CBSE Class 10 English Unseen Passage I

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CBSE Class 10 English Unseen Passage I. Students should do unseen passages for class 10 English which will help them to get better marks in English class tests and exams. Unseen passages are really scoring and practicing them on regular basis will be very useful. Refer to the unseen passage below with answers.

Read the following passage carefully.

1.Today’s kids can identify with none of the traditional toys. If it’s a girl, she’s busy adding to her Barbie collection, if it’s a boy there’s Tarzan of Supermen or even Sony’s Play station for him. Toy carts have made way for black and gold Ferrari and Lamborghinis. As for the cartwheels and windmills, few kids would know what you are talking of. 

2.Many parents feel that children cannot even differentiate between toys that are Indian and foreign. All that matters is that they should be familiar figures or trendy playthings seen on television. In a market driven economy, toys manufacturers are cashing on this trend. 

3.The fallout from this is two-fold: one, the death of India’s toy-making treading, and two, the influences of an alien culture on a child’s mind. That is why some social activists have begun campaigning for a ban on what they describe as “western toy”. 

4.“Indian toys are not only part of traditions but also contribute to the well-rounded growth of an individual’s personality,” explains Vaidehi Thakkar, a child specialist. “Besides, they are environment-friendly since we have a custom of making toys from bio-degradable material.” 

5.Clay modellers who used to make dolls, masks, animal forms and tiny carts are no longer seen even in village fairs. Manu have turned to farming or are working as coolies in big cities and the few left behind, are trying their hand at pottery and making idols during festivals season. 

6.Makers of toys from wood, paper and cloth are also complaining about diminishing clientele and they find themselves completely powerless in countering the popularity of machine-made toys. 

7.“They are backed by big companies with big money, whereas we are artists struggling to make ends meet,” says Udham Singh, who sells trinkets and balloons on Bombay’s pavements. “What can we do if people are determined to corrupt their children’s tastes?” 

8.But then, it is not as though all is hunky-dory with dealers of foreign toys. For one, they are very expensive and second, their shelf life is limited. With every passing week, newer and more sophisticated toys are entering the Indian market. 

Answer the following questions briefly.

1.Name any two traditional toys that the author mentions in paragraph 1 of the passage.

2.Give two reasons why some people have begun a campaign for banning ‘western toys’.

3.According to Vaidehi Thakkar, in what ways are the traditional Indian toys better than ‘machine made’ or ‘western toys’?

4.Why has traditional clay modellers turned to occupations like farming, pottery etc?

5.What difficulties hinder people like Udham Singh to counter the popularity of machine-made toys?

6.List two disadvantages of ‘foreign toys’.

7.Which word in paragraphs 7-8 of the passage means the same as ‘perfectly satisfactory or alright’?

Suggested answers of the above passage:

1.In paragraph 1 of the passage two traditional toys mentioned are cartwheels and windmills.

2.People have begun a campaign for banning ‘western toys’.

3.The death of India’s toys making traditions.

4.The influence of alien culture on child’s mind.

5.Indian toys are contributing in the growth of individuals personality and they are environment friendly.

6.Traditional clay modellers turned to occupation like farming, pottery etc. because its toys are no longer seen in village fairs even.

7.Machine made toys are backed by big companies and clients are diminishing for traditional toys.

8.Disadvantages of foreign toys are:-

9.They are very expensive.

10.Their shelf life is limited.

11.‘Perfectly satisfied or alright’ is hunky-dory.

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