An Approach to ICSE English provides a platform to contribute, discuss and comment on the various issues related to the study and practice of English for the students and teachers of ICSE syllabus. Even with its focussed nature, An Approach to ICSE English will be beneficial to everyone involved in the learning the niceties of the English language.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
English Paper I Grammar and Composition Model Paper
English Paper I
Grammar and Composition
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.
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question) Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: - 
(a) Book reading, particularly, among the children is a lost habit. Why is it so? How can the reading habit be improved? Discuss with relevant examples.
(b) Imagine a situation in which a character from one of your favourite books comes alive. Write an imaginary account of a day spent with this character.
(c) While you were waiting, at the railway station of your home town, to receive a friend there was a sudden explosion. Describe the scene elaborately and also narrate your actions and feelings related to the incident.
(d) Write an original short story in which a small boy, a detective, an angel and a cache of diamonds play a prominent role.
(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.
Select any ONE of the following: 
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)
(a) A friend who has failed in an examination plans to run away from home and has written to you seeking advice and help. Write a letter in reply sating why he/she should not leave home and suggest how you might be able to help him/her.
(b) Write a letter to the Director of the Archaeological Survey of India complaining about the damage caused to an historical monument in your city due to negligence. Suggest steps that the civic authorities should take to preserve the monument.
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
A list of articles lost by railway travelers and now on sale at a great London station has been published and many people who have read it have been astonished at the absentmindedness of their fellows. If statistical records were available on the subject, however, I doubt whether it would be found that absentmindedness is common. It is the efficiency rather than the inefficiency of human memory that compels my wonder. Modern man remembers even telephone numbers, addresses of his friends, the dates of good vintages. He remembers appointments for lunch and dinner. His memory is crowded with the name of actors and actresses and cricketers and footballers and murderers. In his ordinary life, again, he remembers almost everything that he is expected to remember. How many men in all London forget a single item of their clothing when dressing in the morning? Not one in a hundred. How many of them forget to shut the front door when leaving the house? Scarcely anyone. And so it goes on through the day, almost everybody remembering to do the right thing at the right moment till it is time to go to bed and then the ordinary man seldom forgets to turn off the lights before going upstairs.
There are, it must be admitted, some matters regard to which, the man works with less than his usual perfection. It is only a very methodical man, I imagine. Who can always remember to take medicine his doctor has prescribed for him. This is more surprising because medicine should be one of the easiest things to remember. As a rule, it is supposed to be taken before, during or after meals, and the meal itself should be a reminder of it. The fact remains, however, that few but the moral giants remember to take their medicines regularly. Certain psychologists tell us that we forget things because we wish to forget them and it may be that it is because of their antipathy to pills and potions that many people fail to remember them at all the appointed hours.
The commonest form of forgetfulness, I suppose, occurs in matters of posting letters. Anyone who asks me to post a letter is a poor judge of character. Even if I carry the letter in my hand, I am always past the first pillar-box before I remember that I ought to have posted it. Weary of holding it in my hand, I then put it for safety into one of my pockets and forgets about it.
As for leaving articles in trains and taxis, I am no great delinquent in such matter. I can remember everything except books and walking-sticks. I can often remember even book. Walking-sticks, I find it quite impossible to keep. I dare not carry an umbrella for fear of losing it.
Few of us, however, have lost much property in our travels through forgetfulness. The ordinary man arrives at his destination with all his bags and trunks safe. The list of article lost in trains during the year suggests that it is the young rather than the adults who forgets things and that sportsmen have worse memories than their ordinary serious-minded fellows. A consider number of footballs and cricket bats were forgotten. This is easy to understand, for boys, returning from the games, have their imagination filled with the vision of the playing-field and their heads are among the stars- or their hearts in their boots – as they recall their exploits or their errors. They are abstracted from the world outside.
a) Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. 
1. Crowded with.
3. Heart in their boots.
b) Answer the following questions in your own words: 
1. What surprises Robert Lynd more with regard to man’s memory?
2. Quote the sentence from the passage which indicates that man remembers well in his ordinary life.
3. What is the opinion of some psychologists on forgetting?
4. What are the two things that Lynd is liable to forget most?
5. Why do cricket or football teams leave their things in transit?
c) Summarise the passage in not more than 60 words. 
d) Give a suitable title to the passage and justify the choice of the title. 
a) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence. 
1) Hearing their father’s footsteps, the boys ran away. (Begin: The boys…)
2) Only the brave deserve the reward. (Begin: None……)
3) He owed his success to his teachers. (Begin: It….)
4) It was so late that I could not attend the meeting. (Use: too)
5) The librarian said, “How can you forget to return your books?” [Change the narration)
6) Start now or you will not arrive on time. (Begin: Unless...)
7) It can be very interesting to listen to the radio. (Begin: Listening…)
8) The thorn was removed. It was an extremely painful process. (Combine into a sentence)
9) As soon as the goal was scored, the team celebrated it. (Begin: No sooner…)
10) Rohan was taller than many other boys in the Basketball team. (Begin: Very few…..)
b) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. 
There ……1…… (be) some confusion in the doorway. A man ……2…… (get) into the compartment……3…… (stammer) an apology. Then the door……4…… (bang) and the world was ……5…… (blank) out again. The Guard ……6…… (blow) his whistle and we ……7…… (move) off. Once again, I ……8…….. (go) to my berth.
b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions. 
i. He sent her a letter of appreciation …….. mistake.
ii. The old generator often goes out …… order.
iii. She had been suffering from Pneumonia …………. last week.
iv. The doctor cured her ……. The illness.
v. He is not entitled ……… rent and profit.
vi. Do you prefer books ………...films?