CBSE Sample Papers for Class 9 SA2 English Communicative Solved 2016 Set 6
1. (a) Read the following passage carefully and complete the sentences that follow :
Micro-organisms are of various sizes. The smallest are known as viruses and cannot be seen individually with the ordinary microscope. Somewhat larger are bacteria, which can just be seen under the most powerful microscope, and larger still are the bigger ones-called creatures, the protozoa, of which the malarial parasite is the best known. As one would expect, viruses were the last of these organisms to be discovered, and they would have been the subject of intense study in recent years. Viruses are parasites, that is to say, they prey on larger plants and animals, whose bodies they invade. They may attack anyting from bacteria upwards but each virus is very particular about the type of host it chooses to dwell in, and about the type of host cell it is going to invade. Thus, for example, the virus of infantile paralysis likes to live in a certain type of cells in the spinal cord, which it may damage, injury to these cells causes paralysis. How the virus injures its host cell, is not known; it may kill the cell or it may, on the other hand, stimulate the cell to grow wildly, and so form a tumour. Furthermore, it need not always cause disease; it may enter human body and lie dormant there indefinitely, a silent infection. If the individual harbouring the virus transmits disease to others without being ill himself he is known as a carrier of the disease.
1. Protozoa, a micro-organism, is ——-.
2. Bacteria and viruses are also—— .
3. Viruses choose their—— .
4. Some viruses damage or kill ——.
5. A person having virus may not himself ——.
(b) Read the following passage carefully :
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. I have long since ceased to cherish any spirit of bitterness against the Southern white people on account of the enslavement of my race. No one section of our country was wholly responsible for its introduction, and, besides, it was recognized and protected for years by the General Government. Having once got its tentacles fastened on to the economic and social life of the Republic, it was no easy matter for the country to relieve itself of the institution. Then, when we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously, than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe. In this country, who themselves or whose forefathers went through the school of slavery, are constantly returning to Africa as missionaries to enlighten those who remained in the fatherland. This I say, not to justify slavery-on the other hand, I condemn it as an institution, as we all know that in America it was established for selfish and financial reasons, and not from a missionary motive but to call attention to a fact, and to show how Providence so often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose.
1. On the basis of your reading of the passage complete the following statements.
(а) The Southern white people were responsible .
(b) Slavery is an example of .
2. Answer the following questions.
(a) What tells you of the large-heartedness of the narrator ?
(b) Who was responsible for the practice of slavery in America ?
3. Find the word from the passage which means the same as ‘forefathers’.
- Read the passage carefully and on the basis of your study of the passage answer the questions given below :
There can be no room any more for scepticism on global warming. “The warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow
and ice, and rising global mean sea level,” says a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on February 2. The report is the Summary for Policymakers of “Climate Change 2007. The Physical Science Basis”, which is the first volume of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) on climate change. The Third Assessment Report (TAR) was issued in 2001.
The report summarises the progress made in understanding human and natural drivers of climate change, observed climate change, climate processes and causes, and projections on climate change. The first volume itself, which is on the scientific basis of climate change and is the contribution of the IPCC’s Working Group I (WGI) of about 600 authors from 40 countries, will be released in eary March. The work received over 30,000 comments after reviews by more than 600 experts. Two other reports, one on the impacts of climate change and another on the options for mitigation, prepared by Working Groups II (WGII) and III (WGIII) respectively, will be released in early April and May. In addition, a Synthesis Report, combining the essentials of all the three volumes, will be released in November.
The WGI report builds on Past IPCC assessments and incorporates new findings since 2001 to provide, on the basis of climate science, the strongest statement so far on the extent and causes of climate change. It relies on large amounts of new and more comprehensive data, more sophisticated analysis, improved understanding of the physics and chemistry of atmospheric processes, tighter limits on uncertainties, and new projections of climate change using simulations by 19 climate models, to state with very high confidence that the net effect of human activities since industrialisation began (inl750) has been one of warming.
Significantly, the report notes that the rates of warming accelerated in the 20th century. “Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century,” says the report in particular, “is very likely [greater than 90 percent probability] due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations.” This should be compared with the conclusion of the TAR in 2001 that “most of the observed warming in the last 50 years is likely [greater than 66 percent probability] to have been due to the increase in GHG concentrations.” The report also concludes, onthe basis of climate models, that it is very unlikely (less than 10 percent probability) that climate changes of at least seven centuries prior to 1950 were due to variability generated within the climate system alone, such as aerosol load from volcanic eruptions and changes in solar irradiance, and not due to anthropogenic forcing, which became evident only in the early 20th century. The report adds that the impact of human activities now extends to other aspects of climate, including ocean warming and sea level rise, continental average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns. An important new finding is that sea level rise accelerated in the 20th century. The report describes other important changes that have become pronounced in recent years, such as more intense precipitation, an increase in precipitation in higher latitudes and its decrease in lower latitudes, the increased frequency of droughts across the world and probably tropical, cyclones too, more warm nights and fewer cold nights, the increased retreat of glaciers since the 1990s and its contribution to sea level rise, and greater warming of the Arctic than the rest of the world.
On the basis of analyses of ice cores spanning thousands of years, the report concludes that anthropogenic emissions have resulted in a marked increase in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (C02), methane (CH4) and nitrous oixde (N20) since 1750 and now far exceed ‘preindustrialisation’ values. The global increase in C02 concentration, points out the report, is primarily because of fossil fuel use and land use change, while the increase in CH4 and N20 concentrations are because of agriculture. In particular, the increase in C02 concentration from 280 parts per million (ppm) to 379 ppm in 2005 is far greater than the natural increase (from 180 ppm to 300 ppm) over the last 650,000 years.
(a) What is global warming ? How is it caused ?
(b) Which problems will mankind have to cope with if global warming is not checked in time ? .
(Writing & Grammar)
3. You are Ankit/Ankita. You have just joined a new school. Write your
experience of the first day in this school in a diary entry in 100-120 words.
• school in a big building
• met classmates
• found teachers very friendly
4. Write a story, in 150-200 words, that begins like this :
All the teachers rushed to room no. 14. There was nothing but smoke all round…
5. Choose the most appropriate options from the ones given below to complete the following paragraph :
It was a rocky island (a)—— which he landed (b) ——being left drifting. He was tired (c)—— desolate.
(a) (i) in (ii) into (iii) on (iv) of
(b) (i) before (ii) in (iii) on (iv) after
(c) (i) or (ii) beside (iii) and (iv) but
6.The following passage has not been edited.There is one error in each line.Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.
My cat Tugger be the toughest animal I know. e.g., : be —– is
He has survived much close calls. Three years ago, (a)—–
he were caught inside a car’s engine. His right ear (b) —–
was tom off when he lost the sight in one eye. We are (c) —–
surprised that he lived from the accident. (d) —–
7.Read the conversation between two friends and complete the paragraph
given below. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Do not copy the whole sentences.
Joice: When is your aunt visiting you ?
Mary: She is planning to come in September.
Joice : Wouldn’t our exams have started by then ?
Mary : That’s true. I’ve called her and requested her to come only after my exams.
Joice asked Mary (a)——- Mary replied that(b)——- Joice enquired, (c)——- by then.
(Literature Textbook & Long Reading Text)
8. Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow :
“Men are very clumsy”, said she. “I know you were on every train. I thought you were going to speak to me, and Ym glad you didn’t.”
(a) Who is she talking to and when ?
(b) How had she been chased ?
(c) What do you mean by ‘clumsy’ ?
The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy
I quench the thirst of the one
I cure the ailment of the other
The voice of thunder declares my arrival
The rainbow announces my departure.
(a) What tells us that ‘I’ refers to the rain here ?
(b) What is the function of the rain ?
(c) What does ‘quench’ mean ?
9.Answer these questions in 30-40 words each :
(a) ‘I am the sigh of the sea.’ Explain.
(b) Why was it necessary to keep Harold’s father’s profession a secret from him ?
(c) Do you think the punishment given to the convict was justified ? Why/ Why not ? Why is the convict eager to reach Paris ?
(d) Who was John A. Pescud ? What was his profession ?
10.I hope you are keeping it from Harold. It is the least you can do’.
In what context does the speaker say these words ? Do you think parents should insist on their children to become as they wish them to be ? Write an article on the value of ‘Parental Guidance’.
Value Points :
• only proper guidance required
• child’s aptitude and mental ability to be considered
• unnecessary stress to be avoided
“Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”.
Which stage of man does this expression illustrate ? Do you think one is helpless when human faculties of seeing, hearing etc. are lost ? Write a paragraph on the value of being optimist even in old age.
Value Points :
• in extreme old age, one’s helplessness
• still not to be pessimist
• be up and doing till the last breath
11.Describe the flying island into which Gulliver landed after he was left drifting on the sea.
Develop a character sketch of the chief of the Houyhnhnms.
What led to the abandoning of their boat by the three friends – George, Harris and the narrator – in the last leg of their trip ?
The narrator in ‘Three Men in a Boat’ can act as a very good guide to the tourists. Discuss.
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