HBSE Class 12 English Question Paper 2020 Answer Key

HBSE Class 12 English Question Paper 2020 Answer Key 

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(Reading Skills)

1. Read the Passages given below and answer the questions that follow : 

(A) About one in five of all the people in the world follow the teachings of the Buddha, who lived about 2600 years ago. He was born in 563 B.C. The Buddha is a title, not a name. It means ‘The Enlightened One’ or ‘The One Who Knows.’ The Buddha’s real name was Siddhartha. He was the son of a Sakya King in northern India. He and his family were all Hindus and belonged to the Gautama clan. Gautama Siddhartha was brought up in luxury. He lived in his father’s palace and saw nothing of the outside world until he was a young man. Then one day accompanied by his charioteer Channa, Prince Siddhartha went round the city. On his way, he saw some sights that he had never seen before. First, he saw a man who was very old and bent with age. Then he saw a man who was suffering from a terrible disease, possibly leprosy. And then he saw a dead man who was being taken to the cremation ground. These sights made the prince very sad. 

Questions : 

(i) ‘The Buddha’ means …………. 

(a) Gautama the Buddha 

(b) Siddhartha the Buddha 

(c) Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha 

(d) The Enlightened One 

Ans. (d) The Enlightened One 


(ii) The real name of the Buddha was ………….

(a) Siddhartha 

(b) Gautama 

(c) Sakya 

(d) The Enlightened One


Ans. (a) Siddhartha 


(iii) Who was Channa ? 

(a) Prince Siddhartha’s charioteer. 

(b) The chief of the Gautama clan.

(c) A Sakya King in northern India. 

(d) A cook in the King’s palace. 


Ans. (a) Prince Siddhartha’s charioteer.


(iv) Prince Siddhartha knew nothing of ……….. until he was a young man. 

(a) luxuries and joys of life 

(b) the life outside his father’s palace 

(c) the life inside his father’s palace 

(d) anything inside and outside the palace 


Ans. (b) the life outside his father’s palace


(B) Today we know about each and every part of the world. There is no land or sea that is not known to us. Man has explored every corner of the world, and he knows all the ways and routes from anywhere to everywhere in the world. He can reach from one place to the other as safely, easily and quickly as he likes. He has maps to guide him and fastest means of transport to carry him. But for ages most of the world was unknown to man. To begin with, he lived in caves. Then he came out of caves and started making homes in little corners of forests or behind the hills. He was afraid of wild animals and also of the clouds and the winds. He offered prayers and sacrifices to gods who, he thought, controlled the clouds and the winds. But, slowly through long centuries, men began to explore what lay beyond their caves, hills and forests where they had their homes. They went in their boats, first on the rivers and then across the seas. At first they remained close to the shore and each new voyager went a little farther than the previous one. 

Questions : 

(i) Today there is no part of the world that is ………… 

(a) unknown

(b) unexplored

(c) both (a) & (b)

(d) Neither (a) nor (b)


Ans. (c) both (a) & (b)


(ii) To begin with man lived ………… 

(a) in caves

(b) in forests

(c) in small homes 

(d) in little villages


Ans. (a) in caves


(iii) The early man used to offer prayers and sacrifices to gods because ……….. 

(a) he was afraid of the clouds and the winds. 

(b) he thought gods controlled the clouds and the winds. 

(c) he lived in caves and forests. 

(d) he had very little homes in the corners of forests. 


Ans. (b) he thought gods controlled the clouds and the winds. 


(iv) What did the early explorers do ? 

(a) They went in boats on the rivers. 

(b) They went in big ships across the seas. 

(c) They went farther and farther into the sea. 

(d) They used steamships in place of boats. 


Ans. (a) They went in boats on the rivers. 


2. Read the following Passage carefully and make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Supply an appropriate title also : 

A vast blanket of pollution stretching across South Asia is cutting down sunlight by 10 percent over India, damaging agriculture, modifying rainfall patterns and putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, according to a new study. The startling findings of scientists working with the United Nations Environment Programme indicate that the spectacular economic growth seen in this part of the world in the past decade may soon falter as a result of pollution. Research carried out in India indicates that the haze caused by pollution might be reducing winter rice harvests by as much as 10 percent, the report said. “Acids in the haze may, by falling as acid rain, have the potential to damage crops and trees. Ash falling on leaves can aggravate the impact of reduced sunlight on earth’s surface. The pollution that is forming the haze could be leading to several hundred of thousands of premature deaths as a result of higher level of respiratory diseases,” it said. Results from seven cities in India alone, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, estimate that air pollution was annually responsible for 24000 premature deaths in the early 1990s. 


Notes on the passage-  

(a) Effects of increasing pollution in South Asia : 

      (i) Cutting 10% of sunlight over India. 

      (ii) Damaging its agriculture. 

      (iii) Modifying rainfall patterns. 

      (iv) Putting thousands of people at risk. 

(b) Findings of scientists of UNEP indicate : 

       Economic growth made by South Asia in the past decade may soon falter due to pollution. 

(c) According to the research made in India, haze caused by pollution : 

      (i) Might reduce winter rice harvests. 

      (ii) Might damage the vegetation. 

      (iii) Might cause several thousands of premature death. 

Title- Pollution and its effects. 




3. Attempt any two from each sub-part :

(a) Change the form of Narration : 

(i) Ram will say, “I saw my teacher in the park.” 


Ans. Ram will say that he saw his teacher in the park. 


(ii) I said to her, “Do you want my help ?”


Ans. I asked her if she wanted my help. 


(iii) He said, “What a great misery !” 


Ans. He exclaimed that it was a great misery. 


(b) Supply Articles wherever necessary : 

(i) He is ……….. one-eyed man. 


Ans. a


(ii) Keep to ……….. left. 


Ans. the


(iii) Life is not ……….. bed of roses. 


Ans. a


(c) Fill in the blanks with suitable Modal auxiliary Verbs given in the brackets :  

(i) She ………. dance very well.  (can/may) 


Ans. can


(ii) You ………… give up smoking.  (should/shall) 


Ans. should


(iii) There ………….. be some more buses. (ought to/would) 


Ans. ought to 


(d) Change the Voice :   

(i) The thief stole a number of things. 


Ans. A number of things were stolen by the thief. 


(ii) When will he return your money ? 


Ans. When will your money be returned by him ? 


(iii) Kindly call in the doctor.


Ans. You are requested to call in the doctor. 


(e) Use the correct form of verbs given in the brackets :  

(i) He ………… (be) a teacher since 1988. 


Ans. has been


(ii) Last Saturday, I ………… (stay) at home.


Ans. stayed


(iii) She always …………. (find) faults with others. 

Ans. finds


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