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ICSE 2019

ICSE 2019
Time Table Courtesy

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One

(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 five questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].
You are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes in answering Question 1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend more than 30 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                       [20]
(a)   You have recently represented your school at the National Athletic Meet and won a gold medal. Describe the preparation you made, the thoughts that passed through your mind when you saw the athletes from other schools and the feelings you had before and after winning the medal.
(b)    Atithi Devo Bhava’ meaning ‘The Guest is God’ is the most popular Indian adage that highlights the need for one to be hospitable to guests. Narrate an incident from your experience, which proves just the opposite of this saying.
(c)   Write a short story beginning with the following sentence, “It was a pitch-dark night and he was walking alone along the deserted street.”
(d)   “The most popular forms of social media like ‘Facebook’ and ‘WhatsApp’ have a negative impact on children`s mental health”. Express your views either for or against the statement.
(e)   Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; however, 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 any one of the following:
(a)             You have been embarrassed by an incident involving a group of friends. Write a letter to your mother relating the incident. Express your feelings and how you intend to overcome the impact of the incident.
(b)             Motor accidents involving overcrowded buses have become the order of the day. Despite your several complaints in this regard, the traffic or transport authorities have not still taken any action. Write a letter to the Transport Minister of your state drawing his attention to this grave issue as well as the indifferent attitude of the traffic and transport authorities.
Question 3                                                                                                                          [5+5]
(a)   You are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice for your school Notice Board, asking the students of Classes VI to X to contribute to the Relief Fund for the people affected by the devastating floods in Kerala.
(b)   Write an email to the Principal of your neighbouring school, requesting him/her to ask the students of his/her school to contribute towards the Relief Fund stated in Question 3(a).  
Question 4
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Della and James Dillingham were a young married couple who lived in a modest apartment. They loved each other very much. Della counted the money she had saved for months by bargaining with the grocer, the vegetable vendor and the butcher. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. The next day would be Christmas. One dollar and eighty-seven cents was not enough to buy a perfect gift for James, whom she called Jim. So she flopped down on the little couch and howled.
After a little while, Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months. Twenty dollars a week doesn't go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are. Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling - something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honour of being owned by Jim.
There were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim's gold watch that had been his father's and his grandfather's. The other was Della's beautiful long brown hair that fell below her knees like a cascade of water; it made itself almost a garment for her. Looking in the mirror, a brilliant idea occurred to Della and she rushed to Madame Sofornie`s shop. She sold her hair for twenty dollars and went to all the stores looking for a wonderful gift for her dear Jim. She found it at last. It was a platinum fob chain which, she felt, had been made for Jim and no one else. She bought it for twenty-one dollars, and hurried home with the 78 cents. With that chain on his watch Jim might be properly
anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the watch was, he sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.
When Della reached home, she got out her curling irons and began to repair the ravages made by generosity coupled with love. Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look wonderfully like a truant schoolboy.
"If Jim doesn't kill me," she said to herself, "before he takes a second look at me, he'll say I look like a Coney Island chorus girl. But what could I do - oh! What could I do with a dollar and eighty-seven cents?"
At 7 o'clock the coffee was made and the frying-pan was hot and ready to cook the chops.Jim was never late. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered.
 Then she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment. She had a habit of saying little silent prayers about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: "Please, God, make him think I am still pretty."
The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
 "Jim, darling," she cried, "don't look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It'll grow out again - you won't mind, will you?
Coming out of his trance, Jim handed her a package and asked her to open it. It contained a set of expensive beautiful combs of pure tortoise shell with jewelled rims- the combs which her heart had always yearned to have without the least hope of possession. Now they were hers but the tresses that should have adorned them were gone.
Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
 "Isn't it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You'll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it."
 Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
 "Dell," said he, "let's put our Christmas presents away and keep 'em a while. They're too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs.
(a)   Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage:                                                [3]
(i)      occurred
(ii)    tresses
(iii)  tumbled down

(b)   Answer the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i)    Why did Della save every penny she could for months? What made her howl?       [2]                     (ii)   When Della found that there was not sufficient money to buy a perfect gift, what did she do?  [2]  
(iii)                     Why did Della want to buy a fob chain?      [2]                                                                           
(iv)  What did Della do to repair her damaged hair?                                                                      [1]
(v)    How did Della try to put Jim at ease when he gazed at her?                                                        [2]
(c)   In not more than 50 words, describe the circumstances that made their presents useless.           [8]
Question 5
(a)   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]
 As soon as he caught the ball, he (0) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ it to me.          Answer: threw
In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I (1)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(hate) by large numbers of people  I (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (be) the sub-divisional police officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty kind of way anti-European feeling was very bitter. No one (3) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (have) the guts to raise a riot, but if a European woman (4) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (go) through the bazaars alone, somebody would probably spit betel juice over her dress. As a police officer I was an obvious target and (5) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(bait) whenever it seemed safe (6) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (do) so. When a nimble Burman (7) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (trip) me up on the football field and the referee (another Burman) looked the other way, the crowd (8) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (yell) with hideous laughter.
(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                                 [4]
(i)    We could not distinguish one identical twin ______ the other.
(ii)  The little girl could not keep pace _____her parents.
(iii)          The doctors were unable to cure him ______ his strange illness.
(iv)  Sam had a big advantage ______  the other candidates.
(v)   Eggs are usually sold _______ the dozen.
(vi) Environmental issues were discussed _______the meeting.
(vii)         The management presented a cheque _______ ₹ 10000 to him.
(viii)       The committee failed to carry _______ the promise it had made.
(c)   Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]                                                                                                                                                                          
(i)              I reached the bus station. The bus had already left.
(ii)            He did not tell me why he moved to London. I knew it.
(iii)           Margret swept the room. Margret washed the car.
(iv)            I was reading a book. My mother was cooking.
(d)   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.                     [8]
(i)    When we pulled the cardboard box, a kitten jumped out. (End:...............................a kitten.)
(ii)  They have encouraged Rony to bet on horse races.         (Rewrite in Passive Voice.)
(iii)          The thief ran so quickly that we could not catch him.           (Use: ‘’)
(iv) Who does not know that two and two makes four?        (Change into a statement.)
(v)   Dennis asked me, “When will you return the book which you borrowed from the library?”
(Begin: Dennis enquired .......)         
(vi) If he had not interrupted, I could have finished the story.     (Begin: But for.........................)
(vii)         Although he was interrogated at length, he did not reveal the truth.    
(Begin: In spite of.......)
(viii)       I advise you to consult a lawyer.    (Use: ‘had better’)