ICSE 2013 Prefinal Practice Paper English Paper II

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English Paper II

Literature in English
(Two hours)
to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
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
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 give below and answer the questions that follow:
Oliver: Neither call the
giddiness of it in question,
            The poverty of her, the small
acquaintance, my sudden
Wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me,
I love Aliena; say with her, that she loves me; consent
with both, that we way enjoy each other;: It shall be to
your  good; for my father’s house,
and all the revenue
that was old Sir Rowland’s, will I estate upon you, and
here live and die a shepherd.
a)  Who is being discussed in the extract? When did Oliver
meet her?                           
b)  Why was
Orlando surprised about Oliver’s sudden falling in love with celia?       
c)  What help does Orlando offer to his brother for the
latter’s marriage?                          
d)  What decision had Oliver taken relating is father’s
property and his future life?  
e)  Compare Oliver’s present attitude with his earlier
attitude towards Orlando.    What caused this change in the attitude?                                                                                
Question 2
Read the
extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Rosalind: then there is no
true lover in the forest;
                 else sighing every minute, and groaning
                 hour, would detect the lazy foot of time
                well as a clock.
Orlando: And why not the swift
foot of time?
    had not that
been as proper
Rosalind:By no means, sir.
Time travels in divers paces
    with divers
persons. I’ll tell you who Time ambles
    withal, who
Time trots withal, and who he stands
   still withal.
a) Why does Rosalind say that there is no true lover in
the forest?                               
b) With whom does time amble and
with whom does it trot? 
c)  How does time move with a thief to the gallows? Why?                                             
d)  In the Forest of Arden, what is Rosalind’s predicament
with regard to her love towards Orlando?                                                                                                              
e) Bring forth Rosalind’s sense of humour, as revealed in
the extract.             
Section B: Poetry
The Golden Lyre
Question 3
Read the
extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
He said:
The river has
water enough
to be poetic
about only
once a year.

Who is ‘he’? Where is he now? Why?                                                                         [3]
What is the significance of the image of the pregnant
woman drowning? What does the poet say about the expected twins?                                                                           [3]
Explain: ‘The new poets still quoted the old
poets”                                                     [3]
Which two contradictory pictures have been depicted in
this poem?                         [3]
What feature of the poem appeals to you? Why?                                                       
Question 4                                                
Read the
extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
We passed before a House
that seemed
A swelling of the ground-
The roof was scarcely
The cornice- in the
Since then ‘tis centuries-
and yet
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the
horses’ heads
Were toward Eternity.

Who are We referred
to in the extract? Why does the house look like a swelling of the ground?                                                                                                                        
Where is the speaker of the lines at present? What had
brought the speaker there?  [3]
Explain: The roof was scarcely visible-/The cornice- in the
Ground.                                                                       [3]
What were the three places that the passengers passed before
coming to the House? What do these places symbolically signify?                                                               
How is Death presented in the poem? What conflict do you see
in the manner in which Death is presented in the poem?                                                                       
Section C: Prose
Short Stories: A Treasure Trove of Short

Question 5
Read the
extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Suddenly I see Ma waddling towards me with a clenched fist
and my stomach grows tight with fear. Her face id filled with rage. “I’ll make
an engine out of you this very minute.”
The elderly neighbour intervenes, catches hold of Ma’s hand
and says, “Have you gone mad, Lali?” She signals me to obey and adds, “She’s
after all a child, a Kanyakumari. Today is Ashtami, the Devi’s day; you mustn’t
hit a Kanyakumari, it is a sin.”
What had enraged the mother in this context? Why does she say
“I’ll make an engine out of you this very minute.”?                                                                                                                                        
Why is it considered a sin to hit a Kanyakumari on Ashtami?                                        [3]
Why did the narrator refuse Prasad from Naani? Comment on the
rebellious attitude of the narrator.                                                                                                                       [3]
What is the root of her frustration towards the attitude of
women towards her? How does Lali mistreat her?                                                                                                      [3]
What is the theme of the story?                                                                                        [4]
Question 6
Bring out the
humour in the short story “A Fishy Story’ by Jerome K Jerome.                


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