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ICSE Class X Prelims 2021 : English Paper 2 (English Literature) (Lokhandwala Foundation School (LFS), Kandivali East, Mumbai)

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LOKHANDWALA FOUNDATION SCHOOL PRELIMINARY EXAM-2020-21 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH English Paper- 2 Date: 11/01/2021 Duration: 2 hrs Grade: 10 Max. Marks: 80 _______________________________________________________________________________________ General Instructions: 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 [ ]. This paper consists of 4 printed sides. ____________________________________________________________________________________ SECTION A- DRAMA Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow: Question 1. Portia: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) You know I say nothing to him, for he understands not me, nor I him: he hath neither Latin, French, nor Italian; and you will come into the court and swear that I have a poor pennyworth in the English. Who is Portia confiding in? What is the purpose of their discussion? (3) Who is referred as he in the given extract? Explain in your own words why Portia refers to him as a dumb-show . (3) What does Portia comment about his way of dressing? (3) Later in the scene, how has Portia planned to escape from being married to a sponge ? (3) How has Portia asserted that she will follow her father s will at any cost? Explain in detail the classical references mentioned by her in this context. What does her assertion reveal about her character? (4) Question 2. Bassanio: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But being season d with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? Which casket is Bassanio referring to in the given extract? What was inscribed on it? What did it contain? (3) Explain the line, The world is still deceived with ornament. State two other examples given by Bassanio to prove the statement. (3) Earlier in the play, which suitor had rejected this particular casket? What reasons had he given for rejecting it? (3) Which casket does Bassanio finally choose? How does he explain his choice? (3) What does Bassanio find inside the casket of his choice? How does he describe it? (4)

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