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HS English Question Paper Solution

The questions related to MCO and SAO should be answered in the specific printed TABLE accordingly in the Answer Script.

(Multiple Choice Type Questions)

1. Complete each of the following sentences, choosing the correct option from the alternatives provided: 1x 12 = 12


(i) The co-passenger, who boarded the train at Saharanpur noticed the girl’s

(a) hair

b) beautiful eyes

(c) sweet face

(d) bright dress.

Ans: b) beautiful eyes.

(ii) After reading the namaz before dawn, Abdul Kalam’s father used to

(a) meet people of different religions

(b) go to the mosque

(c) meet Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry

d) go to the coconut grove.

Ans: d) go to the coconut grove.

iii) The bearded man wanted to

(a) meet the Tsar

(b) meet the hermit

c) take revenge on thę Tsar

(d) hunt in the wood.

Ans: c) take revenge on thę Tsar

iv) The lady picked the boy up holding his

a) shirt

b) trousers

c) belt

d) arm.

Ans: a) shirt.

2. Answer any four questions from PROSE and four questions from POETRY, of the following questions, each in a complete: 1 x 8


(i) Who wounded the bearded man?

Ans: The Tsar’s bodyguard wounded the bearded man.

(ii) How did the narrator come to know that the girl wore slippers?

Ans: The narrator came to know that the girl wore slippers from the way they slapped against her heels.

(iii) What is the full name of Mrs. Jones ?

Ans: The full name of Mrs. Jones is Luella Bates Washington Jones.

(iv) What were the necessary things Kalamn’s father provided to his family?

Ans: Abdul Kalam’s father provided food, medicine, and clothing to his family.

(v) What could the narrator see in his mind’s eye?

Ans: In his mind’s eye, the narrator could see telegraph posts flashing by.

(vi) In which language were the prayers chanted in the mosque?

Ans: In the mosque, the prayers were chanted in Arabic.

(vii) Where did Mrs. Jones work?

Ans: Mrs. Jones worked in a hotel beauty shop.

(viii) Where did the hermit live?

Ans: The hermit lived in the woods.


(ix) What does Keats celebrate in the poem “The Poetry of Earth”?

(x) What causes the bark of the tree to bleed?

(xi) What do the rough winds do?

(xii) What do the birds do when they are faint with the hot sun?

(xiii) Which insect’s song can be heard on a lone winter evening?

(xiv) What does the poet compare his friend to?

(xv) Where does the strength of the tree lie?

(xvi) What is seen on the side of the soldier?

( Subjective / Descriptive Type Questions )

3. Answer any two questions from PROSE, two questions from POETRY and one question from DRAMA of the following questions, each in about 100 words: 6×5 = 30


i) “One of the most vivid memories of my early childhood is of the two men…”

a) Whose childhood memories are referred to?

b) Who were the two men?

c) What was their topic of discussion?

d) What answer did the narrator get regarding his answer on prayer?


a) The childhood memories of APJ Abdul Kalam are being referred to here.

b) The two men were his father Jainulabdeen and the high priest of Rameswaram temple Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry.

c) Prayer is nothing mysterious. It makes a possible communion of the spirit between people. When one prays he transcends his body and becomes a part of the cosmos which knows no division of wealth, age, cast or creed.

ii) “Can you tell me – did she keep her hair long or short?”

a) Who is the speaker? To whom is he speaking?

b) Who is being referred to? Where did the girl get down?

c) What was the answer the speaker received in context to his question? (2+2+2)


a) The speaker is the narrator.

The narrator is speaking to the new passenger who entered the train compartment at Saharanpur.

b) The speaker is referring to a young girl who had been travelling with him from Rohana. The girl got down at Saharanpur.

c) The new co-passenger replied that he did not remember whether the girl kept her hair long or short. He noticed only her eyes and not her hair. She had beautiful eyes which were of no use to her as she was completely blind.

(iii) The three questions that the Tsar wanted to get answers of were what was the right time to begin cverything, who were the right people to listen to and whom to avoid and what was the most important thing to do.

He needed the answers so that he would never fail in anything he might undertake.

He was not satisfied with the answers of the learned men as they all provided varied answers to his questions.

The Tsar finally decided to consult a hermit who lived in the woods, which he never quitted and received only common people.

iv) Mrs. Jones is the speaker. Roger is being spoken to.

Mrs. Jones offered Roger some lima beans and ham, cocoa, and half of her ten-cent cake.

Mrs. Jones’ love, affection, tenderness, caring nature and her motherly instinct is revealed here.


v) A tree is rooted deep inside the earth. It draws its essential nutrients from the earth, absorbs sunlight, air and water and grows stronger. So a simple jab with a knife or a hack andchop cannot easily and quickly kill a tree.

A tree is roped, tied and pulled out. When the tree is totally uprooted, its strength is exposed and it is finally killed.

vi) A sunlit valley with a flowing stream surrounded by monuntains. The place is grassy and full of greenery.

He lies open mouthed as he is dead.

Nature takes care of him. The fern forms a pillow for him. The sun provides him warmth. The humming insects do not disturb him and the flowers provide a soft rest for his feet.

(vii) ‘Shall I Compare thee to a summer’s day’ is a sonnet.

The poet is William Shakespeare.

The poet speaks of a young man, who was his friend.

The poet praises the youth and beauty of his friend. He feels that his friend is more beautiful than a summer’s day. He is more temperate, well-balanced, and gentle compared to the extreme nature of a summer’s day. His friend’s beauty 1s not short-lived or changeable. It transcends space and time.

(viii) The line is quoted from the poem “The Poetry of Earth”. The name of the poet is John Keats. The grasshopper `rests at ease’ when he is tired.

The grasshopper takes charge of summer and takes the lead in the summer songs. It moves from hedge to hedge with a lot of joy and energy.


(ix) (a) Ivan Vassilovitch Lomov had come to Chubukov with a request.

Chubukov assumed that Lomov had come to him to borrow money.

Lomov had come to Chubukov with the request of a marriage proposal. He came with a proposal to marry Natalya, Chubukov’s daughter.

Chubukov was extremely excited and overjoyed. He said it had been his long desire to see his daughter getting married.


(b) Charandas’ Guru had asked him to renounce his bad habits if he really wanted to be his disciple. Asked him to give up thieving but Charandas offered to take four pledges instead: he would never eat from a golden plate, he would never ride an elephant and lead a procession, he would never marry a queen, he would never accept the throne of a country. Later, his guru requested him to consider his ( guru’s ) wish that he would give up lying. Charandas consented and thus the deal between the Guru and Charandas was finalised.

(x) (a) The speaker is Ivan Vassilovitch Lomov.

He is speaking to Natalya.

His aunt’s grandmother gave the free use of the Meadows to the peasants of Natalya’s father’s grandfather. They used the Oxen Meadows for forty years and developed a feeling that the meadows belonged to them. Natalya replied that her grandfather and her great grandfather reckoned that their land extended to Burnt Marsh, which therefore proved that the Oxen Meadows was theirs.


(b) The speaker is the landlord.

There was a terrible famine in the village. The landlord, a wealthy person, never shared a kilo of his crop with the starving people. Instead, his men beat them and pointed guns at them. In such a crucial situation the peasant whose children were starving for three days, prayed for a kilo of rice. At this point, the landlord made this remark.

The landlord is a man of wealth but he is unwilling to share a meagre portion of his wealth with the poverty stricken villagers. Instead he threatens them and beats them up. Thus in spite of being wealthy, he is tooinsensitive. He has accumulated his wealth exploiting,the poor villagers.

(xi) (a) Natalya Stepanovna

Young, unmarried, good at household activities, product of the feudal society, argumentative, liable to lose her temper – features of her character are revealed from her conversation with both Lomov and her father.


(b) Havaldar made this query.

Guru, the person spoken to, answered that there was no chance of a thief coming there. If any thief did turn up, he/she would instantly be purified as a good person. In the Sadhu’s akhara thieves, loafers, drunkards, gamblers, rogues, ruffians all get purified.

When he was about to quit the place, he overhears the gambling trio squabbling and noticed three persons openly gambling in the middle of the road.

4. (a) Do as directed:

(i) The woman asked if she had been bothering him when she had turned that corner.

(ii) Wild dahlias covered the hills.

(iii) The poetry of earth is always alive.

(iv) I’ll prove that it is not true.

(v) The Tsar took leave of the wounded man.

He went out into the porch.

He looked around for the hermit.

(vi) The door was not closed.

(b) (i) the, (ii) of, (iii) at, (iv) to, (v) to, (vi) the.

(c) secured.

5. (a)

(i) T

(ii) F

(iii) F

(iv) T


(i) During high tide, a large portion of the Sunderbans get submerged and during ebbs a thick alluvium is left behind. This makes the terrain slushy which makes hunting very difficult for tigers.

(ii) The hostile ecosystem of Sunderbans has made the tigers expert swimmers. So they are often seen crossing even broad rivers.

(iii) ‘Project Tiger’ is headed by the Field Director who is a conservator. His team includes a Deputy Field Director, who is of the rank of a Divisional Forest Officer, an Assistant Field Director, who is of the rank of Additional Divisional Forest Officer and twelve Range Officers.

6. 2 marks for form and 8 marks for content. No marks for form if there is no content.

(b) Same as (a)



2 marks for title and 8 marks for content.No marks for title if there is no content.

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