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Thursday, 1 November 2018

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1:Practice Paper 5

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 5

Time: One hour.                                                                               . Maximum Marks:40
Question 1
You have been rude to one of your teachers. Write a letter to him/her apologizing for your unmannerly conduct.                                                                                                            [10]
Question 2                                                                                                                           [5+5]
(a)   Your school is hosting an inter-school Elocution competition. Write a notice to be displayed in your school informing students about the event and inviting them to take part in the competition.
(b)   Write an email to the Principals of the neighbouring schools requesting them to send students to participate in the event.
Question 3
(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]
(0)   He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (slam) on the brakes as a dog suddenly crossed the road.
Answer: slammed
Children …1…. (use) to call him Chacha Nehru because of his love and affection. He was very fond of the roses and children all through his life. Once he said that children are like the buds in the garden. He was very …2…. (concern) about the condition of the children of the country as he …3…. (understand) children as the future of the country. He wanted that children should be …4…. (nurture) by the parents very carefully and …5…. (love) for the bright future of the country.
He understood children as the real strength of the country. He …6…. (love) children of both sexes equally and believed in giving equal opportunities to both for the actual development of the nation. His genuine love for the children became the reason of getting an …7…. (endear) name as Chacha Nehru. In order …8…. (pay) him a tribute, his birth anniversary is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India after his death in 1964.
(b)   Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                                     [4]
    (i)          The car was parked ……. the gate.
  (ii)          Their assignments should be presented ……. 10’oçlock.
(iii)          The beggar had an old scarf wrapped ……. his head.
 (iv)          We saw the helicopter fly high ……. the dam.
   (v)          Gardening is suggested as a cure ……. migraine.
 (vi)          The dog ran ……. the steps and out into the lawn. 
(vii)          The thief vaulted ……. the hedge and fled.
(viii)          Do not get carried ……. by the hearsays.

(c)   Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.                [4]                  
              (i)          The coach arrived. The training started.
            (ii)          The journey was dreary. I will asleep at the back.
          (iii)          The man was carrying contraband goods. He was fined.
           (iv)          Be silent. Leave the hall.
(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)          “I saw a wild elephant in the morning.”, the hunter said.
(Rewrite using indirect speech)
            (ii)          Kelly is the most humourous boy in our class.
(Begin: No other….)
          (iii)          The girls hid the boy’s books.
(Begin: The boy’s….)
           (iv)          Sheena was so ashamed that she could not speak clearly.
(Use: too…to)
             (v)          As soon as the wedding was over, the guest rushed to the dining hall.
(Begin: No sooner…)
           (vi)          Ramla prefers continuing her studies to getting married.
(Use: rather)
         (vii)          Malik does not eat enough, still he is fat.
(Begin: Despite….)
       (viii)          If you try, you can perform well.\
(Begin: Unless…)