CBSE Class 12 History Sample Paper 2019

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Time allowed: 3 Hours & Maximum Marks - 80

General Instructions:

(i). Answer all questions. Some questions have internal choice. Marks are indicated against each question.

(ii). Answer to questions carrying 2 marks (Part A, 1 to 3) should not exceed 30 words each.

(iii). Answer to questions carrying 4 marks (Part B, 4 to 9) should not exceed 100 words each.

(iv). Answer to questions carrying 8 marks (Part C, 10 to 12) should not exceed 350 words each.

(v). Question no 13 to 15 are source based questions.

(vi). Question 16 is map question with two parts - identification and location.

Part A (Very Short Answer Based Questions): 2 × 3 = 6

Question1: As per Sanskrit legal texts women did not have access to property. In reference to the norm how is the case of Prabhavati Gupta exceptional? Explain. (2)


The Vakataka queen Prabhavati Gupta had access to property rights.

(i) According to the cumulative evidence – both epigraphic and textual – suggests that while upper-class women may have had access to resources, land, cattle and money were generally controlled by men.

(ii) The inscription indicates that Prabhavati had access to land, which she then granted to people

(iii) This may have been because she was a queen and her situation was therefore exceptional.

iv. It is also possible that the provisions of legal texts were not uniformly implemented.

Any two points to be explained PG-68, 40

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Question2: Why were the eighteenth and nineteenth century western theorists influenced by the Bernier’s description of landownership? (2)


Bernier’s views influenced the western theorists

(i). The French philosopher Montesquieu used this account to develop the idea of oriental despotism, according to which rulers in Asia enjoyed absolute authority over their subjects, who were kept in conditions of subjugation and poverty, arguing that all land belonged to the king and that private property was non-existent.

(ii). The concept of the Asiatic mode of production by Karl Marx argued that in India before colonialism, surplus was appropriated by the state. PG-132

Question3: State any two steps taken by Lord Wellesley to clean up the city of Calcutta. (2)



Steps taken by Lord Wellesley to clean up the city of Calcutta.

(i). Wellesley wrote a Minute (an administrative order) in 1803 on the need for town planning, and set up various committees for the purpose.

(ii). Many bazaars, ghats, burial grounds, and tanneries were cleared or removed.


Question3: State any two features of Neo- Gothic style of architecture.


Features of Neo- Gothic style of architecture

(i). High-pitched roofs, pointed arches and detailed decoration.

(ii). An impressive group of buildings facing the sea front including the Secretariat, University of Bombay and High Court were all built in this style.

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Part B (Short Answer Based Questions): 4 x 6 = 24

Question4: “The problems of archaeological interpretation are perhaps most evident in attempts to reconstruct the religious practices of Harappa”. Give suitable arguments in support of your answer. (4)


The religious practices of Harappan Civilisation

(i). Terracotta figurines of women, heavily jewelled, some with elaborate head-dresses. These were regarded as mother goddesses.

(ii). Rare stone statuary of men in an almost standardised posture, seated with one hand on the knee – such as the “priest-king” – was also similarly classified.

(iii). Structures have been assigned ritual significance. These include the Great Bath and fire altars found at Kalibangan and Lothal.

(iv). Plant motifs, are thought to indicate nature worship.

(v). Some animals – such as the one-horned animal, often called the “unicorn” – depicted on seals seem to be mythical, composite creatures.

vi). In some seals, a figure shown seated cross-legged in a “yogic” posture, sometimes surrounded by animals, has been regarded as a depiction of “proto-Shiva”. Besides, conical stone objects have been classified as lingas.

Any four to be explained. PG23

Question5: “There are limits to what epigraphy can reveal.” Justify with suitable arguments. (4)


(i). There are technical limitation letters are very faintly engraved and thus reconstruction are uncertain.

(ii). Inscription maybe damaged or letters missing.

(iii). It is not always easy to be sure about the exact meaning of the words used in inscription.

iv. Not all has been deciphered, published and translated.

v. Many inscriptions must have existed, which have not survived the ravages of time.

vi. Not everything that we may consider politically or economically significant was necessarily recorded in the inscriptions.

vii. The content of inscriptions almost invariably projects the perspective of the person who commissioned them.

Question6: Describe the accounts of foreign travellers about the city of Vijayanagara. (4)


The accounts of foreign travellers about the city of Vijayanagara.

(i). Colonel Colin Mackenzie-The ruins at Hampi were brought to light in 1800 by an engineer and antiquarian named Colonel Colin Mackenzie. An employee of the English East India Company, he prepared the first survey map of the site.

(ii). Abdur Razzaq noted that fortification between the first, second and the third walls there are cultivated fields, gardens and houses

(iii). Domingo Paes observed: “From the first circuit of fortification the city there is a great distance, in which are fields in which they sow rice and have many gardens and much water, in which water comes from two lakes.

(iv). The sixteenth-century Portuguese traveller Barbosa described the houses of ordinary people, which have not survived: “The other houses of the people are thatched, but nonetheless well-built and arranged according to occupations, in long streets with many open places.




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