Icse English Language Specimen Paper

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Question 1
Write a composition of reasonable length [350-400 words] in any one of the following: [25] (a) School is a temple of learning. But this belief is fast changing now. Keeping in view the trend adopted by the students of today, give your views on the statement. (b) Man is often ruined by his pride.

(c) “All is well that ends well”. Narrate an incident that reveals the truth of the statement. (d) Relate a short story which has as its theme “Regret but Too Late to Repent” (e) Study the picture below. Write an original story or description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or may take suggestions from it, but here must be some clear connection between the picture and the composition.

Question 2
Select any one of the following: [10] (a) ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.” Write a letter to your friend thanking for all the help provided to you during a difficult situation. OR (b) Write a letter to the Manger of a firm complaining about goods delivered to you in damaged condition. Explain the nature of the damage and request him to replace it without further delay. Question 3

Read the following passage and answer the questions a, b, c, and d given below: We have been brought up to fear insects. We regard them as unnecessary creatures that do more harm than good. Man continuously wages war on them, for they contaminate his food, carry diseases or devour his crops. They sting or bite without provocation, they fly uninvited into our rooms on summer nights, or beat against our lighted windows. We live in dread not only of unpleasant insects like spiders or wasps, but of quite harmless ones like moths. Reading about them increases our understanding without dispelling our fears. Knowing that the industrious ants live in a highly...
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