ICSE 2019 English Paper 1: Model Paper One

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ICSE 2019 English
Paper 1: Model Paper One
(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.
time given at the head of this Paper is the time allowed for writing the
all five questions.
The intended marks for
questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [].
are advised to spend not more than 30 minutes
in answering Question 1
in answering Question 2.
Question 1
(Do not spend more than 30 minutes on this question.)
a composition (300 – 350 words) on any one of the following:                                       [20]
(a)   You
have recently represented your school at the National Athletic Meet and won a
gold medal. Describe the preparation you made, the thoughts that passed through
your mind when you saw the athletes from other schools and the feelings you had
before and after winning the medal.
(b)    Atithi
Devo Bhava
’ meaning ‘The Guest is God’ is the most popular Indian adage
that highlights the need for one to be hospitable to guests. Narrate an
incident from your experience, which proves just the opposite of this saying.
Write a short story
beginning with the following sentence, “It was a pitch-dark night and he was walking
alone along the deserted street.”
(d)   “The most popular forms
of social media like ‘Facebook’ and ‘WhatsApp’ have a negative impact on
children`s mental health”
. Express your views
either for or against the 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.)                                                  
of the following:
You have been embarrassed
by an incident involving a group of friends. Write a letter to your mother
relating the incident. Express your feelings and how you intend to overcome the
impact of the incident.
Motor accidents involving
overcrowded buses have become the order of the day. Despite your several
complaints in this regard, the traffic or transport authorities have not still
taken any action. Write a letter to the Transport Minister of your state drawing his attention to this grave
issue as well as the indifferent attitude of the
traffic and transport
Question 3                                                                                                                          [5+5]
(a)   You
are the Head Boy/Head Girl of your school. Draft a notice for your school
Notice Board, asking the students of Classes VI to X to contribute to the
Relief Fund for the people affected by the devastating floods in Kerala.
(b)   Write
an email to the Principal of your neighbouring school, requesting him/her to
ask the students of his/her school to contribute towards the Relief Fund stated
in Question 3(a).  
Question 4
the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
Della and James
Dillingham were a young married couple who lived in a modest apartment. They
loved each other very much. Della counted the money she had saved for months by
bargaining with the grocer, the vegetable vendor and the butcher. One dollar
and eighty-seven cents. That was all. The next day would be Christmas. One
dollar and eighty-seven cents was not enough to buy a perfect gift for James,
whom she called Jim. So she flopped down on the little couch and howled.
After a little while, Della
finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. Tomorrow would
be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She
had been saving every penny she could for months. Twenty dollars a week doesn’t
go far. Expenses had been greater than she had calculated. They always are.
Only $1.87 to buy a present for Jim. Many a happy hour she had spent planning
for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling – something
just a little bit near to being worthy of the honour of being owned by Jim.
There were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which
they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his
father’s and his grandfather’s. The other was Della’s beautiful long brown hair
that fell below her knees like a cascade of water; it made itself almost a garment
for her. Looking in the mirror, a brilliant idea occurred to Della and she rushed to Madame Sofornie`s shop. She
sold her hair for twenty dollars and went to all the stores looking for a
wonderful gift for her dear Jim. She found it at last. It was a platinum fob
chain which, she felt, had been made for Jim and no one else. She bought it for
twenty-one dollars,
and hurried home with the 78 cents. With
that chain on his watch Jim might be properly
anxious about the time in any company. Grand as the watch was, he
sometimes looked at it on the sly on account of the old leather strap that he
used in place of a chain.
When Della reached home, she got out her curling irons and began to repair the ravages made by generosity coupled with love. Within
forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her
look wonderfully like a truant schoolboy.
“If Jim doesn’t kill me,” she said to herself, “before he
takes a second look at me, he’ll say I look like a Coney Island chorus girl.
But what could I do – oh! What could I do with a dollar and eighty-seven
At 7 o’clock the coffee was made and the frying-pan was hot and ready to
cook the chops.Jim was never late. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and
sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered.
 Then she heard his step on the
stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment.
She had a habit of saying little silent prayers about the simplest everyday
things, and now she whispered: “Please, God, make him think I am still
The door opened and Jim stepped in and closed it. His eyes were fixed
upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it
terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor
any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her
fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face.
 “Jim, darling,” she
cried, “don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold it
because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present.
It’ll grow out again – you won’t mind, will you?
Coming out of his trance, Jim handed her a package and asked her
to open it. It contained a set of expensive beautiful combs of pure tortoise
shell with jewelled rims- the combs which her heart had always yearned to have without
the least hope of possession. Now they were hers but the tresses that should have adorned them were gone.
Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him
eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a
reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.
 “Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it.
You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch.
I want to see how it looks on it.”
 Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled
on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.
 “Dell,” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents
away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the
watch to get the money to buy your combs.
(a)   Give
the meaning of the following words as used in the passage:                                                [3]
(i)      occurred
(ii)    tresses
(iii)  tumbled
(b)   Answer
the following questions briefly in your own words.
(i)    Why
did Della save every penny she could for months? What made her howl?      
 [2]                     (ii)   When Della found that there was not sufficient
money to buy a perfect gift, what did
 she do?  [2]  
 Why did Della want to buy a fob chain?      [2]                                                                           
(iv)  What did Della do to repair her damaged hair?                                                         
(v)    How did Della try to put Jim at ease when he
gazed at her?                                                       
(c)   In
not more than 50 words, describe the
circumstances that made their presents useless.           [8]
Question 5
(a)   Fill
in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in
not copy the passage but write in correct serial order the word or phrase
appropriate to the blank space.                                                                                                                  
 As soon as he caught the ball, he (0) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ it
to me.          Answer: threw
In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I (1)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(hate)
by large numbers of people  I (2) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(be) the sub-divisional police officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty
kind of way anti-European feeling was very bitter. No one (3) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(have) the guts to raise a riot, but if a European woman (4) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(go) through the bazaars alone, somebody would probably spit betel juice over
her dress. As a police officer I was an obvious target and (5) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______(bait)
whenever it seemed safe (6) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (do) so. When a
nimble Burman (7) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______ (trip) me up on the football
field and the referee (another Burman) looked the other way, the crowd (8) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______
(yell) with hideous laughter.
(b)   Fill
in each blank with an appropriate word:                                                  
(i)    We
could not distinguish one identical
twin ______ the other.
(ii)  The
little girl could not keep pace _____her parents.
The doctors were unable to
cure him ______ his strange
(iv)  Sam had a big advantage ______  the other candidates.
(v)   Eggs
are usually sold _______ the dozen.
(vi) Environmental
issues were discussed _______the meeting.
The management presented
a cheque _______ ₹ 10000 to him.
(viii)       The
committee failed to carry _______ the promise it had made.
(c)   Join
the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.    [4]                                                                                                                                                                          
I reached the bus
station. The bus had already left.
He did not tell me why he
moved to London. I knew it.
 Margret swept the room. Margret washed the
 I was reading a book. My mother was cooking.
(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)    When
we pulled the cardboard box, a kitten jumped out. (End:………………………….a
(ii)  They
have encouraged Rony to bet on horse races. 
       (Rewrite in Passive Voice.)
The thief ran so quickly
that we could not catch him.           (Use: ‘too….to’)
(iv) Who
does not know that two and two makes four?        (Change
into a statement.)
(v)   Dennis
asked me, “When will you return the book which you borrowed from the library?”
Dennis enquired …….)         
(vi) If
he had not interrupted, I could have finished the story.     (Begin: But for…………………….)
Although he was interrogated
at length, he did not reveal the truth.    
In spite of…….)
(viii)       I
advise you to consult a lawyer.    (Use:
‘had better’)


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