English Communicative Past Year Paper SA-1(Set-2)- 2016, Class 9, CBSE Class 9 Notes | EduRev

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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I – (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH 
CLASS: IX 
Maximum Marks : 70 Time: 3 hours 
General Instructions : 
This  question paper consists of Three sections. 
Section A : Reading (20 Marks) 
Section B : Writing & Grammar (25 Marks) 
Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text (25 marks) 
SECTION A   (READING: 20 marks) 
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything on the question paper.
3   All answers must be numbered correctly. 
4   Attempt all questions in each section before proceeding to the next. 
SECTION A 
(READING-20 MARKS) 
1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes 
we passed around. But not anymore Now it's all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is almost 
as important as learning your ABC. 
So, when my daughter came home last year with cursive handwriting homework, I was 
nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to make it easier for children to write with 
a quill. By joining up the letter S, it kept the quill on the parchment and minimized ink blots. But 
my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much to her teacher at the next parent’s day. But 
the teacher explained that research suggests that the process of writing information down on 
paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the formation of memories in the learning process than 
typing. Taking notes in class is still the most effective way to learn. It's a better way to store the 
skills for written language in a child's brain than pressing keys. 
She went on to say, "But that doesn't mean that one should ditch computers. Children should be 
taught to touch-type early on. She just feels that learning is aided by the physical act of writing. 
Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it's to do with the pace of thought, or some 
kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don't know. But it's a fact." The French would 
doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe that fluency with a pen 
'unlocks the mind' and they spend more time on writing than reading between the ages of three 
and eight. 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I – (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH 
CLASS: IX 
Maximum Marks : 70 Time: 3 hours 
General Instructions : 
This  question paper consists of Three sections. 
Section A : Reading (20 Marks) 
Section B : Writing & Grammar (25 Marks) 
Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text (25 marks) 
SECTION A   (READING: 20 marks) 
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything on the question paper.
3   All answers must be numbered correctly. 
4   Attempt all questions in each section before proceeding to the next. 
SECTION A 
(READING-20 MARKS) 
1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes 
we passed around. But not anymore Now it's all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is almost 
as important as learning your ABC. 
So, when my daughter came home last year with cursive handwriting homework, I was 
nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to make it easier for children to write with 
a quill. By joining up the letter S, it kept the quill on the parchment and minimized ink blots. But 
my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much to her teacher at the next parent’s day. But 
the teacher explained that research suggests that the process of writing information down on 
paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the formation of memories in the learning process than 
typing. Taking notes in class is still the most effective way to learn. It's a better way to store the 
skills for written language in a child's brain than pressing keys. 
She went on to say, "But that doesn't mean that one should ditch computers. Children should be 
taught to touch-type early on. She just feels that learning is aided by the physical act of writing. 
Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it's to do with the pace of thought, or some 
kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don't know. But it's a fact." The French would 
doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe that fluency with a pen 
'unlocks the mind' and they spend more time on writing than reading between the ages of three 
and eight. 
We teach children the formation of letters and the appropriate joining strokes. But after a few 
years we leave them on their own devices, just as the written workload starts to increase. That's 
when the bad habits set in. But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving 
your handwriting is a good investment In the future, sending a handwritten letter will  be a display 
of affluence and class, which is why the sale Gf fountain pens is reviving. 
I. Answer the following questions briefly: 
1. Today handwriting is not given much importance as
2. The author was nonplussed when his daughter came home with cursive hand writing
homework as he felt that   _________________________
3. The teacher felt differently because _________________
4. Cursive writing was introduced as it ___________________
5. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting
when they grow older as _________________________
4. Learning your QWERTY means ______________________
II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only:
The point the author is trying to make here is that the importance of the computer cannot be 
(a) _________________, but handwriting is (b) __________________important as, not only does it 
(c)__________________ the learning, it also displays (d)__________________________ . 
Find a word in the passage that means the following: 
a) taken aback/surprised
b) feather
2 Read the following passage carefully: 
1. In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved into my persistent pleas and
took me to get my own dog. Together we drove in the family station wagon far into the Michigan 
countryside to a farm run by a rough-hewn woman and her ancient mother. The farm produced 
just one commodity - dogs. Dogs of every imaginable size and shape and age and temperament. 
They had only one thing in common: each was a mongrel of unknown and distinct ancestry. 
2. I quickly decided the older dogs were somebody else's charity case. I immediately raced to the
puppy cage. "You want to pick one that's not timid," my father coached. "Try rattling the cage and 
see which ones aren't afraid?" 
3. I grabbed the chain - like gate and yanked on it with a !oud clang. The dozen or so puppies
reeled backwards, collapsing on top of one another in a squiggling heap of fur.  Just one 
remained.  He was gold with a white blaze on his chest, and he charged at the gate, yapping 
fearlessly.  He jumped up and excitedly licked my fingers through the fancing.  It was love at 
first sight. 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I – (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH 
CLASS: IX 
Maximum Marks : 70 Time: 3 hours 
General Instructions : 
This  question paper consists of Three sections. 
Section A : Reading (20 Marks) 
Section B : Writing & Grammar (25 Marks) 
Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text (25 marks) 
SECTION A   (READING: 20 marks) 
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything on the question paper.
3   All answers must be numbered correctly. 
4   Attempt all questions in each section before proceeding to the next. 
SECTION A 
(READING-20 MARKS) 
1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes 
we passed around. But not anymore Now it's all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is almost 
as important as learning your ABC. 
So, when my daughter came home last year with cursive handwriting homework, I was 
nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to make it easier for children to write with 
a quill. By joining up the letter S, it kept the quill on the parchment and minimized ink blots. But 
my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much to her teacher at the next parent’s day. But 
the teacher explained that research suggests that the process of writing information down on 
paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the formation of memories in the learning process than 
typing. Taking notes in class is still the most effective way to learn. It's a better way to store the 
skills for written language in a child's brain than pressing keys. 
She went on to say, "But that doesn't mean that one should ditch computers. Children should be 
taught to touch-type early on. She just feels that learning is aided by the physical act of writing. 
Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it's to do with the pace of thought, or some 
kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don't know. But it's a fact." The French would 
doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe that fluency with a pen 
'unlocks the mind' and they spend more time on writing than reading between the ages of three 
and eight. 
We teach children the formation of letters and the appropriate joining strokes. But after a few 
years we leave them on their own devices, just as the written workload starts to increase. That's 
when the bad habits set in. But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving 
your handwriting is a good investment In the future, sending a handwritten letter will  be a display 
of affluence and class, which is why the sale Gf fountain pens is reviving. 
I. Answer the following questions briefly: 
1. Today handwriting is not given much importance as
2. The author was nonplussed when his daughter came home with cursive hand writing
homework as he felt that   _________________________
3. The teacher felt differently because _________________
4. Cursive writing was introduced as it ___________________
5. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting
when they grow older as _________________________
4. Learning your QWERTY means ______________________
II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only:
The point the author is trying to make here is that the importance of the computer cannot be 
(a) _________________, but handwriting is (b) __________________important as, not only does it 
(c)__________________ the learning, it also displays (d)__________________________ . 
Find a word in the passage that means the following: 
a) taken aback/surprised
b) feather
2 Read the following passage carefully: 
1. In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved into my persistent pleas and
took me to get my own dog. Together we drove in the family station wagon far into the Michigan 
countryside to a farm run by a rough-hewn woman and her ancient mother. The farm produced 
just one commodity - dogs. Dogs of every imaginable size and shape and age and temperament. 
They had only one thing in common: each was a mongrel of unknown and distinct ancestry. 
2. I quickly decided the older dogs were somebody else's charity case. I immediately raced to the
puppy cage. "You want to pick one that's not timid," my father coached. "Try rattling the cage and 
see which ones aren't afraid?" 
3. I grabbed the chain - like gate and yanked on it with a !oud clang. The dozen or so puppies
reeled backwards, collapsing on top of one another in a squiggling heap of fur.  Just one 
remained.  He was gold with a white blaze on his chest, and he charged at the gate, yapping 
fearlessly.  He jumped up and excitedly licked my fingers through the fancing.  It was love at 
first sight. 
4. I brought him home in a cardboard box and named him Shua.  He was one of those dogs
that gives dogs a good name. He effortlessly mastered every command I taught him and was  
naturally well - behaved. I could drop a crust on the floor and he would not touch it until I gave 
the okay. 
5. Relatives would visit for the weekend and returned home determined to buy a dog of their
own, so impressed were they with Shuan - or "Saint Shuan”, as I came to call him. Born with the 
curse of an uncertain lineage, he was one of the tens of thousands  of unwanted dogs in America. 
Yet by some stroke of almost providential good fortune, he became wanted. He came into my life 
and I into his - and in the process, he gave me the childhood every kid deserves. 
6. The love affair lasted fourteen years, and by the time he died I was no longer the little boy who
had brought him home on that summer day. My mother would later tell me, " In fifty years of 
marriage, I've only seen your father cry twice. The first time was when we lost Mary Ann" - my 
sister, who was still-born. The second time was the day Shuan died.” 
He was a perfect dog. It was Shuan who set the standard by which I would judge all other dogs to 
come. 
(i) On the basis of your reading the reading of the passage, answer the following questions 
in 30-40 words each 
a. What was the condition of the dogs grown in the farm?
b What advice did the author's father give him?  
c What made the author love the puppy at first sight? 
d. What did his mother tell him when Shuan died?
(ii) Find a word in the passage (para indicated) that means the same as the following : 
a. An appeal or a request (para l) 
b. Shy, nervous, having no confidence (para 2) 
c. making short, loud sounds in an excited way (para3)  
d. Lucky event as it happens at the right time (para5) 
SECTION-B 
(WRITING AND GRAMMAR - 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vidhi, a social worker. This year your NGO arranged a special cultural programme
on the theme 'Service and Sacrifice' in commemoration of the International Year of Volunteers. 
Write an ARTICLE on the topic 'Service and Sacrifice - A way of life' in about 100 words. 
4. Shashi took part in a story writing competition in her school and won the first prize. Inspired
by her, you also decide to write a story in about 200 words on the basis of the given hints: 
[cute animal - named Kukoo-became very friendly - fed him banana-mother annoyed-food 
disappeared from kitchen-one day salad plate disappeared-mother angry-donated Kukoo to a 
zoo.] 
5. Complete the passage using suitable word/words :
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I – (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH 
CLASS: IX 
Maximum Marks : 70 Time: 3 hours 
General Instructions : 
This  question paper consists of Three sections. 
Section A : Reading (20 Marks) 
Section B : Writing & Grammar (25 Marks) 
Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text (25 marks) 
SECTION A   (READING: 20 marks) 
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything on the question paper.
3   All answers must be numbered correctly. 
4   Attempt all questions in each section before proceeding to the next. 
SECTION A 
(READING-20 MARKS) 
1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes 
we passed around. But not anymore Now it's all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is almost 
as important as learning your ABC. 
So, when my daughter came home last year with cursive handwriting homework, I was 
nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to make it easier for children to write with 
a quill. By joining up the letter S, it kept the quill on the parchment and minimized ink blots. But 
my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much to her teacher at the next parent’s day. But 
the teacher explained that research suggests that the process of writing information down on 
paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the formation of memories in the learning process than 
typing. Taking notes in class is still the most effective way to learn. It's a better way to store the 
skills for written language in a child's brain than pressing keys. 
She went on to say, "But that doesn't mean that one should ditch computers. Children should be 
taught to touch-type early on. She just feels that learning is aided by the physical act of writing. 
Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it's to do with the pace of thought, or some 
kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don't know. But it's a fact." The French would 
doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe that fluency with a pen 
'unlocks the mind' and they spend more time on writing than reading between the ages of three 
and eight. 
We teach children the formation of letters and the appropriate joining strokes. But after a few 
years we leave them on their own devices, just as the written workload starts to increase. That's 
when the bad habits set in. But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving 
your handwriting is a good investment In the future, sending a handwritten letter will  be a display 
of affluence and class, which is why the sale Gf fountain pens is reviving. 
I. Answer the following questions briefly: 
1. Today handwriting is not given much importance as
2. The author was nonplussed when his daughter came home with cursive hand writing
homework as he felt that   _________________________
3. The teacher felt differently because _________________
4. Cursive writing was introduced as it ___________________
5. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting
when they grow older as _________________________
4. Learning your QWERTY means ______________________
II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only:
The point the author is trying to make here is that the importance of the computer cannot be 
(a) _________________, but handwriting is (b) __________________important as, not only does it 
(c)__________________ the learning, it also displays (d)__________________________ . 
Find a word in the passage that means the following: 
a) taken aback/surprised
b) feather
2 Read the following passage carefully: 
1. In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved into my persistent pleas and
took me to get my own dog. Together we drove in the family station wagon far into the Michigan 
countryside to a farm run by a rough-hewn woman and her ancient mother. The farm produced 
just one commodity - dogs. Dogs of every imaginable size and shape and age and temperament. 
They had only one thing in common: each was a mongrel of unknown and distinct ancestry. 
2. I quickly decided the older dogs were somebody else's charity case. I immediately raced to the
puppy cage. "You want to pick one that's not timid," my father coached. "Try rattling the cage and 
see which ones aren't afraid?" 
3. I grabbed the chain - like gate and yanked on it with a !oud clang. The dozen or so puppies
reeled backwards, collapsing on top of one another in a squiggling heap of fur.  Just one 
remained.  He was gold with a white blaze on his chest, and he charged at the gate, yapping 
fearlessly.  He jumped up and excitedly licked my fingers through the fancing.  It was love at 
first sight. 
4. I brought him home in a cardboard box and named him Shua.  He was one of those dogs
that gives dogs a good name. He effortlessly mastered every command I taught him and was  
naturally well - behaved. I could drop a crust on the floor and he would not touch it until I gave 
the okay. 
5. Relatives would visit for the weekend and returned home determined to buy a dog of their
own, so impressed were they with Shuan - or "Saint Shuan”, as I came to call him. Born with the 
curse of an uncertain lineage, he was one of the tens of thousands  of unwanted dogs in America. 
Yet by some stroke of almost providential good fortune, he became wanted. He came into my life 
and I into his - and in the process, he gave me the childhood every kid deserves. 
6. The love affair lasted fourteen years, and by the time he died I was no longer the little boy who
had brought him home on that summer day. My mother would later tell me, " In fifty years of 
marriage, I've only seen your father cry twice. The first time was when we lost Mary Ann" - my 
sister, who was still-born. The second time was the day Shuan died.” 
He was a perfect dog. It was Shuan who set the standard by which I would judge all other dogs to 
come. 
(i) On the basis of your reading the reading of the passage, answer the following questions 
in 30-40 words each 
a. What was the condition of the dogs grown in the farm?
b What advice did the author's father give him?  
c What made the author love the puppy at first sight? 
d. What did his mother tell him when Shuan died?
(ii) Find a word in the passage (para indicated) that means the same as the following : 
a. An appeal or a request (para l) 
b. Shy, nervous, having no confidence (para 2) 
c. making short, loud sounds in an excited way (para3)  
d. Lucky event as it happens at the right time (para5) 
SECTION-B 
(WRITING AND GRAMMAR - 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vidhi, a social worker. This year your NGO arranged a special cultural programme
on the theme 'Service and Sacrifice' in commemoration of the International Year of Volunteers. 
Write an ARTICLE on the topic 'Service and Sacrifice - A way of life' in about 100 words. 
4. Shashi took part in a story writing competition in her school and won the first prize. Inspired
by her, you also decide to write a story in about 200 words on the basis of the given hints: 
[cute animal - named Kukoo-became very friendly - fed him banana-mother annoyed-food 
disappeared from kitchen-one day salad plate disappeared-mother angry-donated Kukoo to a 
zoo.] 
5. Complete the passage using suitable word/words :
Tobacco is (a) ………………………  single greatest cause (b) ………………………..death globally. Tobacco 
use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs. It also causes 
peripheral vascular disease (c) ……………………  hypertension. The effects depend on the number 
of years (d) …………………a person smokes and on how much (e) ………………. person smokes. 
Starting smoking earlier in life and smoking cigarettes higher in tar (f)………………. dangerous to 
life. 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the
incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against the correct blank number 
in your answer sheet. 
Incorrect correct 
Maricha changed him into a charming deer.  e.g. him himself 
The deer wandered around an ashram  (a) _______ _______ 
play fully in order to draw Sita's attention. Sita is (b) _______ _______ 
gathering flowers near the ashram when sudden (c) _______ _______ 
she saw the deer. Enchanted by a charming  (d) _______ _______ 
beauty of the animal, she calling out to  (e) _______ _______ 
Rama and Lakshmana and asked him to look (f) _______ _______ 
for an exquisite animal. Thus Ravana  (g) _______ _______ 
succeeded in abduct Sita from ashram.  (h) _______ _______ 
7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The first one has
been done for you. 
EXAMPLE : 
is/it/that/attracts/so many/to it7/about/prayers/ people/what 
ANSWER : 
What is it about prayers that attract so many people to it? 
(a) offer/peace/of hope/and/of mind/a lot/prayers 
(b) anything/strong faith/they/give/to believe/could/ that/ happen/them 
(c) an/ought/with/honest/heart/offered/prayers/to be 
SECTION-C 
(LITERATURE TEXTBOOK AND LONG READING TEXT - 25 Marks) 
(i) Read the given extract and answer the following questions : 
"Will no one tell me what she sings ? 
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow  
For old, unhappy, far-off things, 
And battles long ago:" 
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – I – (2016 – 17) 
ENGLISH 
CLASS: IX 
Maximum Marks : 70 Time: 3 hours 
General Instructions : 
This  question paper consists of Three sections. 
Section A : Reading (20 Marks) 
Section B : Writing & Grammar (25 Marks) 
Section C : Literature & Long Reading Text (25 marks) 
SECTION A   (READING: 20 marks) 
1. Attempt all questions.
2. Do not write anything on the question paper.
3   All answers must be numbered correctly. 
4   Attempt all questions in each section before proceeding to the next. 
SECTION A 
(READING-20 MARKS) 
1. Read the following passage carefully:
School used to be all about writing, whether it was the exercise books we wrote in or the notes 
we passed around. But not anymore Now it's all about typing. Learning your QWERTY is almost 
as important as learning your ABC. 
So, when my daughter came home last year with cursive handwriting homework, I was 
nonplussed. Cursive writing was originally developed to make it easier for children to write with 
a quill. By joining up the letter S, it kept the quill on the parchment and minimized ink blots. But 
my daughter writes with a laptop. I explained as much to her teacher at the next parent’s day. But 
the teacher explained that research suggests that the process of writing information down on 
paper, by hand, has a more direct effect on the formation of memories in the learning process than 
typing. Taking notes in class is still the most effective way to learn. It's a better way to store the 
skills for written language in a child's brain than pressing keys. 
She went on to say, "But that doesn't mean that one should ditch computers. Children should be 
taught to touch-type early on. She just feels that learning is aided by the physical act of writing. 
Authors often write their first draft by hand. Whether it's to do with the pace of thought, or some 
kind of stimulation the physical act has, we don't know. But it's a fact." The French would 
doubtless agree. They love their handwriting. Teachers in France believe that fluency with a pen 
'unlocks the mind' and they spend more time on writing than reading between the ages of three 
and eight. 
We teach children the formation of letters and the appropriate joining strokes. But after a few 
years we leave them on their own devices, just as the written workload starts to increase. That's 
when the bad habits set in. But as proper writing becomes rarer, spending some time improving 
your handwriting is a good investment In the future, sending a handwritten letter will  be a display 
of affluence and class, which is why the sale Gf fountain pens is reviving. 
I. Answer the following questions briefly: 
1. Today handwriting is not given much importance as
2. The author was nonplussed when his daughter came home with cursive hand writing
homework as he felt that   _________________________
3. The teacher felt differently because _________________
4. Cursive writing was introduced as it ___________________
5. Although children are taught to write at an early age, they do not have legible handwriting
when they grow older as _________________________
4. Learning your QWERTY means ______________________
II. Fill in the blanks with ONE word only:
The point the author is trying to make here is that the importance of the computer cannot be 
(a) _________________, but handwriting is (b) __________________important as, not only does it 
(c)__________________ the learning, it also displays (d)__________________________ . 
Find a word in the passage that means the following: 
a) taken aback/surprised
b) feather
2 Read the following passage carefully: 
1. In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved into my persistent pleas and
took me to get my own dog. Together we drove in the family station wagon far into the Michigan 
countryside to a farm run by a rough-hewn woman and her ancient mother. The farm produced 
just one commodity - dogs. Dogs of every imaginable size and shape and age and temperament. 
They had only one thing in common: each was a mongrel of unknown and distinct ancestry. 
2. I quickly decided the older dogs were somebody else's charity case. I immediately raced to the
puppy cage. "You want to pick one that's not timid," my father coached. "Try rattling the cage and 
see which ones aren't afraid?" 
3. I grabbed the chain - like gate and yanked on it with a !oud clang. The dozen or so puppies
reeled backwards, collapsing on top of one another in a squiggling heap of fur.  Just one 
remained.  He was gold with a white blaze on his chest, and he charged at the gate, yapping 
fearlessly.  He jumped up and excitedly licked my fingers through the fancing.  It was love at 
first sight. 
4. I brought him home in a cardboard box and named him Shua.  He was one of those dogs
that gives dogs a good name. He effortlessly mastered every command I taught him and was  
naturally well - behaved. I could drop a crust on the floor and he would not touch it until I gave 
the okay. 
5. Relatives would visit for the weekend and returned home determined to buy a dog of their
own, so impressed were they with Shuan - or "Saint Shuan”, as I came to call him. Born with the 
curse of an uncertain lineage, he was one of the tens of thousands  of unwanted dogs in America. 
Yet by some stroke of almost providential good fortune, he became wanted. He came into my life 
and I into his - and in the process, he gave me the childhood every kid deserves. 
6. The love affair lasted fourteen years, and by the time he died I was no longer the little boy who
had brought him home on that summer day. My mother would later tell me, " In fifty years of 
marriage, I've only seen your father cry twice. The first time was when we lost Mary Ann" - my 
sister, who was still-born. The second time was the day Shuan died.” 
He was a perfect dog. It was Shuan who set the standard by which I would judge all other dogs to 
come. 
(i) On the basis of your reading the reading of the passage, answer the following questions 
in 30-40 words each 
a. What was the condition of the dogs grown in the farm?
b What advice did the author's father give him?  
c What made the author love the puppy at first sight? 
d. What did his mother tell him when Shuan died?
(ii) Find a word in the passage (para indicated) that means the same as the following : 
a. An appeal or a request (para l) 
b. Shy, nervous, having no confidence (para 2) 
c. making short, loud sounds in an excited way (para3)  
d. Lucky event as it happens at the right time (para5) 
SECTION-B 
(WRITING AND GRAMMAR - 25 Marks) 
3. You are Vidhi, a social worker. This year your NGO arranged a special cultural programme
on the theme 'Service and Sacrifice' in commemoration of the International Year of Volunteers. 
Write an ARTICLE on the topic 'Service and Sacrifice - A way of life' in about 100 words. 
4. Shashi took part in a story writing competition in her school and won the first prize. Inspired
by her, you also decide to write a story in about 200 words on the basis of the given hints: 
[cute animal - named Kukoo-became very friendly - fed him banana-mother annoyed-food 
disappeared from kitchen-one day salad plate disappeared-mother angry-donated Kukoo to a 
zoo.] 
5. Complete the passage using suitable word/words :
Tobacco is (a) ………………………  single greatest cause (b) ………………………..death globally. Tobacco 
use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs. It also causes 
peripheral vascular disease (c) ……………………  hypertension. The effects depend on the number 
of years (d) …………………a person smokes and on how much (e) ………………. person smokes. 
Starting smoking earlier in life and smoking cigarettes higher in tar (f)………………. dangerous to 
life. 
6. The following passage has not been edited. There is one error in each line. Write the
incorrect word and the correction as given in the example against the correct blank number 
in your answer sheet. 
Incorrect correct 
Maricha changed him into a charming deer.  e.g. him himself 
The deer wandered around an ashram  (a) _______ _______ 
play fully in order to draw Sita's attention. Sita is (b) _______ _______ 
gathering flowers near the ashram when sudden (c) _______ _______ 
she saw the deer. Enchanted by a charming  (d) _______ _______ 
beauty of the animal, she calling out to  (e) _______ _______ 
Rama and Lakshmana and asked him to look (f) _______ _______ 
for an exquisite animal. Thus Ravana  (g) _______ _______ 
succeeded in abduct Sita from ashram.  (h) _______ _______ 
7. Rearrange the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences. The first one has
been done for you. 
EXAMPLE : 
is/it/that/attracts/so many/to it7/about/prayers/ people/what 
ANSWER : 
What is it about prayers that attract so many people to it? 
(a) offer/peace/of hope/and/of mind/a lot/prayers 
(b) anything/strong faith/they/give/to believe/could/ that/ happen/them 
(c) an/ought/with/honest/heart/offered/prayers/to be 
SECTION-C 
(LITERATURE TEXTBOOK AND LONG READING TEXT - 25 Marks) 
(i) Read the given extract and answer the following questions : 
"Will no one tell me what she sings ? 
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow  
For old, unhappy, far-off things, 
And battles long ago:" 
(a) Whom does 'she' refer to in the given lines ? 
(b) What are 'plaintive numbers' ? 
(c) Explain the last two lines of the given stanza. 
OR 
(ii) "One evening Chuck's good hand idly hooked the leash onto Duke's collar to hold him still. 
It was like lighting a fuse." 
(a) Chuck's one hand is considered good. What had happened to his other hand ? 
(b) What do you understand by the expression 'hooked the leash'? 
(c) Explain : "!t was like lighting a fuse." 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each : (Do any four)
(a) How does the reaper's song affect the poet? 
(b) Why did Lord Ullin's wrath change to wailing? 
(c) Justify: ‘Avva was a wonderful  student',  giving two reasons. 
(d) What do the two roads in the poem 'The Road Not Taken' symbolize? 
(e) The brook appears to be a symbol for life. How? 
10. Answer any one of the following in 80 -100 words :
(a) 'Sometimes the choices we make have far-reaching consequences. 'How far do you agree 
with this statement? Present your views. (The Road Not Taken) 
OR 
(b) How does Gaston make a hundred thousand francs? Do you think his act is justified? Why / 
Why not? 
11 a. What does the emperor of Lilliput want Gulliver to do for him? How did Gulliver put out the 
fire at the palace? Had he broken any law? 
b. Explain Gulliver's escape from Brobdingnag.
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