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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ICSE 2017 English I Practice Test

ICSE 2017 English I Practice Test

Question 1

Recently, you went to a restaurant for dinner and there you saw a renowned personality. You had an opportunity of spending some moments with him or her. Write a letter to your friend, giving a brief account of your memorable interaction.      [10]
Question 2
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
i) There was little hope of success. They decided to perform the operation.
ii) Tom qualified for the finals. Brown qualified for the finals.              [ 2]
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Question 3
Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage.
Robert (1) …..(fly) into house and retuned in five seconds (2) ….. (hold) a powerful rifle and ramming a cartilage into the breech. Mdhisho was yelling. “ The lion (3) …..(take) the wife of the cook and is eating her and the cook (4) …..( (be) chasing the lion and trying (5) …. (save) his wife.” As we came running round the corner, we (6) …..(see) four or five houseboys leaping about.                                                                                [3]
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. They have pulled down the old building.
(Begin: The old building……)
ii. Though he was young, he fought valiantly.
(Use ‘as’ instead of ‘though’)
iii. As soon as he gets money, he spends it.
(Begin: No sooner ……)
iv. He ran too quickly for me to catch him.
(Rewrite using ‘so….that.)
v. If you do not put some oil on the hinge, it will squeak.
(Begin: Unless……)
vi. Put on your warm clothes, otherwise you will catch a chill.
(Use ‘lest’ instead of ‘otherwise’.)
vii. Although he has a car, he often goes to the office by bus.
(Change into a simple sentence using ‘In spite of ’.)
viii. As soon as they began to speak, they heard a loud knock at the door.
(Begin: Scarcely……)
ix. It is better to starve than to beg.
(Begin: Starving……)
x. They made Newton President of the Royal Society.
(Change the Voice.)                                                                            [10]

Answers 22082010 English Grammar and Composition Practice Test

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a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. [3]
(Should not be valued if more than one meaning is given)
a. Barely= hardly, just, scarcely etc
b. Charge = expense, cost, fee etc
c. Chain = sequence, series, succession, etc
b) Answer the following question briefly in your own words. [10]

a. Where was the glass jelly jar? What did it contain?
o Hidden in the closet.
o Contained the girl’s (Tess’s) savings.
b. What were the efforts made by Tess to attract the attention of the pharmacist?
o waited patiently.
o twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise.
o cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound.
o took a quarter from her jar and clanged it on the glass counter.
c. Who was the man from Chicago?
o Dr. Carlton Armstrong,
o a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery.
d. What miracle did the man from Chicago perform?
Dr. Carlton performed the surgery on Tess’s brother free of cost and saved the boy’s life.
e. What was the cost of the miracle?
One dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of a little child.
c) Summary: Rough Draft
Tess’s brother ill. Parents cannot afford the surgery. Only a miracle can save him. Tess innocent, takes her little savings to the pharmacy to buy a miracle. Pharmacist’s brother Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a neuro surgeon, present at the time, amused and sympathetic, asks her to take him to her home. Performs the surgery free. Tess’s mummy and Daddy happy at this miracle. Wonders its cost? One dollar eleven cents and an innocent loving faith of a child. (77 words)
d) ‘A Miracle’ or any other suitable caption with justification.

Question 2
Rewrite the following as directed. [10]
a) The old man was too sick to walk. ( Remove: too)
The old man was so sick that he could not walk.
b) Asher asked his sister “Will you not accompany me to the party tomorrow?” ( Use: if)
Asher asked his sister if she would/would not accompany him to the party the next day/the day after.
c) Besides making a promise, she kept it. (Begin: She)
She kept her promise.
She not only made a promise but also kept it.
d) He was immensely talented, yet he failed because of his laziness. (use: Despite)
Despite his immense talent/ being immensely talented, he failed because of his laziness.
e) As soon as the police rounded up his thugs, the leader vanished. (Use: no sooner)
No sooner did the police round up/ had rounded up his thugs than the leader vanished.
f) Is he known to the manager? (End: him)
Does the manager know him? Is the manager known to him?
g) The Kid is one of the most popular novels today. ( Change into positive degree)
Very few novels today are as popular as The Kid.
h) The minister promised to look into the matter. (Use: investigate)
The minister promised to investigate the matter
i) The Principal asked the children to study regularly. ( Change the narration)
The Principal said, “Children, study well.”
j) Read the answers carefully and correct the mistakes if any. ( Use: ‘go’ instead of ‘read’)
Go through the answers carefully and correct the mistakes if any.
Question 3
Fill in the blanks with appropriate preposition: [5]
1. You have to put across your ideas clearly.
2. It goes against my principles to flatter somebody.
3. The minister is busy, can you call back later?
4. We could tell he was itching for a fight.
5. The T.V. signals interfered with the mobile reception.

English Grammar and Composition Practice Test 22082010

Composition and Grammar
Time: One hour Max marks: 40


Question 1
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
(Do not spent more than 35 minutes for answering this question)
A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes. Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big Red Indian Chief sign above the door. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.
Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and clanged it on the glass counter. That did it!
‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question.
‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. ‘He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.’
‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.
‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now.  So how much does a miracle cost?’
‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl.  I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little. ‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.’
The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man.  He stooped down and asked the little girl,’ What kind of a miracle does your brother need?’
‘ I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her eyes welling up. I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.’
‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago. ‘One dollar and eleven cents,’ Tess answered barely audibly.

‘And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.’
‘Well, what a coincidence,’ smiled the man. ‘A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.’ He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said, ‘Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.’ 
That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.
Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.
‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered. ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?’
Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost.. one dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of a little child. 
a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. [3]
1. Barely
2. Charge
3. Chain

b) Answer the following question briefly in your own words. [10]
a. Where was the glass jelly jar? What did it contain?
b. What were the efforts made by Tess to attract the attention of the pharmacist?
c. Who was the man from Chicago?
d. What miracle did the man from Chicago perform?
e. What was the cost of the miracle?
c) Summarise the above passage in 60 words. [10]
d) Give a suitable caption to your summary. State why you chose the caption. [2]
Question 2
Rewrite the following as directed. Do not change the meaning of the sentence. Only write the answers – don’t waste time copying the sentences. [10]
a) The old man was too sick to walk. ( Remove: too)
b) Asher asked his sister “Will you not accompany me to the party tomorrow?” ( Use: if)
c) Besides making a promise, she kept it. (Begin: She)
d) He was immensely talented, yet he failed because of his laziness. (use: Despite)
e) As soon as the police rounded up his thugs, the leader vanished. (Use: no sooner)
f) Is he known to the manager? (End: him)
g) The Kid is one of the most popular novels today. ( Change into positive degree)
h) The minister promised to look into the matter. (Use: investigate)
i) The Principal asked the children to study regularly. ( Change the narration)
j) Read the answers carefully and correct the mistakes if any. ( Use: ‘go’ instead of ‘read’)
Question 3
Fill in the blanks with appropriate preposition: [5]
1. You have to put …….. your ideas clearly.
2. It goes ……my principles to flatter somebody.
3. The minister is busy, can you call….. later?
4. We could tell he was itching ……. a fight.
5. The T.V. signals interfered ……. the mobile reception.