English Communicative Past Year Paper SA-1(Set-5)- 2014, Class 9, CBSE Class 9 Notes | EduRev

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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3:00 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading     20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar   25 marks 
Section C:  Literature and Long Reading Test  25 marks 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers an area of nearly 208 million 
square miles, which is nearly the size of the continent of Australia. The Amazon rainforest 
gets its life from the majestic Amazon river, the world’s second largest river, which runs 
directly through the heart of the region. The rainforest itself is simply the drainage basin for 
the river and its many tributaries. The vast forest itself consists of four layers, each featuring 
its own ecosystems and specially adapted plants and animals. 
The forest floor is the lowest region. Since only two percent of the sunlight filters through the 
top layers of the understory, very few plants grow here. The forest floor, however, is rich 
with rotting vegetation  and the bodies of dead organisms, which are quickly broken down 
into nutrients and integrated into the soil. Tree roots stay close to these available nutrients 
and decomposers such as millipedes and earth worms use nutrients for food. 
The understory is the layer above the forest floor. Much like the forest floor, only about 2 -5 
percent of the sunlight reaches this shadowy realm. Many of the plants in the understory 
have large, broad leaves to collect as much sunlight as possible. The understory is so thick 
that there is very little air movement. As a result, plants rely on insects and animals to 
pollinate their flowers. 
The layer above the understory is the canopy. This is where much of the action in the 
rainforest occurs. Many canopy leaves have specially adapted leaves which form “drip tips”. 
Drip tips allow water to flow off the leaves which prevents mosses, fungi, and lichens from 
occupying the leaves. Leaves in the canopy are very dense and filter about 80 percent of the 
sunlight. The canopy is where the wealth of the rainforest’s fruits and flowers grow. 
Bromeliads, cup-like plants, provide drinking pools for animals and breeding locations for 
tree frogs. 
a) Why is the Amazon rainforest called the world’s largest rainforest? 
b) Amazon river is the world’s __________________. 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3:00 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading     20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar   25 marks 
Section C:  Literature and Long Reading Test  25 marks 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers an area of nearly 208 million 
square miles, which is nearly the size of the continent of Australia. The Amazon rainforest 
gets its life from the majestic Amazon river, the world’s second largest river, which runs 
directly through the heart of the region. The rainforest itself is simply the drainage basin for 
the river and its many tributaries. The vast forest itself consists of four layers, each featuring 
its own ecosystems and specially adapted plants and animals. 
The forest floor is the lowest region. Since only two percent of the sunlight filters through the 
top layers of the understory, very few plants grow here. The forest floor, however, is rich 
with rotting vegetation  and the bodies of dead organisms, which are quickly broken down 
into nutrients and integrated into the soil. Tree roots stay close to these available nutrients 
and decomposers such as millipedes and earth worms use nutrients for food. 
The understory is the layer above the forest floor. Much like the forest floor, only about 2 -5 
percent of the sunlight reaches this shadowy realm. Many of the plants in the understory 
have large, broad leaves to collect as much sunlight as possible. The understory is so thick 
that there is very little air movement. As a result, plants rely on insects and animals to 
pollinate their flowers. 
The layer above the understory is the canopy. This is where much of the action in the 
rainforest occurs. Many canopy leaves have specially adapted leaves which form “drip tips”. 
Drip tips allow water to flow off the leaves which prevents mosses, fungi, and lichens from 
occupying the leaves. Leaves in the canopy are very dense and filter about 80 percent of the 
sunlight. The canopy is where the wealth of the rainforest’s fruits and flowers grow. 
Bromeliads, cup-like plants, provide drinking pools for animals and breeding locations for 
tree frogs. 
a) Why is the Amazon rainforest called the world’s largest rainforest? 
b) Amazon river is the world’s __________________. 
 
 
 
 
c) How important is the Amazon river for Amazon rainforests? 
d) Why do very few plants grow in the understory of the rainforests? 
e) Why is there very little air movement in the understory? 
f) What is the layer above the understory called? 
g) How are bromeliads useful for animals and tree frogs? 
h) Find the word from the passage which means ‘grand’. 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than 
exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And 
the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical 
ability. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your 
endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen, and nutrients to your tissues and 
help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work 
more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores. 
Physical health affects the mind and vice-versa. Let us be clear that a sound mind in a sound 
body are prerequisites for high efficiency and good quality work in the office, factory or field, 
which lead to a sense of achievement and fulfilment. 
Our health is of course, important not only to us, but also to our families and even to our 
employers. No wonder then those companies everywhere have a stake in the health and 
fitness of their employees and are willing to spend considerable money towards this 
purpose. Japanese companies particularly excel in this and the more successful among them 
start off the day with a body bending and stretching session and even singing the company 
song designed to promote loyalty and motivation among the workforce! 
It is estimated that some 20,000 American firms have established in-house health clubs. 
Typical of there is the soft drink manufacturer, Pepsi Cola which has spent about 2 million in 
setting up a health club at its head office in New York State. Such expenditure has proved to 
be a wise investment in achieving better efficiency and high productivity. It has indirectly 
also helped reduce the premium on the health insurance of staff. Hundreds of consultancies 
have sprung up for the management of health clubs and fitness centres. 
a) How is exercising the most inexpensive way to keep healthy? 
b) How does regular physical activity help us? 
c) What shows that the health of the employees is important in a company? 
d) Why expenditure on health is considered a wise investment? 
e) What is meant by ‘ignore’? (Para 1) 
f) What is meant by ‘prerequisites’? (Para 2) 
g) Find the word opposite to ‘low-grade’. (Para 2) 
h) Find the word opposite to ‘exact’. (Para 4) 
 
Section – B 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3:00 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading     20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar   25 marks 
Section C:  Literature and Long Reading Test  25 marks 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers an area of nearly 208 million 
square miles, which is nearly the size of the continent of Australia. The Amazon rainforest 
gets its life from the majestic Amazon river, the world’s second largest river, which runs 
directly through the heart of the region. The rainforest itself is simply the drainage basin for 
the river and its many tributaries. The vast forest itself consists of four layers, each featuring 
its own ecosystems and specially adapted plants and animals. 
The forest floor is the lowest region. Since only two percent of the sunlight filters through the 
top layers of the understory, very few plants grow here. The forest floor, however, is rich 
with rotting vegetation  and the bodies of dead organisms, which are quickly broken down 
into nutrients and integrated into the soil. Tree roots stay close to these available nutrients 
and decomposers such as millipedes and earth worms use nutrients for food. 
The understory is the layer above the forest floor. Much like the forest floor, only about 2 -5 
percent of the sunlight reaches this shadowy realm. Many of the plants in the understory 
have large, broad leaves to collect as much sunlight as possible. The understory is so thick 
that there is very little air movement. As a result, plants rely on insects and animals to 
pollinate their flowers. 
The layer above the understory is the canopy. This is where much of the action in the 
rainforest occurs. Many canopy leaves have specially adapted leaves which form “drip tips”. 
Drip tips allow water to flow off the leaves which prevents mosses, fungi, and lichens from 
occupying the leaves. Leaves in the canopy are very dense and filter about 80 percent of the 
sunlight. The canopy is where the wealth of the rainforest’s fruits and flowers grow. 
Bromeliads, cup-like plants, provide drinking pools for animals and breeding locations for 
tree frogs. 
a) Why is the Amazon rainforest called the world’s largest rainforest? 
b) Amazon river is the world’s __________________. 
 
 
 
 
c) How important is the Amazon river for Amazon rainforests? 
d) Why do very few plants grow in the understory of the rainforests? 
e) Why is there very little air movement in the understory? 
f) What is the layer above the understory called? 
g) How are bromeliads useful for animals and tree frogs? 
h) Find the word from the passage which means ‘grand’. 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than 
exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And 
the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical 
ability. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your 
endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen, and nutrients to your tissues and 
help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work 
more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores. 
Physical health affects the mind and vice-versa. Let us be clear that a sound mind in a sound 
body are prerequisites for high efficiency and good quality work in the office, factory or field, 
which lead to a sense of achievement and fulfilment. 
Our health is of course, important not only to us, but also to our families and even to our 
employers. No wonder then those companies everywhere have a stake in the health and 
fitness of their employees and are willing to spend considerable money towards this 
purpose. Japanese companies particularly excel in this and the more successful among them 
start off the day with a body bending and stretching session and even singing the company 
song designed to promote loyalty and motivation among the workforce! 
It is estimated that some 20,000 American firms have established in-house health clubs. 
Typical of there is the soft drink manufacturer, Pepsi Cola which has spent about 2 million in 
setting up a health club at its head office in New York State. Such expenditure has proved to 
be a wise investment in achieving better efficiency and high productivity. It has indirectly 
also helped reduce the premium on the health insurance of staff. Hundreds of consultancies 
have sprung up for the management of health clubs and fitness centres. 
a) How is exercising the most inexpensive way to keep healthy? 
b) How does regular physical activity help us? 
c) What shows that the health of the employees is important in a company? 
d) Why expenditure on health is considered a wise investment? 
e) What is meant by ‘ignore’? (Para 1) 
f) What is meant by ‘prerequisites’? (Para 2) 
g) Find the word opposite to ‘low-grade’. (Para 2) 
h) Find the word opposite to ‘exact’. (Para 4) 
 
Section – B 
 
 
 
 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. Surveys conducted among school children have repeatedly revealed that the children today 
are lazy and unhealthy. They love to eat out and relish only junk food. Consequently, obesity 
is a common problem that afflicts them. Write an article in not more than 120 words on this 
issue for a parenting magazines. 
4. Write a story with a title in 150-200 words using the following hints. 
Annual Athletic Meet – Ravi participates – prepares for months – wins 100 mts. and 200 mts. 
– loses the 400 mts. by 58 secs. – Champions Trophy – someone else’s possession. 
5. Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones 
given below. Write your answers in the answer sheets against the correct blank number. Do 
not copy the entire passage. 
When Frank and I stepped (a) _______________ the post office doors, (b) ______________ was a 
crowd gathered, gawking (c) _______________ the new fixture on the wall like a chorus of wide-
mouthed frogs. 
a) (i)  through (ii) by 
(iii) from  (iv) against 
b) (i)  their   (ii) there 
(iii) there being (iv) been 
c) (i)  on  (ii) at 
(iii) by  (iv) along 
6. There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the corrections in the answer 
sheet as given below: 
Incorrect word Correct word 
The border dispute had resulted  (a) _____________ ______________ 
In spoiling the relations among the  (b) _____________ ______________ 
too nuclear neighbours. Kashmir  (c) _____________ ______________ 
is the bigger challenge to the   (d) _____________ ______________ 
political think- tanks. 
7. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. Write 
the correct sentences in your answer sheet. 
Eg: are located / the Arctic and the Antarctica / the south / around the north / of the earth / 
poles / and 
The Arctic and the Antarctica, are located around the north and the south poles of the earth. 
a) the / at both / atmosphere / is / cold / these places / very 
b) experience / they / extreme / solar / periods / exposure 
c) several / therefore / similarities / weather patterns / in the / there / are 
 
Section – C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. 
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Summative Assessment-1 2014-2015 
 English 
Class – IX 
 
 Time allowed: 3:00 hours                                Maximum Marks: 70 
 
 General Instructions: 
The question paper is divided into Three sections. 
Section A: Reading     20 marks 
Section B: Writing and Grammar   25 marks 
Section C:  Literature and Long Reading Test  25 marks 
 
 
Section A 
(Reading: 20 marks) 
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers an area of nearly 208 million 
square miles, which is nearly the size of the continent of Australia. The Amazon rainforest 
gets its life from the majestic Amazon river, the world’s second largest river, which runs 
directly through the heart of the region. The rainforest itself is simply the drainage basin for 
the river and its many tributaries. The vast forest itself consists of four layers, each featuring 
its own ecosystems and specially adapted plants and animals. 
The forest floor is the lowest region. Since only two percent of the sunlight filters through the 
top layers of the understory, very few plants grow here. The forest floor, however, is rich 
with rotting vegetation  and the bodies of dead organisms, which are quickly broken down 
into nutrients and integrated into the soil. Tree roots stay close to these available nutrients 
and decomposers such as millipedes and earth worms use nutrients for food. 
The understory is the layer above the forest floor. Much like the forest floor, only about 2 -5 
percent of the sunlight reaches this shadowy realm. Many of the plants in the understory 
have large, broad leaves to collect as much sunlight as possible. The understory is so thick 
that there is very little air movement. As a result, plants rely on insects and animals to 
pollinate their flowers. 
The layer above the understory is the canopy. This is where much of the action in the 
rainforest occurs. Many canopy leaves have specially adapted leaves which form “drip tips”. 
Drip tips allow water to flow off the leaves which prevents mosses, fungi, and lichens from 
occupying the leaves. Leaves in the canopy are very dense and filter about 80 percent of the 
sunlight. The canopy is where the wealth of the rainforest’s fruits and flowers grow. 
Bromeliads, cup-like plants, provide drinking pools for animals and breeding locations for 
tree frogs. 
a) Why is the Amazon rainforest called the world’s largest rainforest? 
b) Amazon river is the world’s __________________. 
 
 
 
 
c) How important is the Amazon river for Amazon rainforests? 
d) Why do very few plants grow in the understory of the rainforests? 
e) Why is there very little air movement in the understory? 
f) What is the layer above the understory called? 
g) How are bromeliads useful for animals and tree frogs? 
h) Find the word from the passage which means ‘grand’. 
 
2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: 
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than 
exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And 
the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical 
ability. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your 
endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen, and nutrients to your tissues and 
help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work 
more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores. 
Physical health affects the mind and vice-versa. Let us be clear that a sound mind in a sound 
body are prerequisites for high efficiency and good quality work in the office, factory or field, 
which lead to a sense of achievement and fulfilment. 
Our health is of course, important not only to us, but also to our families and even to our 
employers. No wonder then those companies everywhere have a stake in the health and 
fitness of their employees and are willing to spend considerable money towards this 
purpose. Japanese companies particularly excel in this and the more successful among them 
start off the day with a body bending and stretching session and even singing the company 
song designed to promote loyalty and motivation among the workforce! 
It is estimated that some 20,000 American firms have established in-house health clubs. 
Typical of there is the soft drink manufacturer, Pepsi Cola which has spent about 2 million in 
setting up a health club at its head office in New York State. Such expenditure has proved to 
be a wise investment in achieving better efficiency and high productivity. It has indirectly 
also helped reduce the premium on the health insurance of staff. Hundreds of consultancies 
have sprung up for the management of health clubs and fitness centres. 
a) How is exercising the most inexpensive way to keep healthy? 
b) How does regular physical activity help us? 
c) What shows that the health of the employees is important in a company? 
d) Why expenditure on health is considered a wise investment? 
e) What is meant by ‘ignore’? (Para 1) 
f) What is meant by ‘prerequisites’? (Para 2) 
g) Find the word opposite to ‘low-grade’. (Para 2) 
h) Find the word opposite to ‘exact’. (Para 4) 
 
Section – B 
 
 
 
 
(Writing and Grammar: 25 Marks) 
3. Surveys conducted among school children have repeatedly revealed that the children today 
are lazy and unhealthy. They love to eat out and relish only junk food. Consequently, obesity 
is a common problem that afflicts them. Write an article in not more than 120 words on this 
issue for a parenting magazines. 
4. Write a story with a title in 150-200 words using the following hints. 
Annual Athletic Meet – Ravi participates – prepares for months – wins 100 mts. and 200 mts. 
– loses the 400 mts. by 58 secs. – Champions Trophy – someone else’s possession. 
5. Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones 
given below. Write your answers in the answer sheets against the correct blank number. Do 
not copy the entire passage. 
When Frank and I stepped (a) _______________ the post office doors, (b) ______________ was a 
crowd gathered, gawking (c) _______________ the new fixture on the wall like a chorus of wide-
mouthed frogs. 
a) (i)  through (ii) by 
(iii) from  (iv) against 
b) (i)  their   (ii) there 
(iii) there being (iv) been 
c) (i)  on  (ii) at 
(iii) by  (iv) along 
6. There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the corrections in the answer 
sheet as given below: 
Incorrect word Correct word 
The border dispute had resulted  (a) _____________ ______________ 
In spoiling the relations among the  (b) _____________ ______________ 
too nuclear neighbours. Kashmir  (c) _____________ ______________ 
is the bigger challenge to the   (d) _____________ ______________ 
political think- tanks. 
7. Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences. Write 
the correct sentences in your answer sheet. 
Eg: are located / the Arctic and the Antarctica / the south / around the north / of the earth / 
poles / and 
The Arctic and the Antarctica, are located around the north and the south poles of the earth. 
a) the / at both / atmosphere / is / cold / these places / very 
b) experience / they / extreme / solar / periods / exposure 
c) several / therefore / similarities / weather patterns / in the / there / are 
 
Section – C 
(Literature and Long Reading Text: 25 Marks) 
8. Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow. 
 
 
 
 
“When I came back to my village, I saw my grandmother in tears. I was surprised for I had 
never seen her cry even in the most difficult situations”. 
a) Who is ‘I’ here? 
b) Why was the grandmother is tears? 
c) What do difficult situations refer to? 
Or 
Read the extract given below and answer the questions / complete the sentences that follow. 
‘I come from haunts of coots and hern; 
I make a sudden sally 
And sparkle out among the fern, 
To bicker down a valley’. 
a) Who is ‘I’ in these lines”? 
b) What is the figure of speech known as? 
c) Why does it bicker down a valley? 
 
9. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words: 
a) ‘It was like lighting a fuse. Duke shimmied himself U-shaped in anticipation’. Explain. 
b) What were the gifts exchanged by the granddaughter and grandmother? 
c) How is a road a metaphor? Use examples from the poem ‘The road Not Taken’ to support 
your answer. 
d) Do you agree that Mrs. Al Smith is the representative of American outlook. How? 
10. Taking ideas from the chapter How I taught my Grandmother to Read, write a paragraph on 
the topic ‘When there is a will, there is a way’ in about 80-100 words. 
Or 
Sacrifices made by friends and relatives are always worthy of deep appreciation. Refer to 
Lord Ullin’s Daughter to explain how strangers, like the boatman, possess values that can 
help them make sacrifices that are the most supreme of their kind. 
Attempt either question no. 11 or 12 (in 150-200 words). 
11. The King of Brobdingnag needs no gun powder, no books on the art of government and 
attaches importance to productivity. Though Gulliver feels the king to be right, yet mocks his 
view. Explain (150-200 words) 
Or 
‘The Emperor of Lilliput is a true leader of his people’. Elaborate on his character in 150-200 
words. 
12. The author exaggerates things to create humour and laughter. Describe any humorous 
incident from the novel, ‘Three Men in a Boat’. 
Or 
Is life compared to a boat? How do the men overload their ‘boat of life’? How does it affect 
them in the long run? 
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