ICSE English Paper 1 Model Paper

ENGLISH Paper 1

(Two Hours)
Answer 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 the 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 Question1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.



Question 1

(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.)                                                                                                                               [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a)        “Men and Women should have equal rights.” Give your views on the statement.
(b)        You have recently interviewed a famous personality. Narrate the whole experience with the help of the hints given.
RQPreparation for the interview Qdescription of the personalityQthe house/officeQ
major achievementsQhobbies/recreationQawardsQgeneral impression¤
(c)        You were held up in a village railway station one night due to an accident. Give an account of your experience.
(d)       Elaborate the significance of the proverb ‘No pains; no gains.’
(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; but there must be clear connection between the picture and your composition.

JobInterview Picture compo
Question 2

Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]                                                                                                                                 [10]
(a)        Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class IX; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
OR
(b)        Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
Question 3

Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER

Author Unknown

The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.”
“Yes,” said the Lord,” but have you read the specs on this order?”
TEACHER:
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
… must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
… must run on coffee and leftovers,
… must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
… must have more time for others than for herself/himself
… must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
… must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
… must have 6 pair of hands.
“Six pair of hands, “said the angel, “that’s impossible”
“Well,” said the Lord,” it is not the hands that are the problem.  It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!”
The angel looked incredulous, “Three pairs of eyes…on a standard model?”
The Lord nodded His head, “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the child.”
“Lord,” said the angel,” this is a very large project and I think You should work on it tomorrow”.
“I can’t,” said the Lord, ” for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick…..teaches a class of children that do not want to learn….has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own…..understands the struggles of those who have difficulty….never takes the students for granted…”
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
“It is too soft-hearted,” said the angel.
“Yes,” said the Lord, “but also tough, You cannot imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary”.
“Can this teacher think?” asked the angel.
“Not only think,” said the Lord, “but reason and compromise.”
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher’s cheek.
“Well, Lord,” said the angel, Your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that You were putting too much into this model.  You cannot imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher.”
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher’s cheek.  It shone and glistened in the light.
“It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.”
“A tear? What is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”
The Lord replied with great thought, “It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class.”
“My, “said the angel,” The tear thing is a great idea…You are a genius!!”
The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”
(a)        Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted.                                                                                                    [3]
1.      Supportive
2.      Reflect
3.      Compassion
(b)        Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
1.      When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility?               [2]
2.      What are the specifications for teacher?                                                                                  [3]
3.      What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes?           [2]
4.      What is the teacher’s tear for?                                                                                                 [3]
(c)        In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given.                                                           [10]
(d)       Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title.                                       [2]
Question 4

        (a)        Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence.                                [10]

1.      Why did Renuka skip the test?

(Change the voice)

2.      “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.

(Begin: The teacher asked….)

3.      He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.

(Begin: Not only…..)

4.      The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.

(Use: so….that)

5.      Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.

(Begin: Despite…)

6.      As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.

(Begin: No sooner….)

7.      Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.

(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)

8.      ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.

(Use: good)

9.      He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.

(Begin: Having……)

10.   The police are looking into the matter.

(Provide a suitable question tag)

        (b)        Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank  [5]

Example: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­……0…….; 0 = answering

Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace).  When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
 . ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer)  every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results

        (c)        Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                      [5]
1.      Aurangzeb was the descendant ….Shajahan.
2.      The rescuers ran short ……  adequate assistance.
3.      We should attribute our success …….. our teachers and parents.
4.      The Minister resigned …………..the cabinet due to ill health.
5.      The flood victims were resigned…… their fate.
6.      The Gazette is available ……. reference in the library.
7.      We should avail …… every opportunity to succeed.
8.      When the car broke……, we had to walk home.
9.      The curfew was imposed…….. all areas of the city
10.   We should try our best to be true ….. our principles.
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ICSE English Paper I Grammar and Composition Pre Final Paper l


ENGLISH
Paper 1
(Two Hours)
Answer 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 the 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 not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Terrorism is global threat that has to be snuffed out to prevent massive misery and excruciating agony of the humanity. Elaborate on the root causes, nature and consequences of terrorism as witnessed in the present scenario. What are your suggestions towards man’s crusade against the terrorist menace?
(b) The reality shows are the vogue on television now. Comment on the negative influences these shows have on the younger generation.
(c) A village fair provides an opportunity to observe typical as well as eccentric nature of people of different social strata. Recount an experience you had when you visited a village fair with your friends. How did the experience enrich your knowledge of human character?
(d) Write an original short story in which your aspirations are fulfilled by a mysterious and unpredictable phenomenon.
(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.
061012-child-labor2
Question 2
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this Question.) [10]
Select ONE of the following:
(a) Your aunt had come to stay for a few days in your home. Write a letter to your friend giving a thumbnail portrait of your aunt, her curious habits and her amusing eccentricities.
OR
(b) You, along with your relatives, plan to visit a hill resort in summer after the ICSE Examinations. Write a letter to the Write a letter to the Director in Charge of the Indian Tourism Department of the hill station you plan to visit enquiring about the easiest route, availability and tariff fro stay for three days as well as the interesting sites you should visit to make your summer trip meaningful.
Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: [25]
Learn to value yourself. No matter what you’ve done in the past that you are ashamed or embarrassed of, leave it in the past. Recognise your own self-worth. Most of us are unable to appreciate the gifts that God has given us and keep hankering for things that others possess. Once we realize the talents and skills that we possess, we will be able to harness our energies and increase our sense of self-worth. This would enable us to love ourselves.
‘Loving ourselves does not mean we become narcissists, but simply that we find a sense of contentment by liking the way we are. Most of us simply do not love the way we are – we want longer hair, better complexion, better facial features, taller stature etc. As a result, we live in a continuous state of dissatisfaction just because we are “different” and do not know how to appreciate ourselves. A person who suffers from dissatisfaction and low self-esteem can neither be happy nor achieve anything.
A few years ago, I noticed my self-esteem varied wildly depending on what aspect of myself I was thinking about at the time. Thinking about my accomplishments made me feel really good and strong. But thinking about shortcomings left me dejected. To overcome this, I worked on integrating these disparate views of myself to ensure a more balanced outlook. When I felt high, I reminded myself that I also have a few flaws. When low, I recalled my achievements. This balance gave my self-esteem more stability.
Low self-esteem for a prolonged period may cause emotional, mental and even physical problems. In the worst form, it can lead to anxiety, stress or depression. Self-doubt and a sudden lack of confidence can be normal just a defensive reaction to a high-pressure situation. Even the most successful people have occasional self-doubts.
If you find yourself less competent or incapable of meeting the daily demands of life, you need to bring about a positive change in yourself. Once you regain your sense of worth, your stress level will fall and the symptoms of anxiety or depression will disappear. The following tips will help boost your ego and enhance well-being:
  • Think positive about problems and remember what you have accomplished successfully in the past.
  • Do not introduce too many simultaneous changes in your life. Introduce any change gradually and give yourself and others sufficient time to adjust to it.
  • Set short-term goals.
  • Accept only achievable targets.
  • Judge yourself and your strong points properly.
  • Avoid alcohol to boost self-esteem.
  • Learn to see yourself as an achiever.
  • Do not dwell on the past; it cannot be altered.
  • A positive self-image and a healthy attitude indicate a good level of self-esteem.
  • Increases your resistance to stress-related problems and improves work efficiency.
  • Work on improving your self-image and abandon negative feelings about yourself.
  • Develop confidence in yourself. Happiness and low self-esteem cannot co-exist.
(a) Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. [3]
(i) Hankering
(ii) self-esteem
(iii) occasional
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:
(i) How can we to harness our energies and increase our sense of self-worth? [3]
(ii) Why most of us do not love ourselves? What is the consequence of this? [2]
(iii) What made the author feel good and what made him feel hopeless? [1]
(iv) How did the author bring stability to his self-respect? [2]
(v) What is the impact of prolonged period of low self-esteem? [2]
(vi) Quote a sentence from the passage that indicates that self-doubts are normal. [1]
(vii) What should we do when we feel incompetent to meet the stress of daily life? [1]
(c) In not more than 60 words summarise the tips given by the writer to boost our ego and enhance our well-being. [8]
(d) Give an appropriate title to your summary. State a reason to justify your choice. [2]
Question 4
a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with correct form of the words given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate in the blank space. Example: (0) suffering [5]
Today more people than ever ……0…… (suffer) from sleep disturbances. Students should know that sleep ……1…… (enhance) memory. This is because the brain ……2……. (need) rest to process and store the information we have ……3…… (feed) into it. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, the brain is too blurry ……4…… (retain) the information. So……5…… (study) all night before an examination is not a good idea.
Exercise promotes physical ……6…… (exert) and therefore, ……7…… (guarantee) a good night’s sleep. People who are sedentary are more ……8…… (like) to suffer from sleep problems or insomnia. Insomnia pushes many people to take ……9…… (sleep) pills that can further ……10…… (tamper) with natural sleep patterns.
b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: [5]
(i) The government is worried …….the consequences of the meeting with the rebels.
(ii) The vacuum locks ……. the flavour of its content.
(iii) A true leader is not overwhelmed ……… criticism.
(iv) We should translate our dreams ……… reality.
(v) The Captain is entrusted…….. unlimited powers.
(vi) The child was entrusted ……. the care of the matrons.
(vii) There is no meaning in quarrelling ……..trifles.
(viii) The workers are entitled ……………. yearly bonus.
(ix) The judge set…….. the judgment of the lower court.
(x) We should stand …….our friends in an hour of crisis.
a) 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) Raphael was driving the car. He was listening to the Prime Minister’s speech.
(Combine the two without using and or but)
(ii) Serena won the race. She retained her overall record.
(Begin: Not only ….)
(iii) The tourist said to me “I cannot see any landmarks in this guide. Can you direct me to the railway station today as you did yesterday? ”
(Change the narration.)
(iv) If it rains, the farmers will be relieved.
(Use ‘unless’ in place of ‘if’)
(v) The astronomers were fascinated by the rare phenomenon of the yellow moon.
(Change the voice)
(vi) The crowd blocked off the road. Immediately the police came in swarms.
(Use: No sooner….)
(vii) The book is so boring to me that I will not recommend it to anyone.
(Use: too)
(viii) Our school team is one of the strongest in the tournament.
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(Begin: Very few…..)

English Paper I Grammar and Composition Model Paper

English Paper I
Grammar and Composition
(Two hours)
Answer 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 the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
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) Book reading, particularly, among the children is a lost habit. Why is it so? How can the reading habit be improved? Discuss with relevant examples.
(b) Imagine a situation in which a character from one of your favourite books comes alive. Write an imaginary account of a day spent with this character.
(c) While you were waiting, at the railway station of your home town, to receive a friend there was a sudden explosion. Describe the scene elaborately and also narrate your actions and feelings related to the incident.
(d) Write an original short story in which a small boy, a detective, an angel and a cache of diamonds play a prominent role.
(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 may take suggestions from it: however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
 
Question 2
Select any ONE of the following: [10]
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)
(a) A friend who has failed in an examination plans to run away from home and has written to you seeking advice and help. Write a letter in reply sating why he/she should not leave home and suggest how you might be able to help him/her.
(b) Write a letter to the Director of the Archaeological Survey of India complaining about the damage caused to an historical monument in your city due to negligence. Suggest steps that the civic authorities should take to preserve the monument.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
A list of articles lost by railway travelers and now on sale at a great London station has been published and many people who have read it have been astonished at the absentmindedness of their fellows. If statistical records were available on the subject, however, I doubt whether it would be found that absentmindedness is common. It is the efficiency rather than the inefficiency of human memory that compels my wonder. Modern man remembers even telephone numbers, addresses of his friends, the dates of good vintages. He remembers appointments for lunch and dinner. His memory is crowded with the name of actors and actresses and cricketers and footballers and murderers. In his ordinary life, again, he remembers almost everything that he is expected to remember. How many men in all London forget a single item of their clothing when dressing in the morning? Not one in a hundred. How many of them forget to shut the front door when leaving the house? Scarcely anyone. And so it goes on through the day, almost everybody remembering to do the right thing at the right moment till it is time to go to bed and then the ordinary man seldom forgets to turn off the lights before going upstairs.
There are, it must be admitted, some matters regard to which, the man works with less than his usual perfection. It is only a very methodical man, I imagine. Who can always remember to take medicine his doctor has prescribed for him. This is more surprising because medicine should be one of the easiest things to remember. As a rule, it is supposed to be taken before, during or after meals, and the meal itself should be a reminder of it. The fact remains, however, that few but the moral giants remember to take their medicines regularly. Certain psychologists tell us that we forget things because we wish to forget them and it may be that it is because of their antipathy to pills and potions that many people fail to remember them at all the appointed hours.
The commonest form of forgetfulness, I suppose, occurs in matters of posting letters. Anyone who asks me to post a letter is a poor judge of character. Even if I carry the letter in my hand, I am always past the first pillar-box before I remember that I ought to have posted it. Weary of holding it in my hand, I then put it for safety into one of my pockets and forgets about it.
As for leaving articles in trains and taxis, I am no great delinquent in such matter. I can remember everything except books and walking-sticks. I can often remember even book. Walking-sticks, I find it quite impossible to keep. I dare not carry an umbrella for fear of losing it.
Few of us, however, have lost much property in our travels through forgetfulness. The ordinary man arrives at his destination with all his bags and trunks safe. The list of article lost in trains during the year suggests that it is the young rather than the adults who forgets things and that sportsmen have worse memories than their ordinary serious-minded fellows. A consider number of footballs and cricket bats were forgotten. This is easy to understand, for boys, returning from the games, have their imagination filled with the vision of the playing-field and their heads are among the stars- or their hearts in their boots – as they recall their exploits or their errors. They are abstracted from the world outside.
(Robert Lynd)
a) Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. [3]
1. Crowded with.
2. Antipathy.
3. Heart in their boots.
b) Answer the following questions in your own words: [10]
1. What surprises Robert Lynd more with regard to man’s memory?
2. Quote the sentence from the passage which indicates that man remembers well in his ordinary life.
3. What is the opinion of some psychologists on forgetting?
4. What are the two things that Lynd is liable to forget most?
5. Why do cricket or football teams leave their things in transit?
c) Summarise the passage in not more than 60 words. [10]
d) Give a suitable title to the passage and justify the choice of the title. [2]
Question 4
a) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence. [10]
1) Hearing their father’s footsteps, the boys ran away. (Begin: The boys…)
2) Only the brave deserve the reward. (Begin: None……)
3) He owed his success to his teachers. (Begin: It….)
4) It was so late that I could not attend the meeting. (Use: too)
5) The librarian said, “How can you forget to return your books?” [Change the narration)
6) Start now or you will not arrive on time. (Begin: Unless…)
7) It can be very interesting to listen to the radio. (Begin: Listening…)
8) The thorn was removed. It was an extremely painful process. (Combine into a sentence)
9) As soon as the goal was scored, the team celebrated it. (Begin: No sooner…)
10) Rohan was taller than many other boys in the Basketball team. (Begin: Very few…..)
b) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. [4]
There ……1…… (be) some confusion in the doorway. A man ……2…… (get) into the compartment……3…… (stammer) an apology. Then the door……4…… (bang) and the world was ……5…… (blank) out again. The Guard ……6…… (blow) his whistle and we ……7…… (move) off. Once again, I ……8…….. (go) to my berth.
b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions. [6]
i. He sent her a letter of appreciation …….. mistake.
ii. The old generator often goes out …… order.
iii. She had been suffering from Pneumonia …………. last week.
iv. The doctor cured her ……. The illness.
v. He is not entitled ……… rent and profit.
vi. Do you prefer books …………films?
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