ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2

    ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2
    Question 1
    a) Write a letter to your parents to convince them the importance of allowing you to pursue a particular stream of studies of your choice.
    b) One of your friends from Delhi is visiting your city. Write a letter to the Manager of a hotel in your city enquiring about the details of the facilities that the hotel offers to its guest.
    Question 2
    Read the poem and answer the questions that follow.

    Tamarind
    Nobody knows where my Tamarind stood
    Just by a winding lane.
    Each year it gave me fruit and shade, and drew
    Me to my home again.
    I loved to sit beneath her shady boughs,
    And rest up for a while,
    To gaze out upon the distant blue hills,
    With laughter and a smile.
    And now that I’m back, I’m eager to find,
    My tamarind again.
    I hasten down to that favourite spot,
    I search… but search in vain.
    Then I stop and I stare; I stand quite still
    I listen to my heart.
    That magnificent tree, that was my life,
    Has just been ripped apart.
    I turn to the hills, my eyes filled with tears
    For sure, I’ve lost my soul.
    Where once it stood tall, there’s nothing there now,
    Merely an empty hole.
    Anonymous

    a) Give the meaning of these words.

  1. Winding
  2. Shady
  3. Ripped

      b) Answer these questions based on the passage.

      1. Where did the tamarind stand?
      2. What did the poet like to do?
      3. Why is his search vain?
      4. What does the poet feel when he finds his tamarind gone?
      5. What aspect of the poem appeals to you?
        1. c) In not more than 60 words, write a paraphrase of the poem

          Question 3
          a) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.
          1. Half of the people in the village …….illiterate.
          (Use: is/are)
          2. I do not admire any writer as much as Bloom.
          (Use: most)
          3. The teacher said to Ali, “Do not feel hopeless. Be bold. Never give up. You can do it.”
          (Change into reported speech)
          4. The Principal asked the errant student to mend his ways.
          (Begin: The errant boy…)
          5. No one has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi.
          (Begin: Lionel…)
          6. Though Rafeeqa lost the first game, she had the last laugh at the end of the match.
          (Use: Despite)
          7. Raphael was stupid to believe the con man.
          (Use: enough)
          8. The roguish boy is crazy of the voluptuous actress; he has a cache of her photographs. (Change into a simple sentence)
          b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
          1. We should be clearly aware ……our limitation ……our approach.
          2. Rachel seldom agreed ….. Rajan of his views …… religion.
          3. There have been many attacks ……the tribal community ….. molestation of the hapless.
          4. Of late, there is an increase …….the violation …… women’s rights.
          5. Though his speech was impressive …. the lay man, it was devoid …..sincerity.
          Answers are given below

          Question 3

          a)    
          Rewrite the following sentences according to the
          instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not
          change the meaning of the sentence.               
          1.    
          Half of the people in the village …….illiterate.
          (Use: is/are)
          Half of the people in the village are illiterate.
          2.    
          I do not admire any writer as much as Bloom.
          (Use: most)
          Among all writers, I admire Bloom the most.
          3.    
          The teacher said to Ali, “Do not feel hopeless.
          Be bold. Never give up. You can do it.”
          (Change into reported speech)          
          The teacher told Ali not to feel hopeless, to be bold and never to
          give up and assured him that he could do it.
          4.    
          The Principal asked the errant student to mend
          his ways.
          (Begin: The errant boy…)
          The errant boy was asked to mend his ways by the Principal.
          5.    
           No one
          has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi.
          (Begin: Lionel…)
          Lionel Messi has scored the most number of goals.
          6.    
          Though Rafeeqa lost the first game, she had the
          last laugh at the end of the match.
          (Use: Despite)
          Despite losing the first game, Rafeeqa had the last laugh at the end
          of the match.
          7.    
          Raphael was stupid to believe the con man.
                (Use: enough)
          Raphael was stupid enough to believe the con man.
          8.    
          The roguish boy is crazy of the gorgeous
          actress; he has a cache of her photographs. (Change into a simple sentence)
          Being crazy of the gorgeous
          actress, the roguish boy has a cache of her photographs.
          b)    
          Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:           
          1.    
          We should be clearly aware of our limitation in
          our approach.
          2.    
          Rachel seldom agreed with Rajan of his views on
          religion.
          3.    
          There have been many attacks in
          the tribal community against molestation of the hapless.
          4.    
          Of late, there is an increase in
          the violation of women’s rights.
          5.    
          Though his speech was impressive to
          the lay man, it was devoid of sincerity.

          ICSE 2011 Practice Paper Comprehension

          Read the passage given below and answer the question a, b, c, and that follow:
          La Nina is an atmospheric phenomenon when the equatorial waters of eastern Pacific Ocean turn unusually cold. It is the opposite of El Nino when the eastern waters are warmer than usual. Both events create the greatest global impact in winter time. La Nina — The Little Girl —has enormous adverse effect globally since showing itself in mid-2010. La Nina and its equally unruly relative, El Nino, occur when the waters of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean along the equator become uncommonly cold or warm. These changes in the Pacific bring forth changes in atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature, and rainfall that have a worldwide influence. These conjugated with changes in the ocean and atmospheres are jointly called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For India, an El Nino is of grave concern as it negatively affects the south-west monsoon. La Nina, on the contrary, is frequently advantageous for the monsoon, particularly in the second half. The La Nina that happened in the Pacific in 2010 possibly assisted last year’s south-west monsoon in its last half advantageously. Yet, it also brought in the flood in Australia, which turned out to be one of worst natural disasters with large regions of the north-east under water and also caused similar mayhem in south-eastern Brazil and actively caused the heavy rains and accompanying deluging in Sri Lanka. The impact of ESNO is obviously aggravated by global warming The Indian Ocean is warming quickly. We can already observe the glimpses of the sinister influence of a La Lina of the rising warming along with the increase in temperature of the western Pacific.
          In all probability the increased ocean temperature might have influenced the weather associated issues in the past few months. In spite of the beneficial aspects of the La Nina that evolved in mid-2010 to the south-west monsoon, the high temperature of the tropical Indian Ocean may have impeded a more evenhanded distribution of rainfall in some of the northern Indian states. The warming up of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific almost certainly supplied the additional moisture and energy for the inordinately heavy rains that Australia and Sri Lanka went through. That might be the cause for the excess of rain India the north-east monsoon which, as is commonly witnessed, checked by a La Nina. From this it possible conclude that the climatical changes brought ushered by agents like ESNO will be aggravated by the global warming rendering severe weather phenomena such as droughts and floods more regular.

          a. Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: [3]
          1. Assisted
          2. Influenced
          3. aggravated
          b. Answer briefly in your own words the following questions:
          1. What is a La Lina? [2]
          2. Who is its relative? How do they occur? [2]
          3. What was the impact of La Lina that happened in the Pacific in 2010? [2]
          4. What does ESNO stand for? Explain the phenomenon. [2]
          5. What is La Lina of great concern to India? [2]
          6. How has El Nino influenced the monsoon in different parts of India? [2]
          c. Write in not more than 60 words the effect of La Lina on the weather conditions. [8]

          d. Give a suitable title to your summary and justify the choice of the title. [2]

          ICSE English Literature in English Poetry and Short Stories

          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.

          girlballSection A
          Poetry: The Golden Lyre
          Question 1
          Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
          They clicked their tongues,
          With every movement that the scorpion made
          his poison moved in mother’s blood, they said.
          May he sit still, they said.
          May the sins of your previous birth
          be burned away tonight, they said.
          May your suffering decrease
          the misfortunes of your next birth.
          May the sum of evil
          balanced in this unreal world
          against the sum of good
          become diminished by your pain, they said.
          a) Who clicked their come? Where are they now? Why are they there? How did they come there? Explain the comparison used to describe their arrival. [3]
          b) Comment on the beliefs of the villagers that are expressed in the extract. [4]
          c) Why does the poet repeat the phrase ‘they said.”? What effect does it produce? [2]
          d) How was the mother finally relived of the pain? What was her reaction? What does the poet want to convey by making the react so? [3]
          e) Elucidate on the theme of the poem. Apart from the theme of the poem what appealed to the most in the poem? Elaborate. [4]
          Question 2
          Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
          They, too, aware of sun and air and water,
          Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starved.
          Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
          A labour not different from ours.
          1. Who are they referred to in the extract? What are the common elements shared by all? [2]
          2. What are peaceful harvests? What does the poet want convey through this phrase? [3]
          3. Explain: by war’s long winter starved [3]
          4. Elaborate the meaning and significance of the lines;
          Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
          A labour not different from ours. [4]
          5. How does the poem bring out the concept of universal brother hood of man? [4]
          Section B
          Poetry: The Golden Lyre
          Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
          Question 3
          Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
          We passed the school where children played,
          At Recess- in the ring-
          We passed the fields of Gazing Grain-
          We passed the setting sun.
          1. Who are the ‘We’ here? Where are they going? Why? [2]
          2. What is the meaning and significance of ‘Gazing Grain’? Why does the poet use capital letters here? [3]
          3. What does the setting sun symbolize? The poet later corrects herself regarding the setting sun? What is the import of this correction? [4]
          4. What is the attitude of the poet to her fellow travellers? Exemplify. [3]
          5. What is the theme and what is the conflict inherent in the poem? [4]
          Question 4
          Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
          At the next station the driver slowed down and stopped his train to water the engine. He got down to stretch his legs and decided to examine the head lamps. He received the surprise of his life: for just above the cowcatcher lay the major portion of the tiger, cut in half by the engine.
          1. Briefly narrate the encounter between the brave Baldeo and the tiger. [4]
          2. He received the surprise of his life. How did the surprise of his life happen? [4]
          3. How did the death of Baldeo affect his family? [2]
          4. Give a compact sketch of Baldeo. [4]
          5. What is the theme of the story? [2]
          Section C
          Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
          Question 5
          Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
          It’s true; nobody ever tells us anything in this place. It’s when we go to sleep that the world of the elders awakens, opening like a magic casket. I want to stay awake and listen; I don’t know why I fall asleep halfway through. I wonder whose voice it is now; it seems as if someone is crying I suppressed tones. Is it Chotti Massi?
          1. Who is the narrator of the story ‘Girls’? Why is the narrator not given a name? [3]
          2. Why does the narrator think compare the opening of the world of elders to that of a magic casket? [3]
          3. When the narrator asked Babu whether she could become a boy, how did he react? Why? [3]
          4. How was Chotti Massi treated in her house? What was Ma’s advice to her? [3]
          5. Whether girl or a boy, you occasionally find yourself in a similar plight as the narrator. Taking an example from the story, narrate briefly one of your experiences comparable to that of the narrator. [4]
          Question 6
          With close reference to the story The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty, show how the author spotlights the theme of the story. [16]