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Monday, 11 December 2017

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217


ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH Paper – I
(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 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 five questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].
You are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes in answering Question 1 
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                  [20]
(a) Write an account of a street quarrel that arose as a result of the narrow-minded and intolerant attitude of a person or a group of people. Describe how it started, how it led to blows and eventually ended in the destruction of property; who were the most affected and how it was finally resolved.
(b) ‘The modern man is too dependent on computers’. Express your views either for or against the statement.
(c) School life is full of ups and downs. Describe some of the happy and some of the sad moments of your ten years of school life.
(d) Write a short story in which the conclusion has the following proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine.”
(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 you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.


Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                                        [10]
Select one of the following:
(a) You have won the award for the best student in your school. Write a letter to a friend giving details of the award, the award ceremony and the celebration that followed
(b) In the city where you are residing, tonnes of plastic waste are generated every day and dumped in a corner of the city. The accumulation of the waste looking like a huge mountain from a distance has become a menace. Write a letter to the Mayor of your city complaining about this grave issue which requires urgent attention.
Question 3          [5+5]
(a) You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice to be put up on the Notice Board, asking the students of classes VIII to IX to submit their names for an educational tour to Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad which is being organised by your school during the Christmas holidays. Give all the necessary details.
(b) A hundred students have expressed their desire to come for the tour mentioned in Question 3(a). Write an email to two or three travel agencies, enquiring about the cost and other necessary information for the tour.
Question 4
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
The hostess told James that there was not another house within three miles and that she could accommodate him with a bed, and his horse with lodging and oats. He thanked Heaven for his good fortune in stumbling upon this homely habitation, and determined to pass the night under the protection of the old cottager. She told him that her husband, who was a farmer, had gone to next town to dispose of his merchandise, and in all probability, would not return till next morning. James sounded the old woman with a thousand artful interrogations, and she answered with such appearance of truth and simplicity that he felt that he was quite safe there. After he had his supper, the woman conducted him into the chamber where she proposed that he should take his rest. He seemed extremely satisfied with his lodging, which in reality exceeded his expectations. Cautioning him against letting the candle approach the straw, the kindly landlady took her leave and locked the door from the outside.
James` experiences had taught him to be suspicious and ever on his guard against the treachery of his fellow-creatures, so he was suspicious of this instance of her care in confining her guest to his chamber, and began to be seized with strange fancies. He observed that there was no bolt on the inside of the door by which he might secure himself from intrusion. Consequently, he began to take a survey of every object in the apartment, and, in the course of his enquiry, was shocked to find the dead body of a man, still warm.
Such a discovery filled our hero with horror, for he concluded that he himself would undergo the same fate before morning. In the first moments of his fear, he ran to the window, with a view to escaping by that outlet, but found his flight effectually obstructed by strong bars. Then his heart began to palpitate, and his knees began to totter; his mind filled with thoughts of death and he immediately resolved to take measures for his own safety.He undressed the corpse that lay bleeding amidst the straw and deposited it on the bed in the attitude of a person who sleeps at his ease. He extinguished the light and took possession of the place from where the dead body had been removed. Then holding a loaded pistol in each hand, he waited expectantly. About midnight the door was softly opened; he saw the shadow of the two men stalking towards the bed. When they reached it, one of them thrust a dagger into the heart of the corpse. The stroke was repeated and the assassins, concluding that the work was effectually done, retired for the present, with a design to rob the deceased at their leisure.
(a) Give the meaning of each of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.                                                                        [3]
(i) conducted
(ii) corpse
(iii) stalking

(b) Answer the following questions briefly, in your own words.
(i) James deemed himself fortunate to get accommodation in the cottage that night. Why? [2]
(ii) What information did the landlady give James about her husband?                 [2]                     
(iii) Against what did the lady caution James?  [1]
(iv) What did James do after the landlady left the room?                                                       [2]
(v) Why did he try to escape from the chamber?                                                                    [2]
(c) In not more than 50 words, describe what James did on seeing the corpse.                     [8]
Question 5
(a) Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.                                                                                                                                   [4]                                                                                           
Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example: 
 I ______ (0) (hire) a taxi as I missed the bus.
Answer: hired.

An American gentleman got into a taxi and asked to be ______ (1) (take) up to the parrot forests. The taxi driver ______ (2) (become) suspicious for some reason best ______ (3) (know) to himself and was convinced that the man ______ (4) (be) up to no good. Dutifully, however, he ______ (5) (drive) the unsuspecting American up into the forest to a place where he might conceivably see parrots and left him, ______ (6) (promise) to return some hours later. Then he ______ (7) (drive) as fast as he ______ (8) (can) to the nearest telephone and got in touch with the Forestry Department.

(b) Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                               [4]
(i)      He overheard a private conversation ______ two ministers.
(ii)      Jim had an argument ______ his boss yesterday.
(iii)      The fire-fighters struggled to put ______ the fire.
(iv)       Do you believe ______ life after death?
(v)       I met my friend while I was travelling ______ the train.
(vi)       She enjoys walking ______ the rain.
(vii) The child succeeded ______ solving the problem.
(viii) My brother congratulated me ______  my excellent performance.
(c)    Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                                                                                                                                       [4]
(i) The storm subsided. We began our march again.
(ii) We had no money. We had to walk home.
(iii)   She was angry. She couldn`t help smiling.
(iv)   Hurry up. You will miss the train.
(d) Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.       [8]
(i) As soon as she was scolded, she burst into tears.
     (Begin: No sooner.............................)
(ii) Vincent said to Rony, “Let`s send the child to the poorhouse.”
    (Change into Reported Speech)
(iii)    The case is too urgent to be postponed any longer.
   (Begin: The case is so .............................)
(iv)   The boy did not utter a word.
    (End: ............................. the boy.)
(v)    They not only looted the shop but also they set fire to it.
    (Begin: Besides .............................)
(vi)    He agreed to our plan only after a long argument.
    (Begin: It was .............................)
(vii) She would have drowned if I had not intervened.
     (Begin: But .............................)
(viii) Although she is only twenty-two years old, she is a highly successful businesswoman.                (Begin: Despite .............................)




                           


Saturday, 4 November 2017

ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice

ICSE English 1 Practice

Question 1
The road passing through your locality is full of potholes and is in an extremely bad condition, making it dangerous for the motorists as well as the pedestrians. Write a letter to the civic authority of your locality drawing his attention to the issue and requesting him to take necessary measures.                                   
Question 2 
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.           
i) We camped there. It was too dark to go on.
ii) Here is the magazine. You were looking for it.
iii) Mrs. Mehran was a great leader. She was also an eminent writer.                        
Question 3
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word.                                            
i. The doctor advised him to abstain_____ all alcoholic liquor.
ii. The lady standing there is dressed_____ black.
iii. Sensible people do not believe_____ witchcraft.
iv. Some of the houses are not fit to live_____.                                                                           
Question 4
Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.                                            
i. The Prime Minister invited each member of the cabinet to state his views.
(Change the Voice.)
ii. Jackson said to me, “I have bought a book on wildlife.”
(Change into Reported Speech.)
iii. He went to England to perfect his English.
(Change into a Complex Sentence using ‘so that’)
iv. If you have enough money, you can stay in that expensive hotel.
(Begin: Provided that........)
v. When he entered the room, he took off his hat.
(Begin: On........)
vi. If you had not lied to me before, I would have believed you.
(Begin: Had........)
vii. Although she has no particular talent for music, she sings tolerably well.
(Begin: In spite of........)
viii. The young man was too furious to contain himself.
(Use: so.... that)
ix. Only a dedicated scientist can provide such a detailed report.
(Begin: None…...)
x. As soon as the teacher had gone, the students started to mess around.
(Begin: No sooner........)                                                                                                

Friday, 15 September 2017

ICSE 2019: Notice Writing : Format



Format of a NOTICE

A notice is an official mode of announcement. The function of a notice is to publicise or present information to a particular group of people. Notices are normally intended to be fixed on specific display boards whether in schools or in public places. Notices published by the government appear in newspapers and other public means of communication.

Format

A notice should be composed in the following format:
The Name of The Organisation Issuing the Notice
é Heading: NOTICE
éDate of Issue: 
A Heading to introduce the subject of the notice.
              The heading should be relevant to the event and it should not be Notice.
é Date:
é Time:
é Venue:
(Hall/Auditorium + Location)
For example:
The Jubilee Auditorium; Harmony School
é Name of event:
For example:
Child Labour in India (Inter-School Discussion)
é For Whom? The Target Audience, invitees and so on.
For example:
Representative students and teachers from the school in the city of Hyderabad are eligible to participate.
é Signature
é Full Name
é Designation
Note to Note
1.           Write only the most significant points.
2.           Provide the important details.
3.           Add an additional information if the detail is pertinent.
4.           Be precise and grammatically correct.
5.           They should be in the passive voice as far as possible.
6.           The notice should be presented within a box.
7.           Standard abbreviations can be used.
8.           Check that the 5 Ws are included.
The 5Ws are  
w  What is going to happen, (that is, the event)
w  Where it will take place
w  When it will take place (that is, the date and time)
w  Who can apply or is eligible for it
w  Whom to contact or apply to (that is, the issuing authority)
   Given below is an example of a Notice:



Saturday, 9 September 2017

ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice Paper 992017




ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH Paper – 1
(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 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 questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (350 – 400 words) on any one of the following:                                              [25]
                       
(a)       Write an original story that begins with the words: “He was the funniest boy I had ever met. He would make everyone laugh.............”
(b)       Narrate an incident from your own experience when you helped a friend who was in trouble. What did you do to make the situation better?
(d)       You were on a school trip and were on your way back to the hostel late one night when your school bus broke down in a lonely area. Describe the experience and what you and your fellow-passengers felt and learned from the experience.
(d)       “School days are the happiest days of our lives.” Express your views either for or against this statement.          
(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 you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.




Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select any one of the following:                                                                                                       [10]

(a)       There is an electric post near the main gate of your house. A number of loose electric wires are hanging from it, posing a threat not only to you but also to the public. Write a letter to the Assistant Executive Engineer (Maintenance) explaining the problem and requesting him/her to take the necessary steps to rectify the issue.  

(b)       You feel sorry for having behaved very rudely to a friend on several occasions in the past. Write a letter to him/her expressing your regret and apologising for your rude behaviour.  
Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

There was a heavy fighting taking place in Dublin. Republicans and Free Staters were fighting each other as a civil war had broken out in the city. A Republican sniper lay waiting and watching on a rooftop. He ate a sandwich hungrily as he had eaten nothing since morning. After having a short draught of whisky, he paused for a moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke. It was dangerous. The flash might be seen in the darkness, and there were enemies watching. He decided to take the risk. He struck the match and lit the cigarette hurriedly. Almost immediately, a bullet hit the parapet of the roof. Cautiously he raised himself and peered over the parapet. There was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head. He dropped immediately. He had seen the flash. It came from the opposite side of the street.
Just then an armoured car of the Irish Free States Forces arrived, and an old woman stepped out of the darkness and pointed out the sniper`s hide out to the soldier in the car. The sniper shot both the woman and the man in the car. Immediately, a bullet was fired at the sniper from the roof of the house on the opposite side. This time, this hit him on the right arm.
With an immense will-power, the sniper dressed his wound and lay still for a long time, nursing his wounded arm and planning escape. Morning must not find him wounded on the roof. The enemy on the opposite roof had made escape impossible. He must kill that enemy but he could not use his rifle. He had only a revolver to do it. Then he thought of a plan. Taking off his cap, he placed it over the muzzle of his rifle. Then he pushed the rifle slowly upward over the parapet until the cap was visible from the opposite side of the street. Almost immediately, there was a shot, and a bullet pierced the centre of the cap. The sniper slanted the rifle forward. The cap slipped down into the street. Then catching the rifle in the middle, the sniper dropped his left hand over the roof and let it hang, lifelessly. After a few moments, he left the rifle drop to the street. Then he sank to the roof, dragging his hand with him.
Crawling quickly to the left, he peered up at the corner of the roof. His trick had succeeded. The other sniper seeing the cap and the rifle fall thought that he had killed his man. He was now standing before a row of chimney spots, looking across, with his head clearly outlined against the western sky.
The Republican sniper smiled and lifted his revolver above the edge of the parapet. He took a steady aim. His hand trembled with eagerness. Pressing his lips together, he took a deep breath and fired.

Then when the smoke cleared, he peered across and uttered a cry of joy. His enemy had been hit. He was swaying unsteadily over the parapet in his death agony. He struggled to keep his feet, but he was slowly falling forward, as if in a dream. The rifle fell from his grasp, hit the parapet, fell over, bounced off the pole of a barber`s shop beneath and then clattered on the pavement.
Then the dying man on the roof crumpled up and fell forward. The body turned over and over in space and hit the ground with a dull thud.  There it lay still.
The sniper looked at his enemy falling and he shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He was filled with remorse. Weakened by his wound and the long summer day of fasting and watching on the roof, he felt sick at the sight of the shattered body of his dead enemy. His teeth chattered, he began to mutter senselessly to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.
Taking his whisky from his pocket, he emptied it at a draught. He felt reckless under the influence of the spirit. He decided to leave the roof now and look for his company commander to report. Everywhere around was quiet. There was not much danger in going through the streets.
Then he crawled down through the skylight to the house underneath.
When the sniper reached the street, he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the enemy.
The sniper darted across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets. But he escaped. He threw himself face downward beside the corpse. The machine gun stopped.
Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother`s face.

(a)       Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.                                                                                                                      [3]
(i)          cautiously
(ii)        peered
(iii)       trembled
(b)       Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i)          Why was it risky for the sniper to smoke? What happened when he struck the match to light his cigarette?                                                                                                             [2]
(ii)        Why did the sniper shoot the old woman? What happened to the sniper then?               [2]
(iii)       What happened to the sniper`s enemy when he was shot?                                              [2]
(iv)        How did the enemy’s fall from the roof affect the sniper?                                              [2]
(v)         Where did the sniper decide to go? What was the situation there?                                  [2]
(vi)       Why was the sniper curious to know the identity of the enemy sniper?                          [2]
(c)      
(i)    In not more than 60 words, narrate how the sniper tricked his enemy and killed him.         [8]
(ii)  Give a title to your summary in 3 (c) (i). Give a reason to justify your choice.                    [2]

Question 4
(a)   Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.                                                                                                                                            [4]
Example:
(0)   He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (slam) on the brakes as a dog suddenly crossed the road.
(1)   Answer: slammed
When we (1) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (come) out of the cafe, it had started (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (rain). “We must get a taxi,” my mother said. We were wearing ordinary hats and coats, and it ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(3) ______ (rain) quite hard. We (4)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(stand) on the pavement in the rain, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(5)______(look) for a taxi. Lots of them came by but they all (6) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (have) passengers inside them. “I wish we ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(7) ______ (have) a car with a chauffeur,” my mother said. Just then a man came­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ up to us. He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(8) ______ (be) a small man and he was pretty old, probably seventy or more.

(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                               [4]
(i)          The old man peered closely ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ the photograph.
(ii)        The country sealed its borders to prevent the influx ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ of illegal immigrants.
(iii)       Students should be fully acquainted ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ fundamental grammar of English.
(iv)       Preventive measures have been taken to ward ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______  an outbreak of cholera
(v)         The pupils were rebuked ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ making so much noise.
(vi)       Jane, a brilliant swimmer, represented Britain ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ the Olympic Games.
(vii)     I often meet Tom ______ his way to school.
(viii)   ______ this time next year, George will have taken his university degree.

(c)   Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                                                                                                                                                              [4]
(i)    The boys ran off. They saw the owner of the orchard.
(ii)  I have found the book. I lost it yesterday.
(iii)          The poor peasant could not read. The poor peasant could not write.
(iv) The passage was very difficult. I could not translate it.

(d)   Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.                 [8]

(i)    They not only robbed the old man but also they beat him up.
(Begin: Besides .............................................)
(ii)  We hired a taxi as we missed the bus.
            (Begin: If ......................)
(iii)                     Though he had a headache, he enjoyed the film.
( Begin: Despite .............................................)
(iv)  If Thomas improves his IT skills, he will get a better-paid job.
(Begin: Unless............................................. )
(v)    People believe that the culprit has escaped from the prison.
(Begin: The culprit.............................................)
(vi)  The thief hid behind a wall so that the police might not see him.
            (Use ‘lest’.)
(vii)                   As soon as he heard the footsteps behind him, he took out the revolver.
(Begin: No sooner .............................................).
(viii)                  He has probably forgotten my address.
(Begin: In .............................................)

Answers to Question 4