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Monday, 23 February 2015

ICSE 2015 Model Examination English 2

English Paper 2
Literature in English
(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 read the question paper. The time given at the head of this paper is the time allotted for writing the answers.
You must attempt one question each from Section A, B, and C and any two other questions.
Attempt five questions in all.

Drama: The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Content, i’faith: I’ll seal to such a bond,
And say there is much kindness in the Jew.
You shall not dwell to such a bond for me;
I shall rather dwell in my necessity.
Why, fear not, man: I will not forfeit it.
(a)   Where are Antonio and Bassanio? Who is with them? Why are they there?                     [3]
(b)  What are the terms of such a bond? Why does Shylock call it a merry bond?                    [3]
(c)   Do you think there much kindness in the Jew? Substantiate your answer.                   [3]
(d)  Explain:                                                                                                                       [3]
a.     dwell in my necessity
b.     I will not forfeit it.
(e)   Do you think that Antonio’s confidence that he shall not forfeit his bond is misplaced? Why? What does Shylock say earlier in the scene regarding the perils of the sea?          [4]
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Shall I not have barely my principal?
Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture,
To be so taken so at thy peril, Jew.
Why, then the devil give him good of it!
Tarry, Jew                         
The law hath yet another hold on you.

(a)   Where does the scene take place? Why?                                                                   [3]
(b)  How are Portia and Nerissa dressed now? Why?                                                        [3]
(c)   What had made Shylock ask for barely his principal?                                               [3]
(d)  Why does Portia say at thy peril?                                                                               [3]
(e)   Do you justify Shylock’s fate at the end? Give reason.                                             [4]

Poetry: A Collection of ICSE
Poetry and Short Stories
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
The boat is lower’d; the boatmen row,
And to the Inchcape Rock they go;
Sir Ralph bent over from the boat,
And cut the Inchcape Float?
(a)   Where is the Inchcape Rock? Why is it dangerous? Who kept a bell over there? Why?              [3]
(b)  Why did Sir Ralph cut the down the Inchcape Bell? What does his action reveal ?                     [3]
(c)   What happens to Sir Ralph’s pirate ship when he returns? Why?                                                 [3]
(d)  Later in the poem. The poet writes The Devil below was ringing his knell. Describe the circumstance that makes the poet to write so.                                                                                      [3]

(e)   Why is the poem often referred to a didactic poem? Elaborate your answer.                                [4]
Question 4
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
…………………………Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,-
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
(a)   Who is referred to as creature here? Why?                                                                [3]
(b)  In what way does the speaker want to be loved? Why?                                            [3]
(c)   How can the creature forget to weep? What will be its consequence?                     [3]
(d)  Comment on the form and structure of the poem.                                                     [3]
(e)   What is the theme of the poem? Do you support the ideas expressed in the poem? Give reasons for your answer.                                                                                                      [4]

Poetry: A Collection of ICSE
Poetry and Short Stories
Question 5
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
With thoughts such as these crossing his mind, Rizwan stood at a shop selling cold drinks, looking for someone who worked for a living but not was a shop owner. At that instant his eyes fell on a man carrying a load on his head and walking in his direction. Rizwan quickly went up to him and, without any greeting placing a hand on his shoulder, enquired: Your Name?”
(a)   Why was Rizwan selling cold drinks at the shop? What thoughts occurred to him as he stood in the market?                                                                                                   [3]
(b)  Who was the man carrying the load and walking to Rizwan? What was the load he was carrying? Why?                                                                                                        [3]
(c)   What do you understand about Rizwan’s nature from his stopping the man without saying any words?
(d)  What are the personal problems faced by Rizwan at home?
(e)   What is the central idea expressed in the short story Hunger by Nasira Sharma? Has the writer conveyed this idea clearly and effectively?                                                 [4]
Question 6
With close reference to the short story The Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore, discuss how the story presents the complexity of human relations.                                                [16]