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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

ICSE 2019: Model Paper English 1 English Language


ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH Paper – I
(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)   Write an original story entitled ‘The Mansion of Mystery’.
(b)   “Success depends not on luck but on hard work”. Express your views either for or against this statement.
(c)   Narrate an incident from your own experience when you took care of your younger siblings in the absence of your parents. Explain what you did and what you gained from the experience.
(d)   You have lived in your home village for many years and are very much attached to it. Nevertheless, because of some unforeseen circumstances, you are going to sell your house in the village and move to the city. Narrate the circumstances that made you take this tough decision and describe your feelings about leaving your native village.
(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)   Your uncle had promised to give you a present of your choice if you achieved the first rank in the Half -Yearly Examinations. Write a letter to your uncle informing him that you have got the first rank, and tell him what you would like to have as present and give reasons for your choice.
(b)  Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your area pointing out the deplorable condition of the PHC (The Primary Health Centre) in your village and requesting him/her to take necessary action to renovate the Centre and provide it with enough medical equipment and other essential amenities.
(c)   Question 3                                                                                                                          [5+5]
(a)   You are the Secretary of the Literary Association of your school. Draft a notice for the school Notice Board, inviting students of Classes VIII to X to give their names for the Poetry Recitation competition to be held on Children`s Day in your school. pointing out
(b)  Write an email to two teachers of English of a neighbouring school, requesting them to be judges at the Poetry Recitation competition mentioned in  the above notice.
Question 4
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The Peckham murder case hit the headlines of the newspaper as Mrs Parker, an old woman living in a villa in Northwood Street, was found dead in her house. She had been brutally battered to death with a hammer.
Mr. Adams, the murderer, was a heavy, stout man with bulging, bloodshot eyes. He stood no chance of acquittal as there were four witnesses to testify against him.
Mrs.Salmon, the first eyewitness, had seen Adams come out of Mrs Parker`s house with a hammer in his hand and drop it into the bushes. When he looked up at her window, she saw his face in the light of the street lamp. She could never forget his facial features.
Henry Macdougall, another eyewitness, who had been driving home, had nearly run down Adams who was walking in the middle of the road, looking dazed.  Mr.Wheeler who lived next door to Mrs.Parker had also seen through the window Adam`s bulging eyes. In Laurel Avenue, he had been seen by yet another witness.
When the Counsel for the Crown outlined the case in court, everybody believed that the man in the dock would get the death penalty.
After the formal evidence had been given by the policeman who had found the body and the surgeon who examined it, Mrs.Salmon was called by the Counsel for the Crown. She spoke very firmly. There was no malice in her. She said that she had seen him and rung up the police station.
After the Crown Counsel, Counsel for the defence rose to cross-examine.
“Now, Mrs.Salmon, you must remember that a man`s life may depend on your evidence.”
“I do remember it, sir.”
“Is your eyesight good?”
“I have never had to wear spectacles, sir.”
“You are a woman of fifty-five?”
“Fifty-six, sir.”
“And the man you saw was on another side of the road?”
“Yes, sir.”
“And it was two o`clock in the morning? You must have remarkable eyes, Mrs.Salmon!”
“No, sir. There was moonlight, and when the man looked up, he had the lamplight on his face.”
“And you have no doubt whatsoever that the man you saw is the prisoner?”
“None whatever, sir. It isn`t a face one forgets.”
Counsel took a look round the court for a moment. Then he said, “Do you mind, Mrs.Salmon, re-examining the people in court? No, not the prisoner. Stand up, please, Mr.Adams.”
There at the back of the court, with a thick, stout body and muscular legs and a pair of bulging eyes, was the exact image of the man in the dock. He was even dressed the same – tight, blue suit and stripped tie.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper #27012018

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper  #27012018

Question 1
There are not enough buses plying between your village and the nearby city and the timings of these buses do not suit the commuters. Write a letter to the District Transport Officer complaining about the insufficient number of busses as well as the inconvenient timings.   
Question 2
(a)   You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice to be put up on the School Notice Board, informing the students of the Athletic Meet to be held in your school and asking the students who are interested to participate in the Meet to submit their names to the Physical Education Teacher. Give all the necessary details such as category(Junior/Senior), field or throw events.
(b)   Write an email to the District Collector of your locality, requesting him to inaugurate the Athletic Meet mentioned in the Notice above. Give necessary details.                         
Question 3
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.       
(i)    Stephen got hurt. He was struggling to escape.
(ii)  Julie felt a pang of remorse. She was rude to her friend.
(iii)                  It was a head-on collision. The drivers were not hurt.
(iv)  He ran out of money. He had to borrow from his uncle.
Question 3
In the following passage, 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.                                                                                                   
It was a dark autumn night. The old banker ______ (1) (walk) up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had ______ (2) (give) a party one autumn evening. There ______ (3) (have) been many clever men there, and there had been ______ (4) (interest) conversations. Among other things they had talked of capital punishment. The majority of the guests, among whom ______ (5) (be) many journalists and intellectual men, disapproved of the death penalty. They ______ (6)(consider) that form of punishment out of date, immoral, and unsuitable for Christian States. In the opinion of some of them the death penalty ought ______ (7) (replace) everywhere by imprisonment for life. "Idon't agree with you," ______ (8) (say) their host, the banker.
Question 4
Fill in each blank with an appropriate word:              
                                                               
(i)    Jim has not played cricket ______ he left university.
(ii)  He asked me whether he could lean his bicycle ______ the wall.
(iii)            We always eat a lot of chocolate ______ Easter.
(iv) The plane took______ two hours late due to some technical glitches.
(v)   The teacher told the students to discuss the matter ______ themselves.
(vi) The young boy was offered food in return ______ his work.
(vii)         She won many accolades ______ her acting career.
(viii)        I have not heard from David ______ six months.

Question 5
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.                   
(i)      The boy said, “Alas! How rudely I have behaved!”
(Change into reported speech.)
(ii)    I have seen a blind beggar.
(End:............................. blind.)
(iii)  The apricot is one of the most versatile fruits.
(Begin: Very few......................)
(iv)   Jannet said to the Headmaster, “Please grant me leave for two days.”
(Begin: The Headmaster ........)
(v)     As he stayed there longer and longer, he liked the place more and more.
(Begin: The longer ................)
(vi)   If I had driven carefully, I would not have met with an accident.
(Begin: Had......................... .)
(vii) It is said that Mr. Abraham is a shrewd politician.
(Begin: Mr. Abraham ...........)
(viii)                   As soon as I got out of the house, the telephone rang.
(Begin: No sooner................)
Answers 

Monday, 11 December 2017

ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217


ICSE 2019 English 1 Practice Paper 111217
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH Paper – I
(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 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                  [20]
(a) Write an account of a street quarrel that arose as a result of the narrow-minded and intolerant attitude of a person or a group of people. Describe how it started, how it led to blows and eventually ended in the destruction of property; who were the most affected and how it was finally resolved.
(b) ‘The modern man is too dependent on computers’. Express your views either for or against the statement.
(c) School life is full of ups and downs. Describe some of the happy and some of the sad moments of your ten years of school life.
(d) Write a short story in which the conclusion has the following proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine.”
(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 one of the following:
(a) You have won the award for the best student in your school. Write a letter to a friend giving details of the award, the award ceremony and the celebration that followed
(b) In the city where you are residing, tonnes of plastic waste are generated every day and dumped in a corner of the city. The accumulation of the waste looking like a huge mountain from a distance has become a menace. Write a letter to the Mayor of your city complaining about this grave issue which requires urgent attention.
Question 3          [5+5]
(a) You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice to be put up on the Notice Board, asking the students of classes VIII to IX to submit their names for an educational tour to Birla Planetarium in Hyderabad which is being organised by your school during the Christmas holidays. Give all the necessary details.
(b) A hundred students have expressed their desire to come for the tour mentioned in Question 3(a). Write an email to two or three travel agencies, enquiring about the cost and other necessary information for the tour.
Question 4
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
The hostess told James that there was not another house within three miles and that she could accommodate him with a bed, and his horse with lodging and oats. He thanked Heaven for his good fortune in stumbling upon this homely habitation, and determined to pass the night under the protection of the old cottager. She told him that her husband, who was a farmer, had gone to next town to dispose of his merchandise, and in all probability, would not return till next morning. James sounded the old woman with a thousand artful interrogations, and she answered with such appearance of truth and simplicity that he felt that he was quite safe there. After he had his supper, the woman conducted him into the chamber where she proposed that he should take his rest. He seemed extremely satisfied with his lodging, which in reality exceeded his expectations. Cautioning him against letting the candle approach the straw, the kindly landlady took her leave and locked the door from the outside.
James` experiences had taught him to be suspicious and ever on his guard against the treachery of his fellow-creatures, so he was suspicious of this instance of her care in confining her guest to his chamber, and began to be seized with strange fancies. He observed that there was no bolt on the inside of the door by which he might secure himself from intrusion. Consequently, he began to take a survey of every object in the apartment, and, in the course of his enquiry, was shocked to find the dead body of a man, still warm.