CBSE Previous Year Solved Papers Class 12 English Delhi 2014
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks: 100
General Instructions :
- This paper is divided into three sections : A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
- Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
- Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.
(Reading, Writing and Comprehending)
Question.1.Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:
- 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 a distorted sense of entitlement that gets in the way of success in the workplace and in relationships.
- 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 Excess 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 TVs as essential utilities, and they have developed strategies to get them. One survey of teenagers found that when they crave 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.
- 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 the 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.
- 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 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 their 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 :
(i) What values do parents and teachers want children to learn ?
(ii) What are the results of giving the children too much too soon ?
(iii) Why do today’s children want more ?
(iv) What is the balance which the parents need to have in today’s world ?
(v) What is the necessity to set limits for children ?
(b) Pick out words from the passage that mean the same as the following:
(i) A feeling of satisfaction (para 1)
(ii) Valuable (para 3)
(iii) Important (para 4)
(i) Teachers and parents want children to learn values like hard work, contentment, honesty and compassion.
(ii) Giving children too much too soon brings its own ill- effects; they grow up to be adults and experience difficulty coping with life’s disappointments. As they are likely to develop a distorted sense of entitlement that hinders their success at work place and in relationships.
(iii) Children of present time want more because of increasing desire. Their priorities lies in attaining luxury which they try to acquire through unmitigated strategy.
(iv) In today’s world, there is an exigent need for parents to strike 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.
(v) There is a necessity to set limits for children because they feel better and more assured when they live within a secured structure and aura.
(b) (i) Contentment .
Question.2. Read the passage carefully:
- 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.
- May be it was the. strange way in which things looked and sounded familiar in my 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.
- Another childhood fear of mine was that I would get lost, especially on the way home from school. Every morning, I got fin 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 scafl 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.
- 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.
- One of the processes of evolving from a child to an adult is being able to recognize 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 sub-headings. 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.
1. Recollection of childhood memories
1.1. happy and carefree
1.2. terrified of darkness and getting lost
2. Childhood fears or hallucinating vibes
2.1. Feeling helpless in dark
2.2. Strange shadows-an unknown beast
2.3. Moving curtains
2.4. Creaking sounds
2.5. Imagining burglars and monsters
2.6. Lying still, with pounding heart
2.7. Fear of getting lost (on way home)
2.8. Scanning school bus searching familiar faces, same driver
2.9. Re-confirming the bus
2.10. ‘ Not letting leaders out of sight
2.11. Avoiding adventurous act
2.12. Going only when sure of not being lost
2.13. Fear of not being liked
2.14. Quite shy
2.15. Worried about looks-fat, wore braces, clothes
2.16. Wearing the right clothes
2.17. Flats vs. saddled shoes for school
2.18. Importance of popularity
3. Coping with childhood fears as an adult
3.1. Undg. evolution process-child to adult
3.2. Recog. and overcoming fears
3.3. Accepting help from others
3.4. Role of friendliness and sincerity
3.5. Undg. things that scared List of abbreviations used
5. Undg. – understanding
(b) Title: Childhood Nostalgia ,
The Narrator had happy and carefree moments in his childhood. However, darkness scared him with its shadows, unexpected movement of curtains and crefaking sounds, more blatantly which made him to imagine about monsters and burglars. He felt helpless and was scared of getting lost. Before boarding his school bus, he looked in for familiar faces. He was shy and afraid of not being liked by others which had been his biggest phobia. As he transformed from a child to an adult, he realized that understanding things that scare us as a child helps in coping with the challenges of life.
SECTION – B
(ADVANCE WRITING SKILLS)
Question.3. An Inter-school Kabadi Competition is organized, by your school. Write a notice, in not more than 50 words, requesting the students to be present at the . venue to encourage the players. Invent all the necessary details. You are Arjun, the sports captain of your school.
You possess an acre of land in the heart of the city. You want to dispose of the property since you have decided to buy a flat. Write an advertisement to be published in a national daily, giving all the necessary details. You are Krishan of Moti Nagar, Delhi.
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 have visited a book exhibition in your neighbourhood. Write a report in about 125-150 words on the exhibition. You are Rohan/Rohini.
Flood Relief Programme
13th June, 2014
The torrential rain in the past few days flooded our area causing irrecoverable damage to the properties. A relief camp was set up to aid the victims of the flood-affected areas. Everyone made generous contributions in the form of money, clothes, food and other basic requirements. Relief- treaties also emerged as helpful groups. The Chief Minister too announced a definite amount of relief for the victims affected. The devastating effect of the over-powering rain, played havoc with the city. The volunteers also helped the victims to be shifted to the relief camps, set up on the suburbs of the city; We are expecting donations from the people of the city. Various N.G.O.s have donated in the tune of Rs. 5 lacs.
Class XII, ABC School
13th June, 2014
The Surya Nagar residents organized a book Exhibition in the commmunity centre of the locality. The exhibition started on June 10th and lasted for five days. The event attracted book lovers from all over Delhi. Renowned publishing houses participated in the fair. Books by well-known writers were
displayed. The exhibition also offered heavy discounts on the books written by Indian authors. Apart from Hindi novels there were multifarious writers and bards dictions available like Shakespeare, Milton and John Keats. People were excited to get access to some of the rare books that were on display. The event was marked by the presence of the renowned writer and novelist Chetan Bhagat.
14, Nehru Nagar, Delhi
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.
Amla Public School
13 June, 2014
Dhanpati & Sons
Subject: Regarding cancellation of order number 43/2014
With reference to order number 43/2014 placed to your publishing house on May 31st, 2014,1 would like to inform you that we have not received the delivery of 12 sets of Encyclopedia from you till this date as promised by your company on or before February 15, 2014. A cheque of five thousand was duly sent to you enclosed with the order. Since your company has failed to keeps its commitment, therefore we are cancelling the order. Kindly reimburse the money to the school account at the earliest.
Thanking you in anticipation Yours sincerely,
23, Defence Colony
3 March, 2014
The Director .
Subject : Request for details of the short-term courses
I came across an advertisement about your Institute in today’s newspaper. I would like to know the details of the short-term courses offered by your institute.
I am a student and I wish to pursue a course in computer programming/computer graphics during my holidays next month. Kindly mail me the details of all short-term courses, along with their duration, fee structure and the relevance of the course material. I would be thankful if you can dispatch the prospectus of the course too. My email address is email@example.com Looking forward to your early response.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Question.6. You are Rajendra Kumar, a social worker, You read an article in The Hindu on ‘Health care for Indian Workers. Write a speech in 125-150 words on the importance of health care to be delivered at a public function to create awareness among the workers.
Media has a strong hold on society.’Write a speech in 125¬150 words on how media influences public opinion to be delivered in the school assembly.
Health Care for Indian Workers
Good morning to all. Recently, I had read an article in the local newspaper “The Hindu” and wondered why we don’t care for the health of the workers around us. We remain mute spectators to their misery trials and tribulations of life.
Often, the workers are found working in inhuman conditions, neglecting their health. They are exploited, are illiterate and lack awareness of a hygienic way of life. The authorities must ensure clean and healthy working conditions for these people. It is the responsbility of the government to provide affordable healthcare services to wdrkers and their families. Indian workers should be taught the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. Many non-governmental organizations can play a role in spreading awareness about health and hygiene. Workers play a major role in our life. We must understand and appreciate their contribution towards society. Access to basic health facilities is their innate right. As responsible citizens, we should get together to make their lives healthy. However, we should not forget that it is the sweat and blood of these workers which has provided us with enormous comfort while we sit in our well-furnished homes.
Impact of Media
Good morning everybody. Today, I am here to voice my concerns on how Media influences public opinion.
Media acts as a powerful weapon-in democracy. It keeps people abreast with the recent changes and development in the society and the world. They also help people understand the various developments and build their opinion about the same. With the development of better modes of communications, the influence of media has increased.Consequently, its responsibility of delivering correct information has also increased. If people blindly believe the biased news which the print and electronic media tell us, our democracy may suffer badly. Media has the power to showcase both the facets of a piece of information. It should work towards helping the common man understand the pros and cons of any issue of event.
Thus, one can clearly say that it is the responsibility of Media and the Media personnel to ensure that they direct their efforts towards building a constructive and balanced society as well as a nation.
(TEXT BOOKS AND LONG READING TEXT)
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?
(a) The given lines are from the poem‘A thing of Beauty’by John Keats.
(b) The tales of mighty men is the thing of beauty mentioned in the given lines.
(c) The poet used the image of an endless fountain of immortal drink’ to describe the beautiful bounty of the Earth. The Earth, like a fountain, give us numerous beautiful sights like The Sun, The moon flowers, rivers and greenery.
(a) The children studying in the school are referred to as “them”.
(b) Shakespeare and the world map present a ‘bad example’ to these children. The beauty, vastness and radiance of such things tempt them.
(c) According to the poet, those children spent their whole lives like rodents confined in ‘their cramped holes’. The undernourished bodies of those children looked almost like skeletons. Their steel-framed spectacles with repaired glasses made them look like, the broken pieces of a bottle scattered on stones. Since their entire lives revolved, around slums, their future also seemed blotted.
Question.8. Answer any two of the following questions in about 30¬40 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?
(a) Kamala Das is troubled by the thoughts of her ageing mother and tries to console herself by looking outside the car. The sight is full of youthful whim and vigour. She watches the trees ‘sprinting’ past her speeding car and the children, full of life and activity, running out of their houses to play. Her ashen like mother irks her so much that for a moment she ponders over the past memories to feel solace.
(b) The exotic moment the author talks about is when everyone keeps quiet and still. The moment would be extraordinarily tranquil, with no hustle bustle of the frenzied world. Although it may seem little strange in the beginning, it would eventually bring us all together. Ultimately, this is the introspection which makes one united with one’s soul.
(c) Aunt Jennifer spent her life in accordance to the rules laid down by her husband. Her life was overburdened by the demands and duties and lacked self-expression. She was feeble and had to face oppression by her husband. Which depicted the age-old tribulations of women’s lives.
Question.9. Answer any six of the following questions in 30-40 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?
(a) Gandhiji believed that the peasants were under the grip of fear. He felt that taking the Champaran case to the court f would be useless because actual relief for the peasants would come when they would be free from fear. So, his ultimate motive was to kill the fear in them.
(b) The peddler was never treated kindly by the world, which was why he was amused by the idea of the world to be a rattrap. He nurtured hard feelings towards the world by comparing it to a giant rattrap.
(c) Mukesh who hailed from the city of Dhaka was different
from other bangle makers of Firozabad because he liked to dream, unlike others who followed the family lineage of making bangles, he wanted to be a motor mechanic and drive cars.
(d) Franz was prepared for the test on participles. The chirping birds and sight of the Prussian soldiers were far more interesting to him than his attending the school. That was why he stayed out of the doors of the school to bask in the natures glory.
(e) The Maharaja wanted to prove that the prediction of the State astrologer was wrong for that purpose he restricted the hunting of tigers in all the tiger-rich forests of Pratibandapuram, so that he could hunt them down.
(f) Usually, the stories told by Jack were taken well by Jo. But she was not satisfied and convinced with the ending of the skunk’s story. She believed that the wizard should have hit back the skunks mommy and that the skunk should have smelled like roses.
(g) On narrating what happened while returning home, Bama’s elder brother told her, that although, people did not get’ to decide the family they were born into, they could outwith the indignities inflicted upon them if they were well read and successful. It was by educating themselves that they could attain a feeling of individuality that left a deep impression on her.
Question.10. Answer the following in about 100-125 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.
Answer. No, Sophie had not met Dahny Casey in reality. One day, while drawing Geoff’s attention, Sophie narrated an imaginary story about accidentally meeting Danny Casey at the Royce’s. Geoff, however, refused to believe her. So, she describes Danny Casey’s physical appearance to make her brother believe her story. She told Geoff that she was also willing to get an autograph for little Derek, but she did not have a pen or a paper for the same. Then, Sophie claimed that the two of them talked about clothes at Royce’s. She ended her story by saying that Danny has promised to meet her again.
Special precautions were taken by the prison staff to prevent Evan from escaping during his O-level German test. The test was to be taken where he was kept. A parson from St. Mary Mags was called to invigilate and to keep the prisoner incommunicado during the exam. Evans-was kept in the heavily guarded Recreational Block. There were two locked doors between his cell and the yard, which boasted of a high wall. All the prison officers were also on high alert. The Governor got a microphone installed in Evans’ cell, while Stephens kept, a hawk’s eye on Evans. Two prison officers, , Mr. Jackson and Mr. Stephens, thoroughly checked his cell for any sign of a possible escape. Even his razor, nail filer and mail scissors were taken away.
Question.11. Read the following and answer the question that follows:
The story “Deep Waters” has made you realize that with determination and preseverance 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.
Answer. In the story “Deep waters”, the author over comes his childhood fear , of water through determination, perseverance and hard work. Thus, the story sends the message that with positive attitude and strength of will, one can accomplish everything in life. All of us are in the grip of fear. But fear, when conquered through courage, becomes victory which has its own charm. It might appear to be long and arduous journey, but it will definitely culminate in success. Douglas improved himself and was able to develop into a full-fledged swimmer. It gave him a feeling of victory and achievement in the end.
Note : Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.
(Advance Writing Skills)
Question.1. 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 nbtice 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, as 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.2. 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 125-150 words to be delivered at a college 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 150-200 words on ‘Corruption, its causes and solutions.
Youth, Their Problems and Solutions
Good Morning ! I am Sampreet and, as an educationist it is my duty to throw light, on the disturbing trend of the youth becoming more and more frustrated in dealing with stress.
Aspirations are now high and with this the level of competition and peer pressure among the youth has been increasing with each passing day. The youth is either not yet mature or trained enough to handle so much stress and therefore, they ultimately get frustrated, easily commit suicide, road rage, hatred crimes, drug abuse, looting, rapes etc. At the slightest provocation, they hold out protests and demonstrations. The minimum desired level of tolerance is missing in them. They don’t see any harm violating the norms and fundamental rules.
The solution is a doddle one. The youth of today needs our unstinted support; it needs to know that, irrespective of the situation they are in; they are always loved by their parents, teachers and elders. They need to develop confidence in their capabilities. We need to remove the unnecessary pressure that our education system exerts on the young minds; it needs to be eased and, CCE is a positive step in this direction. Counselors can help the young generation understand and solve their problems. More job opportunities have to be. created; better recruitment processes need to be developed; and professional courses that equip them with necessary skills have to be designed.
The most important thing is to impart value based education so that they have high self-esteem, tolerance and patience and more importantly the zeal to create a clean and civilized society and to be good citizens.
Corruption, its Causes and Solutions
Good morning, friends! I am Venkat. As a journalist and responsible citizen of India, it is my duty to shed light and apprise you, how corruption exists in almost every nook and corner of our country.
Corruption can be understood as misappropriation of government or public property or money. It is an unlawful and immoral act. Corruption has had a gradual growth in our country. How and why did corruption become so common in our country? India’s colonial past has contributed in flourishing corrupt practices. It is said that corruption cannot survive long in this world. Although with the increase in scientific technology and advancement of the nation, corruption still remains unbeatable. Also, it is not difficult to visualize. The Corrupter also has a relation with scarcity and corruption exists especially because of the vested interests and greed of the people in power.
It is the spasmodic snare of corruption which springs from all prodigality and dissipation. Whatever the reason may be, corruption is an ill practice that is seen as the major hindrance in the process of economic growth and modernization of the nation. The need for an anti-corruption bill like Jan Lokpal has long been discerned now. But, in a Democracy like India^ the power of the common man should not be underestimated. Constant vigil and intervention by the civil society is also required to bring positive changes in the country. Punishment must be increased and illegally confiscated wealth must be recovered. As aware citizens and of course as a united whole, we must overcome our fears and work towards bringing about a corruption free society.
Note : Except for the following questions, all the remaining questions have been asked in previous sets.
(ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS)
Question.1. You are Anoop/Aiya, the cultural secretary of your school.
As part of national heritage programme the school has decided to put up a show on ancient art forms. Write a notice to be put up on the school notice board inviting students to watch the show and encourage the artists. Write the notice in not more that 50 words.
You would like to let out a portion of your independent house for office use. Write an advertisement for the classified coloumns of the local newspaper giving all the necessary details.Write the advertisement in not more than 50 words.
Question.4. On Teacher’s day, the badge holders of your school organized a grand celebration to honour the teachers of your school. As the head boy of the school, write a report on the celebration in 125-150 words.
As you were travelling by train, you happened to witness an accident at an unmanned level crossing. As the reporter of a newspaper, write a report on the accident, including details of the number of people injured and the extent of damage caused.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
A Report by: Head boy
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of our former president, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the badge holders of our school had organized a grand celebration on 5th September to honour the teachers of our school. The celebration took place in the assembly hall. The celebrations began at around 9.30 a.m. In the morning, senior students greeted the teachers warmly in a traditional way by putting tilak on their forehead ‘ and giving them rose sticks. The senior students were dressed up as teachers and played the role of different teachers. They counted the teacher’s efforts by praising them. After honouring all the teachers, the students performed activities like dance, drama, singing and speech. They also organized few games like musical chair, dodge ball, balloon game etc. to make the day memorable. Teachers were made to dance and sing. In the end teachers were provided a lavish lunch by the seniors. It was indeed a great celebration.
ACCIDENT AT AN UNMANNED LEVEL CROSSING
I witnessed a horrible sight of a train accident at an unmanned level crossing while going to Udaipur, near Chittor, a bus carrying nearly 45 people happened to cross the railway track when suddenly the train arrived. It happened to collide with one of the bogies of the train and overturned badly, 23 people were seriously injured and they were immediately taken to a nearby hospital by the locals. The bogie was also derailed. The extent of damage caused was not yet estimated. Due to this accident, the train got delayed and the schedule of the other trains of that route was also disturbed. It resulted into lot of inconvenience to the passangers. Government has set up an enquiry to probe into the matter. A sum of Rs. 5O,O0O was announced for all those injured.
Question.5. You are the Physical Education Instructor of All Saints School. You had placed an order for sports goods with Bat and Ball Enterprises. When the items arrived you found that some of them were defective. Write a letter to the Manager, Bat and Ball Enterprises, asking him to replace the defective items.
You live in a crowded area in Mumbai. Unauthorized parking of vehicles in your area is causing a lot of inconvenience to the locals. Write a letter to the Police Commissioner of the District complaining against the practice. You are Rohan/ Rohini of Sakinaka, Mumbai.
All Saints School
18th December, 20XX
Bat and Ball Enterprises
Subject: Replacement of the defected Sports items
It is to bring to your kind notice that one month ago our school placed an order for the following sports items : 5 Bats, 10 Balls, 3 Footballs, 3 Basketballs, 5 Badminton Racquets, etc. On the arrival of the goods. It was found that some of them were defective. The handle of the bats were cracked, the net of one of the badminton racquet was loose and the stitching of the football was not properly done. Therefore I request you to replace the defective items as soon as possible as the sports week of the school is approaching and the children are required to do the practice. I would be obliged if you kindly understand my problem and arrange for the early delivery.
(Physical Education Instructor)
24th August, 20XX
District Police Commissioner
Subject: Unauthorized Parking of Vehicles
This is to draw your attention towards the problems faced due to unauthorized parking of the vehicles in our area. There is not a single day when the place is without disorder or free from trafifc jams. As it is a crowded place, there is inadequate parking space. It creates problems not only to the residents but also to the people who come to meet their relatives or for some other purpose. As it is a busy area, vehicles are parked all over in a haphazard manner. It often results in quarrel among people which displays the lack of civic sense in them also creating noise pollution. It is therefore necessary to take some action and provide the proper parking area to the residents as well as do some arrangements for the visitors too.
We all hope for an immediate action to get respite from this problem. ,
Rohini (Resident, Sakinaka)
(TEXT BOOKS AND LONG READING TEXT)
Question.10. What were Sophie’s plan for her future? Why would you call her dreams unrealistic ? (100-125 words)
What benefits did Derry reap from his association with Mr. Lamb?
Answer. Sophie was a day dreamer although she belonged to a middle class family. She was blind to the bitter truth of life. She dreamt of an imaginary life, full of beautiful things in which she owned a boutique. She also dreamt of becoming an actress as there was a lot of money and fame in that profession. She wanted to be a fashion designer too. It can be said that she wanted to lead a lavish and grand life which was not possible. Her dreams were unrealistic in the sense that ultimately she would have to work in a biscuit factory. She only thought of impractical things. The house in which she lived was also not very good and her father was working hard to earn bread for the family. They entertained themselves by watching the United team’s matches. Thus, she wanted to achieve the impossible.
Derry had no association with the outer world till he met Mr. Lamb. His meeting with Mr. Lamb was a turning point in his life. He learnt to live a respectful life and also appreciated Mr. Lamb’s attitude and outlook towards people and life. He realized his true worth. Mr. Lamb inspired him to face the world in spite of his disability. Derry’s thinking towards people and life completely changed and he became self-confident. Mr, Lamb successfully infused in him courage and the self-determination. He advised him to ignore the comments made by people on his physical impairment and enjoy beauty of life and nature. That was why Derry went back to Mr. Lamb’s garden in spite of his mother’s refusal. Now, Derry had understood the importance and true meaning of life and understanding himself better than before.