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Model Question (Grade 9) 2079 CDC

Model Test Paper

Grade 9

Subject: English

Reading and Writing Test

Time: 3 hrs                                                                                                    Full Marks: 75

1. Read the text and write True or False for the given statements.         5

Paulo Coelho is a well-known Brazilian author and lyricist. He was born on 24 August 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had always loved writing and dreamed of being a writer from an early age. He was, however, discouraged by his parents who wanted him to become a lawyer. During adolescence Coelho was sent three times to a mental hospital by his parents because of his dream to become a writer. In his twenties, he was arrested and tortured in Brazil, but always kept dreaming of becoming a writer. After his release from prison, Coelho enrolled in law school and abandoned his dream of becoming a writer. One year later, he dropped out and lived life as a hippie, travelling through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe and started using drugs in the 1960s.

a.       Paulo Coelho was born in the late 40s.

b.      He wanted to become a writer right from his early age.

c.       His parents didn’t like his idea of becoming a writer.

d.      He continued his dream of becoming a writer after his release from prison.

e.       He stayed in law school for over a year.


2. Read the text and do the tasks.                                                                           10

There are many different kinds of sports that are undertaken by a wide variety of different people. Some people do sport for their career and other people purely do sport for enjoyment and recreation. Some sports, like cricket, require the use of a lot of equipment, while others need very little in order to successfully play a game in that sport. Some people use public playing fields to play sport for free, while other sports such as squash, tennis, badminton and table tennis are usually paid for on an hourly basis in the comfort of a local leisure centre. 

Most sports are played with a round object often known as a ball. Some sports use more than one ball and snooker is one of the unique sports that make use of a number of balls while being played. The game itself is often controlled by an impartial individual known as an umpire in cricket and a referee in sports like football and rugby. Most sports have a duration of not more than a few hours, however some athletic tournaments can last for up to a week and a game of cricket can be five days in duration before a winner is announced.

Some people prefer to watch sports. This can either be done by going to a stadium, a local leisure centre, park or on television. It is often cheaper to watch sports from the comfort of a person’s home than to visit the stadium or a special event. Some sports, such as football and cricket, are really popular in the United Kingdom but not in the USA. In the USA people often play basketball and baseball. However, most countries put aside time to compete in world sporting events such as the football world cup or the Olympics, which occur every four years.


A. Complete the sentences with the words from the text.                 (5x1=5)

a.       People do sport for their career, recreation and ……………….

b.      A round object known as a/an ………………. is used in most sports.

c.       A referee or a/an ………………. is always impartial.

d.      Most sports are short in ………………. but others can last for some days.

e.       Watching sports on TV is ………………. than going to a stadium.

B. Answer the following questions.                                                    (5x1=5)

a.       Give an example of a sport that require many pieces of equipment.

b.      Why do people play sports in public places?

c.       Who controls games like football and rugby?

d.      Why do you think people like to watch sports?

e.       Which two world sporting events are mentioned in the text?

3. Read the text and do the tasks.                                                         10

This happened to me when I was in India. I used to go to my office by train. On this particular evening, I hurried to my station but when I reached there the train had gone. I bought a newspaper and a packet of biscuits and sat on a bench. While I was reading, a man came and sat down opposite me. There was nothing special about him, except that he was very tall. I was still reading when my eyes caught a very strange sight. The man reached over the table, opened my packet of biscuits, took one, dipped it into his coffee and popped it into his mouth. I couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't want to make a fuss, so I ignored him. I just took a biscuit myself and went back to my newspaper. While I was pretending to be very interested in the news, the man took a second biscuit and then our eyes met. He was staring at me furiously. I nervously put the biscuit in my mouth and decided to leave. I was ready to go when the man stood up and hurriedly left. I folded my newspaper and stood up. There on the table, where my newspaper had been, was my packet of biscuits unopened.

A. Choose and write the correct answer.                                          (5X1=5)

a.       The tall man stared at the writer furiously because …

i             the writer didn't let him eat the biscuits

ii           there were no biscuits left in the packet

iii         the writer ate his biscuits

b.      The word 'fuss' in the 8th line means …

i             unnecessary issue   ii. quarrel               iii. joke

c.       The word 'pretending' in 9th line means …

i.        acting correctly       ii. behaving as if something is true         iii. doing wrong things

d.      The word 'furiously' in 10th line means …

i.           surprisingly ii. angrily  iii.   happily

B. Answer the following questions.                                                    (5X1=5)

a.       Was the writer able to catch the train he was supposed to? Why?

b.      What was peculiar thing about the man?

c.       Why was the writer nervous?

d.      Who left the table first? 

e.       What actually happened in the story?


4. Read the text and do the tasks.                                                         15

The coronavirus family causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). They circulate in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans. Several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. The new coronavirus, the seventh known to affect humans, has been named COVID-19.

Common signs of infection include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, multiple organ failure and death. The incubation period of COVID-19 is thought to be between one and 14 days. It is contagious before symptoms appear, which is why so many people get infected. Infected patients can be also asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems.

China alerted the WHO to cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan on December 31. COVID-19 is thought to have originated in a seafood market where wildlife was sold illegally. On February 7th, Chinese researchers said the virus could have spread from an infected animal to humans through illegally trafficked pangolins, prized in Asia for food and medicine. Scientists have pointed to either bats or snakes as possible sources. 

The coronavirus – known as COVID-19 – spreads from person to person in close proximity, similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu. Droplets of bodily fluids – such as saliva or mucus – from an infected person are dispersed in the air or on surfaces by coughing or sneezing. These droplets can come into direct contact with other people or can infect those who pick them up by touching infected surfaces and then their face. According to scientists, coughs and sneezes can travel several feet and stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes. It is not yet known how long the virus can survive outside a host, but in other viruses, it ranges from a few hours to months.

The WHO declared the virus a pandemic on March 11 and said it was “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak. The WHO recommends basic hygiene such as regularly washing hands with soap and water and covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing. Maintain “physical distancing – keeping at least 1 metre (three feet) between yourself and others – particularly if they are coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with animals and be sure to thoroughly wash hands after contact.


A. Match the titles with paragraph number.                                     5X1=5

 a. Paragraph 1                               i. Where did it come from?

 b. Paragraph 2                               ii. How can we protect ourselves?

 c. Paragraph 3                               iii. What is coronavirus?

 d. Paragraph 4                               iv. What are the symptoms?

 e. Paragraph 5                               v. How is the virus spreading?

B. Write 'True' or 'False' against the following statements.                   5X1=5 

a.    Coronavirus causes only serious diseases.

b.   The new coronavirus is one of the seven corona viruses that affect humans.

c.    Pneumonia may occur in serious cases.

d.   People who have no symptoms can't transmit the disease.

e.    Infected people doesn't necessarily have symptoms.

C. Answer the following questions.                                                     5X1=5

a.    Where is the virus believed to have started from?

b.   What are believed to be the probable sources of the virus?

c.    What respiratory illness is covid-19 similar to?

d.   When was the coronavirus declared a pandemic?

e.    What basic hygienic behaviours help protect from coronavirus?

5. Suppose that you are the head teacher of a secondary school. Your school has a vacancy for a secondary level English teacher. Prepare a vacancy notice to be published in a local newspaper. Include the points given in the box.  5

Position, required academic qualification, other qualifications, salary, deadline for application submission, process of selection etc.

6. One of the ex-teachers of your school has recently died in a car accident. Write a message of condolence to be published in a newspaper on behalf of your school.

Include the points given in the box.                                                   5

Name of the deceased, date of birth, date of death, how he/she died, your feelings towards the family etc.

7. Do you like to live in a village or a town? Why? Write a short paragraph in about 150 words.  6

8. You live away from home. You have a younger brother at home who studies in grade 8 but takes no interest in classroom activities. Write a letter to him explaining why active participation in classroom activities is important for him.  8


9. Reproduce the following sentences as indicated in brackets.                           5X1=5

a.       There's a dog over there, ………………….? (Supply the correct question tag)

b.      The teacher said, "Why haven't you done the task on time?" (Into indirect speech)

c.       How did you do that? (Into passive voice)

d.      He ………………… (live) here for more than 15 years. (Use the correct tense)

e.       I have never been to Pokhara. (Into yes/no question)

10. Rewrite the following text choosing the correct words/phrases from the brackets.


Mount Everest …………………. (where/who/which) lies in Nepal is the tallest mountain in the world. It is 29032 feet ……………………. (on/over/above) sea level. It was named after ………….. (a/an/the) Englishman George Everest who was the first to survey in 1841. Mt. Everest ………………… (was/have/has) always fascinated the climbers. Climbing mountains like the Everest is difficult and dangerous. If there's no snow, it ………………………… (wouldn't be/won't be/wouldn't have been) difficult to climb the mountains. Mountaineers are daring people. Mountains always look exciting and the mountaineers feel that the mountains are challenging to them. This feeling makes them …………………… (to accept/accepted/accept) the challenge.



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