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ENGLISH
Paper 1
(Two Hours)
Answer 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 the paper is the time allowed for writing the answers. ________________________________________
Attempt all four questions.
The intended marks for questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ]. You are advised to spend not more than 35 minutes in answering Question 1 and 20minutes in answering Question 2. ________________________________________

Question 1
(Do not spend not more than 35 minutes on this Question.) [25] Write a composition (350-400 words) on any one of the following: (a) Terrorism is global threat that has to be snuffed out to prevent massive misery and excruciating agony of the humanity. Elaborate on the root causes, nature and consequences of terrorism as witnessed in the present scenario. What are your suggestions towards man’s crusade against the terrorist menace? (b) The reality shows are the vogue on television now. Comment on the negative influences these shows have on the younger generation. (c) A village fair provides an opportunity to observe typical as well as eccentric nature of people of different social strata. Recount an experience you had when you visited a village fair with your friends. How did the experience enrich your knowledge of human character? (d) Write an original short story in which your aspirations are fulfilled by a mysterious and unpredictable phenomenon. (e) Study the picture given below. Write a story or a description or an account of what the picture suggests to you. Your composition may be about the subject of the picture or you may take suggestions from it; but there must be a clear connection between the picture and your composition.

Question 2
(Do not spend not more than 20 minutes on this Question.) [10] Select ONE of the following:
(a) Your aunt had come to stay for a few days in your home. Write a letter to your friend giving a thumbnail portrait of your aunt, her curious habits and her amusing eccentricities. OR
(b) You, along with your relatives, plan to visit a hill resort in summer after the ICSE Examinations. Write a letter to the Write a letter to the Director in Charge of the Indian Tourism Department of the hill station you plan to visit enquiring about the easiest route, availability and tariff fro stay for three days as well as the interesting sites you should visit to make your summer trip meaningful. Question 3

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: [25] Learn to value yourself. No matter what you’ve done in the past that you are ashamed or embarrassed of, leave it in the past. Recognise your own self-worth. Most of us are unable to appreciate the gifts that God has given us and keep hankering for things that others possess. Once we realize the talents and skills that we possess, we will be able to harness our energies and increase our sense of self-worth. This would enable us to love ourselves. ‘Loving ourselves does not mean we become narcissists, but simply that we find a sense of contentment by liking the way we are. Most of us simply do not love the way we are – we want longer hair, better complexion, better facial features, taller stature etc. As a result, we live in a continuous state of dissatisfaction just because we are “different” and do not know how to appreciate ourselves. A person who suffers from dissatisfaction and low self-esteem can neither be happy nor achieve anything. A few years ago, I noticed my self-esteem varied wildly depending on what aspect of myself I was thinking about at the time. Thinking about my accomplishments made me feel really good and strong. But thinking about shortcomings left me dejected. To overcome this, I worked on integrating these disparate views of myself to ensure a more balanced outlook. When I felt...
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