CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 1

(For Annual Examination to be held in and after March 2018 and onwards) Based on the latest syllabi and Design of the Question Paper released by the C.B.S.E New Delhi

Strictly based on the Latest Scheme Of Assessement, the latest Syllabus and Design of the Question paper released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi effective from academic year 2017-18.


SECTION A : READING                                                                                                                                       (20 MARKS)

Question 1:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :       [8]
Today budgies-often called lovebirds in India – are the most popular pet birds in the world. All the adored cage birds of today are the descendants ofparrots. They are one of the smallest of the world s 330 parrot species which have come down from a plucky little bird in rural Australia.
Some appear to be about 30 cm long from tail tip to crown, with bulbous, fluffy foreheads, barrel chests and deep-set eyes. Their colour are striking; vivid shades of blue, grey and green as well as violet and white. Most startling of all are the yolk-yellow birds, called Latinos that are like splashes of luminous paint. The first colour mutations in captive birds were blue and yellow. Today, breeders raise them with rainbow of colours.
Lovebirds stay near water when it s dry, but when there s a lot of rain they spread out. They are sometimes seen nestling on top of tall eucalyptus trees. While some of the caged varieties would have difficultyflying across a room, wild budgies travel hundreds of kilometres at speeds of up to 50 kilome ­tres per hour to seek seed and water. Even in prolonged droughts, the budgies have an extraordinary ability to withstand dehydration. When deprived of water, budgies can reportedly exist with little weight loss for more than a month at an average air temperature of 30 degrees. At 20 degrees, some can apparently survive indefinitely without water, provided they are getting some moisture from food. Male budgies can be excellent mimics and can develop huge vocabularies. Hens may whistle and can learn a new word, but they are not nearly as loquacious as males. Budgies are diamorphic upon sexual maturity. Adult males of most colours, except albino and the very pale pastels, develop a blue colour. Hens have a lilac or tan colour that turns brownish upon maturity.
(a) Name the most popular pet birds in the world? [1]
(b) Who were the ancestors of the caged birds? [1]
(c) Where do lovebirds stay during winter? [1]
(d) What do you know about the travelling capacity of budgies? [1]
(e) Why, according to the author, are budgies tough birds? [1]
(f) How are male budgies better than hens with regard to learning words and mimicry? [1]
(g) Which colour do hens develop upon maturity? [1]
(h) How many species of parrots are there? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : [12]
Su means number and Doku means single. The game of Sudoku has many similarities to the game of life. Sudoku is a puzzle game designedfor a single player, much like a crossword puzzle. The puzzle itself is nothing more than a grid of little boxes called “cells “. They are stacked nine high and nine wide, making 81 cells total.
In life, too, you start with a given set of notions and then work from there on. In Sudoku, you need to follow a set of rules to build up the grid, filling each row, column and box with numbers ranging from one to nine, so much like in life where you have to go on your way without antagonizing anyone else. Respect every number (person) and things would be fine.
In Sudoku, the arrangement of the given numbers is symmetrical. This is instructive in life, on how to maintain steadfast faith, poise and equanimity despite situations when everything turns topsy-turvy. While playing, you never think of the end (the result); you just keep working on the numbers and the final result (fruits of action) accrues on its own. Extremely difficult puzzles may take hours. Similarly, to achieve desired results in life may take years. The game of Sudoku and the game of life are best played in calm but focused state.
Everything has to go in tandem in Sudoku grid: the rows, columns and squares. Exactly as in life. Your duties towards your family, teachers, society and country all go on simultaneously.
There is a subtle difference between Sudoku and life. Make a mistake and you can erase it and begin all over again in Sudoku. Not so in life. You can learn a lesson, though, and avoid making the same mistake in future.
(a) What kind of a game is Sudoku, according to the writer? [2]
(b) How has the writer compared the number in Sudoku to life? [2]
(c) Based on the article summarise the similarities between Sudoku and life. [2]
(d) The game of Sudoku and the game of life are best played in calm but focused state. Evaluate the statement.     [2]
(e) Which word can replace ‘instructive’ in the passage? (Para 3) [1]
(f) What is meant by ‘equanimity’? (Para 3) [1]
(g) Find the word opposite to ‘obvious’. (Para 5) [1]
(h) Find the word opposite to ‘ruffled’. (Para 3) [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMER                             (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
Surveys conducted among school children have repeatedly revealed that the children today are lazy and unhealthy. They love to eat out and relish only junk food. Consequently, obesity is a common problem that afflicts them. Write an article in about 100-120 words on this issue for a parenting magazine.   [8]

Question 4:
‘Every drop counts. Let’s not waste so that other survive. Resources are depleting they are not incessant.’ Develop a story based on the given remark in about 200-250 words with a suitable title.     [12]  

Question 5:
Complete the following passage by choosing the appropriate option from the ones given below. Write your answer in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the entire passage. [3]
Working in a team (a)______   really a healer and stress buster. Success (b)_________failure is not an individual’s responsibility. It is a collective responsibility, (c)_______ good team work demands a perfect communication among all members.

Question 6:
There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in the answer sheet as given below.   [4]

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences.   [3]
(a) animal / a / typical / eats / half the / day
(b) sometimes / eat / they / or / birds / rodents / as well
(c) skilled / tree-climbers / they / efficient swimmers / are / and


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :     [4]
For a good cause if you are determined, you can overcome any obstacle. I will work harder than
anybody but I will do it. For learning there is no age bar.
(a) Who is T in the above lines?
(b) What does the speaker want to leam?
(c) Why does the speaker say these words?
(d) What reflection does it throw on the speaker?


Oh! I’m fed up with the place.
(a) Who spoke these words to whom?
(b) Which place is she fed up with and why?
(c) Pick out the word from this line similar in meaning to ‘depressed’.
(d) What frame of mind is the speaker in?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :     [2×4 = 8]
(a) ‘It was like lighting a fuse. Duke shimmied himself U-shaped in anticipation’. Explain.
(b) Who was Mr Hinkle? Why did Pescud enquire about his whereabouts?
(c) The title “The Road Not Taken”is appropriate title for the poem. Comment.
(d) What is the significance of the silver candle sticks?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :       [8]
Your behaviour, your attitude towards others, senior or junior is of the highest importance in your life. They can make or mar your life. Taking the example of Private Quelch, express your views on “humility and courtesy are the hallmarks of a successful man”.


Gaston has proved his cunning in business matters, but as far as moral ethics are concerned, there is a definite lack of it in him. Discuss the values he should have possessed, with reference to Villa for Sale.

Question 11:
Gulliver’s master’s greed increased day by day. What was its outcome?


‘The Emperor of Lilliput is a true leader of his people.’ Elaborate on his character.


George’s peaceful sleep disturbs the other two friends. Why do they behave so? Is it the case with   everyone? Justify.


The writer while describing an event is always reminded of the similar event that occurred earlier.
Which story is he reminded of when George failed to play the banjo? Explain in detail.

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