ICSE 2018 Pre Final Examination English 1

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ICSE 2018 Pre Final Examination 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)   Describe
a personal experience that happened out of the blue.
(b)  Of
late, you had an altercation with one of your intimate friends which resulted
in the breakup of your friendship. Narrate the incident that caused the quarrel.
Write about the feeling that you had after the fall out with your friend.
Describe how the issue was resolved and your friendship was restored.
(c)   We
often find that some children have virtually no support or encouragement from
their parents regarding their studies in school while some others undergo
extreme pressure from their over-zealous parents which can have an adverse
impression on the child. In this context, discuss the role of parents in their
child’s education.
(d)  Write
a short story of a poor family
that had had an unexpected fortune.
(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)   You
borrowed a camera from one of your classmates last month. You had promised that
you will return it within a week. Now you now come to know that your classmate
had gone overseas and you still have the camera. Write a letter to him/her
apologising for the mistake and what you will do to rectify it.
(b)  Write
a letter to the Editor of an English daily complaining about the nuisance
brought on by the inconsiderate use of loudspeakers in your locality.
the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Long ago there lived a vicious king who contrived a method to dole
out justice to culprits in his realm. The suspected offender was kept in an
arena which had two doors. The wrongdoer had to choose to choose to open one of
either of two doors that would open into the arena. Behind one of the indistinguishable
doors prowled a fierce tiger that would spring out and wolf the suspect; behind
the other door waited a beautiful damsel who would emerge and get wedded right
away to the person who opened the door. The lot of the offender was to be determined
solely on luck. The king’s subjects considered the trial a fair and they saw the
encounter as an occasion of agreeable suspense and an instant solution.
The King had a divinely charming and beautiful daughter. She
was the cynosure of the king’s eyes and was very dear to him. It so happened
that a handsome young man of the king’s court dared to love the king’s daughter.
Though he was courtier, he belonged to a lower class and the king questioned
the youth’s audacity to love the princess. The king considered the impudence of
the youth as treachery and decided to mete out justice to the young man in
accordance with the prevalent practice. The young audacious lover had to be placed
in the arena to select a door, a lady or a tiger. The princess, who loved the
youth passionately and ardently, was in a quandary.  She did not wish to lose her handsome lover to
a voracious tiger; at the same time, she was unable bear the thought of losing
her cherished lover to another woman in marriage.
On the fateful day, the king placed the most savage of
tigers in his entire kingdom behind one door and the most gorgeous damsel in
all his land behind the other door to make sure that, whichever door the young man
chose, he would get the best that could be proffered.
The princess, with her strong influence and immense wealth
tried her best to learn behind which door was the tiger and behind which door
was young damsel. With great effort she was able to find out the secret behind
the doors.
The princess came to know that the damsel behind the door
was a young and attractive woman of the court who had sent romantic looks
towards the young man. The princess thought that the young man had responded to
these loving glances at times. Therefore, the princess was jealous of the young
woman and nursed a terrible hatred towards the woman behind the door.
In the arena, on the fateful day, the young man glanced at
the princess hoping that she might know about the fate behind the doors and she
would help him. When the young man looked up at the princess, she made a subtle
gesture toward the right door. The young man immediately opened that door. And lo
and behold! The fate he faced.
(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.                                         
What was the method designed by the king to mete
out justice to the offenders?   [2]                     
What was the attitude of the king’s subjects
towards the method?                             [2]
Who was the lover of the king’s daughter? Why
did the king arrange him to be placed in the arena of justice?                                                                                                 [2]
How did the king make sure that young man would
get the best that could be proffered?                                                                                                                           [2]
What was the princess’ predicament?                                                                          [2]
Comment on the conclusion of the story.                                                                    [2]
Write a summary the story in not more than 60 words of your own..                        [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.                                         
My oldest sister, Rosie, (1) (win)
…….. the jacket a few years back, and I fully expected to also. I was fourteen
and in the eighth grade. I had been a straight A student since the first grade
and this last year had looked forward very much to (2) (own) …….. that jacket.
My father (3) (be) …….. a farm labourer who couldn’t earn enough money to feed
eight children, so when I was six I (4) (give) …….. to my grandparents to
raise.  We couldn’t participate in sports
at school because there were registration fees, uniform costs, and trips out of
town; so, even though our family was quite agile and athletic there (5) (will)
…….. never be a school sports jacket for us. This one, the scholarship jacket,
was our only chance.
In May, close to graduation, spring
fever had struck as usual with a vengeance. No one paid any attention in class;
instead we stared out the windows and at each other, (6) (want) ……..  to speed up the last few weeks of school. I
despaired every time I looked in the mirror. Pencil thin, not a curve anywhere.
I was called “beanpole” and “string bean,” and I knew that’s what I (7) (look)
…….. like. That really wasn’t much for a fourteen-year-old to work with, I
thought, as I distractedly (8) (wander) …….. from my history class to the gym.
(b)  Fill
in the blanks with appropriate words:                                                                  
In all the photos, a pretty woman stood ……..the
President’s side.
people died 
……..cholera in the village.
I have been ill …….. three weeks..
She aims …… becoming a writer.
He had great affection …… his mother
Do you agree …… this proposal?
Let us act …… their advice.
We have been waiting for the bus ……noon.
(c)   Join the following sentences to make
one full sentence without using and, but, or so.    [4]                   
has many followers. He also has several critics.
is ill. She is cheerful.
can go by car. You can go by bus.
does not smoke. He does not drink.
(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]
will certainly seek his help in the coming days.
[Begin: It is …]
The poor said “Let the administration show
some understanding towards us.”
[Change into Reported Speech]
anyone endure such extreme cruelty?
[Change into an assertive sentence.]
is very wealthy but she has no concern for her poor sister.   .
[Begin: Despite…]
years I spent in London are the most joyful in my life.
[Change into positive degree]
Rahim was late. He
could not catch the flight.
[Joi using ‘too’
is poor, yet he is generous.
[Use: Notwithstanding…]
If Henry had studied regularly, he could have
won the scholarship.
[Begin: Had….]


a) .
(1)  owning
(2)  was
(3)  given
(4)  would
(5)  wanting
(6)  looked
(7)  wandered                               
In all the photos, a pretty woman stood at
the President’s side.
people died 
of cholera in the village.
I have been ill for three weeks..
She aims at becoming a writer.
He had great affection for his mother
Do you agree to this proposal?
Let us act on their advice.
We have been waiting for the bus since
(c)   .                   
Not only he has many followers, but also several
Though she is ill, she cheerful
You can go either by car or by bus.
Rahman nether smokes nor drinks.
(d)  .
It is certain that he will seek his help in the
coming days.
The poor said wished that the administration might
show some understanding towards them.
No one can endure such extreme cruelty.
Despite Rita being very wealthy ,  she has no concern for her poor
sister.   .
No other year in my life is as much enjoyable as
the years I spent in London.
Rahim was late to catch the flight.
Notwithstanding Stephen being poor, he is
Had Henry had studied regularly; he could have
won the scholarship.


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