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Reading (40 Marks )

Purpose

- To find whether the students have obtained the learning outcomes of reading mentioned in the curriculum.

Reading Constructs

- The reading text should test the following reading constructs:

- Reading for gist

1. Reading for specific information/ important details

2. Reading for main ideas and supporting details

3. Reading for deducing the meaning of words.

Number and Types of Texts

1. Two seen texts

(5+10=15) marks. (text types: text given in the textbook)

2. One unseen text carrying 10 marks: (text types: News stories, menus, notices, manuals, advertisements, diary entry, mails, products guides, time tables etc)

3. One unseen text carrying 15 marks (15 marks): (text type: stories, essays, letters, science articles, newspaper articles, book/film reviews etc)

Number of words in the texts

Texts for 5 marks

(approximately 100 words)

Texts for 10 marks

(approximately 200 words)

Texts for 15 marks

(Approximately 300 words)

Types of test items

1. Multiple choice

2. Sequencing

3. Fill in the gaps (without gaps)

4. Matching

5. True/false

6. Short answer questions

Total number of text items =40

Marks per item =1

Time: 1:15 hr

Writing (35 marks)

Purpose

- To find whether the students have obtained the learning outcomes of writing mentioned in the curriculum

Writing constructs

- The writing text should test the following writing constructs:

1. Organization

2. Coherence and cohesion

3. Relevance of the content

4. Appropriateness of the language

5. Grammatical accuracy

6. Style (formal, informal, descriptive, narrative etc)

7. Layout and format

8. Orthographic convention (spelling, punctuation, handwriting, wording, numbers etc)

9. Creativity and originality

Types of test items

1. Guided writing (I): 1x5=5 marks (areas to be covered)

Directions, instructions, obligations and prohibitions, posters, electronics text messages, post cards, advertisements, message of condolence, message of congratulations, menus, recipes. (word limits for this writing will be 75 to 100 words)

2. Guided writing (II): (1x5=5 marks): area to be covered:

Interpretation of (charts, graphs, tables, lists, pictures), short skeleton stories, invitation letters, thanks giving letters, letter of regret, news stories, invitation letters, paragraphs. (Word limits for this writing will be 75 to 100 words)

3. Free writing (I): (1x6=6 marks) (areas to be covered)

Dialogue (with the situation given), paragraph on personal experiences, short stories (only provide either the beginning, ending, title or the moral), views and attitudes (on some current issues of importance) (word limits for this writing will be 100 to 120 words)

4. Free writing (II) (1x8=8 marks) area to be covered:

Letters and emails (personal/informal, official/formal,), essays (descriptive, narrative, cause effect), news paper articles (on a given topic), review (of films, movies, books), broachers/leaflets (on places and events of historical/cultural/religious/social/or tourism importance) (word limits for this writing will be 150 to 200 words)

Criteria for marking

Organization, coherence and cohesion, relevance of the content, appropriateness of the language, grammatical accuracy, style, layout and format, creativity and originality etc.

Grammar

Question Types:

Type 1: Reproduction (1x6=6 marks)

Type 2: Fill in the gaps with the grammar items in a contextual passage (0.5x10=5 mark.

S.N.

Contents

Number of Questions

Type 1

Type 2

1

Articles

1

2

Prepositions

1

3

Tags

1

1

4

Concord

1

5

Transformations

2

6

Tense

1

1

7

Reported Speech

1

1

8

Voice

1

1

9

Connectives

1

10

Conditionals

1

11

Causative Verbs

1

12

Total no. of questions

6

10

Total Marks

6

5

English Answer Key class 9.

1. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each.

i. The wind asked the leaves to play with him in the meadow.

ii. The leaves looked red and gold when they are old and ready to drop.

iii. In winter the snow lay the bedspread over them.

iv. The leaves finally sleep in the earthly bed

v. At last, the snow covers the leaves and the leaves sleep in the earthly bed.

2. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each.

a. F

b. T

c. F

d. F

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each .

a. He had to abandon his land and his house.

b. Prodip lost the legal fight with the Zamindar.

c. The Pals were able to survive for two years.

d. The land was destroyed by Parasite.

e. Prodip couldn’t spend his life as he expected.

C. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 2 for each.

a. Pradip Pal refuse to return the land to the Zamindar because he thought that the land had been given to his father by a Zamindar.

b. Young Zamindar won the legal fight by bribing the judge.

c. Depending on coconut trees, vegetable and jackfruits Pal’s family survive after they left the land.

3. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each

a. Mar 2, 2017.

b. Physical Infrastuctor and Transport Minister/ Ramesh Lekhak.

c. Dodhara Chandani

d. The Department of Roads.

Detailed Project Report.

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each

a. Kanchanpur district

b. 4.5 million rupees

c. The Departments of Roads

d. on Tuesday

e. 800 meters

4 A. B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each

a=iii

b=iv

c=i

d=ii

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each

a. education

b. Master‟s or higher Degree in Education, Management, or related field

c. cover leter and CV

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 2 for each

d

b. 10 years of working experience in organizational management and HR development

c. before 15 December 2009

d. via email

5. This question carries 5 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Content/subject matter – 2

Organization: coherence/ cohesion – 1

Correctness of language – 1

Layout and format – 1

6. This question carries 5 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Relevance of the content – 3

Correctness of language – 1

Appropriateness of language – 2

7. This question carries 6 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Relevance of the content – 3

Correctness of language – 1

Appropriateness of language – 2

8. This question carries 8 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects.

Content – 3

Organization of language – 2

Correctness of language structure and format – 2

Orthographic convention – 1

9. This question carries 6 marks. Award 1 mark for each correct answer.

a. Wouldn’t you?

b. She does her homework.

c. The Teacher said to me, “Where are you from?”

d. My purse has been stolen. (by someone)

e. Subu never talks loudly in the class.

f. …………………………………………

10. This question carries 5 marks. Award 0.5 marks for each correct answer.

1. were terrorized

2. out of

3. threatened

4. X (nothing)

5. was happening

6. but

7. to live

8. can he?

9. come on to me

10. would not have changed

Model Question

Class: X F.M: 75

Time: 2hrs.15mins. P.M: 37.5

*Candidates are required to give their answers in their own words as far as practicable.*

*The figure in the margin indicates full marks.*

Attempt all the questions.

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

The Road not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just fair,

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and, I

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

A. Write the words from the poem that have the following

meanings :[4x0.5=2]

i. Separated and went in different direction

ii. crooked

iii. unbiased

iv. expedite

B. Answer the following questions. [3x1=3]

i. Who is the poet of the poem?

ii. Which road does he choose to travel?

iii. What story will the speaker tell for years and years?

2. Read the following text and do the activities that follow.

Yogmaya: Poet, Teacher, Insurgent

“Yogmaya had a two-pronged agenda, not just one,” explained Manmaya. “Her first target was the cultural and religious oppression of the time. Her second object was our ruler, the Prime Minister, who along with his generals allowed corruption and inequality to prevail. Our master, Shakti Yogmaya, showed us how these two evils are intertwined and she feared neither.”

Yogmaya launched a brilliant and a daring political campaign from her base in the hills of East Nepal. It took place during the 1930s, and ended in 1940 with her death, along with sixty eight of her followers who one by one followed her into the thundering current of the Arun River. After leading a campaign for reform and justice, Yogmaya finally confronted the ruler with an ultimatum: If you do not grant us justice, we will die,” she declared. JuddhaShamsher responded by sending his army to round up the protesters.

The tragedy that resulted remains a stain on the government. The Nepalese authorities covered up the episode and banned all mention of her. Her campaign was thoroughly expunged from the nation’s historical record and almost lost to its political consciousness. But the powerful verses composed by Yogmaya the hajurbani survived. And there lies the story.

I am the child in your lap.

You are the babe in mine.

There is nothing between us, nothing at all.

Your eyes have tears, just like my own.

On the surface, these lines may appear to be politically innocent, they are not. They embody the very principle of equality. They call for parity and mutual respect. They are tender reminders of the sensitivity of all of our common needs, joys and sufferings.

A. Find the synonyms for the following words from the text. [4x0.5=2]

i. exist

ii. rebels

iii. bribery

iv. bliss

B. Decide if the following sentences are true/false.[4x0.5=2]

i. She had two-fold agendas.

ii. She started a political campaign from western Nepal.

iii. Her poetic lines resonate equality.

iv. She showed that the two evils are connected with each other.

C. Answer the following questions.[3x2=6]

i. What do Yogmayas’s verse reflect?

ii. What was Yogmaya’s first political agenda?

iii. When did her campaign start and end?

3. Read the following text and do the activities that follow.

The teacher and the students are the active participants in the process of education. A good teacher is one who intermingles his own individuality of the child. Without this the education given by the teacher will have to effect upon the students. In this way education is nothing but a bi-polar process through which the natural, spontaneous and progressive development of the child is purified, justified and modified.

According to Adams: “Education is a bi-polar process in which one personality acts on another to modify the development of other. The process is not only conscious but deliberate… the means … are two fold … educator’s personality and use of knowledge in various forms.

In the words of Ruskin: “you do not educate a man by telling him what he knows not, but by making what he was not.” According to Aristotle: “Education is the creation of a sound mind in a sound body. He emphasizes that if a person has a sound physique, his mind will automatically be sound. Without this the creation of a sound mind is not at all possible. Further, this particular creation is nothing but education itself.

A. Write the words from the text that have the following meaning:[4x1=4]

i. Combine

ii. Advanced

iii. Wisdom

iv. innovation

B. Answer the following questions.[4x1.5=6]

i. How does the author define the quality of a good teacher?

ii. What does the writer believe that education is a bi-polar process?

iii. How does Adams describe education?

iv. What did Aristotle emphasize on?

4. Read the following book review and do the activities that follow.

Book : The Kite Runner

Author : Khaled Hosseini

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Page : 324

In this apparently the first Afghan novel to be written in English, two motherless boys who learn to crawl and walk side by side, are destined to destroy each other across the gulf of their tribal difference in a country of dried mulberries, sour oranges, rich pomegranates and honey.

It’s a Shakespearean beginning to an epic tale that spans lives lived across two continents amid political upheavals, where dreams wilt before they bud and where a search for a child finally makes a coward into a man. The Kite Runner is the shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan doctor who received political asylum in 1980 as civil conflict devastated his homeland.

Whatever the truth of the claim to be the first English language Afghan novel, Hosseini is certainly the first Afghan novelist to fictionalize his culture for a western readership, melding the personal struggle of ordinary people into the terrible historical sweep of a devastated country in a rich and soul searching narrative.

Over the last three decades, Afghanistan has been ceaselessly battered by Communist rule, Soviet occupation, the Mujahiddin and a democracy that became a ruler of terror. It is a history that can intimidate and exhaust an outsider’s attempts to understand, but Hosseini extrudes it simply and quietly into an intimate account of love, honour, guilt, fear and redemption that needs no dry history book or atlas to grip and absorb.

Amir is a privileged member of the dominant Pashtun tribe growing up in affluent Kabul in the Seventies. Hassan is his devoted servant and a member of the oppressed Hazara tribe whose first word was the name of his boy master. The book focuses on the friendship between the two children and the cruel and shameful sacrifice the rich boy makes of his humble, adoring alter ego to buy the love of his own distant father. “I ran because I was a coward,” Amir realizes, as he bolts from the scene that severs his friendship with Hassan, satters his childhood and haunts him for the rest of his life. “I actually aspired to cowardice.”

The book charts Amir’s attempts to flee culpability for this act of betrayal, seeking asylum from his hellish homeland in California and a new life buried deep in black velvet portraits of Elvis. Amir’s story is simultaneously devastating and inspiring. His world is a patchwork of the beautiful and horrific, and the book a sharp unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled.

The Kite Runner is about the price of peace, both personal and political, and what we knowingly destroy in our hope of achieving that, be it friends, democracy or ourselves.

A. Find the opposite words for the following from the text.[5x1=5]

i. peace ii. enmity iii. Aggressive iv. bold v. kind

B. Sequence the following sentences as they appear in the text.[5x0.5=2.5]

i. Amir’s story is simultaneously devastating and inspiring.

ii. The book focuses on the friendship between the two children and the cruel and shameful sacrifice.

iii. Over the last three decades, Afghanistan has been ceaselessly battered by Communist rule.

iv. Khaled Husseini is an Afghan doctor who received political asylum in 1990.

v. In the novel two motherless boys learn to crawl and walk side by side.

C. Answer the following questions.[5x1.5=7.5]

i. Who is Amir?

ii. How is Amir’s world?

iii. Who is the protagonist of the story?

iv. What is the relationship between Amir and Hassan?

v. How does Amir feel at the end of the novel?

5. Construct a readable story with the help of outlines given below. [5]

Three men walking on a way…………. find a purse ………. agree to divide the money……….. all are hungry ………….. one goes to buy food ……… poisons it ………. the others decide to kill him …….he is murdered ……the others eat the food ……….result …… moral.

6. Write a couple of paragraphs expressing your views on the topic, “ Effects of Social Media”. [5]

7. Compose a dialogue between two friends who make a plan to go for abroad study. (Write at least six exchanges) [6]

8. Write a letter to the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan city

about the poor condition of road in rainy season suggesting some measures for solution. [8]

9. Reproduce the following sentences as directed in the brackets.**[6x1=6]**

a. I along with my parents went to market ……..? (Add a suitable tag)

b. People help one another in need. (negative)

c.Kapil visits his parents once in a week. (change in to How often … question)

d. by the end of June this year, Sime … her M. A. in English Literature. (use the correct form of verb ‘complete’ in the blank space)

e. May I ask you a question? (passive)

f. “Where are you from, Romeo?” Juliet said (into indirect speech)

10. Choose and copy the best answer for the numbered blanks below. (Rewriting is not necessary)**[10x0.5=5]**

Once there was …1… (a/an/the) fox. He lived in a jungle. There also lived a crane. The crane and the fox …2… (was/were/are) great friends. They visited each other’s home now and then. One day, the fox invited the crane …3… (in/on/to) dinner. He …4… (has put/putts/put) the soup in a flat dish. The crane had a long beak. He couldn’t take any of the soup. The fox finished liking his dish and asked the crane, “How …5…(was the food/the food was/the food is)?”. The crane said it was very nice. In fact, it was really upsetting to the crane, …6… (isn’t it, didn’t it, wasn’t it)? The crane felt insulted. He wanted to take revenge. The next week, the fox …7… (invited/will invite/ was invited) to dine with the crane at his home.

The crane served boiled rice in jug …8… (because, so that, in order to) the fox could not reach the food. The jug had a very narrow neck. The fox could only smell the rice. Its head wouldn’t go inside the jug. The crane enjoyed the food very much. In this way the crane made the fox …9… (felt/feel/to feel) sorry for his behavior. If the fox had fed the crane well, the crane …10… (did not insult/wouldn’t not indult/would not have insulted)the fox.




Answer Key for Model Question

1. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 0.5 for each.

i. Diverged

ii. Bent

iii. Fair

iv. Travel

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each.

i. The poet of the poem is Robert Lee Frost.

ii. The speaker choose the road that was less travelled.

iii. The speaker will tell the story for years and years that ‘his choice has made all the difference in his life.

2. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 0.5 for each.

i. Prevail

ii. Protesters

iii. Corruption

iv. Joy

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 0.5 for each.

i.T.

ii. F

iii. T

iv. T

C. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 2 for each.

i. Yogmaya’s verse reflect the principle of equality

ii. Yogmaya’s first political agenda was the cultural and religious operation of the time.

iii. Her campagian started from 1930’s and ended in 1940.

3. A. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each.

i. Intermingle

ii. Progressive

iii. Knowledge

iv. Creation

B. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1.5 for each.

i. The author defines the quality of good teacher in a way that ‘good teacher is one who intermingle his own individuality of the child.

ii. Adems describes “education is a bio polar process in which one personality acts on another to modify the development of others.”

iii. Aristotle emphasizes on ‘sound of mind and sound of body.’

4. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1 for each.

i. Conflict

ii. Friendship

iii. Coward

iv. Betrayal

iv. Cruel

B.If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 0.5 for each.

i. In the novel two motherless boys learn to crawl and walk side by side.

ii. Khaled Husseini is an Afghan doctor who received political asylum in 1990.

iii. Over the last three decades, Afghanistan has been ceaselessly battered by Communist rule.

iv. The book focuses on the friendship between the two children and the cruel and shameful sacrifice.

v. Amir’s story is simultaneously devastating and inspiring.

vi.

C. If the answer is suitable/right, allocate 1.5 for each.

i. Amir is a central character as well as motherless child who has been living traumatic life.

ii. Amir’s world is simultaneously devastating and inspiring.

iii. Amir is the protagonist of the story.

iv. The relationship between Amir and Hassan are friend.

v. At the end of the novel Amir feels a sharp unforgettable taste of the trauma and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled.

5. This question carries 5 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Content/subject matter – 2

Organization: coherence/ cohesion – 1

Correctness of language – 1

Layout and format – 1

6. This question carries 5 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Content/subject matter – 2

Organization: coherence/ cohesion – 1

Correctness of language – 1

Layout and format – 1

7. This question carries 6 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects

Relevance of the content – 3

Correctness of language – 1

Appropriateness of language – 2

8. This question carries 8 marks. Award marks considering the following aspects.

Content – 3

Organization of language – 2

Correctness of language structure and format – 2

Orthographic convention – 1

9. This question carries 6 marks. Award 1 mark for each correct answer.

a. didn’t I?

b. People do not help one another in need.

c. How often does Kapil visit his Parents?

d. will have completed.

e. May a question be asked to you?

f. Juliet asked Romeo where he was from.

10. This question carries 5 marks. Award 0.5 marks for each correct answer.

1. a

2. were

3. to

4. put

5. was the food

  1. wasn’t it?

7. was invited

8. so that

9. feel

10. would not have insulted

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