ICSE 2015 Model Examination English 2

English Paper 2
Literature in English
(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
read the question paper. The time given at the head of this paper is the time
allotted for writing the answers.
You must
attempt one question each from Section A, B, and C and any two other questions.
Attempt five
questions in all.


SECTION A
Drama:
The Merchant of Venice
William
Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
Antonio:
Content, i’faith: I’ll
seal to such a bond,
And say there is much
kindness in the Jew.
Bassanio:
You shall not dwell to
such a bond for me;
I shall rather dwell in
my necessity.
Antonio:
Why, fear not, man: I will
not forfeit it.
(a)  
Where are Antonio and Bassanio?
Who is with them? Why are they there?                     [3]
(b)  What are the terms of such a bond? Why does Shylock call it a
merry bond?                    [3]
(c)  
Do you think there much
kindness in the Jew? Substantiate your answer.                   [3]
(d)  Explain:                                                                                                                       [3]
a.    
dwell in my necessity
b.    
I will not forfeit it.
(e)  
Do you think that Antonio’s
confidence that he shall not forfeit his bond is misplaced? Why? What does
Shylock say earlier in the scene regarding the perils of the sea?          [4]
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
Shylock:
Shall I not have barely
my principal?
Portia:
Thou shalt have nothing
but the forfeiture,
To be so taken so at
thy peril, Jew.
Shylock:
Why, then the devil
give him good of it!
Portia:
Tarry,
Jew                         
The law hath yet
another hold on you.
(a)  
Where does the scene take place?
Why?                                                                   [3]
(b)  How are Portia and Nerissa dressed now? Why?                                                        [3]
(c)  
What had made Shylock ask for barely
his principal
?                                               [3]
(d)  Why does Portia say at thy peril?                                                                               [3]
(e)  
Do you justify Shylock’s fate
at the end? Give reason.                                            
[4]


SECTION B
Poetry:
A Collection of ICSE
Poetry
and Short Stories
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
The
boat is lower’d; the boatmen row,
And
to the Inchcape Rock they go;
Sir
Ralph bent over from the boat,
And
cut the Inchcape Float?
(a)  
Where is the Inchcape Rock? Why
is it dangerous? Who kept a bell over there? Why?              [3]
(b)  Why did Sir Ralph cut the down the Inchcape Bell? What does his
action reveal ?                     [3]
(c)  
What happens to Sir Ralph’s
pirate ship when he returns? Why?                                                 [3]
(d)  Later in the poem. The poet writes The Devil below was ringing
his knell
. Describe the circumstance that makes the poet to write so.                                                                                      [3]

(e)  
Why is the poem often referred
to a didactic poem? Elaborate your answer.                                [4]

Question 4
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
…………………………Neither love
me for
Thine own dear pity’s
wiping my cheeks dry,-
A creature might forget
to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and
lose thy love thereby!
(a)  
Who is referred to as creature
here? Why?                                                                [3]
(b)  In what way does the speaker want to be loved? Why?                                            [3]
(c)  
How can the creature forget to
weep? What will be its consequence?                     [3]
(d)  Comment on the form and structure of the poem.                                                     [3]
(e)  
What is the theme of the poem?
Do you support the ideas expressed in the poem? Give reasons for your answer.                                                                                                      [4]
SECTION C
Poetry: A
Collection of ICSE
Poetry and
Short Stories
Question 5
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
With thoughts such as
these crossing his mind, Rizwan stood at a shop selling cold drinks, looking
for someone who worked for a living but not was a shop owner. At that instant
his eyes fell on a man carrying a load on his head and walking in his direction.
Rizwan quickly went up to him and, without any greeting placing a hand on his
shoulder, enquired: Your Name?”
(a)  
Why was Rizwan selling cold
drinks at the shop? What thoughts occurred to him as he stood in the market?                                                                                                  
[3]
(b)  Who was the man carrying the load and walking to Rizwan? What was
the load he was carrying? Why?                                                                                                        [3]
(c)  
What do you understand about
Rizwan’s nature from his stopping the man without saying any words?
(d)  What are the personal problems faced by Rizwan at home?
(e)  
What is the central idea
expressed in the short story Hunger by Nasira Sharma? Has the writer
conveyed this idea clearly and effectively?                                                 [4]
Question 6
With close
reference to the short story
The Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore, discuss how the story presents the complexity of
human relations.                                                [16]