HSC English sample paper with solution: HSC Board Exam 2021

HSC English sample paper with solution


(Reading for Comprehension, Language Study, Vocabulary, Summary, Note- Making of Mind Mapping)

Q.1. (A) Read the given extract and complete the activity given below:  [12Marks]

A1. Following are four statements from the extract which is in jumbled order. Put them in a way they have occurred in the extract and rewrite them down.

  1. The man flung an ‘anna’ out to the astrologer and said he has some questions to ask him.
  2. The nut vendor’s blowing off flare was the astrologer’s signal to close his business.
  3. Astrologer’s long practices had sharpened his perception.
  4. Astrologers used to listen for minimum 10minutues gather sufficient material from the client.

       He had a working analysis of mankind’s troubles: marriage, money, and the tangles of human ties. Long practice had sharpened his perception. Within 5 minutes he understood what was wrong.  He charged three pies per question, never opened his mouth till the other had spoken for at least 10 minutes, which provided him enough stuff for a dozen answers and advice. When he told the person before him, gazing at his palm, “In many ways, you are not getting the fullest result for your effort,” nine out of ten were disposed to agree with him. Or he questioned “In question in many ways, you are not getting the fullest result for your effort,” nine out of ten were disposed to agree with him. Or he questioned “Is there any women in your family, maybe even a distant relative who is not well disposed toward you?” or he gave an analysis of character: “Most of your troubles are due to your nature. How can you be otherwise with Saturn where he is? You have an impetuous nature and a rough exterior.” This endeared him to their hearts immediately, for even the mildest of us loves to think that he has a forbidding exterior.

The nuts vendor blew out his flair and rose to go home. This was a signal for the astrologer to bundle up too since it left him in darkness except for a little shaft of green light which strayed in from somewhere and touched the ground before him. He picked up his cowrie shells and paraphernalia and was putting them back into his bag when the green shaft of light was blotted out. He looked up and saw a man standing before him. He sensed a possible client and said: “You look so careworn. It will do you good to sit down for a while and chat with me”. The other grumbled some reply vaguely. The astrologer pressed his invitation; whereupon the other thrust his palm under his nose, saying: “You call yourself an astrologer?” The astrologer felt challenged and said, tilting the other palm toward the green shaft of light: “Yours is a nature…..” “Oh, stop that,” the other said. “Tell me something worthwhile…” Out friend felt piqued. I charge only three pies per question, and what you get ought to be good enough for your money….” At this the other withdrew his arm, took out an anna, and flung it out to him, saying “I have some questions to ask. If I prove you are bluffing, you must return that anna to me with interest.”

12th English board paper with Solution

12th English board paper with Solution
HSC English sample paper with solution

A2. Give reasons: (2)

  1. The astrologer could understand the problem in 5 minutes because______
  2. The astrologer used to close his business when the nuts vendor blows out his flare because_______

A3. Find out a proof: (2)

Find out the proofs from the extract where it appears that the astrologer is challenged by the stranger.

A4. Personal Response: (2)

In this extract, we notice that the astrologer has a great listening power. Listening helps in developing good relations with people. Write your opinion on this in about 50 words.

A5 Language study: (2)

  1. He picked up his cowrie shells and paraphernalia when the green shaft of light was blotted out.  (Use “No sooner…..than…..and rewrite the sentence)
  2. You must return that ‘anna’ to me with interest.

(Given below are four options find out the correct option where modal auxiliary showing ‘advice’ is used and rewrite the sentence)

  1. You shall return that ‘anna’ to me with interest
  2. You will return that ‘anna’ to me with interest
  3. You should return that ‘anna’ to me with interest
  4. You need to return that ‘anna’ to me with interest

A6. Vocabulary (2)

Use the words given in the brackets and rewrite the sentences.

  1. Within 10 minutes he understood what was wrong. (Understand)
  2. It provided me enough material to clear my doubts. (Provisions)
  3. He gave an analysis of character. (Analysed)
  4. The stranger grumbled some reply vaguely. (Vague)

Q.1. (B) Non-textual Grammar: (4)

I) Do as directed: 

  1. ……….primary cause of disease is………..wakened organism or lowered resistance in the human body. (Fill in the blanks with suitable articles and rewrite the sentence)
  2. That reminds me……the night, way…….midnight. (Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions and rewrite the sentence)
  3. Why waste time in reading trash? (make it assertive)

II) Spot the error and rewrite the sentences: (1)

  1. Thing which attracted and sustain our attention spontaneously are called our interest. (Spot the error/s in the sentence, correct it and rewrite the sentence)

HSC English sample paper with solution

HSC English sample paper with solution
HSC English sample paper with solution

Q.2. (A)Read the following extract and complete the activity given below: (12 marks)

A1 Read the following four statements and find out the two most suitable statements that summarise the extract.

  1. The extract is about Abraham Lincoln’s passion and zest for learning.
  2. The extract deal about what school should do or should not do.
  3. The extract speaks about Lincoln’s belief that education is a potential tool for building up the all-around personality of the student.
  4. The extract deals with Lincoln’s appeal to the teacher to be lenient as well as strict with the students.


A2. Complete: (2)

  1. According to Lincoln child can save himself from imitating the crowd by……
  2. According to Lincoln’s adventure means………..

A3. Explain: (2)

‘It is far more honorable to fail than to cheat’. Explain the statement in about 50 words.

A4. Describe your views in about 50 words about teachers/schools contribution in the personality development of a child/student.

A5. Language study:

  1. It is an adventure that might take him across continents (Remove ‘that’ and rewrite)
  2. You would treat him gently.  (Find out the correct sentence from the given option in which modal auxiliary showing ‘advice’ is used and rewrite)
  1. You will treat him gently.
  2. You need to treat him gently.
  3. You should treat him gently.
  4. You Shall treat him gently.

A6.  Vocabulary: (2)

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words given in the boxes and rewrite.(Crooked, scoff, steer, sublime)

  1. The whole of Sahyadri mountains are abounding in picturesque and ………scenery.
  2. He was trying to involve me in another………deal.
  3. When planning the boat trip, we had completely forgotten that we need somebody to……….
  4. His enemy…………at his ‘tear drops’.
My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All the adventures probably include wars, tragedy, and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love, and courage.

So, dear teachers, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every crooked politician, there is a dictated leader.

Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned are of far more value than $1 found. In school, teach him it is far more honorable to fall than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.
Teach him to gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on the green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.

Try to give my son strength not to follow the crowd where everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to everyone, but teach him also to filter all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only good that comes through.

Teach him to sell his talent and brain to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God. This is the order, teachers but see what the best you can do. He is a nice little boy and my son. (Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher)

Q.2. (B) Summary:

Write a summary of the above extract in short with the help of the given clues and suggest a suitable title.

Abraham Lincoln’s letter to the teacher – adventures – humanity – honesty – child tackle ups and down in life – book reading – not to follow crowd – message – conclusion.

Q.2. (C) Mind Mapping:

Read the following extract carefully and present the information in the form of a mind map.

A noun is a naming word: it denotes the name of a person, place, things, language, bird, animals, insect, creature, day, month, river, hill mountain, branch of knowledge, quality, Idea, etc.

Nouns are classified as proper nouns and common nouns.

Proper nouns: Gandhi, Ambedkar, Hyderabad, English, Hindi, Telugu, Sunday, January, Philosophy, the Yamuna, Godavari, the Nilgiris. The Himalayas etc.

Common nouns: Father, poet, capital, city, language, day, month, subject, river, animal, peacock, fish, etc.

Common nouns can be countable or uncountable. Countable nouns have singular and plural forms: boy-boys, girl-girls, town-towns, computer- computers, foot-feet, tooth-teeth, mouse-mice, man-men, woman-women, etc.

Uncountable nouns have no plural forms: milk rice, oil, water, etc.

Common nouns based on meaning, are classified into four categories: concrete nouns, abstract nouns, material nouns, and collective nouns. Words that represent objects that can be seen touch and proceed are called concrete nouns:  a student, a room, an ant, an engine, a building, a house, a pigeon, a parrot, a plant, a tree, etc.

Nouns that represent something that cannot be seen or touch but can be only be imagined or felt are known as abstract nouns. They express/denote an ide, quality, state, action, or branch of knowledge: disease, death, knowledge, taste, smell, softness, war, happiness, neatness, Botany, grammar, beauty, divinity, worship, etc.

Material nouns are words like gold, silver, iron, mercury, etc.

Collective nouns are words like herd, committee, police, parliament, jury, etc.

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  1. Sir please gives(share) the ans. sheet pdf for this que. paper.
    In middle link is not a ans. sheet for this paper .It is an another ans. sheet paper.
    So, please send this question paper ans. link.

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