CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 5

(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]

  1. Robert Peary, the first man to reach the North Pole, was bom in 1856. From the beginning, he was fascinated by the grandeur of Greenland and carried out Arctic explorations from time to time. During his earlier trips he made acquaintance with Eskimos and particularly grew close to a remote tribe, the Arctic Highlanders. He learned from them how to survive in the Arctic wilderness. He copied their fishing methods and understood the value of sledge dogs and the Eskimo snow houses or igloos. As he did not have a suitably equipped ship to deal with polar ice, his earlier attempts were held back.
  2. At last he acquired ‘Roosevelt’, built according to his own specifications. Roosevelt was able to crash through pack ice that would have held any other ship until it was crushed. Finally, Peary left for his expedition at the beginning of March, 1909. When they were just 214 km from the pole, Peary was left to journey> on with only five sledges, 40 dogs, Matthew Henson, an African Bearer, and four Eskimos. The final journey was divided into five marches.
  3. At the end of fifth march, Peary took a reading on his sextant, which gave him the latitude and judged himselffive km from the Pole. After a short rest, they journeyed on April 16, 1909, at last stood at the Pole. Peary built a crude igloo and planted in it the US flag. Though Dr. Frederick Cook, Peary s friend, also claimed as the first to be at the Pole, Robert Peary is usually recognised as the first man at the North Pole. Robert Peary died in 1920. He was 63 years old. Peary had a son by an Inuit woman. This son later visited his father s family and his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. His biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2007.

(a) What was the reason behind Peary’s earlier trips to Greenland? [1]
(b) What do you know about “Roosevelt”? [1]
(c) When did Peary set out for his first expedition to the         Pole?           [1]
(d) How far was Peary from the North Pole at the end of       fifth March?         [1]
(e) Who was Dr. Frederick Cook? [1]
(f) (0       Where is Peary’s gravesite?         [1]
(g) When and by whom was Peary’s biography written? [1]
(h) What do you know about the Peary’s son? [1]

Question 2:
Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising active control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. Time management may be aided by a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to do specific tasks, complying with a due date. Most of us are always in a rush. We are making haste. A lack or shortage of time characterises our lives. As time-use researchers look around, they see a rushing and running everywhere.
Instant services rule, pollsters use electronic devices during political speeches to measure opinions before they have been fully formed; fast food restaurants add express lanes. Even reading to children is under pressure.
“Time is a gentle deity, “said Sophocles. Perhaps it was, for him. These days it cracks the whip. Our ability to work fast and play fast gives us power. It thrills us. And if haste is the accelerator, multitasking is the overdrive.
A sense of well being comes with this saturation of parallel pathways in the brain. We choose mania over boredom every time. We catch the fever – and cramming our life feels good. There are definite ways to save time, but what does this concept really mean ? Does time saving mean getting more done ? If so, does talking on a cellular phone at the beach save time or waste it ? Does it make sense to say that driving saves ten minutes from your travel budget while removing ten minutes from your reading budget?
It might be simpler to recognise that there is time and we make choices about how to spend it, how to spare it, how to use it and how to fill it. Time is not a thing we have lost. It is not a thing we ever had. it is what we live in.
(a) How can we manage our time effectively? [2]
(b) How can time be compressed? [2]
(c) ‘If haste is the accelerator, multitasking is the overdrive.’ Evaluate this     [2]
(d) What does the writer mean by the statement ‘Time is not a thing we have lost’?   [2]
(e) Give another word for productivity. (Para 1) [1]
(f) Give a synonym for ‘aided’? (Para 1) [1]
(g) Find a word opposite in meaning to ‘vague’. (Para 4) [1]
(h) ind a word opposite in meaning to ‘complicated’. (Para 5) [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                 (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
The increasing pollution, number of vehicles and concrete buildings are adversely affecting our environment. Our future generation will have to struggle for existence. Using ideas from the unit ‘Environment’ and your own ideas, write an article titled ‘Save Mother Earth’ in about 100-120 words.   [8]

Question 4:
Develop a story in about 200-250 words using the following hints. Also give a suitable title.
a big mansion — four thieves — a bag full of gold and silver — police patrol party — a stranger — fifty thousand cash prize.     [12]

Question 5:
Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones given below. Write your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. [3]
At first Tinmay appeared to be quite afraid of the puppy and (a)______ back if it came too near. He would run and touch it (b)________ his large forepaws, and (c)________ retreat to a safe distance. Finally, he allowed the puppy to crawl on his back and rest there.

Question 6:
The following paragraph has not been edited. One word is missing in each line. Identify the missing word and write it along with the word before and the word after it in your answer sheet.     [4]

Question 7:
(a) humans / usually / excessive / tears / produce / emotional contexts / in
(b) not all / of course / tears / are / of / the emotional / variety
(c) three types / of / tears / with / exist / different / purposes


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :       [4]
One evening Chuck’s good hand idly hooked the leash onto Duke’s collar to hold him still. It
was like lighting a fuse: Duke shimmied himself U-shaped in anticipation.
(a) What is the author referring to by ‘good hand’?
(b) What was like lighting a fuse?
(c) Which word in the above lines connects with jazz dance?
(d) What unique bond existed between Chuck and Duke?


And still they row’d amidst the roar
Of waters fast prevailing :
Lord Ullin reach’d that fatal shore,
His wrath was changed to wailing.
(a) Who are ‘they’ in the extract?
(b) Why is the shore ‘fatal’ ?
(c) Which word in the above stanza means ‘anger’?
(d) Why were they rowing amidst the roar? What was the urgency?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                   [2 x 4=8]
(a) How did the birth of Harold change the Bramble’s household?
(b) How does the poet impart a divine feeling to the rain? Explain with reference to the poem “Song of the Rain”.
(c) Does Sacha Guitry define human behaviour through the character of Gaston? Explain with an example from the play, ‘A Villa for Sale’.
(d) What gifts were exchanged between the granddaughter and the grandmother? What was the occasion?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :         [8]
Write an article to the newspaper about the good values being eroded from society. Nobody wants to read stories of people who are selfless, generous and God-fearing (as the Bishop in the play). Suggest ways of how these values can become an integral part of education.


People who are opportunistic and manipulative look for personal gains, regardless of what others may suffer. With reference to the play ‘Villa for Sale’ describe the values one should possess to be a fair and ethical person.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :             [10]
Why was Gulliver afraid to be seen near the Blefuscu side of the coast?


Pen the character sketch of Flimnap.


The three friends shuddered at the idea of taking oil with them. Why?


The three friends have food. Find two occasions when this characteristic is portrayed with great humour.

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