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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

ICSE 2016 English Paper 2 Model Paper 26102015

English 2
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
 The Merchant of Venice: William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
Your father was ever virtuous; and holy men at their
Death have good inspirations: therefore the lottery,
That he hath devised in these three chests of gold,
Silver and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning
Chooses you, will, no doubt, never be chosen by any
Rightly but one who shall rightly love. But what
Warmth is there in your affection towards any of
These princely suitors that are already come?
(a)     How does Portia respond to these words of Nerissa?
(b)    Depict the lottery discussed in the extract.
(c)     Give the responses of Portia and that of Nerissa to the lottery.
(d)    Portia is melancholic in the opening of the scene so also is Antonio in the earlier scene. Bring out the difference between Antonio’s melancholy and that of Portia.
(e)     This scene expresses a mood of melancholy, anxiety and suspense. Discuss.
Question 2
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
 [Aside] how like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian,
But more for that in low simplicity
He lends out money gratis and brings down
The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
He hates our sacred nation, and he rails,
Even there where merchants most do congregate,
On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift,
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe,
If I forgive him!
(a)     Why does Shylock hate Antonio and call him ‘a fawning publican’?
(b)     Explain: If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
(c)     What ancient resentment does Shylock have against Antonio?
(d)     What is the ‘sacred nation’ refer to here? What are the insults Antonio had piled upon Shylock?
(e)     What is Shylock’s plan to get hold of the money immediately? Comment on the character of Shylock based on his plan.

Section B
Question 3
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
The Sun in the heaven was shining gay,
All things were joyful on that day;
The sea-birds scream’d as they wheel’d round,
And there was joyaunce in their sound.
The buoy of the Inchcape Bell was seen
A darker speck on the ocean green;
Sir Ralph the Rover walk’d his deck,
And fix'd his eye on the darker speck.
He felt the cheering power of spring,
It made him whistle, it made him sing;
His heart was mirthful to excess,
But the Rover’s mirth was wickedness.
His eye was air the Inchcape Float;
Quoth he, “My men, put out the boat,
And row me to the Inchcape Rock,
And I’ll plague the Abbot of Aberbrothok.
(a)   Explain with reference to context the above lines.
(b)  Give a character sketch of Sir Ralph the Rover.
(c)   Who was the Abbot? What does he symbolise in the poem? Why? 
(d)   Why was the Rover jealous of the Abbot? What did he do to plague the Abbot?
(e)   Comment on the theme of the poem.
Question 4
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
(a)   Explain with reference to context the above stanza.
(b)  How does the signal of the horse that he wanted to move ? What does it reveal of its nature?
(c)   Why did the poet say that the horse might think there was a ‘mistake’?
(d)  Comment on the form and structure of the poem.
(e)   Discuss the central idea of the poem.

Section C
Short Stories
Question 5
Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
But the Princess September ran through all the rooms of the palace, singing like a lark, while the little bird flew round and round her, singing like a nightingale, which indeed it was. Things went on like this for several days and then the eight Princesses put their heads together.
(a)   Why did Princess September sing like a lark? Who is the other singer in the story?
(b)  What is the significance of singing in the context of the story?
(c)   Explain the comparisons being made in these lines.
(d)  What did the eight princesses do when they put their heads together? Why?
(e)   Were the eight princesses successful in their plan? Substantiate.
Question 6

The short story ‘The Lost Dollar’ by Stephen Leacock is highly humorous. Discuss.