AHSEC – Class 12 Question Papers: Alternative English’ 2015 (Solved)


Full Marks: 100
1. Change the following sentences as per the directions given in the brackets without changing the meaning: (any five) 1×5=5
(a) I shall always remember you. (Make it negative)
Ans. I shall never forget you.
(b) I was doubtful if he would come. (Make it negative)
Ans. I am not sure if he would come.
(c) She is too intelligent not to understand it. (Make it affirmative)
Ans. She is so intelligent that she can understand it.
(d) No sooner did he see me than he began to weep. (Make if affirmative)
Ans. As soon as he saw me, he began to weep.
(e) No one can understand the mystery of life. (Make it interrogative)
Ans. Can anyone understand the mystery of life?
(f) The boys were not present there. (Make it interrogative)
Ans. Weren’t the boys absent there?
(g) Who does not know that two and two make four? (Make if assertive)
Ans. Everybody knows that two and two make four.
(h) He won’t show me his papers, he won’t tell me who he is (Use neither – nor)
Ans. He would neither show me his papers, nor would he tell me who he is.
2. Add questions tags to the following: (any five) 1×5=5
(a) She would not go home during holidays ____?
Ans. Would she?
(b) The captain did not agree to this, _____?
Ans. Did he?
(c) Anyone could have done it, ____?
Ans. Couldn’t he/she?
(d) Let us have a cup of coffee now, ____?
Ans. Shalln’t we?
(e) There is no doctor in this village,_____?
Ans. Is there?
(f) Please ask the boys to come in, ____?
Ans. Will you?
(g) None could tell the address, ____?
Ans. Could he/she/anyone?

(h) He will let her go home tomorrow, ____?
Ans. Willn’t he?
3. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions: any five: 1×5=5
(a) He could not come ____account of illness.
Ans. On.
(b) In spite ____ hard work, he failed in his examination.
Ans. Of.
(c) The boat goes ____ the river.
Ans. On.
(d) he promised me a ride ____ a motor cycle.
Ans. On.
(e) Zubin had to sing many of his popular songs ____ demand.
Ans. On
(f) We love to go ____ a walk in the evening.
Ans. For.
(g) I would like to pay the amount ____ cheque.
Ans. On
4. Rewrite the following sentences using the verbs in brackets, in their correct tenses: any five 1×5=5
(a) He ____ (hope) to finish the work today.
Ans. Hopes/(is hoping)
(b) The children ____ (watch) TV since 5 pm.
Ans. Have been watching.
(c) The Victoria Memorial ____ (stand) in the Maidan.
Ans. Stands.
(d) He ____ (read) a book when you came in.
Ans. Was reading.
(e) I ____ (work) on this project for the last two years.
Ans. Have been working.
(f) The fatal accident ____ (occur) at 10-30 this morning.
Ans. Was occurred.
(g) I don’t think he ____ (attend) the meeting yesterday.
Ans. Attended.
(h) They ____ (sing) when we reached there.
Ans. Were singing.
5. Read the following conversation and answer the questions given below:

Grant: I wasn’t expecting you, sir.
Lincoln: No; but I couldn’t keep away. How’s it going? (they sit.)
Grant: Meade sent word an hour and a half ago the Lee was surrounded all but two miles, which was closing in.
Lincoln: That ought about to settle it, eh?
Grant: Unless anything goes wrong in those two miles, sir, I’m expecting a further report from Meade every minute.
Lincoln: Would there be more fighting?
Grant: It will probably mean fighting through the night more or less. But Lee must realize it’s hopeless before the morning.
An Orderly (entering): A despatch, sir.
Grant: Yes.
(The orderly goes, and a young officer comes in from the field. He salutes and hands a despatch to Grant.)
Officer: From General Meade, Sir.
Grant: (taking it): thank you. (He opens it and reads.)
You needn’t wait. (The officer salutes and goes.) Yes, they’ve closed the ring. Meade gives them ten hours. It’s timed at eight. That’s six o’clock in the morning. (He hands the despatch to Lincoln.)
Lincoln: We must be merciful. Bob Lee has been a gallant fellow.
Grant (taking a paper): Perhaps you’ll look through this list, sir. I hope it’s the last we shall have.
Lincoln (taking the paper): It’s a horrible part of the business, Grant. Any shootings?
Grant: One.
Lincoln: Why can’t you do without it, Grant? No, no. of course not? Who is it?
Grant: Malins!
Malins (opening a book): William Scott, sir; It’s rather a hard case.
Lincoln: What is it?
Malins: He had just done a heavy march, sir, and volunteered for double guard duty to relieve a sick friend. He was found asleep at his post. (He shuts the book).
Grant: I was anxious to spare him. But it couldn’t be done. It was a critical place, at a gravely critical time.
Lincoln: when is it to be?
Malins: Tomorrow, at daybreak, sir.
Lincoln: I don’t see that it will do him any good to be shot.
Where is he?
Malins: Here , sir.
Lincoln: Can I go and see him?
Grant: Where is he?
Malins: In the barn, I believe, Sir.
Grant: Dennis.
Dennis (coming from his table): Yes, sir.
Grant: Ask them to bring Scott in here. (Dennis goes.) I want to see Colonel West. Malins, ask Temple man if those figures are ready yet. (He goes and Malins follows. William Scott is brought in under guard. He is a boy of twenty.)
Lincoln (to the guard): Thank you. Wait outside, will you?
(The men salute and withdraw.) Are you William Scott?
Scott: Yes, sir.
Lincoln: You know who I am?
Scott: Yes, sir.
Lincoln: The General tells me you’ve been court-martialed.
Scott: yes, sir.
Lincoln: Asleep on guard?
Scott: yes, Sir.
Lincoln: It’s very serious offence.
Scott: I know, Sir.
Lincoln: What was it?
Scott (a pause): I couldn’t keep awake, sir.
Lincoln: You were doing double guard?
Scott: Yes, sir.
Lincoln: Who ordered you?
Scott: Well, sir, I offered.
Lincoln: Why?
Scott: Enoch white he was sick, sir. We come from the same place.
Lincoln: Where’s that?
Scott: Vermont, sir.
Lincoln: You live there?
Scott: Yes, sir. My ……… We’ve got a firm down there, sir.
Lincoln: Who has?
Scott: My mother, sir. I’ve got her photograph, sir. (He takes it from his pocket.)
Lincoln (taking it): Does she know about this?
Scott: For God’s sake, don’t sir.
Lincoln: There, they my boy. You’re not going to be shot.
Scott (after a pause): Not going to be shot, sir!
Lincoln: No, no.
Scott: Not ……going……to…….be…..shot.
(He breaks down, sobbing.)
Lincoln: (rising and going to him): There, there I believe you when you tell me that you couldn’t keep awake. I am going to trust you, and send you back to your regiment. (He goes back to his seat.)
Scott: When may I go back, sir?
Lincoln: You can go back tomorrow. I expect the fighting will be over, though.
Scott: Is it over yet, sir.
Lincoln: Not quite.
Scott: Please, sir, let me go back tonight let me go back tonight.
Lincoln: Very well (he writes). Do you know where General Meade is?
Scott: No, sir.
Lincoln: Ask one of those men to come here.
(Scott calls one of his guards in.) Your prisoner is discharged. Take him at once to General Meade with this. (He hands a note to the main.)
The Soldier: Yes, sir.
Scott: Thank you, sir. (he salutes and goes out with the soldier.)
(i) Who was not expect by Grant? 1
Ans. Lincoln.
(ii) What was Grant expecting from Meade every minute? 1
Ans. Grant was expecting further report from the battle from Meade every minute.
(iii) Who hands over a despatch to Grant? 1
Ans. A young officer from the field hands over a despatch to Grant.
(iv) What does Grant say after reading the despatch? 2
Ans. Grant says that they have closed the ring. Meade gives them ten hours to surrender that is six o’ clock in the morning.
(v) What does Lincoln say about Bob Lee? 1
Ans. Lincoln says that Bob Lee has been a gallant fellow.
(vi) Why was William Scott court-martialed? 2
Ans. William Scott was court-martialed because he had done a heavy march and volunteered for double guard duty to relieve a sick friend. But he was found asleep at his post at a gravely critical time.
(vii) Why, according to Grant, could William Scott not be spared? 2
Ans. According to Grant, William Scott could not be spared because it was a critical place at a gravely critical time when he saw found asleep.
(viii) How many miles did Scott march? 1
Ans. Twenty-three miles.
(ix) Who was sick? 1
Ans. Enoch White was sick.
(x) Why was Scott spared by Lincoln? 2
Ans. Because Lincoln could understand that Scott did not make a lie to him. He openly confessed that he could not keep awake. This helped Lincoln to know that he was true.
(xi) Where was Scott to be taken by the guard? 1
Ans. Scott was to be taken to General Meade.

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