JKBOSE GENERAL ENGLISH: Solved Model Question Paper for Class 12th GENERAL ENGLISH NCERT/CBSE (2023)

JKBOSE GENERAL ENGLISH: Solved Model Question Paper for Class 12th GENERAL ENGLISH NCERT/CBSE (2023)

Subject:-GENERAL ENGLISH        Maximum Marks:100    Time: 03 hrs

NOTE: 15 Minutes shall be exclusively provided to the students for understanding the question paper.

Model Question Paper for Class 12th

                                     Section A

Reading Comprehension shall be of 20 Marks spread over four questions of 05 marks with internal choice.

Q1: Read the following passages and answer the questions given at the end:

(a) Mrigankoshekar Mukhopadhyay was a famous and popular writer. A club in Durgapur had invited him to a cultural function, to felicitate him. He could not get a reserved seat on the train, hence his departure by car. He had left for Durgapur quite early in the morning, soon after a cup of tea. He was now on his way back. He was not one to believe in superstitions, and certainly never consulted the calendar with astronomical information before travelling anywhere.


i. Who was Mrigankoshekar Mukhopadhyay ?                              1 Marks

ii Where was he supposed to go and Why?                                   1 Marks

iii. Do you think Mrigankoshekar was a superstitious man? Why?

    2 Marks

iv. How and when did he leave for his destination?                   1 Marks

Answer: i. Mrigankoshekar Mukhopadhyay was a famous and popular writer.

ii. He was supposed to go to Durgapur for a cultural function to felicitate him.

iii. No, Mrigankoshekar was not a superstitious man as he never consulted the calendar with astronomical information before travelling anywhere.

iv. He had left for Durgapur quite early in the morning, soon after a cup of tea and he could not get a reserved seat on the train, hence his departure by car.

Q2. A) Smoking is the major cause of mortality with bronchogenic carcinoma of the lungs. Also causing carcinoma of the larynx, oral cavity, bladder, cervix and oesophagus. Nicotine is the major substance in smoke whose binding capacity to brain receptors is enhanced by levulinic acid present in smoke. This causes a kick of nicotine. Smoke from the burning end of cigarettes contains 4000 chemicals and 40 carcinogens. The lungs of smokers collect an annual deposit of one to one and a half pounds of this black material which contains many poisonous chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and nitrous oxides. Like many carcinogenic compounds, these act as tumour promoters by directly acting on the genetic makeup of cells. During smoking, nicotine is absorbed in the lungs within 8 to 10 seconds. It quickly moves into the bloodstream and is circulated through the brain. Nicotine can also enter the bloodstream through the mucous membrane, i.e., the lining of the mouth if tobacco is chewed or through the nose (by snuffing) and even through the skin. Our brain is made of billions of nerve cells which communicate with each other by chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Nicotine is one of the powerful nerve poisons that binds selectively to nicotine receptors located in the brain, autonomic ganglia, and medulla located throughout the brain playing a critical role in cognitive processes and memory.

Fill in the blanks

Cancer-causing substances are called —————————–. Nicotine enters the blood stream through —————- and —————-. The binding capacity of nicotine to brain receptors is enhanced by ———— present in the smoke. Name any one carcinogenic substance and any one substance which precipitates the formation of tumours. Chemical messengers present in the brain are called ——————. 1×5=5 Marks

Answer: 1. Carcinogens, 2. The mucous membrane, 3. the oral cavity, 4. levulinic acid, 5. Carbon monoxide, 6. Formaldehyde, 7. Neurotransmitters.

b) Read these lines and answer the following questions:

Q3. (a) “Feel at home” “Come again”

they say, and when I come

again and feel

at home, once, twice,

there will be no thrice.

Questions: Who is being asked to come again?            1 Marks

Answer: The person being addressed in the poem.  

Questions: Where is he being invited to?                      1 Marks

Answer: The speaker’s home.

Questions: What is meant by “feel at home”?                1 Marks

Answer: To feel comfortable, welcome, and relaxed.

Questions: What is ironic about this invitation?           2  Marks      

Answer: The speaker is only offering the invitation once, suggesting that the other person will not be welcome to come again.

b) Read these lines and answer the following questions

Q 4. a) What is this life, if, full of care,

 We have no time to stand and care

 No time to stand beneath the boughs

 And stare as long as sheep or cows.

 No time to see, when woods we pass,

 Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

 No time to see in broad daylight,

 Streams full of stars, like skies at night

 A poor life this, if, full of care,

 We have no time to stand and stare.

Fill in the blanks

 i). The poet’s complaint is that we —————————–.

ii). The poet wants to see the wonders of nature like ————— and —————

iii). The poet portrays busy life/countryside life in the above lines.

 iv). Write two images used by the poet in the above lines.

v). He calls such an extremely busy life as —————-. [1×5= 5 marks]

Answer: i). The poet complains that we have no time to stand and appreciate the beauty of nature.

ii). The poet wants to see the wonders of nature like squirrels hiding their nuts in grass and streams full of stars like skies at night.

iii). The poet portrays busy life in the above lines.

iv). Two images used by the poet in the above lines are squirrels hiding their nuts in the grass and streams full of stars-like skies at night.

v). He calls such an extremely busy life a poor life.

                                               SECTION B


The literature Section shall be spread over 5 questions of 33 marks with both internal and external choices.

Q5 Answer any two of the following questions in about 100 to 150 words:

a. Describe how did Jimmy’s friend prosper in life? How do you know? 2×4=8 marks

Answer: Jimmy’s friend prospered in life by taking risks and working hard. We know this because Jimmy talks about how his friend started a business, worked long hours, and took risks with his investments. He also mentions that his friend was able to buy a house and start a family. This indicates that his friend was successful in life and had achieved financial prosperity.

Q 6 a) Describe in about (150 – 180) words the character sketch of Shahmal.  1×5=5 marks

Answer: Shahmal is a young and brave character who hails from a small village. He is a great warrior, determined and courageous. He is highly respected by all in his village for his intelligence and valour. He is a thoughtful and compassionate person and is always willing to help those in need. He is a great strategist and can think and act quickly in difficult situations. He is a great leader and motivator and leads his people with passion and justice. Shahmal is also a loyal and devoted friend, always standing by his companions in times of need. He is a strong believer in justice and fairness, and will not rest until justice is served. He is a true example of a hero, always ready to put his life at risk for the greater good.

Q7. Answer any four of the following question briefly:

i. Pick out the similes from the poem, “Sunrise”.

ii. What does the ‘pane of glass’ refer to? What is the poetic device used in this description?

Answer: i. Similes:

“The morning sunlight like a gentle guest” “Bright as a polished silver spoon”

ii. The ‘pane of glass’ refers to the window.The poetic device used in this description is a metaphor, comparing the window to a pane of glass.                                                                               2×4=8 marks

Q 8 a). Explain the context of the following extracts: Attempt any one out of three from prose and any one out of three from poetry.


 Most of us, I fear, are born with prosaically efficient memories. If it were not so, the institution of the family could not survive in any great modern city.                                                      1×5=5 marks


(i) It shook out their hearts, and the yellow leaves scattered them over the ground. Anyone could trample them out of shape undisturbed by a single moan of protest.                                    1×5=5 marks

Answer:  Prose: In this extract, the author is implying that most people have a good memory and this is what allows families to remain together in big cities.

Poetry: This extract is suggesting that the leaves of trees are like people, in that they can be trampled upon without any response or protest. This is a metaphor for the way people can be oppressed without being able to do anything about it.

Q9. Objective-type questions.

i. One who leaves his country to settle elsewhere: _______                                                         1/2×4=2marks

                                            Section C

Writing Skills Writing skills Section shall be spread over 6 questions of 25 marks with internal choice as per the scheme of assessment in syllabi

Q10.(a) Study the following clues carefully and expand them into an article of 200 to 250 words.

Global warming – Drastic climatic changes – A severe threat to the planet – Precautionary measures taken by different countries to fight the problem.

Answer: Global warming is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today. It is a phenomenon that is causing drastic climatic changes in many parts of the world, resulting in a severe threat to the planet. It is believed that global warming is primarily caused due to the release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. The rising temperatures due to global warming have made the weather patterns unpredictable, leading to extreme weather conditions like droughts, floods, and hurricanes. The melting of polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and the loss of biodiversity are some of the major consequences of global warming. Several precautionary measures have been taken by different countries to fight the problem of global warming. These include reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and encouraging sustainable development. Governments have also launched various initiatives to increase awareness about the dangers of global warming and the need to take preventive measures. In addition, many organizations are working towards combating global warming. They are taking steps to plant trees, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and conserve water. They are also striving to raise funds to support research projects related to global warming and to provide financial assistance to those affected by its effects.                                                5 marks

Q11.a) You are Mukul/ Mehnaz, the head boy/girl in Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kashmir. There is no proper cleanliness of rooms and toilets in school. Write an application to the principal requesting him/her to give his/her attention to the problem.         5 marks


Respected Sir/Madam,

I, Mukul/Mehnaz, am writing this letter on behalf of all the students of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kashmir.

We are writing to bring to your attention that the cleanliness of classrooms and toilets in our school is not up to the mark. Although the sweepers do their best to keep the school clean, the results are not satisfactory. The classrooms and the toilets are not properly cleaned and they are often left in a very dirty state. This is a matter of great concern for us and we would be grateful if you could take some necessary action to ensure the cleanliness of our school.

 We hope that you will take our request seriously and take some necessary action to solve this problem. We thank you for your attention and kind consideration in this matter.

Yours sincerely,


Head Boy/Girl


 b) Letter Writing                                                    5 marks

Q12.a) Read the following paragraph carefully and make notes, and also give it a title. The warning came too late or not at all last December. The count of dead and missing numbered 300,000 and millions more have lost homes and livelihoods in the wake of earthquake-generated Tsunami that struck more than a dozen countries throughout the Indian Ocean.


Title: Warning Came Too Late

Notes: – 300,000 dead and missing

– Millions lost homes and livelihoods

 – Earthquake-generated Tsunami

– Struck more than a dozen countries

– Indian Ocean


b. Question on diary entry 5 marks

Q13.a) Imagine you met your distant relative in Lal Chowk. Write a short dialogue on what was exchanged between you and him/her.


You: Hi there, I’m [Name]. Relative: Hi [Name], it’s so nice to finally meet you! You: It’s great to meet you too! How have you been? Relative: I’ve been doing great! And you? You: I’m doing well, thanks for asking. What brings you to Lal Chowk? Relative: I’m just here to run some errands. What about you? You: I’m here to meet you! Relative: Oh wow, that’s nice of you. It’s been a pleasure meeting you! You: Same here! Take care. Relative: You too! Bye now.


b) Question on news report                                    5 marks

Q14.a) You plan to sell your car. Draft an advertisement within 60 to 80 words to be published in the local daily as a classified column giving all necessary details of the car.


For sale: Toyota Corolla 2013. Mileage: 75,000km, Automatic transmission, Grey exterior, Black interior. Includes air conditioning, power windows, and a sunroof. Well-maintained, clean and in excellent condition. The asking price: is $10,000. Contact: 7889304260.


b) Draft a poster                                               3 marks

Answer: [Poster Image]

[Poster Text]

Discover the Magic of Adventure!

Come explore the wonders of nature with us! We offer hikes, camping, and other outdoor recreation activities in some of the most beautiful natural settings in the world.

Enjoy breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Let your spirit of adventure take you on an unforgettable journey!

 Adventure Awaits – Join us Today!

[Adventure Outfitters Logo]

Q15 a). Write an email to your friend, expressing your helplessness for not visiting him/her in the hospital.


Subject: Feeling Helpless

Dear [Friend],

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re in the hospital. I know you must be feeling scared and frustrated, and I wish I could be there to support you. I would love to come and visit you, but unfortunately, I’m not able to make it. I’ve been busy at work and I just don’t have the time. I feel helpless and wish there was something I could do to make you feel better.

Please know that I’m thinking about you and sending all my positive energy. I hope you get better soon and that everything turns out alright.

Take care of yourself and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]


 b). Write SMS 2marks

                                      SECTION D


The grammar Section shall be spread over one question of 10 parts having 22 marks.

Q16. (1) Do as directed:

I ). Complete the following, using the appropriate forms of the verbs given in the brackets:

i. The rain __________ (stop) before we reached home.

Answer: stopped

ii to xxii                                                                                22 Marks

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