ICSE English Paper 2 Literature in English Question Paper Model

Posted on: December 29, 2009

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.
Section A
Drama: Julius Caesar

Question 1
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Or else where this a savage spectacle
Our reasons are full so full of regard
That were you, Antony, the son of Caesar,
You should be satisfied.
That’s all I seek
And am moreover suitor that I may
Produce his body in the market place;
And in the pulpit, as become a friend,
Speak in the order of the funeral.
a) What is the savage spectacle referred to by Brutus? What does Antony mean by ‘That’s all I seek’?
b) Why does Cassius object to Brutus response to Antony’s words in this extract? What do you learn of the character of Brutus and that of Cassius at this occasion of the play?c) What are the conditions laid down by Brutus to Antony about speaking in Caesar’s funeral?
d) State two other occasions in the play, before the assassination of Caesar, when Brutus and Cassius disagree.
e) Was Cassius proved true in the episode stated in the passage? When?
Question 2
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Give me thy hand Messala;
Be thou witness that against my will,
(As Pompey was) am I compelled to set
Upon one battle all my liberties
You know that I held Epicurus strong,
And his opinion, now I change my mind.
a) Who was Messala? Where were Cassius and Messala at this time? Why?
b) Why did Cassius say ‘against my will’? What is the reference to Pompey in this context? What did Cassius fear?
c) Who was Epicurus? What was his opinion? Explain: now I change my mind.
d) In what manner was Cassius fear justified later?
e) Do you think Cassius was shrewder than Brutus was? Briefly substantiate your answer.
Section B
Poetry: Whispers of Immortality
Question 3
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
For after the rain when with never stain
The pavilion of Heaven is bare,
And the winds and the sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I rise, and unbuild again.
a) What does the poet mean by the pavilion of Heaven?
b) Why does the cloud laugh silently?
c) With close reference to the poem, cite an example to highlight the origin of the cloud.
d) Explain: Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the womb,
e) What appeals to you in the poem? Justify your answer with a suitable example.
Question 4
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.
And thy blissful course may hold
Even now, who, not unwisely bold,
Live in this spirit of this creed;
Yet seek thy firm support, according to their need.
1. What are the rewards of following the path of duty?
2. What happens when a man of duty fails?
3. Explain: Live in this spirit of this creed.
4. How does the poet address ‘duty’ in this poem? Give at least two examples.
5. What is the theme of the poem?
Section C
Short Stories: An Anthology of Short Stories
Question 5
Read the following extract and answer the questions given below:
There was no reply. He turned to look at his parents. They were not their about him. He turned to look on the side. They were not there. He looked behind. There was no sign of them.
1. Where is the child at the moment?
2. Where are his parents?
3. How does he feel when he looks back?
4. Who comes to his rescue? What does he demand then?
5. What is the theme of the story? Enlighten.
Question 6
Discuss with close reference to the story the defining moment of ‘The Martyr’s Corner’


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