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Class 10 ISC Prelims 2018 : English Paper 2 (English Literature) (Ashok Hall Girls Residential School, Almora)

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ICSE PRE-BOARD PAPER 2018 CLASS: X M.M. 80 SUBJECT: English Literature Time: 2 Hrs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 any five questions in all including one question from each of the sections. Intended marks for the questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SECTION A DRAMA The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare Question 1. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: SHYLOCK: Shall I not receive my principal? PORTIA: Thou shalt have nothing but the forfeiture, To be taken at thy peril, Jew. (i) Explain what Portia means by the above words. [3] (ii) How does Shylock respond to her words? [3] (iii) What more does Portia tell Shylock about the Laws of Venice as applicable to an alien (foreigner)? [3] (iv) What does Antonio propose to do with his share of Shylock s goods? [3] (v) What role does Portia play in this scene? What does this reveal of her character? [4] Question 2. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: ANTONIO: But little: I am arm'd and well prepared. Give me your hand, Bassanio: fare you well! Grieve not that I am fallen 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. (i) Where is this scene set? To whom are these words addressed? To what question does Antonio respond with the words, But little: ? [3] (ii) What does Antonio mean when he says, Grieve not that I have fallen to this for you ? [3] (iii) What does Antonio instruct Bassanio to do immediately after speaking these lines? [3] (iv) What is Bassanio s response to this speech? [3] (v) On what note does Antonio conclude his speech? What does this reveal of Antonio s attitude to life and death? [4] VIVEK TIWARI Page 1

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