2010 ICSE English Paper-1 (Language) (Model Paper) Question paper
English Paper-1 (Language)
Std: 10 Max Marks : 80
Answers to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets.
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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 all four questions
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You are advised to spend not more than 5 minutes in answering Question 1
And 20 minutes in answering Question 2.
20 marks allotted for internal assessment.
Question 1. (25)
Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following:-
(i) The evening was falling and my whole head rattled when my teeth chattered and bones ached. The wind howling outside the cave was enough to make me think this mission wasn't worth it ………………….Continue to narrate the story.
(ii) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account by what is suggested to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it; however, there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.
(iii) Describe the various roles you play in your life. e.g. Son/daughter, student, brother, volunteer et cetera. Also describe the purpose you serve in that role.
(iv) In today's world of fierce competition, the decision of the Home Minister to scrap the grade X Board examination altogether to replace it with grade system comes as a breather. Express your views for or against this statement.
(v) Write a short story which illustrates the truth of the following statement; 'there is no smoke without fire'.
Question 2. (10)
Select one of the following:
(i) You have been selected to participate in one of the reality shows. Write a letter to a close friend expressing your feelings and briefing him/her of exactly what happened and what you look forward to.
(ii) The main road in your locality is being widened. The project seems never ending and the construction has become a bane for the residents. The rains have further deteriorated the situation. Write a letter to the BDA Executive Engineer stating the problems you are facing. Suggest fast completion of the work.
Question 3. (25)
Read the extract below and answer the questions that follow:
1. Television viewing has become the Indian drug of choice. As the drug suppliers, offering more and more channels and inane programmes to fill them, celebrate the mass addiction, cautionary voices warning of the dangers tend to be lost in the self-congratulatory cacophony of the pushers and users. Over the last two decades, studies from many parts of the world have established the harmful consequences of television viewing. They find little mention in our popular discourse although their validity is no less than of studies which link smoking to serious health problems. I am not even talking of the psychological impact of the content of television programmes. For instance, the relation between violence shown on television and the increase of actual violence is now clear cut. Only someone who is ignorant of facts can continue to doubt that television increases the propensity to violence.
2. What one refers to as the harmful consequences of this recreational drug relates not to what is shown on television but to the mere fact of television consumption. For instance, we read alarming reports of obesity among middle-class Indian children and youth.
3. Studies from other parts of the world have conclusively linked the increase in obesity to rise in television viewing. Take the example of China. In 1997, when less than 8 per cent of Chinese children watched TV for more than two hours, there was no relation between television consumption and body weight.
4. Less than three years later, with a striking increase in television sales and in hours of viewing, there was a clear relationship between television consumption and obesity. In absolute numbers, there are more obese children in China today than in the United States. We are not far behind, if we haven't already caught up with the leaders in this particular race.
5. The mechanisms that establish the relationship between television viewing and obesity are well known. A couch potato by definition expends very little energy. In fact, the energy used in watching television is less than in any other human activity. Even doing nothing uses up more calories than watching television. Unless, of course, one is continuously surfing channels, an activity highly recommended for those who are unable to rid themselves of the addiction.
6. The second mechanism that links television to obesity is the change in eating habits. The role model effect on children of actors endorsing high calorie products, like colas by Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, or potato chips by Saif Ali Khan, and chocolates by Amitabh Bachchan, cannot be underestimated. But even without these role models, an increased consumption of sweets, salted snacks and artificially sweetened drinks, the bhajias and chiwadas, and less intake of vegetables and fruits by children and young people is significantly related to the amount spent in front of the television.
7. Moreover, children in whose homes television is on at meal times eat more than those where the set is switched off. If a government watchdog for the media is at all needed, then television should perhaps be shifted from the purview of the information and broadcasting ministry to the health ministry, even at the risk of taking our chances with Anbumani Ramadoss.
8. We Indians, who traditionally tend to equate being overweight with being "healthy", may not be unduly alarmed by the studies linking obesity to TV consumption. But with our deep commitment to the education of our children and our obsession with their academic achievement, we will perhaps sit up and take particular notice of some other studies. These explode the myth that all the information that television spews out will make a child grow up as a more aware, thinking adult.
9. Long-term studies in other countries demonstrate that television viewing is negatively related to academic achievement. Television consumption of a child between five and 15 years of age influences the academic level he or she is likely to achieve as a 26-year-old adult. This finding, too, should not surprise us. Television is not like ancient Greek or Indian theatre where the engagement of the public was intense and profound. Thinking about good and evil were the most important tasks of Greek theatre and its dramas were thought of as an aid to introspection. Television is more akin to the circus of the Romans. More than 90 per cent of television programming is entertainment. It is a culture of spectacle, where the viewer is a passive participant.
10. At the height of the Roman Empire, Italian psychologist Luigi Zoja tells us, when there were 200 holidays in the year, the populace spent whole days at the Colosseum, watching spectacles that stimulated emotions but were intended to diminish thought.
11. The equivalent of the Roman Colosseum of yore in contemporary India is the TV set in each household; the Roman gladiators have been replaced by IPL cricket warriors. I confess to watching all IPL matches that were not affected by the frequent power breakdowns in my Goa village. I put on three pounds of weight. I luckily no longer aspire to any academic achievement.
(a) Answer the following questions briefly in your own words: 5x2=10
(i) What relationship does the writer try to establish between drug and addiction?
(ii) Is the writer all along condemning T.V. Viewing?
(iii) In paragraph 9 what analogy does the writer use to highlight today's Television viewing?
(iv) Which country is more prone to obesity? Why?
(v) The writer becomes a victim at one point of time. Justify.
(b) In not more than 60 words summarize 'It is better off if T.V is managed by the health ministry rather than the Broadcast ministry'. 8
(c) Suggest a suitable title to the Précis and justify your choice. 2
(d) Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following from the paragraphs indicated. Also use the words in sentence of your own. 5
(i) Disharmony, dissonance ( Para:1)
(ii) Partiality, tendency, susceptibility( Para:1)
(iii) Scope or range ( Para:7)
(iv) using up spending, utilization( Para:2)
(v) Blow up or burst, shatter, disprove theory( Para:8)
Question 4. (20)
(a) Rewrite the following sentences according to the instructions given after each and making any changes necessary without changing the meaning. 1x10=10
(i) As soon as I started to run, my left foot got twisted. (Begin with: Scarcely)
(ii) It is a breathtaking scene. (End with …………….is!)
(iii) He agreed with his son on the choice of subjects. (Use: oppose)
(iv) The sum is so easy that you will get it right. (Use: too)
(v) Very few doctors in the hospital are as dedicated as he is. (Begin with: He is ……….)
(vi) Although his eye had been badly damaged he continued to fight. (Use: Despite)
(vii) The train stopped (Rewrite to end in: "...………stop".)
(viii) You must run fast or you will not catch the bus. (Rewrite removing the 'not')
(ix) The mangoes of this region are sweeter than any other region. (Correct and rewrite the
(x) I accept your offer. (Use: acceptable)
Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the word given in the brackets. 1/2 x5 = 21/2
(i) They assured us that they ………….us (help).
(ii) We shall not go there until we…………by him (invite).
(iii) Gautama says that boredom ………….out of disinterestness (emerge).
(iv) He will be happy to know that I …………a scholarship (win).
(v) I want to help you in all …………… (earnest) .
(b) Fill in each of the blanks with appropriate words. 1/2 x 5= 21/2
She has been working in a bank……………..leaving school.
The fence cuts ……….our view of the sea.
Jobs are hard ………..come these days.
There are very few seats available ……..the moment.
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