CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 6

(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]
When you read a book on inspiring stories of people with disabilities, you know what to expect. You imagine it to be full of stories of courage and determination that will make you feel better about the world. I felt inspired after reading ‘Gifted: Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities ‘. It led me to reflect on my view on disability. Most able-bodied people would be judgemental of the differently- abled and the extent of their abilities knowing nothing about their willpower or passion.
In the book are stories of individuals who follow their heart and disregard the world’s objections to take up challenging careers. Hans Dalai, for instance, works in tiger conservation in spite of his cerebral palsy. Malvika Iyer, who lost both her arms in an explosion, went on to become a social worker. The list doesn’t end there. You have Sundeep Rao, who is a successful stand-up comedian in spite of being partially blind, and Ashwin Karthik, who did not let cerebral palsy come in the way of his dream to become an engineer and work in an MNC.
Disability is, as we learn through their stories, not a lack of abilities but a lack of an understanding of our abilities. According to Padmashri Malathi Holla, a para athlete and recipient of Arjuna Award, everyone has disabilities. In some, it is physical and in others, it might be in the form ofsome emotional problem that is unseen. The worst form of disability is inferiority complex and it can be more crippling than a physical disability.
(a) When does the narrator feel inspired? [1]
(b) Mention four persons who have taken up challenging careers in   [1]
(c) How do most able-bodied people react to differently-abled people? [1]
(d) Explain ‘disability’. [1]
(e) What is the worst form of disability? [1]
(f) What is meant by emotional disability? [1]
(g) Individuals with disabilities take up challenging jobs and disregard the world’s objection. What does it tell us about them?     [1]
(h) What can be more crippling than a physical disability?                     [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :       [12]
Psychological research shows we consistently underestimate our mental powers. If you think this does not apply to you, then here is a simple test to show you are wrong. Write down the names of all the Indian states you can remember. Put the list away and then set yourself the same task a week later. Provided you have not cheated by consulting an atlas, you will notice something rather, surprising. The two lists will contain roughly the same number of states, but they will not be identical. Some names will have slipped away, but others will have replaced them. This suggests that somewhere in your mind you may well have a record of virtually every state. So it is not really your memory letting you down; just your ability to retrieve information from it.
We would remember a lot more if we had more confidence in our memories and knew how to use them properly.
So, if you are a student who always revises on black coffee, perhaps it would be sensible to prime yourself with a cup before going into the exam.
When you learn is also important. Lots of people swear they can absorb new information more efficiently at some times of day than at others. Research shows this is not just an imagination. There is a biological rhythm for learning, though it affects different people in different ways. For most of us, the best plan is to take in new information in the morning and then try to consolidate it into memory during the afternoon.
Other people can provide you with information, but only you can learn it. It also has to be ‘chewed over ‘ before it can be integrated into your body of knowledge. That is why just reading a book is no way to acquire information unless you happen to possess a photographic memory. Parroting the author’s words is not much better. You have to make your own notes because this obliges you to apply an extra stage of processing to the information before committing it to memory. Effective revision always involves reworking material, making notes on notes, and perhaps re-ordering information in the light of newly-observed connections.
As a general rule, the greater your brain s investment in a body of information, the better are its chances of reproducing it accurately and effectively when you need it.
(a) What has psychological research proved about our mental powers? Give two facts. [2]
(b) Why is it important for some people to learn at a specific time of the day? What is the best plan for most of us?     [2]
(c) Explain how mere ‘information’ becomes ‘knowledge’. [2]
(d) ‘Parroting the author’s words is not much better.’ Evaluate the statement. [2]
(e) Explain the term “letting you down”in your own words. [1]
(f) What does the author mean by “committing it to memory”?       [1]
(g) Give a synonym for‘virtually’. [1]
(h) Which word in the passage means ‘assimilated’? [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                                     (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”Write an article in about 100-120 words on what kind of future our children deserve and steps required for achieving this, taking ideas from the MCB unit ‘Children’.         [8]

Question 4:
Read the following story prompts and weave a story around it in about 200-250 words. The opening line has been given. [12]
While cleaning up the garage in your house, you come across your great-great-grandfather’s diary. It is about his days in school.

Question 5:
Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the following paragraph. [3]
A forty year old man (a)_______ and six others (b)_________ when the van in which they (c)____ overturned after colliding with a truck, last evening.

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 in your answer sheet.                   [4]

Question 7:
Rearrange the given words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.             [3]
(a) polythene / threat / bags / potential / the environment / to / are / a
(b) complicated / capable / work / are / computers / of / doing / extremely
(c) must / used / phones / not / mobile / driving / while / be


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :                       [4]
O listen ‘.for the vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.
(a) What does the phrase- vale profound’ in the above context mean?
(b) Whom is the poet addressing in the above lines?
(c) With what sound is the vale ‘overflowing’?
(d) What is the poet doing in the vale?


Brother, I have no patience with you. There, sit down and take your soup, it has been waiting ever
so long. And if it is spoilt, it serves you right.                                                                                                                                                                           –
(a) Who has no patience with her brother?
(b) Explain the last line.
(c) Why had the soup been waiting?
(d) What does it tell us about the speaker?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                                                   [2 x 4=8]
(a) Why were the doors and windows of the Bishop’s house always left open?
(b) Robert Frost did not feel dejected and disappointed on choosing the second road. Justify the statement with suitable
examples from the poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’.
(c) Why did Bill stop Jerry from uttering anything to Harold?
(d) Why does the maid suggest to Juliette to act in the movie?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                                     [8]
Private Quelch’s being assigned permanent cookhouse duties was a joke and joy to all the trainees at the army camp. Is it justified to laugh at a friend’s misfortune? Substantiate your answer reflecting on the values other trainees should have possessed.


The convict was driven by his conscience to surrender to the Bishop’s goodness. Reflect and describe.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :                                                                                             [10]
Give details of the plight of horses (Yahoos) in England as told by Gulliver to Houyhnhnms.


Munodi was content to continue with the old ways because he lacked enterprise. Elaborate reflecting on his character.


Describe how George made the Irish stew.


Three men make tall claims about the trout in the inn. What claims did they make? What do their statements tell us about their character?  

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