NBSE Class 9 English 2018 Question Paper (Old)

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Total marks : 80 || Time : 3 hours

General instructions:

i) Approximately 15 minutes is allotted to read the question paper and revise the answers.
ii) All questions are compulsory.
iii) The question paper consists of 18 questions, divided into Units I, II, III and IV.
iv) Internal option is given in some questions.
v) Marks allocated to every question are indicated against it.

N.B: Check that all pages of the question paper is complete as indicated on the top left side.

UNIT-I (Literature)

Answer the following questions:

1. What happened as a result of Rip Van Winkle’s laziness? (3)

2. How does R.K Narayan visualize Bharat English? (3)

3. What does Chief Seathl say about the web of life? (3)

4. Dr. T. Ao’s exemplary life makes him a legend that never ceases to inspire. Explain. (5)
What were Ebenezer Scrooge’s views on Christmas? What lesson did Scrooge learn from the ghost of Christmas Past? (2+3=5)

5. Answer either 5 (1) or 5 (ii) or 5 (iii) (5)

(i) Read the lines and answer the questions that follow:

(a) Last night I had the strangest dream.
I ever had before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To end war and put it in deed.

(i) What was the poet’s dream? (1)
(ii) Why does the poet call it ‘the strangest dream”? (1)

(b) But we’ve learnt, she and I 
To live in our own mirror

(i) Who is ‘she’ referred to here? (1)
(ii) What have they learnt? (2)
(ii) William Blake’s ‘The Echoing Green’ portrays the ‘rising and setting’ of human life amidst the colourful backdrop of Nature. Explain. (5)
(iii) Give the summary of the poem, ‘Lord Ullin’s Daughter’. (5)

6. Bishop: You have your soul to lose, my son; it is of more value than my heart.

(1) Who is ‘you’ referred to here? (1)
(ii) Why does the Bishop say this? (2)

7. Why were the doors in the Bishop’s house never bolted?
Why does the convict refer to the prison as hell? (3)

UNIT-II (Reading)

8. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

Character is destiny. Character is that on which the destiny of a nation is built. One cannot have a great nation with men of small character. We must have young men and women who look upon others as the living images of themselves as our shastras have so often declared. But whether in public or in student life, we cannot reach great heights, if we are lacking in character. We cannot climb the mountain when the ground at our feet is crumbling. When the very basis of our structure is shaky how can we reach the heights we have set before ourselves? We must all have humility. Here is a country which we are all interested in building up. For whatever service we take up, we should not care for what we receive. We should know how much we can put into that service. That should be the principle which should animate our young men and women. Ours is a great country, we have had for centuries a great history. The whole world of the East reflects our culture.

(1) Answer the following questions:

a. What quality of a person is mentioned here? (1)
b. What kind of young men and women must we have? (1)
c. How can we reach the great heights we have set? (1)
d. Why is ours a great country? (2)

(ii) Find words in the passage that are synonyms of: (3×1=3)

a. fate
b. foundation
c. humbleness

9. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

Accidents are a major cause of death, especially among the elderly and children. 80% of accidents occur at home. Many a time, we slip or trip but somehow get saved. These are near misses or warning signs of potential accident sites which need attention to prevent accidents. For example, there may be a loose wire on which you trip. So, what do you do? Pick up the loose wire and tie it to a wall, so that nobody falls over it. Are there chances of a boy, flying a kite on a roof, and falling off it? Can the accident be fatal? Yes, there is a chance that the boy would fall and I fit happens the result could be fatal. This can be prevented by putting up a high boundary wall around the roof and by adult supervision. So, we need to make our homes accident-proof in order to prevent accidents which can either be fatal or leave a person temporarily or permanently disabled. Accidents can also affect a person’s psychological, social and cognitive development. We can prevent most injuries by creating a safe environment at home. Besides, living in a safe house can decrease the constant fear of injuries or accidents. Carelessness about bastes safety norms in the house can take just a second to cause an accident. Even one single unsafe area around the house is enough to cause an accident.

(i) Answer the following questions

a, What is the percentage of accidents that occur at home? (1)
b. What is needed at the potential accident sites? (1)
c. Mention one basic cause of accident. (1)
d. What are the things affected in a person by accident? (2)

(ii) Complete the following sentences: (3×1=3)

a. A boy falling off a roof while flying a kite can be prevented by _________.
b. We need to make our homes ___________.
c. Accidents can either be __________ or leave a person temporarily or permanently disabled.

10. Read the poem carefully and fill the blanks:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at onceI saw a crowd,
Ahost, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw Iat a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Fill in the blanks and complete the summary of the poem:

As the speaker was walking around through the hills and ____________, he felt the ____________. Suddenly, as he passed a ____________, he noticed a big group of ____ daffodils __________  in the breeze. This wasn’t just some scattered patch of daffodils. There was a ___________ line of daffodils stretched along the bay. The daffodils danced, and so did the _________ of the lake. But the daffodils danced better. The speaker’s _______________ was replaced by joy.

UNIT- III (Writing)

11. You are the cultural secretary of your school. You have been asked to inform the students of Class IX to XII about an Inter School Cultural Competition. Draft a notice for the students’ Notice Board with all the details. (4)
The use of tobacco is a problem faced by today’s youth. Make a poster to show the evils of using tobacco and how people can be saved from its clutches.

12. Write a paragraph in about 80–100 words on, “Let’s Protect Public Property” using the inputs given:

Public Properties are things that belong to us all-develop civic sense of responsibility-stop misusing-avoid damaging – know the value of development, protection and preservation awareness programmes


Write a paragraph describing an exciting football match you have witnessed in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

13. Based on the visual and data input given below, write on the hazards of playing on the roads” in about 120-150 words: (5)

children playing on roads – unaware of the dangers – speeding cars, reckless, drunk drivers-accidents can occur at any time -government should endeavour – make children parks and playgrounds.

14. You are Stephen. Write a letter to your brother giving him some tips on how to prepare for his examination. (7)

UNIT-IV (Grammar)

15. There is an error in each line. Underline the error and write the correct word in the blank of each line: (6×1⁄2=3)

When we got to the farm house, much people were already there, (a) _____________ we couldn’t find a place to sit down. There were a little empty chairs (b) _____________ under one sun umbrella. We were carrying much food baskets and (c) _____________ it was a long walk. But we didn’t have many choice (d) _____________ as we trudged along, carrying all the weights, we met little people (e) _____________ we had known earlier. We spent few time there and left the place (f) _____________

16. Change the narration: (3×1-3)

(a) Ruth said that she had already seen the film twice.
(b) The doctor said, “Turn off your mobile phones.”
(c) He said to me, “Are you writing a letter?”

17. Rewrite the following sentences using the correct tense of the verbs given in the brackets: (4×1=4)

(a) When I was a child I __________ (want) to be a teacher.
(b) Next summer vacation I ____________  (go) to Nepal.
(c) I ___________  (finish) my homework before I went out to play cricket.
(d) By next year my friend ______ (leave) Nagaland.

18. Rewrite the given sentences as directed in the brackets: (5×1=5)

(a) He won the race____________time. (Fill in with a suitable preposition)
(b) The trophy was won by the Indian team. (Change the voice)
(c) The ignition of the car stopped ____________. (Fill in with a suitable pronoun)
(d) They were making a plan secretly. (Underline the adverb)
(e) If you want to sleep, I’ll turn off the television. (Underline the independent clause)


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