Q1 Read the following passage carefully. (5 Marks)
This is the high noon of the Age of Sponsorship. For several years now, we have become used to all kinds of events being sponsored. In many newspapers, every possible feature, barring the editorials, is sponsored. Even the daily weather report is.
Student organizations, which were once content to hold low-key festivals in their college, now find corporate sponsors and get massive media exposure for such events.
Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival was once an affair confined to individual homes. Today, in Mumbai it provides competition for rival sponsors as the size of the idols grows in height and girth every year and the festivities are held with greater gusto and noise
During Dushera, Mumbai reverberates to the beat of drums. Thousands of young people spend nights dancing to the various versions of the traditional Gujarati ‘garba’ dance- including the mutant-“disco garba”. It is one of those strange twists of irony that dance, which actually liberated women and gave them a legitimate reason to dance their hearts out, has now become a highly sponsored event in which there is no place for traditional ‘garba’ dancers. In the past, the dancing was free of both self consciousness, as it was a women’s dance, and commerce as it was held in the courtyard.
Thus each year something precious is being lost –and the worst part of it is that the majority of us are not even aware of it.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate options from the ones given below:
1) It is called the age of sponsorship as
there’s too much money in the market
newspapers , festivals in colleges are all commercialized
common man loves the paraphernalia
money attracts the common man
2) The role Garba played in the lives of the women in the past was to
help them get rid of their inhibitions
provide a stage for their talent
root them in tradition
d) prove commercially viable for them
3) Today Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that
is confined to individual homes
provides an opportunity for sponsors to invest money
4) The poet‘s father’s wishes have been nothing but
Treasure he always is seeking
A mirage in the desert of his life
5) The expression drag grief laden feet means
A life that has no aim
Leading a slow life
Leading a life of monotony
Q3 Read the following passage carefully: (5 Marks)
The tree was young and strong and it took a long time to kill. It took two workmen with axes, two days, including tea breaks. Which without conscious irony, they took in the shade of the leafy branches of the tree they were chopping down. It was a Gulmohar I had planted 13 years ago, along with several other saplings, when Bunny and I moved into the National media centre. The NMC is built on a little over 22 acres and many hundreds of the local babul trees that used to cloak that part of the Haryana countryside like smoke from evening chullas must have been cut down to make way for the brick and cement of our colony. I’m not a tree hugger but still felt that some restitution was due. So Bunny and I planted several saplings.
The two gulmohars at the rear were foot high saplings when we put them in the soil. In a few years their branches aflame with scarlet flowers in summer, rose above the first floor window, flooding the room with afterglow and screening from view the ugly scars of new construction in what had once been open fields behind our house. I felt the smugness of satisfaction, of having done the right thing. I’d given back, in however small a way, a little bit of what we take away from the earth everyday, everywhere.
Righteousness invites its own revenge. The roots of one of the trees had spread, crushing the sewage system. The handyman gave us the choice of either cutting down the tree or its roots would endanger the foundations of the house.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option from the ones given below:
The irony in the first para is that the
The tree was planted by the author but cut by the workmen
The workmen chopped the tree that gave them shade.
When the colony was settled, the author decided to
make the outskirts greener
plant a few saplings around the house
sulk in depression
start a movement
The feeling the newly grown gulmohar trees evoked in the author was of
self - satisfaction
The writer had to get the free felled because
he was being righteous
the house was in danger of being destroyed
the tree had grown too tall
the sewage system was damaged
Being righteous means
Doing things the correct way
Being aware of your rights
Following your heart
Conscious of the ways of the world
Q4 Read the following passage carefully: (5 Marks)
Ask any parent anywhere on the planet and they will tell you that there is nothing sinister, nothing as singularly depressing as Arpita’s copy.
Now this is not just a copy where a tidy conscientious child writes in copious details about everything, taking care to label things in boxes and uses eighteen different coloured pencils while describing ‘My favourite holiday’. This is actually a sinister plot hatched to make your parenting skills look bad by rival parents with way too much time, patience and colouring ability on their side. The child is merely an instrument; it is the parents who are graded.
The whole school evaluation process grades parents with a bewilderingly complex classification that involves stars, smileys, goods, very goods, keep it up. Are two smileys better than a ‘good’ and a ‘keep it up’? And what about Arpita? What has she got?
Today the child is seen as an entity that is moldable and the role of the parent is to build a person out of a child. This puts tremendous responsibility on parents who believe that their actions determine their child’s future and hence every small step becomes a BIG PROJECT where a minor mistake would make your child a dribbling sociopath tomorrow.
Hence the persistent belief that enough is not being done for the child inspite of the unfortunate truth that more than enough is being done to him. Children need to perform in order to make parents feel good about themselves. In that sense, not much has changed; children still become instruments for the realisation of some parental goals. If earlier getting Into Science was enough to make parents proud, now almost nothing is good enough. Ninety per cent is too little and one extra-curricular activity too basic. And yes, there is always an Arpita lurking somewhere with her wretched copy.
Answer the following questions by selecting the most appropriate option from the ones given below:
The aspect of parenting that has not changed over the years is
The role Arpita plays in the writer’s life is that of
someone who provides inspiration
somebody who depresses her
someone who pressurises her to do well
someone who competes with the writer
The writer is critical of the parents because
they take their role very seriously
nothing satisfies them
at every step, they worry about their child’s future
all of the above
The tone of the passage is
Q5 Write a paragraph using the notes of a journalist on the issue of extinction of species. (4 Marks)
ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION
Project- launched –Natural History Museum, London
Protection of vast species
Mass wipe out in Decades
Consequence of human action--- wars, taking away too much from nature, hunting, loss of habitats
Q6. You have been reading incidents of foreign tourists being duped and cheated of their
money and valuables, incidents of inhospitable behavior and eve teasing. As a concerned
citizen, write an e-mail to the Editor of a National daily expressing your views on the issue
and also giving suggestions on how to make our city a safer tourist destination. The
format of e-mail is given. (8 Marks)
Q7. Now a days the youth are taking upon themselves different roles and responsibilities.
They also have varied interests. Recently you came across the following pictures in a
magazine. Using the information you gather from the picture and ideas of your own,
write an article on, ‘The Changing Role of Youngsters’. (8 Marks)
(GRAMMAR – 20 MARKS)
Q8 Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones
given below. Write the answer in your answer sheet: (4 Marks)
Q7 Like many Indian children, I grew up (a)----------- the vast, varied and fascinating tales of the Mahabharata. Set (b)------- the end of what the Hindu scriptures term Dvapur Yuga or the third age of the man, a time (c)----------- the lives of the Gods and people still intersected, the epic weaves myth, history, religion, science and statecraft (d)------- stories.
a) (i) saying (ii) listening to (iii) questioning (iv) celebrating
b) (i)by (ii)at (iii)from (iv)into
c) (i)where (ii)from (iii)when (iv)before
d) (i)as (ii)in (iii)through (iv)into
Q9. Edit the following passage by choosing the correct option from the options given below:
Blood letting was a common practice in ancient times. The doctors used to treat patients (a) by the help of leeches. It was generally believed that certain diseases (b) caused by too much of blood or by impure blood getting blocked in some parts of the body. The doctors(c) were make a slit on the body or attach leeches there. They sucked the blood (d) not prevented it from clotting.
a) (i)from (ii)with (iii)in (iv)as
b) i)were caused (ii)cause (iii)will be caused (iv)are caused
C) (i)should (ii)will (iii)was (iv)would
d) (i)and (ii)but (iii)or (iv)while
Q10. Read the following conversation carefully and complete the following passage by
choosing the most appropriate option. (4 Marks)
Ranbir: Where is my car? I remember parking it here.
Policeman: The car has been towed away as you parked it in the ‘no parking area’
Ranbir: Sir, can I be excused this time?
Policeman: I hope you’ll remember the lesson you learnt today
Ranbir asked the policeman standing there (a)_________. The policeman replied (b)_________ Ranbir requested the policeman (c)___________________. The policeman then reminded him____ (d)____________.
where was his car? He remembered parking it here.
that where his car was? He remembered parking it there.
where his car was. He remembered parking it there.
that where was my car? He remembered it was parked here.
that the car had been towed away because he had parked it in the ‘no parking’ zone.
that the car was towed away because he had parked it in the ‘no parking’ zone.
the car had been towed away because it had been parked in the ‘no parking’ zone.
that the car had been towed away because it had been parked in the ‘no parking’ zone.
to be excused that time.
whether he could be excused that time.
that he should be excused.
whether he could be excused this time.
that he hoped he will have to remember the lesson he had learnt that day.
That he hoped he should be able to remember the lesson he had learnt that day.
that he has to remember the lesson he had learnt that day
that he hoped he would remember the lesson he had learnt that day.
Q11 Complete the Report by choosing the correct answer from the options given below:
Conjoined twins-----------------------------------------by Sangeeta Mane,aged 30, in Indapur.
were delivered b) have been delivered c) will be delivered d) have to be delivered
The birth of healthy twins- Pune poses a challenge-the medical profession
A challenge----------------------------------------to the medical profession by the birth of healthy twins in Pune.
a) was posed b) is posed c) is being posed d) has been posed
The twins-2day old-share one liver
One liver-----------------------------------------------shared by the two - day old twins.
a) was being b)was c)is d)is being
the scientists bring –twins- Indapur to a pune hospital-under medical supervision
The twins________________under medical supervision from Indapur to a Pune hospital by the scientists.
a) are brought b)are being brought c)were brought d)were being brought
Q. 12. Below you can see a set of instructions for using a pipette to measure a required amount of
water. Imagine that you have completed this procedure. Complete the following paragraph reporting what you did by choosing the correct options. (4 Marks)
Take a pipette and dip the nozzle into water in a vessel.
Suck out the air through the other end.
When the water rises to the mark on the pipette, cover its upper end and take the pipette out.
Then empty the water in the pipette into a beaker.
A pipette was taken and the nozzle was dipped into water in a vessel. a) ……………… through the other end. When b) ……………… ……. on the pipette, its upper end was covered and c) ………………. Then d) ……………… into a beaker.
(a) (i) the air is being sucked out (ii) the air has been sucked out
(iii) the air will be sucked out (iv) the air was sucked out
(b) (i) the water was raised to the mark (ii) the water rose to the mark
(iii) the water will rise to the mark (iv) the water is rising to the mark
(c) (i) the pipette was taken out (ii) the pipette is to be taken out
(iii) the pipette has been taken out (iv) the pipette will be taken out
(d) (i) the water of a pipette was emptied (ii) the water in the pipette was emptied
(iii) the water of the pipette is emptied (iv) the water in the pipette is to be emptied
(LITERATURE -20 MARKS)
Q 13 Read the extracts and answer the following questions by choosing the most
appropriate options. Attempt any two: (2X 3 =6 Marks)
It was a witness to the deal Gaston struck with Mrs. AL Smith
Gaston’s wife had developed a fancy towards it
Jeanne was surprised as
Gaston was ready to buy the villa
Julliette decided to strike a deal with them
Julliette’s parents were allowed to stay in the villa
Mr. Al. Smith helped to strike a deal
Q14. Answer any four of the following questions. (30-40 words each)
(2x4= 8 Marks)
Why does Frost choose the road less travelled?
‘Kashi Yatre’ was grandmother’s favorite novel. Why? Give two reasons.
What are the two ways in which the Brook is similar to life?
Briefly mention the two things that capture the poet’s attention in the poem ‘Solitary Reaper’.
Mention any two characteristics of Gaston’s personality that make him a better businessman than Juliette.
Q 15. As the author of ‘How I Taught My Grandmother to Read’ , write a letter to your
grandmother appreciating her determination and strength of character. (6 Marks)
As a reader, make a diary entry discussing your reaction to the relationship shared
between Charles and Duke. (6 Marks)
Code No. 101
CLASS – IX
Division of Syllabus for Term I (April-September)
Total Weightage Assigned
Summative Assessment I
Division of Syllabus for Term II (October-March)
Total Weightage Assigned
Summative Assessment II
The total weightage assigned to Summative Assessment (SA I&II) IS 60%. The total weightagwe assigned to Formative Assessment (FA1, 2, 3, &4) is 40%. Out of the 40% assigned to Formative Assessment, 10% weightage is assigned to conversation skills (5% each in Term I&II) and 10% weightage to the Reading Project (at least 1 Book is to be read in each term and the Project will carry a weightage of 5% in each term)
The Summative Assessment I and Summative Assessment II is for eighty marks. The weighatge assigned to Summative Assessment I is 20% and the weightage assigned to Summative Assessment II is 40%.
SECTION A: READING
Qs1-4 Four unseen reading passages of 5 marks each. Each reading passage will have 5 sub-parts, each of 1 mark. All questions will be multiple choice questions. The passages will be extracts from poems/ factual/ descriptive/ literary/ discursive passages. Questions will test inference, evaluation and vocabulary. There will be at least 04 marks for assessing vocabulary skills. The total length of the 4 passages will be between 650 and 800 words.
SECTION B: WRITING 20 Marks
The writing section comprises of three writing task as indicated below:
Q 5 A short answer question of upto 80 words in the form of a Biographical Sketch (expansion of
notes on an individual’s life or achievements into a short paragraph)/Data Interpretation,
Dialogue Writing or Description (People, Places, Events).
The question will assess students’skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing , or transcoding information from one form to another. 4 Marks
Q 6 Along answer question (minimum 120 words) in the form of a formal letter/ informal letter or
an email. The output would be a long piece of writing and will assess the use of appropriate
style, language, content and expression.
Q 7 A long answer question (minimum 150 words) in the form of a diary entry, article,
speech, story or debate.
Students’skills in expression of ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, planning, organising and presenting ideas coherently by introducing, developing and concluding a topic, comparing and contrasting ideas and arriving at a conclusion, presenting an argument with supporting examples, using an appropriate style and format and expanding notes into longer pieces of writing and creative expression of ideas will be assessed. 8 Marks
Important Notes on Format and Word Limit:
Format will not carry any separate marks and in most cases, format will be given in the question paper.
The word limit given is the suggested minimum word limit. No candidate may be penalised for writing more or less than the suggested word limit. Stress should be on content, expression, coherence and relevance of the content presented.
SECTION C: GRAMMAR
This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 question of 4 marks each.
Tests items will be Multiple Choice Questions and test various grammatical items incontext. Q 8to12 will test grammar items which have been dealt with in class X. Different structures such as verb forms, sentence structure, connectors, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, clauses, phrases etc., can be tested through formative assessment over a period of time. As far as the summative assessment is concerned, it will recycle grammar items learnt over a period of time and will test them in context through Multiple Choice Question format.
Tests types used will include gap-filling, cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence completion, recording word groups into sentences, editing, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation.
The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for:
Note: Jumbled words in reordering exercise to test syntax will involve sentences in a context. Each sentence will be split into sense groups (not necessarily into single words) and jumbled up.
Section D: LITERATURE 20 Marks
Q 13 Two extracts out of three from prose, poetry or plays in the form Multiple
Choice Questions based on reference to context. Each extract will carry 3 marks.
(Word limit: 20-30 words) 3+3=6 Marks
Q 14 Four out of Five short answer type questions based on prose, poetry and play of
2 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation.
(Word limit: 30-40 words each) 8 Marks
Q 15 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text
by going beyond the text/ poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and
extrapolation beyond the text and across two texts will also be assessed.
Prescribed Books/ Materials
1. Interact in English – IX Main Course Book Revised edition2009
2. Interact in English – IX Literature Reader Revised edition2009 Published by
3. Interact in English –IX Workbook Revised edition2009 Delhi-110092
Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis is a skill to be tested formatively as well as summatively. There will be no division of passages for this section, however for reading purpose, the Interact in English Main Course Book will be read in two terms i.e. Term I(April-September) and Term II (October-March).
All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with in both I and II Term Summative as well as in Formative Assessment. For purpose of assessment all themes dealt with in Main Course Book and other themes may be used.
Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed summatively as well as formatively over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar in the summative of formative assessments for the terms.