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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 English Set 4 with Solutions

Students must start practicing the questions from CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 English with Solutions Set 4 are designed as per the revised syllabus.

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 English Set 4 with Solutions

Time Allowed : 3 hours
Maximum Marks : 80

General Instructions:

  1. The Question Paper contains THREE sections – READING SKILLS, GRAMMAR & WRITING SKILLS and LANGUAGE THROUGH LITERATURE.
  2. Attempt questions based on specific instructions for each part.

Section – A : Reading Skills (20 marks)

Question 1.
Read the following text. (10)

1. All of Earth’s oceans share one thing in common “plastic pollution”. When people litter, or when the trash is not properly disposed off, things like plastic bags, bottles, straws, foam and beverage cups get carried to the sea by winds and waterways. About 80 per cent of ocean plastic originates on land. The rest comes from marine industries such as shipping and fishing.

2. In 2015, engineer Jenna Jambeck at the University of Georgia and other researchers calculated that at least 8 million tons of plastic trash are swept into the ocean from coasts every year. That’s the equivalent of a full garbage truck of plastic being dumped into the sea every minute. If current trends in plastic production and disposal continue, that figure will double by 2025. A report published by the World Economic Forum last year predicts that by 2050, ocean plastic will outweigh all the fish in the sea.

3. In today’s world, plastic is everywhere. It’s found in shoes, clothing, household items, electronics and more. There are different types of plastics, but one thing they all have in common is that they’re made of polymers-large molecules made up of repeating units. Their chemical structure gives them a lot of advantages: they’re cheap and easy to manufacture, lightweight, water-resistant, durable and can be moulded into nearly any shape.

4. Sea turtles eat plastic bags and soda-can rings, which resemble jellyfish, their favourite food. Seabirds eat bottle caps or chunks of foam cups. Plastic pieces may make an animal feel full, so it doesn’t eat enough real food to get the nutrients it needs. Plastic can also block an animal’s digestive system, making it unable to eat.

5. Plastic and its associated pollutants can even make it into our own food supply. Scientists recently examined fish and shellfish bought at markets in California and Indonesia. They found plastic in the guts of more than a quarter of samples purchased at both locations; in organisms that people eat whole, such as sardines and oysters, that means we’re eating plastic too. In larger fishes, chemicals from plastic may seep into their muscles and other tissues that people consume.

6. One way to keep the ocean cleaner and healthier is through clean-up efforts. A lot of plastic waste caught in ocean currents eventually washes up on beaches. Removing it prevents it from blowing out to sea again. Beach clean-up is ocean clean-up.

7. Clean-up efforts can’t reach every corner of the ‘ocean or track down every bit of micro-plastic’. That means it’s critical to cut down on the amount of plastic that reaches the sea in the first place. Scientists are working towards new materials that are safer for the environment. For example, Jambeck and her colleagues are currently testing a new polymer that breaks down more easily in seawater.

Answer the following questions, based on the passage above.

(i) Plastic is not biodegradable because it is made up of
(A) low atomic particles
(B) tiny particles
(C) strong big particles
(D) large molecule polymers
Answer:
(D) large molecule polymers

(ii) What is the primary source of plastic pollution in the Earth’s oceans? Answer in about 40 words.
Answer:
The primary source of plastic pollution in the Earth’s oceans is land-based activities, such as littering and improper waste disposal, which contribute to about 80 percent of ocean plastic.

(iii) Complete the sentence appropriately.

Plastic pollution in the oceans is primarily caused by _______ activities, which result in the accumulation of plastic waste in the marine environment.
Answer:
land – based.

(iv) What is another term or phrase that can be used to describe the process of plastic waste being carried from land to the ocean?
Answer:
Plastic migration or Plastic transport

(v) Complete the sentence appropriately.

Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to marine ecosystems, as approximately _______ of ocean plastic originates on land, while the remaining comes from marine industries such as shipping and fishing.
Answer:
80 percent

(vi) Based on the reading of the passage, why is it important to cut down on the amount of plastic that reaches the ocean in the first place?
Answer:
Cutting down on plastic reaching the ocean is crucial because plastic pollution harms marine ecosystems, endangers wildlife, and can even make its way into our own food supply, posing risks to human health.

(vii) Scientists bought fish and shellfish for examination at markets in _______.
(A) China and Russia
(B) Pakistan and Afghanistan
(C) California and Indonesia
(D) Australia and Brazil
Answer:
(C) California and Indonesia

(viii) Scientists are working towards new material to replace plastics. Which material is being looked for?
Answer:
Material that is safer for the environment, breaks down more easily in seawater and does not harm marine life.

Question 2.
Read the following text. [10]

1. Most of us know that smoking causes cancer, lung disease, heart disease, can shorten life by 10 years or more and can cost a smoker thousands of rupees a year. So, why are people still smoking? The answer, in a word, is addiction.

2. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine. The body and mind quickly get used to the nicotine in cigarettes. Soon, a person needs to have it just to feel normal.

3. People start smoking for different reasons. Some think it looks cool. Others start because their family members or friends smoke. Almost all adult tobacco users started before they were 18 years old. Most never expected to become addicted.

4. Many of the chemicals in cigarettes, like nicotine and cyanide, are poisons that can kill in high doses. The body is smart. It goes on the defence when it’s being poisoned. First time smokers often feel pain or burning in their throat and lungs, and some even cough vigorously the first few times they try tobacco. Over time, smoking leads to health problems such as heart disease, stroke, lung damage and many types of cancer — including lung, throat, stomach, and bladder cancer.

5. A survey was conducted to collect views of the people whether smoking should be allowed or not in public places. The results of the responses received have been depicted in the form of pie chart here.

Answer the following questions, based on the passage above.

(i) Complete the sentence appropriately.

The body’s response to the chemicals in cigarettes, such as nicotine and cyanide, is to ___________.
Answer:
go on the defence and initiate protective measures as a response to being poisoned

(ii) Fill in the blanks with an appropriate response.

Smoking is a hard habit to break because __________.
Answer:
tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine that the body and mind quickly get used to, creating a dependency on it.

(iii) Justify the following statement:
“Smoking can lead to various health problems such as heart disease, stroke, lung damage, and cancer.”
Answer:
Smoking can lead to these health problems because cigarettes contain poisonous substances like nicotine and cyanide, which harm the body over time, causing damage to the heart, lungs, and increasing the risk of developing different types of cancer.

(iv) What is the basic reason for continuing smoking even after knowing its harmful effects?
Answer:
Addiction

(v) What is the meaning in which ‘cool’ has been used in Para 3 of the passage?
Answer:
stylish

(vi) Which of these types of cancers is likely to be caused by smoking?
(A) Lung cancer
(B) Blood cancer
(C) Breast cancer
(D) Bone cancer
Answer:
(A) Lung cancer

(vii) Why do some smokers experience pain, burning sensation, and coughing when they start smoking for the first time?
Answer:
When first-time smokers inhale the chemicals in cigarettes, their body’s defence mechanism is triggered, causing pain, burning sensation, and coughing. These symptoms occur as the body reacts to the toxins present in tobacco smoke

(viii) _________ contains an additive substance called nicotine.
(A) Liquor
(B) Coffee
(C) Tobacco
(D) Fruit juice
Answer:
(C) Tobacco

Section B : Grammar & Writing Skills [20 Marks]

GRAMMAR – [10]

Question 3.
Complete ANY TEN of twelve of the following tasks, as directed. (1 × 10)

(i) Fill in the blank by using the correct form of the word in the bracket.

Don’t make a noise, she _________ (sleep)
Answer:
is sleeping

(ii) Identify the error and supply the correction. Use the given format for your response.
We can balance the summer heat by consuming food items who have cooling effect on our body.

Answer:

Error Correction
who which

The pronoun ‘who’ is used when a person is being talked about. Here the pronoun which will be used as the insects are being talked about.

(iii) Rahul asks a question to his father. Report Rahuls’s question.
Father, can you suggest me a topic for a Science project ?
Answer:
Rahul asks his father if he can suggest him a topic for science project.

(iv) Which option highlights the correct change of the speech of the following sentence? He said, “They will be using my car for the trip.”
(A) He said that they would be using his car for the trip.
(B) He said that we will be using his car for the trip.
(C) He said that they will be using my car for the trip.
(D) He said that they would be using my car for the trip.
Answer:
(A) He said that they would be using his car for the trip.

(v) Fill the blank by choosing the correct option.
I had _______ rice today, (enough/all)
Answer:
enough

(vi) Identify the error and supply the correction. Use the given format for your response.
Reading books is a best hobby to pass leisure time.

Answer:

‘the’ is used with superlative degree of adjective. Here, ‘best’ is the superlative degree of ‘good’. Hence, ‘the’ is the correct answer.

(vii) Select the option that identifies the error and supplies the correction for the given line:
The multi-cuisine restaurants add for the charm.

Error Correction
(A) The A
(B) add adds
(C) for to
(D) charm charms

Answer:

The phrase “add to” is the correct idiom to express that something contributes positively or enhances something else.

(viii) Select the correct option to complete the narration of the dialogue between Radha and Shikha.

Radha : Do you know how to swim?
Shikha : Yes I know. I have learnt it during this summer vacation.
Radha asked Shikha if/whether she knew how to swim. Then Shikha replied in affirmative and also added that _________.

(A) she had learnt it during the summer vacation
(B) she has learnt it during the summer vacation
(C) she have learnt it during the summer vacation
(D) she had learn it during the summer vacation
Answer:
(A) she had learnt it during the summer vacation

(ix) Report the dialogue between Kunal and Priyani by completing the sentence.
Kunal : Where have you been yesterday?
Priyani : I was at my uncle’s house.
Kunal asked Priyani __________ to which she replied that she had been at her uncle’s house.
Answer:
where she had been the previous day.

(x) Complete the given statement by filling in the blank with the correct option.
The wealth of Bill Gates ___________ only by Jeff Bezos, who has current net worth of $116 billion.
(A) surpasses
(B) is surpassed
(C) is surpassing
(D) surpassed
Answer:
(B) is surpassed

(xi) Select the correct option to complete the sentence.
The man __________ see the face of the woman because she was sitting with her back to him.
(A) won’t
(B) don’t
(C) couldn’t
(D) hasn’t
Answer:
(C) couldn’t

The incident happened in the past so V2 is used.

(xii) Identify the error and supply the correction. Use the given format for your response.

Have you ever wonder why certain children bubble in energy?

Answer:

Error Correction
wonder wondered

The third form of the verb is used with ‘have’. Hence, the verb ‘wonder’ is incorrect and ‘wondered’ is the correct answer.

WRITING (10)

Question 4.
Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. [5]

(A) Given below are the hints of the famous athlete Jesse Owens. Write a description of him, taking help from the given clues:
1913 : Birth, Alabama, USA
1934 : After I World War – goes to school, teachers recognise and develop his athletic talent
1935 : Six World records
1936 : Berlin Olympics, four gold medals
1950 : Sports experts vote him Greatest Track Athlete of the half century 1960 : Another athlete breaks Owens last Olympic record
1980 : Dies of lung cancer
Answer:

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was born in Alabama, USA in 1913. After the First World War, he went to school where the teachers recognised his athletic talent and developed it. He made six world records in 1935 and won four gold medals in Berlin Olympics in 1936 which confirmed his greatness as an athlete. The sports experts voted him the Greatest Track Athlete of the half century in 1950 because of his achievements on the track. It took ten years to break his record when another athlete broke it in 1960. This famous athlete died of lung cancer in 1980.

OR

(B) There has been heavy rain in your city/town. You went to school but found that it was closed because of the rain. Write a descriptive passage in 100-120 words describing the incident.
Answer:
Last Monday, the whole of Delhi was fast asleep. At around 11:30 p.m., it started raining slowly, but we didn’t bother and went to sleep. But it rained heavily the whole night. Again, it slowed down at around 6:00 a.m. in the morning which was under control. My mom woke me up to go to school because it had stopped raining. My school was a walking ’ distance from my home.

I went hurriedly to school because the school was going to begin within 10 minutes. As we reached school, our peon and gate-keeper informed us that the school had been closed due to heavy rains. The three of us were so excited and we started shouting in happiness “Hurrah! It’s a holiday, today is a rainy day”. Again, it started raining heavily. We all started walking very slowly intentionally because we wanted to enjoy the rain and we all loved getting wet in the rain.

Many small children were rowing their paper boats and dancing in happiness. We could hear birds chirping on the tree and frogs croaking behind the bushes. As I reached home, my mother came running and she helped me in changing my drenched clothes. It was a beautiful rainy day, indeed!

Question 5.
Attempt ANY ONE from A and B given below. [5]

(A) Your friend has behaved very selfishly in the canteen today, so you are very upset. Write a diary entry in i 100-120 words expressing your feelings.
Answer:
Saturday
24 March 20XX
10:00 p.m.

Dear Diary

‘What is the pace of the world’ can’t be judged by a simple person. Generally, friends are considered to be the best people and friendship, the best relationship but the incident that happened today made me upset.

My friend and I got a chance to drink tea in the canteen. I was glad. We were talking about various issues. All of a sudden, the behaviour of my friend changed and he said that he had heard that I had complained to the teacher against him. I assured him that I had never done such a thing but he was not ready to accept it and left the place after humiliating me. He has hurt my feelings. I am unable to find a way to solve the problem. I cannot believe that my one and only friend behaved like that. He never behaved like this before. But today I am angry and upset with him. Tomorrow, 1 will again try to make him understand.

Good Night Diary
Eve

OR

(B) Read the given lines and complete the story in 100 – 120 words. Give a suitable title to your story.
I awoke one morning and found myself famous __________
Answer:

I became a King

I awoke one morning and found myself famous as a king of a vast empire. I was dressed in royal robes. My crown was studded with different kinds of diamonds and rubies. My sword was made of gold. Later, I sat in my court. There were hundreds of pleaders who were coming to me for justice. I decided their cases. Then, it was my lunch time. I was served food in utensils made of gold. There were hundreds of servants and maids to attend me. They were ready to carry out my orders at the blink of an eyelid. After lunch, I had a small nap and then I started towards the forest for hunting.

There were different kinds of animals in the forest. I hunted two lions which were to be displayed in my palace. All of a sudden, there was a jolt and I fell down from horseback. I began to cry. At the same time, I heard my father’s voice asking me why I was crying. I got up at once and realised that it was just a dream. I told the story to my family members. All of them began to laugh. My dream of being a king had been shattered.

Section – C : Language Through Literature (40 marks)

Question 6.
Read the given extracts and answer the questions for ANY ONE of the two, given. [5]

(A) “What I’ll do if I have a nightmare?” she asked. “I often have nightmares and then Grannie takes me into her bed – I can’t stay in the dark – it gets’ all whispery’…””You just go to sleep, child,” said Alice, pulling off her socks, “and don’t you scream and wake your poor Pa.” But the same old nightmare came – the butcher with a knife and a rope, who came nearer and nearer, smiling that dreadful smile, while she could not move, could only stand still, crying out, “Grandma! Grandma!” She woke shivering to see father beside her bed, a candle in his hand. “What’s the matter?” he said. Oh, a butcher – a knife – I want Grannie.” He blew out the candle, bent down and caught up the child in his arms, carrying her along the passage to the big bedroom. A newspaper was on the bed. He put away the paper, then carefully tucked up the child. He lay down beside her. Half asleep still, with the butcher’s smile all about her it seemed, she crept close to him, snuggled her head under Iris arm, held tightly to his shirt.

(i) Why did Kezia start feeling lonely?
(A) because of her father
(B) her father scolded her
(C) because her mother fell sick
(D) None of these
Answer:
(C) because her mother fell sick

(ii) What changed Kezia’s perception about her father?
Answer:
the night she got a nightmare he comforted her

(iii) Where was the butcher?
(A) in her house
(B) in her bedroom
(C) in her dream
(D) None of these
Answer:
(C) in her dream

(iv) What was the state of Kezia?
Answer:
She was trembling with fear.

OR

(B) The previous year, Albert’s parents had moved to Milan, and left their son with relatives. After prolonged discussion, Einstein got his wish to continue his education in Gernian-speaking Switzerland, in a city which was more liberal than Munich. Einstein was highly gifted in mathematics and interested in physics, and alter finishing school, he decided to study at a university in Zurich. But science wasn’t the only thing that appealed to the dashing young man with the walrus moustache.

(i) Where did Einstein wish to continue his study?
(A) German
(B) Munich
(C) in German-speaking Switzerland
(D) None of these
Answer:
(C) in German-speaking Switzerland

(ii) Why did Einstein decide to continue his study in Switzerland?
Answer:
It was more liberal than Munich.

(iii) In which subjects was Einstein gifted and interested?
(A) English and History
(B) Mathematics and Physics
(C) Mathematics and Biology
(D) Physics and English
Answer:
(B) Mathematics and Physics

(iv) Where did Einstein go after school?
Answer:
at a university in Zurich

Question 7.
Read the given extracts and answer the questions for ANY ONE of the two, given.

(A) When the humid shadows hover
Overall, the starry spheres
And the melancholy darkness
Gently weeps in rainy tears,
What a bliss to press the pillow
Of a cottage-chamber bed
And lie listening to the patter
Of the soft rain overhead!

(i) What does starry spheres mean?
(A) places where stars are born
(B) sky filled with stars
(C) groups of stars in the sky
(D) All of these
Answer:
(C) groups of stars in the sky

(ii) What is the favourite activity of the poet?
Answer:
The favourite activity of the poet is to lie on the bed and listen to the pitter-patter sound of the rain.

(iii) Why does the poet call darkness as a melancholy?
(A) It makes him aggressive
(B) It makes him arrogant.
(C) It makes him sad.
(D) It makes him confused.
Answer:
(C) It makes him sad

(iv) Find a word from the passage whose meaning is same to ‘sadness’.
Answer:
melancholy

OR

(B) I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey.
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

(i) What does ‘It’ in the last line stand for ?
(A) bird
(B) river
(C) lake water
(D) road
Answer:
(C) lake water

(ii) What sounds does the poet hear even when he is away from Innisfree?
(A) Sounds of cars
(B) Noise of the city
(C) Sound of lake water
(D) All of these
Answer:
(C) Sound of lake water

(iii) ‘Lake water lapping with low sounds’. What image do these words draw in the mind?
Answer:
low soft sound of lake’s water washing the shore.

(iv) What does the poet hear night and day in the core of his heart?
Answer:
The sound of the lake water lapping against the shore of Innisfree.

Question 8.
Answer ANY FOUR of the following five questions in about 40 – 50 words. 3 × 4 = 12

(i) What was the doctor thinking while he was seated before the mirror ?
Answer:
The doctor was admiring himself, his looks and smile and planning, what he should do to look more presentable.

(ii) Why did A.P.J. Abdul Kalam call his childhood secure childhood ?
Answer:
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam called his childhood a secure one because he had loving and caring parents. He had all necessary things which included food, clothes, medicine, etc. The family also had a pucca house.

(iii) How does the poet describe the sky before the rain falls ?
Answer:
There are dark clouds hovering around in the sky. They hide the stars with darkness all around. The poet compares the darkness with sadness, as these humid shadows gently weep which pours down as rainy tears.

(iv) What difficulties did Santosh face in the childhood?
Answer:
Though Santosh was born in a rich family who could easily send their children to the best schools, Santosh was sent to the local village school. She was not provided with the proper facilities to achieve success.

(v) What activities did the author see going on at the bank of the river Bagmati ?
Answer:
The author saw two monkeys fighting and chasing each other, a corpse was being cremated, washerwomen at work, children bathing on the bank and he even saw withered flowers being dropped from a balcony in the river Bagmati.

Question 9.
Answer ANY TWO of the following three questions, in about 40 – 50 words. 3 × 2 = 6

(i) How did Johnsy associate herself with the falling of leaves ?
Answer:
Leaves on the other side of the window were falling one by one. Johnsy was feeling depressed. She had lost her will to get well. She thought that she would die when the last leaf fell from the creeper.

(ii) What happened to author’s mother when she had run into the burning house ?
Answer:
She inhaled a lot of smoke and fell unconscious in the burning house. Later the firemen rescued her. She put on an oxygen mask. Very soon, she regained her senses and became alright.

(iii) Describe how the beggar appeared when Sergei met him.
Answer:
When Sergei met the beggar, he noticed that the beggar was old, having drunken eyes. He was in rags, had dull, sunken cheeks and red spots on either cheek. He had worn one high shoe and one low shoe. He was looking like a miserable person.

Question 10.
Answer ANY ONE of the following two questions in about 100 – 120 words. 6 × 1 = 6

(A) Sometimes we think we cannot be cheated since we consider ourselves over-smart. Was this proved correct for Gerrard in the play If I were you? Discuss the values required to be stronger and not be cheated.
Answer:
It is true that our over smartness fails sometimes.
This was proved correct for Gerrard. As once, he was alone in his cottage, all of a sudden an intruder entered there. He had a revolver in his hand and he wanted to kill Gerrard. At that time, Gerrard was busy on the phone. Seeing the intruder, Gerrard did not lose his peace of mind. The intruder revealed that he was a jewel thief. He had killed a policeman and the police was after him. He wanted to avoid the police by taking Gerrard’s identity. Gerrard concocted a story and told that he too was a criminal like him. As a proof, he showed from him his travelling bag.

He told the intruder that by killing him he would be accused of double murder. He told the intruder that his friend was standing below on the road. As soon as the police arrived, he would inform Gerrard. Gerrard took the intruder to the door to show the man. When they reached near the cupboard, Gerrard pushed him into the cupboard and locked it from outside. Gerrard called the police to arrest the intruder. Hence he faced the situation with courage and came out of it successfully, being calm and composed

OR

(B) In the poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ what does the poet find so attractive about ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree?
Answer:
The thing that the poet finds so attractive about Lake Isle of Innisfree is its promise of peace. The poet, then, longs for this place which provides a sense of contentment and relaxation far from the busy modern life. The poem’s slow and regular meter helps to convey this languid, dreamy effect. There is also the vivid impressionistic description of the colours and beauty of this place, and the soothing stir of nature which is so different from the strident noise of the city where the poet actually is, as the final stanza makes it clear.

The poet, then, is physically trapped in the city, but he can imagine the beauty of Innisfree and this gives him spiritual sustenance. This is one of Yeats’s early lyrics, exhibiting a familiar romantic sensibility in its praise of the deep purity and beauty of nature which is contrasted with the drabness, shallowness and sterility of modern urban living.

Question 11.
Answer ANY ONE of the following two questions in about 100 – 120 words. 6 × 1 = 6

(A) What does Lushkoff mean by saying ‘she set me right’? What qualities of his character are revealed here ?
Answer:
By ‘she’ Lushkoff meant Olga who had set him right. Using the right means, she transformed his life. Lushkoff who lied to beg alms from people, made foul plans to cheat people was now a changed man. Olga played an important role in transforming Lushkoff. She went through lots of misery and cried a lot for him. Lushkoff who was a kind hearted man, melted with her words. He started working hard and took his work seriously. He believed in the power of goodness and honest means of livelihood. Lushkoff would now chop wood, shovel snow, put the woodshed in order, beat the dust out of rugs. He had become a notary and earned at least thirty-five roubles a month.

OR

(B) What is the meaning of “My cat was back and so was I”? Had the author gone any where? Why does he say that he is also back?
Answer:
The fire had destroyed everything. The author was feeling very gloomy after the fire incident especially because his cat was found missing after that. Zan felt his cat had died in the incident because there was no news about its whereabouts. The author had lost interest in everything. When the narrator lost everything in the fire he did not cry but when he realised that his cat was missing he broke down in tears. The firemen wanted them to leave the house but he wanted to know about his cat. He used to visit this place daily hoping to see his missing cat. He kept on thinking only about her. A month later when a lady contacted him and gave him back the missing cat, he leapt up and cried out. He forgot all the loss caused by the fire and remarked, “My cat was back and so was I.”


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