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CLASS IX SUBJECT: ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT

SECTION A (READING)
Q.1: Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow:
The Lapwing
In the dark that falls before the dawn,
When the dew has settled on the thorn,
When the stars have been obscured by clouds,
A silence covers all things in shrouds.
No wind sighs in the mulberry tree,
No firefly glimmers wild and free,
A shadow has wrapped the night in gloom,
Its silent as a deserted tomb.

All of a sudden a lapwings cry


Cuts the black silence as it flies by,
Again and again it slashes the dark
That haunts the empty, desolate park.

Anguish, sorrow pours from its throat,


It wings in the night, note after note;
I open my window so the light
Will flood the dark of this wretched night.
Why does it cry so miserably?
Why is it so solitary?
All I know is that loss and ache
Are left behind in the lapwings wake.
Q.1: Write the most appropriate option in your answer sheet.

(a)

When darkness falls there is

(i ) complete silence everywhere

(ii) a shroud covering all things

(iii) the crying of the lapwing to be heard. (iv) gloom and desolation
(b)

When does the lapwing come out?

(i)
(iii)

At dawn
just before dawn

(c)

Why does the poet open the window?

(ii) at night
(iv) in the morning

( i) He can get some light (ii) He can hear the lapwing


(ii)

He can see the lapwing (iv) he can get some air

(d)

What are the causes of the Lapwings misery?

( i) loneliness and gloom (ii) loss and pain


( iii) darkness and loss

(iv) darkness and pain

(e ) The lapwings cry fills the poet with ________________ .


( i) longing
(iii)

unhappiness

(ii) anger
(iv) joy

Q.2: Sugandh was returning home after her tuition class. It was late and her friend, Avantika,

who walked home with her had left early. As she walked along the road, Sugandh saw
.

Complete the story in about 150 words.

Q.3:
In the passage given below one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word
along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in your answer sheet against
the correct blank number. The first one is done as an example.

Advertising is close companion of


market economy. Yet it an unpleasant
feature modern life. Sometimes strange
but sensational commercials on TV cost heavily
to ones pocket as well as life. Recently innocent
student tried imitate the acrobatics of
a young man a commercial advertisement
and lost precious life for nothing.
Advertising has invaded aspect of human existence.

e.g. is a close
a)_____________
b)_____________
c)_____________
d)_____________
e)_____________
f)_____________
g)_____________
h)_____________

SECTION D (LITERATURE)

Q.4: (i) How is the Road Not Taken a metaphor of life?


(ii) Read the given extract and answer the questions that follow:
Then took the other, as just as fair,
------------------ worn them really about the same.
(a)
(b)
(c)

The poet takes the other road because----------------------------------------------.


The common thing between both roads is that-----------------------------------.
Here in this poem road stands for ------------------------------------------------- .

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