CBSE Important Questions class XII English 2008 2


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Book - 2 (Vistas) The Third Level

Short Questions:

  1. What does the narrator think of Grand Central?
  2. How does the narrator describe Galesburg, Illinois?
  3. What does Sam’s writing found in the oldest First Day Cover signify?
  4. What was Charley’s reaction after coming back from the Third Level?

Broad Questions:

  1. Imagination is a ‘temporary refuge from reality’. Explain the statement.
  2. What convinced Louisa and Charley about the existence of the Third Level?
  3. What discovery did Charley make? How?

The Tiger king

Short Questions:

  1. What had the astrologers foretold about the Tiger King? When did he become the ruler of the kingdom?
  2. “At another time he was in danger of losing his throne”. How?
  3. How did the hundredth tiger come to be killed by the Maharaja? What is so funny about it?

Broad Questions:

  1. The title of the Maharaja reflected grandeur but his death was an anticlimax. Justify.
  2. What problem arose when Maharaja had killed the ninety-ninth tiger?

Journey to the End of the Earth

Short Questions:

  1. What happened when there thrived Gondwana thrived for 500 million years?
  2. How is global temperature increasing? What are the immediate fears due to it?
  3. What are the microscopic phytoplanktons? How are they important in the food chain and photosynthesis?
  4. What warning do the scientists give about a further depletion in the ozone layer?

Broad Questions:

  1. What does the writer say about the geological history of Antarctica?
  2. How has man played havoc with the ecological health of the earth?
  3. The world’s geological history is trapped in Antarctica. How is the study of this region useful to us?

The Enemy

Short Questions:

  1. How did Dr. Sadao meet Hana? When did their marriage take place?
  2. How did Dr. Sadao treat he wounded man?
  3. What complex situation did arise when the wounded man was taken into the house?
  4. How did the servants show their superstitions?
  5. How was Hana affected while helping Dr. Sadao in the operation?
  6. What opinion does the General have of Dr. Sadao as a surgeon?
  7. What was the ‘reward’?

Broad Questions:

  1. How did Dr. Sadao and Hana nurse the wounded American?
  2. Dr. Sadao was compelled by his duty as a doctor to help the enemy soldier.
  3. Do you think the doctor’s final solution to the problem was the best possible one in the circumstances?
  4. What is the theme of Pearl S. Buck’s ‘The Enemy’?

Should Wizard Hit Mommy?

Short Questions:

  1. How did the wizard help Roger Skunk shed his awful smell?
  2. Why does Jack insist that it was the wizard that was hit and not the mother?
  3. What does Jack suggest for the ending of the story?
  4. How did Roger Skunk’s mommy react when he, smelling ‘roses’ went home?

Broad Questions:

  1. Describe the basic tale that originated a new story with a slight variation each time, as it was narrated by Jack to Joe.
  2. What is the moral issue that ‘Should Wizard Hit Mommy’ raises?
  3. Why does Jack insist that it was the wizard that was hit and not the mother?

On The Face of It

Short Questions:

  1. How does Mr. Lamb receive Derry when the latter enters his garden stealthily?
  2. How do people comment so painfully about Derry’s face? Why?
  3. Mr. Lamb says to Derry: ‘It’s all relative. Beauty and the beast’. What does he mean by that?
  4. Who should be ‘friends’ according to both Derry and Mr. Lamb?
  5. What does Mr. Lamb usually do that seems ‘peculiar’ to Derry?
  6. Why does Derry go back to Mr. Lamb in the end?
  7. Comment on the aptness of the title of the story ‘On the Face of It’.

Broad Questions:

  1. What is the initial attitude to Derry towards one and all? Why is it so?
  2. What lesson of life does Mr. Lamb teach Derry when he comes to his garden? How has it affect him?
  3. What lesson of life does ‘On the Face of It’ teach? How?

Evans tries an O- Level

Short Questions:

  1. What do Secretary and the Governor decide about Evans’ taking the O-level exam?
  2. How did Evans appear which prompted Jackson call him ‘scruffy sod’?
  3. What two motives were there behind Evans’ cell getting bugged by the Governor?
  4. How do you think did Evans actually escape throwing all the prison security to the winds?

Broad Questions:

  1. Describe how Evans escaped from the high security Oxford prison despite all the precautions taken against his escape.
  2. Do you agree that between crime and punishment it is mainly a battle of wits?

Memories of Childhood

Short Questions:

  1. How did the author feel awkward in sitting in the chair for breakfast?
  2. What emotional trauma did the author undergo when her hair was being cut?
  3. What other entertainments & funs did the author enjoy from time to time while returning from school?
  4. What advice did Annan give to the author that could reduce Untouchability?

Broad Questions:

  1. Describe the Breakfast episode that made Zitkala-Sa cry.
  2. What episode of discrimination did Annan narrate? What feelings did it evoke in the narrator?