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CLASS 9 English
Questions 1-5: Read the extract from ‘Maternity’ and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries one score.           (5)

Then the husband called his wife over. He told her to sit on a straw mat. Without a word, he set down on her lap the little famished one, bowing deeply before her. The woman leaned over with astonishment and drew back the covering in which the child was wrapped. It appeared to her in all its skeletonic horror. She gave a cry-a cry of immense pity-then pressed the babe to her heart, giving it the breast. Then, with a gesture of modesty she brought forward a flap of her robe over the milk-swollen breast and the poor, gluttonous infant suckling there.

  1. Pick out the word meaning ‘very hungry’.
  2. Who is the husband referred in the passage?
  3. Why did Chinaman’s wife cry?
  4. Why do you think the Chinaman helped Mikali?
  5. Write the meaning of the word ‘gluttonous’.

Questions 6-9: Read the following lines from the poem ‘Song of the Rain’ and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries one score.                 (4)

The field and the cloud are lovers

And between them I am a messenger of mercy.

I quench the thirst of one;

I cure the ailment of the other.

  1. In what sense are the field and clouds lovers?
  2. How does the rain act as the messenger of mercy?
  3. Identify the word which means ‘to satisfy a need or wish’.
  4. What is the figure of speech used in this stanza?
  5. Read the following lines from the poem ‘Song of the Dream’ and write an appreciation focusing on the theme, imagery and other poetic devices.                                           (4)

Once in the dream of a night I stood

Lone in the light of a magical wood,

Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang; 

And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang,

And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed,

And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed. 

In that magical wood in the land of sleep.

Questions 11-15: Read the story given below and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries one score.                 (5×1=5)

Once there was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually came down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. 

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father asked the boy to pull out one nail each day that he would be able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. 

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, ‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.’ 

  1. What did the father ask the boy to do whenever he lost his temper?
  2. What did the boy discover over the next few weeks?
  3. Why did the father ask the boy to pull out one nail each day?
  4. What  according to the father will happen if one say things in anger?
  5. What message do you get from the story?

Questions 16-20: Given below are a few newspaper headlines. Read them carefully and answer the questions that follow. Each question carries one score.                 (5×1=5)

  1. a) Rain Wreaks Havoc in Kerala.
  2. b) Vettel Drives Ferrari to an Impressive Win.
  3. c) Fish Samples in Chennai Test Positive for
  4. d) Minimum Support Price for Paddy Hiked by 200 a Quintal.
  5. e) Seven New Wasp Species Discovered in the Amazon Forests.
  6. Which headline brings relief to farmers?
  7. A headline informs us of food adulteration. Identify it.
  8. Sports enthusiasts cheer at a headline. Which is it?
  9. Among these headlines, one is related to an insect. Which is it?
  10. Identify the headline which may result in crop damage and disasters.

Questions 21-23: Answer any two of the following questions. Each question carries five scores.               (2×5=10)

  1. C.V. Raman’s nephew writes a reply letter to his uncle. Write the likely letter.
  2. An event of human chain is proposed to be held next week in Dharmagiri. You are asked to prepare a notice to invite all the villagers for the human chain. Prepare a notice.
  3. Mikali could never forget the day his little brother was fed by the Chinaman’s wife. He records his thoughts and feelings in his diary. Write the likely diary entry.

Questions 24-28: Answer any three of the following questions. Each question carries six scores.                                 (3×6=18)

  1. You were there to watch the race in which Tarun has participated. Prepare a newspaper
    report about the race.
  2. You are the secretary of the Literary Club in your school. Imagine that you have got a chance to interview Sachin who visited your school. Prepare five questions that you might ask him.
  3. Prepare a write up about the views held by the grandmother in the story ‘Listen to the Mountain’  about development.
  4. The character Mikali in the story ‘Maternity’ appeals to all readers. Prepare the character sketch of Mikali.
  5. Prepare a welcome speech for Juliane Koepcke when she comes to your school as the chief guest for the School Day celebrations.
  6. Prepare a profile of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi using the hints given below. Use appropriate linkers wherever necessary.          (1×5=5)

Birth : 2 October, 1869

Known as : Father of the Nation

Career : Prominent leader of freedom movement in India.

Method of fighting : Non-violence

Ideals : Non-violence, truth and peace

Death : 30 January, 1948               

  1. Read the following conversation between grandmother and Narayan and answer the questions that follow.                           (2×1=2)

Grandmother : What did the children have to say?

Narayan : They don’t want a hotel on Dharmagiri.

  1. a) What did grandmother ask Narayan?
  2. b) What was Narayan’s reply?
  3. There are some errors in the following passage. The errors are underlined. Edit them.         (5)

One of the gift were (a) a gold necklace worth fifty guineas, means (b) for my wife. But even that gift was giving (c) because on (d) my public work, and so it could not be separate (e) from the rest.           

  1. Supply the missing words in the following passage.         (4)

(from, to, that, in, an)

On my relief/(a) war-duty, I felt that my work was no longer/(b) South Africa but in India. Not that there was nothing/(c) be done in South Africa, but I was afraid /(d) my main business might become merely money-making.

  1. Some parts of the conversation between Sagar and Narayan are missing. Complete it suitably.                 (5)

Sagar : ……..(a)…..?

Narayan : I have a serious issue to discuss with you.

Sagar : What is it?

Narayan : You had better …..(b)…..

Sagar : If I started the work ….(c)…..

Narayan : It is dangerous to the mountain.

Sagar : We are doing nothing to the mountain, ……(d)…….?

Narayan : Dharmagiri cannot hold a structure more than 30 feet. It’s so dangerous.

Sagar : …………(e)………..?

Narayan : No, I don’t. But it is an old belief.

Sagar : I don’t care. We are going to start the work tomorrow.

  1. Choose the appropriate phrasal verbs from the brackets to replace the underlined phrases in the passage.                             (4×1=4)

Tarun could not tolerate the insults of his friends. He decided to run around the park to release his pent – up emotions. He met Ram Narayan by chance, who was sitting  on the park bench. Tarun communicated his ideas and opinions to Ram Narayan. Ram Narayan agreed to train Tarun, but on a condition.

(came across, made up his mind, put across, put up with)

  1. A word pyramid using the word ‘Flower’ is given below.


A flower

A beautiful flower

A beautiful flower which I plucked yesterday

A beautiful flower which I plucked yesterday from the garden

Now, construct a word pyramid using the word ‘hotel’.         (4)



  1. famished
  2. Chinaman
  3. Because she felt pity on the child’s appearance
  4. No one helped him.
  5. very greedy
  6. The field wants the clouds to satisfy its passions while the clouds need a warm place to fall.
  7. The field and the cloud are lovers. They are far apart from each other. They have a great wish to be together. The rain wants to show mercy to them. So it leaves the cloud in the form of rain and goes down to the field.
  8. quench
  9. Metaphor 

eg: 1) I am a messenger of mercy. 

eg: 2) The field and the cloud are lovers.

  1. Sarojini Naidu is a patriot who wrote English
    poetry which is Indian in ideology. Her major themes are nature, love, life and death. She is known as ‘The Nightingale of India’. 

The main theme of the poem is that we should have dreams and we should continue
dreaming till they are fulfilled. The poet had a dream that she was alone in a magical wood. There were the spirits of Truth, Love and Peace in that dream world. These spirits made the land perfect and serene. She felt that the spirit of Truth sang to her, the spirit of Love spread light around her and the spirit of Peace satisfied her thirst for serenity and peace in her youth. The poet has cleverly made use of poetic devices such as simile, metaphor, personification and alliteration in the poem. The poem is a lyric whose mood is
philosophical. That is why she says she
attains perfect peace and serenity. It is full of
romanticism and imagination. The poem conveys the message that ultimate peace is possible if we dream for it. In the magical world, sleep brings relief to the worrying mind and removes pain, sorrow and loneliness.

  1. He asked the boy to hammer a nail into the fence.
  2. He discovered that it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
  3. A day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. So he asked the boy to pull out one nail each day.
  4. They leave a scar.
  5. Control your temper.
  6. Minimum Support Price for Paddy Hiked by 200 a Quintal.
  7. Fish Samples in Chennai Test Positive for
  8. Vettel Drives Ferrari to an Impressive Win.
  9. Seven New Wasp Species Discovered in the Amazon Forests.
  10. Rain Wreaks Havoc in Kerala.
  11. Ram Villa


November 13, 2018

My dear Uncle,

I got your valuable gift and the letter. I like it so much. It’s a nice silver watch. I’m in need of a watch. Thanks a lot. I’ll always keep it as a token of your affection for me.

I thought you forgot me. But now I understand the importance of the project that you are undertaking. It will really change the face of the country. Our country will always remember you.

Hoping to see you soon.

Yours lovingly,




Human Chain

It has been decided by the leader of the village to conduct an event of human chain, down the slop of Dharmagiri to save our village, on 15 November at 4.00 pm. It is our duty to safeguard our village. All are requested to take part in the programme. 

Welcome to all.

 Dharmagiri                                       Narayan        

12 November 2018                       Convenor


  1. 19 August, Tuesday

Oh God, I am very happy today. How long a time have I been wandering in the camp for some milk for my little brother! He was crying all the time. I knew it was because of his hunger, but I was helpless. I was carrying him on my back and I saw the irritated faces of the people because of his loud cry. My search for a nursing mother was in vain. Somebody who approached us to help us cried aloud and drove us away seeing the horrible face of the child. But a kind Chinaman approached us and  invited us to his house. When I stumbled, he took the baby in his arms with care. He and his wife gave us a warm welcome and showed me their baby. She fed my little brother. It was God’s grace that we met the kind Chinaman and his wife.

  1. A Phoenix from the Race

Kothamangalam: The Nehru Stadium witnessed a thrilling race yesterday. An enthusiastic and self – motivated boy of 12 years called Tarun became the darling of the crowd assembled there. Though he finished last, he was received with a loud applause. The great
Olympian, Ram Narayan,  declared that he would train him and fulfil his dream.

  1. Why do you choose cricket as your career?

You have created many records. Which is your favourite record?

What are the essential qualities required for a good cricket player?

What is your opinion about cricket related allegations? Is it diminished the future of cricket in our country?

What is your advice for the budding talents in cricket?

  1. Grandmother is the representative of the old generation who believes that man should live in harmony with nature. She thinks that she can hear the voice of the streams, rivers, the birds and the mountain.  She is happy with the rough life of village without much luxuries like car or T.V. When she hears about the construction of hotel in her village, she appears more concerned about the pollution, the noise and the loss of habitat of animals and birds. The picture of filthy river frightens her.  But she is not altogether against progress and admits that since future belongs to the children, they should be consulted.
  2. Mikali is a fourteen – year – old boy. He was a refugee. At the birth of his baby brother his mother passed away. Since then he had to carry the newborn baby brother on his back. He couldn’t go for work. Mikali did not get any help from the refugees of the Armenian camp. Chinaman takes pity on him and takes him to his house where his wife breastfeeds the baby. Thus the baby is saved. He is very bold. So he asked every woman in the camp to give the baby breast feeding. He is portrayed as a patient, courageous, loving and responsible brother.
  3. Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends,

As everyone before me pointed out, today is a red – letter day in the history of the school. Today we are celebrating our School Day. Today is the day in which numerous artistic performance of our students will be staged. To inaugurate the celebrations we have one of the most distinguished guests we can ever dream of getting. That’s none other than Juliane, the incarnation of
determination and bravery. The sole survivor of the Lansa Air crash has taken all the pains to come over here. Lonely in the Amazon dense forest for more than ten days, she had fought against all odds and at last successfully come out. It was in fact a life and death struggle for Juliane and she never surrendered before the intense dangers that encompassed her. That’s rare unnatural courage which only real heroes possess. She has rewritten the history with her heroics. My dear friends, Juliane is a rare model to us, someone the world wants us to imitate. With your permission I’m extending my best wishes to her and welcomes her to our esteemed institution. Thank you all.

  1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869. He is known as ‘Father of the Nation’. He was a prominent leader of freedom movement in India. His method of fighting was non-violence and his ideals are non-violence, truth and peace. He passed away on 30 January, 1948.

  1. Grandmother asked Narayan what the children had had to say.

Narayan replied that they didn’t want a
hotel on Dharmagiri.

  1. a) gifts was
  2. b) meant
  3. c) given
  4. d) of
  5. e) separated
  6. a) from      b) in       c) to         d) that
  7. a) Why are you here?
  8. b) stop the construction of the hotel.
  9. c) I would complete it.
  10. d) are we?
  11. e) Do you believe in it?
  12. a) put up with
  13. b) made up his mind
  14. c) came across
  15. d) put across



A hotel

A nice hotel

A nice hotel that I purchased last week

A nice hotel that I purchased last week at the village

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