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Board Paper of Class 12-Humanities 2014 English (SET 2) - Solutions

General Instructions:
(i) All the questions are compulsory.
(ii) Your answer should be to the point, try to stick to the word limit given.

  • Question 1

    Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

    1. Too many parents these days can't  say no. As a result, they find themselves raising 'children'  who respond greedily to the advertisements aimed right at them. Even getting what they want doesn't satisfy some kids; they only want more. Now, a growing number of psychologists, educators and parents think it's time to stop the madness and start teaching kids about what's really important: values like hard work, contentment, honesty and compassion. The struggle to set limits has never been tougher ‒ and the stakes have never been higher. One recent study of adults  who were overindulged as children, paints a discouraging picture of their future: when given too much too soon, they grow up to be adults who have difficulty coping with life's disappointments. They also have distorted sense of entitlement that gets in the way of success in the work place and in relationships.

    2. Psychologists say that parents who overindulge their kids, set them up to be more vulnerable to future anxiety and depression. Today's parents themselves raised on values of thrift and self-sacrifice, grew up in a culture where no was a household word. Today's kids want much more, partly because there is so much more to want. The oldest members of this generation were born in the late 1980s, just as PCs and video games were making their assault on the family room. They think of MP3 players and flat screen TV as essential utilities, and they have developed strategies to get them. One survey of teenagers found that when they crave for something new, most expect to ask nine times before their parents give in. By every measure, parents are shelling out record amounts. In the heat of this buying blitz, even parents who desperately need to say no find themselves reaching for their credit cards.

    3. Today's parents aren't equipped to deal with the problem. Many of them, raised in the 1960s and '70s, swore they'd act differently from their parents and have closer relationships with their own children. Many even wear the same designer clothes as their kids and listen to the same music. And they work more hours; at the end of a long week, it's  tempting to buy peace with 'yes' and not mar precious family time with conflict. Anxiety about future is another factor. How do well intentioned parents say no to all the sports gear and arts and language lessons they believe will help their kids thrive in an increasingly competitive world? Experts agree: too much love won't spoil a child. Too few limits will.

    4. What parents need to find, is a balance between the advantages of an affluent society and the critical life lessons that come from waiting, saving and working hard to achieve goals. That search for balance has to start early. Children need limits on their behaviour because they feel better and more secure when they live within a secured structure. Older children learn self-control by watching how others, especially parents act. Learning how to overcome challenges is essential to becoming a successful adult. Few parents ask kids to do chores. They think  their  kids  are  already  overburdened  by  social  and  academic pressures. Every individual can be of service to others, and life has meaning beyond one's  own immediate happiness. That means parents eager to teach values have to take a long, hard look at their own.

    (a) Answer the following:

    (1) What values do parents and teachers want children to learn?
    (2) What are the results of giving the children too much too soon?
    (3) Why do today's children want more?
    (4) What  is  the  balance  which  the parents need  to  have in  today's world?
    (5) What is the necessity to set limits for children?

    (b) Pick out words from the passage that mean the same as the following:

    (1) a feeling of satisfaction (para 1)
    (2) valuable (para 3)
    (3) important  (para 4)

  • Question 2
    Read the passage carefully.

    1. I remember my childhood as being generally happy and can recall experiencing some of the most carefree times of my life. But I can also remember, even more vividly, moments of being deeply frightened. As a child, I was truly terrified of the dark and getting lost. These fears were very real and caused me some extremely uncomfortable moments.

    2. Maybe it was the strange way things looked and sounded in my familiar room at night that scared me so much. There was never total darkness, but a street light or passing car lights made clothes hung over a chair take on the shape of an unknown beast. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw curtains move when there was no breeze. A tiny creak in the floor would sound a hundred times louder than in the daylight and my imagination would take over, creating burglars and monsters. Darkness always made me feel helpless. My heart would pound and I would lie very still so that 'the enemy' wouldn't discover me.

    3. Another childhood fear of mine was that I would get lost, especially on the way home from school. Every morning, I got on the school bus right near my home ‒ that was no problem. After school, though, when all the buses were lined up along the curve, I was terrified that I would get on the wrong one and be taken to some unfamiliar neighbourhood. I would scan the bus for the faces of my friends, make sure that the bus driver was the same one that had been there in the morning, and even then ask the others over and over again to be sure I was in the right bus. On school or family trips to an amusement park or a museum, I wouldn't  let the leaders out of my sight. And of course, I was never very adventurous when it came to taking walks or hikes because I would go only where I was sure I would never get lost.

    4. Perhaps, one of the worst fears I had as a child was that of not being liked or accepted by others. First of all, I was quite shy. Secondly, I worried constantly about my looks, thinking people wouldn't like me because I was too fat or wore braces. I tried to wear 'the right clothes' and had intense arguments with my mother over the importance of wearing flats instead of saddled shoes to school. Being popular was very important to me then and the fear of not being liked was a powerful one.

    5. One of the processes of evolving from a child to an adult is  being able to recognise and overcome our fears. I have learnt that darkness does not have to take on a life of its own, that others can help me when I am lost and that friendliness and sincerity will encourage people to like me. Understanding the things that scared us as children helps to cope with our lives as adults.

    (a) On the basis of your reading of the above passage, make notes using headings and subheadings. Use recognizable abbreviations wherever necessary.

    (b) Make a summary of the passage in not more than 80 words using the notes made and also suggest a suitable title.


  • Question 3

    You are Smrithi Saran of Victoria Public School, Hyderabad. Your school has organized a Science Exhibition in connection with the death anniversary of Ramanujam. Write a notice in not more than 50 words inviting students to participate in it. Provide all the necessary details.


    You want to sell off your motor bike which you have been using for five years, since you have decided to buy a car. Write an advertisement, in not more than 50 words, to be published under the classified columns of a national daily. Furnish all the necessary details.


  • Question 4
    Incessant rain has caused irrecoverable damage in your area. As an active participant in the flood relief programme, write a report in 125‒150 words on the different flood relief measures carried out. You are Krishan/Krishna.

    You are Gobind/Gobindi of 14, Nehru Nagar, Delhi. You have visited a book exhibition in your neighbourhood. Write a report in about 125‒150 words on the exhibition.

  • Question 5
    You are the librarian of Amla Public School. You had placed an order for text books with Dhanpati & Sons. Since the books did not arrive on time, you have decided to cancel the order. Write a letter to the Manager, Dhanpati & Sons, Chennai, cancelling the order. (125−150 words)

    You are interested in doing a short-term course in computer graphics during your holidays. Write a letter to the Director, Easy Computers, enquiring about their short-term courses and asking for all the necessary details. You are Naresh/Nandini.

  • Question 6
    You are Sampreet, an educationist. You have noticed that the youth of today are often unable to cope with stress and become frustrated and bitter. Write a speech in 125150 words to be delivered at a collage function on 'Youth, their problems and solutions'.


    After Independence India has seen a steep upward trend in the graph of corruption. The public has often become disgusted and disappointed. As Venkat, a well known journalist, write a speech in 150200 words on 'Corruption, its causes and solutions'. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 7
    Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:

    All lovely tales that we have heard or read;
    An endless fountain of immortal drink.
    Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.

    (a) Name the poem and the poet.
    (b) What is the thing of beauty mentioned in these lines?
    (c) What image does the poet use in these lines?


    With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal...
    For lives that slyly turn in their cramped holes
    From fog to endless night?

    (i) Who are 'them' referred to in the first line?
    (ii) What tempts them?
    (iii) What does the poet say about 'their' lives? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 8
    Answer any two of the following questions in about 3040 words:
    (a) How does Kamala Das try to put away the thoughts of her ageing mother?
    (b) Which is the exotic moment that the poet refers to in 'Keeping Quiet'?
    (c) What are the difficulties that aunt Jennifer faced in her life? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 9
    Answer any six of the following questions in 3040 words:
    (a) Why did Gandhiji feel that taking the Champaran case to the court was useless?
    (b) Why did the peddler derive pleasure from his idea of the world as a rattrap?
    (c) How is Mukesh different from the other bangle makers of Firozabad?
    (d) What tempted Franz to stay away from school?
    (e) Why did the maharaja ban tiger hunting in the state?
    (f) How was the skunk's story different from the other stories narrated by Jack?
    (g) Which words of her brother made a deep impression on Bama? VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 10
    Answer the following in about 100125 words.

    Has Sophie met Danny Casey? What details of her meeting with Danny Casey did she narrate to her brother?


    Describe the precautions taken by the prison officers to prevent Evans from escaping. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 11
    Read the following and answer the question that follows:

    The story "Deep Water" has made you realize that with determination and perseverance one can accomplish the impossible. Write a paragraph in about 100 words words on how a positive attitude and courage will aid you to achieve success in life. VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 12
    What were Watson's observations on the stick left behind by Dr. Mortimer? How far did Sherlock Holmes prove him wrong? (in about 125 words) VIEW SOLUTION

  • Question 13
    Who was Selden? Why was he on the moor? VIEW SOLUTION
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