English – Important Question Bank for Tamil Nadu (12th Std) HSC Board Exam 2019

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  1. Education through travelling is the best play-way method from the moment the journey is planned, children begin to pass sleepless nights. They go on asking their parents when to start. We see new places – historical, geographical, zoological and botanical. A geography lesson may be boring. But it becomes clear to us when we see rivers, mountains etc. with our own eyes. Museums, zoological gardens, monuments, coins and pictures galleries give us a clear idea of history. We learn manners and behaviours in trains, in hotels and from fellow passengers through travelling. We learn many things through travelling what we cannot learn in the class-room so, travelling is a means of education. WRITE A SUMMARY ON THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH WITH A SUITABLE TITLE.


  1. Education is not an end but a means to an end and we do not educate children for the purpose of educating them: the purpose is to prepare their for life. As soon as we realise this we will understand that it is very important to choose a system of education which will really prepare children for life. In many modern countries it has for sometime been fashionable to think that by free education for all, whether rich or poor, clever or stupid. One can solve all the problems of society and build a perfect nation. But it has been proved beyond doubt that free education for all is not enough. The number of people having high degrees from colleges and universities but getting on corresponding jobs is increasing by leaps and bounds. So, a new kind of education in which degrees enable us to get jobs is needed. WRITE A SUMMARY ON THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH WITH A SUITABLE TITLE.
    1. Read the passage given below carefully and answer the questions that follow:

    One day, the old emperor Shah Jahan became ill. His son, Aurangzeb, who always wanted to be the emperor, put his father in a jail. Jahanara begun, the eldest child of Shah Jahan, did not leave her father and want to jail along with him. Her dais, “I shall share the sufferings of my father. He needs me in his old age, and I shall never leave him.” Shah Jahan lived in the jail for seven years and then he died. During that period, princess Jahanara stayed with him and took care of him. After the death of her father, she returned back to her own palace. She continued to live there and spent the rest of her life serving the needy and the poor. Before her death, she gave away all her money to the poor and needy.

    Questions :

    (a) Who was Shah Jahan’s eldest child?

    (b) What did Aurangzeb do when Shah Jahan become ill?

    (c) What did Jahanara do before her death?

    (d) What did Jahanara do after her father’s death?


  2. You are Dr. Amit Gupta, an eminent educationist. You have been invited to preside over an Inter Zonal Declamation competition by Nalini, the President of English Literary Club of Government Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector-20, Chandigarh. Write a reply accepting the invitation.
  3. You are Nitin/ Natasha, staying at 20, S.F.S. Flats, Worli, Mumbai. You bought a mobile phone from “Mobile Villa”, Mahim, Mumbai. The phone developed a problem within a few days of the purchase. Write a letter to the Sales Manager of the showroom complaining about the defect and seeking immediate replacement.
  4. You are Mallika/Mayank, student of class XII, Modern School, Shimla. You are eager to enter the National Film Academy, Shimla, after your board results. Write a letter to the Director of the film academy seeking information regarding admission procedure, eligibility criteria, fee structure, placement opportunities, etc.
  5. On the threshold of being a world super power, India does have a large young workforce but unfortunately not many in this force are employable for want of necessary skills. Write in about 150-200 words, an article for a newspaper on the topic’ Skill Development is the need of the hour’. You are Anita/Arnav.
  6. With a view to create awareness regarding health St. Anne’s school organised ‘Health Mela’ in the school premises. Various charts, models, fitness equipments were displayed. Lectures, debates, discussions, plays were organised. A workshop on low calorie cooking was also organised. Write a report in 150-200 words on the ‘Health Mela’ for the school magazine. You are Neha/Nikhil, Secretary of the Health Club of school.
  7. Yoga unites the body, mind and soul. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.. Write a speech in 150-200 words to be delivered in the morning assembly on the topic ‘ Yoga- a way of life’. You are Karan/ Kajal, Head Boy/Head Girl of D.A.V. Public School, Delhi.
  8. ‘Homes for the aged is a necessity in India ‘. Write a debate in 150-200 words either for or against the motion. You are Shivam/Shivani.
  9. Imagine that the local self-government in you area has decided to cut down the trees in your school campus. You are the Chief Editor of your class magazine and you want to protest against the felling of the trees through your editorial. Write down the editorial in not more that 120 words. In your editorial, highlight the issue, your views of the situation, facts and figures if any and your suggestions for resolving it.  Imagine that you are participating in a panel discussion on the topic, ‘How useful are the TV programmes. Watching Television doesn’t promote independent thinking’. The first panellist made the following introductory speech.
  10. Write a letter to your elder brother congratulating him on his winning a gold medal in the recent State Athletic Meet.


    1. If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death.
    2. a) What are we so single minded about? Explain.
    3. b) Why does the poet want us to ‘for once could do nothing’?
    4. c) What is the ‘sadness’ that the poet refers to in the poem?
    5. d) How can a huge silence do good to us?


    1. Some shape of beauty moves away the pall From our dark spirits.

    (a) How does beauty help us when we are burdened with grief?

    (b) Explain: ‘Some shape of beauty’.

    (c) Identify the figure of speech used in the above lines.

    (d) Why are our spirits referred to as ‘dark’?


    1. On their slag heaps, these children Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel With mended glass, like bottle bits on stones. All of their time and space are foggy slums So blot their map with slums as big as doom.

    (i) Which two images are used to describe the slum ?

    (ii) What sort of life do these children lead ?

    (iii) ‘slag heap’ refers to …………….. .

    (iv) Identify the figure of speech used in the last line


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