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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 Time allowed: 3 hours  Maximum Marks: 70 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading 20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 marks 
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text 25 marks 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 8 
Baisakhi, which occurs on April 13 (and rarely on April 14), is the beginning of the year. It is 
also a harvest festival. The rabi crop is ready for harvest; the fields are lush green and heavy 
with the grains; it is a season of plenty. Naturally the mood of the people in the villages is one 
of joy. What better things to do than to celebrate, to sing and dance? 
That’s what Baisakhi is all about; it is a community festival. The man and women dance the 
robust and energetic bhangra and griddha. 
People wear bright coloured traditional dresses for the festival. Traditionally the festivities 
take place on the banks of rivers. People eat ‘rotis’ made out of freshly ground atta (wheat 
flour) along with desi ghee and gud (jaggery). On the whole, it is a day of merry-making and 
feasting. A bonfire is lit, and the dances are performed around it. 
For the Sikhs, Baisakhi also marks the beginning of the Khalsa Movement. It was on this day, 
that the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the Khalsa Movement of the Sikh Brotherhood in 
1699. 
For Hindus, it is the start of the second month of New Year after Chaitr, and is celebrated 
with requisite bathing, partying and worshipping. It’s believed that thousands of years ago, 
Goddess Ganga descended to earth and in her honour, many Hindus gather along the sacred 
Ganges River for ritual baths. The action is centered in the holy cities along the Ganges in 
north India, or in Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens,  Jammu’s Nagbani Temples-, or anywhere in 
Tamil Nadu. Hindus plant poles (wrapped in flags or gold-embroidered silk) in front of their 
homes, and hang pots of brass, copper or silver on top. Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded 
the Arya Samaj on Vaisakhi in 1875. 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 Time allowed: 3 hours  Maximum Marks: 70 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading 20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 marks 
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text 25 marks 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 8 
Baisakhi, which occurs on April 13 (and rarely on April 14), is the beginning of the year. It is 
also a harvest festival. The rabi crop is ready for harvest; the fields are lush green and heavy 
with the grains; it is a season of plenty. Naturally the mood of the people in the villages is one 
of joy. What better things to do than to celebrate, to sing and dance? 
That’s what Baisakhi is all about; it is a community festival. The man and women dance the 
robust and energetic bhangra and griddha. 
People wear bright coloured traditional dresses for the festival. Traditionally the festivities 
take place on the banks of rivers. People eat ‘rotis’ made out of freshly ground atta (wheat 
flour) along with desi ghee and gud (jaggery). On the whole, it is a day of merry-making and 
feasting. A bonfire is lit, and the dances are performed around it. 
For the Sikhs, Baisakhi also marks the beginning of the Khalsa Movement. It was on this day, 
that the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the Khalsa Movement of the Sikh Brotherhood in 
1699. 
For Hindus, it is the start of the second month of New Year after Chaitr, and is celebrated 
with requisite bathing, partying and worshipping. It’s believed that thousands of years ago, 
Goddess Ganga descended to earth and in her honour, many Hindus gather along the sacred 
Ganges River for ritual baths. The action is centered in the holy cities along the Ganges in 
north India, or in Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens,  Jammu’s Nagbani Temples-, or anywhere in 
Tamil Nadu. Hindus plant poles (wrapped in flags or gold-embroidered silk) in front of their 
homes, and hang pots of brass, copper or silver on top. Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded 
the Arya Samaj on Vaisakhi in 1875. 
Apart from the Sikhs and Hidus, Vaisakhi is an important day for the Buddhists as well. The 
name is Vesakha, Vaisakha, Vesak or Wesak. It commemorates the Birth, the Awakening and 
the Enlightened Passing Away of Gautama Buddha who was born as prince Siddharta. 
a) Apart from being a festival, what makes Baisakhi an important one?
b) Name the folk dances of Punjab.
c) How is the festival celebrated?
d) What importance does Baisakhi hold for Sikhs?
e) Who founded Arya Samaj and when?
f) How is Baisakhi an important day for Buddhists?
g) What is the Hindu belief referred to in the passage?
h) Find the word from the passage which means the same as ‘healthy and forceful’.
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 12 
I have found that walking stimulates observation and opens one’s eyes to movements and 
appearances in earth and sky, which ordinarily escape attention. When I reached the end of 
my walk, and paused for a moment before retracing my steps, I was conscious of the 
inexhaustible richness of the world through which I had come, of a thousand voices that had 
spoken to me, and a thousand sights of wonder that had moved before me; I was awake to 
the universe which most of us see only in broken and unintelligible dreams… through all this 
realm of truth and poetry men have passed and re-passed these many years, I said to myself; 
and I began to wonder how many of those now long asleep really saw or heard this great glad 
world of sun and summer! I began to retrace my steps, and as I reached the summit of the hill 
and looked beyond, I saw the cattle standing knee. 
to be far enough away from Nature to observe her; one becomes part of th-deep in the 
brook… and heard the faint bleating of sheep borne from a distant pasturage. 
One may connect with the surroundings, when one lounges by the hour in the depths of the 
forest, or sits, book in hand, under the knotted and familiar apple tree, on a summer 
afternoon, the faculty of observation is lulled into a dreamless sleep; one ceases a great, 
silent movements in the midst of which he sits, mute and motionless, while the hours slip by 
with the peace of eternity. 
I have sometimes tried to recall in imagination the world of Nature before a human voice had 
broken the silence or a human foot left its impress on the soil; but when I remember that 
what I see in this sweep of force and beauty is largely what I myself put into the vision, that 
Nature without the human ear is soundless, and without the human eye colourless. 
a) What does walking simulate?
b) What did the writer realize when he reached the end of the road?
c) What did he see when he reached the summit of the hill?
d) How can one connect with their surroundings?
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 Time allowed: 3 hours  Maximum Marks: 70 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading 20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 marks 
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text 25 marks 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 8 
Baisakhi, which occurs on April 13 (and rarely on April 14), is the beginning of the year. It is 
also a harvest festival. The rabi crop is ready for harvest; the fields are lush green and heavy 
with the grains; it is a season of plenty. Naturally the mood of the people in the villages is one 
of joy. What better things to do than to celebrate, to sing and dance? 
That’s what Baisakhi is all about; it is a community festival. The man and women dance the 
robust and energetic bhangra and griddha. 
People wear bright coloured traditional dresses for the festival. Traditionally the festivities 
take place on the banks of rivers. People eat ‘rotis’ made out of freshly ground atta (wheat 
flour) along with desi ghee and gud (jaggery). On the whole, it is a day of merry-making and 
feasting. A bonfire is lit, and the dances are performed around it. 
For the Sikhs, Baisakhi also marks the beginning of the Khalsa Movement. It was on this day, 
that the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the Khalsa Movement of the Sikh Brotherhood in 
1699. 
For Hindus, it is the start of the second month of New Year after Chaitr, and is celebrated 
with requisite bathing, partying and worshipping. It’s believed that thousands of years ago, 
Goddess Ganga descended to earth and in her honour, many Hindus gather along the sacred 
Ganges River for ritual baths. The action is centered in the holy cities along the Ganges in 
north India, or in Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens,  Jammu’s Nagbani Temples-, or anywhere in 
Tamil Nadu. Hindus plant poles (wrapped in flags or gold-embroidered silk) in front of their 
homes, and hang pots of brass, copper or silver on top. Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded 
the Arya Samaj on Vaisakhi in 1875. 
Apart from the Sikhs and Hidus, Vaisakhi is an important day for the Buddhists as well. The 
name is Vesakha, Vaisakha, Vesak or Wesak. It commemorates the Birth, the Awakening and 
the Enlightened Passing Away of Gautama Buddha who was born as prince Siddharta. 
a) Apart from being a festival, what makes Baisakhi an important one?
b) Name the folk dances of Punjab.
c) How is the festival celebrated?
d) What importance does Baisakhi hold for Sikhs?
e) Who founded Arya Samaj and when?
f) How is Baisakhi an important day for Buddhists?
g) What is the Hindu belief referred to in the passage?
h) Find the word from the passage which means the same as ‘healthy and forceful’.
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 12 
I have found that walking stimulates observation and opens one’s eyes to movements and 
appearances in earth and sky, which ordinarily escape attention. When I reached the end of 
my walk, and paused for a moment before retracing my steps, I was conscious of the 
inexhaustible richness of the world through which I had come, of a thousand voices that had 
spoken to me, and a thousand sights of wonder that had moved before me; I was awake to 
the universe which most of us see only in broken and unintelligible dreams… through all this 
realm of truth and poetry men have passed and re-passed these many years, I said to myself; 
and I began to wonder how many of those now long asleep really saw or heard this great glad 
world of sun and summer! I began to retrace my steps, and as I reached the summit of the hill 
and looked beyond, I saw the cattle standing knee. 
to be far enough away from Nature to observe her; one becomes part of th-deep in the 
brook… and heard the faint bleating of sheep borne from a distant pasturage. 
One may connect with the surroundings, when one lounges by the hour in the depths of the 
forest, or sits, book in hand, under the knotted and familiar apple tree, on a summer 
afternoon, the faculty of observation is lulled into a dreamless sleep; one ceases a great, 
silent movements in the midst of which he sits, mute and motionless, while the hours slip by 
with the peace of eternity. 
I have sometimes tried to recall in imagination the world of Nature before a human voice had 
broken the silence or a human foot left its impress on the soil; but when I remember that 
what I see in this sweep of force and beauty is largely what I myself put into the vision, that 
Nature without the human ear is soundless, and without the human eye colourless. 
a) What does walking simulate?
b) What did the writer realize when he reached the end of the road?
c) What did he see when he reached the summit of the hill?
d) How can one connect with their surroundings?
e) What is meant by ‘stimulates’?(para 1)
f) What is meant by ‘inexhaustible’? (para 1)
g) Find the word opposite to ‘strong’. (para 1)
h) Find the word opposite to ‘noisy’. (para 2)
Section B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 marks) 
3. Duke’s appeal to Chuck was his liveliness. You are Chuck and it has been a week now that
Duke is in your house. You are cherishing every moment of the dog’s company. Write a dairy
entry describing the lovely experience.
4. Imagine yourself as Nandini. Write a story with a suitable title in 150-200 words.
Dreaded Mondays – hate to see the rising sun on Monday – very busy day in school –
assessment at the tuition centre – games period – strict monitoring – sit up sessions – even
taking rounds of the campus.
5. Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones
given below. Write your answers in the answer sheets against the correct blank number.
Do not copy the entire passage.
Not many people appreciate the magnitude (a) _______________ the extent of the scientific 
technological revolution in which we are involved. Today there is no other influence 
comparable (b) _________________ science in changing the foundations of our lives. Our very 
existence is so completely dependent on science and technology that it (c)________________ be 
impossible to materially alter our present methods. 
a) (i) and (ii) or (iii) of (iv) on 
b) (i) with  (ii) to (iii) for (iv) and 
c) (i) will (ii) would (iii) could (iv) can 
6. The following passage has not been edited. One word is missing from each line. Write the
missing word along with the word that comes before it and the word that comes after it in
your answer sheet.
Word before – missing word – word after 
Thomas Alva Edison an American  (a)________________ 
inventor businessman who developed (b)________________ 
many devices that influenced world. (c)________________ 
He lit the world with invention (d)________________ 
of the electric light. 
7. Rearrange the following words or phrases into meaningful sentences:
a) two/ decided / grand / the / procession / witness / to / result
b) with / in /the / her / butterfly / stretched / out / hand / it / she
c) Althea / Cyril / flying / trying / old / an / make / they / that / found / were / to / carpet
/ had / and
Section C 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 Time allowed: 3 hours  Maximum Marks: 70 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading 20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar 25 marks 
Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text 25 marks 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 8 
Baisakhi, which occurs on April 13 (and rarely on April 14), is the beginning of the year. It is 
also a harvest festival. The rabi crop is ready for harvest; the fields are lush green and heavy 
with the grains; it is a season of plenty. Naturally the mood of the people in the villages is one 
of joy. What better things to do than to celebrate, to sing and dance? 
That’s what Baisakhi is all about; it is a community festival. The man and women dance the 
robust and energetic bhangra and griddha. 
People wear bright coloured traditional dresses for the festival. Traditionally the festivities 
take place on the banks of rivers. People eat ‘rotis’ made out of freshly ground atta (wheat 
flour) along with desi ghee and gud (jaggery). On the whole, it is a day of merry-making and 
feasting. A bonfire is lit, and the dances are performed around it. 
For the Sikhs, Baisakhi also marks the beginning of the Khalsa Movement. It was on this day, 
that the tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the Khalsa Movement of the Sikh Brotherhood in 
1699. 
For Hindus, it is the start of the second month of New Year after Chaitr, and is celebrated 
with requisite bathing, partying and worshipping. It’s believed that thousands of years ago, 
Goddess Ganga descended to earth and in her honour, many Hindus gather along the sacred 
Ganges River for ritual baths. The action is centered in the holy cities along the Ganges in 
north India, or in Srinagar’s Mughal Gardens,  Jammu’s Nagbani Temples-, or anywhere in 
Tamil Nadu. Hindus plant poles (wrapped in flags or gold-embroidered silk) in front of their 
homes, and hang pots of brass, copper or silver on top. Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded 
the Arya Samaj on Vaisakhi in 1875. 
Apart from the Sikhs and Hidus, Vaisakhi is an important day for the Buddhists as well. The 
name is Vesakha, Vaisakha, Vesak or Wesak. It commemorates the Birth, the Awakening and 
the Enlightened Passing Away of Gautama Buddha who was born as prince Siddharta. 
a) Apart from being a festival, what makes Baisakhi an important one?
b) Name the folk dances of Punjab.
c) How is the festival celebrated?
d) What importance does Baisakhi hold for Sikhs?
e) Who founded Arya Samaj and when?
f) How is Baisakhi an important day for Buddhists?
g) What is the Hindu belief referred to in the passage?
h) Find the word from the passage which means the same as ‘healthy and forceful’.
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 12 
I have found that walking stimulates observation and opens one’s eyes to movements and 
appearances in earth and sky, which ordinarily escape attention. When I reached the end of 
my walk, and paused for a moment before retracing my steps, I was conscious of the 
inexhaustible richness of the world through which I had come, of a thousand voices that had 
spoken to me, and a thousand sights of wonder that had moved before me; I was awake to 
the universe which most of us see only in broken and unintelligible dreams… through all this 
realm of truth and poetry men have passed and re-passed these many years, I said to myself; 
and I began to wonder how many of those now long asleep really saw or heard this great glad 
world of sun and summer! I began to retrace my steps, and as I reached the summit of the hill 
and looked beyond, I saw the cattle standing knee. 
to be far enough away from Nature to observe her; one becomes part of th-deep in the 
brook… and heard the faint bleating of sheep borne from a distant pasturage. 
One may connect with the surroundings, when one lounges by the hour in the depths of the 
forest, or sits, book in hand, under the knotted and familiar apple tree, on a summer 
afternoon, the faculty of observation is lulled into a dreamless sleep; one ceases a great, 
silent movements in the midst of which he sits, mute and motionless, while the hours slip by 
with the peace of eternity. 
I have sometimes tried to recall in imagination the world of Nature before a human voice had 
broken the silence or a human foot left its impress on the soil; but when I remember that 
what I see in this sweep of force and beauty is largely what I myself put into the vision, that 
Nature without the human ear is soundless, and without the human eye colourless. 
a) What does walking simulate?
b) What did the writer realize when he reached the end of the road?
c) What did he see when he reached the summit of the hill?
d) How can one connect with their surroundings?
e) What is meant by ‘stimulates’?(para 1)
f) What is meant by ‘inexhaustible’? (para 1)
g) Find the word opposite to ‘strong’. (para 1)
h) Find the word opposite to ‘noisy’. (para 2)
Section B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 marks) 
3. Duke’s appeal to Chuck was his liveliness. You are Chuck and it has been a week now that
Duke is in your house. You are cherishing every moment of the dog’s company. Write a dairy
entry describing the lovely experience.
4. Imagine yourself as Nandini. Write a story with a suitable title in 150-200 words.
Dreaded Mondays – hate to see the rising sun on Monday – very busy day in school –
assessment at the tuition centre – games period – strict monitoring – sit up sessions – even
taking rounds of the campus.
5. Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones
given below. Write your answers in the answer sheets against the correct blank number.
Do not copy the entire passage.
Not many people appreciate the magnitude (a) _______________ the extent of the scientific 
technological revolution in which we are involved. Today there is no other influence 
comparable (b) _________________ science in changing the foundations of our lives. Our very 
existence is so completely dependent on science and technology that it (c)________________ be 
impossible to materially alter our present methods. 
a) (i) and (ii) or (iii) of (iv) on 
b) (i) with  (ii) to (iii) for (iv) and 
c) (i) will (ii) would (iii) could (iv) can 
6. The following passage has not been edited. One word is missing from each line. Write the
missing word along with the word that comes before it and the word that comes after it in
your answer sheet.
Word before – missing word – word after 
Thomas Alva Edison an American  (a)________________ 
inventor businessman who developed (b)________________ 
many devices that influenced world. (c)________________ 
He lit the world with invention (d)________________ 
of the electric light. 
7. Rearrange the following words or phrases into meaningful sentences:
a) two/ decided / grand / the / procession / witness / to / result
b) with / in /the / her / butterfly / stretched / out / hand / it / she
c) Althea / Cyril / flying / trying / old / an / make / they / that / found / were / to / carpet
/ had / and
Section C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 marks) 
8. Read the extract and answer the following questions:
He played the instrument before royalty and everyone was impressed. The instrument so
different from the pungi had to be given a new name. As the story goes, since it was first
played in the Shah’s chambers and was Played by a nai (barber), the instrument was named
the ‘shehnai.
a) Who does ‘he’ refer to here?
b) Why was it named ‘shehnai’?
c) Give at least two synonyms for the word ‘before’?
Or 
Read the extract and answer the questions that follow: 
A fully, deep cry rose within his dry throat and with a sudden jerk of his body he ran from 
where he stood, crying in real fear, “Mother, Father.” Tears rolled down from his eyes, hot 
and fierce, his flushed face was convulsed with fear. Panic-stricken, he ran to one side first, 
then to the other, hither and thither in all directions, knowing not where to go. 
a) Why was the child panic-stricken?
b) Why do you think the child ran hither and thither in all directions despite being at an
unknown place?
c) What is meant by the word ‘Fierce’?
9. (i) What did the headmaster tell Einstein’s father? 
(ii) What is the poet of ‘The Lake of Innisfree’ longing for? 
(iii) What astonished the Guru and his disciple when they arrived in the kingdom of fools? 
(iv) Why could Toto and Nana never become friends? 
10. Abdul Kalam never saw his father spending on comforts and luxuries. However, all
necessities were provided to them. According to him, he had a very secure childhood, both
materially and emotionally. What does this tell us about Abdul Kalam? Give reasons to
support your answer in 80-100 words.
Or 
The child while going to the fair was attracted by the little insects and worms along the 
footpath. Describe in 80-100 words how the child felt for the little creatures and whether he 
respects their existence. (The Lost Child) 
Attempt either question no. 11 or 12 (in 100 – 120 words). 
11. What was the effect of the hectic schedule of Gulliver’s exhibition by his master?
Or 
Compare and contrast the characters of the empress of Lilliput and the Queen of 
Brobdingnag. 
12. How can we say that the experience that Harris had in the maze was a nightmare for some
and amusement for the readers?
Or 
Write a brief character sketch of Biggs’ boys? 
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