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Annual Exam Class 11th English Model Question Paper Maharashtra State Board

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Annual Exam Class 11th English Model Question Paper Maharashtra State Board

Annual Exam Class 11th English

Std:11th                                 Sub: English                                  Marks: 80

SECTION I – PROSE Annual Exam Class 11th English Model Question Paper

Q.1. Read the extract and complete the activities given below.                 (12 Marks)

It was April 2004. I stood in the middle of the lush green field of moong (green gram) and looked around me. It was just before sunrise and the sky was turning a bright orange. The ground was damp and the leaves were shining with dew. My bare feet were muddy as I walked around gingerly, inspecting the plants.

         Around me were rows of chikoo trees and below a dense foliage of moong. At that point, I could not have asked for anything more. The moong plants, not more than two feet tall, had green pods hanging out. The pods were not yet ripe and there was a light fuzz growing on them. There was still some time before the harvest. I felt exhilarated.

           I stood watching the sun rise above the towering trees across the fence and slowly made my way back to the house, a white structure in the middle of this greenery. I could not believe that I was the owner of this land and that I was looking at my first crop as a farmer. After I had paid the advance money for the land, I thought I would have some time to get familiar with farming. But Moru Dada, the broker who got us the land, had other ideas. He was keen that we plant moong at once.

I was not prepared for this. I was still reading books and trying to figure out what we could sow and how we should go about it. Moru Dada was quite firm. He said the season was right for sowing moong and the best seeds were available in Surat in the adjacent state of Gujarat.

A 1. True or False:                                                                  (2)

Rewrite the following statements and write whether they are true or false.

  1. The writer was inspecting the plants in the evening.
  2. The moong pods were not ripe enough to harvest.
  3. Moong was the first crop of the writer as a farmer.
  4. The seeds were available in the village.

A 2. Complete:                                          (2)

Complete the following statements with the help of the extract.

  1. The writer’s feet were muddy because …………………………….
  2. There were rows of ………… trees in the farm.
  3. The writer’s house was situated in ………………………..……..
  4. Moru Dada professionally was a farmer and a …………………..

A 3. Choose:                                                                               (2)

Choose any two of the following statements that match with the theme of the extract.

  1. The writer describes his farm.
  2. The writer urges the readers to sow the moong.
  3. The writer tells his first experience as a farmer.
  4. The writer expresses his gratitude to Moru Dada.

A 4. Personal Response:                                                 (2)

  • Write your brief view about the farming conditions in your area.

A 5. Language Study: Do as directed.                                 (2)                                              

  1. I stood in the middle of the lush green field of moong and looked around me.(Rewrite as a simple sentence.)
  1. Moru Dada was quite firm. (Add a question tag.)

A 6. Vocabulary.                                                                 (2)

Find out the words from the extract which mean:

  1. very cautiously and carefully
  2. the leaves of a tree or a plant
  3. container of peas or beans
  4. mass of short curly hair on crops

B) Language Study (Non-textual Grammar)                     (4)

B1) Do as directed:

  1. They are teaching the activities. (Identify the tense.)                              (1)
  2. We would beg for a living. (Rewrite using ‘used to’.)                                (1)
  3. All the employees greeted him. Change the voice.)                  (1)

B2) Spot the error in the following sentence and rewrite the correct sentence.

  1. Many students has participated in the competition.                        (1)

Q. 2 (A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below:        (12 Marks)

          A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

         He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

A1) Global understanding:                                                       (2)

  • Complete the statements and rewrite it.

1.    According to the professor rocks are like a ……………………..

  • Pebbles play the role of in our life like………………………..

A2) Complex factual:                                                                    (2)

Rearrange the jumbled sentences in its proper sequence of the extract.

  1. We must pay attention to our family.
  2. Professor filled jar with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. The professor poured the sand into the jar.
  4. The open areas between the rocks are captured by pebbles.

A3) Interpretation / analysis:                                                           (2)

  • According to the writer we should take care of our priorities firstly because:……..

A4) Personal Response:                                       (2)

  • While leading our life some things remains very special and important for us. We give such things like a family, higher priorities. Mention any four priorities of your life you want to give.

A5) Language study: Do as directed                                     (2)

  1. Find out the correct transformation of narration for following sentence
  2. He continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the rocks”.
  3. He said there was no room for the pebbles or the rocks.
  4. He continued that there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.
  5. He continued that there was no room for the pebbles or the rocks.
  • Choose the correct alternative showing past perfect tense of the following sentence.
  • The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
  • The students were responding with a unanimous “Yes.”
  •  The students had responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
  • The students have responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

A6) Vocabulary:                                                                                   (2)

Match the column A and B with its synonyms:

           ‘A’                                                     ‘B’ A)Pebbles                                               1. Joy

B)Responded                                         2. started

C) Happiness                                           3. a small rounded stones

D) Proceeded                                          4. Answered

B) Summary writing:                                                                    (3 Marks)

Write a summary of the above extract with a suitable title with the help of the given points/ hints.

The professor picked jar—————filled jar with various materials—————- jar represents the————— should not focus on little things————–take care of family————–set the priorities.

 C) Note -making.                                                                                           (3 Marks)

Draw a tree- diagram that contains the main points and the important supporting details from the following text about ‘Mr. Rao’s family. ‘       Mr. and Mrs. Rao have three children, Dhiraj , Dewin and Rohita. Dhiraj is a doctor who works in a Government Hospital.He is married to Dhanashree who is also a doctor and who also works in a Government Hospital.They have a daughter, Neha who is studying in the 1st year MBBS. Dewin is unmarried and is a Computer Engineer in the USA earning $2000 per month. Rohita, their daughtermarried to Shrinivas who is a businessman. Rohita works in an office in Mumbai.They have a daughter named Shweta who is studying in std.2.

Section II – Poetry Annual Exam Class 11th English Model Question Paper

Q.3 (A) Read the following extract and do the activities given below:  (10 Marks)

“Must have a tree of my own , ” I said ,

And watered it once and went to bed

And forgot, but cherries have a way of growing,

Though no one’s caring very much or knowing.

And suddenly that summer near the end of May,

I found a tree had come to stay.

It was very small, five months child ,

Lost in the tall grass running wild.

Goats ate the leaves, the grass cutter scythe

Split it apart and a monsoon blight

Shrivelled the slender stem …Even so,

Next spring I watched three new shoots grow,

The young tree struggle, upward thrust

Its arms in a fresh fierce lust

For light and air and sun.

A1 .Complete the following statements.                                                                            (2)

i) The thought which prompted the poet to plant the cherry seed – ……………

ii) The seasons mentioned in the poem are – …………………………………………..

A2 .Give reasons –                                                                                                                  (2)

  • The life of the cherry tree was threatened because …………………………

i) ……………………………………………………


A3 .Explain in your own words the message that we can learn from the cherry tree. (2)

A4. Name and explain the figure of speech in the following line –                (2)

  • ‘ It was very small , five months child ‘

A5. Write a poem of your own of four lines describing a plant.                     (2)


Read the extract and write as per the instruction:                         (4 Marks)

There is another sky,

Ever serene and fair,

And there is another sunshine,

Though it be darkness there;

Never mind faded forests, Austin,

Never mind silent fields—

Here is a little forest,

Whose leaf is ever green;

Here is a brighter garden,

Where not a frost has been;

In its unfading flowers

I hear the bright bee hum:

Prithee, my brother,

Into my garden come!

About the poem, poet, and title, Theme, Poetic style, language, poetic devices: Special features:      Massage/morals in the poem: Your opinion about the poem:

Section III – Writing Skills Annual Exam Class 11th English Model Question Paper

Q. 4. Complete the following activities as per the instructions given below.

(A) Attempt any ONE of the following.                                                                               (4)

Letter writing/E-mail writing –

i) Write a letter to the Principal of your junior college asking for your Bonafide Certificate.


ii) Write an e-mail to your friend who has not contacted you for a long time.

(B) Attempt any ONE of the following.                                                                               (4)

Expansion of an idea –

a) Expand the following idea with the help of the points given below.                                

  • ‘If winter comes, can spring be far behind ? ‘

* The meaning of the proverb.

* The cycle of joy and sorrow.

* The positivity in the proverb.

* Another proverb expressing the same idea.


Blog writing –

b) Write a blog in a proper format on ‘ Earth with no trees ‘ with the help of the following points.

    (Write in about 100 -150 words.)

* The role of trees in nature.

* The loss of trees – its effects.

* The need to protect trees.

* Appeal to people.


Film review –

c) Write a review of a film you have recently seen based on any four following points –

* Names of the characters.

* Why do you like / not like the film?

* Special features / novelties / novel ideas.

* Music / Dance / Songs /Action / Directions.

* Should others watch this film / would you recommend your friends to watch this film? Why?

(C) Attempt any ONE of the following –                                                                              (4)


Prepare an appeal on the topic ‘ Water Conservation ‘ with the help of the following points.

* Prepare effective slogans.

* Use a logo / picture chart.

* Advantages of conserving water.

* Make the appeal persuasive.


Report writing –

  Your junior college celebrated  ‘ Republic Day ‘. Write the report of the function with help of the following points.

* Beginning of the function.

* Flag hoisting ceremony.

* Address of the chief guests.

* Report about the function.

* Vote of thanks.

Speech –

Write a speech on the topic ‘ Need to save environment ‘ in about 100 -150 words.

(D) Attempt any ONE of the following –                                                                             (4)

Compering –

A) Imagine that you are compering on the ‘ Send -Off Function ‘ of your junior college. Prepare a

script for compering the programme with the help of the following points .

* A brief introduction about the programme.

* Welcome song .

* Welcoming the guests .

* Felicitation .

* Main function .

* Presidential speech .

* Vote of thanks .


Dialogue writing –

C) Write a dialogue between the two friends who are discussing the announcement of team India for the upcoming T- 20 Cricket World Cup.


Interview –

D) Imagine you are supposed to interview a famous personality in your area. Frame a set of 8 to   10 questions to interview him / her.

You may take the help of the following points –

* Introducing the guest. * Inspirations. * Problems / difficulties he faced. * Family support.

* Achievements.* Future plans.* Message.

Section IV – Literary Genre – Drama


(A) 1. Match the column given below.                                                                                                                    (2)

                        ‘A’                                  ‘B’

1. Plot                                   a. Essence of drama

2. Dialogue                          b. Series of events in play.

3. Conflict                            c. The main idea or point of the play

               4. Theme                              d. It involves two speakers

        2. Compare the features of Comedy and Tragedy.                                                               (2)

(B) 1. Give the symbolic significance of the title ‘The Rising of the Moon’

       2. Describe in about 50wordsthecharacterof Ragged Man in ‘The Rising of the Moon’.              (2)

(C) 1. Write the Theme of the drama Midsummer- Night’s Dream.          (2)

       2. Write three alternatives of Theseus to Hermia.                                 (2)

(D)1. Explain the title “An Enemy of the People” as realistic play.            (2)

   2. Explain the contrast between the Mayor Peter Stockman and Dr. Thomas Stockmann in about 50 words. (2)

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