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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: principal@stjohnpublicschool.in (any probable relevant email id)
CC: pet@stjohnpublicschool.in         (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,

Secretary                    
Sports Club
St. John Public School
Mangalore                                  


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.
To: gm@shoppersdelight.com
Sub: Teachers Day Celebration
Sir,
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,
President
The Children's Club
Queen’s Gardens
Hyderabad
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.


Monday, 30 July 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 2


                                                          ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 2

Question 1
There is a high level of stray dog menace on the streets of your locality creating a constant sense of fear among the residents, particularly elders and school-going children. Write a letter to the Municipal Chairman of your locality, drawing his attention to this grave issue and requesting him to take necessary action.
                                                                                                                                                     Question 2
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. 
                                                                                          
Billy Weaver had ______ (1) (travel) down from London on the slow afternoon train, with a change on the way, and by the time, he ______ (2) (get) to Bath, it was about nine o` clock in the evening and the moon ______(3)( come) up out of a clear starry sky over the houses opposite the station entrance. But the air ______ (4) deadly cold and the wind was like a flat blade of ice on his cheeks. “Excuse me,” he said, “but ______ (5) (be) there a fairly cheap hotel not too far away from here?”
“Try the Bell and Dragon,” the porter answered, ______(6) (point) down the road. “They might take you in. It`s about a quarter of a mile along on the other side.”
Billy thanked him and (7) ______ (pick) up his suitcase and set out ______ (8) (walk) the quarter- mile to the Bell and Dragon.
Question 3
Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                                             [3]
(i)              Are there many apples ______ your trees this year?
(ii)            A treasurer must account ______the money he spends.
(iii)          In case ______ fire, break the glass and press the alarm button.
(iv)           There was a heated argument ______ the two leaders.
(v)             We have run out ______ fuel.
(vi)           We should adhere strictly ______ the safety guidelines.
Question 5
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)          He was one of the most tenacious politicians in our country.
         (Begin: Very few.............)
(ii)         He was too distraught to relate his bitter experiences. (Use: so..... that)
(iii)                           It was wrong of her to behave badly towards her guests. (Begin: She ought.......)
(iv)        They took ______ X-ray of my knee. (Use a suitable indefinite article.)
(v)          Some naughty children were throwing stones at the window of the abandoned house.
          (Change the Voice)
(vi)        As soon as he reached home, he collapsed. (Begin: Hardly............)
(vii)                   Ann was overweight, yet she won the race. (Begin: Despite............)
(viii)                 As you get older, your muscles become stiffer.
            (Begin: The older........................)








Sunday, 24 June 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 1

Question 1          [5+5]
(a) You are the President of a children's club in your locality. You and your team are planning to organise 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.
Question 2
(a) Rewrite the following sentences as per the directions given without changing the meaning of any of the sentence:              [8]
1. Hide the letter. Your friend may read it.  
(use: lest)
2. The lion did not intend to hurt the clown. 
(Use the noun form of intend)
3. As soon as the film is over, the audience rush to the exit.  
(Begin: No sooner)
4. “Check your purse. You might have forgotten the flight ticket.” My mother said.
(Change into reported speech)
5. Rahel was shocked by the rude behaviour of Kate.
(Change the voice)
6. Jameel loves his dog. He does not love me as much. 
(Combine into a single sentence)
7. Anila said, “How thrilling it was to watch the game!”
(Change into reported speech)
8. Atlas is stronger than Hercules. 
(Use: strong)
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                         [2]
1. The question is …….. much importance.
2. Worshipping the sun is prevalent …….. the tribals.
3. She broke the mirror……………. many pieces. 
4. He ate rice………….. curry.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Grammar Bytes: So and Such

Grammar Bytes: So and Such

SpaWe use so and such with that to express cause and effect, or reason and result.
·       The soup was so good that Jamila asked for a second bowl.
When so is used with that, so is often followed by an adjective.
  So + that *  adjective
But when we use such with that,  such  is often followed by an adjective and a noun.
·       It is such good soup that Jamila had a second bowl.
Such + that * Adjective + Noun
As ‘soup' is uncountable, we do not use a or an.
However, if we use a countable noun, like, say, a spa, we should use a or an.
The Glow is such a good spa that that my mother goes there twice a month.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Practice Exercise: Active Passive Voice Exercise 1

Active Passive Voice Exercise 1
Change the voice of the following sentences 
1. Pandora opened the box. 
2. He will ask a question. 
3. Anna do not clean our classrooms. 
4. The mechanic will repair our fridge.
5. Did William draw this cartoon? 
6. Could you post this letter?
7. The Finns make these mobiles in Korea. 
8. The Indians often throw the garbage on the streets. 
9. Someone damaged our fence last night. 
10. The service personnel have already fixed the printer. 
11. We always have our lunch with our colleagues. 
12. The painters are painting the penthouse. 
13. She should not change her attitude. 
14. People are spending a lot of money during the festive season.
15. Susanne was advised many times to stop giggling in class.  
16. The children were disappointed by the film.
17. Rex was persuaded by his colleague to go for a vacation. 
18. An honorary degree was conferred on Johnson by the university. 
19. The thief was arrested.  
20. Shakespeare’s plays are being read by the students. 
21. "The Power and the Glory" was written by Graham Greene. 
22. A new theatre is going to be built in the city. 
23. Many blunders were made by the students.
24. The match was held in the Wankhede stadium. 
25. Amelia doubts that someone is stalking her sister.
26. Serena don't like strangers seeing her in her pyjamas.
27. My little cat likes people stroking her.
28. I understand that someone broke the window.
29. Lucy believes that someone is teasing her son.
30. Do the right.