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Showing posts with label English 1 Grammar and Composition:Practice Paper 1. Show all posts
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

English Paper I Revision Practice

English Paper 1
Grammar and Composition

Question 1
You are the Manager-Customer Service of a company producing office stationery products. Write a letter in reply to a customer of your company who has complained about the poor quality of a product sent to him/her.                                                     
Question 2
a)     Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.                                                                   
1.     Kindly bear ……. for the late reply.
2.     The old lady is afflicted ……. gout.
3.     His rude behaviour took everyone …… surprise.
4.     The workers raised many complaints …….the proprietor.
5.     The watchmen alerted the new occupants …….the high rate of burglaries.
6.     Fools rush ……. where angels fear to tread.
7.     The decision to form a new committee was put …….hold.
8.     The teacher put an interesting twist …….the explanation of the poem.
b)    Rewrite the following sentences according to the instruction given after each. Make changes that are necessary, but do not change the meaning of any sentence.          
1.     Focus on your goal or you will not achieve it.
(Use: Unless)
2.     If you aren’t a member of the Club, you cannot sit in the lounge.
(Begin: You….)
3.     George asked, “Don’t you like to read books, Harris?”
(Change the narration)
4.     The crowd turned violent since the policemen were rude.
(Begin: But….)
5.     When Renuka was in misery, no friends except Aruna helped her.
(Begin: Apart….)
6.     I entered the office. Sheela was getting out of the car.
(Combine the two sentences)
7.     No sooner had I arrived at the stadium than the match started.
(Use: Hardly)
8.     The Tin Drum is one of the greatest plays by Gunter Grass.
(Use: great)
9.     Jeremy was said to be in the army.
(Begin: People….)
10.  This project will take six months to finish.
(Begin: In six months ….)

Answers given below

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

ICSE 2012-2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition:Practice Paper 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 the 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 Question1
and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
Question 1
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this question.)             [25]
a) One night a burglar has been caught in your locality. Give a description of the incident and also the events that followed.
b) You have recently visited a place/monument of historic importance and you were shocked by the neglect and debasement of the place/monument. Write a description of the specific scenes that shocked you.
c) Your grandmother is a great storyteller. Narrate one of your favourite stories told by your grandmother. Explain why the story is your favourite.
d) Elaborate the theme of the following lines of the poem by Langston Hughes:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
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; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Question 2
Select any one of the following:
[Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.] [10]
a) You had promised to accompany a friend to an excursion. Due to certain personal reasons, you are unable to do so. Write a letter to the friend explaining why you are unable to keep the promise and apologising for the inconvenience caused.
OR
b) You are the Secretary of the Arts Club of your school. On the occasion of the Annual Day of your school, the Arts Club is organising an Inter-School Painting Competition. Write a letter to the Secretaries of other Arts Clubs in other schools in your city requesting them to enrol their students in the competition.
Question 3
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
Calpurnia gave other reasons for not wanting Caesar to go to the Senate. In addition to what omens they had seen and heard, a person in the house had been relating some terrible scenes which the sentinels had seen. They reported that a lioness had whelped in the streets; the dead had come out of their yawning graves. Up in the clouds fierce fiery warriors in ranks and squadrons fought while their blood fell steadily down upon the Capitol. The air was filled with the clash of arms, the neighing of horses and the moans of dying men, while ghosts shrieked and squealed in the streets.
When Caesar said that the portents did not concern only him but other people as well, she said that comets were seen in the heavens. There was a belief that when a great person was about to be born or about to die, comets would streak across the sky.
“When beggars die there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes,”
However, Decius countered Calpurnia and gave three reasons to convince Caesar that he should attend the Senate. He said the Senate wanted to give him a crown that day. If Caesar did not go, they might change their minds. Secondly, he said they would think he was afraid and a coward. Thirdly, he said that someone in the Senate might crack a joke and say,
“Break up the Senate till another time,
When Caesar’s wife meet with better dreams.”
On hearing these reasons, Caesar changes his mind and decides to go to the Senate House.
On the previous night, in Brutus’ orchard, when the conspirators had their meeting, Cassius remarked that he was not sure whether Caesar would attend the Senate meeting the next morning as he had become superstitious and his priests would advise him not to go. At this moment, Decius offers to bring Caesar to the meeting by flattering him. Decius, being an intimate friend of Caesar, felt very confident that he would persuade Caesar to attend the meeting. That is why Decius has come ahead of the others to Caesar’s house to make sure that he would come.
a) Give the meaning of these words as used in the passage. [3]
1. relating
2. arms
3. streak
b) Answer in your own words these questions. [12]
1. What did the sentinels report?
2. How did Cesar react to Calpurnia’s reasoning?
3. Explain:
“When beggars die there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes,”
4. What reasons did Decius give to convince Caesar to attend the Senate that day?
5. What did Cassius remark on the previous day? Why did he think so?
6. Why did Decius come to Caesar’s house? How did he think of winning Caesars’s confidence?
c) Write in about 60 words a summary of the above passage [8]
d) Give a suitable title to your summary and give reason for the choice of the title. [2]
Question 4
a) Complete the following paragraph with an apt form of the verb given in brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write the answers with the correct number of the blank. [4]
Example: ……0…….: 0 = deeply
The kite is, according to its sex, from 25 to 27 in. in length, about one half of which is made up by its .........0........ (deep) forked tail, capable of great.......1..........(expand), and therefore a powerful rudder, enabling the bird while .........2........(soar) on its wide wings, more than 5 ft. in extent, to direct its circling course with scarcely a movement that is apparent to the spectator below. Its general colour is pale reddish-brown or cinnamon, the head being greyish-white, but almost each feather has the shaft dark. The tail feathers are broad, of a light red, barred with deep brown, and furnish the salmon fisher with one of the choicest materials of his “flies.” The nest, nearly always built in the crotch of a large tree, is formed of sticks intermixed with many strange substances .........3........ (collect) as chance may offer, but among them rags seem always to .........4....... (has) a place. The eggs, three or four in number, are of a dull white, spotted and blotched with several shades of brown, and often lilac. It is especially ........5.......(mention) by old authors that in Great Britain the kite was .........6.......(reside) throughout the year; whereas on the Continent it is one of the most regular and marked migrants, .........7.......(stretch) its wings towards the south in autumn, .........8........(winter) in Africa, and returning in spring to the land of its birth.
b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.  [4]
1. You must live ………the rules.
2. Harish was cautioned ………spreading rumours.
3. I did not find it difficult to adjust………the changed scenario.
4. Some people quarrel ………silly matters.
5. The prisoner was acquitted………the charge.
6. The team rejoiced………the success.
7. The girl persists ………telling lies.
8. Mohan is quick ………figures.
c) Join each pair of these sentences into one sentence without using and/but. [4]
1. The musician is stuck in a traffic jam. I think so.
2. Riana is pretty. Riana is not clever.
3. The children came out of the school. The police man stopped the traffic immediately.
4. The students are on a project. They have almost finished.
d) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes necessary; do not change the meaning of any of the sentence.                         [8]
  1. As soon as David came to sing, it started raining.
(Use: ‘no sooner’)
  1. Humayun showed generosity even to his enemies.
(Use: ‘generous’)
  1. The machine consisted of six gears, four wheels and a switch.
(Use: ‘comprised’)
  1. The boy was ill. He went to school.
(Begin: In spite of …)
  1. The interpretation of the director has not only changed the film’s narrative but also it has enriched its quality.
(Begin: ‘Besides’)
  1. The puzzle was too difficult for Menasha to solve.
(Use: ‘so’)
  1. Delhi is one of the most populous cities in India.
(Change into positive degree)
  1. Peter asked Mary, “Will you come with me to the party tonight?”
(Change the narration)

Answers  for Question 4 are given below