Class 9 Communicative English Paper 8

(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]
Health insecurity is at an all-time high. In a time when thousands of people lose their health insurance every day, when health care is becoming elusive to even well-to-do Americans, and when any person is just one pink slip away from becoming uninsured, it becomes clear that health care for all is not just important to achieve, but imperative. At its root, the lack of health care for all in America is fundamentally a moral issue. The United States is the only industrialised nation that does not have some form of universal health care (defined as a basic guarantee of health care to all of its citizens).
While other countries have declared health care to be a basic right, the United States treats health care as a privilege, only available to those who can afford it. In this sense, health care in America is treated as an economic good like a TV or VCR, not as social or public good. Although it can be very complex and frustrating at times, it has come a long way from the health care organisations of yesterday. Previously, most health care facilities were a place where the sick were housed and cared for until death. Physicians rarely practised in hospitals and only those who were fortunate could afford proper care at home or in private clinics. Today the level of health care has excelled tremendously: presently the goal of the health care is to have a continuum of care for the patient, one which is integrated at all levels. Many hospitals offer a referral service or discharge plan to patients who are being discharged. Plans for the patient are discussed with a discharge planner. The discharge planner is a person who is trained in assessing what the patient s requirements for health care will be after discharge from the hospital
(a) Why do Americans feel insecure with regard to health care?         [1]
(b) What is universal health care?       [1]
(c) How is the United States different from other advanced countries in terms of health care as a basic right?       [1]
(d) Why does America consider health care as a privilege?         [1]
(e) What is today the level of health care in America?         [1]
(f) Previously, what did most health care facilities provide?         [1]
(g) Explain ‘discharge plan’.       [1]
(h) What does a discharge planner do? [1]

Question 2:
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow :                     [12]
To make our life a meaningful one, we need to mind our thoughts, for our thoughts are thefoundations, the inspiration and the motivating power of our deeds. We create our entire world by the way we think. Thoughts are the causes and the conditions are the effects. Our thoughts affect the whole body. Each thought once generated and sent out becomes independent of the brain and mind and will live upon its own energy depending upon its intensity.
Our circumstances and conditions are not dictated by the world outside; it is the world inside us that creates the outside. Self-awareness comes from the mind, which means the soul. Mind is the sum total of the states of consciousness grouped under thought, will and feeling. Besides self ­consciousness, we have the power to choose and think. What we choose is what we become. That is why it is extremely important that we choose to remain positive and harbour positive thoughts. Krishna says, “No man resteth a moment inactive. “Even when in active on the bodily plane, we are all the time acting on the thought plane. Therefore, if we observe ourselves, we can easily mould our thoughts. If our thoughts are pure and noble, naturally actions follow the same. If our thoughts are filled with jealousy, hatred and greed, our actions will be the same.
Thought or intent is more responsible and dynamic than an act. One may perform a charitable act, but if he does not think charitably and is doing the act just for the sake of gain and glory, it is his thoughts that will determine the result. No matter how small the thought, these small thoughts are like seeds that grow together to make up a large tree or a thought that determines one s general character.
(a) How is a person’s general character determined? [2]
(b) How are thoughts and actions related? [2]
(c) What is the interconnection between thoughts and deeds?       [2]
(d) ‘ What we choose is what we become.’ Explain in your own words.     [2]
(e) With which word can you replace ‘foundations’? [1]
(f) Give a synonym for ‘charitable’. [1]
(g) Find the word opposite to ‘inactive’. (Para 4) [1]
(h) Find the word opposite to ‘tainted’. (Para 3) [1]

SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                                                                       (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
You are Shantanu/Shikha. Taking help from the picture given below and using your own ideas write an article in about 100-120 words for the school magazine on the topic ‘Saving Our Earth’. [8]

Question 4:
Write a short story with the help of the given hints in about 200-250 words. Also give a suitable title.   [12]
Seema — working as a maid — eager to go to school — unable to do so — family responsibilities — lend a hand to support.

Question 5:
Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options in the ones given below. Write your answers in the answer sheet against the correct blank number.     [3]
When Frank and I stepped (a)________the post office doors, (b)________was a crowd gathered, gawking (c)_______ the new fixture on the wall like a chorus of wide-mouthed frogs.

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 words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.     [3]
(a) undoubtedly / colourful birds / parrots / are / the most / found on earth
(b) more than / found / there are / 350 types of parrots / till now
(c) as well / are they stunning / are famous / for being smart / not only / but they


Question 8:
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow :           [4]
The next day onwards, I started my tuition. Avva was a wonderful student. The
homework she did was amazing.
(a) Identify the speaker.
(b) Who is ‘Awa’ referred to ?
(c) Why did ‘Awa’ have to be given tuition?
(d) What had fanned grandmother’s desire to learn the Kannada alphabet?


You see, Madame, film acting is rather looked up to round here. Everybody wants to do it.
Yesterday the butcher did not open his shop. He was being shot all the morning.
(a) Who liked to act in films?
(b) Why did the butcher not open his shop?
(c) Why was the maid so excited about films?
(d) What does ‘He was being shot all the morning’ mean?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30—40 words :                               [2 × 4=8]
(a) How was Mr Bramble’s nature in total contrast to his physical abilities?
(b) “The temple of the Living God.”Explain the significance of this remark in the play, ‘The Bishop’s Candlesticks’.
(c) Explain the statement- “And that has made all the difference”with reference to the poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’.
(d) The convict says, “I am too old a bird to be caught with a chaff.”What does he mean by this remark?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :                 [8]
Chuck had lost all his hopes after the accident, but Duke helped him to come back to life again. Duke was very loyal to his master. Based on your reading of the story ‘A Dog Named Duke’, write a paragraph on the topic ‘Animals can express better loyalty than humans.’


How does the poem The Brook teach the value of generosity, courtesy and benevolence? Which values out of these do you think are missing and need to be imbibed in our young generation?

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :         [10]
Gulliver’s hectic schedule of exhibition affected him adversely. How was he able to heave a sigh of relief? Explain.


Write a character sketch of Gulliver’s old comrade Peter William.


What was the effect of George’s song on Harris and the writer? Does it remind you of how Harris sang a comic song? Is there any difference in the reactions? Give reasons for your answer.


Harris is confident when he enters the maze and in fact he volunteers to lead the people out?
Is he successful in this venture? What light does it throw on his character?

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