ICSE 2011:English 1:Model Question Paper

English Paper 1
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 the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.
Attempt all the four questions.
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering question 1
and 20 minutes in answering question 2

Question 1
Write a composition of reasonable length [350-400 words] in any one of the following:            [25]
(a)    School is a temple of learning. But this belief is fast changing now. Keeping in view the trend adopted by the students of today, give your views on the statement.
(b)   Man is often ruined by his pride.
(c)    “All is well that ends well”. Narrate an incident that reveals the truth of the statement.
(d)   Relate a short story which has as its theme “Regret but Too Late to Repent”
(e)    Study the picture below. Write an original story or description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it, but here must be some clear connection between the picture and the composition.

Question 2
Select any one of the following:                                                                   [10]
(a)    ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Write a letter to your friend thanking for all the help provided to you during a difficult situation.
(b)   Write a letter to the Manger of a firm complaining about goods delivered to you in damaged condition. Explain the nature of the damage and request him to replace it without further delay.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c, and d given below:
We have been brought up to fear insects. We regard them as unnecessary creatures that do more harm than good. Man continuously wages war on them, for they contaminate his food, carry diseases or devour his crops. They sting or bite without provocation, they fly uninvited into our rooms on summer nights, or beat against our lighted windows. We live in dread not only of unpleasant insects like spiders or wasps, but of quite harmless ones like moths. Reading about them increases our understanding without dispelling our fears. Knowing that the industrious ants live in a highly organized society does not prevent us from being filled with revulsion when we find hordes of them crawling over a carefully prepared picnic lunch.
No matter how much we like honey, or how much we have read of the uncanny sense of direction which bees possess, we have a horror of being stung. Most of our fears are unreasonable, but they are difficult to erase. At the same time, however, insects are strangely fascinating. We enjoy reading about them, especially when we find that like the Praying Mantis, they lead perfectly horrible lives. We enjoy staring at them, entrance as they go about their business, unaware -we hope – of our presence. Who has not stood in awe at the sight of a spider pouncing on a fly, or a column of ants triumphantly carrying home an enormous dead beetle?
Last summer, I spent many days in the garden watching thousands of ants crawling up the trunk of my prized peach tree. The tree has grown against a warm wall on a sheltered side of the house. I am specially proud of it, not only because it has survived several severe winters, but because it occasionally produces luscious peaches. During the summer I noticed that the leaves of the tree had begun to wither. Clusters of tiny insects called Aphids were to be found on the underside of the leaves. They were visited by a large column of ants which obtained a sort of honey from them. I immediately embarked on an experiment which, even though it failed to get rid of the ants, kept me fascinated for twenty four hours. I bound the base of the tree with sticky tape, making it impossible for the ants to reach the Aphids. The tape was so sticky that they did not dare to cross it. For a long time, I watched them scurrying around the base of the tree in bewilderment. I even went out at midnight with a torch and noted with satisfaction and surprise that the ants were still swarming around the sticky tape without being able to do anything about it. I got up early next morning to find the ants were climbing up the wall of the house and then on to the leaves of the tree. I realized sadly that I had been completely defeated by their ingenuity. The ants had been quick to find an answer to my thoroughly unscientific methods.
(a)    Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answer or short phrases will be accepted.                                           [3]
                 i.          Dispelling
               ii.          Pouncing
              iii.          Ingenuity
(b)   Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.                                                [10]
                 i.          What is our attitude towards insects?
               ii.          Why does man try to exterminate insects?
              iii.          Why does the writer say that knowing about insects does not make man change his attitude towards insects?
              iv.          What was the reason that the leaves of the tree were beginning to wither in summer?
                v.          What did the writer do to prevent the ants from reaching the Aphids? Was it successful?
(c)    Describe in not more than 60 words the behaviour that we show towards insects.           [10]
(d)   Give an apt title to your summary and justify the choice of the title.                                   [2]
Question 4
(a)    Rewrite as directed the sentences given below according to the instruction given after each and making other changes that may be necessary, without changing the meaning of each sentence.                                                                                              [10]
1.      Either Nita or her sister …… at fault.
(Fill in using ‘is/are’)
2.      Why did you not attend the function last night?
(Change the voice.)
3.      Sheena said,” Alas! How foolish of me to leave out one question!”
(Change into indirect speech)
4.      The Taj Mahal is the grandest building in the world.
(Use: ‘grand’)
5.      None but a fool would do such a thing.
(Change into an assertive sentence)
6.      As soon as he finishes his work, he starts singing in joy.
(Begin: No sooner…..)
7.      You should open the door then only you will come to know what lies behind it.
(Rewrite using ‘Unless’)
8.      The suit was so expensive that I could not buy it.
(Use: too)
9.      It was too hot. We could not practice our game.
(Begin: Had ….)
10.   He was late. He was admitted.
(Use ‘despite’)
(b) Complete the paragraph given below with the correct form of the word given in brackets.There is no need to write the whole passage; but the words in the correct order.                              [5]
The children ……1…… (stop) chatter as Mrs. Hughes ……2……(enter)Then they ……3……(stand up) and ……4……(say) in a loud chorus, “Good Morning, teacher.”
Mrs. Hughes ……5……(smile) , ……6……(say) good morning too and……7……(tell) the class
……8…… (sit down).At a glance it ……9…… (seem) ……10…… (be) about thirty students in the class.
(c)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                   [5]
1.        We have been living ……this town ……eight years.
2.        The ceremony is scheduled to take place …..Sunday ……6.p.m.
3.        The farmer’s sons quarreled …… themselves …… over the share of profit.
4.        The tiger was killed …… a stranger ….. a rifle.
5.        His application ….. the job was not turned……

ICSE 2011 Practice Paper Comprehension

Read the passage given below and answer the question a, b, c, and that follow:
La Nina is an atmospheric phenomenon when the equatorial waters of eastern Pacific Ocean turn unusually cold. It is the opposite of El Nino when the eastern waters are warmer than usual. Both events create the greatest global impact in winter time. La Nina — The Little Girl —has enormous adverse effect globally since showing itself in mid-2010. La Nina and its equally unruly relative, El Nino, occur when the waters of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean along the equator become uncommonly cold or warm. These changes in the Pacific bring forth changes in atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature, and rainfall that have a worldwide influence. These conjugated with changes in the ocean and atmospheres are jointly called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For India, an El Nino is of grave concern as it negatively affects the south-west monsoon. La Nina, on the contrary, is frequently advantageous for the monsoon, particularly in the second half. The La Nina that happened in the Pacific in 2010 possibly assisted last year’s south-west monsoon in its last half advantageously. Yet, it also brought in the flood in Australia, which turned out to be one of worst natural disasters with large regions of the north-east under water and also caused similar mayhem in south-eastern Brazil and actively caused the heavy rains and accompanying deluging in Sri Lanka. The impact of ESNO is obviously aggravated by global warming The Indian Ocean is warming quickly. We can already observe the glimpses of the sinister influence of a La Lina of the rising warming along with the increase in temperature of the western Pacific.
In all probability the increased ocean temperature might have influenced the weather associated issues in the past few months. In spite of the beneficial aspects of the La Nina that evolved in mid-2010 to the south-west monsoon, the high temperature of the tropical Indian Ocean may have impeded a more evenhanded distribution of rainfall in some of the northern Indian states. The warming up of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific almost certainly supplied the additional moisture and energy for the inordinately heavy rains that Australia and Sri Lanka went through. That might be the cause for the excess of rain India the north-east monsoon which, as is commonly witnessed, checked by a La Nina. From this it possible conclude that the climatical changes brought ushered by agents like ESNO will be aggravated by the global warming rendering severe weather phenomena such as droughts and floods more regular.

a. Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: [3]
1. Assisted
2. Influenced
3. aggravated
b. Answer briefly in your own words the following questions:
1. What is a La Lina? [2]
2. Who is its relative? How do they occur? [2]
3. What was the impact of La Lina that happened in the Pacific in 2010? [2]
4. What does ESNO stand for? Explain the phenomenon. [2]
5. What is La Lina of great concern to India? [2]
6. How has El Nino influenced the monsoon in different parts of India? [2]
c. Write in not more than 60 words the effect of La Lina on the weather conditions. [8]

d. Give a suitable title to your summary and justify the choice of the title. [2]

ICSE 2011:Comprehension: Practice

Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b,
, and d that follow:

The aim of teaching is to create in the qualitative elevation of mind and
exaltation of character or ideals or conduct. What the teacher is, is more
important than what he teaches. A good teacher cannot be partial or
narrow-minded. A worthy idea of a teacher can motivate students to act
positively and achieve their noble objectives. What a teacher is has an
ennobling impact on the students and reawaken them to accomplish marvellous
goals in the years to come.

Unfortunately, it is a disturbing reality that many of the teachers are
unintentionally partial and their thoughts are malformed. These
distorted thoughts adversely affect the nature and calibre of teaching and
eventually the prospects of the students.

A teacher should painstakingly and methodically develop elegance in thought
and action by nurturing critical thinking. Critical thinking is an approach to
any concept or issue in which the thinker enriches the worth of his thinking by
expertly monitoring and controlling the structures that are inherent in the
thought process. The outcome of creative thinking approach can be impressive
with teachers developing clearness in thought.

A highly-developed critical thinking teacher introduces significant questions
and issues to deal them intelligibly and exactly. He collects and
considers pertinent data and assesses and efficiently translates the information
to logical conclusions. This mode of approach is of vital significance for a
teacher. This enables the teacher to think objectively and communicate
skillfully with others to arrive at likely answers to complex questions. Such an
approach help the teacher delve deep into depths into the complexities of the
problem at hand and emerge with a satisfying resolution.

Introduction of critical thinking in teaching has enormous implication as it
can bring tremendous changes in the students and mould them in such a manner
that they are equipped with the thought process essential for
accomplishing their aims and objectives in life.

a. Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: [3]

1. Malformed.

2. Exactly

3. Equipped.

b. Answer the questions in your words the questions given below:

1. What is the aim of teaching? [2]

2. Explain: What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. [2]

3. What is the disturbing reality? [2]

4. What is creative thinking? [2]

5. What does a highly developed critical thinker do? [2]

6. What changes can be brought in the students by the adoption of critical
thinking in teaching? [2]

c. With close reference to the last three paragraphs of the passage and in
not more than 60 words, explain what a teacher should do and what benefits the
students should derive out of this mode of teaching. [8]

d. Give an appropriate title to your summary and justify the choice of the
title. [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 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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