12th Class English Sample Paper

done English Olympiad Model Paper-8

  • question_answer1)

    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes. But, he said something during last week's Patel rebellion that many in present day India agree with. In an interview to The Hindu newspaper Hardik Patel said, "Either free the country from reservation or make everybody a slave of reservation."
    In Banaras Hindu University, during last year's election campaign, I met students who said that one reason why they were voting for Narendra Modi was because they belived he was the because they believed he was the only political leader who could end ?aarakshan.? They told me that 70 per cent of the seats in their university were reserved and this meant that those who had only the ?general? category available had to compete much, much harder. When it comes to medical and engineering colleges, the problem is more serious, since if you are low of caste you can become a doctor or an engineer with half the marks that an upper caste students needs.
    Reserved quotas for backward castes and communities were an idea born out of times when ?the people? were supplicants at the high table of political power. It may have been useful then. But, today is has become such an absurdity that while increasing numbers of Dalits are demanding bank loans instead of sops, powerful rural communities are demanding sops. The Patel uprising comes on the back of similar uprisings by Gujars, Jats and Marathas. These are powerful rural castes but this ridiculous situation has been created by cynical political leaders more interested in vote banks than India?s future.
    In government jobs, universities, technical colleges and welfare programmes, quotas have become a trigger for caste strife. This is because almost the only people left without a quota are a handful of upper caste Hindu population and they bitterly resent this injustice.
    If quotas must exist, they should be for economic and not caste reasons, and if within this category, there need to be special provisions made for castes that have been brutalized over centuries, then these should be in the form of extra generous student loans.
    The article given above has been written at the backdrop of which of the following?

    A) Uprisings by Gujars

    B) Uprisings by Jats and Marathas

    C) Student?sapprehensionsagainst?aarakshan?

    D) All of these

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes. But, he said something during last week's Patel rebellion that many in present day India agree with. In an interview to The Hindu newspaper Hardik Patel said, "Either free the country from reservation or make everybody a slave of reservation."
    In Banaras Hindu University, during last year's election campaign, I met students who said that one reason why they were voting for Narendra Modi was because they belived he was the because they believed he was the only political leader who could end ?aarakshan.? They told me that 70 per cent of the seats in their university were reserved and this meant that those who had only the ?general? category available had to compete much, much harder. When it comes to medical and engineering colleges, the problem is more serious, since if you are low of caste you can become a doctor or an engineer with half the marks that an upper caste students needs.
    Reserved quotas for backward castes and communities were an idea born out of times when ?the people? were supplicants at the high table of political power. It may have been useful then. But, today is has become such an absurdity that while increasing numbers of Dalits are demanding bank loans instead of sops, powerful rural communities are demanding sops. The Patel uprising comes on the back of similar uprisings by Gujars, Jats and Marathas. These are powerful rural castes but this ridiculous situation has been created by cynical political leaders more interested in vote banks than India?s future.
    In government jobs, universities, technical colleges and welfare programmes, quotas have become a trigger for caste strife. This is because almost the only people left without a quota are a handful of upper caste Hindu population and they bitterly resent this injustice.
    If quotas must exist, they should be for economic and not caste reasons, and if within this category, there need to be special provisions made for castes that have been brutalized over centuries, then these should be in the form of extra generous student loans.
    "Either free the country from reservation or make everybody a stave of reservation." Which of the following is a strong argument in favour of the above statement?

    A) The only people left without a reservation in India today, are a handful of upper caste Hindu.

    B) Reservation or quota system has been kept alive by cynical political leaders more interested in vote banks than India's future.

    C) Reservations have become a trigger for caste strife.

    D) People under ?general? category have to compete much, much harder not only in colleges, universities, technical colleges, but also in government jobs, and welfare programmes, due to reservation.

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    The new leader from Gujarat is an unpleasant young man with dodgy political ideas and dodgy political heroes. But, he said something during last week's Patel rebellion that many in present day India agree with. In an interview to The Hindu newspaper Hardik Patel said, "Either free the country from reservation or make everybody a slave of reservation."
    In Banaras Hindu University, during last year's election campaign, I met students who said that one reason why they were voting for Narendra Modi was because they belived he was the because they believed he was the only political leader who could end ?aarakshan.? They told me that 70 per cent of the seats in their university were reserved and this meant that those who had only the ?general? category available had to compete much, much harder. When it comes to medical and engineering colleges, the problem is more serious, since if you are low of caste you can become a doctor or an engineer with half the marks that an upper caste students needs.
    Reserved quotas for backward castes and communities were an idea born out of times when ?the people? were supplicants at the high table of political power. It may have been useful then. But, today is has become such an absurdity that while increasing numbers of Dalits are demanding bank loans instead of sops, powerful rural communities are demanding sops. The Patel uprising comes on the back of similar uprisings by Gujars, Jats and Marathas. These are powerful rural castes but this ridiculous situation has been created by cynical political leaders more interested in vote banks than India?s future.
    In government jobs, universities, technical colleges and welfare programmes, quotas have become a trigger for caste strife. This is because almost the only people left without a quota are a handful of upper caste Hindu population and they bitterly resent this injustice.
    If quotas must exist, they should be for economic and not caste reasons, and if within this category, there need to be special provisions made for castes that have been brutalized over centuries, then these should be in the form of extra generous student loans.
    ???.today it has become such an absurdity?..?Why the author thinks so?

    A) Increasing numbers of Dalits are demanding bank loans instead of sops.

    B) There has been uprising by powerful rural castes.

    C) Reservation has created a cynical political situation in India.

    D) All of these

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer4)

    Arrange P, Q, R, S to make a correct sentence.
    In the run-up to the general election,
    P: in his prime ministrial campaign,
    Q: as an outsider to Delhi's entrenched elites and
    R: as the challenger to their imperious and haughty ways
    S: Narendra Modi had projected himself

    A) PQR

    B) SPQR

    C) PSQR

    D) SQRP

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer5)

    Direction: Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.
    A man who always connives _______ the faults of his children is their worst enemy.

    A) a) on

    B) in

    C) at

    D) to

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.
    The seizure ___ his property was carried out under the direct orders ____ the CBI.

    A) off, on

    B) of, from

    C) on, from

    D) to, by

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer7) Which of the following sentences is grammatically wrong?

    A) He who has suffered most in the cause speak.

    B) Oil and water does not mix.

    C) I should have liked to go.

    D) I never have hurt anybody, and never will.

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer8)

    Arrange the word given below in a meaningful sequence.
    1. Caste
    2. Family
    3. Newly married couple 4. Species
    5. Clan

    A) 23145

    B) 34512

    C) 32154

    D) 21543

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer9)

    Find the analogy.
    Class: School: Student:: ?

    A) Ball: Bat: Pitch

    B) Sister: Family: Brother

    C) Leaf: Tree: Root

    D) Hand: Body: Finger

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer10) In which of the following cases we do not use a comma (,)?

    A) To separate a series of loosely related clauses

    B) To mark of a direct quotation from the rest of the sentence

    C) To separate a Noun clause-whether subject or object-preceding the verb

    D) To mark off words used in addressing people

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer11)

    Direction: Give the exact meaning of the phrases/idioms underlined in the sentences below.
    A movement for the world peace is in the offing.

    A) in the air

    B) at the end

    C) about to start

    D) on decline

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer12)

    Direction: Give the exact meaning of the phrases/idioms underlined in the sentences below.
    Let us admit that we could not heap coals of fire n his head.

    A) agitate him

    B) put shame to him

    C) make him feel sorry

    D) incite him to a fight

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer13) Find the word with correct spelling.

    A) Remeuneration

    B) Remunaration

    C) Remunration

    D) Remuneration

    E) None of these

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    Given below is a sentence in four parts. One of the parts contains a grammatical error. Find the part.
    None of the students (i)/ attending your class (ii)/ answered your questions (iii)/did they? (iv)

    A) i

    B) ii

    C) iii

    D) iv

    E) No error

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  • question_answer15)

    Fill in the blank with most appropriate conjunction.
    He did not believe in God____ he went to church regularly.

    A) but

    B) yet

    C) however

    D) nevertheless

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer16) Find the odd one out.

    A) Stationery

    B) Artillery

    C) Poultry

    D) Peasantry

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer17)

    Change the narration.
    She said, "How can I, a girl, who cannot ride or use sword, be of any help?"

    A) She exclaimed being nervous that how she, a girl who could not ride or use sword be of any help.

    B) She expressed nervously, how she being a girl, who could not ride or use sword, could be of any help.

    C) She told that she being a girl, who could not ride or use sword, how could be of any help.

    D) She asked how she, a girl, who could not ride or use sword, could be of any help.

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer18)

    Give one word substitution to the following.
    Using of new words

    A) Time-worn

    B) Vocabulary

    C) Neologism

    D) Malapropism

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer19)

    Improve the sentence given below by changing its
    underlined portion.
    Have you not reached in time, we would have lost our lives.

    A) Had you not reached

    B) Had you not reach

    C) If you have not reached

    D) If you would not have reached

    E) No improvement needed

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  • question_answer20) Identify the sentence with correct use of adjective.

    A) A few men are-free from faults.

    B) Few words spoken in earnest will convince him.

    C) The few remarks he made were very suggestive.

    D) All of these

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer21)

    Identify the figure of speech.
    You must address the chair.

    A) Oxymoron

    B) Antithesis

    C) Irony

    D) Metonymy

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer22)

    Complete the sentence.
    If they share burden alternately, they____.

    A) can't feel tiring

    B) will get tired soon

    C) won't get tired

    D) will get fatigued

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer23) If we change the sentence, ?George was the best king that ever reigned in Italy.' into a negative one without changing its meaning, it will be:

    A) No king was better to reign in Italy than George ever.

    B) No other king as good as George ever reigned in Italy.

    C) No king can match George in quality who ever reigned in Italy.

    D) All of these

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer24)

    Identify the parts of speech.
    Some are born great; some achieve greatness;
    some have the greatness thrust upon them!

    A) Noun

    B) Indefinite pronoun

    C) Relative pronoun

    D) Emphatic pronoun

    E) None of these

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    Give the synonym of the word underlined in the sentence below.
    She leaned back, feeling enervated.

    A) disheartened

    B) confused

    C) saddened

    D) weakened

    E) None of these

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    Fill in the blank with an appropriate article.
    India needs_____ 'Buddha' again.

    A) an

    B) a

    C) the

    D) All of these

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer27) Select the combination of numbers so that the letters arranged accordingly will form a meaningful word. G T A E N M 1 2 3 4 5 6

    A) 164325

    B) 631542

    C) 514236

    D) 213654

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer28)

    Arrange P, Q, R, S to give the correct sequence of the report given below.
    Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) these days is abuzz with pro-freedom slogans and this has made Pakistan nervous. Even the Pakistani media is widely reporting the issue.
    P: Reacting to the video, former Union minister and BJP senior leader Yashwant Sinha said that India must use it to expose Pakistan's real face in front of the world. And, calling it an 'eye opener' for the world, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in PMO said that India was keeping a close watch on the situation.
    Q: The video, shot by a local news channel called Kashmir News, shows people shouting anti- Pakistan slogans demanding freedom from the 'illegal occupation' by Pakistan.
    R: In a major embarrassment for the Pakistan, which has been accusing India of suppressing demands of Kashmir! people, a recent video shows Pakistan Army using extreme forces to suppress the locals, who were reportedly protesting against the illegal occupation of the region by Pakistan and wanted basic facilities such as schools and hospitals.
    S: The brutal images, which surfaced a day ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's speech at United Nations General Assembly, is a major setback for its anti-Kashmir propaganda where it has been accusing India of being oppressive towards the people of Kashmir.

    A) RQSP

    B) QSPR

    C) RPSQ

    D) QRPS

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer29)

    Fill in the blank as per subject -verb agreement.
    My brother as well as my sister______ with me.

    A) are staying

    B) is staying

    C) have stayed

    D) were staying

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer30)

    What comes next in the given series?
    YEB, WFD, UGH, SKI,______?

    A) QOL

    B) QGL

    C) TOL

    D) QNL

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer31) Four sentences are given below on same theme. You are to identify the sentence which is grammatically most suitable for a formal writing in English.

    A) It is a pleasure to see an alligator as long as 90 feet basking in the sunshine on a river bank.

    B) It is a pleasure to see an alligator basking in the sunshine on a river bank as long as 90 feet.

    C) It is a pleasure to see an alligator basking in the sunshine as long as 90 feet on a river bank.

    D) It is a pleasure to see an alligator basking as long as 90 feet in the sunshine on a river bank.

    E) None of these

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    Identify the tense of the sentence given below.
    By the time Derek comes back from England, he will have his English improved.

    A) Simple present tense

    B) Simple future tense

    C) Future perfect tense

    D) Future perfect continuous tense

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer33) If P is taller than Q, R is shorter than P, S is taller than T but shorter than Q, then who is the tallest?

    A) P

    B) S

    C) Q

    D) T

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer34)

    Fill in the blanks with most appropriate pair of words given in options, in same order, to make the sentence meaningfully complete.
    The bandit____ the traveler of his purse of gold and_____ him grievously.

    A) robbed, wounded

    B) stole, injured

    C) snatched, hurt

    D) demanded, beat

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer35)

    Three statements followed by four conclusions are given below. You are to find out which conclusions logically follow/s the given statements.
    Statements:
    I: Some streets are roads.
    II: Some roads are lanes.
    Ill: Some lanes are highways.
    Conclusions:
    I: Some roads are not streets.
    II: No highways are streets.
    Ill: Some streets are not roads.
    IV: Some lanes are not roads.

    A) Only III follows

    B) Only III and IV follow

    C) Either I or III follow

    D) Only II and IV follow

    E) None of these

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    Two sentences with homonyms are given below.
    You have to identify the sentence with the correct use of homonyms.
    I: Would you like to apprise the students about the hike in fees?
    II: Appraise the situation before you act.

    A) Only I is correct

    B) Only II is correct

    C) Both I and II are correct

    D) Neither I nor II is correct

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer37)

    Change the voice.
    Somebody told me that there had been an explosion in the Upahaar Cinema Hall.

    A) I was told by somebody about the explosion in the Upahaar Cinema Hall.

    B) I was told by the explosion in the Upahaar Cinema Hall.

    C) I was informed that there was an explosion in the Upahaar Cinema Hall.

    D) I was told by somebody that there had been an explosion in the Upahaar Cinema Hall.

    E) None of these

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    The underlined word given below is a/an:
    Does he even suspect the danger?

    A) Adjective

    B) Participle

    C) Adverb

    D) Preposition

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer39)

    Give the antonym of the word underlined in the sentence below.
    The attack on the freedom of press is a retrograde step.

    A) Aggressive

    B) Progressive

    C) Punitive

    D) Stubborn

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer40)

    Given below is a report with four blanks. Fill those blanks with the options provided in P, Q, R, S, in correct order to make it sensibly readable.
    Can one person's religious freedom interfere with another's food preferences? And what if the freedom of one religious group is in conflict with
    that of another? The ______(I)_________in the States concerned. Not surprisingly, the order of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation requiring ?slaughter? houses and_____(II)___________, its own ally in Maharashtra, over the decision. When more States began announcing similar bans, the issue became contentious and took on a communal colour.
    Although such a move is nothing new, _______ (III)____disquiet. The stated rationale for the prohibition is to prevent 'slaughter' during the period of fasting. But that did not _____ (IV)_______like Mumbai. By ordering a ban on meat for an extended period, the present government has revealed a fundamentalist streak, and thus risked a backlash from some of its own core supporters.
    P: ban imposed in some States on the sale of meat during the Jain community's annual fasting period of Paryushan is problematic for more than one reason, and militates against the food preferences of a majority of the people
    Q: convince the Bombay High Court, which termed the move "regressive" and "absurd" in a cosmopolitan city
    R: the publicity given to the ban this time, and it being extended from two days to four and eight days, resulted in much
    S: meat shops to remain closed for four days during the fasting period led to public outrage, and the Bharatiya Janata Party came under attack from the Shiv Sena

    A) PQRS

    B) QRSP

    C) QPSR

    D) PSRQ

    E) None of these

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