Sample Paper – 2010
Class – XII
Subject – English Paper II
Q1. Choose two of the passages(a) to (c) and answer briefly the questions that follow. You must not repeat the same ,material for answering more than one question' (25) (a) Macbeth: Besides this Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet- tongu'd against The deep damnation of his taking-off'.And pity, like a naked newborn babe Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin hors'd.Upon the sightless couriers of the air,Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,That tears shall drown the wind' I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself And falls on th' other –
Enter Lady Macbeth
i) Where is Macbeth? Who is he addressing ? Describe his frame of mind.? ii) Why does he feel that killing Duncan would be disastrous? iii)How does Lady Macbeth react to Macbeth's announcement not to carry out the murder? iv) Analyse the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as seen in the conversation exchanged between them at this stage. v) Explain the lines:
And pity, like a naked newborn babe
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin hors'd
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye'
That tears shall drown the wind.
vi) Give the meaning of the following words and passage:
faculties so meek; taking- off; vaulting ambition.
(b) Macbeth: Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect; Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
As broad and general as the casing air:
But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, confin'd, bound in To saucy doubts and fears. But Banquo's safe:
First Murderer: Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides,
With twenty trenched gashes on his head,
The least a death to nature.
Thanks for that.
There the grown serpent lies; the...
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