ICSE March 2018 Pre Final Examinations English 1 2

ICSE March 2018 Pre-Final Examinations English 1 2

ENGLISH LANGUAGEENGLISH Paper – 1

(Two hours)

Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.The time given at the head of this paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt all four questions.The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1

(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)

Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: [25]

(a) You have gone for an excursion with your classmates during the Christmas Holidays. Describe the place you visited citing its salient attractions. Bring out how the excursion has benefitted you as an individual.

(b) Narrate a recent personal experience that has influenced you intensely, distinctly depicting its impact on you.

(c) Do you agree with the saying ‘Failure is a stepping stone to success’? Substantiate your answer.

(d) Write a short story on the theme ‘Money is the root of all evil’.

(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

girl child

Question 2

(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                                         [10]

Select one of the following:

(a) Your sister is always on her cell phone or on her computer. Write a letter to her drawing attention to the harms of such a sedentary life as well as highlighting the importance of regular physical exercise for a healthy body and a robust mind.

(b) Write a letter to the General Manager of a factory in your city requesting permission for your friends to visit the factory. Give details such as the probable date, number of people and so on.

Question 3

Read the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:

There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Goldsmith. He wrote many delightful books, some of which you will read when you are older.He had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others and to share with them anything that he had. He gave away so much to the poor that he was always poor himself.He was sometimes called Doctor Goldsmith; for he had studied to be a physician.One day a poor woman asked Doctor Goldsmith to go and see her husband, who was sick and could not eat. Goldsmith did so. He found that the family was in great need. The man had not had work for a long time. He was not sick, but in distress; and, as for eating, there was no food in the house. “Call at my room this evening,” said Goldsmith to the woman, “and I will give you some medicine for your husband.”In the evening the woman called. Goldsmith gave her a little paper box that was very heavy.”Here is the medicine,” he said. “Use it faithfully, and I think it will do your husband a great deal of good. But don’t open the box until you reach home.””What are the directions for taking it?” asked the woman.”You will find them inside of the box,” he answered.When the woman reached her home, she sat down by her husband’s side, and they opened the box; what do you think they found in it?It was full of pieces of money. And on the top were the directions: –“To be taken as often as necessity requires.”Goldsmith had given them all the ready money that he had.

Doctor Goldsmith written by James Baldwin

(a) Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage.                                                                                                                                               [3]
i. gave away
ii. call at
iii. ready money
(b) Answer the following questions briefly and in your own words.
i. Why was Oliver Goldsmith always poor? Why was he called Doctor Goldsmith?          [2]
ii. Who visited Goldsmith one day? Why?                                                                                   [2]
iii. What did Goldsmith find when he went to the visitor’s house?                                       [2]
iv. What did Goldsmith give the visitor? What instruction did he give?                               [2]
v. When did the visitor open the box? What did the visitor find in the box?                      [2]
vi. Quote the sentence from the story that shows Goldsmith was a writer.                         [2]
(c) .
i. In not more than 60 words, write a summary of the above story.                                      [8]
ii. Choose another suitable title for the story giving reason for the choice.                         [2]
Question 4
a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.                                                                        [4]
Example:
(0) The car _______ (slow) down at the curve.
Answer: 0. slowed.
When a child learns to stand up and tries to walk, he (1) (be) ………….. found to fall down again and again. And by nature, and instinct, he gets up, and again tries (2) (step) ………….. forward, although again he falls down. But ultimately, he succeeds in walking. The same thing (3) (happen) ………….. with each one of us, when we were children.
Similarly, in spite of his (4) ………….. (repeat) failures, a man having perseverance does not admit his defeat. He (5) try………….. again and again, and finally attains success. A resolute person (6)(be) ………….. one who has great self-confidence, strong determination, and a natural urge towards hard labour, and untiring energy (7) (continue) ………….. till the last, without (8) (grumble) …………. or expressing dissatisfaction.
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:                                                                            [4]
i. The girl mistook Anil …… a celebrated artist.
ii. He was irritated ….. the situation
iii. I drove …….. the bridge
iv. We located the key …….. the door.
v. The train went …….. the tunnel.
vi. The scream came from …….. the room.
vii. She ran …….. the track with me.
viii. An awful gale raged …….. the foothills.
(c) Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but, or so.                                                                                                                                                    [4]
i. The van dashed against a wall. It was going at over 100 mph.
ii. Jyothi met a man at the party. He is a famous football player.
iii. My uncle gave her a watch. She did not thank him.
iv. Here are the letters. They arrived this morning.
(d) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them. Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.   [8]
i. If they do not leave now, they will not catch the train.
[Use: Unless…]
ii. He played like a well-trained player.
[Use: as if]
iii. Keep the papers in a file. You may misplace it.
[Use: lest]
iv. The tourists said, “We did not enter the memorial without permission.”
[Use: denied.]
v. Amelia is one of the most studious girls in the class.
[Begin: Very few….]
vi. We should show sympathy for the poor.
[Begin: The poor….]
vii. I saw the suspect the theatre yesterday. Immediately I informed the police.
[Begin: No sooner….]
viii. The girl was so excited that she could not contain herself.
[Use: too…to]
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ICSE 2018 Model Paper English 1

ICSE 2018 Model Paper English 1

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH Paper – 1

(Two hours)

Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.

This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.

The time given at the head of this paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt all four questions.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].

You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1

(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)

Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:                                   [25]

  • You went to the railway station to receive your uncle. While waiting for the train to arrive, you saw a commotion in the station. Describe the scene giving details of the reason for the hurly-burly and also how the sudden disturbance was resolved.
  • Narrate a situation when you were not able to fulfil an important promise you had made to a close relative. Give an account of the consequence of this broken promise.
  • Social Media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, are playing havoc with the life of the new generation. Argue either for or against the statement.
  • Write a short story ending with the sentence ‘He watched him walking slowly away.’
  • Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Street Cricket

Question 2

(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                           [10]

Select one of the following:

  • Your aunt has been recently to Europe on a tour. Write a letter to her asking about the places of attraction and significance she visited and about her impressions of the people she came across during the visit.
  • Write a letter to the Municipal Chairman of your city complaining about the irregular water supply in the city detailing the inconvenience caused by it.

Question 3

Read the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Some people–not you nor I, because we are so awfully self-possessed–but some people, find great difficulty in saying good-bye when making a call or spending the evening. As the moment draws near when the visitor feels that he is fairly entitled to go away he rises and says abruptly, “Well, I think I…” Then the people say, “Oh, must you go now? Surely it’s early yet!” and a pitiful struggle ensues.

I think the saddest case of this kind of thing that I ever knew was that of my poor friend Melpomenus Jones, a curate–such a dear young man, and only twenty-three! He simply couldn’t get away from people. He was too modest to tell a lie, and too religious to wish to appear rude. Now it happened that he went to call on some friends of his on the very first afternoon of his summer vacation. The next six weeks were entirely his own—absolutely nothing to do. He chatted awhile, drank two cups of tea, then braced himself for the effort and said suddenly: “Well, I think I…”

But the lady of the house said, “Oh, no! Mr. Jones, can’t you really stay a little longer?”

Jones was always truthful. “Oh, yes,” he said, “of course, I–er–can stay.”

“Then please don’t go.”

He stayed. He drank eleven cups of tea. Night was falling. He rose again.

“Well now,” he said shyly, “I think I really…”

“You must go?” said the lady politely. “I thought perhaps you could have stayed to dinner…”

“Oh well, so I could, you know,” Jones said, “if…”

“Then please stay, I’m sure my husband will be delighted.”

“All right,” he said feebly, “I’ll stay,” and he sank back into his chair, just full of tea, and miserable.

Papa came home. They had dinner. All through the meal Jones sat planning to leave at eight-thirty. All the family wondered whether Mr. Jones was stupid and sulky, or only stupid.

After dinner mamma undertook to “draw him out,” and showed him photographs. She showed him all the family museum, several gross of them–photos of papa’s uncle and his wife, and mamma’s brother and his little boy, an awfully interesting photo of papa’s uncle’s friend in his Bengal uniform, an awfully well-taken photo of papa’s grandfather’s partner’s dog, and an awfully wicked one of papa as the devil for a fancy-dress ball. At eight-thirty Jones had examined seventy-one photographs. There were about sixty-nine more that he hadn’t. Jones rose.

“I must say good night now,” he pleaded.

“Say good night!” they said, “why it’s only half-past eight! Have you anything to do?”

“Nothing,” he admitted, and muttered something about staying six weeks, and then laughed miserably. Just then it turned out that the favourite child of the family, such a dear little romp, had hidden Mr. Jones’s hat; so papa said that he must stay, and invited him to a pipe and a chat. Papa had the pipe and gave Jones the chat, and still he stayed. Every moment he meant to take the plunge, but couldn’t. Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down. Jones mistook his meaning and thanked him with tears in his eyes, and papa put Jones to bed in the spare room and cursed him heartily.

After breakfast next day, papa went off to his work in the City, and left Jones playing with the baby, broken-hearted. His nerve was utterly gone. He was meaning to leave all day, but the thing had got on his mind and he simply couldn’t. When papa came home in the evening he was surprised and chagrined to find Jones still there. He thought to jockey him out with a jest, and said he thought he’d have to charge him for his board, he! he! The unhappy young man stared wildly for a moment, then wrung papa’s hand, paid him a month’s board in advance, and broke down and sobbed like a child.

In the days that followed he was moody and unapproachable. He lived, of course, entirely in the drawing-room, and the lack of air and exercise began to tell sadly on his health. He passed his time in drinking tea and looking at the photographs. He would stand for hours gazing at the photographs of papa’s uncle’s friend in his Bengal uniform–talking to it, sometimes swearing bitterly at it. His mind was visibly failing.

At length the crash came. They carried him upstairs in a raging delirium of fever. The illness that followed was terrible. He recognized no one, not even papa’s uncle’s friend in his Bengal uniform.

At times he would start up from his bed and shriek, “Well, I think I…” and then fall back upon the pillow with a horrible laugh. Then, again, he would leap up and cry, “Another cup of tea and more photographs! More photographs! Har! Har!”

At length, after a month of agony, on the last day of his vacation, he passed away. They say that when the last moment came, he sat up in bed with a beautiful smile of confidence playing upon his face, and said, “Well—the angels are calling me; I’m afraid I really must go now. Good afternoon.”

And the rushing of his spirit from its prison-house was as rapid as a hunted cat passing over a

garden fence.

The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones

By Stephen Leacock

  • Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage. [3]
  1. braced
  2. museum
  • jocular
  • Answer the following questions briefly and in your own words.
  1. Who was Melpomenus Jones? What was ‘the saddest case’ about him? [2]
  2. Why did the family wonder whether Jones was stupid or sulky?                        [2]
  • What did mamma do after dinner to make Jones comfortable? [2]
  1. Why did papa say that Jones must stay and invite him to a pipe and a chat?  [2]
  2. Why did papa curse Jones heartily?                          [2]
  3. Why was Jones broken-hearted the next day?  [2]
  1. Write a summary in not more than 60 words of your own about the plight of Jones on the second day of his visit to the house.                                                        [8]
  2. Give a suitable title to your summary. Justify the choice of the title.                     [2]

Question 4

  1. a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. [4]

Example:

  • The boy _______ (walk) on the footpath.

Answer: 0. walked.

She did not hear the story as many women (1) (hear)  ….…the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She (2) (weep) ….…at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she  (3) (go) ….… away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her. There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she (4) (sink) ….… pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed (5) ( reach) ….…into her soul.

She (6) (can) ….…see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain (7) ( be) ….…in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were (8) (twitter) ….…in the eaves.

  • Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:                                       [4]
  1. The novel is authored …….. him.
  2. He quarrelled with us…….. a trifle.
  • Raga dived …….. the river to search for the jewel.
  1. They have confidence …….. her.
  2. Kajal was invited …….. the wedding.
  3. I prefer rice…….. bread.
  • The accident site was cordoned …….. by the police.
  • The police ran …….. the thief.
  • Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but, or so.                                                                                                                      [4]
  1. Hercules was strong. He could defeat the monster.
  2. He did not come to the party. He regretted it.
  • My father was very angry. He could not speak a word.
  1. Rima did not sing well. The judges gave her a prize.
  • Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them. Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence. [8]
  1. The jury acquitted him of all charges.

[Begin: He …]

  1. Susan is grown up. She can make her own bed now.

 [Join using ‘enough’]

  • The Shatabdi Express runs faster than the Shimla Express.

[Begin: The Shimla Express….]

  1. Neither of the men ……….. cars.

[Use: has or have.]

  1. He said to me, ‘Do you practise daily as I do?” And I said, ‘No’.

[Change into reported speech]

  1. The car is fuel-efficient. It is well designed.

[Begin: Not only…..….]

  • There is not enough sugar left to make a cup of coffee.

[Use the apt form of ‘little’]

  • I did not know my sister was coming. I would have waited for her.

 [Begin: Had….]

 

ICSE 2018 PreFinal Examination English 1

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH Paper – 1
(Two hours)
Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all four questions.
The intended marks for queICSE 2018 Pre Final Examination English 1

stions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: [25]
(a) Describe a personal experience that happened out of the blue.
(b) Of late, you had an altercation with one of your intimate friends which resulted in the breakup of your friendship. Narrate the incident that caused the quarrel. Write about the feeling that you had after the fall out with your friend. Describe how the issue was resolved and your friendship was restored.
(c) We often find that some children have virtually no support or encouragement from their parents regarding their studies in school while some others undergo extreme pressure from their over-zealous parents which can have an adverse impression on the child. In this context, discuss the role of parents in their child’s education.
(d) Write a short story of a poor family that had had an unexpected fortune.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Screenshot_1.png

Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.) [10]
Select one of the following:
(a) You borrowed a camera from one of your classmates last month. You had promised that you will return it within a week. Now you now come to know that your classmate had gone overseas and you still have the camera. Write a letter to him/her apologising for the mistake and what you will do to rectify it.
(b) Write a letter to the Editor of an English daily complaining about the nuisance brought on by the inconsiderate use of loudspeakers in your locality.
Question 3
Read the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Long ago there lived a vicious king who contrived a method to dole out justice to culprits in his realm. The suspected offender was kept in an arena which had two doors. The wrongdoer had to choose to choose to open one of either of two doors that would open into the arena. Behind one of the indistinguishable doors prowled a fierce tiger that would spring out and wolf the suspect; behind the other door waited a beautiful damsel who would emerge and get wedded right away to the person who opened the door. The lot of the offender was to be determined solely on luck. The king’s subjects considered the trial a fair and they saw the encounter as an occasion of agreeable suspense and an instant solution.
The King had a divinely charming and beautiful daughter. She was the cynosure of the king’s eyes and was very dear to him. It so happened that a handsome young man of the king’s court dared to love the king’s daughter. Though he was courtier, he belonged to a lower class and the king questioned the youth’s audacity to love the princess. The king considered the impudence of the youth as treachery and decided to mete out justice to the young man in accordance with the prevalent practice. The young audacious lover had to be placed in the arena to select a door, a lady or a tiger. The princess, who loved the youth passionately and ardently, was in a quandary. She did not wish to lose her handsome lover to a voracious tiger; at the same time, she was unable bear the thought of losing her cherished lover to another woman in marriage.
On the fateful day, the king placed the most savage of tigers in his entire kingdom behind one door and the most gorgeous damsel in all his land behind the other door to make sure that, whichever door the young man chose, he would get the best that could be proffered.
The princess, with her strong influence and immense wealth tried her best to learn behind which door was the tiger and behind which door was young damsel. With great effort she was able to find out the secret behind the doors.
The princess came to know that the damsel behind the door was a young and attractive woman of the court who had sent romantic looks towards the young man. The princess thought that the young man had responded to these loving glances at times. Therefore, the princess was jealous of the young woman and nursed a terrible hatred towards the woman behind the door.
In the arena, on the fateful day, the young man glanced at the princess hoping that she might know about the fate behind the doors and she would help him. When the young man looked up at the princess, she made a subtle gesture toward the right door. The young man immediately opened that door. And lo and behold! The fate he faced.

(a) Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage. [3]
i. contrived
ii. wolf
iii. prevalent
(b) Answer the following questions briefly and in your own words.
i. What was the method designed by the king to mete out justice to the offenders? [2]
ii. What was the attitude of the king’s subjects towards the method? [2]
iii. Who was the lover of the king’s daughter? Why did the king arrange him to be placed in the arena of justice? [2]
iv. How did the king make sure that young man would get the best that could be proffered? [2]
v. What was the princess’ predicament? [2]
vi. Comment on the conclusion of the story. [2]
(c)
i. Write a summary the story in not more than 60 words of your own.. [8]
ii. Give a suitable title to your summary. Justify the choice of the title. [2]
Question 4
a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space. [4]
Example:
(0) The boy _______ (walk) on the footpath.
Answer: 0. walked.
My oldest sister, Rosie, (1) (win) …….. the jacket a few years back, and I fully expected to also. I was fourteen and in the eighth grade. I had been a straight A student since the first grade and this last year had looked forward very much to (2) (own) …….. that jacket. My father (3) (be) …….. a farm labourer who couldn’t earn enough money to feed eight children, so when I was six I (4) (give) …….. to my grandparents to raise. We couldn’t participate in sports at school because there were registration fees, uniform costs, and trips out of town; so, even though our family was quite agile and athletic there (5) (will) …….. never be a school sports jacket for us. This one, the scholarship jacket, was our only chance.
In May, close to graduation, spring fever had struck as usual with a vengeance. No one paid any attention in class; instead we stared out the windows and at each other, (6) (want) …….. to speed up the last few weeks of school. I despaired every time I looked in the mirror. Pencil thin, not a curve anywhere. I was called “beanpole” and “string bean,” and I knew that’s what I (7) (look) …….. like. That really wasn’t much for a fourteen-year-old to work with, I thought, as I distractedly (8) (wander) …….. from my history class to the gym.
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: [4]
i. In all the photos, a pretty woman stood ……..the President’s side.
ii. Many people died ……..cholera in the village.
iii. I have been ill …….. three weeks..
iv. She aims …… becoming a writer.
v. He had great affection …… his mother
vi. Do you agree …… this proposal?
vii. Let us act …… their advice.
viii. We have been waiting for the bus ……noon.
(c) Join the following sentences to make one full sentence without using and, but, or so. [4]
i. He has many followers. He also has several critics.
ii. She is ill. She is cheerful.
iii. You can go by car. You can go by bus.
iv. Rahman does not smoke. He does not drink.
(d) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them. Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence. [8]
i. He will certainly seek his help in the coming days.
[Begin: It is …]
ii. The poor said “Let the administration show some understanding towards us.”
[Change into Reported Speech]
iii. Can anyone endure such extreme cruelty?
[Change into an assertive sentence.]
iv. Rita is very wealthy but she has no concern for her poor sister. .
[Begin: Despite…]
v. The years I spent in London are the most joyful in my life.
[Change into positive degree]
vi. Rahim was late. He could not catch the flight.
[Joi using ‘too’
vii. Stephen is poor, yet he is generous.
[Use: Notwithstanding…]
viii. If Henry had studied regularly, he could have won the scholarship.
[Begin: Had….]

ICSE 2018 Pre Final Literature in English

LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

 ENGLISH Paper – 2

(Two hours)

Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.

This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.

The time given at the head of this paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt five questions in all.

You must attempt one question from each of the Sections A, B and C

and any two other questions.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

 

SECTION A – DRAMA

The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare

Question 1.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

Shylock

I am bid forth to supper, Jessica:

There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?

I am not bid for love; they flatter me:

But yet I’ll go in hate, to feed upon

The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,

Look to my house. I am right loath to go:

There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,

For I did dream of money-bags to-night.

  • Who has invited shylock to supper? When and why was the invitation given?        [3]
  • Explain: to feed upon/The prodigal Christian.           [3]
  • Why does Shylock ask Jessica to ‘look to my house’? What other directions dies Shylock give her? What are the reasons for these instructions?                                   [3]
  • What makes Shylock ‘right loath to go’? How are his fears justified later?                    [3]
  • Does Jessica follow Shylock’s instructions? Elaborate your answer.           [4]

 

Question 2.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

Portia

Tarry, Jew:

The law hath yet another hold on you.

It is enacted in the laws of Venice,

If it be proved against an alien

That by direct or indirect attempts

He seek the life of any citizen,

The party ‘gainst the which he doth contrive

Shall seize one half his goods; the other half

Comes to the privy coffer of the state;

And the offender’s life lies in the mercy

Of the duke only, ‘gainst all other voice.

In which predicament, I say, thou stand’st;

  • Where is Portia now? What made her come there?                                                   [3]
  • Why does Portia ask Shylock to wait before he proceeds further? [3]
  • What is the penalty as per the Laws of Venice for plotting against the life of its citizens? [3]
  • What has Shylock done to be considered as such a culprit?                    [3]
  • Do you feel that the penalty thus imposed on Shylock justified? Substantiate the answer. [4]

SECTION B – POETRY

A Collection of Poems

Question 3.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

“Must be fatigue”, he weakly smiled. “I must be getting old.

I see the sun is shining bright and yet I’m feeling cold.

We climbed the hill, two hundred strong, but as we cleared the crest,

The night exploded, and I felt this small pain in my chest.”

  • Where is the soldier now? Why does he think he is getting old?                                [3]
  • Explain: I see the sun is shining bright and yet I’m feeling cold.        [3]

 

  • Why does the soldier consider himself lucky? Is he really lucky?                            [3]
  • What was the reaction of the poet at the end of the poem? Why?                 [3]
  • What do you understand of the attitude of the poet towards war in general. [4]

Question 4.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

I believe I can dive

Right into the depths

And swim with the sharks

I believe I can claw the earth’s belly

Pick up the priceless gems

And adorn myself with them.

  • Comment on the intention of the speaker in these lines.           [3]
  • What does the phrase “right into the depth” signify?                                       [3]
  • Explain: And swim with the sharks. [3]
  • What is earth’s belly? What is its importance? What is the poetess’s intention?                 [3]
  • What does the poet firmly believe?           [4]

SECTION C –SHORT STORIES

A Collection of Short Stories

Question 5.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

“Yes, sir”, said Rizwan. He thought for a minute and then wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview and drew a deep breath.

  • What is the context referred to in the above extract?           [3]
  • Why was Rizwan interviewing Kasim?           [3]
  • What was the financial condition of Kasim?          [3]
  • Rizwan wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview. Why?           [3]
  • What was the condition of Rizwan by the end of the day?           [4]

Question 6.

Discuss the moral of the story ‘God Lives in the Panch’.

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH Paper – I

(Two hours)

Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.

You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.

This time is to be spent in reading the question paper.

The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt all five questions.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

You are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes in answering Question 1

and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1

(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)

Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                [20]

  • Write an account of a street quarrel that arose as a result of the narrow-minded and intolerant attitude of a person or a group of people. Describe how it started, how it led to blows and eventually ended in the destruction of property; who were the most affected and how it was finally resolved.
  • ‘The modern man is too dependent on computers’. Express your views either for or against the statement.
  • School life is full of ups and downs. Describe some of the happy and some of the sad moments of your ten years of school life.
  • Write a short story in which the conclusion has the following proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine.”
  • Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

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Question 2

(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                                        [10]

Select one of the following:

  • You have won the award for the best student in your school. Write a letter to a friend giving details of the award, the award ceremony and the celebration that followed
  • In the city where you are residing, tonnes of plastic waste are generated every day and dumped in a corner of the city. The accumulation of the waste looking like a huge mountain from a distance has become a menace. Write a letter to the Mayor of your city complaining about this grave issue which requires urgent attention.

Question 3                                                                                                                           [5+5]

  • You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice to be put up on the Notice Board, asking the students of classes VIII to IX to submit their names for an educational tour to Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad which is being organised by your school during the Christmas holidays. Give all the necessary details.
  • A hundred students have expressed their desire to come for the tour mentioned in Question 3(a). Write an email to two or three travel agencies, enquiring about the cost and other necessary information for the tour.

Question 4

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The hostess told James that there was not another house within three miles and that she could accommodate him with a bed, and his horse with lodging and oats. He thanked Heaven for his good fortune in stumbling upon this homely habitation, and determined to pass the night under the protection of the old cottager. She told him that her husband, who was a farmer, had gone to next town to dispose of his merchandise, and in all probability, would not return till next morning. James sounded the old woman with a thousand artful interrogations, and she answered with such appearance of truth and simplicity that he felt that he was quite safe there. After he had his supper, the woman conducted him into the chamber where she proposed that he should take his rest. He seemed extremely satisfied with his lodging, which in reality exceeded his expectations. Cautioning him against letting the candle approach the straw, the kindly landlady took her leave and locked the door from the outside.
James` experiences had taught him to be suspicious and ever on his guard against the treachery of his fellow-creatures, so he was suspicious of this instance of her care in confining her guest to his chamber, and began to be seized with strange fancies. He observed that there was no bolt on the inside of the door by which he might secure himself from intrusion. Consequently, he began to take a survey of every object in the apartment, and, in the course of his enquiry, was shocked to find the dead body of a man, still warm.

Such a discovery filled our hero with horror, for he concluded that he himself would undergo the same fate before morning. In the first moments of his fear, he ran to the window, with a view to escaping by that outlet, but found his flight effectually obstructed by strong bars. Then his heart began to palpitate, and his knees began to totter; his mind filled with thoughts of death and he immediately resolved to take measures for his own safety.He undressed the corpse that lay bleeding amidst the straw and deposited it on the bed in the attitude of a person who sleeps at his ease. He extinguished the light and took possession of the place from where the dead body had been removed. Then holding a loaded pistol in each hand, he waited expectantly. About midnight the door was softly opened; he saw the shadow of the two men stalking towards the bed. When they reached it, one of them thrust a dagger into the heart of the corpse. The stroke was repeated and the assassins, concluding that the work was effectually done, retired for the present, with a design to rob the deceased at their leisure.

  • Give the meaning of each of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.                  [3]
  • conducted
  • corpse
  • stalking

 

  • Answer the following questions briefly, in your own words.
  • James deemed himself fortunate to get accommodation in the cottage that night. Why? [2]
  • What information did the landlady give James about her husband?                               [2]
  • Against what did the lady caution James?                                                           [1]
  • What did James do after the landlady left the room?       [2]
  • Why did he try to escape from the chamber?                                          [2]
  • In not more than 50 words, describe what James did on seeing the corpse.    [8]

Question 5

  • Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.                                                                                                                 [4]

Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.

Example:  

 I ______ (0) (hire) a taxi as I missed the bus.

Answer: hired.

An American gentleman got into a taxi and asked to be ______ (1) (take) up to the parrot forests. The taxi driver ______ (2) (become) suspicious for some reason best ______ (3) (know) to himself and was convinced that the man ______ (4) (be) up to no good. Dutifully, however, he ______ (5) (drive) the unsuspecting American up into the forest to a place where he might conceivably see parrots and left him, ______ (6) (promise) to return some hours later. Then he ______ (7) (drive) as fast as he ______ (8) (can) to the nearest telephone and got in touch with the Forestry Department.

  • Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                              [4]
  •  He overheard a private conversation ______ two ministers.
  •  Jim had an argument ______ his boss yesterday.
  •     The fire-fighters struggled to put ______ the fire.
  •  Do you believe ______ life after death?
  •  I met my friend while I was travelling ______ the train.
  •  She enjoys walking ______ the rain.
  • The child succeeded ______ solving the problem.
  • My brother congratulated me ______ my excellent performance.
  • Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                                                                                                                                       [4]
  • The storm subsided. We began our march again.
  • We had no money. We had to walk home.
  • She was angry. She couldn`t help smiling.
  • Hurry up. You will miss the train.
  • Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence. [8]
  • As soon as she was scolded, she burst into tears.

     (Begin: No sooner………………………..)

  • Vincent said to Rony, “Let`s send the child to the poorhouse.”

    (Change into Reported Speech)

  •   The case is too urgent to be postponed any longer.

   (Begin: The case is so ………………………..)

  • The boy did not utter a word.

    (End: ……………………….. the boy.)

  •   They not only looted the shop but also they set fire to it.

    (Begin: Besides ………………………..)

  • He agreed to our plan only after a long argument.

    (Begin: It was ………………………..)

  • She would have drowned if I had not intervened.

     (Begin: But ………………………..)

  • Although she is only twenty-two years old, she is a highly successful businesswoman.

    (Begin: Despite ………………………..)

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