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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 English Communicative Set 2 with Solutions

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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 English Communicative Set 2 with Solutions

Time Allowed : 3 hours
Maximum Marks : 80

General Instructions:

  1. 15-minute prior reading time allotted for Q-paper reading.
  2. The Question Paper contains FOUR sections-READING SKILLS, WRITING SKILLS, GRAMMAR and LITERATURE TEXTBOOK.
  3. Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.

SECTION A (Reading Skills) (20 Marks)

Question 1.
Read the following passage.

(A) Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said on March 02, 2015 that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that it was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.

(B) The drought was the worst in the country in modern times and the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend towards warmer and drier conditions in the eastern Mediterranean, rather than on the natural climate variability.

(C) The researchers said this trend matched computer simulations as how the region responds to the increase in the greenhouse-gas emissions and the cause appeared to be due to two factors-weakening of winds that bring moisture-laden air from the Mediterranean and hotter temperatures that cause more evaporation.

(D) Colin P. Kelley, the lead author of the study, said he and his colleagues found that while Syria and the rest of the region known as the Fertile Crescent were normally subject to periodic dry periods, “a drought this severe was two to three times more likely” because of the increasing aridity in the region.

(E) Dr. Kelley, who did the research while at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and is now at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said there was no apparent natural cause for the warming and drying trend, which developed over the last 100 years, when humans’ effect on climate has been the greatest.

(F) Some social scientists policymakers and others have previously suggested that the drought played a role in the Syrian unrest, and the researchers addressed this as well, saying the drought “had a catalytic effect”.

(G) They cited studies that showed the extreme dryness, combined with other factors, including misguided agricultural and water use policies of the Syrian government, causing crop failures that led to the migration of as many as 1.5 million people from rural to urban areas. This added to the social stress that eventually resulted in the uprising against Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

(H) What began as civil war has since escalated into a multifaceted conflict, with at least 2,00,000 deaths. The United Nations estimates that half of the country’s 22 million people have been affected, with more than six million having been internally displaced. The researchers said that there were many factors that contributed to the chaos. The US military has described climate change as a “threat multiplier” that may lead to a greater instability. Earlier studies trying to show a link between climate change and conflict have been rebutted by some scientists, and it is not clear how far this new study will go toward settling the issue.

(I) Thomas Bernauer, a professor of Political Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich who has been critical of some earlier studies, said he was sceptical about this one as well. “The evidence for the claim that this drought contributed to the outbreak of civil war in Syria is very speculative and not backed up by robust scientific evidence,” he wrote in an email.

(J) Mark A. Cane, an author of the study and a scientist at Lamont-Doherty, which is part of Columbia University, defended the work. “I think there’s a really good case here “he said. “But I think we’ve tried to explain that the connection from an extraordinary climate event to conflict is complex and certainly involves other factors.”

Answer the following questions, based on the passage above.

(i) Crop failures led to the migration of ________ people from rural to urban areas.
(A) 2 million
(B) 1.5 million
(C) 5 million
(D) 15 million
Answer:
(B) 1.5 million

Explanation:
Some 1.5 million people have been subject to internal migration in Syria.

(ii) List down the two factors that caused drought in Syria.
Answer:
The researchers said that this trend matched computer simulations as how the region responds to the increase in the greenhouse-gas emissions, and the cause appeared to be due to two factors-weakening of winds that bring moisture-laden air from the Mediterranean and hotter temperatures that cause more evaporation.

(iii) Migration added to the social stresses which eventually resulted in the uprising against
(A) African government
(B) Bashar al-Assad
(C) Colin P. Kelly
(D) US military
Answer:
(B) Bashar al-Assad

Explanation:
Bashar al-Assad was the head of state in Syria against whom people protested due to social and economic issues.

(iv) After which paragraph of the story, would the following paragraph most likely be placed?

As a result of this agricultural crisis, by 2011, 1.5 million Syrians were forced to move from rural areas to cities in search of livelihoods. The influx of people into cities caused food and water shortages, increases in food prices, and illness as urban areas experienced strains on their resources, and the government’s failure to provide adequate resources led to unrest.
Answer:
After 7th paragraph, the given paragraph should be placed.

(v) Briefly explain (in 30 – 40 words) the findings of Cohn P. Kelley about the drought in Syria.
Answer:
Colin P. Kelley, the lead author of the study, said he and his colleagues found that while Syria and the rest of the region known as the Fertile Crescent were normally subject to periodic dry periods, “a drought this severe was two to three times more likely” because of the increasing aridity in the region.

(vi) ___________ is the word from the passage which means ‘total state of confusion1.
(A) Multifaceted
(B) Chaos
(C) Emissions
(D) None of the above
Answer:
(B) Chaos

Explanation:
‘Chaos’ means confusion and disorderliness.

(vii) State whether the given assertion is true or false.

“The drought was the worst in the country in modem times, and the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend towards warmer and drier conditions in the eastern Mediterranean, rather than on the natural climate variability.”
Answer:
True.

The drought was the worst in the country in modern times, and the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend towards warmer and drier conditions in the eastern Mediterranean, rather than on the natural climate variability.

(viii) Complete the following appropriately.

Based on the use of the phrase “had a catalytic effect” to describe the drought of Syria, in paragraph 6, we can infer that some social scientists, policy makers and others have previously suggested that the drought played a role in the Syrian unrest, and the researchers addressed this as well, saying the drought
Answer:
Had the action of catalyst.

Some social scientists, policy makers and others have previously suggested that the drought played a role in the Syrian unrest, and the researchers addressed this as well, saying the drought “had the action of catalyst.”

Question 2.
Read the following passage.

(A) Akbar and Birbal, the two historic legends are said to have shared a great bond and have left some incredible stories for the ages ahead of them to hear and learn from. The stories are not only amusing but carry a strong message and pose questions on society, routine, rituals and practices strongly.

(B) Birbal was a really wise and intelligent man. People used to admire him for his character and rich knowledge he possessed regarding every field. Almost all the decisions of the reign were taken after consulting with him. He was one of the most important ministers and closest to Akbar. Birbal was just so very dear to Akbar, not just because of his skills but because of the way their bond had grown stronger over the years.

(C) During Emperor Akbar’s reign, there was a poor man in Agra who was thought to bring bad luck. People believed that if anyone looked at his face in the morning, they would have a bad day.

(D) ” Get lost, you ugly fellow!” he would be cursed by one and all. “Hide your face before you kill someone with your evil eye!”

(E) The Emperor soon heard of this man’s reputation and wanted to see him. The poor fellow, who had not harmed a single person in his life, was brought to Akbar.

(F) Akbar took a look at him and asked him to be brought back in the evening.

(H) That particular day was especially full and tiring day for the Emperor and his courtiers.

(I) So many matters had to be attended to, that Akbar even forgot to eat. By the end of the day, the emperor was exhausted. To make matters worse, Akbar was informed that his favourite child, little Prince Salim, had fallen ill.

(J) Then the emperor suddenly remembered that he had seen the face of the ‘unlucky’ man that morning. That was it. It was that man’s entire fault, Akbar decided.

(K) Akbar called his courtiers and told them that he was going to have the ‘unlucky’ man executed. All of them agreed immediately.

(L) All except Birbal. Instead, Birbal let out a short laugh. “What’s the matter, Birbal?” asked the emperor, “You seem to find something funny!” “Nothing, your Majesty”, replied Birbal.

(K) “You say this man brings bad luck because you had to go without food ever since you saw him this morning. Look at his luck. Yours was the first face he saw today and he has to die because of it.”

(M) Akbar immediately realised his folly and rewarded Birbal for his wisdom.

Answer the following questions based on the above passage.

(i) Why had the king not eaten his food?
(A) He was very busy that day.
(B) He had seen the face of the unlucky fellow.
(C) He was not feeling well.
(D) None of the above
Answer:
Akbar had a very tiring day, hence he couldn’t find time to eat.

(ii) Who was not well on that particular day?
(A) King Akbar
(B) The King’s courtiers
(C) Birbal
(D) Prince Salim
Answer:
(D) Prince Salim

Explanation:
Prince Salim, Akbar’s son, had fallen ill.

(iii) Which of the following describes Birbal?
(A) He was a famous merchant
(B) He had lost his senses
(C) He was very poor
(D) He possessed good logical thinking
Answer:
(D) He possessed good logical thinking

Explanation:
Birbal used to think logically instead of believing in things blindly.

(iv) What is the meaning of ‘folly’?
(A) Foggy
(B) Error
(C) Achievement
(D) Happy
Answer:
(B) Error

Explanation:
‘Folly’ means error or mistake.

(v) What qualities of Birbal have been highlighted in the passage?
Answer:
Birbal was a really wise and intelligent man.
He was admired by all, for his character and knowledge.

(vi) Find the word opposite to ‘Blessed’ from the passage.
Answer:
The word is cursed.

(vii) What do you get to learn from this story? Give reasons.
Answer:
We get to learn that we should not judge people by other’s sayings. Also, that we should not insult or look down on anyone.

SECTION – B (Writing Skills) (24 Marks)

Question 3.
You are Roopa/Ritesh, an incharge of hosting assembly at M.R.V. High School, Hyderabad. Write a notice for inviting the students for participating in the assembly in about 50 words.
Answer:

M.R.V. High School, Hyderabad
NOTICE

12th May 20XX

Invitation for School Assembly

Dear Students

This is to inform you that there will be an assembly tomorrow, May 13th 20XX at 9:00 a.m. All the students are required to attend the assembly in the school auditorium.

The assembly will include important announcements, updates and information regarding upcoming events and activities.

We request all the students to be on time and in their proper school uniform. Kindly maintain decorum during the assembly and give your complete attention to the proceedings. This will ensure that we make the most of this opportunity to communicate and connect with each other.

Thank you for you co-operation and we look forward to seeing you at the assembly.

Yours Sincerely,
(Roop/Ritesh)
(School incharge)

Question 4.
Prepare a dialogue between Roselin and Stella where they are planning their holiday trips.
Answer:
Roselin : I’m so happy today. We’re going to have our summer break from Monday.
Stella : What are your plans for the holiday trip? Roselin: Well, I would love to go to Nainital. We went there when I was in class VIII. Oh! It’s a lovely place.
Stella : I will also tell my parents to plan a trip to Nainital. It will be fun.
Roselin : Should I come with you to convince your parents?
Stella : No, I think they will agree. For how long should we plan a trip?
Roselin : We would plan at least a week-long trip as Nainital has a scenic beauty and no one wishes to leave that place.
Stella : All right. I’ll talk to my parents and tell you tomorrow.

Question 5.
Your uncle has offered to get you a pet for your birthday. Write a letter to him telling him what you would like, give reasons for your choice and tell him how you would take care of your pet.
Answer:
118, Raghav Kunj
Gurudwara Road Nasik,
Maharashtra

28th February 20XX

Dear Uncle

Thank you for your letter. I was glad to read that you have offered to get me a pet for my birthday. Uncle, thank-you very much for your loving concern. Uncle before you buy any pet for me, May I please recommend you a pet of my choice?

Uncle,! would love to have a dog as my pet, as most of my friends have them. Secondly, uncle as you know my father is always on a touring job, so only we two kids and mom are left all alone at home, which is quite risky. And, moreover our house remains almost vacant when Papa goes on tour, Mamma to her teaching job and Kajal and I go to school. Nowadays, in our locality lot of burglaries are taking place during the daytime. In that case, if we have a dog or a small puppy, it will guard our house in our absence. And uncle, don’t worry, I will personally take care of it properly. I will feed it, bathe it, and take it out for walks in the evenings. We will treat it as a family member.

Moreover, before receiving your letter, we were insisting mom that we should buy a dog. Please, all of you join me on my birthday on coming Sunday. We all want to spend time with you all.

Regards to you and Aunty and love to Neeru and Vinay.

Yours lovingly
Akash

Question 6.
Advancement in Science and Technology has made life more convenient and comfortable. Describe “one day” in the life of a common man, highlighting the significance of the above statement.
Answer:
From morning till bedtime, scientific inventions fill our lives with comforts. Even a single day of a common man is filled with so many gadgets that we hardly appreciate it. A person’s morning is greeted with an alarm. Whether it is an alarm clock or a mobile phone, we are no longer awakened with the cock crowing. Our first sight is that of a gadget followed by another gadget, i.e., lights. Once you get up, you tend to visit the bathroom. Modem bathrooms are a haven of technological advancements. Geysers, hair dryers, showers and bath tubs – all entail a touch of science. Travelling to your place of education or work is also a scientific ride. Whether you take a bus, a train or a private car, it is science that gives you access to these comfortable means of transport. In school or at work, we face an array of devices.

White boards or digiboards, laptops, projectors, even the fans and lights that we use are inventions of science. We cannot think of working or studying without these gadgets. Lunch time means cooking, modem kitchens are filled with appliances. From vegetable cutters to pressure cookers, juicers to grinders, it is science that has become our chef. Washing utensils and clothes has become convenient due to the presence of dish washers and washing machines. Cleaning the floor is easier for us due to vacuum cleaners and advanced mops. Even the soaps and detergent powders that we use are so designed by science that they cut down on dirt completely. Mobiles have become mandatory; in fact, some individuals have more than one phone for work or leisure. With digitalisation, money vending machines are a common sight. Online shopping has become a reality and pharmacy can be bought at finger tips. Thus, science and technology has made our lives comfortable indeed.

OR

Recently, you travelled to a place you found peaceful and rewarding. Describe the place, weather, people, and local activities that make this destination particularly attractive.
Answer:
Travelling has numerous benefits. It helps widen our knowledge, entertain and exposes us to new and beautiful locations. Last month, I went to an island of Indonesia named Belitung. It is a tranquil place perfect for a solo visit. It is located on the east coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. There are many towns and villages within the island.

The largest town is called Tanjung Pandan. It has Dutch architecture from the colonial era and a harbour that is filled with multicolours. People work in mines and produce fishery products. The main source of income is palm oil. The Belitung Island is really a place filled with natural beauty. Among the offshore islands, Pulau Lengkuas has a lighthouse belonging to the 19th century. You can go for snorkeling among its coral reefs or enjoy a peaceful across the shore.

The island has a considerable Malay population, yet several languages are found here. It is filled with natural resources which help the locals to earn their living. The people of the island are amiable. As soon as I got off the plane, I received a warm welcome from the hotel staff that I had booked earlier. The hotel was located right across the beach.

SECTION – C (Grammar) (10 Marks)

Question 7.
Complete the tasks A – C, as directed.

(A) Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones given below.

It was (a) ________. The rain (b) ________ from the palm trees. Water stood in pools on the gravel paths. The sea broke in a long line in the rain and (c) ________ back down the beach to come up and break again in a long line in the train.

(a) (i) raining
(ii) rained
(iii) will rain
(iv) has rained
Answer:
(i) raining

(b) (i) dripped
(ii) dripping
(iii) drip
(iv) have dripped
Answer:
(i) dripped

(c) (i) will slip
(ii) slips
(iii) slipped
(iv) slipping
Answer:
(iii) slipped

(B) In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the words before and after against the correct blank:

Two hundred seamstresses employed seamstresses were employed to make my shirts. They took measurement as lay on the ground. Then measured my right thumb desired no more.

Answer:

Before Omitted After
(a) took my measurement
(b) ………….. I lay
(c) Then they measured
(d) …………… and desired

(C) Rearrange the following words and phrases to form meaningful sentences.

(a) opportunities / challenges / growth / for / are
Answer:
Challenges are opportunities for growth.

(b) stones / failures / stepping / success / to / are
Answer:
Failures are stepping stones to success.

(c) he still found it difficull / even though / for the exam / he had / studied hard
Answer:
Even though he had studied hard for the exam, he still found it difficult.

SECTION – D (Literature) (26 Marks)

Question 8.
Read the given excerpts and answer the questions briefly, for ANY TWO excerpts of the three given. 4 + 4 = 8

(A) “I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.”

(a) How does the brook move?
Answer:
The brook moves in a swift current with tremendous noise.

(b) What is the mood of the brook as it flows towards the river?
Answer:
The brook is in a joyous mood. It seems to be talking and looking forward to joining the river.

(c) What poetic devices have been used in the last two lines?
Answer:
Alliteration

(B) “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 horribly pricked.”

(a) Name the poem from which the above except has been taken.
Answer:
The name of the poem is Oh I Wish I’d Looked After my Teeth.

(b) Find a word in the extract which is same as to “moral sense’.
Answer:
Conscience

(c) What is the rhyme scheme of the above excerpt? Name any two poetic devices used in the above lines.
Answer:
The rhyme scheme is aabba.

(C) “All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.”

(a) Name the poem from which the above stanza has been taken.
Answer:
The poem is “The Seven Ages”.

(b) Explain: ‘They have their exits and their entrances’.
Answer:
The poem conveys the idea that the world is like the stage of a theatre where men and women are actors. They come on the stage, enact their roles and then quit the stage.

(c) Name any 2 stages of life mentioned in the poem.
Answer:
Infancy, School going child, Romantic lover, Soldier, Prosperous Justice, Weak man.

Question 9.
Answer ANY SIX of the following seven questions in about 30 – 40 words each. 2 × 6 = 12

(i) How has Wordsworth admired and idealised the simple rustic life in “The Solitary Reaper”?
Answer:
Wordsworth was an admirer of simple rustic life. The ‘Solitary Reaper’ is a Scottish peasant girl who is full of life. She is singing while reaping and binding the grain, unaware of the poet’s presence. The poet shows his admiring nature by describing about the lonely reaper who sings a melancholy song. Her song adds even more beauty to the soothing nature.

(ii) How can you compare human life to drama?
Answer:
Shakespeare considers a whole world a stage where men and women are only actors. In a drama, every player enters the stage, acts his/ her part and then exits. Similarly, we enter in this world by birth, lead our life in different characters and exit this world at the time of death.

(iii) Why did Bramble sacrifice the truth for Harold?
Answer:
Harold’s very perfection made the Brambles resort to deliberate evasions and falsehood. They were lovers of truth but had to sacrifice the truth for their child. They thought that Harold would die of dishonour if he came to know that Bill was a ‘man of wrath’ and a professional boxer known as ‘Young Porky!”. Harold was made to believe that his father was a commercial traveller.

(iv) Why was the grandmother upset when her granddaughter went to attend the wedding?
Answer:
As the grandmother was illiterate, she was unable to read the next episode of ‘Kashi Yatre’. She felt embarrassed at asking the villagers to read it for her. So, she felt miserable and dependent without her granddaughter.

(v) Why do you think Pescud found the bestsellers so uninteresting?
Answer:
Pescud found the bestsellers so uninteresting that he felt that they were most unlike, real life and had no connection with ordinary human beings.

(vi) Did Chuck give up after Duke’s death? Give reasons for your answer.
Answer:
Chuck did not give up after Duke’s death rather Chuck continued to work hard for his company. He realised the deep love, dedication and patience that Duke had shown in getting him back on his feet. So he got promotion and became an Assistant National Sales Manager.

(vii) What is the theme of the poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’?
Answer:
The theme of the poem is that one should , accept the challenges in one’s life. Man should dare to walk on the untrodden path and take risks. Tough challenges have far reaching consequences. They can change a person’s life.

Question 10.
Answer ANY ONE of the following two questions in about 120 words.

(A) Write down the positive and negative traits of Private Quelch’s character and instances from the story.
Answer:
(A) Positive traits: Instances from the story:
(i) He was very hard-working. He sat up reading books till late night.
(ii) He was very confident. He had the guts to interrupt his instructors like the sergeant and even Corporal Turnbull.
(iii) He was blessed with an excellent memory. He could remember technical definitions and other information very precisely.
(iv) He appeared most enthusiastic and tireless. He could think of a song, even after 30 miles of walk.

Negative traits: Instances from the story
(i) He was not pleasant in his looks. He always had a frown, was lanky and stooped.
(ii) He was very condescending towards his teammates. He would pretend to help and show off in the bargain.
(iii) He was tactless and ill-mannered. He rudely interrupted his instructors and pretended to have superior knowledge than them.
(iv) Quelch’s worst flaw was his tendency to overshadow others. He needlessly tried to show off his knowledge, belittle and humiliate others.

OR

(B) One is often unable to taste the fruit of one’s hard work. Explain with reference to the story ‘A Dog Named Duke’.
Answer:
Duke was a loyal, faithful, understanding and intelligent dog. He realised Chuck’s handicap after their very first meeting. Since then he did not ever jump at him. Duke would keep on motivating Chuck to move by nudging and poking him. He took Chuck for a walk every day, covering a greater distance than before every time. Later, he insisted on two rounds in a day. Largely due to Duke’s efforts Chuck recovered. Yet, when the time came to reap the fruits of one’s efforts, to see Chuck being promoted in the office, he died. But such kind acts are always remembered by the ones who benefitted from his efforts. Those who perform such acts are regarded as motivators and God’s messengers.


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