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ICSE 10th Board 2012 English Literature Paper

5 pages, 48 questions, 9 questions with responses, 9 total responses
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English Paper 2 (2 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 o/this Paper is the time allowed for writing the answers. Attempt five questions in all. You must attempt one question from each of the Sections A, B and C and any two other questions The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]. SECTION A DRAMA As You Like it: Shakespeare Question I Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Duke Senior : Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, The seasons difference, as, the icy fang And Churlish chiding of the winter s wind; Which, when it bites and blows upon my body, Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say This is no flattery: these are counsellors That feelingly persuade me what I am. Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like a toad, ugly and venomous, (1) Where does this scene take place? Why is Duke Senior here? To whom is he talking? [3] (2) How does he address his listeners at the beginning of his speech? Why is the present location more free from danger than the court? [3] (3) What do you understand by the line Here feel we but the penalty of Adam/The seasons difference ? What was the old belief about the toad? [3] (iv) In what way does the Duke find good in everything that he sees about him? What does it reveal about his character? [3] (v} Jacques moralises on the wounded deer by comparing it to the actions of human beings. What does he say in this regard? [4] Question 2 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Adam : Know you not, master, to some kind of men Their graces serve them but as enemies? No more do yours: your virtues, gentle master, Are sanctified and holy traitors to you. O, what a world is this, when what is comely Envenoms him that bears it! Orlando: Why, what s the matter? Adam : 0 unhappy youth (i) Who is Adam? Where are Adam and Orlando now? Who is the enemy of Orlando s graces? [3]

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