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Monday, 27 February 2017

PreFinal Examination ICSE 2017 English Paper 1

PreFinal Examination ICSE 2017
English Paper I
 (Two hours)
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.
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
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question)                Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: -  [25]
(a) If you get an opportunity to make an important change in your life, what would it be? How will the change affect you and the people around you? 
(b) Write about a place you visited where you had a very good time. Describe where you went, with whom you went, when you went, what you did and how you enjoyed there.
(c) Some students give more importance to extracurricular activities than to their studies. Discuss the merits and demerits of this.
(d) Write a short story on the theme: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” -Pablo Neruda
(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
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this question.)                 [10]
Select ONE of the following:
(a) One of your friends has been selected as the Captain of the School Cricket team. Write a letter to congratulate him as well as to wish him success in his ventures.
(b) You wish to apply for a loan to meet the expense of your sister’s higher studies. Write a letter to the Manager of a bank requesting him for an appointment to discuss the procedure for procuring such a loan.
Question 3
(a) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
He came into the room to shut the window while we were still in bed, and I saw he looked ill. He was shivering, his face was white, and he walked slowly as though it ached to move. 
"What's the matter, Schatz?" 
"I've got a headache." 
"You better go back to bed." 
"No. I'm all right." 
"You go to bed. I'll see you when I'm dressed." 
But when I came downstairs, he was dressed, sitting by the fire, looking a very sick and miserable boy of nine years. When I put my hand on his forehead, I knew he had fever. 
"You go up to bed," I said. "You're sick." 
"I'm alright," he said. 
When the doctor came, he took the boy's temperature. 
"What is it?" I asked him. 
"One hundred and two." 
Downstairs, the doctor left three different medicines in different coloured capsules with instructions for giving them. One was to bring down the fever, another a purgative, the third to overcome acidity, he explained. He seemed to know all about the influenza and said there was nothing to worry about if the fever did not go above a hundred and four degrees. There was a mild epidemic of flu and there was no danger if you avoided pneumonia. 
Back in the room, I wrote down the boy's temperature and made a note of the time for giving the various capsules. 
"Do you want me to read to you?" 
"All right. If you want to," said the boy. His face was very white and there were dark areas under his eyes. He lay still in the bed and seemed very detached from what was going on. 
I read aloud from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates; but I could see he was not following what I was reading. 
"How do you feel, Schatz?" I asked him. 
"Just the same, so far," he said. 
I sat at the foot of the bed and read to myself while I waited for it to be time to give him another capsule. It would have been natural for him to go to sleep, but when I looked down, he was looking strangely at the foot of the bed. 
"Why don't you try to sleep? I'll wake you up for the medicines." 
"I'd rather stay awake." 
After a while, he said to me, "You don't have to stay in here with me, papa, if it bothers you." 
"It doesn't bother me." 
"No, I mean you don't have to stay if it's going to bother you." 
I thought, perhaps, he was a little light-headed. After giving him the prescribed capsules at eleven o'clock, l went out a while. At the house, they said the boy had refused to let anyone come into the room. 
"You can't come in," he said. "You must not get what I have." 
I went up to him and found him in exactly the position I had left him, white-faced, but with the tops of his cheeks flushed by the fever, still staring at the foot of the bed. 
I took his temperature. 
"What is it?" 
"Something like a hundred, " I said. 
It was one hundred and two and four tenths. 
"It was a hundred and two," he said. 
"Who said so?" 
"The doctor." 
"Your temperature is all right." 
"It's nothing to worry about." 
"I don't worry," he said, "but I can't keep from thinking." 
"Don't think," I said.  "Just take it easy." 
"I am taking it easy," he said and looked straight ahead. He was evidently holding tight onto himself about something. 
"Take this with water." 
"Do you think it will do any good?" 
"Of course it will." 
I sat down and opened the pirate book and commenced to read, but I could see he was not following, so I stopped. 
"About what time do you think I'm going to die?" he asked. 
"About how long will it be before I die?" 
"You aren't going to die. What's the matter with you?" 
"Oh yes, I am. I heard him say a hundred and two." 
"People don't die with a fever of one hundred and two. That's a silly way to talk." 
"I know they do. At school in France the boys told me you can't live with forty-four degrees. I've got a hundred and two." 
He had been waiting to die all day, ever since nine o'clock in the morning. 
 “You poor Schatz!" I said. “Poor old Schatz. You aren't going to die. There are different kinds of thermometers. On one thermometer, thirty-seven is normal. On this kind, ninety-eight is normal." 
"Are you sure?" 
"Absolutely," I said. "It's like miles and kilometers, you know. Like how many kilometers we make when we do seventy miles in the car." 
"Oh," he said. 
But his gaze at the foot of the bed relaxed slowly. His body relaxed too, finally. It was very slack the next day, and he cried very easily at little things that were of no importance. 
Adapted from Ernest Hemingway's short story
(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.                   
(i) miserable
(ii) detached
(iii) following           [3]
Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:        (i) Who is Schatz? What is the relation of the narrator to Schatz? How did Schatz look when he came into the room?                                        [2]
(ii) What were the medications given by the doctor to Schatz? What advice did he give to the narrator?                                                           [2]
(iii) How did Schatz look when he lay in bed? What did the narrator do to cheer up Schatz?                                                                                  [2]
(iv) In what state did the narrator find the boy when he returned to the room after a while?                                                                                  [2]
(v) Why did Schatz think that he was going to die?  [2]
(vi) How was  Schatz convinced that he was not going to die ?            [2]
(c) .
(i) In not more than 60 words, narrate the misunderstanding of Schatz and how he was cleared of his wrong conception.                                   [8]
(ii) Give a title to your summary and also give a reason to justify your choice.                                                                                                      [2]
Question 4
(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.  
(0) Learning
.…0.…(learn) to speak English confidently.…1.… (be) nowadays a need. It is no more an issue of status however it is of supreme.…2.…(necessary) for a good quality job and .…3.… (flourish) in one’s career. Lots of accomplishments in life are greatly dependent upon the way you conduct yourself with the.…4.… (globe) customers and delegates, particularly in the international companies. Even in the management jobs the high profile people also require a .…6.… (fluent) in English. Yet again, it is not just to leave an impression of stylishness however it is necessary.…6.… (converse) your important points in a smart way. Usually people.…7.… (be) able to easily make their point work in their own goodwill, if they are able to intermingle.…8.…(appropriate) and present their points in an open platter.                                                     [4]
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
(i) The front seats are reserved…………special guests.
(ii) He is giving French lessons ………… exchange for English lessons.
(iii) The office staffs were seated ………… the bottom of the table.
(iv)  Many Italian words are derived ………….Latin.
(v) The army was alerted to deal …………. the disorder in the city.    
(vi) He appealed ……………..the High Court.
(vii) He was annoyed ………….her for wasting his time.
(viii) The students benefit …………… the new method of teaching.     [4]
(c) Joint the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
(i) Sheela lost her purse. It contained her passport.
(ii) John stopped for a snack on the way to his office. He reached the office on time.
(iii) Mary is reluctant to speak the truth. She is afraid of the aftereffects.
(iv) This is a restaurant. We meet daily here.   [4]
(d) Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.   
(i) Rajan is a scholar in Sanskrit. He is fluent in French too.
[Begin: Not only….]
(ii) As soon as the train entered the station, the porters scrambled onto the train. 
[No sooner…]
(iii) The magician said, “Will anyone come onto the stage? I am going to perform a         miracle that I performed yesterday in another town.”
[Rewrite in reported speech]
(iv)    The old lady requested the boy to help her to cross the road. 
[Begin: The boy…]
(v)     The children were so ill-mannered that I could not tolerate them.
[ Use: too]
(vi)     If the flood had subsided, the crop would not have been damaged.
 [Begin: Had…]
(vii) This is one of the most attractive places I have ever visited.
[ Begin: Very few…]
(viii) The students have probably answered the questions well.
[Begin:  In…]

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Question 4

1.     is
2.     necessity
3.     to flourish
4.     global
5.     fluency
6.     to converse
7.     are
8.     appropriately                           

(b)   Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
(i)          The front seats are reserved for special guests.
(ii)        He is giving French lessons in exchange for English lessons.
(iii)                The office staffs were seated at the bottom of the table.
(iv)       Many Italian words are derived from Latin.
(v)    The army was alerted to deal with the disorder in the city.   
(vi)       He appealed to the High Court.
(vii)         He was annoyed with/at her for wasting his time.
(viii)       The students benefit from the new method of teaching.    
(c)   Joint the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
Sheela lost her purse which contained her passport.
The purse Sheela lost contained her passport.
Though John stopped for a snack on the way to his office, he reached there on time.
In spite of/Despite (John) stopping for snack on the way to his office, John (he) reached there on time.
Since Mary is afraid of the aftereffects, she is reluctant to speak the truth.
Being afraid of the aftereffects, she is reluctant to speak the truth.
(iv) This is the restaurant where we meet daily.                                     
(c)   Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.  
(i)    Not only is Rajan a scholar in Sanskrit but also (he is) fluent in French.
(ii)  No sooner did the train enter the station than the porters scrambled onto the train.
(iii)           The magician asked whether anyone would come onto the stage and (he) added that he was going to perform a miracle that he had performed the previous day in another town.
(iv) The boy was requested by the old lady to help her to cross the road.
(v)   The children were too ill-mannered for me tolerate (them).
(vi)  Had the flood subsided, the crop would not have been damaged.
(vii)         Very few places I have ever visited are as attractive as this.

(viii)       In all probability, the students have answered the questions well.


  1. Sir please post the answers of the grammar section as soon as possible.

  2. same here too very helpful answers wud do gud

  3. Sir, please post another sample paper for English Language.

  4. Sir, please post the answers for the grammar part of taday's board paper so that we can cross check the answers we have written.