ICSE 2019 English 1 Model Paper

ICSE 2019 English 1 Model Paper


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 on reading the question paper.
The time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers.

Attempt all five questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].
You are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20 minutes in answering Question 2.

Question 1
(Do not spend more than 30 minutes on this question.) [20]
Write a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:
(a) Write an original short story entitled: “ Ever Treasured”.
(b) Good communication skills, particularly in English, is essential for students for their future endeavours. Write an essay supporting or refuting the statement.
(c) On a morning walk, you saw an old woman accidentally hit by a motorcycle. Narrate the incident highlighting your reaction to the incident and your efforts to help the lady.
(d) My ideal friend.
(e) Study the picture given below.
Write a short story or 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.

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Question 2
(Do not spend more than 20 minutes on this question.) [10]
Select one of the following:
(a) You have recently visited a place of historical importance. Write a letter to your uncle telling him about your experience and also limelight what impressed you the most about the place.
(b) You come to know that a gift sent by you, through a courier service, to your grandfather living in another city has not reached him. Write a letter to the Customer Service Department of the courier service about the delay in the delivery and requesting them to look into the matter and make the delivery at the earliest.
Question 3 [5+5]
(a) You are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Write a notice to be displayed on the notice board regarding a Charity Event to be organized in your school to collect contributions in cash or in-kind to help the destitute street children in your city.
(b) With reference to the Charity event in Question 3 (a), write an email to the Principal of your school seeking permission to conduct the event at the school grounds.
Question 4
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.
Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.
‘Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.’
This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.
When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained ‘My travels have changed me.’
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll.
In summary, it said: ‘Everything that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.’
(a) Give the meaning of these words as used in the passage: [3]
1. desolate
2. comforted
3. crevice
(b) Answer these questions:
1. Whom did Kafka meet in the park? [1]
2. What was the state of the girl? Why? [2]
3. How did Kafka comfort the girl? [2]
4. Why did Kafka present the girl with a doll? [2]
5. What did the girl find when she had grown up? What did it say? [2]
(c) Write a 50-word summary of the passage. [8]

Question 5
(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. [4]
I ………. (0) (slow) the car as I saw the new house.
Answer: (0) slowed

Alicia ………. (1) (pass) the autumn in this strange love nest. She had determined, however, ………. (2) (cast) a veil over her former dreams and live like a sleeping beauty in the hostile house, ………. (3) (try) not to think about anything until her husband arrived each evening.
It is not strange that she grew thin. She had a light attack of influenza that , ………. (4) (drag) on harmfully for days and days: after that Alicia’s health never , ………. (5) (return). Finally, one afternoon she , ………. (6) (be) able to go into the garden, , ………. (7) (support) on her husband’s arm. She , ………. (8) (look) around listlessly.
Suddenly Jordan, with deep tenderness, ran his hand very slowly over her head, and Alicia instantly burst into sobs, throwing her arms around his neck.
(a) Fill in each blank with an appropriate word [4]
i. I was happy to be ….…. my students again.
ii. Do not touch the switch ….…. bare hands.
iii. I have no money ….…. me.
iv. They quarrelled ….…. the treasure.
v. The miscreants were charged ….…. burglary.
vi. They persisted ….…. their innocence.
vii. They were not acquitted ….…. the crime.
viii. The boxer was knocked ….…. .
(b) Join these sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so. [4]
i. Rita started screaming. Everyone rushed to her at once.
ii. Haneef is intelligent. He is lazy.
iii. He stopped to have dinner. Yet he reached in time.
iv. Miraj won a gold medal in the quiz. He is my friend.
(d) Rewrite as directed the sentences given below according to the instruction given and making changes necessary, without changing the meaning of each sentence. [8]
i. If we had given her another opportunity, Janaki would have succeeded.
( Begin: Had….)
ii. The squirrels are as troublesome as the rats.
(Begin: The rats….)
iii. Janice started taking tuition classes for the sake of her sister’s education.
( Use: so that)
iv. Wear your sweater, it may be cold when you return.
(Use: lest)
v. She led a beautiful life, yet she grumbled about her fate.
( Use: Notwithstanding)
vi. The French tourists were treated rudely by the haughty natives.
(Begin: The haughty….)
vii. The teacher congratulated and encouraged her students.
(Begin: Not only……)
viii. My mentor said, “Be positive; never give up.”
( Change into indirect speech)

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