CBSE Board Class 11 English Elective Previous Year Question Papers 2007

CBSE Board Previous Year Question Papers 2007 for Class 11 English Elective

ENGLISH (Elective)
Class 11

Time allowed : 3 hours ]

General Instructions :

(i) Atrempt all questions.

(ii) Your answers should be to the point. Slick I0 the word iimir where given.

1. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :

(a) My association with film goes back to the world of childhood. My

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grandmother had a very large old apartment in Uppsala. I used to sit under the

dining-room table there, ‘listening’ to the sunshine which came in through the

gigantic windows. The Cathedral bells went ding-dong, and the sunlight moved

about and ‘sounded’ in a special way.

(i) Since when does the author trace his relationship with films  1

(ii) Where did he live ?

(iii) What experience did he get there ?


Mother : I don’t know how to answer you, child. Very good. 1’ll go 
myself, and cling to his feet. ‘You accept food from every home’, I’ll say.
‘Come to our house too, and accept from our hands at least a bowl of water.’

(i) Name the ‘child’.

(ii) To whom does the mother intend to go 

(iii) Why does she intend to go ?

Or listen to the clocktowers


of any old well-managed city

beating their gongs round the clock, each slightly

off the others’ time, deeper or lighter

In its bronze, beating out a different

sequence each half-hour, out of the accidents

of alloy, a maker’s shaking hand

in Switzerland, or the mutual distances...

(i) Name the poem and the poet.

(ii) What causes the differences between the time keeping of various clocks 

(iii) What is the significance of ‘Switzerland’ ‘?


I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,

And now my heart is sore.

All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,

The first time on this shore,

The bell-beat of their wings above my head,

Trod with a lighter tread.

(i) Identify ‘brilliant creatures’.

(ii) Where did he see these creatures for the first time 

(iii)Why is the p0et’s heart sore ?

Answer any two of the following questions in about 100 words each :

What were the personality traits that endeared Dr. Margolin to others in his


community  ' '

What is the contrast between the Ioveliness of the swans and human life 

What is Sen’s interpretation of the positions taken by Krishna and Arjuna in

the debate between them  '

Answer any five questions in about 60 words each :

(a) What gives science fiction its validity ?

(b) What are the things that mark animate things from the inanimate ?

(C) How does the process of inquiry lead to true freedom ‘.7

(d) Why do you think Eveline let go of the opportunity to escape ?

(e) What connection does the author draw between film making and conjuring 

(f) How did Pablo Neruda know that somebody behind him was îooking at him 

The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each of the lines.

Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet as given below.

Remember to underline the word that you have supplied.

He lay in bed, plan ways to

avoid going at school. An idea

came to him that if he is sick

he could stayed at home. But

after a completely search he could

not find nothing wrong with him.

Suddenly he made a discovery that

one of his upper front tooth

was lose. He was about to

begin crying of pain when he

remembered that his aunt will

simply pull it out.

plan planning

Change the narration in the following sentences : 1  5 = 5 marks

(i) He said, “Alas I How foolishly have I acted I”

(ii) The Prime Minister said, “You should be united to fight the enemy tooth and

She said, “Whatever Saroj does díspleases her mother-in-law.”

(iii)I said to him, “D0n't worry about me.”

(iv)She told her son that she was going to the market.

Answer the following question in about 100 words : 6 marks

What idea did the tiger have of the human beings while at  Í’ Why did this idea

change when he roamed through the streets of the town ?


What estimate do you form of the character of Dr. Pal from his dealings with

Answer either (a) or (b) of the following questions in about 60 words : 4 marks

(a) How do the tiger and his Master spend their time after they return to the hills 


Describe Margayya’s Search for the red lotus.

(b) Why did the Master scold the crowd when they used the word ‘brute’ in

reference to the tiger 


How did Margayya lose the red account book 

8. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 12 marks

(I) Driving for long hours can be strenuous. You exert more pressure on your

spine while sitting than standing. Life can’t be easy if you live in Gurgaon and

drive to work to Noida. Rohit working for a French company in Noida shares,

“I spend on an average three hours everyday in commuting. By the end of the

week I am washed out and have to resort to the services of a masseuse to

rejuvenate my aching limbs. “Now, all of us can’t be fortunate enough to have

a masseuse at our beck and call. Hence, it helps to know which posture is goed

for driving.

(2) When a vehicie is in motion, your body is subject to forces that it is not used to

while sitting and standing. Remaining behind the wheel for long can cause

poor posture and back pain. Dr. Harsha Hegde, Consultant Orthopaedic at

Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon advises, “After you sit in the car you have to adjust

your seat till you achieve the ideal driving posture that supports the small of

your back. If your seat does not allow that, you can keep a small cushion

between your seat and the back to provide support. Allow your head to rest on

the head rest and incline your seat at an angle slightly more than 90 degrees.”

Dr. SKS Marya, Director, Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery, Max

Hospitals says, “While driving, your foot should be on the accelerator with thi:

knee bent between 30 to 45 degrees."

(3) Normally, men drive with wallet in their back pocket. This is a perfect recipe

for nagging back pains. Your car is provided with a glove compartment to keep

the wallet. Motorcycle drivers can employ their jacket pocket to keep their

wallet while driving.

(4) Dr. Marya has a special word of caution for women drivers. “Avoid sitting

behind the wheel with shoes that have heels. It is better to drive barefoot rather

than with shoes that have heels. Your heels can get caught between the brake

and accelerator pedals of the car causing accidents”, says she. If you are

diabetic and pregnant, avoid driving.

Driving is a demanding skill and long distance driving over a long period of

time starts taking its toll on your back and neck. And, considering the traffic

conditions that we have these days, driving is no longer enjoyable in your

precious wheels, rather you push ahead through the bumper-to-bumper drive.

As if this much is not enough we are surrounded by insensitive drivers who fly

into rage at the top of a hat.


Read rage is violent behaviour that may lead to unsafe driving conditions. Most

psychologists consider it as a behavioural disorder caused by many factors.

“People who lose their cool regularly over minor traffic disputes suffer from

Impulse Control Disorder and find it difficult to control their bouts of anger”,

says an eminent, consultant psychologist.

Personality traits apart, whether or not someone would blow his top at the


slightest provocation on the road is also linked to several other factors like the

amount of stress the person is under, the weather, intluence of alcohol or other

drugs, intensity of noise pollution, and even social disparity.


“You can keep road rage under control if you avoid reacting and confronting

the other drivers. Always believe in defensive driving and let such people have

the right of way”, advises El doctor. Deep breathing and counting backward to

ten before you speak helps too.

(i) How can along drive with a wrong posture affect the health of the driver Í’

(ii) What should a driver do to avoid the ill effects of strenuous driving ?

(iii) What special care should the women drivers take and what can be the

repercussions if they are reckless about driving 

(iv) What care should be taken by the pregnant women drivers and also by

those who are diabetic ?

(v) What are the possible reasons for the road rage 

(vi) How can one keep it under control 

(vii) Find from the passage the noun form of the word ‘provoke’. (para 7)

Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow :

Hail comrades denounce the useless

Dust and dirt of an age gone by

See before us rise the glorious

Mankínd’s hopelìt spire of fire

Come like serpents

Come kike greyhounds

Like ‘Dhananjays’ claim the world

Hail the mom

And sound the hom

A newer truer world shall be born

Then sing in chorus

Lo before us there is another world

Yonder yonder

Lo the splendour

And the wonder

Of its faery fiery crown

And the red flag of its dawn

Like the ritual flame of time.

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(a) How does the poet view the social order of ‘the age gone by’ 

(b) In what manner does he want the comerades to act 

(C) How does he want to celebrate the new world ?

(d) Why has the crown been called ‘faery fiery’ 

(e) What has the red flag of dawn been compared to ?

10.Write an essay in 150 - 200 words on any one of the following topics : 10 marks

(i) Popularity of mobile phones.

(ii)Students should not take part in politics.

(iii)Havoc caused by the floods.

11.As a reporter of a newspaper prepare a report in 150-200 words on the stray cattle

that often block the smooth flow of traffic in big cities. 10 marks