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

Sample Paper 6

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]
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A garlic clove a day chases asthma away. A carrot a day keeps the opthalmologist away — a dentist away and cancer away. Deep breathing exercises 20 minutes a day can keep most diseases away. A few yogas anas a day can keep most diseases away.
These’are some of the sayings that we don’t trust. Everyone has some health ailment or the other, some have severe headaches, others develop breathing problems, yet others get serious problems such as heart or lung ailments. But have we ever taken an apple or carrot a day as we must have learnt by heart in our private school?
We don’t trust nature. Most of us do not drink rainwater. Rainwater may be slightly contaminated with dust and other chemicals on the first day and from the roof that may be coated with chemicals, but one can harvest it directly from the skies. A clean tub can be kept right in the open on the terrace. This can be done the second day of heavy rain. The first day the water from the skies can wash away dust and other particles in the atmosphere. Then it can be double filtered and stored in huge drums. This water can be filtered again for drinking.
Tulsi for cold, dhurva for longevity, bilwa for cleansing, vallari for memory power, curry leaves for indigestion and good hair growth and host of other herbs are the saviours from minor ailments in villages. People living in cities cannot even identify common herbs, much less use them to benefit.
Looks like we don’t trust nature.
(a) How can we avoid most of the diseases? [1]
(b) Which of the most useful advice learnt at primary school we have forgotten? [1]
(c) Give two reasons why most of us don’t drink rainwater? [1]
(d) How can we make rainwater “drinkable”? [1]
(e) Mention why the following herbs are used (a) tulsi (b) curry leaves (c) [1]
(f) According to the writer what is the difference between people living in villages
and cities, regarding nature?   [1]
(g) Which are the most common ailments which we humans suffer? [1]
(h) Why does the writer repeat that we “don’t trust nature”? [1]

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

  1. There is one thing I simply cannot understand-the new fad of being fit. For nowadays being fit and being thin is one and the same. People blessed with a craving for sweets or saddled with large frames are looked down upon by the health conscious. And this is what baffles me.
  2. I do not believe in modern doctors. They are bent on scaring the hell out of anyone who has a natural metabolism. No fat, no sweets, no cream and no butter. They might as well add no taste buds, no fun, no life. Eating is an experience. After all, God has bestowed us with such an elaborate digestive system, complete with smell and sight to aid our enjoyment of food. So, how can eating will be unhealthy?
  3. If you are otherwise healthy, what is wrong in being fat? A woman does not have to fit into a dress made for a sixteen year old girl to be attractive. A man does not have to have a V-shaped torso to warrant a second look. What actually lends beauty to a person, even to his or her superficial physicality, is the comfort level the person has about himself or herself. One needs to be happy to be in his or her own skin, however unmodel-like the expanse! There is nothing terrible about occupying more space virtually.
  4. Why do all advertisements feature lean muscular men and svelte (thin and attractive) women? No two persons are the same mentally and emotionally, so why should there be a standard, perfect structure?
    Especially the Barbie-type structure. Why not aspire for a bigger form I say? Your size should match your personality and in my opinion a large body portrays a large heart!
  5. So, let us shut off those callous noises, even though they generally begin with “for your own good”. Just look at the wonderful advantages of being overweight.
  6. And yes, you have an unbeatable defense mechanism if you are fat. Just push the person who is being nasty and sit on him!

(a) Why has it become a habit among the people to become slim and fit? [2]
(b) Do you agree with the writer’s opinion about the modem doctors? [2]
(c) How do advertisements convey a wrong message to the youth about the fitness? [2]
(d) Can there be any advantages of being overweight? Why? Why not? [2]
(e) Replace the phrase ‘causes someone to be completely unable to understand or explain
something’ by the word given in the first paragraph.                                                                                     [1]
(f) Give the opposite of ‘terrible’. [1]
(g) Write the synonym of ‘aid’ and use it in your own sentence. [1]
(h) Which word in the paragraph 4 means the same as ‘desire’? [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                               (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
To act in front of the audience and getting their applause always tempted you. This dream is partially getting fulfilled by your joining an acting class during the summer break. Write a page in your diary about this hidden passion and also about the first day of your acting class.   [8]

Question 4:
Complete the following short story in about 200-250 words with the given beginning. [12]
On reaching back home the old lady opened the door and realised that her house had been burgled. She immediately called the police

Question 5:
Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options.[ ½ x 6 = 3]
Mountaineering is a great (a)_______of joy to those who have eyes (b)_______can appreciate the beauty of nature. Nature reveals her beauty in great abundance on green and flowering mountaintops and streams. Mountaineering is also (c) _______risky for those who wish to (d) _______peaks like Everest. There are great (e)________ that deter expeditions. Climbing and surviving in high altitudes is also very (f) ________
sample paper 6-section-B-5

Question 6:
In the passage given below, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and after it in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.[ ½ × 8 = 4]
sample paper 6-section-B-6

Question 7:
Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences. [3]
(a) your destiny / right hand / it is said / your / that / is in
(b) the problems / determine / how / our personalities / of life / we deal with
(c) than others / can cope / some people / better / hardships / with

SECTION C : LITERTURE TEXTBOOK AND EXTENDED READING TEXT   (30 MARKS)

Question 8:
“Say, “said Pescud, stirring his discarded book with the hand, “did you ever read one of
these best-sellers? I mean the kind where the hero is an American swell—sometimes even from
Chicago—who falls in love with a royal princess from Europe who is travelling under an alias
and follows her to her father’s kingdom or principality? “
(a)
Name the discarded book.
(b) What was Pescud’s attitude towards the best-seller?
(c) Explain “American swell”.
(d) What does “Princess under an alias”mean?

OR

The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
The rainbow announces my departure.
I am like earthly life, which beings at
The feet of the mad elements and ends
Under the upraised wings of death.
(a) How does the rain ‘arrive’?
(b) How is the rain ‘like earthly life’?
(c) What does the rainbow indicate?
(d) What ‘mad elements’ does the poet refer to?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :       [8]
(a) One day, last summer, the author was travelling to Pittsburgh by chair car. What does he say about his co-passengers?
(b) What kind of life did Bill wish to lead after his retirement?
(c) How did the poet pave the way for cavities, caps and decay?
(d) In this universe, rain performs many functions. What are those?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words : [8]
Imagine that you are Lord Ullin. You bemoan and lament the tragic loss of your lovely daughter and curse yourself for having opposed her alliance with the chieftain. Express your feelings of pain and torture in a letter to your friend.

OR

“The Bishop was instrumental in transforming the convict.”Discuss with examples from the play.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words : [10]
“He approved of the tradition mentioned by the honourable member who spoke before.”Why does Gulliver agree with the member? What is the issue on which he agrees? What does it tell us about him, his power of understanding and reasoning? Explain in detail.

OR

Gulliver is not able to endure the company of his wife and children but enjoys the company of the two stone-horses he buys on returning home. What does it tell you about the change that had come in him? Do you credit it? Or does it seem illogical to you? Explain.

OR

Give the opinion you form of human nature after reading George and Jerome’s reactions to being photographed? Which characteristic is laughed at by the writer?

OR

The story, “Three Men in a Boat”is replete with valuable lessons if we pursue it. Elaborate.

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