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Time : 3 hours
Maximum Marks: 100
- This question paper is divided into three sections.
- Section A: Reading 20 Marks
- Section B: Writing and Grammar 30 Marks
- Section C: Literature (Textbooks) 30 marks
- All the questions are compulsory.
- All the questions of a particular section must be attempted in the correct order.
Reading (20 Marks)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. (8)
A study conducted by the experts of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) here has predicted acute water shortage in the coming summer months unless immediate remedial steps are initiated. The report, which is yet to be made public, claims that the water table in most parts of the metropolis of Delhi is falling rapidly and many places in South Delhi are almost bone-dry. The crumbling of over half a century old supply infrastructure and the burgeoning population have compounded the problem. According to the report, Delhi “attracts more than 4 lakh people each year. Even as it accepts within its fold all these new citizens, the city’s infrastructure is on the verge of a breakdown.” The study suggests that the groundwater level is receding steadily, and at places, rather rapidly. Due to unbridled urbanisation, the scarce rainwater runs off without being tapped, which is a complete waste of resources. Delhi receives its water supply from surface flow and groundwater. The availability from surface sources, that is, Yamuna, Ganga, and Bhakra is approximately 1150 MCM (million cubic metres) and of this, 60% is available from the Yamuna.
Delhi gets an average rainfall of 600 mm per year, of which 80% is received in three months (July-September). More than half the rainwater runs off into the Yamuna. It is ironical that while the Yamuna is frequently in spate during monsoon, it reports ‘zero flow’ in peak summer.
The pressure on groundwater is already beyond capacity and recent reports suggest that people are increasingly tapping this water resource. Even the DJB depends on groundwater.
Though the courts have put curbs on new tubewells, those already installed are gnawing at the dwindling reserves. The latter operate without any restrictions, some even for 24 hours. According to the study, the groundwater table in the Delhi region, at varying depths of 20 to 50 m below ground level, is saline. In some areas near the Yamuna, these saline aquifers occur at a depth of about 65 m. This effectively makes the water unfit for consumption within that level. Electrical conductivity is also reported to be high, making the groundwater further unfit for consumption. The status is similar with respect to fluoride levels in certain areas. Already the average level of water table for blocks away from the Yamuna is between 15 to 20 m. The water table has receded by 10 m in many areas.
(i) …. are reasons for water shortage and falling water table. (1)
(ii) A study suggests rapid receding of the (1)
(iii) The average level of water table for blocks away from the Yamuna is between … and …. m. (1)
(iv) What does the TERI survey report predict? (1)
(v) What leads to wastage of scarce rainwater? (1)
(vi) What are the sources of water supply in Delhi? (1)
(vii) What guidelines have been issued by the courts regarding tube wells? (1)
(viii) What is the condition of groundwater, according to the study? (1)
Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow. (12)
Man’s ultimate quest is peace of mind. It is a fact that problems and crises punctuate one’s well-being. There are times when self-doubt prevails over clarity and self-confidence dissolves. Feelings of determination and resolve are overtaken by despondency and helplessness pervades one’s consciousness. This state of confusion can be caused by many factors and can happen to all men regardless of their calibre, status, wealth or educational qualifications.
When duty calls on one to perform tasks which the heart shies away from, or when the intellect is at odds with one’s emotions, people find themselves dismayed by a sense of sorrow and anguish. How does one find mental peace is a question that plagues many, as they find others make a success of their lives. Winners do not lead different lives; they merely utilise the opportunities offered to better advantage.
There is the story of three men with a dish of delicacy in front of them-whoever narrates the best experience stands to win the dessert. The first man relates a dream where God visited his garden.
The second relives the dream where God took him to his garden. The third man explained that God admonished him for wasting time when there was sweetmeat in front of him, so he promptly ate it! No matter what the odds, one should stay the course and resolve the issues. A wise saying recommends that one should smile when he faces problems. Even the wise are not exempt from falling prey to despondency.
Arjuna is disconsolate when he encounters an old man grieving over his son’s death. He tries to prevent the latter from taking his life. The mourner then extracts a promise from the warrior wherein if he were to be bereaved of his son, he would not contemplate taking his own life. A smiling Lord Krishna is witness to this exchange.
In his instruction, he tells Arjuna, “You grieve over those who should not be grieved for. Wise men do not sorrow over the dead or the living. ’’ This, in essence, is the gospel of the Bhagavad Gita, where God exhorts man not to worry, but to seek refuge in him. A true devotee who surrenders to him by reposing total faith is rid of all worries, fears and grief, said Sri Swaroopananda of Sivananda Foundation, in his discourse on the Bhagavad Gita.
(i) What is the key message conveyed through the passage? (2)
(ii) Briefly explain the situation in which Arjuna found himself. (2)
(iii) What teaching does the Bhagavad Gita give us? (2)
(iv) When do people find themselves dismayed with sorrow and anguish? (2)
(v) Which word in paragraph 2 means the same as ‘suffering’? (1)
(vi) Which word in paragraph 3 means the same as ‘extreme unhappiness’? (1)
(vii) The word in paragraph 1 which is a synonym of the word ‘search’ is
(viii) The word in paragraph 2 which is a synonym of the word ‘disappointed/upset’ is …..(1)
Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)
You are Karan / Kiran. You saved a girl from drowning in the river which flows near your home, but it is a mystery to you how got the courage to do so. Taking ideas from the MCB unit ‘Mystery’ and your own ideas, write your experience and feelings in the form of a diary entry in 100-120 words.
You are Ankit/Ankita Rai of class IX-B. You have seen the increasing craze of children towards watching videos on the internet, thereby wasting their time and watching inappropriate content. Using ideas from your MCB unit ‘The Class IX Video/Radio Show’ and taking help of the clues given below, write an article for your school magazine in 100-120 words.
|video craze – internet – waste of time – no physical activity – compromise health- content age inappropriate – real and virtual world – guidance required|
Write a short story in 200-250 words with the beginning given below. (12)
“It was the first day at the new school when …..”
Write a short story in 200-250 words with the beginning given below. Also, give a suitable title.
|last night – sleeping – burglar – stealing valuable items – make a plan – toy car – police siren – burglar ran away|
Fill in the blanks with the word that you consider to be the most appropriate. (1/2×6 = 3)
Since ancient times trade relations existed between India and Europe. There (a) …. a great demand (b) …..Indian goods in the European markets. In the medieval period, land routes (c) …. used for this trade. Later, the European merchants (d) …. rulers (e) …. to look for sea routes (f) …. their trade with India.
The following passage has not been edited. There is an error in each of the lines against which a blank is given. Identify the incorrect word and write it along with the correction in the answer sheet. The first one has been done for you as an example. (1×4 = 4)
Read the conversation and complete the passage given below. (1×3 = 3)
Anil Why is there such a big crowd on that street?
Ravi A new shop selling sports goods is opening today.
Anil Is a filmstar doing the opening ceremony?
Anil asked Ravi (a) ….. Ravi replied that a new shop (b)…. Anil enquired (c) …..
Literature (Textbooks) (30 marks)
Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow. (1×4=4)
Convict: “Tell you about it? Look here, I was a man once. I’m a beast now, and they made me what I am.”
(i) What is ‘it’ in the above lines?
(ii) Where does this conversation take place?
(iii) What does the above line show about the convict?
(iv) Does the convict reform at the end of the drama?
They wondered: how long will he keep it up? How far will he go today? Can he go it alone?
(i) Who is ‘he’ in the above extract?
(ii) Why were ‘they’ wondering that he can ‘go it alone’?
(iii) What was the final result about ‘him’ going it alone?
(iv) What duty did the dog perform for his master which was responsible for making him all right?
Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each. (2×4 = 8)
(i) How did the grandmother identify herself with the protagonist of Kashi Yatre?
(ii) In what way is the nightingale’s song a welcome song?
(iii) What are the distinguishing features of a soldier, according to the poet in ‘Hie Seven Ages’?
(iv) ‘Life has no geographical bounds’. What does the narrator mean by this line?
(v) What is intelligent reading, according to the ‘Professor’?
Answer any one of the following questions in 100-120 words. (8)
Harold is bullied and made fun of by his peers at school in ‘Keeping it From Harold’.
After reading the story you recollect an incident of a student bullying your friend Avinash who wasn’t from a well-to-do family. It greatly disturbed you. Write a diary entry reflecting on the incident and also reflect upon the harmful effect it has on the psyche of the person being bullied
Tennyson’s poem ‘The Brook’ traces the brook’s journey through various places and stages. What values do we learn from the brook’s hardships and struggles, and its attitude towards these?
Long Reading Text (Novel)
Answer any one of the following questions in about 150-200 words from the novel of your choice. (10)
What were the three professors at the academy of Lagado trying to achieve? How would this prove useful?
Comment on the character of Skyresh Bolgolam.
Three Men in a Boat
What made the friends abandon the boat trip?
Analyse the character of the old bald man in the novel.
(i)Crumbling of old infrastructure and the burgeoning population
(ii) groundwater level
(iii) 15, 20
(iv) The TERI survey report has predicted acute water shortage in the coming summer months.
(v) Due to unbridled urbanisation, the scarce rainwater runs off without being tapped, which leads to complete wastage of the rainwater.
(vi) Delhi receives its water supply from surface flow and groundwater. The availability from surface sources is from the rivers Yamuna, Ganga and Bhakra.
(vii) The courts have put curbs on new tubewells, but not any curbs on those already installed, which operate without any restrictions.
(viii) According to the study, the groundwater below twenty to fifty metres from the ground is saline and unfit for consumption. In addition, it has high electrical conductivity, besides having improper fluoride content in some areas.
(i) The key message conveyed through the passage is that human beings constantly try to seek peace of mind. Self-doubt prevails over clarity and self-confidence dissolves. How one can find mental peace amidst the chaos and confusion is what the passage talks about.
(ii) Arjuna encounters an old man grieving over his son’s death. He tries to prevent the latter from taking
his life. The old man then extracts a promise from the warrior wherein if he were to be bereaved of his son, he would not contemplate taking his own life.
(iii) The Bhagavad Gita teaches us that ’wise men do not sorrow over the dead or the living.’ A true devotee who surrenders to God by reposing total faith in him is rid of all worries, fears and grief.
(iv) People find themselves dismayed with sorrow and anguish when their intellect is at odds with their emotions or when they do not wish to perform their duty as their heart shies away from it.
(v) The word is ‘anguish’.
(vi) The word is ‘despondency’.
Tuesday, 10th May, 20XX
What an eventful day! I rescued a little girl from drowning in the river. I still can’t believe that I did it. Where did it I get the courage from? It is still a mystery to me.
I was going to the temple when I heard a boy yelling for help from the riverbank. His sister had fallen into the river and couldn’t swim. Neither could he. I gathered courage and jumped into the water. By then, the girl was beginning to sink. I swam with all my strength and managed to get hold of her hair. I held her head above water while swimming back to the shore. Everyone praised me for saving the life of a child while putting my own life at risk. I felt both happy and proud.
Video Addiction: A Menace
byAnkitaRai, Class IX-B
Children have developed a craze for watching videos on the internet nowadays. Children spend a lot of time watching videos on internet, which not only wastes a lot of time but makes children remain indoors all the time. Necessary physical activity for the healthy growth of mind and body is compromised. Thus they develop health problems such as weak eyesight, obesity etc.
The internet is full of videos which are inappropriate for children. Some of them contain violent, obscene or other age inappropriate content. At a tender age, children assume that what they see happening in the videos or the virtual world is possible in the real world. They take to violence, crime or obscenity and consider it to be acceptable aspects of society.
Thus, video viewing must be guided by elders keeping in mind the limits and disadvantages of excessive indulgence.
It was the first day at the new school when everything went wrong. After reaching school in the morning, we stood in rows for the assembly. Rishabh stood in the last row due to his unusual height. The prayer got over and we returned to our classrooms. The regular schedule for the classes began. It was five minutes for the second bell when Deepti cried out that she had lost her purse. She had it before assembly but now it was missing.
The teacher carefully conducted a thorough search of everybody’s bag, but in vain. The second period started and everybody concentrated on Arithmetic. It was a quarter past eleven when Rita told that she had kept her compass on her desk but it was not there now. Everybody got tense due to the loss of belongings from the class. The day went on with some more people losing their belongings.
At last our Principal came to investigate the matter and he found that Rishabh, sitting on the last bench, had his fingers around the lost compass and the missing purse was in his pocket. He sat silently and looked down, ashamed of himself. His parents were called to take him back from school. The school’s doctor said, “He is an acute case of Kleptomania!”
Presence of Mind
Last night I was sleeping soundly in my room when I heard some noises coming from the dining room. My parents were asleep too, which made me think who it could be. When I peeped out of the door of my room, I saw a burglar entering my house through the balcony. I was scared and my mind went numb. I could not move or think of anything. I wanted to shout but no sound came from my throat. The burglar was wearing a cap and loose clothes. He had a bag in which he had started keeping my laptop, mobile phone, expensive showpieces and many other items of our house.
I gained control of myself and started to think. Suddenly, I remembered my police van toy car which produced a siren sound when switched on. I looked for it and carefully pulled it out. Then I switched it on; and the sound of the siren could be heard. I increased its volume as much as possible.
As soon as the thief heard the siren he left everything and ran away. On hearing the noise, my parents came out from their bedroom and I told them everything. They immediately alerted the colony security guards who caught the burglar while he was escaping out of the colony. I was able to save our valuable possessions due to my presence of mind and was appreciated for my clever thinking by all my family members.
(a) why there was such a big crowd on that street
(b) selling sports goods was opening that day
(c) whether a film star was doing the opening ceremony
(i) It means the imprisonment that the convict has suffered.
(ii)This conversation takes place in the kitchen of the Bishop’s house.
(iii)The line shows the anger of the convict against the jail authorities.
(iv) Yes, the convict reforms at the end of the drama due to the Bishop’s kindness.
(i) ‘He’ is Chuck Hooper.
(ii) They (people who knew Chuck) were wondering because Chuck had been partially paralysed in an accident and was recovering with the help of Duke, his dog. Now that Duke was dead, they speculated whether Chuck could manage without Duke.
(iii) The final result about Chuck Hooper going it alone was that he was promoted as Assistant National Sales Manager in the company in which he worked.
(iv) The dog Duke performed the duty of getting Chuck back on his feet after he was paralysed on the left side due to the accident. Every day Duke dragged him farther and farther, forcing him to walk more and more till he became all right.
(i) The novel’s protagonist was an old woman who had a great desire to visit Kashi, but could not do so.
Similarly, the grandmother had never been to Kashi, although she was eager to visit it. Thus, the grandmother identified herself with the protagonist.
(ii) The nightingale’s sweet song was a welcome song to ease the weary bands of travellers in the Arabian desert. As the travellers took repose in some shady haunt, the nightingale would sing to reduce the fatigue of these travellers.
(iii) The distinguishing features of a soldier are that he is easily drawn into a fight. He lays great importance on being honourable. He is always worried about his reputation and will do anything for it, even to the extent of dying to protect it.
(iv) The narrator means that romance novel heroes and men in real life are quite similar, irrespective of differences in their country or status. Fiction is, in fact, inspired from reality, as proved in the story ‘Best Seller.’
(v) According to the ‘Professor’, intelligent reading meant reading beforehand all that one could about the subject in hand. He displayed the benefits of his intelligent reading when he was able to answer all the questions being asked about the rifle.
Tuesday, 17th August, 20XX
I’m very disturbed tonight. My friend Avinash was bullied by the monster Sharat in our class. So what if Avinash is from a poor family and his father is just a construction worker? Sharat should have respect for all irrespective of their economic status or class.
It’s sad to see children like Sharat, who do not value the dignity of labour. Their bullying ,leaves a scar on the psyche of the person and they lose confidence. Moreover, it also deters them from attending school and affects their grades.
I hope such incidents do not occur again. I feel sorry for children like Avinash.
Just like human beings, the brook also passes through various stages during its journey through life.However, while the human beings often become restless, impatient and pessimistic during certain unmanageable situations, the brook’s attitude towards the various situations that it comes across is fullof positivity and optimism. The brook’s journey teaches us the value of giving. We learn to be generous and benevolent like the brook, which selflessly serves all the creatures on earth.
The brook’s energy and determination inspire us to be lively and firm like the brook in spite of all the obstacles that come in its way. We should also constantly strive towards our goals in life in spite of the hurdles that we come across.
Long Reading Text (Novel)
in the speculative part of the academy, Gulliver saw three professors of language who sat in consultation for improving the language of their own country. Their first project was to shorten discourses. They wanted to achieve it by cutting polysyllables into one, and leaving out verbs and participles. The other » scheme was to abolish words entirely. It could also help them live longer as they would then be able to
save their lungs. For achieving this, they proposed carrying such things that were necessary for
discourse. However, it was not convenient for having complex conversations. But for short conversations, it was a highly appropriate method. In the comfort of one’s own house, they would never be at loss of such material to make their words easily understandable.
However, it had its advantages also. It could serve as a universal language to be understood in all civilised nations, whose goods and utensils are generally of the same kind, or nearly resembling each other, so that their uses might easily be understood. Thus, ambassadors would be qualified to converse with foreign princes, or ministers of state, to whose tongues they may be utter strangers.
Envious Conspirator Skyresh Bolgolam was posted in the position of Admiral as a member of the court in Lilliput. He was envious of Gulliver’s success in defeating the Blefuscu navy. When Flimnap went against Gulliver, Bolgolam took Flimnap’s side. He was influenced by the words of Flimnap to join the conspiracy against Gulliver. Actually, Skyresh’s enmity to Gulliver was entirely personal. With Skyresh, we are reminded of Gulliver’s comment that ‘ingratitude’ was a capital crime to the Lilliputians.
Conceited and Easily Manipulated This was the reason why those little creatures tended to be meaner to those who had done them a favour. Skyresh did not judge the situation. He easily went against Gulliver. He was envious of Gulliver’s impression in the royal family. Skyresh as a character was like men in power who get easily manipulated by people’s words. He also symbolised men who were conceited enough to anyhow turn the tide in their favour. He too was easily influenced by other people’s ill-motives and aversion towards Gulliver.
Three Men in a Boat
It started to rain heavily on the third day after they reached Oxford. They rowed on all that day through the rain and it was very tiring work. They pretended, at first, that they enjoyed it. But they didn’t have a merry evening. The rain poured down with quiet persistency. Everything in the boat was damp and clammy. Supper was not enjoyable.
The next day was exactly the same. The rain continued to pour down. Though they tried to maintain high spirits, eventually they grew sick and tired of it. They even started thinking of their deaths. However, they were still adamant about completing the task they had taken over.
Then George suggested that they should abandon the boat. Nobody spoke a word. Finally, they decided to take the train. It was rather a comfortable and unanimous decision. Leaving their boat with a caretaker, they sneaked away on the train, arrived in London and went straight to drink and eat. As the rain and wind howled outside, they sat back after a large meal and agreed how thankful they were to be out of that boat.
Extortionist The old bald man was a character in the novel who broke the narrator’s reverie by his shrill voice when he came towards the narrator with a large bunch of keys, offering to show him some tombs. He was featured with a bald head and claimed that he had come to warn the two friends on the ground that they were trespassing, but actually he had another motive. He wanted to make some money by threatening the friends. But the narrator and Harris acted very smart. They tackled the situation by refusing to be scared by the man’s threat. They applied their ready wit to escape from the clutches of the old man.
Evil Intention This old man was driven by an evil intention to cheat the friends. As a character, this man symbolised a falsified identity who tried to earn money from people by playing tricks and cheating them.
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