CBSE Past Year Paper Session (Comp Delhi 2014) Set- 1, English Class 12 Class 12 Notes | EduRev

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Class 12 : CBSE Past Year Paper Session (Comp Delhi 2014) Set- 1, English Class 12 Class 12 Notes | EduRev

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1/1/1 1 P.T.O. 
Candidates must write the Code on the 
title page of the answer-book. 
 Series OSR/1/C  Code No.  
1/1/1
 
 
 
Roll No. 
 
 
 
ENGLISH (Core) 
 
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100 
 
General Instructions :  
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections : A, B and C. All the sections 
are compulsory. 
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, 
wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow 
them faithfully. 
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the 
questions.  
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages. 
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be 
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate. 
? Please check that this question paper contains 13 questions. 
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting 
it. 
? 15 minutes time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question 
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the 
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the 
answer-book during this period. 
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1/1/1 1 P.T.O. 
Candidates must write the Code on the 
title page of the answer-book. 
 Series OSR/1/C  Code No.  
1/1/1
 
 
 
Roll No. 
 
 
 
ENGLISH (Core) 
 
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100 
 
General Instructions :  
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections : A, B and C. All the sections 
are compulsory. 
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, 
wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow 
them faithfully. 
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the 
questions.  
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages. 
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be 
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate. 
? Please check that this question paper contains 13 questions. 
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting 
it. 
? 15 minutes time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question 
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the 
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the 
answer-book during this period. 
1/1/1 2 
 
 SECTION A — (Reading) 20 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12 
1 The effects of plastic bags on the environment are really quite 
devastating. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic 
bags based solely on their convenience, the damage to the environment 
needs to be controlled. 
2 There is no way to strictly limit the effects of plastic bags on the 
environment because there is no disposal method that will really help 
eliminate the problem. While reusing them is the first step, most 
people don?t do that. These bags are not durable enough to survive 
numerous trips to the store. The best that citizens can do is to reuse 
them. 
3 The biggest problem with this is that once they have been soiled they 
end up in the trash, which then ends up in the landfill or is burned. 
Either solution is very poor for the environment. Burning emits toxic 
gases that harm the atmosphere and increase the level of VOCs in the 
air while landfills hold them indefinitely as part of the plastic waste 
problem throughout the globe. 
4 One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic 
bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very 
dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. Any 
hunting mammal can easily mistake the size, shape and texture of the 
plastic bag for a meal and find its airway cut off. Needless deaths from 
plastic bags are increasing every year. 
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1/1/1 1 P.T.O. 
Candidates must write the Code on the 
title page of the answer-book. 
 Series OSR/1/C  Code No.  
1/1/1
 
 
 
Roll No. 
 
 
 
ENGLISH (Core) 
 
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100 
 
General Instructions :  
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections : A, B and C. All the sections 
are compulsory. 
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, 
wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow 
them faithfully. 
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the 
questions.  
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages. 
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be 
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate. 
? Please check that this question paper contains 13 questions. 
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting 
it. 
? 15 minutes time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question 
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the 
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the 
answer-book during this period. 
1/1/1 2 
 
 SECTION A — (Reading) 20 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12 
1 The effects of plastic bags on the environment are really quite 
devastating. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic 
bags based solely on their convenience, the damage to the environment 
needs to be controlled. 
2 There is no way to strictly limit the effects of plastic bags on the 
environment because there is no disposal method that will really help 
eliminate the problem. While reusing them is the first step, most 
people don?t do that. These bags are not durable enough to survive 
numerous trips to the store. The best that citizens can do is to reuse 
them. 
3 The biggest problem with this is that once they have been soiled they 
end up in the trash, which then ends up in the landfill or is burned. 
Either solution is very poor for the environment. Burning emits toxic 
gases that harm the atmosphere and increase the level of VOCs in the 
air while landfills hold them indefinitely as part of the plastic waste 
problem throughout the globe. 
4 One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic 
bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very 
dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. Any 
hunting mammal can easily mistake the size, shape and texture of the 
plastic bag for a meal and find its airway cut off. Needless deaths from 
plastic bags are increasing every year. 
1/1/1 3 P.T.O. 
5 The environmental balance of the waterways is being thrown off by the 
rate of plastic bags finding their way into the mouths and intestinal 
tracts of sea mammals. As one species begins to die off at an abnormal 
rate, every other living organism in the waterways is impacted. 
6 The indefinite period of time that it takes for the average plastic bag to 
break down can be literally hundreds of years. Every bag that ends up 
in the woodlands of the country threatens the natural progression of 
wildlife. Because the breakdown rate is so slow the chances that the 
bag will harmlessly go away are extremely slim. Throughout the world 
plastic bags are responsible for suffocation deaths of woodland animals 
as well as inhibiting soil nutrients. The land litter that is made up of 
plastic bags has the potential to kill over and over again. It has been 
estimated that one bag has the potential to unintentionally kill one 
animal per every three months due to unintentional digestion or 
inhalation. 
7 While it?s a noble thought to place the plastic bags in the recycling bin 
every week, studies have proven that there are very few recycling 
plants that actually recycle them. Most municipalities either burn 
them or send them off to the landfill after sorting. This is because it 
can be expensive to recycle this type of plastic. It doesn?t melt down 
easily and is often not fit to be reused in its original form. 
8 The premise of recycling these bags is nice. Yet funding for the 
upgrading of the recycling units just has not happened and thus less 
than 1% of all bags are sent to recycling plants worldwide. Most are 
left to become a pollution problem in one way or another. 
Page 4


1/1/1 1 P.T.O. 
Candidates must write the Code on the 
title page of the answer-book. 
 Series OSR/1/C  Code No.  
1/1/1
 
 
 
Roll No. 
 
 
 
ENGLISH (Core) 
 
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100 
 
General Instructions :  
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections : A, B and C. All the sections 
are compulsory. 
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, 
wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow 
them faithfully. 
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the 
questions.  
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages. 
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be 
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate. 
? Please check that this question paper contains 13 questions. 
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting 
it. 
? 15 minutes time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question 
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the 
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the 
answer-book during this period. 
1/1/1 2 
 
 SECTION A — (Reading) 20 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12 
1 The effects of plastic bags on the environment are really quite 
devastating. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic 
bags based solely on their convenience, the damage to the environment 
needs to be controlled. 
2 There is no way to strictly limit the effects of plastic bags on the 
environment because there is no disposal method that will really help 
eliminate the problem. While reusing them is the first step, most 
people don?t do that. These bags are not durable enough to survive 
numerous trips to the store. The best that citizens can do is to reuse 
them. 
3 The biggest problem with this is that once they have been soiled they 
end up in the trash, which then ends up in the landfill or is burned. 
Either solution is very poor for the environment. Burning emits toxic 
gases that harm the atmosphere and increase the level of VOCs in the 
air while landfills hold them indefinitely as part of the plastic waste 
problem throughout the globe. 
4 One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic 
bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very 
dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. Any 
hunting mammal can easily mistake the size, shape and texture of the 
plastic bag for a meal and find its airway cut off. Needless deaths from 
plastic bags are increasing every year. 
1/1/1 3 P.T.O. 
5 The environmental balance of the waterways is being thrown off by the 
rate of plastic bags finding their way into the mouths and intestinal 
tracts of sea mammals. As one species begins to die off at an abnormal 
rate, every other living organism in the waterways is impacted. 
6 The indefinite period of time that it takes for the average plastic bag to 
break down can be literally hundreds of years. Every bag that ends up 
in the woodlands of the country threatens the natural progression of 
wildlife. Because the breakdown rate is so slow the chances that the 
bag will harmlessly go away are extremely slim. Throughout the world 
plastic bags are responsible for suffocation deaths of woodland animals 
as well as inhibiting soil nutrients. The land litter that is made up of 
plastic bags has the potential to kill over and over again. It has been 
estimated that one bag has the potential to unintentionally kill one 
animal per every three months due to unintentional digestion or 
inhalation. 
7 While it?s a noble thought to place the plastic bags in the recycling bin 
every week, studies have proven that there are very few recycling 
plants that actually recycle them. Most municipalities either burn 
them or send them off to the landfill after sorting. This is because it 
can be expensive to recycle this type of plastic. It doesn?t melt down 
easily and is often not fit to be reused in its original form. 
8 The premise of recycling these bags is nice. Yet funding for the 
upgrading of the recycling units just has not happened and thus less 
than 1% of all bags are sent to recycling plants worldwide. Most are 
left to become a pollution problem in one way or another. 
1/1/1 4 
9 There are always alternatives to plastic bags and the search for more 
alternatives continues. Paper bags are a possible option but they also 
take their toll on the environment. The use of trees to increase the 
production of paper products will also have a negative environmental 
effect. 
10 Reusable plastic bags are being introduced to regions that want to 
outlaw the plastic bags altogether. These are stronger and more 
durable and can be used for three to five trips to the store. Of course, 
the reusable cloth bag is fast becoming a favourite among 
environmental supporters. While thus far no bag is without its issues, 
these are the bags that are currently recommended for use to help 
protect environmental concerns. 
(a) (i) Why do some people object to the banning of plastic bags ? 1 
(ii) Why is reusing plastic bags not considered practical ? 1  
(iii)  Why is the disposal of plastic bags considered damaging to the 
environment ? 2 
(iv) How do plastic bags endanger the life of animals in the sea 
and on land ? 2 
(v) What factors discourage recycling of plastic bags ?  2 
(vi) What, according to the writer, is the best possible alternative 
to plastic bags ? 1 
 
(b)  Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following : 3 
(i) remove (para 2) 
(ii) choking (para 6) 
(iii) costly (para 7) 
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1/1/1 1 P.T.O. 
Candidates must write the Code on the 
title page of the answer-book. 
 Series OSR/1/C  Code No.  
1/1/1
 
 
 
Roll No. 
 
 
 
ENGLISH (Core) 
 
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100 
 
General Instructions :  
(i) This paper is divided into three Sections : A, B and C. All the sections 
are compulsory. 
(ii) Separate instructions are given with each section and question, 
wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow 
them faithfully. 
(iii) Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the 
questions.  
? Please check that this question paper contains 11 printed pages. 
? Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be 
written on the title page of the answer-book by the candidate. 
? Please check that this question paper contains 13 questions. 
? Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting 
it. 
? 15 minutes time has been allotted to read this question paper. The question 
paper will be distributed at 10.15 a.m. From 10.15 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., the 
students will read the question paper only and will not write any answer on the 
answer-book during this period. 
1/1/1 2 
 
 SECTION A — (Reading) 20 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12 
1 The effects of plastic bags on the environment are really quite 
devastating. While there are many objections to the banning of plastic 
bags based solely on their convenience, the damage to the environment 
needs to be controlled. 
2 There is no way to strictly limit the effects of plastic bags on the 
environment because there is no disposal method that will really help 
eliminate the problem. While reusing them is the first step, most 
people don?t do that. These bags are not durable enough to survive 
numerous trips to the store. The best that citizens can do is to reuse 
them. 
3 The biggest problem with this is that once they have been soiled they 
end up in the trash, which then ends up in the landfill or is burned. 
Either solution is very poor for the environment. Burning emits toxic 
gases that harm the atmosphere and increase the level of VOCs in the 
air while landfills hold them indefinitely as part of the plastic waste 
problem throughout the globe. 
4 One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic 
bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. These bags are very 
dangerous for sea life, especially those of the mammal variety. Any 
hunting mammal can easily mistake the size, shape and texture of the 
plastic bag for a meal and find its airway cut off. Needless deaths from 
plastic bags are increasing every year. 
1/1/1 3 P.T.O. 
5 The environmental balance of the waterways is being thrown off by the 
rate of plastic bags finding their way into the mouths and intestinal 
tracts of sea mammals. As one species begins to die off at an abnormal 
rate, every other living organism in the waterways is impacted. 
6 The indefinite period of time that it takes for the average plastic bag to 
break down can be literally hundreds of years. Every bag that ends up 
in the woodlands of the country threatens the natural progression of 
wildlife. Because the breakdown rate is so slow the chances that the 
bag will harmlessly go away are extremely slim. Throughout the world 
plastic bags are responsible for suffocation deaths of woodland animals 
as well as inhibiting soil nutrients. The land litter that is made up of 
plastic bags has the potential to kill over and over again. It has been 
estimated that one bag has the potential to unintentionally kill one 
animal per every three months due to unintentional digestion or 
inhalation. 
7 While it?s a noble thought to place the plastic bags in the recycling bin 
every week, studies have proven that there are very few recycling 
plants that actually recycle them. Most municipalities either burn 
them or send them off to the landfill after sorting. This is because it 
can be expensive to recycle this type of plastic. It doesn?t melt down 
easily and is often not fit to be reused in its original form. 
8 The premise of recycling these bags is nice. Yet funding for the 
upgrading of the recycling units just has not happened and thus less 
than 1% of all bags are sent to recycling plants worldwide. Most are 
left to become a pollution problem in one way or another. 
1/1/1 4 
9 There are always alternatives to plastic bags and the search for more 
alternatives continues. Paper bags are a possible option but they also 
take their toll on the environment. The use of trees to increase the 
production of paper products will also have a negative environmental 
effect. 
10 Reusable plastic bags are being introduced to regions that want to 
outlaw the plastic bags altogether. These are stronger and more 
durable and can be used for three to five trips to the store. Of course, 
the reusable cloth bag is fast becoming a favourite among 
environmental supporters. While thus far no bag is without its issues, 
these are the bags that are currently recommended for use to help 
protect environmental concerns. 
(a) (i) Why do some people object to the banning of plastic bags ? 1 
(ii) Why is reusing plastic bags not considered practical ? 1  
(iii)  Why is the disposal of plastic bags considered damaging to the 
environment ? 2 
(iv) How do plastic bags endanger the life of animals in the sea 
and on land ? 2 
(v) What factors discourage recycling of plastic bags ?  2 
(vi) What, according to the writer, is the best possible alternative 
to plastic bags ? 1 
 
(b)  Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following : 3 
(i) remove (para 2) 
(ii) choking (para 6) 
(iii) costly (para 7) 
1/1/1 5 P.T.O. 
2. Read the passage given below : 8 
The outcasts were not allowed to mount the platform 
surrounding the well, because if they were ever to draw water from it, 
the Hindus of the three upper castes would consider the water 
polluted. Nor were they allowed access to the nearby brook as their use 
of it would contaminate the stream. They had no well of their own 
because it cost a lot of money to dig a well in a hilly town. Perforce they 
had to collect at the foot of the upper-caste Hindu well and depend on 
the bounty of some of their superiors to pour water into their pitchers. 
More often than not there was no upper-caste Hindu present. Most of 
them were rich enough to get the water-carriers to supply them with 
plenty of fresh water every morning for their baths and kitchens, and 
only those came to the well who were either fond of an open-air bath or 
too poor to pay for the water-carriers? services. So the outcasts had to 
wait for a chance to bring some upper-caste Hindu to the well, for luck 
to decide that he was kind, for Fate to ordain that he had time — to get 
their pitchers filled with water. They crowded round the well, 
congested the space below its high brick platform, morning, noon and 
night, joining their hands in servile humility to every passer-by; 
cursing their fate, and bemoaning their lot, if they were refused the 
help they wanted; praying, beseeching and blessing, if some generous 
soul condescended to listen to them, or to help them. 
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