Selected Comprehension Passages

It is very interesting to think of the past story of the world and of he great men and women and of the great deeds that it contains. To read history is good, but even more interesting and fascinating is to help in making history. And you know that history is being made in our country today. The past of India is long, long one, lost in the mists of antiquity: it has its sad and unhappy periods which make us feel ashamed and miserable, but on the whole it is a splendid past of which we may well be proud and think with pleasure. And yet today we have little leisure to think of the past. It is the future that fills our minds, the future that we are fashioning, and the present that absorbs all our time and energy.

[Jawaharlal Nehru in Glimpses of World History]

On the basis of the message conveyed through the passage judge the authenticity of the following statements.

  1. We never think of the past because our mind is engaged continuously in planning for a better future than the present one.

(a). True               (b). False          (c). Can’t say

  1. Choose the word that is most opposite in meaning to the word “splendid” as used in the passage.

(a). pale

(b). glory

(c). graceless

(d). excellent








  1. (a)
  2. (a)


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