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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

ICSE 2013 Prefinal Practice Paper English Paper II

English Paper II
Literature in English
(Two hours)
Answer 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 one question each from Section A, B and C and any other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all. All the questions carry equal marks.

Section A: Drama
As You Like It; William Shakespeare

Question 1
Read the extract give below and answer the questions that follow:
Oliver: Neither call the giddiness of it in question,
            The poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden
Wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me,
I love Aliena; say with her, that she loves me; consent
with both, that we way enjoy each other;: It shall be to
your  good; for my father’s house, and all the revenue
that was old Sir Rowland’s, will I estate upon you, and
here live and die a shepherd.
a)  Who is being discussed in the extract? When did Oliver meet her?                            b)  Why was Orlando surprised about Oliver’s sudden falling in love with celia?       
c)  What help does Orlando offer to his brother for the latter’s marriage?                          
d)  What decision had Oliver taken relating is father’s property and his future life?  
e)  Compare Oliver’s present attitude with his earlier attitude towards Orlando.    What caused this change in the attitude?                                                                                
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Rosalind: then there is no true lover in the forest;
                 else sighing every minute, and groaning every
                 hour, would detect the lazy foot of time as
                well as a clock.
Orlando: And why not the swift foot of time?
    had not that been as proper
Rosalind:By no means, sir. Time travels in divers paces
    with divers persons. I’ll tell you who Time ambles
    withal, who Time trots withal, and who he stands
   still withal.
a) Why does Rosalind say that there is no true lover in the forest?                               
b) With whom does time amble and with whom does it trot? 
c)  How does time move with a thief to the gallows? Why?                                             
d)  In the Forest of Arden, what is Rosalind’s predicament with regard to her love towards Orlando?                                                                                                              
e) Bring forth Rosalind’s sense of humour, as revealed in the extract.             
Section B: Poetry
The Golden Lyre
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
He said:
The river has water enough
to be poetic
about only once a year.

a)           Who is ‘he’? Where is he now? Why?                                                                         [3]
b)          What is the significance of the image of the pregnant woman drowning? What does the poet say about the expected twins?                                                                           [3]
c)           Explain: ‘The new poets still quoted the old poets”                                                     [3]
d)          Which two contradictory pictures have been depicted in this poem?                         [3]
e)           What feature of the poem appeals to you? Why?                                                        [4]
Question 4                                                
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
We passed before a House that seemed
A swelling of the ground-
The roof was scarcely visible-
The cornice- in the Ground-
Since then ‘tis centuries- and yet
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward Eternity.

a)           Who are We referred to in the extract? Why does the house look like a swelling of the ground?                                                                                                                         [3]
b)          Where is the speaker of the lines at present? What had brought the speaker there?  [3]
c)           Explain: The roof was scarcely visible-/The cornice- in the Ground.                                                                       [3]
d)          What were the three places that the passengers passed before coming to the House? What do these places symbolically signify?                                                                [3]
e)           How is Death presented in the poem? What conflict do you see in the manner in which Death is presented in the poem?                                                                                                                      [4]
Section C: Prose
Short Stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories

Question 5
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Suddenly I see Ma waddling towards me with a clenched fist and my stomach grows tight with fear. Her face id filled with rage. “I’ll make an engine out of you this very minute.”
The elderly neighbour intervenes, catches hold of Ma’s hand and says, “Have you gone mad, Lali?” She signals me to obey and adds, “She’s after all a child, a Kanyakumari. Today is Ashtami, the Devi’s day; you mustn’t hit a Kanyakumari, it is a sin.”
a)     What had enraged the mother in this context? Why does she say “I’ll make an engine out of you this very minute.”?                                                                                                                                         [3]
b)     Why is it considered a sin to hit a Kanyakumari on Ashtami?                                        [3]
c)     Why did the narrator refuse Prasad from Naani? Comment on the rebellious attitude of the narrator.                                                                                                                       [3]
d)     What is the root of her frustration towards the attitude of women towards her? How does Lali mistreat her?                                                                                                      [3]
e)     What is the theme of the story?                                                                                        [4]
Question 6
Bring out the humour in the short story “A Fishy Story’ by Jerome K Jerome.                 [16]