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Summative Assessment-1 Examination 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) 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 
Perhaps the environment crisis at hand has not yet touched your life, but the time is shortly 
to come. Recent NASA reports of a 60% loss of ozone over the Arctic provide and explanation 
for increased severity in the worlds weather patterns which has only begun to affect us 
whether directly or indirectly. The social, political and economic implications are difficult to 
imagine as our ozone layer continues to thin, forests disappear and desertification is 
occurring at an alarming rate. 
Today, almost 1 million acres of forest disappear each week. The alarming rate of 
deforestation is forcing many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing 
practices. A seventy-feet tree cut for its lumber takes 65 years to replace. A seventy-feet 
bamboo cut for the market can be replaced in less than 3 months, and bamboo is officially 
recognized as the world’s fastest growing plant. Some species can grow 3 feet per day! 
Driven by the constantly-growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, 
bamboo is gaining momentum as a reliable source of high quality and durable green building 
material over traditional non-sustainable products. Bamboo is known to produce 30% more 
oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while preventing erosion, restoring soil, 
providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout 
bamboo as a logical, renewable source of building material. Many promote bamboo planting 
for erosion prevention, and to reverse the effects of global warming. Being a grass, bamboo 
regenerates without replanting after harvesting. 
Traditional hardwood lumber trees, such as oak, maple, and birch, take 40-50 years to 
regenerate. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced less carbon dioxide consumed, 
and more soil runoff in the spot where those trees were harvested-all producing negative 
environmental effects. Our planet is suffering from resource depletion, habitat loss, species 
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Summative Assessment-1 Examination 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) 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 
Perhaps the environment crisis at hand has not yet touched your life, but the time is shortly 
to come. Recent NASA reports of a 60% loss of ozone over the Arctic provide and explanation 
for increased severity in the worlds weather patterns which has only begun to affect us 
whether directly or indirectly. The social, political and economic implications are difficult to 
imagine as our ozone layer continues to thin, forests disappear and desertification is 
occurring at an alarming rate. 
Today, almost 1 million acres of forest disappear each week. The alarming rate of 
deforestation is forcing many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing 
practices. A seventy-feet tree cut for its lumber takes 65 years to replace. A seventy-feet 
bamboo cut for the market can be replaced in less than 3 months, and bamboo is officially 
recognized as the world’s fastest growing plant. Some species can grow 3 feet per day! 
Driven by the constantly-growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, 
bamboo is gaining momentum as a reliable source of high quality and durable green building 
material over traditional non-sustainable products. Bamboo is known to produce 30% more 
oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while preventing erosion, restoring soil, 
providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout 
bamboo as a logical, renewable source of building material. Many promote bamboo planting 
for erosion prevention, and to reverse the effects of global warming. Being a grass, bamboo 
regenerates without replanting after harvesting. 
Traditional hardwood lumber trees, such as oak, maple, and birch, take 40-50 years to 
regenerate. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced less carbon dioxide consumed, 
and more soil runoff in the spot where those trees were harvested-all producing negative 
environmental effects. Our planet is suffering from resource depletion, habitat loss, species 
 
 
 
 
extinction, and ecosystem pollution. The choice of bamboo as building material will greatly 
help reverse those negative trends. 
 
a) Use of bamboo is gaining momentum because _____________ 
b) The greatest advantage of bamboo is that it ____________ 
c) The word ‘tout’ in para three means ______________ 
d) ‘More soil run off in the spot’ means ______________ 
e) The antonym for the word ‘reliable’ is ____________ 
f) ______________ take 40-50 years to regrow 
g) Four problems troubling the earth are _____________ 
h) The author is promoting the use of _____________ as a building matirial. 
 
2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions: 
India’s growing obsession with vehicles and failure to develop roads has increased air 
pollution in most cities, the country’s pollution watchdog has revealed. In the past two 
decades, the carrying capacity of roads increased by less than 2.5 percent, whereas the 
number of vehicles grew at an annual rate of over 10 percent. In 2008, in India, 12 million 
vehicles were plying on the 3.5 million km road network. For people, its visible impact has 
increased congestion on roads, but what one didn’t see was the higher air pollution. 
The high concentration of pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons cause lung 
cancer and asthma, besides routine breathing problem. The sudden jump in air pollution is a 
recent phenomenon, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finding that half of the 
two wheelers and cars running on Indian roads have been registered in the last five to seven 
years. The growth phenomenon in case of heavy vehicles has been less impressive. 
The new vehicles, however, are not the sole cause of air pollution. The CPCB said that 
vehicles older than 10 years caused 60 percent of vehicular air pollution. And the reason is 
poor maintenance and no norms in India for the expiry of a vehicle, especially the private 
ones. Adulteration of fuel has been started as another reason for high vehicular pollution. 
So far, ironically because of lower level of income thresholds, the Indian market has favoured 
small cars and two wheelers. As small engines use less fuel the average fleet-wise fuel 
consumption is expected to be low. But already, with rising income levels there is a steady 
shift towards bigger cars that use more fuel. Taking their place are the bigger cars in 
compact, mid-size and high and segment. Therefore, standards can make a significant 
difference in India. 
a) What is a major cause of air pollution in India? 
b) What has increased more than the carrying capacity of the roads? 
c) What causes lungs cancer and asthma? 
d) Why do Indians favour small cars and two wheelers? 
e) Which word in the passage means ‘mixing with inferior material’? (para 3) 
(i) Impurity 
(ii) Adulteration 
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Summative Assessment-1 Examination 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) 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 
Perhaps the environment crisis at hand has not yet touched your life, but the time is shortly 
to come. Recent NASA reports of a 60% loss of ozone over the Arctic provide and explanation 
for increased severity in the worlds weather patterns which has only begun to affect us 
whether directly or indirectly. The social, political and economic implications are difficult to 
imagine as our ozone layer continues to thin, forests disappear and desertification is 
occurring at an alarming rate. 
Today, almost 1 million acres of forest disappear each week. The alarming rate of 
deforestation is forcing many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing 
practices. A seventy-feet tree cut for its lumber takes 65 years to replace. A seventy-feet 
bamboo cut for the market can be replaced in less than 3 months, and bamboo is officially 
recognized as the world’s fastest growing plant. Some species can grow 3 feet per day! 
Driven by the constantly-growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, 
bamboo is gaining momentum as a reliable source of high quality and durable green building 
material over traditional non-sustainable products. Bamboo is known to produce 30% more 
oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while preventing erosion, restoring soil, 
providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout 
bamboo as a logical, renewable source of building material. Many promote bamboo planting 
for erosion prevention, and to reverse the effects of global warming. Being a grass, bamboo 
regenerates without replanting after harvesting. 
Traditional hardwood lumber trees, such as oak, maple, and birch, take 40-50 years to 
regenerate. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced less carbon dioxide consumed, 
and more soil runoff in the spot where those trees were harvested-all producing negative 
environmental effects. Our planet is suffering from resource depletion, habitat loss, species 
 
 
 
 
extinction, and ecosystem pollution. The choice of bamboo as building material will greatly 
help reverse those negative trends. 
 
a) Use of bamboo is gaining momentum because _____________ 
b) The greatest advantage of bamboo is that it ____________ 
c) The word ‘tout’ in para three means ______________ 
d) ‘More soil run off in the spot’ means ______________ 
e) The antonym for the word ‘reliable’ is ____________ 
f) ______________ take 40-50 years to regrow 
g) Four problems troubling the earth are _____________ 
h) The author is promoting the use of _____________ as a building matirial. 
 
2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions: 
India’s growing obsession with vehicles and failure to develop roads has increased air 
pollution in most cities, the country’s pollution watchdog has revealed. In the past two 
decades, the carrying capacity of roads increased by less than 2.5 percent, whereas the 
number of vehicles grew at an annual rate of over 10 percent. In 2008, in India, 12 million 
vehicles were plying on the 3.5 million km road network. For people, its visible impact has 
increased congestion on roads, but what one didn’t see was the higher air pollution. 
The high concentration of pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons cause lung 
cancer and asthma, besides routine breathing problem. The sudden jump in air pollution is a 
recent phenomenon, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finding that half of the 
two wheelers and cars running on Indian roads have been registered in the last five to seven 
years. The growth phenomenon in case of heavy vehicles has been less impressive. 
The new vehicles, however, are not the sole cause of air pollution. The CPCB said that 
vehicles older than 10 years caused 60 percent of vehicular air pollution. And the reason is 
poor maintenance and no norms in India for the expiry of a vehicle, especially the private 
ones. Adulteration of fuel has been started as another reason for high vehicular pollution. 
So far, ironically because of lower level of income thresholds, the Indian market has favoured 
small cars and two wheelers. As small engines use less fuel the average fleet-wise fuel 
consumption is expected to be low. But already, with rising income levels there is a steady 
shift towards bigger cars that use more fuel. Taking their place are the bigger cars in 
compact, mid-size and high and segment. Therefore, standards can make a significant 
difference in India. 
a) What is a major cause of air pollution in India? 
b) What has increased more than the carrying capacity of the roads? 
c) What causes lungs cancer and asthma? 
d) Why do Indians favour small cars and two wheelers? 
e) Which word in the passage means ‘mixing with inferior material’? (para 3) 
(i) Impurity 
(ii) Adulteration 
 
 
 
 
(iii) Phenomenon 
(iv) Purification 
f) Which was in the passage means the same as ‘collection’? (para 2) 
(i) Concentration 
(ii) Phenomenon 
(iii) Pollution 
(iv) Growth 
g) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘successes’? (para1) 
(i) Obsession 
(ii) Failure 
(iii) Network 
(iv) Revealed 
h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘production’? (para 4) 
(i) Compact 
(ii) Threshold 
(iii) Difference 
(iv) Consumption 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vikas. You visited ‘The Green Garden Resort’ during the holidays. Write an article in 
about 120 words for your school magazine on why the place attracted you, including the 
hints given below 
• Accessibility 
• Reasonable charges 
• Hygienic surroundings 
• Scenic beauty 
• Facilities available 
4. Jyoti decided to write a short story but could not complete it. Help her complete the story in 
150-200 words on the basis of the beginning given below: 
Mohit was very tired and hungry. When he saw around, he was shocked to see that there was 
no one on the road. Suddenly he saw a cottage on the other end of the road. He somehow 
reached there and knocked at the door, then ________________. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
My deadline for that day’s incredible, awe inspiring column (a) _____________ the Tribune was 
three hours away, and I was in a jam. I (b) ____________  already tossed three ideas into the 
recycle bin and was staring at a blank screen again. The tricky thing about (c) ______________ a 
‘witty’ column is that between Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker, everything 
worth saying has already been said. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
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Summative Assessment-1 Examination 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) 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 
Perhaps the environment crisis at hand has not yet touched your life, but the time is shortly 
to come. Recent NASA reports of a 60% loss of ozone over the Arctic provide and explanation 
for increased severity in the worlds weather patterns which has only begun to affect us 
whether directly or indirectly. The social, political and economic implications are difficult to 
imagine as our ozone layer continues to thin, forests disappear and desertification is 
occurring at an alarming rate. 
Today, almost 1 million acres of forest disappear each week. The alarming rate of 
deforestation is forcing many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing 
practices. A seventy-feet tree cut for its lumber takes 65 years to replace. A seventy-feet 
bamboo cut for the market can be replaced in less than 3 months, and bamboo is officially 
recognized as the world’s fastest growing plant. Some species can grow 3 feet per day! 
Driven by the constantly-growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, 
bamboo is gaining momentum as a reliable source of high quality and durable green building 
material over traditional non-sustainable products. Bamboo is known to produce 30% more 
oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while preventing erosion, restoring soil, 
providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout 
bamboo as a logical, renewable source of building material. Many promote bamboo planting 
for erosion prevention, and to reverse the effects of global warming. Being a grass, bamboo 
regenerates without replanting after harvesting. 
Traditional hardwood lumber trees, such as oak, maple, and birch, take 40-50 years to 
regenerate. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced less carbon dioxide consumed, 
and more soil runoff in the spot where those trees were harvested-all producing negative 
environmental effects. Our planet is suffering from resource depletion, habitat loss, species 
 
 
 
 
extinction, and ecosystem pollution. The choice of bamboo as building material will greatly 
help reverse those negative trends. 
 
a) Use of bamboo is gaining momentum because _____________ 
b) The greatest advantage of bamboo is that it ____________ 
c) The word ‘tout’ in para three means ______________ 
d) ‘More soil run off in the spot’ means ______________ 
e) The antonym for the word ‘reliable’ is ____________ 
f) ______________ take 40-50 years to regrow 
g) Four problems troubling the earth are _____________ 
h) The author is promoting the use of _____________ as a building matirial. 
 
2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions: 
India’s growing obsession with vehicles and failure to develop roads has increased air 
pollution in most cities, the country’s pollution watchdog has revealed. In the past two 
decades, the carrying capacity of roads increased by less than 2.5 percent, whereas the 
number of vehicles grew at an annual rate of over 10 percent. In 2008, in India, 12 million 
vehicles were plying on the 3.5 million km road network. For people, its visible impact has 
increased congestion on roads, but what one didn’t see was the higher air pollution. 
The high concentration of pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons cause lung 
cancer and asthma, besides routine breathing problem. The sudden jump in air pollution is a 
recent phenomenon, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finding that half of the 
two wheelers and cars running on Indian roads have been registered in the last five to seven 
years. The growth phenomenon in case of heavy vehicles has been less impressive. 
The new vehicles, however, are not the sole cause of air pollution. The CPCB said that 
vehicles older than 10 years caused 60 percent of vehicular air pollution. And the reason is 
poor maintenance and no norms in India for the expiry of a vehicle, especially the private 
ones. Adulteration of fuel has been started as another reason for high vehicular pollution. 
So far, ironically because of lower level of income thresholds, the Indian market has favoured 
small cars and two wheelers. As small engines use less fuel the average fleet-wise fuel 
consumption is expected to be low. But already, with rising income levels there is a steady 
shift towards bigger cars that use more fuel. Taking their place are the bigger cars in 
compact, mid-size and high and segment. Therefore, standards can make a significant 
difference in India. 
a) What is a major cause of air pollution in India? 
b) What has increased more than the carrying capacity of the roads? 
c) What causes lungs cancer and asthma? 
d) Why do Indians favour small cars and two wheelers? 
e) Which word in the passage means ‘mixing with inferior material’? (para 3) 
(i) Impurity 
(ii) Adulteration 
 
 
 
 
(iii) Phenomenon 
(iv) Purification 
f) Which was in the passage means the same as ‘collection’? (para 2) 
(i) Concentration 
(ii) Phenomenon 
(iii) Pollution 
(iv) Growth 
g) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘successes’? (para1) 
(i) Obsession 
(ii) Failure 
(iii) Network 
(iv) Revealed 
h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘production’? (para 4) 
(i) Compact 
(ii) Threshold 
(iii) Difference 
(iv) Consumption 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vikas. You visited ‘The Green Garden Resort’ during the holidays. Write an article in 
about 120 words for your school magazine on why the place attracted you, including the 
hints given below 
• Accessibility 
• Reasonable charges 
• Hygienic surroundings 
• Scenic beauty 
• Facilities available 
4. Jyoti decided to write a short story but could not complete it. Help her complete the story in 
150-200 words on the basis of the beginning given below: 
Mohit was very tired and hungry. When he saw around, he was shocked to see that there was 
no one on the road. Suddenly he saw a cottage on the other end of the road. He somehow 
reached there and knocked at the door, then ________________. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
My deadline for that day’s incredible, awe inspiring column (a) _____________ the Tribune was 
three hours away, and I was in a jam. I (b) ____________  already tossed three ideas into the 
recycle bin and was staring at a blank screen again. The tricky thing about (c) ______________ a 
‘witty’ column is that between Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker, everything 
worth saying has already been said. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
 
 
 
 
(a) at on in for 
(b) had have will have am 
(c) drawing creating making writing 
 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the connection in your answer sheet against the correct question 
number. 
The first on has been done as an example. 
         Error  Connection 
In July 2012, Physicists with CERN in Switzerland e.g. for  of 
announces the discovery of a new subatomic particles   (a) _________ _________  
that looked like the Higgs boson. The discovery and   (b) _________ _________ 
confirmations of this particles is crucial for    (c) _________ _________ 
scientists as it helps them complete his model of how   (d) _________ _________ 
 
7. Rearrange the following jumbled words/phrases to make meaningful sentences. 
a) the body / fasting / removes / from / also / poison 
b) four hours / the fast / liquids / during / every / take 
c) the fast / grapes / is recommended / and oranges / during / juice of lemons 
 
Section- C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“The whole universe is built up through love and the grief of separation is 
inescapable”. 
a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy? 
b) What pain has the speaker gone through? 
c) What does the word ‘inescapable’ mean? 
Or 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 Now the frog puffed up with rage. 
 “Brainless bird-you’re on the stage. 
 Use your wits and follow fashion. 
 Puff your lungs out with your passion”. 
a) Why was the frog puffed up with rage? 
b) Give the opposite of ‘Brainless’? 
c) What happened when the nightingale puffed up her lungs? 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: 
a) What does the shifting of the bureau tell us about the character of Mrs. Slater? 
b) Why was the author and his friend strangely attracted towards the two boys? 
c) How was the nightingale used by the fog to earn money? 
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Summative Assessment-1 Examination 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
(i) 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 
Perhaps the environment crisis at hand has not yet touched your life, but the time is shortly 
to come. Recent NASA reports of a 60% loss of ozone over the Arctic provide and explanation 
for increased severity in the worlds weather patterns which has only begun to affect us 
whether directly or indirectly. The social, political and economic implications are difficult to 
imagine as our ozone layer continues to thin, forests disappear and desertification is 
occurring at an alarming rate. 
Today, almost 1 million acres of forest disappear each week. The alarming rate of 
deforestation is forcing many world economies to rethink their business and manufacturing 
practices. A seventy-feet tree cut for its lumber takes 65 years to replace. A seventy-feet 
bamboo cut for the market can be replaced in less than 3 months, and bamboo is officially 
recognized as the world’s fastest growing plant. Some species can grow 3 feet per day! 
Driven by the constantly-growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, 
bamboo is gaining momentum as a reliable source of high quality and durable green building 
material over traditional non-sustainable products. Bamboo is known to produce 30% more 
oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while preventing erosion, restoring soil, 
providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout 
bamboo as a logical, renewable source of building material. Many promote bamboo planting 
for erosion prevention, and to reverse the effects of global warming. Being a grass, bamboo 
regenerates without replanting after harvesting. 
Traditional hardwood lumber trees, such as oak, maple, and birch, take 40-50 years to 
regenerate. In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced less carbon dioxide consumed, 
and more soil runoff in the spot where those trees were harvested-all producing negative 
environmental effects. Our planet is suffering from resource depletion, habitat loss, species 
 
 
 
 
extinction, and ecosystem pollution. The choice of bamboo as building material will greatly 
help reverse those negative trends. 
 
a) Use of bamboo is gaining momentum because _____________ 
b) The greatest advantage of bamboo is that it ____________ 
c) The word ‘tout’ in para three means ______________ 
d) ‘More soil run off in the spot’ means ______________ 
e) The antonym for the word ‘reliable’ is ____________ 
f) ______________ take 40-50 years to regrow 
g) Four problems troubling the earth are _____________ 
h) The author is promoting the use of _____________ as a building matirial. 
 
2. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions: 
India’s growing obsession with vehicles and failure to develop roads has increased air 
pollution in most cities, the country’s pollution watchdog has revealed. In the past two 
decades, the carrying capacity of roads increased by less than 2.5 percent, whereas the 
number of vehicles grew at an annual rate of over 10 percent. In 2008, in India, 12 million 
vehicles were plying on the 3.5 million km road network. For people, its visible impact has 
increased congestion on roads, but what one didn’t see was the higher air pollution. 
The high concentration of pollutants like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons cause lung 
cancer and asthma, besides routine breathing problem. The sudden jump in air pollution is a 
recent phenomenon, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) finding that half of the 
two wheelers and cars running on Indian roads have been registered in the last five to seven 
years. The growth phenomenon in case of heavy vehicles has been less impressive. 
The new vehicles, however, are not the sole cause of air pollution. The CPCB said that 
vehicles older than 10 years caused 60 percent of vehicular air pollution. And the reason is 
poor maintenance and no norms in India for the expiry of a vehicle, especially the private 
ones. Adulteration of fuel has been started as another reason for high vehicular pollution. 
So far, ironically because of lower level of income thresholds, the Indian market has favoured 
small cars and two wheelers. As small engines use less fuel the average fleet-wise fuel 
consumption is expected to be low. But already, with rising income levels there is a steady 
shift towards bigger cars that use more fuel. Taking their place are the bigger cars in 
compact, mid-size and high and segment. Therefore, standards can make a significant 
difference in India. 
a) What is a major cause of air pollution in India? 
b) What has increased more than the carrying capacity of the roads? 
c) What causes lungs cancer and asthma? 
d) Why do Indians favour small cars and two wheelers? 
e) Which word in the passage means ‘mixing with inferior material’? (para 3) 
(i) Impurity 
(ii) Adulteration 
 
 
 
 
(iii) Phenomenon 
(iv) Purification 
f) Which was in the passage means the same as ‘collection’? (para 2) 
(i) Concentration 
(ii) Phenomenon 
(iii) Pollution 
(iv) Growth 
g) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘successes’? (para1) 
(i) Obsession 
(ii) Failure 
(iii) Network 
(iv) Revealed 
h) Find the word opposite in meaning to ‘production’? (para 4) 
(i) Compact 
(ii) Threshold 
(iii) Difference 
(iv) Consumption 
 
Section – B 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vikas. You visited ‘The Green Garden Resort’ during the holidays. Write an article in 
about 120 words for your school magazine on why the place attracted you, including the 
hints given below 
• Accessibility 
• Reasonable charges 
• Hygienic surroundings 
• Scenic beauty 
• Facilities available 
4. Jyoti decided to write a short story but could not complete it. Help her complete the story in 
150-200 words on the basis of the beginning given below: 
Mohit was very tired and hungry. When he saw around, he was shocked to see that there was 
no one on the road. Suddenly he saw a cottage on the other end of the road. He somehow 
reached there and knocked at the door, then ________________. 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
My deadline for that day’s incredible, awe inspiring column (a) _____________ the Tribune was 
three hours away, and I was in a jam. I (b) ____________  already tossed three ideas into the 
recycle bin and was staring at a blank screen again. The tricky thing about (c) ______________ a 
‘witty’ column is that between Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker, everything 
worth saying has already been said. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
 
 
 
 
(a) at on in for 
(b) had have will have am 
(c) drawing creating making writing 
 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the 
incorrect word and the connection in your answer sheet against the correct question 
number. 
The first on has been done as an example. 
         Error  Connection 
In July 2012, Physicists with CERN in Switzerland e.g. for  of 
announces the discovery of a new subatomic particles   (a) _________ _________  
that looked like the Higgs boson. The discovery and   (b) _________ _________ 
confirmations of this particles is crucial for    (c) _________ _________ 
scientists as it helps them complete his model of how   (d) _________ _________ 
 
7. Rearrange the following jumbled words/phrases to make meaningful sentences. 
a) the body / fasting / removes / from / also / poison 
b) four hours / the fast / liquids / during / every / take 
c) the fast / grapes / is recommended / and oranges / during / juice of lemons 
 
Section- C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“The whole universe is built up through love and the grief of separation is 
inescapable”. 
a) When did the speaker acquire this philosophy? 
b) What pain has the speaker gone through? 
c) What does the word ‘inescapable’ mean? 
Or 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
 Now the frog puffed up with rage. 
 “Brainless bird-you’re on the stage. 
 Use your wits and follow fashion. 
 Puff your lungs out with your passion”. 
a) Why was the frog puffed up with rage? 
b) Give the opposite of ‘Brainless’? 
c) What happened when the nightingale puffed up her lungs? 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: 
a) What does the shifting of the bureau tell us about the character of Mrs. Slater? 
b) Why was the author and his friend strangely attracted towards the two boys? 
c) How was the nightingale used by the fog to earn money? 
 
 
 
 
d) What was the motive behind Mrs. Packletide’s decision to shoot a tiger? 
10. ‘There is routing as agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth’. 
How is this illustrated in the poem. The Mirror? 
Or 
The Nightingale placed her blind trust in the Frog but he exploited her. With reference to the 
poem elaborate on the statement ‘Betrayal always comes from those whom you trust’. 
 
Attempt either question no. 11 or 12. 
11. ‘Misfortunes never come singly’. When did Anne observe it? 
Or 
Discuss Mr. Van Daan and Mrs. Van Daan’s attitude towards war. 
12. What was ‘Ivy Green’ and why was it called so? Explain in your own words 
Or 
Write a detailed character-sketch of Mr. Anagnos. 
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