CBSE Class 9 English Reading Assignment Set F

CBSE Class 9 English Reading (2). 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.


Q1. Read the following passage carefully to answer the questions


Massage can be a natural tranquillizer. It has been used in virtually every

culture throughout history to relieve aches and pains, unknot tense muscles,

and help the body—and the mind—to relax. There are several types of

massage, but the most popular are Orient massage and Swedish massage.

The chief difference between them is that some of the strokes in Swedish

massage are designed to stimulate rather than to relax the body.

It is unfortunate that many people who might benefit from massage never try

it, dismissing it as a specialized treatment for athletes or disabled people or

as an unjustified indulgence. If you think this way, you are missing out on

something enjoyable. Any one can learn to give massage. It is a simple

extension of warm human care and touch.

Professional masseurs and masseuses offer the benefit of both skill and

experience. They should be trained in anatomy and physiology so that they

can identify muscles that are in spasm or painful knots that have been built

up by misuse of the body. Experienced professionals generally understand

the requirements of various body types and are able to choose strokes that

are beneficial for the individual. During a typical one-hour session the

routine builds subtly in intensity and subsides.


1. Name the two most popular types of massage.



2. Why do people associate massage with pleasure?



3. What the chief difference between the two types of massage?



4. Why should professional masseurs and masseuses be trained in anatomy

and physiology?





5. Give the correct word for the following:

a. Antonym of ‘fortunate’ : _______________________

b. a drug used to distress: ________________________

c. wear off : ___________________________

d. high level or degree : ______________________

Q2. Read the following passage carefully to answer the questions


“War is near”, Krishna said, “your sons will fight against your cousins.

There will be much bloodshed.” Kunti was deeply disturbed. The Pandavas

would fight against the Kauravas and Karna was on Duryaodhana’s side!

Karna would fight against his brothers, perhaps kill them or be killed

himself. He was her precious first born whom she had never acknowledged,

never fondled with a mother’s love. Despair came to her eyes. Kunti made

up her mind to tell Karna the truth.

That was the only way to persude him to leave Duryodhana to fight on the

side of the Pandavas. With Karna gone, Duryodhana would be weakened in

forces and in spirit. The Pandavas would be able to vanquish him with ease.

This was the right time for Karna to learn the secret of his birth. Kunti

hurried to the banks of the river Ganga, where she knew Karna would be at

his morning prayers. Karna was at the river bank, as Kunti had expected. Hewas facing East, where the sun had just risen, with his eyes closed. Kunti waited. Karma opened his eyes. He was surprised to see kunti.


1. What the reason for Kunti’s despair?




2. What did Kunti want to persuade Karna for and why?





3. What was the truth that Kunti had hidden from Karna?




4. Give another word for the following.

a. touch in a loving manner: ___________________________

b. win approval of: ______________________________

c. come out better in a competition: ______________________

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