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Friday, 20 February 2015

ICSE 2015: English 2: Preparatory Test Three

ICSE 2015: English 2: Preparatory Test Three
Drama: The Merchant of Venice & Poetry
Poetry: Time: One hour  Maximum Marks: 45
All questions carry equal marks
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Stephano:
Stephano is my name; and I bring word
My mistress will before the break of day
Be here at Belmont: she doth stray about
By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays
For happy wedlock hours.
Lorenzo:
Who come with her?
(a) Where does this scene take place? What message does he bring?
(b) According to the extract, what was his mistress doing during her absence from home?
(c) What was she actually doing in her absence?
(d) What was the role of his mistress’
(e) The love story of Lorenzo and Jessica is a subplot in the play. Discuss how this sub-plot relates to the main love story of Bassanio and Portia.

Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
My little horse must think it queer.
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
(a) Where is the poet at this time? What makes these woods beautiful to him?
(b) How does the poet present the horse as a symbol of human alienation from nature?
(c) What are the sounds heard by the poet? What is the significance of these sounds?
(d) Explain: The darkest evening of the year.
(e) The journey in the poem is a metaphor for the journey of life. Discuss.
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
What do you weave, O ye flower girls
With tassels of azure and red?
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom
Chaplets to garland his bed
Sheets of white blossoms new- garnered
To perfume the sleep of the dead.
(a) What is the poetess describing ? Why?
(b) Who are the flower girls doing?
(c) Explain: tassels of azure and red
(d) What are chaplets? Who are making these? Why?
(e) Elucidate: the sleep of the dead

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