Unseen Passage for Class 8

Unseen passage for class 8 is the most important part to score higher marks in your exam. Reading the unseen passage for class 8 in English will help you to write better answers in your exam and improve your reading skill.

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1- you should know the meaning of every word in the passage.

2-After reading the passage completely, come to a question and find the answer.

3-Ensure that you find a correct answer before writing them.

4-Write your answers in the same tense in which questions is given.

5-Try to write the answer on the basis of information given in the passage. Do not try to write the answer in your view, expression, and Imagination.

6-Answers the question in your own language we should see that answer is clear and complete in itself.

7-After writing the answer, don’t forget to check your answer if there is a mistake then correct it.

8-Follow time management during your exam.Because you have another question in your exams. So, find that how much time is needed you to write the answer by solving our unseen passage for class 8 in English.If you take much more time to write the answer try to manage it.

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Unseen passage for class 8 with questions and answers

1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1. I met Mr. Franks at Susie’s birthday party. Susie had told me, “He’s my grandpa’s closest friend – lives in the Home for the Aged. He must be eighty at least!” I took a great liking to Mr. Franks the moment I started talking to him. He had a great enthusiasm for life, despite his poor health – and the most interesting stories to tell. His anecdotes kept us laughing and amused throughout the evening. As I rose to get back to my school hostel, he said, “Why don’t you come and see me at the Home sometime? Though you might think it boring to sit and chat with an old man like me!” I assured him that I would surely come with Susie to the Home to meet him. From then on, I met Mr. Franks every Wednesday. He would be sitting in his tiny garden and soaking in the warm winter sunshine. He had been an expert gardener in his younger days and had many certificates to prove it.

2. Mr. Franks had served in the army, and somehow most of his anecdotes were an amusing mixture of plant and military life. “You know, misunderstandings can be quite embarrassing sometimes! Once when I was away on leave, our unit mess got the electricity connection they had been wanting for quite some time. I did not know that. When I returned, the colonel asked me to get new bulbs put in the whole mess. I informed him that I had already put in the bulbs, and could not put in new ones. He was extremely angry at me for disobeying orders and we continued arguing. It was only much later that we realized that he was talking of the electric bulbs and I of the bulbs of the lily plant!”

On the basis of your reading of the passage, choose the correct option to complete each of the statements below.

1) Mr. Franks was _______________________________________.
a) the narrator’s grandfather
b) a friend of the narrator’s grandfather
c) Susie’s grandfather
d) the closest friend of Susie’s grandfather

2) Mr. Franks lived in ____________________________________.
a) his own little house with a tiny garden
b) a home for the aged
c) the school hostel
d) the same house as Susie’s grandfather

3) Mr. Franks had been a good gardener in his younger days and he had
________________________ to prove it.

a) many certificates
b) many gardening magazines
c) many flowers
d) a tiny garden

4) Mr. Franks had confused _______________________ with electric bulbs and refused to put new bulbs in the mess when ordered by the colonel.
a) bulbs of the onion plant
b) bulbs of the daffodil plant
c) bulbs of the lily plant
d) bulbs of the tulip plant

5) The word ‘anecdotes’ means ___
a) a kind of antibiotics
b) short, interesting stories about real people or events
c) photograph albums
d) fairy tales

II. Unscramble the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences and rewrite them on the lines given.

1) spring-blooming / tulips / plants / are____________
2) are / and / flowers / usually large / the / coloured / brightly _
3) have been/ from the / in / tulips / century / cultivated/ Asia / tenth

III. Choose the word with the correct spelling.
1 a) coloumn
b) colum
c) column
d) colomn

2 a) embroidered
b) embroydered
c) imbrodered
d) embroidered

3 a) palaquin
b) pallacuin
c) pallanquin
d) palanquin

4 a) seemstress
b) seamstress
c) seamtress
d) seamtrace

IV. Write the meanings of the words given below. Provide the contextual meaning where mentioned.

  1. Grate (contextual) – ____________________________________
  2. Gilded – _____________________________________________
  3. Sensible – ___________________________________________
  4. Curious (contextual) – ___________________________________

V. Frame a meaningful sentence of your own with the word given below.

  1. Fanning – _____________________________________________

VI. Read the extract given below carefully and answer the questions that follow.

“Alas! I have no ruby now. My eyes are all that I have left. They are made of rare sapphires, which were brought from India a thousand years ago. Pluck out one of them and take it to him.”

  1. Who said this to whom?
  2. Why did the speaker not have the ruby with him any longer?
  3. To whom does ‘him’ refer? What did the speaker want to give ‘him’?

VII. Answer the following questions briefly.

  1. What frightened the poet’s mother into making the remark, “I know not where we have come to.” while travelling through Joradighi?
  2. What was the ‘remarkable phenomenon’ that the Professor of Ornithology noticed while passing over the bridge and what did he do about it? How did everyone react to it?

Suggested answer for above questions:

I. 1 d) the closest friend of Susie’s grandfather
2 b) a home for the aged
3 a) many certificates
4 c) bulbs of the lily plant
5 b) short, interesting stories about real people or events

II. 1) Tulips are spring-blooming plants.
2) The flowers are usually large and brightly coloured.
3) Tulips have been cultivated in Asia from the tenth century. / …… from the tenth century in Asia

III. 1c) column
2a) embroidered
3d) palanquin
4 b) seamstress

IV. 1) Grate (contextual) -frame of metal bars for confining fuel in the recess of fireplace/ furnace
2) Gilded – covered with a thin layer of gold or gold paint
3) Sensible – having or showing common sense/ practical/ realistic
4) Curious (contextual) – odd/ strange/ peculiar

V.1) Any meaningful sentence of the student’s own

VI. 1) … the Happy Prince…..the Swallow.
2) … to the poor seamstress …. son … ill , crying … nothing to give him except water.
3) … ‘him’ – young playwright/ writer/ writer of plays…. wanted to give ‘him’ … one of his sapphire eyes.

VII. 1) … evening … travelling through Joradighi…. dark… gloomy …. lonely/ desolate … barren …. This frightened … mother …. made this remark.
2) … a swallow in winter … wrote a long article about it … local newspaper… everyone talked about it … full of words … could not understand.

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

Have you ever heard the sound of a hummingbird? They make a buzzing noise when they fly. They make this noise because they beat their wings very fast. They beat their wings up to 80 times a second. All that flapping makes a lot of noise. That’s why we call them hummingbirds. Hummingbirds fly in a unique way. They move their wings so fast that they can hover. This means that they can stay in one spot in the middle of the air. They are the only bird that flies backward too. Hummingbirds need lots of energy to move as fast as they do. This means that they need to eat a lot of food. Their favourite food is nectar, a sweet liquid found inside some flowers. They drink nectar in large quantity, daily. They have to visit hundreds of flowers to get enough nectar to live. Hummingbirds use their tongues for eating, not their long beaks. Hummingbirds help flowers too. They get pollen on their heads and bills when they feed. Flowers use pollen to make seeds. Hummingbirds spread pollen from one flower to the other. This helps flowers make more seeds. More seeds mean more flowers. More flowers mean more food for hummingbirds. Isn’t it nice how that works out?

a) On the basis of your reading the above passage choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences:

i. They are called hummingbirds because ______________.
a. they are very light
b. they sing when they fly
c. their wings make a humming sound
d. they move very fast

ii. Humming birds can hover because__________________
a. they can move their wings very fast.
b. they can fly backward.
c. they have a lot of energy .
d. they can fly very fast.

iii. Humming birds visit hundreds of flowers because______________________
a. they need enough nectar to live
b. they eat pollen.
c. they spread pollen from one flower to the next
d. they plant seeds.

iv. This is the only bird that __________________
a. can fly faster than any other bird.
b. can fly longer than any other bird.
c. can fly backward.
d. cannot hover in mid air.

v. Humming birds help flowers by ________
a. spreading pollen from flower to flower
b. spreading seeds by carrying them on their heads.
c. spreading seeds by carrying them on their bills
d. all the above.

Suggested answer for above questions:

I.
a)i.c. their wings make a humming sound
ii. a. they move their wings very fast.
iii. a. they need enough nectar to live
iv. c. can fly backward.
v. a. spreading pollen from flower to flower.

3. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

When Anne reached the school that morning all was quiet and still. The previous teacher had instructed the children to be in their places on her arrival, greet her and extend a warm welcome to her. When Anne entered the classroom the children greeted her with “shining morning faces” and bright, curious eyes. She hung up her hat and faced her pupils, hoping that she did not look as frightened and foolish as she felt and that they would not make out how nervous she was. She had sat up until nearly twelve the previous night drafting a speech with which she meant to begin her interaction with her pupils on the reopening day of school. She had revised and improved it, and then she had learnt it by heart. It was a very good speech and had some very fine ideas in it, especially about mutual help and earnest striving for knowledge. The only trouble was that she could not now remember a word of it. After what seemed a year to her . . . about ten seconds in reality . . . she said faintly, “Take your seats, please,” and sank breathlessly into her chair. While the children read their lessons Anne tried her best to relax and feel comfortable in her new school.

a) On the basis of your reading the passage answer the following questions:

  1. What were the children instructed to do when Anne arrived?
  2. How did the children greet her when she entered the classroom?
  3. How did Anne feel when she faced the students?
  4. How did she plan to begin her interaction with the students? How did she prepare for it?
  5. What was the speech about? Why was she unable to deliver it?

Suggested answer for above questions:

II. Passage -2
a) 1…. trained the children to be in their places on her arrival, greet her and extend a warm welcome to her.

  1. the children greeted her with “shining morning faces” and bright, curious eyes.
  2. frightened, foolish, nervous.
  3. with a speech….. sat up till twelve the previous night ,drafted a speech and learnt it by heart.
    5.mutual help and earnest striving for knowledge…..could not remember a word of it.

4. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

Nicholas Chorier is not an ordinary photographer. He is a kite aerial photographer. He uses a kite to hoist his camera into the skies, which dangles in mid-air and clicks photographs. As a teenager, Nicholas had two hobbies– photography and kite- flying. During a trip to India to make a photo report on kite- making, he learnt about this unique style of photography. Fascinated, he literally tied his two hobbies together for a living. Nicholas learnt to make strong kites modelled on the Japanese kites, Rokkaku that could withstand harsh winds. A beginner in his chosen field, he then set out to train himself. Today he is one of the most well–known kite aerial photographers in the world. The technique is to tie a cradle containing the photography equipment to the string of the kite and then fly it, thus launching the camera into air. From the ground, Nicholas controls the angles of the camera with a remote. An air–to–ground video link enables him to see the view from the kite’s angle. Once satisfied with the frame, he clicks a picture.

However, the job does have its drawbacks too. Once, his kite disappeared in the Yamuna River, with his expensive camera. He is especially fond of India and recently released a book, ‘Kite’s Eye View: India between Earth and Sky’.

i) On the basis of your reading the passage complete the following sentences:

a) Nicholas Chorier clicks photographs by using__________________________
b) The two hobbies that Nicholas tied together for a living re_______________
c) The camera is launched into air by______________________
d) Nicholas is able to see the view from the kite’s angle with the help of_____

ii) State whether the following statements are True or False:
a) Nicholas learnt about the unique style of photography during his trip to India.
b) Though Rokkaku is a very strong Japanese kite yet it cannot withstand strong winds.
c) Nicholas Chorier is one of the most well–known kite aerial photographers in India.
d) The aerial photographer’s trip to India also included making a report on kite –making.

iii)
a) The synonym of the word usual from the passage is _
b) The antonym of the word mild from the passage is ________

Suggested answer for above questions:

i) On the basis of your reading the passage complete the following sentences:
a) a kite to hoist his camera into the skies, which dangles in mid-air .
b) photography and kite –flying.
c) tying a cradle containing the photography equipment to the string of the kite and then flying it.
d) an air to ground video-link

ii) State whether the following statements are True or False:
a) True
b) False
c) False
d) True

iii) Vocabulary
a) ordinary
b) harsh

5. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1.In ancient cultures, sky-watching played an important role in navigation, agriculture, religion, and even entertainment. Those who observed the heavens connected stars to form patterns that is related to the heroes, gods and legends of their culture –known today as constellations. Most cultures named constellations and attached cultural meaning to their patterns. Native Americans, for instance, often used constellations to teach moral lessons. Today, the Western world acknowledges the constellations that originated in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek astronomers also made contributions during the classical ages of their cultures.

2.Out of 88 constellations officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union,48 were identified in ancient times with just the naked eyes. The remaining 40 were added in more recent centuries. Each constellation has its own border ensuring that each star would be restricted to one constellation only.

3.Constellations change over time as the stars in them move through space. The dipper part of the Big Dipper in the constellations Ursa Major (Great Bear) appeared much squarer in the past. With the dipper’s bowl starting to elongate 100,000 years from now, it will look more like a soup bowl with a handle.

A.Based on your reading of the passage given above, answer the following questions.
a.The astronomers of which other ancient cultures, apart from the Mesopotamians,
made important contributions to astronomy?
b.In which sphere did sky-watching help the people of ancient cultures?

B. Complete the following sentences appropriately.
a. Forty eight constellations officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union were _______________________________________
b. Constellations change ____________________________
c. Ancient sky-watchers gave us constellations by connecting stars in patterns related to their _________________________________________

C. State whether the following statements are true or false.
a. The dipper part of the Small Dipper in the constellations Ursa Major appeared much squarer in the past.
b. Total 87 constellations were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union_______
c. Dipper bowl will look more like a soup bowl with a handle._
d. Native Americans often used constellations to teach moral lessons._

Suggested answer for above questions:

A.
a.Babylonian, Egyptian and Greek astronomers also made contributions during the classical ages of their cultures.
b.In ancient cultures, sky-watching played an important role in navigation, agriculture, religion, and even entertainment.
B.
a…..identified with just the naked eyes
b. Constellations change over time as the stars in them move through space.
c. …that is related to the heroes, gods and legends of their culture – known today as constellations.
C.a. F b. F c.T d.T

6. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1. The so-called modern man is the most restless, unsatisfied and partially mad. Everybody is mad in this world, there is only the difference of degrees. Someone is mad at 5 degrees, the other at 80 degrees and the man who could not face the problems of modern life style becomes fully mad at 100 degrees. We are varied mind set people. The nature of mind is like a loafer, it is not at its centre. When mind settles down, we become silent, we become relaxed and we enjoy the present moment of life.

2.We the modern people have completely exhausted our nervous system by using too much of it. So everybody has become irritable, angry and confused. This is the result of over use of our mind, we are not using body but brain. There is blind race how to collect too much money, how to go on the top, how to be successful in this world. This race ends into defeat. Too many expectations lead to frustration.

3.Just from childhood, parents start encouraging their children to be more ambitious, to be more competitive and to get more marks in the exams. We expect our children to be the best doctors, to be the best engineers and to be the best business men. Nobody likes their children to be a good painter, a good mechanic, a good carpenter, a good artist. This hurts our own ego that our children become painters, carpenters and artists whereas other’s children are doctors and engineers. This ego of parents is not letting children to do their best.

A.On the basis of your reading the above passage, choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences.

i)The modern man is _
a) mostly found happy
b) is the most restless ,unsatisfied
c) the most reliable and trustworthy

ii)Too much exhaustion of our mind makes us _
a)irritable and dependent on others
b) irritable ,angry and confused
c)ambitious and socially alienated

iii)What hurts the parents?_
a)When the children disobey their parents
b) When the children follow professions not of the choice of their parents
c) When the children spend more time on net.

iv) Most of the parents expect their children to be __
a)the best human beings in every field
b) the best sports person and athletes
c) the best doctors, engineers and businessmen

B. State whether the following statements are true or false.
a.When mind settles down, we become silent and relaxed_______
b. Too many expectations lead to success __

C. Fill in the blanks and complete the paragraph.
a.There is a blind
i) _ how to collect too much ii) _ ,how to go on the
iii) how to be
iv) in this world.

D.Answer the following questions in brief
a.How do parents inspire their children?
b.Why do children fail to give their best?
c.How do people get exhausted?

Suggested answer for above questions:

2.i) ..b ii) ..b iii)…b iv)….c
B.a. T b. F
C.i) race ii) money iii) top iv) successful
D.a) parents start encouraging their children to be more ambitious, to be more competitive and to get more marks in the exams
b) Our own ego that our children have become painter, carpenter and artist and other’s children are doctors and engineers is not letting our children to do their best.
c) We the modern people have completely exhausted our nervous system by using too much of it.

7. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1 The Kohinoor meaning ‘Mountain of Light’ in Persian, is a 105 carat diamond. It was once the largest known diamond in the world. The Kohinoor was traditionally known as ‘Syamantaka-mani’ and later ‘Madnayak’ or the King of Jewels’. It was named Kohinoor in the 18th century, by Afghan Ahmed Shah Abdali .

2. The Kohinoor originated in Andhra Pradesh along with another diamond called the ‘Darya-ye Noor’-the ‘Sea of Light.’ It was found in the Kollur region of Guntur district, one of the world’s earliest diamond-producing regions. This region was the only known source of diamonds until 1730.Later, diamonds were discovered in Brazil.

Since the Kohinoor was found, it has belonged to various kings and nations. Hindus, Persians, Mughals, Rajput, Turks, Afghan, Sikh and British rulers have fought bitterly over it for many years.

The Kohinoor was seized by the East India Company and it became part of the British Crown Jewels when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877. The diamond is currently set into the crown of Queen Elizabeth and is on display at the Tower of London.

3. It is believed that the Kohinoor carries a curse which affects the men who wears it, but not women. All the men who owned it have either lost their throne or suffered other misfortunes.

On the basis of your reading of the passage, choose the correct option to complete each of the statements below.

1) Where was Kohinoor found ______?
a) Andhra Pradesh
b) Banglore
c) Kollur region
d) London

2) The precious diamond is presently set into the crown of______________.
a) Moghals
b) Rajputs
c) East India Company
d) Queen Elizabeth

3) The Kohinoor was later known as __.
a) ‘Syamantaka-mani’
b) Darya-ye Noor’
c) Gunturi stone
d) ‘Madnayak’

4)In which year was diamond discovered in Brazil?
a)1947
b) 1745
c) 1730
d) 1877

5)Find the word which means the same
a) announced ( Para -2)____________________

6) Answer the questions given below:
a) What curse is the Kohinoor believed to carry?
Ans:_____________________________
b) Name the largest known diamond ?
Ans:______________________________________

II. Unscramble the following words and phrases to make meaningful sentences and rewrite them on the lines given.

1) Marie /and/one of them/Professor /had/Sklodovski /children/four/ was
2) famous/at the /Science/Marie /wanted /to study/Sorbonne/had /but/money/no/she

III. Choose the word with the correct spelling.
1 a) Behrman
b)Behmen
c) Bahmmen
d) Berhmen

2 a) magnificent
b) magnifecint
c) megnifecent
d) megnifecennt

3 a) illuctrat
b) illustrate
c) illestrat
d) illostrat

4 a) mastrepiece
b) masterpiece
c) mactrepeice
d) masterpeice

IV. Write the meanings of the words given below. Provide the contextual meaning where mentioned.
1.janitor (contextual) – ______________________________________
2.congenial – ______________________________________________
3.morbid – ________________________________________________
4 traversing(contextual) –____________________________________

V. Frame a meaningful sentence of your own with the word given below.
1.fancy – ______________________________________________
2.accomplish____________________________________________________

VI. Read the extract given below carefully and answer the questions that follow.
i) ‘In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody,but unbowed’

  1. Identify the phrase that the poet-speaker uses to describe his boldness.
  2. What do people tend to do when caught in the ‘clutch of circumstance’?
  3. Find the antonym of the word ‘smiled’ from the above extract __
  4. Name the Poem and the poet of the above extract?__

VII. Answer the following questions briefly.

  1. Who was Behrman?
  2. What did Sue do to try and keep Johnsy feeling cheerful?

Suggested answer for above questions:

  1. c) Kollur region
  2. d) Queen Elizabeth
  3. d) ‘Madnayak’
  4. c) 1730
  5. proclaimed
  6. a)It is believed that the Kohinoor carries a curse which affects the men who wears it, but not women. All the men who owned it have either lost their throne or suffered other misfortunes.
    b) The Kohinoor….
    II. 1. Professor Sklodovski had four children one of them was Marie.
  7. Marie wanted to study Science at the famous Sorbonne but had no money.
    III1 a) Behrman
  8. a) magnificent
  9. b) illustrate
  10. b) masterpiece
    iv.1.Janitor- caretaker of a building
  11. congenial – suited to each other
  12. morbid-sad,unhealthy
  13. traversing- travelling along
    v. Suitable sentences
    vi. 1. My head is bloody ,but unbowed…..
    2…people fall prey …not give up all hopes and become ….
  14. winced X ‘smiled’
    4.Invictus, William Earnest Henley
    VII. 1: Painter..lived in the ground floor…Sue ..lived.He was a failure in
    art…earned …living by posing…young artist who could …professional models.
    2.Sue tried …doctor had told…recovery ..ten to one which was …She did this because she remembered …Johnsy to live she must have the will to live…

8. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1. Today, the role friends’ play in our lives has become significantly greater than at any other time in our history as many of us live and work at great distances and are separated from our original families. The pain we feel when we are away from our families can be significant.

2. The happiness of an individual depends on his friendship which forms a necessary human connection. It is perfectly normal to need and want friends. Depression is more prevalent among those who lack friends. They lack the intimacy and richness friends can bring into their lives. Frequently friends reflect similar values to us. Communication skills are fundamental in all friendships. The more friends and acquaintances one has, the greater are ones communication skills. Some call these, people skills.

3. Like watering a plant, we grow our friendship and all our relationships by nurturing them. These relationships can be delightfully non-judgmental, supportive, understanding and fun.

4. Sometimes a friendship can bring out the positive side that you never show in other relationships. With a friend you can be yourself and free to change. Your friendship grows when you understand the value of friendship by revealing yourself; being attentive; putting yourself in their position; showing empathy; seeing the world through the eyes of your friend. It is an unconditional experience where you receive as much as you give. When we learn to accept a person from a completely different cultural background or from a completely different family, we learn tolerance. In turn we gain tolerance and acceptance for our own differences.

A. Answer the following questions.

(i) Why has the role of friends become important in our lives?
(ii) Why is depression common among those who lack friends?
(iii) How are ‘people skills’ important in friendship?
(iv) How is maintaining friendship similar to watering plants?
(v) What makes ones friendship an unconditional experience?
(vi) When is tolerance learnt?

B. On the basis of your reading the passage, find the appropriate words.
(i) the antonym for – rarely _ (para 2)
(ii) the words – ability to share someone else’s feelings -are closest in meaning to _____
. (para 4)

Suggested answer for above questions:

(i) Today, the role friends play in our lives has become significantly greater than at any other time in our history as many of us live and work at great distances and are separated from our original families
(ii) Depression is more prevalent among those who lack friends. They lack the intimacy and richness friends can bring into their lives
(iii) Communication skills are fundamental in all friendships. The more friends and acquaintances one has, the greater are ones communication skills. Some call these, people skills.
(iv) Like watering a plant, we grow our friendship and all our relationships by nurturing them.
(v) Your friendship grows when you understand the value of friendship by revealing yourself; being attentive; putting yourself in their position; showing empathy; seeing the world through the eyes of your friend. It is an unconditional experience where you receive as much as you give.
(vi) When we learn to accept a person from a completely different cultural background or from a completely different family, we learn tolerance.

B. On the basis of your reading the passage, find the appropriate words.
(i) the antonym for – rarely – frequently- (para 2)
(ii) the words – ability to share someone else’s feelings are closest in meaning to emphathy. (para 4)

9. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1. Televisions show sound and pictures. They get data from cables, discs or overthe- air signals. They turn this data into sounds and images. People watch news and shows on them. You probably call them TVs. The first TV was made by John Baird in 1925. It had one colour. It could only show 30 lines. There was just enough room for a face. It did not work well, but it was a start.

2. The first TV station was set up in 1928. It was in New York. Few people had TVs. The broadcasts were not meant to be watched. They showed a ‘Felix the Cat doll’ for two hours a day. The doll spun around a record player. They were experimenting. It took many years to get it right. By the end of 1930s, TVs were working well. America got its first taste at the 1939 World’s Fair. This was one of the biggest events ever. There were 200 small, black and white TVs set up around the fair. The U.S. President gave a speech which was aired over the TVs. The TVs were only five inches big but people loved it.

3. They wanted TVs. But World War II was going on during this time. Factories were busy making guns and bombs. When the war was over, TV spread across the country. By 1948 there were 4 big TV networks in America. They aired their shows from 8 to 11 each night. Local shows were aired at other times. Most of the time nothing was shown at all. TV was not “always on” like it is now.

4. Colour TVs came out in 1953. They cost too much money for most people. Also, shows were aired in black and white. By 1965, colour TVs were cheaper. TV stations started airing shows in colour. People had to switch if they wanted to see the shows. Nowadays, most TVs are high- definition ones. This means that they have many lines on them. This makes the image clear. TVs have come a long way since Baird’s 30 line set. High- definitions TVs have 1080 lines. There are state-of -the art sets called 4K TVs. These TVs have 3,840 lines. Some people watch TV in 3D. I wonder what will come up next.

A) Choose the correct option to answer the questions given below.

i) When did colour TVs come out?
(a) 1953
(b) 1925
(c) 1939
(d) 1965

ii) Which was not true about the first TV?
(a) It did not work well.
(b) It had only 30 lines.
(c) It could only show one colour.
(d) It did not have sound.

iii) Why did the first TV station only show Felix the Cat for two hours a day?
(a) Felix the Cat was really popular
(b) Felix the Cat had been a big radio star
(c) They were running tests.
(d) Felix the Cat was the only show that they had.

iv) Which of these events slowed the spread of TVs?
(a) The Civil War
(b) World War II
(c) The election of the U.S. President
(d) The World’s Fair of 1939.

v) Which best explains why families switched to colour TVs in 1965?
(a) Colour TVs cost a lot of money.
(b) World War ended
(c) troops came home with a lot of money.
(d) Many shows were only shown in colour.

vi) Why was 1939 an important year for TV?
(a)The first TV station began broadcasting.
(b) John Baird created the first TV.
(c) Many Americans were introduced to TV.
(d) The first colour TV was released.

vii) What is the author’s main purpose in writing this?
(a) He’s telling readers how TVs became popular.
(b) He’s trying to get people to watch more TV.
(c) He’s trying to explain how a TV works.
(d) He’s describing the history of the TV.

viii) Which happened first?
(a) The end of World War II
(b) The release of high-definition TVs
(c) The release of colour TVs.
(d) The 1939 World’s Fair.

B. State if the following statements are True or False.
(i) TVs get data from cables, discs or over-the –air signals. _ (ii) By 1956, colour TVs were cheaper. __
(iii) When the war was over, TV spread across the world.
(iv) The more the number of lines on the screen, clearer will be the image. _

C. Answer the following questions.
(i) Why would watching TV have been boring in 1928? Use information from the text to support your answer.
(ii) How did the five inch black-and-white TVs at the World’s Fair impress people?

Suggested answer for above questions:

(i) 1953
(ii) it did not have sound
(iii) They were running tests
(iv) World War II
(v) Many shows were only shown in colour.
(vi) The first TV station began broadcasting
(vii) He’s describing the history of TV.
(viii) The 1939 World’s Fair

B. True or False :
(i) True
(ii) False
(iii) False
(iv) True

C. Answer the following
(i) The first TV station was set up in 1928. It was in New York. Few people had TVs.
The broadcasts were not meant to be watched. They showed a Felix the Cat doll for two hours a day. The doll spun around on a record player.
(ii) America got its first taste at the 1939 World’s Fair. This was on of the biggest events ever. There were 200 small, black and white TVs set up around the fair. The U.S.President gave a speech over the TVs. The TVs were only five inches big but the people loved it.

10. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

1. Eagles are birds of prey. Most of the 60 species of eagles are found in Eurasia and Africa.One such species is the Tawny Eagle.

2. It is mostly found in Africa, both north and south of Sahara Desert and across the tropical region from south-western Asia to India. It lays one to three eggs in a stick nest in a tree, cliff or on the ground. It favours open dry habitats like semi-deserts, deserts, or savannah plains.

3. The Tawny Eagle is a large bird of prey which is about 62 to 72 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165 to185cm. It usually weighs 1.6 to 2.4 kg. Like all other eagles, it belongs to the family of Accipitridae.

4. These eagles are relatively large and are considered to be rather handsome birds of prey with tawny upper parts and blackish flight feathers and tail whereas the lower back is very pale. The striking features of this type are its heavily feathered legs and dark markings on the wings especially the flight feathers.

5. The call of the Tawny eagles is a crow-like barking, though, generally, it is a silent bird. It eats large fresh carrion of all kinds. It also kills and eats small mammals like rabbits, reptiles and birds.

a) On the basis of your reading the above passage choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences:

i. The length of the Tawny Eagle is ______________.
a. exactly 62 to 72 cm
b. about 62 to 72 cm
c. 165-185 cm
d.1.6 to 2.4 kg

ii. The Tawny eagle is found in__________________
a. Africa
b. South –western Asia.
c. India
d. all the above

b. State whether the following statements are True or False:
i. Generally a silent bird but the Tawny Eagle does call at times.
ii. Unlike all other eagles it belongs to the family of Accipitridae.

c. Complete the following sentences:
i. The most common places where the Tawny Eagle lays its eggs are_________
ii. These eagles are found in semi- desert and desert regions because_______
iii. The striking features of the Tawny Eagle are its _____________

d. Answer the following questions briefly:
i. Why is the Tawny Eagle considered to be handsome?
ii. What does this species of eagle feed on for its survival?

e. Find one word from the passage which means the following:
i. A group of living organisms which are similar and capable of exchanging genes. (para1)

Suggested answer for above questions:

I. Answer the questions that follow:
a) On the basis of your reading the above passage choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences
i. b. about 62 to 72 cm
ii. d. all the above
b. State whether the following statements are True or False:
i.True. ii. False
c. Complete the following sentences:
i. in a stick nest in a tree, cliff or on the ground. ii. It prefers open dry habitats
iii. heavily feathered legs and dark markings on the wings especially the flight feathers.
d.Answer the following questions briefly:
i. tawny upper parts with pale lower back and blackish flight feathers /heavily feathered legs and dark markings on the wings
ii. large fresh carrion of all kinds ,small mammals like rabbits, reptiles and birds
e.Find one word from the passage which means the following:
i. species

11. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

The seagull was afraid to fly. The vast expanse of water, stretched beneath, frightened him. He saw his brothers and sister fly over it but he could never muster the courage to fly. He ran to the edge of the ledge, flapped his wings but felt they would never support him, so he just ran back into the little hole and hid there. His parents tried their best to make him fly. They scolded him for not making an attempt to fly. They even threatened him that he would be left alone on the ledge to starve, but all their efforts were futile. The whole day the seagull watched his brothers flying about with their parents .He watched his brothers being taught to skim the waves and dive for fish but he never made an attempt. He was left alone. The seagull had not eaten for days. He saw his mother tearing at a piece of fish. Seeing her the seagull cackled and kept crying ‘ga,ga’ begging her to bring the fish but she paid no

heed to him. Suddenly, he uttered a joyous scream because she was flying towards him with the piece of dead fish in her beak but she did not come near him. She halted when she was just opposite him abreast of the ledge. The seagull was desperate and hunger made him dive at the fish. He fell into space and suddenly his wings spread outwards. His wings cut through the air and he gradually soared upwards. He learnt to fly.

a) On the basis of your reading the passage complete the following sentences:
i)The seagull could never muster the courage to fly because ___
ii)He would go to the edge of the ridge, flap his wings but run back because_

b) Choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences:
i) The sea-gull’s parents tried their best to make him learn to fly by_____
a) threatening him that he would be left alone and soon starve
b) not scolding him
c) pampering and encouraging him
d) not scaring him and promising to be with him

ii) The seagull was forced to fly because he __
a) wanted to catch a herring
b) wanted to join his brothers
c) was desperate and hungry
d) wanted to overcome his fear

iii)The mother halted just opposite him, because she _
a) wanted him to fly and take the dead fish
b) did not want to give him the dead fish
c) wanted him to fall into the water below
d) wanted him to feel ashamed of himself

c)The synonym of the word useless from the passage is: (para-1)
i) futile
ii) desperate
iii) skim
iv) attempt

d) The antonym of the word plunged from the passage is: (para-2)
i) soared
ii) stretched
iii) abreast
iv) threatened

Suggested answer for above questions:

a) Complete the following sentences:
i) vast expanse of water stretched beneath frightened him ii) he could never muster the courage to fly
b) Choose the most appropriate option and complete the sentences:
i) The sea-gull’s parents tried their best to make him learn to fly by_________
a) threatening him that he would be left alone and soon starve
ii) The seagull was forced to fly because he
c) was desperate and hungry
iii) The mother halted just opposite him abreast of the ridge because she _
a) wanted him to fly and take the dead fish
c) The synonym of the word border from the passage is:
ii) ridge
d) The antonym of the word plunged from the passage is:
i) soared

12. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

Conversation is indeed the most easily teachable of all arts. All you need to do in order to become a good conversationalist is to find a subject that interests you and your listeners. There are, for example, numberless hobbies to talk about.But the important thing is that you must talk about the other fellow’s hobby rather than your own. Therein lies the secret of your popularity. Talk to your friends about the things that interest them and you will get a reputation for good fellowship,charming wit and brilliant mind. There is nothing that pleases people so much asyour interest in their interests.

It is just as important to know what subjects to avoid as what subject to select for good conversation. lf you don’t want to set down a wet blanket or bore, be careful to avoid certain unpleasant topics. Avoid talking about yourself unless you are asked to do so. People are interested in their own problems, not in yours; sickness or death bores everybody. The only one who willingly listens to such talk is the doctor; but he gets paid for it.

A.1.1 Answer the given questions by choosing the appropriate options.

(A) The basic need of good conversation is:
(i) clarity in speech
(ii) clarity in thought
(iii) find subject that interests both speaker and listener
(iv) find subject of your own interest

(B) The most important thing in a good conversation is:
(i) to talk about your hobbies
(ii) to talk about the other fellow’s hobby
(iii) to talk about others
(iv) to talk about general interest

(C) What should be avoided in good conversation?
(i) Avoid unpleasant topics
(ii) Avoid talk about others
(iii) Avoid others’ praise
(iv) Avoid to talk about others’ interests and problems

(D) The appropriate topic for the passage is:
(i) Art of conversation
(ii) Art in good conversation
(iii) Art of good conversation
(iv) Art as a good conversation

(E) What pleases the listeners most?
(i) listners’ own interest
(ii) speakers‘ own interest
(iii) speakers interest in them
(iv) topics of general interests

13. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

Climate change is for real and its alarming impact is evident all around us. What else it could be when the proportion of extreme category hurricanes worldwide rises from 20% in 1970s to 35% in the l990s; when a heat wave in Europe can kill more than 30,000 people, and when the glaciers are fast receding. In fact, the entire ecosystem is deteriorating, resulting in new diseases with newer virus mutants. Bee colonies are disappearing and there has been a marked change in cropping patterns in many developed countries.

Then changes are creating climate of political and civilisation conflict. Less rainfall in Darfur has turned millions of hectares of marginal land into desert, producing one of the largest social conflicts ever.

But who is responsible? The scientific community l blames us all—the human race. We know that one of the biggest causes of climate change is the rising level of carbon emission caused by burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal to power cars, planes, homes and factories.

A.2.1 Read the questions given below and write the option you consider the most appropriate in your answer sheet.

(A) The rising temperatures are mostly due to:
(i) volcanoes
(ii) earthquakes
(iii) climate change
(iv) hurricanes

(B) The deterioration of the entire ecosystem is mainly responsible for:
(i) appearance of new virus diseases
(ii) urbanisation
(iii) burning of fossil fuels
(iv) increasing population

(C) One of the biggest causes of climate change is:
(i) materialistic lifestyle
(ii) rising level of carbon emission
(iii) rising population
(iv) new inventions

(D) The social conflict in Darfur was because of:
(i) religious enmity
(ii) loss of rainfall
(iii) political differences
(iv) lack of leadership

(E) Which of the following expression given below is similar in meaning to hurricane?
(i) ocean current
(ii) tides
(iii) sea wars
(iv) tropical storm

14. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

Although Louis Braille died when he was only forty-three years old, he succeeded in devising a system of reading and writing for the blind which is now taught all over the world.

Braille lost his sight accidentally as a child. Nevertheless, he was able to complete his education at a school for the blind in Paris and became a teacher. In his days, the few books that were available for blind people were printed in big raised type; the letters used were those of the ordinary alphabet. The reading of such books required immense effort. Not only that. writing was almost impossible for a blind person, it was still restricted to an alphabet which was extraordinary, difficult to reproduce on paper. Braille’s idea was to use raised dots instead of raised letters. He evolved a system which made use of only six dots in all. By various combinations of these dots, it not only proved possible to represent each letter in the alphabet, but punctuation marks, numbers, and musical notation as well. Reading and writing have thus been enormously simplified. The sensitive fingers of a blind person can travel rapidly over the dots; and there is a small machine, something like a typewriter, which enables the blind to write quickly and clearly.

Improvements are continually being made on the system, though basically it is the same as that contrived by Braille. Large raised dots, printed on one side of a page only, make many books for the blind cumbersome. A single book in ordinary print often runs several volumes when it is transcribed into the dot system. Furthermore, the books that are used in lending libraries for the blind eventually become unreadable. The dots are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear; and finally disappear; so that the books become useless. A machine has now been invented which fixes plastic dots on to paper, instead of just making depressions in the pages. These dots do not wear out at all, and there is no danger of their becoming unstruck. Since it is possible, by this means, to make use of both sides of a page, books for the blind are now less bulky. This new way of ‘dotting’ pages can also be used for such things as the production of atlases with the outlines of countries clearly imprinted.

Though many modern inventions like the radio have brought great benefits to the blind, Braille’s system remains the greatest landmark of all. It has provided a simple means for producing books, magazines, and even newspapers, and ensured that no blind person needs to spend his life in ignorance as well as darkness.

A.3.1 Answer the following questions briefly.
(a) What did Louis Braille do before he died at the age of forty three ?
(b) What system did he evolve that enabled the blind people to read and write ?
(c) How do the blind people read and write Braille ?
(d) How did the invension of books and newspapers help the blind people ?

A.3.2 Write words that mean the same as the following :
(a) that cannot be measured, vast, big —
(b) Write over from one book to another —

A.3.3 Complete the following sentences by taking help from the passage:
(a) Although Louis Braille lost his eyesight in his childhood, he was able to…
(b) In earlier days the few books available for blind people were ………………
(c) Braille evolved a system which …………………………………………………
(d) Despite many modern inventions Braille’s system remains ……………

15. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow.

One of the most famous monuments in the world, the Statue of Liberty, was presented to the United States of America by the people of France. The great statue which was designed by the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, took ten years to complete. The actual figure was made of copper supported by a metal framework which had been specially constructed by Eiffel. Before it could be transported to the United State, a site had to be found for it and a pedestal had to be built. The site chosen was an island at the entrance of the New York Harbour. By 1884, a statue which was 151 feet tall, had been erected in Paris. The following year,it was taken to pieces and sent to America. By the end of October 1886, the statue had been put together again and it was officially presented to the American people by Bartholdi. Ever since then, the great monument has been a symbol of liberty for the millions of people who have passed through New York Harbour to make their homes in America.

A.1.1 Who presented the Statue of Liberty and to whom ?
(a) Spain to France
(b) English to U.S.A.
(c) France to America
(d) None of the above

A.1.2 This great statue was designed by __
(a) Mussolini
(b) Robert Clive
(c) Auguste Bartholdi
(d) None of the above

A.1.3 Where was it made and in which year ?
(a) Spain in 1880
(b) Britain in 1900
(c) France in 1884
(d) None of the above

A.1.4 Where was it established ?
(a) at the entrance of London
(b) at the entrance of New York Harbour
(c) at the entrance of Paris
(d) at the entrance of the Washington

A.1.5 What is the height of the statue ?
(a) 200 feet
(b) 150 feet
(c) 151 feet
(c) 151 m.

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