Instructions :


1.         Number every question properly before answering.

2.         Writing the Questions of Objective types, Grammar and Vocabulary without any changes is compulsory.

3.         Answer the other types of Questions directly just by numbering them correctly.

4.         Mention only the name and the question number of the Writing-skill topic before answering.

5.         Focus on good hand-writing, creative and relevant sentence formation and good presentation for better score.




Q1. A.) Read the first activity. Then read the extract. Thereafter answer the activities

following it :                                                                                                 (11 Marks)


A1. Arrange the following events in the correct order of their occurrence: (2 Marks)


Note : While re-arranging the events correctly, avoid changing the numbers/pointers given


to every event.


a)        The writer ate to the full and then slumped onto the cot.

b)        The writer cautioned himself about the Sloth Bear of Umbarzara.

c)         The writer did not feel like having the stuff in his tiffin.

d)        The writer turned left to spot the village lake.


Soaked in my own sweat, I felt like shouting to my heart’s content. But there was no other soul to listen to my sound in this wilderness. I had two bags with me. The Shabnam bag having the camera and other was a small colourful hand made bag used in villages to carry tiffin. The tiffin still had some stuff, but I didn’t feel like having it. The blossoming Boxwood trees, the Bhoop Bhoop sound of Coucal bird, the song of Robin bird, all appeared alien to me.


It was more than an hour and I was still there searching for a suitable tree to climb and get secured. “ Turn back to the trail you left.” My mind was telling me. But there were no signs of the trail. I had no other way to climb the hillock before me. There were more hillocks, and some more around the one I was standing. Near my feet were the dried-up droppings of Sloth Bear. “ The Sloth Bear of Umbarzara must be out in open sniffing for food”, I cautioned myself. Thinking of averting all sorts of eventuality, I made a move. I ran down the hillock that I had climbed up at a frantic speed. The west was to my right hand side now. The evening breeze flew through my wet curled hair. My Stomach was aching. I kept walking in hope.


After around 50 steps I found a bright red soil trail. I found my silver lining on this trail. There were marks of bicycles wheel on this trail. That was a big consolation for me. “ There must be a village nearby.” I reassured myself. More questions resurfaced, “ How far is the village? And where? In which direction?”


I climbed one more hillock and tried to locate signs of human civilization. My legs were trembling. As I reached the top of the hill, I jumped with joy. I heard the sounds of people talking in the loudspeaker. In a jiffy, I ran down the hill, towards the sound with full vigor.I stumbled and fell down. Saw droppings of Blue Bulls nearby. Struggled, stood up and decided which direction to move on. The signs of civilization were visible. The tiny sleepy village of pitezari was visible through the green woods. The lantern of Rajiram Bhalavi’s farm, the loudspeaker installed for Kshav Bhalavi’s marriage, all were in clear sight. Turned left to spot the village lake and familiar hillock, Suihudaki. The dog barked to welcome me to the village.


The first thing I did was to take a bath. The shaking of limbs had lessened a bit. The stomach ache started again. Ate to the full and then slumped onto the cot. Lying awake looking at the star-studded sky, I spoke to myself, “There still exists a jungle where we can get lost, isn’t this our good luck?


Taken from Sakha Nagzira            - by Kiran Purandare


A2. In your own words, describe the wilderness that surrounded the writer and his feelings about them in theforest. Frame 4-5 sentences on it.                       (2 Marks)


A3."There still exists a jungle where we can get lost, isn't this our good luck ?"

Why do you think, the writer termed such a jungle, as 'our good fortune', where we can even get lost?                                                                                                       (2 Marks)


A4.Describe an experience of yours where you felt yourself the closest to nature. Frame sentences of your own to write all about it.                                       (2 Marks)


A5. Language Study :                                                                                           (2 Marks)


a) It was more than an hour and I was still there searching for a suitable tree to climb and get secured. (Rewrite as a Negative Sentence)


b) "There must be a village nearby," I reassured myself. (Rewrite using Indirect Speech)


A6.Frame meaningful sentences of your own with the help of the phrase/idiom given below                                                                                                                                    (1 Mark)


*Do the following correctly - Judgement of the meaning of the given phrase/idiom, Tense used in the sentence you frame, Meaning of the sentence framed.


*The sentences framed should not have any similarities with the sentences of the given passage.


a) to be in clear sight -


b) to appear alien to -


B.) Language Study :                                                                                            (3 Marks)


1. Satyajit Ray was awarded with the honorary Doctorate by Oxford University. He was the second film personality to receive the honor, the first being Charlie Chaplin.

(Rewrite as a single sentence by beginning with the word 'After')


Note : Add or replace words if needed, without changing the Tense, or the meaning, or anything important.)


2. Friedrich Engels was a polyglot and was able to write and speak in several languages, including Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Spanish, Polish, French and English.

(Rewrite using the word 'which' in a suitable manner)


Note : Add or replace words if needed, without changing the Tense, or the meaning, or anything important.)


3. The Artist's Drive is an unbelievable area ___ multicolored hills stretching ___ 9 miles, located ___ the Death Valley, which is a desert valley ___ Eastern California, USA.

(Fill in the Blanks using suitable Prepositions)


Q2. A. Read the first activity. Then read the passage. Thereafter answer the activities following it :                                                                                                       (11Marks)


A1. Answer the following in one word :                                                          (2 Marks)

a) A scientist who studies the solid, liquid, and gaseous matter that constitutes the Earth and other terrestrial planets, as well as the processes that shape them -


b) A scientist who specializes in the study of life forms that existed in previous geologic periods, as represented by their fossils –


c) An animal or plant or its part that lived thousands of years ago which has turned into rock


d) An animal that has cold blood and skin covered in scales, whose young ones come out of eggs -


It was none other than Sir Richard Owen came up with the name 'dinosaur' in 1841 to describe the fossils of extinct reptiles. He coined the word by combining the Greek words “deinos”, which means terrible, and “sauros”, which means lizard. Interestingly enough, India’s very own ‘Jurassic Park’, the Balasinor Fossil Park, lies nestled in the tiny Raiyoli village of Gujarat’s Khera district. And guarding the Park’s 65-million-year-old eggs is a

fiercely passionate, dinosaur-loving princess. Aaliya Sultana Babi is the force behind the preservation of the rare dinosaur fossil beds at Raiyoli. Dubbed as the ‘Dinosaur Princess’ by the locals, Aaliya, the only English-speaking guide in Balasinor, conducts fascinating tours of the fossil reserve. Friendly, cheerful and extremely down to earth, the former princess of the erstwhile state of Balasinor is an enthusiastic promoter and protector of the dinosaur legacy she fell in love with as a young girl. It was in the winter of 1981, when Aaliya was just a child, that scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) accidentally discovered fossils in the sedimentary rocks of Raiyoli village. The geologists had been conducting a mineral survey when they found some unusual stones the size of

large fruits. Lab testing later determined that the finds were dinosaur eggs and bones. Since then, researchers have uncovered fossils of about 1000 dinosaur eggs, belonging to at least 7 species of dinosaurs, making Raiyoli the third largest dinosaur hatchery in the world.


Over the next few years, while Aaliya was away at a boarding school, paleontologists collected hundreds of bones for research from Balasinor and neighbouring areas of the Narmada River Valley. However, Aaliya’s first brush with the fossils took place only after she finished school and came back to Balasinor. This was in 1997, when she visited the site for the first time at the invitation of a Geological Survey of India team. Coincidentally,

the dinosaur cult classic film 'Jurassic Park' had also released sometime in the early 90s and the dinosaur craze across the world was at an all time high. Fascinated by what she saw, Aaliya (a fan of the Jurassic Park movie) soon became interested in the region’s prehistory.


As a curious teenager, Aaliya had seen several scientific teams from the US, Russia and Taiwan arrive at the Raiyoli site that was just a 15-minute drive from her palatial home. And with her father, Nawab Mohamed Salabatkhan Babi, turning their large palace into a heritage hotel (the only large hotel in Raiyoli back then), it was natural that the scientists came to stay with them. Aaliya would accompany the expert paleontologists on their research trips to the fossil reserve. Through her interactions and experiences with the scientists, she learnt all about the ancient 30-ft tall reptiles that once walked her neighbourhood.


It was largely due to her efforts that the Gujarat government belatedly woke up to the calls of preserving the site. The state government erected a new double fencing around the site and stationed guards to drive away cattle grazers. This was an important step because dinosaur bones are as brittle and fragile as human bones and treading upon them can destroy them completely. Also, thanks to her consistent campaigning to raiseawareness, the local villagers today understand the significance of the site and quickly inform the palace authorities if poachers are found trespassing. They even act as guides for the visitors coming to the hotel – they have been personally trained by Aaliya. Throughout this period, Aaliya kept writing to paleontologists, geologists, and other scientists, asking them to mail her research papers and books with any reference to Balasinor. Thanks to her study of these materials, she was able to make several startling discoveries. Here is an interesting story from her saga of discovery and struggle to protect the most significant site for dinosaur remains in India.


In 2003, the young princess was doing the rounds of her estate one evening when she passed an old woman’s hut. The old woman was renowned in the Raiyoli village for her cooking skills. Enchanted by the beautiful aroma emanating from the old woman’s home, Aaliya entered to find the old woman grinding spices with a strange mortar and pestle. The unusual mortar and pestle was very rough and in strange shades of brown and gray. The mortar was a heavy piece of rock with a depression in it while the unique pestle was an oval stone, with a curved bottom and tiny pores that ground the ingredients into powder flawlessly.


Recognising that the pestle was really a dinosaur egg, Aaliya asked the old woman if she could take the utensil with her but the woman refused. Revealing that she had found them ages ago in the nearby wilderness, the woman insisted that the mortar and pestle were the secret behind her culinary expertise and she did not want to part with them. However, the equally determined princess persisted and after a few hours of negotiation it was decided that the pestle would be replaced with one from the royal kitchen and Aaliya would keep the unusual one. The pestle (egg), the size of a woman’s hand, now sits in a red velvet jewellery box, in a bed of white silk.


A2.In your own words, give a short introduction of India's very own 'Jurassic Park' and its owner.                                                                                                           (2 Marks)


A3.' Thanks to her study of these materials, she was able to make several startling discoveries. 'Give reasons to explain the statement in words of your own.(2 Marks)


A4.Suggest a suitable title for the passage. In 3-4 sentences describe your visit to any such educative place where you had gathered such a great deal of knowledge that you felt amazed about your visit.                                                                  (2 Marks)


A5. Language Study :                                                                                           (2 Marks)

a) Coincidentally, the dinosaur cult classic film 'Jurassic Park' had also released sometime in the early 90s.


(Rewrite as an Interrogative Sentence)


b) The Gujarat government belatedly woke up to the calls of preserving the site.

(Rewrite using Past Perfect Tense)


A6. Give Antonyms for the following :                                                             (1 Mark)

a)        preservation ×

b)        accompany ×


B. Prepare a Summary of the given paragraph in 2-3 sentences. Begin with a suitable title to the summary.                                                                                  (3 Marks)


When you think of chocolate, you probably imagine your favourite chocolate bar. But when it was first discovered over 4000 years ago, it was actually eaten in the form of a bitter tasting drink mixed with honey, vanilla and chilli peppers. Chocolate is made from a bean called cacao, which is grown on trees that are original to Central and South America. After the beans are picked, they are allowed to ferment and dry for several weeks before being made into chocolate. In the 14th century, the Aztec and Mayan people lived in Mexico and Central America believed that chocolate had magical properties and hence it was used during major life events like births, marriages and deaths.


The two cultures also consumed chocolate as a drink. They used chocolate at sacred ceremonies and kept it reserved for rulers and priests. In fact, chocolate was so popular that cacao beans were used as currency. For example in 1545, one cacao bean could buy a large tomato and 100 cacao beans could be traded for a whole turkey.




Q3. A. Read the first activity. Then read the extract. Thereafter answer the activities following it :                                                                                                                   (10 Marks)


A1. Complete the following statements without using Poetic language :(2 Marks)


a) Sir Ralph the Rover had grown rich by __________________________________


b) Sir Ralph and his men could not see the sun shining high up in the sky because



c) Sir Ralph expressed faith in positive turn of events as



d) One of Sir Ralph's men felt that they were close to the shore which he concluded from



Sir Raplh the Rover, Sail’d away,

He scour’d the seas for many a day,

And now grown rich with plunder’s store,

He steers his course for Scotland’s shore.


So thick a haze o’erspreads the sky,

They can not see the Sun on high,

The wind health blown a gale all day,

PADMA.jpgAt evening it hath died away.


On the deck the Rover takes his stand,

So dark it is they see no land.

Quoth sir Ralph, It will be lighter soon,

For there is the dawan of the rising moon.


Canst hear, said one, the breakers roar?

For methinks we should be near the shore,

Now where we are I cannot tell,

But I wish I could hear the Inchcape Bell.


They hear no sound, the swell is strong,

Though the wind hath fallen they drift along,

Till the vessel strikes with a shivering shock,

O Christ, it is the Inchcape Rock.


Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair,

He curst himself in his despair,

The waves rush in every side,

The ship is sinking beneath the tide.


But even in his dying fear,

One dreadful sound could the Rover hear,

A sound as if with the inchcape Bell,

The Devil below was ringing his knell.


A2. ' Now where we are I cannot tell,

But I wish I could hear the Inchcape Bell '


Frame a few sentences explaining the significance of these words said by Sir Ralph the Rover.                                                                                                                             (2 Marks)


A3. Describe an incident of your own life wherein you developed strong dislike towards someone or something and later regretted for your prejudiced behaviour or actions (that is, hatred or dislike that has no logical reason).                                                           (2 Marks)


A4. ' The Devil below was ringing his knell '

Name and explain the Figure of Speech in the above line.                            (2 Marks)


A5. Compose a four-line poetry of your own on -

' The Beauty of Open-mindedness ' .                                                              (2 Marks)


B. Write the Appreciation of the poem given below :                                 (4 Marks)


Father Returning Home


My father travels on the late evening train

Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light

Suburbs slide past his unseeing eyes

His shirt and pants are soggy and his black raincoat

Stained with mud and his bag stuffed with books

Is falling apart. His eyes dimmed by age

Fade homeward through the humid monsoon night.

Now I can see him getting off the train

PADMA.jpgLike a word dropped from a long sentence.

He hurries across the length of the grey platform,

Crosses the railway line, enters the lane,

His chappals are sticky with mud, but he hurries onward.


Home again, I see him drinking weak tea,

Eating a stale chapatti, reading a book.

He goes into the toilet to contemplate

Man’s estrangement from a man-made world.

Coming out he trembles at the sink,


The cold water running over his brown hands,

A few droplets cling to the greying hair on his wrists.

His sullen children have often refused to share

Jokes and secrets with him.


He will now go to sleep

Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming

Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking

Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass.

Dilip Chitre


Question :

Write the Appreciation of the above poem using the following points :

▪ Title

▪ Poet

▪ Central Idea

▪ Rhyme-scheme

▪ Figures of Speech

▪ Favourite Line




Q4. Read the personal details given below and prepare a suitable Statement of Purpose.                                                                                                             (4 Marks)


You have secured 85% in your XII Grade Board Level Examinations. Gaining expertise in foreign languages,learning more about public relations, mass communication, diplomatic services in international organisationshave always heightened your curiosities. You have always treasured the ambition of working with reputed MNCs (Multi National Corporations) as it channelizes our career, creating opportunities for us to travel to various places all around the world. Now you plan to enrol yourself for an Under Graduate Course and through an educational website you come across a once in a lifetime opportunity -- Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, one of the most renowned varsities, both, at the national, as well as, at the international level, is offering students admission to various courses in foreign languages. The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SLLCS) is one of the premier institutions in India for pursuing higher studies in linguistics, literature in various languages. For enrolling in undergraduate courses, the candidate should have secured a minimum of 45% from any discipline, and your scores are far better. You have participated and won prizes in events like debates, quizzes, open-mic shows, execution or speech and poetry recitation competitions. Since childhood, you have also been an active theatre actor and singer, performing in Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi, Gujarati and English language stage performances. You are truly passionate about participating in interactive sessions, writing plays, composing music, story-telling, travel blogging and acting.


Q5. Note-Making :                                                                                                  (4 Marks)


Read the following passage carefully and complete the activity following it :


The Huge Expanse of Energy


Our existence and every single activity of our lives are controlled and influenced by one or the other form of energy. Though it's a two-way process, it is indeed hard to determine if we are being remote-controlled by the various types of energy or they are being remote-controlled by us. Let's take a closer look at the most prominent types of energy.


To initiate this rationale, let's go for the electrical energy forms the basis of your lifestyle today. On one hand, the power lines which forms the basis of human life today is an example of electrical energy. On the other hand, the lightning which is a natural phenomenon is also a sign of electrical energy. However, the mechanical energy and its uses are also unmissable. Let it be a moving car or a leaping frog, both seem to be worlds apart.


But, both are proofs of the impact of mechanical energy in both, the animal kingdom, as well as, the manmade world. Surprisingly, life on earth would have been an unthinkable event, had there never been the presence of electromagnetic energy. From ultraviolet rays of the sun which causes sunburns, to the radio waves which is the foundation for countless technologies, to the wifi and internet connectivity that helps us go hand-in-hand with the pace of life, all use electromagnetic energy. Even in the midst of these mind-blowing advancements, we cannot neglect the role of the thermal energy, popularly known as heat energy. Thermal energy refers to the energy contained within a system that is responsible for its temperature. Heat is, basically the flow of thermal energy.


Finding the signs of thermal or heat energy are so obvious and so commonplace like the warmth we get from the sun or the melting down of an ice-cream.


Following these, comes a hidden manipulator, the gravitational energy which cannot be seen or strongly felt, but we know, without it, we would not be anywhere around. Whether you imagine the massive quantities of water held behind a dam or you gaze at a gushing river pouring down as a waterfall, both powerfully signify the intensity of the gravitational energy. Besides that lies an another hidden power – the chemical energy. It is hard to imagine how we living beings would digest the food that we eat without the chemical energy. Strikingly, the mere action of striking a match also depends on the same chemical energy. In drawing things to a close, we would have missed out on so many things, had it not been for the sound energy.


Starting from the an airplane taking off to the crackling of fire-crackers and a lot more that has become possible to be heard by us. All thanks to the sound energy. Finally, yet significantly, nuclear energy that is a subject initself as many of its underlying facts are still unknown. It lies beneath our feet, as well as, above our heads. The nuclear fission which occurs inside the earth's core and nuclear fusion that fuels our sun and all the stars are evidences of the wide-ranging dominance of the nuclear energy. So, let's stop recognizing ourselves as the sole power in the scenario of life.


Now complete the Web-diagram by selecting the most suitable information from the above passage :


Note :

*No changes can be made in the format of the web-diagram.

*It is compulsory to write those points which are already given in the diagram.

*Underline the Blanks after filling them correctly

*Neat and tidy presentation is a must.