ICSE ENGLISH

Composition and Grammar Test

Posted on: August 17, 2009

Time: One Hour                                 Maximum Marks: 25
Question 1
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions (a) (b) (c) and (d) that follow:
Next
morning I had an idea. It was nothing clear cut, merely speculative,
but I considered all the way to school. Then after assembly, as soon as
they were quiet, I waded in. This night be a bit rough, I thought, but here goes.
“I
am your teacher and I think it right and proper that I should let you
know something of my plans for this class. I tried to pitch my voice
into its most informally pleasant register. We are going to talk, you
and I, but we’ll be reasonable with each other. I would like you to
listen to me without interrupting in any way, and when I’m through, any
one of you may say your piece without interruption from me.” I was
making it up as I went along and watching them. At the least sign that
it wouldn’t work, I’d drop it fast. They were interested, in spite of
themselves; even the husky Senham was leaning forward on his desk
watching me.
“My
business here is to teach you and I shall do my best to make my
teaching as interesting as possible. If at any time I say anything
which you do not understand or with which you do not agree, I would be
pleased if you would let me know. Most of you will be leaving school
within six months or so; that means that in a short while you will be embarked on
the very adult business of earning a living. Bearing that in mind, I
have decided that from now on you will be treated not as children but
as young men and women, by me and by each other . When we move out of
the state of childhood, certain higher standards of conduct are
expected of us.”
At this moment the door was flung open and Pamela Dare rushed in, somewhat breathlessly, to take her seat. She was very late.
“For
instance,” I continued “there are really two ways in which a person may
enter room: one is in a controlled, dignified manner, the other is as
if someone had just planted a heavy foot on your backside. Miss Dare
has just shown us the second way; I’m quite sure she will now give us a
demonstration of the first.” To this day I do not know what made me say
it but there it was. I was annoyed with the way in which she had just
barged her way in, insolently, carelessly late.
All
eyes were on her as she had probably planned, but instead of supporting
her entrance they were watching her, waiting to see the result of my
challenge. She blushed. “Well, Miss Dare?”
Her
eyes were black with anger and humiliation, but she stood up and walks
closing the door quietly behind her. Then to my surprise. , and I must
confess, my relief she opened it as quietly and with a grace and
dignity that would have befitted a queen she walked to her seat.
“Thank
you. As from today there are certain courtesies which will be observed
at all times in this classroom. Myself you will address as ‘Mr.
Braithwaite” or ‘Sir’-the choice is yours; the young ladies will be
addressed as ‘Miss’ and the young men will be addressed by their
surnames.”
I
hadn’t planned any of this, but it was unfolding all by itself and, I
hoped, fitting into place. There was a general gasp at this, from boys
and girls alike. “You should remember that in a little while all of you
may be expected to express these courtesies as part of your jobs; it
would be helpful to you to become accustomed giving and receiving them.”
I
walked around my desk and sat in my chair. For the time being at least
they we listening, really listening to me; may be they would not
understand every word, but they’d get the general import of my remarks.
(E.R. Braithwaite’s To Sir, with Love)
(a)    Three words are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage:        [3]

  1. waded in
  2. embarked on
  3. import
(b)    Answer the following questions:                                [3]

  1. Mr. Braithwaite had planned the whole talk carefully (True/False). Give a reason.
  2. In the incident of Pamela
    Dare, Mr. Braithwaite demonstrated a point of conduct. Write in one
    sentence what this point of conduct was .
  3. Briefly state the reaction of Pamela Dare.
(c) Summarise in not than 60 words the incident of Pamela Dare.                    [8]
(d) Give a suitable title to your summary and give reasons for the choice of the title.         [1]
Question 2
Rewrite
the following sentences as per the directions given without changing
the meaning of any of the
sentence:                                         [10]

  1. It can be very interesting to listen to the radio. (Begin: Listening…)
  2. Start now or you will not arrive in time. (Begin: You…)
  3. In your place, I would ask for a better reward. ( Begin: If…)
  4. He tried harder and harder but achieved less and less. (Begin: The…)
  5. The bag was so heavy that it could not be carried. ( Use: too
  6. Your answers need correcting. ( Use: corrected)
  7. Very few people are as honest as Mrs. Jacob. ( Use: most)
  8. As soon as they write the exam, they start discussing the answers. (Begin: No ….)
  9. If you had not advised me, I would have been deceived. (Begin: But…)
  10. The sudden knock startled her. ( Change the voice)

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