CBSE Sample Papers for Post-Mid Term Exam Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 1

Periodic Assessment 3
[Periodic Assessment 3 is based on the main points of periodic Assessment 1 & 2 and the following syllbus]

Suggested Syllabus

Reading Skills

Question 1:
A factual passage of 300-350 words with 8 very short answer type questions.

Question 2:
A discursive passage of 350-400 words with 4 short answer type questions and 4 very short type questions for vocabulary

Writing Skills with Grammar

Question 3:
Diary and Article Writing

Question 4:
Writing a short story

Question 5:
Gap filling

Question 6:
Editing and omission

Question 7:
Sentence reordering or sentence transformation

Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text

Question 8:
One out of two extracts from prose and poetry with 4 very short answer type questions.

Question 9:
Four short answer type questions (Best Seller, The Seven Ages, Oh, I Wish I’d looked after me Teeth and Song of the Rain)

Question 10:
One out of two long answer type questions (Best Seller, The Bishop’s Candlesticks)

Question 11:
One out of two very long answer type questions                                                       .
Gulliver’s Travels – Chapter 27 to 39
Three Men in a Boat – Chapter 14 to 19

Sample Paper 5

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]
By the time Albert Einstein died at the age of 76, he had totally transformed the way that we see the universe, including our very notions of space and time. Not bad for someone who struggled at school. Einstein was bom in Ulm, Germany in 1879. His parents were concerned that he scarcely talked until the age of three, but he was not so much a backward as a quiet child. As a school boy, his work didn’t scream “genius “and even his teachers found it hard to reconcile the student they had known with the great scientist he later became. After working hard in the laboratory but skipping lectures, Einstein graduated with an unexceptional record in 1900. He couldn’t find a job in a university so he worked for the Swiss Patent Office and spent his spare time working on theoretical physics problems. At the age of just 26, whilst still at the patent office, he published three papers in a leading German physics journal. These papers on Brownian motion, the photoelectric effect and special relativity contained explanations and ideas that changed the way we all view the world. By the time he finally found an academic job in 1909, Einstein s reputation as one of the greatest scientists of all time was spreading rapidly. And in 1915, at the age of 36, Einstein produced his theory of general relativity which delved even further into the workings of the universe. After being awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the photoelectric effect, Einstein became closely involved with the development of quantum theory before moving on to pursue the search for a Grand Unified Theory that would tie all of physics together. In 1933, Einstein escaped the persecution of Jews by Nazi Germany by accepting a position at the Institution for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA where he spent the rest of his life. Although he initially supported the use of atomic weapons as a deterrent in the Second World War, he later campaigned for nuclear disarmament and world peace. He died in 1955 of heart failure and became an icon of genius.
(a) What had Albert Einstein done before he died at the age of 76? [1]
(b) Where was he bom and how would you describe his school life? [1]
(c) Why was he considered a backward child by his parents and teachers?   [1]
(d) What was the subject of each of the three papers he published at the age of 26?   [1]
(e) Why was he awarded the Nobel Prize? [1]
(f) Why was the year 1933 significant in Einstein’s life? [1]
(g) How do we know that Einstein change his mind about atomic weapons?   [1]
(h) Explain the term ‘icon of genius’ in your own words. [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :       [12]

  1. Most parents at some stage are driven to distraction by one or more of their children’s annoying habits or behaviours, whether it’s a toddler who continually whines, a school- aged child who leaves clothes lying around or a teenager who uses a less than perfect vocabulary.
  2. How to affect change is a challenge for many parents. Do you ignore a child’s annoying behaviour or do you pick up on it? A useful rule of thumb is to pick up on behaviours that are dangerous to the child himself or significantly infringe on the rights and comforts of others. Also ask yourself: Is this behaviour reasonable for the child’s age? For instance, it is reasonable to expect an eight year old not to disturb you while you are on the phone for twenty minutes but it is not reasonable to expect the same of a two year old. It is also useful to take into account the child’s current state of mind and what is going in their lives that may be related to some unusual behaviour.
  3. The following four principles for changing your child’s behaviour will be effective if you are both patient and persistent. Change your initial response first. This is important because children’s behaviour generally requires a pay-off, which may be your attention or an attempt to defeat you. The most important principle about changing children’s behaviour is to change your own behaviour first. So, if your child whines to get his own way refrain from answering back or giving in.
  4. Practise with your child the behaviour that you want. The notion of behaviour rehearsal is fundamental to learning a new behaviour. Don’t just tell kids what to expect, get them to practise the behaviour you want. In the example of a young whiner – ‘get him to practise asking for help or a treat in a normal voice.
  5. Show sincere appreciation when they are good.
  6. And last, like any process, stick to your plan. It will work only then!

(a) What annoying things a child can do at different stages? [2]
(b) Do you think it is right to ignore a child’s behaviour? Why? Why not? [2]
(c) Give an example of behaviour of a child that can be dangerous to his life. [2]
(d) The most important principle about changing children’s behaviour is to change
your own behaviour first. What does the writer mean by this statement? [2]
(e) Replace the word ‘irritating’ by the word given in the first paragraph. [1]
(f) Find out the word in the paragraph 3 which is the opposite of ‘worthless’. [1]
(g) Find out the word in the paragraph 3 which means the same as ‘determined’. [1]
(h) Give the verb form of ‘behaviour. ‘ [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                               (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are Atul / Ankita of Class X, the Captain of the School Social Science Club. You have witnessed that crime against women has increased in the country whether it is female infanticide, rape, murder, physical or emotional assault. As a concerned citizen of the country, write an article in about 100-120 words, on ‘How to Make our Women Secure’?[8]

Question 4:
School children went out to explore forest — lost the way — away from the camp — cries i               of animals — heard “thump-thump”sound — a large elephant — trumpted angrily — came towards them — a balloon — started blowing — big balloon — hit hard with hand — “bang-bang”— loud noise — elephant turned away — saved.

Question 5:
Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options.   [ ½ x 6 = 3]
His wife watched us (a)_______the kitchen door. I wondered (b)________she had observed any difference in the way I ate rice, drank water or cleaned the floor after the meal. When I (c)________ leaving his house, Amit Mishra invited me to join (d)________for dinner again the (e)________ weekend. Observing my hesitation, he told me not to get upset .saying, “Once you decide to change the system,(f)_________problems have to be confronted .”
sample paper 5-section-B-5

Question 6:
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet as given below against the correct blank number.[ ½ × 8 = 4]
sample paper 5-section-B-6

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences.   [3]
are not / citizens / respected / senior / or cared for
(b) ill-equipped / are not only / insufficient / old age homes / also / but
(c) must / anyone else’s / place them / the society / before / interest


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :       [4]
The ralating of anecdotes and humorous occurrences has always seemed to me. Mr. Pescud, to
be a particularly agreeable way of formatting and perpetuating   amenities between friends.
(a) Who is the speaker?
(b) What does the above lines reflect about the speaker?
(c) What do you mean by ‘anecdotes’?
(d) Explain- ‘perpetuating amenities between friends’


Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
(a) What does the actor do after this scene?
(b) Why does the poet call this stage second childishness?
(c) Why does the poet call life strange eventful history?
(d) What physical weaknesses does the actor have in this stage?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :     [8]
(a) Why do you think the Colonel allowed the salesman to marry his daughter even though he (the Colonel) came from a lineage of Earls?
(b) Describe the house in which Jessie had lived. ‘
(c) What are the problems faced by the poet after she neglected her teeth.
(d) In what sense are men and women merely players on the stage of life?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :         [8]
Is John A. Pescud a hypocrite? He pretends to have moral standards or opinions that he never practises in life. Justify your answer by giving examples from the text.


After returning from Mr Bramble’s house, Jerry Fisher writes a diary entry about the events that had just taken place and how he tried to ensure that Bramble would take part in the big fight on Monday. Write the diary entry, mentioning the role played by the Major and his reasons for telling the truth to Harold.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :             [10]
Many words and terms like power, war, law, punishment had no place in the language of the Houyhnhnms. This was a difficulty, almost insuperable, for Gulliver’s master to understand what Gulliver was relating, “still he arrived at a competent knowledge of what human nature in the other world can perform.”What picture of Gulliver’s master, ‘The great Houyhnhnm’, does it give you? Explain.


Gulliver became quite zealous and enthusiastic in his description of the thousand contrary reasons why illnesses breed in our body. What do you think of him since by profession he is a surgeon?


Why was the crowd on the Kew Bridge entertained by George and the party of eight?


The writer condemns the “wretched small boat.”Don’t you find something humorous in it? How had he described his boats earlier in connection with the steam launch? Explain what it tells you about him.

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