2nd PUC English Model Question Paper 1 with Answers

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Karnataka 2nd PUC English Model Question Paper 1 with Answers

Time : 3 Hrs. 15 Min.
Maximum Marks : 100


  • Follow the prescribed limit while answering the questions.
  • Write the correct question number as it appears on the question paper.
  • One mark questions attempted more than once will be awarded zero.
  • Answers to question numbers 24 (a – j)and 25 (i – iii) should be in sequence and at one place.
  • For multiple-choice questions choose the correct answer and rewrite it.

I. Answer the following in a word, a phrase or a sentence each. (12 × 1 = 12)


Question 1.
What docs Romeo intend to do after the measure is done?
Romeo intended to go and touch Juliet’s hands and make his rude and rough hands feel blessed.

Question 2.
Who according to the Council, was a brother Monarch in ‘Too Dear’?
The King of Italy.

Question 3.
Whom docs the word ‘bows’ refer to in ‘On Children’?
Almighty and Parents.

Question 4.
Where, according to Vandana Shiva, should we look for ‘lessons in freedom’?
In the Forests.

Question 5.
Laura Lorenta was called, ___________ in that locality in her young days.
(a) ‘The Silver Maiden’
(b) ‘Sovereign beauty’
(c) ‘a dream’
(a) ‘The Silver Maiden’

Question 6.
What does the speaker want his beloved to do sitting by the lire in, ‘When You Are Old’?
To read his book and dream of the soft look her eyes once had.

Question 7.
When, according to the narrator, does man lose his name in ‘The Gardener’?
When he has lost his life.

Question 8.
What did the foot line when it descended underground?
The foot found freedom when it descended underground.

Question 9.
Mention any one of the things that Borges continued to do even alter becoming blind.
To buy books even after he became blind.

Question 10.
Whom do the Japanese stores employ?
Bowing girls.

Question 11.
The roof had given up being a bicycle repairer’s apprentice in order to
(a) contest elections.
(b) guide his people.
(c) campaign for Marcus.
guide his people.

Question 12.
Name the Arivoli activist who penned the famous cycling song.
Muthu Bhaskaran, a male Arivoli activist.

II. Answer any eight of the following (choosing at least two from poetry) in a paragraph of 80 – 100 words. (8 × 4 = 32)

Question 13.
How does Romeo glorify Juliet’s flawless beauty?
Romeo glorifies Juliet’s beauty saying that her beauty was so brilliant that it could inspire a torch to burn more brightly meaning that even torchlight seems pale compared to Juliet’s beauty. He tells us that her beauty was like twilight, soft and radiant, and shines just like a glittering jewel worn by a dark-skinned woman, an Ethiopian woman. Her beauty according to Romeo was priceless and too rich for use and very expensive for humans, meaning that everybody cannot afford to have a beauty like Juliet. A white pigeon in the midst of black crows can be admired easily, similarly, Juliet was more beautiful than all the other beautiful girls.

Question 14.
What were the arguments put forth by the prisoner for not going out of the prison in ‘Too Dear’?
The criminal was unwilling to go out of the prison because his name was ruined by the punishment. If he goes out no one would give him work, so he wished to be in prison, because of the free food available and his inherent laziness.

Question 15.
How docs Rabindranath Tagore highlight the importance of forests according to Vandana Shiva?
Rabindranath Tagore in his writings says that forest was not just the source of knowledge and freedom, it was a source of beauty and joy, of art and aesthetics, of harmony and perfection. It symbolized the Universe.

In his essay ‘Tapovan’, Tagore writes that the Indian civilization has been distinctive in locating its source of regeneration, material and intellect, in the forests and not in the cities. It adds that Indians have derived their best ideas from the interaction with trees, rivers and lakes, away from the crowded cities. The peace and serenity of the forests Irad helped the intellectual evolution of mankind. In ancient times, Indian saints and sages would meditate for long periods in the forests to derive inspiration. The peace and serenity of the forests and the vivid bio-diversity of the forests have inspired the Indian sages like Valmiki to write the Ramayana and Vyasa to write the epic ‘Mahabharata’. These writings are relevant even today. Even today we Indians worship nature like the trees, snakes, Gods and Goddesses like Sun and Moon.

Question 16.
How do Laura and Gonzalo conceal their identities?
Both of them were not happy with the way they were looking in their old ages and felt that the other person may be put off seeing them like that. In order to conceal their true identities, they pretend to be somebody else. Laura claims to be her own best friend and Gonzalo to be his own cousin. In this way, they prefer to keep their sweet memories alive and conceal the bitter truth of old age.

Question 17.
Why docs Tammanna feel that human nature can be strange?
In the beginning, Tamanna and Basavaiah competed by gaining material property like ornaments, jewels and land. But later their rivalry grows into intolerable psychological hatred ness when Tammanna started the composition of ballads on the evils of Basavaiah and singing them. Finally, after Basavaiah’s death, Tammanna stops composing ballads and singing them as he had no rivalry to pursue.

Question 18.
Bring out the contrast between illusion and reality in ‘To the Foot from its Child’.

Question 19.
‘A poet’s task is to discover metaphors’. how does Borges explain this in ‘Books will never Disappear’?
Poetry gives pleasure to readers. It gives peace and happiness to those who are sad. It is an inspiration to those who are discouraged. Poetry always looks at the brighter side of things and describes the beauty of nature. Metaphors help the reader to understand what the poet is trying to convey through picturization.

Question 20.
What makes Mikes feel that the drivers in Brazil are on the lookout for pedestrians?
The understanding between a driver and a pedestrian is very humorous as when the driver goes straight at a pedestrian, he jumps to a side and smiles at the driver and the driver also laughs back at him. It is a strange understanding.between each other. And the drivers have the habit of overtaking on either side and smile at each other. They don’t get angry but smile. The traffic on Brazilian roads is uninterrupted and so it is very difficult to cross the roads in Brazil. The way the drivers drive their vehicles, look as if they are aiming at the pedestrians.

Question 21.
Bring out the nature of freedom gained in Pudukottai with the introduction of the cycle.
Cycling is the way for development for rural women. It enables them to be free and work for themselves without depending on men. Women need not walk long distances to fetch water. They can take their products easily to the market and they need not have to wait for public transport. School children also need not wait for the buses. They can go on bicycles very easily. It also assures self-respect to women.

Question 22.
Give an account of the humiliation and craving felt in the poem, ‘Water’.

III. Answer the following in about 200 words. (1 × 6 = 6)

Question 23.
‘Heaven is the creation of one’s own mind.’ Explain with reference to ‘Heaven, If you are not on Earth’.
Bring out the changes in Gonzalo’s attitude before and after occupying the bench in the park.
Do you think that Roof is right in tearing the ballot paper into two? Explain.

IV. Read the following passage and answer the questions set on it. (10 × 1 = 10)

In 1989, an earthquake almost flattened Armenia, killing over 20,000 people in less than four minutes.
In the midst of utter devastation and chaos, a father left his wife securely at home and rushed to the school where his son was supposed to be, only to discover that the building had collapsed. After the initial shock, he remembered the promise he had made to his son, “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you’. His eyes began to till with tears. He looked at the pile of debris that once was the school, it looked hopeless, but he kept remembering his commitment to his soil. He began to remember where he left his son at school every morning. Remembered that his son’s classroom was at fin¬back right corner of the building, lie rushed there and started digging through the rubble.

As he was digging, other parents arrived clutching their hearts saying, “My Son! My Daughter!”. Others tried to pull him off saying, “It is too late!”
“They’re dead!”.
“You cannot help!”
“Go home!”
“Come on, face reality, there’s nothing you can do!”
“You are just going to makes things worse!”

To each parent, he responded with one line, “Arc you going to help me now?” And then he proceeded to dig for his son, stone by stone.

The fire chief tried to pull him off saying ‘Fires arc breaking out, explosion c happening everywhere. You’re in danger. We’ll take care of it. Go home”. To which loving, caring Armenian father asked, “Are you going to help me now?”

The police said, “You’re angry, distraught and it’s over. You are endangering others. Go home, we’ll handle it!”. No one helped; courageously he proceeded alone because he needed to know for himself, ‘Is my boy alive or is he dead?’

Six hours, twelve hours, sixteen hours, twenty-four hours, thirty-six hours he went on digging. At the thirty-eighth hour, he pulled back a boulder and heard his son’s voice. He screamed his son’s name, “Armand!”. He heard back “Dad? It’s me, Dad”. The lather then heard his son screaming with joy. “Dad! I told the others not to worry. I told them if you are alive, you’d save me and when you saved me, they’d be saved. You promised,

“No matter what, I’ll always be there for you” you did it, Dad!”
“There are fourteen of us left out of thirty-three, Dad. We are scared, hungry, thirsty and thankful that you’re here. When the building collapsed, it made a wedge, like a triangle and it saved us.”
“Come on out, Boy!”
“No Dad, let the other kids come out first. I know you’ll get me! No matter what, I know you’ll always be there for me!”

Question 24.
(a) Where did the incident take place?
(b) What did the father find in the place of his son’s school?
(c) What was the father’s promise to his son?
(d) Whom did the forlorn parents call out for?
(e) How did the father respond to each parent?
(f) Add a prefix to the word ‘secure’ to make its antonym.
(g) They could hear _________ (explosives / explosions) all around.
(h) Name the boy mentioned in the passage.
(i) How many children were trapped alive inside?
(j) What had saved the boys from dying?
(a) Armenia
(b) The building had collapsed.
(c) No matter what, I’ll always be there for you.
(d) For their sons/daughters.
(e) He asked, “Are you going to help me now?”
(f) Insecure.
(g) Explosions.
(h) Armand.
(i) 14.
(j) When the building collapsed, it made a wedge-like a triangle and it saved them.

Question 25.
Read the following lines and answer the questions. (3 × 1 = 3)
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said : Two vast and trunkless legs of stone?
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand.
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown.

  1. Where had the traveller come from?
  2. What did he see standing in the desert?
  3. What was the expression on the shattered visage?


  1. Antique Land.
  2. Two vast and trunkless legs of stone.
  3. Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown.

Question 26.
Complete the following by filling the blanks using the right form of the verb given in brackets. (3 × 1 = 3)
A fence _________ (build) around Tanunanna’s land by Basavaiah. Both of them _________ (encourage) by their supporters. Tammanna ________ (advise) by his supporters about the various means available for getting back his land.
was built, were encouraged, was advised.

Question 27.
Report the following conversation. (5 × 1 = 5)
Dona Laura : Are you coming tomorrow?
Don Gonzalo : Most certainly, if it is a sunny morning. And not only will I not scare away the birds, but I will bring a lew crumb.
Dona Laura : Thank you very much. Birds are grateful and repay attention.
Dona Laura asked Don Gonzalo whether he was coming the next day. Gonzalo replied that if it was a sunny morning, he would definitely come. He further said that he would not scare away the birds instead he would bring some crumbs. Laura thanked him and said the birds will be grateful for that.

Question 28.
Complete the following dialogue. (4 × 1 = 4)
Stranger : Excuse me, _______ (ask for direction)
Resident : _______ (giving direction)
Stranger : Is it far?
Resident : _______ (approximate distance)
Stranger : _______ (express gratitude \ leave-taking)
Stranger : Excuse me, How to go to Viiava College? (ask for direction)
Resident : Go straight and turn right at the signal. (giving direction)
Stranger : Is it far?
Resident : Just 5 minutes by walk. (approximate distance)
Stranger : Thank you. (express gratitude \ leave-taking)

Question 29.
Fill in the blanks by choosing the appropriate expression given in bracket: (2 × 1 = 2)
(turn a deaf ear, to come off, as a part of)
Sheela Rani Chunkath included mobility ________ the literacy drive. The neo-cyclists ______ to the hostile remarks from some men.
as a part of, turned a deaf ear.

Question 30.
Fill in the blanks with the right linker. (4 × 1 = 4)
Logging had led to landslides and floods ______ scarcity of water, fodder and fuel. _______ women provide these basic needs, the scarcity meant longer walks to satisfy the needs. Women knew that the real value of forests was not the timber from a dead tree _______ the springs and streams. The women declared ______ they would hug the trees. (but, that, since, and)
and, since, but, that.

Question 31.
Read the following passage and make notes by drawing anil filling the boxes given below. (8 × 1/2 = 4)
We can classify Elizabethan theatres into two main groups – those within the Lon¬don district and those located throughout the English countryside. The theatres within the London district can be further classified as playhouses, inn yards, and. private theatres. The Globe was the most well known of all the Renaissance stages associated with Shakespeare. Besides the Globe, during his lifetime, Shakespeare’s plays were performed outside London by touring theatre companies all over the country in town halls and outdoors.
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Question 32.
Write an application letter in response to the following advertisement which appeared in ‘flic Hindu’ dated 20 January 2014. (5 × 1 = 5)
A leading Multinational company is looking out for talented and dynamic MBA graduates (any branch of specialization) to handle a unit at a new location. Apply within a week with all details to Pidilight Industries, Plot No. 2315, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.

25 January 2014.

The H.R Manager,
Pidilight Industries,
Plot No. 2315, Gandhi Nagar,

Sub: Application for the post of Manager.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I saw your advertisement for the post of Manager in The Hindu dated 20 January 2014. I would like to apply for the same post. 1 completed my MBA from Apoorva Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore in 2012. I have 2 years of experience as Manager in MNK Company Pvt. Ltd. I have excellent communication skills and Managerial skills. 1 assure you that if selected I will work with dedication and render you the best service. My resume is enclosed for your kind consideration.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully
Encl : Resume.

Question 33.
Imagine you are the College union President. On the occasion of the College day, you are given the responsibility of presenting the welcome address. The chief Guest is Dr Sagar Divvakar. (5 × 1 = 5)
A native of : Karnataka
Education : CA 2008 – 20th rank, IAS 2010 – 34th rank
Present post : Commissioner, Zilla Panchayat, Uttara Kannada.
Rased on the information write a speech in about 100 words to introduce the guest at the function.
A survey was conducted on the use of chemical fertilisers and organic manure per acre from 1951 to 2001. The findings of the survey have been represented in the following bar chart. Using the information, write a report in about 120 words.
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Respected Principal, honourable Chief Guest, my dear teachers’and my friends, very good morning to one and all. Today is a special day for all of us as we are celebrating our College day. On this occasion, we have Dr Sagar Diwakar, as our Chief Guest. I am very happy to introduce him to you. Dr Sagar Diwakar is a native of Karnataka, i.e completed his CA in 2008 with 20lh rank, lie passed I.A.S in the 2010 batch with 34th rank. At present, he is the Commissioner for Zilla Panchayat in our district. We are really very happy to have him as our Chief Guest today as part of our programme.
Thank you.
The above bar graph represents the use of chemical fertilizers and organic manure per acre from 1951 to 2001. The graph indicates that 68 kg of chemical fertilizer was used in 1951 and it went on decreasing till 1981 i.e. 55 kg in 1961,35 kg in 1971 and 30 kg in 1981. After that, again there was an increase in the use of chemical fertilizer i.e. 60 kg and 70 kg in .1991 and 2001 respectively. The amount of organic manure used in 1951 was 10 kg per acre and it increased to 35 kg, 60 kg and 70 kg in 1961, 1971 and 1981 respectively. There was a decrease in the use of organic manure in 1991 and 2001 i.e. 50 kg and 30 kg per acre.

34. What do the underlined words in the following extract, refer to? (4 × 1 = 4)
The earthquake had destroyed the school building. The father started searching for his son. The parents of other children stood there shocked to see him digging through the debris. They pleaded hint to go home, but he continued frantically till he heard his son’s voice calling out to him. He told him that there were other children also stuck there, in the rubble.
(i) his :
(ii) they :
(iii) he :
(iv) there :
Father, parents of other children, father, rubble.

Question 35.
Rearrange the jumbled segments to form a meaningful sentence. (1 × 1 = 1)
Every five years / held / their leader /once in / to elect / elections are.
Elections are held once every five years to elect their leader.