ICSE 2017 English 2 Prefinal Examination Two

LITERATURE
IN ENGLISH
English
Paper 2
 (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:
I am bid
forth to supper, Jessica:
There are
my keys. But wherefore should I go?
I am not
bid for love; they flatter me:
But yet
I’ll go in hate, to feed upon
The
prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
Look to my
house. I am right loath to go:
There is
some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
For I did
dream of money-bags to-night.
(a)
Who has invited Shylock to supper? Why? Why does
Shylock call him The prodigal Christian?
(b)
What instructions does Shylock give Jessica? Why?
(c)
“I am right loath to go:” Why does Shylock say so?
(d)
How is his fear justified later in the play? How does
Shylock behave then? How does this affect his attitude towards the ‘merry
bond”?
(e)
Do you justify Jessica’s action? Justify your answer.
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 at thy peril, Jew.
Shylock
Why, then
the devil give him good of it!
I’ll stay
no longer question.
(a)
Where are Shylock and Portia? In what guise was Portia
there? Why?
(b)
Why does Shylock ask for ‘barely my principal’?
Describe the events in the scene that brought Shylock to plead for barely ‘my
principal’?
(c)
Explain:
Thou shalt
have nothing but the forfeiture,
To be so
taken at thy peril, Jew.
(d)
What was the other law that had a hold on Shylock?
Having explained the law, what did Portia ask Shylock to do?
(e)
What did the Duke say to Shylock now? How did Antonio
respond to Portia’s ‘mercy’ on Shylock?
SECTION B
Poetry: A
Collection of ICSE
Poetry and
Short Stories
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“I’m
grateful, sir”, he whispered, as I handed my canteen
And smiled
a smile that was, I think, the brightest that I’ve seen.
“Seems
silly that a man my size so full of vim and zest,
Could find
himself defeated by a small pain in his chest.”
(a)
Where is the soldier? Why was his smile said to be the
brightest the narrator had ever seen?
(b)
What does the soldier tell about his wife and his
mother now?
(c)
Why did the soldier consider luckier than the rest?
What happened to the rest?
(d)
Later the soldier says that ‘It’s growing dim and I
thought that the day had just begun’. Give a brief explanation of the line.
(e)
How does the poem end? Comment on the conclusion of
the poem.

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