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ENGLISH Paper 1 Answer Key/Marking Scheme
Question 2
Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]   [10]
(a)       Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
-1-  Format Personal Letter
-2-  Reference to the brother’s letter.
-3-  brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks.
-4-  unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class XI.
-5-   Suggestion of the stream.
-6-  Reason for the suggestion of the stream.
-7-  Informal Style
(b)      Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
-1-  Format Official Letter
-2-  Lack of good health service in the village (name of the village)
-3-  Difficulties faced by the villagers
-4-  Instances of difficulties.
-5-  Need for good health services.
-6-  Benefits for the villagers.
-7-  Request to the Chief Medical Officer of your district. To open a PRC.
-8-  Formal Style.
Question 3 
 (a)           Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted.                                                                 [3]
1.      Supportive = helpful
2.      Reflect = to give out; to express; to mirror
3.      Compassion = pity, sympathy, fellow feeing.
(c)                        Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
The children should write in their own words. If they simply lift from the passage only 50% of the marks should awarded. Relevant points in the answers are more important than grammatical correctness or spelling mistakes. Penalise the mistake but not very severely.
1.      When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility?               [2]
-1-  His sixth day of ‘overtime’.
-2-  teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children.
2.      What are the specifications for teacher?                                                                     [3]
TEACHER:
-1-  …must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-2-  … must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-3-  … must run on coffee and leftovers,
-4-  … must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-5-  … must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-6-  … must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-7-  … must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-8-  … must have 6 pair of hands.
-9-   Must have three pairs of eyes.
-10-          compassionate
3.      What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes? [2]
-1-  three pairs of eyes
-2-  “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as.
-3-  Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known.
-4-  The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the child.”
4.      What is the teacher’s tear for?                                                                                    [3]
-1-  for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task.
-2-  for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in
-3-  for compassion for the feelings of their parents
-4-  comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves.
-5-   comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class.”
(c)            In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given.                             [10]
-1-  God and His angel on Creation of the teacher.
-2-  Teacher’s importance- influence over the children.
-3-  Specifications;
-a-   must stand above all students, yet be on their level
-b-  … must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
-c-   … must run on coffee and leftovers,
-d-  … must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
-e-   … must have more time for others than for herself/himself
-f-    … must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
-g-   … must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
-h-   … must have 6 pair of hands.
-i-      Must have three pairs of eyes.
-j-    Compassionate
-4-  The use of the three pairs of eyes.
-5-  How and why the tears.
All the points mentioned above need not be; use your discretion in this regard.
-a-   If the summary is between 58 and 62 words, value it a 10 marks.
-b-  If the summary is between 55 and 65 words, value it at 8 marks.
-c-   If the summary is below 55 and above 65 words, awards only zero marks.
-d-  The children should write in their own words. Relevant points in the answers are more important than grammatical correctness or spelling mistakes. Penalise the mistake but not very severely
 A Model Summary
God and His angel discuss the importance of the teacher’s creation. Teachers influence children. A teacher should simultaneously be with the children and above them; he should survive on meager resources, do multitasking, a good communicator, selfless, compassionate, hardworking, and able to understand and support students and their parents.. He is delighted at a student’s success and helpful in failure.
(d)           Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title.          [2]
-1-  Any suitable title 1 mark
-2-  Justification 1 mark.
Question 4
(a)                       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.                                [10]
1.    Why did Renuka skip the test?
(Change the voice)
            Why was the test skipped by Renuka?
2.    “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.
(Begin: The teacher asked….)
            The teacher asked whether/if I/we had understood the poem the previous day.
3.    He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.
(Begin: Not only…..)
Not only did he snatch the ball from him but also scored a goal.
4.    The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.
(Use: so….that)
The Kotla grounds were so damaged that it was not possible conduct the match.
5.    Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
(Begin: Despite…)
-1-  Despite being skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
-2-  Despite his skill in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.
6.    As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.
(Begin: No sooner….)
-1-  No sooner did the match start than the crowd turned violent.
-2-  No sooner had the match started than the crowd turned violent.
7.    Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.
Ajay’s intelligence makes him very popular in the class.
(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)
8.    ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.
(Use: good)
9.    He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.
(Begin: Having……)
Having seen the car rushing towards him, he leapt aside.
10.The police are looking into the matter.
(Provide a suitable question tag)
The police are looking into the matter, aren’t they?
(b)   Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank  [5]
Example: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­……0…….; 0 = answering
Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace).  When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
. ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer)  every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results
1.      Answer
2.      peacefully
3.      solved
4.      Time
5.      ensure
6.      answering
7.      later
8.      completing
9.      extremely
10.  correct
(c) Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                        [5]
a.       Aurangzeb was the descendant of Shajahan.
b.      The rescuers ran short of  adequate assistance.
c.       We should attribute our success to our teachers and parents.
d.      The Minister resigned from.the cabinet due to ill health.
e.       The flood victims were resigned to their fate.
f.        The Gazette is available for  reference in the library.
g.       We should avail of every opportunity to succeed.
h.       When the car broke down, we had to walk home.
i.         The curfew was imposed on  all areas of the city
j.        We should try our best to be true to our principles.
 
Literature in English
(Two hours)

Answer 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 one question each from Section A, B and C and any other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all.
All the questions carry equal marks.

girlballSection A
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Question 1
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They clicked their tongues,
With every movement that the scorpion made
his poison moved in mother’s blood, they said.
May he sit still, they said.
May the sins of your previous birth
be burned away tonight, they said.
May your suffering decrease
the misfortunes of your next birth.
May the sum of evil
balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good
become diminished by your pain, they said.
a) Who clicked their come? Where are they now? Why are they there? How did they come there? Explain the comparison used to describe their arrival. [3]
b) Comment on the beliefs of the villagers that are expressed in the extract. [4]
c) Why does the poet repeat the phrase ‘they said.”? What effect does it produce? [2]
d) How was the mother finally relived of the pain? What was her reaction? What does the poet want to convey by making the react so? [3]
e) Elucidate on the theme of the poem. Apart from the theme of the poem what appealed to the most in the poem? Elaborate. [4]
Question 2
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
They, too, aware of sun and air and water,
Are fed by peaceful harvests, by war’s long winter starved.
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours.
1. Who are they referred to in the extract? What are the common elements shared by all? [2]
2. What are peaceful harvests? What does the poet want convey through this phrase? [3]
3. Explain: by war’s long winter starved [3]
4. Elaborate the meaning and significance of the lines;
Their hands are ours, and in their lines we read
A labour not different from ours. [4]
5. How does the poem bring out the concept of universal brother hood of man? [4]
Section B
Poetry: The Golden Lyre
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 3
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
We passed the school where children played,
At Recess- in the ring-
We passed the fields of Gazing Grain-
We passed the setting sun.
1. Who are the ‘We’ here? Where are they going? Why? [2]
2. What is the meaning and significance of ‘Gazing Grain’? Why does the poet use capital letters here? [3]
3. What does the setting sun symbolize? The poet later corrects herself regarding the setting sun? What is the import of this correction? [4]
4. What is the attitude of the poet to her fellow travellers? Exemplify. [3]
5. What is the theme and what is the conflict inherent in the poem? [4]
Question 4
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
At the next station the driver slowed down and stopped his train to water the engine. He got down to stretch his legs and decided to examine the head lamps. He received the surprise of his life: for just above the cowcatcher lay the major portion of the tiger, cut in half by the engine.
1. Briefly narrate the encounter between the brave Baldeo and the tiger. [4]
2. He received the surprise of his life. How did the surprise of his life happen? [4]
3. How did the death of Baldeo affect his family? [2]
4. Give a compact sketch of Baldeo. [4]
5. What is the theme of the story? [2]
Section C
Short stories: A Treasure Trove of Short Stories.
Question 5
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
It’s true; nobody ever tells us anything in this place. It’s when we go to sleep that the world of the elders awakens, opening like a magic casket. I want to stay awake and listen; I don’t know why I fall asleep halfway through. I wonder whose voice it is now; it seems as if someone is crying I suppressed tones. Is it Chotti Massi?
1. Who is the narrator of the story ‘Girls’? Why is the narrator not given a name? [3]
2. Why does the narrator think compare the opening of the world of elders to that of a magic casket? [3]
3. When the narrator asked Babu whether she could become a boy, how did he react? Why? [3]
4. How was Chotti Massi treated in her house? What was Ma’s advice to her? [3]
5. Whether girl or a boy, you occasionally find yourself in a similar plight as the narrator. Taking an example from the story, narrate briefly one of your experiences comparable to that of the narrator. [4]
Question 6
With close reference to the story The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty, show how the author spotlights the theme of the story. [16]

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My chicken’s on the Internet.
She surfs the web all day.
I’ve tried to stop her browsing
but, so far, there’s just no way.
She jumps up on the mouse
and then she flaps around like mad
to click on every hyperlink
and every pop-up ad.
She plays all sorts of chicken games.
She messages her folks.
She watches chicken videos
and forwards chicken jokes.
She writes a blog for chickens
and she uploads chicken pics.
She visits chicken chat rooms
where she clucks about her chicks.
I wouldn’t mind so much
except my keyboard’s now a wreck.
She hasn’t learned to type yet;
she can only hunt and peck.
–Kenn Nesbitt

This
poem appears in the book
The Tighty-Whitey Spider
ENGLISH Paper 1

(Two Hours)
Answer 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

(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.)                                                                                                                               [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a)        “Men and Women should have equal rights.” Give your views on the statement.
(b)        You have recently interviewed a famous personality. Narrate the whole experience with the help of the hints given.
RQPreparation for the interview Qdescription of the personalityQthe house/officeQ
major achievementsQhobbies/recreationQawardsQgeneral impression¤
(c)        You were held up in a village railway station one night due to an accident. Give an account of your experience.
(d)       Elaborate the significance of the proverb ‘No pains; no gains.’
(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 clear connection between the picture and your composition.

JobInterview Picture compo
Question 2

Select any one of the following: [Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question]                                                                                                                                 [10]
(a)        Your brother had passed the Class X examinations with 85% marks. However he is unable to decide which stream of course he should pursue in Class IX; Maths, Science or English. He had written a letter to you regarding this. Reply to his letter suggesting the stream. Give reasons for your suggestion.
OR
(b)        Your village lacks good health services and the people are facing a lot of difficulty due to this. Write a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your district requesting him to open a Primary Health Center (PHC) in the village.
Question 3

Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, c, and d that follow:
THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER

Author Unknown

The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appeared to Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.”
“Yes,” said the Lord,” but have you read the specs on this order?”
TEACHER:
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
… must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
… must run on coffee and leftovers,
… must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
… must have more time for others than for herself/himself
… must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
… must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
… must have 6 pair of hands.
“Six pair of hands, “said the angel, “that’s impossible”
“Well,” said the Lord,” it is not the hands that are the problem.  It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!”
The angel looked incredulous, “Three pairs of eyes…on a standard model?”
The Lord nodded His head, “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, “I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the child.”
“Lord,” said the angel,” this is a very large project and I think You should work on it tomorrow”.
“I can’t,” said the Lord, ” for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick…..teaches a class of children that do not want to learn….has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own…..understands the struggles of those who have difficulty….never takes the students for granted…”
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating.
“It is too soft-hearted,” said the angel.
“Yes,” said the Lord, “but also tough, You cannot imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary”.
“Can this teacher think?” asked the angel.
“Not only think,” said the Lord, “but reason and compromise.”
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher’s cheek.
“Well, Lord,” said the angel, Your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that You were putting too much into this model.  You cannot imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher.”
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher’s cheek.  It shone and glistened in the light.
“It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.”
“A tear? What is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”
The Lord replied with great thought, “It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class.”
“My, “said the angel,” The tear thing is a great idea…You are a genius!!”
The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”
(a)        Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage. One word answers as well as short phrases are accepted.                                                                                                    [3]
1.      Supportive
2.      Reflect
3.      Compassion
(b)        Answer the following questions as briefly as possible in your own words.
1.      When did God create teachers? Why is this creation a tremendous responsibility?               [2]
2.      What are the specifications for teacher?                                                                                  [3]
3.      What is presenting the most difficulty to God? Why does a teacher want three eyes?           [2]
4.      What is the teacher’s tear for?                                                                                                 [3]
(c)        In not more than 60 words summarise the passage given.                                                           [10]
(d)       Give a fitting title for your summary and justify the choice of the title.                                       [2]
Question 4

        (a)        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.                                [10]

1.      Why did Renuka skip the test?

(Change the voice)

2.      “Did you understand the poem well yesterday?” the teacher asks.

(Begin: The teacher asked….)

3.      He snatched the ball from him and scored a goal.

(Begin: Not only…..)

4.      The Kotla grounds were too damaged to conduct the match.

(Use: so….that)

5.      Though skilled in painting, he was not admitted to the competition.

(Begin: Despite…)

6.      As soon as the match started, the crowd turned violent.

(Begin: No sooner….)

7.      Ajay is very popular in the class as he is intelligent.

(Use the noun form of ‘intelligent’)

8.      ‘The Hurt Locker’ is one of the best films released this year.

(Use: good)

9.      He saw the car rushing towards him and leapt aside.

(Begin: Having……)

10.   The police are looking into the matter.

(Provide a suitable question tag)

        (b)        Complete the following paragraph with the suitable form of the verb given in the brackets. Do not copy the paragraph. Write only your answers with the correct number of the blank  [5]

Example: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­……0…….; 0 = answering

Once you get the question paper, evaluate the entire paper. Do not rush into……0……. (answer). Select questions you are very sure of marks; the ones you want to answer. ……1……. (answer) questions that you find easy because that gives you confidence and also time to take the rest of the exams. ……2……. (peace).  When you have a choice, make sure that you select problems because they can be. ……3……. (solve) in a shorter span of time and you can be sure of full marks. But if you are not sure of problems then select paragraph answers.
 . ……4……. (time) your paper and. ……5……. (sure) that you complete at least 10 minutes before the due time. After. ……6……. (answer)  every question take a minute to revise the answer. This would be useful in case you don’t find time to review your answer sheet ……7……. (late). After. ……8……. (complete) the answers revise. Revision is. ……9……. (extreme) critical because it can help you identify mistakes and. ……10…. (correct) them.
And finally after the exam, please understand that you cannot do anything about the way you have answered, just relax and wait for the results

        (c)        Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.                                                                      [5]
1.      Aurangzeb was the descendant ….Shajahan.
2.      The rescuers ran short ……  adequate assistance.
3.      We should attribute our success …….. our teachers and parents.
4.      The Minister resigned …………..the cabinet due to ill health.
5.      The flood victims were resigned…… their fate.
6.      The Gazette is available ……. reference in the library.
7.      We should avail …… every opportunity to succeed.
8.      When the car broke……, we had to walk home.
9.      The curfew was imposed…….. all areas of the city
10.   We should try our best to be true ….. our principles.
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Portrait of a Lady

Khushwant Singh

The story is a insight of Khushwant Singh of his grandmother through his own eyes. Khushwant Singh remembers his grandmother as an everlastingly old person. She was an extremely religious person. He finds it difficult to conceptualise that once she too was young and pretty like other women. The stories about her childhood games were like fairytales to him. She was short, fat and somewhat hunched in stature. Her silvery white hair used to spread out on her wrinkled face.

Khushwant Singh remembers her limping around the house in spotless white clothes with one hand resting on her waist to balance her stoop and the other busy in telling the beads of her rosary. Her lips constantly moved inaudibly in prayers. Perhaps she was not beautiful in a temporal sense but she looked extremely beautiful with the peacefulness, serenity and the contentment her face exhibited.
Khushwant’s relationship with his grandmother experienced several switches when he was a small boy. In the first stage Khushwant lived in a village with her as his parents were looking for the chance to settle down in the city. In village grandmother took care of all the needs of the child. She was quite dynamic and active. She woke him up in the morning, got him ready for the school, coated his wooden slate, prepared his breakfast and accompanied him to the school. They fed street dogs with stale chapaties on their way to school which was a great fun for them. She helped him in his lessons also .It was her realm and she was the queen of her realm. In this period she was the exclusive undisputed custodian, mentor and architect of the child Khushwant.
The critical point came in their relationship when they came to city to stay with Khushwant’s parents. In city Khushwant joined an English School and started to go to school in a bus. Here the role of his grandmother in his bringing up was cut back a little bit. Now she could not go with him to the school. In spite of her immense interest in his studies, she could not help him in his lessons as he was learning English, laws of gravity, Archimedes’ principle and many more such things which she could not understand and this made her distressed. She found herself at loss. Another thing which disquieted her much was that the kids were not learning about God and scriptures in the school instead they were given music lessons which was not an respectable t in her belief. To her music was not meant for gentlemen. It was intended for beggars and prostitutes only. She highly disdained the music lessons. She was dismayed and withdrew herself to some level. Perhaps she realised that in the reforming of the child her role was finished and this very thought affected her most.
After finishing school Khushwant went to university. He was given a separate room. The common nexus of their friendship was ruptured. His grandmother confined herself to a self imposed reclusiveness. She spent most of her time in reciting prayers and by sitting beside her spinning wheel. She rarely talked to anyone. The only diversion for her was in the afternoon when she relaxed for a while to feed the sparrows. A kind hearted person, in village she used to feed street dogs, here in city she concentrated on birds and they too became very friendly with her. This was the stage when she found herself altogether sequestered and aloof but she weathered this closing off with grace and self-respect.
Khushwant’s grandmother was a firm person. Whatever she experienced in her heart she always held back herself from showing her emotions. He recollects that when he went abroad for further studies his grandmother was there to see him off on railway station quite calm busy telling the beads of her rosary and reciting prayers as ever. When he came back after five years he found her more and more religious and more and more self-possessed. She spent even more time in prayers and spinning the wheel. Feeding the birds was her only happy pursuit. But just the day before her death for the first time she broke this routine and abandoned her prayers. That day she sang the songs of the home coming of the warriors on a withered drum along with the ladies of neighborhood in order to celebrate her grandson’s return from abroad.
Next morning she became ill. The doctor said it was a mild fever and would disappear she could anticipate that her end was approaching. She was disconcerted that she neglected her prayers just before the final exit from the world. She did not want to waste any more time talking to anybody. She lay peacefully in bed praying and telling the beads till her lips stopped moving and rosary fell from her lifeless fingers.
Thousands of sparrows flew in to mourn her death and sat dispersed around her body in complete silence. They even disregarded the breadcrumbs thrown for them by Khushwant’s mother. They only flew away after the corpse was carried away for final rituals.
The Prize Poem
P.G Wodehouse
FLWRBUTT
The story of The Prize Poem is mainly about the choice of the best poem out of the poems submitted by the members of the Sixth Form of St. Austin’s College. The winner, the writer of the best poem, is given the prize at the annual function. This competition is required by the will left by a certain rich man before his death.
A rich and ill-natured (misanthropic=hater of mankind) man had a scheme to eternalise his memory after his death. Hence, he left a will in which he reserved a portion of his personal income to be spent on an annual prize to be given to the writer of the best poem. The condition was that the poem had to be written only by the members of the Sixth Form of St.Austin’s College. This convention was preserved for a period of twenty seven long years. The story tells how the practice was dropped.

As usual, as in every year, the Headmaster announced the annual competition with the subject being ‘An Ode to the College’. Three members Smith, Montgomery and Morrison submitted their poems for the competition. The manner in which they got hold of the poem is very interesting and amusing. Smith visited
Reynolds of the Remove at one remove brought about the change in the obligatory contest. Reynolds was in the infirmary getting better after an attack of German measles. His friend Smith visited him in the infirmary. Smith told Reynolds about the topic of the prize poem ‘An Ode to the College’. Reynolds who had made many fruitless efforts at publishing verses immediately got involved in the venture.
Reynolds sat down to write the poem. He wrote the first four lines on a piece of paper and later wrote four lines. But soon crossed them. He cloned the first four lines in another paper. He again copied the lines he had written, with small alterations on a third paper with the title ‘An Ode to the College’
Soon Mrs.. Lee, the infirmary in charge, came into Reynolds with tea. When she entered she opened wide and the papers took flight in the breeze and fell on the grass outside. He disregarded the flutter and did not recover the papers as he remembered all that he had written. Later, in the afternoon, Montgomery, another student of the Sixth Form got one of the papers in which Reynolds had written his poem. He was elated and used it for the competition after adding up some lines of his own.
Two days later, Evans’ Morison’s friend, got from the field the second sheet of paper of Reynolds. He merrily gave it to Morison who had asked him for such help earlier. Morison too chose to use the lines for the competition. On the following Sunday, Smith visited Reynolds’ conceded that he could write only four lines but they would be adequate for presenting the entry.
All the entries for the competition were sent to Mr.Wells for appraisal. He wrote in his letter, that only the entry of Rogers was good and that funnily enough, three other boys had entries having the identical four lines.
The Headmaster called the three boys who were involved. From their assertions, he deduced that each got the four lines severally. They said that they sought this unjust method because the entry to the competition was mandatory and they could not write poems at all. The headmaster then accomplished the herculean task of stopping this convention of the Prize Poem Competition for the Sixth Form of St.Austin’s College by making the stipulation voluntary.
English
Paper I
(Two
hours)

Answer
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 four questions
The
intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in bracket [ ].

You
are advised to spend not more than 35
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 of [350-400 words] on any ONE of the following:                                   [25]

a.      
Would
you choose to travel by bus or by train for a long overnight journey? Give
reasons for your choice.
b.     
What
are the most sought after College Courses today? Why are they so?
c.      
Imagine
that a rich uncle gave you thousand rupees and the freedom to spend it on any
three things of your choice. What would you spend it on? Give your reasons.
d.     
Write
a short story with the theme The hand
that rocks the cradle, rocks the world
.
e.      
Study
the cartoon below and write a story taking suggestions from it. There should be
a clear connection between the cartoon and the story.


Question 2 

 

Select any one of the following                                                                                             
    
Write
a letter in about 150 words.
Make sure your letter
has the correct format and details. Select one of the following.
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question)                             [10]
1)     
Write a letter to your
mother/father/guardian telling that you have forgotten to bring the computer
application text to the vacation classes and requesting to bring the book, which
you have left at home earliest.
OR
2)     
Write a letter to a
manager of mobile work shop complaining about unsatisfactory repairs carried out
on your car and asking him to rectify the same.

Question
3

Read
the passage given below and answer the questions a, b, and c that follow:   

In
China, there is a bride- price, not a dowry. Though the newspapers
inveigh against this, it is a fact of life for a boy in China and his family. In
some cases the parents of the girl make enormous and unreasonable demands on the
boys for furniture, clothes and all kinds of fancy apparatus-radio, TV, watches,
bicycle, a sewing machine. In one case, Nanjing University student stole a
thousand yuan from an old couple in order to fulfill his little girl friend’s
demands, and, when caught, killed himself. In the area where I did my research
[three villages in Jiangsu] one of the larger items of annual expenditure for
any family with sons was building materials. These are bought year after year
from the boy is about twelve years old, a few logs one year, some bricks sold
cheaply by the local kiln the next, tiles, cement, iron bars for windows and so
on. It is almost impossible for a boy in this rural area to get married unless
he has a place of his own to live in.
            One of the teachers from Liaoning,
an untiring young man of twenty-three, insists on speaking in English with me.
This is something that happens ad nauseum on the Nanjing streets whenever
foreigners are spotted. No place is safe, no privacy respected by the worst of
these ‘language rapists’, who are interested in you for your language. You may
be sitting on the balcony of the Drum Tower, sipping tea, watching the sunset,
red and smoky, over the roofs of the city; you may buying onions in the crowded
market and trying to prevent yourself and your purchases from
being crushed by your fellow customers; you may be standing in a bus, or at a
bus stop or at a counter in the post office; nowhere you are safe from the
machinations of the language rapist. He will smile at you
determinedly, and begin a conversation – “hello. Do you speak
English?  So do I. What country are you
from?” The first few times this is attractive, but quickly palls.
It becomes increasingly apparent that he is not interested in you. You are a
punch bag for language practice.
            It is difficult therefore to avoid
an immediate sense irritation, almost a reflex rudeness. But the
circumstances that have encouraged this behaviour should in fact arouse
sympathy: many people- students, workers, government servants- are anxious [and
sometimes compelled] to learn English, but the opportunities for speaking
English are almost non-existent. True, there are Chinese Radio and Voice of
America and BBC programmes that teach the language, but this is not practice in
conversation. True, there a growing number of English teachers in Chinese
Universities and other institutions, some of whom are shamefully overworked by
their departments and their own sense of duty or enthusiasm. But only a
miniscule proportion of language learners can get them; and even
they do not have much time left after the wearying hours of teaching and
correction. Small wonder, then, that some students of English batten onto any
foreigner they see in the streets.
a.      
Three
words or phrases from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each as
used in the passage. One-word answers or short phrases will be accepted. Two
answers for the same question will not be accepted.        
                                                                       [3]                                                               

1.     
palls

2.     
reflex
rudeness
3.     
miniscule.

b.     
Answer
the following questions in your own words.                                                            [10]

       
i.     
What illustration has been
given to support that demands on a young man in China for an enormous bride
price are unreasonable?
     
ii.     
Suggest a reason why the
young man of twenty-three has been said to be ‘ untiring’? What does this
adjective reveal to us about the writer?
   
iii.     
Explain; “ You are merely
a punch bag for language practice.’
   
iv.     
In
what way does the average foreigner react to these language rapists? Do you
think that such a reaction is justifiable, from the foreigner’s point of
you?  
     
v.     
What
attitude does the writer desire the foreigner to adopt towards the
English-practicing behaviour of the Chinese? Why?
c)     
Describe
in about 80 words the English learning situation in China, as the writer
portrays ii in this passage.                                                                                             
                 [10]

d)    
Give
a suitable title to your summary. Give reason for the choice of the title.                      [2]

Question
4

a.      
Rewrite
the following sentences correctly according to the instructions given after
each. Make other changes necessary without changing the meaning of any
sentence.                  [10]
1.     
“You
would better see the doctor, Judy,” Mark said. (Begin: Mark suggested….)
2.     
Usha
plays tennis better than Kiran. (Begin: Kiran ……)
3.     
He
is said to have been in the Indian Army. (Begin: People …)
4.     
I
started work in the office a year ago. (Begin: I have been ……)
5.     
You
remembered to sign the contract. ( use a question tag)
6.     
As
soon as he heard the news, he rushed to the hospital. (Change into a negative
sentence)
7.     
The
farmer said, “Let me have a good harvest.” (Change the narration)
8.     
Rita
didn’t apply for the job and she regrets it now. (Begin: Rita wishes ….)
9.     
My
friend is a good cricket player. He is also a good long distance runner.  [Use: Besides….]
10. 
Who
can forget the achievements of the freedom fighters? [Change into an assertive
sentence.]

b)     
Fill
in each blank with the word which is appropriate.                                                    
[5]
1.     
The
wife stood ……….. him all the time.
2.     
True
happiness consists ………. Contentment.
3.     
This
river abounds ………. Fish.
4.     
The
old man was acquitted ………… the charge of murder.
5.     
Our
ship is bound ……….. Singapore.
6.     
They
will fight ………… the last man.
7.     
That
portrait is true ………. Life.
8.     
He
always failed ………. want of help.
9.     
It
is better not to interfere …..  his
affairs.
10. 
The
Principal presided ….. the meeting.
c)
In the following passage fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct
form of the word given in brackets.           
Example: 0 = pay                                                                  
                   [5]
City
dwellers –0— dearly for the doubtful privilege of living in a city. They pay
—–1—-(exorbitant) for accommodation which is frequently inferior to that to
be —–2—-(find) cheaply in rural areas, they spend huge sums on food which
they —–3—-(can) have —–4—-(grow) for themselves in a village or rural
‘town’ and they waste that little is left on expensive entertainments, which
they —–5—-(will) have no need for in a rural area. In addition to the
—–6—-(finance) cost, they also pay —–7—(dear) in terms of physical and
mental health as their bodies and minds are —–8—-(threat) daily in
pollution, accidents, robbery, violence and the disease caused by
—–9—-(overcrowd) in unsanitary areas. In the rural areas such risks are not
part of the cost of —–10—-(day)  life.

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ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions   2005  Answers

 Question 4 
(a) 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.
Example; (0) returned
After Christopher Columbus returned (0) from his famous voyage across the Atlantic, the King of Spain ———- ((I)    (wish) to celebrate the great event and do honour to the man who ———- (2)    (make) himself a national hero. He ———-(3)    (do) so by holding a banquet in honour of the explorer.   To this banquet he ———- (4)    (invite) many of the nobles of the King’s   Court.   Some of them ———- (5)    (be) jealous of the success Columbus ———- (6)    (achieve).    One of them sat next to Columbus.    He turned towards Columbus and said, “Of course you ———- (7)    (be) a brave man but it doesn’t take much intelligence to do what you have done.  After all, anyone can take a ship and sail on and on till he  ———- (8)    (reach) land.”                                                                                                                                                                                        [4]

0. returned 1.wished 2. had made 3. did 4 . invited. 5. were 6. had achieved 7. are 8. reaches.
b)   Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-

(i)       The safari parks of South Africa abound with wild animals.
(ii)      The young man excels in both music and dance.
(iii)     She is a diligent student, worthy  of praise.
(iv)     I saw through his plan and realized that he was going to cheat us.
(v)      I was under the impression that the meeting had been cancelled.
(vi     Always be true  to yourself.
(vii)    The villagers lodged a complaint against the corrupt officials.
(viii) I can rely on my sister for help.
(c)    Explain the difference in meaning between the pairs of sentences given below:-(i)        (1)       She must have repainted the car.  (2)       She must have the car, repainted.
Sentence (1) conveys that she has already repainted the car. Sentence (2) conveys that the car needs repainting.
(ii)       (1)      ‘The girl,” said the boy, “was ugly.”  (2)       The girl said the boy was ugly.                                      
In Sentence (1) the girl is ugly according to the boy and in Sentence (2) the boy is ugly according to the girl.[4]
(d)    Rewrite 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)       Jasdeep has probably forgotten his mother’s birthday.(Begin: In ———-   )
In all probability, Jasdeep has forgotten his mother’s birthday.
(ii)      Mr. Sharma advised the children not to go out in the cold.(End with:”  ———-  “, said Mr. Sharma )
Mr. Sharma advised the children not to go out in the cold.
(iii)      For more information please contact the secretary of the club.(Begin: Should ——- )
Should you need more information please contact the secretary of the club.
(iv)He could not take part in the singing competition as he had a sore throat.(Use: prevented)
His sore throat prevented him from taking part in the singing competition
(v)       Ritika returned to school a week ago.(Begin: It has been———-    )
It has been a week since Ritika returned to school.
(vi)      She was beautiful and humble.(Begin: Not only———-    )
Not only was she beautiful but also humble.
(vii)    Both the players are not adequately prepared for the tournament.(Begin: Neither—-   )
Neither of the two players is adequately prepared for the tournament
(viii)  A fragrant flower is the loveliest creation of nature.(Begin: No other ——)                 
No other creation of nature is as lovely as a  fragrant flower.
ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2006 Answers

Question 4

(a)    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. Example:(0)    giving.
Mid-afternoon while  ———-(0)    (give) my report to Mrs. Biggs, I ——)    (hear) a loud thumping ———-(2)   (come) from the direction of her store room. ” ———  (be) all that noise downstairs?”  I asked.”Probably a rat. I don’t hear anything,” she replied. I ran downstairs and ———-(4)    (open) the store room door. There was Mr. Biggs ———-(5)    (look) very dusty and very disgruntled;  he wanted to know why Mrs. Biggs shut) him up for hours. He  had  gone  into  the  store  room  in  search  of a walking stick ands. Biggs. (7)    (see)  the  door open,  had     promptly(8)    (bolt) it.                                                                                                                                     [4]
(0) giving 1. heard 2. coming 3. is 4. opened 5. looking 6. had shut 7. seeing 8. bolted.
(b)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(1)    He refused to put   up  with their interference in his affairs.
(ii)      She has been going  through   the script for days.
(iii)    It is our duty to protest against   injustice.
(iv)    He soon became accustomed  to   the harsh weather.
(v)    Dilip went out of   his way to help the poor.
(vi)    He was able to put  across    his ideas so cleverly that he impressed everyone.
(vii)    He persists  in   teasing the other children in the class.
(viii)  I have been waiting for you since four o’ clock.                                                               
(c)    Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
(i)       Sahil composed a wonderful song. It became a hit.
Sahil composed a wonderful song which became a hit.
(ii)      Rani reached the spot. We were to meet there.
Rani reached the spot where were to meet.
(iii)     Dick met me. I gave him the document.
When Dick met me, I gave him the document.
(iv)Shenaz was very upset. I wanted to help her out.  
As Shenaz was very upset, I wanted to help her.
(d)    Rewrite 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)        As soon as the Chief Guest arrived, the band started playing.{Begin: No sooner    )
No sooner did the chief guest arrive than the band started playing.
No sooner had the chief guest arrived than the band started playing.
(ii)       He went to the library and to the bank.(Begin: Not only    )
Not only did he go to the library but also to the bank.
(iii)     Though he is very poor, he helps others in need.(Begin: In spite    )
In spite of being very poor, he helps others in need.
(iv)     He does not intend to leave the Company.(Use: intention)
He has no intention to leave the company.
(v)      “Do you want some more ice-cream or a slice of cake?” asked my aunt.(Begin: My aunt asked    )
My aunt asked me whether I wanted some more ice-cream or a slice of cake.
(vi)     They are painting a mural on the front wall.(Begin: A mural    )
A mural is being painted on the front wall by them.
(vii)     Tansen was the best singer in Akbar’s court.(Use: better    )
Tansen was better than any other singer in Akbar’s court.
(viii)   You remembered to buy a loaf of bread, didn’t you?
(Begin: You didn’t    )      
You didn’t forget to buy a loaf of bread, did you?   
ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from 2007 Answers
Question 4                                                                                                                   
(a)       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.
Example: (0) am convinced.
I   (0)  _____________    (convince)   that   my   father   (1)  ________(remember) by all those who value integrity. He (2)_______ (be) a man of learning and also saw to it that he (3)_____ (teach) his pupils with passion and patience.  He, at times (4)_________ (use) to lose his temper, but that was because he always (5)_______ (want) his pupils to learn and learn well.    As a person, he was honest and simple. His greatness (6)________ (lie) in the fact that he (7)_______ (have) a pure heart,   devoid   of   malice.   Such   a   man   is   always   valued   and (8)_________ (be) very rare to find.                                                                                                                                         [4]
0. am convinced  1. will be remembered 2. was 3. taught 4. used 5. wanted 6. lay 7. had 8. is.
(b)       Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(1)        Truth always prevails in the long run.
(ii)      Sujata beside  the river and saw the ship pass by.

(iii)     She took some money from   her father to buy a video game.
(iv)     Shilpa gave me a rare gift
on   my birthday.
(v)      Deepak was very upset
with    me.
(vi)     Michelle is longing
to    meet me.
(vii)    It has been a long time 
since  I met my sister.
(viii)   The worker
asked for his wages.

(c)  Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and^ but or so:
(i)       John gave me the novel. John wanted me to review it.
John gave me the novel to review it. (ii)      Debjani received my note. She sent her reply within a week.
Debjani replied to my note within a week. (iii)     Raja is a great footballer. He is also popular.
Raju who is a great footballer, is also popular. (iv)      Jennifer saw that I was confused. She came to my rescue.
Seeing that I was confused, Jennifer came to my rescue.
 (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:
(i)       Anne paid a heavy price for her recklessness.  (Begin: It    )
It was a heavy price that Anne paid for her recklessness. (ii)      No sooner had Ram narrated the story than he was praised.  (Begin: Hardly    )
Hardly had Ram narrated the story when he was praised.
(iii)     Tanuja is a very friendly girl and is always cheerful.  (Begin: Besides    )
Not only is Tanuja a friendly girl but also she is always cheerful. (iv)     They had to put off the garden partly because of the heavy rain. (Begin: The heavy    )
The heavy rain forced them to put off the garden party. (v)      Margaret said to me, “Please do not forget to meet me tomorrow”. (Begin: I was    )
I was requested by Margaret not to forget to meet her the next day. (vi)     Inspite of my warning Dev, he ignored me. (Begin: Though    )
Though I warned Dev, he ignored me. (vii)    The business talks failed because neither side was willing to compromise. (Begin: Since    )
Since neither side was willing to compromise, the business talk failed. (vvii)   They were very afraid and so they could not speak. (Begin: Being       )
Being very afraid, they could not speak.    

ICSE Examinations Grammar
Questions from 2008

Question 4
(a)    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.
Example:        (0) was.
There (0)    (be) some confusion in the doorway. A man (1)    
(get) into the compartment (2) _    (stammer) an apology. Then the door
(3)    (bang) and the world was (4)     (shut) out again. I (5)    
(return) to my berth. The
guard (6)    (blow) his whistle and we (7)    (move) off. Once again I
(8)    (has) a game to play.                             

0. was 1.
got 2. stammering 3 banged. 4. shut 5 returned 6. blew 7. moved 8. had

(b)   
Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(i)        The   elderly   man  prepared   himself  for a   life of retirement. 

(ii)       Do you take his word  against mine?
(iii)     Rohini is very concerned   of/about her
father’s health.
(iv)      Altaf had many books and papers scattered all over the room.
(v)       The Phoenix is a legendary bird that rises from its ashes.
(vi)      The police pulled the briefcase from   under the table.
(vii)     The mob rushed onto the pavement, everyone seemed angry with everyone else.
(viii)    The old woman looked inside
the cupboard, searching for the
photograph.                                            [4]
[c] Join the following sentences to make one complete
sentence without using and, but or so.
(i)    The heart attack was mild. Mr. Bose stayed in bed for three
weeks.
Although the heart attack was
mild, Mr.Bose stayed in bed for three days.
(ii)  
The men went out to see if anyone was missing. The women stayed behind
to care for the injured.
While the
men went out to see any one was missing , the women stayed behind to
take care of the injured.
(iii)  Her mother
warned her not to talk to strangers. She told her not to accept gifts
from people she did not know.
Not only
did her mother warn her not ot talk to strangers but also not to accept
gifts from them
(iv)      Everyone was
drenched wet by now. The rain had come down
harder.                                                    [4]
As the rain had come down harder, everyone was
drenched wet by now.
[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,
(i)       
“Have you walked alone, this long distance today?” he asked Sumita.
(Begin: He asked Sumita if.    )
He asked Sumita if she had walked alone that long distance on that
day.
(ii)       The detective interrogated the suspect closely for
over three hours. (Begin: The suspect   ………..)
The suspect was  closely interrogated by the
detective for over three hours.
(iii)       I suddenly
realized that the room was too small for the three of us to share.
(Begin: I suddenly realized that the room was so    )
I suddenly realised that the room was so small that
the three of us could not share it.
(iv)      Inspite of
all her efforts, Susan did not succeed. (Begin: Despite    )
Despite all her efforts, Susan did not succeed

(v)       As soon as the bell rang, the children rushed out of class.
(Begin: No sooner    )
No sooner did the bell ring than the children rushed out of the
class.
(vi)      Sachin stood first in class and he also excelled at
debate. (Begin: Not only    )
Not only did Sachin stand first in the class but also excelled at
the debate.

(vii)     She was the only person capable of being House Captain. (Use:
capability)
She was the only person who
had the capability to be the a House Captain.
(viii)   
Rohan was the tallest boy in the basketball team. (Rewrite using:
taller)    [8]
Rohan was taller than any
other boy in the basket ball team.


ICSE Examinations Grammar Questions from
2009

Question 4
(a)    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.
Example: (0)    spoke.
As she (0)    (speak) 1(1)     (rise) and (2)     (go) to the centre
blackboard, 1(3)    (find) the chalk (4)    (write) in block letters
the title of the book. Then 1 (5)     (put) the chalk down and went to
(6)     (sit), beside her, to (7)    (hold) her hand.

The day had barely (8)    
(begin).                                                                                                      
[4]

1.
rose 2. went 3. found 4, wrote 5. put 6. sit 7. hold 8. begun


(b)    Fill in the blanks with appropriate words:-
(1)    I prevailed upon    him to
join the gymnasium.
(ii)      The curious child eagerly begged for  
an answer to the riddle.
(iii)     He was bent  on  coming first
in the examinations.
(iv)     The theory exam was followed by   
a group discussion.
(v)      1 ran across    my teacher at
the show last night.
(vi)     She is extremely anxious about 
an interview next week.
(vii)     What a contrast   between 
the two siblings!
(viii)  The brothers fought over their 
father’s
property.                                                                                                   
(c)  Join the following sentences to
make one complete sentence without using and, but or so:
(i)    Swarna asked me a question. I was unable to answer it.
I was unable to answer the question
Swarna asked me.

(ii)    You helped Tania. She will always be grateful.
Tanya  will always be grateful for
your help.
(iii)    I
heard you won a prize. I am extremely delighted.
I am extremely delighted to hear
that you won a prize.
(iv)    There was heavy traffic. We reached the stadium on
time.                       
Inspite of the heavy traffic, we reached the stadium
on time.
                                                       
[4]
(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.
(i)       Study hard now or you will regret it.  (Begin: Unless    )
Unless you study hard , you
will regret.
(ii)       The boy asked, ‘Why are you lying on the road in this
manner?’ (Begin: The boy asked why he    )
The boy asked why I was/ we were
lying on the road in that manner.
(iii)      Megha is too tall to crawl under the table. (Begin:
Megha is so    )
Meghana is so tall that she cannot crawl under the
table.
(iv)      He arrived in school on time even though he stopped for
a bite on the way. (Use ‘in spite of instead of even though)
In spite of stopping for a bite on the way, he arrived in
School on time.
(v)       She opened
the kitchen door and a cockroach ran out. (End with ‘cockroach’.)
When she opened her kitchen roar, out ran a
cockroach.
vi)     Arjun was a better speaker than his
brother. (Begin: His brother    )
His brother is not as good a speaker as as Arjun.
(vii)     Asha missed her examination because of her illness.
(Begin: Her illness    )
Her illness caused Asha to miss her examination.
(viii)    As soon as the curtain came down the applause rang out.
(Begin: No sooner    )  
No sooner
did the curtain come down than the applause started. 

P.S. Kindly, correct me , if you find any answers not up-to the mark.
                                                                             


ENGLISH
Paper 1
(Two Hours)
Answer 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 Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) [25]
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Terrorism is global threat that has to be snuffed out to prevent massive misery and excruciating agony of the humanity. Elaborate on the root causes, nature and consequences of terrorism as witnessed in the present scenario. What are your suggestions towards man’s crusade against the terrorist menace?
(b) The reality shows are the vogue on television now. Comment on the negative influences these shows have on the younger generation.
(c) A village fair provides an opportunity to observe typical as well as eccentric nature of people of different social strata. Recount an experience you had when you visited a village fair with your friends. How did the experience enrich your knowledge of human character?
(d) Write an original short story in which your aspirations are fulfilled by a mysterious and unpredictable phenomenon.
(e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture 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.
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Question 2
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this Question.) [10]
Select ONE of the following:
(a) Your aunt had come to stay for a few days in your home. Write a letter to your friend giving a thumbnail portrait of your aunt, her curious habits and her amusing eccentricities.
OR
(b) You, along with your relatives, plan to visit a hill resort in summer after the ICSE Examinations. Write a letter to the Write a letter to the Director in Charge of the Indian Tourism Department of the hill station you plan to visit enquiring about the easiest route, availability and tariff fro stay for three days as well as the interesting sites you should visit to make your summer trip meaningful.
Question 3
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: [25]
Learn to value yourself. No matter what you’ve done in the past that you are ashamed or embarrassed of, leave it in the past. Recognise your own self-worth. Most of us are unable to appreciate the gifts that God has given us and keep hankering for things that others possess. Once we realize the talents and skills that we possess, we will be able to harness our energies and increase our sense of self-worth. This would enable us to love ourselves.
‘Loving ourselves does not mean we become narcissists, but simply that we find a sense of contentment by liking the way we are. Most of us simply do not love the way we are – we want longer hair, better complexion, better facial features, taller stature etc. As a result, we live in a continuous state of dissatisfaction just because we are “different” and do not know how to appreciate ourselves. A person who suffers from dissatisfaction and low self-esteem can neither be happy nor achieve anything.
A few years ago, I noticed my self-esteem varied wildly depending on what aspect of myself I was thinking about at the time. Thinking about my accomplishments made me feel really good and strong. But thinking about shortcomings left me dejected. To overcome this, I worked on integrating these disparate views of myself to ensure a more balanced outlook. When I felt high, I reminded myself that I also have a few flaws. When low, I recalled my achievements. This balance gave my self-esteem more stability.
Low self-esteem for a prolonged period may cause emotional, mental and even physical problems. In the worst form, it can lead to anxiety, stress or depression. Self-doubt and a sudden lack of confidence can be normal just a defensive reaction to a high-pressure situation. Even the most successful people have occasional self-doubts.
If you find yourself less competent or incapable of meeting the daily demands of life, you need to bring about a positive change in yourself. Once you regain your sense of worth, your stress level will fall and the symptoms of anxiety or depression will disappear. The following tips will help boost your ego and enhance well-being:
  • Think positive about problems and remember what you have accomplished successfully in the past.
  • Do not introduce too many simultaneous changes in your life. Introduce any change gradually and give yourself and others sufficient time to adjust to it.
  • Set short-term goals.
  • Accept only achievable targets.
  • Judge yourself and your strong points properly.
  • Avoid alcohol to boost self-esteem.
  • Learn to see yourself as an achiever.
  • Do not dwell on the past; it cannot be altered.
  • A positive self-image and a healthy attitude indicate a good level of self-esteem.
  • Increases your resistance to stress-related problems and improves work efficiency.
  • Work on improving your self-image and abandon negative feelings about yourself.
  • Develop confidence in yourself. Happiness and low self-esteem cannot co-exist.
(a) Three words from the passage are given below. Give the meaning of each word as used in the passage. One word answers or short phrases will be accepted. [3]
(i) Hankering
(ii) self-esteem
(iii) occasional
(b) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words:
(i) How can we to harness our energies and increase our sense of self-worth? [3]
(ii) Why most of us do not love ourselves? What is the consequence of this? [2]
(iii) What made the author feel good and what made him feel hopeless? [1]
(iv) How did the author bring stability to his self-respect? [2]
(v) What is the impact of prolonged period of low self-esteem? [2]
(vi) Quote a sentence from the passage that indicates that self-doubts are normal. [1]
(vii) What should we do when we feel incompetent to meet the stress of daily life? [1]
(c) In not more than 60 words summarise the tips given by the writer to boost our ego and enhance our well-being. [8]
(d) Give an appropriate title to your summary. State a reason to justify your choice. [2]
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. Example: (0) suffering [5]
Today more people than ever ……0…… (suffer) from sleep disturbances. Students should know that sleep ……1…… (enhance) memory. This is because the brain ……2……. (need) rest to process and store the information we have ……3…… (feed) into it. When we do not get the right amount of sleep, the brain is too blurry ……4…… (retain) the information. So……5…… (study) all night before an examination is not a good idea.
Exercise promotes physical ……6…… (exert) and therefore, ……7…… (guarantee) a good night’s sleep. People who are sedentary are more ……8…… (like) to suffer from sleep problems or insomnia. Insomnia pushes many people to take ……9…… (sleep) pills that can further ……10…… (tamper) with natural sleep patterns.
b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: [5]
(i) The government is worried …….the consequences of the meeting with the rebels.
(ii) The vacuum locks ……. the flavour of its content.
(iii) A true leader is not overwhelmed ……… criticism.
(iv) We should translate our dreams ……… reality.
(v) The Captain is entrusted…….. unlimited powers.
(vi) The child was entrusted ……. the care of the matrons.
(vii) There is no meaning in quarrelling ……..trifles.
(viii) The workers are entitled ……………. yearly bonus.
(ix) The judge set…….. the judgment of the lower court.
(x) We should stand …….our friends in an hour of crisis.
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. [8]
(i) Raphael was driving the car. He was listening to the Prime Minister’s speech.
(Combine the two without using and or but)
(ii) Serena won the race. She retained her overall record.
(Begin: Not only ….)
(iii) The tourist said to me “I cannot see any landmarks in this guide. Can you direct me to the railway station today as you did yesterday? ”
(Change the narration.)
(iv) If it rains, the farmers will be relieved.
(Use ‘unless’ in place of ‘if’)
(v) The astronomers were fascinated by the rare phenomenon of the yellow moon.
(Change the voice)
(vi) The crowd blocked off the road. Immediately the police came in swarms.
(Use: No sooner….)
(vii) The book is so boring to me that I will not recommend it to anyone.
(Use: too)
(viii) Our school team is one of the strongest in the tournament.
[
(Begin: Very few…..)

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