CBSE Board Class 11 English Core Previous Year Question Papers 2009
CBSE Board Previous Year Question Papers 2009 for Class 11 English Core
Class – XI
Subject – English
a)The paper is divided into four Sections–-A, B, C and D. All the sections are compulsory.
b)Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary. Read these
instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
c)Please write down the serial number of the question in the answer sheet before attempting it.
d)Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions.
SECTION - A (Reading Skills)
1. Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: (12)
1. In the democratic countries, intelligence is still free to ask whatever question it chooses. This freedom, it is almost certain, will not survive another war. Educationists should, therefore, do all they can, while there is yet time, to build up in the minds of their charges, a habit of resistance to suggestion. If such resistance is not built up, the men and women of the next generation will be at the mercy of that skilful propagandist who contrives to seize the instruments of information and persuasion. Resistance to suggestion can be built up in two ways. First, children can be taught to rely on their own internal resources and not to depend on incessant stimulation from without. This is doubly important. Reliance on external stimulation is bad for the character. Moreover such stimulation is the stuff with which propagandists bait their books, the jam in which dictators conceal their ideological pills. An individual who relies on external stimulations thereby exposes himself to the full force of whatever propaganda is being made in his neighbourhood. For a majority of people in the West, purposeless reading, purposeless listening-in, purposeless listening into radios, purposeless looking at films, have become addictions, psychological equivalents of alcoholism and morphinism. Things have come to such a pitch that there are many millions of men and women who suffer real distress if they are cut off for a few days or even few hours from newspapers, radio, music or moving pictures. Like the addict to a drug, they have to indulge their vice, not because the indulgence gives them any real pleasure, but because, unless they indulge, they feel painfully subnormal and incomplete. Even by intelligent people, it is now taken for granted that such psychological addictions are inevitable and even desirable, that there is nothing to be alarmed at in that fact that the majority of civilized men and women are now incapable of living on their own spiritual resources, but have become abjectly dependent on incessant stimulation from without.
2. How can children be taught to rely upon their own spiritual resources and resist the temptation to become reading addicts, hearing addicts, seeing addicts ? First of all, they can be taught how to entertain themselves by making things, by playing musical instruments, by purposeful study, by scientific observation, by the practice of some art, and so on. But such education of the hand and the intellect is not enough. Psychology has its Gresham’s Law, it is: bad money that drives out the good. Most people tend to perform the actions that require least effort, to think the thoughts that are easiest to feel, the emotions that are most vulgarly commonplace, to give rein to the desires that are most nearly animal. And they will tend to do this even if they possess the knowledge and skill to do otherwise. Along with the necessary knowledge and skill must be given the will to use them even under the pressure of incessant temptation to take the line of least resistance and become an addict to psychological drugs. Most people will not wish to resist these temptations unless they have a coherent philosophy of life, which makes it reasonable and right for them to do so. The other method of heightening resistance to suggestion is purely intellectual and consists in training young people to subject the diverse devices of the propagandists to critical analysis. The first thing that the educators must do is to analyze the words currently used in newspapers, on platforms by preachers and broadcasters. Their critical analysis and constructive criticism should reach out to the children and the youth, with such a clarity that they learn to react to forceful suggestions in the right way at the right time.
3. What, for example, does the word ‘nation’ mean ? To what extent are speakers and writers justified in talking of a nation as a person ? In what sense can a nation be described as having a will or national interest ? Is it not only advisable but also essential to think in terms of all the above details so that meaningful progress is promoted, thus making democracy thrive better ?
1.1 Answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (9)
1) What does the author want educationists to do ? (2)
2) Mention the two ways in which resistance to suggestion can be built up. (2)
3) What does the author mean by psychological addiction? Give an example. (2)
4) How can children be helped from becoming reading, hearing or seeing addicts ? (2)
5) How can critical analysis help us ? (1)
1.2 Find words from the passage which mean as same as the following: (3)
1)continuing without interruption (para 1)
2)hide (para 1)
3)logical and consistent (para 2)
2. Read the passage given below carefully and answer the questions that follow: (8)
Starting from the steam engine to the supercomputer, why is it that most of the discoveries of the last two centuries have all been in the west ? Is it because there were not many in the eastern hemisphere to think out or innovate ? Or is it because though there was someone who did something back here, we were too late to realize it or acknowledge it ? In fact not all of the blame should go to us. There have been discoveries here too but may be we overlooked them or were too late to acknowledge them. We still believe there have been inventions in this part of the world but because of the delay in accepting such inventions the West copied them and thus been credited with their achievements.
India has been credited with being a storehouse of intellectual capital. Indians have a strong presence in NASA and even companies like the Microsoft and IBM. Yet India still lags behind in the field of innovation despite having a rich history. Indians invented the numerical ‘zero’ which is known to everyone. Even Albert Einstein also said that not worthwhile scientific discovery would have been possible without the Indians teaching the world to count.
Just knowledge is not enough. It has to be cultivated and put to use. Otherwise it is like having a Pentium III which is used just for typing. To put to use this knowledge adequately, proper opportunities also need to be provided.
This is where the role of the government and the overall support for human infrastructure comes in. This implies providing adequate technology, setting up the right atmosphere right from the school level to identify and promote such talent. This is what our immediate challenge should be.
On the industry side they have a new assignment to embark on. For the first four decades India has been a seller’s market. For the producer he just had to manufacture his goods and there was always a ready taker.
For industry innovation is not a way of business but a lifeline to exist in the business. With the innovation comes in the thrust on research and development. This is another of the neglected aspects in Indian industry. Strangely, the general concept among many is that R and D is basically for the pharmaceuticals and chemical industry.
Thus leading from here we find that this is one zone where the share on the total expenditure is minuscule. This may be because of the dedicated investments and time frame required with no guarantee of results. Unfortunately our short sightedness prevents us from judging the gains from such investments in the long run.
One thing in place is India is an abundantly rich nation of natural resources. But the sad thing that follows is we depend so heavily on it. Imagine what it would have been had India used these resources, added technology and innovation and produced.
The green revolution has been a perfect example of how natural resources combined with technology can convert a nation in a span of two decades to a food surplus economy.
In the end we arrive on the human contribution factor. All what has been discussed above would be or is a result of human zeal and contribution. This calls for a further debate on how we should ensure that not only India is an information rich country but also where knowledge is tested and put to work and further the goals are achieved through such creativity. Innovation is a never ending process that lubricates the wheels of growth of any nation developing or developed.
2.1 On the basis of your reading of the above passage make notes on it, using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary – minimum 4) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it. (5)
2.2 Based on your reading of the above passage, write a summary of the passage in about 80 words.
SECTION - B (Advanced Writing Skills)
3. You have witnessed the below shown rail accident. Write a report on the same in 100 - 125 words to be published in ‘The Express India’, Jaipur. You are Sarvesh / Githu. (4)
JOURNEY ABORTED: Coaches of Delhi-bound Mandor Express lie pell-mell after the train derailed near Bansko station, about 40 km from Jaipur on Saturday. Seven persons were killed and 20 seriously injured.
Your school has recently organized a Blood Donation on the occasion of the Republic Day Celebrations. Now as the Cultural Secretary of your school, write a factual description of the event in not more than 125 words.
4. Krithika had a discussion with her friend on Information Technology. After getting some ideas, she decides to write an article on Information Technology for her school magazine in about 200 words. Write the article for her. (8)
You are Sangeetha / Sohit. You have been selected to represent your school in an All India Debate Competition organized by the National Children’s Club, Delhi. The topic for the debate is: ‘In the opinion of this house Value-based Education is the only remedy for decreasing the crime rate amongst the educated folk’. Write a speech in not more than 200 words for or against the motion, giving arguments for your stand.
5. You are Shirley / Toulson. Read the advertisement given below and write a letter to the advertiser, applying for the job. Also give your detailed curriculum-vitae, which you would send along with your letter of application for the job. (8)
Mr. Shyju Rajeev is the sports instructor of School of Excellence, Hyderabad. The Principal of the school asks him to place an order for buying Cricket kits, Volleyball nets, Footballs, Badminton racquets and other needed sport accessories required. Mr. Shyju Rajeev decides to place an order with Messrs victory Sports Sellers, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Write the order letter in not more than 150 - 200 words.
SECTION - C (Grammar)
6. Find out errors and correct them in the sentences given below. Put a ‘√’ mark if there is no error. (1/2 X 8 = 4)
1)She is a girl who lives near my house.
2)There is little milk in the jug. You can drink it.
3) She has given me a lot of problems.
4)All person have to shape his own fate.
5) None of the news were useful.
6)I will make any fresh juice for you.
7)Don’t pay some attention to what he says.
8)You should not eat too many meat.
7. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs given in the brackets: (1/2 X 8 = 4)
My mother………………. (clean) the house now.
1)The teacher……………. (teach) the lesson before Ganga came to school yesterday.
2)It……………………. (rain) since morning.
3)I………………… (study) in this school since 2005.
4)Her brother……………… (come) from Chennai last month.
5)A speeding lorry crushed her to death while she …………… (cross) the road.
6)You…………………… (sleep) when I entered the room.
7)He………………… (see) many foreign cities, before he returned home.
8. Rewrite the following sentences by placing the words in the correct order. (1/2 X 4 = 2)
1) Wanted a handicapped nurse for a baby about forty years old.
2) The bicycle was found by the side of the road which had a punctured tyre.
3) He killed a sparrow with a gun which was eating some crumbs.
4) Mrs. Gill sent a table to her daughter which had carved legs on her wedding anniversary.
SECTION - D (Text Books)
9. Read the stanza given below and answer the questions that follow: (4)
Where did my childhood go ?
It went to some forgotten place,
That’s hidden in an infant’s face,
That’s all I know.
a)Where did his childhood go ?
b)Where did his childhood lie hidden ?
c)Explain : ‘That’s all I know’.
d)Find a word from the stanza which means : ‘a small baby’.
Which strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the
a)Explain : ‘Strange to tell’.
b)What is rain to the earth and how ?
c)How does the rain take its birth ?
d)Find a word in the stanza which means : ‘a thing that can’t be touched’.
10. Answer any two of the following questions in about 30 words. (6)
1)Describe the laburnum tree top before and after the arrival of the goldfinch.
2)There is a parallel drawn between rain and music in the poem ‘The Voice of the Rain’. Elucidate.
3)What according to the poem ‘Childhood’ is involved in the process of growing up ?
11. Answer any five of the following questions in about 30 words. (10)
1) What were the first indications of the ‘impending disaster’ that struck Captain Gordon Cook and family on January 2nd ?
2) What are the earth’s principal biological systems ?
3) Describe the European view of art.
4) What is the cause of the collapse of fisheries ?
5) What did Carter do to separate Tut’s mummy from its solid gold bottom ?
6) How is Mr. Crocker Harris different from other masters ?
12. Answer any one of the following questions in not more than 100 - 125 words: (10)
1) Imagine you are Taplow. Write a letter to your friend describing how Mr. Crocker Harris, your class teacher made you do extra work on the last day of school.
2) You have visited a Chinese painting Exhibition and you are very much impressed by the concept of ‘Shanshui’, which reflected the Daoist view of the Universe. Write a letter to your friend explaining the concept of Shanshui and Daoist view of the universe reflected in the Chinese painting. Also mention how you enjoyed the art form. You are Shubang / Shubangi.
13. Answer any one of the following questions in not more than 100 words. (4)
1) How did the war affect the fortunes of Mrs. S’s family including the narrator ?
2) Write in your own words the dialogue between the history teacher and Albert Einstein
14. Answer any two of the following questions in not more than 30 words. (6)
1)Justify the title of the story ‘The Address’.
2)Why did Albert see no point in learning dates and facts?
3)Describe the homecoming of Ranga. Why was it a ‘great event’ in the village ?
15. Conversation skills: (Listening and Speaking - 5 + 5) (10)
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