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Saturday, 23 February 2013
ICSE 2013 Pre-final Examination English 1
English Paper I
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.
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)
Write a composition of [350-400 words] on any ONE of the following: 
a. Recently you have visited a Village Fair. Describe the scenes that caught your attention and your feelings and emotions during the visit.
b. The popularity of the newspapers has not diminished despite the advent of television and internet. Discuss.
c. Examinations cannot assess the true calibre of a student. They are not important in the present scenario. Argue for or against the statement.
d. Write a short story in which an orphan, a camera and a famous dacoit are the main characters.
e. Study the picture below and write a composition taking suggestions from it. There should be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
Select any one of the following
Select one of the following. (Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question) 
a) One of your friends had a narrow escape from a road accident. Write a letter to him/her expressing your shock and concern and wishing the friend a speedy recovery from the injuries.
b) You are the secretary of the Sports club of your school. Your class teacher has planned to take you to an important Sports and games event in the city by bus. Write a letter to the Manager of a Tourist Service Agency requesting him to provide a bus for the purpose. Give all the relevant details and also enquire about the procedure you have to follow for the purpose.
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, and c that follow:
Johnsy has fallen ill and is dying of pneumonia. She watches the leaves fall from a vine outside the window of her room, and decides that when the last leaf drops, she too will die. While Sue tries to tell her to stop thinking like that, Johnsy is determined to die when the last leaf falls.
An old, frustrated artist named Behrman lives below Johnsy and Sue. He has been claiming that he will paint a masterpiece, even though he has never even attempted to start. Sue goes to him, and tells him that her friend is dying of pneumonia, and that Johnsy claims that when the last leaf falls off a vine outside her window, she will die. Behrman scoffs at this as foolishness, but—as he is protective of the two young artists—he decides to see Johnsy and the vine.
In the night, a very bad storm comes and wind is howling and rain is splattering against the window. Sue closes the curtains and tells Johnsy to go to sleep, even though there were still one leaf left on the vine. Johnsy protests but Sue insists on doing so because she doesn't want Johnsy to see the last leaf fall. In the morning, Johnsy wants to see the vine, to be sure that all the leaves are gone, but to their surprise, there is still one leaf left.
While Johnsy is surprised that it is still there, she insists it will fall that day. But it doesn't, nor does it fall through the night nor the next day. Johnsy believes that the leaf stayed there to show how wicked she was, and that she sinned in wanting to die. She regains her will to live, and makes a full recovery throughout the day.
In the afternoon, a doctor talks to Sue. The doctor says that Mr. Behrman has come down with pneumonia and, as there is nothing to be done for him, he is being taken to the hospital to be made comfortable in his final hours. A janitor had found him helpless with pain, and his shoes and clothing were wet and icy cold. The janitor couldn't figure out where he had been on that stormy night, though she had found a lantern that was still lit, a ladder that had been moved, some scattered brushes, and a palette with green and yellow colors mixed on it. "Look out the window, dear, at the last ivy leaf on the wall. Didn't you wonder why it never fluttered or moved when the wind blew? Ah, darling, it's Behrman's masterpiece - he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell."
a. Three words or phrases from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage. One-word answers or short phrases will be accepted. Two answers for the same question will not be accepted. 
2. final hours
3. figure out
b. Answer the following questions in your own words. 
1. What does Johnsy decide about her death?
2. Who was Behrman? What did he claim?
3. Why did Behrman decide to see Johnsy and the vine?
4. Why does Sue close the curtains in Johnsy’s room?
5. How does Johnsy regain her will to live?
6. What is Behrman/s masterpiece? Why?
c. Write in not more than 60 words how Behrman saved the life of Johnsy. 
d. Give a suitable title to your summary. Give reasons for the choice of the title. 
1. In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Example: 0 = heard
Suddenly the clang of arms was ……0…… (hear). The ladies rushed ……1…… (secure) the door of the room, but alas! the bolts and bars had gone, and only the empty staples remained. Meanwhile King James seized the tongs, and ……2…… (tear) up a board in the floor, let himself down into a vault below. But before there was time to replace the board, the murderers came rushing along. Then Catherine Douglas, one of the Queen's ladies, ……3……(fly)to the door and thrust her arm through the empty staples, thus ……4……(gain) time to allow her sovereign to escape. The brave arm was but a frail bar, and was soon ……5……(break), and the traitors burst into the room, to find no sign of King James.
Sadly the King was unable to get out of the vault. The ladies then made ropes of the sheets, and ……6……(try)to pull him up, but the noise ……7……(hear) by the ruffians. They again rushed into the room and the unfortunate monarch was most ……8…… (cruel) murdered. 
2. Join the following pairs of sentences without using and or but: 
1. A packet of pencils was given to student. It should last for three months.
2. There is a strike in the city. The buses are off the road.
3. The police man chased the pickpocket. He could not catch him.
4. Rachel works in a school. She is an English teacher.
3. Fill in each blank with the word which is appropriate. 
1. Our School is adjacent ….. the Post Office.
2. Do you have any complaint ….. him?
3. He competed ….. us for scholarship.
4. They were deprived ….. their freedom
5. We always count ….. your help.
6. We deal ….. imported cloths.
7. They are content ….. their lot.
8. The warehouse is infested ….. rats.
4. Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make changes necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence. 
1. The thief ran away the moment he saw me.
(Begin: No sooner…)
2. He did not speak a word.
3. He is so addicted to alcohol that he cannot give it up.
4. Jana is not the prettiest girl in the group.
5. The guide said to us, “You can see the tigers from there. Do you want to go there?” (Change into indirect speech)
6. The only thing I could see in the forest was a starved monkey.
7. We assisted the old lady to cross the road.
8. The teacher said to us, “Let all of you prosper in your life.”
(Change into indirect speech)