Sample Paper English| Class XII | Based on New Pattern 2020 |



Sample paper English Based on New Pattern 2021-2022

This is a sample paper of English for class XII students. It is based on a new pattern wherein student have many multiple choice questions not only from the prose, fiction, non-fiction but from the poetry also. Click on the link given to access to the question paper.

Sample Paper, English (New Syllabus),



Time allowed: 2 Hrs.                                                                                                     Maximum Marks: 50


General Instructions:

  1. This paper is divided into three parts: A, B & C. All questions are compulsory.
  2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them.
  3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.


Part A (Reading Section) 10 Marks

———————————————————————————————————————————–Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

  1. Today’s woman is a highly self-directed person, alive to the sense of her dignity and the importance of her functions in the private domestic domain and the public domain of the world of work. Women are rational in approach, careful in handling situations and want to do things as best as possible. The Fourth World Conference of Women held in Beijing in September 1995 had emphasized that no enduring solution of society’s most threatening social, economic and political problems could be found without the participation and empowerment of the women. The 1995 World Summit for Social Development had also emphasized the pivotal role of women in eradicating poverty and mending the social fabric.
  2. The Constitution of India had conferred on women equal rights and opportunities political, social, educational and of employment with men. Because of oppressive traditions, superstitions, exploitation and corruption, a majority of women are not allowed to enjoy the rights and opportunities, bestowed on them. One of the major reasons for this state of affairs is the lack of literacy and awareness among women. Education is the main instrument through which we can narrow down the prevailing inequality and accelerate the process of economic and political change in the status of women.
  3. The role of women in a society is very important. Women’s education is the key to a better life in the future. A recent World Bank study says that educating girls is not a charity, it is good economics and if developing nations are to eradicate poverty, they must educate the girls. The report says that the economic and social returns on investment in education of the girls considerably affect the human development index of the nation. Society would progress only if the status of women is respected and the presence of an educated woman in the family would ensure education of the family itself. Education and empowerment of women are closely related.
  4. Women’s education has not received due care and attention from the planners and policymakers. The National Commission for Women has rightly pointed out that even after 50 years of independence; women continue to be treated as the single largest group of backward citizens of India. The role of women in overall development has not been fully understood nor has it been given its full weight in the struggle to eliminate poverty, hunger, injustice and inequality at the national level. Even when we are at the threshold of the 21st century, our society still discriminates against women in matters of their rights and privileges and prevents them from participating in the process of national and societal progress.
  5. Various Committees and Commissions have been constituted before and after the independence to evaluate the progress in women’s education and to suggest ways and means to enhance the status of women. The female literacy rate has gone up in the 20th century from 0.6 per cent in 1901 to 39.29 per cent in 1991 but India still possesses the largest number of illiterate women in the world. The female literacy index for the year 1991 shows that there are eight States which fall below the national average. The most populous States of the country, UP, MP, Bihar and Rajasthan fall in the category of most backward States as far as female literacy is concerned.
  6. The prevailing cultural norms of gender behaviour and the perceived domestic and reproductive roles of women tend to affect the education of girls. Negative attitude towards sending girls to schools, restrictions on their mobility, early marriage, poverty and illiteracy of parents affect the girl’s participation in education.
  7. Women’s political empowerment got a big boost with the Panchayati Raj Act of 1993 which gave them 30 per cent reservation in Village Panchayats, Block Samities and Zila Parishads throughout the country. The National Commission for Women was also set up in 1992 to act as a lobby for women’s issues.
  8. The educational system is the only institution which can counteract the deep foundations of inequality of sexes that are built in the minds of people through the socialization process. Education is the most important instrument of human resource development. Educational system should be used to revolutionize the traditional attitudes and inculcate new values of equality.


On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer the following questions.              (10)

Two attributes of a modern woman are

  1. Self-independent and Intellectual
  2. Self-independent and Irrational
  3. Self-independent and Unreasoning
  4. None of these


Why are women’s participation and empowerment considered necessary?

  1. Because it eradicates poverty and mends the social fabric
  2. Because it enslaves the society and its people
  3. Because it nourishes society and enslaves the people
  4. None of these


Which factors adversely affect the education of girls?

  1. Exemption and immobility of girls
  2. Early marriage and mobility of girls
  3. Richness and literacy of parents
  4. All of the above


What benefits did the women get with the enactment of the Panchayati Raj Act of 1993?

  1. Reservation in Villages Panchayats
  2. Reservation in Block Samities
  3. Reservation in Zila Parishads
  4. All of the above


By what process can we remove the sense of inequality of sexes from the minds of the people?

  1. Through education
  2. Through Slavery
  3. Through early marriage
  4. None of these


  1. Pick out words from the passage which mean the same as each of the following.


  1. Being of crucial importance (Para 1)
  2. Verge                                     (Para 4)
  3. Given as gift                         (Para 2)
  4. Decimate                              (Para 3)
  5. Full of people                       (Para 4)

You May also Read

  1. Respect your Parents
  2. Be Honest to your Work
  3. Have Faith in Others
  4. Stop Being Negative
  5. Realise Your Worth
  6. Everything Happens for a Reason
  7. Love Your Mother
  8. Hone Your Skills Daily
  9. Family is Important
  10.  Be positive

Part B (Writing Section)                (13 Marks)


  1. Your school is going to celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’ in your school on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Being a head boy/girl of the school, write a notice in about 50 to be put up on the school’s notice board inviting students to deliver speeches& reciting poems in morning assembly. You are Amit/Neeta. Invent necessary details.                                                                              (3 M)
  2. Your school conducted a ‘Spell Bee’ (Spelling Competition) yesterday wherein many students of different schools participated enthusiastically. As a news reporter, write a report highlighting each and everything in about 125 words. You are Manoj/Manisha.                                         (5 M)
  3. You are Tarun, a resident of 86, New Basti, Gwalior. Write a letter to the editor of ‘The Times of India’ in about 125 words telling him about nuisance created by shopkeepers encroaching the roads in front of their shops especially at the time of major festival which leads to chaos. Do suggest some ways to deal with the problem. (5 M)



Part C (Literature Section)           (27 Marks)


  1. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. (4+4+4=12)


What a thunderclap these words were to me! Oh, the wretches; that was what they had put up at the town-hall! My last French lesson! Why, I hardly knew how to write! I should never learn anymore! I must stop there, then! Oh, how sorry I was for not learning my lessons, for seeking birds’ eggs, or going sliding on the Saar! My Books, that had seemed such a nuisance a while ago, so heavy to carry, my grammar, and my history of the saints, were old friends now that I couldn’t give up. And M.Hamel, too; the idea that he was going away, that I should never see him again, made me forget about his ruler and how cranky he was.


What does the word ‘wretches’ refer to

  1. People who perform wicked deed
  2. People who are contemptuous to others
  3. People who are sympathetic to others
  4. People who encroach upon others’ rights


What does ‘were old friends now that I couldn’t give up’ mean

  1. Narrator was missing his books and mother tongue
  2. Narrator was not interested in giving up his mother tongue
  3. Narrator was sad because of the order that came from Berlin
  4. Narrator was repentant for not learning his mother tongue


Identify the tone of the speaker in this paragraph?

  1. Repentant
  2. Unrepentant
  3. Poignant
  4. Full of gratification


What does the phrasal verb, used in this paragraph, ‘Put up’ imply?

  1. Posted
  2. Published
  3. Affixed
  4. All of these



“It looks as though Captain von Stahle preferred to stay with you tonight, “Stjernstrom” he said to the master blacksmith, and turned on his heel. But he laughed to himself as he went away, and the blacksmith, who knew him, understood very well that he had not said his last words.

Identify the speaker of the first line of the paragraph

  1. Edla Willmanson
  2. Ironmaster
  3. Rattrap Seller
  4. None of these


“It looks as though Captain von Stahle preferred to stay with you tonight, “Stjernstrom”. Pick up the correct option that states speaker’s feelings

  1. Contentment
  2. Rejection
  3. Despondence
  4. Acceptance


What does the idiom/phrase ‘turn on his heel’ imply?

  1. Turn sharply round
  2. Reply satisfactorily
  3. Moved out fleetingly
  4. All of the above


How did the speaker conclude his conversation with the blacksmith

  1. Obviously
  2. Dubiously
  3. Invariably
  4. Faintly



Surely, Shakespeare is wicked, the map a bad example,

With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal—

For lives that slyly turn in their cramped holes

From fog to endless night? On their slag heap, these children

Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel

With mended glass, like bottle bits on stones.

All of their time and space are foggy slum.

So blot their maps with slums as big as doom.


Identify the figure of speech used in the sentence “Wear skins peeped through by bones”.

  1. Synecdoche
  2. Imagery
  3. Hyperbole
  4. Antithesis


What does the expression “The map a bad example” suggest?

  1. The map distracts the children
  2. The map tempts them to legal activities
  3. The map encourages them to grow more
  4. None of these


The map of the world in the classroom symbolizes

  1. Hopes and aspirations of the children
  2. Travel plans of the school authorities
  3. A world that is unconnected to the students
  4. Interconnectivity with the world


In the extract, ‘For lives that slyly turn in their cramped holes’ suggest that

  1. Life of children is surrounded by obtuseness
  2. Life of children is full of extravagance
  3. Life of children is limited to mansions and palaces
  4. None of these


  1. Answer any five of the following questions in about 30-40 words. (5×2=10 marks)

(a) What two changes did Stephens notice in the invigilator when he came out after the exam?

(b) How does Jack get to know that his daughter was getting more and more inquisitive day by day?

(c) Why did Dr. Sadao forbid the P.O.W to move off his bed?

(d) Why is grandeur associated with mighty dead in ‘A Thing of Beauty’?

(e) Why was the ironmaster staring at his daughter while returning to home after the church service?

(f) How would have lawyers reacted, according to them” if Gandhi ji had been jailed?

(g) Describe the background wherein the ‘The Last Lesson’ has been set?


  1. Answer any of the following in about 125 words. (5 marks)

 “Mr. clever clever Evans” said the Governor to Evans before arresting him. Do you think he really deserved that praise? Support your answer with reference to the chapter ‘Evans Tries an O-Level’.


What bitter experiences did Gandhi have to face during his visit to Champaran? How did he justify himself in front of the magistrate in the court in ‘Indigo’?



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