Class – IX
Subject – English
Time allowed : 3 hours Maximum Marks : 100
General Instructions :
(i) This paper consists of four sections —
Section A — Reading 20 marks
Section B — Writing -30 marks
Section C — Grammar 20 marks
Section D — Literature 30 marks
(ii) Attempt all questions.
(iii) Do not write anything in the question paper.
(iv) All the answers must be correctly numbered as in the question paper and written
in the answer sheet provided to you.
(v) Attempt all questions in each section before going on to the next section.
(vi) Read each question carefully and follow the instructions.
(vii) Strictly adhere to the word limit given with each question. Marks will be deducted
for exceeding the word limit.
SECTION A — (Reading)
THE ART OF CONVERSATION
1. By listening, thinking and formulating your thoughts before you speak, you will increase your effectiveness as a powerful communicator.
2. Think before you talk. Know your message. Get to the point quickly. Then, it is easier for the listener to remember what you said. Know the outcome you want from your conversation. Practice the power of persuasion. Almost everything you say is an attempt to persuade the other person to accept your point of view. For successful networking, plan in advance what you want to say and what you want to accomplish. Know something about the people you'll be taking to.
3. Fear is a defense mechanism to protect ourselves. We fear destruction of our self-esteem. 'Who we are…' is precious to us. Others' words about us can seem like building blocks either supporting us or crashing in on us. Fear focuses on the worst thing that can happen. "I'll fail. I'll forget what I'm going to say. I'll be humiliated. I'll panic. I'll stop breathing". Instead shift your focus with the following tips:
✓ Focus on the listener, (not yourself) — Message, (not the words) — Success, (not the alternatives).
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