ICSE 2016 English Paper 2 Model Paper 26102015

English 2
Literature in English
(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 one question each from Section A, B and C and any
other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all. All the questions carry equal marks


Section A
Drama
 The Merchant of Venice: William
Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the given extract and answer the
questions that follow:
Nerissa
Your
father was ever virtuous; and holy men at their
Death
have good inspirations: therefore the lottery,
That he
hath devised in these three chests of gold,
Silver
and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning
Chooses
you, will, no doubt, never be chosen by any
Rightly
but one who shall rightly love. But what
Warmth is
there in your affection towards any of
These
princely suitors that are already come?
(a)    
How
does Portia respond to these words of Nerissa?
(b)   
Depict
the lottery discussed in the extract.
(c)    
Give
the responses of Portia and that of Nerissa to the lottery.
(d)   
Portia
is melancholic in the opening of the scene so also is Antonio in the earlier
scene. Bring out the difference between Antonio’s melancholy and that of
Portia.
(e)    
This scene
expresses a mood of melancholy, anxiety and suspense. Discuss.
Question 2
Read the given extract 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 of
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 he rails,
Even there
where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my
bargains and my well-won thrift,
Which he
calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive
him!
(a)    
Why does
Shylock hate Antonio and call him ‘a fawning publican’?
(b)    
Explain: If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear
him.
(c)    
What
ancient resentment does Shylock have against Antonio?
(d)    
What is
the ‘sacred nation’ refer to here? What are the insults Antonio had piled upon
Shylock?
(e)    
What is
Shylock’s plan to get hold of the money immediately? Comment on the character
of Shylock based on his plan.
Section B
Poetry
Question 3
Read the given extract and answer the
questions that follow:
The Sun in the heaven was shining gay,
All things were joyful on that day;
The sea-birds scream’d as they wheel’d round,
And there was joyaunce in their sound.
The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen
A darker speck on the ocean green;
Sir Ralph the Rover walk’d his deck,
And fix’d his eye on the darker speck.
He felt the cheering power of spring,
It made him whistle, it made him sing;
His heart was mirthful to excess,
But the Rover’s mirth was wickedness.
His eye was air the Inchcape Float;
Quoth he, “My men, put out the boat,
And row me to the Inchcape Rock,
And I’ll plague the Abbot of Aberbrothok.
(a)   Explain with reference to
context the above lines.
(b)  Give a character sketch of
Sir Ralph the Rover.
(c)   Who was the Abbot? What
does he symbolise in the poem? Why? 
(d)   Why was the Rover jealous
of the Abbot? What did he do to plague the Abbot?
(e)   Comment on the theme of
the poem.
Question 4
Read the given extract and answer the
questions that follow:
He gives
his harness bells a shake
To ask if
there is some mistake.
The only
other sound’s the sweep
Of easy
wind and downy flake.
(a)  
Explain with reference to context the above stanza.
(b) 
How does the signal of the horse that he wanted to move ? What does it reveal of its
nature?
(c)  
Why did the poet say that the horse might think there was a
‘mistake’
?
(d) 
Comment on the form and structure of the poem.
(e)   Discuss the central idea of the poem.
Section C
Short Stories
Question 5
Read the given extract and answer the
questions that follow:
But the Princess September ran through all the rooms of
the palace, singing like a lark, while the little bird flew round and round
her, singing like a nightingale, which indeed it was. Things went on like this
for several days and then the eight Princesses put their heads together.
(a)  
Why did Princess
September sing like a lark? Who is the other singer in the story?
(b)  What is the significance of singing in the context of the
story?
(c)  
Explain the comparisons
being made in these lines.
(d)  What did the eight princesses do when they put their
heads together? Why?
(e)  
Were the eight
princesses successful in their plan? Substantiate.
Question 6

The
short story ‘The Lost Dollar’ by Stephen Leacock is highly humorous. Discuss.