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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 
In the 16
th
 century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan 
led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the 
king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and 
lost the king’s favor. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered 
to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. 
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W 
longitude to Spain and the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that 
the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from 
Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography 
of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the 
remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they 
found the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. Magellan named this passage the 
Strait of All Saints, but today it is known as the Strait of Magellan. 
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were 
privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed 
the meridian now known as the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after 98 
days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan’s men died of 
starvation and disease. 
Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a 
tribal battle. Only one ship 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano 
survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the 
world is round, with no precipice at the edge. 
a) The 16
th
 century was an age of great ___________ exploration. 
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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 
In the 16
th
 century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan 
led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the 
king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and 
lost the king’s favor. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered 
to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. 
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W 
longitude to Spain and the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that 
the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from 
Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography 
of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the 
remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they 
found the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. Magellan named this passage the 
Strait of All Saints, but today it is known as the Strait of Magellan. 
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were 
privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed 
the meridian now known as the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after 98 
days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan’s men died of 
starvation and disease. 
Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a 
tribal battle. Only one ship 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano 
survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the 
world is round, with no precipice at the edge. 
a) The 16
th
 century was an age of great ___________ exploration. 
 
 
 
 
b) Magellan lost the favor of the king of Portugal when he became involved in a political 
____________. 
c) One of Magellan’s ships explored the ______________ of South America for a passage across 
the continent. 
d) Four of the ships sought a passage along a southern _____________. 
e) Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the ____________. 
f) In the spring of 1521, the ships crossed the _____________ now called the International Date 
Line. 
g) Magellan named _______________ the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. 
h) The word ‘intrigue’ means ___________ 
 
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 
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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 
In the 16
th
 century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan 
led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the 
king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and 
lost the king’s favor. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered 
to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. 
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W 
longitude to Spain and the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that 
the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from 
Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography 
of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the 
remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they 
found the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. Magellan named this passage the 
Strait of All Saints, but today it is known as the Strait of Magellan. 
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were 
privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed 
the meridian now known as the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after 98 
days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan’s men died of 
starvation and disease. 
Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a 
tribal battle. Only one ship 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano 
survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the 
world is round, with no precipice at the edge. 
a) The 16
th
 century was an age of great ___________ exploration. 
 
 
 
 
b) Magellan lost the favor of the king of Portugal when he became involved in a political 
____________. 
c) One of Magellan’s ships explored the ______________ of South America for a passage across 
the continent. 
d) Four of the ships sought a passage along a southern _____________. 
e) Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the ____________. 
f) In the spring of 1521, the ships crossed the _____________ now called the International Date 
Line. 
g) Magellan named _______________ the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. 
h) The word ‘intrigue’ means ___________ 
 
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 Namrata / Namit of Bangalore. Of late, day-light robberies and burglaries have been 
increasing in your city. You are very much concerned about your aged parents living alone. 
Write a letter in 100-120 words to the editor of the ‘Times of India’, drawing the attention of 
the concerned authorities to the problem and offer your suggestions. 
4. Complete the following story in 150-200 words: 
A 15 year of boy was going on a deserted road, feeling a little scared and uneasy. Hesitatingly, 
he stepped ahead. Suddenly ____________ 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
The truck travelled south, where Manik (a) _____________ a deserted spot to hide it. We should 
be fine so long as no one found the truck, or connected it (b) ____________ the robbery. It would 
be (c) ______________ mystery why black market thieves had simply abandoned such precious 
booty, but that was a mystery we could live with. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) finds found has found had found 
(b) with by on in 
(c) the an a one 
 
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. 
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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 
In the 16
th
 century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan 
led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the 
king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and 
lost the king’s favor. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered 
to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. 
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W 
longitude to Spain and the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that 
the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from 
Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography 
of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the 
remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they 
found the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. Magellan named this passage the 
Strait of All Saints, but today it is known as the Strait of Magellan. 
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were 
privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed 
the meridian now known as the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after 98 
days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan’s men died of 
starvation and disease. 
Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a 
tribal battle. Only one ship 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano 
survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the 
world is round, with no precipice at the edge. 
a) The 16
th
 century was an age of great ___________ exploration. 
 
 
 
 
b) Magellan lost the favor of the king of Portugal when he became involved in a political 
____________. 
c) One of Magellan’s ships explored the ______________ of South America for a passage across 
the continent. 
d) Four of the ships sought a passage along a southern _____________. 
e) Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the ____________. 
f) In the spring of 1521, the ships crossed the _____________ now called the International Date 
Line. 
g) Magellan named _______________ the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. 
h) The word ‘intrigue’ means ___________ 
 
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 Namrata / Namit of Bangalore. Of late, day-light robberies and burglaries have been 
increasing in your city. You are very much concerned about your aged parents living alone. 
Write a letter in 100-120 words to the editor of the ‘Times of India’, drawing the attention of 
the concerned authorities to the problem and offer your suggestions. 
4. Complete the following story in 150-200 words: 
A 15 year of boy was going on a deserted road, feeling a little scared and uneasy. Hesitatingly, 
he stepped ahead. Suddenly ____________ 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
The truck travelled south, where Manik (a) _____________ a deserted spot to hide it. We should 
be fine so long as no one found the truck, or connected it (b) ____________ the robbery. It would 
be (c) ______________ mystery why black market thieves had simply abandoned such precious 
booty, but that was a mystery we could live with. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) finds found has found had found 
(b) with by on in 
(c) the an a one 
 
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 
The year 2012 marks the 50
th
 anniversary for   e.g. for  of 
the James Bond films. The fast James Bond    (a) _________ _________  
movie title ‘Dr. No’ was released in 1962.    (b) _________ _________ 
Numerous events was held for fans     (c) _________ _________ 
over the world.       (d) _________ _________ 
7. Read the conservation given below and complete the paragraph that follows: 
A passenger who was robbed of his suitcase approached a police offer to lodge a complaint. 
Passenger : I have lost my briefcase. I want to lodge a complaint. 
Police officer : Where did you lose it? 
Passenger : I had kept it on the upper berth of my seat. 
Police officer : Don’t worry, sir, I will make enquiries and inform you. 
 
The passenger informed the police officer that he had lost his briefcase so (a) ___________ 
complaint. The police officer asked him (b) ____________ that. The passenger said that (c) 
__________ of his seat. The police officer advised him not to worry and that he would make 
enquiries and inform him. 
 
Section- C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale. He looked to the ground. “You 
must be saving up to emigrate to America”, I suggested. 
a) Who coloured deeply under his sunburn and why? 
b) Why were the boys saving money? 
c) What does the word ‘emigrate’ mean? 
Or 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Mrs. Slater: _________________Grandfather, do you know what the quarrel between us was 
about? 
a) Which quarrel is the speaker referring to? 
b) Why does the speaker refer to the quarrel? 
c) What does this show about the speaker’s character? 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: 
a) Describe how the monuments and statues brave the ravages of time. 
b) What did the narrator conclude that Jacopo and Nicola were going to do with the money 
they earned? 
c) Why was the grandfather so keen on changing his will? 
d) Why do rich and powerful get monuments made? 
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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 
In the 16
th
 century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan 
led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the 
king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and 
lost the king’s favor. After he was dismissed from service by the king of Portugal, he offered 
to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. 
A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W 
longitude to Spain and the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that 
the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from 
Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography 
of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the 
remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they 
found the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. Magellan named this passage the 
Strait of All Saints, but today it is known as the Strait of Magellan. 
One ship deserted while in this passage and returned to Spain, so fewer sailors were 
privileged to gaze at that first panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Those who remained crossed 
the meridian now known as the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521 after 98 
days on the Pacific Ocean. During those long days at sea, many of Magellan’s men died of 
starvation and disease. 
Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines and was killed in a 
tribal battle. Only one ship 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano 
survived to complete the westward journey to Spain and thus prove once and for all that the 
world is round, with no precipice at the edge. 
a) The 16
th
 century was an age of great ___________ exploration. 
 
 
 
 
b) Magellan lost the favor of the king of Portugal when he became involved in a political 
____________. 
c) One of Magellan’s ships explored the ______________ of South America for a passage across 
the continent. 
d) Four of the ships sought a passage along a southern _____________. 
e) Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the ____________. 
f) In the spring of 1521, the ships crossed the _____________ now called the International Date 
Line. 
g) Magellan named _______________ the passage they sought near 50 degrees S latitude. 
h) The word ‘intrigue’ means ___________ 
 
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 Namrata / Namit of Bangalore. Of late, day-light robberies and burglaries have been 
increasing in your city. You are very much concerned about your aged parents living alone. 
Write a letter in 100-120 words to the editor of the ‘Times of India’, drawing the attention of 
the concerned authorities to the problem and offer your suggestions. 
4. Complete the following story in 150-200 words: 
A 15 year of boy was going on a deserted road, feeling a little scared and uneasy. Hesitatingly, 
he stepped ahead. Suddenly ____________ 
5. Read the passage given below. Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate 
word/phrases from the given options. 
The truck travelled south, where Manik (a) _____________ a deserted spot to hide it. We should 
be fine so long as no one found the truck, or connected it (b) ____________ the robbery. It would 
be (c) ______________ mystery why black market thieves had simply abandoned such precious 
booty, but that was a mystery we could live with. 
 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 
(a) finds found has found had found 
(b) with by on in 
(c) the an a one 
 
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 
The year 2012 marks the 50
th
 anniversary for   e.g. for  of 
the James Bond films. The fast James Bond    (a) _________ _________  
movie title ‘Dr. No’ was released in 1962.    (b) _________ _________ 
Numerous events was held for fans     (c) _________ _________ 
over the world.       (d) _________ _________ 
7. Read the conservation given below and complete the paragraph that follows: 
A passenger who was robbed of his suitcase approached a police offer to lodge a complaint. 
Passenger : I have lost my briefcase. I want to lodge a complaint. 
Police officer : Where did you lose it? 
Passenger : I had kept it on the upper berth of my seat. 
Police officer : Don’t worry, sir, I will make enquiries and inform you. 
 
The passenger informed the police officer that he had lost his briefcase so (a) ___________ 
complaint. The police officer asked him (b) ____________ that. The passenger said that (c) 
__________ of his seat. The police officer advised him not to worry and that he would make 
enquiries and inform him. 
 
Section- C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
“He coloured deeply under his sunburn, then grew pale. He looked to the ground. “You 
must be saving up to emigrate to America”, I suggested. 
a) Who coloured deeply under his sunburn and why? 
b) Why were the boys saving money? 
c) What does the word ‘emigrate’ mean? 
Or 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Mrs. Slater: _________________Grandfather, do you know what the quarrel between us was 
about? 
a) Which quarrel is the speaker referring to? 
b) Why does the speaker refer to the quarrel? 
c) What does this show about the speaker’s character? 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: 
a) Describe how the monuments and statues brave the ravages of time. 
b) What did the narrator conclude that Jacopo and Nicola were going to do with the money 
they earned? 
c) Why was the grandfather so keen on changing his will? 
d) Why do rich and powerful get monuments made? 
 
 
 
 
10. The mirror is the symbol of truth whereas candle light moon-light are called liars, which 
flatter the woman. Elaborate how flattery can be harmful and truth even though cruel is 
always pleasing at the end. 
Or 
Imagine yourself to be the Nightingale (The Frog and the Nightingale). You realise how 
foolish you were not to recognize your capabilities and tried to emulate the frog. Write a 
letter to your friend ‘Cuckoo’ describing your feelings. 
 
Attempt either question no. 11 or 12. 
11. What made Anne make fun for Mrs. Van Dean? 
Or 
Write a detailed character-sketch of Bep. 
12. ‘My teacher is so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her’. Justify. 
Or 
Helen was a determined fighter who never gave up. Discuss. 
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