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ICSE 2018 Model Paper English 1
ENGLISH Paper – 1
(Two hours)
to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
will not be allowed to write during
the first 15 minutes.
time is to be spent in reading the question paper.
time given at the head of this paper is the time allowed for writing the

all four questions.
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
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (350-400 words)
on any one of the following:                                   [25]
(a)   You
went to the railway station to receive your uncle. While waiting for the train
to arrive, you saw a commotion in the station. Describe the scene giving
details of the reason for the hurly-burly and also how the sudden disturbance
was resolved.
(b)  Narrate
a situation when you were not able to fulfil an important promise you had made
to a close relative. Give an account of the consequence of this broken promise.
(c)   Social
Media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, are playing havoc with the life of
the new generation. Argue either for or against the statement.
(d)  Write
a short story ending with the sentence ‘He watched him walking slowly away.’
(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.

Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20
minutes on this question.)                                           [10]
Select one of the following:
(a)   Your
aunt has been recently to Europe on a tour. Write a letter to her asking about
the places of attraction and significance she visited and about her impressions
of the people she came across during the visit.
(b)  Write
a letter to the Municipal Chairman of your city complaining about the irregular
water supply in the city detailing the inconvenience caused by it.
the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Some people–not you nor I, because
we are so awfully self-possessed–but some people, find great difficulty in
saying good-bye when making a call or spending the evening. As the moment draws
near when the visitor feels that he is fairly entitled to go away he rises and
says abruptly, “Well, I think I…” Then the people say, “Oh,
must you go now? Surely it’s early yet!” and a pitiful struggle ensues.
I think the saddest case of this
kind of thing that I ever knew was that of my poor friend Melpomenus Jones, a
curate–such a dear young man, and only twenty-three! He simply couldn’t get away
from people. He was too modest to tell a lie, and too religious to wish to
appear rude. Now it happened that he went to call on some friends of his on the
very first afternoon of his summer vacation. The next six weeks were entirely
his own—absolutely nothing to do. He chatted awhile, drank two cups of tea,
then braced
himself for the effort and said suddenly: “Well, I think I…”
But the lady of the house said,
“Oh, no! Mr. Jones, can’t you really stay a little longer?”
Jones was always truthful.
“Oh, yes,” he said, “of course, I–er–can stay.”
“Then please don’t go.”
He stayed. He drank eleven cups of
tea. Night was falling. He rose again.
“Well now,” he said
shyly, “I think I really…”
“You must go?” said the
lady politely. “I thought perhaps you could have stayed to dinner…”
“Oh well, so I could, you
know,” Jones said, “if…”
“Then please stay, I’m sure my
husband will be delighted.”
“All right,” he said
feebly, “I’ll stay,” and he sank back into his chair, just full of
tea, and miserable.
Papa came home. They had dinner. All through the meal Jones
sat planning to leave at eight-thirty. All the family wondered whether Mr.
Jones was stupid and sulky, or only stupid.
After dinner mamma undertook to
“draw him out,” and showed him photographs. She showed him all the
family museum, several gross of them–photos of papa’s uncle and his
wife, and mamma’s brother and his little boy, an awfully interesting photo of
papa’s uncle’s friend in his Bengal uniform, an awfully well-taken photo of
papa’s grandfather’s partner’s dog, and an awfully wicked one of papa as the
devil for a fancy-dress ball. At eight-thirty Jones had examined seventy-one photographs.
There were about sixty-nine more that he hadn’t. Jones rose.
“I must say good night
now,” he pleaded.
“Say good night!” they
said, “why it’s only half-past eight! Have you anything to do?”
“Nothing,” he admitted,
and muttered something about staying six weeks, and then laughed miserably. Just
then it turned out that the favourite child of the family, such a dear little
romp, had hidden Mr. Jones’s hat; so papa said that he must stay, and invited
him to a pipe and a chat. Papa had the pipe and gave Jones the chat, and still
he stayed. Every moment he meant to take the plunge, but couldn’t. Then papa
began to get very tired of Jones, and fidgeted and finally said, with jocular
irony, that Jones had better stay all night, they could give him a shake-down.
Jones mistook his meaning and thanked him with tears in his eyes, and papa put
Jones to bed in the spare room and cursed him heartily.
After breakfast next day, papa went
off to his work in the City, and left Jones playing with the baby, broken-hearted.
His nerve was utterly gone. He was meaning to leave all day, but the thing had
got on his mind and he simply couldn’t. When papa came home in the evening he
was surprised and chagrined to find Jones still there. He thought to jockey him
out with a jest, and said he thought he’d have to charge him for his board, he!
he! The unhappy young man stared wildly for a moment, then wrung papa’s hand,
paid him a month’s board in advance, and broke down and sobbed like a child.
In the days that followed he was
moody and unapproachable. He lived, of course, entirely in the drawing-room,
and the lack of air and exercise began to tell sadly on his health. He passed
his time in drinking tea and looking at the photographs. He would stand for
hours gazing at the photographs of papa’s uncle’s friend in his Bengal uniform–talking
to it, sometimes swearing bitterly at it. His mind was visibly failing.
At length the crash came. They
carried him upstairs in a raging delirium of fever. The illness that followed
was terrible. He recognized no one, not even papa’s uncle’s friend in his
Bengal uniform.
At times he would start up from his
bed and shriek, “Well, I think I…” and then fall back upon the pillow
with a horrible laugh. Then, again, he would leap up and cry, “Another cup
of tea and more photographs! More photographs! Har! Har!”
At length, after a month of agony,
on the last day of his vacation, he passed away. They say that when the last
moment came, he sat up in bed with a beautiful smile of confidence playing upon
his face, and said, “Well—the angels are calling me; I’m afraid I really
must go now. Good afternoon.”
And the rushing of his spirit from
its prison-house was as rapid as a hunted cat passing over a
garden fence.
The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones
By Stephen Leacock
(a)     Three words or
phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage.                                                                                                                             [3]
Answer the following questions briefly and in
your own words.                                         
Who was Melpomenus Jones? What was ‘the saddest
case’ about him?                    [2]
Why did the family wonder whether Jones was
stupid or sulky?                                [2]                
What did mamma do after dinner to make Jones
Why did papa say that Jones must stay and invite
him to a pipe and a chat?             [2]
Why did papa curse Jones heartily?                                                                           [2]
Why was Jones broken-hearted the next day?                                                            [2]
Write a summary in not more than 60 words of your own about the plight
Jones on the second day of his visit to the house.                                                                    [8]
Give a suitable title to your summary.
Justify the choice of the title.                         [2]
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.                                                                                [4]
The boy _______ (walk) on the footpath.
Answer: 0. walked.                                         
She did not hear the story as many
women (1) (hear)  ….…the same, with a
paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She (2) (weep) ….…at once, with
sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had
spent itself she  (3) (go) ….… away to
her room alone. She would have no one follow her. There stood, facing the open
window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she (4) (sink) ….… pressed
down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed (5) ( reach)
….…into her soul.
She (6) (can) ….…see in the open
square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new
spring life. The delicious breath of rain (7) ( be) ….…in the air. In the street
below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some
one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were (8) (twitter)
….…in the eaves.
(b)  Fill
in the blanks with appropriate words:                                                                         [4]
The novel is authored …….. him.
He quarrelled with us…….. a trifle.
Raga dived …….. the river to search for the
They have confidence …….. her.
Kajal was invited …….. the wedding.
I prefer rice…….. bread.
The accident site was cordoned …….. by the
The police ran …….. the thief.
Join the following sentences to make one
complete sentence without using and, but, or so.                                                                                                                       [4]
Hercules was strong. He could defeat the
He did not come to the party. He regretted it.
My father was very angry. He could not speak a
Rima did not sing well. The judges gave her a
(d)  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]
The jury acquitted him of all charges.
[Begin: He …]
is grown up. She can make her own bed now.
 [Join using ‘enough’]
The Shatabdi Express runs faster than the Shimla
[Begin: The Shimla
Neither of the men ……….. cars.
[Use: has or have.]
He said to me, ‘Do you practise daily as I do?”
And I said, ‘No’.
[Change into
reported speech]
The car is fuel-efficient. It is well
[Begin: Not
There is not enough sugar left to make a cup of
[Use the apt form
of ‘little’]
did not know my sister was coming. I would have waited for her.
 [Begin: Had….]

Question 4
(1)  had
(2)  wept
(3)  went
(4)  sank
(5)  to
(6)  could
(7)  was
(8)  twittering
The novel is authored by/on him.
He quarrelled with us over a trifle.
Raga dived into the river to search for the
They have confidence in her.
Kajal was invited to the wedding.
I prefer rice to bread.
vii. The
accident site was cordoned off by the police.
The police ran after the thief.
Hercules was strong enough defeat the monster.
He did not come to the party. He regretted that
he did not come to the party.
My father so angry that he could not speak a word.
Though Rima did not sing well, the judges gave
her a prize.
He was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
Susan is grown up enough to make her own bed
The Shimla Express does not run as fast as The
Shatabdi Express.
Neither of the men has cars.
He asked me whether I practised daily as he did?”
And I replied that I did not.
Not only is the car fuel-efficient but also well
vii. There
is little sugar left to make a cup of coffee.
Had I known know my sister was coming, I would
have waited for her.


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