ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2

    ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2
    Question 1
    a) Write a letter to your parents to convince them the importance of allowing you to pursue a particular stream of studies of your choice.
    b) One of your friends from Delhi is visiting your city. Write a letter to the Manager of a hotel in your city enquiring about the details of the facilities that the hotel offers to its guest.
    Question 2
    Read the poem and answer the questions that follow.
    Tamarind
    Nobody knows where my Tamarind stood
    Just by a winding lane.
    Each year it gave me fruit and shade, and drew
    Me to my home again.
    I loved to sit beneath her shady boughs,
    And rest up for a while,
    To gaze out upon the distant blue hills,
    With laughter and a smile.
    And now that I’m back, I’m eager to find,
    My tamarind again.
    I hasten down to that favourite spot,
    I search... but search in vain.
    Then I stop and I stare; I stand quite still
    I listen to my heart.
    That magnificent tree, that was my life,
    Has just been ripped apart.
    I turn to the hills, my eyes filled with tears
    For sure, I've lost my soul.
    Where once it stood tall, there's nothing there now,
    Merely an empty hole.
    Anonymous
    a) Give the meaning of these words.
    1. Winding
    2. Shady
    3. Ripped
        b) Answer these questions based on the passage.
        1. Where did the tamarind stand?
        2. What did the poet like to do?
        3. Why is his search vain?
        4. What does the poet feel when he finds his tamarind gone?
        5. What aspect of the poem appeals to you?
          c) In not more than 60 words, write a paraphrase of the poem

          Question 3
          a) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.
          1. Half of the people in the village …….illiterate.
          (Use: is/are)
          2. I do not admire any writer as much as Bloom.
          (Use: most)
          3. The teacher said to Ali, “Do not feel hopeless. Be bold. Never give up. You can do it.”
          (Change into reported speech)
          4. The Principal asked the errant student to mend his ways.
          (Begin: The errant boy…)
          5. No one has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi.
          (Begin: Lionel...)
          6. Though Rafeeqa lost the first game, she had the last laugh at the end of the match.
          (Use: Despite)
          7. Raphael was stupid to believe the con man.
          (Use: enough)
          8. The roguish boy is crazy of the voluptuous actress; he has a cache of her photographs. (Change into a simple sentence)
          b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
          1. We should be clearly aware ……our limitation ……our approach.
          2. Rachel seldom agreed ….. Rajan of his views …… religion.
          3. There have been many attacks ……the tribal community ….. molestation of the hapless.
          4. Of late, there is an increase …….the violation …… women’s rights.
          5. Though his speech was impressive …. the lay man, it was devoid …..sincerity.
          Answers are given below

          Question 3
          a)     Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.               
          1.     Half of the people in the village …….illiterate.
          (Use: is/are)
          Half of the people in the village are illiterate.
          2.     I do not admire any writer as much as Bloom.
          (Use: most)
          Among all writers, I admire Bloom the most.
          3.     The teacher said to Ali, “Do not feel hopeless. Be bold. Never give up. You can do it.”
          (Change into reported speech)          
          The teacher told Ali not to feel hopeless, to be bold and never to give up and assured him that he could do it.
          4.     The Principal asked the errant student to mend his ways.
          (Begin: The errant boy…)
          The errant boy was asked to mend his ways by the Principal.
          5.      No one has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi.
          (Begin: Lionel...)
          Lionel Messi has scored the most number of goals.
          6.     Though Rafeeqa lost the first game, she had the last laugh at the end of the match.
          (Use: Despite)
          Despite losing the first game, Rafeeqa had the last laugh at the end of the match.
          7.     Raphael was stupid to believe the con man.
                (Use: enough)
          Raphael was stupid enough to believe the con man.
          8.     The roguish boy is crazy of the gorgeous actress; he has a cache of her photographs. (Change into a simple sentence)
          Being crazy of the gorgeous actress, the roguish boy has a cache of her photographs.
          b)     Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:           
          1.     We should be clearly aware of our limitation in our approach.
          2.     Rachel seldom agreed with Rajan of his views on religion.
          3.     There have been many attacks in the tribal community against molestation of the hapless.
          4.     Of late, there is an increase in the violation of women’s rights.
          5.     Though his speech was impressive to the lay man, it was devoid of sincerity.

          5 comments :

          1. Anonymous said... :

            EXCELLENT
            BUT DO POEMS COME IN COMPREHENSION IN ICSE PAPER???????????
            NEVERTHELESS, EFFORTS ARE APPRECIABLE :-)


          1. It is only a Practice Paper. And if ICSE asks, who knows!. Let us practise and be prepared.

          1. Anonymous said... :

            its really helpful.... Mr Menon can u publish some more of these papers so that we can practice.... the boards are just around the corner!!!

          1. Anonymous said... :

            Hello Mr Menon, Please frame Prefinal Papers.Last time there was a lot of change in the pattern of the questions asked in Paper-2.Any major change this year?

          1. Anonymous said... :

            HELLO MR.MENON I REQUEST YOU TO PLZ PUBLISH MORE DIFFICULT AND TWISTED PASSAGES

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