CBSE PSA Sample Papers Class IX (Qualitative Reasoning) - 2013

Problem Solving Assessment Sample Papers : 2012-13

Section –B (Qualitative Reasoning)

(Questions 25-30) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

The cleaner’s name

During their last year at school, a teacher gave his students a questionnaire about Life Skills. One conscientious student had breezed through the questions until he read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans at your floor in the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaner several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, the student asked if the last question was important. “Absolutely", said the teacher. "In your career, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is learn their name, smile and say "hello."

That afternoon, the student found the cleaner. “I wanted to thank you for the work you do,” he said. “May I ask your name?”

Q.25 The teacher gave the students this questionnaire “during their last year at school” because it tests skills that
1) will be learned after school ends.
2) were taught in the final school year.
3) are learned throughout all schooling.
4) universities and colleges will require.

Q.26 The student in the story was surprised by the last question because he assumed that
1) learning is only academic.
2) the woman was not a cleaner
3) there would be multiple choices.
4) he would know the cleaner’s name.

Q.27 The final paragraph of the story shows that the student
1) put the theory into practice.
2) had difficulty finding the cleaner.
3) misunderstood the teacher’s point.
4) wants to complete the questionnaire.

Q.28 The student in the story learned the importance of
1) tactics.
2) humility.
3) politeness.
4) lateral thinking.

Q.29 The teacher put the question about the cleaner on the questionnaire for the benefit of
1) the cleaner.
2) the whole class.
3) this particular student.
4) the teacher him/herself.

Q.30 The text is best described as a
1) moral tale.
2) urban legend.
3) children’s story.
4) humorous anecdote.

(Questions 31-36) Read the following two scenarios and answer the questions that follow:

Scenario 1
Sheena lives with her extended family. She aspires to be a doctor. She likes to devote more and more time to her studies but when she returns home from school her grandmother wants her to get involved in household chores. Whenever she sits down to study she is made to get up on the pretext of one thing or the other. Her parents find themselves helpless as they feel they shouldn't argue with elders. Her grades have started going down.

Scenario 2
Yash is fascinated by cars and hopes to be an automobile engineer one day. He wants to opt for science but his businessman father feels that he should opt for commerce and take care of the family hotel and restaurant business when he grows up. He is good at mathematics and science but lacks concentration and likes doing lots of things at the same time. His father feels that he won't be successful in life if he opts for science and is very upset with him.

Q.31 Which of these words best describes the interpersonal relationships described in the first scenario?
1) positive
2) friendly
3) conflicting
4) supportive

Q.32 The words ‘shouldn’t argue with elders’ is about which attribute?
1) love
2) trust
3) respect
4) confidence

Q. 33 Which of the following strategies could resolve the issues for everyone in both scenarios?
1) being obedient
2) changing aspirations
3) communicating openly
4) devoting more time to study

Q.34 The second scenario clearly states that
1) Yash will take over the family business.
2) The father values commerce as a career.
3) Yash will become an automobile engineer.
4) A child must take over the family business.

Q. 35 What conclusion can be drawn from both scenarios?
1) There is only one path to a successful life.
2) Students should be able to do what they want.
3) To achieve their goals students need to work harder.
4) Children and their parents may have different points of view.

Q. 36 What conclusion can be drawn from scenario 1?
1) Sheena will become a doctor.
2) Sheena’s parents want her to do household chores.
3) The grandmother has too many household chores to do.
4) The grandmother values household chores above study.

(Questions 38 and 39) Read the given statements and answer the questions that follow
A. Many hands make light work.
B. Two heads are better than one.
C. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
D. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Q.38 Which two sayings express opposite sentiments?
1) A and B
2) B and C
3) A and C
4) B and D

Q.39 Which saying encourages people to look to others for emotional support?
1) A
2) B
3) C
4) D

Q.40 According to Wikipedia, ‘nominative determinism’ is a comparatively recent term for the theory that a person's name can have a significant role in determining key aspects of their job, profession or even character.
Which of the following would not be an example of nominative determinism?
I.Will Street – wedding photographer
2.Usain Bolt – Olympic track gold medallist
3.Alan Heavens – professor of astrophysics
4.Sarah Blizzard – television weather presenter

Q.41 Which of the following statements expresses the ideal relationship between the two categories; ‘politicians’ and ‘people with integrity’?
1) All politicians are people with integrity.
2) All people with integrity are politicians.
3) Some people with integrity are politicians.
4) Some politicians are people with integrity.

Q.42 If Ajit decided to lie to his parents about a poor test result, what is most likely to be the immediate effect of his decision?
1) His end of year report reveals the lie.
2) He is worried and doesn’t sleep well.
3) He does not understand the next unit of his studies.
4) His parents learn about the lie when they have an interview with his teacher.


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