Sample Question Paper Class IX Summative Assessment English Part 2

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2. Read the passage and complete the sentences given below the passage by choosing the most appropriate option from those given. 5 Marks

The ship is man՚s oldest and most important means of transportation. Today, thousands of ships cross oceans, sail along seacoasts and ply inland waterways. Trade among countries depends heavily on ships. Many kinds of ships are used to carry goods and people. Giant tankers haul petroleum, vegetable oil, wine and other liquids. Other vessels carry cargoes such as grain, ore and sand. Passenger liners carry travellers across the oceans. Man՚s first ‘ship’ was probably a log that he used to cross a river. He probably used his hands to paddle the log. Later, he learned to build rafts by lashing logs together. In ancient Egypt, the people made their first rafts out of bundles of reeds. Later, they learned to lash bundles of reeds together to make boats. By about 4000 B. C. , the Egyptians had learned to build galleys. Galleys were long boats powered by a row of paddles. By about 3200 B. C. , the Egyptians had invented sails and therefore, they were able to use the power of the wind to propel their boats. The basic pattern for ships became set with the invention of the sail. Shipbuilders began concentrating on designing bigger and better ships.

The 20th century saw some of the biggest ships in the world. The three largest transatlantic liners launched to carry passengers across the Atlantic during the 1960՚s was the ‘Michelangelo’ , the ‘Raffaello’ and the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ . The ships of the future are expected to be even more efficient and will cost less to operate.

1. The ship is the most important means of transportation because …

a. they carry goods and people

b. they are the oldest ways of transport

c. they travel both inland and overseas

d. people prefer to travel by ship

2. The origin of the ship was when man …

a. learnt to paddle

b. made a raft

c. used a log

d. built galleys

3. To use the force of the wind to propel boats …

a. galleys had to be built

b. sails were made

c. paddles were invented

d. a basic pattern of a ship had to be designed

4. Travelling by ship in future is likely to be …

a. more economical and efficient

b. more entertaining and economical

c. safer and more efficient

d. easier to operate

5. The antonym of ‘efficient’ is …

a. unefficient

b. inefficient

c. non efficient

d. disefficient

3. Read the poem given below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentences given below the poem. 5 Marks

Homework

Homework sits on top of Sunday, squashing Sunday flat.

Homework has the smell of Monday, homework՚s very fat.

Heavy books and piles of paper, answers I don՚t know.

Sunday evening՚s almost finished, now I՚m going to go

Do my homework in the kitchen. Maybe just a snack,

Then I՚ll sit right down and start as soon as I run back

For some chocolate sandwich cookies. Then I՚ll really do

All that homework in a minute. First, I՚ll see what new

Show they՚s got on television in the living room.

Everybody is laughing there, but misery and gloom

And a full refrigerator is where I՚m at.

I՚ll just have another sandwich. Homework՚s very fat.

1. The speaker in this poem feels that his homework is …

2. The literary device used in ‘Homework sits on top of Sunday’ is …

3. Homework is “fat” means …

4. Homework makes the speaker miserable and so he keeps …

5. The speaker՚s diversions from homework are snacking and …

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