CBSE Class 12 English Elective

SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER
ENGLISH ELECTIVE
CBSE Class XII

Time allowed: 3 Hrs, Maximum Marks: 100

The Question paper is divided into three sections:

Section A – Reading 20 marks
Section B – Writing and Grammar 40 marks
Section C – Literature 40 marks

General Instructions:

  • All the questions are compulsory.
  • You may attempt any section at a time.
  • All questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order.

SECTION-A
(Reading: 20)

1 Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (10)

1. The Ring at Caster bridge was merely the local name of one of the finest Roman amphitheaters, if not the very finest remaining in Britain. Casterbridge announced old Rome in every street, alley, and precinct. It looked Roman, bespoke the art of Rome, concealed dead men of Rome. It was impossible to dig more than a foot or two deep about the town fields and gardens without coming upon some tall soldier or other of the Empire, who had laid there in his silent unobtrusive rest for a space of fifteen hundred years.

2. Imaginative inhabitants, who would have felt an unpleasantness at the discovery of a comparatively modern skeleton in their gardens, were quite unmoved by these hoary shapes. They had lived so long ago, their time was so unlike the present, their hopes and motives were so widely removed from ours, that between them and the living there seemed to stretch a gulf too wide for even a spirit to pass. The Amphitheater was a huge circular enclosure, with ma notch at opposite extremities of its diameter north and south. It was to Casterbridge what the ruined Coliseum is to modern Rome, and was nearly of the same magnitude. The dusk of evening was the proper hour at which a true impression of this suggestive place could be received. Standing in the middle of the arena at that time there by degrees became apparent its real vastness, which a cursory view from the summit at noon-day was apt to obscure.

3. Melancholy, impressive, lonely, yet accessible from every part of the town, the historic circle was the frequent spot for appointments of a furtive kind. Apart from the sanguinary nature of the games originally played therein, such incidents attached to its past as these: that for scores of years the town gallows had stood at one corner; that in 1705 a woman who had murdered her husband was half-strangled and then burnt there in the presence of ten thousand spectators. In addition to these old tragedies, pugilistic encounters almost to the death had come off down to recent dates in that secluded arena, entirely invisible to the outside world save by climbing to the top of the enclosure, which few townspeople in the daily round of their lives ever took the trouble to do.

4. Some boys had latterly tried to impart gaiety to the ruin by using the central arena as a cricket-ground. But the game usually languished for the aforesaid reason – the dismal privacy which the earthen circle enforced, shutting out every appreciative passer’s vision, every commendatory remark from outsiders – everything, except the sky; and to play at games in such circumstances was like acting to an empty house. Henchard had chosen this, spot for meeting his long-lost wife. As Mayor of the town, with a reputation to keep up, he could not invite her to come to his house till some definite course had been decided on. (498 words)

Adapted from: The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (1886)

1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer the following questions briefly: (1×5=5)

(a) What was the name given by the locals to the ancient Amphitheatre at Casterbridge?
(b) What was the attitude of the residents to the unearthed remains of dead Romans?
(c) Over the years what had the amphitheater been used for by the locals?
(d) Why had the boys stopped using the amphitheater for their game of cricket?
(e) Why did Henchard want to keep secret his meeting with his long-lost wife?

1.2 Choose the meaning of the words/phrases given below from the given options: (1×5=5)

(a) Concealed (Para 1))
(i) silent (ii) hidden (iii) dead (iv) lonely

(b) Hoary (Para 2)
(i) unimaginative (ii) buried (iii) ancient (iv) mummified

(c) Pugilistic encounters (Para 3)
(i) vindictive meetings (ii) powerful fights (iii) boxing matches (iv) brave acts

(d) Secluded (Para 3)
(i) one (ii) private (iii) close (iv) hidden

(e) Sanguinary
(i) blood-thirsty (ii) strange (iii) peculiar (iv) vampire

Ans. 1.1 a) The Ring

b) quite unmoved by these hoary shapes/between them and the living there seemed to stretch a gulf too wide /apathy/indifference

c) secret appointments/gallows/ pugilistic encounters

d) dismal privacy of the Amphitheater shut out every appreciative passer’s vision, every commendatory remark from outsiders / it was like acting to an empty house/ no appreciative audience to clap and cheer

e) worried about his reputation/ had a secret

1.2 a) hidden
b) ancient
c) boxing matches
d) private
e) blood-thirsty


2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: (10)

Across the Kashmir Valley and over the famous Zoji La pass lies Ladakh – the Land of High Passes. It is a magical land, completely different from the green landscape of many other parts of the Himalayas. It is nature at an extreme. A 10land of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight, Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where natural forces have created a fantastic landscape.

This region once formed part of the erstwhile Kingdom of Ladakh, believed to have been inhabited by the early colonizers of Ladakh – the Indo-Aryan Mons from across the Himalayan range, the Darads from the extreme western Himalayas, and the itinerant nomads from the Tibetan highlands. Also, its valleys, by virtue of their contiguity with Kashmir, Kishtwar and Kulu, served as the initial receptacles of successive ethnic and cultural waves emanating from across the Great Himalayan range. Thus, while the Mons are believed to have carried north-Indian Buddhism to these highland valleys, the Darads and Baltis of the lower Indus Valley are credited with the introduction of farming and the Tibetans with the tradition of herding.

The aridity of Ladakh is due to its location in the rain shadow area of the Great Himalayas, as well as because of its elevation and the radiation of heat from the bare soil. The most striking physical feature of Ladakh, however, is the parallelism of its mountain ranges. In Ladakh, large rivers and their tributaries have carved deep gorges far below their steep banks. However, their water is not of much use, as the terraced fields lie high above the gorges. The region is extremely dry, with rainfall as low as 10 cm each year.

These valleys sustain an exclusively agrarian population of about 80,000 people who cultivate the land available along the course of the drainage system, wherever sources for artificial irrigation are available. The majority of the population is Muslim. Descendants of missionaries of Kashmir who introduced Islam, locally called Aghas, still hold sway over the population, perpetuating the faith even as ancient folk traditions with Buddhist and animistic undertones are palpably present. Many folk traditions, particularly those connected with the agricultural cycle, are still followed with subdued reverence.

During the last decade, a gradual change in the tourist’s perception of Ladakh has come about, thanks to the growing mystique of the Himalayas and a burgeoning interest in adventure tourism worldwide. As a result of this change in perception there has been a steady increase in the number of tourists to the Western flank of Ladakh, which comprises several river valleys. Chief among these are the spectacular valleys of Suru and Zanskar, nestling along the foothills of the main range of the Greater Himalayas; the smaller lateral valleys of Dras and Wakha-Mulbek, as also of Chiktan (still in the restricted zone) constitute important subsidaries. Drained and formed by the southeastern tributaries of the high Indus, these valleys constitute the district of Kargil.

The itinerary of the average tourist to Ladakh begins with a tour of Leh, the ancient capital and principal township of Ladakh. It invariably includes visits to a selection of monasteries located along a stretch of the Central Indus Valley, between the spectacular monastery of Lamayuru in the west and the prestigious establishment of Hemis in the east. Some take to trekking along

the lateral valleys, especially in Markha, but few venture out of the confines of the central Indus valley, which represents Ladakh’s heartland.

(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage make notes on it using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever necessary-minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also, supply an appropriate title to it.

(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words.

Ans. Note making and summary
NOTES
Title: Ladakh – the Land of High Passes (or any other relevant title) 1 mark
Abbreviations 1 mark
Content 4 marks
1. Remarkable Geography
1.1 lies across the Kashmir Valley and over the famous Zoji La pass
1.2 completely different from the green landscape of many other parts of the

Himalayas – nature at extreme
1.3 freezing winds and burning hot sunlight
1.4 is a cold desert lying in the rain shadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges
1.5 Little rain and snow reaches this dry area-rainfall as low as 10 cm each year.
1.6 large rivers and their tributaries have carved deep gorges far below their steep banks

2. History
2.1 once the Kingdom of Ladakh
2.2 early colonizers
a) the Indo-Aryan Mons from across the Himalayan range
b) Darads from the extreme western Himalayas
c) nomads from the Tibetan highlands

2.3 contiguity with Kashmir, Kishtwar and Kulu
2.4 Mons carried north-Indian Buddhism to these highland valleys
2.5 Darads and Baltis of the lower Indus Valley introduced farming
2.6 Tibetans introduced the tradition of herding.

3. People/ Population
3.1 agrarian population of about 80,000
3.2 majority of the population is Muslim
3.3 Descendants of missionaries of Kashmir who introduced Islam, locally called Aghas, still hold sway over the population
3.4 people follow ancient folk traditions
a) with Buddhist and animistic undertones
b) Many folk traditions connected with the agricultural cycle

4. Tourism in Ladakh
4.1 adventure tourism because of several river valleys
a) spectacular valleys of Suru and Zanskar
b) smaller lateral valleys of Dras and Wakha-Mulbek

4.2 itinerary of the average tourist
a) begins with a tour of Leh
b) visits to monasteries located along a stretch of the Central Indus Valley,
c) between the spectacular monastery of Lamayuru in the west and the prestigious establishment of Hemis in the east
d) trekking along the lateral valleys, especially in Markha

4.3 Few venture out of the central Indus valley, which represents Ladakh’s heartland Summary 4 Marks


SECTION: B
(Writing and Grammar)
(Marks:40)

3. The Drama Club of KMN International School is staging an adaptation of the popular Shakespearean tragedy, Julius Caesar, the proceeds of which will be used for a charitable cause. Design a visually appealing poster for this in about 50-60 words. Include all relevant details. (4)

OR

You are Komal/Karan, the Sports Captain of Rose Public School, Chandigarh. Your school has decided to allow students to use the swimming pool during the summer vacations. There will also be specialized coaching for beginners. Draft a notice in about 50-60 words informing students about this. Include all relevant details.

Ans. POSTER
Marking: 4 marks
Title: Julius Caesar (or any other appropriate title)1 mark
Content: 2 marks

  • Time date venue of the event
  • Cast and other credits
  • Availability of tickets/contact/person/address/number
  • For some charitable cause/proceeds to charity-name the cause

Any other relevant information
Expression-grammatical accuracy, spellings  1 mark

OR

NOTICE
Objective: To draft a notice in an appropriate style.
Content (includes format)
Format –name of the school, notice / title, date of issue, signatory, designation of the issuing authority
– The candidate should not be penalized if he / she has used block letters, with or without a box.
Expression (Coherence and relevance of ideas, accuracy and style)
Suggested Value Points
–details of the vacation swimming classes

  • charges
  • registration

– specialized coaching
– Time, duration, number of days
– any other relevant detail
(Due credit should be given for the economy of words used)


4. You are Ramesh/Rashmi of 151 Chandan Nagar, Delhi. Write a letter in about 120-150 words to the Manager, Elvys Crockery Store, Delhi, placing an order of crockery and cutlery for your newly opened restaurant. (6)

OR

You are Karuna/Kailash staying at B-101, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi. You find it inspiring that hill stations in India, like Ooty implement a strict ban on polythene bags which helps in preserving the natural beauty of the place. Write a letter in about 120-150 words to the Editor of a national daily expressing your views on how people in the city can learn from this and be more active in prevention of environmental degradation. Also, suggest ways to mobilize city dwellers for being eco-friendly.

Ans. LETTER WRITING
[Note: -No marks are to be awarded if only the format is given. Credit should be given to the candidate’s creativity in presentation of ideas. Use of both the traditional and the new format is permitted. However, mixing up of the two is NOT acceptable.
In the job application, the bio-data may be written separately or within the letter.
Format 1 marks
(1. sender’s address, 2. date, 3. receiver’s address, 4. subject heading, 5. salutation, 6. complimentary close.)
Content 3 marks
Expression 2 marks
Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words and spellings [1]
Coherence and relevance of ideas and style [1]
Suggested value points:
(LETTER OF INQUIRY)
– Introduction- reference to the inquiry

– List at least 3 to 4 questions related to the issue
– Be precise, specific and to the point
– Do not mention unnecessary details

OR

Suggested value points:
(LETTER TO THE EDITOR)

  • Raise the issue of indiscriminate use of polythene bags and their harmful impact on the environment
  • Describe your experience at Ooty and what you learnt from it.
  • Draw the attention of the concerned authorities/general Public
  • Request concerned authorities to take the action NOT to the editor
  • Analyze the issue in terms of its cause and consequences
  • Offer suggestions

5. You are Neerja/Nitin, a reporter with ABVP News India, posted at Ghaziabad. You are one of the first group of reporters who reached the accident site near the Gajraula toll booth where a luxury bus with 54 foreign passengers on board from Delhi met with a head-on collision with a water tanker. Write a report in about 150-200 words for the newspaper giving details of loss of life and damage caused. (10)

OR

You are Satish/Saba, associated with an NGO which works to uplift the socioeconomic conditions of child laborer’s by counselling their parents and helping them to go to school. Write an article in about 150–200 words on the role of literacy in eradicating the evil practice of child labour from society.

Ans. REPORT
Content 4 mark
Headline and reporter’s name
Fluency 3 marks
Accuracy 3 marks
Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words and spellings
Coherence and relevance of ideas and style
Suggested value points:
A Report should answer the questions:

  • what
  • where
  • when
  • how

OR

ARTICLE WRITING
Objective: To use a style appropriate to the given situation
To plan, organize and present ideas coherently.
Content: (title/heading and name of writer) 4 marks
Fluency: 3 marks
Accuracy: 3 marks
Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words ad spelling
Coherence and relevance of ideas and style
Suggested value points:

  • Child labour widespread both in urban and rural India
  • Parents forced to send their children for employment because of poverty
  • Educated and affluent continue to promote this evil practice
  • children work under hazardous conditions
  • education for all is the only solution

6. On the occasion of World Health Day prepare a speech in about 150-200 words for the morning assembly on healthy eating habits in the face of a fast 10paced stressful lifestyle. (10)

OR

Your school has invited you to address your former school mates during a special assembly after you have successfully cleared the UPSC Civil Services Examination with top honours. Prepare your speech in 150-200 words, motivating and giving them tips on how to achieve success in the examination.

Ans. SPEECH
Content (includes opening address and conclusion) 4 marks
Fluency 3 marks
Accuracy 3 marks
Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words and spellings
Coherence and relevance of ideas and style
Suggested value points:

  • high pressure jobs and competitive environment leads to health problems
  • students do not get sufficient exercise and sleep because of a busy study schedule
  • Lifestyle changes are required
  • Avoid junk food, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and tobacco in any form
  • eat a nutritious diet of home cooked simple food
  • Take time out to walk or do yoga and pranayama
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Read motivational books because mental health is equally important

OR

SPEECH
same as above
Suggested value points:

  • Thank the school for inviting
  • hard work is the key to success
  • Be well informed
  • Books to read and how to prepare
  • seek information from the right sources
  • stay positive

7. (A) Rearrange the following words and phrases into meaningful sentences. (10)

(a) courage / history/ women / change/have the / mankind’s/ to /the/ course of.
(b) equal/ women/ no true / decision making/ at all/there can/ governance and development / participation of / levels of/ be /without
(c) limits/ for/success/ any/ women/I / key/think/ set/ the /to/ is/ to not

(B) The following paragraph has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the error and the correction in your answer book against the correct blank number. Underline the word you have supplied.

Error Correction
It has often condemned as a corrupting (a) —— ——
influence for Indian culture and values (b) —— ——
it is dubbed like the idiot box but there (c) —— ——
is no denying the fact which Indian TV (d) —— ——
has done a great service for the nation (e) —— ——
ever from its advent, and in particular (f) —— ——
after its arrival of satellite TV. In fact, (g) —— ——
TV has prove to be a great leveller of (h) —— ——
society

(C) Your Sanskrit subject teacher, Mrs. Saini has won the National Award for teachers for her outstanding contribution in the teaching of the language. Using the input given below construct a dialogue that you have with her during an interview for the school magazine. Make three sets of exchange. The first one has been done for you.

years of service, teaching since 1988, award given by the President, momentous occasion, message for students, no shortcuts to success.

(e.g.) You: Congratulations Ma’am on receiving the National Award for Teachers!
Mrs. Saini: Thank you!
Ans. (A) REARRANGING
Objective: To read and arrange words and phrases into meaningful sentences.

(i) Women have the courage to change the course of mankind’s history.
(ii) There can be no true governance and development without equal participation of women at all levels of decision making.
(iii) I think the key to success is for women to not set any limits

(B) EDITING
Objective:
To use grammatical items appropriately
Marking: ½ mark each
Note: If the candidate copies the sentence and replaces the incorrect word with the correct answer, marks should be awarded.
– If only the correct words are given, marks should be awarded.

Error Corrective
a) has is
b) for on
c) like as
d) which that
e) for to
f) from since
g) its the
h) prove proved

(C) WRITING A DIALOGUE
NOTE: In question 7(c) care should be taken not to award marks to any inaccurate answers carrying errors in grammar and punctuation.
Objective: To understand the context and frame relevant appropriate questions
Marking: ½ mark for every accurate question framed
Note: No marks to be awarded if there is any inaccuracy.
1. You: Ma’am, how long have you been teaching Sanskrit?
Mrs. Saini: I have been teaching since 1988.
2. You: What were your feelings on receiving the award from the President of India?
Mrs. Saini: It was a momentous occasion.
3. You: What message do you have for your students?
Mrs. Saini: There are no shortcuts to success!


SECTION: C
(LITERATURE: TEXT BOOKS and LONG READING TEXT)
(Marks: 40)

8. Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow: (10)
(A
) ‘Heads bow, trunks bend, hands fumble towards the black Mother.
Processional stooping through the turf turns work to ritual.
Centuries of fear and homage to the famine god toughen
the muscles behind their humbled knees,
Make a seasonal altar of the sod.’

a) Name the poem and the poet.
b) How does potato digging turn into a procession?
c) Explain: ‘ famine god’ convey?
d) What does ‘seasonal alter of the sod’ mean?
e) Pick out and explain the figure of speech in the last line.

(B) To be or not to be-that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And, by opposing, end them.

a) Name the poem and the poet.
b) Which are the two choices that Hamlet can make?
c) What does the phrase ‘outrageous fortune’ mean?
d) Mention and explain the poetic device used in the above lines.

Ans. [This question has been designed to test the students’ understanding of the text and their ability to interpret, evaluate and respond to the questions based on the given stanza. In other words, it attempts to test their reading comprehension ONLY.]

(A) Value points:
a) At a Potato Digging by Seamus Heaney
b) The poet compares potato digging to traditional procession/ laborers are bending down, straightening their body and then they are moving on like devotees
c) fear of the famine/reminded of the past/they seem to be worshipping a famine god to keep the famine at bay
d) The ground becomes the place of worship each year as those harvesting are only too aware that such bounty in nature cannot be taken for granted
e) Metaphor: the wet earth yields food, a human necessity, intensified by famine altar of the sod.

(B) Value points:
(a) Hamlet’s Dilemma by William Shakespeare
(b) Hamlet can choose to exist in shame or fight back in rage and triumph over the indignities that he suffers.
(c) cruel barbaric circumstances/arbitrary fate
(d) Metaphor: Unfortunate events that can occur to a person are compared to slings and arrows/b) “a sea of troubles”, Metaphor: the many troubles that a person might suffer from are compared to a sea.


9. Answer the following questions in about 50 -60 words: (4)
Bring out the contrast in the way Lord Weston and Lady Weston react to the ‘perceived threat’.

OR

What is the legend of the monkey’s paw? Do the White’s believe in it? Why?

Ans. Lord Weston is absent minded-does not remember that he has written the note himself-neither does he recognize his handwriting- immediately jumps to a conclusion that his life is in danger- pompous to believe that he is as important as Julius Caesar panics and takes hasty and extreme measures for his protection- Lady Weston on the other hand is a practical woman with a great deal of common sense- Knows her husband’s habit of over reacting- tries to bring sanity to the situation by reasoning with him-but when it seems he is not willing to listen to sense she makes light of the situation by using humour and sarcasm.

OR

Mummified monkey’s paw had a spell put on it by a fakir to prove that fate ruled people-it fulfilled 3 wishes but was mischievous as it brought misfortune and the last owner had wished for death.

Herbert White does not believe in it at all and makes fun of the story- Mr. and Mrs. White begin to believe in the power of the paw and make 3 wishes at various points in the play. they did this to care the burden of repaying the loan for their house.


10. (A) Answer any two of the following questions in about 80-100 words: (10)
(a) How did Rubicon enthrall the audience at Appeville –Sous-Bois?
(b) Why does Nehru say that our duty towards the future is greater than our obligation to the past?
(c) Even though the beggar tells the young boy that there is no ‘magic formula’, he still gives the boy tips on how to realize his dream. What are these qualities?

(B) Answer the following in about 120-150 words:
How far do you agree with Einstein’s comments on the constructive and destructive forces involved in ambition?

OR

What were Anne’s thought when she heard by Freda’s questions? How is this conflict resolved?

Ans. (A) a)

  • captivated the audience by his voice and presence
  • men and women looked at him in awe-half horrified, half charmed
  • opening address was quiet and humorous
  • narrated imaginary experiences of his boyhood
  • gradually his anecdotes became gruesome and hideous
  • he spoke of the agony of those executed and mirrored their last moments before the execution.
  • He shrieked his remorse
  • There was pin drop and tense silence in the audience and when he exited there was a thunderous applause

b)

  • past is done with
  • we can’t change it
  • future is yet to come
  • we may be able to shape it
  • the past has given us some part of the truth
  • the future hides it and invites us to search for them
  • we have to often struggle to leave the past behind

c)

  • to work for your dream
  • move towards it all the time
  • discard all those things that come in the way of finding it
  • Don’t expect too much too quickly

(B) desire for approval and recognition is a healthy motive-desire to be regarded as better stronger or more intelligent than a fellow human being or a fellow scholar is destructive as it is egoistic- can be injurious to both individual and society-therefore schools and teachers should not use this to motivate students to work – refute Darwin’s theory of the struggle for existence and selectivity by saying that competition between individuals is as unnecessary as that between ants of a anthill.

OR

Freda’s insistence on playing with Marian brings out the over protective streak in Anne-she is reminded of the discomfort that her daughter feels in the presence of other children- she is also reminded of her foolish longings to have a child who is like Freda- feels a twinge of envy and regret upon looking at Freda- Jolted by Marian’s question if she would rather have Freda as her daughter-realizes that it is her attitude that is the cause of her daughter’s unhappiness and shyness- realizes her mistake and reassures Marian


11. Answer the following question in about 150-200 words: (10)

Describe Dr. Kemp’s character. Also, bring out the qualities that make him different from Griffin.

OR

Do you consider Marvel to be a smart turncoat? Give reasons.

OR

How does the toddler come into Silas Mariner’s life? What justification does Silas offer for his wanting to keep the child?

OR

How poetic justice served in novel Silas Marner.

Ans. 

  • Kemp was the first person who analyses the existence of the Invisible Man without any trace of or apprehension.
  • He was a well-qualified scientist
  • he had a rational and logical approach to the happenings around him. Thus, he scoffed at the idea of the invisible Man and those who believed in the existence of such an absurd being were looked upon by him with contempt.
  • was a keen observer and a self-confident scientist
  • On coming face to face with the invisible man, Kemp did not get startled. He never lost his cool and in a very calm and composed manner, he heard Griffin’s entire story with patience and assured to respect his freedom.
  • Kemp’s determination to check any potential threat to the society and his grit to contain the unchecked terror caused by the Invisible Man was thus fully established.
  • This can’t be called a betrayal because he took this step in the larger interest of the welfare of the society.
  • The manner in which he arranged and organized the arrest of Griffin also indicates the dominance of his moral strength over any other human weakness.
  • In college Kemp was Griffin’s senior, but Kemp was not violent or given to fits of madness, he was not impulsive and had a logical thinking.
  • On the other had Griffin, because of his boundless ambition became antisocial and isolated himself from rest of the world. In his pursuit, he loses his humanity and allows himself to become a slave of negative forces.

OR

  • Marvel was a tramp
  • He was lazy and did not show any intention to work hard for improving his life.
  • Griffin did not have a very high opinion about Marvel’s abilities, still he made him his accomplice because Marvel was an obvious weakling who could be easily intimidated.
  • His cowardice did not let him defy Griffins commands. Surprisingly, this apparently good -for-nothing fellow managed to cheat a wicked and dangerously evil man like Griffin.
  • But this act does not make him a turncoat in any way because he assisted Griffin much against his own wish.
  • He was a simple person, who was no match for the all-powerful Invisible Man.
  • He had no choice but to obey each order coming from his se
  • lf proclaimed master.
  • Marvel was more of a slave than an accomplice in crime. When he succeeded in sneaking away, it was actually to save his life.
  • Of course, towards the end he does show smartness by hiding the entire money and the three books of Griffin.
  • But once again this was done for survival than treachery.

OR

  • Molly Farren takes the last dose of opium and falls unconscious in the snow
  • The child slips slip from her clasp down into the snow.
  • It discovers a bright light coming across the night and toddles toward it.
  • The light comes from the open door of the weaver’s cottage, where Silas stands unconscious, in one of his fits.
  • He has been told that to watch the new year in is good luck and may bring his money back, and he has been watching out the door for some sign of the gold.
  • When Silas recovers, he thinks for a moment that his gold has come back, for on the hearth he sees a blurred vision of a heap of coins.
  • When he touches them, he finds they are the golden hair of a sleeping child.
  • he feels he should keep her because it came to him, as if it were an act of fate or destiny that should bring them together
  • Feels a kinship with the child since they are both alone

OR

  • The wrong doers get punished for their sins and the righteous get rewarded for their faith and patience
  • Dunstan dies leaving behind the gold which lawfully comes back to Silas
  • Godfrey does marry Nancy but they are childless
  • Silas is blessed with the coming of Eppie who fills his life with love and kindness
  • Eppie refuses to let Godfrey adopt her and calls Silas her father
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