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MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passages

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 1 [M.P Board 2015]
Read the following passages/poems carefully and answer the questions that follow:

“The Pench National Park”, “Mogliland” is one of the famous parks of wild animal park of the “World”. It is reserved forest. It is between Nagpur and Jabalpur city. It is one of the “Center Point” of India. It is on the road, National Highway 07, we can reach Kanyakumari from Kashmir by this road. These are two poles of our nation, North and South. “Mogliland”, the name of this part is because of a miracle story of a “Jungle” boy.

History of Seoni (MP) District and Gazette says about a “miracle” boy of the area, which is related named “Mogli” and a “herd of wild dangerous animals”. The boy was born at Chor and Garthiya village of the same area, (in Seoni). One day when the little child of 18 months sleeping out of the hut, where her mother left him and went to her help of government documents and history of Seoni district an Australian novelist “Rudyard Kipling” wrote famous ” the Jungle Book” novel.

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Its main plot has been taken from the true story of “Mogli”.

“logli” is the main character of the novel. We have (all the world) seen on the television serial “Jangal, Jangal baat chali hai” in 1990s.

In 18th century, when he was captured by British police and taken to the Jail, Gazette says he was near about 24 years. It means he lived with animals for 22 years. We (human) very well know that human has great affection for different animals. “The miracle is just against”. Here animals grew up human. Why did not they eat the child? Why did they gave time to grow up a human? Perhaps they feed him, give their lap to grow up for help as well as affection to the “human”. Mogli passed his life of 22 years among them. He ran, ate, jumped sounded, drank, sleep like them and helped they “Gazette say”. And “Protected” animals from “human”.

MP’s former Forest Minister Mr. Harbansh Singh who was very devoted to wild animal life and saved their life. He was also an educationist, worked a lot for Mogliland and started a programme “Mogli Utsav” for the students of the MP’s schools in 2002 to know the “Miracle” of the world and development of our State MP through “Miracle boy”. [M.P Board 2015]

Questions:
(i) Gazette means [1]
(ii) “Miracle” means [1]
(iii) Give a word for “Utsav” in English language. [1]
(iv) Novel means (in a word) [1]
(v) Give the name of the Kipling’s novel. [2]
(vi) Why is ‘The Pench National Park’ called Mogliland? [2]
(mi) Who, when, why and for whom started Mogli Utsav? [2]
Answers:
(i) An official newspaper.
(ii) Wonder.
(iii) Celebration.
(iv) Story.
(v) The Jungle Book.
(vi) It is called Mogliland because of a miracle story of a jungle boy.
(vii) Mr. Harbansh Singh started Mogli Utsav for the students of the MP’s school in 2002, so that they know the miracle of the world.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 2 [M.P. Board 2012]

All of us do some kind of work to ward off starvation or to gain sufficient material wealth with a view to maintaining that standard of living which our physical and intellectual powers have helped us to reach. But there is another kind of work which is completely divorced from the burden. Some process of our livelihood is undertaken for the sake of amusement or interest; or the direction of our surplus stores of energy in some new and useful channels of refined tastes. This delightful occupation combining work with pleasure of hobby, as it is properly termed, calls for the application of our highest faculties and gives proper form to our healthy instincts, purposeful habits and disciplined behavior. We devote our leisure to the pursuit of this pleasant task and derive advantages which compare favourable with those we obtain from the bread earning routine of our daily life. Hobbies widen the sphere of our cultural activities, give refined tastes, and show us the path that leads to our systematic mental and moral development. Our tendencies and inclinations also find in them an outlet for a healthy and progressive expression.

“A hobby is a favorite subject or occupation that is not one’s main business” in this age of machinery, which has taken upon itself most of the laborious duties of physical exertion, formally, performed by man, then creating for him pleasant intervals of rest and leisure. A man can devote some time to the pursuit of a new interest that can add some charm, colour, or zest to his life. The new interest will be worthwhile only if it provides relaxation and change from ordinary occupation. Vanish the dullness of routine work and produce a feeling that life is both charming and meaningful.

The choice of hobbies, like the choice of books for the purpose of reading, is not an easy task. Sometimes, we are suddenly attached to a hobby without backing its knowledge. Not a few are incompatible with our temperament and taste. We must, therefore neither allow the glamour of certain hobbies to blind us to their reality, however tempting they may appear to us nor should we begin to cherish them thoughtlessly because we find other people so devotedly attached to them.

In the flash of enthusiasm, many have rushed into unsuitable hobbies, only to find themselves turning away from them in a state of great disillusionment. In a few rare and exceptional cases, a sudden and instinctive choice of some hobbies, sometimes, proves to be the right one. We must not, however, forget that thinking with a hobby is a joyless and wasteful process, unattended by any appreciable gains. Scattered interests in half a dozen or more odd hobbies are also not a desirable end- [M.P. Board 2012]

Questions:
(i) Give one word for ‘an activity for which one gives time and effort’. [1]
(ii) Write a synonym of ‘enthusiasm’. [1]
(iii) Find the word from the passage, meaning ‘lying here and there’. [1]
(iv) Write the antonym of ‘suitable’. [1]
(y) What are the advantages of hobbies? [2]
(vi) Under what circumstances do we have to discard a hobby? [2]
(vii) In what way does a hobby refine our tastes? [2]
Answers:
(i) Occupation
(ii) Zest
(iii) Scattered
(iv) Unsuitable.
(v) It gives proper form to our healthy instincts, purposeful habits and disciplined behaviour.
(vi) Choice of unsuitable hobbies compels us to discard them in the long run.
(vii) It enlightens our life andrefreshes our mind. It also provides us likelihood in a better way for refining our tastes.

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MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 3 [M.P. Board 2012]

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self,
To place ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying. :
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing,
has nothing, is nothing and becomes nothing
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their certitude, they are slaves, they have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is truly free. [M.P. Board 2012]

Questions:
(i) Find out the words from the poem for the following expressions: [3]
(a) to show something hidden
(b) a thing that can be dangerous
(c) lacking experience of life or knowledge
(ii) Who is truly free and how? [2]
Answers:
(i) (a) expose, (b) risk, (c) naive.
(ii) The person who risks is truly free as he does nothing, avoids suffering and sorrow, doesn’t learn, feel, change and fears nothing.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 4 (M.P. Board 2011)

Some political thinkers think that liberty and equality cannot go together. They think that liberty implies the freedom to do what one would like to do. This is true if freedom is interpreted in its absolute sense to mean that every individual shall be free according to his opportunities, there will be chaos. It is a lesson of history that whenever people are allowed to do as they wish, the clever and more capable use their freedom to concentrate all wealth and power for themselves to the misery and oppression of the rest. Obviously, the negative view is described by those who belong to the privileged sections of community and for this reason, seek to maintain status for the sake of their vested interests. They think that equality is unattainable under conditions of such unrestricted freedom. Lord Acton therefore, says, “The passion of equality made in vain the hope of liberty.”.

The exponents of the view held that liberty is natural, equality is not. Nature itself created differences. For example, some are intellectuals, others are not. Liberty means freedom i.e. no restrictions; equality needs some restrictions. This is against the principle of liberty. The institution of property is a natural institution and therefore, should not be restricted by equality. Perfect equality is only possible when enforced by the State. This means the power of the State will increase. Excess power of the State is harmful to the liberty of the people. Moreover, State has produced many evils of capitalism. It has encouraged exploitation. It has given protection to the capitalists. Such a State cannot give perfect equality. So, the hope of liberty also vanishes away. The democracy is said to be a system based on liberty and equality. But unfortunately, the democracy is either becoming elites’ democracy or dollar democracy. Either this is controlled by the educated class or by the capitalists. Presence of elite or capitalist is inequality. Hence, liberty and equality appear opposed to each other. (M.P. Board 2011)

Questions:
(i) Find out a word from the passage for the expression ‘having special rights’. [1]
(ii) Give the adverb form of the word ‘absolute’. [1]
(iii) Choosing from the given passage give antonym of the word ‘decrease’. [1]
(iv) Make noun from the word ‘describe’. [1]
(v) If everyone is allowed to do as he wishes, what will be the state of society? [2]
(vi) What is the view of Lord Acton regarding equality and liberty? [2]
(vii) What do you understand by elites’ democracy and dollar democracy? [2]
Answers:
(i) Privileged.
(ii) Absolutely.
(in) Increase.
(iv) Description.
(v) Liberty will vanish away, anarchy will prevail.
(vi) Lord Acton’s view is that “the passion of equality made in vain the hope of liberty.”
(vii) Democracy of the affluents or rich people.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 5 (M.P. Board 2011)
The world is finite, resources are scarce,
Things are bad and will be worse,
Coal is burned and gas exploded,
Wells are dry and air polluted,
Dust is blowing, trees are uprooted,
Oil is going, ores depleted,
Drains receive what is excreted
Land is sinking, seas are rising,
Man is far too enterprising.
Fires will rage with man to fan it,
Soon we will have a plundered planet. (M.P. Board 2011)

Questions:
(i) Choose two words from the poem which suggest the bleak future of mankind. [1]
(ii) Find out a word from the poem opposite to the word ‘better’. [1]
(iii) Give noun form of the word ‘explode’. [1]
(iv) What is the danger ahead about which the poem is warning us? [2]
Answers:
(i) Wells are dry and air is polluted. ‘
(ii) Worse.
(iii) Explosion.
(iv) Soon we will have a plundered planet means we are fated to be doomed.

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MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 6 (M.P. Board 2010)

Trees show the variation in seasons and nature’s most colorful show put up especially during the fall. The changing colours of autumn signal that the trees are getting ready for winter. Throughout the spring and summer, most of the food necessary for the trees to grow are made in the leaves. The food-making process takes place in the cells containing chlorophyll which gives leaves their green colour.

Due to the shorter period of daylight and the cooler temperatures, the leaves stop making food. The chlorophyll breaks down and the green colour disappears and yellow and orange previously marked by the green appear. The vibrant reds, purples, and bronzes come from other chemical processes. The brilliant red of maple has a ‘sweet’ side.

In the warmth of the fall days, sugar is produced in the leaves and then trapped by the night’s chill. The more sugar it accumulates, the brighter the leaves turn. The degree of odour varies from tree-to-tree. Leaves directly exposed to the sun may turn red, while those on the shady side of the same tree may be yellow. Colour also varies depending on the combination of weather conditions. When autumn is warm, leaves may have less red colouration.

As colours vary from mountain tops to villages and from day-to-day, there is no way to present when the fallen foliage will be at its peak. This is a time of change when each day is coloured a new. Only two places in the world have this foliage—the North-eastern part of North America and the parts of Japan.

Nature lovers flock around these places in the fall to enjoy the picturesque presentation of coloured leaves giving a look of blossomed flowers. Great painters of nature look forward to the fall for inspiration from nature. (M.P. Board 2010)

Questions:
(i) What are the changing colours of leaves in autumn signal? [2]
(ii) Why do leaves stop making food during the fall? [2]
(iii) What kind of inspiration do nature lovers draw from autumn? [2]
(iv) Find -out the word from the passage that is opposite of the word given below: ‘Crumble’. [1]
(v) Find out the words from the passage which convey the same meaning as the words given below:
(a) Photosynthesis. [1]
(b) Leaves (noun). [1]
(vi) The season coming between winter and summer is…. [1]
Answers:
(i) It shows that the trees are getting ready for winter.
(ii) Leaves stop making food during fall due to the shorter period of daylight and the cooler temperature.
(iii) The nature lovers enjoy to picturize presentation and feel inspired that there is a fall before blooming.
(iv) Blossomed.
(v) (a) food-making process, (b) foliage.
(vi) Autumn.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 7 (M.P. Board 2010)

Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful world With the wonderful water round you curled.
And the wonderful grass upon your breast.
World, you are beautifully drest.
The wonderful air is over me,
And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree.
It walks on the water, and whirls the mill.
And talks to itself on the tops of the hills. (M.P. Board 2010)

Questions:
(i) What is the attire of the earth? [2]
(ii) Give the antonym of the given words from the passage:
(iii) ugly. [1]
(b) narrow. [1]
(iii) Find out the word from the passage for the word meaning: ‘Surrounded’. [2]
Answers:
(i) Grass is the attire of the earth.
(ii) (a) beautiful (b) wide.
(iii) Round.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 8 (M.P. Board 2009)

We live in a highly competitive age of science and technology and can no longer afford the luxury of mediocrity, if we do not forge ahead. This rapidly changing nuclear age requires our youth to be intellectually more alert and competent than their predecessors, and therefore, every young man and woman today studying in schools, colleges, and universities must aim at academic ability of the highest order. In a developing nation like ours, where large numbers are still unable to acquire even primary education, those undertaking higher education constitute a privileged elite. (M.P. Board 2009)

Questions:
(i) (a) Find a word opposite in meaning to ‘successors’. [1]
(b) Find a word used in the sense of ‘early education.’ [1]
(c) Who are the privileged elite, according to the author? [2]
Answers;
(i) (a) Predecessors.
(b) Primary education.
(c) Science and technology.
(d) luxury.
(ii) (a) Today we live in a competitive age.
(b) This age requires today from the youth to be intellectually more alert and competent than their predecessors.
(c) According to the author, the privileged elite are those who are undertaking higher education.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 9 [M.P. Board 2009]

Like a high born maiden In a palace tower,
Seething her love laiden,
Soul in secret hour
With music sweet as love, which overflows her bower,
Like a glow-worm golden ,
In a dell of dew Scattering unbeholden Its aerial hue.
Among the flowers and grass which screen in from the view. [M.P. Board 2009]

Questions:
(i) Who does the poet compare the bird with in the first given stanza? [1]
(ii) What is composed within the second stanza? [1]
(iii) Find a word from the above stanzas which is similar in meaning to ‘invisible’. [1]
(iv) Give the antonym of the word ‘secret’. [2]
Answers:
(i) a high born maiden.
(ii) music.
(iii) unbeholden.
(iv) open.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 10

1. Our house is filled with photos. They cover the walls of my kitchen, dining room and den. I see our family’s entire history, starting with my wedding, continuing through the births of both sons, buying a home, family gatherings, and vacations. When my sons were little, they loved to pose. They waved, danced, climbed trees, batted balls, hung upside down from the jungle gym, and did anything for a picture. But when they reached adolescence, picture-taking changed into something they barely tolerated- Their bodies were growing at haphazard speed. Reluctantly, they stood with us or with their grandparents at birthday celebrations and smiled weakly at the camera for as short a time as possible.

2. I am the chronicler of our photographs. I select those to be framed and arrange the others in albums. The process is addictive and as the shelves that hold our albums become fuller and fuller, I wonder what will become of them. Will anyone look at these photographs in future years? If my sons look at them, what will they think of us and of themselves? One bright afternoon, I took some photographs of my father with my husband as they fished on a lake near our vacation house. As my sons and I sat on the shore and watched them row away, I picked the camera up and photographed the beautiful lake surrounded by green trees. The two men I loved’ gradually grew smaller until all I could see were my father’s red shirt and the tan and blue caps on their heads.

3. My father died a week later and suddenly those photos became priceless, to me. I wept when I pasted them in our album. I wept again, afterward, when I saw my younger son .looking at them. It was a few days before he went away to college. He had taken all our albums down from the bookshelves in the den and spread them out on the carpet. It had been a very long time since I had seen him doing this. Once he stopped posing for pictures, he seemed to lose interest in looking at them. But now he was on the verge of leaving home. This was his special time to look ahead and look back. I stood for a moment in the hall by the den and then tiptoed away. I didn’t take a photo of my son that afternoon, but I will remember how he looked for as long as I live. Some pictures, I learned, don’t have to be taken with a camera.

Questions:
(i) (a) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘impossible’. [1]
(b) Find a word used in the sense of ‘slowly but steadily’. [1]
(c) Their bodies were growing at speed. [1]
(d) Give the synonym of ‘infancy’. [1]
(ii) Answer the following questions:
(a) What was the house wall covered with? [2]
(b) What does the narrator do? [2]
(c) How did the photo of the narrator’s father become priceless? [2]
Answers:
(i) (a) possible, (b) gradually, (c) haphazard, (d) adolescence.
(ii) (a) The-house wall was covered with photos.
(b) The narrator selects the photos to arrange them in albums.
(c) Because her father died a week later.

MP Board Class 12th Special English Unseen Passage 11

THE WORLD
Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled, –
And the wonderful grass upon your breast–
World, you are beautifully drest.
The wonderful air is over me,
And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree,
It walks on the water, and whirls the mills,
And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.
You friendly Earth, how far do you go,
I With the wheat-fields that nod and the rivers that flow,
With cities and gardens, and cliffs, and isles,
And people upon you for thousands of miles?
Ah! you are so great, and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, World, at all
And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
A whisper inside me seemed to say,
‘You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!’ —W.B. Rands

Questions:
(i) How is sthe earth beautifully dressed? [1]
(ii) How does the poet compare himself with the earth? [1]
(iii) Find a word from the above stanza which is similar in meaning to ‘curved’. [1]
(iv) Give the antonym of the word ‘still’. [2]
Answers:
(i) Weaving wonderful water and grass the earth is beautifully dressed.
(ii) The earth is great while the poet is small. The poet trembles to think of the earth’s greatness.
(iii) curled.
(iv) tremble.

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