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ICSE Prelims 2 2017 : English Paper 2 (English Literature) (Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane)

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SMT. SULOCHANADEVI SINGHANIA SCHOOL, THANE Class Subject Exam Date Marks Time 10 ENGLISH II PRELIM II 04.02.17 80 2 hrs SECTION A DRAMA The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare Sections A, B and C and any two other questions. Question 1 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Bassanio : This ring, good sir? Alas! It is a trifle! I will not shame myself to give you this. Portia : I will have nothing else but only this; And now methinks I have a mind to it. i. What does Portia say about the payment for her services? How does Bassanio insist that Portia should take something as a token of gratitude? (3) ii. What does Portia ask Antonio and Bassanio to give her as a token? Who else in the play gives away a ring? What reason does this person give for his action? (3) iii. Why does Bassanio hesitate to comply with Portia s request? What does he offer to do instead? Why does he later change his mind? (3) iv. What had Bassanio promised Portia when she first gave him the ring? In the last scene of the play, how was Antonio able to convince Portia that Bassanio will never again break his promise to her? (3) v. How does Portia reveal that she had disguised herself as a lawyer? What does Antonio mean when he says Portia has given him his life and living? What good news does Nerissa give Lorenzo? (4) Question 2 Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: Antonio : Grieve not that I am fall n to this for you. For here Fortune shows herself more kind Than is her custom. i. When and to whom does Antonio speak these lines. What is meant by Grieve not that I am fallen to this for you ? (3) ii. How is Fortune usually represented? Why does Antonio feel that Fortune is being kind to him? (3) iii. What does Antonio tell Bassanio to convey to his wife? What is it that Bassanio must not regret and that Antonio does not repent? (3) iv. What offer do Bassanio and Gratiano make after this extract to save Antonio ? What is Shylock reaction to this? (3) v. Throw some light on the bond of friendship between Bassanio and Antonio, giving various instances from the scene. (4)

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