Class 12 FREE Online practice paper 1 english
READING [20 marks]
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
(1) So great is our passion for doing things for ourselves, that we are becoming increasingly less dependent on specialised labour. No one can plead ignorance of a subject any longer, for there are countless do-it-yourself publications. Armed with the right tools and materials, newly-weds gaily embark on the task of decorating their own homes. Men of all ages spend hours of their leisure time installing their own fire-places, laying out their own gardens; building garages and making furniture. Some really keen enthusiasts go so far as to make their own record players and radio transmitters. Shops cater for the do-it-yourself craze not only by running special advisory services for novices, but by offering consumers bits and pieces which they can assemble at home. Such things provide an excellent outlet for pent up creative energy, but unfortunately not all of us are born handymen.
(2) Wives tend to believe that their husbands are infinitely resourceful and versatile. Even husbands who can hardly drive a nail in straight are supposed to be born electricians, carpenters, plumbers and mechanics. When lights fuse, furniture gets rickety, pipes get clogged, or vacuum cleaners fail to operate, wives automatically assume that their husbands will somehow put things right. The worst thing about the do-it-yourself game is that sometimes husbands live under the delusion that they can do anything even when they have been repeatedly proved wrong. It is a question of pride as much as anything else.
(3) Last spring my wife suggested that I call in a man to look at our lawn-mower. It had broken down the previous summer, and though I promised to repair it, I had never got round to it. I wouldn’t hear of the suggestion and said that I would fix it myself. One Saturday afternoon I hauled the machine into the garden and had a close look at it. As far as I could see, it only needed a minor adjustment: a turn of a screw here, a little tightening up there, a drop of oil and it would be as good as new. Inevitably the repair job was not quite so simple. The mower firmly refused to mow, so I decided to dismantle it. The garden was soon littered with chunks of metal which had once made up a lawn-mower. But I was extremely pleased with myself. I had traced the cause of the trouble. One of the links in the chain that drives the wheels had snapped.
(4) After buying a new chain I was faced with the insurmountable task of putting the confusing jigsaw puzzle together again. I was not surprised to find that the machine still refused to work after I had reassembled it, for the simple reason that I was left with several curiously shaped bits of metal which did not seem to fit anywhere. I gave up in despair. The weeks passed and the grass grew. When my wife nagged me to do something about it, I told her that either I would have to buy a new mower or let the grass grow. Needless to say that our house is now surrounded by a jungle. Buried somewhere in deep grass there is rusting lawn mower which I have promised to repair one day.
On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, complete any ten of the statements given below with the help of options that follow: [1 x 10 = 10]
(a) One does not have to depend on specialised labour because :
(i) they do not do the work properly.
(ii) they charge extra.
(iii) there are countless do-it-yourself publications available.
(iv) we are increasingly becoming dependent.
(b) One drawback of do-it-yourself jobs is that :
(i) husbands think that they can do anything.
(ii) husbands are better homemakers.
(iii) husbands are specialised labourers.
(iv) husbands can’t show their skills.
(c) Writer’s lawn-mower stopped working because:
(i) it didn’t feel like working.
(ii) it needed minor adjustments.
(iii) it was an ancient lawn-mower.
(iv) one of the links in the chain that drives the wheels had snapped.
(d) When the writer’s wife nagged him about the mower, he:
(i) mowed the lawn manually.
(ii) suggested buying a new mower or let the grass grow.
(iii) started a new do-it-yourself project.
(iv) called a gardener.
(e) The writer couldn’t make the machine work even after reassembling it because:
(i) he wanted to buy a new mower.
(ii) he wanted the grass to grow.
(iii) there were many curiously shaped bits of metal left to be fitted.
(iv) his wife didn’t nag it.
(f) The writer’s house was surrounded by tall grass because
(i) he couldn’t mow it
(ii) his wife wanted it
(iii) he loves jungles
(iv) all of these
(g) The benefit of do-it-yourself publications is that
(i) nobody can use it
(ii) you need help of experts to use it
(iii) with right tools anybody can use it
(iv) all of these
(h) Wives tend to believe that their husbands are
(iv) both (ii) and (iii)
(i) Armed in para-1 means.
(i) with weapons
(ii) using both arms
(iv) without using arms
(j) The meaning of dismantle as given in para-3 is
(i) to build
(ii) to cover
(iii) to repair
(iv) to break up
(k)The meaning of insurmountable as given in para-4 is
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
1) The RBI Annual Report reveals that almost all demonetized notes have been returned to the central bank. This number does not include the old notes with District Central Cooperative Banks for the short window when they were allowed to accept deposits. It also does not include the notes within Nepal. The shortfall of Rs 16,050 crore between the notes in circulation when the notes were demonetised and those that were returned, could therefore also be made up once these notes are returned to the RBI.
2) It should come as no surprise that almost all the notes have been returned, including the stock of black money held as cash. To the extent that it was possible to exchange money legally, individuals did so. When cash limits for withdrawal made it difficult, friends and families participated. The inconvenience of long queues was overcome by household staff. A private company offered booking of “chhotus”, who would stand in long queues for people for Rs 90 an hour until their turn came. Bank employees were averse to being unhelpful to regular customers and found ways to serve them.
(3) Those who could not exchange money legally found money changers. Innumerable anecdotes, media reports and arrests of bank staff tell stories about how this was done all over the country. When the government announced that old notes could no longer be exchanged, but only deposited, new ways of changing the stock of unaccounted cash emerged. Individuals with bank accounts, including Jan Dhan accounts, and companies showing cash accrual from sales came into business.
(4) It was to be expected that even if people have to pay tax on their hoarded cash, and a change fee, they would prefer to do that rather than lose the whole amount. Data from Prowess, a database of companies in India, shows that in the quarter of demonetisation, when purchasing power had fallen sharply, net sales by companies rose significantly. At the same time, the number of tax payers and tax collections rose.
(5) The total currency in circulation, according to the RBI’s annual report, is about Rs 2 lakh crore short of the pre-demonetisation period. This is partly due to the increase in focus on printing of lower denomination currency notes. Initially, the RBI had focused on printing the Rs 2,000 notes to rapidly remonetise the economy. In addition, there could be some reluctance to hold cash. The replacement of cash transactions by digital transactions, the slowdown in small-scale industry, in the rural economy, construction and other informal segments of the economy could also lead to somewhat lower demand for cash. However, it is less probable that the cash of black money holders has not been withdrawn because they are unlikely to leave that in the bank accounts of the money launderers for long. It might have partly been settled for bitcoins, gold, or similar assets that are difficult to trace.
On the basis of your understanding of the passage complete any ten of the statements given below with the help of options that follow: [1 x 10 = 10]
(a) The RBI Annual Report does not include description of old notes from………..
(i) District Central Cooperative Banks
(ii) demonetized centres
(iii) big businessmen
(iv) all of these
(b) The shortfall was between the …………. the returned ones.
(i) ones in Nepal
(ii) ones in circulation
(iii) ones with govt.
(iv) ones which were demonetized
(c) People exchanged money till it was …………
(d) ……………….. conveniently stood in long queues for people to withdraw money.
(ii) Bank employees
(iii) Govt. officials
(iv) Tax payers
(e) Regular customers of banks were also helped
(iii) bank employees
(f) When govt. announced……………….. , unique, new ways of changing cash emerged.
(ii) no exchange
(iii) withdraw rules
(iv) deposit rules
(g) The total currency in circulation is …………….. short of pre-demonetization time.
(i) 16,050 crore
(ii) 2000 crore
(iii) 2 lakh crore
(iv) 90 crore
(h) What is the meaning of ‘averse’ as given in para-2?
(i) What is the meaning of ‘anecdotes’ as given in para-3?
(j) Which word in para-4 means same ‘Undoubtedly?
(k) Which word in para-5 means same as ‘Hesitation’?
WRITING SKILLS [16 marks]
3. You plan to sell some furniture of your house as you are going abroad. Draft a suitable advertisement in not more than 50 words to be inserted in the classified columns of a local daily, giving all necessary details of the furniture. You are Sushil/Sita, 18, Kamla Nagar, Kochi.
Your pet has gone missing, it has been a week now. You suspect that it has been kidnapped. You have decided to reach out to the residents of your locality and the neighbouring localities as well. Write a notice in about 50 words seeking any information regarding your missing pet. Invent the details. You are Ravi/Ramona of B-338, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi.
4. Samridhi Public School, Noida is going to organise a singing and dancing competition in open air theatre of your school. The school has decided to invite famous choreographer Jose Thomas to grace and judge the competition. Draft a formal invitation for him in about 50 words. You are Rajni/Rajesh, cultural secretary.
You are Jose Thomas. You have received an invitation to be the judge and chief guest for a singing and dancing competition, in Samridhi Public School. Send a reply in not more than 50 words expressing your inability to attend the function. 
You are Apoorva/Asha, 115, Netaji Nagar, Coimbatore. Read the advertisement given below and write a letter to the advertiser, applying for the job. Also give your detailed resume, which you would send along with your letter of application for the job. (120-150 words)
Wanted experienced Post Graduate Teacher in Physics to teach Classes XI and XII in a reputed CBSE affiliated residential school. Fluency in English is a must. Working knowledge of computers is preferable; salary commensurate with experience and expertise. Please apply to: Box No. 9001, C/O The Hindu, Chennai-2.
You are Sanjay/Sanya of B-52, Amar Kalyan Colony, Delhi. You have received a letter from your son/daughter who is staying in the hostel of St. Mary’s Sr. Secondary School, Chennai stating that he/she is being bullied and threatened by the senior students. Write a letter to the hostel warden requesting him/her to take immediate action. (120-150 words) 
6. Few days back, a little boy who lived in your building jumped off the roof and died. On enquiring you came to know that the child was trying to imitate a stunt he saw on the T.V. As lamentable as the situation is, it also makes you furious at the things shown on television these days. Write an article in about 120-150 words on the hazards of some of the television programmes and advertisements and how they affect the impressionable minds of the young viewers. Also, suggest ways in which parents can keep a guard on what their children watch. You are Nandan/Nandini.
You are Ram/Rohini, a student of Sun Public School, Pune. Your school organised a visit to the local museum. Write a brief report in 120 150 words for your school magazine on what at you saw, the exhibits you liked most and other special features of the museum. 
Literature Textbooks [44 marks]
7. Read the given extracts and answer the given questions of any two of the prose extracts: [1 x 8 = 8]
(a) I crossed to oblivion, and the curtain of life fell.
The next Iremember I was lying on my stomach beside the pool, vomiting. The chap that threw me in was saying, “But I was only fooling.”
(i) Name the chapter from which these lines are taken.
(a) The Rattrap
(b) Deep water
(c) On the Face of it
(d) lost spring
(ii) ‘I’ in the given extract is
(iii) What does ‘curtain of life fell’ mean in the given extract?
(a) The show ended
(b) The loops of curtain were loose
(c) Life seemed to begin afresh
(d) Life seemed to end
(iv) What was the chap saying?
(a) That he was just kidding.
(b) That he was fool.
(c) That he was serious.
(d) That everyone is misunderstanding him.
(B) And think of all those people worse off than you. Think, you might have been blinded, or born deaf, or have to life in a wheelchair, or be daft in you head and dribble.
(i) Who is the author of the given chapter?
(a) Jack Finney
(b) Colin Dexter
(c) Susan Hill
(d) William Douglas
(ii) The speaker of these lines is……………..
(a) Mr Lamb
(c) Derry’s mother
(d) none of these
(iii) These lines are being said to
(a) threaten somebody
(b) scare somebody
(c) express inner feelings
(d) discourage somebody
(iv) The meaning of daft as given in the extract is …………….
(c) “Tomorrow, I want you to tell me the story that wizard took that magic wand and hit that mommy”- her plump arms chopped forcefully-“right over the head”.
(i) Who is speaking these lines?
(ii) What story does the speaker want next day?
(a) The same story
(b) Story where wizard hits mommy
(c) Story where mommy hits wizard
(d) None of these
(iii) The phrase ‘her plump arms’ is about………………..
(iv) The opposite of the word forcefully is ………………..
8. Read the given lines of the poem and answer the questions of any one of them. [1 x 4 = 4]
(a) Those who prepare green wars,
Wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
(i) Name the poem.
(a) A Thing of Beauty
(b) My Mother At Sixty-Six
(c) Keeping Quiet
(d) Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
(ii) Why is there victory, but no survivers?
(a) War killed everyone.
(b) Everyone hid because of war.
(c) Survivers are celebrating.
(d) Survivers are in hospital.
(iii) ‘Those in the given lines are people who
(a) initiate wars
(b) participate in wars
(c) don’t want wars
(d) both (a) and (b)
(iv) They will put on clean clothes because
(a) they are celebrating
(b) clothes became dirty in war
(c) clothes were torn in war
(d) they are gifted new clothes
(b) Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen, Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
(i) The tigers are called Aunt Jennifer’s because she
(a) made them
(b) killed them
(c) owned them
(d) saw them
(ii) The phrase ‘a world of green’ means
(b) city parks
(iii) The creator of tigers is
(iv) The poet of this given extract is
(a) Kamala Das
(b) Pablo Neruda
(c) Robert Frost
(d) Adrienne Rich
9. Answer any eight of the given questions very briefly. [1×8=8]
(1) What did M Hamel wear on the last days?
(2) In how much time was Gandhiji asked to furnish a bail?
(3) What does the poet call Shakespeare? (An Elementary school classroom in a slum)
(4) Aunt Jennifer is suffering from what?
(5) What was the initial purpose of story telling?
(6) What tree does Mr. Lamb has?
(7) How much was Saheb paid at tea stall?
(8) Who is the writer of Deep Water?
(9) Who sees the beauty in martyrs?
(10) What does Earth teach us? (Keeping Quiet)
10. Answer any five out of six questions in 30-40 words. [2× 5 = 10]
(1) Why was Franz unwilling to go to school that day?
(2) What does the ‘young trees sprinting’ and ‘merry children spilling out of their homes’ signify?
(3) What will a thing of beauty always keep for us?
(4) How did Mahatma Gandhi uplift the peasants of Champaran?
(5) How the steel container was burden for him? (Lost Spring)
(6) How the theme of injustice comes across in An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum?
11. Answer any two out of the given questions in 30-40 words. [2×2=4]
(1) Who was Roger Skunk? What was his problem?
(2) What was Dr. Sadao’s father’s chief concern?
(3) How did Sam’s mail reach Charley?
12. Answer any one of the following questions in 120-150 words: 
(i) “Little has moved with time, it seems, in Firozabad.” What does Anees Jung mean by this?
(ii) Did Edla doubt the peddler even for a little bit? Yes or no? Give your reasons. Did the reality bring any changes in Edla’s behaviour towards the peddler?
13. Answer any one of the following questions in 120-150 words: 
(i) How did the question paper and correction slip help the prisoner and the Governor?
(ii) “Strange” he thought. “I wonder why I could not kill him?” Why do you think Dr. Sadao could not kill the Americam P.O.W.? Give reasons.
2. (a) (i)
For immediate sale of wooden furniture. Inclusive of livingroom, bedroom and study room furniture sets. One year old, in almost new condition. Best quality wood, latest designs, neutral colours to match every interior.
Expected Price: 50,000
Contact: Sita, 18, Kamala Nagar, Kochi
4.The Principal, Staff and Students of Samridhi Public School, Noida
Take the great pleasure in inviting you to be the chief guest and judge to the singing and dancing competition to be organised by the school.
Date: 20 November, 20xx
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Venue: School Open Air Theatre
5. 115, Netaji Nagar
1st March, 20xx
Box No. 9001/,
C/o The Hindu,
Subject: Job Application for Physics Teacher
This refers to your advertisement in The Hindu, dated 28th February, 20xx, for the vacancy of Physics teacher’s post in your residential school for Classes XI and XII. I wish to apply for the same. I have the qualification and experience required for the post. My detailed bio-data is enclosed. I hope you shall consider my application for interview.
Name : Asha Patel
Gender : Female
Father’s Name : Mr. Jignesh Patel
Data of Birth : 12th February, 1986
Marital Status : Unmarried
Current Add. : 115, Netaji Nagar, Coimbatore
Contact No. : 971234xxxx
Academic Record :
Work Experience : Currently working with Convent of Jesus and Mary School since Worked in
D.P.S., R.K Puram, Delhi for three years.
Scholarship/Awards : Scholarship holder in Class XI and XII. Won gold medal in post Graduation for
Salary drawn : 25,000 p.m.
Expected salary : Minimum 35% increase on the current salary.
Languages known : Fluent in English, Hindi and Gujrati
Extra skills : Well versed in computers
References : 1. Mrs. J.S. Sharma, Principal, D.P.S. R.K. Puram, 951234xxxx
2. Dr. Sutapa Chatterjee, HOD Physics Dept., J.M.C, Delhi,
6. School Visits the Local Museum
by Rohini, Student Correspondent
17th August, 20xx, Pune Sun Public School organised a visit to the local museum for its teachers and students from Class VI to XII on 14th August 20xx.
According to the students, it was a fun-filled and educative excursion. Junior students were amazed to see scientific and historical exhibits of some of the topics. Exhibits they liked the most were from the pre-historical era, Science of the Universe and history of ancient India.
Apart from the interesting exhibits, the students were shown a scientific documentary on some of the most famous science expeditions by ISRO. Each and every student felt enlightened by the end of the excursion to the local museum.
7.(a) (i)-(b) (ii)-(c) (iii)-(d) (iv)-(a)
(b) (i)-(c) (ii)-(b) (iii)-(c) (iv)-(a)
(c) (i)-(a) (ii)-(c) (iii)-(b) (iv)-(a)
8. (a) (i)-(c) (ii)-(a) (iii)-(d) (iv)-(b)
(b) (i)-(a) (ii)-(c) (iii)-(c) (iv)-(d)
9. (1) M. Hamel wore a special green coat on the last day of school.
(2) Gandhiji was given 2 hours to furnish bail.
(3) The poet calls Shakespeare ‘wicked.
(4) Aunt Jennifer is suffering from physical and mental trauma.
(5) The initial purpose of story telling was to make the child sleep.
(6) Mr. Lamb has an apple tree.
(7) Saheb was paid 800 rupees at the tea stall.
(8) The author of Deep Water is William Douglas.
10. (1) Franz was unwilling to go to school that day because first, he had not learnt the rules of participles and second, it was a warm and beautiful day outside, with birds chirping and Prussian. soldiers drilling in the open field.
(2) As the poet and her mother were on their way to the Cochin Airport, she looks outside the car window and feels the young trees appear to be running past them at full speed. The poet compares their youthfulness and liveliness with her aging mother who has dozed off in her seat. Similarly, the ‘merry children’ spilling out of their homes provide a sharp contrast with poet’s mother’s increasing age and declining health.
(3) A thing of beauty will always keep a bower quiet for us to rest in when we are weary or in distress. It will also allow us to have sleep full of sweet dreams, health and quiet breathing.
(5) The steel canister was a burden for Saheb both literally and metaphorically because unlike the plastic bag he carried around on his shoulder as a ragpicker, the steel canister was much heavier.
Moreover, before he started working at the tea-stall, Saheb was his own master. He was free to go anywhere. He had now lost his freedom; he now had a master to work under. Although the job paid him rupees 800 per month, Saheb did not seem much enthusiastic about it. Along with his independence, he had also lost his opportunity for an education.
(6) In spite of despair and disease pervading the lives of the slum children, they are not devoid of hope. The little boy at the back of the classroom in “An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum seems to be full of hope in the future. Despite leading a miserable life, he finds pleasure in a squirrel’s game, in the tree room, etc.
11. (1) Roger Skunk was the protagonist of the story Jack told his daughter Jo.
Roger Skunk’s problem was that he had an unpleasant odour because of which none of the other animals wanted to be friends with him. Everybody made fun of Roger Skunk and then ran away. Skunk like all other animals wanted to have friends and be popular but his signature smell kept everybody away from him. His problem was his smell and he wanted to get rid of it at any cost.
(2) Dr. Sadao’s father’s chief concern was his education. He wanted Dr. Sadao to go abroad for higher studies and to see him as the best surgeon in the world. Sadao was greatly influenced by his father’s desire to see him as a surgeon and so when he was twenty two, he was sent to America to study medicine and surgery. He fulfilled his father’s chief desire and concern by becoming a famous surgeon.
12. (i) Difficulties faced by the bangle makers of Firozabad are many. They live in a state of perpetual poverty, in ready-to-crumble houses, crowded with a number of families. Besides remaining uneducated for the rest of their lives, they have to work extremely hard for long hours in the glass furnaces in high temperature. Since they work in the dark and dingy cells, many lose their eyesight at a young age. Their difficulties are not limited to just health problems. They are set at a much deeper level. They (bangle makers)
are burdened by the stigma of the caste in which they are born. An adult bangle maker knows nothing except how to make bangles. So, that is all that he can teach his young ones and this continues for generations. The bangle makers cannot escape the vicious circle of exploitation by middlemen, money lenders, police and bureaucrats. They cannot even organise themselves into a cooperative due to the fear that it might be treated as being illegal. This is why there are no leaders who would raise their problems. The bangle makers continue to face apathy and injustice all their lives. Anees Jung states that “little has moved with time, it seems, in Firozabad”. This is true because the attitude of bangle makers, towards their situation is that of mute acceptance. They view it as their destiny. They do not dream of any other option because there is no will, to take the initiative, left in them.
(ii) Refer to answer 23, page no. 210.
13. (i) The Governor received a call from the Assistant Secretary of the Examination Board saying that there was a correction slip, which was not attached to the question paper. He requested the Governor if he could read out the correction to Evans. The correction was zum goldenen Lowen. In reality, it was an indication informing Evans where he was supposed to go after escaping from jail. Although, the Governor did not suspect anything, the correction slip helped Evans to know the name of the hotel and its location. Later, when the Governor learned about Evans’ escape, Rev. McLeery (Evans in reality) showed him the question paper at the back of which, instructions were given to help Evans escape. These instructions were meant to misguide the jail authorities. However, the Governor was able to put together the index and centre numbers, With the six digit reference and the help of a s a survey map, the Governor came to know Evans had escaped to Chipping Norton. Now, the Governor could work out a plan to arrest Evans.
(ii) In the given circumstances, Dr. Sadao’s final decision to not kill the American P.O.W. but to help him escape instead was the best possible decision, because Dr. Sadao was a humanitarian. When Dr. Sadao saw the American soldier wash ashore near his house, badly wounded, the doctor could have refused to treat him and handed him over to the authorities instantly. He did not do so because he was duty bound as a doctor to save the American soldier first, even prior to his motherland. Once the soldier recuperated, Dr. Sadao did what he thought was best for his country. He told the General about the American soldier, after all, he had saved an enemy. Dr. Sadao let the General decide the soldier’s fate and agreed with his decision to get him murdered by assassins.
However, compassion is a natural instinct in humanitarians. Therefore, after waiting anxiously for the General’s private assassins for three consecutive nights, Dr. Sadao helped the American soldier escape. To have him stay any longer with them was becoming a matter of concern for Dr. Sadao. It could get him imprisoned for treason and jeopardise his family. Besides, Dr. Sadao had already risen above the narrow prejudices of race, hatred and war by saving the American soldier’s life. By letting him escape, the doctor could assuage his conscience; had the General’s plan of the American’s assassination been carried out, it would have bothered Dr. Sadao gravely.