ICSE English Literature in English Poetry and Short Stories

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.

girlballSection A
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Question 1
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They clicked their tongues,
With every movement that the scorpion made
his poison moved in mother’s blood, they said.
May he sit still, they said.
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
the misfortunes of your next birth.
May the sum of evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain, they said.
a) Who clicked their come? Where are they now? Why are they there? How did they come there? Explain the comparison used to describe their arrival. [3]
b) Comment on the beliefs of the villagers that are expressed in the extract. [4]
c) Why does the poet repeat the phrase ‘they said.”? What effect does it produce? [2]
d) How was the mother finally relived of the pain? What was her reaction? What does the poet want to convey by making the react so? [3]
e) Elucidate on the theme of the poem. Apart from the theme of the poem what appealed to the most in the poem? Elaborate. [4]
Question 2
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They, too, aware of sun and air and water,
Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starved.
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours.
1. Who are they referred to in the extract? What are the common elements shared by all? [2]
2. What are peaceful harvests? What does the poet want convey through this phrase? [3]
3. Explain: by war’s long winter starved [3]
4. Elaborate the meaning and significance of the lines;
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours. [4]
5. How does the poem bring out the concept of universal brother hood of man? [4]
Section B
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 3
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
We passed the school where children played,
At Recess- in the ring-
We passed the fields of Gazing Grain-
We passed the setting sun.
1. Who are the ‘We’ here? Where are they going? Why? [2]
2. What is the meaning and significance of ‘Gazing Grain’? Why does the poet use capital letters here? [3]
3. What does the setting sun symbolize? The poet later corrects herself regarding the setting sun? What is the import of this correction? [4]
4. What is the attitude of the poet to her fellow travellers? Exemplify. [3]
5. What is the theme and what is the conflict inherent in the poem? [4]
Question 4
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
At the next station the driver slowed down and stopped his train to water the engine. He got down to stretch his legs and decided to examine the head lamps. He received the surprise of his life: for just above the cowcatcher lay the major portion of the tiger, cut in half by the engine.
1. Briefly narrate the encounter between the brave Baldeo and the tiger. [4]
2. He received the surprise of his life. How did the surprise of his life happen? [4]
3. How did the death of Baldeo affect his family? [2]
4. Give a compact sketch of Baldeo. [4]
5. What is the theme of the story? [2]
Section C
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 5
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
It’s true; nobody ever tells us anything in this place. It’s when we go to sleep that the world of the elders awakens, opening like a magic casket. I want to stay awake and listen; I don’t know why I fall asleep halfway through. I wonder whose voice it is now; it seems as if someone is crying I suppressed tones. Is it Chotti Massi?
1. Who is the narrator of the story ‘Girls’? Why is the narrator not given a name? [3]
2. Why does the narrator think compare the opening of the world of elders to that of a magic casket? [3]
3. When the narrator asked Babu whether she could become a boy, how did he react? Why? [3]
4. How was Chotti Massi treated in her house? What was Ma’s advice to her? [3]
5. Whether girl or a boy, you occasionally find yourself in a similar plight as the narrator. Taking an example from the story, narrate briefly one of your experiences comparable to that of the narrator. [4]
Question 6
With close reference to the story The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty, show how the author spotlights the theme of the story. [16]

15 comments :

  1. Anonymous said... :

    i have all the answers

  1. Anonymous said... :

    cool questions!

  1. Anonymous said... :

    NIGHT OF THE SCORPION... What is the significance of they said?

  1. The repetition of the phrase 'they said' gives a chanting effect to the poem.

  1. Vety said... :

    paper was rele well set!! or since i had read ur other blogs i knew most of the answers :D
    just one quick question... in the poem "bcoz i cud not stop for death" why does the poet use capital letters for "Gazing Grain"?
    thnx for ur help!

  1. Personification:
    Just like the wayside onlookers.

  1. Anonymous said... :

    what is the conflict inherent in the poem 'bcoz i could not stop for death'?

  1. Anonymous said... :

    wat is the conflict inherent in the poem 'bcoz i could not stop for death'??

  1. jenny said... :

    it wazz really good>>>>>>

  1. Death is terrifying to the common people whereas the poet welcomes it as a suitor/lover.

  1. Anonymous said... :

    magic casket?

  1. Anonymous said... :

    Hello sir do u mind putting up a study aid for the river from golden lyre? it would really help..thnk u sir
    reagrds
    Tanyaa

  1. Anonymous said... :

    Can you please list out the answers?

  1. Anonymous said... :

    Because I could not stop for death :
    What is the attitude of the poet to her fellow travellers? Exemplify.

  1. Dear Sir,
    I would like to know the different ways in which one can interpret the ending of the story 'The Monkey's Paw'. Was it just that Mr White wished his mutilated son to return to his grave or was it that old age and frustration were playing with their fragile minds.
    Since it is an open ended story, it would be very helpful if you would let me know the most appropriate interpretation of the ending.
    Thanking you,
    Bidisha.

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