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Saturday, 15 September 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Practice Paper 4:Suggested Answers

ICSE 2019  English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 4:Suggested Answers

Question 1
Formal Letter
The Editor
(Name of a Newspaper)
ê   Self-Introduction
ê   Problem faced. Lack of safety of children in the school buses and autorickshaws
ê   Nature of the problem-A brief description
ê   Examples to illustrate the issue.
ê   Request to publish the letter in the newspaper

Question 2                               

Subject: Meeting of the Office Bearers - the Literary Society- campaign ‘Each one teach one’

Sir, /Madam,

We have decided to hold a meeting of the office bearers of the Society to discuss the campaign called ‘Each one teach one’ organised by the school.
The meeting is to be held at on 20 September 2018 in the School Library Hall.
We will be discussing the ways in which the Literary Society can contribute to this noble cause and make the campaign well organised and successful.
Expecting your approval and full-hearted cooperation,

Yours faithfully,

Literary Society

Question 3
(a)    .                                                                                                                                                                           

1.      cruel
2.      killing
3.      inflicting
4.      are designed
5.      keeping
6.      asserts
7.      using
8.      referred

(b)   .
1.      The brothers live under the same roof.
2.      The child rushed into my room yesterday.
3.      He was afraid of telling the truth.
4.      Do you have the evidence against him?
5.      He kept the bicycle against the wall.
6.      She moved herself into the library
7.      The judge has acted in accordance with rules.
8.      The hospital is adjacent to my house.
(c)    .
1.      Roja can neither speak English fluently nor read English fluently.
Roja can neither speak nor read English fluently.
Neither can Roja speak English nor read English fluently
Neither can Roja speak nor read English fluently.
2.      No other tailor is as competent as he/him.
3.      Though/Although the film actress is very famous, she is humble
4.      After she had left the country, Heera married an Italian magnate
(d)   .
1.      You are not as well trained in singing as Rachel.
2.      He was too distraught to sleep that night.
3.      Shakeel says that he plays`softball.
4.      It is shameful to surrender to life’s difficulties.
5.      You are advised to say no to drugs.
(Let no to drugs be said is correct but sounds bizarre.)
6.      He said. “Let me have some food.”
7.      This is better than any other solution to the problem.
8.      As soon as the bell rang, out ran the children.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1:Practice Paper 4

ICSE 2019  English Paper 1:Grammar and Composition:Practice Paper 4
Time: One hour                                                                                                                               Marks: 40
Question 1
Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper showing your concern for the lack of safety of children in the school buses and autorickshaws.                                                                                                                    [10]
Question 2                              
(a)    On the occasion of National Literacy Day, the school has decided to organise a campaign called ‘Each one teach one’. The secretary of the Literary Society, wants to call a meeting of the office bearers of the society to discuss the arrangements for the campaign. Write a notice to be displayed on the School notice board regarding this meeting.
(b)   Write an email, as the secretary of the Literary Society, to the Principal of the School with reference to the matter mentioned in the Notice mentioned above.                                                                                    [5+5]
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.                                                                                                                                                    [4]
We are often ……1……(cruel) to animals intentionally or unintentionally, for example, ……2……(kill) animals for food or for their fur. Cruelty to animals sometimes involves ……3……(inflicting) harm or suffering for personal amusement.
Laws concerning animal cruelty ……4……(design) to prevent the needless cruelty. For example, some laws govern methods of killing animals for food, clothing, or other products, and other laws concern the ……5……(keep) of animals for entertainment, education, research, or pets.  
The animal welfare position ……6……(assert) that there is nothing inherently wrong with ……7……(use) animals for human purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, but that it should be done in a way that minimizes unnecessary pain and suffering, sometimes ……8……(refer) to as "humane" treatment.
(b)   Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.                                                                                                       [4]
1.      The brothers live ……. the same roof.
2.      The child rushed ……. my room yesterday.
3.      He was afraid ……. telling the truth.
4.      Do you have the evidence …… him?
5.      He kept the bicycle……. the wall.
6.      She moved herself……. the library
7.      The judge has acted ……. according with rules.
8.      The hospital is adjacent ……. my house.
(c)    Combine each set of the following sentences without using and, but or so.                                                  [4]
1.      Roja cannot speak English fluently. She cannot read English fluently.
2.      He is the most competent tailor. No other tailor can be compared to him.
3.      The film actress is very famous. She is humble.
4.      Heera had left the country. Heera married an Italian magnate.
(d)   Rewrite 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.                                                                [8]
1.      Rachel is better trained than you in singing.                                                               (Begin: You….)
2.      He was so distraught that he could not sleep that night.                                                        (Use: too…to)
3.      “I play softball”, Shakeel says.                                                                        (Change into indirect speech)
4.      Do not surrender to life’s difficulties. It is shameful.                                                        (Begin: It…)
5.      Say no to drugs.                                                                                                    (Change the voice)
6.      He wished that he might have some food.                                                                (Begin: He said, “…...)
7.      This is the best solution for the problem.                                                                                (Use: better)
8.      As soon as the bell rang, the children ran out of the class.                                            (End:…. children) 

Monday, 13 August 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 3 Suggested Answers

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 3
Suggested Answers

Question 1                                                                                                                           

Question 2                                                                                                                           

To: (any probable relevant email id)
CC:         (any probable relevant email id)
Sir, /Madam,
It is proposed to conduct the selection trials to select players for the school Football team on
25 August 2018 at 4.00.p.m. at the school grounds.                       

Expecting your full-hearted support and encouragement,

Yours faithfully,

Sports Club
St. John Public School

Sunday, 12 August 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 3

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 3

Question 1                                                                                                                             [5+5]
(a)    You are John, Secretary of the Sports Club of St. John Public School, Mangalore. Write a notice asking students interested in Football to give their names for the selection of the school Football team. Give details of trial, selection and any other relevant details.
(b)   With reference to the above notice, write an email to your Principal and send a copy of the email to the Physical Education Teacher regarding the selection of the school Hockey team.
Question 2                                                                                                                  
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b and c that follow:
There was a young student-archer who reached such proficiency in his art that he could shoot an arrow into a tree and then cleave that arrow into two with the next shot. He began to boast that he was a greater archer than his guru.
One day his guru, a venerable old man in his 70's, asked the youth to accompany him on a trip across the hills. The journey was uneventful until they came to a deep chasm.
A single log spanned the chasm. The guru walked down to the centre of the log, unshouldered his bow and taking an arrow shot it into a tree on the other side. His next shot cleaved the first arrow into two.
"Now it's your turn," he said, walking back to where his student was standing.
The youth stepped gingerly on the log and very slowly and carefully made his way to the middle. But his heart was in his mouth. He knew that if he lost his footing, he would plunge to his death. His hands trembled as he strung an arrow into his bow. Preoccupied with the danger he was in, he found it hard to focus on the target. Consequently, when he let go of the arrow, it missed the tree altogether. Whimpering, he turned around.
"Help me!" he shouted to his guru. "I'll fall!"  The old man walked up to him, took his hand and stepping backwards led him to safety. Neither of them said a word on the return journey but the boy had much to think about. He had realized that to be a master of his art it was not enough to know how to control the bow, he had to learn how to control his mind too.
(a)    Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage:                                               [3]
      One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.
               (i)          cleave
             (ii)          gingerly
           (iii)          preoccupied
(b)   Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
               (i)          What did the young archer boast about? Why?                                                     [2]
             (ii)          What is the journey referred to here?                                                                                 [2]                                           
           (iii)          What did the Guru do when they came to the yawning gap?                                            [2]               
            (iv)          How did the young archer approach the task?                                                                [1]
             (v)          What did the young archer learn from the incident?                                                        [2]
In not more than 50 words, write a summary of the story.                                                      

Friday, 3 August 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1 Suggested Answers

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1 Suggested Answers
Question 1                                                                                                                        
(a) You are the President of a children's club in your locality. You and your team are planning to organize a programme to celebrate Teachers Day.
Write a notice to be put up in the local Supermarket, giving details of the programme to create an awareness of the event.

 (b) Write an e-mail to the General Manager of the Supermarket seeking permission to display the notice and requesting a sponsorship for the event.
Sub: Teachers Day Celebration
We are planning to celebrate the Teachers Day and honour our esteemed teachers on 5 September 2018 at 4.00.p.m.
We expect around 25 teachers and 30 guests for the ceremony.
We request you to kindly allow us to conduct the ceremony in the foyer of your shopping mall, The Shoppers Delight.
We will be grateful if you will sponsor tea and snacks for the teachers and guests attending the formal gathering.
Expecting a positive response,
Yours faithfully,
The Children's Club
Queen’s Gardens
Question 2
(a) Rewrite the following sentences as per the directions given without changing the meaning of any of the sentence:                                                                                          
1. Hide the letter lest your friend should read it. 
2. The lion had no intention to hurt the clown.
3. No sooner does the film get over than the audience rush to the exit. 
4. My mother asked me to check my purse and added that I might have forgotten the flight ticket.
5. Kate’s rude behaviour shocked Rahel.
6. Jameel does not love me as much as he loves his dog.
7. Anila exclaimed that it was thrilling to watch the game.
8. Hercules is not as strong as Atlas.
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                            
1. The question is of much importance.
2. Worshipping the sun is prevalent among the tribals.
3. She broke the mirror into many pieces.
4. He ate rice with curry.