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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’)

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

ICSE 2016 English Paper 2 Model Paper 26102015

English 2
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

Section A
 The Merchant of Venice: William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
Your father was ever virtuous; and holy men at their
Death have good inspirations: therefore the lottery,
That he hath devised in these three chests of gold,
Silver and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning
Chooses you, will, no doubt, never be chosen by any
Rightly but one who shall rightly love. But what
Warmth is there in your affection towards any of
These princely suitors that are already come?
(a)     How does Portia respond to these words of Nerissa?
(b)    Depict the lottery discussed in the extract.
(c)     Give the responses of Portia and that of Nerissa to the lottery.
(d)    Portia is melancholic in the opening of the scene so also is Antonio in the earlier scene. Bring out the difference between Antonio’s melancholy and that of Portia.
(e)     This scene expresses a mood of melancholy, anxiety and suspense. Discuss.
Question 2
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
 [Aside] how like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him!
(a)     Why does Shylock hate Antonio and call him ‘a fawning publican’?
(b)     Explain: If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
(c)     What ancient resentment does Shylock have against Antonio?
(d)     What is the ‘sacred nation’ refer to here? What are the insults Antonio had piled upon Shylock?
(e)     What is Shylock’s plan to get hold of the money immediately? Comment on the character of Shylock based on his plan.

Section B
Question 3
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
The Sun in the heaven was shining gay,
All things were joyful on that day;
The sea-birds scream’d as they wheel’d round,
And there was joyaunce in their sound.
The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen
A darker speck on the ocean green;
Sir Ralph the Rover walk’d his deck,
And fix'd his eye on the darker speck.
He felt the cheering power of spring,
It made him whistle, it made him sing;
His heart was mirthful to excess,
But the Rover’s mirth was wickedness.
His eye was air the Inchcape Float;
Quoth he, “My men, put out the boat,
And row me to the Inchcape Rock,
And I’ll plague the Abbot of Aberbrothok.
(a)   Explain with reference to context the above lines.
(b)  Give a character sketch of Sir Ralph the Rover.
(c)   Who was the Abbot? What does he symbolise in the poem? Why? 
(d)   Why was the Rover jealous of the Abbot? What did he do to plague the Abbot?
(e)   Comment on the theme of the poem.
Question 4
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
(a)   Explain with reference to context the above stanza.
(b)  How does the signal of the horse that he wanted to move ? What does it reveal of its nature?
(c)   Why did the poet say that the horse might think there was a ‘mistake’?
(d)  Comment on the form and structure of the poem.
(e)   Discuss the central idea of the poem.

Section C
Short Stories
Question 5
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
But the Princess September ran through all the rooms of the palace, singing like a lark, while the little bird flew round and round her, singing like a nightingale, which indeed it was. Things went on like this for several days and then the eight Princesses put their heads together.
(a)   Why did Princess September sing like a lark? Who is the other singer in the story?
(b)  What is the significance of singing in the context of the story?
(c)   Explain the comparisons being made in these lines.
(d)  What did the eight princesses do when they put their heads together? Why?
(e)   Were the eight princesses successful in their plan? Substantiate.
Question 6

The short story ‘The Lost Dollar’ by Stephen Leacock is highly humorous. Discuss.

Monday, 26 October 2015

ICSE 2016 English Paper 1 Model Paper 25102015

Paper 1
(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 the 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 not more than 35 minutes on this Question.)            [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) One of your childhood dreams have become a reality. Describe graphically the dream you had and narrate your experience when it became a reality.
(b) Junk food is nowadays the preferred food of the young generation which is a matter of serious health concern. Describing the eating habits of the new generation, suggest a few remedial measures which can help to create a healthy eating habit among them.
(c) Cell phones are a boon as well as a bane of the modern society. Discuss.
(d) Write a short story on the theme: Fine words do not feed a man.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Question 2
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this Question.)    [10]
Select ONE of the following:
(a) The modern children prefer computer games and social networking on the internet to reading books. Write a letter to one of your friends about this dismal state of affairs and suggest a few novel methods which can ignite and inculcate the spirit of reading habit among the children.
(b) Write a letter to the Commissioner of Police of your city appealing to take the necessary measures to control the menace of the pickpockets in your city.
Question 3
(c) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
Education, if looked at beyond its conventional boundaries, forms the very essence of all our actions. What we do is what we know and have learned, either through instructions or through observation and assimilation. When we are not making an effort to learn, our mind is always processing new information or trying to analyse the similarities as well as the tiny nuances within the context which makes the topic stand out or seem different. If that is the case then the mind definitely holds the potential to learn more, however, it is us who stop ourselves from expanding the horizons of our knowledge with self-doubt or other social, emotional, or economic constraints.
While most feel that education is a necessity, they tend to use it as a tool for reaching a specific target or personal mark, after which there is no further need to seek greater education. Nonetheless, the importance of education in society is indispensable and binding, which is why society and knowledge cannot be ever separated into two distinct units. Let us find out more about the role of education in society and how it affects our lives.
Receiving a good education helps empower you, thus making you strong enough to look after yourself in any given situation. It keeps you aware of your given surrounding as well as the rules and regulations of the society you're living in. It's only through knowledge that you can be able to question authority for its negligence or inconsistencies. It is only then that you can avail your rights as a citizen and seek improvement in the structural functioning of governance and economy. It's only when a citizen is aware about the policies of its government can he be able to support or protest the change. As a whole, people can bring about development only when they know where improvement is necessary for the greater good of mankind. Education helps you understand yourself better, it helps you realise your potential and qualities as a human being. It helps you to tap into latent talent, so that you may be able to sharpen your skills.
a.Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers /short phrases will be accepted        [3]
1. assimilation
2. mark
3. sharpen
b. Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:            [12]
1. How does the mind definitely hold the potential to learn more?
2. Why can society and knowledge not be ever separated into two distinct units?
3. How is receiving a good education helpful?
4. When can we seek improvement in the structural functioning of governance?
5. When can people bring about development?
6. How does education help us?
c. In not more than 60 words write about the role of education in society and how it affects our lives.      [8]
d. Give an appropriate title to your summary and justify  the title.      [2]
Question 4
a) In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with correct form of the words given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate in the blank space. Example: ……0…… (be)  0 = is                                                                                      [4]
Global warming ……0…… (be) an increase in the average temperature worldwide ……1…… (believe) to be caused by the greenhouse effect. Earth has undergone periods of gradual warming and cooling throughout its existence due to natural causes, such as volcanic eruptions and variations in the Sun's output. However, the scientists ……2……(attribute) the current increase in global temperatures to human causes-primarily the release of certain gases into the atmosphere as a result of industrial activity. The gases- ……3…… (collect) named greenhouse gases- assimilate and trap the heat generated from the Earth's surface through a phenomenon known as greenhouse effect. 
The greenhouse effect ……4…… (be) a natural process that ……5…… (help) maintain temperatures suitable for life; without it our earth would be ……6…… (freeze) and probably an uninhabitable planet. However, the environmental scientists ……7…… (determine) that increased concentration of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity ……8…… (amplify)  the natural greenhouse effect, causing global warming. 
b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:      [4]
1. Do you agree ….. this suggestion?
2. We alighted ….. the bus.
3. This seat has been allotted ….. the guest.
4. The actress was very angry ….. the director.
5. The students reported ….. the venue in time.
6. The Minister assured the villagers of a hospital.
7. I found the key ….. the door.
8. The next unit begins ….. page 50.
c) Explain the difference in meaning between the pairs of sentences given below.                                                                                                      [4]
i. The nurse complained the patient was stubborn.
ii. “The nurse” complained the patient “was stubborn.”

2. .
i. The tourists arrived late to catch the flight.
ii. The tourists arrived to catch the late flight.

e) 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.                                                                                                         [8]
1. Sajana exclaimed that Hyderabad is a very crowded city. 
                                                                                                  [Change narration]
2. Annette is the best seamstress in our town. 
                                                                                                  [Begin: No other…]
3. Zeenath said, ‘Why don’t you apply for the post, Jasmine?’ 
                                                                                                 [Begin: Jasmine ….]
4. To my surprise, the train was not running late. 
                                                                                                 [Use: find]
5. The crowd started pelting stones at the politician. Instantly the police arrived.                                                                                    [Use: No sooner….]
6. The play is so dull that I will not recommend it to anyone. [Use: too]
7. Roberto is the best player, but he was not included in the team.
                                                                                                 [Begin: Despite…]
8. If Hemant had listened to the doctor’s advice, he would have been cured of the illness.                                                                                [Begin: Had….]