12th Class English Sample Paper

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  • question_answer1)

    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    Political terrorism is much more dangerous and its consequences can be disastrous. Political terrorists are well organized and well-trained and it often becomes difficult for the law enforcing agencies to arrest them in time. They indulge in senseless violence on a large scale in order to intimidate the people and the government.
    Hijacking of aeroplanes, arson, robberies, murder of eminent personalities, shooting down of innocent people indiscriminately, use of transistor bombs and other explosives, spreading of rumours, etc. are the various devices used by terrorist organizations in order to achieve their political ends.
    Terrorists constantly change their hide-outs and their tactics in order to escape arrest and punishment. When arrested, they try to commit suicide or are killed by their own close associates. They may think that they are patriots, but in reality they are anti-social or criminal elements who are exploited by clever politicians to achieve their own ends. Terrorists are usually young, while the brains behind them are old, seasoned politicians who coordinate and guide their activities. They are fanatics and extremists who act with great fervour and zeal, but studies reveal that if apprehended alive, a terrorist loses his fervour as quickly as he had acquired it.
    Terrorism is a world-wide problem. Very often it is seen that terrorist groups receive money, weapons, training and guidance from other countries and this enables them to attain a high level of performance. It was not an easy job to seal the long border completely and prevent flow of arms to the terrorists, but through strong and determined steps, terrorists might be flushed out and peace restored.
    Political terrorists are difficult to arrest in time because:

    A) They have political backing

    B) Political support makes them confident

    C) Very well-trained and organized

    D) Knows the art to fight and defend

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    Political terrorism is much more dangerous and its consequences can be disastrous. Political terrorists are well organized and well-trained and it often becomes difficult for the law enforcing agencies to arrest them in time. They indulge in senseless violence on a large scale in order to intimidate the people and the government.
    Hijacking of aeroplanes, arson, robberies, murder of eminent personalities, shooting down of innocent people indiscriminately, use of transistor bombs and other explosives, spreading of rumours, etc. are the various devices used by terrorist organizations in order to achieve their political ends.
    Terrorists constantly change their hide-outs and their tactics in order to escape arrest and punishment. When arrested, they try to commit suicide or are killed by their own close associates. They may think that they are patriots, but in reality they are anti-social or criminal elements who are exploited by clever politicians to achieve their own ends. Terrorists are usually young, while the brains behind them are old, seasoned politicians who coordinate and guide their activities. They are fanatics and extremists who act with great fervour and zeal, but studies reveal that if apprehended alive, a terrorist loses his fervour as quickly as he had acquired it.
    Terrorism is a world-wide problem. Very often it is seen that terrorist groups receive money, weapons, training and guidance from other countries and this enables them to attain a high level of performance. It was not an easy job to seal the long border completely and prevent flow of arms to the terrorists, but through strong and determined steps, terrorists might be flushed out and peace restored.
    Which is not true in relation to the terrorists?

    A) Indulge in senseless violence

    B) Constantly change their hide-outs

    C) Killed by their own close associates

    D) Commit suicide by keeping a suicide note

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
    Political terrorism is much more dangerous and its consequences can be disastrous. Political terrorists are well organized and well-trained and it often becomes difficult for the law enforcing agencies to arrest them in time. They indulge in senseless violence on a large scale in order to intimidate the people and the government.
    Hijacking of aeroplanes, arson, robberies, murder of eminent personalities, shooting down of innocent people indiscriminately, use of transistor bombs and other explosives, spreading of rumours, etc. are the various devices used by terrorist organizations in order to achieve their political ends.
    Terrorists constantly change their hide-outs and their tactics in order to escape arrest and punishment. When arrested, they try to commit suicide or are killed by their own close associates. They may think that they are patriots, but in reality they are anti-social or criminal elements who are exploited by clever politicians to achieve their own ends. Terrorists are usually young, while the brains behind them are old, seasoned politicians who coordinate and guide their activities. They are fanatics and extremists who act with great fervour and zeal, but studies reveal that if apprehended alive, a terrorist loses his fervour as quickly as he had acquired it.
    Terrorism is a world-wide problem. Very often it is seen that terrorist groups receive money, weapons, training and guidance from other countries and this enables them to attain a high level of performance. It was not an easy job to seal the long border completely and prevent flow of arms to the terrorists, but through strong and determined steps, terrorists might be flushed out and peace restored.
    Guidance from other countries helps the terrorists to:

    A) Attain high level performance

    B) Spread terrorism world-wide

    C) Exploit politicians for wrong deeds

    D) Become fanatics and rebel

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer4)

    Direction: Give the synonyms of the words underlined in the sentences below.
    A rupture in the relationship of two families is quite apparent.
     

    A)  Gap                                        

    B)  Damage

    C)  Break                          

    D)  Breach

    E)  None of these

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    Direction: Give the synonyms of the words underlined in the sentences below.
    A person unrestrained by the rules of morality or tradition is called a licentious person.
     

    A)  Freelance                     

    B)  Criminal

    C)  Loafer-type                  

    D)  Libertine

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer6)

    Below given is a letter with four blanks. Fill those blanks from the options provided to make it a sensible one.
    The Editor,
    The Asian Age,
    New Delhi                                                                                                                     27th February, 2012
    Sir,
    I would like to catch your attention regarding the worsening road and traffic condition at Najafgarh. The entire stretch of road is in a very bad state.
    ___I____People often propose to introduce more city buses for relief of the commuters. But they overlook certain important issues.
    The roads are grossly inadequate for any addition to the fleet of transport. The over-crowded streets are gradually becoming narrower because ___II___. Unless this problem is solved any attempt to increase the fleet will be futile.
    Any solution of the transport problem in the area depends on three things:___ III___ from Dwarka to Najafgarh.
    Please throw ___IV_____ in commuting every day
    Yours faithfully
    Smt. Sunita Joshi
    On behalf of All Najafgarh Welfare Society
    Najafgarh,
    New Delhi
    P:  of encroachments by hawkers and destitute whose numbers are daily increasing
    Q:  light on this issue as we are the most suffer facing problems
    R:  We ham pleaded the government a number of times in writing, but so far no action has been taken.
    S:  a check on the growth and inflow of destitute and vagabonds, construction of more traffic-bearing roads at the cost of dwellings, and expansion of the Metro rail
    Choose your option
     

    A)  PRQS                          

    B)  RPSQ

    C)  SRPQ                          

    D)  QRSP

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer7)

    Direction: Give the one word substitution of the following.
    A psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

    A) Hysteria

    B) Megalomania

    C) Nostalgia

    D) Logomama

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer8)

    Direction: Give the one word substitution of the following.
    Decision made upon a political question by the votes of all qualified person

    A) veto

    B) Suffrage

    C) Plebiscite

    D) Franchise

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer9)

    Fill in the blank with correct determiners.
    Yon devote _______time to your studies.
     

    A)  Little                           

    B)  less

    C)  few                             

    D)  a few

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer10)

    A sentence is given with a portion underlined. Select the option which best describes the underlined portion with correct English.
    Mahatma Gandhi, a lover of peace, once a lawyer, preached non-violence.
     

    A)  Who a peace lover and once a lawyer

    B)  A lover of peace with the qualities of a lawyer

    C)  A peace lover by nature and once a lawyer

    D)  A lover of peace as well as once a lawyer

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer11)

    Fill in the blank with correct modal.
    We________ always learn to respect our elders.

    A) Must

    B) Should

    C) Ought

    D) Could

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer12)

    Below given is a sentence in four parts. One of the parts contains grammatical error. Find the part.
    I was to reach (I)/early I left in aeroplane (II)/instead of (III)/going by train (IV).

    A) I

    B) II

    C) III

    D) IV

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer13)

    Arrange PQRS between S1 & S6 to make a proper paragraph.
    S1: The time has come for us to consider seriously the question of a Bharat brand of English.
    P: I am not suggesting here a mongrelisation of the language.
    Q: English must adopt the complexion of our life and assimilate its idiom.
    R: Now the time is ripe for it to come to the dusty street, market place and under the banyan tree.
    S: So far English has had a comparatively confined existence in our country chiefly in the halls of learning Justice and administration.
    S6: Bharat English will respect the rule of law and maintain the dignity of grammar, but still have a swadeshi stamp about it.
     

    A)  QPSR                          

    B)  RQSP

    C)  SRPQ                          

    D)  SRGP

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer14)

    Fill in the blank with the correct option.
    ____________the rain stopped, the play had to be suspended.
     

    A)  While                          

    B)  Until

    C)  When                          

    D)  Since

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer15)

    Judge the right word.
    Copying in the examination is an_______ act.

    A) mortal

    B) immortal

    C) amortal

    D) immoral

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer16)

    Change the voice.
    They are building a house next door to our school.

    A) Next door to our school a house is being built by them.

    B) Next door to our school is being built a house by them.

    C) A house next door to our school is being built by them.

    D) A house is being built by them next door to our school.

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer17)

    Fill in the blank with appropriate conjunction.
    I do not know ______he was here.

    A) Perhaps

    B) For

    C) Whether

    D) Since

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer18)

    Direction: Arrange the given sentences in a proper sequence for a meaningful comprehension and answer the questions that follow.
    I. I think our country is searching for an identity.
    II. Yet, I do not agree with the prophets of doom who see nothing but disaster ahead.
    III. And a new vision of the future will emerge of this.
    IV. When I came to India after a stint in USA, I felt I was trading a hotbed of intense religious and political violence for peace and quiet.
    V. However, the mayhem over the last few months is deeply shocking.
    Which sentence should come last in the paragraph?

    A) IV

    B) II

    C) III

    D) I

    E) V

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    Direction: Arrange the given sentences in a proper sequence for a meaningful comprehension and answer the questions that follow.
    I. I think our country is searching for an identity.
    II. Yet, I do not agree with the prophets of doom who see nothing but disaster ahead.
    III. And a new vision of the future will emerge of this.
    IV. When I came to India after a stint in USA, I felt I was trading a hotbed of intense religious and political violence for peace and quiet.
    V. However, the mayhem over the last few months is deeply shocking.
    Which sentence should come first in the paragraph?

    A) IV

    B) I

    C) II

    D) V

    E) III

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  • question_answer20)

    Direction: Give the antonym of the words underlined in the sentences below.
    The actor is well known for his humility and courage.
     

    A)  Gentleness                   

    B)  Honesty

    C)  Determination               

    D)  Arrogance

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer21)

    Direction: Give the antonym of the words underlined in the sentences below.
    We had a delectable meal yesterday.
     

    A)  Nice                            

    B)  Tasty

    C)  Unsavoury 

    D)  Heavy

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer22)

    Change the direct speech into indirect.
    My cousin said, "My room-mate snored throughout the night'

    A) My cousin said that her roommate had snored throughout the night.

    B) My cousin told me that her room-mate snored throughout the night.

    C) My cousin complained to me that her room-mate is snoring throughout the night.

    D) My cousin felt that her room-mate may be snoring throughout the night.

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Fill in the blanks with appropriate preposition.
    There was nobody to attend_____the complaints of the customers.

    A) at

    B) Over

    C) to

    D) with

    E) None of these

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    Direction: Fill in the blanks with appropriate preposition.
    Why did you tear______ a page from my notebook?

    A) Of

    B) Off

    C) Up

    D) Out

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer25)

    Fill in the blank as per subject-verb agreement.
    By air you______ almost half the distance to Mumbai before I reach back home by my car.

    A) will cover

    B) Shall have covered

    C) would cover

    D) would have covered

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer26)

    Below given are two statements. On the basis of these choose your option.
    Statements:
    I. The staff of Airport Authorities called off he strike they were observing in protest against privatization.
    II. The staff of Airport Authorities went on strike anticipating a threat to their jobs.

    A) Statement I is the cause and statement II is its effect.

    B) Statement II is the cause and statement I is its effect.

    C) Both the statements I and II are independent causes.

    D) Both the statements I and II are effects of independent causes.

    E) Both the statements I and II are effects of some common cause.

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  • question_answer27)

    Arrange PQRS to complete the process.
    P:  Set some time aside each day to work on your project. Forward progress is what counts and it provides the positive feedback to keep you going. Continue on down your list and celebrate your milestones. Don't be afraid of midcourse corrections if necessary. If you stay away from working on a project for too long of a time, it gets harder and harder to get back to it.
    Q: Have a picture in your mind and a vision of what the product will look like and the feelings you will have when it is complete. Break the project into manageable tasks. It's easy to get overwhelmed if you are starting from scratch. This will help you avoid procrastination, and give you positive feedback at the end of each step. The size of the tasks will depend on your working style and the size of the available time slots.
    R: Deadlines are important, even if you have to modify them as the project progresses. Goals are dreams with deadlines. If you don?t have a deadline to get your product to market, you are just daydreaming. Get started. One of my favorite quotes is from Goethe - 'Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'
    S:  Determine the scope of the project. The first and foremost step is to form the determination what you want to accomplish. What are the limits within which you will develop your product? There are two things which must be taken care of: Who is your audience and what would you like them to do after they view or listen to this program? Answers to these two questions will go a long way to defining the scope and structure of your product.
     

    A)  PQRS                    

    B)  SPQR

    C)  SQRP         

    D)  QRSP

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer28)

    Give the usage of the word underlined in the sentence below.
    Keats and Byron are romantic poets, but I prefer the latter.

    A) Noun

    B) Adjective

    C) Adverb

    D) Infinitive

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer29)

    Direction: Give the exact meaning of the idiom and phrases given below.
    To take the wind out of another's sails

    A) To manoeuvre to mislead another on the high seas

    B) To cause harm to another

    C) To defeat the motives of another

    D) To anticipate another and to gain advantage over him

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer30)

    Direction: Give the exact meaning of the idiom and phrases given below.
    All and sundry

    A) Completion of work

    B) Everyone without distinction

    C) All of a sudden

    D) Greater share

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer31) Choose the sentence which is grammatically correct.

    A) From which train did you come?

    B) It is a five-men committee.

    C) Give me rupees two and a half.

    D) The river has overflown its bank.

    E) None of these

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    Choose the sentence wherein the use of  homonym is appropriate.
    I:   Smith is an ingenious worker.
    II: He made an ingenuous confession of his fault.
     

    A)  Only I is correct                 

    B)  Only II is correct

    C)  Both I & II is correct            

    D)  Both I & II is incorrect

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer33)

    Change the underlined part of the sentence given below, from the choices provided, to improve it.
    Let's have a party some time the next week.
     

    A)  sometime next week            

    B)  sometimes next week

    C)  sometime in the next week       

    D)  Sometime out of next week

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer34)

    Fill in the blank with appropriate word.
    An employment advertisement should_______ the number of vacancies.

    A) Declare

    B) Specify

    C) Contain

    D) Provide

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer35) Choose the correctly spelt word out of the given alternatives

    A) Itinarary

    B) Itenerary

    C) Itinerary

    D) Itinarery

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer36)

    Give the usages of the word underlined in the given sentence.
    She is cunning enough to cackle him.
     

    A)  Adjective                     

    B)  Adverb

    C)  Preposition                   

    D)  Conjunction

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer37)

    Arrange PQRS to make a meaningful sentence.
    Reading books
    P: is a habit
    Q: but also enlarge the mind
    R: because it not only increases knowledge
    S: which must be cultivated by everybody

    A) PQSR

    B) PQRS

    C) PSRQ

    D) SRPQ

    E) None of these

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  • question_answer38)

    Give the correct question tag.
    You're coming to my place,___________________?
     

    A)  can't you?                    

    B)  aren't you?

    C)  won't you?                   

    D)  isn't it?

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer39)

    Arrange the four parts P, Q, R and S in order to make the sensible sequence of a story.
    P: He decided to climb up to the higher valleys to look for them. He had to cross several rivers in steep, rocky valleys. The water was very cold and the current was strong. On the third day he was following a path close to a river. Suddenly, the horse, which was carrying his tent, fell down. The tent, which was not tied properly on the back of the horse, fell into the river. The current carried it way immediately.
    Q: That afternoon he began to see some of the highest mountains in the vicinity. It was getting dark and he decided to stop at a village and ask the headman if he could stay the night. The people were friendly and invited him to eat and to stay with them. The village was very poor and the houses were small, dark and smoky.
    R: John Hammond, an officer in the Indian Army, was on leave and enjoying his holidays. One day, he decided to go on a shooting expedition in the mountains. He told his servant to pack his tent and guns on the back of a horse. The servant, thought was a very good cook, but was not very good at packing things. John planned to spend several days hunting deer.
    S: For three days, John Hammond walked up long valleys towards the high mountains. He found no deer. The weather was hot. Perhaps the deer were eating grass up in the mountains where it was cooler.
     

    A)  PQRS                          

    B)  QRSP

    C)  RSPQ                    

    D)  SPQR

    E)  None of these

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  • question_answer40)

    Fill in the blank with correct form of verb.
    _____I in your place, I would keep quite.
     

    A)  Would             

    B)  Am

    C)  Was                            

    D)  Were

    E)  None of these

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