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Friday, 23 February 2018

ICSE 2018 Model Paper English 1

ICSE 2018 Model Paper English 1
ENGLISH Paper – 1
(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 four questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:                                   [25]
(a)   You went to the railway station to receive your uncle. While waiting for the train to arrive, you saw a commotion in the station. Describe the scene giving details of the reason for the hurly-burly and also how the sudden disturbance was resolved.
(b)  Narrate a situation when you were not able to fulfil an important promise you had made to a close relative. Give an account of the consequence of this broken promise.
(c)   Social Media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, are playing havoc with the life of the new generation. Argue either for or against the statement.
(d)  Write a short story ending with the sentence ‘He watched him walking slowly away.’
(e)   Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                           [10]
Select one of the following:
(a)   Your aunt has been recently to Europe on a tour. Write a letter to her asking about the places of attraction and significance she visited and about her impressions of the people she came across during the visit.
(b)  Write a letter to the Municipal Chairman of your city complaining about the irregular water supply in the city detailing the inconvenience caused by it.
Question 3
Read the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Some people--not you nor I, because we are so awfully self-possessed--but some people, find great difficulty in saying good-bye when making a call or spending the evening. As the moment draws near when the visitor feels that he is fairly entitled to go away he rises and says abruptly, "Well, I think I..." Then the people say, "Oh, must you go now? Surely it's early yet!" and a pitiful struggle ensues.
I think the saddest case of this kind of thing that I ever knew was that of my poor friend Melpomenus Jones, a curate--such a dear young man, and only twenty-three! He simply couldn't get away from people. He was too modest to tell a lie, and too religious to wish to appear rude. Now it happened that he went to call on some friends of his on the very first afternoon of his summer vacation. The next six weeks were entirely his own—absolutely nothing to do. He chatted awhile, drank two cups of tea, then braced himself for the effort and said suddenly: "Well, I think I..."
But the lady of the house said, "Oh, no! Mr. Jones, can't you really stay a little longer?"
Jones was always truthful. "Oh, yes," he said, "of course, I--er--can stay."
"Then please don't go."
He stayed. He drank eleven cups of tea. Night was falling. He rose again.
"Well now," he said shyly, "I think I really..."
"You must go?" said the lady politely. "I thought perhaps you could have stayed to dinner..."
"Oh well, so I could, you know," Jones said, "if..."
"Then please stay, I'm sure my husband will be delighted."
"All right," he said feebly, "I'll stay," and he sank back into his chair, just full of tea, and miserable.
Papa came home. They had dinner. All through the meal Jones sat planning to leave at eight-thirty. All the family wondered whether Mr. Jones was stupid and sulky, or only stupid.
After dinner mamma undertook to "draw him out," and showed him photographs. She showed him all the family museum, several gross of them--photos of papa's uncle and his wife, and mamma's brother and his little boy, an awfully interesting photo of papa's uncle's friend in his Bengal uniform, an awfully well-taken photo of papa's grandfather's partner's dog, and an awfully wicked one of papa as the devil for a fancy-dress ball. At eight-thirty Jones had examined seventy-one photographs. There were about sixty-nine more that he hadn't. Jones rose.
"I must say good night now," he pleaded.
"Say good night!" they said, "why it's only half-past eight! Have you anything to do?"
"Nothing," he admitted, and muttered something about staying six weeks, and then laughed miserably. Just then it turned out that the favourite child of the family, such a dear little romp, had hidden Mr. Jones’s hat; so papa said that he must stay, and invited him to a pipe and a chat. Papa had the pipe and gave Jones the chat, and still he stayed. Every moment he meant to take the plunge, but couldn't. Then papa began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down. Jones mistook his meaning and thanked him with tears in his eyes, and papa put Jones to bed in the spare room and cursed him heartily.
After breakfast next day, papa went off to his work in the City, and left Jones playing with the baby, broken-hearted. His nerve was utterly gone. He was meaning to leave all day, but the thing had got on his mind and he simply couldn't. When papa came home in the evening he was surprised and chagrined to find Jones still there. He thought to jockey him out with a jest, and said he thought he'd have to charge him for his board, he! he! The unhappy young man stared wildly for a moment, then wrung papa's hand, paid him a month's board in advance, and broke down and sobbed like a child.
In the days that followed he was moody and unapproachable. He lived, of course, entirely in the drawing-room, and the lack of air and exercise began to tell sadly on his health. He passed his time in drinking tea and looking at the photographs. He would stand for hours gazing at the photographs of papa's uncle's friend in his Bengal uniform--talking to it, sometimes swearing bitterly at it. His mind was visibly failing.
At length the crash came. They carried him upstairs in a raging delirium of fever. The illness that followed was terrible. He recognized no one, not even papa's uncle's friend in his Bengal uniform.
At times he would start up from his bed and shriek, "Well, I think I..." and then fall back upon the pillow with a horrible laugh. Then, again, he would leap up and cry, "Another cup of tea and more photographs! More photographs! Har! Har!"
At length, after a month of agony, on the last day of his vacation, he passed away. They say that when the last moment came, he sat up in bed with a beautiful smile of confidence playing upon his face, and said, "Well—the angels are calling me; I'm afraid I really must go now. Good afternoon."
And the rushing of his spirit from its prison-house was as rapid as a hunted cat passing over a
garden fence.
The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones
By Stephen Leacock
(a)     Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage.                                                                                                                             [3]
       i.          braced
     ii.          museum
   iii.          jocular
(b)            Answer the following questions briefly and in your own words.                                         
       i.          Who was Melpomenus Jones? What was ‘the saddest case’ about him?                    [2]
     ii.          Why did the family wonder whether Jones was stupid or sulky?                                [2]                
   iii.          What did mamma do after dinner to make Jones comfortable?                                  [2]
   iv.          Why did papa say that Jones must stay and invite him to a pipe and a chat?             [2]
     v.          Why did papa curse Jones heartily?                                                                           [2]
   vi.          Why was Jones broken-hearted the next day?                                                            [2]
     i.            Write a summary in not more than 60 words of your own about the plight of Jones on the second day of his visit to the house.                                                                    [8]
   ii.            Give a suitable title to your summary. Justify the choice of the title.                         [2]
Question 4
a) 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.                                                                                [4]
(0)  The boy _______ (walk) on the footpath.
Answer: 0. walked.                                         
She did not hear the story as many women (1) (hear)  ….…the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She (2) (weep) ….…at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she  (3) (go) ….… away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her. There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she (4) (sink) ….… pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed (5) ( reach) ….…into her soul.
She (6) (can) ….…see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain (7) ( be) ….…in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were (8) (twitter) ….…in the eaves.
(b)  Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:                                                                         [4]
       i.          The novel is authored ........ him.
     ii.          He quarrelled with us........ a trifle.
   iii.          Raga dived ........ the river to search for the jewel.
   iv.          They have confidence ........ her.
     v.          Kajal was invited ........ the wedding.
   vi.          I prefer rice........ bread.
 vii.          The accident site was cordoned ........ by the police.
viii.          The police ran ........ the thief.
(c)   Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but, or so.                                                                                                                       [4]
       i.          Hercules was strong. He could defeat the monster.
     ii.          He did not come to the party. He regretted it.
   iii.          My father was very angry. He could not speak a word. 
   iv.          Rima did not sing well. The judges gave her a prize.
(d)  Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each of them. Make other changes necessary, but do not change the meaning of the sentence.             [8]
       i.          The jury acquitted him of all charges.
[Begin: He …]
     ii.          Susan is grown up. She can make her own bed now.
 [Join using ‘enough’]
   iii.          The Shatabdi Express runs faster than the Shimla Express.
[Begin: The Shimla Express….]
   iv.          Neither of the men ……….. cars.
[Use: has or have.]
     v.          He said to me, ‘Do you practise daily as I do?” And I said, ‘No’.
[Change into reported speech]
   vi.          The car is fuel-efficient. It is well designed.
[Begin: Not only…..….]
 vii.          There is not enough sugar left to make a cup of coffee.
[Use the apt form of ‘little’]
viii.          I did not know my sister was coming. I would have waited for her.
 [Begin: Had….]


Question 4
(1)  had heard
(2)  wept
(3)  went
(4)  sank
(5)  to reach
(6)  could
(7)  was
(8)  twittering
i.       The novel is authored by/on him.
ii.     He quarrelled with us over a trifle.
iii.   Raga dived into the river to search for the jewel.
iv.   They have confidence in her.
v.     Kajal was invited to the wedding.
vi.   I prefer rice to bread.
vii. The accident site was cordoned off by the police.
viii.                  The police ran after the thief.
i.                 Hercules was strong enough defeat the monster.
ii.               He did not come to the party. He regretted that he did not come to the party.
iii.             My father so angry that he could not speak a word.
iv.             Though Rima did not sing well, the judges gave her a prize.
i.       He was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
ii.     Susan is grown up enough to make her own bed now.
iii.   The Shimla Express does not run as fast as The Shatabdi Express.
iv.   Neither of the men has cars.
v.     He asked me whether I practised daily as he did?” And I replied that I did not.
vi.   Not only is the car fuel-efficient but also well designed.
vii. There is little sugar left to make a cup of coffee.
viii.                   Had I known know my sister was coming, I would have waited for her.

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