IGCSE English (First Language): Specimen Questions with Answers 177 - 179 of 179

Passage

Piano

BY D. H. LAWRENCE

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.

Despite myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide.

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamor

With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour

Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.

Question 177 (2 of 2 Based on Passage)

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What are the poet’s reminiscences about his childhood days? (Mark 25)

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It is a fine evening time. The sun is about to set. A woman is singing a song. The sweet song takes the poet back to his childhood days. He remembers how he enjoyed his life. He sees his mother playing the piano. He is sitting under the piano near his mother’s feet and touching it with his fingers. She smiles at him as she sings. He thinks about the Sunday evenings at home. During those days he used to listen to songs sitting in the parlor. His mind is flooded with childhood memories. He works like a child for the lost childhood days.

Question 178

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How to behave in the classroom? State the process.

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1. We will be quiet and polite.

2. We will listen to the teacher keenly

3. We will behave like model students.

4. We will do our class work silently,

5. We will obey and respect our teachers.

Question 179

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Build a dialogue of 8 - 10 exchanges between your friend and yourself, on the following situation: You were to board a train to Delhi Ry mistake you got into the wrong train and fought for your seat there. On realizing your mistake, you left the train shame faced, after creating a commotion there. Role-play this situation before the class.

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Myself: Dear friend, please move and give me room

Passenger: Please help this gentleman, my friends.

Myself: Thank you very much. Now I can go to my berth

Passenger: What is your berth number sir?

Myself: It is DI conch berth number sir.

Passenger: (silent)

Myself: Oh, this is no 65. You please go to your berth sir. This is my berth

Passenger: Sorry sir! This is my berth.

Myself: No, it is mine. You see my reservation ticket.

Passenger: (Alarmed) Sir. your ticket on Delhi Express. This is Bangalore Express.

Myself: (shocked) Are you sure? I am very sorry sir.

Passenger: That’s all right. Please get off and look for Delhi Express. Please, in future be careful sir