Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English Core With Answers PDF 2023

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In this article, we are going to read about the Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English Core for upcoming examinations in 2024.

Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English

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Psychologists and neuroscientists say that handwriting has not yet lost its importance. New evidence suggests that the links between Handwriting and broader educational development are very close. 

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also are better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write those matters -but how.

Previous Year Question Papers Class 12 English Core With Answers PDF 2023

According to psychologist Stanislas Dehaene, “When a child writes, the brain reacts uniquely. The action of writing automatically triggers an activity in the brain. This activity recognizes what is the written word, which makes learning easier.” A 2012 study lent support to that view. 

Children who had not yet learnt to read and write were presented with a letter or a shape on an index card and were asked to produce it in one of three ways: trace the image on a sheet with a dotted outline, draw it on a blank white sheet, or type it on a computer. 

They were then placed in a brain scanner and shown the image again. The researchers found that when children had drawn the letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write.

The effect goes beyond letter recognition. When the children composed text by hand, they consistently produced more words more quickly than they did on a keyboard and expressed more ideas. 

And brain imaging suggested that the connection between writing and idea generation went further. 

When these children were asked to come up with ideas for a competition, the ones with better handwriting exhibited greater mental activity in areas associated with working memory, and increased overall activation in the reading and writing networks,

More studies have reported that in both laboratory settings and classrooms, students learn better when they take notes by hand than when they type on a keyboard. Latest research suggests that writing by hand allows the student to process a lecture’s contents and reframe the same.

1. What happens when children learn to write by hand?”

(1) Read with difficulty

(2) Retain information

(3) Need more time to learn

(4) Become weak

Ans. (2)

2. What is the reaction of the brain when a person writes?

(1) Triggers an activity

(2) Reframes contents

(4) Borrows content 

(3) Processes contents

Ans. (1)

3. Which part of the brain area gets activated when a person draws freehand?

(1) Recognising written word area

(2) Reading and writing area

(4) Only reading area 

(3) Only writing area.

Ans. (2)

4. Which mode helps children perform better in competitions?

(1) Type on keyboard

(2) Write by hand

(3) Only imagining

(4) Sitting idle

Ans. (2)

5. What is the advantage of taking down notes by hand?

(1) Students learn better

(2) Students learn less

(3) Teachers can be at their ease

(4) Students can later copy from others’ notebooks 

Ans. (1) 

6. What happens in laboratory settings and classrooms?

(1) Students learn better

(2) Students process contents and reframe it

(3) Students learn punctuality

(4) Students do not learn anything

7. Which of the given words means the same as ‘exhibited’ in para 3?

(1) Activated

(2) Demonstrated

(3) Increased

(4) Preceded

Ans. (2)

(Q.Nos. 8-12): Read the passage carefully and answer the questions from 8-12: 

Kalpana Chawla was born on July 1, 1961, in Karnal, Haryana. She was an American astronaut and an engineer. She was the first woman of Indian origin to go to Space. Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College. 

She immigrated to the United States of America and became a citizen there in the 1980s. She was selected by NASA as an aeronaut candidate in 1994 and after a year of training, she became a crew member. 

a representative for Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics and Computer Branches. She went to space in 1997 on the Space Shuttle Columbia as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. She lost her life during the STS-107 mission when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

8. Who was Kalpana Chawla ?

(1) Doctor

(2) Musician

(3) Actress

(4) Astronaut

Ans. (4)

9. From which college did she obtain her degree in aeronautical engineering?

(1) Birla Institute of Technology 

(2) IIT Kharagpur

(3) Punjab Engineering College

(4) Haryana Engineering College

Ans. (3)

10. What was the name of the Space Shuttle on which she was flying?

(1) Columbia

(2) Discovery

(3) Atlantis

(4) Endeavour

Ans. (1)

11. Kalpana Chawla was born in

(1) America

(2) China

(3) England

(4) India

Ans. (4)

12. NASA selected Chawla as an Astronaut in

(1) 1994

(2) 1998

(3) 1997

(4) 1961

Ans. (1)

13. In Note Making, we should avoid

(1) Keywords

(2) Glossary

(3) Long sentences 

(4) Abbreviations

Ans. (3)

14. A Summary should contain

(1) Glossary

(2) Keywords

(3) Abbreviations

(4) Major points of the original text

Ans. (4)

15. What is written on the top of a Notice?

(1) Date

(2) Name of the Institution/Organization

(3) Subject

(4) Body of the Notice

Ans. (2)

16. Where is the salutation placed in a notice?

(1) Just above the date

(2) Just below the date

(3) Along with the date

(4) There is no need to write a salutation in a notice

Ans. (4)

17. Which of the following is the most suitable way to start the body of a Notice?

(1) Through the column of

(2) This is to inform

(3) This is to threaten

(4) Being a regular reader of your newspaper

Ans. (2)

18. How do you begin writing a complaint letter?

(1) Begin with a quotation

(2) Begin with a genuine compliment

(3) Begin with a description of the place

(4) Begin with details of what happened

Ans. (4)

19. What is written at the beginning of an article?

(1) Address

(2) Title

(3) Subject

(4) Date 

Ans. (2)

20. Which of the following is the most suitable salutation for ‘Letters to Editors’?

(1) Most Respected Sir/Madam

(2) Mr. Editor/Mrs. Editor

(3) Loving Sir/Loving Madam

(4) Sir/Madam

Ans. (4)

21. Who sat on the back benches of the last French class?

(1) Franz

(2) Prussians

(3) The village elders

(4) The new teacher 

Ans. (3)

22. What is the setting of The Last Lesson’?

(1) The Franco-Prussian War 

(2) The Indo-China War 

(3) The Indo-Pak War 

(4) None of these

Ans. (1)

23. Saheb’s ‘muttering’ and ‘looking away suggests his

(1) Anger

(2) Shyness

(3) Excitement

(4) Anxiety

Ans. (2)

24. Who do you think Saheb is referring to as ‘they’, in the sentence given below?

“When they will build one, I will go”

(1) The officials

(2) The inhabitants

(3) The teachers

(4) The journalists

Ans. (1)

25. Who insists on being his own master?

(1) Saheb 

(2) Mukesh 

(3) Savita

(4) Narrator 

Ans. (2)

26. What makes the city of Firozabad?

(1) Toys

(2) Glass bangles

(3) Paintings

(4) Ceramic

Ans. (2)

27. ‘Deep Water’ is an excerpt taken from

(1) The Life of Mahatma Gandhi

(2) Of Men and Mountains

(3) Lost Spring, Stories from Stolen Childhood

(4) My Years with. Boss’

Ans. (2)

28. Why did Douglas go to swim at Lake Wentworth?

(1) To showcase his skills for all who had doubted him

(2) To honour the efforts of his swimming instructor

(3) To build on his ability to swim in a natural water body 

(4) To know for sure that he had overcome his fear of drowning in water 

Ans. (4)

(Q.Nos. 29-31): Read the given extract and answer the questions from 29 to 31.

Fishermen in the cold sea Would not harm whales And the man gathering salt Would look at his hurt hands..

29. Who is the poet of the given extract (poem)?

(1) Pablo Neruda

(2) Stephen Spender

(3) Kamala Das

(4) Robert Frost

Ans: 1

30. What does the poet expect the fishermen to do?

(1) Not to harm the whales

(2) Not to go in the sea

(3) To be still

(4) To catch small fishes,

Ans. (1)

31. The man gathering salt would look at his

(1) Hurt legs

(2) Hurt hands

(3) Beautiful hands

(4) None of these

Ans: 2

32. Where was the poet, Kamala Das driving to?

(1) Parent’s home

(2) Cochin airport

(3) Cochin market

(4) Cinema hall

Ans: 2

33. Who was sitting beside the poet, Kamala Das?

(1) Her daughter

(2) Her mother.

(3) Her sister

(4) Her friend

Ans: 2

34. Who sits at the back of the dim class?

(1) A sweet and young child

(2) A paper seeming boy

(3) A tall girl

(4) A girl with hair like rootless weeds

Ans. (1)

35. How can visitors help the poor children?

(1) By fighting with the government

(2) By fighting with the powerful

(3) By fighting against the inequalities and injustice

(4) By fighting with the rich

Ans. (3)

36. The name of the program that takes high school students to the end of the earth is

(1) Student of Ice

(2) Student for Ice

(3) Student above Ice

(4) Student on Ice

Ans. (4)

37. How many time zones did the writer cross during the journey to Antarctica?

(1) Five-time zones

(2) Six time zones

(3) Eight time zones

(4) Nine time zones

Ans. (4)

38. “Let tigers beware!” Who said this?

(1) The Chief Astrologer

(2) The Prince (Jung Jung Bahadur)

(3) The Dewan

(4) The British Official

Ans. (2)

39. How many rings did the Maharaja send to the British Officer’s good lady? 


(2) 40

(3) 50

(4) 60

Ans. (3)

40. Sadao went to America to learn

(1) Psychiatry

(2) Surgery and medicine

(3) Music

(4) Fine Arts

Ans. (2)

(Very short answer type questions) Read the passage carefully and answer the questions  

Gandhiji was of ripe age, but he was still full of vitality and his work capacity was great. The end came suddenly by the hand of an assassin, India was shocked and the world grieved and to those of us who were more intimately connected with him the shock and TOW were hard to bear. And yet, perhaps, it was a fitting close to a magnificent career and in his death, as in his life, he served the use to which he had devoted himself. 

None of us would have ed to see him gradually fade in body and mind with increasing ars. And so he died as he lived, a bright star of hope and achievement, the Father of the Nation which had been shaped and trained him for half a century.

To those who had the high privilege of being associated with him in one of his innumerable activities, he will remain the embodiment of useful energy. We shall not think of him as an old man, but rather one who presented with the vitality of spring the birth of a new India

Based on your reading of the passage answer the following questions carefully:

1. Why does the writer say Gandhiji’s end was sudden and shocking?

Ans. The writer says that the end of Gandhiji was sudden and shocking by the hand of an assassin although Gandhiji. was still full of vitality and his capacity for words was great.

2. To whom was the shock and sorrow hard to bear?

Ans. India was shocked and the world grieved those of us who were more intimately connected with him the shock and sorrow were hard to bear due to the assassination of Gandhi Ji. 

3. Why was Gandhiji never considered an old man?

Ans. Gandhi was never considered an old man because he was still full of vitality and his work capacity was great.

4. How did Gandhiji serve his cause even in his death?

Ans. Gandhi ji served his cause even in his death because his various activities will remain the embodiment of youthful energy.

5. Find words from the passage which mean ‘energy’ and story’.

Ans. Energy-Hope and a Chievement Spring History-Century, Birth of New India.

SECTION-B (Long answer type questions) 

6. You are the youth secretary of your school. Your school Organising a blood donation camp for a noble cause. Write a Notice inviting the interested senior students to come forward. 

Ans. Our school is organising a blood donation camp for the noble cause of saving valuable human lives, Blood donation is ranked as the highest form of service to humanity and the best form of worship of god. The blood donation camp shall be held in our school compound. 

on 24-25 April 2022 from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Blood donation camp is very helpful to all students and other people. Blood donation earns all the blessings of the almighty unbounded gratitude of the one who receives life life-saving gift. For participating in the blood donation camp all interested senior students are Invited to participate in this blood donation camp.

7. You are Lakshya Chauhan of Brindavan Society, Hinoo, Ranchi. You find that there are huge dumps of masks and other associated wastes from hospitals here and there. Write a letter to the editor to spread awareness regarding its bad impact on uni- mals and its safe disposal.

Ans. Worry about huge dumps of masks and their associated wastes.

Metro school


21 April 2022 The Times of India

The Editor


Sir, By your Newspaper of, do like to attention worry about huge dumps of masks and other associated waste from a hospital here there. 

Today is the craze of use of Masks due to COVID-19 The use of so many masks increase environmental pollution peoples are crazy about the use of masks, due to the huge dumps of masks and other associated waste from hospital here and there. 

The huge dumps of masks and other associated waste are very harmful to the environment for the surrounding. Through your newspaper, we shall spread awareness regarding the bad impact on animals and their safe disposal, and as a result, we can reduce environmental pollution. Hence we can maintain the environment cool and fresh.

Yours truly 


8. You recently attended a seminar on the importance of keeping your body fit. Write a report about it in not more than 100 words.

Ans. Importance of keeping body fit: A Report

26 April 2022 I recently attended a seminar on the importance of keeping our body fit In this seminar all speakers delivered spoke about keeping our body fit because due to body fit our body can be healthy. 

When the body is fit we cannot suppress any disease. We know that body fit is a bonanza for health is wealth. In the discussion session, the participants suggested various ways and means to maintain the body fit of mankind. In this seminar, we learned the importance of keeping our body fit To keep our body fit we should do various body exercises and yoga exercises of body.

SECTION-C (Short answer type questions)

Answer any five of the following in not more than 50 words each from Question 

9. How much money did the crofter have in his pouch? How did he earn that? 

Ans. The crofter had three wrinkled ten honours bank notes in his pouch. 

10. Who was Rajkumar Shukla ? Why is he called resolute?

Ans. Rajkumar Shnkla was a poor ardilliterate peasant of Chambara Though a poor and illiterate peasant Rajkumar Sukla ‘reso- lute’. He goes to the Congress session, single-handedly to complain about the injustice of the landlord system in Bihar. 

When somebody asked him to speak to Gandhiji, he followed him wherever Gandhiji went till he achieved his sim. He followed Gandhiji to Cawnpore (Kanpur), to Ahmedabad, to Calcutta (Kolkata), and then to Patna from Muzaffarpur. So, Rajkumar Shukla has rightly been described as being ‘resolute’.

11. What things were sold on the roadside stand?

Ans. The roadside stand offered some of the ordinary things of daily use for sale. They included wild berries. They were sold wooden quotes, a quarter of a gallon. Crook-necked gourds with silvery hard lumps were also offered for sale at the roadside stand. 

12. What is a bower? What kind of sleep does it provide? 

Ans. A bower is a pleasant place in the shade under a tree. protects persons/animals from the hot rays of the sun. It provides u with a sound sleep, full of sweet dreams, health and peaceful breathing

13. Who was Geoff? Why was he interested in Sophie’s story? 

Ans. Geoff was Sophie’s brother. He was an apprentice mechanic Geoff was interested in Sophie’s story because the story of Sophie was fantastic and a daydream. 

Sophie was daydreaming She dreams of big and beautiful things which are beyond her reach. 

Also, Sophie tells Geo that she met Danny Casey. Then Geoff looks around abruptly.

14. Who wrote under the pen name ‘Bama’? What thoughts has she discussed in the passage “We too are Human Beings”?

Ans. Under the pen name Bama the memories of childhood an autobiography named we too are human beings. In this autobiography, Bama discussed about the life of untouchability and the community of low-caste people. A Tamil Dalit writer wrote the autobiography! named we too are Human Beings In this autobiography. 

He discussed the people of high class and high caste people do not consider the people of low caste as human beings, 

15. What was the main commercial crop of Champara Why did the Britishers force the farmers to its production

Ans. The main commercial crop of Champaran was indi under the British government in India. The British forced Indian farmers its production because the crops of India were very profitable for the British government.

SECTION-D (Long answer type questions)

Answer any one of the following in not more than 100 words from Question

16. Write a character sketch of the peddler 

Ans. The Rattrap Seller named Peddler is the main character of this story the RATTRAP, He was a seller of small rattraps wire. He made them himself. The business was not profitable. She had to resort to both begging and petty thefts. His clothes we in rags. 

His cheeks were sunken, and hunger gleamed in his eyes His life was sad and monotonous. He walked laboriously from place to place. The world had never been kind to him. So during his gloomy plodding, this idea became his favourite pastime. 

He was amused how people let themselves be caught in the dangerous spare and now others were still circling the bait.

The rattrap seller Peddler declined the ironmaster’s invitation and came back to the forge. Then a girl went up to him. H jumped up abruptly and seemed to be frightened. She was Miss Willmansson, the ironmaster’s daughter. 

She looked at him compassionately, she requested him to stay with them over Christmas Eve. Her friendly manner aroused the peddlers’ confidence in him At last, he accepted her invitation. The ironmaster has invited the Peddler to his house mistaking him for Captain van Stahle. 

He was welcomed there and looked after as captain even after the reality became known. The Peddler got a chance to redeem himself from dishonest ways by acting as an honourable captain.

17. Who was Mr. Lamb? Discuss about his life.

Ans. Mr Lamb is an old man. He lives in a big house and has a garden of his own. He has a thin leg as one of his legs was blown off in the war. Mr. Lamb is old. Derry is young. Derry has got a burned face. Lamb has got a thin leg. Similarly, one green plant is called a weed and another flower. It is all life. It is growing. 

Lamb got his one leg blown off. Some kids call him. Lamey Lamb But he doesn’t mind it. Mr. Lamb accepts life as it comes. He enjoys sitting in the sun and reading books. He is always cheerful and tries to comfort others. Mr Lamb leaves the stamp of his personality on Derry. He shows the young boy the ways of the world. He motivates him to move forward in life.


Q: Are these important questions and answers for the 2024 examination?

Yes, These are important questions and answers for the 2024 examination.

Q: Are these previous years’ questions and answers?

Yes, these are important previous year’s questions and answers for the 2024 examination.

Q: Can you provide me a pdf of the previous year’s question paper for class 12 English?

Yes, PDF links are given In this post.

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