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DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, BOPAL, AHMEDABAD

Class : IX
Subject :
ENGLISH
Date: 08.8.2014
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Section-A
Ql.
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions
that follow:
There is a fairly universal sentiment that the use of nuclear weapons is clearly contrary to
morality and that its productions probably so, does not go far enough . These activities are not
only opposed to morality but also to law if the legal objection can be added to the moral, the
argument against the use and the manufacture of these weapons will considerably be
reinforced . Now the time is ripe to evaluate the responsibility of scientists who knowingly
use their expertise for the construction of such weapon, which has deleterious effect on
mankind.
To this must be added the fact that more than 50 % of the skilled scientific manpower in the
world is now engaged in the armaments industry . How appropriate it is that all this valuable
skill should be devoted to the manufacture of weapons of death in a world of poverty is a
question that must touch the scientific conscience. A meeting of biologists on the Long Term
Worldwide Biological consequences of nuclear war added frightening dimension to those
forecasts . Its report suggested that the long biological effect resulting from climatic changes
may at least be as serious as the immediate ones. Sub-freezingtemperatures, low light levels,
and high doses of ionizing and ultraviolet radiation extending for many months after a large-
scale nuclear war could destroy the biological support system of civilization, at least in the
Northern Hemisphere . Productivity in natural and agricultural ecosystem could be severely
restricted for a year or more . Post war survivors would face starvation as well as freezing
conditions in the dark and be exposed to near lethal doses of radiation. If, as now seems
possible, the Southern Hemisphere were affected also, global disruption of the biosphere
could ensue . In any event, there would be severe consequences, even in the areas not
effected directly because of the interdependences of the world economy. In either case the
extinction of a large fraction of the earth's animals, plants, and microorganisms seems
possible . The population size of Homo Sapiens conceivably could be reduced to prehistoric
levels or below, and extinction of human species itself cannot be excluded.
WEEKLY TEST.2
SBT. A
M.M.: 20 M
Time: L Period
5 marks
(a)
'Ihe
author's most important objective of writing the above passage seems to:
(i) Highlight the use of nuclear weapons as an effective
population control measure.
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Illustrate the devastating effects of use of nuclear weapons on mankind.
(iii) Duly highlight the supremacy of the nations which possess nuclear *"upont.
(iv) Summarize the long biological effects of use of nuclear weapons.
(b) The scientists engaged in manuf'acturing destruCtive weapons are:
(i) very few in number
(ii) irresponsibleandincompetent
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more than half of the total number
(iv) engaged in armaments industry against their desire
( (c))eccording to the passage, the argument on use and manufacture of nuclear weapons:
(i) Does not stand the test of legality.
(ii) - +ossesses }ege+trftgth ahhough it dms not have moral standing.
(iii) Is acceptable only on moral grounds.
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Becomes stronger if legal and moral considerations are combined.
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(d) The biological consequences of nuclear war as given in the passage include all the
following, except:
(i) Fall in temperature below zero degrees.
-(ii)
Ultravioletradiation
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(iii) High doses of ionizing
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food for smaller population
,(e)
Choose the word, which is most opposite in meaning of the word in the passage,
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(i) Beneficial
(g/fiarmful
(iii) ineparable
(d) non-cognizable
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Section
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B
Q.2.
You are facing the problem of garhage dumps in your area. Write an
e- mail to the Municipal Commissioner of your city requesting him to Iook
into the matter urgently.
Section- C
Q.3.
The passage below has not been edited. There is an error in each line.
Identify the error and write the correct word in the space provided:
Incorrect
Once again the army were for the march,
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water was almost use up. Soldiers and animals (d)
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began to starve.
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Section- D
Q.4.
Read the extract and answer the following questions:
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh,I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back
2 marks
(a) What decision does the speaker take when he finds two diverging roads?
(b) What did he know before making the decision?
Q.5.
Which qualities had Charles Hooper displayed during his struggle
for survival?
Q.6.
Who was Flimnap and how did he prove his skitl?
2 marks
2 marks
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SUMMATTVE ASSESSMENT
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ENGLISH COMMUNICATIVE
Class - IX
Maximum Marks: 70 Time:3 hours
Instructions :
The question paper is divided into Three sections.
Section A : Reading
SectionB : Writing&Grammar
Section C : Literature& Long Reading Text
20 marks
25 marks
25 marks
SECTION A
(Reading :20 rnarks)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
For several centuries, two towns near the Olympic site, Elis and Pisa fought for the prestige
and power of controlling the games, In the fourth century BC, the dispute broke into open
warfare, and there was a battle during the pentathlon. But winning meant everything to the
ancient Greeks and they only understood success. There were no awards for second and third
place in the ancient Olympics. Awards were given only for the first place. The longest race in
the early games was only about five kilometres. The race we call the Marathon wasn't created
until some 2500 years later. It was part of the progranune of the first modern Olympics held
in Athens in 1896 and commemorated that ancient run.
The first Olympic marathons from Athens in 1895 to Antwerp in 1920 were run at varying
lengths, ranging from 39,996 to 42,750 metres. The men's marathon event was a special race
invented as part of the Athletics at the 1,896 Summer Olympics programme. Miche1
Brdal originated the idea of a race from the city of Marathon to Athens, taking inspiration
from the legend of Pheidippides. The first such marathon race was a Gieek national
competition that served as a qualifier for the Olympic marathon; the qualifier was won
by Kharilaos Vasilakos. The length of the marathon in 1896 was 40 kilometres. It wasn't until
the 1924 games in Paris that it was decided to adopt the standard distance of 42,'195 meters
used at the London Games in 1908, the exact distance from the start at Windsor Castie to the
White City Stadium.
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
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Why did the towns of Elis and Pisa resort to war ?
'Greeks
only understood success' means
\Atrho originated the idea of a race from the city of Marathon to Athens?
Where was the standard distance for marathon decided ?
In which year was it decided to adopt the standard distance for the run ?
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Who won the qualifier for the Olympic marathon?
'Commemorate'
means
\Atrhat was the length of the longest race in the early games?
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
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(4x2)+(4x1)=11
Manufacturers are. currently competing with one another to produce a.form of green
packaging. Packaging is an important pirt of marketing these days, but much of it is a threat
to the environment. There are two reasons for this. Tie production of such packaging uses
up a great deal of energy and the cartons, wrappers, etc are often difficult to diipose"off"when
they become waste material.
As far as packaging is concerned, it is vital that it is either recyclable or biodegradable. For
example, instead of throwing out news papers and glass bottles with the household rubbish,
people in several countries are being encouraged to put these in special containers to allow
the material to be recycled. Some househol,l waste, such as vegetable peelings, is nafurally
biodegradable
and so decomposes gradually u.til it disappears.
Man-made goods are not so easiiy disposed off. Goods ana pactaging made of plastic create
waste material that is particularly difficult to get rid of. This meins-that huge landfill sites
have to be dug out so as to bury the plastic *urtu underground,
possibly curriog problems for
future generations- ?lastic packaging ca. take up tJ 1000
tears
to ',degradel, natura[tL_
PoisonoustoxinsandparticIesre1easedovertimepoiI,t"ourrivers,harm*farn".ffi
sites scar our once beautiful Iandscape.
By switching to sustainable packaging,
vour business can substantially reduce its carbon
footprint and Waste packaging previousiy destined to landfill sites coid be composted or
recvcled instead, greatly lowering the environmental impact. The term
,,Biodegradable,,
refers
to a material that breaks down naturally into organic components as a resuliof exposure to
moisture, heat and naturally occurring micro-orginisms.
(a) How can we utilize old newspapers and glass bottles?
(Q.
Why is packaging a threat to the environment?
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can we get rid of plastic waste conscientiously?
(d) \aihat is meant by'Biodegradable,?
1(e)
Wfrat is meant by'dispose'?
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Wfrut is meant by'components'?
(g) Find the word opposite to'subsequently,.
(para 4)
(h) Find the word opposite to'instanily,. (para2)
SECTION B
(WRJTING&
GRAMMAR: 25 Marks)
Your friend was quite demotivated after getting low grades
stuclying and went in depression.
Seeing his conclition you
in his exams. He didn't feel like
decide to write an article on the
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importance of positive thinking, hou, the power of positive thinking can improve one's life,
elrsure happiness, health and successful results. Do not exceed 120 words.
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Positive thinking -
reduces stress
Do not develop self pity
Sports, yoga - help
'The niglrt zuas dnrk and I was rualking alone on a lonely road. Suddenly..,'.Begin your story with 10
the line given above and supply a suitable title to it. (Word limit:150-200 words)
Complete the following passage by choosing the most appropriate options from the ones 3
given below. Write your answers in the answer sheets against the correct blank number. Do
not copy the entire passage.
When Frank and I stepped (a)
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the post office doors, (b)
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was a crowd gathered,
gawking (c)
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the new fixture on the wall like a chorus of wide-mouthed frogs.
(u) (i) through (i0 by
(iii) from
(b) (0 their
(c) (i)
(iii)
(i") against
(i0 there
(ii, there being (i") been
(i0 at
(i") along
on
by
There is an error in each line, Write the
sheet as given below :
If we look back in history
we realize that man were abtre to
conquer the existed hostile environment
which include the mighty dinosaurs.
incorrect word and the corrections in the answer 4
Incorrect word Corlect n'ord
(a)
(b)
(.)
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He not only survived, but make steady progress. (cl)
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Look at the words and phrases below. Rearrange them to form meaningful sentences.
Write the corect sentences in your answer sheet.
Eg: are located
/
the Arctic and the Antarctica
/
the south
/
around the north
/
of the earth
/
poles
/
and
The Arctic and the Antarctica, are located around the north and the south poles of the earth.
(a) the/ atboth/ atmosphere
/
is
/
cotd
/theseplaces f
very
(b) experience
/
they
/
extreme
/
solar
/
periods
/
exposure
/
to
(c) several
/
therefore
/
similarities
/
weather patterns
/
in the
/
there
/
are
SECTION C
(LITERATURE&
LONG READING TEXT: 25 Marks)
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow.
"When
I came back to my village, I saw mv grandmother in tears. I was surprised for I had
never seen her cry even in the most difficult situations,,.
(u) Who is'I'here ?
(b) \Atrhy was the grandmother in tears ?
(c) What do difficult situations refer to ?
OR
Read the extract given below and answer the questions/complete
the sentences that follow.
"Oh!
I'm fed up with the place."
(u) Who spoke these words to whom ?
(b) Which place is she fed up of and why ?
(c) Pick out the r.vord frorn this line similar in meaning to,depressed,
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Answer
the follorving
questions
in30 - 40 words:
\Atrhy was Hooper
taken
to the hospitar
? what a,ment
was he diagnosed
with ?
(ii)
l^rhy
was money
of no use to the grandmother
in 'How
I Taught
my Grandmother
to Read, ?
(iii)
;::iLxLTd
a metaphor
? use examples
from the poem'The
Road Not Taken,
to support
(iv)
IAIhy
does
Jeanne want
to buy a villa ?
10
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of one's hard work.
Exptain
with reference
to the story A Dog
OR
sensitivity
to the feelings,of
other people,
frjends
or strangers,
is an essential
varue
of life. Do you agree
with this statement?
'Iustifu your
answer with reference
to"rhe
solrnry
Reaper.(go-100
words)
Attempt
either question
no. lI or 12 (in
150-200
words)
.
In the island
of Liliiput'
Gulliver
was at the top because
of his huge size but in Brobdingnag, he had to undergo
many
sufferings
because
c,r his short
stature.
Explain
in 1.50 - 200 w,ords.
e(i)
11,
10
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OR
'The
Emperor
of Liiliput is a true leader of his people'.
Elaborate
on his character
in 150 - 200 10
words.
The novel 'Three
Men in a Boat' involves-
neither
great advenfure
nor great humour, yet it is 10
an amusing
story that conveys
a moral. Elaborate.
OR
The narrator's
brother-in-law
who was ve'y anxious
to go on a short sea trip refurns by fratn?
- \Alhet does it tell us_about*ris-ctrarmter
?
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