ICSE 2017 English 1 Practice Paper 992017

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH Paper – 1
(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 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.
Question
1
(Do not spend more than 35 minutes on this question.)
Write a
composition (350 – 400 words) on any one of the following:                                              [25]
                       
(a)       Write an original story that begins with
the words: “He was the funniest boy I had ever met. He would make everyone
laugh………….”
(b)       Narrate an incident from your own
experience when you helped a friend who was in trouble. What did you do to make
the situation better?
(d)       You were on a school trip and were on
your way back to the hostel late one night when your school bus broke down in a
lonely area. Describe the experience and what you and your fellow-passengers
felt and learned from the experience.
(d)       “School
days are the happiest days of our lives.”
Express your views either for
or against
this statement.          
(e)       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
composition.
Question
2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.)
Select any one of the following:                                                                                                       [10]
(a)       There is an electric post near the main
gate of your house. A number of loose electric wires are hanging from it,
posing a threat not only to you but also to the public. Write a letter to the Assistant
Executive Engineer (Maintenance) explaining the problem and requesting him/her
to take the necessary steps to rectify the issue.  
(b)       You feel sorry for having behaved very
rudely to a friend on several occasions in the past. Write a letter to him/her
expressing your regret and apologising for your rude behaviour.  
Question 3
Read
the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
There was a heavy
fighting taking place in Dublin. Republicans and Free Staters were fighting
each other as a civil war had broken out in the city. A Republican sniper lay
waiting and watching on a rooftop. He ate a sandwich hungrily as he had eaten
nothing since morning. After having a short draught of whisky, he paused for a
moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke. It was dangerous. The flash
might be seen in the darkness, and there were enemies watching. He decided to
take the risk. He struck the match and lit the cigarette hurriedly. Almost
immediately, a bullet hit the parapet of the roof. Cautiously he raised himself and peered over the parapet. There was
a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head. He dropped immediately. He had seen
the flash. It came from the opposite side of the street.
Just then an
armoured car of the Irish Free States Forces arrived, and an old woman stepped
out of the darkness and pointed out the sniper`s hide out to the soldier in the
car. The sniper shot both the woman and the man in the car. Immediately, a bullet
was fired at the sniper from the roof of the house on the opposite side. This
time, this hit him on the right arm.
With an immense
will-power, the sniper dressed his wound and lay still for a long time, nursing
his wounded arm and planning escape. Morning must not find him wounded on the
roof. The enemy on the opposite roof had made escape impossible. He must kill
that enemy but he could not use his rifle. He had only a revolver to do it.
Then he thought of a plan. Taking off his cap, he placed it over the muzzle of
his rifle. Then he pushed the rifle slowly upward over the parapet until the
cap was visible from the opposite side of the street. Almost immediately, there
was a shot, and a bullet pierced the centre of the cap. The sniper slanted the
rifle forward. The cap slipped down into the street. Then catching the rifle in
the middle, the sniper dropped his left hand over the roof and let it hang,
lifelessly. After a few moments, he left the rifle drop to the street. Then he
sank to the roof, dragging his hand with him.
Crawling quickly
to the left, he peered up at the
corner of the roof. His trick had succeeded. The other sniper seeing the cap
and the rifle fall thought that he had killed his man. He was now standing
before a row of chimney spots, looking across, with his head clearly outlined
against the western sky.
The Republican
sniper smiled and lifted his revolver above the edge of the parapet. He took a
steady aim. His hand trembled with
eagerness. Pressing his lips together, he took a deep breath and fired.
Then when the
smoke cleared, he peered across and uttered a cry of joy. His enemy had been
hit. He was swaying unsteadily over the parapet in his death agony. He
struggled to keep his feet, but he was slowly falling forward, as if in a dream.
The rifle fell from his grasp, hit the parapet, fell over, bounced off the pole
of a barber`s shop beneath and then clattered on the pavement.
Then the dying man
on the roof crumpled up and fell forward. The body turned over and over in
space and hit the ground with a dull thud. 
There it lay still.
The sniper looked
at his enemy falling and he shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He was
filled with remorse. Weakened by his wound and the long summer day of fasting
and watching on the roof, he felt sick at the sight of the shattered body of
his dead enemy. His teeth chattered, he began to mutter senselessly to himself,
cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.
Taking his whisky
from his pocket, he emptied it at a draught. He felt reckless under the
influence of the spirit. He decided to leave the roof now and look for his
company commander to report. Everywhere around was quiet. There was not much
danger in going through the streets.
Then he crawled
down through the skylight to the house underneath.
When
the sniper reached the street, he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of
the enemy.
The sniper darted
across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of
bullets. But he escaped. He threw himself face downward beside the corpse. The
machine gun stopped.
Then the sniper
turned over the dead body and looked into his brother`s face.
(a)       Give the meaning of the following words
as used in the passage: One word answers or short phrases will be accepted.                                                                                                                      [3]
(i)         
cautiously
(ii)       
peered
(iii)     
 trembled
(b)       Answer the following questions briefly in
your own words.
(i)         
Why was it risky for the sniper to smoke?
What happened when he struck the match to light his cigarette?                                                                                                             [2]
(ii)       
Why did the sniper shoot the old woman?
What happened to the sniper then?               [2]
(iii)     
 What happened to the sniper`s enemy when he
was shot?                                              [2]
(iv)      
 How
did the enemy’s fall from the roof affect the sniper?                                              [2]
(v)        
Where did the sniper decide to go? What
was the situation there?                                  [2]
(vi)      
Why was the sniper curious to know the
identity of the enemy sniper?                          [2]
(c)      
(i)   
In not more than 60 words, narrate how the
sniper tricked his enemy and killed him.         [8]
(ii) 
Give a title to your summary in 3 (c) (i).
Give a reason to justify your choice.                    [2]
Question 4
(a)  
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.                                                                                                                                            [4]
Example:
(0)  
He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(slam) on the brakes as a dog suddenly crossed the road.
(1)  
Answer: slammed
When we (1) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(come) out of the cafe, it had started (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(rain). “We must get a taxi,” my mother said. We were wearing ordinary hats and
coats, and it ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(3) ______ (rain)
quite hard. We (4)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(stand)
on the pavement in the rain, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(5)______(look)
for a taxi. Lots of them came by but they all (6) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(have) passengers inside them. “I wish we ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(7)
______ (have) a car with a chauffeur,” my mother said. Just then a man came­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
up to us. He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­(8) ______ (be) a
small man and he was pretty old, probably seventy or more.
(b)  
Fill in each blank with an appropriate
word:                                                                               [4]
(i)         
The old man peered closely ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
the photograph.
(ii)       
The country sealed its borders to prevent
the influx ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ of illegal
immigrants.
(iii)     
 Students should be fully acquainted ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
fundamental grammar of English.
(iv)      
Preventive measures have been taken to
ward ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______  an outbreak of cholera
(v)        
The pupils were rebuked ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
making so much noise.
(vi)      
Jane, a brilliant swimmer, represented Britain
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ the Olympic Games.
(vii)    
I often meet Tom ______
his way to school.
(viii)  
______ this time next year, George will
have taken his university degree.
(c)  
Join the following sentences to make one
complete sentence without using and,
but or so.                                                                                                                                                              [4]
(i)   
The boys ran off. They saw the owner of
the orchard.
(ii) 
I have found the book. I lost it
yesterday.
(iii)         
The poor peasant could not read. The poor
peasant could not write.
(iv)
The passage was very difficult. I could
not translate it.
(d)  
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]
(i)   
They not only robbed the old man but also
they beat him up.
(Begin:
Besides ………………………………………)
(ii) 
We hired a taxi as we missed the bus.
            (Begin:
If ………………….)
(iii)                   
 Though
he had a headache, he enjoyed the film.
(
Begin: Despite ………………………………………)
(iv)
 If
Thomas improves his IT skills, he will get a better-paid job.
(Begin:
Unless……………………………………… )
(v)  
 People
believe that the culprit has escaped from the prison.
(Begin:
The culprit………………………………………)
(vi)
 The
thief hid behind a wall so that the police might not see him.
            (Use
‘lest’.)
(vii)                  
As soon as he heard the footsteps behind
him, he took out the revolver.
(Begin:
No sooner ………………………………………).
(viii)                
 He
has probably forgotten my address.

(Begin: In
………………………………………)



Answers to Question 4

Question 4
(a)   
 
(1)  
 came
(2)  
to rain
(3)  
was raining
(4)  
stood
(5)  
looking
(6)  
had
(7)  
had
(8)  
was
(b)   Fill in each
blank with an appropriate word:                                                                              
[4]
(i)          The old
man peered closely at the photograph.
(ii)        The
country sealed its borders to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants.
(iii)       Students
should be fully acquainted with fundamental grammar of English.
(iv)       Preventive
measures have been taken to ward off an outbreak of cholera
(v)         The pupils
were rebuked for making so much noise.
(vi)       Jane, a
brilliant swimmer, represented Britain at the Olympic Games.
(vii)     I often meet
Tom on
his way to school.
(viii)   By
this time next year, George will have taken his university degree.
 (c)   Join the following sentences to make one
complete sentence without using and, but or so.                                                                                                                                      
                       
(i)    As soon as the
boys saw the owner of the orchard, they ran off.
(ii)  I have found the
book which I lost yesterday.
(iii)  The poor
peasant could neither read nor write.
(iv) The passage was so difficult that I could not translate
it.
(d)   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.                
(i)             
Besides robbing the old man, they also beat him
up.
(ii)           
If we had not missed the bus , we would not have
hired a taxi.
(iii)         
Despite having a headache, he enjoyed the film.
(iv)          
Unless Thomas improves his IT skills, he will
not get a better-paid job
(v)            
The culprit is believed to have escaped from the
prison
(vi)          
The thief hid behind a wall lest the police should
see him.
(vii)        
No sooner did he hear the footsteps behind him
than he took out the revolver.


(viii)      
In all probability he has forgotten my address.

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