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Tuesday, 30 March 2010
English Grammar Model Paper English Paper I Model ICSE March 2010 Answers
ENGLISH Paper 1 Answer Key/Marking Scheme
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question] 
(a) Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
-2- Reference to the brother’s letter.
-3- brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks.
-4- unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI.
-5- Suggestion of the stream.
-6- Reason for the suggestion of the stream.
-7- Informal Style
(b) Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
-1- Format Official Letter
-2- Lack of good health service in the village (name of the village)
-3- Difficulties faced by the villagers
-4- Instances of difficulties.
-5- Need for good health services.
-6- Benefits for the villagers.
-7- Request to the Chief Medical Officer of your district. To open a PRC.
(a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted. 
1. Supportive = helpful
2. Reflect = to give out; to express; to mirror
3. Compassion = pity, sympathy, fellow feeing.
(c) Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
1. When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility? 
-1- His sixth day of 'overtime'.
-2- teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children.
2. What are the specifications for teacher? 
-1- …must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-2- ... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-3- ... must run on coffee and leftovers,
-4- ... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-5- ... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-6- ... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-7- ... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-8- ... must have 6 pair of hands.
-9- Must have three pairs of eyes.
3. What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes? 
-1- three pairs of eyes
-2- “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as.
-3- Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known.
-4- The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you", without so much as saying a word to the child."
4. What is the teacher’s tear for? 
-1- for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task.
-2- for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in
-3- for compassion for the feelings of their parents
-4- comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves.
-5- comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class."
(c) In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given. 
-1- God and His angel on Creation of the teacher.
-2- Teacher’s importance- influence over the children.
-a- must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-b- ... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-c- ... must run on coffee and leftovers,
-d- ... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-e- ... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-f- ... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-g- ... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-h- ... must have 6 pair of hands.
-i- Must have three pairs of eyes.
-4- The use of the three pairs of eyes.
-5- How and why the tears.
All the points mentioned above need not be; use your discretion in this regard.
A Model Summary
(d) Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title. 
-1- Any suitable title 1 mark
-2- Justification 1 mark.
(a) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence. 
1. Why did Renuka skip the test?
(Change the voice)
Why was the test skipped by Renuka?
2. “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.
(Begin: The teacher asked….)
The teacher asked whether/if I/we had understood the poem the previous day.
3. He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.
(Begin: Not only…..)
Not only did he snatch the ball from him but also scored a goal.
4. The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.
The Kotla grounds were so damaged that it was not possible conduct the match.
5. Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
-1- Despite being skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
-2- Despite his skill in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
6. As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.
(Begin: No sooner….)
-1- No sooner did the match start than the crowd turned violent.
-2- No sooner had the match started than the crowd turned violent.
7. Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.
Ajay’s intelligence makes him very popular in the class.
(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)
8. ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.
9. He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.
Having seen the car rushing towards him, he leapt aside.
10.The police are looking into the matter.
(Provide a suitable question tag)
The police are looking into the matter, aren’t they?
(b) Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank 
Example: ……0…….; 0 = answering
Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace). When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
. ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer) every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results
(c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions. 
a. Aurangzeb was the descendant of Shajahan.
b. The rescuers ran short of adequate assistance.
c. We should attribute our success to our teachers and parents.
d. The Minister resigned from.the cabinet due to ill health.
e. The flood victims were resigned to their fate.
f. The Gazette is available for reference in the library.
g. We should avail of every opportunity to succeed.
h. When the car broke down, we had to walk home.
i. The curfew was imposed on all areas of the city
j. We should try our best to be true to our principles.
An Approach to ICSE English Gopakumar Menon