ICSE Sample Paper English Literature 2020 Class-10

ICSE Sample Paper English Literature 2020 Class-10 . Specimen English Literature Class-10 ICSE Paper for 2020. Model Sample Paper for ICSE Board Class-10 English Literature. Hence by better practice of Sample Paper ICSE English Literature 2020 is very helpful for ICSE student appearing in 2020 exam of council .

Sample Paper English Literature ICSE Class-10 Specimen for 2020


(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 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 [ ].


The Merchant of Venice : Shakespeare

Question 1.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Salarino : O! ten times faster Venus’ pigeons fly
To seal love’s bonds new-made, than they are wont
To keep obliged faith unforfeited!
Gratiano: That ever holds: who riseth from a feast
With that keen appetite that he sits down?
Where is the horse that doth untread again
His tedious measures with the unbated fire
That he did pace them first? All things that are,
Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d

(i) Where does this scene take place? Who has out-dwelt his hour? Normally what
do the lovers do as far as the appointed time is concerned? [3] (ii) Who is Venus? How do the Venus’s pigeons behave as far as love is concerned [3] (iii) “All things that are, Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d”. How far is
this statement brought out by giving the example of a ship in later lines? [3] (iv) How does Gratiano explain in the extract the state of people in love? [3] (v) What will be Jessica’s role in the masquerade? What does she have to say
regarding this role? What is your opinion of Jessica [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 herein Fortune shows herself more kind
Than is her custom. It is still her use
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
An age of poverty—from which lingering penance
Of such misery doth she cut me off.
Commend me to your honorable wife.
Tell her the process of Antonio’s end.
Say how I loved you. Speak me fair in death.
And when the tale is told, bid her be judge
Whether Bassanio had not once a love.
(i) When and to whom does Antonio speak these lines? What is meant by “Grieve
not that I am fall’n to this for you”?[3] (ii) How has “Fortune” been represented in this line? Why does Antonio feel that
fortune is kind to him[3] (iii) What is meant by “lingering penance”? What is it that Bassanio must not
regret and what is it that Antonio does not repent? [3] (iv) What offer does Bassanio make after this extract to save Antonio? What is
Portia’s response?[3] (v) Throw some light on the bond of friendship between Bassanio and Antonio,
giving various instances from the scene. [4] Loyalties : John Galsworthy

Question 3.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Mabel : We’ll fight it tooth and nail!
Margaret : Mabel, you’re pure wool, right through;
everybody’s sorry for you.
Mabel : It’s for him they ought……….
(i) Where does the scene take place? Why does Margaret address Mabel as ‘pure
wool’? Why was Mabel stunned earlier at the mention of the word ‘court’?[3] (ii) What did Mabel wish to fight? Who is referred to as ‘him’ in the last line of
the extract? What has he been accused of? [3]

(iii) Name the other lady who enters the scene at this time. What news does she
bring that further points to ‘him’ as the criminal? What bit of gossip does
Margaret offer from ‘his’ past?
[3] (iv) Mention two ways in which Mabel’s words to the other ladies reveal her fierce
loyalty to ‘him’. Which solicitor does Margaret suggest to Mabel? Why does
she do so?[3] (v) What does Dancy, who enters now, propose that they do as soon as the ladies
have left? Why does Mabel object to the plan? Who enters at this point?
What appeal does Mabel make to this person?[4]

Question 4.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Dancy: They’ll break the door in. It’s no good – we must open.
Hold them in check a little. I want a minute or two.
Mabel: [clasping him]: Ronny! Oh Ronny! It won’t be for long…….
(i) What two major confessions had Dancy made to Mabel just before this
extract? What did his solicitors want him to do? [3] (ii) What does Mabel say to express her loyalty to him despite his crimes? Who
knocks at the door at this point? What does she do to ‘hold them in check’? [3] (iii) Who else enters the house? What sound do they all hear? Why does Mabel
faint? [3] (iv) What does Colford do with Dancy’s letter? What is your opinion of Dancy
in the light of his unexpected suicide? [3] (v) Mention the different kinds of loyalties that the dramatist has touched upon in
the play, providing examples to support your answer? [4]


A Collection of Poems

Question 5.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
“What would my wife be thinking of her man so strong and grown,
If she could see me sitting here, too weak to stand alone?
Could my mother have imagined, as she held me to her breast,
That I’d be sitting HERE one day with this pain in my chest?”
(Small Pain in My Chest by Michael Mack)

(i) What does his wife usually think of him? How do you know? [3] (ii) Throw light on his present condition. [3] (iii) Describe briefly what had happened last night. [3] (iv) Is he really aware of his fatal wound? How can you say so? [3] (v) What is the message the poet wishes to convey? [4]

Question 6.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
The morning stretched calm, beautiful, and warm.
Sprawling half clad, I gazed out at the form
Of shimmering leaves and shadows. Suddenly
A strong flash then another, startled me.
I saw the old stone lantern brightly lit.
(A Doctor’s Journal Entry for August 6, 1945 by Vikram Seth)
(i) What does the poet conclude the flashes to be? What was he doing just before
the flashes occurred?
[3] (ii) Describe the scene immediately after this extract? [3] (iii) What was the weird experience he had? Why did he think it weird? What was
the real reason? [3] (iv) Describe the condition of his wife. What was her name? [3] (v) Later in the poem the doctor asks his wife to go ahead. Why? What were his
feelings after she had gone? [4]

Collection of Short Stories

Question 7.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
No praise was now too high for Alagu and his sense of fairness and justice.
‘This is the true panchayat.’ ‘Alagu has divided truth from falsehood as a swan
separates milk from water.’ ‘Friendship has its place in life, but it cannot
override truth and justice.’ ‘It is only honest men like Alagu who sustain the
earth, or it would have sunk under the ocean long ago.’

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