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Thursday, 8 February 2018

ICSE 2018 Pre Final Literature in English English Paper 2

LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
 ENGLISH Paper – 2
(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 five questions in all.
You must attempt one question from each of the Sections A, B and C
and any two other questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

SECTION A - DRAMA
The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare
Question 1.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Shylock
    I am bid forth to supper, Jessica:
    There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
    I am not bid for love; they flatter me:
    But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon
    The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
    Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
    There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
    For I did dream of money-bags to-night.
(i)          Who has invited shylock to supper? When and why was the invitation given?           [3]
(ii)        Explain: to feed upon/The prodigal Christian.                                                           [3]
(iii)      Why does Shylock ask Jessica to ‘look to my house’? What other directions dies Shylock give her? What are the reasons for these instructions?                                                        [3]
(iv)      What makes Shylock ‘right loath to go’? How are his fears justified later?                       [3]
(v)        Does Jessica follow Shylock’s instructions? Elaborate your answer.                        [4]

Question 2.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Portia
    Tarry, Jew:
    The law hath yet another hold on you.
    It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
    If it be proved against an alien
    That by direct or indirect attempts
    He seek the life of any citizen,
    The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
    Shall seize one half his goods; the other half
    Comes to the privy coffer of the state;
    And the offender's life lies in the mercy
    Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.
    In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st;
(i)           Where is Portia now? What made her come there?                                                   [3]
(ii)        Why does Portia ask Shylock to wait before he proceeds further?                                      [3]
(iii)      What is the penalty as per the Laws of Venice for plotting against the life of its citizens?   [3]
(iv)      What has Shylock done to be considered as such a culprit?                                               [3]
(v)        Do you feel that the penalty thus imposed on Shylock justified? Substantiate the answer.   [4]
SECTION B – POETRY
A Collection of Poems
Question 3.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
"Must be fatigue", he weakly smiled. "I must be getting old.
I see the sun is shining bright and yet I'm feeling cold.
We climbed the hill, two hundred strong, but as we cleared the crest,
The night exploded, and I felt this small pain in my chest."
(i)          Where is the soldier now? Why does he think he is getting old?                                        [3]
(ii)        Explain: I see the sun is shining bright and yet I'm feeling cold.                                               [3]

(iii)       Why does the soldier consider himself lucky? Is he really lucky?                            [3]
(iv)      What was the reaction of the poet at the end of the poem? Why?                                                       [3]
(v)        What do you understand of the attitude of the poet towards war in general.                                  [4]
Question 4.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I believe I can dive
Right into the depths
I believe I can claw the earth’s belly
Pick up the priceless gems
And adorn myself with them.
(i)         Comment on the intention of the speaker in these lines.                                            [3]
(ii)        What does the phrase “right into the depth” signify?                                                               [3]
(iii)      Explain: And swim with the sharks.                                                                                        [3]
(iv)      What is earth’s belly? What is its importance? What is the poetess’s intention?                         [3]
(v)        What does the poet firmly believe?                                                                            [4]
SECTION C –SHORT STORIES
A Collection of Short Stories
Question 5.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“Yes, sir”, said Rizwan. He thought for a minute and then wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview and drew a deep breath.
(i)          What is the context referred to in the above extract?                                                 [3]
(ii)        Why was Rizwan interviewing Kasim?                                                                      [3]
(iii)      What was the financial condition of Kasim?                                                             [3]
(iv)      Rizwan wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview. Why?                    [3]
(v)        What was the condition of Rizwan by the end of the day?                                         [4]
Question 6.
Discuss the moral of the story ‘God Lives in the Panch’.     

Saturday, 27 January 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper #27012018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper  #27012018

Question 1
There are not enough buses plying between your village and the nearby city and the timings of these buses do not suit the commuters. Write a letter to the District Transport Officer complaining about the insufficient number of busses as well as the inconvenient timings.   
Question 2
(a)   You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice to be put up on the School Notice Board, informing the students of the Athletic Meet to be held in your school and asking the students who are interested to participate in the Meet to submit their names to the Physical Education Teacher. Give all the necessary details such as category(Junior/Senior), field or throw events.
(b)   Write an email to the District Collector of your locality, requesting him to inaugurate the Athletic Meet mentioned in the Notice above. Give necessary details.                         
Question 3
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.       
(i)    Stephen got hurt. He was struggling to escape.
(ii)  Julie felt a pang of remorse. She was rude to her friend.
(iii)                  It was a head-on collision. The drivers were not hurt.
(iv)  He ran out of money. He had to borrow from his uncle.
Question 3
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.                                                                                                   
It was a dark autumn night. The old banker ______ (1) (walk) up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had ______ (2) (give) a party one autumn evening. There ______ (3) (have) been many clever men there, and there had been ______ (4) (interest) conversations. Among other things they had talked of capital punishment. The majority of the guests, among whom ______ (5) (be) many journalists and intellectual men, disapproved of the death penalty. They ______ (6)(consider) that form of punishment out of date, immoral, and unsuitable for Christian States. In the opinion of some of them the death penalty ought ______ (7) (replace) everywhere by imprisonment for life. "Idon't agree with you," ______ (8) (say) their host, the banker.
Question 4
Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:              
                                                               
(i)    Jim has not played cricket ______ he left university.
(ii)  He asked me whether he could lean his bicycle ______ the wall.
(iii)            We always eat a lot of chocolate ______ Easter.
(iv) The plane took______ two hours late due to some technical glitches.
(v)   The teacher told the students to discuss the matter ______ themselves.
(vi) The young boy was offered food in return ______ his work.
(vii)         She won many accolades ______ her acting career.
(viii)        I have not heard from David ______ six months.

Question 5
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 boy said, “Alas! How rudely I have behaved!”
(Change into reported speech.)
(ii)    I have seen a blind beggar.
(End:............................. blind.)
(iii)  The apricot is one of the most versatile fruits.
(Begin: Very few......................)
(iv)   Jannet said to the Headmaster, “Please grant me leave for two days.”
(Begin: The Headmaster ........)
(v)     As he stayed there longer and longer, he liked the place more and more.
(Begin: The longer ................)
(vi)   If I had driven carefully, I would not have met with an accident.
(Begin: Had......................... .)
(vii) It is said that Mr. Abraham is a shrewd politician.
(Begin: Mr. Abraham ...........)
(viii)                   As soon as I got out of the house, the telephone rang.
(Begin: No sooner................)
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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.

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........)      

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