Unseen Passages

Reading comprehension is the act of understanding what you are reading. The comprehension test reveals whether students have an intelligent understanding of the unseen passages.

In this post, we have added the top 10 Unseen Passages with Guidelines. Unseen Passages with Questions & Answers.

Unseen Passages

Guidelines for Comprehension of Unseen Passages


  • Unseen Passages should be thoroughly studied.
  • Read Unseen Passages several times, if needed. One can read the Unseen Passages quickly to have an idea of the whole passage. But hasty reading leads one to misunderstand the meaning. Thus, intensive reading is always helpful in grasping the meaning.
  • Try to understand the meaning of the words or phrases which are unknown to you by relating to the context where the words or phrases occur.

Unseen Passages


Unseen Passages #1


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

A peculiar problem of plenty affects the century-old successful conservation of the endangered one-horned Asiatic rhinoceros at the Kaziranga Natural National Park Wildlife protection area in Assam.

The 430 square kilometre area of the natural park on the southern bank of the river is now home to about 1800 rhinos, besides other animals. According to wildlife experts, this is a high-density rhino population by any standard. Like Kaziranga, another tiny wildlife sanctuary called Pabitora near Guwahati has 75 rhinos, a situation that can be called overcrowded. Currently, there are at least 2,000 rhinos distributed over wildlife protection areas in the state.

In order to tackle the unhealthy situation of Kaziranga and Pabitora Parks being overpopulated by rhinos, the State Wildlife and Forest Department have drawn up an ambitious plan for rhino translocation with aid from the World Wide Fund for Nature and the International Rhino Foundation. The program is called the Indian Rhino Vision, 2020.

The basic objective is to increase the state rhino population spread across at least seven wildlife protection areas to 3,000 by the end of the year 2020, as well as to reduce the burden on Kaziranga and Pabitora Parks through the translocation of the endangered animals to new habitats.

Initially, about 30 rhinos will be translocated in Manas National Park and Biodiversity Zone in northwest Assam bordering Bhutan from the over-populated Kaziranga and Pabitora sanctuaries.

The department has also worked out a detailed plan covering aspects like security reinforcement, infrastructure development, and habitat assessment in Manas Park before actual rhino translocation is started. Evidently, this is the first time that such a large-scale translocation is taking place in the history of rhino conservation.

Unseen Passages Questions

А. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write ‘T’ for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1×4-4

  1. The Kaziranga Forest has a high-density rhino population.
  2. Pabitora National Park is located quite far from Guwahati.
  3. The rhino translocation is aided by World Wide Fund.
  4. The program Indian Rhino Vision, 2020 is launched to control the number of rhinos in Assam.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. What is the problem referred to in the passage? How can if be solved?
  2. What is the objective behind the plan of rhino translocation?
  3. How many rhinos will be translocated in the Manas National Park and Biodiversity Zone? Which department is involved in the translocation plan?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. T 2. F 3. T 4. F

B. 1. The problem referred to is the over-population of rhinos in the Kaziranga and Pabitora sanctuaries. It can be solved through the translocation of the animals to new habitats.

2. The basic objective behind the program is to increase the state’s rhino population to 3000 by 2020. It also aims at reducing the burden on Kaziranga and Pabitora Parks.

3. 30 rhinos will be translocated to Manas National Park and Biodiversity Zone. The State Wildlife and Forest Department of Assam are involved in the plan.


Unseen Passages #2


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

Calcutta Police has offered martial arts training to schoolgirls in a city that ranks third in crimes reported against women. Learning self-defence, an official said, is now a necessity for girls.

Principals of 32 schools, four each under the eight Lalbazar divisions, met the police officials on Wednesday for a briefing on the first phase of Project Sukanya.

Sources said that 20 girls from classes VIII, IX, and XI in each of the 32 schools would be taught one out of seven diverse forms of martial arts over three months. Three classes, each an hour’s duration, would be conducted in a week by master trainers who coach the cops for combat or experts within the police force.

Lorence Mirza, Principal of La-Martiniere for Girls, is delighted that the police have included her institution in the first phase of the project. “A short-term course will attract senior girls because they are otherwise so tied up that they cannot always make time for a full-fledged (oftest) training. A short course will teach them the basics and it always helps if you know how to defend yourself,” she said.

The school has compulsory Karate lessons for classes III to VIII, but training is optional for the senior girls. Aikido, Judo, Karate, Wushu, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and kickboxing are the martial arts that have been chosen for Project Sukanya, to be officially launched on February 24. Aikido, a Japanese martial art, is also on the list because it is simple yet effective.

Unseen Passages Questions

А. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1×4=4

  1. Learning self-defence is a must for girls nowadays.
  2. The Project was first introduced for 36 schools in the Lalbazar division.
  3. 640 girls will be taught seven diverse forms of martial arts, at first.
  4. Karate lessons would be obligatory for girls of La-Martiniere school.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. What training has the Calcutta Police offered to the schoolgirls of Kolkata and why?
  2. Why did the Principal of La-Martiniere express her preference for a relatively short-term course?
  3. What is the name of the project undertaken by the Calcutta Police? What is Aikido?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. T 2. F. 3. T 4. F

B. 1. Calcutta Police has offered martial arts training to schoolgirls in Kolkata. Crime against women is increasing in the city and knowing the art of self-defence has become a necessity for girls.

2. The Principal of La-Martiniere school said that the senior girls are generally busy with their studies and lack time for a full-time course. Therefore, a short-term course would be more popular among them.

3. The name of the project, launched by Calcutta Police is Project Sukanya. Aikido is a simple yet effective martial art in Japan.


Unseen Passages #3


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

Anshu Hari Kumar turned up in the morning at Lalbazar in a blue blazer, a matching fedora bound with a silvery trim ribbon and a smile full of conviction to improve Kolkata’s traffic system.

Meet the first female Deputy Commissioner of Traffic-sprightly, young and brimming with ideas. The Class X student of Gurcharan Singh Sondhi Girls’ High School in Tollygunge was offered the high chair for a day after her essay, ‘Outlining Ways to Cure the City’s Traffic Woes’, was adjudged the best in a year-long competition organized by the cops.

“I feel proud to be at the helm of such an efficient force,” she said after taking her seat in the first-floor office at the Lalbazar traffic wing. The girl, who outsmarted 400 students from various schools to earn her posting at the police HQ, did not waste time in getting down to business. As she spoke to journalists, she instructed her assistant to put her through to the Officer-in-Charge of the traffic police’s South East Guard.

“Many schools in your area will give over in a while. Please instruct your personnel to be out on the road so that there’s no traffic jam or accident,” she ordered.

Unlike the 2011 hit ‘Nayak’ where all hell breaks loose when Swaji Rao (Anil Kapoor) was made the Chief Minister for a day, Anshu settled for suggestions rather than stick do-it-now orders to officers under her control.

“There should be more foot-bridges and fewer bus stops”, suggested Anshu who considers her mother Sreelata as her role model.

Officers at Lalbazar nodded in approval. “Well done! This is the first time a lady has taken charge of the city’s traffic,” one of them said.

The city traffic department sadly does not have even a single woman sergeant. There are many women personnel (aft) in the control room, though. The efficiency and the discipline of the traffic department took Anshu by surprise “My impression was that of a commune. Today I have witnessed how hard the officers work to keep the city moving”, she saluted.

Unseen Passages Questions

A. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1×4-4

  1. Anshu is a young girl studying in class XII.
  2. There were 500 students taking part in the essay competition.
  3. The city traffic department does not have a single woman sergeant.
  4. There are many women in the control room of the traffic department.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. Who is Anshu Hari Kumar?
  2. Why did Anshu feel proud? How did she behave with the officers under her control?
  3. Who is a role model of Anshu? What was Anshu’s suggestion to the department?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. T

B 1. Anshu Hari Kumar is a young girl studying in class X. She came first in an essay competition organized by the police. She looks in charge of the city’s traffic for a day.

2. Anshu said that she felt proud as she was given the chance to be a top-ranked official of the Kolkata traffic for a day. She followed the suggestions of the officers instead of issuing do-it-now orders to them.

3. The role model of Anshu is her mother, Sreelata. Her suggestion was to have more footbridges and fewer bus stops.


Unseen Passages #4


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

The morning after my teacher came, she led me into her room and gave me a doll. The little blind children at the Perkins Institution had sent it and Laura Bridgman had dressed it, but I did not know this until afterwards. When I had played with it a little while, Miss Sullivan slowly spelt into my hand the word d-O-HL. I was at once interested in this finger play and tried to imitate it. When I finally succeeded in making the letters correctly, I was flushed with childish pleasure and pride.

Running downstairs to my mother, I held up my hand and made the letters for the doll. I did not know that I was spelling a word or even that words existed; I was simply making my fingers go in monkey-like imitation. In the days that followed, I learned to spell in this uncomprehending way a great many words, among them cup and a few verbs like sit, stand and walk. But my teacher had been with me for several weeks before I understood that everything has a name.

One day while I was playing with my new doll, Miss Sullivan put my big rag doll into my lap, also spelt, d-o-l-l, and tried to make me understand that d-o-l-l applied to both. Earlier in the day, we had had a tussle over the words m-u-g and w-a-t-e-r.

Miss Sullivan had tried to impress upon me that m-u-g is a mug and that w-a-t-e-r is water, but I persisted in confounding the two. In despair, she had dropped the subject for the time, only to renew it at the first opportunity. I became impatient at her repeated attempts and seizing the new doll, I dashed it upon the floor.

Unseen Passages Questions

A. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences.
Write only the numbers.] 1×4=4

  1. The doll was dressed by Miss Sullivan.
  2. The narrator was only making a monkey-like imitation while spelling the words.
  3. The narrator was happy at the repeated attempts of Miss Sullivan.
  4. The narrator took some time to understand that everything has a name.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words:

  1. Who made the doll for the narrator? What did the narrator do with the doll later? 2×3=6
  2. How did the narrator’s teacher first teach her to spell?
  3. Why did Miss Sullivan and the narrator have a fight?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. F 2. T 3. F 4. T

B 1. The little blind children at the Perkins Institution made the doll for the narrator. Later, the narrator dashed the doll upon the floor out of anger and frustration.

2. Miss Sullivan spelt the word d-o-l-l in the narrator’s hand. Interested in the fingerplay, the narrator imitated it. Thus, the narrator learned to spell a word.

3. Miss Sullivan had a fight over the words ‘mug’ and ‘water’. Miss Sullivan had tried to teach the narrator that m-u-g was a mug
and w-a-t-e-r was water. But the narrator became confused.


Unseen Passages #5


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

A tractor made in Bengal may help India shed bullocks from farms.

One of the world’s smallest tractors, developed in a government laboratory in Durgapur and made especially for farmers with small landholdings, has passed field tests and is ready for production and rollout.

The tractor named Krishi Sakti, developed by engineers at the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), has just received certification under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules and will be produced by Howrah-based Singha Components, a private company.

‘The 12 horsepower mini-tractor will cost less and demand lower operating cost than standard tractors used in farms and will allow farmers with small patches of land to mechanize tilling and ploughing operations’, a CMERI scientist said.

Indian agricultural statistics suggest that 80 per cent of the farming households across the country hold 36 per cent of the cultivated land. The average landholding of an Indian farmer does not exceed the size of a soccer field.

Standard tractors used in Indian farms are larger at 18 horsepower or higher. These tractors cost about Rs 4 lakhs or higher and consume three to four liters of diesel per hour of operation. Krishi Sakti, on the other hand, is expected to be priced below Rs 2 lakhs and will work on less than two liters of diesel per hour.

The CMERI engineers say that the tractor could also be used to draw a trolley carrying up to 2500 kg of load. It was also reported that it took a 12-year research effort to develop the new tractor. [Source: The Telegraph]

Unseen Passages Questions

State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1×4=4

  1. The new tractor is developed by the scientists of CMERI
  2. The new tractor is more fuel consumption than the bigger tractors.
  3. The new tractor is specially produced for farmers with small land holdings.
  4. The tractor can be used to draw trolleys loaded up to 2500 kg.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. What is the name of the small tractor developed at CMERI? Who will be its producer?
  2. How much-cultivated hand is held by 80% of the farmers? How big is the average landholding of an Indian farmer?
  3. What are the main advantages of employing the new tractor in the field?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. T

B. 1. The name of the small tractor developed at CMERI is Krishi Sakti. Singha Components, a Howrah-based private company, would produce the tractor in the market.

2. 36% of the cultivated land is held by 80% of the farmers. The average landholding of an Indian farmer does not exceed the size of a soccer field.

3. The tractor will work nicely on small patches of land and will require less fuel than the big tractors. It is also easy to handle.


Unseen Passages #6


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

An MBBS student, interning at SSKM Hospital, died today. His batchmate is reported to be fighting for his life. Saptarshi Das, a meritorious student was found terribly ill by his other batchmates and juniors at 9.30 pm. His friend, Shahbaaz Siddiqui, was found unconscious in his room.

Saptarshi died at 12.40 pm after all efforts to save his life failed. Mr Pradip Mitra, the Director of the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, said that probably the mishap was caused due to an overdose of a cocktail of drugs.

He also informed me that he has convened a hostel committee meeting on Monday to discuss how drugs could find a way into the hostel. A student has to rank within 650 to get a place in SSKM. Almost 45000 students appear at the Joint Entrance Exam to crack a place in the medical course. It is unfortunate that students with such merit waste their lives by taking drugs. Saptarshi was extremely popular among his friends. He did a fantastic job one night when a bus overturned at Kidderpore and Saptarshi was the lone doctor in the emergency to take care of the injured. He was also a good sportsman excelling in different forms of games.

Saptarshi’s death is being investigated by the police. An officer said that two syringes were found in the room of Saptarshi, containing a milky white liquid. The contents, however, can be determined only after a forensic test. He also said that the police are trying to find out the source of where the students get drugs. It is lamentable that the hostel has no warden and therefore there is no question of supervision. There is also little budget for deploying guards at the gates.

Unseen Passages Questions

State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F for False. [You need not write the sentences.
Write only the numbers.] 1x 4=4

  1. Saptarshi Das was extremely popular as a student.
  2. Saptarshi died at 9.30 pm.
  3. Drugs are quite easily available at the medical students’ hostel.
  4. There are guards on every floor of the students’ hostel.

Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. What are the names of the two students who were affected by drugs? What was the main cause behind the death of Saptarshi?
  2. Who is the director of the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research? Why will there be a hostel committee meeting?
  3. How did Saptarshi show his excellence as a medical student?

Unseen Passages Answers

1. T 2. F 3. T 4. F

B. 1. The two students affected by drugs were Saptarshi Das and Shabhaaz Siddiqui. The main cause behind Saptarshi’s death was an overdose of a cocktail of drugs.

2. Mr Pradip Mitra is the Director of the Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research. There will be a hostel committee meeting to discuss how drugs found a way into the hostel.

3. Saptarshi did an excellent job when he was the only doctor available at the emergency one night. He attended the people injured in a bus accident at Kidderpore.


Unseen Passages #7


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

Christopher Marlowe, the son of Marlowe who is described as the clerk of St Mary’s in the city of Canterbury, was born in the year 1564. He received his early education at The King’s School in that city. He took the degrees of B.A. and M.A. in 1583 and 1587 respectively from Cambridge University. He started writing poems and became a renowned dramatist in the Admiral’s Company.

Marlowe is known as one of the university wits, a group of dramatists along with Robert Greene, Thomas Nash, and George Peele. Marlowe is considered the greatest precursor to Shakespeare. When Marlowe came upon the English stage, the nature of drama was undeveloped. The verses in the dramas were lifeless. But Marlowe gave English drama an appropriate metre, diction, and method. It is really a matter of speculation what kind of greatness he would have achieved if his life had not been terminated (C++) in a duel after a brawl in a tavern (inn).

The literary life of Marlowe had a short span, from 1587-1593. During this period, he wrote five plays which were all tragedies as he had no comic vein. His tragedies like Dr Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Edward Il are rated as some of the best works of the Elizabethan age. He also wrote an unfinished poem Hero and Leander and translated some parts of Ovid’s (a Roman Poet) elegies.

Marlowe’s subjects are mostly heroic which appeals to the imagination of the play-goers. His heroes epitomize the spirit of the Renaissance. Each of them embodies a passion and tries to achieve lies in his development of the blank verse. He put it at any cost. But Marlowe’s chief contribution aside from the old rhyming lines then employed in the plays and used blank verse. Thus, the language of drama was brought closer to real life and drama was made ready for Shakespeare (1564-1616) to improve upon it. It is rightly said, “No Marlowe, no Shakespeare”.

Unseen Passages Questions

A State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T’ for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1×4=4

  1. Marlowe translated some works of Ovid, the great Latin poet.
  2. Marlowe wrote for a short period of time.
  3. Marlowe discarded rhyming in his drama.
  4. Marlowe wrote a number of comedies.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3= 6

  1. When was Christopher Marlowe born? What was his chief contribution to drama?
  2. Who were the other university wits along with Marlowe?
  3. Describe Marlowe’s heroes.

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. T 2. T 3. T 4. F

  1. Christopher Marlowe was born in the year 1564. Marlowe gave English drama an appropriate meter and diction. This blank verse brought life to English drama.
  2. The other University wits were Robert Greene, George Peele, and Thomas Nash.
  3. Marlowe’s heroes epitomized the Renaissance spirit. Each embodied a passion and tried to achieve it at any cost.

Unseen Passages #8


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

A well-dressed man or ‘hurgo’ as they called him, climbed up on the stage and cried out three words ‘Langro Dehul San’! Fifty inhabitants came forward and cut the string on the left side of my head so that I could turn and observe the speaker.

He made a long speech with many actions of threat, promise, pity, and kindness. I mumbled a few words in response and showed obedience and meek actions and pointed to the sun as my witness and promised that I would not hurt them. I then conveyed to them how hungry I was. Going against proper manners, I even put my fingers frequently to my mouth to show them that I was desperate for food!

The hurgo or the great lord understood me very well. A hundred tiny men mounted and walked towards my mouth with baskets full of meat. I noticed that there was the meat of several animals no smaller than a lark but could not distinguish them by taste. I ate them in two or three mouthfuls with bread, the size of musket bullets. They supplied me as fast they could, shouting in wonder and astonishment at my huge appetite. I then made another sign that I wanted a drink.

The clever people skilfully pushed up one of their largest barrels, rolled it towards my mouth, and knocked out the cap. I drank the liquid off in a gulp. It held only half a pint. I made signs for more, but they had none to give me. Filled with delight and admiration at my appetite, they danced upon my breast and repeated several times ‘Hekinah Degul’.

To be honest, I was tempted to seize forty or fifty of these people and dash them against the ground. But the memory of their arrows and the promise of honour I had made them, prevented me. These people treated me with so much kindness. Surely, I owed them some gratitude for their hospitality.

Unseen Passages Questions

State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T’ for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences. Write only the numbers.] 1x 4×4

  1. The narrator made signs of desperation to show that he was hungry.
  2. The narrator dashed the brains of many people.
  3. The narrator was delighted at the courage of the little people.
  4. The narrator felt hungry even after he was supplied with the meal.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. How did the narrator know that the hurgo’s speech was full of threat, pity, and promise?
  2. Why did the narrator call the people clever people? What astonished them?
  3. How did the people help the narrator to drink?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. T 2. F 3. F 4. F

B. 1. The hurgo was making many gestures of threat, promise, pity, and kindness by which the narrator could fathom the contents of his speech.

2. The little people could easily understand the signs made by the narrator and so the narrator concluded that those people were clever enough. The narrator’s huge appetite astonished them.

3. The little people skilfully pushed up one of their largest barrels, rolled it towards the mouth of the narrator, and then knocked out the cap so that the narrator could drink the liquid inside.


Unseen Passages #9


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

The Health Department in South Dinajpur has opened its first Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at the district hospital in Balurghat.

The Centre was inaugurated by the local MLA and Minister for Prisons Mr Sankar Chakraborty on March 10. The centre was built with 40 lakhs, a Health Department official said.

The centre has been set up as a separate ward with 10 beds. Children between six months and six years will be looked after here by five trained attendants and one medical officer.

South Dinajpur is among the most underdeveloped districts in Bengal. Large sections of the Muslim and tribal population in the district live in utter poverty. The literacy level is very low too. Malnutrition is rampant in the village.

“The mothers will also get treatment and nutrition from the centre. The children and their mothers will be provided food from the centre’s separate kitchen and not from the general kitchen of the hospital,” says Kajal Kanti Das, the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in South Dinajpur.

The centre, which is yet to admit any patients, will take in children as well as their mothers, for they suffer severely from lack of nutrition. An allowance will be given to the mother whose child is admitted.

At the centre, the children’s BMI will be checked and a supplementary diet will be given including multivitamins, folic acid, and magnesium sulfate. The dietician will decide how many calories a child should take in. The children will be screened for thalassemia. The Minister also inaugurated a fair-price shop at the district hospital.
[Based on a report in The Telegraph on April 29, 2013]

Unseen Passages Questions

А. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write ‘T’ for True and ‘F for False. [You need not write the sentences.
Write only the numbers.] 1×4=4

  1. Both children and adults will get treatment in the newly opened centre.
  2. Malnutrition is quite common among the people of South Dinajpur.
  3. Thalassaemia can be detected at the newly opened centre.
  4. The mothers of the children getting admitted will get a lot of benefits from the centre.

Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. Where has the first Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre been established? What was the cost?
  2. What benefits will the mothers get from the centre? What will be the functions of the dietician in the centre?
  3. How will the children benefit from the centre?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. F 2. T 3. T 4. T

B. 1. The Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre has been established at the district hospital Balurghat in South Dinajpur. The cost was Rs. 40 Lakhs.

2. The mothers of the children will also get food, medicine, and even an allowance. The dietician will prescribe how many calories a child requires.

The children’s BMI will be checked. They will be tested for thalassemia. A supplementary diet including multivitamins, folic acid, and magnesium sulfate will be given.


Unseen Passages #10


Read the following passage and answer the questions below:

After dinner, my friends in the neighbouring rooms in the hostel dropped in as usual for light talk. They were my colleagues. One was Rangappa who taught the boys philosophy, and the other was Gopal of the mathematics section. Gopal was sharp as a knife edge where mathematical matters were concerned, but poor fellow, he was very dumb and stupid in other matters. As a matter of fact, he paid little attention to anything else. We liked him because he was a genius, and in a vague manner, we understood that he was doing brilliant things in mathematics. Some day he hoped to contribute a paper on his subject which was going to revolutionize human thought and conceptions.

But God knew what it was all about. All that I cared for in him was that he was an agreeable friend, who never contradicted and who patiently listened for hours, though without showing any sign of understanding.

Tonight the talk was all about English spelling, and the conference we had with Brown. I was incensed as usual, much to the amazement of Rangappa. “But my dear fellow, what do you think they pay you for unless it is for dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s?” Gopal, who had been listening without putting in a word of his own, suddenly became active.

“I don’t follow you,” he said.
“I said the English department existed solely for dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.”
“Oh!” he said, opening wide his eyes. “I never thought so. Why should you do it?” His precise literal brain refused to move where it had no concrete facts or figures to grip. Symbols, if they entered his brain at all, entered only as mathematical symbols.

Rangappa answered: “Look here, Gopal. You have come across the expression ‘Raining cats and dogs’?”
“Yes.”
“Have you actually seen cats and dogs falling down from the sky?”
“No, no. Why?”

Rangappa would have worried him a little longer, but the college clock struck ten and I said:
“Friends, I must bid you good night.”
“Good night,” Gopal repeated mechanically and rose to go. [Source: R.K. Narayan’s The English Teacher]

Unseen Passages Questions

А. State whether the following sentences are True or False. Write T for True and ‘F’ for False. [You need not write the sentences.
Write only the numbers.] 1x 4=4

  1. Gopal was interested in all branches of knowledge.
  2. Rangappa was a teacher of mathematics.
  3. Gopal patiently listened for hours and never contradicted
  4. The author bade good night at 10 p.m.

B. Answer each of the following questions in about 30 words: 2×3=6

  1. What would the author and his friends usually do after dinner? What did they talk about that night?
  2. Why, according to Rangappa, did the English department exist? What did the author feel about his friend’s opinion?
  3. Why, couldn’t Gopal understand what was being said?

Unseen Passages Answers

A. 1. F 2. F 3. T 4. T

B. 1. After dinner, the author and his friends would usually have a light talk together. That night the author and his colleagues talked about English spelling and the conference they had with Brown.

2. According to Rangappa, the English department existed solely for dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. The author did not agree with his friend’s opinion.

3. Gopal couldn’t understand what was being said because his precise, literal brain could understand only concrete facts and figures.

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