CBSE Class 9 English Sample Paper SA1 2018 (1)

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Q1. Read the following passage carefully:

School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes

we passed around. But not anymore. Now it’s all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is

almost as important as learning your ABC. So, when my daughter came home last year with

cursive handwriting homework, I was nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to

make it easier for children to write with a quill. By joining up the letters, it kept the quill on the

parchment and minimised ink blots. But my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much

to her teacher at the next parents’ day. But the teacher explained that research suggests that

the process of writing information down on paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the

formation of memories in the learning process than typing. Taking notes in class is still the

most effective way to learn. It’s a better way to store the skills for written language in a child’s

brain than pressing keys. She went on to say, “But that doesn’t mean that one should ditch

computers. Children should be taught to touch‐type early on. She just feels that learning is

aided by the physical act of writing. Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it’s to

do with the pace of thought, or some kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don’t know.

But it’s a fact.”

The French would doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe

that fluency with a pen ‘unlocks the mind’ and they spend more time on writing than reading

between the ages of three and eight. We teach children the formation of letters and the

appropriate joining strokes. But after a few years, we leave them on their own devices, just as

the written workload starts to increase. That’s when the bad habits set in.

But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving your handwriting is a

good investment. In the future, sending a handwritten letter will be a display of affluence and

class, which is why the sale of fountain pens is reviving.

I. Complete the following sentences based on your reading of the text: [6]

1. Cursive writing was originally developed to _________________________________________________.

2. The advantage of writing information down on paper is that it has a more direct effect

_________________________________________________.

3. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting

when they grow older _________________________________________________.

4. Learning your QWERTY means _________________________________________________.

5. When his daughter came home with cursive handwriting book, the author felt

_________________________________________________.

6. Writing was given more importance in school once upon a time

as_________________________________________________.

II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only: [2]

According to the author, the importance of the computer cannot be (a) _________, but learning

other skills is (b) _________ important

Q2 Read the following passage carefully: [12]

“Mum!” I shouted. “Are you okay?” I saw her little tent shuddering in the gale and listened

closely for her response. Her voice was almost casual, “Oh, yes, I’m fine” That’s my mother. It

was the first night of our cycling trip through the interior of Iceland – a region so remote and

inhospitable that for centuries, according to legend, it was abandoned. The weather was

decidedly hurricane‐like, but Mum wasn’t concerned. Months ago, I told her about my plan to

pedal across Iceland. “It will be really difficult,” I said. “The roads are unpaved and often

washed out, and the wind is blowing constantly—sometimes so hard that it pushes you off the

road.” There was silence for a moment. Then she asked, “Can I come?” “Sure,” I replied. “But like

the rest of us, you have to train to do two 160 kilometres a day back‐to‐back,” “Wow,” she said,

“I could never do that,” I had more faith in my mother’s physical abilities than she did.

I’d seen her raise six children and put in long hours doing physical labour on our small farm.

“Sure you can,” I told her, “Start tomorrow.” What really concerned me was what I perceived to

be her frustrating humility: I thought her too self‐deprecating about her attractiveness just

because she had not completed college. I felt she underestimated her attractiveness just

because she was not the type to wear make‐up or fancy clothes. As I had grown into adulthood,

the life I’d chosen seemed light years away from Mum’s quiet existence, still caring for her

children and her children’s children. Sometimes, on a visit home, I’d describe some recent trip

I’d taken, and her blue eyes would shine with interest. So, I couldn’t help thinking this trek

might revitalise Mum, who had started to slow down in her 50s. It might spice up what I saw as

her humdrum life. And it might be a boost to her tentative and retiring persona. Mum trained

furiously, months in advance. As the trip roster was pared down to Mum, my good friend Allen

and me, she stood as the most dedicated. Soon she was riding 80–100 kilometres per day, and

was as strong a rider as Allen or I.

Q1. Based on your reading of the passage, complete the following sentences. [8]

i. It would be difficult to pedal across Iceland as _____________.

ii. The narrator thought that his mother was stronger than me as _____________.

iii. The preparation for the cycling trip included _____________.

iv. As a grown up, the narrator realised that his life was _____________.

Q2. Find words from the passage that mean the same as the following: [4]

i. recognise

ii. breath a new life into

iii. dull

IV. to lowere value

SECTION B

Writing & Grammar

Q3. You spent a day at an orphanage as part of your school project. You met children

from all age groups and learnt about their life in that institution. Write a diary entry in

about 100 words about your visit. [5]

Q4. Write a short story in about 150–200 words with the help of the outline below. [10]

Master sent slave to market– slave came back frightened – said he saw a woman in the market

– the woman was Death herself – she made threatening gesture at him – slave feared for his life

– asked master to lend him his horse – he wanted to escape death – master obliged and lent

him his horse – slave rode the horse to Bagdad – master went to the market to investigate –

found Death there – he asked her why she threatened his slave – she said she didn’t threaten –

she was surprised to see him there – she had an appointment with him in Bagdad in the

evening.

Q5. Complete the passage by choosing the correct option from those given in brackets:

[3]

Psychological disorders (a)________ problems that (b) ________ the mental health of a person.

These problems (c) ________ the behavioural pattern of the person.

Q6. The following passage has not been edited. There is ONE error in each of the first

nine lines. Write the incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against

the correct blank number in your answer sheets. Also underline the correct word you

have supplied. [4]

Incorrect Correct

The NGOs for the city have decided to a. ___________ ___________

organising a one‐day free camp b. ___________ ___________

to creates awareness among people c. ___________ ___________

regard climate change . d. ___________ ___________

Q7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The first

one has been done as an example. [3]

E.g. feared by / snakes are / in our / worshipped / and / many / country

Ans. Snakes are worshipped and feared by many in our country.

a) for serving / the fast food joint / sticking out of the bun / with an iron nail / came under fire

/ a stale burger

b) made a fool / by making / of himself / the party leader / incinerating statements

c) cease asking / if my answers / you should / scary questions / frighten you

SECTION C

Literature

Q8. Read the given extract and answer the following questions by choosing the most

appropriate option. [3]

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

1. The poet shall be telling with a sigh that ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

2. The emotion expressed in the above lines is that of ‐‐‐‐‐‐

3. The roads are symbolic of ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

or

I STEAL BY lawns and grassy plots

I SLIDE BY HAZEL COVERS

I move ihe sweet forget –me –nots

That grows for happy lovers

1 Where does the river steal by

2What are “forget me not here?

3What is the movement of brook in these lines

Q9. Answer a of the following questions in about 30–40 words each. [8]

1. For what was the author’s grandmother dependant on her?

2. What is the poet’s lament in the poem The Solitary Reaper?

3. What was John A. Pescud’s opinion about bestsellers?

4. How could the poet have avoided going to the dentist?

Q10. How was Charles Hooper’s appointment as Assistant Sales Manager a special and a

befitting tribute to Duke? [4]

Q11.Write the character sketch of narrator of “Three men in a Boat “

OR

Describe the humour in the novel “Three men in a Boat “

SECTION A

READING

Q1. Read the following passage carefully:

I.

1. make it easier for children to write with a quill.

2. on the formation of memories in the learning process than typing.

3. as the written workload starts to increase.

4. learning to type.

5. that it was unnecessary as she used a laptop more than writing.

6. students used to write both in their exercise books and while taking down notes.

2 I denied Ii Also

Q2

i. The roads in Iceland were unpaved and washed out according to the author.

ii. The narrator had seen her bring up six children and carry out physical labour in the farm he grew up

in.

iii. The training included back‐to‐back cycling for 160 kilometres every day.

iv. The narrator’s life was different from his mother’s quiet existence.

Q2.

i. Perceived

ii. Revitalise

iii. humdrum

iv underestimate

SECTION B

WRITING & GRAMMAR

Q3. You spent a day at an orphanage as part of your school project. You met children from all age

groups and learnt about their life in that institution. Write a diary entry in about 100 words about

your visit.

23 July 2015 Thursday

Dear Diary,

Today was one of the best and worst days of my life. We went to Prem Daan, an orphanage near our

school, as part of a school project. When the social worker took us through the whole place, I saw

children from all age groups looking longingly at me and the other students. Some toddlers clung on

to our teachers as they appeared to be parental figures. Some older children agreed to talk to us and

told us about their orphan life. Most of the older children had become used to living without parents,

but some still expressed a desire to have their own family. Thank you, Almighty, for giving me a

wonderful family and a secure home to live. I now know the value of my parents and siblings.

Q4. Write a short story in about 150–200 words with the help of outline below.

Once there lived a master and his slave. The master sent his slave to the market to buy provisions. He

returned frightened for he had seen a woman in the market. She was Death herself and she had made

a threatening gesture at him. The slave feared for his life and asked the master to lend him his horse

since he wanted to escape death. The master obliged and let the slave go. The slave rode the horse all

the way to Bagdad. The master then went to the market to investigate. He found death there standing

in the market. He approached her and asked her why she threatened his slave. Death calmly replied

that she didn’t threaten him. In fact, she was surprised to see him there since she had an appointment

with him in Samarra later in the evening.

Q5. Complete the passage by choosing the correct option from those given in

brackets.

a) are

b) affect

c) impact

Q6.

.for, organizing creates, regards, Of, organize, create , regarding

Q7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The

first one has been done as an example.

a) The fast‐food joint came under fire for serving a stale burger with an iron nail sticking out of the

bun.

b) The party leader made a fool of himself by making incinerating statements.

c) If my answers frighten you, you should cease asking scary questions.

OR

You should cease asking scary questions if my answers frighten you.

SECTION D

LITERATURE

Q8. Read the given extract and answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate

option.

1. the path he chose has made all the difference

2. satisfaction

3. difficulties in life

or

1 lawns and grassy plots

2.flower which symbolises love

3 swift

Q9. Answer any FOUR of the following questions in about 30–40 words each.

i. The author’s grandmother was dependant on the author who would read out the weekly magazine

Karmaveera to her.

ii. The poet’s lament in the poem The Solitary Reaper is that he cannot understand the song.

iii. John A. Pescud disapproved of bestsellers and he felt all of them were alike. The novels appeared

unrealistic to him as he thought reality was far from what happened in the books.

iv. The poet should have eaten less of candies and sweets. This would have kept her teeth in good

shape and she wouldn’t have to visit the dentist.

Q10.

After the near fatal accident, Charles Hooper was paralysed and showed little enthusiasm to get

better. It was Duke who showed exceptional feelings and put in efforts to make his master walk again.

Duke persuaded Charles to take little steps, one at a time, and walk him. They started from their

home and one day reached the porch of the house. Slowly and steadily, Charles resumed work again

and got promoted to Assistant Sales Manager. Unfortunately, Duke succumbed to his injuries after a

fatal accident. Indeed Charles Hooper’s appointment was a tribute to his dog named Duke.

Q11.

Robert Frost uses nature and imagery in the poem The Road Not Taken to describe life. In the poem,

the road symbolises the opportunities we get in our lives. However, it is up to us to make the best of

what is given to us. Undoubtedly, it is very difficult to make decisions in life, especially when all the

given options are either good or uncertain. We do choose one option over the other, but always feel

the regret of not having chosen the other option. The poet explains this very dilemma through his

poem. No matter which way you choose, you will always wonder what would have happened if you

had chosen the other path. In life too, there are parallel roads where we must pass through one path

despite knowing that we can never return and take the second path.

 

 

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