CBSE Sample Papers for Mid Term Exam Class 9 Communicative English – Paper 1
Periodic Assessment 2
[Periodic Assessment 2 is based on the main points of the syllabus periodic Assessment 1 and the following syllabus]
A factual passage of 300-350 words with 8 very short answer type questions.
A discursive passage of 350-400 words with 4 short answer type questions and 4 very short type questions for vocabulary
Writing Skills with Grammer
Diary and Article Writing
Writing a short story
Editing and omission
Sentence reordering or sentence transformation
Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text
One out of two extracts from prose and poetry with 4 very short answer type questions.(The Man who knew too Much, Keeping it From Harold, The Solitary Reaper and Lord Ullin’s Daughter)
Four short answer type questions (The Man who knew too Much, Keeping it From Harold, The Solitary Reaper and Lord Ullin’s Daughter)
One out of two long answer type questions (Keeping it From Harold, Villa for Sale)
One out of two very long answer type questions
Gulliver’s Travels – Chapter 14 to 26
Three Men in a Boat – Chapter 7 to 13
Sample Paper 3
Strictly based on the Latest Scheme Of Assessement, the latest Syllabus and Design of the Question paper released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi effective from academic year 2017-18.
SECTION A : READING (20 MARKS)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
Nursing is a demanding career. It demands one s physical as well as emotional involvement. In a nutshell a nurse’s job is all about keeping track of a patient’s health, ensuring recovery and getting back to the doctor to give feedback on the patient’s progress.
The field has become challenging. Nursing has been finally recognised as a career avenue where opportunities are coming up. There is a demand for independent nursing practice in the field of community health and midwifery. Unlike earlier times, nursing today comprises many specialisations. A specialisation depends upon the type of care required by a patient and the department in which the nurse works. A nurse may specialise in caring for the sick children or working in emergency rooms, intensive care units, or out-patient clinics, in physicians ’ consulting rooms, in private homes, in school infirmaries, industries and other businesses providing professional and allied services. Specialisations include the areas of psychiatric nursing also, among others.
Before taking an admission into an institution, specially a private one, aspirants must check whether it is recognised by the State Nursing Council and Indian Nursing Council or not. Apart from acquiring basic nursing qualifications, a nurse should possess the knowledge to assist people when they are ill, besides knowing how to use the medical equipment and the administration of the proper dosage of drugs available today.
Unfortunately, there are not very many promotional avenues existing for nurses in India. Nurses are not allotted designations according to the specialised areas they work in.
Research work is almost negligible here, unlike in many foreign countries. Besides, the ‘nurse to patient ratio ’ is not up to the mark Due to the shortage of nurses there is an increase in their workload which often makes patients and their relatives complain about their behaviour.
(a) Why is nursing a demanding career? Give two reasons. 
(b) Name two fields in which there is a demand for independent nursing practice. 
(c) Mention four areas in which a nurse can specialise now. 
(d) On which factor does a specialisation depend? 
(e) Apart from acquiring basic nursing qualifications, what knowledge should a nurse possess? 
(f) Which factor, while seeking admission into an institution, should be kept in mind? 
(g) Mention three essential qualities which a nurse must have, besides the basic nursing qualifications. 
(h) Give the reasons for complaints against nurses by patients and their relatives. 
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow : 
Mahatma Gandhi once declared’, “A nations greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. ’’ By this yardstick, India does not do well. Consider recent headlines alone : 23 Bihari children die after eating poisoned midday meals at their schools. Six-year old Meghala die of pneumonia in a Bangalore slum. Sixteen lakh Indian children have died quietly and anonymously before their fifth birthday in the past year. A vast number of these deaths are linked to malnutrition, whether through diseases contracted as a result of depressed immune sytem, reliance on government provided meals, or fatal vitamin deficiencies that lead to insurmountable health complications.
India s children are hungry – so hungry that they are dying. This is not because an anganwadi worker did not alert a government hospital in time, or because the midday meal cook-cum- helper did not taste the food. This is because poor children – like their families – are caught in a net of unresponsive, inefficient policies administered by ill-treated, underpaid workers whose abilities are curtailed by their lack of access to education, training and living wage. So much of the corruption and inefficiency in the system could be managed if we only treated the poor – the mothers of these starving children – with dignity and respect, instead of noticing them only when something goes terribly wrong.
If we were to truly commit to eliminating poverty, we would have to sacrifice. We would have to pay higher taxes, make space in our neighbourhoods for affordable housing, send our children to publicly funded government schools, and hold our politicians accountable for our most vulnerable citizens. Instead, we shake our heads and sigh when the media tells us what we want to hear: that the death of children is not in our hands.
Imagine what anganwadi workers and helpers, ASHA workers, and midday meal cooks-cum- helpers could do it they were regularised and paid a living wage. Imagine the possibilities for all of us, not just the children they serve. Imagine a more just and giving nation, one that did right by its weakest citizens, and rose to the challenge presented by our founders. Imagine a nation where we all took responsibility for poverty and commited to ending it.
That would be a nation Gandhiji could be proud of.
— Adapted from ‘The Hindu ’
(a)‘ A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.’Evaluate this statement. 
(b) Who or what do you think is responsible for the present state of our poor citizens? 
(c) How can we help the mothers of starving children? 
(d) Many people say that the death of children is not in our hands. Do you agree with the statement? Give a reason. 
(e) Replace the phrase ‘a very poor and crowded area’ by the word given in the first paragraph.
(f) Give the opposite of ‘dignity’. 
(g) Give the synonym of ‘insurmountable’ and use it in your own sentence. 
(h) Find out the word in the paragraph 3 which means the same as ‘weak’. 
SECTION B : WRITING AND GRAMMER (30 MARKS)
You went to Nainital during winter and experienced the snowfall. Write a diary entry in about 100-120 words about your experience that enthralls you whenever you recollect your visit. 
Write a short story in about 200-250 words using the given outline.
lots of mice in a kingdom — the king announced a handsome reward — a pied piper came — took away all mice — the king denied to give the fixed reward. 
Fill in the blanks by choosing the most appropriate words from the given options. [½ x 6 = 3]
I have known school life (a)__________________ a mixture of joys and sorrows. But it is (b) important in anybody’s life. If it is not there in one’s life that life is (c) ______________ and incomplete. It is kind of training ground. Here a person learns the things (d)______________ life. One builds one’s life (e)_______________ school life.I derive utmost pleasure in the company of my class-fellows. We play, eat, study, laugh and enjoy together,(f)________ we learn new things from our teachers.
The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word and the correct word in the answer sheet against the correct blank number. 
Rearrange the following jumbled up words into meaningful sentences. 
(a) I / tried / four / details / this week / to / system / access / to / my account / times / have use / the
(b) crashed / on / I / the / system / been / that / each / informed / computer / has / have / occasion
(c) branch / day / person / unable / to / working / a / am / I / bank / my / as / during / the visit
SECTION C : LITERATURE TEXTBOOK AND EXTENDED READING TEXT (30 MARKS)
Read one of the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow : 
“That’s right, ” the Sergeant said without enthusiasm, and went on lecturing. When he had
finished, he put questions to us; and, perhaps in the hope of revenge, he turned with his questions
again and again to the Professor. The only result was to enhance the Professor’s glory.
(a) On which subject was the Sergeant giving lecture?
(b) Why did he put questions again and again to that Professor?
(c) Why was the Sergeant looking for revenge?
(d) Explain – ‘The only result was to enhance the Professor’s glory’.
No nightingale did ever chant
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunts,
Among Arabian sands.
(a) What does the nightingale’s song do?
(b) Why has the poet compared the nightingale’s song to that of the solitary reaper?
(c) What are shady haunts?
(d) Name the poetic device used by the poet in the line “Among Arabian sands.”
Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words : 
(a) Private Quelch looked like a ‘Professor’ when the author first met him at the training depot. Why?
(b) How was Private Quelch’s knowledge exposed even further as the Sergeant’s classes went on?
(c) Where was the poet when he saw a solitary reaper? What happened thereafter?
(d) Why has William Wordsworth compared the solitary reaper’s song with the song of a nightingale and a cuckoo bird?
Answer one of the following questions in about 100-120 words : 
Harold was an embodiment of decency, good behaviour and intelligence but hated that the truth was kept from him. Give a pen-portrait of Harold Bramble in your own words.
Mr. Gaston began to like the same things about the villa which he had criticised only a while ago. What was the reason of this complete about-turn?
Answer one of the following questions in about 150-200 words : 
How does Gulliver survive when left alone in a canoe with four days provision? Explain with examples from the text.
Gulliver feels obliged to vindicate the reputation of the wife of the Lord High Treasurer Flimnap. Why? What does it show of Gulliver’s character and code of conduct? Elaborate.
How did George try to escape work? What did the other friends think of him? Elucidate.
“Sleep is very important and lack of sleep can change your nature.” Explain this statement with reference to the main characters of the story