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:


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?      [4]

Question 1

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:

I was watching the bridge and the African looking country of the Ebro Delta and wondering how long now it would be before we would see the enemy and listening all the while for the first noises that would signal the ever mysterious event called contact, and the old man still sat there.

  1. What did the narrator ask the old man and how did he react to the question? To which place did the old man belong to? What was his occupation?                                                                                                                                                                                                                           [4]
  2. What advice did the narrator give the old man? Why was the old man unwilling to cross the bride and escape?                                         [4]
  3. What do you infer about the mental state of the old man when he said ‘Thank you” again and again to the soldier? Substantiate your answer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   [4]
  4. The consequence of the war is disastrous. Elaborate the statement in the context of the story ‘The Old Man at the Bridge’ by Ernest Hemingway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          [8]

Share This


Leave a Reply