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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

ICSE 2017 English 2 Prefinal Examination Two

LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
English Paper 2
 (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 read the question paper. The time given at the head of this paper is the time allotted for writing the answers.
You must attempt one question each from Section A, B, and C and any two other questions.
Attempt five questions in all.

SECTION A
Drama: The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I am bid forth to supper, Jessica:
There are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
I am not bid for love; they flatter me:
But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon
The prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
Look to my house. I am right loath to go:
There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
For I did dream of money-bags to-night.

(a)    Who has invited Shylock to supper? Why? Why does Shylock call him The prodigal Christian?
(b)   What instructions does Shylock give Jessica? Why?
(c)    “I am right loath to go:” Why does Shylock say so?
(d)   How is his fear justified later in the play? How does Shylock behave then? How does this affect his attitude towards the ‘merry bond”?
(e)    Do you justify Jessica’s action? Justify your answer.
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Shylock
Shall I not have barely my principal?
Portia
Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture,
To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
Shylock
Why, then the devil give him good of it!
I'll stay no longer question.
(a)    Where are Shylock and Portia? In what guise was Portia there? Why?
(b)   Why does Shylock ask for ‘barely my principal’? Describe the events in the scene that brought Shylock to plead for barely ‘my principal’?
(c)    Explain:
Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture,
To be so taken at thy peril, Jew.
(d)   What was the other law that had a hold on Shylock? Having explained the law, what did Portia ask Shylock to do?
(e)    What did the Duke say to Shylock now? How did Antonio respond to Portia’s ‘mercy’ on Shylock?

SECTION B
Poetry: A Collection of ICSE
Poetry and Short Stories
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“I’m grateful, sir”, he whispered, as I handed my canteen
And smiled a smile that was, I think, the brightest that I’ve seen.
“Seems silly that a man my size so full of vim and zest,
Could find himself defeated by a small pain in his chest.”
(a)    Where is the soldier? Why was his smile said to be the brightest the narrator had ever seen?
(b)   What does the soldier tell about his wife and his mother now?
(c)    Why did the soldier consider luckier than the rest? What happened to the rest?
(d)   Later the soldier says that ‘It’s growing dim and I thought that the day had just begun’. Give a brief explanation of the line.
(e)    How does the poem end? Comment on the conclusion of the poem.
Question 4
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And thing are not what they seem.
(a)    What is meant by ‘mournful numbers’? Why does the poet say that life is not an empty dream?
(b)   Later the poet says that And the grave is not its goal?  What is the poet’s belief about life after death?
(c)    Explain: Dust thou art, to dust returnst’.
(d)   The poet refers to the footprints that can give confidence to a shipwrecked sailor. Elucidate with reference to the context.
(e)    What aspect of the poem appeals to you? Why?
SECTION C
Poetry: A Collection of ICSE
Poetry and Short Stories
Question 5
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
He was the first to help transport the injured to St. George Hospital. Had it not been for the efforts of people like him, many of the wounded might not have made it to the hospital in time.
(a)    Who does ‘he’ refer to in the extract? What is he popularly known as? Why does Kabeer want to be like him?
(b)   What was the effect of Kabeer’s speech on his audience?
(c)    Briefly mention the other people that have inspired Kabeer.
(d)   What was the reaction of the students and their teacher when Kabir ended his speech?
(e)    What aspect of the shorts story appealed to you the most? Why?
Question 6

With close reference to the short story The Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore comment on the complexity of human relationships.

2 comments:

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    Sarbojit Das.

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  2. Hello Sir, could you please paraphrase the poem, "The heart of the Tree". It is the new syllabus from 2019 onwards. Thank you

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