CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English (Solved) – Set D

English Paper consists of three sections. Section A is Reading, Section B is Writing Skills and Grammar and Section C is Literature Textbooks and Long Reading Texts. Each section is of equal marks i.e. 30 marks. CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English and its solutions are strictly based on the CBSE Board latest syllabus and guidelines. Set D of Solved CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English is given below with its solutions.

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1. Read the poem carefully and answer the questions that follow by choosing the correct appropriate options (1 x 6 = 6 Marks)

The Bat

Most bats fly high,
Swooping only
To take some insect on the wing;
But there’s a bat I know

Who flies so low
He skims the floor;
He does not enter at the window But flies in at the door,

Does stunts beneath the furniture…
Is his radar wrong,
Or does he just prefer
Being different from other bats ?
And when sometimes

He settles upside down
At the foot of my bed

I let him be
On lonely night, even a crazy bat
Is company

(a) Bats fly

(i) In at the door
(ii) High only swooping sometimes
(iii) Low to skim the floor
(iv) Do not fly

(b) It seem the poet lives

(i) In a lovely place
(ii) In a forest
(iii) Alone
(iv) Along with bats

(c) The poet is _________ by the bat

(i) Amused
(ii) Irritated
(iii) Frightened
(iv) Happy

(d) The poet

(i) Does not like animals
(ii) Is afraid of animals
(iii) Likes animals
(iv) None of the above

(e) The word which is same in meaning to ‘with no one around’ is
(i) Radar
(ii) Swooping
(iii) Lonely
(iv) Crazy

(f) The poet watches the bats

(i) Swooping to catch an insect
(ii) Doing stunts
(iii) Skimming the floor
(iv) All the above

1.2. Answer the following questions : (1 x 6= Marks)

(i) Why do most bats swoop ?
(ii) What kind of a bat does the poet know ?
(iii) Where does the bat does the stunts ?
(iv) What doubts does the poet have for this bat ?
(v) Where does the bat settle down ?
(vi) Why does the poet let the bat be ?

2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow : (8 Marks)

(1) For more than half a century a number of Indian universities have been running courses in journalism but it remains an engima that even now the country is without a well developed educational programme for the mass media. We have developed some fine and prestigious training institute for catering, business management, architecture, engineering, medicine and other professions but university programmes for training in journalism have remained anaemic.

(2) Prof, Eapen, who has been associated with journalism education since the mid fifties, pleads strongly for univ. participation in journalism education and training and maintains that our universities which turnsout excellent material in engineering, medicine and several other fields of human activity, should also succeed where journalism is concerned.

(3) Eapen sees the Indian Press patterned on the British model in the matter of recruitment and training. Britain had its Fleet Street but no schools of journalism. Then why should there be university courses in journalism in India, London did have a journalism course at King’s College as early as 1919. But he feels that the conventional frame of education may not be fully relevant to an occupation such as journalism which relies so much on the conscience of the practitioner. At the same time, he holds on to his contention that information workers need to be given high quality education in the art and science of communication which is possible only in an academic atmosphere. He points to the success of the American experiment in this regard.

(4) The author laments that, ethics as a topic is not treated at length in any of the university. Doctors, lawyers, other professionals, have taken hold of their training. They have estabiished their standards of proficiency and developed codes of ethics and means of enforcing them, But there is no Hippocratic oath for journalists.

(5) Discussing the shortcomings of journalism education as it stands in India today, he says senior journalists, are not interested in teaching journalism. This has stunted the growth of journalism education. It has created a situation where there hardly is another field of study in India in which the standard on instruction is as low as in journalism training. Some faculty members do not have the necessary academic or professional qualifications to be university teachers.

(6) University courses in journalism are in such a sorry state, that editors do not depend on these courses as the suppliers of trained manpower for their papers. But a substantial newspaper initiative in this direction is required.

(a) On the basis of your reading of the given passage make notes on it, using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary-minimum 4) and a format you consider suitable. (5 Marks)

(b) Answer the question by selecting the most appropriate options : (1×3 =3 Marks)

(a) The word which is same in meaning as ‘weakness’ is____

(i) Shortcomings
(ii) Contention
(iii) Recruitment
(iv) Communications

(b) The synonym of ‘essential’ is_____

(i) Engima
(ii) Prestigious
(iii) Well-developed
(iv) Necessary

(c) ‘Requests’ is the meaning of

(i) Relies
(ii) Points
(iii) Pleads
(iv) Laments


3. You are Krati of ST. Xavier’s School, Noida. You have lost your watch in school premises.

Draft a notice for the school notice board for the same. (4 Marks)


Gopal Sharma has one flat for sale. Draft an advertisement for him to be inserted in the classified columns of the local newspaper. Invent necessary details.

4. Write a letter to the Editor of the local daily, showing your concern over the poor condition of the Historical buildings that are supposed to be our heritage. (6 Marks)


Recently you came across an advertisement in the newspaper about the post of sales executives lying vacant in S.K. Pharmacy. Write a letter with complete Bio-data, applying for the same.

5. Write an article on the topic ‘Importance of Physical fitness.’ (10 Marks)


World Trade Fair is held at Delhi. You as a reporter of ‘The Hindu’ went to witness the same. Write a report on It You are Rajan.


6. Fill in the following dialogues suitably : (4 Marks)

(i) Amar : Have you ever visited Bombay ?

Amit : No,……..

(ii) Rehman : Shekhar insulted the class teacher yesterday !

Usman ………….

Lata : Have you taken anything for breakfast ?

Herna No, I……..

(iv) Ramu : When will you telephone me ?

Sohan : I shall telephone you…….

7. The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write each error and write your correction in your anwer sheet as given below. The first correction has been done as an example. (1/2 x 8 = 4 Marks)

CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English (Solved) - Set D

8. Look at the words and phrases given below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done for you as an example. Write the correct sentences in your answer-sheet. Remember to number the answer correctly. (1 x 2 = 2 Marks)

a clever/a prisoner/planned/escape/once
A prisoner once planned a clever escape.

(a) of rubbish/he/every week/noticed/a lorry/arriving/inside.
(b) a big dustbin/he/one day/hid/himself.


9. Read the following stanza and choose the most appropriate options that are given below : (1 x 3 = 3 Marks)

Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely forrn’d,
altogether changed, and yet the same,
I descend to lave the droughts,
atomies, dust-layers of the globe,

And all that in them without me were
seeds only, latent, unborn

(a) The rain is formed _

(i) on the sea
(ii) in the woods
(iii) in the sky
(iv) on the earth

(b) The rain falls to

(i) give relief to man
(ii) to wash away droughts and dust
(iii) to quench the thirst of everyone
(iv) to nourish plants

(c) The seeds will remain _______ without the rain :

(i) latent
(ii) too small
(iii) vaguely formed
(iv) drought


Which strange to tell, gave me an answer, is here translated :

(i) Who is ‘Me’ ? Why is ‘Me’ surprised ?
(a) ‘Me’ is the poet. He is surprised at being questioned.
(b) ‘Me’ is the rain. It was surprised to get an answer.
(c) ‘Me is the poet’. He is surprised at the action of the rain.
(d) Me is the poet. He is surprised by the sound of the rain.

(ii) ‘As here translated’ refer to :

(a) only the poet could translate it
(b) rain’s language is translated by the poet
(c) the poet’s description of rainfall
(d) the song that moves out

(iii) What is strange to tell :

(a) the rain giving an answer
(b) the song moving and coming back
(c) the poet could understand thye rain’s language
(d) the peot enjoyed the rain

10. Answer any three of the following questions : (3 x 3 = 9 Marks)

(i) Why does the father feel helpless inspite of the fact that the son is built to his design ?
(ii) With examples from the text show that the grandmother was a religious lady.
(iii) Why was Aram delighted and frightened to see Mourad on a beautiful white horse ?
(iv) Sometimes it is better to forget old memories as they are not always present. Give your view’s in reference to the chapter The Address.’

11. Answer the following questions in about 150 words.

Children’s courage and optimism helped the parents to overcome dangers. Discuss in reference to ‘we’re not afraid to die (6 Marks)


Man should share the earth with other living beings, as they also have equal right on it. Express our views in reference to The Ailing Planet.’ (Value Based Question)

12. Answer the following questions in about 150 words. (6 Marks)

Why was Albert expelled from School ?


Compare and contrast the characters of Mrs. Pearson & Mrs. Fitzgerald.

13. Attempt any one of the sections from A and B. (6 Marks)

Answer the following questions in about 150 words :

(A) Cast down your buckets where your are.’ What message does the author want to convey with these words ?


Booker’s speech at the Atlantic Exposition became a historical explain.

(B) Sir Simon’s funeral was stately traditional one. Describe it briefly.


What attempts were made by Canterville ghost to frighten Otis family ?

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