HBSE Class 9 English Question Paper 2023 Answer Key

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(Unseen Comprehension)
1. Read the given passages and answer the questions that follow. Do any two passages :
(a) There are wild dogs and pet dogs. Pet dogs are helpers and friends to people. There were no pet dogs 15,000 years ago. Men and women learned how to work with dogs. Dogs helped humans travel from Asia to North America 10,000 years ago by pulling sleds in the snow. People say dogs are “man’s best friend.” They help with farming. They help with hunting. They help with fishing. They can pull things for people. They can help find things. There are many colours of dogs. There are white dogs, grey dogs, black dogs, and brown dogs. A dog’s fur can be short or long. Dogs have curly hair or straight fur. There are very small dogs. They are only 6-8 inches tall. There are very big dogs. They are about 3 feet tall. Some dogs can see well. Some dogs do not see very well. All dogs can hear well. They can hear sounds that people cannot hear. They can hear high sounds and low sounds. They can hear sound very far away. All dogs can smell very well. They can smell 40 times better than humans! Dogs live 5 to 13 years, but some dogs live much longer. One dog lived to be 24 years old!
Questions :
(i) Dogs helped people go to America by ……….
Ans – pulling sleds in the snow.

(ii) How tall are the smallest dogs ?
Ans – 6-8 inches

(ii) How tall are the biggest dogs ?
Ans – 3 feet

(iv) What can all dogs do well ?
Ans – All dogs can hear and smell very well.

(v) How old was the oldest dog ?
Ans – 24 years

(b) The king of Iran had heard that Birbal was one of the wisest men in the East. He wanted to meet Birbal, so he sent him an invitation to visit his country. In due course, Birbal arrived Iran. When he entered the palace he was puzzled to find not one, but six kings seated there. All were dressed in kingly robes. Birbal began to think, ‘Who is the real king?’ The very next moment, he got the answer. Confidently, he approached the King and bowed to him. “But how did you identify me” The king asked, puzzled. Birbal smiled and explained; “The false kings were all looking at you, while yourself looked straight ahead. Even in regal robes, the common people will always look to their king for support.” Overjoyed, the king embraced Birbal and showered him with gifts.
Questions :
(i) Who sent Birbal an invitation to visit Iran ?
Ans – King of iran

(ii) The real king was looking at the false kings. True or False ?
Ans – False

(iii) Becoming overjoyed due to Birbal’s Wisdom, what did the king give to Birbal ?
Ans – The king embraced Birbal and showered him with gifts.

(iv) When Birbal entered the palace, he was puzzled to see ………….
Ans – six kings seated there.

(v) Find a word from the above passage which means ‘dress’.
Ans – Robes

(c) Bees-live in a house that is called a hive. There are three kinds of bees; workers, drones and queens. Only one queen bee can live in each hive. If she is lost or dead, the other bees will stop their work. Bees are very wise and busy little creatures. They all join together to build cells of wax for their honey. Each bee takes its proper place and does its own work. Some go out and gather honey from the flowers; others stay at home and work inside the hive. The cells which they build are all of one shape and size, and no space is left between them. The cells are not round. They have six sides. It is not safe for children to handle bees. Bees have a painful sting that they use in their defence.
Questions :
(i) Bees live in a house called ………….
Ans – hive

(ii) Name the three kinds of bees.
Ans – Workers, drones and queens

(iii) How many sides do cells built by bees have ?
Ans – 6 sides

(iv) How do bees defend themselves ?
Ans – Bees have a painful sting that they use in their defence.

(v) Give a suitable title to the passage.
Ans – Life of bees or The hard working insects : Bees

(Writing Skills)
2. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words.
(a) You are Sumit/Suman. Write an application to your Principal asking him to grant you leave for 3 days as you are attending your brother’s marriage at Faridabad.
Ans –
The Principal,
ABC School Badhra,
Charkhi Dadri,
04 Dec 2023
Subject: Requesting 3 days leave to attend brother’s marriage.
Respected Sir/Madam,
I, Sumit, a student of class 9th A, request you to grant me 3 days leave. My elder brother’s wedding ceremony is to be held on 6th December 2023. I have the responsibility of all the arrangements and the management of the wedding. I will not be able to attend the school as there will be guests in my house and will hope for my presence therefore, I need to be with my family on this pleasant occasion.
Therefore, kindly grant me leave for 3 day i.e, from 05-12-2023 to 07-12-2023. I hope you will understand and cooperate with me. I will be grateful to you for the same.
Yours faithfully,

(b) Write an application to the Principal of your school for full-fee concession.
Ans –
The Principal
ABC School Badhra
Charkhi Dadri
10 Feb 2023
Subject : Application for full-fee concession
Hello Sir/Madam,
I beg to say that my father is a small worker in a small water plant and his monthly salary is only Rs.8000. I have a brother and a sister in my family. My father is the only earner in a family of 5 people. With an income of only 8000, it becomes very difficult to fulfil the requirement of the entire family members, Moreover, the cost of education for my sister and brother also goes from this money. Due to all this, I am not able to pay my school fees for the last few months.
Therefore, I urge you to please understand my condition and waive my fees.
I will be highly obliged to you.
Yours Sincerely
Class IX

3. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words.
(a) Write a paragraph on ‘Value of Discipline in Student Life’.
Ans –
Discipline is one of the most important things in a student’s life. It is crucial to follow the discipline in School. Along with education, students must learn the discipline in School because without the discipline; students can’t be well educated.
Discipline can be considered as the potential of students to do a thing or finish their task in a fixed time. The meaning of discipline is to keeping control so that students can attain their objectives.
Discipline in students life attract all the right things, and because of this, students gain success in each field of their life. In a student’s life, the discipline is always catered as a guide to focus on their goals. The disciplined life is classified by success, efficiency, and better time management.

(b) Write a report on the Annual Function organised by your school.
Ans –


05 January, 2023
Our school celebrated its founding day by organizing a grand annual function in the school auditorium on December 30. All students, their parents, teachers and staff and other respected invitees attended the function. The programme started upon the arrival of the chief guest, the District Magistrate of Bhiwani at 11 a.m. The proceedings began with welcoming speech delivered by the principal. This was followed by a short speech by the chairman of the school’s managing committee in which he spoke of the school’s eventful journey and achievements in the last two decades since its establishment in 1995. Then followed a number of dance, song and cultural performances which were beautifully persented and entertained the audience. The chief guest delivered his inspiring speech which urged the students to do their best and bring honour to the school, their family and the country. Finally, the school band played the national anthem and the function ended at 1:30 am. Sweets and refreshment were served to all those present and the day ended on a happy note.

4. Answer any twelve sentences, choosing two from each sub-part.
(a) Punctuate the given sentences :
(i) ram is a good boy
Ans – Ram is a good boy.

(ii) ashoka was a great king
Ans – Ashoka was a great king.

(iii) gandhi said do or die
Ans – Gandhi said, “Do or die.”

(b) Fill in the blanks with correct form of verb :
(i) Water ……….. at 100°C. (boil)
Ans – boils

(ii) The train ………….. before we reached the station. (go)
Ans – had gone

(iii) It …………. since morning. (rain)
Ans – has been raining

(c) Fill with suitable articles, wherever necessary :
(i) Rahul and Sonia have ………. apples.
Ans – x

(ii) I have ……….. pen.
Ans – a

(iii) I saw …………. one-eyed person yesterday.
Ans – a

(d) Change the voice :
(i) Aman writes a letter.
Ans – A letter is written by Aman.

(ii) The teacher taught the lesson.
Ans – The lesson was taught by the teacher.

(iii) I have done my work.
Ans – My work has been done by me.

(e) Fill with suitable conjunctions :
(i) I have two apples ………. one banana.
Ans – and

(ii) He is rich ……….. miser.
Ans – but

(iii) Work hard ……….. you should fail.
Ans – lest

(f) Fill with suitable modals :
(i) You ……….. quit smoking. You have lung cancer.
Ans – must

(ii) The keys ……….. be under my pillow. (Least possibility)
Ans – might

(iii) ………… you live long!
Ans – May

[A : Prose Text (Beehive)]
5. Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow. Do any two passages.
(a) But Evelyn was not going to give up. She was determined to lead a normal life and pursue her interest in music. One day she noticed a girl playing a xylophone and decided that she wanted to play it too. Most of the teachers discouraged her but percussionist Ron Forbes spotted her potential. He began by tuning two large drums to different notes. “Don’t listen through your ears.” he would say. “try to sense it some other way.”
Questions :
(i) Name the chapter.
Ans – The Sound Of Music

(ii) Name the author.
Ans – Deborah Cowley

(iii) What instrument did Evelyn want to play ?
Ans – Xylophone

(iv) Who spotted Evelyn’s potential ?
Ans – Ron Forbes

(v) Find the word in the passage which means ‘quality or ability that can be developed.’
Ans – Potential

(b) I didn’t jump. I didn’t tremble. I didn’t cry out. There was no time to do any such thing. The snake slithered along my shoulder and coiled around my left arm above the elbow. The hood was spread out and its head was hardly three or four inches from my face! It would not be correct to say merely that I sat there holding my breath. I was turned to stone. But my mind was very active. The door opened into darkness. The room was surrounded by darkness. In the light of the lamp I sat there like a stone image in the flesh.
Questions :
(i) Name the chapter.
Ans – The Snake and The Mirror

(ii) Name the author.
Ans – Vaikom Mohammad Basheer

(iii) Who is ‘I’ in the above paragraph ?
Ans – Author (Doctor)

(iv) What was the distance between snake’s hood and narrator’s face ?
Ans – 3 or 4 inches

(v) What was the room surrounded by ?
Ans – Darkness

(c) Two years ago we were passing through the sugarcane fields near Mysore. People were driving away the wild pigs from the fields by shooting at them. Some were shot and some escaped. We thought that everything was over when suddenly a black sloth bear came out panting in the hot sun. Now I will not shoot a sloth bear wantonly but unfortunately for the poor beast, one of my good companions did not feel that way about it, and promptly shot the bear on the spot.
Questions :
(i) Name the chapter.
Ans – The Bond of Love

(ii) Name the author.
Ans – Kenneth Anderson

(iii) What were people driving away from the sugarcane fields ?
Ans – Wild pigs

(iv) Did narrator want to shoot the sloth bear ?
Ans – No

(v) Give a word from the passage which means ‘friend’.
Ans – Companion

6. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words.
(a) Tell in brief about all the characters in the story ‘Packing’. (Don’t forget about the dog!).
Ans – George and Harris are the narrator’s friends with whom he is about to go on trip. They turn out to be worse packers than the narrator. They are highly disorganized, clumsy and foolish when it comes to packing. They place heavier things on top of light ones thus squashing them and making a mess. They spread salt over everything. They step on butter and sit on it. Instead of helping the narrator while he packs, they simply sit and enjoy his forgetfulness.
Another important character in the story is Montmorency, the dog. The narrator says that Montmorency’s only ambition in life is to get in everyone’s way and be sworn at. The dog made the most use of his day by wriggling his way in places where he was not wanted. He would create nuisance and make people so mad that they started throwing things at him. Just while they were about to pack the hampers, Montmorency came and sat down on things. He also believed that whenever Harris or George reached out their hand for anything, it was his cold damp nose that they wanted. Montmorency, then, put his foot in jam, pretended that lemons were rats and killed three before Harris hit him with a frying pan to get him out of the hamper.

(b) What are the main features of the teachers and the schoolrooms that Margie and Tommy have in the story ‘The Fun They Had’ ?
Ans – Margie and Tommy were taught by mechanical teachers instead of human teachers. The children in the story were taught by mechanical teachers. The mechanical teachers were actually computer systems which had large black screens on which all the lessons were shown and questions were asked. They had a slot in which students had to put their homework and test papers. The students were taught to answer their questuions in a punch code and the mechanical teacher calculated the marks immediately. They had their personalized schools in their homes itself. They did not have any classmates. They learned geography, history and arithmetic. They had regular days and hours for school.

7. Answer any three of the following questions in about 20-30 words.
(i) Where was shehnai played traditionally ? How did Bismillah Khan change this ? (The Sound of Music : The Shehnai of Bismillah Khan)
Ans – The shehnai was played traditionally in the temple at the royal courts and on the occasion of weddings. The credit must go to Bismillah Khan to take this instrument onto the classical stage.

(ii) In what ways did Kezia’s grandmother encourage her to get to know her father ? (The Little Girl)
Ans – Kezia’s grandmother encouraged her to get to know her father better by sending her to the drawing room to talk to her parents on Sundays. She also suggested Kezia to make a pin cushion out of a beautiful piece of yellow silk as a gift for her father’s birthday.

(iii) What did Einstein call his desk drawer at work? Why? (A Truly Beautiful Mind)
Ans – Einstein called his desk drawer at the patent office the ‘Bureau of theoretical physics’ as he was developing his own ideas in secret by storing them in his desk drawer and thus, it had all the evidence which could reveal the secret.

(iv) How did Montmorency ‘contribute’ to packing? (Packing)
Ans – Montmorency put his leg into the jam and disturbed the teaspoons. He pretended that the lemons were rats and went into the hamper to kill three of them before being hit with a frying pan by Harris. The packing escapade was already a messy job and Montmorency’s contribution made it even more tiresome.

[B : Poetry (Beehive)]
8. Read the stanza given below and answer the questions that follow.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
Question :
(a) Name the poem.
Ans – The Lake isle of innisfree

(b) Name the poet.
Ans – William Butler Yeats

(c) Of what will the poet make his cabin ?
Ans – Clay and wattles

(d) How many bean rows will poet have there ?
Ans – Nine

(e) Does the poet want to live in a group of people at the isle ?
Ans – No


It takes much time to kill a tree,
Not a simple jab of the knife
Will do it. It has grown
Slowly consuming the earth,
Rising out of it, feeding
Upon its crust absorbing
Years of sunlight, air, water,
And out if its leprous hide
Sprouting leaves.
Questions :
(a) Name the poem.
Ans – On Killing a Tree

(b) Name the poet.
Ans – Gieve Patel

(c) What will not be done by a simple jab of knife ?
Ans – Kill a tree

(d) What has grown up feeding upon earth’s crust ?
Ans – Tree

(e) What does a tree absorb ?
Ans – Sunlight, air and water

9. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words.
(a) Give theme of the poem ‘The Road Not Taken’.
Ans – ‘The Road Not Taken’ describes the situation of a person in his life where he finds it difficult to make decisions between what is right and what is wrong. It deals with the complexities of life and how its ways never fall into the right place initially.
The main theme of the poem is making the right decisions at the right time. It offers a profound perception of decision making. The traveller comes across a path that was diverging into two and he was in a dilemma regarding which path to choose. This hides a deep meaning behind it. It suggests that sometimes in life, we have to make decisions without the full knowledge and understanding of the state of affairs. But it is also necessary to consider all the available options and make an appropriate choice.
The choice at the crucial moment determines and changes the path of our lives. Hence, the poem focuses on a deep analysis of the situation before we arrive at a decision.

(b) What circumstances led to the turning of miser old lady into a woodpecker? (A Legend of the Northland)
Ans – A woman of Northland, who was miserly and selfish was changed to a woodpecker by Saint Peter. She had refused to give even a cake as thin as a wafer to the tired and hungry saint. So, as a punishment, she was turned to a bird who would have to live in a nest and bore into wood for her food.

10. Answer any two of the following questions in about 20-30 words.
(a) What does the poet like to do when it rains? (Rain on the Roof)
Ans – When it rains, the poet enjoys lying in his rustic chamber bed with his head tucked against the pillow and listening to the quiet rain patter.

(b) Where was the snake before anyone saw it? Where did he hide? Why? (The Snake Trying)
Ans – The snake was lying on the sand before anyone saw it and chased it away. The snake disappeared in the ripples of the water among the green reeds.

(c) What should we do to befriend wind? (Wind)
Ans – We should make sure that we are mentally and physically healthy. When we stay strong, the wind won’t harm us and will become friends with us. The poet even conveys that we must stay strong so that we can withstand difficult situations and overcome the challenges in life.

[C : Supplementary Reader (Moments)]
11. Answer any one of the following questions in about 100 words.
(a) Write another ending of the story ‘iswaran the Storyteller’.
Ans – The story in the book showed that Mahendra was afraid of dark cloudy thing.
The other ending of the story should show that Mahendra was brave and courageous man. He should have followed the cloudy thing. It would have proved that whether the ghosts or spirits is a real or imaginary thing. So, Mahendra could have slept without any fear of unknown. Mahendra could be there to prove the ghost theory wrong without resigning from the job. He could act as a courageous man. He could catch Iswaran red-handed, and they went away together, respecting their strong bonding.

(b) Do you think that Prashant is a good leader? Justify.
Ans – Yes, I think Prashant is a good leader because when he noticed that the situation wasn’t improving he made it his responsibility to take care of everyone. Yes, young people can get together to help people during natural calamities as they are more energetic than the older generation. They are capable of doing much more than the adults. They will also have better ideas on how to face the circumstances and overcome it. Young people also tend to be visionaries and they are the future of any nation.

12. Answer any four of the following questions in about 20-30 words.
(a) What are the things that child sees on his way to fair ? (The Lost Child)
Ans – The child sees toys, flowering mustard field, dragonflies, butterflies, doves, a huge crowd of people entering the fair, sweet shops, garlands of gulmohar, rainbow-colored balloons, a snake charmer playing a flute and a roundabout swing.

(b) In what sense was Toto pretty? (The Adventures of Toto)
Ans – Toto was pretty as he had bright eyes that sparkled with mischief beneath his deep-set eyebrows. His teeth were pearly white which were often displayed in a smile. His tail also added to his good looks.

(c) Why was the Happy Prince sad? (The Happy Prince)
Ans – The Prince was sad because he could see the unhappiness of his city. Even his heart, which was made of cheap metal, could feel the people’s pain. When the Happy Prince was alive, he did not know what tears were. He lived in a palace where there was no sadness.

(d) What is Johnsy’s illness? What is its treatment? (The Last Leaf)
Ans – Johnsy is suffering from Pneumonia. Her willingness to live can cure her. Her doctor says that it seems as if she has made up her mind that she is not going to get well. He says that medicines won’t work if she does not want to live.

(e) ‘My cat was back and so was I’. Had the author gone anywhere? Why or why not? (A House is not a Home)
Ans – The author says these words because he felt that a part of him had gone missing with the cat too. He does not physically go anywhere but mentally he felt a little lost without the cat. Even though he had settled down in life and made friends, he still missed his cat. Now that she was healthy and back with him, he feels as though his life is back also.

(f) Give a brief character-sketch of Olga. (The Beggar)
Ans – Anushka Gairola Olga had a very gentle and calm personality. She was responsible towards her duty and served the advocate in a caring manner. The gentle nature of Olga could be seen through her emotions for the beggar boy. She had pity as well as concern for the beggar boy. Her concern can be seen in the story as she herself chopped the woods for the beggar boy with the intention that the boy would be able to get some money in exchange of the woods.


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