CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 SA2 English Communicative Solved 2016 Set  9



1.(a) Read the following passage carefully and complete the sentences that  follow :

The game of Monopoly began in 1932 when the United States was suffering the first years of the Depression. Charles Danow, a hearing equipment salesman living in the Philadelphia suburb of a German town had been out of work for two years. He mowed lawns, repaired household appliances and spent evenings attempting to invent some useful gadgets he could sell. Inventions such as a simplified bridge scoring pad and a combination ball and hat were not successful, but something inspired Danow, to sit down at the kitchen table one night and draw the outlines of what was to become the game of Monopoly. Because the table was circular, the first Monopoly board was also circular; players were issued ‘Money’ and they could exercise options to buy, put up houses and hotels, auction or trade assets and mortgage property to raise cash. The game was over when one player was able to bring on the financial ruin of all his opponents — a process which can take a long, long time.

Though Parker Brothers did not accept his game at first, Danow was convinced that it was good and he staked every cent he could raise to have 5,000 sets ready. One of these sets was sold to a friend of Sallery Barter, daughter of Parker Brothers’ Founder, George Parker. Subsequently, she told her father and her husband, Parker President Barton, about the rare review her friend had given about the game.

  1. The game of Monopoly was invented_______________ .
  2. The game was invented______________ .
  3. Danow wanted to invent______________ .
  4. In the game of Monopoly ‘cash’ could be raised by__________________ .
  5. Danow took the risk and______________ .

(b) Read the following passage carefully :  

  1. When I went up to University, I was given a room of my own. The common link of friendship was snapped. My grandmother accepted her seclusion with resignation. She rarely left her spinning-wheel to talk of anyone. From sunrise to sunset she sat by her wheel spinning and reciting prayers. Only in the afternoon she relaxed for a while to feed the sparrows. While she sat in the verandah breaking the bread into little bits, hundreds of little birds collected round her creating a veritable bedlam of chirrupings. Some came and perched on her legs, others on her shoulders. Some even sat on her head. She smiled but never shoo’d them away. It used to be the happiest half-hour of the day for her.
  2. When I decided to go abroad for further studies, I was sure my grandmother would be upset. I would be away for five years, and at her age one could never tell. But my grandmother could. She was not even sentimental. She came to leave me at the railway station but did not talk or show any emotion. Her lips moved in prayer, her mind was lost in prayer. Her fingers were busy telling the beads of her rosary. Silently she kissed my forehead, and when I left I cherished the moist imprint as perhaps the last sign of physical contact between us.
  3. But that was not so. After five years I came back home and was met by her at the station. She did not look a day older. She still had no time for words, and while she clasped me in her arms I could hear her reciting her prayers. Even on the first day of my arrival, her happiest moments were with her sparrows whom she fed longer and with frivolous rebukes.

1.On the basis of your reading of the passage complete the following statements :

(а)       Feeding the sparrows was______________ .

(b)       At the station, grandmother______________ .

2.Answer the following questions.

(a)What tells you that grandmother was quite wise ?

(b)What was cherished by the grandson ?

3.Find a word from the passage which means the same as ‘confused noise.

2.Read the following passage carefully and on the basis of your study of the passage answer the questions given below :

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) popularly known as ajinomoto has been subject of countless debates among nutrition experts, culinary gurus, chefs, dieticians, and the general public. Some say it is bad and is the cause of countless diseases like asthma attacks, migraines, hypertension and heart disease, dehydration, chest pains, depression, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and a host of diverse allergies. Others say that MSG is harmless and could be used to enhance the taste of the food. It is actually categorised as a flavour enhancer. Still others say that it should not be given to infants under two years, but is safe for others (except for those who are allergic to it) if used in moderate quantities. So which opinion is true ? Let us try to separate the sense from the nonsense.

There are hundreds of websites that warn you about the consequences of MSG consumption and want a total ban on MSG production and consumption. In the US, an anti-MSG group threatened to burn down factories that produce and restaurants that add MSG to their products. In England, two “food activists”threatened self-immolation if their supermarket continued to buy products that contained MSG. But try pouring through some research papers published by respected medical and food journals, and you find that there is hardly any evidence to suggest that monosodium glutamate is harmful to adults unless it is consumed in the most outrageous quantities.

So if scientific studies say that MSG is not harmful, then why the fear, panic and uproar against MSG and foods containing it. It is one of the world’s greatest food scare conundrums.

In 1909, Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese scientist, invented MSG. He extracted crystals of glutamic acid from a seaweed, named it “umami”and claimed that it was the fifth taste in addition to the four basic tastes – sweet, sour, salty and bitter. He did not conduct any extensive research on why “umami”excites the taste buds. But a lot of research has been done since 1909.

MSG is the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid and a form of glutamate. We now know that glutamate is present in almost every food stuff, and that the protein is so vital to our functioning that our own bodies produce about 40 grams of it a day. Probably the most significant discovery in explaining human interest in umami is that human milk contains large amounts of glutamate (at about 10 times the levels present in cow’s milk). Babies have very basic taste buds. It is believed that mother’s milk offers two taste enhancements-sugar (as lactose) and umami (as glutamate) in the hope that one or the other will get the babies drinking. So, mother’s milk, which is  supposed to be safest food in the world, contains more glutamate than many food items that we consume !

Ripe cheese is full of glutamate, as are tomatoes. Parmesan (a very hard, dry, sharply flavoured cheese) with 1200 mg per 100 grams is the substance with more free glutamate in it than any other natural foodstuff on the planet. Almost all foods have some naturally occurring glutamate in them but the ones with the most are obvious-ripe tomatoes, cured meats, dried mushrooms, soy sauce, Bovril and, of course, Worcester sauce, Nam pla Thai fish sauce (with 950 mg per 100 g) and the other fermented fish sauces of Asia.

Since its first commerical production in 1909 by Professor Ikeda, MSG has found its way to almost all parts of the world. The production and consumption grew at astonishing rates. But in the late 1960, there was a major setback.

(а)   What is the controversy regarding monosodium glutamate (MSG) ?

(b)  While the youngsters are very fond of all kinds of packed food items, the elderly view such food as unhealthy because of too much salt, fat or MSG in it. Express your opinion logically.


                                                (Writing & Grammar)        

3.You are Mini/Surinder. Express your feelings in a diary entry on  being declared the captain of the cricket team of your school. Do not exceed the limit of 100-120 words.      

Hints :

  • very happy and excited
  • would try to win maximum games/tournaments
  • would solicit the cooperation of all team members

4.In about 150-200 words, complete the story that begins with the words:

On my visit to an old age home I met a very old lady. She was lying on the bed, hardly moving. I touched her feet….

5.Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to  complete the following paragraph.    

You know our plane (a)_______________ at 4 in the morning. I (b)_________________ a bit  nervous and made a prayer to God. But everything (c)_____________________ well.

(a)(i) take off    (ii)         took         off  (iii)    took on (iv)         flew up

(b)(i) am   (ii)was   (iii)         have been (iv)       will be

(c)(i) go (ii)         goes   (iii)    came (iv)         went

6.The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line which has been underlined. Replace the underlined words with  the correct words.

Children love picnics and outings of their parents                                                                                                   e.g., of………. with                                                   though they are equally happier doing things with                                                                                                 (a)…………………..

them around the house. A parent mav make                                                                                                                   (b)…………………..

his child feels special by following some simple                                                                                                           (c)……………………

rituals. Bedtime stories, the game of cards or                                                                                                                   (d)…………………..

simply talking and laughing together before going to bed – all give children a wonderful sense of well-being.

7.Read the following conversation and complete the paragraph :  

Attendant :   A person wants to see you, sir.

Principal :   Did you ask him his name ?

Attendant :  Sorry, I didn’t. I shall go and ask him.

The attendant respectfully told the Principal (a) ………………………………………………….

The Principal wanted to know (b) ………………………………………………….

The attendant (c) ………………………………………………….


                          (Literature Textbook & Long Reading Text)                                          

8.Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow :  

“I hope you are keeping it from Harold. It is the least you can do”

(а)   Who is the speaker ?

(b)   What suggestion does he give to Mrs Bramble ?

(c)Give the meaning of ‘keeping* in the context here.


When I think of the lollies I licked And the liquorice all sorts I picked Sherbet dabs, big and little All that hard peanut brittle My conscience gets terribly pricked.

(a)How does the speaker recall her youth ?

(b)How had she been in her youth ?

(c)Give the meaning of the word ‘brittle’.

9.Answer these questions in 30-40 words each :

(a)In the story ‘Best Seller’ John has double standards. Elucidate this by giving instances from the story.

(b)Explain the ‘bubble reputation’. (The Seven Ages)

(c)Do you think the punishment given to the convict was justified ? Why/ Why not ? (The Bishop’s Candlesticks)

(d) Why was Private Quelch nicknamed ‘Professor’ ?

10.”How I laughed at my mother’s false teeth…………………….. “

Do you think it is good to make fun of the infirmities or disabilities of others ? Elaborate the value of empathy in your answer.                                    

Value Points :

  • ethically unjustifiable
  • should have empathy
  • take lesson not to neglect our health
  • always be considerate to others


In ” The Man Who Knew Too Much”, the author points out the folly of flaunting one’s knowledge. Knowledge should make one humble and subdued. What should one have besides knowledge to be successful in life ?

Value Points :

  • showing off knowledge arrogantly is unproductive
  • too much display of knowledge annoys persons around you
  • real learning should make one humble
  • practical wisdom and tact always useful

11.Give an account of the grand assembly of the Houyhnhnms.  


The Chief of the Houyhnhnms was generous and kind. Do you agree with the statement ? Why/ Why not ?


What did the friends do at Marlow ? How were they troubled when they resumed their journey ?


What lies were told about the trout in the glass-case ? What exposed the liars at last ?

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