Unseen passage for Class 7 is an important part of the reading section in the English subject. From an examination point, the unseen passages carry a good weightage of approximately 10 to 20 marks. So, practising unseen passages for Class 7 helps in scoring good marks in the exam. Moreover, it will help them to improve their reading skills.
Unseen Passage for Class 7 English
Here, we have provided different sets of unseen passages for Class 7 students. Practising these unseen passages will help students to answer the comprehension passage fastly. Also, they get to know how to handle the different variety of questions in the passages. By practising the following unseen passages for Class 7, students gain confidence to solve tough unseen passages as well.
Unseen Passage for Class 7 English – Passage 1
Read the following passage carefully. (5 Marks)
I am the mother of three children. My youngest daughter is sick. She has an illness that will never go away, but it can be managed. She needs medicine to manage her illness. This medicine used to cost ten dollars a month. Now it costs thirty dollars a month. Without this medicine, my daughter has trouble breathing. Sometimes her lungs do not work well. She cannot get enough air into her lungs. Then she needs the medicine to help her lungs work again. We have to buy the medicine. We do not have a choice. But it will be hard to find an extra thirty dollars a month. Our family will have to spend less money on other things.
Based on the understanding of reading the above passage, choose the right answer from the options.
Q1) The daughter needs the medicine to (1 Mark)
A. give her more air
B. help her lungs work again
C. breathe for her when she cannot
D. make her illness go away
Q2) The mother says, “We do not have a choice” to explain that (1 Mark)
A. she will definitely buy the medicine
B. someone else is making her buy the medicine
C. her daughter will die without the medicine
D. she does not want to buy the medicine
Q3) Based on information in the passage, it can be understood that in the future, the family will most likely (2 Marks)
A. needs help paying for the medicine
B. find extra money hidden somewhere
C. only buy things on sale
D. have to save money on something else
Q4) What is the main reason the family will have to spend less money on other things? (1 Mark)
A. the daughter has an illness that will never go away
B. the price of the medicine went up
C. the daughter needs the medicine to help her breathe
D. twenty dollars every month is a lot of money
Unseen Passage for Class 7 English – Passage 2
Read the following passage carefully. (5 Marks)
Watching is meditation. What you watch is irrelevant. You can watch the trees, you can watch the river, you can watch the clouds, you can watch children playing around. Watching is meditation. What you watch is not the point; the object is not the point. The quality of observation, the quality of being aware and alert – that’s what meditation is. Remember one thing; meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action is. Walking can be a meditation if you walk alert. Sitting can be a meditation if you sit alert. Listening to the birds can be a meditation if you listen with awareness. Just listening to the inner voice of your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and watchful. The whole point is one should not move in sleep. Then whatever you do is meditation.
The first step in awareness is to be very watchful of your body. Slowly, one becomes alert about each gesture, each movement. And as you become aware, a miracle starts happening; many things that you used to do before simply disappear; your body becomes more relaxed, your body becomes more attuned. A deep peace starts prevailing even in your body; a subtle music pulsates in your body. Then, start becoming aware of your thoughts; the same has to be done with emotions; you will be surprised at what goes on inside you. If you write down whatever is going on at any moment, you are in for a great surprise. You will not believe that this is what is going on inside you. And ten minutes later, read it – you will see a mad mind inside! Because we are not aware, this whole madness goes on running like an undercurrent. It affects whatsoever you are doing; it affects everything. And the sum total of it is going to be your life! So this madman has to be changed. And the miracle of awareness is that you need not do anything except just become aware. The very phenomenon of watching it changes it. Slowly the madman disappears, slowly the thoughts start falling into a certain pattern; their chaos is no more; they become more of the cosmos. And then again, a deeper peace prevails. And when your body and your mind are at peace, you will see that they are attuned to each other too; there is a bridge. Now they are not running in different directions; they are not riding different horses. For the first time, there is an accord, and that accord helps immensely to work on the third step, which is becoming aware of your feelings, emotions, moods. That is the subtlest layer and the most difficult, but if you can be aware of the thoughts, then it is just one more step. A little more intense awareness is needed, and you start reflecting on your moods, your emotions and your feelings. Once you are aware of all these three, they all become joined into one phenomenon. And when all these three are one, functioning together perfectly, humming together, you can feel the music of all the three; they have become an orchestra – then the fourth happens, which you cannot do. It happens on the accord. It is a gift from the whole; it is a reward for those who have done these three. And the fourth is the ultimate awareness that makes one awakened. One becomes aware of one’s awareness – that is the fourth. That makes a Buddha, the awakened. And only in that awakening does one come to know what bliss is. The body knows pleasure, the mind knows happiness, the heart knows joy, the fourth know bliss. Bliss is the goal of sannyas, of being a seeker, and awareness is the path towards it.
The important thing is that you are watchful, that you have not forgotten to watch, that you are watching………watching……watching. Slowly as the watcher becomes more and more solid, stable, unwavering, a transformation happens. The things that you were watching disappear. For the first time, the watcher itself becomes the watched, the observer itself becomes the observed. You have come home.
Answer the following questions based on the passage:
Q1) The whole journey of watching follows a particular order. Arrange the following options in their correct order. (1 Mark)
i. Awareness of thoughts
ii. Awareness of moods
iii. Awareness of one’s awareness
iv. Awareness of the body
A. iv, iii, ii, i
B. iv, ii, i, iii
C. iv, i, ii, iii
D. i, iii, ii, iv
Q2) From the passage, which of the following statements are true in respect of ultimate awareness? (1 Mark)
i. Constant practice helps us to achieve ultimate awareness.
ii. All those who can watch their moods can attain ultimate awareness.
iii. It is a conscious outcome of our practice of watching
iv. Ultimate awareness is bliss.
A. All four statements are correct.
B. Only three statements are correct.
C. Only two statements are correct.
D. Only one statement is correct.
Q3) The author in the passage talks about a mad mind. Which of the following assumptions is made by the author? (1 Mark)
A. Minds of all men are mad.
B. A mad mind cannot be cured.
C. Not all minds are mad.
D. A mad mind can be cured.
Q4) Which of the following titles is definitely true about meditation? (1 Mark)
A. Watching is meditation.
B. Meditation is watching.
C. Awareness is meditation.
D. Awakening is meditation.
Q5) “Bliss” in the above passage mean? (1 Mark)
i. Awareness of the external environment.
ii. Awareness of the internal self.
A. Statement i is true.
B. Statement ii is true.
C. Both statements are true.
D. None of the statements is true.
Unseen Passage for Class 7 English – Passage 3
Read the following passage carefully. (5 Marks)
Nepal, a small, mountainous country tucked between India and China, may seem completely foreign to many Americans. Cows walk down busy streets unharmed, 24 different languages are spoken, and people eat two meals of rice and lentils every day. Nepali holidays, many of which are related to the Hindu religion, can seem especially bizarre to Americans unfamiliar with the culture. However, if we look beyond how others celebrate to consider the things they are celebrating, we find surprising similarities to our own culture.
The biggest holiday in Nepal is Dashain, a ten-day festival for the Hindu goddess Durga that takes place in September or October. According to Hindu beliefs, Durga defeated the evil demons of the world. To thank the goddess, people visit temples in her honour and sacrifice goats or sheep as offerings. Throughout the year, most Nepalis do not eat much meat because it is expensive, but Dashain is a time to enjoy meat every day. Children fly colourful, homemade kites during Dashain. People also construct enormous bamboo swings on street corners and in parks. Every evening people gather at these swings and take turns swinging. Nepalis say that by swinging, people can relieve the earth of their weight, if only for a few minutes out of the year. Dashain is a time for people to eat good food, relax, and enjoy themselves!
Aside from eating and enjoying themselves, during Dashain, people also receive blessings from their elders. Schools and offices shut down so people can travel to be with their families. Reuniting with family reminds people of the importance of kindness, respect, and forgiveness. People also clean and decorate their homes for Dashain. And, like many holidays in the United States, it is a time for shopping. Children and adults alike get new clothes for the occasion. People express appreciation for all that they have while looking forward to good fortune and peace in the year to come.
During American holidays, people may not sacrifice goats or soar on bamboo swings, but we do often travel to be with family members and take time off work or school to relax. No matter how we celebrate, many people around the world spend their holidays honouring family, reflecting on their blessings, and hoping for good fortune in the future.
Answer the following questions carefully after reading the above passage:
Q1) According to the passage, Hindus believe that the goddess Durga (1 Mark)
A. sacrifices goats and sheep
B. defeated the evil demons of the world
C. visits temples
D. enjoys meat every day
Q2) As used in paragraph 1, bizarre most nearly means? (1 Mark)
Q3) Both the colourful kites and bamboo swings are used as examples of? (1 Mark)
A. ways people relax and enjoy themselves during Dashain.
B. things people honour and reflect on during Dashain.
C. offerings to the goddess Durga.
D. ways people reunite with family during Dashain.
Q4) Which of the following sentences from the passage best indicates why the author thinks Nepal would seem very foreign to many Americans? (1 Mark)
A. “Cows walk down busy streets unharmed, 24 different languages are spoken, and people eat two meals of rice and lentils every day.”
B. “Every evening people gather at these swings and take turns swinging.”
C. “People also clean and decorate their homes for Dashain.”
D. “During American holidays, people may not sacrifice goats or soar on bamboo swings, but we do often travel to be with family members and take time off work or school to relax.”
Q5) The author suggests that although people in different cultures celebrate holidays differently, one similarity is that many people? (1 Mark)
A. ask for blessings from their elders during holidays
B. agree that holidays reveal a lot about a culture
C. believe that holidays must be celebrated
D. think of holidays as a time to spend with their families
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