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ICSE Class IX Mid-term 2021 : English Paper 2 (English Literature)

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Tuition Test ICSE 9 - ENGLISH Time Allowed: 30 Minutes Maximum Marks: 30 Question 1. Salarino: Your mind is tossing on the ocean; There, where your argosies with portly sail, Like signiors and rich burghers on the flood, Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea, Do overpeer the petty traffickers, That curtsy to them, do them reverence, As they fly by them with their woven wings. a) b) c) d) e) What makes Salarino say these words? How can you say that Antonio was in a sad mood? How does he describe his sadness? Does Antonio agree to the explanation given by Salarino? Comment. In your own words, elaborate how Salarino has described the ships of Antonio. What explanation is Salarino trying to give to Antonio for his pensive state? How does he try to lift his spirits up? [10 MARKS] Question 2. Salarino: My wind cooling my broth Would blow me to an ague when I thought What harm a wind too great at sea might do. I should not see the sandy hourglass run, But I should think of shallows and of flats And see my wealthy Andrew docked in sand, Vailing her high top lower than her ribs To kiss her burial. Should I go to church And see the holy edifice of stone And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks, Which, touching but my gentle vessel s side, Would scatter all her spices on the stream, Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks, And, in a word, but even now worth this, And now worth nothing? Shall I have the thought To think on this, and shall I lack the thought That such a thing bechanced would make me sad? But tell not me. I know Antonio Is sad to think upon his merchandise. 7 April 2021

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