English Literature 2019 Solved Previous Year Question Paper ICSE

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  •  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.
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ICSE English Literature Previous Year Question Paper 2019 Solved for Class 10

  • 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 from only three text books.
  • You must attempt at least one question from each of the Sections A, B and C and not more than two other questions from the same books you have already compulsorily chosen.
  • The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].

 

SECTION – A (Drama) The Merchant of Venice : Shakespeare

(ICSE English Literature Previous Year Question Paper 2019 Solved for Class 10)

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Question 1.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :
Bassanio : To you, Antonio,
I owe the most, in money and in love;
And from your love I have a warranty
To unburden all my plots and purposes
How to get clear of all the debts I owe.
Antonio : I pray you, good Bassanio, let me know it;

(i)

Describe Antonio’s mood at the beginning of this scene. [3] State any two reasons that Antonio’s friends, who were present, gave to explain his mood.

(ii)

What promise did Antonio make to Bassanio immediately after this conversation ? [3]

(iii)

What did Bassanio say to Antonio about ‘a lady richly left7 in Belmont ?
[3]

(iv)

Why was Antonio unable to lend Bassanio the money that he needed ? [3] How did he propose to help his friend ?

(v)

What does the above extract reveal of the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio ? [4] Mention one way in which this relationship was put to the test later in the play.

Answers 1

(i)

Antonio is in a melancholy mood at the beginning of this scene. He does not know where he got it and how it began. Salarino, one of Antonio’s friends, thinks that Antonio is sad because he is worried about his ships sailing on the sea. Salario, another of Antonio’s friends, attributes his sadness to his being in love.

(ii)

 Antonio assures Bassanio of his wholehearted help in his mission. He says that his money, his body, his utmost resources will all be placed at his disposal so that Bassanio is able to pursue his aim.

(iii) 
Bassanio tells Antonio that a very beautiful and rich lady, Portia, lives in Belmont. Her reputation as a rich, beautiful lady has spread far and wide. A number of eligible bachelors are reaching Belmont to try their luck in quest of her.
(iv)

Antonio was unable to lend the money that Bassanio needed because all his money was invested in trading ventures at sea. So he suggested Bassanio to go and enquire from where he could get money in Venice. He would stand surety for the money that he could borrow on his behalf.

(v)
 We learn that Antonio and Bassanio are close friends. They share their intimate feelings and anxieties with each other. Both are ready to sacrifice their most precious thing for the other.
 Their friendship is tested later in the play when Bassanio helps Antonio in the Trial Scene through his wife Portia and later Antonio stands surety for Bassanio’s character when the marriage ring is found missing on Bassanio’s hand.
 

Question 2.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :
Bassanio : A gentle scroll. – Fair lady, by your leave; [Kissing her] I come by note, to give and to receive.
Like one of two contending in a prize,
That thinks he hath done well in people’s eyes
Hearing applause and universal shout
Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt
Whether those peals of praise be his or no;

(i)

 

Where did Bassanio find the ‘gentle scroll’ ? [3] What ‘prize’ had Bassanio just won ?

(ii)

Explain why Bassanio said he felt ‘Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt’. [3] (iii) Shortly after this exchange, Portia gave Bassanio a ring as a token of her affection. What did the gift symbolise ? [3]

(iv)

What assurance did Bassanio give her when he accepted the ring ? [3]

(v)

What did Portia urge Bassanio to do when she learnt that his friend Antonio was in trouble ? [4] What aspect of her character is revealed through her words ?

Answers 2

(i)

Bassanio found the ‘gentle scroll’ in the leaden casket from which he found the portrait of fair Portia. His winning of the hand of Portia was the ‘prize’ for Bassanio as so many suitors were trying to win her hand.

 
(ii)
 
Bassanio felt ‘giddy in spirit, still gazing in doubt’ as he thought that he was one of two competitors for a prize who thought he had done well in the eyes of spectators, looking around in some doubt as to whether those shouts of applause were for him or not. He was still in doubt whether he had really won the fair lady Portia.

 

(iii)

Portia gave Bassanio a ring as a token of her affection. The gift symbolised their mutual trust and love for each other. If ever he parted with the ring or lost it or gave it away, this would mean that his love for her was dead and she would accuse him of the breach of trust.

(iv)

Bassanio assured Portia that he would never part with the ring she had given him. Giving her an assurance of his love, he told her that he would keep the ring secure on his finger. It would go only after his life was no more. That is, he would keep it as long as he lived.

(v)

Portia urged Bassanio to leave for Venice at once and take as much gold and money he needed to return the borrowed money to Antonio. In no case should such a good friend come to trouble; This shows Portia’s compassionate heart and generous nature to help someone in distress.

Question 3.

Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow :
Duke : You hear the team’d Bellario, what he writes:
And here, I take it, is the doctor come.
[Enter Portia, dressed like a Doctor of Laws] Give me your hand. Come you from old Bellario”?
Portia : I did, my lord.
Duke : You are welcome : take your place.
Are you acquainted with the difference
That holds this present question in the court ?

(i)

Where is this scene set ? Why was Portia there ? [3]

(ii)

What reason had Bellario given for his absence ? Whom had he sent in his stead ? [3]

(iii)

Bellario’s letter stated that he had taken some measures to prepare the ‘young and learned doctor’ to deal with the case. What were they ? [3]

(iv)

What was the ‘difference’ between Shylock the Jew and Antonio the merchant that the Duke was unable to resolve ? [3]

(v)

 

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