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CBSE Board English 12th 2013 Old Paper

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Time allowed: 3 hours 

Maximum Marks: 100

General Instructions:

(1) This paper is divided into three Sections A. B and C Alt the sections ore compulsory.

(ii) Separate instructions are aivcn  

SECTION A — < Reading)

!    Aji- pollution .. an ,8sue concerns us all al .    ^

willingly choose or reject a food, a dnnk or « h    •

unfortunately there i. little choice for the a.r we breathe. A1 » there in the air i. inhaled by one and all living in thos


2    Air pollutant is defined as a substance which i* present while normally it is not there or present in an amount exceeding the normal concentrations. It could either be gaseous or a paniculate matter. The important and harmful polluting gases are carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone and oxides of sulphur and nitrogen. The common particulate pollutants are the dust* of various inorganic or organic origins. Although we often talk of the outdoor air pollution caused by industrial and vehicular exhausts, the indoor pollution may prove to be as or a more important cause of health problems.

3    Recognition of air pollution is relatively recent. It is not

uncommon to experience a feeling of ‘suffocation* m a closed environment. It is often ascribed to the lack of oxygen. Fortunately, however, the composition of air is remarkably constant all over the world. There is about 79 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen in the air _ the other gases forming a very small fraction. lt'is tnie that carbon dioxide exhaled out 0r|u„gs ma). actumulate a c

and over-crowded place. But .uch an increase is usually small and

4    What is more common in a poorly ventilated home is a vague constellation of symptoms described as the sick building syndrome. It is characterized by a general feeling of malaise, head-ache. dizziness and irritation of mucous membranes. It may also be accompanied by nausea, itching, aches, pains and depression. Sick building syndrome is getting commoner in big cities with the small houses, which are generally over-fuminhed. Some of the important pollutants whose indoor concentrations exceed those of the outdoors include gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxide* of nitrogen and organic substances, like spores, formaldehyde, hydrocarbon aerosols and allergens. The sources are attributed to a variety of construction materials, insulations, furnishings, adhesives, cosmetics, house dusts, fungi and other indoor products

5    By-products of fuel combustion are important in houses with indoor kitchens. It is not only the burning of dned dung fuel wood which is responsible, but also kerosene and liquid petroleum gas. Oxides of both nitrogen and sulphur are released from their combustion.

6    Smoking of tobacco in the closed environment is an important source1 of indoor pollution. It may not be high quantitatively, but significantly hazardous for health. It is because of the fact that there are over 3000 chemical constituents in tobacco smoke, which have been mdentified. These are harmful for human health.

7    Micro-organisms and allergens ure of special significance in the causation and spread of diseases. Most of the infective illnesses may involve more persons of a family living in common indoor environment. These include viral and bacterial diseases like tuberculosis.



a    Besides infections, allergic and hypersensitivity disorders are

spreading fast. Although asthma is the most common form of respiratory allergic disorder*, pneumonias are not uncommon, but more persistent and serious. These are attributed to exposures to allergens from various fungi, moulds, hay and other organic materials. Indoor air ventilation systems, coolers, air-conditioners, dampness, decay, pet animals, production or handling of the causative items arc responsible for these hypersensitivity diseases.

9    Obviously, the spectrum of pollution is very wide and our

options are limited. Indoor pollution may be handled relatively easily by an individual. Moreover, the good work must start from one's own house.

t Extracted from The Tribune’)

(a) (i) What is an air pollutant ?    j

(ii)    In what forms are the air pollutants present ?    9

(iii)    Why do we feel suffocated in a closed environment ?    j

(iv)    What is sick building syndrome ? How is it increasing ?    2 fv) How is indoor smoking very hazardous ? j («) How can one overcome the dangers of indoor «r pollution?

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :

The term dietary fibres refers collectively to indigestible carbohydrates present in plant foods. The importance of these dietary fibres came into the picture when it was observed that the people having diet nch in these fibres, had low incidence of coronary heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, dental caries and gallstones.

The food-stuffs rich in these dietary fibres are cereals and grains, legumes, fruits with seeds, citrus fruits, carrots, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, apples, melons, peaches, pears, etc.

These dietary fibres are not digested by the enzymes of the stomach and the small intestine whereas most of other carbohydrates like starch and sugar are digested and absorbed. The dietary fibres have the property of holding water and because of it, these get swollen and behave like a sponge as these pass through the gastrointestinal tract. The fibres add bulk to the diet and increase transit time in the gut Some of these fibres may undergo fermentation in the colon.

In recent years, it has been considered essential to have some amount of fibres in the diet. Their beneficial effects lie in preventing coronary heart disease, and decreasing cholesterol level. The fibres like gums and pectin are reported to decrease postprandial lafter meals) glucose level in blood. These types of dietary fibres are recommended for the management of certain types of diabetes Recent studies have shown that the fenugreek (methi) seeds, which contain 40 percent gum, are effective in decreasing blood glucose and cholesterol levels as compared to other gum containing vegetables.

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. «* time and decrease the tune of

Some dietary fibres increase transit urn*

-i- * uovAntf less fibres is associated release of ingested food in colon. The diet

nlav a role in decreasing the with colon cancer and the dietary fibres may P

risk of it.

The dietary fib™ hold water so that stools are soft, bulky and readily eliminated. Therefore high fibre intake prevents or relieves constipation.

The fibres increase motility of the small intestine and the colon and by decreasing the transit time there is less time for exposure of the mucosa to harmful toxic substances. Therefore, there is a less desire to eat and the energy intake can be maintained within the range of requirement This phenomenon helps in keeping a check on obesity. Another reason in helping to decrease obesity is that the high-fibrc diets have somewhat lower co-efficients of digestibility.

The dietary fibres may have some adverse effects on nutrition by binding some trace metals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, snc and others and therefore preventing their proper absorption. This may pose a possibility of nutritional deficiency especially when diets contain marginal levels of mineral elements. This may become an important constraint on increasing dietary fibres. It is suggested that an intake of 40 grams dietary fibres per day is deBirublc.

lExtfactcd from 'The Tribune')

n the basis or your reading of the above passage make notes on it points only. UBing rccogn]zabIe abbrcviationg wherever

necessary. Also suggest a suitable title.

<l» Write a summary of the above in about 80 words.

SECTION B — (Advanced Writing Skills)

3, You are Vinceta/Vikram, School Pupil Leader of Ram Laxmi Bai Senior Secondary School. Gwalior. Draft a notice for your school notice board in not more than 60 words inviting the names of the students who want to participate in the cultural programme organised in aid of the victims of the recent Assam floods.    5



You have a three bedroom flat in Dwarka, which you want to let out on rent. Draft an advertisement in not more than 50 word* to be published in The Times of India', under classified columns. Contact 2758902

4. You are Smitha/Smith, Secretary, Cultural Association. MotilaJ Famra School, Tirupati. Last month your school celebrated Library Week in which book reading sessions, writing of book reviews, lectures by eminent writers, etc. were organised. Write a report on it to be published in your school newsletter in 100 - 125 words.    10


You are Rohini / Rohan. Your vchoo) KRM Senior Secondary School, Gurgaon organised a workshop on how to conserve energy. A number of CBSE schools participated in it. Muny eminent personalities addressed the students. Write a report in 100 - 125 words for your school magazine.

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Recently you travelled in a State Transport bus from Chennai to Thinivollavur and to your shock air-conditiomng m this coach was not working properly The quality of the maintenance of the bus was also not good All the way you spent time in unbearable heat. Write a letter to the Editor, The Hindu', drawing the attention of the Genera* Manager (Maintenance) for taking action in this matter. You are Hema/Ganesh. 25. Avadi, Chennai.


Games and Sports ore not given so much importance in the country as is given to academics As a result of this our achievements in the international arena are not very spectacular. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily on the importance of sports and games and on the need to create awareness about it. You are Sunita / Sameer, 8/35. M.G Road, Bangalore.

Write an article in 150 - 200 words for your school magayim> on the topic, 'Obesity among School Children*. You are Mohini/Mohit.


You are Raman/Ruchika. Write an article in 150 - 200 words far your school magazine on the topic. ‘Life without Modem Gadgets'.

SECTION C — (Text Books)

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow

.........The stunted, unlucky heir

Of twisted bones, reciting a father’s gnorled disease.

His lesson, from his desk. At the back of the dim class One unnoted, sweet and young.

fi> Who is the unlucky heir ? fii) What will he inherit ?

«*> Who i. silting at the- back of the dim clB88 7


Driving from my parent’s

home to Cochin Iasi Friday

morning, I saw my mother, beside me,

doze, open mouthed, her facc ashen like that

of a corpse and realised with pain

that she was as old as sho looked ...

(i)    Where was the poet driving to ?    i

(ii)    Why was her mother's face looking like that of a corpse ?    1

(iii)    What did the poet notice about her mother ?    I


8. Answer any three of the following in 30 - 40 words each .    2x3*6

(a)    According to Keats, what spreads the pall of despondence over our dark spirits ? How is it removed ?

(b)    What are the difforent kinds of wars mentioned in the poem ? What is Neruda’s attitude towards theso wars ?

(c)    What news in the poem, ‘A Roadside Stand' ta making its rounds in the village ?

<d) What lies heavily on Aunt Jennifer’s hand ? How is it associated with her husband ?

9. Answer any three of the following in 30 - 40 words each    ^ ^

(a) What was the order from Berlin and what changes

the school ?    terror ?

<b) How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the ol

i larffe and wide-ranging •

(c)    Eco’s -written output is staggeringly large ^


(d)    Did Geoff keep up his promise ? How do you know ?

10. Answer the following in 125 - 150 words :

How does humour and satire enliven the account of the    311

personalities at Gemini Studios as portrayed by Asokamitran in Poets an

Pancakes’ ?


Why did Gandhiji agree to a settlement of 25 percent refund to the fanners ? How did it influence the peasant-landlord relationship in Champaran ?

11.    Answer the following in 125 —150 words :

Give a character-sketch of the Governor of Oxford Prison based on your understanding of the story, ‘Evans Tries an 0-level\


Tishani Doshi calls her two-week-stay in Antarctica, ‘a chilling prospect'.

How far do you think she is justified ? What other features of the continent are described ?

12.    Answer the following in about 100 words :

13. Answer the following in 30 - 40 words each .

la) In what context does Haita remember the cruel nature of G Takima ?

(b) Why does Jo insist that her father should tell her the story with a different ending ?

lc) If you were to give a different ending to the story, On 'Hie Face how would you fcnd it ?

(d) What sort of shows or entertainment attracted Bama ?

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