CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 3

(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]
Charles A. Lindbergh is remembered as the first person to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic, in 1927. This feat, when Lindbergh was only twenty- five years old, assured him a lifetime of fame and public attention.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was more interested in flying airplanes than he was in studying. He dropped out of the University of Wisconsin after two years to earn a living performing daredevil airplane stunts at county fairs. Two years later he joined the United States Army so that he could go to the Army Air Service flight-Training School. After completing his training, he was hired to fly mail between St. Louis and Chicago. Then, came the historic flight across the Atlantic. In 1919, a New York city hotel owner had offered a prize of $ 25,000 to the first pilot to fly non ­stop from New York city to Paris. Nine St. Louis business leaders helped pay for the plane by flying it from San Diego to New York, with an overnight stop in St. Louis. The flight took only 20 hours and 21 minutes, a transcontinental record.
Nine days later, on May 20, 1927, Lindbergh took off from Long Island, New York, at 7.52 am. He landed at Paris on May 21 at 10.21 pm. He had flown more than 3,600 miles in less than thirty four hours. His flight made news around the world. He was given awards everywhere he went. He was presented with the US Congressional Medal of Honour and the first Distinguished Flying Cross. For a long time, Lindbergh toured the world as a US goodwill ambassador. He met his future wife Anne Morrow, in Mexico where her father was the United States Ambassador. During the 1930s, Charles and Anne Lindbergh worked for various airline companies, charting new commercial air routes. In 1931, for a major airline, they charted a new route from the east coast of the United States to the Orient. The shortest, most efficient route was a great curve across Canada over Alaska, and down to China and Japan. Most pilots familiar with the Arctic did not believe that such a route was possible.
(a) Why is Charles A. Lindbergh remembered? [1]
(b) What happened after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic? [1]
(c) Where did Charles meet Anne Morrow? [1]
(d) With which awards is Charles associated? [1]
(e) What do you mean by the word ‘transcontinental’? [1]
(f) What was Lindbergh more interested in than in studying and why? [1]
(g) Which was the shortest route charted by Charles and Anne? [1]
(h) Why is the flight across Atlantic called ‘historic’? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :         [12]
Manufacturers are currently competing with each other to produce a form of green packaging. Packaging is an important part of marketing these days, but much of it is a threat to the environment. There are two reasons for this. The production of such packaging uses up a great deal of energy and the cartons, wrappers, etc are often difficult to dispose off when they become waste material.
As far as packaging is concerned, it is vital that it is either recyclable or biodegradable. For example, instead of throwing out newspapers and glass bottles with the household rubbish, people in several countries are being encouraged to put these in special containers to allow the material to be recycled. Some household waste, such as vegetable peelings, is naturally biodegradable and so decomposes gradually until it disappears.
Man-made goods are not so easily disposed off. Goods and packaging made of plastic create waste material that is particularly difficult to get rid of. This means that huge landfill sites have to be dug out so as to bury the plastic waste underground, possibly causing problems for future generations. Plastic packaging can take up to 1000 years to ‘degrade’ naturally. Poisonous toxins and particles released over time pollute our rivers, harm wildlife and landfill sites scar our once beautiful landscape.
By switching to sustainable packaging, your business can substantially reduce its carbon footprint and waste packaging previously destined to landfill sites could be composted or recycled instead, greatly lowering the environmental impact. The term ‘Biodegradable ‘ refers to a material that breaks down naturally into organic components as a result of exposure to moisture, heat and naturally occurring micro-organisms.
(a) Do old newspapers and glass bottles have any utility? Explain. [2]
(b) Why is packaging a threat to the environment? [2]
(c) How can we get rid of plastic waste substantially? [2]
(d) What is considered vital for packaging? [2]
(e) Find a word in the passage which means ‘get rid of’. [1]
(f) Give a synonym of ‘components’? [1]
(g) Find the word opposite of ‘subsequently’ in the passage. (Para 4) [1]
(h) Find the word opposite of ‘instantly’ in the passage. (Para 2) [1]

SECTION B : WRITING & GRAMMAR                                                                           (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are Rahul/Kanika. Recently you came across a news item about lack of fitness and stamina on the part of children who fall down during assembly and games period. Write an article for a newspaper highlighting the importance of games and sports and physical fitness for students in about 100-120 words.       [8]

Question 4:
During a sit and draw competition, you were so captivated by that painted world of yours that you imagined you were in a wonderland. Describe what follows in the form of a story with a title. (Word limit 200-250 words)         [12]

Question 5:
Complete the following dialogue by choosing the correct option from the ones given below :[ ½ X 6 = 3]
Rashi               :               What are you doing this weekend, Sonia?
Sonia               :               I haven’t got any special plans.

Question 6:
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. [4]

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences.                                           [3]
(a) the rest / it is / acquired through / that / energetic / sleep / makes us
(b) is essential / to remove / sleep / and / fatigue / maintain health / to
(c) on sleep / studies / are / numerous / being done


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :       [4]
I offered to take her in here for a day or two, but she seemed to think it might distress you.
(a) Why did the Bishop want to take in Mere Gringoire.
(b) Who could have been distressed and why?
(c) What does it tell you about the Bishop’s nature?
(d) What does it tell you about ‘her’? Who was she?


“Now, who be ye, would cross Lochgyle,
This dark and stormy weather? “
“O, I’m the chief of Ulva’s isle,
And this, Lord Ullin’s daughter.
(a) Who speaks the first two lines and to whom?
(b) Why does the request to cross Lochgyle surprise the speaker of the first two lines?
(c) Why did Lord Ullin’s daughter and the chief of Ulva’s isle want to cross the river?
(d) What made them want to do it in spite of the stormy weather?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :     [2 x 4 = 8]
(a) How did Sudha Murty help her distressed grandmother?
(b) Show how the poem ‘Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’ is humorous and witty.
(c) What mistake was made by Mrs A1 Smith on seeing Gaston at Juliette’s Villa? What is the result of this mistake?
(d) Where did the narrator and Pescud meet and what did they discuss?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :             [8]
Courage and the never say-die attitude can help a person rise from any adversity. Refer to the lesson ‘A Dog named Duke’ to justify this statement.


The brook is a symbol of struggle to us. Discuss the values that we can imbibe from brook.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :       [10]
“A Voyage to Lilliput’ mentions many funny situations. Based on your reading of the text, describe some of them.


Describe the character of Gulliver’s ‘Little Nurse’.


Do you agree that the utter confusion at the Waterloo Station is a situation we generally face in real life? Express your views on the given statement.


Contrast the characters of the narrator and the school boy in ‘Three Men in a Boat’.

CBSE Sample PapersMathsScienceSocial ScienceSanskritEnglishHindi