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Monday, 22 March 2010
ICSE English Paper 1 Model Paper
ENGLISH Paper 1
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 Question1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) 
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) “Men and Women should have equal rights.” Give your views on the statement.
(b) You have recently interviewed a famous personality. Narrate the whole experience with the help of the hints given.
RQPreparation for the interview Qdescription of the personalityQthe house/officeQ
major achievementsQhobbies/recreationQawardsQgeneral impression¤
(c) You were held up in a village railway station one night due to an accident. Give an account of your experience.
(d) Elaborate the significance of the proverb ‘No pains; no gains.’
(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; but there must be 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) 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 IX; 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.
(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.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER
The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."
"Yes," said the Lord,” but have you read the specs on this order?"
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
... must run on coffee and leftovers,
... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
... must have 6 pair of hands.
"Six pair of hands, “said the angel, "that's impossible"
"Well,” said the Lord,” it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"
The angel looked incredulous, “Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. 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. 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."
"Lord,” said the angel,” this is a very large project and I think You should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
"It is too soft-hearted,” said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, “but also tough, You cannot imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord, "but reason and compromise."
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher's cheek.
"Well, Lord,” said the angel, Your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that You were putting too much into this model. You cannot imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek. It shone and glistened in the light.
"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"
The Lord replied with great thought, “It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It 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."
"My, “said the angel,” The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"
The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there."
(a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted. 
(b) 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? 
2. What are the specifications for teacher? 
3. What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes? 
4. What is the teacher’s tear for? 
(c) In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given. 
(d) Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title. 
(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)
2. “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.
(Begin: The teacher asked….)
3. He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.
(Begin: Not only…..)
4. The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.
5. Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
6. As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.
(Begin: No sooner….)
7. Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.
(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.
10. The police are looking into the matter.
(Provide a suitable question tag)
(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. 
1. Aurangzeb was the descendant ….Shajahan.
2. The rescuers ran short …… adequate assistance.
3. We should attribute our success …….. our teachers and parents.
4. The Minister resigned …………..the cabinet due to ill health.
5. The flood victims were resigned…… their fate.
6. The Gazette is available ……. reference in the library.
7. We should avail …… every opportunity to succeed.
8. When the car broke……, we had to walk home.
9. The curfew was imposed…….. all areas of the city
We should try our best to be true ….. our principles.