ICSE 2013 Pre-final Examination English 1

English Paper I
(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[Gm1] 
Question 1
(Do not spend
more than 35 minutes on this
question)                                                        
Write a
composition of [350-400 words] on any ONE
of the following:                                                 [25]
a.     
Recently you have visited a Village Fair. Describe the
scenes that caught your attention and your feelings and emotions during the
visit.
b.    
The popularity of the newspapers has not diminished
despite the advent of television and internet. Discuss.
c.     
Examinations cannot assess the true calibre of a
student. They are not important in the present scenario. Argue for or against
the statement.
d.    
Write a short story in which an orphan, a camera and a
famous dacoit are the main characters.
e.      Study the picture below and
write a composition taking suggestions from it. There should be a clear
connection between the picture and your composition.
 

Question
2

Select any one of the following                                                                                                 
Select one of the following. (Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)                                   [10]
a)     One of your friends had a narrow escape from a road
accident. Write a letter to him/her expressing your shock and concern and
wishing the friend a speedy recovery from the injuries.                                                                                                                            
OR
b)     You are the secretary of the Sports club of your
school. Your class teacher has planned to take you to an important Sports and
games event in the city by bus.  Write a
letter to the Manager of a Tourist Service Agency requesting him to provide a
bus for the purpose. Give all the relevant details and also enquire about the
procedure you have to follow for the purpose.
Question 3
Read the passage given below
and answer the questions a, b, and c that follow: 
Johnsy has
fallen ill and is dying of pneumonia. She watches the leaves fall from a vine
outside the window of her room, and decides that when the last leaf drops, she
too will die. While Sue tries to tell her to stop thinking like that, Johnsy is
determined to die when the last leaf falls.
An old, frustrated
artist named Behrman lives below Johnsy and Sue. He has been claiming that he
will paint a masterpiece, even though he has never even attempted to start. Sue
goes to him, and tells him that her friend is dying of pneumonia, and that
Johnsy claims that when the last leaf falls off a vine outside her window, she
will die. Behrman scoffs at this as foolishness, but—as he is protective
of the two young artists—he decides to see Johnsy and the vine.
In the night, a
very bad storm comes and wind is howling and rain is splattering against the
window. Sue closes the curtains and tells Johnsy to go to sleep, even though
there were still one leaf left on the vine. Johnsy protests but Sue insists on
doing so because she doesn’t want Johnsy to see the last leaf fall. In the
morning, Johnsy wants to see the vine, to be sure that all the leaves are gone,
but to their surprise, there is still one leaf left.
While Johnsy is
surprised that it is still there, she insists it will fall that day. But it
doesn’t, nor does it fall through the night nor the next day. Johnsy believes
that the leaf stayed there to show how wicked she was, and that she sinned in
wanting to die. She regains her will to live, and makes a full recovery
throughout the day.
In the
afternoon, a doctor talks to Sue. The doctor says that Mr. Behrman has come
down with pneumonia and, as there is nothing to be done for him, he is being
taken to the hospital to be made comfortable in his final hours. A janitor
had found him helpless with pain, and his shoes and clothing were wet and icy
cold. The janitor couldn’t figure out where he had been on that
stormy night, though she had found a lantern that was still lit, a ladder that
had been moved, some scattered brushes, and a palette with green and yellow
colors mixed on it. “Look out the window, dear, at the last ivy leaf on
the wall. Didn’t you wonder why it never fluttered or moved when the wind blew?
Ah, darling, it’s Behrman’s masterpiece – he painted it there the night that
the last leaf fell.”

a.      Three
words or phrases from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each as
used in the passage. One-word answers or short phrases will be accepted. Two
answers for the same question will not be accepted.                                                                                                                                           [3]

1.     protective     
2.     final
hours    
3.     figure
out                                                    
b.     Answer
the following questions in your own words.                                                                          [12]
1.     What
does Johnsy decide about her death?
2.     Who was Behrman? What
did he claim?
3.     Why
did Behrman decide to see Johnsy and the vine?
4.     Why does Sue close the
curtains in Johnsy’s room?
5.     How does Johnsy regain her
will to live?
6.     What is Behrman/s
masterpiece? Why?
c.      Write
in not more than 60 words how
Behrman saved the life of Johnsy.                           [8]
d.     Give
a suitable title to your summary. Give reasons for the choice of the title.                          [2]
Question 4
1.     In the following passage
fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in
brackets.    Example: 0 = 
heard 
Suddenly the clang
of arms was ……0…… (hear). The ladies rushed ……1…… (secure) the door of the
room, but alas! the bolts and bars had gone, and only the empty staples
remained. Meanwhile King James seized the tongs, and ……2…… (tear) up a board in
the floor, let himself down into a vault below. But before there was time to
replace the board, the murderers came rushing along. Then Catherine Douglas,
one of the Queen’s ladies, ……3……(fly)to the door and thrust her arm through the
empty staples, thus ……4……(gain) time to allow her sovereign to escape. The
brave arm was but a frail bar, and was soon ……5……(break), and the traitors
burst into the room, to find no sign of King James.
Sadly the King
was unable to get out of the vault. The ladies then made ropes of the sheets,
and ……6……(try)to pull him up, but the noise ……7……(hear) by the ruffians. They
again rushed into the room and the unfortunate monarch was most ……8…… (cruel)
murdered.                  [4]
2.     Join
the following pairs of sentences without using and or but:                                           [4]
1.     A
packet of pencils was given to student. It should last for  three months.
2.     There
is a strike in the city. The buses are off the road.
3.     The
police man chased the pickpocket. He could not catch him.
4.     Rachel
works in a school. She is an English teacher.
3.     Fill in each blank with the word
which is appropriate.                                                          [4]
1.    
Our School is adjacent ….. the Post Office.
2.     Do you have any
complaint ….. him?
3.    
He competed ….. us for scholarship.
4.    
They were deprived ….. their freedom
5.    
We always count ….. your help.
6.    
We deal ….. imported cloths.
7.    
They are content ….. their lot.
8.    
The warehouse is infested ….. rats.
4.     Rewrite the following
sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make
changes necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence.                             [8]
1.     The thief ran away the moment he saw me.
(Begin: No sooner…)
2.     He did not speak a word.
(Begin: Not…)
3.     He is so addicted to alcohol that he cannot give it
up.
(Use: too)
4.     Jana is not the prettiest girl in the group.
(Use: prettier)
5.     The guide said to us, “You can see the tigers from
there. Do you want to go there?” (Change into indirect speech)
6.     The only thing I could see in the forest was a
starved monkey.
(Begin: Apart…)
7.     We assisted the old lady to cross the road.
(Begin: Had…)
8.     The teacher said to us, “Let all of you prosper in
your life.”
(Change into indirect speech)