English II: Last-Minute Tips


On a reader’s request, here are some last-minute tips for writing your English II paper:

 

* Make sure to stick to the topic and answer only what has been asked in the question. Do not write the summary of the chapter/poem/act or points which are not at all required.

* While attempting the essay-type question, do not write the summary of the chapter/poem. Make sure your answer is detailed and do not hesitate to write even a small point that you feel is relevant to the question asked. Your essay-type question should be approximately 3 to 4 pages long. Although I stress on the fact that quantity does not matter, while writing this answer you should have a minimum word limit that fits 3 pages.

* If you have been asked whether or not you agree with a given statement, make sure you write ‘yes’ or ‘no’, ex. the question is “Do you agree with the author that…?” and your answer should include, “Yes, I agree that…” or “No, I do not agree that…”. You may elaborate further after stating your agreement/disagreement.

* Write in a paragraph style form. Do not write in points in your English II paper.

* Make sure your handwriting is legible.😀

* Leave a few lines before and after every answer so that you have space to fit in additional points in case you leave anything out and remember to write them later.

* Names of authors and/or poets are generally not asked, but it will help you to mention the name while writing your answers, ex. “If by Rudyard Kipling is an enlightening poem that…”

* Start a new answer on a new page. Do not worry about wasting paper. It helps your paper look neat. However, there is no need to leave a whole page blank if you have merely used the first couple lines, but then again, there’s no reason why you can’t!

 

These are some tips I feel can prove helpful. Keep visiting for more such tips for your upcoming exams!🙂

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20 thoughts on “English II: Last-Minute Tips

  1. archana says:

    Hey i had a doubt…… Plz tell me how much to write for a specific answer. I mean if a question is for 3 marks how much shld be the content…i feel dat v r misguided so pls help

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Archana,

      I am assuming that you wish to ask this question in relation to ‘English Literature.’

      In English, though there is no specified rule regarding the quantity of content you have to write, I would suggest that an answer to a three-mark question should ideally be of four to five sentences or approximately eight lines. If the answer has to be to the point, for example when you have to mention who is saying the dialogue and to whom and what happens later in the act, the answer can be brief – one line for the former and three to four lines for the latter part of the question.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for visiting.🙂

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  2. archana says:

    hey there..boards are just a day ahead..i m feeling very nervous..my only worry is dat m vry lazy so the day before exam i should not waste my time and instead concentrate on studying…will u plzz give me tips to have a better concentration??

    and ty for your earlier answer..vry useful!!🙂

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  3. mainak says:

    Should i give the description of the characters also when it is asked like this”who said this to whom”..or only writing the name is sufficient.

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Mainik,

      In my opinion, descriptions of the characters are not really necessary. It is better to be straightforward, mentioning who the person is and how he or she is related to the other person in question or to any other character in the play.

      Hope this helped! Thanks for visiting.🙂

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  4. Virtual says:

    Hi, I’m sorry for posting here but I couldn’t find the appropriate post, but would you happen to have any tips for icse french? Any helpful websites and such? Because our french paper is very similar to the English language paper, and our essay accounts for 20 marks. Please help? And thank you so much for this site

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi there!

      Thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked our blog!

      Sorry to say this, but we hadn’t opted for French during our tenth grade and neither did our school offer the same. Hence, we are not the right people to help you. Hopefully, you will find something else that is useful for you on our blog!

      Thanks for visiting, et bonne chance!🙂

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  5. Virtual says:

    I know this isn’t the right place to ask, but I couldn’t find an appropriate post, so, do you happen to have any tips for the icse french paper? It is set in a manner similar to the language paper!

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi there!

      Sorry, but we hadn’t opted for French during our tenth grade and neither did our school offer the same. Hence, we are not the right people to help you. Hopefully, you will find something else that is useful for you on our blog!

      Thanks for visiting, et bonne chance!🙂

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Dhruv,

      Hi there!

      You will find useful tips and websites under “English I” and “English II” in the drop down box titled Categories/Subjects on the right side and bottom right of the blog’s desktop page.

      Do go through those tips and websites as they will help you in your necessary preparation!

      Hope this helped! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Keep visiting!🙂

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  6. Himanshu says:

    Hi, I am very nervous for icse literature! I have gone through the plays! But I am still in nervousness for poemss!! Plzz suggest ne some tips!

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Himanshu,

      Hi there! Worry not, my friend.🙂

      Exams are bound to bring with them a wave of stress and nervousness. It’s perfectly all right. Trust in yourself, keep revising, go through past question papers, go through your English workbook questions, make sure you know all the poets’/authors’ names, brush up on the symbolism used in poems, make sure you have the themes and characters down, and I think after all this, you can pretty much relax.🙂 But, of course, keep revising.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Good luck! Stay strong, be positive, and keep visiting.🙂

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  7. Dhruv says:

    While attempting the essay-type question,what we should write the whole chapter or the points which are relevant and in which tense
    please help me boards are only few days away

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Dhruv,

      Always answer according to what has been asked. Do not write the summary or the whole chapter. Make sure you stick to the relevant points that are in context with what is being asked! You receive marks fir writing what has been asked of you, not for writing what you know. As for the tense, that depends on how the question has been framed. Answer according to what you deem appropriate.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.🙂

      Good luck! Stay connected.🙂

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  8. Chaitanya says:

    In English-II we are supposed to include the keywords in our answers.
    But I don’t understand what are the keywords for a particular answer.
    Can u please help?

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    • ICSE Helper says:

      Hi Chaitanya!

      Keywords are certain words that the examiner might be looking for, such as character traits of a particular character from the story/drama; important dates, names, or places; and other words that highlight the essence of the answer. Talk to your English II teacher to get better guidance regarding the keywords that are relevant to your syllabus. Or, you may go through sample answers of past papers and underline or make note of words that are frequently repeated.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.🙂

      Thanks for visiting and stay connected!

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