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Reading Worksheet | New MCQ Pattern | Board Exam 2021

Students of Class 9 & 10 can practise this Reading Worksheet for Annual/Board Exam

Read the following passage and answer the questions from the correct option.

1. Happiness is not something far away and unattainable. Happiness does not depend on circumstances or objects. It is an inseparable part of our consciousness, of our essence, but hidden and covered from sight by our thoughts, desires and worries. We all seek happiness but few, very-few, indeed, get it. We are unhappy partly because we desire much more than what we can hope to attain. Our countless desires are hard to be satisfied. And that is what makes us so sad in life. The secret of happiness lies in the simplification of life. Simple living encourages high thinking. It leads to contentment. Contentment gives us inner wealth, the wealth of the mind and of the soul.

2. A contented man devotes himself to virtues; a man can feel true happiness. I do not mean that for simplification of life, a man should become an ascetic. The happiness of a sadhu is of a negative kind. I want positive kind of happiness. For this I must live in the midst of life and faithfully carry out my responsibilities to my home and my country. But all this should be done in the spirit of selfless service.

3. A man, who wants to lead a happy life, should also make others happy. In making others happy he will taste real and lasting happiness. There is a kind of joy in serving others with virtuous motives, in sacrificing what one has for the good of others. An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. The secret of perfect happiness lies in renunciation.

4. Wealth may give us joy for a while and fame may provide us with fleeting excitement. But they cannot give us permanent happiness. Kings have everything to make them happy and yet they feel unhappy. It is because they do not practise renunciation. There is a sense of joy in doing one’s work honestly and efficiently. A research-worker feels joy in research and a journalist in writing. In doing one’s duty sincerely, one feels peace of mind which is an important essence of happiness. It is only by cultivating spirit of renunciation, self-sacrifice, contentment and science work that one can really be happy. The strings of misfortune spare none but they will not cow such a person.

5. Happiness is like the sun, it is often hidden by the clouds of thoughts, worries and desires. We have to scatter and dissolve them to experience happiness. You don’t have to create happiness. All you have to do is calm your mind, because when there is a quiet mind and inner peace, there is happiness.

On the basis of your understanding of the passage, answer ANY TEN questions from the twelve that follow. (1x10=10)

1. We are unhappy partly because we have ________________.

(a) no inner strength (b) lost moral and spiritual values (c) countless, unfulfilled desires (d) extremely complicated lives

2. According to the passage, the essence of happiness lies in_____

(a) worldly desires (b) doing one’s duty sincerely (c) avoiding all unfortunate events (d) adopting a simple life style

3. Which of the following is the correct chain of things, as mentioned in the passage, leading to happiness?

(a) contentment, high thinking, simple living, inner wealth

(b) simple living, high thinking, inner wealth, contentment

(c) high thinking, simple living, inner wealth, contentment

(d) simple living, high thinking, contentment, inner wealth

4. What does a contented man do?

(a) He assimilates the basic virtues of life

(b) He faces boldly the adversities of life

(c) He encounters the strings of misfortunes

(d) He gives up bad habits effortlessly

5. What according to the passage, is a positive kind of happiness?

(a) Keeping ones motives and feelings under control

(b) Love for life and a country

(c) Leading a simple life of an ascetic

(d) Carrying out all worldly activities in the spirit of selfless service

6. A man who wants to live a happy life should _____

(a) make others happy

(b) master the art of renunciation

(c) pursue wealth and fame

(d) inculcate the virtues of life

7. Which of the following is OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘fleeting’ as used in the passage? (a) permanent

(b) passing

(c) fast

(d) momentary

8. Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE in the context of the passage?

(a) One feels peace of mind in doing one’s duty sincerely

(b) Renunciation is the result of perfect happiness.

(c) Multiplicity of desires make us unhappy.

(d) Making others happy makes one happy.

9. The phrase “cow a person” refers to get someone:

(a) spare

(b) conquer

(c) scare

(d) provoke

10. Which of the following statements is TRUE in the context of the passage?

(a) Human beings seldom seek happiness

(b) Doing one’s work sincerely hardly makes one happy

(c) Peace of mind is tangent to happiness

(d) Simple life is like a life of an ascetic

11. Select the option that makes the correct use of “unattainable”, as used in the passage, to fill in the blank space.

(a) __________ development implies a long-term perspective.

(b) Keep goals small so they are more easily __________.

(c) Diabetes is __________ but not curable.

(d) Some economists think that 100% employment in India is an ____________ goal.

Question About Happiness Reading Worksheet for Board Exams of class 9 and 10 CBSE | English With A Difference

Q2. Read the passage given below answer from the given options.

The incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic or mild and self-managed, and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are under-reported or often misdiagnosed.

One estimate indicates 390 million dengue virus infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). The number of dengue cases reported to WHO increased over 8 fold over the last two decades.

This alarming increase in case numbers is partly explained by a change in national practices to record and report dengue to the Ministries of Health, and to the WHO. But it also represents government recognition of the burden, and therefore the pertinence to report dengue disease.

Before 1970, only 9 countries had experienced severe dengue epidemics. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in the WHO regions of Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific. The America, South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions are the most seriously affected, with Asia representing ~70% of the global burden of disease.

In 2020, dengue continues to affect several countries, with reports of increases in the numbers of cases in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cook Islands, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritania, Mayotte (Fr), Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Yemen

Question About Dengue Fever Reading Worksheet for Board Exams of class 9 and 10 CBSE | English With A Difference

The first dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia® (CYD-TDV) developed by Sanofi Pasteur was licensed in December 2015 and has now been approved by regulatory authorities in ~20 countries. In November 2017, the results of an additional analysis to retrospectively determine serostatus at the time of vaccination were released.

As described in the WHO position paper on the Dengvaxia vaccine (September 2018) the dengue vaccine CYD-TDV has been shown in clinical trials to be efficacious and safe in persons who have had a previous dengue virus infection. However, it carries an increased risk of severe dengue in those who experience their first natural dengue infection after vaccination. For countries considering vaccination as part of their dengue control programme, pre-vaccination screening is the recommended strategy.

On the basis of your understanding of the passage attempt ANY TEN questions from the twelve that follow. (1x10=10)

i. In the line, ‘and therefore the pertinence to report dengue disease’ , the word pertinence does not mean

a. Importance

b. Ignorance

c. Relevance

d. Appropriateness

ii. According to the WHO report, around 70% of the dengue cases from around the world,

a. Affect people in Asia

b. Misdiagnosed in Asia

c. Do not occur in Asia

d. Remain untreated in Asia

iii. The actual number of dengue cases are more than the figures in the reports because:

a. There has been a misprint

b. Cases reported late

c. Cases are under-reported

d. Cases constantly increase

iv. Choose the option that is correct about the rise in the number of dengue cases

a. Rise in dengue is due to rise in tourism

b. Dengue is being tested and reported in vast numbers

c. Dengue is a communicable disease

d. Dengue spread is uncontrollable

v. According to this WHO report which year recorded the maximum number of Dengue cases? a. 2017

b. 2015

c. 2020

d. 2019

vi. Which statement is not true about the dengue vaccine as stated in the report?

a. Dengue vaccine works effectively on people who have been infected before

b. Dengue vaccine works effectively on people who haven’t been infected before

c. Dengue vaccine must be administered to people in the countries where it is an endemic

d. Dengue vaccine has been in clinical trials but the results are not as expected

vii. What does the word ‘endemic’ refer to?

a. Disease regularly found in people of a certain area

b. Disease irregularly found in people of a certain area

c. Disease regularly found in people any where

d. Disease irregularly found in people any where

viii. The number of cases of Dengue reported to WHO

a. Decreased 8 times in the last ten years

b. Decreased 10 times in the last twenty years

c. Increased 10 times in the last eight years

d. Increased 8 times in the last twenty years

ix. What is the above report informing us about?

Choose the most appropriate response

a. Spread of dengue and its effects around the world

b. Spread of dengue and its under-reportage

c. Spread of Dengue and how it affects Asia

d. Spread of Dengue and directions on the use of vaccine

x. Where do weneed to administer the dengue vaccine?

a. In country where dengue is wide-spread

b. In country where dengue may spread

c. In country where dengue spread is limited

d. In country where dengue spread originated

xi. Choose which statement is ‘Not Correct’ as per the report

a. Pre-screening must be done before administering the vaccine

b. Pre-screening must not be done before administering the vaccine

c. Pre-screening helps to identify people who have been dengue positive in the past

d. Pre-screening allows to target people who can be administered the vaccine

xii. In Afghanistan Dengue spread began in

a. 2017

b. 2020

c. 2019

d. 1970

Dear Students,
  • Kindly wirte the answers on your English Notebook.

  • Write down the Qno. correctly along with the option number and the phrase/sentence which is a part of your answer.

  • For Example, if the answer to the Q2 XII is C, then Write Q.2, XII, (C) 2019

  • Take pics of your English notebook, convert them into a single pdf file and upload on Google Classroom.

  • The deadline for submission is March 13, 2021 at 8 pm.

  • The Answer Key will be published on March 14 at 9am.

Good Luck.


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