ICSE 2015: English 2: Preparatory Test One

ICSE 2015: English 2: Preparatory Test One
Drama: The Merchant of Venice
Time: One hour Maximum Marks: 30
All questions carry equal marks
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

Shylock
(Aside) How like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian;
But more, for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation; and rails,
Even there where merchants most congregate….
(a) Who is called ‘a fawning publican’? Why does Shylock call him so?
(b) Give at least three reasons for Shylock’s hatred towards this person?
(c) Explain:
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
(d) What old grudge Shylock has against this person?
(e) What do you understand about Shylocks’ character from the extract given?
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Shylock  
……Lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum
And the vile squealing of the wry-necked fife,
Clamber not you up to the casements then,
Nor thrust your head into the public street
To gaze on Christian fools with varnished faces,
But stop my house’s ears, I mean my casements.
Let not the sound of shallow fopp’ry enter
My sober house. By Jacob’s staff, I swear,
I have no mind of feasting forth tonight;
(a) What advice dos Shylock give Jessica? Why?
(b) Where is Shylock going? Why?
(c) Explain:
a. To gaze on Christian fools with varnished faces
b. Let not the sound of shallow fopp’ry enter/My sober house
(d) Does Jessica follow her father’s advice? What does she do instead?
(e) I have no mind of feasting forth tonight. Why reasons does Shylock give immediately after the extract for his reluctance to go to the feast?