English Literature Official 2022-2023 ISC (Commerce) Class 12 Question Paper Solution

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English Literature [Official]
Marks: 80 CISCE
ISC (Commerce)
ISC (Arts)
ISC (Science)

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Date & Time: 14th February 2023, 2:00 pm
Duration: 3h
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  1. Candidates are allowed an additional 15 minutes for only reading the paper.
  2. They must NOT start writing during this time.
  3. Answer all questions in Section A and Section B.
  4. The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

SECTION A - 20 MARKS
[10]1 | Choose the correct options for the following questions:
[1]1.i

In the Masque in Act IV of the play The Tempest, how does Ceres know that Juno is coming?

By Juno's gait

Through Prospero's words

By Venus' disappearance

By the nymphs

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.ii

What does Cares say to bless the young couple?

That their barns will never be empty.

That they will rule as King and Queen.

That they will overcome all obstacles.

That they will travel around the world.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.iii

In Act V, Scene I of the play The Tempest, Alonso says, "Irreparable is the loss." What is the irreparable loss being referred to here?

Loss of his kingdom.

Loss of his crew members.

Loss of his ship.

Loss of his son.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.iv

What does Prospero intend to do with his book before his interaction with Alonso in Act V of the play, The Tempest?

Burn it to ashes.

Pass it to Caliban.

Drown it deeper than plummet's sound.

Gift it to Miranda.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.v

Where did B. Wordsworth live in the short story, B. Wordsworth?

Miguel Street

St. Clair Avenue

Alberto Street

Savannah

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.vi

In the short story, To Build a Fire, which "wild idea" came into the Man's head when all seemed lost?

To identify the hidden pools.

Not to share his lunch with the dog.

To set the dog free.

To kill the dog and crawl into its carcass for warmth.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.vii

In the short story, The Story of an Hour, what according to the doctor did Mrs. Mallard die of?

Her ill health.

The torture by her husband.

Joy that kills.

Falling down the stairs.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.viii

In the poem, Dover Beach, where is the "eternal note of sadness" heard? 

The French coast where the light gleams and goes.

The cliffs of England.

The sound of the wind.

The grating roar of the pebbles flung by the waves.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.ix

In the poem, Birches, how are the crystal shells shed?

By the sun's warmth.

By the gentle breeze.

By the footsteps of people.

By the boy swinging on the birches.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]1.x

In the poem, We are the Music Makers, what are the 'sea-breakers'?

Explorers.

Sea-pirates.

Large ships.

Large waves.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[10]2
[1]2.i

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

In Act III, Scene II of the play The Tempest, Stephano and Trinculo are angry with Caliban as they struggle out of the filthy pool because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
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[1]2.ii

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

In Act V of the play The Tempest, Prospero greets Gonzalo first because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.iii

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

At the end of Act III, Scene III of the play The Tempest, Gonzalo urges the other Lords to follow the "three men of sin" because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.iv

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

In Act III, Scene II of the play, The Tempest, Stephano threatens to tie Trinculo to the next tree because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.v

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

In the short story, The Sound Machine, Dr. Scott thought Klausner was ill when Klausner rang up the doctor because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.vi

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

Towards the end of the story B. Wordsworth, the poet told the boy to never visit him because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.vii

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:
In the short story, To Build a Fire, the fire built by the man under the tree was extinguished because ______.

Concept: Reading
Chapter: [3] Reading
[1]2.viii

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

In the poem, The Darkling Thrush, the poet thinks the bird had some awareness which the poet did not because ______.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[1]2.ix

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:
In the poem, Dover Beach, the poet wants his beloved to be "true" to him because ______.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[1]2.x

Complete the following sentence by providing a reason:

Towards the end of the poem Birches, the poet expresses a wish to return to Earth because ______.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
SECTION B - 60 MARKS : The Tempest: William Shakespeare
[20]3
[5]3.i

Referring closely, to Act III Scene III, relate the stern warning of Ariel to the "three men of sin". What impact does his warning have on the three sinners?

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[5]3.ii

With close reference to Act V, describe how Prospero has used the spirits of "hills, brooks, groves" to give shape to his magical acts. What does he finally decide to do with his magical powers?

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[10]3.iii
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[10]3.iii.a

With close reference to Act V, examine how Shakespeare presents the idea of forgiveness and reconciliation at the end of the play.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
OR
[10]3.iii.b

Magic is used to manipulate, intimidate and amaze the various characters in the play. Give your views on this statement by referring to any two examples from the Acts studied.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
ECHOES : PROSE
[20]4
[5]4.i

Referring closely to the short story, The Singing Lesson, show how the Headmistress’ summons to Miss Meadows eventually brings the latter out from cold despair to a realm of hope, love and joy.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[5]4.ii

Referring closely to the short story, The Sound Machine, give specific instances to show how Klausner was obsessed with sound.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[10]4.iii
[10]4.iii.a

With close reference to the short story, To Build a Fire, discuss how the Man's lack of imagination led to his paralysing death while the dog's primitive instincts helped him to survive.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
OR
[10]4.iii.b

Do you think that friendship is not a matter of age but of emotional connect? Give your views with close reference to V.S. Naipaul's short story B. Wordsworth.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
REVERIE : POETRY
[20]5
[5]5.i

Referring closely to the poem, Dover Beach, show how the poet correlates the gradual receding of the "Sea of Faith" with the gradual loss of human faith in religion.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[5]5.ii

Referring closely to the poem, The Darkling Thrush, examine the poet's encounter with the aged thrush as a passage from amazement to introspection.

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
[10]5.iii
[10]5.iii.a

Referring closely to the poem, Birches, discuss what differentiates the swinging of birches in the poet's adulthood from that in his childhood. 

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing
OR
[10]5.iii.b

How does the poem, Crossing the Bar, portray the poet's deep affirmation and faith in God?

Concept: Writing Skills
Chapter: [4] Writing

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