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English Project Questions | CBE Questions | Class 12 CBSE

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

English Internal Assessment | CBE based Questions | CBSE


  1. The project should be handwritten only. Computer printing is not allowed.

  2. Write your project on a A4 size paper with a cover page in which your topic must be mentioned along with your Class/Division/Roll No.

  3. The project should be submitted inside a transparent thin pouch.

  4. The project should be written within the word limit in your own language.

Format/Layout of the Project File.

  • Cover page, with the title of the project, school details/details of students.

  • Statement of purpose/objectives/goals

  • Certificate of completion under the guidance of the teacher.

  • List of resources/bibliography.

Questions for English Projects for Board Exams.
These project questions can also be practised for 5-Mark Questions in Board Examination, 2024

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Q1. The Enemy’ gives the message that humanism transcends all man made prejudices and barriers. Justify this statement with reference to the life of Dr. Sadao & Hana in 800-1000 words.

  1. Need for developing humanism like empathy, forgiveness, charity etc.

  2. Background info about Dr. Sadao’s upbringing.

  3. Description about His education in the USA

  4. Conflict between patriotism & humanism.

  5. Examples of Dr. Sadao’s empathetic nature.

  6. Dr. Sadao’s resolve of the internal conflict & display of humanity against prejudices & barriers.

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Q2. ‘Courage and optimism are attributes that can make the impossible possible.’ Make a comparative study about ‘Deep Water’ and ‘We’re Not Afraid to Die…’, which you have studied in class XI. Make a project file with instances from the two lessons to justify the above statement. (Word Limit: 800-1000 words)


  1. Importance of being courageous & optimistic in life.

  2. Describe any two personalities from India who showed similar courage & resilience to overcome challenges in life.

  3. Similarity in thematic structure between ‘Deep Water’ & ‘We’re Not Afraid to Die..’ with examples from the respective stories.

  4. How did William Douglas & the Captain & his family overcome their respective challenges in life.

  5. Messages we get from these two stories.

Q3. The story ‘The Rattrap’ focuses on human loneliness and the need to bond with others. Make a project report on justifying this statement with special reference to the rattrap seller & the efforts made by the ironmaster & his daughter to make the bond with the peddler. (Word Limit: 800-1000)


  1. Importance of making bonds with other human beings.

  2. Instances where the peddler is shown to be feeling lonely.

  3. Instances from the text where the Ironmaster tried to make bonds with the peddler.

  4. Edla’s efforts in being hospitable with the peddler.

  5. Peddler’s transformation of personality & display of gratitude to Edla Wilmanson.

  6. Message conveyed through the Peddler's transformation & portrayal of Edla's character.

Q4. Make a project report on the types of discrimination & mental agony faced by Derry in the society & the efforts made by Mr. Lamb to change the perspective of Derry & integrate him into the mainstream society. (Word Limit: 800-1000)


  1. The manner in which people with disabilities are treated in society.

  2. Derry’s reasons for being unhappy & frustrated. Quote instances from the story which indicates his negative self-esteem & low confidence.

  3. Efforts made by Mr. Lamb to change Derry’s perspectives about life.

  4. The need to show our compassion to people with disabilities.

Q5. The story ‘The Rattrap’ highlights the trap of material benefit that most human beings are prone to fall into & the human tendency to redeem oneself from dishonest ways. Make a project file justifying the statement with instances from the life of the peddler as given in the story. (Word Limit: 800-1000)


  1. Reasons for human beings being materialistic in today’s world of possessions.

  2. The need for every human being to satisfy their needs & not their greed.

  3. The manner by which the peddler fell prey to temptations for material benefit & its consequences on him.

  4. Edla’s display of kindness brought about a sea-change in the peddler's personality.

  5. The Peddler’s initiative to redeem himself at the end of the story.

  6. The need to show compassion and charity work to the poor & the oppressed.

Q6 . Make a project report about the historical Indigo Revolution in India and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran Movement. (800-1000 words)


  1. History of Indigo Revolution in India.

  2. How did the Indigo Revolution spread across Bihar & West Bengal?

  3. Background info about Gandhi's involvement in the Indigo Revolution.

  4. Role of Gandhi in Champaran District of Bihar.

  5. Impact of his involvement in Champaran District of Bihar.

Q7. The lesson ‘Lost Spring’ highlights the plight of street children forced into labour in their teens & the indifference of society & political class to their wellbeing. Make a project file in 800-1000 words and include the following points.

  1. Reasons for the growth of child labour in India.

  2. Instances of involvement of children forced into labour.

  3. Impact of such practices on the wellbeing of children.

  4. Suggestions about how this social practice can be eradicated.

Q8. The ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’ deals with the concept of feminism and male chauvinism. Make a project file on how Aunt Jennifer was projected to be a victim of male chauvinism in the poem. ( Word Limit: 800 Words)


  1. Explain the concept of feminism in a paragraph or two of 50 words each.

  2. Relate how reference of feminism is overshadowed in the poem.

  3. Explain with instances from the poem how Aunt Jennifer is subjected to male oppression.

  4. Explain how Aunt Jennifer tries to immortalize her pain into a work of art.

  5. Your suggestions on how gender equality can be ensured in the workplace and Society at large.

Q9. Anees Jung in ‘Lost Spring’ analyses the grinding poverty & traditions, which condemn children like Saheb & Mukesh to a life of exploitation. Make a project file illustrating examples of Saheb & Mukesh & suggest how such evils can be eradicated from society. (Word Limit 800-1000 words)


  1. Child Labour-a social menace for Indian society.

  2. Reasons for the mushrooming growth of slums in our country.

  3. Examine the life of Saheb as a metaphor for countless rag pickers who live a life of poverty & depravity.

  4. Mukesh's efforts at breaking away from his family lineage of bangle making.

  5. Suggestions about resolving this social issue of poverty and deprivation.

Q10. ‘’Aunt Jennifer“ turned her pain into a work of art.’’ Make a project file evaluating Aunt Jennifer and her artistry in the light of the above statement.


  1. Importance of work of art in supplementing our aesthetic sensibility

  2. Purpose behind translating Aunt Jennifer’s pain & suffering into a work of art.

  3. Write examples illustrating Aunt Jennifer’s claim of her marriage being a liability.

  4. Aunt Jennifer’s efforts at giving vent to her suppressive grievances into a work of art.

  5. A subtle reference to mortality of human beings vis-a-vis immortality of creative art?

Q11. The lesson ‘Memories of Childhood’ describes the two types of discrimination-racial & caste discrimination respectively. Make a project file illustrating struggles of two girls & how they rebelled against such social evils. (Word Limit 800-1000 words).


  1. Background information about Native Americans & discrimination they faced.

  2. Concept of casteism in Indian society. Mention its effects in Indian society.

  3. Illustrate with examples how two girls in the story fought against these two social evils.

  4. Mention a case study each of racial & caste discrimination in modern day world.

  5. Your views on how these social evils can be eradicated from our society.

Q12. Magic realism is a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy. Examine ‘The Tiger King’ in the light of the given statement. (Word Limit 800 words)


  1. Introduction about magic realism & surreal elements in literature.

  2. Explain about the realistic narrative of wild-life poaching & animal hunting as illustrated in the story.

  3. Relate surreal elements as introduced in the story.

  4. Mention the satire as is implicit in the message of the story.

  5. Your views on how wild-life can be protected from human beings.


The following lesson ' Should Wizard Hit Mommy?' is deleted from the syllabus in Academic Session 2023-24.

Q1. The story ‘Should Wizard Hit Mommy’ raises a moral issue if the parents should always decide what the children should do or let the children do what they like to do. Do you agree? Justify your point of view in 800-1000 words.


  1. Generation Gap-reasons & how we should address it.

  2. Conflicts between Jack & his daughter in the story. Was Jack able to resolve the conflict? Give reasons with examples.

  3. Your point of view about what Jack should do to resolve the conflict in his daughter’s mind.

  4. What, according to you, should parents do, to give space to every child for their holistic growth?

Q6. How is an adult’s life different from the life of a child as highlighted in the story ‘Should wizard Hit Mommy?’ Make a project report & include the following points with special reference to Jack’s narration of Skunk’s story.

  1. What factors do you think cause the generation gap? Impact of generation gap on families.

  2. Conflicts between Jack & his daughter in the story.

  3. Your point of view about what Jack should do to resolve the conflict in his daughter’s mind.

  4. What, according to you, should parents do, to give space to every child for their holistic growth?


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Answer of Question No. 1

"The Enemy" by Pearl S. Buck beautifully illustrates the idea that humanism transcends all man-made prejudices and barriers. This poignant story revolves around the life of Dr. Sadao Hoki and his wife Hana during World War II. It showcases their journey toward developing humanistic values such as empathy, forgiveness, and charity in the face of personal and societal conflicts.

Dr. Sadao's Upbringing:

Dr. Sadao Hoki's upbringing provides the foundation for understanding his character and the development of his humanistic values. Born and raised in Japan, Sadao was brought up in a culture that highly valued tradition, loyalty, and patriotism. His father, a stern and disciplined man, instilled in him a strong work ethic and a sense of duty to his country. The story hints at the serious nature of his father, who never joked or played with him, but invested immense effort in his education. This upbringing shaped Sadao's character, making him a dedicated and disciplined individual.

Education in the USA

Sadao's education in the United States played a crucial role in broadening his horizons and instilling in him a sense of humanism. He was sent to America at the age of twenty-two to study surgery and medicine. The exposure to a different culture, diverse perspectives, and the principles of Western medicine contributed significantly to his personal growth. In the U.S., he would have encountered a society that values individualism, freedom, and the pursuit of knowledge. This experience likely influenced his outlook on life and his approach to medicine.

Conflict Between Patriotism and Humanism

Sadao's life is marked by a constant tension between his deep-rooted patriotism as a Japanese citizen and the growing humanistic values he acquires during his education and his experiences in the U.S. This conflict becomes particularly pronounced during the war. As a highly skilled surgeon and scientist, he is perfecting a medical discovery that could revolutionize wound treatment. His expertise is in high demand by the Japanese government, and he is asked to join the war effort. However, he is also committed to the principles of saving lives and upholding ethical medical standards, which often conflict with the wartime demands of his country.

Examples of Dr. Sadao's Empathetic Nature

Throughout the story, Dr. Sadao exhibits a growing empathetic nature, a core aspect of humanism. When he discovers an injured American soldier, he faces a moral dilemma. Sadao's compassionate decision to save the wounded man, even though he is an enemy, demonstrates his evolving empathy. Despite the risk to his own life and the potential repercussions from his government, Sadao is driven by his medical duty and a deep understanding of the sanctity of life.

He takes the injured soldier into his home, hiding him in a secret room to provide medical care. Sadao's tender care for the soldier and his willingness to risk everything for a man from the opposing side highlight the transformation of his character. This act of compassion, where he sees the soldier as a fellow human being in need of help rather than as an enemy, exemplifies the humanistic principles of empathy and a commitment to saving lives.

Dr. Sadao's Resolve and Display of Humanity:

Dr. Sadao's internal conflict between his patriotism and humanism reaches its peak when he realizes that the soldier, Tom, needs a life-saving operation. He decides to perform the surgery, even knowing the potential consequences, such as imprisonment or execution. This decision is a powerful manifestation of his commitment to humanity over prejudices and barriers. It is also an act of forgiveness, as he extends mercy to an enemy soldier.

Furthermore, Sadao's wife, Hana, also demonstrates humanistic qualities. She accepts and cares for the wounded soldier despite the danger it poses to her family. Her understanding and support of Sadao's decision reflect the growth of their family's collective humanistic values.

In conclusion, "The Enemy" vividly illustrates the transformation of Dr. Sadao Hoki and his wife Hana from individuals deeply rooted in their Japanese traditions and patriotism to individuals who embody humanistic values like empathy, forgiveness, and charity. The story highlights their personal evolution as they prioritize the sanctity of life and the well-being of a fellow human being over the prejudices and barriers created by war and national identity. It serves as a powerful reminder that, in the face of conflict and adversity, humanism has the potential to transcend all man-made divisions and unite people in their shared humanity.

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