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ISC SPECIMEN QUESTION PAPER FOR 2012 EXAMINATION ENGLISH Paper - 2 (Prescribed Textbooks) (Three hours) (Candidates are allowed additional 15 minutes for only reading the paper. They must NOT start writing during this time) Answer one question from Section A and four questions from Section B. In Section B choose questions on at least three textbooks which may include EITHER Shakespeare’s Macbeth OR Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. If you answer two questions on any one text, do not base them on the same material. Note: You are required to select questions on one play only, EITHER Macbeth OR Pygmalion in Sections A and B. The intended marks for questions are given in brackets [ ].

SECTION A
(Answer one question) Macbeth ⎯ Shakespeare Question 1 Choose two of the passages (a) to (c) and answer briefly the questions that follow: (a) Banquo: Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?—I’th’ name of truth Are ye fantastical, or that indeed Which outwardly ye show? My noble partner You greet with present grace and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not If you can look into the seeds of time And say which grains will grow and which will not Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favours nor your hate. (i) Where is Banquo? Who is referred to as “noble partner”? [1] [2] (ii) Who has started? What has this person just been told? (iii) Explain the lines: I’th’ name of truth Are ye fantastical, or that indeed Which outwardly ye show? [1½] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Specimen Question Paper - ISC 2012 [20]

(iv) To what does Banquo refer to as “present grace”, “noble having” and “royal hope”? (v) What is Banquo told by the creatures? What does his attitude tell you about him? (vi) Give the meaning of the following words in the context of the passage: (vii) fantastical; rapt; favours

[2] [2] [1½]

(b)

Macbeth:

If we should fail?

Lady Macbeth: We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking – place And we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep Whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey Soundly invite him, his two chamberlains Will I with wine and wassail so convince That memory, the warder of the brain, Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason A limbeck only. When in swinish sleep Their drenched natures lies as in a death What cannot you and I perform upon Th’un guarded Duncan? what not put upon His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell? (i) Where are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? What is taking place there? [1] [2]

(ii) Which decision does Macbeth convey to his wife? How does she react to this decision? (iii) Explain the lines: But screw your courage to the sticking place And we’ll not fail (iv) Which plan does Lady Macbeth now proceed to reveal to her husband? (v) How does Macbeth compliment her after listening to her plan? Does her plan ultimately suceed? (vi) Give the meaning of the following words in the context of the passage: wassail; limbeck; drenched

[1½] [2] [2] [1½]

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(c)

Messenger:

(i)

Bless you fair dame, I am not to you known, Though in your state of honour I am perfect; I doubt some danger does approach you nearly. If you will take a homely man’s advice, Be not found here. Hence with your little ones. To fright you thus, methinks I am too savage; To do worse to you were fell cruelty, Which is too nigh your person. Heaven preserve you, I dare abide no longer. Where is the messenger? Whom does he address as “fair dame”?

[1] [2]

(ii) What had the “dame” been complaining of just before these lines? (iii) What do her complaints tell you about her nature? (iv) Explain the lines: I am not to you known Though in your state of honour I am perfect (v) Who is the source...
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