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Monday, 21 December 2015

ICSE 2016 English Paper 1 Grammar and Composition Sample Paper 21122015

English Paper I
(Two hours)
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.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

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
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
Write a composition of about 350 words on any one of the following.            [25]
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)                                                    
a)      A feared criminal was caught on a bus in which you were travelling. Give a description of the incident and what happened afterwards.
b)     You have recently won a cash prize Rs. 5000/- in a competition. Give a write up on the competition, the hard work you have done to excel in the competition, and what you did with the prize.
c)     School life plays a prominent role in the shaping the personality and character of a student. Discuss.
d)     Write a short story based on the theme: the ill-effects of rumour.
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.
Question 2
Select any one of the following:                                                                                         [10]
a)     Write a letter to your uncle describing your visit to a place of historical importance.
OR
b)     Write a letter to the Employment Officer of your city asking for information about the career of your choice. You should include all the relevant details about yourself which will help the officer to advise you.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
I have heard about the three Indian mystics. Nobody knows their names. They were known only as the “Three Laughing Saints”, because they never did anything else; they simply laughed. They moved from one town to another, laughing. They would stand in the market place and have a good belly laugh. The whole market-place would surround them. All the people would come, shops would close and customers would forget for what they had come. These three people were really beautiful-laughing and their bellies waving. And then it would become an infection and others would start laughing. Then the whole market-place would laugh.
They had changed the quality of the market. And if somebody would say, ‘Say something to us,’ they would say, ‘We have nothing to say. We simply laugh and change the quality.’ When just a few moments before, it was an ugly place where people were thinking only of money-hankering for money, greedy, money and the only milieu around-suddenly these three mad people came and they laughed and changed the quality of the whole market-place. Now nobody was a customer. Now they had forgotten that they had come to purchase and sell. Nobody gathered about greed. They were laughing and they were dancing around these three mad people. For a few seconds a new world opened.
They moved all over India, from place to place, from village to village; just helping people to laugh. Sad people, angry people, greedy people, jealous people: they all started laughing with them. And many felt the key-you can transform.
Then, in one village it happened that one of the three died. Village people gathered and they said, ’Now there will be trouble. Now we have to see how they laugh. Their friend has died; they must weep,’ But when they came, the two were dancing, laughing and celebrated the death. The village people said, ‘Now this is too much. This is unmannerly. When a man is dead it is profane to laugh and dance.’ They said, ‘you don’t know what has happened! All three of us were always thinking of who was going to die first. This man has won; we are defeated. The whole life we laughed with him. How can we give him the last send off with anything else? -- we have to laugh, we have to enjoy, we have to celebrate. This is the only farewell that is possible for the man who has laughed his whole life. And if we don’t laugh, he will laugh at us and he will think, “You fools! So you have fallen again into the trap?” ‘We don’t see that he is dead. How can laughter die, how can life die?’
Laughter is eternal, life is eternal, celebration continues. Actors change, but the drama continues. Waves change, but the ocean continues. You laugh, you change and somebody else laughs, but laughter continues. You celebrate, somebody else celebrates, but celebration continues. Existence is continuous, it is a container. There is not a single moment’s gap in it. But the village people could not understand and they could not participate in the laughter that day.
Then the body was to be burned, and the village people said, ‘We will give him a bath as the ritual prescribes.’ But those two friends said, ‘No our friend has said, “Don’t perform any ritual and don’t change my clothes and don’t give me a bath. You just put me as I am on the burning pyre.” So we have to follow his instructions.’
And then, suddenly there was a great happening. When the body was put on the fire, that old man had played the last trick. He had hidden many fireworks under his clothes, and suddenly there was Diwali! Then the whole village started laughing. These two mad friends were dancing, then the whole village started dancing. It was not death, it was a new life.
a)    Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.                           [3]
1.     Milieu.           
2.     Transform.     
3.     Ritual.
b)   Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:                                          [12]
1.     Why did the people start laughing at the market-place?                                           
2.     What was the people’s reaction when one of the saints died?                                  
3.     How did they accept their fellow’s death?                                                                
4.     Why were the last rituals not performed on his body?                                             
5.     What happened when his body was put on fire?                                                      
6.     What is the moral of the story?                                                                                  
c)   Describe in not more than 60 words what happened after the death of one of the in one village it happened that one of the Three Laughing Saints died in a village.                          [8]
d)    Give a title to your summary. State a reason to justify your choice.                               [2]
Question 4
a)     Choose one word for each space. Do not copy the passage. Write your answers with the correct number of the blank. Read the passage and check that each word you have written down makes good sense.                                                                           [5]
Grammar is ........1....... (general) thought to be a set of rules specifying the correct ordering of words at the sentence level. The Longman Dictionary of Applied Linguistics.....2..... (define) it as, “a description of the structure of a language and the way in which units such as phrases and words .......3.......... (combine) to produce sentences in the language.”
Sentences........4...... (accept) if they follow the rules set out by the grammar of the language. For example, in English, one rule ........5....... (state)  that “a subject .......6..... (follow) by a verb followed by an object” is grammatical. The sentence “The letter the man wrote” is ungrammatical because it .......7......... (violate) this rule, where as “The man wrote the letter” is acceptable because it ........8........ (obey) this rule. Therefore, how can we define grammar?

b)    Fill in the blanks with the most suitable words:                                                   [4]
1.     The student was cautioned ……..spreading rumours.
2.     I did not find it difficult to cope …… Mathematics.
3.     The prisoner acquitted …….. the charges for lack of evidence.
4.     Some people quarrel ………. silly matters.
c)     Do as directed. Do not change the meaning of any of the sentences.                         [8]
1.     I have never heard such a lot of nonsense before.  
(Begin: Never before…)
2.     He was exhausted but still he kept going.            
(Begin: Despite…)
3.     He said, “If I were you, George, I would start immediately."
(Begin: He advised….)
4.     I had scarcely finished the speech when Rajiv jumped to his feet. 
(Begin: No sooner…)
5.     The tourists were the only ones who witnessed the capture of the elephants.
(Begin: No one)
6.      I did not meet him, so I could not give him your message.
(Begin: If I had…)
7.     The thief got in because you did not lock the door properly.
(Use: since)
8.     Samira wishes that she had studied her lessons well in advance.
(Use: regrets)


Answers
Question 4
a)     
Grammar is generally thought to be a set of rules specifying the correct ordering of words at the sentence level. The Longman Dictionary of Applied Linguistics defines  it as, “a description of the structure of a language and the way in which units such as phrases and words are combined to produce sentences in the language.”
Sentences are acceptable if they follow the rules set out by the grammar of the language. For example, in English, one rule states that “a subject followed by a verb followed by an object” is grammatical. The sentence “The letter the man wrote” is ungrammatical because it violates this rule, where as “The man wrote the letter” is acceptable because it obeys this rule. Therefore, how can we define grammar?
b)    Fill in the blanks with the most suitable words:                                                   [4]
1.     The student was cautioned against spreading rumours.
2.     I did not find it difficult to cope with Mathematics.
3.     The prisoner acquitted of the charges for lack of evidence.
4.     Some people quarrel over silly matters.
c)     Do as directed. Do not change the meaning of any of the sentences.                         [8]
1.     Never before have I heard such a lot of nonsense.
2.     Despite his exhaustion, he kept going.
3.     He advised George to start immediately.
4.     No sooner had I finished the speech than Rajiv jumped to his feet.
5.    No one except the  tourists witnessed the capture of the elephants
6.   If I had met him, I could have given him your message.
7.     Since you did not lock the door properly, the thief got in.
8.     Samira regrets that she had not studied her lessons well in advance.





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