Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt

The poem ‘Abou Ben Adhem’ by Leigh Hunt – a short, parable-like poem – advocates the idea that the best way to express your love for God is by simply loving your fellow human beings. Abou Ben Adhem is the anglicized name of one of the most prominent early Sufi saints, Ibrahim ibn Adham. He is a legendary figure whose renunciation of his position as a king to become an ascetic to practise a deeply religious life rejecting the pomp and splendour of royal wealth is magnificently celebrated in the Sufi tradition.

The poem Abou Ben Adhem consists of two stanzas; the first with fourteen lines and the second with four. The two parts of the poem represent the two separate visits from the angel to Abou Ben Adhem and the two forms of love that the poem relates-love for God and love for humanity.… Read More “Poetry Study Aid: Abou Ben Adhem: Leigh Hunt”

English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice Test

Time: One hour                                                                                                    Maximum Marks: 40

Question 1

Write a letter to the District Collector of your locality requesting him or her to be the Chief Guest of an event ‘Fine Art Fest’, a cultural programme to be held next week in your school.                                                      [10]

Question 2
  1. Write, as the Secretary of the Arts Club, a Notice to be displayed on your school notice board about an event to be held next week in your school.                                                                                                       [5]
  2. You are the Principal of the school mentioned above. Write an email to the Principal of a neighbouring school inviting him/her to the event cited above.                                                                                     [5]
Question 3
  1. In the passage, fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given. Do not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.      [4]

Example: The thief ……….… Read More “English 1: Grammar and Composition Practice Test”

ICSE English: Class IX English 2 Literature in English Practice Test

Class IX English 2 Literature in English

Time: One hour.                                                                                                         Marks: 40


Question 1

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

Salanio

Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,

The better part of my affections would

Be with my hopes abroad. I should be still

Plucking the grass, to know where sits the wind,

Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads;

And every object that might make me fear

Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt

Would make me sad.

  1. Where would Salanio’s attention be if he had business ventures abroad? Why would he be plucking the grass? What else would he be doing in that context?      [4]
  2. What would make Salanio fear some danger to his ventures? Give two examples from the opening scene to show how some objects remind Salarino of the danger to the ships?  
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            <![CDATA[<h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #003366;">ICSE 2019 English 2 Model Paper</span></h2>

LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

 ENGLISH Paper – 2

(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 five questions in all.

 You must attempt at least one question from each of the Sections A, B and C and not more than two other questions from the same books you have already compulsorily chosen.

The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].


SECTION A – DRAMA

The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare

Question 1.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

ANTONIO :

Content, i’ faith: I’ll seal to such a bond
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            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;">ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 10</span></strong></p>

Question 1
Write a letter to the editor of a national English daily newspaper about the need of a Government School in your locality.
Question 2
(a) You are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Write a notice to be displayed on the notice board informing the students of a painting Competition to be held in your school.
(b) With reference to the above notice, write an email, with a copy to the school Principal, requesting an eminent artist in your city to inaugurate the competition.
Question 3
(a) Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets.
Do not copy the passage; write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank space.
Example:
I _______ (0) (slow) the car as I saw the new house.… Read More “ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 10”

            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080; font-size: 14pt;">ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 8 Suggested Answers</span></p>

Question 1

Formal Letter

The Proprietor

Name of the Shop

Address

Points to be included.

  1. Name of the book
  2. Date and time when the book was lost
  3. The place in the shop where you think you might have left the book.
  4. Any distinguishing mark.
  5. Request to help find the book.
  6. Request to inform you if the book is found.

Question 2

Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.

  1. Since there was nothing to do, we went home.
  2. While I was going to school, I saw Tom.

iii. I have purchased some very beautiful pens..

Question 3

Fill in each blank in the following sentences with an appropriate word. [2]

  1. I don`t know what prevented him from attending the meeting.
  2. He was told to put on the black shoes.
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            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #000080; font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif;">ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One Suggested Answers 25 January 2019</span></strong></p>

Question 2       

(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)                                                       [10]

Select one of the following:

  • .
  1. Occasion of the visit
  2. Name of the place
  3. Sights seen-
  4. Most impressive
  5. Experience and feelings.
    1. Name and address of the Courier service/
    2. Date sent. (Receipt No. if any)
    3. Sent address
    4. Complaint: delayed delivery
    5. Request: examine the issue- deliver at the earliest.

Question 3                                                                                                                           [5+5]

  • Notice
Dress them Up
Charity Event for the Street Children
Date;
Time:
Place: School Grounds
 
Contributions in cash or kind welcome.
Do give generously;
expecting cooperation and support
 
 
 
  • Email

To: theprincipal@bloomingdaleschool.com

Sub: Charity Event for the Street Children

 Sir/Madam,

We are planning to organize a Charity event on 28 January 2019 at 09.00,.a.m. to help the destitute street children.

We will be greatly obliged if you will kindly permit to hold the Charity event in our school grounds.… Read More “ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One Suggested Answers 25 January 2019”

            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 09</strong></span></p>

Question 1                                                                                                                                       [5+5]

  1. You are the Head Boy/ Head Girl of your school. Write a notice to be put up on the school Notice Board, asking the students of Classes VI to X to make contributions to be given to a charitable institution for the underprivileged children.
  2. Based on Question 1(a), write an email to the Head of the charitable institution asking him/her whether he/she wants the contribution to be in cash or in kind.

Question 2

Rewrite the following sentences as directed without changing the meaning of each sentence:        [8]

  1. Put your tools away, the children may fall over them. (Use: lest)
  2. The experience is so intense that I will never forget it. (Use ‘too’ in place of ‘so’.)
  3. The President will summon him to Mumbai. (Change the Voice.)
  4. Although he was eighty years old, he was very active.
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            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;">ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH Paper – 1
(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.) [20]
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Write an original short story entitled: “ Ever Treasured”.
(b) Good communication skills, particularly in English, is essential for Students for their future endeavours.… Read More “ICSE 2019 English 1 Model Paper”

            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">a. On the New Year Eve your housing society has planned a Dinner for all its members. As the Secretary of your society write a notice inviting all the members of the society to this gathering. Provide all the necessary details.

b. With reference to the above Notice, write an email to the President of the Society with copies to its Executive members.

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            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080; font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif;"><u>Comprehension Passage: Aunt Polly and Tom</u></span></strong></span></p>

On Saturday morning, Aunt Polly sends Tom out to whitewash the fence. Jim passes by, and Tom tries to get him to do some of the whitewashing in return for a “white alley,” a kind of marble. Jim nearly agrees, but Aunt Polly appears and chases him off, leaving Tom alone with his toil. 

A little later, Ben Rogers, another boy Tom’s age, walks by. Tom persuades Ben that whitewashing a fence is great pleasure, and after some haggling, Ben agrees to give Tom his apple in exchange for the privilege of working on the fence. Over the course of the day, every boy who passes ends up staying to whitewash, and each one gives Tom something in exchange. By the time the fence has three coats, Tom has collected a store of assorted riches.Read More “Comprehension Passage 1”