ICSE 2012-2013 English Paper 2: Literature in English Practice Paper 1

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English Paper 2: Literature in English

(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 one question each from Section A, B and C and any other two questions.
You should answer five questions in all.
All the questions carry equal marks.

Section A: Drama
As You Like It: William Shakespeare
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Celia: Ay Fare you well, fair gentleman.
Orlando: Can I not say ‘I thank you’? My better parts are all thrown down, and that which stands up is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.
Rosalind: He calls us back: my pride fell with my fortunes;
I’ll ask him what he would. Did you call, Sir? Sir, you have wrestled well, and overthrown more than your enemies.
a) How has Rosalind appreciated Orlando’s victory in the wrestling match?
b) How does Orlando respond when Celia bids him farewell?
c) Why does Orlando compare himself to a quintain?
d) Explain:
1. My better parts are all thrown down
2. my pride fell with my fortunes
e) Elaborate how Orlando has overthrown more than his enemies.
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Duke Senior: But what said Jaques? Did
He not moralise this spectacle?
First Lord: O, yes, into a thousand similes.
First for his weeping into the needless stream;
‘Poor deer’ quoth he, ‘thou makest a testament
As worldlings do, giving thy sum of more
To that which had too much: then, being there alone,
Left and abandon’d of his velvet friend,
‘T’ is right,’ quoth he, ‘thus misery doth part
The flux of company’.
a) On what does Jaques moralise? Who is weeping? What is meant by needless stream?
b) What moral does Jaques draw from the deer’s weeping into the stream?
c) Explain:
1. velvet friend
2. thus misery doth part /The flux of company
d) According to Jaques, What grave injustice is done by the Duke and his men in the forest?
e) What do you understand of Jaques character from this episode?
Section B: Poetry
The Golden Lyre
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Since then- ‘tis centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horse’s heads
Were toward Eternity-
a) From where does the speaker speak these lines? What has happened in the past?
b) When did the poet first see the horse’s head? What happened then?
c) Describe the journey of the poet by the carriage. Explain its symbolic significance.
d) What message does the poet want to convey through the poem.
e) What is the conflict inherent in the poem?
Question 4
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
I remember the night my mother
was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him
to crawl beneath a sack of rice
Parting with his poison-flash of diabolic tail in the dark room-
He risked the rain again.
a) Why had the scorpion taken refuge under the sack of rice?
b) What happened to the mother? How?
c) Explain: flash of diabolic tail in the dark room
d) What are the different ideas through which the villagers try to console the mother?
e) Comment on the conclusion of the poem.
Section C: Prose
A Treasure Trove of Short Stories
Question 5
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Just then a man came up to us. He was a small man and he was pretty old, probably seventy or, more. He raised his hat politely and said to my mother, ‘Excuse me. I do hope you will excuse me…… “He had a fine white moustache and bushy white eyebrows and a wrinkly pink face. He was sheltering under an umbrella which he held high over his head.
a) Who does ‘us’ refer to? Where are they? What did the ‘small man’ have which they badly needed?
b) Describe the “small old man”.
c) What was the mother’s immediate reaction to the nice old man? What was the basis of such a reaction?
d) Why, in your opinion did the old man approach them?
e) What do you learn from the short story? Elaborate.
Question 6
Describe briefly the struggle between the tiger and Baldeo. What impression do you form of Baldeo’s character?


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