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ICSE 2019

ICSE 2019
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Friday, 14 December 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper Three


ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper Three

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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 five questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].
You are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend more than 30 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                      [20]                                                         
(a)   While you were sitting at the railway station, a young man approached you with a story. You believed his story and helped him, but later you realized that you had been cheated by him. Narrate his story mentioning how you discovered that you had been duped.
(b)   Many humorous incidents occur in each one`s life. Narrate one such incident that occurred in your life, describing the circumstances in which the incident occurred and spotlighting its outcome.
(c)   "Parents of today pamper and spoil their children'' Express your views either for or against this statement.
(d)   Write a short story that begins with a big fight and ends with a firm friendship.
(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 you may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.



  
Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                         
Select any one of the following:                                                                             
(a)   Your father has written to you that your younger sister spends too much time playing video games. Write a letter to her advising her to read newspapers regularly rather than spending too much time in video games, emphasizing the importance of reading newspapers.
(b)   Write a letter to the Manager of a book shop complaining that the book sent by him was not the one you had ordered and requesting him to replace it or refund the money.
  Question 3                                                                                                                               [5+5]

(a)   You are the Secretary of Science Club of your school and the club is organizing a Science Exhibition at your School Auditorium  on the occasion of National Science Day on 28 February. Draft a notice to be displayed on the school Notice Board, asking the students of Classes V to X to submit their exhibits for the Science Exhibition.
(b)   Based on the content in Question 3(a), write an email to the Principal of your neighbouring school, requesting him/her to inaugurate the Science Exhibition to be organized by your club.
Question 4
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
(a)             On Saturday morning, Aunt Polly sends Tom out to whitewash the fence. Jim passes by, and Tom tries to get him to do some of the whitewashing in return for a “white alley,” a kind of marble. Jim nearly agrees, but Aunt Polly appears and chases him off, leaving Tom alone with his toil.
(b)             A little later, Ben Rogers, another boy Tom’s age, walks by. Tom persuades Ben that whitewashing a fence is great pleasure, and after some haggling, Ben agrees to give Tom his apple in exchange for the privilege of working on the fence. Over the course of the day, every boy who passes ends up staying to whitewash, and each one gives Tom something in exchange. By the time the fence has three coats, Tom has collected a store of assorted riches. Tom ponders that all it takes to make someone want something is to make that thing difficult to get.
(c)             Aunt Polly is pleasantly astonished to find the work done, and she lets Tom to go out in the late afternoon. On his way, he pelts Sid with lumps of dirt in revenge for his betrayal in the matter of the shirt collar. He then hurries to the town square, where a group of boys are fighting a mock battle. Tom and his friend Joe Harper act as generals. Tom’s army wins the battle.
(d)             On his way home for dinner, Tom passes the Thatcher house and catches sight of a beautiful girl. He falls head over heels in love with her. Quickly forgetting his last love, a girl named Amy Lawrence, Tom spends the rest of the afternoon showing off on the street. The girl lobs him a flower, and, after some more showing off, Tom half-heartedly returns home.
(e)             At dinner, Sid breaks the sugar bowl, and Tom is censured. Tom’s mood changes, and he wanders out after dinner feeling wronged and overemotional, picturing how sorry Aunt Polly would be if he is to be found, especially by chance, after being lost dead. Ultimately, he finds his way back to the beautiful girl’s house and prepares to die pitiably beneath her window. Just then, a maid opens the window and tips a pitcher of water on his head. Tom scampers home and goes to bed as Sid watches in silence.
(a)       Give the meaning of these words as used in the passage:
i.          persuades
ii.         coats
iii.       showing off
(b)       Answer these questions in your own words:
i.          What is a white alley?
ii.         How does Tom make Ben white wash the fence?
iii.       How did Tom end up collecting an assortment of riches?
iv.        Who is Amy Lawrence? Why does Tom easily forget her?
(c)       What did Tom try to do to make Aunt Polly sorry?
(d)       Write in about 50 words of a summary of the above passage.                                          [8]
Question 5
(a)   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]
Example:
 When the power (0) ______ (go) out, the little child began to cry.
Answer: went
I found myself on the maidan and (1)______(sit) down on a bench, with my feet (2) ______(tuck) up under my haunches. The night (3) ______(be) a little cold, and I regretted not having (4) ______ (bring) Arun`s blanket along. A light drizzle (5) ______(add) to my discomfort. Soon it was raining heavily. My shirt and pyjamas (6) ______ (stick) to my skin, and a cold wind (7) ______ (bring) the rain whipping across my face.I told myself (8) ______ (sleep) on a bench was something I should have been used to by now, but the verandah had softened me.
(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word
          (i)     We bought a car ______ credit.
        (ii)    It was unkind of them to scoff ______ his paintings..
      (iii)     He was not conscious ______ his duties.
      (iv)     He was found guilty ______ murder.
        (v)     The child has not yet completely recovered ______ her illness.
      (vi)     My father glanced ______ my progress report.
     (vii)     We are grateful to you ______ your help.
   (viii)     The union is short ______ funds.
      (ix)     The teacher advised us to concentrate ______ our homework.
(b)     Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.     [4]                                                                                                                                                                                       
        (i)          Maria has not attended the meeting. I am sure of it.
      (ii)          She looks innocent. She is cunning.
    (iii)          David was distraught. I went to comfort him.
     (iv)          See a doctor. You may fall ill.
(a)   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.                      [8]
    (i)          The teacher was dictating a letter to the students.                             (Begin: A letter..........)
  (ii)          I will lend you money only if you repay it next month.                       (Use: provided that.)
(iii)          As soon as the cat appears, the rat runs away.                              (Begin: No sooner..........)
 (iv)          If you do not note down my phone number, you will forget it.    (Begin: Unless............)
   (v)          He was too clever to be deceived.                                                 (Use: so that)s
 (vi)          They rejected my suggestion.                                                        (End: ........... suggested.)
(vii)          Even though she was honest, nobody believed her.                      (Begin: In spite of..........)
(viii)          The striking workers not only entered the Manager`s room but they also smashed the windows.                                                                                        (Begin: Not only............)


Sunday, 9 December 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 8


ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 8


Question 1
You accidentally left one of your books in a shop. Write a letter to the owner of the shop requesting him to find the book and to keep it with him if he finds it. Give the shopkeeper the details you think are important to help him find the book.                                                                                                  Question 2
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.              
          i.         There was nothing to do. We went home.
         ii.        I saw Tom. I was going to school.
         iii.       I have purchased some pens. They are very beautiful.                  
 Question 3
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word.                                            
         i.        I don`t know what prevented him ______ attending the meeting.
        ii.        He was told to put ______ the black shoes.
       iii.       She is fond ______ gardening.
       iv.       Don`t believe everything you see ______ TV.
Question 4
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.      On his arrival at the airport, he was welcomed with a bouquet.
(Begin: When.............)
     ii.      Carry an umbrella so that you may not get drenched in the rain.
(Use: ‘lest’)
   iii.      If there is an emergency, press the alarm button.
(Begin: In the event of.............)
   iv.      As soon as my mother saw my face, she knew that something was wrong.
(Begin: No sooner.............)
     v.      He went to bed early because of his tiredness.
(Change into a Complex Sentence.)
   vi.      Unless you write the guidelines in English, foreign tourists cannot understand them.
(Begin: If.............)
  vii.      We do not know the reason for his absence.
(End: .............absent.)
viii.      Although he is twenty-five, he behaves like a little child.
(Begin: Despite.............)
   ix.      She was too shocked to speak.
(Rewrite using ‘so....that’.)
     x.      At the market, I saw a very old man.
(End:.............old.)

Friday, 7 December 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 7

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 7


Question 1
The road in your locality was washed away in the previous monsoon rains, but it has not yet been repaired. Write a letter to your local Member of Parliament pointing out this serious problem and 
requesting him to get the road repaired at the earliest.          
Question 2 
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.              
i)      You refused to take part in the dance competition. Can you tell me the reason?
ii)    Napoleon was an enlightened reformer of France. He made the entire Europe shiver.
iii)   My eldest brother left the village.  At that time, I was only seven.
Question 3
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word.      
         i.        They were waiting ______ the bus stop.
        ii.        The teacher called the students one ______ one.
       iii.       The old man was suspicious ______ the foreigner`s intentions.
       iv.       He took ______ his shoes before entering the place of worship.
Question 4
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.      The police looked at the beggar suspiciously.
                (Use: suspicion)
     ii.      The company not only dismissed me from my job but also fined me.
               (Begin: Not only..............)
   iii.      Only a true patriot will make the supreme sacrifice for the motherland.
               (Begin: None.............) 
   iv.      As soon as the train arrives, the commuters jostle one another to get on it.
              (Begin: No sooner.............)
     v.      Although he was honest, he lost the election. 
              (Use: as)
   vi.      Sarah sings as a professional singer does.
             (End: ............. a professional singer.)
  vii.      We started early so as not to miss the train.
             (Use: so that.)
viii.      The child was too frightened to ask his father anything.
            (Use: so.... that.)
   ix.      If she is not taken to hospital now, her condition will become worse.
            (Begin: Unless .............)
     x.    David waited at the railway station until the arrival of the train
            (End: .............arrived)               






Tuesday, 27 November 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 6

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 6

Question 1
You have been selected for the National Bravery Award for children for 2018 for the exceptional courage displayed by you. Write a letter to your friend expressing your great excitement at the news of being selected and giving a brief account of your outstanding act of bravery.              [10]                                                                          
Question 2
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.              [3]
i)      She is old enough. She can judge what is right and what is wrong.
ii)    The old man told me the story. It moved me to tears.
iii)   The leader made several promises before the election. He kept none of them.
Question 3
Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word.                                            [2]
         i.        The beauty of Venice consists ­­­______ its canals.
        ii.        He prefers walking ______ cycling.
       iii.       When she heard the news, tears ran ______ her cheeks.
       iv.       They had to abandon the project midway ______ want of funding.
Question 4
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.                                        [10]
       i.      They not only ransacked the flat but also knocked the homeowner unconscious.
(Begin: Besides....................)
     ii.      Jim is one of the best players we have in our cricket team.
(Use: ‘good’)
   iii.      The police are investigating the cause of fire.
(Change the Voice.)
   iv.      Do you believe in the existence of supernatural beings?
(End: ........exist?)
     v.      Sam wrote to me a year ago.
(Begin: It has........)
   vi.      If he had heard the roar of the lion, he could have run away.
(Begin: Had.............)
  vii.      The Manager never divulged the personal details of his employees.
(Begin: At no time..................)
viii.      She does not intend to go to America next year.
(Use: intention)
   ix.      He walked very fast and I could not keep up with him.
(Use: so.... that)
     x.      The opposition party always criticises the ruling party and the ruling party always criticises the opposition party.
(Begin: The opposition party and the ruling party........)