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9th CBSE English Examination: Mid Term 2019

9th CBSE English Examination: Mid Term Question Paper (2019-20)

School Name: Himalaya Public School, Sector 13, Rohini, Delhi 110085 India
Time: 3 Hrs.
Marks: 80
Class: 9th
Date: 20/9/2019
Subjec: English

General Instructions:

  1. The question paper is divided into three sections:
    Section A: Reading  –  20 Marks
    Section B: Writing & Grammar  –  30 Marks
    Section C: Literature  –  30 Marks

  2. All questions are compulsory.

  3. You may attempt any section at a time.

  4. All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.

Section A [20 Marks]

1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: [8 Marks]

  1. Recycling means treating that have already been used, so that they can be used again. Making new things from recycled ones takes less money, less energy and less of the earth’s resources. Since less energy is used in recycling, factories don’t release as many pollutants either. Recycling begins with people separating recyclable materials for other trash. The / separated recyclable materials are collected, processed and then sold to manufacturers for use in new products.
  2. Aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, glass, newspapers and plastic bottles are all recyclable materials. These items can be made into new things such as cans that hold food and drinks, cardboard boxes, glass jars and bottles, newspaper and office papers, plastic bottles and playground equipment. Kitchen waste such as leftover foodstuff and vegetables peels can be separated rather than put in the trash.
  3. This waste can be added to soil to form compost. Compost helps the plants to grow better. Compositing is a cheap and useful process of speeding up the decay of waste. Garden waste, such as grass clippings, dried leaves and so on can be similarly converted into compost. Some types of trash are dangerous and need to be disposed of in special ways. Old paints, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermometers, and electronic equipment can contaminate our land, water and air.

(a) Which of the following is recyclable material?

  1. steel cans and plastic bottles
  2. cardboard glass
  3. newspapers
  4. all of the above

(b) Which of the following trashes need to be disposed off in order to save our environment?

  1. Old paints, cleaning chemicals
  2. mercury thermometers
  3. batteries and electronic equipment
  4. all of the above

(c) Kitchen and garden waste can be changed into ……………… and added to soil.

(d) Garden waste can be ………….. into compost.

(e) Making new things from recycled ones takes less of earth’s …………….

(f) Recycling means using things that have been treated, to use them again. (True/False)

(g) Composting is an expensive process of speeding up the decaying of waste. (True/False)

(h) Find the phrase from the text which is similar to ‘throw away’ in meaning. (para 3)

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow: [12 Marks]

Space and the Cherry Tree

  1. A four-year old sapling of a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station (IIS), burst into bloom a full six years ahead of Mother Nature’s normal schedule. Its early blooming has baffled Buddhist brothers of the ancient temple in central Japan where the tree is growing.
  2. The wonder pip was among 265 harvested from the celebrated Chujo-hime-seigan-zakura tree, selected as part of a project to gather seeds from different kinds of cherry trees, at 14 locations across Japan. The stone sent to ISS in November 2008, came back to each in July the following year, after circling the globe, 4100 times. While some were sent for lab tests, most were ferried back their places of origin and a selection were planted in nurseries near the Ganjoli Temple.
  3. The Ganjoli temple sapling is not the only earth-flowering saplling. Of the 14 locations in which they were planted, blossoms have been spotted in 4 places. Two years ago, a young tree bore 11 flowes in Hokuto, a mountain region 115 km west of Tokyo. The seeds had been sent to the ISS as part of an educational and cultural project to let children gather stones and learn how they grow into trees and live on, after returning from space. The project organizer had expected the Gangoji (tree) to blossom in ten years after planting, when the children would come of age.
  4. Kaori Tomito-Yokotani, a researcher at the university of Tsukuba who took part in the project, said they coud still not rule out the possibility that it was somewhat influences by its exposure to the space environment. She said it was difficult to explain why the temple tree had grown so fast because there was no control group to compare its growth with that of other trees. She said cross-pollination with another species could no be ruled out. But the lack of data hampering an explanation.
  5. There is also a possibility that exposure to stronger cosmic ray accelerated the process of sprouting and overall growth. At present scientists would like to acknowledge that they still don’t know.

2.1. Read the given questions and write the answer in about 30-40 words: [8]

  1. What is unique about the sapling that travelled in space?How did the cherry stones reach the space station?
    (c) Why was the seeds sent to the ISS?
    (d) What is Tomita-Yokotami’s explanation of the early flowering?

2.2. On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer the followings: [4]

  1. The blooming of the cherry sapling has baffled the scientists at the  International Space Station. (True/False)
  2. The tree that bore 11 ________ was at Hokuto, a mountain region, 115 km west of Tokyo.
  3. Give the meaning of the word ‘Young tree’ in para 4.
    (i) A young animal
    (ii) sapling
    (iii) a little animal
    (iv) a little child
  4. (d) What is the meaning of the word ‘knocked out’ in para 4.
    (i) stumped
    (ii) shortened
    (iii) disheartened
    (iv) plodded

Section B (Writing and Grammar) [30 marks]

3. There is a widespread craze for junk food among the youth. They are consuming junk food at alarming rate which harms their health. Based on the clues give below, write an article in 100-150 words for your school magazine highlighting the harmful effects of junk food and how to avoid it.

* Unhealthy & unhygienic             * Cause of obesity & disease
*Popular as cheap & tasty             * Lacks inessential nutrients


You have just got a new puppy as a birthday gift. Write a diary entry on how you intend to look after it and train it. [8]

4. On the basis of the outline given, write a story own words. [10]

Outline: On Sunday I was watching T.V. Suddenly I heard people shouting outside …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


You had preparing for an interview for the last few days. You faced the interview and succeeded. Write the story in 150-200 words (Take help from the outline given) from your preparation to your success. [10]

Outline: Interview for the post of cub reporter – facing interview board – answering questions with well prepared arguments – happy to be accepted and eager to serve.

5. Fill in the blanks: [4]

The backwaters (a) __________ Kerala are a chain of brackish water lagoons lying parallel to the Arabian Sea. They (b) ___________ a major  tourist attraction, particularly among the people who (c) _________ to have some alone time (d) __________ on a holiday.

9th CBSE English Examination – Question: 6. In the passage given below, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it, against the space provided. [4]

Before          Word           After
Decorating corridors with plants will bring life to the
house and be inviting for the guests well. The entrance
of the house should always feel pleasant having plants
over the doorway just makes the house look livelier.
(a) ………..           ……………            ………………

(b) ………..           ……………            ………………

(b) ………..           ……………            ………………

(c) ………..           ……………            ………………

9th CBSE English Examination – Question: 7. Rearrange the following words or phrases to make meaningful sentences: [4]

  1. bones / doctors / simple / feel / proper / that / our / a / nutrition / lifestyle / can / save / and
  2. human / calcium / abundance / is / in / a / body / mineral / found /that is / the / in
  3. sunburn / his / fair / startling / in / so / face / eyes / his / looked
  4. USA / on / Agassi / migrating / coach / Milk / to / work / a / the / as / found / tennis

Question: 8. Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow: [4]

Every tinkle on the shingles.
Has an echo in the heart;
And a thousand dreamy fancies
Into busy being start,
And a thousand recollections.
Weave their air-threads into woof,
As I listen to the patter
Of the rain upon the roof.

  1. Every light ringing sound on his roof has …………..
  2. The poet recollects many ……………. while listening to the patter of rain.
  3. In general ‘busy being’ refers to the animals. (True / False)
  4. The word in the above stanza which means the same as ‘imaginations’ is _________


They finally agreed to rule the kingdom of the folish King and the silly minister, on the condition that they, could change all the old laws.

  1. Who are ‘they’ in the above lines?
  2. What happened to the king and his minister?
  3. What were the old laws of the kingdom?
  4. Find 2 synonyms of the word ‘unwitty’ from the given lines.

Question: 9. Answer any five questions 30-40 words each. [2×5=10]

  1. Why did Saint Peter get angry with the old woman?
  2. Describe Kalam’s ancestral home.
  3. What thoughts passed through the doctor’s mind as he looked into the mirror?
  4. Why did Toto and Nana never become friends?
  5. Why did the child move on despite being interested in ‘burfi’?
  6. How did the pungi evolve into the Shehnai?
  7. Why were the guru and his disciple astonished when they went to buy some groceries?

9th CBSE English Examination – Question: 10. Answer the following question in 100 – 150 words: [8]

“Perhaps it (the snake) wanted to enjoy its reflection at close quarters”. Do you think snakes really would enjoy their reflection in the mirror.


Albert Einstein was an unusual child. How? He was different from others in many ways. Do you think that those who think differently succeed in their life like Einstein? Comment.

9th CBSE English Examination – Question: 11. Answer the following question in 100-150 words: [8]

How did Iswaran manage to make even the simplest incident interesting?

Give an example. Do you think one should be imaginative like him?


You are a Counselor. Write a paragraph advising parents how to ensure that the children are not lost in any crowded place like a fair etc.

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