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Class Nine (Question, 2078 Final)


Final Examination 2078

Subject: English                             Class 9                                                         Time: 2:15 Hrs

Full Marks: 75                                                                                                    Pass Marks :30

1. Read the poem and do the activities that follow:

The Rivals

I heard a bird at dawn

Singing sweetly on a tree,

That the dew was on the lawn,

And the wind was on the lea;

But I didn't listen to him,

for he didn't sing for me!

I didn't listen to him,

For he didn't sing to me

That the dew was on the lawn

And the wind was on the lea

I was singing at the time,

Just as prettily as he!

I was singing at the time,

Just as prettily as he,

About the dew upon the lawn,

And the wind upon the lea!

So I didn't listen to him,

As he sang upon the tree!

-James Stephens

A. Choose the right answer: 5

a) The person in the poem did not listen to the bird's song because:

i) the bird wasn't singing for him

ii) the bird sang very sweetly

iii) the bird didn't sing sweetly.

b) Where was the bird singing?

i) on the lea

ii) on the lawn

iii) on the tree

c) The poet says:

i) he listened to the bird singing

ii) he didn't hear the bird singing

iii) he heard the bird singing

d) The bird sang about:

i) flower and trees

ii) dew and wind

iii) dawn and lawn.

e) The word 'competitors' means:

i) birds                        ii) rivals         iii) poets


2. Read the following text and do the activities given below:

The way people greet one another reflects their custom. It gives insight into their history and values. There is a wide range of greetings around the world. These range from the common handshake to other strange rituals found in some countries. Let's observe how to simple action of greeting someone differs greatly from place to place.

In some Eastern countries, including Korea and Japan, bowing is the traditional greeting. In Japan, it is accepted that the deeper the bow, the deeper the respect shown. In Nepal and India, people bend or nod and say Namaste or Namaskar joining palms together as if praying. Handshakes are also popular in these countries. In Tibet, people opt to stick out their tongue to greet others which may seem strange to us.

In the United States, people shake hands firmly and make direct eye contact. It means a simple handshake is the normal greeting there. Shaking a person's right hand while looking him or her in his or her eyes is the usual method. Handshakes are also common in other parts of the world, including Canada, Britain and Russia. When Canadians first meet, they often shake hands and introduce themselves by stating their name. In Russia, males grasp other men's hands very strongly during the handshake. Similarly, most people in New Zealand greet each other by shaking hands. However, the native Maori people of that country display more physical contact: they press their noses together in a sign of trust and closeness.

In other countries, such as France and Belgium, hugging and kissing are more common when two people meet. In those cultures, people kiss each other on the cheeks. The number of times varies depending on the particular country. In Saudi Arabia, men might hug and kiss each other (but not a woman), on the cheek. Men also shake hands with other men there.

A. Match the words in column 'A' with their meaning in column 'B'. 5

a. Custom                  i) hold something firmly

b. bow                        ii) firm belief in the reliability of someone

c. grasp                                   iii) ability to find right or wrong

d. trust                                    iv) bend the head forward to show respect

e. vary                        v) something that people always do by tradition

vi) be different

B. Answer the following questions: 5

a) How can we understand people's history and custom?

b) What does Korean people do to greet each other?

c) How do Indian people greet others?

d) Why do Tibetan people opt to stick out their tongue?

e) Where are hugging and kissing more common as greeting?

3. Read the following advertisement and do the activities that follow:


Harmony Marketing Pvt. Ltd. requires highly motivated personnel for the following positions:

1. Marketing Manager (One):

      Qualification: MBA/MBS, excellent command over spoken and written English.

      Experience: Preference will be given to those who have experience of handling similar post.

2. Operation officers (Two):

      Qualification: Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

      Experience: Should have worked at least one year in related field.

      Salary and Benefits: As per company's rules and regulations.

Interested and qualified Nepali citizens may apply along with the copies of testimonials:

Harmony Marketing Pvt. Ltd., Parsa, Chitwan, P. O. Box: 287.



A. Fill in the blanks with suitable words from the above text: 5

a. .......... is looking for highly motivated personnel.

b. Excellent command over spoken and written English is required for the post of................

c. ………… degree in any discipline is needed for the post of operation officer.

d. The salary and benefits will be according to …………………

e. Only …………. citizens can apply for the posts.

B. Answer the following questions: 5

a. How many positions are vacant? What are they?

b. Who will get preference for the first position?

c. What is the minimum academic qualification for the first position?

d. How many personnels are required for the post of Operation Officer?

e. Where is the advertising office located?


4. Read the following text and do the activities that follow: 15

It is pity and shameful to state that in caring and obeying parents is now in declining state as many of youth are going to the western way in the name of post modernizing with more and more elderly people being neglected by their children. Many children feel that spending some money for their parent's maintenance is enough to rid them of guilt. But a person who neglects his parents will be haunted by guilt forever and never live in peace and harmony. We must also remember one thing - our children are watching how we are dealing with our parents and this is the way they will treat their parents shabbily. We can expect the same from them.

It is essential to reciprocate the love our parents gave us. They sacrificed their comforts for ours. They stayed away through the nights so that we could sleep and they lived a life of difficulty so that we could fulfill our wants. In return, we cannot give them a little happiness during their twilight years, it will be the most shameful sin we commit. A man who take care of his parent's blessings. Looking after our parents will earn us blessing that will ensure joy and happiness in our lives.

A. Write the sentences in correct order. 5

a) We earn blessing by looking after our parents.

b) It is essential to reciprocate the love of our parents.

c) Our children are watching the behavior which we show towards our parents.

d) The shameful situation is that caring elderly people is declining.

e) More elderly people are being neglected by their children.

B. Write 'True' for the true statements and 'False' for the false ones: 5

a) The situation of caring elderly people is improving.

b) Parents nowadays are perfectly obeyed.

c) Many children think that funding their parents is enough.

d) People who neglect their parents will be haunted by guilt.

e) Western way of living is the cause of this.

C. Answer the following questions:

a) What is the cause of declining the care of elderly people?

b) What type of people never live in peace and harmony?

c) Why did the parents live a life of difficulty?

d) What does 'reciprocate the love' mean?

e) What do we get if we take care of our parents?


5. How do you prepare a cup of tea? Write the instructions for making tea. 5


6. Write a readable story on the basis of the outlines given below. 5

A mother and a daughter…….. lazy……………did not like to work…………one day daughter said to mother, "Let's not work, next year I will get married and you'll die" ……………. mother also agreed …………… finished eating everything……………. Sold everything………………neither daughter got married nor mother died …………. Had no property and food left…………. Moral.


7. Write your views on growing use of smart phones in Nepal in about 120 words. 6


8. Write an essay on 'Rivers in Nepal' in about 200 words. 8


9. Rewrite the following sentences as directed in the brackets: 6

a. Let me do this, …………..? (question tag)

b. Somebody likes to help me. (negative statement)

c. The plane couldn't fly due to the bad weather. ('Why' question)

d. My parents (buy) me a coat by next year. (correct tense)

e. My mother forbade me to go with the bad boys. (direct speech)

f. Is anyone using this room today? (active voice)


10. Choose and copy the best answer: (Rewriting is not compulsory.) 5


My father, without the slightest doubt, was ……………(a/an/the) most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had. There was a picture …………….. (of/with/by) him in my bedroom. You might think that he was a stern and serious man. He wasn't a man of that type,……………? (wasn't he/wasn't it/was he). He was one of those people who ………...(likes/liked/liking) making funny jokes. He had brilliant blue eyes and when he thought of something funny, his eyes would flash and if you looked carefully, you …………… (will see/see/could see) a tiny little golden spark dancing in the middle of each eye.

I was glad my father ……….. (is/was/were) an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile ………. (although/so that/becausc) it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you are not feeling twinkly yourself. He used to ask me,……….?" (What do you like for breakfast/What you like for breakfast/What you do like for breakfast)

I often demanded tea and bread, however, he sometimes made me …………. (to eat/eaten/eat) fried rice. He loved me very much. So, I. ........... (were given/was given/had given) a golden watch as a present last year.



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