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ICSE March 2018 Pre-Final Examinations English 1 2
ENGLISH Paper – 1
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 all four questions.
The 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 2.
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: 
(a) You have gone for an excursion with your classmates during the Christmas Holidays. Describe the place you visited citing its salient attractions. Bring out how the excursion has benefitted you as an individual.
(b) Narrate a recent personal experience that has influenced you intensely, distinctly depicting its impact on you.
(c) Do you agree with the saying ‘Failure is a stepping stone to success’? Substantiate your answer.
(d) Write a short story on the theme ‘Money is the root of all evil’.
(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.
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.) 
Select one of the following:
(a) Your sister is always on her cell phone or on her computer. Write a letter to her drawing attention to the harms of such a sedentary life as well as highlighting the importance of regular physical exercise for a healthy body and a robust mind.
(b) Write a letter to the General Manager of a factory in your city requesting permission for your friends to visit the factory. Give details such as the probable date, number of people and so on.
Read the following story carefully and answer the questions that follow:
There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Goldsmith. He wrote many delightful books, some of which you will read when you are older.
He had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others and to share with them anything that he had. He gave away so much to the poor that he was always poor himself.
He was sometimes called Doctor Goldsmith; for he had studied to be a physician.
One day a poor woman asked Doctor Goldsmith to go and see her husband, who was sick and could not eat. Goldsmith did so. He found that the family was in great need. The man had not had work for a long time. He was not sick, but in distress; and, as for eating, there was no food in the house. “Call at my room this evening,” said Goldsmith to the woman, “and I will give you some medicine for your husband.”
In the evening the woman called. Goldsmith gave her a little paper box that was very heavy.
“Here is the medicine,” he said. “Use it faithfully, and I think it will do your husband a great deal of good. But don’t open the box until you reach home.”
“What are the directions for taking it?” asked the woman.
“You will find them inside of the box,” he answered.
When the woman reached her home, she sat down by her husband’s side, and they opened the box; what do you think they found in it?
It was full of pieces of money. And on the top were the directions: —
“To be taken as often as necessity requires.”
Goldsmith had given them all the ready money that he had.
Doctor Goldsmith written by James Baldwin
(a) Three words or phrases are given below. Give the meaning of each as used in the passage. 
i. gave away
ii. call at
iii. ready money
(b) Answer the following questions briefly and in your own words.
i. Why was Oliver Goldsmith always poor? Why was he called Doctor Goldsmith? 
ii. Who visited Goldsmith one day? Why? 
iii. What did Goldsmith find when he went to the visitor’s house? 
iv. What did Goldsmith give the visitor? What instruction did he give? 
v. When did the visitor open the box? What did the visitor find in the box? 
vi. Quote the sentence from the story that shows Goldsmith was a writer. 
i. In not more than 60 words, write a summary of the above story. 
ii. Choose another suitable title for the story giving reason for the choice. 
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. 
(0) The car _______ (slow) down at the curve.
Answer: 0. slowed.
When a child learns to stand up and tries to walk, he (1) (be) ………….. found to fall down again and again. And by nature, and instinct, he gets up, and again tries (2) (step) ………….. forward, although again he falls down. But ultimately, he succeeds in walking. The same thing (3) (happen) ………….. with each one of us, when we were children.
Similarly, in spite of his (4) ………….. (repeat) failures, a man having perseverance does not admit his defeat. He (5) try………….. again and again, and finally attains success. A resolute person (6)(be) ………….. one who has great self-confidence, strong determination, and a natural urge towards hard labour, and untiring energy (7) (continue) ………….. till the last, without (8) (grumble) …………. or expressing dissatisfaction.
(b) Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: 
i. The girl mistook Anil …… a celebrated artist.
ii. He was irritated ….. the situation
iii. I drove …….. the bridge
iv. We located the key …….. the door.
v. The train went …….. the tunnel.
vi. The scream came from …….. the room.
vii. She ran …….. the track with me.
viii. An awful gale raged …….. the foothills.
(c) Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but, or so. 
i. The van dashed against a wall. It was going at over 100 mph.
ii. Jyothi met a man at the party. He is a famous football player.
iii. My uncle gave her a watch. She did not thank him.
iv. Here are the letters. They arrived this morning.
(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. 
i. If they do not leave now, they will not catch the train.
ii. He played like a well-trained player.
[Use: as if]
iii. Keep the papers in a file. You may misplace it.
iv. The tourists said, “We did not enter the memorial without permission.”
v. Amelia is one of the most studious girls in the class.
[Begin: Very few….]
vi. We should show sympathy for the poor.
[Begin: The poor….]
vii. I saw the suspect the theatre yesterday. Immediately I informed the police.
[Begin: No sooner….]
viii. The girl was so excited that she could not contain herself.
i. The girl mistook Anil for a celebrated artist.
ii. He was irritated by/at the situation
iii. I drove over the bridge
iv. We located the key for/at the door.
v. The train went through the tunnel.
vi. The scream came from within the room.
vii. She ran along the track with me.
viii. An awful gale raged across the foothills.
i. The van dashed against a wall as it was going at
over 100 mph.
ii. Jyothi met a famous football player at the
party. He is.
iii. Although my uncle gave her a watch, she did
not thank him.
iv. Here are the letters that arrived this
Unless they leave now, they will not catch the
He played as if he was well-trained player.
Keep the papers in a file lest you should misplace
The tourists denied that they had entered the
memorial without permission.
Very few girls in the class are as studious Amelia.
The poor should be shown sympathy by us.
No sooner did I see the suspect the theatre
yesterday than I informed the police.
The girl was too excited tocontain herself.