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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 English Core Paper 5

Board CBSE
Class XII
Subject English Core
Sample Paper Set Paper 5
Category CBSE Sample Papers

Students who are going to appear for CBSE Class 12 Examinations are advised to practice the CBSE sample papers given here which is designed as per the latest Syllabus and marking scheme as prescribed by the CBSE is given here. Paper 5 of Solved CBSE Sample Paper for Class 12 Englsih Core is given below with free PDF download solutions.

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.


Question 1.
Read the following passage carefully. (12 Marks)

1. For four days, I walked through the narrow lanes of the old city, enjoying the romance of being in a city where history still lives — in its cobblestone streets and in its people riding asses, carrying vine leaves and palm as they once did during the time of Christ.

2. This is Jerusalem, home to the sacred sites of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This is the place that houses the church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where Jesus was finally laid to rest. This is also the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

3. Built by the Roman Emperor Constantine at the site of an earlier temple to Aphrodite, it is the most venerated Christian shrine in the world. And justifiably so. Here, within the church, are the last five stations of the cross, the 10th station where Jesus was stripped of his clothes, the 11th where he was nailed to the cross, the 12th where he died on the cross, the 13th where the body was removed from the cross, and the 14th, his tomb.

4. For all this weighty tradition, the approach and entrance to the church is nondescript. You have to ask for directions. Even to the devout Christian pilgrims walking along the Via Dolorosa — the Way of Sorrows — first nine stations look clueless. Then a courtyard appears, hemmed in by other buildings and a doorway to one side. This leads to a vast area of huge stone architecture.

5. Immediately inside the entrance is your first stop. It’s the stone of anointing: this is the place, according to Greek tradition, where Christ was removed from the cross. The Roman Catholics, however, believe it to be the spot where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial by Joseph.

6. What happened next? Jesus was buried. He was taken to a place outside the city of Jerusalem where other graves existed and there, he was buried in a cave. However, all that is long gone, destroyed by continued attacks and rebuilding; what remains is the massive — and impressive — Rotunda (a round building with a dome) that Emperor Constantine built. Under this, and right in the centre of the Rotunda, is the structure that contains the Holy Sepulchre.

7. “HQW do you know that this is Jesus’ tomb ?” I asked one of the pilgrims standing next to me. He was clueless, more interested, like the rest of them, in the novelty of it all and in photographing it, than in its history or tradition.

8. At the start of the first century, the place was a disused quarry outside the city walls. According to the gospels, Jesus’ crucifixion occurred ‘at a place outside the city walls with graves nearby ’. Archaeologists have discovered tombs from that era, so the site is compatible with the biblical period.

9. The structure at the site is a marble tomb built over the original burial chamber. It has two rooms, and you enter four at a time into the first of these, the Chapel of the Angel. Here the angel is supposed to have sat on a stone to recount Christ’s resurrection. A low door made of white marble, partly worn away by pilgrims’ hands, leads to a smaller chamber inside. This is the ‘room of the tomb’, the place where Jesus was buried.

10. We entered in a single file. On my right was a large marble slab that covered the original rock bench on which the body of Jesus was laid. A woman knelt and prayed. Her eyes were wet with tears. She pressed her face against the slab to hide them, but it only made it worse. (Delhi, All India, Foreign 2015)

I. On the basis of your understanding of the passage, answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate option. (1 × 4 = 4 Marks)

(a) How does Jerusalem still retain the charm of the ancient era?

  1. There are narrow lanes.
  2. Roads are paved with cobblestones.
  3. People can be seen riding asses.
  4. All of the above.

(b) Holy Sepulchre is sacred to:

  1. Christianity.
  2. Islam.
  3. Judaism.
  4. Both (i) and (iii).

(c) Why does one have to constantly ask for directions to the church?

  1. Its lanes are narrow.
  2. Entrance to the church is nondescript.
  3. People are not tourist-friendly.
  4. Everyone is lost in enjoying the romance of the place.

(d) Where was Jesus buried? ‘

  1. In a cave
  2. At a place outside the city
  3. In the Holy Sepulchre
  4. Both (i) and (ii)

II. Answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (1 × 6 = 6 Marks)

(e) What is the Greek belief about the ‘stone of anointing’?
(f) Why did Emperor Constantine build the Rotunda?
(g) What is the general attitude of the pilgrims?
(h) How is the site compatible with the biblical period?
(i) Why did the pilgrims enter the ‘room of the tomb’ in a single file?
(j) Why did ‘a woman’ try to hide her tears?

III. Find words from the passage which mean the same as: (1 × 2 = 2 Marks)

(а) A large grave (para 3)
(b) Having no interesting features/dull (para 4)

Question 2.
Read the following passage carefully. (10 Marks)

1. Dussehra and Diwali leave us in a mess-physically speaking. After all the lavish indulgences, our body literally sends signals that it is time we slowed down. And there is a way out—remove the toxins.

2. Most people believe that going on a detox trip is like suffering a crash diet and a method to lose weight, which is wrong notion. Nutrition head of Gold’s Gym, Ashwini Sukumar explains that detoxification has its roots in traditional Chinese medicines that has also been used in ancient India, Asia and Egypt. It is the body’s natural, ongoing process if neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. “A detox diet post Diwali blast is for those who want to bring their bodies back to its original condition following festival fun. You may decide to use a detox plan as a regular thing when you begin to feel the benefits and can use the principles again, depending on the extent of detox you are looking to achieve,” she explains.

3. She also explains that it is necessary and important to go on a detox diet after binging on your favourite food. “Many chemicals we ingest daily, through food, water and air, are deposited as fat cells in our bodies. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body. So, it is necessary to go on a detox diet to cleanse all that.” states Ashwini. The benefits include improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity.

4. Many people also go on such diets to lose weight, is it a good thing? We ask. “If you fast for several days, you will shed weight, no question. But typically, most of the weight loss is water loss and some of it may be muscle tissue. Fasting or detoxing for longer periods can also slow down your metabolism, making it harder to keep the weight off or lose weight later.

5. While, director of Wellness Chi-health, Sheela Krishnaswamy says, “Modern medicine has no scientific belief in detox diets because the liver, kidneys, colon and skin remove waste products from our body on a daily basis, irrespective of what we may eat. But alternate therapists endorse detox diets very strongly, especially after a season of dietary excesses.”

6. She also points out that working on such diets is a new concept. “Earlier women used to prepare sweets and snacks at home. They always knew what ingredients they would use and the preparation would also involve tedious work. Even if they binge, the physical ‘ work that was involved during the preparation of these festivals would help them to cut down on the fat. But now everything is available on the shelf and of late, people prefer buying sweets at stores, where the calorie content is high,” she states.

7. So what does a typical detox process entail? “Cut back on sugary stuff. Have lot of vegetables, fruit juices, coconut water and exercise if you have gained weight. But, remember to detox only for a day or two. “Don’t go on a continuous crash, it will harm your body,” she warns.

I. Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate option: (1 × 2 = 2 Marks)

(a) Detoxing should be done for :

  1. weight loss
  2. religious reasons around festivals
  3. eliminating toxins
  4. bringing the body back to its original condition

(b) The writer gives the example of the practice of making sweets at home to prove :

  1. homemade sweets are better than the ones available in the market.
  2. women loved to make them at home.
  3. the tedious and physical work required to make them balanced the calorie intake.
  4. that detox is much needed in today’s sedentary lifestyle.

II. Answer the following questions as briefly as possible. (1 × 5 = 5 Marks)

(c) What is the wrong notion harboured by most people about detox diets?
(d) Is it a good to go on an extended diet to lose weight? Why?
(e) Why is it necessary to go on a detox diet?
(f) What comprises the detox process ?
(g) Why does modern science not believe in detox diet?

III. Find words from the passage which are similar in meaning to the following. (1 × 3 = 3 Marks)

(a) intake (para 3)
(b) slow or dull (para 6)
(c) weaken (para 3)

Question 3.
Read the following passage carefully. (8 Marks)

Stress is arguably the greatest killer in the world today. Stress per se does not kill but it leads to several other medical conditions that are killers such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, and ulcers. It is important to understand that stress does not occur overnight. It builds up over a period of time. Second, stress knows no gender bias. It affects both men and women. Third, stress has begun to strike early. Youngsters and school students  also fall prey early and this affects them for a very long time. Fourth, stress also has no industry bias. Lastly, stress has begem to take its toll even in areas like sports earlier considered stress busters.

Stress is a mental condition, not one of the body. From a behavioural disease in the past, it has now become pathological since it causes stress changes in the normal physiology of the body. Regardless of how stress is viewed in other systems of medicine, acupuncture tends to classify stress in three ways. First are what can be called over-anticipators— perfectionists and workaholics. These are inveterate chasers of work and when they do not hdve anything to do, they start worrying. The second category is hyperactive people, either children or adults. The third can be called the “doubting Thomases”. They are among the high-risk category of the stress-prone people.

All systems of medicine say the thinking, memory and ‘mind’ are seated in the brain. But in acupuncture, the mind is situated in the Heart Meridian. The heart houses the mind. So anything concerned with behavioural problems, that too in a stressed stage, will see the Heart Meridian being hyperactive, which naturally leads to a stressed state in the brain. For, such people, either adults or children, the Heart Meridian is stimulated for 15 days (30 minutes a day). After a gap of two to eight days, the procedure has to be repeated. After about 90 days, the patient generally becomes normal. Over-anticipators remain mentally active during nights leading to insomnia. Stimulation of their Pericardium Meridian along their Heart Meridian eases their mind and they get a good night’s sleep after 60 sittings. Sometimes over anxiety leads to nightmares and dreams. Disturbance in the Liver Meridian may cause this. This problem is also solved by a 60-day session.

Acupuncture says that when the Gall Bladder Meridian is not working properly, the person will become indecisive. The more they are indecisive, the more confused they become and they go into a state of unidentified stress. For such patients, the Gall Bladder Meridian will be stimulated for 15 days and after a gap of 2-8 days, the procedure will be repeated. A total of 60 days treatment will be required.

Most medical systems work at how to “manage” stress. Consequently it is kept at minimal levels without it being eliminated. However, in Acupuncture, because of superior etiology, causes for the conditions are known. Thus, for these vulnerable groups, Acupuncture is a pure definitive and time bound system.

A. 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 four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an appropriate title to it. (5 Marks)

B. Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. (3 Marks)


Question 4.
Very soon your school is going to be the center for CBSE examinations. You have seen that during lunch break students of junior classes keep going around the examination halls and make all kinds of noises. You are Navtej/Navita, Head Boy / Head Girl, Akash Public School, Ajmer. Write a notice in 50 words warning such students not to go near the examination rooms. (Foreign 2014) (4 Marks)
Fireworks and crackers are known to create pollution during festivals. As an environmentalist design a poster in about 50 words to create awareness of their ill effects. (All India (C) 2015)

Question 5.
You are Arun/Arti, Raja Road, Kanpur. You had placed an order with Ram Book Depot, 4 Mall Road, Delhi for the supply of two books. You wanted to give them as a gift to a friend of yours. On receiving them you were disappointed to find that the books were damaged. Write a complaint letter in 120-150 words to the manager, about your problem. (All India (C) 2015) (6 Marks)
You are Sudhir/ Sita. The Head Boy/Head Girl of ABC Public School, Jayanagar, Bangalore. An excursion has been planned from your school to Mysore. Write a letter to the Secretary, Ace Youth Hostel, Mysore requesting him to provide accommodation for 15 girls and 20 boys for three days. (120-150 words) (Delhi 2014)

Question 6.
Students can contribute significantly to socially useful productive activities like tree plantation, cleanliness, adult literacy, etc. Write an article in 150- 200 words on ‘Students and Social Service’ to be published in the local magazine. You are Jagriti/Jagan. (Delhi 2014) (10 Marks)
You are Jagriti/Jagan, a student of Arunodaya Academy. Your first term examinations are approaching. Write a speech to be delivered in the school assembly on tips for success in examinations.

Question 7.
The social service league of your school celebrated Diwali in a novel way by collecting money and discarded clothes and distributing them along with sweets and crackers to the children at a local orphanage. Write a report in about 150¬200 words for your school magazine as Praneet / Preeti, Secretary of your club. (10 Marks)
You are Winnie/William. The Book Fair which lasted for a month in your city was the topic of all book lovers. Write a report on it for a local daily in about 150-200 words.


Question 8.
Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow : (1 × 4 = 4 Marks)

Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth (All India (C) 2015)
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.

(a) Name the poem.
(b) Give one cause of human suffering.
(c) What moves the pall away from our lives?
(d) What does the word ‘gloomy’ mean?


and felt that
familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,
but all I said was, see you soon,
all I did was smile and smile and

(a) Name the poem.
(b) What was the poet’s childhood fear?
(c) What does her smile signify?
(d) What does the word ‘ache’ mean?

Question 9.
Answer any four of the following questions in about 30-40 words each: (4 × 3 = 12 Marks)

(a) At the dining table why did Zitkala- Sa begin to cry when others started eating? (All India 2016)
(b) What will happen when aunt Jennifer is dead? (Foreign 2015)
(c) What does the poem ‘Keeping Quiet’ teach us? (All India (C) 2015)
(d) What was the bulletin board news that caused a change in the school (The Last Lesson)? (All India (C) 2015)
(e) Why did the servants leave Dr. Sadao’s household?
(f) What explanation did ‘McLeery’ give for carrying the rubber tube in Evans’ cell?

Question 10.
Giving bribe is an evil practice. How did the tiger king bribe the British officer to save his kingdom? How do you view this act of his? (120-150 words) (Delhi, Foreign 2015) (6 Marks)
How did Dr. Sadao help the POW to escape? What humanitarian values do you find in his act? (Delhi, Foreign 2015)

Question 11.
Describe the difficulties the bangle makers of Firozabad have to face in their lives? (120-150 words) (Delhi 2015) (6 Marks)
The order from Berlin aroused a particular zeal in the school. Comment. (Foreign 2015)

Question 12.
As a scientist, how is Kemp different from Griffin? (120-150 words) (Foreign 2015) (6 marks)
Bring out the character of Priscilla in the novel, Silas Marner. (120-150 words)

Question 13.
What disadvantages did Griffin face due to invisibility? (120-150 words) (6 Marks)
In what way did Godfrey change in the novel, Silas Marner? (120-150 words)


Answer 1.

I. (a) (iv) All of the above
(b) (i) Christianity
(c) (ii) Entrance to the church is nondescript
(d) (iv) Both (i) and (ii)

II. (e) According to the Greek belief, the stone of anointing is the place where Christ was removed from the cross.
(f) The graves were destroyed by continued attacks and rebuilding. So, Emperor Constantine converted the cave, where Jesus was buried, into the Rotunda to save , the Holy Sepulchre.
(g) The general pilgrims are more interested in the novelty of Jesus’ tomb and in photographing it. They have no interest in its history or tradition.
(h) As per the gospel, Jesus’ crucifixion took place at place outside the city walls. There were graves nearby. In the beginning of the first century, this place was a disused quarry outside the city walls. The archaeologists have discovered tombs from that era.
(i) The ‘room of tomb’ was a smaller chamber inside the Rotunda. It has a low door made of white marble. It is the place where Jesus was buried.
(j) Jesus sacrificed his life to make this world a happy place to live in. The woman did not want to show that she was sad and miserable.

III. (a) Tomb (b) Nondescript

Answer 2.

I. (a) (iii) eliminating toxins
(b) (iv) that detox is much needed in today’s sedentary lifestyle.

II. (c) The wrong notion harboured by most people about detox diets is that a detox trip is like suffering a crash diet and a method to lose weight.
(d) Most weight that is shed during the extended diet period is that due to water.
(e) It is good to go on a detox diet as the benefits include improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity.
(f) The detoxing process involves cutting back on sugary stuff, having a lot of vegetables, fruit juices, coconut water and exercising.
(g) Modern science has no belief in detox diets because it believes that the liver, kidneys, colon and skin remove waste products from our body on a daily basis, irrespective of what we eat.

III. (a) ingest (b) tedious (c) Impair

Answer 3.
A TITLE: Acupuncture: A Sure Shot Panacea for Stress


1. stress—alarming facts :

(a) greatest killer
(b) cause of dibts., ulcer
(c) striking youngsters too
(d) does not occur overnight

2. Acupuncture:
(a) an antidote to stress
(b) superior etiology, causes of stress known
(c) reliable, time bound system
(d) classifies humans into three groups:

  1. over-anticipators, perfectionists
  2. hyperactive people
  3. doubting Thomases

3. How acupuncture works for perfectionists:

(a) heart meridian stimltd for 15 days
(b) procedr reptd after 8 days
(c) cures in 90 days

4. For over-anticipators:

(a) Pericardium meridian hrt meridian stmltd
(b) nightmares and dreams cured by stmltn of liver meridian

5. Cure for doubt and confusion:

(a) gall bladder stmltd
(b) cure in 60 days

Key to Abbreviations
hrt : heart
Dibts : diabetes
Stmltd : stimulated
stmltn : stimulant
Procedr : procedure
Reptd : repeated


Stress builds up gradually and is the cause of hypertension and diabetes. Today it is striking even the young. Acupuncture helps cure stress in a reliable and time bound way. It classifies humans into perfectionists, hypertensive and doubters. To cure perfectionists their heart meridian is stimulated. For over-anticipators the pericardium and heart meridian are stimulated and cure is possible in ninety days. Liver meridian is stimulated to cure nightmares and dreams. To cure confusion, and doubt the gall bladder is stimulated for sixty days.

Answer 4.
CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 English Core Paper 5 1
Answer 5.

A-4, Raja Road
8th September, 20××

Sub: Receipt of damaged books

Dear Sir,

I regret very much to inform you that the books sent by you in execution of my order dated 27 August, (‘River of Smoke’ by Amitav Ghosh) is in a damaged condition and (Word Power by Norman Lewis ) is wanting in 8 pages (pp. 113-120). These are therefore, returned to you in a registered cover.

May I request you to replace them at your convenience and to enclose in your order the cost of the postage stamps I had to buy in sending them back?

Soliciting early compliance.

Yours sincerely


ABC Public School
Jayanagar, Bangalore
15th September, 20××
The Secretary
Ace Youth Hostel

Sub : Accommodation required Dear Sir

Our school has planned an excursion to Mysore in the coming autumn break from 7- 10 October. We are a group of 15 girls and twenty boys. We need separate accommodation for boys and girls on a twin- sharing basis. You are requested to book clean, comfortable rooms with all facilities as per our requirement. Kindly ensure that the rooms are on the same floor, adjacent to each other and have a balcony.

You are requested to intimate the charges and confirm the booking by 20th September. Thank you

Yours sincerely
Head Boy

Answer 6.

Students and Social Service
By Jagan

Students are not separate from society. They are also social beings like other classes of people. So it should not be assumed that students should just study, play and appear for examinations. In India where the poor and underprivileged are so many, social service has a great importance and a very large scope too. They can help the nation in multiple ways. They can work for the removal of illiteracy. Cleanliness is a big challenge in our nation. Students can teach the masses about healthcare and sanitation. They can even look into the sanitation of their own area. They can take active part in the national scheme of afforestation. Students should keep in mind one thing—Charity begins at home. It is a student’s first and foremost duty to serve his parents, brothers and sisters, his kith and kin. Then serve the masses. By doing social service students can give back to society what they have received from it. Social service also elevates one spiritually.

Thank you.


Good morning, respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends! Today, I am going to give some tips for success in examinations. If you’re one of the those people who get stressed out when it comes to taking exams then I have a few tips for you that will help you to succeed well in the upcoming first term examinations. Firstly, look after your health. It’s stressful to cram so much information into your brain and also try to get on with the rest of your life. You’ll end up burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, and this can seriously damage your health. Looking after your health means that you should be getting adequate rest. Eat and drink sensibly and in moderation, exercise your body and spend quality time on yourself. I suggest that you set yourself a program and stick to it as much as possible. Studying for 20 minutes at a time and then a 10 minute break is ideal for optimum learning. If you find your mind begins to wander then it’s time for a rest. Do one thing at a time. Plan beforehand which subject you’re going to study and don’t waver. If you get interrupted, put it to one side until you’re ready to deal with it. I am sure with these tips you will pass the exams with flying colours.

Thank you.

Answer 7.

Diwali Celebrations at Sanmati Bal Niketan
By Praneet

10th October, Delhi,

In the month of October, ‘Diwali Fest’ was organized under the Social Service Club of ABC Public School. The students were asked to donate clothes, sweets crackers and money for the inmates of Sanmati Bal Niketan. The collection carried on for a whole week from October 3 to October 9. The funds and goods collected from this activity were donated to the orphanage. 30 students of the social service club visited the orphanage on October 10 , with the goods. They were welcomed by the students of the orphanage.

They presented a short cultural programme for the visitors. Then they interacted with our students on a variety of issues. They happily ate the sweets that the club members had taken with them.

A 12 year old orphan, Jeetu said, “We need a water purifier as the water here is quite dirty.” The visit brought big smiles on the faces of the underprivileged children. It also sensitized our club members to the problems of the less privileged.


Visit to a Book Fair
By Winnie

Delhi, 2nd February, 20xx: Delhi Book Fair at Pragati Maidan was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 1st February, 20xx. The book fair lasted for a month. There were a lot of beautifully decorated bookstalls. All book stalls were full of various kinds of books. Thousands of book-lovers were looking for their favorite books. Some popular writers like Arundhati Roy, were present at some book stalls and their fans surrounded them. Some of the book-lovers were taking autographs from their favorite writers. Free buses made it easy for the visitors to reach the stalls of their choice.

This year books on tourism were in great demand. Besides, novels, science fictions, travelogues and children’s books were in great demand too. Attractive discounts delighted the book lovers.

There was a food corner in the fair. The tired visitors easily got relief by taking food and spending some time there.

A visitor remarked “I am a regular visitor but this time the arrangements are really good”. The overall arrangement of the book fair was very enjoyable. It proved to be enriching for all book lovers.

Answer 8.

(a) The poem is ‘A thing of Beauty’.
(b) One cause of human suffering is lack of noble natures.
(c) A thing of beauty lifts the pall from our lives.
(d) ‘Gloomy’ means dark, depressing and dull.


(a) The poem is ‘My mother at Sixty-Six’.
(b) The poet’s childhood fear was separation from the mother.
(c) Her smile signifies how she hides her pain and fear from the mother hoping to convey to her that all is well.
(d) The word ‘ache’ means a dull pain, pang.

Answer 9.

(a) Zitkala-sa, the narrator felt quite uncomfortable in the dining room. A small bell was tapped by the white woman. She pulled her chair out and sat on it. She was the only one seated there as she could not remember the instructions. A second bell was sounded. All were seated. A ‘paleface woman’ watched her disapprovingly. Then everyone started eating. All these activities confused her. She felt quite uncomfortable and uneasy as she was not used to such mannerisms.

(b) Even after aunt Jennifer’s death she will not get freed from the mental shackles imposed on her by marriage. In contrast the tigers in the panel will go on jumping proud and unafraid as before.

(c) The poem Keeping Quiet teaches human beings to stop all worldly activities for a while and spend few moments in quiet introspection. It will help us to understand ourselves. We are in troubles because we always remain in hurry and rush. We should withdraw ourselves from all undesirable actions and remain quiet. It will bring all together and a feeling of understanding will develop.

(d) The bulletin board displayed a German order that from the next day the citizens of Alsace shall not be permitted to speak French. German would become the official language as Alsace had been conquered by the Germans. So the teaching of French had been discontinued.

(e) All the servants including the gardener didn’t like Sadao’s efforts to save an American. America was at war with Japan. Tom was their enemy. The two servants were frightened at what their master had told them. They thought that their master should not heal the wound of that white man. The white man must die. If their master healed what the gun and the sea did, they would take revenge on them. Yumi refused to wash a white man. They feared that they may be arrested for conniving with Dr. Sadao to save a traitor.

(f) When the wily McLeery, who had come to the prison to invigilate the examination, was asked to explain the rubber tube that he carried, he explained that since he suffered from haemorrhoids he needed the tube to sit on and thus relieve the discomfort.

Answer 10.
Bribery is indeed a social evil which degrades society. At one time the tiger king was in danger of losing his throne. A high ranking British officer visited Pratibandapuram. He was very fond of hunting tigers and being photographed with them. He was refused permission to hunt tigers in Pratibandapuram as the king needed them to disprove the prophecy. Since he had prevented such a high ranking officer from fulfilling his desire, the Maharaja stood in danger of losing his kingdom itself. The Maharaja had to please the high ranking British officer. Samples of expensive diamond rings of different designs were brought from a famous jeweler in Calcutta. The Maharaja sent all the 50 rings to the British officer’s good lady. The lady accepted the whole lot. The Maharaja lost three lakh rupees but managed to retain his kingdom. This act was evil as well as foolish on the part of the king. Had he been less superstitious he would never have seen this day.


Dr. Sadao had given a new lease of life to the American prisoner of war. He didn’t want to throw him into the jaws of death again. He asked the young soldier to take his private boat at night. He should row in the cover of darkness to a little deserted island nearby. The young American could live there until he saw a Korean fishing boat pass by. Food, bottled water and two quilts were put inside the boat. If the food ran out, he could signal two flashes.

He was not to signal in darkness because he could be seen. The young American came down into the darkness of the garden and escaped. Sadao was a doctor. And for a doctor saving a dying man is the foremost priority. Despite his dislike of American people and ways he rose above all narrow prejudices and responded to the call of his duty and above all, humanity. Besides, he was very pragmatic and intelligent.

Answer 11.
Firozabad is famous for its bangles. Every other family in the town is engaged in this profession. Bangle-making is not confined to adults only. Over 20,000 children join their parents in this job. They work illegally in the glass furnaces with high temperatures. They are exposed to all health-hazards. These factories are in stinking lanes choked with garbage. They work in dingy rooms with no windows and outlets for fresh air. Their eyes are more adjusted to the dark than to the light outside. That is why many of them end up losing their eyesight before they become adults.

The bangle-workers have fallen in a web of poverty. They can’t organise themselves into a cooperative. They have fallen into a vicious circle of ‘sahukars’, middlemen and the police. It seems the bangle-workers of Firozabad are condemned to poverty and perpetual exploitation.


A shocking order had come from Berlin. Two French speaking districts of Alsace and Lorraine were under German occupation. German language was imposed on the people of Alsace. It hurt the pride of the people. M. Hamel, a school teacher, declared that it was his last lesson in French. He would leave the place for good. A new master would replace him to teach German. The news aroused patriotic feelings in students as well as the villagers. The village elders came to the school to listen to the last lesson in French. He called French the most beautiful, clearest and the most logical language. He expressed his dismay that the people of Alsace were quite indifferent to the learning of French. He called upon them to guard it among themselves and never forget it. Everyone listened to him with rapt attention and respect.

Answer 12.
Both Griffin and Dr. Kemp were scientists who had attended the same institution, however they differ in their temperaments, attitudes towards scientific research, life, and humanity. While for Dr. Kemp scientific research is about contributing towards the welfare of all humanity, for Griffin it is however a means of self-aggrandizement and showing to others who is in control of the world! For Griffin, invisibility is a way of taking revenge on a world that did not recognize his brilliance. This obsession with power invests his character with a violent streak which keeps appearing throughout the novel. For example his hitting the landlord in chapter 24, and his setting fire to his lodgings at Oxford street. Griffin has no scruples about robbing his own father when he runs out of money to fund his research without any remorse for his father who commits suicide. While Kemp is the voice of conscience and ethics, Griffin symbolizes-ambition devoid of ethics.


Priscilla, Nancy’s sister, is likeable for her good sense and strong character. She seems happily resigned to a life of caring for their father, and encourages Nancy’s marriage and happiness. Nancy wishes that Priscilla’s clothes and her own always match because they are sisters, and Priscilla unselfishly has them in the colors that will favor Nancy, rather than herself. Priscilla is rather plain and frumpy. She is “Square-shouldered, clumsy, high featured”. She is loyal and loving to her family. Priscilla is “good-natured self forgetful” and has a lot of common sense. She is a cheerful person. Priscilla is a spinster and therefore decides to take over her father’s farm. She loves farming. This also implies that she is bored of normal life. She buries herself in farming because she has no children.

Answer 13.
Once he became invisible, Griffin realized that it had serious drawbacks that he had never forseen. He found that it was hard for him even to walk, for he could not see his legs. Even though people could not see him, dogs were attracted to him. They would bark at him. He could not walk in crowds, for he would be felt. He often got hurt unknowingly by people. It was really hard for him in every season other than summer. In rain and snow, there would be an outline of him and it was very difficult to remain naked in cold weather. Ironically, if he wore clothes, he became visible and if he didn’t, he ran the risk of dying due to the chill of England.


Godfrey is weak-willed and usually unable to think of much beyond his immediate material comfort. As a young man he married an opium addict, Molly Farren, with whom he had a daughter. This secret marriage and Godfrey’s handling of it demonstrate the mixture of guilt and moral cowardice that keep him paralyzed. Godfrey consented to the marriage largely out of guilt and keeps the marriage. Godfrey is generally passive and selfish. Godfrey is subject to constant blackmail from Dunsey, who knows of Godfrey’s secret marriage, and Godfrey is finally freed of his malicious brother simply by an accident. He is delivered from Molly when she freezes to death while on her way to Raveloe to expose their marriage to Godfrey’s family. Godfrey’s eventual confession to Nancy that Eppie is his daughter, is motivated simply by his fright after the discovery of Dunsey’s remains. By the time Godfrey changes and is finally ready to take responsibility for Eppie, she has already accepted Silas as her father.

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