Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Class 8 English Reading
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 1
The giraffe is the tallest of all living land animals. A male can go up to 18 feet and a female up to 15 feet. Such height enables them to escape the competition for ground level grass that exists among other leaf-eaters. It also gives him a long range of vision. He takes the warning of the approaching enemy early.
Giraffes eat a variety of leaves, but acacia leaves are their favourite diet. In spring when many trees are not in leaf, they spend 80 per cent of the day eating. In summer, when trees are in full leaf, they need only 15 per cent. The rest of the time is spent in resting and quarreling.
A giraffe’s long neck is made up like that of man and most other mammals, of only seven vertebrae. The bones are attached to one another with ball and socket joints. These make the neck flexible. It can run at 50 km per hour.
Rising from a lying position is a problem for such a large animal. So it usually keeps standing even while it sleeps.
To reach water with such a long neck and legs, a giraffe spreads its front legs wide apart. Then it lowers its neck to drink. This awkward position makes it easy for the lion to attack it.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 1:
Q1: On the basis of your reading of the above passage fill in the blanks with suitable words:
A giraffe is the (a)_______________ of all land animals. The height of a (b)___________ giraffe can go up to 18 feet. The (c)________________ of a female giraffe can be up to 15 feet. With this height it doesn’t have to (d)____________________________________ with other animals for leaves. This enables it to see its (e) from a long distance. It, however, creates problem in reaching (f) _____________ in tanks.
Q2: Find words from the above passage that mean opposite to the following:
1. (a) tallest
2. (a) living
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 2
Using ‘ear’ phones while driving can be far more dangerous than driving under the influence of liquor.
Latest research says drivers using these mobile phones as a means of faster day-today communications may be heading for an accident. The study has shattered the common belief that drinking is the chief cause of the majority of road mishaps. Talking on mobile phones increases the risk to one’s life compared to driving after being drunk. The findings of the study are based on the survey of several cases of road accidents.
In fact, a study of the records of drivers involved in 699 such mistakes showed that the risk of accident for those who talk on phone while driving was at least four times higher compared to those driving in a state of drunkenness.
The only advantage for those driving with cellular phone was that they could summon immediate help through these phones. The study which is relevant for the entire world is relevant for India as well. Here too these phones are being used increasingly for communication and business transactions.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 2:
1. On the basis of your reading of the above passage complete the following sentences.
(a) Using ear phones while driving is very dangerous because_________________
(b) Accidents on the road can be caused because of_______________________
(c) Latest research has made it clear that____________
(d) With the help of a mobile phone one can___________
(e) Cell phones are being used increasingly in India for_____________ .
2. Find a word from the above passage that means the same as
(a) it diverts the mind of the driver
(b) talking on mobile phones and driving after being drunk
(c) drinking is not the chief cause of road accidents
(d) summon immediate help
(e) communication and business transactions
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 3
A myth has been built around the pelican, one of the oldest surviving birds. It is a commonly held belief that the mother feeds her chicks on her own blood. So people have regarded the pelican as most affectionate and dutiful bird.
The large bill of the bird makes it very easy to recognize it. It has a short tail, short legs, long wings and a large bag under its bill. Because of its webbed toes, the pelican finds walking on the land difficult.
However, it is a delight to watch these birds in flight. The pelican has figured among the largest of birds. It has a wing span of up to 2.75 meters, and weighs between 4.5 and 11 kg. It lives in places with a moderate climate. It migrates to India, Africa and Iran in winter because its wings do not give sufficient protection against the cold. The brown pelican is the smallest of the pelicans. It dives its head long into water from quite a height to get at its prey. The other six species of pelicans have a white plumage.
Pelicans are very sociable birds. They travel, rest, nest and even fish together. The young pelicans take wing when they are about two months old. The nests of pelicans are far from the source of any food. Therefore, the adults have to fly great distances to get food.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 3:
1. Below you can find a summary of the above passage. Fill in each blank with one word/phrase to complete it. Pelican is one of the oldest (a)____________ birds. It is believed that its young ones are fed by the mother’s (b)__________ . Perhaps due to this, pelican is regarded as the (c) _______ and dutiful bird. It has long (d)______________ webbed feet and a very short tail. pelican finds it difficult to walk on land because of its (e) _______. It lives in places where the climate is (f) _______. In all there are (g) _______ species of pelicans.
2. Find words from the above passage that mean the same as
(a) enough (b) friendly
1. (a) surviving
(b) own blood
(c) most affectionate
(d) wings and
(e) webbed toes
(f) moderately cold
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 4
A volcano is a burning mountain with a great hole running deep into the earth. Out of it come smoke, gases and stones. The mouth of the opening is called the crater of the volcano.
Volcanoes are not always burning. Sometimes a volcano will remain quiet for centuries. And then it will suddenly become active. This is called volcanic eruption.
When the eruption takes place, great clouds of ashes, dust, gas and steam rise from the crater. Loud noises come from the crater. After sometime, white hot molten rock, called lava begins to flow down the mountain sides. This may go on for days or weeks. Then the volcano will ‘go to sleep’ again for many years. Most volcanoes are found near the seas.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 4:
1. On the basis of your reading of the above passage complete the following:
(a) A volcano is a burning mountain which________________ .
(b) When a volcano becomes active,_____________ .
(c) Lava refers to . ‘
(d) A crater is the mouth of the_______________ .
(e) Most volcanoes are found____________ .
2. Find words from the above passage that mean opposite to:
(a) spits fire from a deep hole in the earth
(b) ashes, dust, steam, smoke and lava rise from its mouth
(c) white hot molten rock
(d) opening on the top of a volcanic mountain
(e) near the sea
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 5
There was a lion who was the king of the forest. He was big, fierce and strong. All the other animals brought him gifts from every comer of the forest. They were really afraid of him.
‘King must have ministers to help him’, the lion thought one day. And he sent for the fox.
‘You are known to be very wise and clever. I want you to be my Home Minister.’ “Many many thanks for this honour, your majesty”, said the fox, bowing low.
Then he called a panther and said, “You are known to be very alert and swift-footed. You will be my Defence Minister.”
“Thank you, Sir,” said the panther.
The next to be summoned was a crow.
“You can fly high and can see distant objects. So you’ll be my Foreign Minister.”
“I am grateful to you, my master,” said the crow. The three ministers swore to remain
loyal to the king. The lion, in return promised to feed and protect them.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 5:
1. On the basis of the reading of the above passage complete the following sentences:
(a) The forest animals were afraid of the lion because_____________________
(b) The new idea that came to the lion’s mind was_____________________
(c) The lion appointed the fox his Home Minister because______________________
(d) The lion appointed the panther his Defence Minister because________________________
(e) The lion appointed the crow his Foreign Minister because_______________________ .
2. Find words from the above passage that mean the same as
(c) very far
(a) he was big, fierce and strong
(b) to have ministers to help him
(c) of his cleverness
(d) of his alertness
(e) of his ability to fly high and see distant objects.
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 6
The system of education in our country is defective. It is not keeping pace with the passage of time. It follows the pattern which was valid five decades ago.
The aim of education is to prepare students for the tough battle of life. The basic needs of life are a sound mind in a sound body, and skill to make a living. It widens the sphere of knowledge and builds our character. In short, education should turn out a strong team of responsible citizens.
Education has to be related to life and also the needs of the nation. Not gold but only men of character make a nation great and strong.
It is unfortunate that our policy-makers give little importance to moral education and noble values. They set up schools and colleges only to turn out an army of graduates, good for nothing. We need men with brain, we need good scientists and technicians, we need tough soldiers for the army.
Education for all sounds sweet. But mere slogans and schemes on paper won’t take us far. Our leaders don’t have the will to serve the nation. Also schemes fail at the ground level.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 6:
1. On the basis of the reading of the above passage, complete the following sentences:
(a) Our education system is wrong because_______________________
(b) The aim of education is to_____________________
(c) Our nation needs___________________
(d) Men of strong character alone make_____________________
(e) All our experiments fail to improve the quality of education because
2. Find words from the above passage that mean the opposite to
(a) it is outdated
(b) prepare students for hard battle of life
(c) responsible citizens
(d) a nation strong and great
(e) the policy-makers do not give importance to moral education.
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 7
What causes the monsoon? The monsoon, which is essentially the seasonal reversal in wind direction, causes most of the rainfall received in India and some other parts of the world. The primary cause of monsoons is the difference between annual temperature trends over land and sea. The apparent position of the Sun with reference to the Earth oscillates from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. Thus the low pressure region created by solar heating also changes latitude. The northeast and southeast trade winds converge in this low pressure zone, which is also known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ. This low pressure region sees continuous rise of moist wind from the sea surface to the upper layers of the atmosphere, where the cooling means the air can no longer hold so much moisture resulting in precipitation. The rainy seasons of East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and the southern part of North America coincide with the shift of ITCZ towards these regions.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 7:
Q1: Monsoon is
(a) A type of sea wave
(b) a seasonal reversal in wind direction
(c) very hot wind
(d) Very cold wind.
Q2: What is the full form of ITCZ?
(a) Intertrance Convergence Zone
(b) Intertropical Convergence Zone
(c) Intertropical Capricorn Zone
(d) Intertropical Conveyance Zone.
Q3: The major cause of monsoon is the
(a) difference between annual temperature trends over land and sea
(b) difference between day and night temperature
(c) moisture in the atmosphere
(d) None of these.
Q4: Low pressure region is created by
(a) solar heating
(b) lunar cooling
(c) Moist wind
(d) dry wind.
Q5: It rains when
(a) moist wind goes down
(b) dry wind meets moist wind
(c) the air can no longer hold moisture resulting in precipitation
(d) Annual temperature goes down.
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 8
Dry fruits are useful in various diseases of the brain, muscles and tissues. Particularly almond has got unique properties to remove brain weakness and strengthen it. Almond preserves the vitality of the brain, strengthens the muscles, and destroys diseases originating from nervous and bilious disorders.
Walnut is another dry fruit that possesses wonderful qualities of curing brain weakness. According to Dr. Johnson, almonds, figs, grapes, dates, apples, and oranges are rich in phosphoric element and should normally be used by brain workers. Phosphorus nourishes the vital tissues of the body. It keeps the mind full of enthusiasm for more work.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 2:
Q1: Dry’fruits are useful because they
(a) strengthen our heart
(b) cure various diseases of the brain, muscles and tissues
(d) give confidence to us
(d) Empower us to do challenging tasks.
Q2: Which one is not a property of almond?
(a) It preserves the vitality of the brain
(b) It strengthens the muscles
(c) It destroys diseases originating from nervous and bilious disorders
(d) It strengthens our digestive system.
Q3: Phosphoric element is profusely found in
(a) almonds, figs, grapes, dates, apples and oranges
(b) almonds, figs, papayas, guavas and pineapples
(c) all the green vegetables
(d) Seasonal fruits.
Q4: Brain workers should take fruits rich in phosphoric element because
(a) they remove brain weakness
(b) they nourish the vital tissues of the body
(c) they keep the mind full of enthusiasm
(d) All the above.
Q5: The word unique means the same as
(b) highly qualified
Unseen Passage for Class 6 | Passage 9
Garbage is a great environment hazard. It comes from various sources—used paper, tiffin packings, plastic bags, ice-cream wrappers, bottle caps, fallen leaves from trees and many more. Garbage makes the premises ugly, unkempt and breeds diseases. A lot of trash that is thrown away contains material that can be recycled and reused such as paper, metals and glass which can be sent to the nearest recycling centre or disposed of to the junk dealer. It also contains organic matter such as leaves which can enrich soil fertility. A compost pit can be made at a convenient location where the refuse can be placed with layers of soil and an occasional sprinkling of water. This would help decomposition to make valuable fertilizer. This would also prevent pollution that is usually caused by burning such organic waste.
Unseen Comprehension Questions with Answers Class 6 Passage 9:
Q1: Garbage originates from
(a) used paper, tiffin, packings, plastic bags and fallen leaves from trees
(b) leftovers of food
(c) fallen branches from trees
(d) Building materials.
Q2: Garbage can create havoc to the mankind by
(a) spreading foul smell
(b) slowing our vehicles on the road
(c) Spreading several diseases
(d) all the above.
Q3: What happens to the disposed of material at the recycling centre?
(a) It is thrown away
(b) It is recycled for reuse
(c) It is sold to the rag pickers
(d) It is dumped into the ground.
Q4: Fallen leaves from trees are useful because they
(a) solve the problem of fuel wood in village households
(b) enrich water quality
(c) Enrich soil fertility
(d) beautify landscape.
.Q5: Which of these is correct with reference to a composite pit?
(a) The refuge is placed with layers of soil with an occasional sprinkling of water
(b) It contributes to the manufacture of useful fertilizer
(c) It prevents pollution
(d) All the above.