2021 HS English Model Questions, Class 12, WBCHSE, West Bengal. Very important suggestive questions for 2021 Higher Secondary English Examination. Get common. Do an excellent result.
The Eyes Have It:
1. “Few girls can resist flattery.” – Who made this remark? What was flattery? Why did the speaker say so? How did the person spoken to accept the flattery? (1 + 2 + 2 + 1)
2. “Thank goodness, it’s a short journey.” – Describe the journey of the speaker. (6)
3. “Then I made a mistake.” – Who made a mistake? What was the mistake? Why was it a mistake? What removed the speaker’s doubts? How did the girl react to it? (1 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 1)
4. “Yes I was prepared to sit there for almost any length of time.” – Why was the narrator prepared to sit there in such a way? (6)
5. “But her next question removed my doubts” – Who said this and about whom? What were the doubts of the speaker? What was the next question? How were his doubts removed? (2 + 1 + 1 + 2)
6. “Yes, this is the best time.” – Who said this? What is the best time according to the speaker? Give the occasion of the remark? Why does the speaker think so? (1 + 1 + 2 + 2)
7. “Oh, how lucky you are.” – Who said this? Who was considered to be lucky and why? How did the person react to the above remark? (1 + 3 + 2)
8. “You have an interesting face.” – Who is the speaker here? Whose face is referred to? Why did the speaker say this?How did the person spoken to respomd to this comment? (1+1+2+2)
9. “She would forget our brief encounter” – Who said this about whom? What is the ‘brief encounter’ referred to here? Why did the speaker think this? (2 + 2 + 2)
10. “The man who had entered the compartment broke into my reverie”. When did the man enter the compartment? What was the reverie? How was the reverie broken? (1 + 3 + 2)
11. “She had beautiful eyes, but they were of no use to her.” – Who is the speaker? Whose eyes are referred to here? Why were the eyes useless to her? Bring out the irony in this line. (1 + 1 + 2 + 2)
12. “You must be disappointed.” – Who said this and to whom? When did the person say this? Why did he say this? (2 + 2 + 2)
13.“I’m sorry, I am not as attractive a travelling companion as the one who just left! – Who made this remark? Why did he make this remark? (1 + 5)
14. “You are a very gallant young man”, she said. – Who is ‘she’? Whom did she call ‘gallant young man’? What led the girl to call the young man ‘gallant’? What other words were used by her to describe the young man? (1 + 1 + 3 + 1)
1. “Our locality was predominantly Muslim.” – Who said this? How does the speaker describe the locality? What picture of communal harmony do you find in this description? (1 + 3 + 2)
2. “I normally ate with my mother.” – Who said this? Where did the speaker normally eat? What were served to him during lunch? Why, according to you, did the speaker eat with his mother? (1 + 1 + 2 + 2)
3. What was Kalam’s father’s response to his son’s query about prayer and spirituality? (6)
4. What picture of communal harmony do you get from Kalam’s autobiographical sketch “Strong Roots”? (6)
5. “This is not a correct approach at all.” – Who said this? What is the correct ‘approach’ referred to here? Why is the approach not correct? (1 + 2 + 3)
6. “One of the most vivid memories of my early childhood is of the two men.” – Who is the speaker? Who were the two men? What was the relationship between the two men? What did the speaker remember about them? (1 + 2 + 1 + 2)
7. How does Kalam describe his childhood in his composition “Strong Roots”? (6)
8. What does Kalam say about the father’s routine-bound life? What does he want to suggest here? (4 +2)
9. “I have endeavored to understand the fundamental truth revealed to me by my father.” – Who was the son? Who was the father? What was the fundamental truth revealed to the son? (1 +1 +4)
10. “When troubles come, try to understand the relevance of your sufferings. Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection” – Who said this and to whom? Elucidate the statement. (2 +4)
1. Why did the bearded man become an enemy of the Tsar? What did the man swear and resolve to do? Why did he ask forgiveness of the Tsar and what did he promise him? (1 + 2 + 3)
2. Why did the Tsar decide to meet the hermit and how did he visit him? What was the hermit doing when the Tsar met him?
3. “He decided to consult a hermit, widely renowned for his wisdom.” – Who is ‘he’? Why did he decide to consult the hermit? How did he go to meet the hermit? (1 +3 +2)
4. What did the Tsar promise the bearded man? How many times did the Tsar ask the hermit for an answer? (2 + 4)
5. How did the bearded man become the Tsar’s friend? (6)
6. “I resolved to kill you on your way back.” – Who is the speaker? Whom did the speaker want to kill and why? What happened to the speaker when he tried to kill the person? (1 +2 + 3))
7. How did the Tsar save the life of the wounded man? (6)
8. “Forgive me!’ said the bearded man in a weak voice.” – Why did the bearded man become an enemy of the Tsar? What did the man swear and resolve to do? Why did the man ask forgiveness? (2 + 2 +2)
9. “You have already been answered” – Who said this and to whom? How has the person referred to been answered? (2 + 4)
10. “Here comes someone running” – Who said this? Who was coming? Why did he come running? What happened to him? (1 +1 + 2 + 2)
Asleep in the Valley:
1. Describe the soldier after Rimbaud in the poem “Asleep in the Valley”.
2. “A soldier very young lies open-mouthed” – Where does the line occur? Who is the soldier? Why does he lie open-mouthed? How does nature nourish him in his sleep? Bring out the irony in the line. ***
3. Consider “Asleep in the Valley” as an anti-war poem. or What is Arthur Rimbaud’s attitude towards war as revealed in Asleep in the Valley”?
4. Prepare central idea, title and substance of the poem “Asleep in the Valley”.
5. “Pale in his warm, green, sun-soaked bed” – Who is referred to as ‘he’? Why is he pale? What is meant by the ‘sun-soaked bed’ ? How does the poet describe the sleeping soldier? ***
6. “They fill the hollow full of light” – Who are ‘they’? What does ‘the hollow’ suggest? Describe the hollow.
7. “In his side there are two red holes.” – Who is referred to as ‘his’? Why are there two red holes in his side? How is the pity of war is reflected through this striking revelation at the end of the poem? ***
8. “The humming insects don’t disturb his rest.” – Who rests and where? What is meant in this line? Why is his rest not disturbed by the insects? (3 + 1 + 2)
9. “His smile is like that of an infant’s” – Whose smile is referred to here? Why is his smile compared to that of an infant ? Bring out the irony in the line.***
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?:
1 Discuss the substance of the poem.
2. “Every fair from fair sometimes declines.”- What is the difference between the 1st ‘fair’ and 2nd ‘fair’? What makes “every fair from fair sometimes” decline? What instances of such decline are given by the poet? ***
3. How does Shakespeare treat the themes of time and love in the Sonnet No. 18?
4. “…and this gives life to thee” – What does ‘this’ refer to? Who is referred to here by thee’? How does ‘this’ give him life?
4. Use of imagery in Sonnet 18.
5. “But thy eternal summer shall not fade.” – Whose ‘eternal summer’ is referred to here? What do you mean by ‘eternal summer’?
6. “…and summer’s lease hath too short a date” – What is meant by ‘summer’s lease’? In what context does the poet say this? What does this line suggest?
7. “Nor shall death brag thou wandr’est in his shade” – Who is referred to here by ‘thou’? How does the poet propose to win over the brag of death?
8. How does Shakespeare compare the beauty of his friend to that of a summer’s day?
9. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”? – Whom does the poet address to? Why does the poet propose to compare him to a summer’s day? How is the question answered by the poet?
The Poetry of Earth:
1. Use of imagery in the poem.
2. What do you mean by ‘the poetry of earth’? How does Keats justify that the poetry of earth is never dead./ How does the poet show that the poetry of earth never ceases? ***
3. Prepare central Idea, title and substance of the poem “The Poetry of Earth”.
4. “…and seems to one in drowsiness half lost” – Where does the line occur? What makes him half lost in drowsiness? What seems to him and when?
5. “He rests at ease…” – Where does the line occur? Who is referred to as ‘he’? Where does he rest and when? How does he take part in the poetry of earth? ***
6. Evaluate “The Poetry of Earth” as a Sonnet.
7. “When all birds are faint…” – When are the birds faint and why? What do they do then? How is the poetry of earth sounded in their absence? **
7. “He has never done/With his delights.” – Where does the line occur? Who is ‘he’ referred to here? How does he delight? What does he finally do?
8. “… takes the lead” – Who takes the lead and when? How does he take the lead? ***
9. What roles do the Grasshopper and the Cricket play in the poem?
1. Justify “The Proposal” as a satire. *
2. “I’ve come to ask the hand of your daughter….in marriage” – Who said this and to whom? Who was the daughter? What was the immediate reaction of the father on hearing “The Proposal”?
3. “You’re not a neighbour, you’re a grabber.” – Whop said this and to whom? Why did the speaker say this?
4. “But you forget that he is overshot.” – What was spoken about? Whom did it belong? For how much was it bought? What is the meaning of overshot? what did its owner consider it to be? *
5. “He has come to borrow money! Shall not give him any..” – Who is the speaker? What makes him say this? What features of the character are revealed here?
6. How responsible a father is Chubukov?
7. Why did Lomov decide to marry Natalya?
8. “Oh, what a burden, Lord,…” – Who said this? What does he consider as ‘burden’? Why does he think so?
9. Characters of Natalya, Chubukov and Lomov. *
10. “Shut up or I’ll kill you like a partridge!” – Who said this and to whom? When does the speaker say so? Why does the speaker say so? (2 + 2 + 2)
11. How is the theme of marriage dealt in the play “The Proposal”?
12. Theme of the play “The Proposal”.
13. “Bring him back! Ah! Bring him here.” – Who said this and to whom? When was it said? Why was the speaker so excited?
14. “She’s like a love-sick cat.” – Who is the speaker? Whom does ‘she’ refer to? In what context does the speaker say so? How far, do you think, is the statement correct? *
15. What picture of social life is presented in the play “The Proposal”? *
But I liked the sound of her voice.
Few girls can resist flattery.
I found the window.
The guard blew his whistle.
Then I made a mistake.
Didn’t you notice?
My voice startled her.
This water was then carried home for invalids.
I asked my father about the relevance of prayer.
His answer filled me with a strange energy and enthusiasm.
My father could convey complex spiritual concepts in simple down to earth Tamil.
She would place a banana leaf before me.
My parents were widely regarded as an ideal couple.
He possessed great innate wisdom.
The hermit was digging the ground in front of his hut.
You have already been answered.
The Tsar gave the award to none.
That men would have attacked you.
The Tsar at last Stuck the spade into the ground.
What do you mean?
The hermit lived in a wood which he never quitted.
The hermit received none but common folk.
They fill the hollow full of light.
He may catch cold.
Ah, Nature, keep him warm.
The humming insects don’t disturb his sleep.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
This gives life to thee.
And often is his gold complexion dimmed.
The frost has wrought a silence.
He takes the lead in summer luxury.
I must ask your pardon.
What more do I want?
We are shelling peas for drying.
I shall drink some water.
You forget just this.
How do you make that out?
I shan’t to give them up.
Are you going to start shooting soon?
Take it to court.
I’ill show you the documents.
Write a report on the annual sports of your school to be published in the school magazine.
Write a report on a one-week programme undertaken by your school to clean up the classrooms, the school premises and its surroundings. Mention the roles of both students and teachers.
Write a report on the measures taken in your district to look after the health of the people and suggest what further improvements would be made.
Recently your school organised a Magic Show. Write a report on it for the local periodical magazine.
You have been sent to inspect the Eden Gardens stadium and the cricket ground on behalf of Cricket Association of Bengal. Now write a report on it.
Write a report on the Health Awareness Camp recently organised in your school in which some doctors of high repute in your locality took part.
Write a report on the farewell ceremony of a retired teacher in your school.
Write a report on the Teachers Day celebration in your school for Publication in the annual magazine of the school.
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