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ICSE Class X Prelims 2021 : English Paper 2 (English Literature) (Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana)

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Sat Paul Mittal School Pre-board II - 2020-21 Class: X Subject: English Literature Time Allowed: 2 hrs Max. Marks: - 80 NOTE: 1. This Question Paper consists of four printed pages. 2. Total No of Questions: 9 General Instructions 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 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 the brackets [] Section A Play: The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare Question 1: Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow: [16] Portia: By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aweary of this great world. Nerissa: You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are; and yet, for aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) Where is the scene taking place? Explain the line By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aweary of this great world. [3] Why can Portia not choose a husband of her choice? [3] When Nerissa asks Portia whether she would refuse to follow her father s will when the young German chose the right casket, what is Portia s reply? [3] What does Nerissa say about a certain Venetian? What is Portia s reply? [3] How does the scene end? Is Portia willing to meet the next suitor? [4] Question 2: Read the extract carefully and answer the questions that follow: Arragon: What many men desire! That many may be meant By the fool multitude, that choose by show, Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach; Which pries not to the interior, but like the martlet,Builds in the weather on the outward wall, Even in the force and road of casualty. I will not choose what many men desire, (i) [16] Why is Arragon in this place? What is the inscription that he has just read, and on which casket

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