CBSE Class 11 English Textual Questions Notes Set B

CBSE Class 11 English Textual Questions (Part B). Learning the important concepts is very important for every student to get better marks in examinations. The concepts should be clear which will help in faster learning. The attached concepts made as per NCERT and CBSE pattern will help the student to understand the chapter and score better marks in the examinations. 


Textual Question 

Questions on the prescribed textbooks will test comprehension at different levels: literal, inferential and evaluative based on the following prescribed textbooks:

1. Hornbill : Text Book published by NCERT, New Delhi 12 Marks

2. Snapshots : Supplementary Reader published by NCERT, New Delhi 08 Marks

The following have been deleted: 50

Name of the Text Book Name of the lessons deleted Hornbill

1. Landscape of the Soul

2. The Adventure

3. Silk Road

4. The Laburnum Top (Poetry)

Snapshots 5. The Ghat of the only World

Question 9: One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test reference to context, comprehension and appreciation. 

Question 10: Five out of six short answer questions (up to 40 words) on the lessons from poetry prose and plays from both Hornbill and Snapshots with 3+3 pattern. (3 questions each from each book) 

Question 11: One out of two long answer questions based on the prescribed Text Books both Hornbill and Snapshots with 1+1 pattern. (150 Words) 

A PHOTOGRAPH by Shirley Toulson

The cardboard; here it refers to the photo frame; showed the speaker how life was when the two cousin sisters went paddling; to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle: to row lightly or gently with oars: to move by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer: to propel with a paddle: to spank or beat with or as with a paddle: to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle: to convey by paddling, as a canoe: here it means walked barefoot in shallow water; with each one of them holding the speaker’s mother’s hands. The bigger girl of the cousin sisters must be about twelve years old. All three of them stood still shoulder to shoulder to smile through their long hair at the camera whose picture was taken by the uncle holding it. The mother had a sweet and pleasant smile before her child was born into this world. The sea in which they were paddling; which seemed to not have been changed; washed their terribly transient; not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory: lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: staying only a short time: here it means short lived; wet feet.

After twenty to thirty years later, the mother took out the photograph and laughed at the snapshot. The two cousin sisters were Betty and Dolly. She found it so hilarious at the manner that they dressed up for the beach. The sea holiday was her past for the mother while it was laughter for the speaker. Both mother and daughter wry; produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features: abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: devious in course or purpose; misdirected; contrary; perverse: distorted or perverted, as in meaning: bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing; at the labored ease of loss. But now the mother has been dead for the past few years just as one of those cousin sisters’ lives. Out of all these circumstances, there is nothing else left to say. The matter is closed and silence has sealed its fate.


1. The poet looks at the cardboard on which there is a childhood photograph of her mother.

2. She had gone for a sea holiday with two her cousins Betty and Dolly

3. While they were paddling, their uncle took a photograph of them.

4. Both the cousins were holding the hands of her mother who was the eldest among the girls.

5. This was before the poet was born

6. Time fled past since and all those who are in the photograph under went changes while the sea remained the same.

7. Her mother would look at the photograph after about twenty to thirty years and laugh nostalgically.

8. Now for the poet her mother’s laughter and her sea holiday is a thing of the past.

9. Her mother died about 12 years ago.

10. The silence of the photograph silences the poet.

11. She experiences great loss.

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