Ground in summer vacation. You should come here in the vacation so that we can enjoy the exhibition together. Send a reply as is it eagerly awaited.



A2. State whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE. Correct the false statement:

  1. Toys are, without any exception to other things, becoming electronic.
  2. Electronic toys develop children very well.
  3. Building a tower improves a child’s hand and legs co-ordination.
  4. Psychologists want toys to develop kid’s power.

A3. Explain the idea of psychologists towards toys.

A4. Mention some other evil effects of hightech toys, other than the ones mentioned in the extract.

28. A5. Do as directed

  1. When the tower tumbles, he learns to approach the task in a different way. (Rewrite the sentence using ‘as soon as’)
  2. Ordinary toys help in the child’s psychological and physical development. (Rewrite the sentence using ‘not only but also’)

A6. Complete the following table :

Verb Noun Adjective
. development ……….
entertain ……. .

29. (B) Summary Writing

Write the summary of the above extract with a suitable title, with the help of the given points / hints.

toys goingelectronic – development of thechild-vital skills – advantages gained – encourage imagination and creativity – approach of psychologists.

(C) Note-making / Mind-mapping

Draw a tree-diagram that contains the main points and supporting details from the given extract.

Flowering plants are of various type. Herbaceous flowering plants are annuals, biennials and perennials. The second type, woody or semi-woody, are usually perennials. Annual plants grow, set seed and die within one year, biennial plants complete their life cycle in two years, perennials on the other hand can live and grow for many years once they have been planted. Plants that flourish and flower during the rainy season are mostly the herbaceous perennials. The most common are members of the Daisy family. The beautifully scented Rose and Jasmine are both woody or semi-woody perennials. There are two types of plants-bulbous plants and aquatic plants. The former grow from bulbs and tubers planted on the ground; examples of this type are Gladiolus and Tulip. The latter, as their name suggests, grow in water. The most exquisite example being the Lotus and Water Lily. Both bulbous and aquatic plants are usually perennials.

30. Section II : Poetry

31. (Poetry and Appreciation)

Q.3. (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below:

Home again, I see him drinking weak tea,

Eating a stale chapati, reading a book.

He goes into the toilet to contemplate

Man’s estrangement from a man-made world.

Coming out he trembles at the sink,

The cold water running over his brown hands,

A few droplets cling to the greying hair on his wrists.

His sullen children have often refused to share

Jokes and secrets with him.

He will now go to sleep

Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming

Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking

Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass.

A1. List the difficulties faced by the father in the extract.

3……………….. 2.

A2. The father contemplates his past and peeps into his future. Give reasons.