PreFinal Examination ICSE 2017
English Paper I
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 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 all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question) Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: – 
(a) If you get an opportunity to make an important change in your life, what would it be? How will the change affect you and the people around you?
(b) Write about a place you visited where you had a very good time. Describe where you went, with whom you went, when you went, what you did and how you enjoyed there.
(c) Some students give more importance to extracurricular activities than to their studies. Discuss the merits and demerits of this.
(d) Write a short story on the theme: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” -Pablo Neruda
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this question.) 
Select ONE of the following:
(a) One of your friends has been selected as the Captain of the School Cricket team. Write a letter to congratulate him as well as to wish him success in his ventures.
(b) You wish to apply for a loan to meet the expense of your sister’s higher studies. Write a letter to the Manager of a bank requesting him for an appointment to discuss the procedure for procuring such a loan.