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HSC English Model Question Paper 2 Maharashtra State Board

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HSC English Model Question Paper 2 Maharashtra State Board

Board Practice Exam HSC English Model Question Paper 2

Std:12th                                 Sub: English                                  Marks:80

Section I Prose HSC English Model Question Paper 2

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

      A 1. Global Understanding:                                                                                                 (02)

             1. Pick out the sentences that are false and write them correctly:

            a) The narrator had made notes of the langurs in the region.

            b) One has to be really alert while walking in the jungle.

            c) The Leopard was petrified.

            d) There was a lot of noise in the jungle.

    The eight-and-a-half-hour-long day inside the hide was as fruitful as the Jambha tree standing tall on the edge of Umbarzara. Before wrapping up my day at this natural waterhole, I took entries of the avifauna in my field notes. Since I was alone, I rushed to Petizari village where I was stationed. I camouflaged the hide, tool my essentials, came out of the hide and stretched out to my heart’ content. I lifted my camera bag and took the familiar trail to Petizari. Negotiating the webbed leaves of Teakwood and Moha trees, trying to make minimal sound, I was treading cautiously among the woods. Walking  alone in a jungle needs more alertness than walking with companion. I was alone here like a fox. Following the trail silently, watching with wide-open eyes, my ears were grasping a variety of sounds just when a familiar sound stunned me… ‘Khyak! Khyak! KhyakoSS Khyak!’     

It was a Langur alarm call. The leader of the gang of Langurs was sitting on the tall making alarm calls out of fear of life. Rest of the Langur brigade continued raising the alarm calls was expanding its range as the petrified Langurs speeded to the trees near and far and secured their places on treetops. All this upheaval was created by only one animal’s presence – a Leopard. Many animals make alarm calls when they see a predator –Tiger or Leopard nearby. The Langur  is most reliable when it comes to finding clues about the presence of the apex predators in the jungle. The mighty elusive Leopard of Umbarzara was out of it’s lair. He was on the prowl. The stealthily moving figure in spotted gold-black cloak was spied by these Langurs. Even the small ones from the legion of Langurs were giving alarm calls.  ‘Chyak! Chyal!’

    I stayed put. Gauged the leader Langur’s target sight and scanned the area visually. Took some steps. Stopped again. A fresh scat was lying before me on the trail. The bluish-purple flies were hovering over it. I was sure that the Leopard was somewhere near. The distant alarm call of four-horned antelope was adding to the chaos. I barely walked around 15 meters and stopped. I had apparently entered in the sanctum sanctorum of a miracle called Leopard. But the big cat was not visible. It is an elusive animal. The surroundings were reminding me that I was all alone time and again. As I moved forward on the trail to Petizari, the fading alarm calls were still heard in the background. I could tell instinctively that the Leopard had moved away.

A 2. Complex factual:                                                                                                      (02)

  1. Complete the flow chart stating the reactions of the petrified Langurs due to the presence of the Leopard.

                                Khyak-alarm call



                            Leader of the gang making alarm calls

                             Smaller langurs also giving alarm call

A 3. Inference/Interpretation/Analysis:                                                                  (02)

  1. Explain : I was alone here like a fox. :
  2. Give the meaning of the word ‘hide’ in the context and give reasons for its usage here.

A4. Personal Response:                                                                                                  (02)

  1. Describe a safari you have been on or a trip through a forest. Narrate youe experience in brief.

A 5. Language Study:                                                                                                       (02)

1. The surroundings were reminding me. (Rewrite, beginning the sentence with ‘I..’).

2. The petrified Langurs speeded to the trees near and far and secured their places on the treetops. (Rewrite using ‘not only…..but also’…)

A 6. Vocabulary:                                                                                                                (02)

1. Guess the meaning of the following words:

a) upheaval b) predator

c) hovering d) antelope

Language Study –                                                                                                   (4 marks)

B1) Do as directed.                                                                                                           (03)

 1. People were attracted to him. (State whether the statement is Active or   Passive)                                                                                                                                 (01)

a. Active Voice b. Passive Voice

2.It was a remarkable place in many ways.                                                                (01)

(Choose the sentence which shows Simple Present Tense)

a. It will be a remarkable place in many ways.

b. It is a remarkable place in many ways.

c. It can be a remarkable place in many ways.

3. He was as much a stranger to the stars as were his innocent customers. (Choose correct alternative to show Comparative construction of the given statement.)                                                                                                                                  (01)

a. His innocent customers were more a stranger to the stars than him.

b. His innocent customers were one of the most strangers to the stars.

B2) Spot the error.                                                                                                           (01)

1. This/These/It colour schemes never failed. (Choose proper word to make it correct.)                                                                                                               

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

    When shoes were first made, they were made flat without a heel. Since normal walking requires that the heel of the foot should strike the ground before the toes, these early shoes used to wear out quickly at the heel, prompting shoemakers to reinforce the heel, and so creating heeled shoes.

Women have been wearing high- heeled shoes for centuries in the pursuit of fashion. However, regularly wearing shoes with high heels can be hazardous. The biggest risk, perhaps, is losing your balance and breaking an ankle. Wearing high heels interferes with your normal gait. They throw your weight forward, making it difficult to sustain upright balance. They force you to use a lot of extra muscular effort to keep from falling forward.

Much of this extra effort is concentrated in the lower back arch, which can lead to back pain. Experts warn that high heels can also result in a variety of foot problems, including metatarsalgia, which is pain in the ball of the foot. Another condition called Morton’s neuroma, which is 10 times more common in women than men, is caused by the thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes. It usually envelops in response to imitation and excessive pressure, such as the burden of weight high heels place on the ball of the foot.

However, if one cannot resist wearing ‘heels, the following tips can help to keep your feet healthy. Always wear the correct fit. Have both feet measured

the next time you buy shoes. You will probably find that one foot is larger than the other – always buy shoes to fit the larger foot, never buy shoes that are too tight. Buy shoes later in the day when your feet are a bit swollen. Never wear a heel higher than 6.5 cm. Only buy heels that you are comfortable in.

A1. True / False                                                                                                                     (02)           

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

1) Initial shoes were without a heel.

2) Women have been wearing high- heeled shoes for centuries to get comfort.

3) High heels can create a variety of foot problems.

4) Always wear a heel higher than 6.5 cm.

A2. Give information                                                                                                       (02)

Write any four drawbacks of regularly wearing shoes with high heels.

A3. Guessing                                                                                                                      (02)

Guess the intention of writing this extract.

A4. Personal Response                                                                                                   (02)

To wear shoes with high heels is good or bad. (Give your opinion)

A5. Language study                                                                                                          (02)

Do as directed.

1) They throw your weight forward, making it difficult to sustain upright balance.

(Make it compound sentence.)

2) Always wear the correct fit.

(Choose the correct alternative that shows the type of this sentence)

  1. Interrogative sentence b) Imperative sentence c) Exclamatory sentence

A6. Vocabulary                                                                                                                  (02)

Write the correct meaning of the following words from the given alternatives.

1) Centuries

a) Thousands of years b) Hundreds of years

2) Hazardous

a) Dangerous b) Hard

3) Gait

a) Style of giving b) Style of walking

4) Pursuit

a) Carrying purse and suit b) To achieve something

B) Summary Writing                                                                                                        (03)

Write a brief summary of the above extract with the help of the points given bellow. Suggest a suitable title for it.  Earlier shoes, need of high heels, drawbacks of wearing high heels regularly, suggestions about wearing shoes etc.

C) Mind Mapping                                                                                                              (03)

Develop a ‘Mind Mapping’ frame / design to show the ‘Benefits of games and sports’ to the students.

You can take the help of the following points in order to develop each of them into further branches:

Fitness and stamina, team spirit and sportsmanship, group behaviour, killer’s instinct, will to win etc.

SECTION II – POETRY HSC English Model Question Paper 2


Q.3 A) Read the extract and complete the activities given below.                (10)

A1) True or False:                                                                                                                         (02)

State whether the given sentences true or false according to theme of given extract.

  1. a) Poet, when he was rich had many true friends.
  2. b) Poor man is happy with their earning.
  3. c) Rich person celebrate the happiness with bottom of heart.
  4. d) In poverty, poet gained true friends.

Much have I thought of life, and seen

How poor men’s hearts are ever light;

And how their wives do hum like bees

About their work from morn till night.

So, when I hear these poor ones laugh,

And see the rich ones coldly frown

Poor men, think I, need not go up

So much as rich men should come down.

When I had money, money, O!

My many friends proved all untrue;

But now I have no money, O!

My friends are real, though very few.

A2) Give Description:                                                                                                      (02)

Describe the life of poor man depicted in the given extract.

A3) Personal Response:                                                                                                             (02)

‘Real happiness is connected with satisfaction, not with money.’

Justify the given sentence in your words with proper example.

A4) Poetic Device:                                                                                                            (02)

Find out the rhyming pairs of given extract and frame the rhyme scheme of first stanza.

A5) Poetic Creativity :                                                                                                     (02)

Complete the blank lines to frame a poem of four lines describing happiness of life.

Real happiness dwells in mind,

………………………one can find.

Money can’t give us true happiness,

………………… message of kindness

B. Appreciation:

Read the extract and write as per the instruction.

His eye was on the Inchcape float;

Quoth he, “My men, put out the boat,

And row me to the Inchcape Rock,

And I’ll plague the Abbot of Aberbrothok’.

The boat is lower’d, the boatmen row,

And to the Inchcape Rock they go;

Sir Ralph bent over from the boat,

And he cut the Bell from the Inchcape float.

Down sunk the bell with a gurgling sound.

The bubbles rose and burst around;

Quoth Sir Ralph, ‘The next who comes to the Rock

Won’t bless the Abbot of Aberbrothok.’

Write a poetic appreciation of above extract with the help of given points.

1. Theme of poem

2. Language/poetic devices used in poem.

3. Message or moral in poem.

4. Your opinion about the poem


Q.4 Complete the activities as per the instruction given below:        [16 Marks]

  1. A. Attempt any one
  2. (01.) Drafting virtual message:                                                                                    (04)

Read the following conversation between Aarti and Sanjana’s father.

Aarti: Hello, I am Aarti. May I talk with sanjana.

Sanjana’s Father : Hi, I am Sanjana’s father. Sanjana went to market with her mother. Do you have any message for her.

Aarti: Yes Uncle, Borkar sir has decided to take an extra class of English subject on this Sunday.Class timing is mor. 8.00 to 10.00. He told us to carry the note book of writing skill. He also said that he would take a test of 20marks on taught portion.

Will you convey this message to Sanjana.

Sanjana’s Father: Sure Aarti, I will do this. Is any more suggestions from your teacher?

Aarti: No Uncle but tell her to complete the home work. Sir decided to check it.

Sanjana’s Father: Yes, I will take care of your suggestion.

Aarti: Thank you Uncle.

Now suppose Sanjana’s father wants to go office immediately. So he decided to draft message for Sanjana. Draft a virtual message in 50 words with the help of above conversation for Sanjana.


(02.) Statement of purpose.                                                                                         (04)

Read the personal details given below and prepare a suitable Statement of Purpose.

   Dr. Ambedkar University, Aurangabad is one of the leading University for competitive exam study. You have passed your H.S.C exam recently and now you want to take an admission in this university to seek the competitive exam. You are well in faculty of arts, you are aware about current affairs and government policies. To crack the competitive exam with leading numbers is you dream. Reading and taking part in discussion on various topics regarding government policies is your hobby. Now you want to pursue your goal by taking an admission in this university. You get along well with people.


(03.) Group discussion:                                                                                                      (04)

   After a long break due to Covid-19, schools and colleges are opened. Suppose your friends are discussing the matter on school opening and precautions to take against covid -19.Compose the group discussion in 8 to 10 statements with the hints given below.


  • • School is opened after long break.
  • • Everyone should keep social distancing.
  • • Students must keep sanitizer and mask.
  • • Uniform should not compulsory.
  • • Students should take individual desk and bench.

Q.4 B) Complete the activities as per the instructions given below.

1) E-mail Writing                                                                                                      (04)  Write an e – mail to the S.T. Depot Manager using the following points. Your college is 15 km away from your native place. You go to college by S.T.bus. The bus timings are not convenient for you and other students. Write an e- mail to the S.T. Depot Manager of your area. Write an e – mail to: Use proper template to write e- mail.   OR
2) Report Writing                                                                                                    (04)  Write a report of the celebration of Maharashtra day in your junior college. (Write in 100 words) Hints: The time students assembled in college, the arrival of the chief guest and others dignitaries, flag – hoisting, Speeches, detailed program, cultural programme, vote of thanks etc.


3) Framing Interview Questions                                                                                  (04)

 Imagine that you are a representative of your college. You want to publish an interview of a social worker in the college magazine. Prepare questions to take his interview. (Eight to ten questions)

Hints: questions about his career, memorable incident and work

Give introductory statements and sum-up statements.

C. Attempt any one

(01.)Speech:                                                                                                                       (04)

Your college has arranged the speech completion on ‘Online education and its importance’. You are a representative of your class and you decided to take participation in speech competition. Prepare a speech to deliver in your college. Take the help of following hints.

  • • Salutation to the guest and teachers.
  • • Being online is a need of present age.
  • • Online education is completely new way of education.
  • • Benefits of online education.
  • • Precautions to take while being online.
  • • Thanking notes to the organizer of program.


(02.) Compering:                                                                                                               (04)

Imagine that you are appended to compare the program of Inaugural function of Annual Day in your college. Prepare a script for the program as a compare in 100 words with the help of points given below.

  • • Introduction of program.
  • • Welcome of Guest.
  • • Inauguration ceremony of Annual -Day function by chief guest.
  • • Speech of Principal and chief guest.
  • • Vote of thank.


(03.) Expansion of ideas:                                                                                                    (04)

Expand the given idea with the help of points given below.

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.”

  • • Clothes a first impression of man.
  • • People are judged by clothes.
  • • Behavior must be generous according clothes.
  • • Value of people should be evaluated by behavior and attitude.

Q. 4 C. Complete any one activity from the following.

1. Speech Writing –                                                                                                         (04)

Write the speech on ‘Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education.’

Imagine your college is organizing a speech competition on the above topic. Prepare a speech in 100 words with the help of the following points.

Points – Benefits of online study …….. Drawbacks of online study ……… Variety of techniques used in online learning ………… Precautions and pitfalls in learning …… Instructions to use media wisely etc.


2. Compering –                                                                                                        (04)

Write the script to do compering of the given programme.

Your college has organized the elocution competitions on „ Eat Healthy, Be Healthy‟ programme. Dr. Sudhir Gupta is the chief guest for this programme. Imagine that you are a compere of this programme . Write the script to do compering. You may use the following points in an appropriate sequence.

Points – Introduction ….. Welcome of the chief guest……. Welcome song……….. Participants speeches……… Principal‟s message ………… Prize Distribution & guidelines by Dr. Sudhir Gupta… Vote of Thanks.


3.Expansion of Ideas –                                                                                             (04)

 Expand the following statement with proper illustrations.

             ‘Service to man is service to God.’

SECTION IV – ( GENRE – NOVEL )                                     (16 marks)

Q. 5 A. Complete the activities given below as per the instructions.        (4 marks)

1 . Choose the correct alternative.                                                                                 (02)

1. A ……………….. novel narrates the adventures of the protagonist, who is an eccentric person.

a. Realistic b. Dystopian c. Picaresque

2. Place , Period , climate and ……………… are the aspects of the setting.

a. Theme b. Novella c. Lifestyle

2.2. state whether given statements true or false.                                            (02)

a) Story or course of events in novel is known as theme of the novel.

b) Readers fallow the action of main character in novel is called ‘Protagonist’.

c) Realistic novel is based on the life history of the writer.

d) Word Picaresque is originated from Spanish word ‘Picaro’ which means a picture.

(B) Answer in about 50 words to the questions given below:                          (04)

1. Explain:                                                                                                                            (02)

Explain the purpose of organizing the half yearly report program of student council.

2. Illustrate:                                                                                                                                    (02)

Illustrate the relationship between teacher and students highlighted in novel ‘to sir with love’.

(C) Answer in about 50 words to the questions given below:              (04 Marks)

1. Explain:                                                                                                                            (02)

Describe the Pileas Foss as a protagonist character of novel ‘around the world in eighty days.’

2. Justify:                                                                                                                             (02)

‘Time is fickle, no one can control the time’. Justify the given statement as one of the theme of novel around the world in eighty days.

(D) Answer in about 50 words to the questions given below.              (04 Marks)

1. Narrate:                                                                                                                           (02)

Narrate the meeting of Miss Morstan with Holmes in sigh of four.

2. Character:                                                                                                                       (02)

Describe the character of Sherlock Holmes.

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