Homeworks for Class 9 - ENGLISH for the autumn 2017





TIME: 3 HRS                                                                                    MAX MARKS: 70

The question paper is divided into three sections:

            Section A: Reading   20 marks

            Section B: Writing Skills with Grammar   25 marks                                                          Section C: Literature Textbook and Long Reading text  25 marks


1. All questions are compulsory.

2. You may attempt any one section at a time.

                                                SECTION- A (READING)              [20 marks]

1. Read the following passage carefully                                                                                   8 marks

1. Chocolate diamonds are actually brown diamonds. However, compared to the well-known white diamonds, they aren’t worth much. Diamonds are produced in mines. The best known diamond mines are in Australia,South Africa and Russia. The largest diamond mine was discovered in 1976 in a desert of Australia near a little creek named Lake Argyle. Diamonds are created under extreme conditions of pressure and high temperature.It is a general misunderstanding that only white colourless diamonds exist. Actually, diamonds exist in many different colours.

2. Of all the diamond mines in the world, almost 80%of all diamonds produced are brownish in colour. Because they were found in such large quantities compared to the other coloured diamonds, they were considered as low-valued diamonds, only good for the industrial sector. But a famous man called Le Vian came with a marketing campaign to increase the popularity of the chocolate diamonds. Instead of calling it a brown diamond, he gave it an interesting name like chocolate diamond. Because of his marketing campaign, chocolate diamonds have become very popular.

3. The value of a diamond is based on its shape, brightness and colour. As white diamonds are rare, their value is based on the fact that there are not many white diamonds around. But if you look at the shape and brightness, then the brightest diamond in this world known to men is a brown diamond.

4. The name of the brown diamond is associated with its colour. Light coloured brown diamonds are often called cognac or champagne, whereas dark brownish diamonds carry names such as caramel or chocolate. We can say that Le Vian’s marketing campaign has worked successfully since many people around the world have become aware of these types of diamonds.

Brown diamonds are just as beautiful and compared to white diamonds, they are far less expensive.

1.1 Based on your reading of the passage, answer the following questions in your answer sheet

(a)    What is the wrong notion about diamonds?

(b)   Where was the largest diamond mine discovered?

(c)    Under what conditions are diamonds created?

(d)   Why were brown diamonds considered low in value?

(e)    Who popularised brown diamonds?

(f)    What should be taken care of to value a diamond?

(g)   What names are used to distinguish between light and dark brown diamonds?

(h)   Find a word from paragraph 4 that means ‘a planned set of actions aimed at achieving a particular result’.

2. Read the following passage carefully                                                                              12 marks

After a long day out in the scorching sun at Nizamuddin railway station, having checked out   every bit of garbage disposed off trains, a group of ragpickers gathered for a chat in a rain-swept shelter. This was no regular gathering for them. It was a Mother’s Day gathering.

 Most children had never heard the word, but grew emotional once they got to know what the day  signified. Gifts for their mothers ranged from promises of not running away, to earning enough to assure their mothers of some comfort some day.

When it came to actual celebrations for the day, a group of boys at the centre run by CHETNA, an  

NGO, near the station, surrounded Manjula Rai. Some even pulled her hair and the rowdy ones calmed down after a stern glance from her. For many boys and girls this 47-year-old social worker

is a face recognized as a help at hand. For quite a few of them, Manjula is the ‘mother’ who influences them.

When they settled down to talk, the children at CHETNA, related their aspirations with thoughtful

intent. Vikas Kumar, who felt shy to pronounce the word Mother’s Day, said he was determined to secure some day, quality life for his mother, who is a domestic worker. His promise to his mother on Mother’s Day was to take out his mother from a rented house and to give her a home with a better life, some day.

Vikas has left school when he was just 9, but is now a motivator for other boys to break free of rag picking and study through the Open School system. Today Vikas, who is a Class VII student, is the pride of the Centre and Manjula has been a part of his journey all through. She has been forcing the parents of these children to understand their evolution from being a child labourer to a teenager who can acquire skills for a better life.

Aslam for instance, who giggled as the boys tried to pronounce Mother’s Day, knew the words ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ having watched TV serials and Hindi films. According to him: ‘ I keep running away

from home and fight with my Mom. But on Mother’s Day, when I go back, I will not fight and will stay with her’. The traumatic life stories related by these children become a self-explanation for

their aggressive behaviour and their suppressed feelings.


2.1 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words                        (2x4= 8 marks)

      a) What was special about Mother’s Day at the rain-swept shelter?

      b) What were the rag pickers’ reactions on learning the significance about Mother’s Day?

      c) How did the children celebrate the day at the CHETNA premises?

      d) Why is Vikas’s case inspiring for the rag pickers?


2.2 Read the following questions and write the options you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet.(1x4= 4 marks)

(a)    When one is out in the scorching sun it means the day is  …………………….
(i) cool                                                       (ii)rainy
(iii) very hot                                                          (iv) very dry

(b)   The rag pickers had understood about Mother’s day when Manjula told them what it …………                                                                                                                                                           
(i) signified                                                            (ii)promised
(iii) gifted                                                  (iv) created

(c)    When one desires for something better it becomes ………………….
(i) an emotional moment                           (ii)a dream moment
(iii) an aspiration                                       (iv) traumatic life story

(d)   A term in the passage which means the same as ‘compelling’ is ………………….
(i)forcing                                                        (ii)scorching
(iii) understanding                                     (iv) pronouncing



3. You are a resident of Sundergarh. Your area is known for its scenic beauty and pollution free   environment. The government has proposed to set up a chemical factory in your area. You are worried about the consequences – emission of poisonous gases, release of chemical wastes and contaminated water and land pollution. Write an article on ‘Industrialization and Environmental pollution’ in 100-120 words for your School Magazine using the hints given below.   (5 marks)

         Hints: Industries are the biggest source of environmental pollution

         Smoke, chemical waste and poisonous gases are released.

         Destroy the beauty of the place.

         Cause water and land pollution.

        Cause of diseases from pollution.

4. Read the given lines and complete the story in 150-200 words. Give a suitable title to your story.(10 marks)

On hearing a noise, Rani ran outside her house, but soon stumbled upon something hard. She was shocked ………………………………………………………..

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