CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11 English Practice Sets

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11  English Un Solved  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?
(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)

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11  English Solved Set 8

Section -A Reading [20 Marks]

1.Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. (8)
In democratic countries, any efforts to restrict the freedom of the press are rightly condemned. However, this freedom can be easily abused. Stories about people often attract far more public attention than political events. Though we may enjoy reading about the lives of others, it is extremely doubtful whether we could equally enjoy reading ourselves. Acting on the contention that facts are sacred, reporters can cause untold sufferings to individuals by publishing details about their private lives. Newspapers exert such tremendous influence that they can not only bring about major changes to the lives of ordinary people but can even overthrow a government. The story of a poor family that acquired fame and fortune overnight, dramatically illustrates the power of the press. The family lived in Aberdeen, a small town of 25000 inhabitants in South Dakota. As the parents had five children, life was a perceptual struggle against poverty. They were expecting their sixth child and were faced with even more pressing economic problems. If they had only one more child the fact would have passed unnoticed. They would have continued to struggle against economic odds and would have lived in obscurity. But they suddenly became the parents of quintuplets, four girls and a boy, an event which radically changed their lives. The day after the birth of the five children, an aeroplane arrived in Aberdeen bringing sixty reporters and photographers. The news was of national importance, for the couple had become the parents of the only quintuplets in USA. The rise to fame was swift. Television cameras and newspapers carried the news to everyone in the country. Newspapers and magazines offered the family huge sums for the exclusive rights to publish their photographs. Gifts poured in not only from unknown people, but from baby food and soap manufacturers who wished to advertise their products. The old farmhouse the family lived in was to be replaced by a new $100000 home. Reporters kept pressing for interviews so lawyers had to be employed to act as the spokesmen of the family at press conference.

Businessmen of the city met to discuss the influx of tourists to Aberdeen. At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, the sale of quintuplet souvenirs was discussed, although the idea of running newspaper ads for them was deemed as “too commercial. It was suggested that the ads could indicate that the proceeds of the sale will go to the Fisher Foundation, but someone pointed out that there was no such foundation.

The event brought serious changes to the town itself. Plans were announced to build a huge new highway, as Aberdeen was now likely to attract thousands of tourists. Sign posts erected on the outskirts of the town directed tourists not to Aberdeen, but to ‘Quint-City, USA’, the local authorities discussed the possibility of erecting a ‘quint museum’ to satisfy the curiosity of the public and to protect the family from inquisitive tourists. While the five babies were still quietly sleeping in oxygen tents in a hospital nursery, their parents were paying the price for fame. It would never again be possible for them to lead normal lives. They had become victims of commercialisation, for their names had acquired a market value. The town itself received so much attention that almost every one of the inhabitants was affected to a greater or less degree.

(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 passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. (12)
The facts about child care policy have also shifted dramatically over the past 25 years. The nation now has a family leave law, albeit one that is woefully inadequate by international standards. Expansions of Head Start and the establishment of Early Head Start, alongside the growth of state prekindergarten programmes, are promising developments. Federal and state expenditures on — and funding streams for — child care have also grown substantially, but with minimal restrictions on where dollars are spent. The federal government started this trend in 1990 with the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. That programme prioritised access and a market-based (voucher) approach to child care for low-income families, with minimal attention to quality protections or improvements.

Yet the triad of pressing policy issues that we raised in 1990 — quality, affordability and caregiver working conditions — remains in urgent need of attention today. While there has been growing attention to the quality of early-childhood settings in the form of state Early Learning Standards and Quality and Improvement Rating Systems, there is still no assurance that any child in any early care and education setting in the United States will experience safe, developmentally supportive care and education. Wide variation in child care quality remains the norm both across and within different types of settings in different states. Tensions between access and quality are still severe.

Parent fees for child care have doubled since 1997; the share of family income subsumed by child care costs still shows a gaping disparity between non-poor (7.6%)
and poor (30.1%) families. Child care workers and teachers continue to earn wages that hover near the poverty line and fall well below those of elementary school teachers, even among comparably degreed teachers. Not surprisingly, child care staff face exceedingly high levels of economic distress and rely heavily on public health, food and income supports.

President Obama has made preschool education and child care quality national policy priorities for first time in more than 4 decades. The historical separation between child care (for working parents) and early education (for children’s development) is gradually eroding, as belied not only by growing reliance on “early care and education” as the term of art for this domain of research and policy, but also by recent policy developments that simultaneously address access and quality and encourage coordination across child care and early-education funding streams.

(a)On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the following guestions by choosing the correct option.(1×6=6)
(i)Growth in expenditure on child care in the USA started in the year…………………..
(a)1980        (b)1990      (c)1997       (d)Not given in the passage
(ii)Promising developments in the USA in the field of child care includes…..
(a)expansion of Head Start programme
(b)establishment of Early Head Start programme
(c)Growth of state kindergarten programmes
(d)All of the above
(iii)How much have the expenses of parents for child care increased after 1997?
(a)By 50%             (b) By 100%
(c)By 200%          (d) They have not increased
(iv)What have been made national policy priorities after more than forty years?
(a)Early care and education
(b)Child care and development
(c)Preschool education and child care quality
(d)None of the above
(v)The word……… in the first paragraph is a synonym of ‘encouraging’.
(a) establishment                                 (b)    propitious

(c) protections                                     (d)    promising
(vi)The word……… in the second paragraph is a synonym of ‘helpful’.
(a)supportive (b)    pressing
(c) growing      (d)    safe
(b)On the basis of your reading of the given passage, answer the following questions briefly.(1×6=6)
(i)What did the Child Care and Development Block Grant programme do?
(ii)Why is there no guarantee that children in early care and education will get a safe and development oriented care?                                .
(iii)What is the difference in child care costs between rich and poor families?
(iv)What ‘historical separation’ is being bridged by recent government policy developments?
(v)The word……… in the second paragraph is an antonym of ‘reducing1.

(vi)The word………….. in the last paragraph is a synonym of ‘together’.


Section -B Writing and Grammar [30 Marks]

3.You are Mayank Mukta, the Head Boy / Girl of APS school. Write a notice in about 50 words informing the students about the upcoming cultural exchange trip to Nepal. (4)
Zoya International school requires an office boy. As the Admistrative Officer of the school, write a suitable advertisement for the columns of a daily. Do not exceed 50 words. (4)

4.A post of Receptionist is lying vacant in Atul Chemicals Pvt Ltd. Apply for the post as one of the candidates. You are Jayant / Jayati. Invent all the other details. Word limit 150 words. (6)
You are Saurabh / Surbhi. You have just cleared IIT – JEE and to celebrate this, you want to invite your friends. Write a letter to one of your friends mentioning the details. Keep the length of your letter between 120 andl50 words.  (6)

5.Write a speech in 150 – 200 words on “Exam stress on students” to be delivered in the morning assembly. You are Rohan / Ruhi.   (10)
You strongly feel that the country is not having an adequate number of good teachers. Education needs to be improved and good teachers are produced thereby. Write an article on the same in 150-200 words.    (10)

6.The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line. Find that error and write the correct word in the blanks provided.  (1/2×8 = 4)

Incorrect          Correct

(a)In spite of all the honour that                 ……………           ………….
(b)we heaped upon him, he remains           ……………           ………….
(c)simple by heart. Perhaps the imagery       ……………           ………….
(d)of pasteur’s boyhood days never leaves      ……………           ………….
(e)In truth he did became a                                   ……………           ………….
(f)greater artist. He put his whole soul                  ……………           ………….
(g)and energy into his works. It was                         ……………           ………….
(h)this very energy that wear him out                        ……………           ………….

7.Rearrange the jumbled words to form a meaningful sentence. (2×1= 2)
(a)the sight / an indescribable extent / to / of / moved him / injured children / particularly
(b)perfect / the attitude / man / towards / men / science / of / make

8.Read the conversation given below and then complete the blanks of the passage.(4×1 = 4)
Ramu Are you planning a picnic?
Sonu No, I am not.
Ramu Why do you not come with me?
Sonu I can’t come with you as I have some work to do.
Ramu asked Sonu (a) ……………  Sonu replied in negative and said (b) ………………..
Then, Ramu asked him (c)……………      Finally, Sonu replied that (d)…………………..

Section – C Literature and Long Reading Text [30 Marks]

9.Read the extract carefully and answer the questions.(1×3 = 3)
“Some twenty – thirty years later She’d laugh at the snapshot.
“See Betty and Dolly”, she’d say,” and look how they Dressed us for the beach.’The sea holiday was her past, mine is her laughter.
Both wry
With the laboured ease of loss.”
(i)Why did the mother laugh at the photograph years later?
(ii)Who are Betty and Dolly?
(iii)What did the sea holiday and her mother’s laughter do to the poet?

10.Answer any three of the following questions.(3×3 = 9)
(i)According to Jonathan, why was the narrator the best father and captain in the world?
(ii)Write a few lines on the Green Movement.
(iii)How was Mr Crocker – Harris different from other teachers?
(iv)What role do photographs play in our lives?

11.Answer the. following questions in about 120 – 150 words.
The poet’s life is surrounded by silence after the death of her mother. What kind of characteristics has the poet adopted in her life and how far is she correct in this? Discuss in light of the poem A Photograph’. (6)
What values did the two boys Aram and Mourad adopt which are reflected in their character?

Long Reading Text (Novel)

12.What happened on the 19th September? Describe the experience of the Canterville Ghost on the day. (The Canterville Ghost)  (6)
Explain Booker’s first encounter with numbers. (Up From Slavery) (6)

13. Give a character sketch of Mrs Otis. (The Canterville Ghost)            (6)
Bring out the characteristic traits of Mrs Viola Ruffner. (Up From Slavery) (6)

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11  English Un Solved Set 9

Section – A Reading  [20 Marks]

1.Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow. (8)
You may never want to fly kites to keep away evil spirits, as the Chinese have done for centuries, or to make rain, as the Tibetans did, but some more modern and Western uses may tempt you to try experimenting yourself along similar lines. The kite has been claimed as the invention of 5th century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban. By 549 AD, paper kites were certainly being flown, as it was recorded that in that year a paper kite was used as a message for a rescue mission. The most widespread use of kites in modern times has been for meteorological investigations. Everybody knows about how Benjamin Franklin, the great American scholar and statesman, sent a kite, up in 1752 during a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was caused by electricity. He produced sparks at ground level from a key hung on the wet line as the current flowed down it. (Do not under any circumstances think of trying this yourself). A second investigator repeated Franklin’s experiment shortly afterwards and was killed. By sending up instruments on kites, it has been possible to make readings of air pressure, temperature, speed, direction and humidity. Although thermometers had been sent up long before, it was not until 1894 that a self-reading thermometer—a thermograph—was sent up by a kite. The army, navy and air force have used kites in various ways for decades. Another Korean version of the invention of the kite tells how a general used one to carry a line across a stream. This line then formed the basis of a bridge. Lines are still occasionally flown from point to point in this way using kites. At sea, kites have often been used to carry a line to distressed ships in rough weather. Kites—especially box and bow kites have been used as gunnery targets. They are easy to make and cheap to use and will stand quite a lot of punishment before they cease to fly. Apart from their use as targets, kites have been used by the army to fly flags, for aerial photography over enemy trenches, for suspending flares over targets during night-fighting, for carrying men over enemy lines, for dragging torpedos to a target area etc.

They have been used by both military and civil authorities for raising, transmitting and receiving aerials to obtain improved wireless reception. As a matter of fact, the first long distance short wave transmission of all made use of an aerial flown on a kite. When Marconi made the famous transatlantic transmission he raised his receiving aerial some 400 feet on a kite.
Never fly an aerial in stormy weather or when there are cumulus clouds about. During the last war the RAF developed ‘a kite flare’ as part of survival equipment for airmen forced down at sea. When airborne, the kite was attached to a special shock absorber which was fixed to the dinghy. It was stated that, provided there was a 6 m.p.h. wind, the kite would stay aloft indefinitely. Some of these kites were brought to Australia and sent to the 6th Australian Division in 1944 for trials to determine whether they were of use in jungle warfare, especially in defining locations. After experiments, the authorities decided that they were of no value for this purpose.

(a)On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes on it, in points only, using recognisable abbreviations (minimum four), wherever necessary. Use a format you consider suitable. Supply a suitable title to it.    (5)
(b)Make a summary of the above passage in about 80 words. (3)


2.Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.(12)
An important difference between James and his mother is their method of dealing with the pain they experience. While James turns inward, his mother Ruth turns outward, starting a new relationship, moving to a different place or keeping herself busy. Ruth herself describes that, even as a young girl, she had an urge to run, to feel the freedom and the movement of her legs pumping as fast as they can. As an adult, Ruth still feels the urge to run. Following her second husband’s death, James points out that,
“While she weebled .wobbled and leaned, she did not fall. She responded with speed and motion. She would not stop moving”. As she hiked, walked, rode the bus all over the city, “she kept moving as if her life depended on it, which in some ways it did. She ran, as she had done most of her life, but this time she was running for her own sanity.” Ruth’s motion is a pattern of responding to the .tragedy in her life. As a girl, she did not sit and think about her abusive father and her trapped life in the Suffolk store. Instead she just left home, moved on, tried something different. She did not analyse the connections between pain and understanding, between action and response, even though she seems to understand them. As an adult, she continues this pattern, although her running is modified by her responsibilities to her children and home.
Although varying in length, each of the last seven sentences of the paragraph begins with the subject ‘She’ and an active verb such as ‘rode,’ ‘walked,’ ‘took’, grasp’ and ‘ran.’ The section is choppy, repetitive and yet clear, as if to reinforce Ruth’s unconscious insistence on movement as a means of coping with the difficulties of her life.
The image of running that McBride uses here and elsewhere supports his understanding of his mother as someone who does not stop and consider what is happening in her life, yet is able to move ahead. Movement provides the solution, although a temporary one, and preserves her sanity. Discrete moments of action preserve her sense of her own strength and offer her new alternatives for the future. Even McBride’s sentence structure in the paragraph about his mother’s running supports the effectiveness of her spurts of action without reflection.
(a)On the basis of your reading of the passage answer the following guestions by choosing the correct options. (1×6=6)
(i)During an experience of pain, …………………….
(a)James turns outward, Ruth turns inward
(b)Both turns inward
(c)Both turns outward
(d)James turns inward, Ruth turns outward
(ii)As a young girl, Ruth had urges to …………………………
(a)run (b) to feel the freedom
(c)Both (a) and (b) (d) None of these
(iii) After the death of her husband, Ruth…………………………
(a)felt so miserable                                            (b)    stood firm and responded well
(c)    became senseless                                     (d)    was neutral to it
(iv)What can you say about Ruth’s father from the information given in the passage?
(a)He was soothing and calm. (b)    He was supportive.
(c)    He was rude and crazy.  (d)    He was abusive.
(v)The role of movement in Ruth’s life was that…………………………
(a)it provided her solutions (c) it breached her sanity
(b)it hindered the future alternatives (d) None of these
(vi)Why did the sentences in the last paragraph begin with the subject ‘she’?
(a)It was for the use of repetition only.
(b)It shows Ruth’s activeness .
(c)It was Ruth’s way to cope with the difficulties.
(d)Both (b) and (c)
(b)Answer the following questions on the basis of your reading the passage.     (1×6=6)
(i)Differentiate between the methods of dealing with pain by Ruth and James.
(ii)Describe how keep on moving has been helpful in Ruth’s life.
(iii)Which word in the passage is the synonym of ‘changing’? .
(iv)Which word in the passage is the antonym of ‘permanent’?
(v)The word…………….. in the second paragraph means ‘moved unsteadily’.
(vi)The word ……………… in the third paragraph means ‘mental health’.

Section – B Writting and Grammar [30 marks]

3.You are Prateek/ Preetika, Cultural Secretary in SK Public School, Vidya Vihar.Write a notice for your school notice board informing the students about the Annual Fest in about 50 words.(4)
St Columbus School needs a PRT. Draft a suitable advertisement for the Situations Vacant column of a daily newspaper in about 50 words. Invent all the necessary details.                    (4)

4.Write a letter to the editor of a daily telling him about the traffic jam in your area caused due to falling of a tree on the road. Do not exceed 150 words. (6)
or                                                          ‘
Jatin Arora is a plastic chair manufacturer. He has received an order for 40 chairs from M/s Vidyut Electricals. On behalf of Jatin Arora, write a letter to M/s Vidyut Electricals confirming their order and informing the supply date. Word limit is 150.   (6)

5.Write an article within 200 words on “Need of entrance exams” with special attention on to some specific college courses. (1o)
Increasing amount of indoor games has been a great cause for no outdoor appearance of children. With this concern, write a speech to be delivered in the morning assembly. Word limit is 200. You are Parag / Pragati.   (10)

6.The following passage has not been edited. There is a missing word in each line.You are to find the missing word and write it in the blank provided along with the words before and after it.(1/2×8=4)

 Before             Missing             After

(a)When Gandhiji young, he used to …………      ………………….  ……………………
(b)go school. He had no interest in …………       ………………….  ……………………

(c)One day was cloudy                     …………           ……………….       ………………….
(d)Due to the overcast conditions, couldn’t ………….    ………………    ………………
(e)guess correct time and was late for ……………             ……………..         …………………
(f)his school. He was absent during exercise …………….            …………………            ……………
(g)and he was fined it. He explained the …………       …………………      ……………………
(h)reason the teacher, but he didn’t agree. …………     ………………..       ……………………


7.Rearrange the jumbled words so that the sentence becomes meaningful. (2×1 = 2)
(a)was/injured/accident/yesterday/a/in/Hema Malini/car/Dausa/near
(b)arrested/have/the/police/car driver/him/to/and/the/sent/jail

8.Read the following conversation and complete the dialogue (4×1 = 4)
Farmer Alas! I am ruined due to rain.
Stranger It seems the rain took away all your toil.
Farmer It just took away my life.
Stranger Don’t worry. God will set everything right.
The farmer expressed with sorrow that (a)…….. The stranger replied with a guess that….. (b)………. The farmer told him it (c)…….. To his remark, the stranger toldthe farmer (d)………  and God would set everything right.

Section -C  Literature and Long Reading Text[30 marks]

9.Read the extract carefully and answer the questions.   (1 x 3 =3)

“And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin,
And make pure and beautify it;
(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfillment, wandering Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns.)”
(i)Who is T in the above lines?
(ii)Explain “I give back life to my own origin”.
(iii) Why are the last lines put in brackets?

10.Answer any three of the following questions. (3×3 = 9)
(i)Why was Andrew horrified after the delivery?
(ii)What were the principles of laissez iaire?
(iii) How did Mr Braun insult Albert?
(iv)Give the reason why the Shastri was angry with the narrator.

11.Answer the following in about 120-150 words.
Explain the term ‘Green Movement’. What changes have come in the thinking of human beings? Discuss in relation to the chapter, ‘The Ailing planet: the Green Movement’s Role.  (6)
Was Aram right in saying that he did not steal the horse? Do you think he was Mourad’s partner in crime? Discuss the situation in the story, ‘The summer of the Beautiful White House’.  (6)

Long Reading Text (Novel)

12.Why did Mr Otis wish to give the jewels back to Lord Canterville? (The Canterville Ghost)(6)
What changes did Booker bring to initiate the process of industrial training? (Up From Slavery)   (6)

13.Give a brief character-sketch of Mrs Umney. (The Canterville Ghost) (6)
Write a character-sketch of Booker’s mother. (Up From Slavery) (6)    

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 11  English Un-Solved  Set 10

Section – A  Reading  [20 Marks]

1.Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. (8)
Fashion is a force – a powerful force of constantly altering patterns of change and growth. Its constant movement affects the fate of the designers and manufacturers who distribute it, and of course, the lives of the consumers, who follow what it dictates. All of its facets taken together add up to a multimillion dollar industry. Fashion today means mega bucks.

Fashion is also a science. Surprising, isn’t it? However, it is well known that it involves known facts and basic principles, and its actions and reactions can be predicted, as these are based on those facts and principles. Fashion is one of those distinct and unique trades that is highly dependent on the environment and the changes that are continuously taking place in it. These have to be understood by the designers if. they want to become successful.
For one to make it to the top in the fashion business and stay there, one has to continue to discover and innovate to fulfil the needs and wants of the customers. For this, most of the top designers such as Yves Saint Laurant, Karl Lagerfeld, Clairborne etc all rely upon their creativity backed by years of invaluable experience. In this line of work, instinct and intuition play a very major role besides the knowledge of past successes and failures.

As the power of fashion to influence our lives grows, a number of misconceptions about it continue to abound. The most common of these is that the designers and retailers dictate what the fashion will be, by accepting or rejecting the styles and trends that are offered. They are truly, as one ‘fashion guru’ once said, “Variety vultures”. However, it is not so – actually customers dictate the trends.
The second misconception is that fashion acts as an influence on women only. However, actually, men today are as much influenced by, and responsive to, fashion, as women. In point of fact, the male fashion industry has been growing at a dizzying rate. Yes, there was a time when menswear was not exactly worth talking about. It was staid and unimaginative. But that does not mean that men did not dress up according to the latest trends of the day.

There were changes in Western dressing that followed the dictates of the designers and the fashionable elite trend-setters. These were the drainpipes in the ‘60s, the popular safaris in the ‘70s, the denims in the ‘80s and the ethnic wear that has caught on these days.
Fashion today is more lifestyle oriented and quite practical. The modern male and female want to dress differently for office and leisure. Designers are becoming more daring so that the women as well as the men have a wide choice. There are different designs for every moment of a busy social schedule – from work, lunch to afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner and gala banquets.
Lastly, fashion is the force that causes women to raise and lower their skirt length, straighten or fizz their hair and change from sportswear to dressy clothes. Fashion is also that force which influences men to grow or shave off their moustaches and beards, choose wide or narrow ties and lapels, and change from casual jeans into three piece suits and tuxedo. It is indeed this dynamic and varied force that adds spice and colour to our life.

(a)On the basis of your reading of the given passage, make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Use recognisable abbreviations, wherever necessary (minimum 4). Supply an appropriate title to it. (5)
(b)Write a summary of the given passage in 80-100 words. (3)

2.Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. (12)
It’s not ‘cool’ to be fat, but that has not prevented an obesity epidemic from occurring among America’s youth. Childhood obesity increased from 5% in 1964 to about 13% in 1994. Today it is about 20% – and rising. Children, on average, spend up to five to six hours a day involved in sedentary activities like watching television, using the computer, and playing video games, which is partly to blame for this escalating rate. Perhaps it wouldn’t matter if they were sufficiently active at other times, but most of them aren’t.
To make matters worse, children are bombarded with TV ads from fast food chains and other purveyors of high fat, high sugar meals and snacks. These highly effective advertising campaigns, combined with a physically inactive lifestyle, have produced a generation of kids who are at high risk for obesity-associated medical conditions.
The major health threat is the early development of Type 2 diabetes (adult onset), particularly in children with a family history of disease. Doctors are reporting a surge in young adolescents developing Type 2 diabetes – which can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke, limb amputations, and blindness. People who develop diabetes in adolescence face a diminished quality of life and shortened life span, particularly if the disease progresses untreated. It’s a scary prospect for our children, but, in many cases, obesity and diabetes are preventable.
When children are spending most of their free time sitting in front of televisions and computers, they are not outside running, jumping or engaging in team sports that would keep their weight down. Parents need to set limits on the time their children are engaged in passive activities. Paediatricians recommend restricting children to one to two hours per day on TV and computers combined – though older children may need additional time for learning activities.
Parental involvement remains the most important key to our children’s healthy diets. Programmes to educate parents about nutrition are essential. Fast foods should be consumed only in moderation. Caregivers, who are often busy and harried, must avoid the temptation to whisk their kids into fast-food restaurants or to pick up fast food for dinner at home. Changing eating habits and lifestyles is not easy, but the health benefit for our children is a wonderful payoff for parents willing to take on the task.
(a)On the basis of your reading of the passage, complete the following statements by choosing the correct options. (1×6 = 6)
(i)One of the major reasons behind obesity among children is …………..
(a)studying (b) playing indoor games
(c)their sedentary lifestyle (d) eating fast foods
(ii) Early development of type 2 diabetes is normally found in children with
(a) sedentary lifestyles                      (b) strict parents
(c) voracious appetites                      (d) a family history of the disease
(iii)The most important factor to improve our children’s diet is ………….
(a)parental involvement (b) not watching TV advertisements
(c) not having fast foods                   (d) All of these
(iv)Adolescents who develop diabetes may have……… if not treated promptly.
(a)poor quality of life (b) reduced span of life
(c) Both (a) and(b)      (d) Neither (a) nor (b)
(v)The word………… in para 1 means ‘inactive’.
(a)  watching                                     (b) sedentary
(c)  escalating                                    (d) sitting
(vi)The word……….. in para 3 means ‘poorer’.
(a)   untreated                                    (b) shortened
(c)  meagre                                        (d) diminished
(b)On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the following questions or complete the following statements briefly. (l x 6 = 6)
(i)How are advertisements responsible for obesity associated medical problems?
(ii) How does diabetes affect adolescents?
(iii)Type 2 diabetes can lead to………… ‘
(iv)In order to keep children’s weight in check, the parents need to……………
(v)’Inundated’ is the synonym of…….. in the second paragraph.
(vi)The word……….. in the last paragraph means ‘within limits’.

Section – B  Writing and Grammar [30 Marks]
3.You are Sanjay / Sanjana, Head Boy / Girl of Sunlight Foundation School, Saharanpur. Write a notice about a debate competition to be held in the school on the topic “Foreign films are not relevant to Indian culture”.
You want to sell you Alto K-10 car as you are going abroad. Draft an advertisement for the classified column of a local daily giving particulars of the model, condition, mileage etc.(4)

4.As a parent, write a letter to the Principal, T Nagar Government Girls School, Chennai, requesting her to grant your daughter Jaya leave from the school for one week, as she has to attend the coaching camp arranged by Sports Authority of India for athletes, having been selected for participation in the Junior National Athletics Championship. (6)
Foreign tourists are deterred from coming to India due to the nuisance of beggars at tourist spots. Write a letter to the Editor, Times of India, New Delhi, suggesting some methods to reduce or eliminate this menace. You are Soha/ Sohan of Rajpur Road, Dehradun.   (6)

5.You are Sameer / Sameera, a student of Class XI-A. Clean drinking water is important for health. Write an article in 150-200 words for your school magazine about the importance of clean drinking water for a healthy life.  (10)
Your school has recently arranged a musical evening in the school auditorium. Write a report in 150-200 words on this programme for your school magazine. You are Jagdish, Cultural Secretary of Vivekanand Trust School, Patna.

6.The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line against which a blank is given. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet as given below against the correct blank number. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied. One example has been done for you. (1/2×8=4)

Incorrect     Correct

e.g. Children love picnics and outings of their
parents of with of with                                                        of                          with
(a)though they are equally happier doing
things with                                                                    …………..                       ……………..
(b)them around the house. A parent may make …………….                        ………………..

(c)his child feels special by following some simple ………….                        ………………..
(d)rituals, bedtime stories, the game of cards or ……………….                            ………………..
(e)simply talking and laugh together before .
going to                                                                  ………………..                                           ………………
(f)bed – some give children a wonderful sense ………………..                                     ………………..
(h)of well being. They hardly ever forgot
these moments                                                       ……………….                                                      ………………..
(g)and cherish them throughout these lives. ………………..                                                             ………………..


7.Rearrange the following words/phrases into meaningful sentences. (1×4 = 4)
(a)children/vacations/can’t/for fun/meant/are/compromise/and
(b)on adequate/and/depends/preparation/indomitable/success/determination
(c)West Bengal-Bhutan/the technical/are/at/network/the/currently/an/railway/ advanced stage/studies/for
(d)because of / Delhi / earthquakes / its locaton / prone to / is

8.Transform the following sentences by changing the voice (from Active voice to Passive voice or vice versa)  (1X2 = 2)
(a)Will we ever forget those happy days of childhood?
(b)The children laughed at the beggar

Section – C  Literature and Long Reading Text [30 Marks]

9.Read the extract and answer the guestions that follow. (1×3=3)
“Father and son, we both must live on the same globe and the same land,
He speaks: 1 cannot understand Myself, why anger grows from grief.
We each put out on empty hand, longing for something to forgive.”
(i)Explain tlife phase, ‘On the same globe and the same land.’
(ii)Why is the father angry?
(iii)Who does ‘we’ refer to?

10.Answer any three of the following questions. (3×3 = 9)
(i)Mention the poetic devices used in the poem, ‘Father to son’.
(ii)How did the sparrows express their grief over grandmother’s death?
(iii)Describe the features of the boat ‘wavewalker’.
(iv)Why was Tut’s body repeatedly scrutinised?

11.Answer the following questions in about 120-150 words.
Is there a necessity to preserve our planet? Lester R Brown says that we have not inherited the Earth from outr forefathers, in fact we have borrowed it from our children. Explain.  (6)
Describe the ideal qualities of a teacher with reference to the chapter,’The Browning Version’. (6)

Long Reading Text (Novel)

12.Why did Virginia keep the secret from her husband about the promise of love? (The Canterville Ghost) (6)
What was the reaction of slaves to the emancipation proclamation ?(Up From Slavery)  (6)

13.Describe the characteristic traits of Virginia. (The Canterville Ghost)  (6)
What did the narrator learn about General Armstrong’s character on his first visit of Tuskegee? (Up From Slavery)(6)

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