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ICSE Board Exam 2013 : English Paper 2 (Literature in English)

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LTTERATURB IN ENGLISH ENGLISH Paper - 2 (Two hours) Answers to this Paper must be written on the paper provided separately. Youwill not be allowed to write during thefirst I5 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 onswers. Attempt Jive questions in all. You must qttempt one questionfrom each of the Sections A, B and C and any two other questions. The intended marl<s for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets I J. SECTION A - DRAMA As You Like It : Shakespeare Question 1. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Oliver: Farewell, Good Charles. fexit Charles] Now will I stir this gamester. I hope I shall see an end of him; for my soul, yet I know not why, hates nothing more than he. (i) (ii) Who is Charles? Why had he come to Oliver? t3l Who is the gamester referred to? What does Oliver think of the gamester in the lines that follow the extract? (iii) (iv) (v) t3l What had Oliver told Charles about the gamester? t3l What news had Charles given Oliver about Duke Senior and Rosalind? t3l Mention any four qualities of Orlando that have appealed to you. Give reasons from the text to justify your answer. t4l This Paper consists of 6 printed pages. T13 012 @ Copyright reserved. Turn over

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Question 2. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that What fool is this? O worthy fool! One that has been a courtier, O that I were a fool! I am ambitious for a motleY coat Thou shalt have one. It is my only suit. Duke Senior Jaques Duke Senior Jaques (i) (ii) (iii) follow: what three things does Jaques say about Touchstone's brain? 13l How did Touchstone moralize on time? i3l accepting the What were the two pre-conditions that Jaques put forth before motley coat from the Duke? t3l Who, according to Jaques, should laugh the loudest? Why? t3l (iv) (v) Explain what Jaques would do if he was given a motley coat. t4l What was the Duke's reaction? Loyalties : John GalsworthY Question 3. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that Inspector Winsor Inspector Winsor (i) (ii) : follow: Then we've got it fixed between I 1: l5 and 1 I :30. [-Iols] Now, sir, before we go further I'd like to see your butler and the footman that valets this gentleman' my butler lWith distaslel Very well, lnspector; only boY. has been with us from a ground, sir' Quite so. This is just clearing the General, d'you mind touching that bell? I l 15 and where has the Inspector come from? what has he got 'fixed' between ' I 1.30? How could he have been so accurate about the timing? theft was What conclusions did the Inspector arrive at regarding how the committed? (iii) t3l t3l what information did the footman Robert supply, regarding his movements when questioned bY the InsPector? (iv) (v) t3l what two things in particular had Robert noticed about Mr. De Levis' clothes? theft? Why does De Levis strongly suspect Ronald Dancy of committing the t3l Tl3 012 t4l

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Question 4. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that Gilman : Twisden : Gilman : (i) (ii) follow: As I told you, sir, I've been followin' this case. It's what you might call piquant. And I should be very glad if it came about that this helped Captain Dancy. I take an interest, because, to tell you the truth, [Confidentially] I don't like - well, not to put too fine a point upon it Hebrews. They work harder; they're more sober; they're honest; and they're everyTvhere. I've nothing against them, but the fact is- they get on so. lCocking an eyel A thorn in the flesh, Mr. Gilman. Well, I prefer my own countrymen, and that's the truth of it. Who is Mr. Gilman and why does he want to see Mr. Twisden? Mr. Gilman had said earlier that he had come 'from a sense t3l of duty'. What account does he give in this regard? (iii) t3l What account does Mr. Ricardos, who has come with Mr. Gilman, give of how he came to be in possession of the notes? (iv) What does Mr. Twisden does he leave (v) 13l decide to do after Mr. Ricardos leaves? What instructions with his partner Graviter? t3l Ronald Dancy's wife Mabel believes completely in her husband's innocence. How her? What are your feelings for her at the does the truth, when revealed, affect close of the play? Give reasons for your answer. t4l SECTION B _ POETRY The Golden Lyre Question 5. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: We slowly drove - he knew no haste And I had put away My labour and my leisure too, For his civility - (Becouse (i) (ii) I Could not Stopfor Death:Emily Dickinson) Who are the "we" in the extract? t3l Why does the poet say 'he knew no haste'? What does the poet 'put away'? t3l T13 012 Turn Over

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(iii) Which three things do 'we' pass by? What does'each of these represent? t3l (iv) Where do 'we' pause? How does the poet describe it? t3l (v) What does the poet say about her dress in the second half of the poem? How has the poem appealed to you? Give a reason to justify your answer. t4l Question 6. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the one less travelled bY, And that has made all the difference. (The Road Not Taken: Robert Frost) (i) What shall the poet be 'telling with a sigh'? Why would he be telling it with a t3l sigh? (ii) In the beginning of the poem why d.oes the poet say 'I could not travel both ? t3l What did he do then? (iii) In what way were the two roads similar? t3l How did the first road differ from the second road? (iv) What nature of the poet is seen in his choice of the road? t3l Give a reason to justify your answer. (v) Explain the symbolism of the diverging road. Give two reasons why the poem leaves a lasting imPression. t4l Justif, your answer with close reference to the poem' SECTION C _ PROSE A Treasure Trove of Short Stories Question 7. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: ..You do not seem to be in a good temper," said Gortsby, judging that he was expected to take due notice of the demonstration' The young man tumed to him with a look of disarming frankness which put him instantly on his guard. ,.You wouldn,t be in good temper if you were in the fix I'm in," he said, o'l've done the silliest thing I've ever done in my life" ' '" T13 012

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(i) Who is Gortsby speaking to? What had the person done to make Gortsby speak I.jl these words in the extract? (ii) What was the 'silliest thing' the person said he had done? (iii) What did the narrator remember? What made it more remarkable? tll How was the problem solved? t.rl (iv) Where was Gortsby sitting? Give a brief description of the place. (v) tjI Earlier who was sitting on the bench with Cortsby? What did Gortsby think of that person? l"r I Question 8. "Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. ll 6l They are the magi"- Discuss with close reference to the story 'The Gift of the Magi'. Animal Farm: George Orwell Question 9. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: '......your resolution must never falter. No argument must lead you astray. Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest.... we must not cometo resemble him....No animal must ever live in a house, or sleep in a bed, or wear clothes. or drink alcohol, or smoke tobacco, or touch money. or engage in trade. (i) Who is the speaker of the above lines? Where is the speaker at this moment and why? t3l (ii) Name the animals who attended the meeting. (iii) How does the rebellion finally happen? t3l (iv) According to the speaker, how are animals different from man? l3l (v) What are the seven commandments of the Animal Farm? t1t l.rl Question 10. In the aftermath of the rebellion against Mr. Jones, Snowball andNapoleon emerge the prominent characters, yet it as is Napoleon who eventually consolidates and assumes power as an unquestioned leader. In the light of the above statement, discuss the character of Napoleon in the novel 'Animal T13 012 Farm'. [ Turn Over 6]

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To Sir, With Love : E.R Braithwaite Question 11. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: I was staggered by this unexpected encounter and remained where I was for a moment, unsure of what to do next. Then, deciding to take a closer look at what went on in that room; I knocked on the door, opened it and walked in. There was a general hubbub and for a little while no one seemed aware of my entry, and then, very gradually, one by one the occupants tumed to stare at me. (i) (ii) Who had an encounter with whom and where? t3l Why was the narrator unsure of what to do next? What decision did the narrator take? Why? (iii) (iv) (v) t3l What did he observe then? t3l Describe the man the narrator found when he entered the staff room. t3l Earlier 'he' had met Alex Florian, the Headmaster. What did the Headmaster tell him? t4l Question 12. Give a vivid account of the Christmas party for the junior and senior students that brings the school year to a Tl3 012 close. tl6l


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