Compulsory English: Grade XII Model Question

February 26, 2022

Compulsory English (ENG. 004)- National Examination Board (NEB) 

Grade XII 

Model Questions 

Full Marks: 75 Time: 3 hours

1. Read the text and complete the tasks that follow. 15 

How to stay fit, happy and healthy 

If you’ve been listening to the news you already know about our national obesity levels rising  by the day. It has never been more important to watch what you are eating and to get an  adequate amount of exercise and sleep to keep yourself fit and healthy. Though it may feel like  really hard work at first, once you adopt an exercise routine and start to adapt to a new  situation, you’ll forget you ever did things differently. Here are the top four top adjustments you could make make: 

Sleep is huge and almost a third of the US population doesn’t get near enough to help them stay  physically and mentally healthy. If you are sleep deprived, try changing your habits in order to  get a full eight hours every night. 

Look at what you’re eating now and make changes where you see fit. If you are susceptible to  snacking, keep a piece of fruit or a few nuts at hand. The key is to eat small meals throughout  the day. Reduce portion sizes, remove white bread and replace with whole grains and make sure  each meal contains at least one portion of fruit and – or vegetables. Healthy food doesn’t have  to be expensive in the least bit, and you can get an abundance of low priced fruit and veggies,  like apples, bananas, potatoes and peas. 

Take a look at your current lifestyle and make a small list of everything you do that is not good  for your health. This could be anything, from eating too much junk food or drinking too much  caffeine, to smoking or drinking. Start the process of breaking these habits one by one. Some  will be easy, while others may take months or maybe years to get rid of and eradicate 

completely from your life, but the sooner you start fighting, the better.  

Some addictions (like smoking, drugs or alcohol) are incredibly bad not only to your health,  but also to your pocketbook. If you smoke and/or drink, start by cutting back on how many  drinks you have, or cigarettes you smoke, in a day, and if necessary, seek medical advice and  assistance to make further steps towards stopping completely. 

We all should be doing at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3 to 4 or more times a week, to maintain  good health and keep fit. This can be pretty much anything that is physical, like walking,  cycling, running, swimming to weightlifting, etc. This too does not have to be expensive, and  you can get a great work out without joining any costly gyms. Most of these exercises are  inexpensive, and just doing a cardiovascular exercise, like walking, jogging, or walking on a  treadmill a few times a week will do your body (and heart) good.


A. Look at the highlighted words in the text. Complete these sentences using them. Two of them are not necessary. (5X1=5)

a. Disadvantaged people are …………… of social justice.  
b. Nepal is a naturally rich country. In fact, it has an …………….. of natural resources.
c. Older people with medical complications are …………… to Covid-19.
d. I have made a few …………… to the design to give the shirt a new look.
e. It took me seven hours to complete the task. It was …………… difficult. 

B. Choose the appropriate headings for paragraphs 2-6 from the list below and write the paragraph numbers next to them. (5X1=5)
a. Strive for a better diet ……………. 
b. Exercise, exercise, exercise ……………. 
c. Overcoming addictions ……………. 
d. Get more sleep ……………. 
e. Stop all those bad habits ……………. 

C. Answer the following questions. (5X1=5)
a. What percentage of the US population get enough sleep to stay healthy?
b. Why is healthy food not always expensive? 
c. What is the best way to get rid of bad habits? 
d. Why do you think an addiction like smoking is worse than snacking on junk food?
e. What type of exercise is good for your heart? 

2. Write short answers to the following questions. (5X2=10)

a. Why were the people in the neighborhood surprised at the role of the young man and his wife within their family? (Neighbours
b. How does the author make fun using the words 'America' and 'the USA? (A Devoted  Son) 
c. Explain the following lines with reference to the context: (The Awakening Age) Along the line may our lives rhyme To make a loving harvest of space and time. 
d. What is the central idea of the essay Knowledge and Wisdom by Bertrand Russell? e. How can you say that history has been a major contested issue in this present world?  (Humility

3. Write long answers to the following questions. (2X5=10)

a. Sketch the character of Famous Actress. How is she different from Earnest Young  Woman? (A Matter of Husbands) 
b. Write a short summary of the poem A Day by Emily Dickinson. 

4. What is the most useful thing that you have ever learnt? Write two or three paragraphs about it. (7)

5. You have received this email from your friend Nitesh.  Write a reply email to Nitesh. (8)


From: Nitesh 

Subject: Holiday 

Some school friends of mine are visiting your village soon for a week's touring holiday.  They would like to travel around about your local area and understand its history. Can you tell me about some of the places they could visit please? What's the best way to travel around – bus, car, bike or on foot? 



6. Many students in Nepal tend to choose to study abroad. To what extent does this trend benefit the students and the country? What are the drawbacks? Write an essay to  explain your thoughts in about 300 words. (10)

7. Do as indicated in the brackets and rewrite the sentences. (10X1=10)

a. I’m going to tell you something very important, so please listen …………... .  (Complete the sentence with an appropriate adverb.)
b. The old man died …………. a heart attack. (Put the correct preposition in the blank.)
c. More than one person …………. going to have to find a new job. (Put the correct  verb in the blank.) 
d. You'll …………. (has to/have to/must/had to) tell the police that your house was broken into. (Choose the correct option from the bracket to complete the sentence.
e. He only realised he …………. his keys when he reached his front door. (Complete the  sentence using correct forms of verbs: lose) 
f. A lot of people are worried about …………. (to lose/losing) their jobs. (Choose the  correct option from the bracket to complete the sentence.
g. …………. the AC was on, the room was not cool. (Put correct conjunction in the  blank to complete the sentence.
h. Between 2000 and 2005 she wrote three novels, …………. (neither of which/none which/none of which) were published. (Choose the correct option from the bracket to  complete the sentence.) 
i. I like people laughing at me. (Change into passive.
j. Could you please open the window? (Report this with the reporting clause: She  requested ………..) 

8. Choose and copy the correct answer. (5X1=5)

a. Which of the following words has a different initial sound? 

i. check
ii. chess 
iii. chemical
v. chairman 

b. The last sound in the word 'push' is transcribed as 

i. /ʃ/
ii. /z/ 
iii. /s/
iv. /tʃ/ 

c. I can't ……….. the pain. 

i. bare
ii. bear 
iii. beer
iv. bore 

d. Which word would you find in a dictionary that comes between the guide words: kiwi …  knit? 

i. king
ii. kitty 

iii. knob
iv. knife 

e. The babysitter ……….. the girl while her parents were not at home. 

i. looked after
ii. looked at 
iii. looked over
iv. looked up 

Source: Curriculum Development Center