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

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 A of Solved CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English is given below with its solutions.

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1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow it by choosing the correct options : (12 Marks)

(1) LAPROSCOPY, which was used to remove gall bladder, will be used in various kinds of surgery for the advantages it has over the techniques such as small incision, reduced post operative pain and short hospital stay. One of the major difficulties in laproscopic surgery that the keyhole surgery has been the stitching of tissues. So expensive mechancial devices called staplers are used to overcome the difficulty. But the stitching, called suturing and knotting, using laproscopy obviates the need for these tools and add considerably to the kinds of surgeries which can be done laproscopically.

(2) The department of Surgery of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has organised a two day workshop on various advanced laproscopic techniques. The workshop is the largest of its kind in the country giving hands on experience in a stimulated environment using 20 state of the art “endotrainer stations”, As many as 200 delegates, surgeons of many year’s experience and faculty members of medical colleges from all over the country are attending the workshop. In open surgery doctors are first taught to put stitches. In the laproscopic surgery of gall bladder using a stapler to put the stitches is alright as there are few stitches but in some cases, such as liver surgery, stapler can’t be used as it is feared that the stapler might give way and the patient bleed to death. Hence “Suturing and knotting is the best”, said Dr. Arvind Kumar, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery.

(3) “By doing away with the use of stapler the cost of the surgery can be brought down considerably as the stapler as well as the staples are quite expensive”, said Dr. Arvind Kumar. In laproscopy a tiny telescope is inserted through a small hole in the area being operated upon. The doctor insert the instruments for operating through other small holes and operates by looking at the image of the insides as projected on a screen from the telescope that has been inserted. Suturing and knotting looking at a screen require a high degree of precision and eye-hand co-ordination.

(4) A lot of training is needed to master this kind of suturing and knotting. “In Laproscopic suturing and knotting, the doctor never comes into the contact with tissues. He has to do using long instruments inserted into the body which have to be used like extensions of the fingers. This is more demanding on the surgeons skills and they need workshops to learn and not patients”, said Dr. Michael JMC Mahon of the Leeds Institute of Minimally invasive Surgery one has to teach the participants in the workshop.

(5) The advantage of endotrainers in doctors can learn to stitch tissues in laproscopy without using human as guinea pigs. The doctors train by stitching tissue simulators or animal tissues. “A single workshop cannot teach them enough but one workshop is better than no workshops. This workshop is to serve as a trendsetter for similar continuing education programmes on laproscopic suturing and knotting all over the country”, said Dr. Kumar. The technique is better adopted by younger surgeons as it is difficult for a surgeon used to following the open surgery method to change and relearn new techniques, said Dr. M. C. Mishra of the surgery department.

1.1.0n the basis of reading the above passage answer the following questions :  (2 x 5 = 10)

(i) Mention two advantages of laproscopy.

(ii) What is used for stiching in laproscopy ?

(iii) Why is laproscopic surgery expensive than open surgery ?

(iv) What skills are required by a laproscopy surgeon ?

(v) How is the laproscopy surgery performed ? (2 x 5 = 10)

1.2. Find meaning of the following words and phrases from the passage : (1/2 x 4 = 2)

(a) expensive (para 1)

(b) way of doing something (para 2)

(c) careful about details (para 3)

(d) a person or thing used as a subject for experiment, (para 5)

Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow (8 Marks)

(1) Fashion is a force-a powerful force of constantly altering patterns of change and growth. Its constant movement affects the fate of the designers and manufacturers, who distribute it and of course, the lives of the consumers, who follow what it dictates. All of its facets taken together add up to a multimillion dollar industry. Fashion today means mega bucks.

(2) Fashion is also a science. It involves known facts and basic principles, and its actions and reaction can be predicted as these are based on those facts and principles. Fashion is one of those distinct and unique trades that is highly dependent on the environment and the changes that are continuously taking place in it.

(3) For one to make it to the top in the fashion business and stay there, one has to continue to discover and innovate to fulfil the needs and wants of the customers. For this, most of the top designers such as Yves Saint Laurant, Karl Lagerfeld, Claiborne, etc., all rely upon their creativity backed by years of invaluable experience. In this line of work, instinct and intuition, play a very major role.

(4) As the power of fashion to influence our lives grows, a number of misconceptions about it continue to abound. The most common of these is that the designers and the retailers dictate what the fashion will be, and force their fancies on the helpless consumers. In reality it is the consumers themselves, who dictate what the fashions will be, by either accepting or rejecting the styles and trends that are offered. They are truly, as one ‘fashion guru’ once said, “Variety vultures.”

(5) The second misconception is that fashion acts as an influence on women only. Men today, are as much influenced by and, responsive to fashion, as women. In point of fact, the male fashion industry has been growing at a dizzying rate. Yes, there was a time when menswear was not exactly worth talking about. It was staid and unimaginative. But that does not mean that men did not dress-up according to the latest trends of the day.

(6) There were changes in Western dressing that followed the dictates of the designers and the fashionable elite trends-setters. These gave the fashion world the drainpipes in the ’60s, the popular safaris in the ’70s, the denims in the ’80s and the ethnic wear that has caught on these days.

(7) Fashion today is more lifestyle oriented and quite practical. The modern male and female want to dress differently for office and leisure. Designers are becoming more daring, the women as well as the menfolk have a wide choice. There are different designs for every moment of a busy social schedule-from work, lunch to afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner and gala banquets.

(8) Lastly, fashion is the force that causes women to raise and lower their skirtlength, straighten or fizz their hair and change from sports wear to dressy clothes. Fashion is, also that force that influences men to grow or shave off their moustaches and beards, choose wide or narrow ties and lapels and change from casual jeans into three piece suits and tuxedo. It is indeed this dynamic and varied force that adds spice and colour to our life.

(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage make notes on it using recognisable abbreviations wherever necessary. (5 marks)

(b) Write a summary of the above passage in not more than 80 words. (3 marks)


3. You are Isha of R.K. memorial Sr. Sec. School. Gurgaon. As the cultural secretary of your school, write a notice for your school notice board inviting names for the excursion trip to Goa planned in the last week of September. Give all relevant details, (4 Marks)


Draft a poster on ‘No to Plastic Bags’.

4. New India Anoderses, A-10 Phase-II, Mayur Vihar, New-Delhi, advertised regarding, the vacancy for the post of an accountant. In response to it, apply for the post giving your Bio-Data. You are Saran/Saranya of Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. (6 Marks)


You are Tarun, a resident of 86 New Basti Gwalior, Write a letter to the editor of ‘The Times of India’ telling about the nuisance of loudspeakers in your area.

5. Write an article for your school magazine, justifying the need of education for all in the country for national development. (10 Marks)


Write a speech to be delivered in the school assembly on ‘Importance of Discipline’ in life.


6. Fill in the blanks using suitable modals : (4 Marks)

Student : Madam, may I come in ?

Teacher : Where were you ? you (a) be in the class at the right time.

Student : Sorry Madam, I (b) not get the straight bus.

Teacher : 0. K., but you (c) not repeat it in future.

Student : I (d) not repeat so. Kindly, forgive me this time.

7. The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in the use of verb in each of the following lines. Find the error and write the correct word in your answer sheet. The first one has been done as an example. (1/2 x 8 = 4 Marks)

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

8. Look at the sentences given below in a disorderly form. Re-order (Rearrange) them to form meaningful sentences : (1/2 x 4 = 2 Marks)

(a) my winning a medaUl told him/until/about/not known/he had

(b) on my bicycle/to/go/I/used to/my school.

(c) boy/each/was punished/of the class/yesterday

(d) how/you had/at the interview/done/us/let/know.


9. Read the extracts given below and choose the options which are most appropriate : (1 x 3 = 3 marks)

Silence surrounds us. I would have

Him prodigal, returning to

His father’s house, the home he know,

Rather than see him make and move

His world. I would forgive him too

Shaping from sorrow a new love.

(a) The father wants his son to

(i) Return

(ii) Go away

(iii) Get punished

(iv) Stay silent

(b) ‘Silence surrounds’ them because

(i) They are father and son

(ii) They are unknown to each other

(iii) There is no communication between the two

(iv) They are friends

(c) The word ‘prodigal’ means

(i) Miser

(ii) Extravagant


A sweet face,

My mother’s, that was before I was born.

And the sea, which appears to have changed less,

Washed their terribly transient feet.

(a) The mother looked at that time

(i) Fat and round

(ii) Ugly

(iii) Sweet

(iv) Old

(b) The photograph was clicked when the poet was

(i) A child

(ii) A young boy

(iii) Not born

(iv) An old man

(c) The word transient’ shows

(i) The permanence of the sea

(ii) The momentary life

(iii) The permanence of the photograph

(iv) The sea which had not changed

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

(i) Describe the changing relationship between the author and his grandmother. Did their feelings for each other change ?

(ii) How is the archeology changed substantially in the modern times ?

(iii) ‘Of all the thing’ I had to forget, that would be the easiest.” What does the speaker mean by that and Why ?

(iv) Why did the Narrator visit the village astrologer ? What according to be astrologer was Ranga’s cause of worry ?

11. Answer the following question in about 120-150 words.

What was the root cause of conflict between the History teacher and Albert ?


Write a note on the Title of the play ‘Mothers Day.’ (6 Marks)

12. Answer the following question in about 120-150 words.

People of city differ in emotions with those of village. Express your views in context to ‘The Portrait of a Lady.’ (6 Marks)


The children faced the situation more bravely than their elders. Discuss in context to, “We’re not afraid to die

13. Attempt either A or B part of the following :

(A) Why did Booker consider education out of the text book more valuable than the education through the text book ? (6 Marks)


How was the trip to Europe the greatest surprise in Booker’s life?

(B) What made the ghost not appear again to scare the Otis family?


Why did Lord CanterVille refuse to accept the jewels?

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