CBSE Class 12th English (Core) Practice Paper: Set-II

Find CBSE Class 12 English (Core) Practice Paper: Set-II. These questions will not only help the students to prepare for exams in a better manner, but will also help them in understanding the depth with which a topic should be studied.

Created On: Nov 24, 2015 17:00 IST

Find CBSE Class 12 English (Core) Practice Paper: Set-II. These questions will not only help the students to prepare for exams in a better manner, but will also help them in understanding the depth with which a topic should be studied. 

Few Sample Questions from this paper are as follows:

Q. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

1. I have lived in Rishikesh for 15 years and have seen the shift in the mindset of India’s younger generation. While they are patriotic, prepared to join any movement, march waving political flags, join Facebook groups, they are not, in most cases, convinced by India's culture. In fact, they ask questions that evidence their dissatisfaction with and disinterest in what we call culture, values and sanskaras. "Why can't we date before marriage? Why do we live in a joint family? I believe in God but not in temples or puja. Why can't my parents understand?” They are turning from vegetarians to non-vegetarians, from teetotaller to drinkers, from obedient to rebellious young adults at alarming rates. And at the same time, parents say: ’’What's wrong with our children? They are going astray.”

2. My academic background is psychology from Stanford University; hence I am used to doing analysis. I came to India at the age of 25, having grown up in Los Angeles, in the heart of American upper class “modem” culture and was so filled with delight by the grace, the truth, the divinity, and the depth of traditional Indian culture that -  despite protests from people back home — I stayed. I have seen both the worlds, up close-up American culture where acceptance is based un now you look in a black mini-skirt; how many times a week you’re seen drinking coffee past 2 a.m. in the local “hot spot”; how many drug-filled dens you visit on a Saturday night And I have seen the results. Fifteen- year-olds killed in drunken driving accidents, night after night of sleeplessness stealing the minds of Ivy-League students, third marriages by 25, a country where the most commonly prescribed medicines are antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills.

3. There is much to‘ be emulated about Western culture — its commitment to excellence and perfection, punctuality, reliability, fulfillment of promises, adherence to contracts, integrity and honesty- attributes which other countries like India would benefit by adopting. But, tragically, what is being adopted by metropolitan Indian youth is the illusion of (not real) sophistication, allure of glamour, myth of material enjoyment that is seeping into Indian culture.

4. India's culture, values, ethics and traditions form the foundation of a succe- meaningful and fulfilling life. If you ask a person in Los Angeles, stepping out of Mercedes, "How are you?" Chances are you will get in reply a list of complaints -  ‘back is hurting; the housekeeper (maid) didn't show up; the store ran out of favourite cereal; too much traffic on the road," Put the same question to an I. ‘- Indian, and the chances are your question will be answered with "Sub Bhagwan ki kripa hai.” This is the fruit of culture: deep satisfaction despite ups and downs of daily. Apparently, god's kripa seems to have showered abundantly more upon the woman. Yet, she needs a pill to go to sleep, a pill to wake up, a pill to make it through the day.

5. India's values have kept India strong and united despite thousands of years invasions. They have kept their minds and hearts independent even when their country was colonised and oppressed.

6. However, today what is needed is a new vocabulary. The youth of today has to  be raised differently from those in previous generations. Information is at their finger-tips. Modem science and technology have rendered the inexplicable and impossible decade ago, child's play today. We cannot expect them to accept "because I said so” or "because God made it that way."

7. Most middle-aged Indians today would never have dared disobey or question their parents. Therefore, their children’s continuous chant of “why?” seems insolent and disrespectful. Today’s youth have been raised to wonder; to question, to investigate, to discover.

8. Give them scientific, rational pragmatic reasons to be vegetarian. Explain that the meat industry is the single largest contributor to world hunger as well as environmental destruction. India is the richest country in the world in its depth of culture, values, ethics and tradition. The values and ethics of centuries ago are just as valid and applicable today as then. We only have to explain them differently.

(a) Answer the following questions:

      (i) What evidence does she give to prove this shift?

      (ii) How is she qualified to pass judgement on them?

      (iii) Describe the irony in the life of a typical rich American woman.

      (iv) What argument does the author give in favour of being a vegetarian?

(b) Which words in the above passage mean the same as the following?

       (i) Show/prove (Para 1)

       (ii) Copied/imitated (Para 3)

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