CBSE Class 11 English Question Paper SA2 2012

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Subject : ENGLISH

Time : 3 hrs. Class : XIth

This paper consists of four sections:

Section - A Reading (20 Marks)

Section - B Writing (20 Marks)

Section - C Grammar (15 Marks)

Section - D Literature (45 Marks)

Section A : READING

Q.1 Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. (12 marks)

1 Rights and duties are two sides of the same coin. One can’t exist without the other. Duties without rights are mere slavery. Similarly, rights without duties amount to lawlessness. In any civilized society, rights and duties must go side by side.

2 But in today’s world, everybody talks much about his rights. There is a great hue and cry if our rights are infringed. But nobody seems to bother much about his duties. That is why there is great unrest in our present day life. Actually duties come first, and rights afterwards. Many a time one man’s right is another man’s duty and vice versa. For example, every man has the right to have an undisturbed sleep. So it becomes the duty of his neighbour not to tune his radio at too high a pitch. If we want to enjoy our rights we should act in such a way that the rights of others are not trespassed. It can happen only if we take due account of our duties also. In short, rights and duties are complementary things and non-contradictory.

3 There are some basic rights that every citizen must have. These rights are ensured by the Constitution of every country. We may also use the term ‘basic freedom’ for them. For example, does a child have the right to be educated in his/her mother tongue? Some enthusiasts may say "Certainly". But others may say that while everyone must have a right to education, the government should not be forced to spend money to employ special teachers for the language of every group and community. Take another example. Does every adult have a right to job? Some will say yes. Others will disagree and say that this a privilege, not a right. They say that in these days of population explosion, it is not possible for any government to ensure full employment.

4 There can be disagreement on such controversial issues, but there can be no disagreement on such things as the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Every nation worth the name must ensure these rights for her citizens.

5 And if the citizens are ensured their rights, they are also expected to perform their duties. The first and foremost of these duties is to obey the laws of the land. They should pay all the taxes due to them. They should not indulge in any illegal or antisocial activity. They should be true patriots and noble sons of their motherland. While it is their right to have social security, it is their duty not to do anything that might endanger the security of their motherland. It is their duty to give their all when the security of the nation is endangered.

6 In short, the rights and duties of a citizen are like two parallel lines of a rail-track. In order that the train of a nation may run smoothly and securely, both the lines must be laid properly. They must go side by side.

(a) Answer the following questions briefly:

i. Why are rights and duties called two sides of the same coin? 

ii. Why is there great unrest in our present—day life? 

iii. What do you think comes first —rights or duties? 

iv. Give one example from the passage to show that one man’s right is another man’s duty. 

v. List the different freedoms that every citizen must have 

(b) Find words in the passage that mean the same as: 

A. Restrict (para 2)

B. Encroached (para 2)

C. To put something open to damage or harm (para 6)



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