ICSE English 2 Model Question Paper 2010-2011

ICSE English 2 Model Question Paper 2010-2011
Literature in English\
Time: 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 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.
Section A
Drama: William Shakespeare
As You Like It
Question 1
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Rosalind
What shall be our sport?
Celia
Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth be bestowed equally.
Rosalind
I would we could do so, for her benefits are mighty misplaced and the bountiful blind woman doth most mistake in her gifts to women. 
  1. How did Rosalind and Celia decide to devise sports? What is meant by the good housewife Fortune from her wheel?
  2. Why do they sit and mock the housewife Fortune?
  3. Who is referred to as the bountiful blind woman? Why?
  4. What examples does Celia give to prove that the bountiful blind woman doth most mistake in her gifts to women?
  5. Comment on the relationship of Celia and Rosalind as can be construed from this scene.
Question 2
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Celia
Ay.Fare you well gentleman.
Orlando
Can I not say “I thank you”? My better parts
Are all thrown down, and that which here stands up
Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
Rosalind
He calls us back: my pride fell with my fortune;
I will ask him what he would. Did you call, sir?
Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown
More than your enemies.
1. How has Rosalind appreciated Orlando’s victory in the wrestling match?
2. Explain: that which here stands up /Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
3. Elucidate:
a. My better parts/ Are all thrown down
b. My pride fell with my fortune.
4. Explain clearly in what way has Orlando overthrown more than his enemy.
5. What news does Le Beau bring, later in the scene, from the court?
Section B
Poetry: The Golden Lyre


Question 3
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Their hands are ours, in their lines we read
A labour not different from our own.
Remember they have eyes like ours that wake
Or sleep, and strength that can be won
By love. In every land is common life
That all can recognize and understand.
a) Why does the poet suggest the resemblance of hands of all human beings?
b) Explain: strength that can be won/By love.
c) What is meant by common life? How is it the same everywhere?
d) How does the poet conclude the poem?
e) What message does the poet want to convey through the poem?
Question 4
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Laugh and be merry together, like brothers akin,
Guesting awhile in the rooms of a beautiful inn,
Glad till the dancing stops, and the lilt of the music ends.
Laugh till the game is played; and be merry, my friends.
a) What do you understand by the phrase ‘like brothers akin’?
b) What is the significance of the metaphor employed here to portray our world?
c) Which game is referred to in the last line of the extract? Why?
d) What does the poet counsel in the poem? Why?
e) Is it possible to be always merry in our life? Justify your answer.
Section C
Short Stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 5
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
The tiger, roaring with pain, now sprang upon Baldeo bringing him down and then tearing at his broken body. It was all over in a few minutes. Baldeo was conscious of a searing pain down his back, and then there was blackness and the night closed on him forever.
a) Give a brief summary of the incident that took place here.
b) What is meant by ‘the night closed on him forever’?
c) What befell to the tiger after he had killed Baldeo?
d) Why did the overland mail decelerate? What surprise of his life did the driver of the train get that day?
e) The story is an epitome of human courage. Comment.
Question 6
With close reference to the short story ‘How Much Land Does A Man Require?’ bring out the moral that is explicit in it.

13 comments :

  1. Anonymous said... :

    Thank You.

  1. Arun said... :

    This paper was waaayy tougher than the board paper! You scared me y'day!!

  1. meghna said... :

    too tough

  1. chinmoyee said... :

    well quite standard a paper

  1. aliasger said... :

    Thanks for providing a practise?

  1. How does Celia and Rosalind decide to device in sports? Is the ans "by mocking at Lady Fortune"/"by falling in love"?
    and why is she referred to as a bountiful woman? "because she's blind signifying that she's impartial and gives her gifts at random".

  1. Anonymous said... :

    where is all other questions??????????????

  1. devansh said... :

    brilliant and appreciable paper was set.... loved doing it

  1. devansh said... :

    brilliant and appreciable paper was set for practise loved doing this neithier to hard nor to easy

  1. Anonymous said... :

    paper was pretty well set had a few doubts tho... if u cud possibly put in the model answers after the paper it wud b helpful.thnx again!!

  1. That's me said... :

    It was easy.......except fr a few doubts......thanx

  1. Anonymous said... :

    nice! bt still needs improvement!!!!it does not contain explanations.........

  1. SHUBHAM said... :

    Ya..u r crrect !!!

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