UP Board Exam Class 12 English Paper 2023 with Solution
UP Board Exam Class 12 English Paper 2023 with Solution
Model Question Paper 2023 Class 12 – English
Time : 3 hr 15 mins Max Marks-100
General Instructions :
- The first 15 minutes are allotted to the candidates for reading the question paper.
- All questions are compulsory.
- Marks are indicated against questions.
Q-1 Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow –
Man is a gregarious animal living in a society. His neighbours are the people who are immediately around him. Because of their close proximity and the constant pressure of society they play a crucial role in our lives. Their significance was recognised by Jesus Christ more than two thousand years ago when in one of the Ten Commandments he said, “Love thy neighbour as thou love God.” It subscribes to the view that God is present in all human beings. By loving our neighbours we should not only have peace and happiness but would also come closer to God. Just as love begets love similarly if we show love and compassion to our neighbours they are bound to reciprocate. This relationship can bring about immense joy and happiness in our lives for they are always at hand to help us in our hour of need. In today’s highly mobile and competitive society our friends or relatives are rarely available near our place of residence or around us when we need them the most. It is in these trying times that the help and assistance of our immediate neighbour comes as a boon to us. It is therefore of paramount importance that we have good and friendly relations with our neighbours.
a) Why is man called a gregarious animal? 3
Answer – Man is called a gregarious animal because he is living in a society.
b) What crucial role do our neighbours play in our lives? 3
Answer – Our neighbours play a crucial role in our lives by their close proximity. In today’s highly mobile and competitive society our friends or relatives are rarely available near our place of residence or around us when we need them the most. In our hour of need, our immediate help and assistance come from our neighbours.
c) How is loving our neighbours equal to loving God? 3
Answer- Loving our neighbours is equal to loving God as God is present in all human beings. By loving our neighbours we should not only have peace and happiness but would also come closer to God.
d) Why is it good to have friendly relations with our neighbours? 3
Answer – In our trying times, our immediate help and assistance come from our neighbours as a boon. Therefore it is good to have friendly relations with our neighbours.
e) i)Which word in the passage means ‘closeness’?1
Answer – Proximity
(ii)Which word in the passage is opposite of ‘often’? 1
Answer – Rarely
iii) What does the phrase ‘at hand’ mean in the passage?1
Answer – The phrase ‘at hand’ means ‘near’.
Section B -Writing
Q-2 .Write an article on any one of the following topics in about 100 –150 words – 10
a) India-A Land of Natural Beauty
b) Joint-Family System –Need of the Hour
c) My Plans for Future
Q-3. Write a letter to the Editor of a national daily to show your concern on ‘growing use of disposable wares’ 10
The National Daily Newspaper,
Through your respected newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the government and the authorities about growing use of disposable wares. The people of our surrounding often use disposable wares so our surrounding is being dirty. In public places, I always see uncleanness due to use of disposable wares.
Therefore, it is necessary that the government and authorities should think about the matter.
I hope you will kindly publish my letter in your newspaper so that the government and authorities may know about this matter.
July 20, 2022. XYZ
20, Krishana Nagar,
Write a letter to the Principal of your school to complain against the shortage of latest sports magazines in the library.
Section C- Grammar
Q-4) Choose the correct option to answer the following questions-
a) The absence of government in a country is called-
Answer – (iii) Anarchy
b) The phrase ‘inching towards’ means –
i) to have an itchy feeling
ii) to move slowly in a direction
iii) to move upwards
iv) to measure something
Answer – (ii) to move slowly in a direction
c) The synonym of ‘meagre’ is –
iv) both i) and ii)
Answer – (iv) both (i) and (ii)
d) ‘One should do his duty’.
Which word in this sentence is an error?
Answer – (ii) his
e) The antonym of ‘barren’ is –
Answer – (i) Fertile
Q-5 (a) Change any one of the following in indirect speech – 2
i) I said, “Don’t waste your time.”
Indirect- I advised him not to waste his time.
ii) My teacher said to him, “You can send your application online too.”
Indirect – My teacher told him that he could send his application online too.
b) Combine any one of the following as directed – 2
i) I can give you a dress. My mother gifted it to me. (complex sentence)
Complex – I can give you a dress which my mother gifted me.
ii) Do it. Leave it.
Compound – Do it or leave it.
c) Change anyone of the following as directed – 2
i) I can do it. (passive voice)
Passive – It can be done by me.
ii) This is the most effective remedy for this disease. (comparative degree)
Comparative – This is more effective than any other remedy for this disease.
d) Correct any one of the following sentences. 2
i) You are senior than me.
Correct – You are senior to me.
ii) Cattles are grazing.
Correct – Cattle are grazing.
e) Use any one of the following pairs of words in your own sentences to make the difference in their meanings clear- 2
Answer – Refuse (इन्कार करना) – Ravi refused to help me.
Refuge (आश्रय) – Ravi wants a refuge.
Answer – Sell (बेचना) Ravi wants to sell his house.
Cell (कोशिका) There are many cells in human body.
Q-6) Translate the following passage in English – 5
उन दिनों स्वामी विवेकानन्द अमेरिका में एक महिला के यहाँ ठहरे हुए थे जहाँ वह अपना भोजन खुद बनाते थे। एक दिन वह भोजन करने जा रहे थे कि कुछ भूखे बच्चे पास आकर खड़े हो गये। स्वामी विवेकानन्द ने अपनी सारी रोटियाँ उन बच्चों में बाँट दी। यह देख महिला ने उनसे पूछा, “आपने सारी रोटियाँ बच्चों को दे दीं। अब आप क्या खायेगें?” उन्होंने मुस्कुरा कर जवाब दिया, “रोटी तो केवल भूख शान्त करने वाली चीज है। यह मेरे पेट में नहीं तो उनके पेट में सही । देने का आनन्द पाने के आनन्द से बढ़कर है” ।
Answer- Those days Swami Vivekananda was staying with a lady in America where he used to cook his own food. One day he was going to have food when some hungry children came and stood near him. Swami Vivekananda distributed all his rotis among those children. Seeing this the woman asked him, “You gave all the rotis to the children. What will you eat now? He replied with a smile, “Roti is just a thing to satisfy hunger. If it is not in my stomach then it is right in their stomach. The joy of giving is greater than the joy of receiving”.
Section D- Literature
Q-7) Answer the following questions in about 40 words each – 4+4=8
a) Who are the inhabitants of Seemapuri? What do they do for their survival?
Who was Rajkumar Shukla? What did he do to bring Gandhiji to Champaran?
b) Why did Mr. Hamel blame parents and himself for not paying proper attention to the study of French?
Why did the peddler consider the world as a rattrap?
Q.8. Answer any one of the following in about 80 words – 7
a) ‘All we have to fear is fear itself’. Justify this statement on the basis of the lesson ‘Deep Water’.
b) Describe the plight of rag pickers as depicted in the lesson ‘The Lost Spring’.
Q.9. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow – 3×2=6
And the old familiar ache, my childhood’s fear,
But all I said was, see you soon Amma
All I did was smile and smile and smile……………..
a) What is the fear that has always pained the poetess?
Answer – The fear of losing her mother always pained the poetess.
b) What is the contrast between the poetess’ feelings and her words?
Answer – The poetess’ feelings were full of sorrow by fear of losing her mother but the words of poetess were full of false happiness.
c) Why did the poetess keep on smiling only?
Answer – The poetess kept on only smiling because she wanted to hide her fear of losing her mother.
Q.10. Write the central idea of any one of the following poems – 4
a) Keeping Quiet
b) A Thing of Beauty
c) Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
Q.11. Answer the following questions in about 40 words each – 4+4=8
a) What things on the third level were different from those on the other levels?
Describe the environmental features of Antarctica.
b) Why did the Maharaja decide to suffer the huge loss instead of allowing the British officer to get photographed with the hunted tiger?
Why was Jo not happy with Jack’s ending of Roger Skunk’s story?
Q.12. Answer any one of the following questions in about 80 words – 7
a) What brings Derry closer to Mr. Lamb?
b) What impression of Sadao, as a doctor and a human being, do you form on the basis of the story ‘The Enemy’?