English Sample Question Papers Class-11

Sample Question Paper 1
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English Core
A sample question paper for CBSE class XI
Time: 3 hrs Max. Marks: 80 

General Instructions
 1. This paper is divided into three Sections A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
 2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.
Section A (Reading) [20 Marks]
1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. In the democratic countries, intelligence is still free to ask whatever question it chooses. This freedom, it is almost certain, will not survive another war. Educationists should, therefore, do all they can, while there is yet time, to build up , the men and women of the next generation will be at the mercy of that skilful propagandist who contrives to seize the instruments of information and persuasion. Resistance to suggestion can be built up in two ways. First, children can be taught to rely on their own internal resources and not to depend on incessant stimulation from without. This is doubly important. Reliance on external stimulation is bad for the character. Moreover, such stimulation is the stuff with which propagandists bait their books, the jam in which dictators conceal their ideological pills. An individual who relies on external stimulations thereby exposes himself to the full force of whatever propaganda is being made in his neighborhood. For a majority of people in the West, purposeless reading, purposeless listening-in, purposeless listening to radios, purposeless looking at films have become addictions, psychological equivalents of alcoholism and morphinism. Things have come to such a pitch that there are many millions of men and women who suffer real distress if they are cut off for a few days or even a few hours from newspaper, radio, music or moving pictures. Like the addict to a drug, they have to indulge their vice, not because the indulgence gives them any real pleasure, but because, unless they indulge, they feel painfully subnormal and incomplete.
Even by intelligent people, it is now taken for granted that such psychological addictions are inevitable and even desirable, that there is nothing to be alarmed at in that fact that the majority of civilized men and women are now incapable of living on their own spiritual resources, but have become abjectly dependent on incessant stimulation from without. How can children be taught to rely upon their own spiritual resources and resist the temptation to become reading addicts, hearing addicts, seeing addicts? First of all, they can be taught how to entertain themselves by making things, by playing musical instruments, by purposeful study, by scientific observation, by the practice of some art and so on. But such education of the hand and the intellect is not enough. Psychology has its Gresham's Law, it is bad money that drives out the good. Most people tend to perform the actions that require least effort to think the thoughts that are easiest to feel, the emotions that are most vulgarly common place, to give rein to the desires that are most nearly animal. And they will tend to do this even if they possess the knowledge and skill to do otherwise. Along with the necessary knowledge and skill must be given the will to use them even under the pressure of incessant temptation to take the line of least resistance and become an addict to psychological drugs. Most people will not wish to resist these temptations unless they have a coherent philosophy of life, which makes it reasonable and right for them to do so. The other method of heightening resistance to suggestion is purely intellectual and consists in training young people to subject the diverse devices of the propagandists to critical analysis. The first thing that educators must do is to analyze the words currently used in newspapers, on platforms by preachers and broadcasters. Their critical analysis and constructive criticism should reach out to the children and the youth with such a clarity that they learn to react to forceful suggestions the right way at the right time.
 (a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it using headings and sub-heading Use recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary (minimum 4). Supply an appropriate title to it.
(b) Write a summary of the above passage in about 80-100 words.
 2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. to About twice every century, one of the massive stars in our galaxy blows itself apart in a supernova explosion that sends massive quantities of radiation and matter into space and generates shock waves that sweep through the arms of the galaxy. The shock waves heat the interstellar gas, evaporate small clouds and compress larger ones to the point at which they collapse under their own gravity to form new stars. The general picture that has been developed for the supernova explosion and its aftermath goes something like this. Throughout its evolution, a star is much like a leaky balloon. It keeps its equilibrium figure through a balance of internal pressure against the tendency to collapse under its own weight. The pressure is generated by nuclear reactions in the core of the star which must continually supply energy to balance the energy that leaks out in the form of radiation. Eventually the nuclear fuel is exhausted and the pressure drops in the core. With nothing to hold it up, the matter in the center of the star collapses inward, creating higher and higher densities and temperatures, until the nuclei and electrons are fined into a super-dense lump of matter known as a neutron star. As the overlying layers rain down on the surface of the neutron star, the temperature rises, until with a blinding flash of radiation, the collapse is reversed. A thermonuclear shock wave runs through the now expanding stellar envelope, fusing lighter elements into heavier ones and producing a brilliant visual outburst that can be as intense as the light of 10 billion suns.
The shell of matter thrown off by the explosion plows through the surrounding gas, producing an expanding bubble of hot gas. With gas temperatures in the millions of degrees. This gas will emit most of its energy at X-ray wavelengths, so it is not surprising that X-ray observatories have provided some of the most useful insights into the nature of the supernova phenomenon. More than twenty supernova remnants have now been detected in X-ray studies. Recent discoveries of meteorites with anomalous concentrations of certain isotopes indicate that a supernova might have precipitated the birth of our solar system more than four and a half billion years ago. Although the cloud that collapsed to form the sun and the planets was composed primarily of hydrogen and helium, it also contained carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, elements essential for life as we know it. Elements heavier than helium arc manufactured deep in the interior of stars and would, for the most part, remain there if it were not for the cataclysmic supernova explosions that blow giant stars apart. Additionally, supernovas produce clouds of high energy particles called cosmic rays. These high energy particles continually bombard the Earth and are responsible for many of the genetic mutations that are the driving force of the evolution of species.
(a)    On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following questions by choosing the correct option.
 (i) Which of the following titles best describes the content of the passage?
(a) The origins and effects of supernovas.
(b) The life and death of stars.
 (c) The origins and evolution of life on Earth.
 (d) The aftermath of a supernova.
(ii) According to the passage, we can expect a supernova to occur in our galaxy
(a) About twice each year.
(b) Hundreds of times each century.
 (c) About once every fifty years.
(d) About twice every other century.
(iii) According to the passage all of the following are true of supernovas except that they
(a) Are extremely bright.
(b) Are an explosion of some sort.
(c) Emit large quantities of X-rays.
 (d) Result in the destruction of a neutron star.
 (iv) According to the passage what is the first event in the sequence that leads to the occurrence of a supernova?
 (a) An ordinary star begins to emit tremendous quantities of X-rays.
 (b) A neutron star is enveloped by a superheated cloud of gas.
 (c) An imbalance between light and heavy elements causes an ordinary star to collapse
 (d) An ordinary star exhausts its supply of nuclear fuel and begins to collapse.
(v) According to the passage a neutron star is
a) A gaseous cloud containing heavy elements.
 (b) An intermediate stage between an ordinary star and a supernova.
 (c) The residue that is left by a supernova.
d) The core of an ordinary star that houses the thermonuclear reactions.
(vi) The author is primarily concerned with
(a) Speculating about the origins of our solar system.
(b) Presenting evidence proving the existence of supernovas.
(c) Discussing the nuclear reaction that occurs in the core of a star
(d) Describing the sequence of scientific events.
(b) On the basis of your reading of the given passage, answer the following questions briefly.
(i) How does a star maintain its equilibrium?
(ii)How can we say that a supernova might have been responsible for our birth?
(iii) What could the phrase 'arms of the galaxy mean?
(iv) The synonym of 'tendency is ……………. 
(v) The word …………….from the passage similar to the word 'remaining quantity'.
(vi) The word opposite of 'anomalous' is……………..
 Section B
(Writing & Grammar) [30 Marks]
3.  You are the General Manager of a reputed company. The company requires posh bungalows on company lease as guest houses. Draft an advertisement under the classified columns to be published in a leading daily.     (4)
 Manav is a student of class XI of GB Public School. He has lost his hall ticket for the annual examinations. He wants to put up a notice on the school notice board. Draft a notice on his behalf.       (4)
 4. You recently travelled in the state transport buses and were aghast to see their pitiable state. You were deeply worried at the falling standards of the service. You decide to voice your concern by writing a letter to the General Manager (Maintenance), State Transport. Write the letter in about 120-150 words.    (6)
 Making a career choice is a very difficult choice that every student is confronted with. Unfortunately, our institutions are in a dearth of educational councilors who can guide the children. Write a letter to the editor in about 120-150 words of a national daily about the persistent problem, suggest* ways to improve it.                  (6)
5."We all mourn and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology and yet each one of us, in our comfortable little ways contributes daily to that destruction:" You are Sunita/Suresh and have read the above lines in a newspaper and decide to write an article in the School Magazine titled "Save the Planet Earth:' Using ideas from the lines you read and your own ideas, write the article in minimum 150-200 words.            (10)
 In an inter-school debate you have to speak in favour of the motion 'Modern Gadgets have made us Their Slaves '. Using ideas from the unit on 'Science' as well as your own ideas, write a speech in favour of this motion in your answer sheet in minimum 150-200 words.             (10)

6.The following letter has not been edited and contains some errors. The part where the error is has been numbered and underlined. Edit the letter by giving appropriate answer.
26. Modern Town
 24th August, 20XX
Respected Daddy
 I hope (a) all may be fine at home. Here I (b) are doing well in my studies. I (c) have sketched a timetable for my studies and playing.
 I am sorry to write that the watch (d) has not been kept the right time. It also stops on its own. If I give it a slight jerk it (e) states working. This way it disturbs my time schedule. It (f) might be still under (g) warranted. Kindly get it replaced. I am sending it through Mohit. He is coming (h) for you the day after tomorrow. Please send it back through him.
 Give my regards to mama and love to Sania.
Yours loving son
7. Rearrange the following words/ phrases into meaningful sentences.
 (a) stories/loved/my grandfather/telling me
(b) that/ used/ he said/ in his childhood/ to be celebrated/ his birthday/ differently
 8. Read the conversation given below and complete the following passage by filling in the blank places appropriately. Do not add any new information.
Customer Can I have a small bottle of tomato sauce?
Shopkeeper Sorry, I have only big bottles.
Customer When will it be available?
Shopkeeper I can give it to you tomorrow.
Customer Thank you, then I will get it tomorrow.
The customer asked the shopkeeper for a small bottle of tomato sauce. The shopkeeper said (a)………………. tomato sauce. The customer wanted to know (b)………………….. The shopkeeper said that (c)……………………..The customer thanked him and said that (d)…………………………. 

Section C
(Literature and Long Reading Text) [30 Marks]

 9. Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate option. (1*3 = 3)         
 And who art thou? Said I to the soft falling shower
Which strange to tell gave me an answer, as here translated:
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,
(1) 'I' in the third line stands for……………….
 (a) The rain.                
(b) The poet.
 (c) The reader.
 (d) Earth.
(ii) 'I' in the first line stands for 
(a) The poet.
(b) The rain.
 (c) Earth.
(d) The sea.

(iii) What Is strange to tell?
(a) The falling of the rain.
(b) The poem of the Earth.
(c) The rain starts to answer.
(d) None of the above

10. Answer any three of the following questions. (3*3 = 9)
(i) Which thought about the grandmother was revolting to Khushwant Singh?
(ii) King Tut's body has been subjected to repeated scrutiny. Comment.
(iii) Why did Taplow have to stay back at school?
 (iv) Give two instances of irony in The Tale of the Melon City".
 11. Answer the following questions in about 120-150 words.
Highlight the tremendous courage shown by the two children during the direst stress. (6)
Mourad was the natural descendant of the crazy streak of Uncle Khosrove. Elaborate. (6)

Long Reading Text (Novel)

How does the writer justify that the Canterville Chase is a haunted place? (The Centerville Ghost) (6)
 Describe Booker's early childhood, family and home. What does he do as a young boy on plantation? (Up from Slavery) (6)
13. What impression do you form about the Duke of Cheshire? (The Centerville Ghost) (6)
What impression do you form of Booker from his autobiography? (Up from Slavery) (6)