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Thursday, 8 February 2018

ICSE 2018 Pre Final Literature in English English Paper 2

 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 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 five questions in all.
You must attempt one question from each of the Sections A, B and C
and any two other questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].

The Merchant of Venice: 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.
(i)          Who has invited shylock to supper? When and why was the invitation given?           [3]
(ii)        Explain: to feed upon/The prodigal Christian.                                                           [3]
(iii)      Why does Shylock ask Jessica to ‘look to my house’? What other directions dies Shylock give her? What are the reasons for these instructions?                                                        [3]
(iv)      What makes Shylock ‘right loath to go’? How are his fears justified later?                       [3]
(v)        Does Jessica follow Shylock’s instructions? Elaborate your answer.                        [4]

Question 2.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
    Tarry, Jew:
    The law hath yet another hold on you.
    It is enacted in the laws of Venice,
    If it be proved against an alien
    That by direct or indirect attempts
    He seek the life of any citizen,
    The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive
    Shall seize one half his goods; the other half
    Comes to the privy coffer of the state;
    And the offender's life lies in the mercy
    Of the duke only, 'gainst all other voice.
    In which predicament, I say, thou stand'st;
(i)           Where is Portia now? What made her come there?                                                   [3]
(ii)        Why does Portia ask Shylock to wait before he proceeds further?                                      [3]
(iii)      What is the penalty as per the Laws of Venice for plotting against the life of its citizens?   [3]
(iv)      What has Shylock done to be considered as such a culprit?                                               [3]
(v)        Do you feel that the penalty thus imposed on Shylock justified? Substantiate the answer.   [4]
A Collection of Poems
Question 3.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
"Must be fatigue", he weakly smiled. "I must be getting old.
I see the sun is shining bright and yet I'm feeling cold.
We climbed the hill, two hundred strong, but as we cleared the crest,
The night exploded, and I felt this small pain in my chest."
(i)          Where is the soldier now? Why does he think he is getting old?                                        [3]
(ii)        Explain: I see the sun is shining bright and yet I'm feeling cold.                                               [3]

(iii)       Why does the soldier consider himself lucky? Is he really lucky?                            [3]
(iv)      What was the reaction of the poet at the end of the poem? Why?                                                       [3]
(v)        What do you understand of the attitude of the poet towards war in general.                                  [4]
Question 4.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I believe I can dive
Right into the depths
I believe I can claw the earth’s belly
Pick up the priceless gems
And adorn myself with them.
(i)         Comment on the intention of the speaker in these lines.                                            [3]
(ii)        What does the phrase “right into the depth” signify?                                                               [3]
(iii)      Explain: And swim with the sharks.                                                                                        [3]
(iv)      What is earth’s belly? What is its importance? What is the poetess’s intention?                         [3]
(v)        What does the poet firmly believe?                                                                            [4]
A Collection of Short Stories
Question 5.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“Yes, sir”, said Rizwan. He thought for a minute and then wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview and drew a deep breath.
(i)          What is the context referred to in the above extract?                                                 [3]
(ii)        Why was Rizwan interviewing Kasim?                                                                      [3]
(iii)      What was the financial condition of Kasim?                                                             [3]
(iv)      Rizwan wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview. Why?                    [3]
(v)        What was the condition of Rizwan by the end of the day?                                         [4]
Question 6.
Discuss the moral of the story ‘God Lives in the Panch’.     

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