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Showing posts with label ICSE 2013 Revision Test 01022013. Show all posts
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Friday, 1 February 2013

ICSE 2013 Revision Test 01022013

ICSE 2013  Revision Test 01022013
Question 1
Computer literacy is a must for the present generation of students.  Write a composition of about 350-400 words arguing for or against the statement.
Question 2
(a)   You, as part of a school excursion, have recently visited a place of historical importance. Write a letter to your aunt narrating your experience of the tour. Include in your letter your feelings and emotions about the place, what impressed you most about the place and also detail the benefit you had from the tour. 
(b)  Write a letter to the Circle Inspector of your locality reporting a burglary in your neighbourhood.
Question 3
Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:

The cloud weaves a flaming girdle around the sun. (Sometimes a circle of light made by clouds is seen round the sun.) Around the moon, the cloud weaves a girdle of pearl – like stars. (The cloud hides some stars and allows others to shine. The shining stars seem to make a ring of pears around the moon).
When the cloud appears in the sky and rain falls, the volcanoes cool down. The stars seem to move round and round, when the whirlwinds blow in circles. It appears as if the whirlwinds are opening out the banner of the cloud, announcing its arrival.
When the cloud stretches and covers the sky over the entire stormy ocean from one coast to the other, it looks like a bridge spanning the sea. The cloud covering the sky looks like a roof, supported by the mountains which act like pillars. Its roof is so thick that it does not allow the sunbeams to pass through it.
Here the cloud is compared to a king victorious in a war. When a conqueror returns, after his conquests, his city is decorated to receive him with arched gates along the roads. The procession passes under these victory gates and the king is accompanied by his commanders. To The king’s chariot are chained the defeated kings and generals. In the same way, the victorious cloud passes under the many - coloured arched rainbows. As the cloud passes under them, it is accompanied by its comrades – storm, lightning and snow. The strong winds whom the cloud has defeated seem to be the prisoners chained to the chariot of the cloud. The delicate colours of the rainbow are woven by sunlight. Meanwhile, the earth below, wet with rain, seems to laugh.
The cloud is the child of the earth and water. Since it is formed up above in the sky, it is the infant of the sky. The cloud is formed by the vapours that rise in to the sky from oceans. The cloud may change its shape (like rain, snow, hailstones) but it never perishes.
a) Give the meaning of the words given below as used in the passage:
1.     spanning
2.     delicate
3.     perishes
(b)  Answer these questions in your own words.
a.      Explain: a girdle of pearl – like stars.
b.     What happens when the cloud appears in the sky?
c.      What is a cloud compared to? Why?
d.     What has cloud done to the strong winds? What are the winds compared to?
e.      Why does the cloud not perish?
(c)   Write summary of the passage in exactly 60 words.
(d)  Give a suitable title to your summary and substantiate the choice of the title.
Question 4
a)     In the following passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with correct form of the words given in brackets. Do not copy the passage, but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate in the blank space.
Those people who complain about the difficulties of learning German, don't know how lucky they..........1......... (real) are - they only have one language to master. Admittedly, there ..........2......... (be)regional differences of dialect in German-speaking countries, but the non-native speaker who has ..........3......... (learn)standard German) ..........4......... (shall) have no problems in making himself ..........6......... (understand) by citizens of Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The difficulty for the non-native learner of English on the other hand is that there is no Standard English form. He ..........7......... (confront) with two English dialects to learn: British English and American English .And despite the many cross-cultural influences, it ..........8.........  (seem) that the vocabularies, spellings and pronunciations of these two dialects are diverging year by year.
b)     Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:
1.     Shakespeare often equates love........ frenzy.
2.     The Manager is an expert in dealing........ the labourers.
3.     The cow feeds ....... grass.
4.     Let us hope........ the best.
5.     We should not take revenge........ our detractors.
c)     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.     The film is not entertaining. The film does not have a message. (Use: Neither .....nor)
2.     Only the brave get rewarded (Use: None)
3.     As soon as the child starts talking, the parents try to teach them rhymes. (begin: No sooner)
4.     His qualification was so deficient that the committee rejected his application. (Use: too)
5.     He was too arrogant to be an efficient leader. (Use: Change into a negative sentence)
6.     The robber should confess or he will be condemned. (Use: Unless)
7.     Some of the flowers in the market are costlier than the orchid. (Begin: The orchid...)
8.     The President of the company said, “I will ensure that the employees are exempted from overtime work. Do you have any objection to my proposal?” (Change the narration)
9.     The Prime Minister says, “Our country has progressed immensely.” (Change the narration]
10.   You should practise what you preach. (Begin: Practise...)
Answers to Question 4 are given below