CBSE Class 9 English Reading. 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 given passage carefully and answer the following
It was all about individual brilliance then; now it is just teamwork. Inflated
egos ruled the dressing room then; now, it is genuine camaraderie. It was
exuberant emotionalism then; now, it is refined professionalism. The Indian
Hockey Team that won the gold in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games and the
one that won gold in the Indian games on October 2 are poles apart.
The 1990s was a team of mega stars-Dhanraj Pillay, Mukesh Kumar, Ashish
Ballal, Baljit Singh Dhillon. Their fight often went beyond the field among
themselves, with the federation. It is not that the current team does not have
stars. Captain Sardar Singh is among the most capped players in the world.
Then there are veterans like Gurbaj Singh, Danish Mujtaba and SV Sunil.
But the rockstar among them is goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who saved two
penalty shots in the final against Pakistan. The team celebrated the victory
with a quiet dinner at a local restaurant. Then they went back to the althletes’
village and retired to their rooms.
For all of them it was the first ‘real gold medal’. In fact, India had not won
any big events since the Bangkok games. One man who was present then
and now is the coach, Maharaj Krishan Kaushik. The current coaching team
is led by high performance director Roelant Oltmans, chief coach Terry
Walsh and coaches Kaushik and Jude Felix.
1. The 1990s was a team of mega stars in Indian Hockey team. Who are
2. Which two victories are poles apart for the Indian Hockey Team?
3. Who leads the current coaching team?
4. Who is PR Sreejesh?
5. Give another word for the following words from the passage:
a. cheerful : __________________________________
b. sociability: _________________________________
c. enlarge :___________________________________
Q2. Read the following passage carefully to answer the following
The tiny village of Ulapur was the postman’s first posting. There was an
indigo plantation nearby. The manager of the plantation, an Englishman, had
after a deed of effort, managed to get a post office started there.
Our postmaster was from Kolkata. He felt like a fish out of water in his farflung
village. His office consisted of a tumbledown shack beside an algaecovered
pond with tangled overgrowth on all sides. The plantation workers
were busy all day.
Our postmaster, being city-bred, did not find it easy to mix the village folk.
He had found a lot of time on his hands as there wasn’t much work. He tried
to spend some of it writing poems which said how happy he would be if he
could spend the rest of his day gazing at the tumbling leaves and the passing
clouds. But the truth was that, if a genie from the Arabian Nights were
suddenly to descend there, remove all the trees in a single night, and set the
place up with rows of houses that blocked out from view the clouds in the
sky, it would have given our hero a new lease of life.
1. The postmaster was first posted in which village?
2. What was planted in the nearby area?
3. What does the phrase ‘like a fish out of water in his far flung village’
4. Why was it difficult for the postmaster to mix up with the village folks?
5. How did the postmaster wish to spend his time but what did he wish of
the place to become?
6. Give another word for the following.
a. come down: _______________________
b. damaged : _________________________
c. a dwelling place : ___________________
d. twist together : _____________________
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