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Showing posts with label Grammar and Composition. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

ICSE 2013 Class X English Paper 1 Grammar and Composition Revision Paper 160103

Question 1
Write a letter to the Customer Care Executive of a Book Publisher in New Delhi complaining about a book you have ordered delivered to you in damaged condition. Explain the nature of the damage and request him to replace it without further delay.
Question 2

Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
A list of queries on email asks recipients to name the world’s richest man in 2008; the winner of the world’s golf title in 2007; the designer of the first rockets; the manufacturer of the first bicycle and so on? building up a roll call of achievers who left their mark on mankind. It ended with, “Who was the teacher who helped you to enjoy school and whom you remember most vividly?”
I don’t know a single recipient of the email who answered a single one of the questions except the last. In other words, everyone’s most unforgettable person was a supportive and encouraging teacher whose wealth, fame and social standing mattered not at all. What the grateful student received was beyond evaluation because what the teacher gave most freely was the precious gift of the self. It was not just knowledge to pass an examination that they gave their students but an understanding of the value of knowledge itself and a love of it. Great teachers seek to form, not merely inform their students.
Today, when teaching (especially teaching young children who have not learned to write) is no longer a coveted profession, I wish we could all pay a silent tribute to the many obscure men and women who shaped our lives and asked for so little in return. Surely, a good teacher deserves to be called a deva because the real meaning of the word is “the shining one”.
Every year, choosing a day when it is not functioning, my cousin visits his old school. The building and compound are much the same as they were when he was a student, so the sense of stepping back into the past is powerful. He moves from classroom to classroom following the exact progression his student-graph had taken him more than half a century ago, and pays a silent tribute to each of the teachers, intensely recalling those impoverished gentlemen whose wardrobes had hardly held more than two shirts. What still moves him is the memory of the care they had taken in the lives and progress of every student, encouraging each of them and guiding every child to do his best and then some. A drop in concentration or performance led to the “master” calling on the child’s parents to enquire if there was something wrong at home which the child found disturbing or was unable to cope with; very few homes had phones in those days and even if they did, a school-teacher would certainly not have been able to afford a phone call. So, umbrella held high, he would walk those extra miles.
My first teacher was a smiling and very gentle woman named Mrs. Delamose, whose name my brother and I repeated over and over again to get it right so that we might greet her correctly: “delamosedelamosedelamose”. I still recall her dark eyes, and charming crooked smile with faint streaks of lipstick out of place, as she led us through Songs the Letters Sing. She was a true teacher who believed that every single child is unique and that there is no such thing as an unintelligent child I owe my profession to her.
a) Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: [3]
1. Supportive
2. Coveted
3. to cope with
b) Answer the questions given below in your own words.
1. Who is the most unforgettable person in everyone’s life? Why?
2. What do great teachers seek?
3. When does the writer’s cousin visit his old school? What does he feel then?
4. Describe the writer’s first teacher.
5. What does a true teacher believe in?
c) Summarise in 60 words the qualities that make a teacher unforgettable.
d) Give a suitable title to the summary and justify the choice of the title.
Question 3
a) 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.
1. Emily was waiting for the train. She was reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
(Combine the two without using and or but)
2. Saroja sang well. She received the first prize. (Begin: Not only ….)
3. The porter said to me “I will take your luggage to the retiring room provided you give me a good tip?” (Change the narration.)
4. If Ajay gets a scholarship, his parents will be elated. (Use ‘unless’ in place of ‘if’)
5. The children were spellbound by the exceptional sight of an elephant bathing.
(Change the voice)
6. The protesters turned violent. Immediately the police blocked the roads.
(Use: No sooner….)
7. The film was so dreary to me that I will not recommend it to anyone.(Use: too)
8. Our football team is one of the favourites in the tournament. (Begin: Very few…..)
9. Those that are hapless ought to have our sympathy. [Begin: The helpless…]
10. The reason for his sudden departure is a mystery. [ Rewrite using ‘why’)
b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.
1. Let us begin …….. the first poem.
2. They do not approve……. your action in the matter.
3. He is rarely attentive ….. his lessons.
4. Marsha deals …… handloom saris.
5. Martin’s friends stood ……him during his lean days.
6. The teacher sent her a letter of appreciation …… mistake.
7. The old noisy old car often goes out …… order.
8. Hardy’s outlook …… life is quite optimistic.
9. He agreed …… his partners on the idea of launching a new project.
10. She has been suffering from Pneumonia …… last week.
11. The doctor cured her …… the illness.
12. The old lady prepared herself for a life …… loneliness.
13. The police are looking …… the matter.
14. He is not entitled …… rent and profit.
15. Please, write ……ink; do not write ……pencil.
Answers are given below.

Monday, 14 January 2013

ICSE 2013 English Paper 1 Grammar and Composition Revision Paper 140103

Question 1
1. Write a letter to your uncle thanking him for the gift he gave you on your birthday. Tell him how thrilled you are with the gift and how it will be useful to you in the coming days.
2. You are interested in doing a one-month course in Photography during your summer vacation. Write a letter to the Director, Institute of Mass Communication, Kolkata enquiring about the duration of the course, the terms and conditions for admission, Fee Structure and any other details you deem important.
Question 2
a) Rewrite the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary without changing the meaning of any sentence.
1. Sheila could not understand the reason for her sister’s offensiveness. [Use: offensive]
2. You ought to be more committed.[Begin: Use the noun form of committed]
3. During her turbulent days Renee had the help of only her friend Sasha. [Begin: Apart…]
4. Reshma asked, “Are you confident that this is the procedure to secure a bank loan?” [Change into reported speech]
5. Stephen apologised earnestly but that had little impression on the teacher.
[Begin: Not even …]
6. It is normal for a child to eat four times a day. [Begin: Normally]
7. Amazing feats were shown by the acrobats. [Change the voice]
8. Raman said, “I am never going to invite you again.” [Change the narration]
9. “Where can I park my car?” she asked the policeman. [Change the narration]
10. This is the hottest summer we ever had. [Use: hot]
b) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate prepositions.
1. Usually I go to school … foot.
2. She worked as a seamstress … ten long years.
3. There is always a requirement …. superior fabric.
4. Please contact me ….. 11 a.m. and 12.00 noon.
5. The office is closed ……1.p.m to 2.00.p.m.
6. Our school is affiliated …. the CISCE, New Delhi.
7. I have tried reasoning ……. him.
8. The five players quarreled …… themselves.
9. We have lived in this village ………. ten years.
10. My request was turned……. by the Principal.
c) In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.
The flight, after …..1…. [check] all the things,….2…… [take]off. It had hardly ......3… [go] a little far, when there ….4….[be] a big blast and the airplane ……5…..[break] into pieces. All the passengers and the crew …..6……[be] killed. Later on we ……7……[come] to know that the new passenger …..8…[be] a living bomb and the remote was with the man ….9…...[stand] away from that pace. He was arrested by the police and through him the entire story…….10….. [come] to light.
Question 3
Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c and d that follow:
Population explosion refers a state of affairs in which the number of people living in a country quickly surpasses its sustaining capacity. Some of the reasons for overpopulation are increasing difference between birth and death rates, social causes like child marriage and early marriage, poor family planning measures and illiteracy.
Population explosion brings about social issues like unemployment, poverty, low economic development and so on. As a consequence of population explosion there comes an undue pressure on land and problems of housing, considerable food scarcity, acute unemployment, widespread illiteracy among the poor, and considerable loss in national economy. These factors result in slow or even stagnant economic growth, severe law and order disruption,
Many severe social structural changes like migration to the cities and consequent emergence of slums and overburden of resources are results of population explosion.
In order to counter the effects of overpopulation both the state and the individual have to cooperate and coordinate the efforts.
In order to lessen population growth, some of the areas which need high priority are stress on female literacy, efficient of family planning schemes, making people aware of the detrimental effects of overpopulation on economy and standard of living, development in the quality of health and family welfare services.
Considerable success to contain the growth of population can be achieved through social rallying and participation of people at all levels, giving more power to women socially disadvantaged groups as brokers of socio-economic change and development; encouraging and evolving people’s democratic institutions like Panchayati Raj, co-operatives and self-help groups.
(a) Three words are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage:
1. surpasses
2. stagnant
3. counter
(b) Answer these questions in your own words:
1. What is population explosion?
2. What are the causes of population explosion?
3. What are the consequences of population explosion?
4. What are the areas which need high priority to lessen overpopulation?
5. What are some of the measures that can assist in containing population explosion?
(c) Summarise, in not than 60 words, the passage.
(d) Give a suitable title to your summary and justify the choice of the title.
Answers for Grammar Questions are provided below.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2

    ICSE 2013 English 1 Grammar and Composition: Revision Paper 2
    Question 1
    a) Write a letter to your parents to convince them the importance of allowing you to pursue a particular stream of studies of your choice.
    b) One of your friends from Delhi is visiting your city. Write a letter to the Manager of a hotel in your city enquiring about the details of the facilities that the hotel offers to its guest.
    Question 2
    Read the poem and answer the questions that follow.
    Nobody knows where my Tamarind stood
    Just by a winding lane.
    Each year it gave me fruit and shade, and drew
    Me to my home again.
    I loved to sit beneath her shady boughs,
    And rest up for a while,
    To gaze out upon the distant blue hills,
    With laughter and a smile.
    And now that I’m back, I’m eager to find,
    My tamarind again.
    I hasten down to that favourite spot,
    I search... but search in vain.
    Then I stop and I stare; I stand quite still
    I listen to my heart.
    That magnificent tree, that was my life,
    Has just been ripped apart.
    I turn to the hills, my eyes filled with tears
    For sure, I've lost my soul.
    Where once it stood tall, there's nothing there now,
    Merely an empty hole.
    a) Give the meaning of these words.
    1. Winding
    2. Shady
    3. Ripped
        b) Answer these questions based on the passage.
        1. Where did the tamarind stand?
        2. What did the poet like to do?
        3. Why is his search vain?
        4. What does the poet feel when he finds his tamarind gone?
        5. What aspect of the poem appeals to you?
          c) In not more than 60 words, write a paraphrase of the poem

          Question 3
          a) 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.
          1. Half of the people in the village …….illiterate.
          (Use: is/are)
          2. I do not admire any writer as much as Bloom.
          (Use: most)
          3. The teacher said to Ali, “Do not feel hopeless. Be bold. Never give up. You can do it.”
          (Change into reported speech)
          4. The Principal asked the errant student to mend his ways.
          (Begin: The errant boy…)
          5. No one has scored as many goals as Lionel Messi.
          (Begin: Lionel...)
          6. Though Rafeeqa lost the first game, she had the last laugh at the end of the match.
          (Use: Despite)
          7. Raphael was stupid to believe the con man.
          (Use: enough)
          8. The roguish boy is crazy of the voluptuous actress; he has a cache of her photographs. (Change into a simple sentence)
          b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
          1. We should be clearly aware ……our limitation ……our approach.
          2. Rachel seldom agreed ….. Rajan of his views …… religion.
          3. There have been many attacks ……the tribal community ….. molestation of the hapless.
          4. Of late, there is an increase …….the violation …… women’s rights.
          5. Though his speech was impressive …. the lay man, it was devoid …..sincerity.
          Answers are given below

          Monday, 26 July 2010

          Revision Test: Grammar and Composition

          Revision Test: Grammar and Composition

          Time: One Hour Maximum Marks: 25
          Question 1 [10]
          Write a letter to the Warden of the Home for Orphaned Children asking whether you can spend a day every month with the children. Moreover, convince the warden how your presence will benefit the children.
          Question 2 Rewrite as directed: [10]
          1. Robert said, “Let us call a taxi.” (Change the narration)
          2. Rachel has the speed to outrun most of the girls in our school. (Begin:Few Girls...) 
          3. The book was rather interesting. (Begin: It…) 
          4. I had never had such a tedious journey. (Begin: No other…) 
          5. But for his last minute goal; we would have lost the match. (Begin: Had…) 
          6. She is very beautiful but she is not clever. ( Begin: She is not as ….) 
          7. The old man had nothing other than a hot tea in the chilly morning. (Begin: Apart…) 

          Saturday, 14 February 2009

          Grammar Revision Questions

          Question 1 You are the Secretary of the School Arts Club. Write a letter to of your District Collector requesting him/her to inaugurate a Painting Exhibition to be held in your school next week.
          Question 2 You attended a party when you were away on a vacation. On your return, your friends are eager to know how you spent your holidays. Tell them about someone you met at the party who appeared strange to you, bringing out his unusual characteristics and his odd personal appearance.
          Question 3 Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:
          Martin Luther King, one of the greatest men ever to walk on this earth, started the defence force with which the American Blacks got their rights and gained freedom from the distressing racial discrimination. Martin was born on January 15, 1929. His family lived on the outskirts of Atlanta.