CBSE Sample Papers for Final Board Exams Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 7

(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]
Rural India faces serious shortages – power, water, health facilities, roads, etc. However, the role of technology in solving these and other problems is barely acknowledged and the actual availability of technology in rural areas is marginal. The backbone of the rural economy is agriculture which also provides sustenance to over half the country s population. The “Green Revolution “of the 1970s was, in fact, powered by the scientific work in various agricultural research institutions. While some fault the Green Revolution for excessive exploitation of water and land resources through overuse offertilisers, the fact is that it did bring about a wheat surplus and prosperity in certain pockets of the country.
In rural India today, there is a dire inadequacy of both science (i.e. knowledge) and technology. The scope to apply technology to both farm and non-farm activities in rural areas is huge, as are the potential benefits. In fact, crop yields are far lower than what they are in demonstration farms, where science and technology are more fully applied. Technologies that reduce power consumption of pumps are vital; unfortunately, their use is minimal, since agricultural power is free or largely subsidized. Similarly, there is little incentive to optimise through technology or otherwise-water use, especially in irrigated areas, given the water rates. Post-harvest technologies for processing and adding value could greatly enhance rural employment and incomes, but at present deployment of technology is marginal. Cold storage and cold-chains for transportation to market is of great importance for many agricultural products-particularly, fruits and vegetables but are non-existent. These are clearly technologies with an immediate return on investment, and benefits for all. However, regulatory and structural barriers are holding back investments.
(a) Mention three shortages rural India face. [1]
(b) What is the backbone of rural economy? [1]
(c) Give one benefit of Green Revolution. [1]
(d) State the benefits of applying technology to both farm and non-farm activities. [1]
(e) Why in spite of being vital, the use of pumps that reduce power consumption, minimal? [1]
(f) What is of great importance for many agricultural products like fruits and vegetables? [1]
(g) Why is there little incentive to optimise through technology or otherwise water use? [1]
(h) What is holding back investments? [1]

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

  1. Ladies, watch out. The next time you purchase cosmetics, ensure that you are safe. Contrary to all the promises made by the industry, a number of cosmetics are health hazards and may turn you ugly instead of prettier.
  2. Studies have shown that cosmetics are toxic, containing chemicals and other ingredients which may cause cancer. Some brands of talcum powders are said to contain asbestos. Unfortunately consumers particularly women, are carried away by telling and attractive advertisements. Very rarely they read the contents of cosmetics they use.
  3. Take, for instance, the shampoo used for cleaning hair. Hundreds of brands are available in the market, each one promising something special and novel. It is a common belief that using soap to clean your hair is harmful. But a comparative research carried out by a doctor with the help of a consumer union in Japan has found that shampoo can damage your hair and result in hair loss.
  4. Research has revealed that the thickest hair among the shampoo users was only 0.097 mm whereas soup users had 0.115 mm. Similarly, shampoo users also had hair as thin as 0.072 mm and as compared to soap users who had 0.1 mm thin hair.Years ago, people used to dye their hair black. But nowadays, women dye their hair in different colour ignoring the harmful effects it has. You can find women with dark brown and light violet coloured hair.
  5. Hair dye which may be bleaches, temporary dyes, semi-permanent dyes and permanent dyes contain potentially hazardous chemicals like ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, p-phenylenediamine and toluenediamine. Hydrogen peroxide is said to have damaging effect on hair. According to a report in the Utusan Konsumer, temporary dye contain metallic substances like lead, which are toxic and can be absorbed through the scalp into the body. These temporary dyes are derived from benzidine, known to produce bladder cancer.

(a) In what way cosmetics are health hazards? [2]
(b) What should one do before buying a cosmetic? [2]
(c) Why does the passage warn us against the use of shampoos? [2]
(d) Give details of how temporary dyes can harm us. [2]
(e) Give the noun form of ‘revealed’. [1]
(f) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘possibly’? [1]
(g) Find the opposite of ‘permanent’ in the passage. [1]
(h) Which word in the passage means the same as ‘risks’? [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                                               (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
Write a diary entry in about 100-120 words about your feelings for your sister who recently completed her graduation in Mass Media. You heard your parents focusing on her marriage and thus not taking interest in her career.           [8]

Question 4:
Complete the story in about 200-250 words on the basis of the beginning given below.
There’s a young man sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper and suddenly….                   [12]

Question 5:
Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the following paragraph.     [3]
In his formative years, young Beethoven was incredibly awkward (a)_______ the violin and was often so busy working on his own compositions that he neglected (b)_______ practice. Despite his love of composing, his teachers felt he was hopeless at it and would never succeed (c) ________the violin or in composing.

Question 6:
The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction against the correct blank number. [4]

Question 7:
Rearrange the words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.                             [3]
(a) rise / alarming / number / of / in the / there / has been / an / working women
(b)  sustain / take jobs / to / they / have to / families / their
(c) role / changed / their / independence / since / has


Question 8:
Now, he quailed at the sight of his name in print.
(a) Who does ‘he’ refer to?
(b) What is meant by the word ‘quailed’?
(c) Why does he quail at the sight of his name in print?
(d) Whom or what was he afraid of?


BISHOP. No one will come; but if they do, are you not my friend?
CONVICT. Your friend? (puzzled)
BISHOP. They will not molest the Bishop s friend.
(a) Why was the Bishop referring to the convict as his friend?
(b) Why was the convict puzzled?
(c) Why was the convict afraid of any one coming in?
(d) Why was the Bishop so sympathetic towards the convict?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                   [2 × 4=8]
(a) The Bishop almost breaks down when he finds that the candlesticks are missing. Why ?
(b) ‘Sighing like a furnace, with a woeful ballad.’
Explain the figure of speech used in the above line.
(c) What kind of man was Colonel Allyn?
(d) What does Pescud think about best-sellers?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                                           [8]
Draw a character sketch of the three women — Juliette, Jeanne and Mrs A1 Smith — in the play Villa For Sale. What role do they play in the progress of the story?


The Professor is a prime example of immense talent gone waste. Comment with reference to ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ and the values required in his character to be acceptable to all.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :             [10]
What did Gulliver learn about the life of Struldbrugs?


What are the continual disquietudes of the people of Laputa, according to Gulliver?


How did the narrator and his friends annoy the people on the steam launches?


Write a short note on the character of Montmorency.

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