Oswal Practice Papers CBSE Class 12 English Core Solutions (Practice Paper - 8)

Section-A 

Reading Skills 

1 .

  1. A. He takes the protagonist’s arm and looks into their eyes.
  2. A. To turn the rocket around and fly back to New York.
  3. The author’s writing style in this passage is characterized by intense emotions, fragmented thoughts, and vivid descriptions of fear and panic. The tone is akin to a description of futuristic oddessey in space. A spicy account of how some weak-kneed astronauts react to the vast loneliness in space.
  4. squirt
  5. A. Suffering from mental illness
  6. The protagonist’s fear is deeply rooted and goes beyond reasoning. The vastness of space and distance triggers a sense of panic and longing for familiarity and safety. He feels homesick, yearning to come back to Earth. The loneliness in space has unnerved him.
  7. One possible literary tool used by the author is imagery. The author creates vivid visual and sensory images to convey the protagonist’s fear and distress. The overall tone borders a hyperbole. For example “Young Halloway here’s on a fear-jag, doctor.....” or “It’s enough to scare the guts from a man.”
  8. The protagonist’s mental state can be described as extremely anxious, panicked, and bordering on a breakdown due to the overwhelming fear and disorientation caused by the vastness of space. The protagonist has panicked and is hell-bent to scuttle the space mission.
  9. B. Lost in Space

2 .

  1. Screen moderation can benefit children’s mental and physical health by promoting a sense of balance and discipline, allowing for more creativity and imagination, and providing opportunities for spending time with family and nature.
  2. C. Access to a variety of entertainment and games
  3. Some benefits of screen moderation include a sense of balance and discipline in managing time and activities, increased creativity and imagination, and the opportunity to spend more time with family and nature.
  4. C. A child who is driven by the desire for entertainment, enjoys a variety of content and games, and values online social connections.
  5. Screen addicts prioritise staying updated and informed about current events, while screen moderates prioritise physical activity and sports during their free time.
  6. Both screen addicts and screen moderates value social media and online communication, as well as the opportunity to explore new topics and interests.
  7. 64%
  8. True

Section-B

Creative Writing Skills

3. A

Maple Grove Elementary School
NOTICE
Book Exchange Event at BookNook!

All students are invited to a book exchange during recess at BookNook a cozy corner for reading and storytelling, next to the library on Monday, 13 September, 2023.
Please donate books for BookNook.
Kevin Lee
President
Reading Club

OR

B.

GREEN VALLEY
NOTICE

10 August, 20XX

Increase of maintenance charges

We would like to inform you that effective next month, there will be a slight increase in maintenance charges due to rising operational costs and necessary repairs.
Your cooperation and support will be highly appreciated in maintaining the beautiful ambiance of our Society.
Additionally, we are excited to announce the installation of new solar panels on the rooftops of our Society.
This eco-friendly initiative will help us reduce electricity costs and contribute to a greener environment.
Apoorv Shrivastav,
Treasurer,
Residents’ Welfare Association Green Valley,
Block B-4 Society

4. A

Join Us for the Earth Day Plantation Drive!

In all eagerness, we solicit the presence of all teachers and their families! S.K. Primary School is organising a 1-day Plantation Drive on Earth Day. Let’s come together to plant trees and nurture our planet!

Date: 22 April, 20XX   Venue: School Playground   Time: 11:00 AM

Bring your gardening gloves and enthusiasm!
Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment.

RSVP
Uday Yadav
Student Leader,
Community Service
S.K. Primary School

OR

B.

Poetry Workshop on “Golden Days”

T.K. College Alumni and Friends, are cordially invited to a special 2-day Poetry Workshop themed on “Golden Days.”
Join us for a weekend of creative expression and nostalgia as we celebrate the power of words.
Date: 04 July 20XX   Time: 04:00 PM   Venue: School Auditorium
Immerse yourself in the beauty of poetry and reconnect with fellow alumni to recall and enjoy the halcyon days. This workshop promises to be an inspiring journey down memory lane.
Limited spots available, so kindly respond at your earliest convenience!

RSVP
Yash Chopra
Student Secretary,
Literary Events,
T.K. College

5. A.
House No: 17/01
Harish Colony
Mumbai- 400065
The Creative Minds
126, WeWork,
New Delhi,
Subject: Application for the post of Graphic Designer
Dear Sir,
As a recent graduate of NIFT Mumbai’s Graphic Design program, I am eager to serve at the Graphic Designer position with Creative Minds. With a strong foundation in visual communication, colour psychology, and typography, I am confident in my ability to contribute to your dynamic team.
I have attached my portfolio, showcasing my skills in conceptualizing and executing designs that engage target audiences. I am proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, and I pay keen attention to details and aesthetics. 
Creative Minds’ reputation for innovation and creativity aligns with my aspirations, and I believe my fresh perspective would be an asset. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss further how my skills commensurate with your needs.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours sincerely,
Ravi Kumar
Biodata:
About:
Ravi Kumar
Phone: 91XXXXXXXX
E-mail: [email protected]
Profile Summary
A creative graphic designer with a passion for effective communication through visuals.
Skills:
Storyboarding
Designing: Shaps, Colour, Typography
Adobe Creative Suite
Education Qualifications:
Graphic Design graduate from NIFT Mumbai (2022)
Internship Details:
6-month intership at Digital Brats as a Graphic Design Intern.
Reference:
Professor: Rahul Sharma (contact: 91XXXXXXXX)
Professor: Aparna Goswami (contact: 91XXXXXXXX)
Declaration:
I hereby declare that the information provided by me is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.
Signature

OR

B.
Bungalow 140:
Sadar Bazar, Agra-282001
The Editor
Amar Ujala
Sikandra Road,
Agra
Subject: Immediate Action Required to Combat the Menace of Cyberbullying and Online Harassment
Sir/Madam,
I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the escalating cases of cyberbullying and online harassment that are posing a significant threat to internet users, particularly children and teenagers. The severe emotional repercussions of these malicious acts, coupled with their potential long-term impact on victims’ mental well-being, necessitate urgent measures to ensure the safety and security of individuals online.
The shield of anonymity provided by online platforms often empowers individuals to engage in abusive and hateful conduct. The absence of face-to-face interactions and the ability to hide behind screens dehumanise the victims, leading perpetrators to disregard the consequences of their words and actions. To address this issue effectively, our focus must be on prevention and education. Collaborative efforts involving schools, parents, and communities are essential to impart knowledge about responsible internet usage, empathy, and the significance of treating others with respect. The establishment of stricter regulations and holding individuals accountable for their online behaviour is imperative.
Furthermore, social media platforms should enhance their reporting and monitoring systems to promptly identify and address instances of cyberbullying and harassment. By providing victims with resources and support networks, we can aid their safe restitution and plug such future incidents from recurring again.
Let us unite as a society and take decisive action to cultivate a secure and inclusive online environment.
The well-being of our future generation depends on it.
Yours sincerely,
Priya Singh,
Student & Concerned Citizen

6. A. The Power of Young Activists: Making a Difference in Our World

By Neha Singh, Class XII-D
As young adults, we get many opportunities to create a positive impact on society and the environment by becoming activists for causes we deeply care about. Activism enables us to voice our concerns, initiate change, and contribute to building a better world for future generations. Here are a few ways we can actively engage in social and environmental causes:

  1. Education and Awareness: Stay informed about critical issues through research, documentaries, and reliable sources. Use social media platforms to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of these causes.
  2. Volunteer and Support: Participate in local community service projects and initiatives. Collaborate with organizations that align with your interests and contribute your time, skills, or resources to make a difference.
  3. Advocacy and Lobbying: Write letters to policymakers, join advocacy groups, or sign petitions to support legislation and policies that address social and environmental issues.
  4. Sustainable Practices: Adopt eco-friendly habits in our daily lives, such as conserving energy, reducing waste, and supporting sustainable products and initiatives.

By actively engaging in activism, we not only contribute to causes we believe in but also inspire others to follow suit. Our collective efforts have the potential to bring about meaningful change and shape a brighter future.

Let us embrace our role as young activists and work towards creating a world that we may feel proud to bequeath to the coming generation.

OR

B. Shantinagar -I R.W.A Organises Successful Cleanliness Drive

Rajesh. K, Local Correspondent

January 25, 2023, Shantinagar-I, New Delhi:
In a remarkable display of community spirit, the Resident Welfare Association (R.W.A) of Shantinagar -I organised a cleanliness drive on January 25, 2023. The event aimed to bring together young adults from the neighbourhood to actively participate in maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.
The cleanliness drive witnessed an enthusiastic turnout of residents, demonstrating their commitment to creating a cleaner and healthier neighbourhood. The event began with a brief inauguration ceremony, during which the R.W.A members addressed the participants, emphasizing the importance of cleanliness and waste management.
The young adults, armed with gloves, garbage bags, and brooms, enthusiastically embarked on cleaning the streets, parks, and public spaces in and around the neighbourhood. They diligently collected litter, swept the sidewalks, and cleared debris, leaving the area visibly cleaner than before.
The event not only fostered a sense of unity and responsibility among the participants but also served as an opportunity to educate them about the significance of maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings.
It also highlighted the impact that collective efforts can have in creating a pleasant and hygienic living environment.
The Shantinagar -I R.W.A deserves commendation for organising such an impactful initiative, which not only brought the community together but also instilled a sense of pride and ownership in the neighborhood. This event serves as a reminder that small actions can make a big difference when it comes to preserving the cleanliness and beauty of our surroundings.

Section-C

Literature

7. A

  1. A. Beauty of grand tales
  2. True
  3. alliteration
  4. is majestic or awe-inspiring.
  5. hills
  6. A. The beauty of nature even in the face of its mortality

OR

B.

  1. D. Passionate and encouraging
  2. The poet wants the children to break the handcuffings of poverty and desultory childhood so that they come out of their dirty surroundings into an area of freedom for passionate and enthusiastic learning.
  3. D. No rhyme scheme
  4. True
  5. The speaker means that the children have the potential to make their own history, if they are given the opportunity to learn and express themselves. The speaker also suggests that the language of these children will become like the language of the which is bright, warm, and powerful unlike the language of the slum, which is dark, cold, and weak.
  6. address or invoke or exclaim or emphasize an appeal to the authorities.

8. A.

  1. The narrator means that he has consulted a psychiatrist, as that is what most people would do if they had a strange or unusual experience like his.
  2. D. Fantasy
  3. escape
  4. The narrator wants to escape from the modern world because it is full of insecurity, fear, war, worry and all the rest of it, which makes him unhappy and stressed.

OR

B.

  1. that the prince would be killed by the hundredth tiger.
  2. A. Pratibandapuram
  3. Everyone in the kingdom remembered the astrologer’s prediction that the prince would be killed by a tiger before he turned thirty.
  4. The Maharaja reacted by becoming obsessed with hunting and killing tigers, hoping to defy his fate and prove the astrologer wrong.

9. A

  1. Blush and fear.
  2. C. The silence
  3. He was avoiding to be noticed for being late.
  4. ‘M. Hamel walking up and down with his iron ruler under his arm’ evokes a sense of authority and discipline in the classroom.
  5. The phrase refers to the students reading reciting their lessons together, in perfect unison.
  6. C. A Deafening Silence

OR

B.

  1. Garbage symbolises hope for the children
  2. C. Coins
  3. Saheb’s eyes light up when he talks about finding money, showing his excitement and joy.
  4. Contrast
  5. C. He would have sympathized with Saheb for his hardship
  6. Search garbage for materials which can be sold to earn for their survival.

10.

  1. The Champaran incident was a milestone in Gandhi’s life because it marked his first civil disobedience movement in India. It also gave him a deeper understanding of the plight of the peasants and the need for social reform.
  2. The reader would feel less connected and sympathetic to Douglas if the narration were more factual than emotional. The sensory and emotional details make the reader empathise with Douglas’s fear, panic and struggle. Without that emotional connect the reader would connect to the story objectively sans empathy, a detached observation of dangerous situation.
  3. The poem would lose its contrast between the free and fearless tigers and the oppressed and terrified Aunt Jennifer. The tigers represent her wish for a different life. The absence of these lines would weaken the exploration of gender dynamics in the poem.
  4. This implies that he wanted to explore the power and influence of books, especially in the medieval context. He also wanted to show the intertextuality and complexity of literature.
  5. The use of irony and surprise in ‘The Rattrap’ shows that people can change for the better, even when they least expect it during adversities.
  6. The story of the make-up department shows that they had to deal with difficult actors, demanding directors, and limited resources. They also had to be creative, innovative, and witty to cope with their work to make leading artists look ugly and horrible in order to look presentable in the movie.

11.

  1. I agree that injustice in any form cannot escape being noticed even by children, especially after reading Memories of Childhood by Zitkala-Sa and Bama. Both the stories show how the authors, as young girls, experienced and either resisted or got aware of the oppression in different ways. Zitkala-Sa faced the cultural and racial discrimination of the white domineering missionaries who tried to erase her identity and dignity as a Native American. Bama witnessed the caste-based humiliation of the Dalits by the upper-caste Hindus who treated them as untouchables. Both the stories reveal how the seeds of rebellion against irrational discrimination and humiliation are sowed early in life, as the girls refused to accept or tolerate the injustice imposed on them and their communities.
  2. The study of Antarctica is useful to us because it can reveal the secrets of the past and the future of our planet. Antarctica contains fossils, rocks, ice cores, and other clues that can help us understand how life evolved, how climate changed, and how continents drifted over millions of years. It can also help us predict the effects of global warming, sea level rise, and biodiversity loss on our environment and civilization. Antarctica is a living laboratory that can teach us about our history and our destiny.
  3. Any sane and sensible person will understand that a person with disabilities expects the kind of behaviour that is respectful, empathetic, and normal from others. The person does not want to be pitied, ignored, or mocked for their physical impairment. The person wants to be treated as an equal, a friend, and a human being. The person wants to have meaningful interactions and relationships with others, without being judged or made fun of or isolated for their disability.

12. A
Dear Maa,
I could still feel a lot of pain and guilt for leaving you that day. I am torn between my duty and my love.
But I wish to reassure you, my mother, that I will come back soon.
I would always be there for you.
I love you more than anything.
I would not be able to explain to you in words how much you mean to me. I can still recall every joy and sorrow we faced together, the bond we had that nothing could break.
I pray for your health and happiness, and hope that you would not feel lonely ever.
I hope you will understand and forgive me for leaving you like this.
Warmly,
Your Kamala

OR

B. 
Good morning, everyone.
As I analysed the allotted texts, it still frightens me to recall the day when Zitkala’s long hairs were cut at the missionary school. It is one of the most painful and humiliating experiences of anyone’s life. I feel like they were trying to erase her identity and dignity as a Native American. I feel sorry for what she might have been through.
I still wonder why she did not resist more. Why did she let them drag her to the barber’s chair? Why did she not scream louder or bite harder? Why did she not run away or hide somewhere? Was there anything else she could have done to save herself?
But then I realised that she was just a child, and they were adults. They had the power and the authority, and she had none. They had the numbers and the overbearing and domineering authority and she was alone. They had the intention of snipping away her braids which was integral to her cultural pride, and the plan to execute and she was unaware.
I cannot blame her for what they did to her. It was not her fault. It was their fault. They were the ones who were cruel and ignorant. They were the ones who violated her rights and her culture. They were the ones who should be ashamed and sorry.
To conclude, I’d like to say that as a reader,
strong Native American woman. I know that she survived and thrived despite the oppression and discrimination. I hope she moves on with hope and courage and be an iconic inspiration for her community.

13. A. 
As a wife of Dr. Sadao, today, I found myself reflecting on the immense necessity of my support to Dr. Sadao in his decision to help an enemy soldier survive from his fatal wounds. While our domestic staff was filled with open defiance and disapproval, I firmly believed that it was our duty as human beings and as healers to extend compassion and aid to those in need, regardless of their nationality or affiliation.
Dr. Sadao’s expertise and knowledge had given him the power to save lives, and it is this power that we endeavoured to utilise for the greater good of mankind. The soldier, though an enemy, was helpless and in desperate need of medical attention. Turning or handing him away as a prisoner would not only have been an abandonment of moral values but also a betrayal of the very essence of our profession.
As his wife, I stood by Dr. Sadao, providing him unwavering support that he needed to navigate this challenging, controversial and dangerous situation. Together, we rose above the judgments and prejudices of others, upholding our principles and demonstrated the true essence of humanity.
Hana 

OR

B. 
Date: 06/03/20XX
Time: 9:50 p.m.
Today, I want to reflect on the reasons behind my decision to include high school students in the Students on Ice expedition. It is a choice that has met with curiosity and skepticism, but I firmly believe it to be an essential component of our mission.
First and foremost, involving high school students allows us to ignite their passion for the environment and instill a deep sense of stewardship within them. By exposing them to the beauty and fragility of our planet’s polar regions, we hope to inspire the next generation of probable environmental leaders.
Furthermore, these young minds bring fresh perspectives and boundless enthusiasm to our expedition. Their energy and curiosity push the boundaries of knowledge and ignite meaningful discussions amongst the entire group of experts. It is a remarkable opportunity for them to learn from scientists, explorers, and also from each other.
Lastly, including high school students will create a lasting impact on their lives. It will open their eyes to the interconnectedness of our world and empower them to take action in their own communities. Incorporating high school students into the Students on Ice expedition is an investment in our shared future. It is an opportunity to shape young minds, foster environmental consciousness, and create a generation of change-makers.
Geoff Green

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