ICSE 2015: English 2: Preparatory Test Three

ICSE 2015: English 2:
Preparatory Test Three
Drama: The Merchant of
Venice & Poetry
Poetry: Time:
One hour  Maximum Marks: 45
All questions carry equal
marks

Question 1

Read the extract given below and answer
the questions that follow:


Stephano:

Stephano is my name; and I bring
word


My mistress will before the break of
day


Be here at Belmont: she doth stray
about


By holy crosses, where she kneels and
prays


For happy wedlock hours.

Lorenzo:

Who come with her?

(a) Where does this scene take place?
What message does he bring?


(b) According to the extract, what was
his mistress doing during her absence from home?


(c) What was she actually doing in her
absence?


(d) What was the role of his
mistress’


(e) The love story of Lorenzo and Jessica
is a subplot in the play. Discuss how this sub-plot relates to the main love
story of Bassanio and Portia.


Question 2

Read the extract given below and answer
the questions that follow:



My little horse must think it
queer.


To stop without a farmhouse
near


Between the woods and frozen
lake


The darkest evening of the
year
.


(a) Where is the poet at this
time? What makes these woods beautiful to him?


(b) How does the poet present
the horse as a symbol of human alienation from nature?


(c) What are the sounds heard by the
poet? What is the significance of these sounds?


(d) Explain: The darkest evening of
the year
.


(e) The journey in the poem is a metaphor
for the journey of life. Discuss.


Question 3

Read the extract given below and answer
the questions that follow:


What do you weave, O ye flower
girls


With tassels of azure and
red?


Crowns for the brow of a
bridegroom


Chaplets to garland his bed

Sheets of white blossoms new- garnered


To perfume the sleep of the
dead.


(a) What is the poetess describing ?
Why?


(b) Who are the flower girls
doing?


(c) Explain: tassels of azure
and red


(d) What are chaplets? Who are making
these? Why?


(e) Elucidate: the sleep of the
dead