CBSE Class 11 English Reading Passage Set 8

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Reading Passage Class 11 English Revision Notes

Class 11 English students should refer to the following concepts and notes for Reading Passage in standard 11. These exam notes for Grade 11 English will be very useful for upcoming class tests and examinations and help you to score good marks

Reading Passage Notes Class 11 English



A.1 Read the passage given below and write the options that you consider the most appropriate. 

Last week was spent glued to TV, watching India getting thrashed by a rejuvenated England at Lord’s. Like most Indians, I too was dispirited by India’s inability to live up to its reputation as the number one team. But at least there was the immense satisfaction of watching the match live and - even listening to BBC’s good-humoured Test Match Special on Internet radio.

It was such a change from my schooldays when you had to tune in to a crackling short wave broadcast for intermittent radio commentary. Alternatively, we could go to the cinema, some three weeks after the match, to see a two-minute capsule in the Indian News Review that preceded the feature film. It is not that there was no technology available to make life a little more rewarding. Yet, in 1971, when B S Chandrasekhar mesmerized the opposition and gave India its first Test victory at the Oval, there was no TV, except in Delhi.

Those were the bad old days of the short age economy when everything, from cinema tickets to two-wheelers, had a black market premium. Telephones were a particular source of exasperation. By the 1970s, the telephone system in cities had collapsed. You may have possessed one of those heavy, black Bakelite instruments but there was no guarantee of a dial tone when you picked up the receiver. The ubiquitous ‘cable fault’ would render a telephone useless for months on end.

What was particularly frustrating was that there was precious little you could do about whimsical public services. In the early 1980s, when opposition MPs complained about dysfunctional telephones, the then communications minister C M Stephen retorted that phones were a luxury and not a right. If people were dissatisfied, he pronounced haughtily, they could return their phones!

Inefficiency was, in fact, elevated into an ideal. When capital-intensive public sector units began running into the red, the regime’s economists deemed that their performance shouldn’t be judged by a narrow capitalist yardstick. The public sector, they pronounced, had to exercise ‘social’ choices. India, wrote Jagdish Bhagwati (one of the few genuine ‘dissidents’ of that era), “suffered the tyranny of anticipated consequences from the wrong premises.”

Being an Indian in those days was truly demeaning if you had the misfortune of travelling overseas. Government regulations decreed that a private citizen travelling overseas had the right to buy all of $8. Subsequently, the ceiling was raised to $500 every three years. This meant that Indians had to evolve innovatively illegal methods of buying a few extra dollars or scrounging off‘fortunate NRI relatives. No wonder, escaping from India became a middle class obsession, as did petty hawala.

A. The narrator felt dispirited as his team ...

i) was the number one team of the world

ii) could not perform as per people’s expectations

iii) could not play even 100 overs.

iv) performed like professionals.

B. B.S. Chandrasekhar played a cricial role in making India register ....

i) its complaint to the match refree

ii) it as a test playing team

iii) its first test win at the oval

iv) its humiliating loss at oval

C. The author calls his school days as ‘bad old day’s because ..

i) he could not get handsome pocket money.

ii) things were too costly

iii) almost all things had black market premium

iv) his teachers would not distribute each under welfare schemes.

D. Enforced socialist hard measures gave rise to

i) honesty

ii) dishonesty

iii) carelessness

iv) indifference

E. In the beginning, travelling abroad was very demeaning as one could only buy.

i) buy $8

ii) $500

iii) Electronic goods

iv) Personal things.

F. Find the word from the passage which means same as _____ ‘occuring at intervals’.

i) Ubiquitous

ii) intermittant

iii) exasperation

iv) mesmerized

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