Board Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations [CISCE]
Class X
Subject English Language (English Paper – 1)
Semester 1
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ICSE English 1 Semester 1 Specimen Questions

Question 1:
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: Father was standing in the small courtyard, wearing a dhoti and a banian, the dress which, for its very homeliness. Swaminathan detested to see him in; it indicated that he did not intend going out in the near future.

“Where are you going?”


“Where were you yesterday at this time?”


“You are lying. You were not here yesterday. And you are not going out now.”

“That is right,” Mother added, just appearing from somewhere, “there is no limit to his loafing in the sun. He will die of sunstroke if he keeps on like this.” Father would have gone on forever without Mother’s encouragement. But now her words spurred him to action. Swaminathan was asked to follow him to his ‘room’ in his father’s dressing-room.

“How many days is it since you have touched your books?” Father asked as he blew off the fine layer of dust on Swaminathan’s books, and cleared the web that an industrious spider was weaving between a corner of the table and the pile of books.

Swaminathan viewed this question as a gross breach of promise.

“Should I read even when I have no school?”

“Do you think you have passed the B.A.?” Father asked.

“I mean, Father, when the school is closed, when there is no examination, even then should I read?”

“What a question! You must read.”

“But Father, you said before the examinations that I needn’t read after they were over. Even Rajam does not read.” As he uttered the last sentence, he tried to believe it; he clearly remembered Rajan’s complaining bitterly of a home tutor who came and pestered him for two hours a day thrice a week. Father was apparently deaf to Swaminathan’s remarks. He stood over Swaminathan and set him to dust his books and clean his table. Swaminathan vigorously started blowing off the dust from the book covers. He caught the spider carefully, and took it to the window to throw it out. He held it outside the window and watched it for a while. It was swinging from a strand that gleamed in a hundred delicate tints.

“Look sharp! Do you want a whole day to throw out the spider?” Father asked. Swaminathan suddenly realized that he might have the spider as his pet and that it would be a criminal waste to throw it out. He secretly slipped it into his pocket and, after shaking an empty hand outside the window, returned to his duty at the desk.

“Look at the way you have kept your English text! Are you not ashamed of yourself?” Swaminathan picked up the oily red-bound Fourth Reader, opened it, and banged together the covers in order to shake off the dust, and then rubbed violently the oily covers with his palm.

“Get a piece of cloth, boy. That is not the way to clean things. Get a piece of cloth, Swami,” Father said, half kindly and half impatiently. Swaminathan looked about and complained, “I can’t find any here, father.”

“Run and see.” This was a welcome suggestion. Swaminathan hurried out. He first went to his grandmother.

“Granny, get me a piece of cloth, quick.”

(a) For each word given below choose the correct meaning (as used in the passage) from the options provided:
(i) detested
1. detention
2. detained
3. hateful
4. hated

(ii) pestered:
1. tiny insect
2. botheration
3. annoyed
4. annoyance

(iii) violently:
1. cruelly
2. with great energy
3. loudly
4. with a lot of noise

(b) (i) What did father’s clothes show?
1. He was relaxed.
2. It was a holiday.
3. He was planning to stay at home.
4. He was planning to leave shortly.

(ii) How did mother encourage father?
1. By appearing suddenly.
2. By following father to his room.
3. By complaining about Swami.
4. By calling Swami in from the outside.

(iii) What did the dust on Swami’s books indicate?
1. The house was dusty.
2. Swami had not touched his books.
3. The books were old.
4. Swami had forgotten to pack it in his school bag.

(iv) What is meant by “breach of promise?”
1. To go back on one’s promise.
2. To make a promise.
3. To keep a promise.
4. Never to promise.

(v) What is father’s tone when he says, “Do you think you have passed your B.A.?” Father’s tone was:
1. jovial.
2. angry.
3. sarcastic.
4. tired.

(vi) In what way was Rajam situation similar to that of Swami’s?
1. Rajam had gone on holiday.
2. Rajam’s tuition teacher had taken a holiday.
3. Rajam’s father also scolded him.
4. Rajam had tuition during the holidays.

(vii) What attracted Swami to the spider?
1. Its web.
2. Its colour.
3. The colour of the thread.
4. The dust on the spider.

(viii) What does Swami do with the spider?
1. He shook it.
2. He hid it in the book.
3. He hid it outside the window.
4. He hid it in his pocket.

(ix) What was Swami ordered to do?
1. Get a cloth.
2. Free the spider.
3. Throw the spider.
4. Call grandmother.

(x) The author says the father’s spoke “half kindly and half impatiently”.
This indicates that:
1. he was really angry.
2. he was complaining.
3. he really wanted to free the spider.
4. he was not really angry

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