ICSE English 2020 Grammar and Composition Practice Test 030220

Question 1

You have been asked by a local daily to interview a famous personality. Write a letter to the person you have to interview requesting him/her to allow you for the interview.

(Hints: name of the daily-purpose of the interview- name of the personality-request to interview- convenient date and time).

Question 2

You have received by courier a book which you have ordered. You find that the book is damaged. Write a letter to the Manager of the publishing company requesting him to make amends for the damage.

Question 3

Rewrite the following according to the instructions given after each. Do not alter the meaning. You have to make sentence say the same thing in a different way:

  1. The misunderstanding was my fault, so I apologized. (Begin with: I apologized…)
  2. She won the tournament, so I congratulated her. (Use: on winning)
  3. He has enemies but he has bodyguards to protect him. (Begin with: His bodyguards…)
  4. She eats only fruit and vegetables. (Rewrite using: She lives…)
  5. Do you believe in ghosts? ( End with: exists)
  6. Who replaced the good chair with a broken one? (Use substitute instead of ‘replaced’)
  7. Priya said, ‘I am never going to trust you again.’(Begin with: Priya said that…)
  8. The price of all goods has risen recently.
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ICSE IX and X Grammar and Composition Practice Test 181219

Time: One hour      Maximum Marks: 25

Question 1
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
The story “Federigo’s Falcon” written by Giovanni Boccaccio, set in the 14th century Italy, narrates the story of a gifted young man who falls into poverty while trying to woo the woman he loves. Federigo is celebrated both for his dexterity with weapons and his chivalry. Federigo falls in love with Monna Giovanna, one of the most beautiful and charming women in Florence and spends his money exorbitantly to court her. She, however, ignores his advances, and Federigo is forced into poverty in the country with only his prized falcon as his sole companion.
Monna Giovanna’s husband dies, and she moves to the country with her son for her mourning period. The two live near Federigo, and the son often spends time with the man. Regrettably, the boy falls ill and asks for Federigo’s falcon to cure him. The mother is disturbed at the thought of taking Federigo’s only means of livelihood, but she decides to try in the interest of her son.
Federigo welcomes Monna Giovanna into his house, but shortly he becomes nervous when he grasps that he has nothing to feed her for dinner.Read More “ICSE IX and X Grammar and Composition Practice Test 181219”

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. The rhyme scheme in “Abou Ben Adhem” is very simple; rhyming couplets are used throughout the poem.

The occasion portrayed in the poem takes place in the bedroom of Abou Ben Adhem over the course of two nights. The poem narrates Abu Ben Adhem waking from a deep peaceful sleep in his room and seeing an angel etching the names of those who love God in a book of gold.… 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 ………. (0) (run) away when he heard footsteps approaching.  Answer: (0) ran

The Destructors …1…. (be) published in Britain in 1954 and Greene …2…. (consider) it to be one of the best three pieces he had ever written. A gang of boys …3….  (live) in a destructed, …4…. (bomb) out London neighbourhood after WWII are joined by a “cultured” boy from a different class and different neighbourhood who convinces them to utterly destroy the house of the “Old Misery”, the only house in the neighbourhood …5…. … 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?  [4]
  3. State in your own words the scene on the ocean as described by Salarino, when Antonio’s ships were sailing.                                             [4]</
  4. In spite of the danger to his ships, why is Antonio not worried about his financial security?   [4
  5. What lights does the opening scene throw on the danger that the sea could pose to ships?      
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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
And say there is much kindness in the Jew.

BASSANIO

You shall not seal to such a bond for me:
I’ll rather dwell in my necessity.

ANTONIO

Why, fear not, man; I will not forfeit it:
Within these two months, that’s a month before
This bond expires, I do expect return
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.

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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ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 10
Time One hour Maximum Marks: 30

Question 1
Write a letter to the Post Master General of your state requesting him to establish a Post Office in your locality. In your letter, give reasons for the need of a Post office in your locality. [10]
Question 2
Read the following passage. Answer in your own words the questions given below. [10]
The Flea, the Grasshopper, and the Frog once wanted to see which of them could jump the highest. They announced a competition and invited the whole world and everyone else besides who liked to come and see the grand sight. Three famous jumpers they were, as all should say, when they met together in the room.
“I will give my daughter to whoever jumps highest,” said the King. “It would not be good for you to have the jumping and to have no prize.”
The Flea was the first to come forward. He was very well-mannered, and bowed to the audience on every side, for he was from a royal family and was used to humans.
Next came the Grasshopper. He was not quite as elegant as the Flea, but he knew how to behave himself, and looked well in his smart green uniform.Read More “ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 10”

ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 8 Suggested Answers

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.

iii. She is fond of gardening.

  1. Don`t believe everything you see on TV.

Question 4

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. [10]

  1. When he arrived at the airport, he was welcomed with a bouquet.
  2. Carry an umbrella lest you should get drenched in the rain.
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ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One Suggested Answers 25 January 2019

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.

Yours faithfully,

Head Boy/Head Girl

Bloomingdale School

Question 4

  • Only one meaning accepted                                                 [3]
  1. miserable, sad, unhappy, melancholy, gloomy, glum, despondent, comfortless, depressed, mournful, disconsolate
  2. ease the grief or distress of, soothed, consoled
  3. crack, fissure, chink, nook, slot, slit, split.
  • Answer these questions:
    1. A little girl. [1]
    2. Lost her doll, desolate        [2]
    3. Kafka offered to help her look for the doll , arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot.
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ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Grammar and Composition: Practice Paper 09

Question 1 [5+5]

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.
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 kind.
Question 2

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

Put your tools away, the children may fall over them. (Use: lest)
The experience is so intense that I will never forget it. (Use ‘too’ in place of ‘so’.)
The President will summon him to Mumbai. (Change the Voice.)
Although he was eighty years old, he was very active. (Begin: Despite….)
Presidency College is one of the oldest buildings in Kolkata. (Begin: Very few…….)
Whatever he says, he does the opposite. (Begin: No………..)
He said to her, “Are you ready to rack your brains?” (Begin: He enquired…..)
The bus left as soon as we got off. (Begin: Hardly………)
Question 2

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