HS English Question Paper 2024 WBCHSE | Higher Secondary English Question Answer Sheet 2024

Dear students, HS English Question Paper 2024 with answers will be provided here. This will give you a good understanding of this year’s West Bengal Higher Secondary Examination English paper. Also, you can download the PDF from the bottom of this post.

HS English Question Paper 2024 with Answer Sheet

HS Question Paper 2024

English – Second Language

Total Time : [ 3 Hours 15 minutes ] Total Marks : 80

(Multiple Choice Type Question)


(i) The girl who boarded the train from Rohana was wearing

(a) high heels

(b) slippers

(c) boots

(d) sports shoes.

Ans: (b) slippers

(ii) Before Roger left Mrs. Jones gave him

(a) a pair of suede shoes

(b) a ten cent cake

(c) ten dollars

(d) a set of new clothes.

Ans: (c) ten dollars

(iii) Kalam’s ancestral house was made of

(a) limestone and brick

(b) cement and brick

(c) mud and brick

(d) bamboo and tin shed.

Ans: (a) limestone and brick

(iv) When the Tsar saw the hermit for the first time, the latter was

(a) meditating under the tree

(b) sleeping on the porch

(c) digging the soil in front of his hut.

(d) talking to the villagers.

Ans: (c) digging the soil in front of his hut.


(v) The cricket’s shrill song is heard on a

(a) rainy afternoon 

(b) sunny morning

(c) scorching noon

(d) winter evening.

Ans: (d) winter evening.

(vi) According to the poet, what has “all too short a date”?

(a) Eye of Heaven

(b) Darling buds of May

(c) Summer’s lease

(d) The poet’s friend’s beauty.

Ans: (c) Summer’s lease

(vii) When the roots of the tree are pulled out, they are

(a) dry and dead

(b) white and wet

(c) hard and twisted

(d) green and moist.

Ans: (b) white and wet

(viii) The soldier appears

(a) cold

(b) warm

(c) pale

(d) bright.

Ans: (c) pale


(ix) The setting of the play The Proposal’ is

(a) Chubukov’s garden

(b) Lomov’s drawing room

(c) Chubukov’s drawing room

(d) Lomov’s garden.

Ans: (b) Lomov’s drawing room

(x) Natalya lived

(a) alone

(b) with her parents

(c) with her mother

(d) with her father.

Ans: (a) alone

(xi) Lomov was……………. years old.

(a) twenty five

(b) thirty

(c) thirty five

(d) forty.

Ans: (c) thirty five

(xii) The piece of land that Lomov and Natalya quarrelled over was

(a) Oxen Meadows

(b) Lomov’s farm

(c) Birch woods

(d) Burnt March.

Ans: (a) Oxen Meadows

(Short Answer Type Question)


(i) What were the names of Kalam’s parents?

(ii) Who was supposed to receive the girl at Saharanpur station ?

(iii) What did Kalam’s father avoid in his daily life?

(iv) At what time was Mrs. Jones returning home from work?

(v) What was the third question that came to the Tsar’s mind?

(vi) Why did the bearded man want to take revenge ?

(vii) What did the narrator know about the animals in the forests near Dehra ?

(viii) What did Mrs. Jones plan to prepare from the canned milk ?


(ix) Who has written the poem ‘On Killing A Tree’ ?

(x) Who according to the poet is more lovely than a Summer’s day?

(xi) When the grasshopper gets tired, where does he rest?

(xii) What will happen if miniature boughs are unchecked?

(xiii) What kind of a poem is ‘Shall I Compare Thee to A Summer’s Day’?

(xiv) What was the soldier’s pillow made of?

(xv) Who is not expected to disturb the soldier’s rest?

(xvi) Why is the poetry of the earth never dead?

(Subjective/Descriptive Type Questions)


(i) “Then I made a mistake.”

(a) Who is the speaker?

(b) What mistake did he make?

(c) Why did he call it a mistake?.

(d) How did his co-passenger react to it? 1+1+2+2

(ii) “There was a very old mosque in our locality where my father would take me for evening prayers.’

(a) Who waited for Kalam’s father outside the mosque ?

(b) Why did they wait there?

(c) Why did some of them thank Kalam’s father?

(d) What would Kalam’s father then say to them?  1+2+2+1

(iii) “May be, you ain’t been to your supper either, late as it be. Have you ?”

(a) Who is the speaker and who is being spoken to ?

(b) Which meal of the day is ‘Supper’?

(c) What did the person spoken to reply?

(d) What were the things offered by the speaker? 2+1+1+2

(iv) “Here comes someone running.”

(a) Who is the speaker?

(b) Who came running?

(c) What was the condition of the person who came running?

(d) How was the person taken care of? 1+1+2+2


(v) “Not a simple jab of the knife Will do it.”

(a) What is meant by ‘it’?

(b) Why will the jab of the knife not do ‘it’?

(c) How can ‘it’ be done? 1+2+3

(vi) ‘A small green valley where a slow stream flows’…

(a) Who lies in the. valley?

(b) How does he lie?

(c) Describe his bed and pillow.

(d) How does the poet describe the smile on his face?

(vii) “And every fair from fair sometime declines.”

(a) From which poem is the line quoted ?

(b) Who is the poet ?

(c) Briefly explain the meaning of the quoted line.

(d) How does the poet promise to immortalise his friend’s beauty? 1+1+2+2

(viii) In about 100 words justify the title of the poem The Poetry of Earth’. 6


(ix) Why has Lomov come to visit Chubukov? How was Lomov dressed? How does Chubukov react to Lomov’s proposal?

How far was Natalya aware of the reason of Lomov’s arrival ? 1+2+2+1

(x) What are the names of hunting dogs of Lomov and Chubukov? From whom has Lomov purchased his dog and at what price? According to Lomov, what defect does Chubukov’s dog have? 2+2+2

(xi) “Oh what a burden, Lord, to be the father of grown up daughter!” Who is the speaker? In not more than 80 words, sketch the character of the speaker in light of the above comment. 1+5

(i) “Why don’t you say this to the people who come to you for help and advice ?” I asked my father. (Change the mode of narration)

(ii) Then I made a mistake. (Change the voice)

(iii) You have an interesting face. (Change into a complex sentence)

(iv) We lived in our ancestral house which was built in the middle of the 19th century. (Split into simple sentences)

(v) He is the best dog in the district. (Change into positive degree)

(vi) The poetry of earth is never dead. (Turn into an affirmative sentence)

(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate articles and/or prepositions : 1/2×6=3

I have endeavoured……..(i)……… understand………(ii)………fundamental truths revealed….(iii)….      

me ……..(iv)…………..my father, and feel convinced that there exists……….(v)………..divine power that can lift one up from confusion, misery, melancholy and failure and guide one……. (vi)…….one’s truc place.

(c) Correct the error in the following sentence by replacing the underlined word with the right one from the options given below: 1 x 1 = 1

Few girls can resist flattering.

[Options: flatter, flattery, flatterer ]

Today it is the tonga that is nearing extinction with the emergence of the prosperous middle class in many of our cities. The machine has been given preference as a form of conveyance. Scooters, motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses ply on routes that were once the monopoly of tonga, ponies and tram cars. Our roads, never built for such heavy traffic are frequently cracking up.

Tongas are still to be seen in our towns but they are confined to roads where taxis and buses do not penetrate; most tonga drivers refuse to change with the times and still ply their tongas despite a diminishing income. Their ponies seem to have more traffic sense than some of our taxi drivers; they deal very well with traffic jams, seldom panic, and are involved in very few accidents.

Tonga drivers vary according to the towns they belong to. In Lucknow they are still courteous, self styled descendants of Nawabs. In Delhi – where you can see them only in the old city -they are aggressive and shrewd, matching the temper of the city. Many of them have sold their ponies and bought auto rickshaws. Everywhere they are fading away.

Tongas like tram cars are becoming part of our nostalgia for the past. Good for the animal, perhaps, though I have never met a tonga driver who starved his pony. And the greater the distance we put between our world and the world of animals, the less humane we become.

(a) State whether the following statements are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F’ for False. (You need not write the sentences, write the numbers only) 1 x 4 = 4

(i) Our roads are built for scooters, motor cycles, cars, trucks and buses.

(ii) The income of tonga drivers is decreasing.

(iii) Taxi drivers lack the traffic sense which we observe in tonga ponies.

(iv) The narrator has often seen starved tonga ponies.

(b) Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2 x 3 = 6

(i) Where are the tongas confined to in our towns?

(ii) How do the tonga drivers vary according to the towns they belong to ?

(iii) What do the middle class people of the cities prefer as a means of conveyance?



No one can deny the importance of history in our civilisation. No study of present is complete without a reference to the past. If we go to history for a mere catalogue of facts and a record of annals and dates, we will be mistaken. We will only know the surface reality. The proper study of history lies in the relation of the past with the present how the present relates to the past and what happened in the past has a profound connection with the present. It is from history that we come to learn how misfortunes could have been avoided and how people could take lessons from good things. Such knowledge would surely help in the progress of civilisation. The real understanding of history lies in this.

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