ICSE 2016 English Literature Solved Previous Year Question Paper

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Before start solving ICSE 2016 English Literature Paper you should read the following topics clearly.

  1. Read all chapter Carefully.
  2. Make a short notes on Latest Topics.
  3. Answer should be to the Point.
  4. focus on grammar in answer.
  5. Practice Chapter wise exercise of your Text Book

Select Topics 

 Drama – Section A 

 Poetry – Section B 

 Prose – Section C


ICSE 2016 English Literature Solved Paper Previous Year Question

(Two Hours)

  • 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 all questions from Section I and any four questions from Section II.
  • The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]


Section A – Drama The Merchant of Venice : Shakespeare (ICSE 2016 English Literature Solved)


Question 1:

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Portia : As from her lord, her governor, her king.
Myself and what is mine to you and yours
Is now converted: but now I was the lord
Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
Queen o’er myself; and even now, but now,
This house, these servants, and this same myself,
Are yours, my lord:
(i) Where are Portia and Bassanio? What has just taken place which makes Portia to speak these words? What was the inscription given in the lead casket? [3]
(ii) What does Bassanio say in praise of Portia’s portrait? [3]
(iii) What news saddens Bassanio on this happy occasion ? What does Portia ask him to do? [3]
(iv) Who is Balthazar? What was the work assigned to him by Portia? [3]
(v) Where does Portia really plan to go ? What similarity do we find between Portia and Antonio ? What does this scene reveal about the character of Portia ? Give a reason to justify your answer. [4]

Answer: 1


Portia and Bassanio are in a room in Portia’s house at Belmont.
Portia speaks these words when Bassanio says that he is doubtful that all what he sees is true or not until it is fully confirmed, signed and approved by Portia.
The lead casket read that “Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath’.

Bassanio praises Portia’s portrait by saying that when he moves his eyeballs it seems that Portia’s eyeballs are also moving. He also says that from the parted lips of Portia a sweet breath is coming out. He further praises her picture by saying that in her golden hair the artist has worked like a spider and instead of painting her hair he has woven a golden trap to entrap the hearts of men faster t|ian flying insects are trapped in spider webs.

The news that Antonio’s all the ships are lost in the sea and not even one venture has been successful saddens Bassanio. Bassanio is also sad because Antonio’s bond to the Jew has been forfeited and since Antonio has not repaid the money to the Jew he is not going to live anymore.
Portia tells Bassanio to go to Venice and pay the’Jew six thousand ducats then double the six thousand and then three times that to cancel the bond. She tells Bassanio to do all this fast before even a hair of Antonio should fall because of Bassanio’s fault.

Balthazar is a servant to Portia and he has always been true and honest to her. Portia expects him to be the same now also.
She gives him the task of delivering a letter to her cousin Dr. Bellario who lives in Paduan. She asks him to go as fast as possible. She also asks Balthazar to bring the notes and clothes that Dr. Bellario gives him to the water route through which trade with Venice is carried out.

She plans to go Venice to help Bassanio to save Antonio’s life from Shylock, the Jew.
Both of them love Bassanio from the bottom of their heart. They both have a helpful nature as shown by Antonio by giving Bassanio money and as shown by Portia by giving money to Bassanio to save Antonio’s life.
Portia reveals that she is a strong woman who is both bold and capable. She takes charge of the situation, thinks of a daring plan, sends Bassanio to Venice with instructions and money to help Antonio.

Question 2:

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.

Name the speaker. Why did the speaker appeal to the Jew for mercy? Earlier who
else in the play appealed for mercy ? [3]

What are the three qualities of mercy which the speaker has stated just before the
extract? [3]

Give the meaning of‘But mercy is above this sceptred sway’. How does Shylock turn
down Portia’s plea for mercy? What does he insist on? [3]

What is Bassanio ready to do for Antonio in the court? Why is Bassanio snubbed
immediately by the disguised Portia? [3]


Mention two prominent character traits of Shylock as highlighted through the scene
from which the extract has been taken. Substantiate your answer with examples from the text. [4]



Portia is the speaker in the disguise of Balthazar.
Shylock was rigid to charge the penalty as mentioned in the bond. Thus Portia appeals to the Jew as she wants to save Antonio without resorting to legal actions. Earlier in the play the Duke himself and noble men of the highest standing have appealed for mercy to Shylock.

The quality of Mercy is a divine blessing which benefits both the man who shows Mercy and the man who receives it. Mercy is a nobler quality in a royal king better than the crown he wears. Mercy is far above this world ruled by men with sceptre.

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