ICSE English Literature 2015 Solved Question Paper Class-10

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Drama Section-(A) , 

Poetry Section-(B),

Prose Section-(C),

How To Solve ICSE English Literature 2015 Paper (Previous Year)

Before start solving ICSE English Literature 2015 Paper you should read the following topics clearly.

  •  Read all chapter Carefully.
  • Make a short notes on Latest Topics.
  • Practice essay and Composition.
  • Answer should be to the Point.
  • focus on grammar in answer.
  • Practice Chapter wise exercise of your Text Book.


ICSE English Literature 2015 Paper (Previous Year) 

(Drama -The Merchant of Venice : Shakespeare)


Question 1:


Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Portia : But this reasoning is not in the fashion to choose me a husband. O me, the word “choose”! I may neither choose whom I would, nor refuse whom I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one, nor refuse none?
(i) What test had Portia’s father devised for her suitors ? What oath did the suitors have to take before making their choice? [3] (ii) Who is Nerissa? What does she say to cheer up Portia? [3] (iii) Why does Portia disapprove of the County Palatine ? Who would she rather marry? [3] (iv) How, according to Portia, can the Duke of Saxony’s nephew be made to choose the wrong casket? What do these suitors ultimately decide? Why? [3] (v) Whom does Portia ultimately marry? Who were the two other suitors who took the test? Why, in your opinion, is the person whom she marries worthy of her? [4]

Answer: 1


Portia’s father had devised a lottery of caskets for the suitors. There were three caskets namely gold, silver and lead. In one of them was the portrait of Portia. Whichever suitor chose the casket which contained Portia’s picture would win her as his wife.
The suitors had to take the oath if he chose the wrong casket he will never speak to a lady in the subject of marriage, will not reveal to anyone which casket he chose and thirdly if he fails to immediately leave Belmont and go away from there.

Nerissa is Portia’s lady-in-waiting and close confidant. She is a smart lady with an intelligent mind and true sense of humour.
Nerissa says to cheer up Portia that her father was always a good man, and such men have good guidance inspirations from Heaven at the time of their death when making their wills. Therefore Nerissa assures Portia that none but the person who really loves her and not her money will choose the right casket.

Portia disapproves County Palatine saying he is always frowning as much to say that if Portia will not marry him, she may choose someone else. He bears happy stones but does not smile. She is afraid that he will become a sad philosopher like Heraclitus when he grows old because he is so sad in his young age.
She would rather be married to a grinning skeleton with a bone in his mouth than to these suitors.

Portia in order to safeguard against the worst she tells Nerissa to place a tall glass of Rhenish wine on the wrong casket. Portia is sure that the German suitor will not be able to resist the temptation of the wine even if the picture of the Devil himself is inside the casket. She will do anything rather than be married to a drunkard.
The suitors have informed Nerissa of their decision to back to their home not to trouble Portia with any more suit, unless her father’s decree concerning the caskets can be set aside and they may woo her in an ordinary way.

Portia ultimately marries Bassanio. Prince of Morocco and Prince of Arragon were the other two suitors who took the test.
Bassanio is worthy of Portia because both of them love each other deeply. Bassanio like a noble man has sent greetings, polite salutations, gracious speeches and costly presents before his arraival.

Question 2:

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Duke: What, is Antonio here?
Antonio: Ready, so please your grace.
Duke: I am sorry for thee: thou art come to answer
A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
Uncapable of pity, void and empty
From any dram of mercy.

What are the terms of the bond that Antonio has signed? [3]

Why does the Duke call Shylock ‘inhuman’? What does the Duke expect Shylock to do? [13]

What reason does Shylock give for choosing rotten flesh over money ? What are the things hated by some people? [3]

State three examples Antonio gives to illustrate Shylock’s stubborn attitude. [3]

How is Shylock’s property distributed at the end by Antonio?
Do you think Shylock deserves the punishment given to him?
Give a reason to justify your answer. [4]



The term of the bond is if Antonio is unable to pay the three thousand ducats specified on the paper on a certain date, in an agreed place, the forfeit to be paid, will be an exact pound of Antonio’s flesh which Shylock will be at liberty to take from any part of his body which pleases him.

Shylock is called inhuman by Duke because he demanded the pound of flesh from Antonio’s body and did not have a single grain to pity in his heart.
The Duke expects Shylock to show mercy on Antonio as Antonio has suffered heavy losses. Shylock will forgive him a part of the principal amount to be paid by Antonio along with forgiving their penalty.

Shylock says he will not give any particular reason except that it is his fancy and whim. He gives the example that if his house is infested with rats it is fancy to spend ten thousand ducats to have them poisoned. Further he says that there are some people who cannot tolerate the sight of an open mouthed roasted pig, others the sight of a cat and some get angry to hear the scream of the bagpipe. It is just a matter of personal taste. What we like or dislike is determined by our whim or mood.

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