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Thursday, 21 January 2016

ICSE 2016 Preparatory Test One: English 1 Grammar and Composition

ICSE 2016 Preparatory Test One
English 1 Grammar and Composition
Time: One hour                                                               Maximum Marks: 40
Question 1
Write a letter to your friend about the career you want to choose in your life.[10]
Question 2
You are in charge of the Arts Club of your school. Write a letter to the District Collector of your city requesting him to inaugurate the Art and Craft Competition that the club is going to conduct in the month of July. Provide details of the competition and the purpose of the competition. [10]
Question 3
a. In the following passage, 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: [5]
The primary object of a mountaineering expedition ………1……… (be) to the top of a high mountain which in the past has withstood all attempts ………2……… (conquer) it. But it ………3……… (shall) not be ………4……… (Presume) that the expedition is a complete failure if it does not reach its destination. Sometimes operations are temporarily ………5……… (suspend) because of bad weather, loss of some ………6……… (value) equipment or the sudden death of very important member of the party. Every big expedition………7……… (take) with it men who ………8………(interest) in botany, biology, geology and various other branches of science , and these men ………9……… carry with them equipment for recording their observations ………10………(concern) the weather, the terrain , and different forms of life in higher altitudes.
b. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words. [5]
1. The temperature was……… zero.
2. A black cat was standing ……. the car.
3. He pushed the envelope ……. the door.
4. The pond abounds …… fish.
5. I am accustomed ………living a simple life.
6. The boy slept …….. a tree.
7. It has been raining ………last night.
8. A blind man cannot distinguish black ……white.
9. The brothers live……. the same roof.
10. Do you have the evidence …………him?
c. 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.           [10]
1. I returned home. I found my mother fighting with the neighbour.                    (Begin: On…)
2. Mina is one of the most brilliant students in our school.         (Begin: Very few…)
3. As soon as the rain stopped, the children rushed to the playground.        (Begin: No sooner…)
4. If the taxi had not come in time, I would have missed the flight.                     (Begin: Had…)
5. The traveller said, “Are the forests here dangerous?”     (Change into Reported speech)
6. John said “Let me have a pocketful of gold coins.”     (Change into Reported speech)
7. You are too inexperienced to be given the job.      Use: so…that)
8. Can you assist me to lift this bag?                     (Change the voice)
9. The management had to postpone the event due to rain.                     (Begin: If…)
10. You have probably given the book to somebody.         (Begin: In…)
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Monday, 21 December 2015

ICSE 2016 English Paper 1 Grammar and Composition Sample Paper 21122015

English Paper I
(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 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.

Question 1
Write a composition of about 350 words on any one of the following.            [25]
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)                                                    
a)      A feared criminal was caught on a bus in which you were travelling. Give a description of the incident and what happened afterwards.
b)     You have recently won a cash prize Rs. 5000/- in a competition. Give a write up on the competition, the hard work you have done to excel in the competition, and what you did with the prize.
c)     School life plays a prominent role in the shaping the personality and character of a student. Discuss.
d)     Write a short story based on the theme: the ill-effects of rumour.
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.
Question 2
Select any one of the following:                                                                                         [10]
a)     Write a letter to your uncle describing your visit to a place of historical importance.
OR
b)     Write a letter to the Employment Officer of your city asking for information about the career of your choice. You should include all the relevant details about yourself which will help the officer to advise you.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
I have heard about the three Indian mystics. Nobody knows their names. They were known only as the “Three Laughing Saints”, because they never did anything else; they simply laughed. They moved from one town to another, laughing. They would stand in the market place and have a good belly laugh. The whole market-place would surround them. All the people would come, shops would close and customers would forget for what they had come. These three people were really beautiful-laughing and their bellies waving. And then it would become an infection and others would start laughing. Then the whole market-place would laugh.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

ICSE 2016 English 1 Practice Paper 11112015

 Practice Paper English 1 
Grammar and Composition
Question 1
The trend of organizing School Reunions is fast catching on. Write a letter to one of your friends bringing out its pros and cons.           
Question 2
a. In each of the following sentences there is a blank place which can be filled in by a single word. Fill in each with the word which is appropriate. [Do write the sentences.]                  
1. We have been living ……this town ……eight years.
2. The ceremony is scheduled to take place …..Sunday ……6.p.m.
3. The farmer’s sons quarreled …… themselves …… over the share of profit.
4. The tiger was killed …… a stranger ….. a rifle.
5. His application ….. the job was not turned…….
b. Rewrite as directed the sentences given below according to the instruction given after each and making other changes that may be necessary, without changing the meaning of each sentence.
1. Either Nita or her sister …… at fault.
(Fill in using ‘is/are’)
2. Why did you not attend the function last night?
(Change the voice.)
3. Sheena said,” Alas! How foolish of me to leave out one question!”
(Change into indirect speech)
4. The Taj Mahal is the grandest building in the world.
(Use: ‘grand’)
5. None but a fool would do such a thing.
(Change into an assertive sentence)
6. As soon as he finishes his work, he starts singing in joy.
(Begin: No sooner…..)
7. You should open the door then only you will come to know what lies behind it.
(Rewrite using ‘Unless’)
8. The suit was so expensive that I could not buy it.
(Use: too)
9. It was too hot. We could not practice our game.
(Begin: Had ….)
10. He was late. He was admitted.
(Use ‘despite’)