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Thursday, 21 January 2016

ICSE 2016 Preparatory Test One: English 1 Grammar and Composition

ICSE 2016 Preparatory Test One
English 1 Grammar and Composition
Time: One hour                                                               Maximum Marks: 40
Question 1
Write a letter to your friend about the career you want to choose in your life.[10]
Question 2
You are in charge of the Arts Club of your school. Write a letter to the District Collector of your city requesting him to inaugurate the Art and Craft Competition that the club is going to conduct in the month of July. Provide details of the competition and the purpose of the competition. [10]
Question 3
a. In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks 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: [5]
The primary object of a mountaineering expedition ………1……… (be) to the top of a high mountain which in the past has withstood all attempts ………2……… (conquer) it. But it ………3……… (shall) not be ………4……… (Presume) that the expedition is a complete failure if it does not reach its destination. Sometimes operations are temporarily ………5……… (suspend) because of bad weather, loss of some ………6……… (value) equipment or the sudden death of very important member of the party. Every big expedition………7……… (take) with it men who ………8………(interest) in botany, biology, geology and various other branches of science , and these men ………9……… carry with them equipment for recording their observations ………10………(concern) the weather, the terrain , and different forms of life in higher altitudes.
b. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words. [5]
1. The temperature was……… zero.
2. A black cat was standing ……. the car.
3. He pushed the envelope ……. the door.
4. The pond abounds …… fish.
5. I am accustomed ………living a simple life.
6. The boy slept …….. a tree.
7. It has been raining ………last night.
8. A blind man cannot distinguish black ……white.
9. The brothers live……. the same roof.
10. Do you have the evidence …………him?
c. Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.           [10]
1. I returned home. I found my mother fighting with the neighbour.                    (Begin: On…)
2. Mina is one of the most brilliant students in our school.         (Begin: Very few…)
3. As soon as the rain stopped, the children rushed to the playground.        (Begin: No sooner…)
4. If the taxi had not come in time, I would have missed the flight.                     (Begin: Had…)
5. The traveller said, “Are the forests here dangerous?”     (Change into Reported speech)
6. John said “Let me have a pocketful of gold coins.”     (Change into Reported speech)
7. You are too inexperienced to be given the job.      Use: so…that)
8. Can you assist me to lift this bag?                     (Change the voice)
9. The management had to postpone the event due to rain.                     (Begin: If…)
10. You have probably given the book to somebody.         (Begin: In…)
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Answers
Question 1
Write a letter to your friend about the career you want to choose in your life.                     [10]
·         Name of the career
·         Reason of choice
Question 2
You are in charge of the Arts Club of your school. Write a letter to the District Collector of your city requesting him to inaugurate the Art and Craft Competition that the club is going to conduct in the month of July. Provide details of the competition and the purpose of the competition.                                                                                                                                [10]
·         Self-introduction
·         Date place time
·         Purpose
·         Nature of completion and competitors
·         request
Question 3
a.     

1.      is
2.      to conquer
3.      should
4.      presumed
5.      suspended
6.      valuable
7.      takes
8.      are interested
9.      carry
10.  concerning

b.      Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.                                                            [5]
1.   The temperature was below  zero.
2.   A black cat was standing by the car.
3.   He pushed the envelope under the door.
4.   The pond abounds with/in fish.
5.   I am accustomed to living a simple life.
6.   The boy slept under a tree.
7.   It has been raining since last night.
8.      A blind man cannot distinguish black from white.
9.      The brothers live under  the same roof.
10.  Do you have the evidence against him?
c.       Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them, Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.           [10]
1.      On returning home, I found my mother fighting with the neighbour.                   
2.      Very few students in our class are as much brilliant/brilliant as Mina.
3.      No sooner did the rain stop than the children rushed to the playground.
4.      Had the taxi not come in time, I would have missed the flight.
5.      The traveller asked whether the forests there were  dangerous.
6.      John wished that he might have a pocketful of gold coins.
7.      You are so inexperienced that you cannot be given the job.
8.      Can/Will I be assisted by you to lift this bag?
9.      If there were no rain, the management would not have postponed the event.                                   

10.  In all probability you have given the book to somebody.                                              

3 comments:

  1. Hey I have got some other possible answers please clarify if they are correct or not
    b 1 at
    b 2 near
    c 6 John requested to have a pocketful of gold coins.
    c9 If it hadn't rained, the management would not have had to postpone the event.

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  2. your answers
    b1 is acceptable but normally 'below' is used.
    b2 is not acceptable.
    c6 See the rule for using 'let' for a wish and a suggestion when transforming direct speech to indirect speech.
    c9 is acceptable.
    And note that that different answers are possible for the questions in c. I am only giving one of the answers.
    Thanking you for visiting the site and putting the things in perspective.

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