9th Class English Comprehension of Passages Notes 3

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9th Class English Comprehension of Passages Notes 3

COMPREHENSION OF PASSAGES

(xxi) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.

There was once a man whose doctor gave him medicine which was quite black. His servant who was illiterate made a mistake and poured out a dose of ink in place of the drug. He gave it to his master who drank it. After the patient had taken the dose of ink the servant somehow realized his mistake. He ran back to his master and said, “Sir, I have given you a dose of ink instead of the medicine as both were equally black, what should be done now?” The master replied softly, “Now give me a piece of blotting paper to swallow”.

QUESTIONS

  1. What was the color of the medicine?
  2. What did the servant give to his master?
  3. When did the servant come to know of his mistake?
  4. What did the servant do?
  5. What did the master say to his servant?

ANSWERS

  1. The color of the medicine was quite black.
  2. The servant gave to his master a dose of ink in place of the drug.
  3. After the master had taken the dose of ink the servant somehow came to know of his mistake.
  4. The servant ran back to his master and said, “Sir, I have given you a dose of ink instead of the medicine as both were equally black, what should be done now?”
  5. The master said to his servant, “Now give me a piece of blotting paper to swallow”.

 

(xxii) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.

There lived a monkey in a forest. One day he was going about in search of food as he was very hungry. At last he entered the house of a farmer. There was no body in the house. The monkey found a hard vessel with a narrow opening. He put his hand into it. It had grains in it. He took a handful of these and tried to pull his hand out but he could not do so with his closed fist. After some time the owner of the house came up. His dog was also with him. The dog fell upon the monkey and tore him to pieces. Thus the monkey met his fate due to his greed.

QUESTIONS

  1. Where did the monkey live?
  2. Why did he enter the house of a farmer?
  3. What did he find there?
  4. What was in the vessel?
  5. What did the monkey do?
  6. Why could he not pull his hand out of the vessel?
  7. How did the monkey meet his fate?

ANSWERS

  1. The monkey lived in a forest.
  2. He entered the house of a farmer in search of food. Moreover, there was no body in the house.
  3. He found a hard vessel with a narrow opening.
  4. There were grains in the vessel.
  5. The monkey put his hand into the vessel.
  6. He could not pull his hand out of the vessel because the vessel had narrow opening and his fist was closed.
  7. The monkey met his fate due to his greed. The owner’s dog fell upon him and tore him to pieces.

(xxiii) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.

A tailor ran a shop in a bazaar. An elephant used to go to the river through that bazaar. The tailor gave him a bun everyday. One day the tailor pricked a needle into the trunk of the elephant. The elephant became angry but went away. On return he filled his trunk with muddy water. On reaching the shop of the tailor he put his trunk into it and squirted the dirty water into the shop of the tailor. All the fine and new dresses of his customers were spoiled. He was very sorry for annoying the elephant but it was no use crying over split milk.

QUESTIONS

  1. Where did the elephant go everyday?
  2. What did the tailor give him?
  3. What mistake did the tailor make one day?
  4. What did the elephant do after drinking water?
  5. How did the elephant punish the tailor for his mistake?
  6. What is the moral of the story?

ANSWERS

  1. The elephant used to go to the river everyday.
  2. The tailor gave him a bun everyday.
  3. The tailor pricked a needle into the trunk of the elephant one day.
  4. After drinking water, the elephant filled his trunk with muddy water.
  5. On reaching the shop of the tailor, the elephant put his trunk into it and squirted the dirty water on the fine and new dresses of the tailor’s customers.
  6. (i) As you sow, so shall you reap
    (ii) Tit for tat
    (iii) It is useless to cry over spilt milk.

(xxiv) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.

A professional player is quite different from an amateur. His main aim is to make money. He plays the game to earn money or to win a name. On the other hand the amateur player has no such aim. He plays because he gets pleasure in playing. Games not only give him recreation but also physical exercise. He enjoys good health and a sound physique. He plays the game as he should. He observes all the rules and regulations of games. The amateur player plays honestly. He becomes a disciplined gentleman and a responsible citizen. He accepts defeat but does not resort to cheating or other unfair means to win. If he wins a game he feels happy but he is not sad at losing one.

QUESTIONS

  1. What is meant by professional player?
  2. With what aim does he play games?
  3. What makes an amateur player a responsible citizen?
  4. What qualities of true sportsmanship does a professional player lack?
  5. How does an amateur player differ from a professional player?
  6. How does an amateur player take his defeat?
  7. Who plays a game for the sake of the game?

ANSWERS

  1. A professional players is the person who plays the game to earn money or to win a name.
  2. He plays games with the aim to earn money or to win a name.
  3. An amateur player observes all the rules and regulations of games. He plays honestly.  These things make him a responsible citizen.
  4. A professional player lacks recreation, honesty and discipline.
  5. Unlike a professional player, an amateur players plays the game for recreation and not for money. He plays the game as he should. He observes all the rules and regulations of games and plays honestly.
  6. An amateur player is not sad at his defeat. He accepts his defeat but does not resort to cheating or other unfair means to win.
  7. An amateur players plays a game for the sake of the game.

(xxv) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.

 The camel is rightly called the “ship of the desert”. It is the best means of transport in deserts. Camels go slow. But they go on walking for hours on the burning sand and in the blazing sun. Camels carry heavy loads, much heavier in weight than any other beast of burden can. While the other animals’ feet sink into the sand, nature has made the feet of camel such that it is not at all difficult for it to walk on sand. The camel is superior to all other animals because it can go without food and drink for days and weeks. It can store food and water. Its hump is also a store of food which the camels use when they get nothing to eat and drink for many days. In deserts only bushes grow here and there and the camel can live on these.

QUESTIONS

  1. Why is camel called the ship of the desert?
  2. Is it for its speed that it is called the ship of the deserts?
  3. What difficulty do the other beasts of burden have to face while walking on the sand?
  4. Why does a camel walk easily on the loose sand of the desert?
  5. What special quality makes camel superior to other animals used for transport?
  6. How does the camel go without food and water for days and weeks?
  7. What does the camel generally live on?

ANSWERS

  1. The camel is called the ship of the desert because it is the best means of transport in deserts. 
  2. No, the camel goes slow. But it goes on walking for hours on the burning sand and in the blazing sun. So it is called the ship of the deserts. 
  3. Other beasts of burden have to face two difficulties while walking on the sand; (a) Their feet sink into the sand (b) They cannot bear up extreme hunger and thirst.
  4. Nature has made the feet of camel such that it is not at all difficult for it to walk on the loose sand of the desert.
  5. The camel is superior to all other animals of transport because it can go without food and drink for days and weeks.
  6. The camel goes without food and water for days and weeks because it stores food in its hump.
  7. In deserts only bushes grow here and there and the camel generally lives on these.

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