CBSE Class 9 English Reading Assignment Set G

CBSE Class 9 English Reading (1). Students are advised to refer to the attached assignments and practise them regularly. This will help them to identify their weak areas and will help them to score better in examination. Parents should download and give the assignments to their children for practice.

READING

Q1. Read the following passage carefully to answer the following

questions correctly.

Science is a great blessing to mankind. Nothing better has happened in the

history of man than the advent of science in his life. The world into which

science came was a world of ignorance, suffering and hardship. Science has

come to relieve us of suffering, to remove our ignorance and to lighten our

toil. Science is a faithful servant. It severs us in all walks of life. Gone are

the days when only the rich could afford luxuries. Science has made them

cheaper and brought them within the reach of everybody. It helps in

producing goods on a large scale. They are sold at cheap rates in every

market. Books, music and all other forms of entertainment have been

brought to our doors. Radio, television and cinema entertain us. So, the life

of a common man is quiet different from what it used to be.

It also acts as our faithful medical attendant. It cares for our health. It has

helped us in curing many diseases. No longer is smallpox, cholera and

plague the ravages of mankind. Science has given us the power to kill germs

which spread these diseases. It has worked miracles in the field of education.

With the help of the printing press, thousands of books are printed in the

twinkling of an eye, thus making the published material easily available and

cheap.

However, there is another side of the picture as well. Science has done great

disservices to mankind in the field of armament. The invention of

gunpowder which was hailed as an achievement has been used and perfected

into a hundred thousand destructive weapons of war. As such, science,

meant for man’s happiness is employed by man for his own destruction. It is

not the fault of science, but the fault of mankind.

QUESTIONS

1. Why is science a reason for happiness as well as terror for mankind?

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2. What are the discoveries of science?

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3. How has the advent of science made human life easy?

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4. How was the invention of printing press a turning point for mankind?

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5. Give another word for the following:

a. lack of knowledge: ____________________________

b. a destructive action: ____________________________

c. a very short time: ______________________________

d. a act of help turned

out to be wrong: _______________________________

e. arrival: ______________________________________

Q2. Read the following passage to answer the questions correctly.

All though Harold was fond of eating, he was quiet willing to share his food

with me, sometimes pushing delicacies into my mouth with his great beak. I

did not mind sharing a banana with him -he loved banana- but I drew the

line at accepting grasshoppers and beetles, which he snapped up in the

garden or on the veranda.

Eating was a serious business for Harold. If there was a delay at mealtimes

he would summon us with raucous barks and vigorous bangs of his bill on

the nearest door. He loved eating balls of boiled rice, prepared specially for

him by Grandmother. I would throw him the rice balls, and he would catch

them in his beak, toss them into the air and let them into his open mouth.

Later Grandfather trained him to catch tennis ball thrown from a distance of

ten meters or so. Harold would have made a great fielder in a cricket match,

especially in the slips.

Harold gave a great deal of time and thought to his personal appearance.

Once fully grown, he carried a make up kit on his person. This kit was a

small gland situated above the roots of his tail feathers which produced a

rich yellow fluid. He would dip into this from time to time and then rub

colour over his feathers and back of his neck.

QUESTIONS

1. Which food items did Harold offer the narrator?

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2. How did Harold summon the narrator at mealtime and why?

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3. What did Grandfather and Grandmother do for Harold?

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4. What was Harold’s make up kit and did he use it?

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5. Give another word for the following:

a. catch up : __________________________

b. unpleasantly loud and harsh: __________________________

c. forceful and energetic action: _________________________

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