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Saturday, 15 February 2014
ICSE Model Paper 2014 English 1 Grammar and Composition
ICSE Model Paper 2014
Grammar and Composition
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.
Attempt all four questions
The intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
[Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question]
Write a composition [350 – 400 words] on any one of the following: 
(a) There is many a social evil prevailing in our society. Among these social evils, which you consider the most harmful to the society and the progress of our country? Why?
(b) Capital punishment is out dated and cruel. Debate.
(c) While you were attending a social function, you had the opportunity to interact with famous personality. Describe the occasion and narrate your experience.
(d) ‘Fools rush in where angels fear to tread’. Write a short story based on the maxim.
(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 may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
[Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]
Select one of the following: 
a. When you were returning from the school in the evening, you had a disturbing experience. Write a letter to your friend describing the experience.
ORb. Your school has decided to conduct a fund-raising Campaign for local orphanage. Write a letter to the Manager of a reputed firm requesting to sponsor your campaign; giving details about the campaign.
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
Soapy was homeless and usually in the pleasant summer nights, he slept on a bench in a park. However, as the nights got colder with approaching winter, he decided to move to his regular hangout during winter.
There were several charitable places for the homeless in the New York City where Soapy could sleep during the frosty winter. But these establishments had numerous strict regulations and the authorities were highly inquisitive of the personal life of its inmates. So Soapy chose the prison at Blackwell’s on the island as his winter haunt.
It was easy to get entry into his winter resort because all Soapy had to do is break some trivial law and he was inside with no questions asked.
His plan was to go to an expensive restaurant have some exorbitantly priced dishes. When he could not pay the bill, the officials would escort him straight to his trusted winter abode. Having smartened himself up with a clean shave and a wearing a coat hand out to him long back by a philanthropist, he stealthily entered a restaurant hoping that none of the waiters would notice his tattered trousers and shoes. He decided to order a mallard duck with a bottle of White Burgundy and other luxuries. Regrettably for Soapy, as soon as he got into a grand restaurant, the chief waiter noted his ratty trousers and drove him out of the restaurant.
As his first plan failed, Soapy decided to try vandalism. He took a paving stone and threw it with full force at a shop window and broke the glass. A crowd gathered, and a police man arrived. When the police man questioned who had done the damage, Soapy asked whether the cop could not realise that he had dome the damage. But the policeman brushed aside Soapy thinking that a vandal who had broken a window would not hang around the vicinity. Alas! In lieu of apprehending Soapy, he chased a man who was running to catch a taxi.
Close by, Soapy saw a less pricey restaurant than the one he had tried before. He was successful to get entry into the restaurant have a good dish. After finishing the meal, he called the waiter and told him that he had no money to pay for the food and asked him to call the police. The infuriated waiter refused to call the cops and instead with the help of a fellow waiter, chucked him out of the eatery. Soapy luck was running out.
As he lay on the road, Soapy saw a graceful lady standing near a policeman and he decided to pester her. But the woman who did not complain to the policeman surprisingly liked Soapy's companionship. Soapy walked with her till he was out of sight of the cop and then left her.
Soapy was in distress. He was finding it difficult to gain admission to his winter haven. He thought that some spell had made him resistant to arrest.
Then Soapy saw a man with an umbrella. Soapy took the umbrella and walked away. When the man protested Soapy smiled and pointed to a police man at the corner and asked the man to call him. The man became very apologetic and told Soapy that he had accidently found the umbrella earlier in a restaurant, and probably it might belong to Soapy. He walked from the dejected Soapy.
Crestfallen because of his failed attempts, Soapy returned to his park bench. While he was going back to the park, he heard a charming melody issuing from an old church. The old church and the endearing music charmed him. He stood by the iron fence of the churchyard for a long time. The anthem was intimate to him and it took him back him to his childhood. He all of a sudden became penitent of his squalid life and decided to change his life and lead reformed life. . Soapy decide to go to the town next day and find some work. As he stood there thinking, Soapy felt a hand on his shoulder. A policeman cop had come and asked him what he was doing there. The policemen arrested Soapy charging him with loitering and vagrancy. The next day, he was condemned to three months on the Blackwell’s Island.
-A Summary of O. Henry's ‘The Cop and the Anthem’.
a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One – word answers or short phrases will be accepted. 
b) Answer the following questions in your own words: 
1. Why did Soapy decide to go to his winter hangout?
2. Why did Soapy prefer his winter abode to other charitable homes in the city?
3. Why did the chief waiter throw drive Soapy out of the restaurant?
4. He was finding it difficult to gain admission to his winter haven. How did his plans to get entry to the winter resort fail?
5. What enthralled Soapy as he returned to the park?
6. What is the twist in the tail of the story?
c) Narrate, in not more than 60 words, the Soapy failed attempts to get admittance to his winter home. 
d) Give a title to your summary and justify the choice of the title. 
a. In the following passage, fill in each numbered blank with the correct form of the word given in brackets. (Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.) 
Example: ......... (0)........ are showing
A large number of Indian nationals .......0...... (show) interest in .......1...... (visit) Holy Kailash Manasarovar through tours .......2...... (organise) by private Indian tour operators. Most of the tourists .......3...... (be) unaware of the actual conditions in Kailash-Manasarovar area and need .......4...... (prepare) for the difficulties that they may have to face. The Holy Kailash Manasarovar .......5......(situate) in a remote area in Tibet Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China, where .......6......(available) of medical facilities, accommodation, food items, means of communication and transport are minimal. It .......7...... (locate) at an average altitude of 13000 feet above the sea level. Tourists may get affected by High Altitude Sickness and other medical problems, which can be fatal in the absence of adequate medical facilities. There have also been instances of pilgrims .......8...... (strand) due to bad weather.
b. Fill in the blanks with an appropriate word: 
1. The leader of the gang was accustomed …… flattery.
2. Do not deal …… rogues; they will cheat you.
3. Child marriage prevails ……certain tribes in India.
4. None could persuade him ……withdrawing from the competition.
5. The young tree was bent …… the weight of the snow
6. The compromise was agreed ……by the two warring factions.
7. We should sympathise…… the poor.
8. A complaint was lodged …….. the corrupt official student.
c. Join each of the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so: 
1. I will come to the film. You will come to the film.
2. The handwriting was extremely bad. No one could read the letter.
3. The sparrow sees the cat lurking. It flies away.
4. Anne took a train. She went to Durham.
d. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of any of the sentence. 
1. Alif exercised daily because he wanted to have strong muscles.
[Use: In order ......should]
2. When the teacher went out, the children ran out.
[End: ...the children]
3. “Are you still angry at me?” Kim asked me.
[Change into Indirect Speech]
4. “Who had bought these beautiful paintings yesterday?”
[Change the voice]
5. Raquel was so adamant that he will not listen to any advice.
[Change into a positive sentence]
6. Rachel likes Karun more than Sid.
[Change into Positive Degree]
7. A student should not speak like that.
8. Work hard to succeed.
[Begin: None .....]
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