iii Comprehension: Unseen Passages

Exercise 1

  1. The parents feel that their children’s studies are affected because they watch T.V. more than their studies.
  2. We notice that under the influence of television the people sleep less, read less and communicate less with their families.
  3. By television viewing the care of children and elderly people is getting neglected.
  4. Many parents have cut off their TV because their children’s studies are affected due to watching TV.

Exercise 2

  1. Traditionally it has been the attitude towards the aged in India that they are looked after and they live with their children and grandchildren.
  2. The effect of small flats on the aged is that they are confined to some remote corner or are shared round the year with other member of the family.
  3. The cost of living is steadily going up. Doctors are expensive and so are the special foods the old need.
  4. The most frightening problem of the old age is loneliness.

Exercise 3

  1. Pratap took a vow that until Chittor was recovered, he would lead a hard life.
  2. Pratap asked his people that no one should plough the fields and no crop should be grown in the country.
  3. With a small body of twenty two thousand Rajputs, he fought against the army of Akbar.
  4. Rana Pratap is honored even today for his spirit of sacrifice.

Exercise 4

  1. The annual event was the day of the excitement for the writer because he played the central part—the celebration of the anniversary of his birth.
  2. The writer was interested in this very annual event.
  3. The main grievance of the writer was that his birthdays came so rarely.
  4. The writer did not realize then that a time would come when birthdays would become unpleasant reminders of advancing age.

Exercise 5

  1. When the king found out the prisoner innocent, he gave him a sum of money and set him free.
  2. The prisoner went straight to the market where some birds were kept for sale.
  3. The shopkeeper was surprised because the man purchased all the birds from him and set them free.
  4. The man said to the shopkeeper, “If you had been in prison like me for no fault, you would have done the same.”

Exercise 6

  1. Water is essential for the existence of all living things because all plants, animals and human beings need water to survive.
  2. All plants, animals and human beings need water to survive.
  3. We cannot drink water of the oceans and seas because it is salty.
  4. We use water for drinking, making food and washing clothes.

Exercise 7

  1. Florence Nightingale’s sole ambition was to be a nurse.
  2. She visited every bed in the hospital to see that no patient was neglected.

Exercise 8

  1. A businessman who is not punctual causes inconvenience to the persons whom he has to deal.
  2. The reason to most of the failures is the want of habit of punctuality.

Exercise 9

  1. The Titanic was a huge passenger ship. It enjoyed the reputation of being unsinkable.
  2. The Titanic collided against a huge iceberg. It was a great tragedy.

Exercise 10

  1. Mount Everest is the highest peak of the Himalayas.
  2. The word ‘Himalayas’ means the abode of snow.