Semester English paper 1

Semester English paper 1 - Semester English paper 1 Grade 8...

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Semester English paper 1 Grade 8 Set A I. Read the following poem carefully (8 marks) Breakfast Of all the meals that glad my day My morning one’s the best; Purveyed me on a silver tray, Immaculately dressed. I rouse me when the dawn is bright; I leap into the sea, Returning with a rare delight To honey, toast and tea. My appetite was razor edged When I was in my prime; To eggs and bacon I was pledged. . . Alas! the March of Time; For now a genial old gent With journal on my knee, I sip and take with vast content My honey, toast and tea. So set me up for my delight The harvest of the bee; Brown, crispy toast with butter bright, Ceylon - two cups or three. Let others lunch or dinner praise, But I regale with glee, As I regard with grateful gaze Just honey, toast and tea. -------Robert Service 1. Below is the summary of the poem. Complete it by writing the missing word/ phrase against the correct blank number in your answer sheets. (1/2 x 6 = 3 marks) On returning from a (a) ———————in the morning, the poet experiences (b) ———————in having, what to him is the day’s best meal comprising honey, toast and tea. With time, the poet has been transformed from a young man to (c) ———————. His tastes have also changed from (d) ———————to honey, toast and tea. The poet differs from others in that, while he thinks that breakfast is the (e) ————— of the day, others may (f) ———————. 2. The poet uses certain expressions in the poem to suggest something to the reader. There are some suggestions given below in circles. Choose one suggestion that best fits each of the expressions in the table, and write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheets. (4 marks) 1. The single file parade by time 2. Look delightfully exultantly, Gratefully
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3. Respect and offer gratitude 4. My appetite had sharp edges 5. Wearing fine clothes 6. Passage of time 7. I was extremely hungry 8. Perfectly laid out EXPRESSION FROM THE POEM TO SUGGEST THAT 1. I was in my prime I was young 2. Immaculately dressed a) 3. My appetite was razor edged b) 4. March of time c) 5. Regard with grateful glee d) l.3. On the basis of your reading of the poem, explain the following expressions. Write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheets. (1 mark) a. ‘Ceylon’ b. ‘harvest of the bee’- II. Read the passage given below. (12 marks) Decision-making is a very vital part of our lives. This is because what we are today is largely a result of the decisions we took in the past. Similarly, whatever happens tomorrow will be a result of the decisions we take in the present. It is not possible to reverse the wrong decisions taken in the past but it is possible to train ourselves into becoming a good decision-maker for the future. If we don’t, we’ll end up doing what we’ve always done and thus get what we’ve always got. Philosopher Walter Kaufman has called this Decidophobia. All sorts of decisions big or small, relevant or irrelevant, conscious or unconscious
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