ICSE 2013 English Paper 1 Grammar and Composition Revision Paper 140103

Question 1
1. Write a letter to your uncle thanking him for the gift he gave you on your birthday. Tell him how thrilled you are with the gift and how it will be useful to you in the coming days.
2. You are interested in doing a one-month course in Photography during your summer vacation. Write a letter to the Director, Institute of Mass Communication, Kolkata enquiring about the duration of the course, the terms and conditions for admission, Fee Structure and any other details you deem important.
Question 2
a) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence.
1. Sheila could not understand the reason for her sister’s offensiveness. [Use: offensive]
2. You ought to be more committed.[Begin: Use the noun form of committed]
3. During her turbulent days Renee had the help of only her friend Sasha. [Begin: Apart…]
4. Reshma asked, “Are you confident that this is the procedure to secure a bank loan?” [Change into reported speech]
5. Stephen apologised earnestly but that had little impression on the teacher.
[Begin: Not even …]
6. It is normal for a child to eat four times a day. [Begin: Normally]
7. Amazing feats were shown by the acrobats. [Change the voice]
8. Raman said, “I am never going to invite you again.” [Change the narration]
9. “Where can I park my car?” she asked the policeman. [Change the narration]
10. This is the hottest summer we ever had. [Use: hot]
b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions.
1. Usually I go to school … foot.
2. She worked as a seamstress … ten long years.
3. There is always a requirement …. superior fabric.
4. Please contact me ….. 11 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
5. The office is closed ……1.p.m to 2.00.p.m.
6. Our school is affiliated …. the CISCE, New Delhi.
7. I have tried reasoning ……. him.
8. The five players quarreled …… themselves.
9. We have lived in this village ………. ten years.
10. My request was turned……. by the Principal.
c) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.
The flight, after …..1…. [check] all the things,….2…… [take]off. It had hardly ......3… [go] a little far, when there ….4….[be] a big blast and the airplane ……5…..[break] into pieces. All the passengers and the crew …..6……[be] killed. Later on we ……7……[come] to know that the new passenger …..8…[be] a living bomb and the remote was with the man ….9…...[stand] away from that pace. He was arrested by the police and through him the entire story…….10….. [come] to light.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
Population explosion refers a state of affairs in which the number of people living in a country quickly surpasses its sustaining capacity. Some of the reasons for overpopulation are increasing difference between birth and death rates, social causes like child marriage and early marriage, poor family planning measures and illiteracy.
Population explosion brings about social issues like unemployment, poverty, low economic development and so on. As a consequence of population explosion there comes an undue pressure on land and problems of housing, considerable food scarcity, acute unemployment, widespread illiteracy among the poor, and considerable loss in national economy. These factors result in slow or even stagnant economic growth, severe law and order disruption,
Many severe social structural changes like migration to the cities and consequent emergence of slums and overburden of resources are results of population explosion.
In order to counter the effects of overpopulation both the state and the individual have to cooperate and coordinate the efforts.
In order to lessen population growth, some of the areas which need high priority are stress on female literacy, efficient of family planning schemes, making people aware of the detrimental effects of overpopulation on economy and standard of living, development in the quality of health and family welfare services.
Considerable success to contain the growth of population can be achieved through social rallying and participation of people at all levels, giving more power to women socially disadvantaged groups as brokers of socio-economic change and development; encouraging and evolving people’s democratic institutions like Panchayati Raj, co-operatives and self-help groups.
(a) Three words are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage:
1. surpasses
2. stagnant
3. counter
(b) Answer these questions in your own words:
1. What is population explosion?
2. What are the causes of population explosion?
3. What are the consequences of population explosion?
4. What are the areas which need high priority to lessen overpopulation?
5. What are some of the measures that can assist in containing population explosion?
(c) Summarise, in not than 60 words, the passage.
(d) Give a suitable title to your summary and justify the choice of the title.
Answers for Grammar Questions are provided below.


Question 2
a) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence.
1.     Sheila could not understand why her sister was (so) offensive.
2.     You ought to have more commitment.
3.     Apart from her friend Sasha, Renee had no other help during her turbulent days.
4.     Reshma asked whether I was confident that that was the procedure to secure a bank loan.
5.     Not even Stephen’s earnest apology had any impression on the teacher.
6.     Normally a child eats four times a day.
7.     The acrobats showed amazing feats
8.     Raman said that he was never going to invite me again.
9.     She asked the policeman where she could park her cae.
10.  No other summer we ever had  is as hot as this.
b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions.       
1.           Usually I go to school on foot.
2.           She worked as a seamstress for ten long years.
3.           There is always a requirement for superior fabric.
4.           Please contact me between 11 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
5.           The office is closed from 1.p.m to 2.00.p.m.
6.           Our school is affiliated to the CISCE, New Delhi.
7.           I have tried reasoning with him.
8.           The five players quarreled among themselves.
9.           We have lived in this village for ten years.
10.        My request was turned down by the Principal.
c) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.         
1.     checking
2.     took off
3.     gone
4.     was
5.     broke
6.     were
7.     came
8.     was
9.     standing
10.  came

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