CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11 English Solved 2016 Set 7
Section -A Reading [20 Marks]
1.Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. (8)
The Boston Consulting Group’s 15th annual report,” Winning the Growth Game: Global Wealth 2015”, has received extensive coverage in the Indian media.
The report comes on top of the Global Wealth Data book 2014 from Credit Suisse, which provides a much more accurate and comprehensive picture of the trends in global inequality.
The Global Wealth Databook reveals some startling facts. The richest 1% of Indians today own nearly half (49%) of India’s personal wealth. The rest of us, 99% are left to share the remainder among ourselves. At the other end of the spectrum, of the world’s poorest 20% people nearly one in four are Indians. Just to show by contrast, China’s share is a mere 3%.
Now, there is no doubt that poverty has declined significantly in recent times in India. But can we say the same about inequality? The Credit Suisse report gives an unequivocal answer: No. Even nearly three decades after economic reforms and high growth, inequality continues to rise and wealth has becomes even more concentrated at the top. India’s super -rich (top 1%) who owned 37% of India’s personal wealth in 2000, have even more rapidly increased their share to 49%. Meanwhile, millions of Indians do not find themselves a part of the growth story.
And there is growing resentment over this gaping inequality. With greater access to the electronic media across the country, the differences are glaringly visible for those at the base of the development pyramid. Inequality in India operates on multiple axes – of gender, class, caste, region, religion and ethnicity. But perhaps the worst suffering is of India’s tribal people, who suffer a double whammy of both disadvantaged region and ethnicity.
A paper in the Economic and Political Weekly reveals that if we want to get an accurate picture of regional inequalities, a well-recognised elffirnbnk ©LTndia’s growth experience,we have to look much deeper than just states or even districts. We need to go to the subdistrict or block level. And there we find that an overwhelming share of the most backward subdistricts has as high concentration of tribal population.
Official data on all indicators of development reveals that India’s tribal people are the worst off in terms of income, health, education, nutrition, infrastructure and governance. They have also been unfortunately at the receiving end of the injustices of the development process itself. Around 40% of the 60 million people displaced following development projects in India are tribals, which is not a surprise given that 90% of our coal and more than 50% of most minerals and dam sites are mainly in tribal regions.
Our vision of development should be more inclusive and empowering the left out. First, the overall direction of growth needs to change. We cannot continue with a pattern of jobless growth. It is also clear that sustainability has to at the core of our development strategy. If we truly want to build tribal incomes, we need to offer them a range of sustainable livelihoods, including non-pesticide managed agriculture, an imperative also for the health of Indian consumers as well as for reducing the escalating financial and ecological costs of farming.
(a)On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it using headings and subheadings. Use recognisable abbreviations wherever necessary (minimum 4). Supply an appropriate title to it. (5)
(b)Write a summary of the above passage in about 80-100 words. (3)
2.Read the following poem carefully and answer the questions that follow. (12)
The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set or better still, just don’t install The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,
We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone’s place we saw A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit Until they’re hypnotised by it,
Until they’re absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don’t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch, They leave you free to cook the lunch And wash the dishes in the sink
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BUND HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND A FANTASY, FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK – – HE ONLY SEES! -RoaldDahl
(a)On the basis of your reading of the above poem, answer the following questions by choosing the correct option. (1×6=6)
(i)How do children behave while watching TV
(a)They are hynotised (b)They eat a lot
(c)They are happy (d)They are sad
(ii)Why shouldn’t one install TV?
(a)It is hynotising (b) It is a idiotic thing
(c) It spoils the children’s mind (d)It has a big screen
(iii)How are the parents relieved?
(a)Children watch TV (b)Parents get time to do household work
(c) Children get absolutely drunk (d)Parents don’t fight
(iv)Why can’t a child understand fantasy and fairyland?
(a)He is glued to TV
(b)His parents are busy doing household work
(c)TV spoils their mind and imagination
(d)Both (a) and (b)
(v)What is the meaning of the phrase ‘ghastly junk’?
(a)The idiotic box (b) The garbage
(c)Household work (d) Programmes on TV
(vi)Select the verb from the following options.
(a)television (b) idiotic
(c)fantasy (d) slop
(b)On the basis of your reading of the given poem, answer the following questions briefly. (1×6=6)
(i)In your opinion, is the poet right in saying what he says? Why?
(ii)What is the tone of the poet when he uses the capital letters in the last fines?
(iii)What are the undesirable consequences of watching television?
(iv)How does television become a harmful addiction for children?
(v)The word in the passage which is a synonym of ‘mesmerised’, is…………………
(vi)The word………… in the peom is a synonym of the word ‘chokes’.
Section -B Writing and Grammar [30 Marks]
3.You are Director General, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Government of India. You need posters for the occasion of Independence Day which will be displayed across the nation . Write a notice in about 50 words inviting entries for the same. (4)
You are running a Tree – House Resort in Jaipur. Prepare an advertisement for publication in the newspaper highlighting the tourist attractions of the resort and exclusive discounts on holiday packages. (4)
4.You are running an acting school in Faridabad. You have received a letter from an evening school in Lalganj enquiring about the courses available, eligibility criteria and fees details. As the Counsellor of the Institute, write a letter in about 120-150 words furnishing all details. You are Naresh/Nilima, Counsellor, National Acting School, Faridabad. (6)
You are Sunita/Suresh, Coordinator of Ram Mohan School, Udaipur. An excursion has been planned from your school to Gwalior. Write a letter to the Manager, Tiger Den Resort, Gwalior, requesting him to provide accommodation for 30 girls and 30 boys for three days. (6)
5.Write a speech in about 150-200 words on the topic “Capital Punishment should be abolished”, to be delivered in the morning assembly. (10)
A famous celebrity arrived in the capital city for a charity function. Write a report of the same for a local daily. (150-200 words) (10)
6.The following passage is not edited. It has a missing word in each line. Locate the missing word and write your answer along with words which come before and after the word. (1/2×8 = 4)
Before Missing After
(a)Times have changed. Nowadays, you rush
off to a travel agent to book tickets. ………. …………. ……….
(b)You sit at home and book them over ………. …………. ……….
(c)the Internet. However, you not assume ………. …………. ……….
(d)that you book on the net, mistakes won’t ………. …………. ……….
(e)heppen,One always check bookings ………. …………. ……….
(f)carefully,If you don’t, you find yourself in ………. …………. ……….
(g)the wrong part of world. One such incident ………. …………. ……….
(h)happened to a British couple ended up . ………. …………. ……….
reaching Canada instead of Sydney.
7.Rearrange the following words/phrases into meaningful sentences.(1×2 = 2)
(a)its beginning / is expanding / the universe / since / has been / and
(b)can’t stop/ who drinks / an alcoholic / too much / and / is a person
8.Vikas has written the following letter to his friend, Nikhil. After reading the details, complete the passive sentences in the conversation. Do not add any new information. (lx 4 = 4)
Someone broke into our house at the weekend. The burglar took some jewellery. But luckily he didn’t do any damage. Later, a nice young police officer interviewed me.
Vikas Our house (a) …………………….
Nikhil Oh no !
Vikas Some jewellery (b) ………………… But luckily no (c) ……………..
Nikhil Did the police come and see you ?
Section -C Literature and Long Reading Text [30 Marks]
9.Read the extract carefully and answer the questions. (1×3 = 3)
“When did my childhood go?
Was it when I found my mind was really mine,
To use whichever way I choose,
Producing thoughts that were not those of other people But my own, and mine alone Was that the day!”
(i)Describe the poet’s thoughts in the above stanza.
(ii)Explain the phrase “producing thoughts.”
(iii) Which phase of life does this stanza show?
10.Answer any three of the following questions. (3×3 = 9)
(i) Give your opinion on our grasslands getting converted to wastelands.
(ii)Why do you think scientific discoveries are significant? Discuss it in Light of the chapter. ‘Discovering Tut: The Saga Continues’.
(iii)Describe Khushwant Singh’s grandmother’s appearance.
(iv)Why didn’t Albert want to learn dates?
11.Answer the following questions in 120-150 words.
How do superstitious beliefs harm us? How do we differentiate between traditions and such beliefs? Discuss with reference to the chapter, ‘Discovering Tut: Saga continues’. (6)
As a society, what kind of environment are we offering to our future generations? With reference to the chapter ‘The Ailing planet the Green Movement’s Role’ discuss the knowledge and values human beings are giving their younger generations. (6)
Long Reading Text (Novel)
12.Describe how the second appearance of Sir Simon’s Ghost ended as a failure.(The Canterville Ghost) (6)
Why did the slaves feel deprivation of food less than the whites during war? (Up From Slavery) (6)
13.Bring out*the characteristic traits of Washington. (The Canterville Ghost) (6)
How was Booker’s mother a source of inspiration in his life? (Up From Slavery) (6)