CBSE Board Class 9 English Core Sample Papers 2009
CBSE Board Sample Papers 2009 for Class 9 English Core
Class – IX
Subject – English
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100
General Instructions :
(i) This paper consists of four sections —
Section A — Reading 20 marks
Section B — Writing -30 marks
Section C — Grammar 20 marks
Section D — Literature 30 marks
(ii) Attempt all questions.
(iii) Do not write anything in the question paper.
(iv) All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written
in the answer sheet provided to you.
(v) Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section.
(vi) Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
(vii) Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted
for exceeding the word limit.
SECTION A — (Reading)
THE ART OF CONVERSATION
1.By listening, thinking and formulating your thoughts before you speak, you will increase your effectiveness as a powerful communicator.
2.Think before you talk. Know your message. Get to the point quickly. Then, it is easier for the listener to remember what you said. Know the outcome you want from your conversation. Practice the power of persuasion. Almost everything you say is an attempt to persuade the other person to accept your point of view. For successful networking, plan in advance what you want to say and what you want to accomplish. Know something about the people you'll be taking to.
3.Fear is a defense mechanism to protect ourselves. We fear destruction of our self-esteem. 'Who we are…' is precious to us. Others' words about us can seem like building blocks either supporting us or crashing in on us. Fear focuses on the worst thing that can happen. "I'll fail. I'll forget what I'm going to say. I'll be humiliated. I'll panic. I'll stop breathing". Instead shift your focus with the following tips:
Focus on the listener, (not yourself) — Message, (not the words) — Success, (not the alternatives).
Visualize a positive outcome.
Take a deep breath, relax and be yourself.
Do your homework; know what you want to say.
Control your negative self-talk.
Speak from the heart rather than ego.
4.Conversation should be like a tennis match, each person having a turn to give and receive. The true art of conversation is talking and listening. So allow conversation partner to speak. Respect the other person's view point. Concentrate on the conversation. Only hearing rather than actively listening will cause you to miss vital information. Help individual(s) resolve their problems with patient listening. Individuals have the ability to solve their own problems.
5.If you give attention to what you will say, you increase your chances of persuading the other person to your point of view. You will also decrease the chances of making a mistake or social blunder. Believe in your message because this is the crux of any successful communication. When you passionately believe in your message, your verbal and non-verbal communications will flow freely. So speak with passion and conviction. Allow your feelings, delivery, body language and voice to flow naturally. Show your enthusiasm.
- Jo Condrill & Bennie Bough 'Communication Skills'(adapted)
1.1 Complete the following statements as briefly as, on the basis of your reading of the passage. Copy the correct answer number. No need to copy the whole statement. (1*8=8)
1.To increase effectiveness as a powerful communicator one should ___________
2.While communicating one should get to the view point quickly as ______________
3.The power of persuasion should be practiced because ________
4.Fear should be controlled because it ___________
5.Fear can be controlled by ___________
6.The true art of conversation lies in _____________
7.Thinking before talking is doubly effective as ___________
8.The crux of successful communication is that ____________
1.2 Find words from the passage which mean the same as the following : (1*4=4)
1. To create or Prepare something carefully (para. 1)
2. To form a picture of something / somebody in mind (para. 3)
3.To give all your attention to something / someone (para. 4)
4.The most important part of an issue / problem (para. 5)
A2. Read the following poem carefully. (8 marks)
ODE ON SOLITUDE
Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.
Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.
Blest, who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day.
Sound sleep by night; study and ease;
Together mixt ; sweet recreation:
And innocence, which most does please
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown,
Thus unlamented let me die,
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lie.
A2.1 Below is the summary of the poem. Complete it by writing the missing word I phrase against the correct blank number in your answer sheet. (½ x 10 = 5 marks)
The poet's (a) ....is to live in his (b) ............... place cultivating his (c) .......and tending his (d) .... He hopes to spend his days (e) .....and quietly mixing (f) ......with relaxation. After death he doesn't want to be (g) ....He hopes to leave the (h) ...stealthily with not even a (i) ................. marking the place of his (j) ......
A2.2 The poet uses certain expressions in the poem to suggest something to the reader. There are some suggestions given below. Choose one suggestion that best fits each of the expressions in the table, and write the answer against the correct blank number in your answer sheet . (½ x 6= 3 marks)
Expressions from the poem What they mean
1. Wish and care
2. Paternal acres
3. Slide soft away
4. Steal from the world
5. Not a stone
6. Unlamented (a) ......
SECTION B — (Writing)
B1. You are Nitin Ghai of 27, Dhole Road, Pune. You had asked your local agent Surajmal of Zenith Travels to book a suite in a good hotel in Shimla from June 10 to June 25, 2008. you have not received any confirmation of booking so far. Write a brief postcard to Mr. Surajmal, your local travel agent to acquaint you with full facts. Do not exceed 50words. Copy the format of the postcard from the question paper in your answer sheet. (5 marks)
B2. You are Akansha / Akash, the editor of the school magazine of Goenka Public School, Delhi. You want to hold ad interclass competition to collect poems and cartoons for the magazine ‘Pratibha’ before 20 October 2008. Draft a notice in not more than 50 words for the students’ notice board inviting entries. Mention all details like entry dates, prizes etc. Give your notice an appealing heading. Put the notice in a box. (5 marks)
B3. "I am hiding because I don't want to go to work today. But they will come and drag me. Look, here they come!". This is 9-year-old Pyaari, a child labourer who wants to play, not work.
This documentary film titled "Childhood Now" touched you. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper 'The Chronicle' on how children are forced to work under inhuman conditions. Suggest some methods to eradicate this social evil. Your letter should not be more than 150 words . (10 marks)
B.4 B.4 You are Mr. Rajeev Reddy, owner of a diary farm at Kumarapalayam. Recently one of your cows died because of eating a polythene bag which got stuck in its food pipe. Write a letter to the editor regarding the nuisance caused by polythene bags and requesting the authorities to ban the use of polythene bags in not more than 150 words. 10 MARKS
SECTION C GRAMMER
C1. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each of the lines. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet as given below against the correct blank number. Remember to underline the word that you have supplied. (½ x 8=4 marks)
The pump, one of the most new e.g. most ....many pain management techniques now e.g. most ....many
available, implies pain-killing drugs (a)
in the body. Studied but practised as (b)
a superspecialised branch in medicine (c)
pain management offers relief for (d)
patients assailed in severe pain. (e)
The perception of pain different from (f)
person to person. Keep in mind the (g)
differences, pain clinics use detail (h)
C2. Read the following passage and fill in the blanks with one word only. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. (½ x 8=4 marks)
If the modem man wants tips (a) ....good child care, he could (b) ....at a couple of frogs in Papua New Guinea . (c) ......remarkable behaviour of two species, (d) ....which males (e) ...only bear sole responsibility for looking (f) .......their offspring but (g) ....take the entire family for piggy-back rides (h) ......the forest, came to light recently.
C4. Look at the newspaper items below. Then use the information in the headlines to complete the paragraphs. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. Do not copy the whole sentence. (½ x 6 = 3 marks)
1. RAIN DISEASES KILL OVER TWO DOZEN
Kathmandu : About (a) ....... in the remote villages of north-western Kalikot district (b) ....
2. LARGEST DISCOVERY OF DINOSAUR EGGS
Lerida : More than 100 eggs (c) ....in north-eastern Spain , reportedly the (d) ..... in Europe .
3. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL REFORMS SEEN DOOMED
Islamabad : A half-hearted attempt by Pakistan 's military ruler to (e) ......, despite
warnings that they are breeding grounds for Islamic militancy, (f) ......
C3. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. The first one has been done as an example.
Write the correct sentences in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers. (4) marks)
depicted / architecture of / has been / the veena / about 500 A.D. / in temple The veena has been depicted in temple architecture of about 500 A.D.
(a) no takers / sadly / instruments / but / of all / this mother / has / Today
(b) to whom / there are / student / turn to / few / can / exponents / the rare
(c) subject in / it is / a subsidiary / not even / university curricula
(d) it is / so! the instrument / we have / even before / buried / born
C5. Read the following conversation and complete the paragraph by writing suitable words and phrases in each space. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank numbers (5 marks)
Captain : Do you know how to play cricket?
Nitesh : Never had a chance to learn it.
Captain : In this school every student has to learn it.
Nitesh : Give me a chance and I shall learn it.
Captain : I am sure you will, Nitesh
The captain asked Nitesh (a) .....Nitesh replied (b) ....The captain then told Nitesh (c) ....................... Nitesh requested the captain (d) ......The captain said (e) .......
SECTION D — (Literature)
D1.Read the lines below and answer the following:
I came from the haunts of coot and hern
A make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern
To bicker down a valley (2+1+2+1)
a)Explain “made a sudden sally”.
b)How does the brook sparkle?
c)What does bicker mean? Why did the poet use it here?
d)Name the poetic device.
D2. How did Ramanujan react to Thanappa’s confession of dereliction of duty?
(Word limit 50-75 words) (4 marks)
D3. How was Mathilde Loisel ‘a slip of fate’? (Word limit 50-75 words) (4 marks)
D4. What do the palanquin bearers say about the bride they are carrying in their palanquin? What image of the ‘royal princes’ does emerge from their song?
(Word limit 50-75 words) (4 marks)
D5. Read the extract given below and answer the questions which follow. Write the answers in one or two lines only. (4 marks)
I see no fault in that, so long as she does not shirk her wedded duty, or bring reproach upon the noble name she bears.
a) Who speaks these lines and to whom and why?
b) What is the fault referred to by the speaker?
D6. Imagine that you are Arun and you have reached school after your encounter with the stranger on Platform 8. Write a page of your diary describing what happened at the platform and giving your reactions to the whole incident. Do not use more than 150 words. (8 marks)
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