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SHRI A. B. PATIL ENGLISH SCHOOL SANGLI.

Date: 27/08/2016
-30
Std IX
Time -1 hr.

Class Test 2016

Marks

Subject ENGLISH

Q1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
(8 marks)
Producing silk is a lengthy process and demands close attention. First, quality feed
for silkworms needs to be cultivated. Then the worms need to be carefully hand-reared in
controlled environmental conditions till the pupae spin the silk cocoons. The silk is
extracted by human hand and then woven into fabric.
South India is the leading silk-producing area of the country, also known for its
famous silk-weaving enclaves like Kanchipuram, Dharmavaram and Arni. The traditional
handloom silks always score over the power looms ones in the richness of their textures
and design, in their individuality, character and classic beauty. Handloom weaving
remains a symbol of the versatility and creativity of living craft. Today, Indian silks,
especially the handloom products remain the most beautiful and cherished world over.
It is estimated that almost 85 percent of the price of silk in the market goes back
to communities that are engaged in sericulture and silk industry as the entire families
are involved in production rather than one bread winner. It plays a huge role in the
upliftment of communities from poverty to prosperity. If the consumption of silk
increases, the entire village tends to prosper. The final part of silk production is the
weaving of the fabric which is considered more of an art than an act. These communities
depend solely on weaving silk for their livelihood and the distinct regions have developed
their own character of weaving silk to establish indelible identities for themselves.
Silk has been intermingled with the life and culture of the Indians. Though India is
producing all the varieties of silk, i.e., dress materials, scarves/stoles, readymade
garments, etc., the silk sarees are unique. The saree is almost synonymous with the
word silk. It has been the traditional costume of Indian woman since times immemorial.
There are innumerable references in Indian literature about this draped garment and the
style of wearing differs from time to time, region to region and people to people. The silk
sarees of India are among the excellent living examples of the craftsmanship of the
weavers of the country.
Answer the following questions:
(18 = 8 marks)
(a) What is the first step in silk production ?
(b) How are the worms taken care of ?
(c) Which is the most famous silk ?
(d) Name a few famous South Indian silk producing centers?
(e) How does the silk production help in the upliftment of communities ?
(f) What is the traditional costume of Indian woman ?

(g) Which is the final part of silk-weaving ?


(h) Find the word from the passage which means the same as use up.

Q2. Rains have hit different parts of India last year. Torrential rains have shown how poor
cities are in preparedness for rains-they also lack cleanliness and hygiene. As Secretary
of the Residents Association of your colony in Sangli, write a letter to the Editor of a
national daily on the poor sanitary conditions in the locality/city, with suggestions for
improvement. Write the letter in 120-150 words
(4 marks)

Q.3. Fill in the blanks with the help of options that follow:
(3
marks)
Before alighting, the Wild Pigeon, like the Carolina Parrot and a few other species of
birds, breaks the force of its fight by repeated fapping, (a) .(so/although/even/as
if) apprehensive of receiving injury from coming too suddenly (b)
(with/in/inside/at) contact, either with the branch, (c)(or/and/neither/nor) the
spot of ground on which it intends to settle.
Q. 4. In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write
the missing word along with the word that comes before and after it. The frst
one has been done as an example.
(4 marks)
Before
Missing
After
Space Shuttle Atlantis which is orbiter
e.g.,
is
an
orbiter
began its first fight October 1985 and
(a) .
.

retired recently after completing last fight


(b) .
.
in July 2011 weighed around 80 tonne. It
(c) . ..
..
spent 306 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes
(d) .

Q5. . Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow: (13
= 3 marks)
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain ;
O listen! for the vale profound
Is overfowing with the sound.

Questions:
(a): What does the word she refers to here?
(b): What is the melancholy strain?
(1)
(c): How does the poet feel after hearing the girls song?

(1)
(1)

Q.6. Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each:


2 = 4marks)
(a) Why is the song of the solitary reaper compared to the nightingales song?
(b) Why is Gaston not interested in buying the villa in the beginning?
Q. 7. Answer the following questions in 80-100 words.
marks)
Write the character sketch of Juliette from Villa for sale.

(2

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SHRI A. B. PATIL ENGLISH SCHOOL SANGLI.


Date: 27/08/2016
-30

Class Test 2016

Std IX
Time -1 hr.

Marks

Subject ENGLISH

Q1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

(8 marks)

(a) Ans. The first step in silk production is the cultivation of quality feed for the silkworms.
(b) Ans. The worms are reared in controlled environmental conditions.
(c) Ans. The traditional handloom silk is the most famous silk.
(d) Ans. A few famous South Indian silk producing centres are Kanchipuram Dharmavaram and
Arni.
(e) Ans. Almost 85% of the price of silk in the maket goes back to communities that are
engaged in sericulture and silk industry.
(f) Ans. The saree is the traditional costume of Indian woman.
(g) Ans. The final part of silk production is the weaving of the fabric which is considered more
of an art than an act.
(h) Ans. Consumption.
Q2. Letter Writing
Q.3. Fill in the blanks with the help of options that follow:
(a) as if
(b) in
(c) or

Q4. Before

Missing

After

(a) flight

in

October

(b) completing

its

last

(c) 2011

It

weighed

(d) minutes

and

43

(4 marks)
(3 marks)

(4 marks)

Q5.
(3 marks)
(a) Ans: She refers here to the solitary reaper.
(b) Ans: Melancholy strain means a sad song.
(c) Ans: The girls song fascinates the poet very much. It is a very touchy, melodious song
which makes the poet spell bound. He stands quietly and listens to her song.
Q6.
(4 marks)
(a) The nightingale is acclaimed as a song bird endowed with a sweet voice who is supposed to
sing in a melodious and soothing way. The solitary reapers voice is also sweet and melodious.
Her song is so sweetly melancholy that it leaves an indelible mark in the poets mind. Shady
haunt is a cool resting place in an oasis in the Arabian desert where weary travellers are resting
(b) Gaston is not interested in buying the villa in the beginning because he knows that Jeanne
wants to buy the villa for her parents who he doesnt like quietly. Also, the villa is not big and
good enough to be bought for two hundred thousand francs. The villa has a very small garden
and small salon which Gaston doesnt like.
Q7. Juliette is a smart lady who knows what to sell and how to sell. She deliberately writes
SALE instead of SELL in order to attract more customers. She is an intelligent person who
knows her needs of the hour and who takes a big decision of selling her villa. She is a selfesteemed person. She, though suffering from financial problems, doesnt give a thought about
her maids advice of working as a cook in the movie. She is a smart business woman who tries
her best in convincing the customer with her words. She knows that her villa is not so good but
she always present her villa as if it the best villa in the world. She is a person who understand
other people, that is the reason she, when realizes that Gaston in not actually interested in
buying the villa, takes Jeanne upstairs so that Jeanne can make her mind. She is a woman with
positive attitude and never to give up attitude.