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

(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]
The Olive Ridley turtle has a circumtropical distribution, living in tropical and warm waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans from India, Arabia, Japan, and Micronesia south to southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In the Atlantic Ocean, it has been observed off the western coast of Africa and the coasts of northern Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and Venezuela. Historically, this species has been widely regarded as the most abundant sea turtle in the world. More than one million Olive Ridleys were commercially harvested off the coasts of Mexico in 1968 alone.
The Chennai Seacoast is a breeding ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. The ‘Turtle Walk ‘ is an initiative aimed at educating the fishing community and the general public living near the beach on the need to protect Oliver Ridley turtle and its turtle nests.
During the night, under normal conditions, the sea is a brighter source of light than the land. But now with urbanisation and night time lighting, the shore is brighter than the sea at night. This distracts the Olive Ridley turtles that come ashore to lay eggs. Even the hatchlings get distracted. Instead of going in the direction of the sea, the hatchlings and adults stray towards human habitations.
The volunteers, during their walk, begin their enthusiastic search for turtles and their egg-laden nests. Some may be lucky enough to witness at close quarters, a large. Turtles come ashore, dig their nests in the sand, lay eggs, cover the nest, and then walk back into the sea. The volunteers trace many such nests and dig out the turtle eggs. While newborns are prone to attack by crows and dogs, adult turtles face the threat of being run over by vehicles. Eggs are collected and carried back to the hatchery where they would be kept safely for hatching, and once hatched, they are released into the sea. They also rescue love baby turtles, which could have been hatched from one of the undiscovered nests, and had strayed away on account of the distracting lights on the shore. They carry them to the sea, and let them free in the water.
(a) Where are the Oliver Ridley turtles found? [1]
(b) Why are Olive Ridley protected and harvested? [1]
(c) Where do the endangered Olive Ridley turtles breed in India? [1]
(d) What is the Turtle Walk? [1]
(e) Why do the adult turtles and hatchlings go towards human habitations? [1]
(f) Why are the newborns endangered? [1]
(g) After rescuing love baby turtles, what is done to them? [1]
(h) Mention the cause of shores becoming brighter than the sea at night. [1]

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

  1. After a long and arduous struggle to popularise yoga, the world is now waking up to its wonders. Upon my arrival in New York on the evening of June 20, the Art of Living volunteers and the officials at the Permanent Mission of India informed me that the weather forecast predicted heavy rains, even thunderstorms over the next 24 hours. There was concern on their faces as they continued with preparations for the International Day of Yoga celebrations at the United Nations headquarters and Times Square. I remained confident that this momentous day would go well.
  2. To the delight of the organising teams, the sun came out just as we arrived at the venue. The UN Secretary General and his wife, the President of the General Assembly, and many ambassadors participated in the programme. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even said, “We should do this before every negotiation, so that we can work with a calm mind. “
  3. WHO has warned that depression will become the biggest killer after HIV/AIDS by 2030. Today, an estimated $150 billion is spent on mental illness and depression in the US alone. While the remission rate through medical treatments is less than 14 per cent, a study has shown that the remission rate will be 64 per cent through meditation and yoga. I suggested to the Secretary General that if countries around the world spend 1 per cent of their defence budget on peace education and peace-building through yoga and meditation, it would make a significant difference.
  4. In terms of the way forward, we cannot have all and sundry teach anything in the name of yoga. We need to bring quality control and standardisation in teaching. Like cell phones have enhanced comfort and connectivity, yoga can take you to a whole new level. It can be used as a powerful tool in conflict resolution and trust building.
  5. When we started our efforts to bring this ancient wisdom to the fore, it was not easy. There was a lot of prejudice against yoga and even meditation. Today, meditation posture has become synonymous with relaxation and comfort. Earlier, the younger generation in the western world would often struggle to convince their parents to open up to the benefits of yoga. Perhaps, this declaration by the UN will make their job easier.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

(a) The world is now waking up to its wonders. Evaluate this statement. [2]
(b) Why was there concern on the faces of the volunteers and the officials at the Permanent Mission of India?     [2]
(c) Who is the founder of ‘The Art of Living’?         [2]
(d) How can Yoga be used as a powerful tool according to the writer?   [2]
(e) Find word from the passage which means the same as ‘tough’. (Para 3) [1]
(f) Find word from the passage which means the same as ‘decrease’. (Para 3) [1]
(g) Give the noun form of ‘inform’. [1]
(h) Give the opposite of ‘prejudice’. [1]


SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                                                                   (30 MARKS)

Question 3:
Have you ever disobeyed specific instructions given by your parents? If so, what did you do? What was the consequence of your disobedience? Write a diary entry about the time you disobeyed your parents leading to serious consequences.               [8]

Question 4:
Write a short story in about 200-250 words based on the given outline.                         [12]
Friend’s wedding — barat arrives, fireworks — band’s deafening noise — people — pushing forward — little child lost — confusion — commotion — police informed — search — finally found.

Question 5:
Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones given below.   [3]
Kabir, (a)_______ famous saint was neither a Muslim nor a Hindu. He (b)_______ a ‘fakir’ (c)_______ preached love, peace and brotherhood to mankind.

Question 6:
There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in the answer sheet as given below :   [4]

Question 7:
Rearrange the given words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.           [3]
(a) the largest meat-eating / Tyrannosaurus rex / was one of / that ever lived / dinosaurs
(b) massive / its / 5-feet-long / could bore / skull / into prey
(c) could eat / they / up to / 500 pounds / in one bite / of meat

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

Question 8:
The pair set daily goals; Monday, the sixth fence post, Tuesday, the seventh fence post,
Wednesday ____________.
(a) Identify the ‘pair’ here.
(b) What were their daily goals ?
(c) Why did they need to set daily goals?
(d) One of the pair being a dog reflects on the extraordinary intelligence and humanity of the dog. Explain.


And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
(a) Name the poem and the poet.
(b) What is being talked about in the lines above?
(c) What choice did the speaker make in these lines?
(d) Why did the poet keep the ‘first’ for another day?

Question 9:
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words :                                                         [2 x 4=8]
(a) Describe the first impression of Miss Allyn’s house on John Pescud?
(b) Why was Harold upset that his father had not told him about his true identity? Give two reasons.
(c) Explain the fact that the poet laughed at her mother’s teeth.
(d) Why was Mrs A1 Smith not interested in going over the house?

Question 10:
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words :         [8]
When you are young you are full of hope and look forward to a bright and enchanting future. You cannot imagine at this stage that you will ever become old or helpless. After reading the poem ‘The Seven Ages’ what would you like to do for the last stage in a man’s life? What would you like to tell your fellow students about the old and lonely people in society? Make a diary entry.


Today we live in a business world full of cut-throat competition. In this world, only those who are smart and resourceful can survive. In the play ‘Villa for Sale’, the character of Gaston may be labelled as someone who is very cunning but a good businessman. Based on Gaston’s character write a paragraph on the topic ‘Business should not be all about exploiting opportunities’ highlighting the values of honesty and fairness.

Question 11:
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words :               [10]
What were the conditions imposed on Gulliver by the king of Lilliput for setting him free? Describe.


Comment on Swift’s satire of the Lilliputians in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.


Describe the adventure that the three friends had when they spent the first night of their journey in the boat.


The narrator brings out a contrasting picture of ‘day and night’. How do day and night affect our mood?

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