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The Shri Ram School Aravali ICSE Specimen Paper 2015: Literature

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The Shri Ram School Aravali Subject (Mock Exam): English Literature Time: 2 hrs Class: X Max Marks: 80 Name Sec Date (Candidates are allowed additional 15 minutes for only reading the paper. They must NOT start writing during this time.) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE- William Shakespeare Q1. Bassanio: In Belmont is a lady richly left; And she is fair, and fairer than the word, Of wondrous virtues; sometimes from her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages. a. Where is the scene set? Who are the characters who are present at this time? Who is the lady that is being discussed? Explain fair speechless messages . (3) b. How has the speaker described the lady? (3) c. The speaker uses a mythological allusion to convey the lady s fame in the world. Explain. (3) d. What is the intention of the speaker in describing the lady in such detail? (3) e. Elaborate on the character of the speaker based on this scene. (4) Q2. Morocco: And so may I, blind Fortune leading me, Miss that which one unworthier may attain And die with grieving. a. What does Morocco mean when he says and so may I ? To whom does he compare his situation to? (3) b. Why does he say blind Fortune leading me ? What condition is laid down should he choose incorrectly? (3) c. What image do you get of the Prince of Morocco? (3) d. Portia is tactful in dealing with a difficult situation. Discuss with reference to this scene. (3) e. How does this scene highlight the theme of racial prejudice? (4) SECTION B POETRY ICSE - A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND SHORT STORIES Q3. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest Was not spoken of the soul. TSRS Aravali/Mock Exam/2014-15 Page 1

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