NBSE Class 9 English 2017 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.

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


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

Galaxies are vast clusters of thousands of millions of stars, planets, gases and dust which are held together by gravity. There are over 1000 million galaxies, Scientists believe that the galaxies were formed from the lumps of matter that resulted. However, the process is nowhere near complete. The universe is still éxpanding, galaxies still rushing away and new stars are being created. Galaxies are classified according to their shapes. There are three main types. The most common type of galaxy is the spiral. It has several spiral arms radiating out from the centre and have large cluster of stars in their nucleus. 

The second type is the barred spiral-it contains large amounts of gases and dust as well as stars. The third type is elliptical or oval shaped- it consists almost entirely of stars and contains very little gas or dust. Some galaxies have irregular, uneven shapes and cannot be classified Our solar system sits towards the outer edge of the spiral-shaped Milky Way galaxy) Astronomers believe that an enormous black hole-approximately 15 million kilometers wide lies at the centre of our galaxy.

(i) Answer the following questions:

a. What are galaxies? (1)
b. What is the belief of scientists about galaxies? (1)
c. Where does our solar system sit? (1)
d. How are galaxies classified? Name three types of galaxies. (2)

(ii) Find words in the passage that have the same meaning as:

a. broadening/widening
b. tremendous
c. verge/boundary

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

Project work is a very effective modern method of learning and doing. Students get an opportunity to direct involvement to the task given. While making a project, they learn many skills. They are foreseeing, planning and organizing. It is a purposeful and engaging activity that takes place in a social environment. Project work entails the use of research methods to collect material from various sources and use one’s judgement to come to a conclusion. The most valued skill in a project is that of presentation of materials. Students enjoy doing project work because the knowledge gained through it has a lasting value unlike the knowledge gained by memorizing facts. This helps students to depend on themselves and they gain self-confidence. The project work is an interesting method of learning. It arouses students’ curiosity about various facts. The use of pictures, diagrams, sketches, colour pencils etc. helps the students to present the materials in an interesting way. Making a project is simple. It has mainly four steps. First of all they need to choose or decide a topic for the project. Then they have to plan or prepare an outline on the basis of their knowledge. After that, they have to consult a number of books in the library or visit different places to collect materials. Finally, present them in a systematic way using all the data collected. Thus the project becomes a kind of research work.

(i) Answer the following questions:

a. What skills do the students learn while making a project? (1)
b. Why do the students enjoy doing project work? (1)
c. What is the most valued skill in a project work? (1)
d. What are the various steps for making a project? (1)

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

a. Project work is a _____________ and engaging activity.
b. Unlike the knowledge gained by memorizing facts, project work has a _____________ value.|
c. Presenting __________ in a systematic way using all the data collected is a kind of research work.

3. Read the poem carefully and fill in the blanks:

When you see me sitting quietly,
Like a sack left on a shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering.
I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!
Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it,
Otherwise I’ll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching.
And my feet won’t climb the stairs,
I will only ask one favour:
Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling,
Don’t study and get it wrong.
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy
And every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then,
A little less hair, a little less chin,
A lót less lungs and much less wind.
But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.
(Maya Angelou)

Fill in the blanks and complete the summary of the poem: (8×1/2=4)

The poet has beautifully described the ___________ situation in this poem. She is asking people not to ___________ and ___________ with her for being old. She says that when her bones won’t support her to ______ the afairs, she would ask one favour, not to bring her a rocking _________. She may be old but she is still the same as she was _____________ then, with a little less hair and _____________. And she considers herself extremely  ________________ to be still living.


4. Draft a notice, in not more than 60 words, inviting all members of your School’s Eco Club to a conference on tree plantation in the school premises. Make a mention about the launch of the campaign, ‘each one, plant one’. Mention the date, time and venue.
Or (4)
Design and put up a poster informing people in your colony about the harmful effects of chewing tobacco and smoking.

5. Write a paragraph in about 80-100 words on, ‘A scene during recess in the school’ using the input given:

Students rush – eating lunch – crowded canteen – playing games – noisy and restless – teachers inspecting – students in pairs- groups etc.

Or (4)

Write a paragraph describing a motor car accident that you had witnessed.

6. Based on the visual and data input given below, write on “Junk food- a health Hazard” in about 120-150 words: (5)

Unhealthy food-consumed everyday by young and old alike -high in calories poor body growth- risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke etc. need to maintain healthy diet 

7. You have shifted to a new house. Write a letter to your friend describing the new things about your neighborhood. (7)


8. Fill in the blanks with suitable reflexive pronouns: (3×1=3)

(a) I saw __________ in the mirror.
(b) The ignition of the car stopped
(c) We must behave ________________

9. Rewrite the following sentences using the correct tense of the verbs given in the brackets: (3×1=3)

(a) Suddenly the singing _______ (stop)
(b) We ___________ (stay) in Chennai for two days.
(c) I wish I _________ (work) hard.

10. Change the voice: (4×1=4)

(a) The photograph was shown to Eric.
(b) The students were writing their exams when I reached the hall.
(c) A new book will be published by Headword.
(d) I sang an old song. 

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

(a) Awards were given _________ the match
(Fill in with the preposition)

(b) neighbour’s/black /eyes/has/ baby/ large/beautiful/my.
(Reorder the adjectives correctly)

(c) You are not allowed to walk on the grass.
( Rewrite the sentence starting with a gerund)

(d) After you return from school, you will like to take some rest.
(Underline the dependent clause)

(e) I want to listen to music. I find it relaxing.
(Change into a compound sentence)


Answer the following questions:

12. Why did the children shout with joy whenever Rip approached them? (3)

13. Dr. T. Ao was proud to be a Naga and wanted to uphold the name and reputation of the people. How did he do this? (3)

14. What is Chief Seathl’s concept of ownership? (3)

15. How does R.K. Narayan approve and disapprove of American English? Explain with examples.
Or (5)
What sights did the ghosts of Christmas present and future show Ebenezer Scrooge? What did he learn from the latter?

16. Answer either 16(i) or 16 (ii) or 16 (iii) (5)

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

(a) Outspoke the hardy highland wight,
I’ll go my chief-I’m ready
It is not for your silver bright
But for your winsome lady.

(i) Who is the speaker here? (1)|
(ii) What had been his fear? (2)

(b) The skylark and thrush,
The birds of the bush,
Sing louder around,
To the bells’ cheerful sound,
Where our sports shall be seen
On the echoing green.

(i) What time of the year is it? (1)
(ii) Mention the rhyme scheme of the given lines? (1)|

(ii) Give the summary of the poem “Peace” (5)

(iii) Give reason why the child of the mother’s dreams and reality are different in the poem, “Mirror”. (5)

17. Persome: Brother, I am frightened. He glares at us like a wild beast.

(i) Who is the ‘wild beast’ referred to here? (1)
(ii) Why was Persome frightened? (2)

18. Why does Persome feel that people pretend to be sick?
Or (3)
How did the convict end up in prison?


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