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Compulsory English

Class: XII                                                                       Time: 3 Hrs.

Full marks: 100                                                              Pass marks: 35

Attempt all the questions.


1.     Read the following passage and answer the questions below:


Traditional agricultural methods have changed little since ancient times. Nepalese peasant utilizes small parcels of land, which are passed down from generation to generation through in heritance, to feed their families. They primarily grow staple foods such as rice, wheat and corn and root crops, most of which is used for human subsistence or livestock. Commercial and industrial crops include sugarcane, jute (a fiber) and tobacco. Livestock products include water buffalo meat and milk. Most of the country's agriculture is in the warm, moist, lowland plains of the Terai region. Agriculture in local villages in a family activity in which children help their parents at all stages from tilling the fields and planting to harvesting. In a good year, when surpluses are available, peasants exchange grain for other goods that are manufactured by their neighbours. Sometimes they travel to a local market, where they can acquire clothes, tools and other materials in exchange for their own products. In this cultural environment, bartering is the key to everyday survival. Today, Nepal, like many other less developed countries, is undergoing gradual change. The influence of globalization is increasing, and its impact is being felt on even the smallest and most remote countries. Times have long passed when a place could remain isolated from others. In this context, the Nepalese economy, as minor as it is, will eventually enter the market system. Step by step, traditional economies will be replaced by a commercially oriented market economy, even in the most remote villages. This trend is already visible in the shrinking influence of agriculture in the country's gross domestic product. A country such as Nepal cannot rely on its own commercial agriculture to provide the nation's needs. Self sufficiency is costly to achieve and technologically difficult do develop in a poor country. As a result, Nepal is dependent on imports for much of its food, particularly, that consumed in urban centers. Such as economic policy, however, creates several problems.



(a) What are the staple foods grown by Nepalese farmers?

(b) What are commercial and industrial crops?

(c) Why is agriculture a family activity in Nepal?

(d) What, according to this passage, creates several economic problems in Nepal?

(e) Why is self-sufficiency costly in Nepal?


a.      The staple foods grown by Nepalese farmers are rice, wheat and corn.

b.     Commercial and industrial crops are sugarcane, jute and tobacco.

c.      Agriculture is a family activity in Nepal because children and parents involve in agriculture at all the stages from preparing or cultivating the fields as well as planting to harvesting the crops.

d.     Importing policy from other countries creates several economic problems.

e.      Self sufficiency is costly in Nepal because there is not advanced technology and commercial production applied in agriculture.


2. Rewrite the following sentences using 'seem'.

(a) Mr. Harvey is very friendly.

(b) He is not very rich.

(c) He has lived very interesting life.

(d) He watches television a lot.

(e) He is some kind of businessman.


(a) Mr. Harvey seems to be very friendly.

(b) He doesn't seem to be very rich.

(c) He seems to have lived very interesting life.

(d) He seems to watch television a lot.

(e) He seems to be some kind of businessman.


3.  All the verbs below describe changes of state. Now match the words in column A with that of column B.

A                                             B

Changes in size                                  Freeze

Solids becoming liquid                       contract

Liquid becoming solid                        melt

Liquids becoming gas                         condense

Gases becoming liquid                       evaporate


Changes in size = contract

Solids becoming liquid = melt           

Liquid becoming solid = freeze          

Liquids becoming gas = evaporate     

Gases becoming liquid = condense    


4.     Express wish for the following remarks using I wish' with the past tense as in the example.

Example: it's raining.

I wish I had an umbrella.

(a)  You're lonely.

(b)  You are ill in bed.

(c)  Your bike has stopped working.

(d)  You're short of money.

(e)  You could not attend the classes.


(a) I wish I had some friends.

(b) I wish I could go to hospital.

(c) I wish I repaired it.

(d) I wish I had enough money.

(e) I wish I recovered the lesson.


5.     Rewrite the following using 'supposed to'.

(a) They say he is terribly stingy.

(b) Apparently he is living in Paris

(c) I'm told he was a lorry driver at one time

(d) Apparently Marilyn Monroe was an insomniac.

(e) I'm told that Rajesh got married.


(a) He is supposed to be terribly stingy.

(b) He is supposed to be living in Paris.

(c) He is supposed to have been a lorry driver at one time.

(d) Marilyn Monroe is supposed to have been an insomniac.

(e) Rajesh is supposed to have got married.


6.  How would you describe people who are

(a) reliable?

(b) short-tempered?

(c) sociable?

(d) serious?

(e) pessimist?


(a) A reliable person is someone who doesn't let people down.

(b) A short-tempered person is someone who easily loses his temper.

(c) A sociable person is someone who likes going to parties.

(d) A serious person is someone who doesn't joke about anything.

(e) A pessimist person is someone who expects bad things to happen.


7.     Change the following verbs into adjectives:

interest, confuse, irritate, shock, offend


(a) interesting/ interested

(b) confusing/ confused

(c) irritating/ irritated

(d) shocking

(e) offensive


8.     You are studying at a college away from your house. Write a letter to a friend telling him/her what it is like.


Write a newspaper article on the road accident you have seen recently.

9.     Write a story of a dream that you have had recently in about 200 words.

10. Write a paragraph describing your reactions (likes or dislikes) about the zoo you have visited.

11. Write a paragraph making small and big comparison between two cities of Nepal.

12. Attempt any five questions:

(a) Give the central idea of the poem "God's Grandeur."

(b) Give a short description of the Boy's Uncle. (A Story)

(c) Sketch the character of Luganovich briefly. (About Love)

(d) Describe briefly how Karnali is economically linked with the low land Terai. (A Hurried Trip to Avoid a Bad Star)

(e) Why does the poet want to spit into the face of time? (Lamentation of the old Pensioner)

(f) Would you call the narrator mad? Give reasons for your answer. (The Tale Tell Heart)

13. Answer any one of the following questions:

(a) Write an essay on 'Travelling in the dark through the dense forest."

(b) Describe the dream which Martin Luther King had in his speech 'I have a Dream."

The End


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