ICSE 2019: Model Paper English 1 English Language

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(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.
time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the
all five questions.
The intended marks for questions or
parts of questions are given in brackets [].
are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes
in answering Question 1
in answering Question 2.
(Do not spend more than 30
minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (300 –
350 words) on any one of the following:                [20]
Write an original story entitled ‘The Mansion of Mystery’.
depends not on luck but on hard work”
. Express your views
either for or against this statement.
Narrate an incident from your own
experience when you took care of your younger siblings in the absence of your parents.
Explain what you did and what you gained from the experience.
You have lived in your home village for many
years and are very much attached to it. Nevertheless, because of some unforeseen
circumstances, you are going to sell your house in the village and move to the city.
Narrate the circumstances that made you take this tough decision and describe
your feelings about leaving your native village.
Study the picture given below. Write a
story or a description or an account of what it suggests to you. Your
composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions
from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your

Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20
minutes on this question.
Select any
of the following:
Your uncle had promised to give you a
present of your choice if you achieved the first rank in the Half -Yearly Examinations.
Write a letter to your uncle informing him that you have got the first rank, and
tell him what you would like to have as present and give reasons for your
(b)  Write
a letter to the Chief Medical Officer of your area pointing out the deplorable
condition of the PHC (The Primary Health Centre) in your village and requesting
him/her to take necessary action to renovate the Centre and provide it with
enough medical equipment and other essential amenities.
(c)   Question 3                                                                                                                          [5+5]
(a)   You
are the Secretary of the Literary Association of your school. Draft a notice
for the school Notice Board, inviting students of Classes VIII to X to give
their names for the Poetry Recitation competition to be held on Children`s Day
in your school. pointing out
(b)  Write
an email to two teachers of English of a neighbouring school, requesting them
to be judges at the Poetry Recitation competition mentioned in  the above notice.
Read the following
passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
The Peckham murder case
hit the headlines of the newspaper as Mrs Parker, an old woman living in a
villa in Northwood Street, was found dead in her house. She had been brutally battered to death with a hammer.
Mr. Adams, the murderer,
was a heavy, stout man with bulging, bloodshot eyes. He stood no chance of
acquittal as there were four witnesses to testify against him.
Mrs.Salmon, the first eyewitness,
had seen Adams come out of Mrs Parker`s house with a hammer in his hand and
drop it into the bushes. When he looked up at her window, she saw his face in
the light of the street lamp. She could never forget his facial features.
Henry Macdougall, another
eyewitness, who had been driving home, had nearly run down Adams who was
walking in the middle of the road, looking dazed.  Mr.Wheeler who lived next door to Mrs.Parker had
also seen through the window Adam`s bulging eyes. In Laurel Avenue, he had been
seen by yet another witness.
When the Counsel for the Crown
outlined the case in court, everybody believed that the man in the dock would
get the death penalty.
After the formal evidence
had been given by the policeman who had found the body and the surgeon who
examined it, Mrs.Salmon was called by the Counsel for the Crown. She spoke very
firmly. There was no malice in her. She said that she had seen him and rung up
the police station.
After the Crown Counsel,
Counsel for the defence rose to cross-examine.
“Now, Mrs.Salmon, you
must remember that a man`s life may depend on your evidence.”
“I do remember it, sir.”
“Is your eyesight good?”
“I have never had to wear
spectacles, sir.”
“You are a woman of
“Fifty-six, sir.”
“And the man you saw was
on another side of the road?”
“Yes, sir.”
“And it was two o`clock
in the morning? You must have remarkable eyes, Mrs.Salmon!”
“No, sir. There was
moonlight, and when the man looked up, he had the lamplight on his face.”
“And you have no doubt
whatsoever that the man you saw is the prisoner?”
“None whatever, sir. It
isn`t a face one forgets.”
Counsel took a look round
the court for a moment. Then he said, “Do you mind, Mrs.Salmon, re-examining
the people in court? No, not the prisoner. Stand up, please, Mr.Adams.”
There at the back of the
court, with a thick, stout body and muscular legs and a pair of bulging eyes,
was the exact image of the man in the dock. He was even dressed the same –
tight, blue suit and stripped tie.

“Now think very
carefully, Mrs. Salmon. Can you still swear
that the man you saw drop the hammer in Mrs Parker`s garden was the prisoner –
and not this man, who is his twin brother.
Of course, she couldn`t.
She looked from one to the other and didn`t say a word.
There wasn`t a witness
prepared to swear that it was the prisoner he had seen. Both the twins had alibis that each was
with his wife
at two on the night of murder. So the man was acquitted for want of evidence.
As the brothers came out
of the court, they were surrounded by the crowd waiting to see them. The police
tried to drive the crowd away, but all they could do was to keep the roadway
clear for traffic. The crowd moved and one of the twins got pushed on to the
road, right in front of a bus. He gave a squeal like a rabbit and that was all.
He was dead, his skull smashed just as Mrs Parker`s had been.
Give the meaning of the following words as
used in the passage:                                                [3]
Answer the following questions briefly, in
your own words.
Why was it said that the murderer had no
chance of escape from punishment?                       [2]
was the incriminating evidence Mrs Salmon had against the culprit?                          [2]
did the second witness see the murderer? In what danger was the murderer then? [2]
a sentence from the passage which shows that Mrs Salmon did not want to harm anyone.                                                                                                                                    [1]                                                                                                                                      
What happened to one of the twin brothers
at the end?                                                          [2]
In not more than 50 words, describe how Mrs Salmon was cross-examined.                              [8]
(a)   Fill
in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in
Do not copy the passage
but write in correct serial order the word or phrase appropriate to the blank
 I _______ (inform) of the possible side
effects of this drug yesterday. Answer: was informed
William Pearl did not
leave a great deal of money when he (1) _______ (die), and his will was a
simple one. With the exception of a few small bequests to relatives, he (2)
_______ (leave) all his property to his wife. The solicitor and Mrs Pearl went
over it together in the solicitor’s office,
and when the business (3)
_______ (complete), the widow got up to leave. At that point, the solicitor (4)
_______ (take) a sealed envelope from the folder on his desk and held it out to
his client. “I have been (5) _______ (instruct) to give you this,” he
said. “Your husband (6) _______ (send) it to us shortly before he passed
away.” The solicitor (7) _______  (be) pale and prim, and out of respect for a
widow he kept his head on one side as he spoke, (8) _______  (look) downward.
Fill in each blank with an appropriate
Diana set the alarm clock _______ 6
Please welcome them to the office _______
their arrival.
The children laughed _______ my jokes.
was charged _______ drunken driving.
Sofia is looking _______ a job to support
her family.
 Anna earns her living _______ selling flowers.
Martin is bad _______ managing time.
They are clamouring for a total ban
_______ alcohol.
Join the following sentences to make one
complete sentence without using
or so.    [4]         
Susan apologised to the Manager. She had made
a mistake in the application form.
He was in the police department. He would
take vigorous exercise then.
This is the restaurant. They first met here.
promised to improve the emergency services. Nothing was done.
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.                     [8]
Alan prefers reading books to watching
(Begin: Alan would rather
Alex said to Martin, “What will you do if
you miss the train?”
(Rewrite in indirect
is too young to be appointed to the committee.
(Use: so….that)
further details, contact Customer Service.
(Begin: Should
If she is not interrupted, she can finish
her homework by evening.
(Begin: Unless
The Opposition leaders welcomed the
President`s decision to resign.
    (End: ……………………………..
the Opposition leaders.)
soon as I realized that he was a fugitive, I called the police.
   (Begin: Scarcely………………………………)
Although I rang the doorbell many times,
no one answered.
   (Begin: Despite


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