ICSE 2018 Pre Final Literature in English English Paper 2

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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 one question from each
of the Sections A, B and C
and any two other questions.
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:
Shylock
    I am
bid forth to supper, Jessica:
    There
are my keys. But wherefore should I go?
    I am
not bid for love; they flatter me:
    But
yet I’ll go in hate, to feed upon
    The
prodigal Christian. Jessica, my girl,
    Look
to my house. I am right loath to go:
    There
is some ill a-brewing towards my rest,
    For I
did dream of money-bags to-night.
(i)         
Who
has invited shylock to supper? When and why was the invitation given?           [3]
(ii)       
Explain:
to feed upon/The prodigal Christian.                                                          
[3]
(iii)     
Why
does Shylock ask Jessica to ‘look to my house’? What other directions dies
Shylock give her? What are the reasons for these instructions?                                                       
[3]
(iv)     
What
makes Shylock ‘right loath to go’? How are his fears justified later?                       [3]
(v)       
Does
Jessica follow Shylock’s instructions? Elaborate your answer.                        [4]
Question 2.
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Portia
   
Tarry, Jew:
    The
law hath yet another hold on you.
    It is
enacted in the laws of Venice,
    If it
be proved against an alien
    That
by direct or indirect attempts
    He
seek the life of any citizen,
    The
party ‘gainst the which he doth contrive
    Shall
seize one half his goods; the other half
    Comes
to the privy coffer of the state;
    And
the offender’s life lies in the mercy
    Of
the duke only, ‘gainst all other voice.
    In
which predicament, I say, thou stand’st;
(i)         
 Where is Portia now? What made her come there?
                                                  [3]
(ii)       
Why
does Portia ask Shylock to wait before he proceeds further?                                      [3]
(iii)     
What
is the penalty as per the Laws of Venice for plotting against the life of its
citizens?   [3]
(iv)     
What
has Shylock done to be considered as such a culprit?                                               [3]
(v)       
Do
you feel that the penalty thus imposed on Shylock justified? Substantiate the
answer.   [4]
SECTION
B – POETRY
A
Collection of Poems
Question 3.
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
“Must be fatigue”, he weakly smiled.
“I must be getting old.
I see the sun is shining bright and yet I’m
feeling cold.
We climbed the hill, two hundred strong, but as
we cleared the crest,
The night exploded, and I felt this small pain
in my chest.”
(i)         
Where
is the soldier now? Why does he think he is getting old?                                        [3]
(ii)       
Explain:
I see the sun is shining bright and yet I’m feeling cold.                                               [3]
(iii)     
 Why does the soldier consider himself lucky?
Is he really lucky?                           
[3]
(iv)     
What
was the reaction of the poet at the end of the poem? Why?                                                       [3]
(v)       
What
do you understand of the attitude of the poet towards war in general.                                  [4]
Question 4.
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
I believe I can dive
Right into the depths
I believe I can claw the earth’s belly
Pick up the priceless gems
And adorn myself with them.
(i)        
Comment on the intention of the speaker in these
lines.                                           
[3]
(ii)       
What does the phrase “right into the depth”
signify?                                                               [3]
(iii)      Explain: And swim with the
sharks.                                                                                       
[3]
(iv)      What
is earth’s belly? What is its importance? What is the poetess’s intention?                         [3]
(v)       
What does the poet firmly believe?                                                                            [4]
SECTION
C –SHORT STORIES
A
Collection of Short Stories
Question 5.
Read the extract given below and answer the
questions that follow:
“Yes, sir”, said
Rizwan. He thought for a minute and then wrote his own name and address on
Kasim’s interview and drew a deep breath.
(i)         
What is the context referred to in the above
extract?                                                
[3]
(ii)       
Why was Rizwan interviewing Kasim?                                                                      [3]
(iii)      What
was the financial condition of Kasim?                                                             [3]
(iv)      Rizwan
wrote his own name and address on Kasim’s interview. Why?                    [3]
(v)       
What was the condition of Rizwan by the end of
the day?                                         [4]
Question 6.

Discuss the moral of the story ‘God
Lives in the Panch’
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