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AHSEC Class 12: English Solved Question Papers' 2015

English Q. Paper 2015
Full Marks: 100
Advanced Writing Skills: 25 Marks
Section A
1. Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions:
So the ship were bought into the dock and the passengers began to go to ashore . But Mr. Escombe had sent word to the catain that, as the white were highly enraged against me and my life was in danger,my family and I should be land at dusk, when the port superintendent Mr. Tatum would escort us home. The captain communicated the message to me, and I agreed to act accordingly. But scarely half an hour after this, Mr. Laughton came to the captain. He said,” I would like to take Mr. Gandhi with me, should he have no objection. As the legal advisor of the agent company I tell you that you are not bound to carry out the message you have received from   Mr. Escombe . after this he came to me and said somewhat to this effect “ if you are not afraid , I suggest that Mrs. Gandhi and children should drive to Mr. Rustomji’s house . while you and I follow follow them on foot . I do not at all like the idea of your entering the city like a thief in the night. I don’t thik there is any fear of anyone hurting you. Everything is quit now. The whites have dispersed. But in any case I am convinced that you ought not to enter the city stealthily .’ I readily agreed. My wife and children drove safely to Mr. Rustomji’s place. With the catain’s permission I went ashore with Mr. Laughton.  Mr. Rustomji’s house was about two miles from the dock. On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following questions:
(a)    Who is the speaker of this massage?
Ans: M.K Gandhi is the speaker of this massage.

(b)   What word had Mr. Escombe sent to the captain of the ship ?
Ans: Mr. Escombe had sent word to the catain that, as the white were highly enraged against me and my life was in danger, my family and I should be land at dusk, when the port superintendent Mr. Tatum would escort us home.
(c)    Why did Mr. Laughton came to the captain ?
Ans:  Mr. Laughton came to the captain to take Mr. Gandhi him if he had no objection. As the legal advisor of the company, laughton told him that he is not bound to carry out the message he had received.
(d)   What did Mr. laughton say to the speaker?
Ans : Mr. Laughton said that if Gandhi was not afraid, he guggested that Mrs. Gandhi and the children should drive to Rustomji’s house. Whilst Gandhi and Mr. Laughton would follow them on foot.
(e)   The speaker readily agreed to Mr. Laughton’s suggestion. What does it tell us about the speaker’s character?
Ans: The speaker, Mr. Gandhi readily agreed to Mr. Laughton’s suggestion. It tell us that Gandhi is a frank and courageous man. He does not like the idea of entering the city like a thief in the dusk.
(f)     Find a word from the passage that means, ‘moving secretly or moving like a thief’.
Ans: Stealthily 
2. Write an attractive poster for a cultural show in your village/town.                                                   5
Come One, Come all
14/15  AND 16TH APRIL, 2017
Issued by- x  club, Jamguri.
You are the Personal Manager of Hotel Taj International, Guwahati. You need two lady receptionists and five security guards for the hotel. Write out an advertisement for the posts which is to be published in an English daily.
WANTED, two lady receptionists and five security guards at Hotel Taj International, Guwahati. Qualification for receiptionist-  Atleast Graduate, Experience- atleast 1 year. No qualification and experience is required for security guard but the candidate must be physically strong. Candidate with good communication skills will be preferred for the post of receptionist. Salary- as per hotel rules. Apply with complete bio-data to the manager, Hotel Taj International, Guwahati by 15/2/2015.
3. Your School/College has recently celebrated ‘Cleanliness Week’, organizing a number of programs and competitions. Write a report in about 125 words to be published in a local newspaper.             10
Tinsukia, 20th May, 2012 (Karan), General Secretary of Eco Club, XYZ College, P.S. Road, Tinsukia, launched a special ‘Cleanliness week’ in a unique manner in respect of College and its neighborhood. It organized a number of inter-house competitions. Poster-competition aroused the interest of all neighborhood and college volunteers, including the guests. The participants made colourful posters on health and hygiene. Inter-house ‘cleanliness competition’ was the main attraction of the day. Vivekananda House was judged the best house for maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness. The students organized ‘cleanliness Quiz Contest’. An inter-house essay competition on ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ was also held. A grand function of songs and dances was organized in the afternoon in the college auditorium. The Principal gave away the prizes to the winners. Rammana was judged as ‘Mr. Clean’ of the College. Vivekananda House was awarded ‘The Cleanest House’ trophy.
Write an article on ‘Mobile Phones: Uses and Abuses’ to be published in your School/College magazine.
4. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper on reckless driving. You are Roshan/Divya living in Duliajan.        10
To                                                                                                                               Date:10thDecember,2016                
The Editor
The Assam Tribune
Sub: Rash and reckless driving on Guwahati Roads.
I want to draw the attention of your news paper on the reckless driving in our city. It is become fashion to drive carelessly and at a very high speed. It is now a days matter of risk to venture to walk along the streets. It is seen that the streets are made for the drivers of cars, taxi, rickshaws etc. They drive very fast that no one could cross the road, even they don’t think necessary to stop on the signals. They do not care about anyone, as they get into their vehicles they seems to forget all about the world except themselves.
 It is so we cannot imagine why we the pedestrians should not be allowed to walk safely. Because of their reckless driving daily we used to listen about many accidents.
Effective measure should be taken to make the drivers drive their vehicles in strict accordance with the traffic rules more effectively enforced on the drivers. Prevention, they should be made to realize in all circumstances better than cure.
Yours faithfully
Adress:  AT Road, Duliajan
You are Firoz/Meena. You have seen an advertisement for the post of Sales Executive in a multi-national company. Write a formal application for the post in response to the advertisement.
Examination Hall
Tinsukia college
12th December, 2017
The Manager
Human Resource Department
ABC Pvt. Ltd
Subject: An application for the post of sales executive
This is in response to your advertisement in ‘The Assam Tribune’ dated 10/12/2017 regarding the post of a sales executive. I wish to apply for the same post.
I am outgoing, deligent and open to learning and have good command over English speaking. I have all the requisite qualification and experience. I did my BBA from IIM, Delhi. I worked as a sales executive  in XML Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati  for 2 year. Having worked extensively in sales profession, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the senior managers to figure out sales strategies and work to achieve them. During my work at XML Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati  , I  had the opportunity to increase sales by 35% during the first year!. Moreover, I possess exceptional presentation skills which would help me to communicate effectively with potential customers.
As regard my qualification and experience , I am enclosing my bio- data for your kind consideration.  I shall be available for an interview on any day of your convenience.
If selected I shall discharge my duties with utmost devotion and sincerity to your full satisfaction.
Yours sincerely
1.Bio- Date 
NAME                               :                Firoz/Meena
FATHER NAME                :                S.K Dutta
ADDESS                             :                Examination Hall, Tinsukia College, Tinsukia (Assam)
CONTACT                          :                9987XXXXXX
DATE OF BIRTH                : xx/xx/1992
NATIONALITY                   : Indian
RELIGION                          : Hindu
MARITAL STATUS            : Unmarried
GENDER                            :  Male
AGE                                   : 25 years
IIM, Delhi
IIM, Delhi
Position held
XML Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati 
Sales executive
-          Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-          Working knowledge of Tally, Excel, MS-Word , Powerpoint
-          Winner of Inter –college Debate Competiton (2011)
-          Best employee of the year 2016 at XML Pvt. Ltd. Guwahati.
-          Developing successful territory plans
Hobby: Interacting with people, reading books,  etc.
Language Known: Hindi, English, Bengali, Assamese.
I solemnly declare that all the above information are correct to the best of my knowledge.
Date:    12/12/2017                                                                                                                 Firoz/Meena
 Place: Tinsukia                                                                                                                         Signature

Grammar: 20 Marks
5. Change the form of narration in the following sentences:                                                       2x2=4
a)      ‘Where do you go every Sunday?’ I asked the girl, She replied, ‘I go to the Church.’
Ans: I asked the girl where she went every Sunday. She replied that she go to the church.
b)      The teacher asked Rumi if she had read the Bible. She replied that She hadn’t.
Ans: The teacher said to Rumi,’’ Have you read the Bible?’’. She replied ,’’ I have not’’.
6. Change the voice of any three of the following sentences:                                                     1x3=3
a)      She bought the baby a doll.                                                       ANS: A doll was bought to he baby by her.
b)      They were refused admission.                                                   Ans:  Someone refused their admission
c)       He was found guilty of murder.                                                 Ans: The police found him guilty of murder
d)      The leader was welcomed by the people.                               Ans: The people welcomed the leader.
e)      My watch has been stolen.                                                         Ans: Someone has stolen my watch.
7. Rewrite any five of the following sentences using the verbs given in brackets in their correct tense forms.   1x5
a)      I usually (go) to bed at 10 o’ clock.                                                                            Ans: go
b)      The teacher (know) the boy was lying.                                                                     Ans: knew
c)       He (work) here since 2009.                                                                                         Ans: has been working
d)      When I reached the station, the train (leave).                                                        Ans: had left
e)      I (go) to Delhi tomorrow.                                                                                             Ans: shall go
f)       I (write) an essay now.                                                                                                 Ans: am writing
g)      When I went to her house, she (sing) a song.                                                          Ans: was singing
8. Rewrite any four of the following sentences filling in the blanks with appropriate prepositions:         1x4=4
a)      I have heard a lot about you ____ your class teacher.                                          Ans: about
b)      His father is a principal ____ a school in Jorhat.                                                     Ans: of
c)       Please sit down ____ a minute.                                                                                 Ans:for
d)      Tom is addicted ____ gambling.                                                                                Ans: to
e)      Don’t be afraid ____ telling the truth.                                                                      Ans: of
f)       Sheila is proud ____ her beauty.                                                                                Ans: of
9. Rewrite any four of the sentences as directed:                                                             1x4=4
a)      Kolkata is the most populous city in India. (Change into comparative degree)
Ans: Kolkata is more populous than any other city in india.
b)      No other boy is as intelligent as Raju. (Change into superlative degree)
Ans: Raju is the most intelligent boy.
c)       No sooner did he see me than he began to quarrel. (Change into affirmative)
Ans: As soon as he saw me, he began to quarrel.
d)      I know where he was born. (Change into a simple sentence)
Ans: I know his birth place.
e)      He tried all plans. (Change into negative)
Ans: He left no plan untried
f)       I shall never forget you. (Change into interrogative)
Ans: Shall I ever forget you.
Text Books: 45 Marks
10. Read the following extracts and answer the questions that follow:
i.            ‘…..and felt that old
Familiar ache, my childhood’s fear
But all I said was, see you soon, Amma,
All I did was smile and smile and smile…..’
                     i.      What was the childhood fear that now troubled the poet?                       1
Ans: The poet’s childhood fear is that she might lose her mother and never see her again.
                   ii.      What do the poet’s parting words suggest?                                                     2
Ans: The parting words ‘see you soon, Amma’, gives an assurance to the old lady that they will meet again.
                  iii.      Why did the poet smile and smile?                                                                      1
Ans: The poet smile and smile to overcome the ache and fear inside her heart.
ii.            ‘Those who prepare green wars,
Wars with gas, wars with fire,
Victory with no survivors,
And walk about with their brothers
In the shade, doing nothing’
Questions: ( see page no. 18, paper 2013)
                     i.            What are the different kinds of wars mentioned by the poet in the passage?                              1
                   ii.            What kind of victory do they achieve?                                                                                                            1
                  iii.            What should the warmongers do?                                                                                                   1
                 iv.            Find the words in the passage that mean ‘those left alive’ and ‘win’.                                               1
11. Answer any three of the following questions in 30-40 words:                                                             2x3=6
                     i.            Why has the mother been compared to the ‘late winter’s moon’?
Ans: The late winter moon lacks luster. The mothers face was pale and withered. Moreover, the late winter moon suggests the end of season and mother too is nearing the end of her life, therefore the poet compares her with the late winter’s moon
                   ii.            What is the sadness that the poet refers to in the poem, Keeping Quiet?
Ans: Man’s sadness is formed out of his own thinking. Men fail to understand themselves. They are always threatening themselves with death. When they do not understand themselves they become sad. A long silence might interrupt this sadness and make them good.
                  iii.            What is the legend on which the poem. A thing of beauty, is written?
Ans: The poem. ‘A Thing of Beauty’, is written based on the Greek lagend, in which Endymion, a beautiful young Shepherd of Mount Latmos, loved by the moon goddess Cynthia.
                 iv.            What, according to Keats, never ‘passes into nothingness’?
Ans: A thing of beauty never passes into nothingness. Its loveliness increases every moment. It is a constant source of happiness and pleasure. A thing of beauty is never devalued.
                   v.            What is ‘in the news’ as a mentioned in ‘A Roadside Stand’?
Ans: It is in the news that the pitiful kin are to be bought out and gathered in mercifully. They would be settled in villages next to the theatre and the store. Their places will be taken over by the rich and the cunning people. The villagers ‘won’t have to think for themselves anymore’. The greedy and cruel exploiters will dominate them.
                 vi.            Why do the people who are running the roadside stand ‘ask for some city money’?
Ans: The people who are running the roadside stand wish that the cash rich city people may patronize and oblige them. With that money they can also bring some changes and betterment in their lives. Only some city money can change their lives
12. Answer any five of the following questions:                                                               1x5=5
a)      What did M. Hamel write at the end of the class?
Ans: M. Hamel wrote “ vive - La France’’at the end of the class.
b)      What does the author of ‘Lost Spring’ find Saheb doing every morning?
Ans: The author of ‘Lost Spring’ finds Saheb scrounging for gold in the garbage every morning.
c)       What does Mukesh want to be?
Ans: Mukesh wants to be motor mechanic.
d)      Who is the ‘Chota Sahib’ in the ‘Memoirs of a Chota Sahib’?
Ans: He was the last British Senior Conservator of Forests of Assam.
e)      What did Shukla want Gandhi to do?
Ans: Shukla wanted Gandhi to take up the cause of poor sharecroppers of Champaran.
f)       Who was Sir Edward Gait?
Ans: Sir Edward Gait was the Lieutenant governor of the province of  Champaran.
g)      Did Sophie really meet Danny Casey?
Ans: No, sophie did not meet danny casey. But she just daydreamt about him.
h)      Where was it most likely that Sophie and her friend would find work after school?
Ans: It was most likely that sophie and her friend would find a job in biscuit factory.
13. Answer any five of the following questions in 30-40 words:                                                                 2x5=10
a)      What was Franz expected to be prepared with for school that day?
Ans: That day Franz was expected to be prepared with his lesson regarding the rules of participles . M. Hamel had said that he would question the students on participles on that day. Franz did not know anything about participles and thus dreaded (afraid)  the teacher’s anger.
b)      What was the commotion that Franz anticipated in the classroom?
Ans: Franz anticipated that a great bustle of the school would be heard from the street, the opening and closing of desks, lessons repeated in unison and teacher’s great ruler rapping on the table.
c)       What explanation does the author of ‘Lost Spring’ offer for the children not warning footwear?
Ans: The author gives an explanation that it has become a tradition for them to stay barefoot. But the author doubts it. The lack of money is the most valid explanation for children like Saheb can’t afford shoes.
d)      What is Firozabad famous for and why?
Ans: . Firozabad is famous for its bangles. Every other family is Firozabad is engaged in bangle making. It is the centre of India’s glass-blowing industry and families have spent generations making bangles for women.
e)      What was the belief about the dividing channel between Peacock Island and the main land of Guwahati?
Ans: In that time, it was believed that if this channel between Peacock Island and the mainland of Guwahati ever dried up completely, it would indicate the end of the British Raj. In some years, it was about to dry up. The writer says that he was ignorant whether in the time of the independence (in 1947), the channel was dried up or not, because, he would be no longer in Guwahati in that time.
f)       What does Round tree state about the large, ‘Bheel’ close to the bunglow at Rajapara?
Ans: Close to the bunglow at Rajapara, ther was a ‘Bheel’ where an earthquake had lowered the surface, and the land become inundated with water. It was an eerie ( strange and freighting) spot where tree skeletons still rose out of the water- a reminder that it had once been a dry land.
g)      What other dreams does Sophie have besides having a boutique?
Ans: Sophie  had a bundle of big deams,she wants to have a amazing boutique the city has ever seen. Besides, she desires to become an actress or a fashion designer. She can run boutique as side business
14. Answer any one of the following questions in 80-100 words:                                                              5x1=5
a)      Give a detailed account of the scene in the classroom on the day of the last lesson.
Ans: On the last day , classroom’s environment was completely different. M. Hamel came in his best dress –the green coat, the frilled shirt and little black silk cap. Back banches were occupied by the villagers. M. Hamel was completely calm and composed. He announced that it was going to be his last class as an orde had come from berlin that only German would be taught in the schools of Alsace and Lorraine. The new master was supposed to come on the following day. Everyone was shocked by this order specially Franz. He felt sorry for not learning his native language.
M. Hamel  asked Franz to recite rules on participales but he stood there silent. M. Hamel did not scold him. He confessed that his parents and he (the teacher) were at fault. He praised the French language calling it one of the most beautiful languages. He taught all the subjects patiently one after the other and had the courage to listen to all the pupils till the end. But, when the church clock struck twelve, he stood up and tried to speak something but he choked. He turned to the blackboard and wrote ‘Vive La France’ and make a gesture with his hand
b)      ‘The battle of Champaran is won’, Gandhi exclaimed. Explain the context in which this was said.
Ans: The lawyers played a very vital role in the Champaran movement. The news of Gandhi’s advent spread among the lawyers of Muzaffarpur. They called on Gandhi to brief him. Gandhi chided the lawyers for collecting big fees from the poor sharecroppers. Law courts were useless for them.
The lawyers from Bihar were again in the news. Gandhi was going to be tried in the court. Rajendra Prasad, and several other prominent lawyers had arrived from Bihar to support him. Gandhi asked what they would do if he was sentenced to prison. A senior lawyer replied that if he went to jail, they would go home.
Gandhi was disappointed. He asked what would happen to the sharecroppers if he went to jail. Who would fight for them? The lawyers felt ashamed. They thought that going home would be ‘shameful desertion’. They told him that they were ready to follow him into jail. Gandhi was more than satisfied. He declared: “the battle of Champaran is won”.
c)       Describe the miserable plight of the people of Firozabad.
Ans: Firozabad is famous for its bangle making. In Firozabad, every other family is engaged in bangle making. It is their God-given-lineage and hence they do not dare to change it. Actually they know nothing except bangle-making. Nobody cares for law in Firozabad. Employment of children in glass and bangle-industry continues unabated.
The fate of the children who work in glass furnaces is particularly pathetic. They have to work in exceptionally high temperatures. The work-places and working culture are simply killing. They work in dingy dark rooms without windows. There is no provision of fresh air and light. Actually their eyes are adjusted more to the dark than with the light outside. The result is disastrous. Many of them end up losing their eyesight before they become adults. Little do they know about the sanctity of bangles they make? Mind-numbing toil kills all dreams and hopes of child-workers in Firozabad.
15. Answer any one of the following questions in 125-150 words:                                            7x1=7
a) What impression do you form of Mr. Lamb? How does he look at life?
Ans: Derry is a fourteen year old boy who is very withdrawn and defiant. One side of his face has been burnt by acid and it looks very ugly and frightful. This incident has made him a victim of inferiority complex.
Derry is highly sensitive to what others – his parents, family friends, well-wishers or even total strangers – say about him. Their anxiety concern, fear and revulsion pains him more then the burn did.
Derry is quite intelligent. When Mr. Lamb mentions the story ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Derry at once comes out with its moral: ‘Handsome is a handsome does.’ He, however, evokes self-pity by saying, “I won’t change… and no one will kiss me ever.”
Derry is sensitive to the sufferings of others. He arouses sympathy for himself by making enquiries about the old man’s leg, pain and how he passes his life alone. Derry has the capacity to learn. He is impressed by the old man’s way of life in spite of physical handicap. In the end, he does not bother about his face or looks and wants to see, hear, learn and think and do what no one else has done. In short, Derry is a developing character.
Describe Tishani’s journey to the end of the earth-the Antarctic region, and her experiences during that journey.
Ans: The narrator boarded a Russian research ship the 'Akademik Shokalskiy'. He was heading towards the coldest, driest and windiest continent in the world — Antarctica. His journey began 13.09 degrees north of the Equator from Madras. He had to cross nine time-zones, six checkpoints, three bodies of water and at least three ecospheres. He travelled for over 100 hours. His first emotion was that of seeking relief. He wondered at its immensity and isolation.
The author spent two weeks in a place where 90 per cent of the earth's total ice volume is stored. There were no trees, no billboards or buildings. He lost all earthly sense of perspec­tive and time.
'Students on Ice' programme of Geoff Green was quite successful. The aim of the pro­gramme was to take high school students to the ends of the world. It provided them inspiring educational opportunities. They could develop a new understanding and respect for their planet. The most thrilling experience of the narrator was his walking on the ocean. Underneath their feet was a metre-thick ice pack and 180 metres of living, breathing, salt water.
16. Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words:                                                                2x4=8
a)      How did the Tiger King celebrate the killing of the hundredth tiger?
Ans: The Tiger King thought that he had killed the hundredth tiger. He was elated. He didn’t know that his bullet had missed the mark. The hundredth tiger survived. He ordered the tiger to be brought to the capital in grand procession. The dead tiger was taken in a procession through the town. It was buried and a tomb was erected over it.
b)      Why is Antarctica the perfect place to study changes in the environment?
Ans: Antarctica is the perfect place to study changes in the environment it always has less bio- diversity. It remains fresh and clean as it never sustained a human population
c)       Why and how did Derry enter Mr. Lamb’s garden?
Ans: Derry entered Mr. Lamb’s garden by walking slowly and cautiously through the long grass and round a screen of bushes and finally by climbing over the ground.
Derry entered Mr. Lamb’s garden with an intention to spend some time at an empty place. He thought it was an empty place.
d)      How and why do people comment so painfully about Derry’s face?
Ans: Derry has a burnt face . By looking at his face people comment him ‘poor boy’ and some by saying that only a mother can love such a terrible face. They comment in this way because they find Derry’s face really terrible. Moreover they don’t understand Derry’s feelings.  
e)      When did Bama experience untouchability?
Ans: When the narrator was in the third class, she hadn't yet heard people speak only of untouchability. But the curse of untouchability did exist in the society. She had already seen, felt and experienced it. There were occasions when she felt humiliated by it.
f)       Why did Zitkala-Sa feel uncomfortable in the dining room?

Ans: The narrator felt quite uncomfortable in the dining room. A small bell was tapped. She pulled her chair out and sat on it. She was the only one seated there. A second bell was sounded. All were seated. A 'paleface woman' watched her keenly. Then everyone started eat­ing. All these activities confused her. She felt quite uncomfortable and uneasy.