CBSE Sample Papers for Mid Term Exam Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 2

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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]
Cardamom, the queen of all spices, has a history as old as the human race. It is the dried fruit of a herbaceous perennial plant. Warm humid climate, loamy soil rich in organic matter, distributed rainfall and special cultivation and processing methods all combine to make Indian cardamom truly unique in aroma, flavour, size and it has a parrot green colour.
Two types of cardamom are produced in India. The first type is the large one, which has not much significance as it is not traded in the futures market. It is cultivated in North-Eastern area of the country. The second type is produced in the Southern states and these are traded in the futures market. These are mainly cultivated in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. As per the futures market rules, only 7 mm quality was previously traded in exchanges. But later it relaxed its norms, and now 6 mm quality is also traded in the exchanges.
The small variety, known for its exotic quality throughout the world, is now traded in India’s commodity futures exchanges. Traditional auction markets also exist for trading in small cardamoms in the country.
Cardamom is an expensive spice, second only to saffron. It is often adulterated and there are many inferior substitutes from cardamom-related plants such as Siam cardamom, Nepal cardamom, winged Java cardamom, etc. However, it is only Elettaria cardamomum which is the true cardamom, Indian cardamom is known in two main varieties : Malabar cardamom and Mysore cardamom. The Mysore variety contains levels of cineol and limonene and hence is more aromatic.
India was the world’s largest producer and exporter of cardamom till the 1980s. By 1990s
Guatemala emerged as the leading producer and exporter of cardamom.
(a) What is cardamom? [1]
(b) What kind of climate is needed for it to grow? [1]
(c) Where are the two types of cardamom grown and what is the difference? [1]
(d) How can cardamom be adulterated? [1]
(e) Name the two Indian varieties of cardamom and their special feature. [1]
(f) Which quality of cardamon is considered the true cardamom? [1]
(g) Why is cardamon compared to saffron by the writer? [1]
(h) Which country emerged as the leading producer of cardamon and when? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :   [12]
In life, we generally come across various forms of relationships like father-son, husband-wife, love, friendship etc. but the most dear and hearty relation of all is of a mother and her child. The bond of mother and child is the purest and holiest. Mother is next to GOD. She knows everything. A warm and affectionate touch of your mother will give you immense pleasure and you will feel as if you are in heaven.
The relationship of a mother and a child carries deep emotions and feelings within it and it is always nurtured by love, affection and care. She is the one who gives birth to the child, brings him up, supports him when he needs someone the most, guides him in taking right decisions, stands against crowd and favours her child if he is right, suffers a lot of pain from the time of birth of a child till he becomes an adult but never expects anything in return. Whenever you feel sad and tensed, she will embrace you and all your worries will come to an end.
The most respectful and adorable person on this earth is “Mother”. Even if you fight with her, argue with her, pour you anger on her, she will forgive you for everything with a gentle smile on her face and without thinking for a second. Is there any relationship better than this relation where there is no ego, no fears, no hard feelings, just the feeling of love and affection? In today’s world people get so much busy in their lives that they hardly find time for their mother, they don’t even remember the things she has done for them to make their life smooth and comfort ­able. A person should always remember the efforts made by the mother for his betterment and should give utmost respect and care to his mother, as she really deserves it. He should let her mother know what she means to him and she will be the happiest person in this whole world. You can also express your feelings for your mother in a different way. You can take the help of poems and quotes, which will help you in expressing your feelings in a better way. Dedicate the poems to your mother and show your respect, affection and gratitude to her and you will see she will keep on smiling.
(a) What do you do to express your feelings for your mother? [2]
(b) ‘The relationship of a mother and child carries deep emotions and feelings within it.’Evaluate the statement.     [2]
(c) Has the modem world changed its feelings towards mother? Give a suitable reason. [2]
(d) Every person should always give utmost respect to his/her mother. Does it mean that
(e) father has no importance in a person’s life? Evaluate the statement.       [2]
(f) Replace the phrase ‘taken care of’ by the word given in the paragraph 2. [1]
(g) Give the synonym of ‘adorable’ and use it in your own sentence. [1]
(h) Find out the word in the paragraph 1 which means the same as ‘great’. [1]
(i) Which word in the paragraph 3 is the antonym of ‘unkind’? [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                 (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are moved to see the future of a nation. You see some children picking up rags and roaming about streets, etc. Write an article with a suitable title in about 100-120 words. Take ideas from the Unit ‘Children’ in MCB.   [8]

Question 4:
Write a short story in about 200-250 words with the given outline.   [12]
A merchant riding home from a fair — a large some of money with him         — sudden heavy rainfall — merchant gets wet — grumbles — shortly after attacked by a robber       — robber’s attempt to shoot — failure — powder damp — the merchant escapes.

Question 5:
Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options.[ ½ x 6 = 3]
He was happy and contented, (a)______he was poor. He never showed signs of frustration,(b)______his friends who were rich were always in distress, (c)_______ the problems he had to face, he remained calm and composed (d)______people liked his company.(e)_______he went, he spread happiness. I don’t know (f)______ he could be so happy.  
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Question 6:
In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it.                 [4]
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Question 7:
Rearrange the following jumbled up words into meaningful sentences.   [3]
(a) uppermost / soil / layer / is / earth / the / of / the
(b) it / plants / which / supports / food / provide / all living things / to / planet / on /this
(c) soil / thus / foundation / earth / life / on / of / is / the / all


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :   [4]
Pa, can’t you give me a picture of yourself boxing? I could swank like anything. And you don’t
know how sick a chap gets of having chaps call him, ‘Goggles
(a) Who is speaking these lines and to whom?
(b) What for does the speaker want his father’s picture?
(c) Why does the speaker feel sick?
(d) How is the speaker addressed at school? Why?


His horsemen hard behind us ride;
Should they our steps discover,
Then who will cheer my bonny bride
When they have slain her lover?—
(a) Who is “his”in line 1? Who does “us”refer to?
(b) Explain: “cheer my bonny bride”.
(c) Why would the lover be slain?
(d) How could the horsemen reach the chieftain and his beloved?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :     [8]
(a) Why was Mrs. Bramble upset when she came to hear that Bill had decided not to fight?
(b) Who was Jerry Fisher? What did he say to try and convince Bill to change his mind?
(c) Why does Lord Ullin’s daughter defy her father and elope with her lover?
(d) Why does the boatman agree to row the couple across the ferry? What kind of a man he is?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :   [8]
Describe Chuck Charles Hooper’s life before and after the terrible accident. Describe at least two changes that came in his life after the accident. How was Hooper’s endurance rewarded in the end?


How was the sale of villa a profitable deal for all? Who gained the most and how?

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :   [10]
Describe how the custom officer examines Gulliver at being notified by fellow sailors that he is a stranger and a great traveller.


Gulliver becomes charged up with great ecstasy and delight when he hears about the Struldbrugs. Describe it in your own words. What does it tell you about Gulliver?


Do you think Harris is a good cook? What do you learn about his character after reading about his attempt to cook.


How do the friends behave in the incident of the disappearing of the beefsteak pie along with Harris? With examples, discuss what it tells you about them.




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