CBSE Class 9 English Reading Assignment Set E

CBSE Class 9 English Reading (3). 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


The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures

located in Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile. There are 138 pyramids

discovered in Egypt as of 2008. Most were built as tombs for the country’s

Pharoahs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.

The earliest known Egyptian pyramids are found at Saqqara, northwest of

Memphis. The earliest among these is the Pyramid of Djoser (constructed

2630 BCE-2611 BCE) which was built during the third dynasty. This

pyramid and its surrounding complex were designed by the architect

Imhotep, and are generally considered to be the world’s oldest monumental

structures constructed of dressed masonry. The estimate of the number of

workers to build the pyramids range from a few thousand to a million.

The most famous Egyptian are those found at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.

Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever

built. The Pyramids of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is

the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

The shape of a pyramid is thought to be representative of the descending

rays of the sun, and most pyramids were faced with polished, highly

reflective white limestone, in order to give them a brilliant appearance when

viewed from a distance. Pyramids were often also named in ways that

referred to solar luminescence. While it is generally agreed that pyramids

were burial monuments, there is continued disagreement.

The Egyptians believed the dark area of the night sky around which the stars

appear to revolve was the physical gateway into the heavens, one of the

narrow shafts that extend from the main burial chamber through the entire

body of the great Pyramids points directly towards the center of this part of

the sky. This suggests the pyramids may have been designed to sever as a

means to magically launch the deceased pharaoh’s soul directly into the

abode of the gods.


1. Why were the pyramids constructed?




2. Which is the earliest known Egyptian pyramid?



3. Which of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World still exists?



4. What does the design of the pyramids suggest?





5. Which word from the passage means ‘partners’ or ‘associates’?



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

God organized a bird festival. All the birds were invited. God’s messenger

made the announcement. “It will not only be a day of fun, it will also be a

day when you will get special gifts”, he said. At last the day dawned. And

God’s almighty presence filled the entire forest. Soon it was time for the

gifts. The Lord had an enormous bag filled with gifts. As each bird came to

the Lord, he or she received a gift.

The Lark came late. She flew in breathless and painting. “Lord, I’m late”,

she stammered. “Oh no; the gifts are all given away”, said the Lord with a

sigh. “Please Lord, may be a little something” said the Lark, pleading, “I’m

sorry; you can see for yourself, the bag is empty”, the Lord said. Every bird

cocked its head to look at the Lark sadly. “It’s okay then, Lord”, the Lark

said with a heavy heart.’ “She stopped to free my foot from the bramble”,

said a tiny squirrel, running up to the Lord. “I know”, said the Lord very


When the Lark looked up, she felt something stirring in her throat; the

Lord was smiling. When she tried to clear her throat, her voice broke into a

song crystal clear and sweet, it resounded in the woods. “Awesome!” cried

the creatures of the forest. Every creature --- especially the Lark, knew and

believed that the Lord had rewarded the Lark for her kindness.


1. Why was Lark late in arriving for the festival?



2. How did God know about it?



3. What was in the bag?



4. What were birds looking at sadly?



5. Find words from the passage which mean the same as:

a. moving: _______________________________

b. echoed: _______________________________

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