ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice Paper

ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice Paper

Question 1
The road passing through your locality is full of potholes and is in an extremely bad condition, making it dangerous for the motorists as well as the pedestrians. Write a letter to the civic authority of your locality drawing his attention to the issue and requesting him to take necessary measures.
Question 2
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
i) We camped there. It was too dark to go on.
ii) Here is the magazine. You were looking for it.
iii) Mrs. Mehra was a great leader. She was also an eminent writer.
Question 3
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word.
i. The doctor advised him to abstain_____ all alcoholic liquor.
ii. The lady standing there is dressed_____ black.
iii. Sensible people do not believe_____ witchcraft.
iv. Some of the houses are not fit to live_____.
Question 4
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.
i. The Prime Minister invited each member of the cabinet to state his views.
(Change the Voice.)
ii. Jackson said to me, “I have bought a book on wildlife.”
(Change into Reported Speech.)
iii. He went to England to perfect his English.
(Change into a Complex Sentence using ‘so that’)
iv. If you have enough money, you can stay in that expensive hotel.
(Begin: Provided that……..)
v. When he entered the room, he took off his hat.
(Begin: On……..)
vi. If you had not lied to me before, I would have believed you.
(Begin: Had……..)
vii. Although she has no particular talent for music, she sings tolerably well.
(Begin: In spite of……..)
viii. The young man was too furious to contain himself.
(Use: so…. that)
ix. Only a dedicated scientist can provide such a detailed report.
(Begin: None……)
x. As soon as the teacher had gone, the students started to mess around.
(Begin: No sooner……..)

ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice Paper 992017

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]

(a) Write an original story that begins with the words: “He was the funniest boy I had ever met. He would make everyone laugh………….”
(b) Narrate an incident from your own experience when you helped a friend who was in trouble. What did you do to make the situation better?
(d) You were on a school trip and were on your way back to the hostel late one night when your school bus broke down in a lonely area. Describe the experience and what you and your fellow-passengers felt and learned from the experience.
(d) “School days are the happiest days of our lives.” Express your views either for or against this statement.
(e) 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.)
Select any one of the following: [10]

(a) There is an electric post near the main gate of your house. A number of loose electric wires are hanging from it, posing a threat not only to you but also to the public. Write a letter to the Assistant Executive Engineer (Maintenance) explaining the problem and requesting him/her to take the necessary steps to rectify the issue.

(b) You feel sorry for having behaved very rudely to a friend on several occasions in the past. Write a letter to him/her expressing your regret and apologising for your rude behaviour.
Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

There was a heavy fighting taking place in Dublin. Republicans and Free Staters were fighting each other as a civil war had broken out in the city. A Republican sniper lay waiting and watching on a rooftop. He ate a sandwich hungrily as he had eaten nothing since morning. After having a short draught of whisky, he paused for a moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke. It was dangerous. The flash might be seen in the darkness, and there were enemies watching. He decided to take the risk. He struck the match and lit the cigarette hurriedly. Almost immediately, a bullet hit the parapet of the roof. Cautiously he raised himself and peered over the parapet. There was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head. He dropped immediately. He had seen the flash. It came from the opposite side of the street.
Just then an armoured car of the Irish Free States Forces arrived, and an old woman stepped out of the darkness and pointed out the sniper`s hide out to the soldier in the car. The sniper shot both the woman and the man in the car. Immediately, a bullet was fired at the sniper from the roof of the house on the opposite side. This time, this hit him on the right arm.
With an immense will-power, the sniper dressed his wound and lay still for a long time, nursing his wounded arm and planning escape. Morning must not find him wounded on the roof. The enemy on the opposite roof had made escape impossible. He must kill that enemy but he could not use his rifle. He had only a revolver to do it. Then he thought of a plan. Taking off his cap, he placed it over the muzzle of his rifle. Then he pushed the rifle slowly upward over the parapet until the cap was visible from the opposite side of the street. Almost immediately, there was a shot, and a bullet pierced the centre of the cap. The sniper slanted the rifle forward. The cap slipped down into the street. Then catching the rifle in the middle, the sniper dropped his left hand over the roof and let it hang, lifelessly. After a few moments, he left the rifle drop to the street. Then he sank to the roof, dragging his hand with him.
Crawling quickly to the left, he peered up at the corner of the roof. His trick had succeeded. The other sniper seeing the cap and the rifle fall thought that he had killed his man. He was now standing before a row of chimney spots, looking across, with his head clearly outlined against the western sky.
The Republican sniper smiled and lifted his revolver above the edge of the parapet. He took a steady aim. His hand trembled with eagerness. Pressing his lips together, he took a deep breath and fired.

Then when the smoke cleared, he peered across and uttered a cry of joy. His enemy had been hit. He was swaying unsteadily over the parapet in his death agony. He struggled to keep his feet, but he was slowly falling forward, as if in a dream. The rifle fell from his grasp, hit the parapet, fell over, bounced off the pole of a barber`s shop beneath and then clattered on the pavement.
Then the dying man on the roof crumpled up and fell forward. The body turned over and over in space and hit the ground with a dull thud. There it lay still.
The sniper looked at his enemy falling and he shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He was filled with remorse. Weakened by his wound and the long summer day of fasting and watching on the roof, he felt sick at the sight of the shattered body of his dead enemy. His teeth chattered, he began to mutter senselessly to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.
Taking his whisky from his pocket, he emptied it at a draught. He felt reckless under the influence of the spirit. He decided to leave the roof now and look for his company commander to report. Everywhere around was quiet. There was not much danger in going through the streets.
Then he crawled down through the skylight to the house underneath.
When the sniper reached the street, he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the enemy.
The sniper darted across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets. But he escaped. He threw himself face downward beside the corpse. The machine gun stopped.
Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother`s face.

(a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. [3]
(i) cautiously
(ii) peered
(iii) trembled
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i) Why was it risky for the sniper to smoke? What happened when he struck the match to light his cigarette? [2]
(ii) Why did the sniper shoot the old woman? What happened to the sniper then? [2]
(iii) What happened to the sniper`s enemy when he was shot? [2]
(iv) How did the enemy’s fall from the roof affect the sniper? [2]
(v) Where did the sniper decide to go? What was the situation there? [2]
(vi) Why was the sniper curious to know the identity of the enemy sniper? [2]
(c)
(i) In not more than 60 words, narrate how the sniper tricked his enemy and killed him. [8]
(ii) Give a title to your summary in 3 (c) (i). Give a reason to justify your choice. [2]

Question 4
(a) 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) He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (slam) on the brakes as a dog suddenly crossed the road.
(1) Answer: slammed
When we (1) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (come) out of the cafe, it had started (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (rain). “We must get a taxi,” my mother said. We were wearing ordinary hats and coats, and it ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(3) ______ (rain) quite hard. We (4)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(stand) on the pavement in the rain, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(5)______(look) for a taxi. Lots of them came by but they all (6) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (have) passengers inside them. “I wish we ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(7) ______ (have) a car with a chauffeur,” my mother said. Just then a man came­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ up to us. He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(8) ______ (be) a small man and he was pretty old, probably seventy or more.

(b) Fill in each blank with an appropriate word: [4]
(i) The old man peered closely ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ the photograph.
(ii) The country sealed its borders to prevent the influx ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ of illegal immigrants.
(iii) Students should be fully acquainted ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ fundamental grammar of English.
(iv) Preventive measures have been taken to ward ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ an outbreak of cholera
(v) The pupils were rebuked ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ making so much noise.
(vi) Jane, a brilliant swimmer, represented Britain ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ the Olympic Games.
(vii) I often meet Tom ______ his way to school.
(viii) ______ this time next year, George will have taken his university degree.

(c) Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so. [4]
(i) The boys ran off. They saw the owner of the orchard.
(ii) I have found the book. I lost it yesterday.
(iii) The poor peasant could not read. The poor peasant could not write.
(iv) The passage was very difficult. I could not translate it.

(d) 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]

(i) They not only robbed the old man but also they beat him up.
(Begin: Besides ………………………………………)
(ii) We hired a taxi as we missed the bus.
(Begin: If ………………….)
(iii) Though he had a headache, he enjoyed the film.
( Begin: Despite ………………………………………)
(iv) If Thomas improves his IT skills, he will get a better-paid job.
(Begin: Unless……………………………………… )
(v) People believe that the culprit has escaped from the prison.
(Begin: The culprit………………………………………)
(vi) The thief hid behind a wall so that the police might not see him.
(Use ‘lest’.)
(vii) As soon as he heard the footsteps behind him, he took out the revolver.
(Begin: No sooner ………………………………………).
(viii) He has probably forgotten my address.
(Begin: In ………………………………………)

English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice 1 Answers

English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice 1 Answers

Question 1

Write an application in response to the advertisement given below:                                    Format: Formal

  1. Response to advertisement dated…….. (name of the newspaper)
  2. Introduction: Name and essential details such as age, place, and so on.
  3. Applying for Part-Time Salesperson. Name of the Home Appliance Company.
  4. Name of the discipline, year, percentage/ marks obtained.
  5. Fluency in English.
  6. Copies of Certificates enclosed.
  7. Request to consider the application.

Question 2

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.

  1. Never (before) has he done such a stupid mistake.
  2. I advised John to consult a doctor.
  3. The player’s decision to retire saddened the fans.
  4. Do you exercise daily as I do?
  5. Who substituted the broken umbrella for a good one?
  6. People say that Camilla has been a diplomat.
  7. Anoushka wishes that she had studied regularly.
  8. Despite being rich, Job is not unsympathetic towards the needy.
  9. Jolly wished that she might win the lottery.
  10. Had he not injured his foot, he would have won the race.

Question 3

Fill in the blanks with the correct preposition.

  1. He has a passion for reading detective stories.
  2. I congratulated him on his success.
  3. He was so amusing that all laughed at him
  4. I ran into Graham in the restaurant.
  5. The book consists of 21 chapters.

 

English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice 1

English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice 1

Question 1
Write an application in response to the advertisement given below:

WANTED
Suitable young Salespersons- on Part-Time basis-
to market electronic appliances for a leading Home Appliance Company.
Candidates should be at least a graduate and should be fluent in English.

Question 2

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.
1. He has never made such a stupid mistake before.
[Begin: Never…]
2. If I were you, John, I would consult a doctor.
[Use: the correct form of advice]
3. The fans were saddened when the player decide to retire.
[Use: noun form of decision]
4. I exercise daily. What about you?
[Combine the sentences]
5. Who replaced the good umbrella with a broken one?
[Use: substitute]
6. Camilla is said to have been a diplomat.
[Begin: People…]
7. Anoushka did not study regularly. She regrets it now.
[Use: wishes]
8. Rich as Job is, he is not unsympathetic towards the needy.
[Begin: Despite…]
9. Jolly said, ‘Let me win the lottery.’
[Change into indirect speech]
10. But for the injured foot, he would have won the race.
[Begin: Had…]
Question 3
Fill in the blanks with the correct preposition.
1. He has a passion ……… reading detective stories.
2. I congratulated him ……… his success.
3. He was so amusing that all laughed ……… him
4. I ran ……… Graham in the restaurant.
5. The book consists ……… 21 chapters.

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
bracketsYou 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.)       [25] 
Write a composition (350 – 400 words) on any on e of the following: 
(a) Me and my big mouth! 
(b) Write about a time when you were late for an important function. What lesson on punctuality did you learn? (c) Every home should adopt a pet animal. Express your views either for or against this statement. 
(d) Write an original short story which illustrates the truth of the statement, One lie leads to another.
(e) 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 
Question 2 (Do not
spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select one of the
following:                                            [10]
(a) Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper
telling him/her what you think about global warming, its effects and
what people should do to prevent it from getting worse. 
(b) A friend of
yours has been out of station for a month and there was an important
event/function held in the school while he/she was away. Write him/her a
letter describing of the event/function, and your role in it, and why
your friend was missed.

Question 3 Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

My husband Pele and I were staying in a holiday house overlooking the beautiful, lush rainforests of Indonesia. The glass walls framed a fine view across the Bagon Valley to what had been the summer palace of President Suharto. The first morning we strolled hand in hand up a winding pathway, heading to the main building for breakfast. But once we arrived at the dining room, I realized we’d forgotten our money, so I volunteered to run back to the house. Making my way down the path, I turned the last corner only to find a giant bird, similar to an emu, standing outside our front door. “Hey baby, what are you u doing?” I cooed, moving slowly so as not to frighten it. Having a deep, abiding fascination with all creatures great and small, I wanted a closer look. This was my first mistake. As I came within a few meters, he took a big breath and let out a nasty hiss, stopping me in my tracks. “That’s not very friendly,” I said, clueless. He hissed again and I promptly made the second mistake of turning and running, instead of backing away slowly. As I rounded the corner I heard his razor-sharp claws scrabbling on the cobblestones. “Oh!” His steps sounded like a drum as they hit the ground, quickly coming too close for comfort. I suddenly changed direction and headed into the trees. Dodged in and out of the foliage. I hoped my tactic would fool him. A crash behind me indicated no such luck. Jumping over a small bush, I found myself out in the open and not far from the dining room. Picking up speed, I bolted over the plants and rockeries surrounding the perimeter and dashed through the gate. When I turned to close it, the bird was nowhere to be seen. I didn’t realize it and at the time, but I had just come face to face with a cassowary, a bird also found in Australia’s north Queensland rainforests. Cassowarys weigh kilos or more, stand about 180 centimeters tall and have saber-like toe nails that can open a human from chin to groin like a zipper and kill humans. “What’s wrong?” Pele asked as I stumbled back into the dining room. “A big bird chased me all the way from the house, ” I replied. “What?” he asked incredulously. “You’re scared of a bird?” “It’s as big as me and very mean,” I said in a rather sulky voice. “Oh, all right,” he laughed. “I’ll come with you.” Much to Pele’s amusement, I stayed behind him on the path and held onto the back his shirt as we approached the corner of the house. “See! There it is. Look at the size of the thing!” Pele chuckled at the hysteria in my voice. “It’s all right,” he soothed. Calmly and confidently he walked toward the cassowary. “Shoo! Go on, get out,” he said. He made actions with h is arms as if it were a pigeon on a window ledge. The response of the cassowary was the same as before: a big hiss and a step forward. “Hmm,” said Pele and stopped, not so sure of himself. He tried again. “Go on.” The cassowary then ran a few paces at us, hissing aggressively, so we quickly retreated around a corner of the house. Pele picked up a rock the size of his hand and threw it hard, hitting the bird squarely in the chest. It didn’t budge. “What are we going to d o?” I pleaded. This time, Pele picked up a cane chair. “Stay behind and I’ll keep him back. When we get to the door, open it.” Again I held on to the back of his shirt and we started towards the door. This greatly displeased the already annoyed cassowary. Charging at us he ripped at the chair with those lethal claws. Pele stopped to steady the chair – and possibly his resolve. Pele threw the chair at the bird and slammed the door shut. Ducking the flying cane, the bird ran straight at the glass wall, only to bounce off. But it didn’t slow down at all. Pecking and scratching at the glass, it continued the assault with a sickening ferocity. It was another 15 minutes before the bird weakened and slowed its attack. Thirty minutes later, we quietly opened the door and crept back to the main building. 
(a) Give the meanings of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. 
i. strolled (line 4) 
ii. fascination (line 10)
iii. foliage (line 20)                   [3]
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i) What was Pele’s wife’s first mistake when she saw the bird? [2]
(ii) How did the bird react to the lady’s third mistake? [2]
(iii) What did she do after this reaction of the bird? [2]
(iv) Describe the Cassowary. [2] 
(v) Why did Pele find the situation amusing at first? Why did he change his attitude? [2] 
(vi) Use the word ‘framed’ (line 2) in a sentence of your own such that it has a meaning different from that used in the passage. [2]
(c) With close reference to the last paragraph of the extract and in not more than 60 words describe how the couple got into their room when they were together. [8]
(d) Give a title to the passage and give a reason to justify your 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. Example: (0) discussed. 
The other day we (0) ______(discuss) the attitudes of people in our country. Why (1) _____ (be) most of them rude and aggressive? Pritam asked. Sanjana (2) ______(say) that it (3) _____(be) because there (4) ____(be) too many people and one had to fight for everything. Nirode (5)_____(insist) that it (6) ______(be) the climate. We(7) _____(be) as efficient and polite as Europeans if only our weather (8) _______ (be) better. [4]
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: 
(i) Her parents live ________ New Delhi.
(ii) Joe’s parents are sick ________ his behaviour.
(iii) Colonel Gurmeet congratulated the soldiers _______ their victory.
(iv) The planet was seen ________ the telescope.
(v) The news of his promotion came ________the next day. 
(vi) He is not afraid _______ the consequences.
(vii) He rushed ______ the class as he was late. 
(viii) The school is famous _______its sports achievements. [4] 
(c) Joint the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so. (i) Sonia asked a riddle. I was unable to solve it.
(ii) John helped Thomas. Thomas will always be grateful. 
(iii) Rajan is a great Cricketer. He is also popular.
(iv) Adnan sang a wonderful song. It became a hit. [4] 
(d) 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.
(i) We had not even walked one kilometre when they stopped us. (Begin: Hardly …………………)
(ii) The memory is so vivid that I will never forget it. (Use ‘too’ in place of ‘so’)
(iii) That need not happen. (Rewrite: using does.)
(iv) Food and sleep were all we cared about. (Begin: All …………………….) 
(v) We sat there face to face with our accuser. (Begin: There ………………………….)
(vi) Herbert consulted his parents before accepting the job offer. (Begin: Herbert did not ………..) 
(vii) Put your tools away, the children may fall over them (Use: lest………………………) 
(viii) It was the last time he saw his wife. (Begin: Never……………………) [8]
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