CBSE Class 10 English Unseen Passage J

Read CBSE Class 10 English Unseen Passage J below, students should read unseen passage for class 10 English available on with solved questions and answers. These topic wise unseen comprehension for class 10 English with answers have been prepared by English teacher of Grade 10. These short passages have been designed as per the latest syllabus for class 10 English and if practiced thoroughly can help you to score good marks in standard 10 English class tests and examinations

CBSE Class 10 English Unseen Passage J. 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.It all began more than 5,000 years ago in Egypt. At that time ancient Egyptians wrote on materials made from the papyrus reed, a plant grown in the delta of the Nile. This “plant paper” was made by laying strips of the stem tissue side by side. These were then stuck together with a crude kind of paste made from bread crumbs soaked in boiling water.

2.Though papyrus travelled all over, it did not travel to Eastern Europe. Europeans had started using animal skins as their writing paper. This material was called parchment and although it was expensive, it had several advantages over the humble papyrus. First, the parchment could be folded over without it cracking unlike papyrus, which had to be rolled up into a scroll, making it cumbersome for a reader to handle. Second, as both sides of the parchment could be used for writing, no space was wasted.

3.The material we use for writing today was invented over 1000 years earlier in China. A Chinese official named Tsai Loon maid his paper in 105 A.D from a motley assortment of strange ingredients including mulberry and bamboo fibres, fishnets and rags. The Emperor Ho Ti was pleased with the invention. Tsai Loon was made an important man in his court.

4.With success going to his head Loon got involved in dangerous business. Unable to face public exposure he committed suicide. The Chinese jealously guarded the secret of papermaking for more than 1,000 years. Unfortunately for the Chinese, the Moors learned it and it was brought to Spain and Sicily. From there it spread throughout Europe and by the 1200s paper mills mushroomed in Italy and elsewhere.

5.Paper got a big boost when Johannes Gutenberg, a German craftsman, invented the first practical mechanical printing press in 1455. The next 50 years saw thousands of books being printed all over Europe and the demand for paper grew. At present the US is the world’s leading paper producer.

Answer the following questions briefly.

1.What different ingredients were used in making papyrus the “plant paper”?

2.What advantages did the parchment have over the papyrus?

3.Why was papyrus difficult to handle?

4.When and where was the material we use for writing today invented?

5.How was Tsai Loon rewarded for his “invention”? Why did he commit suicide later on?

6.How did the Chinese secret of paper reach Europe?

7.How did Johannes Gutenberg’s invention give ‘a big boost’ to paper?

8.Which word in paragraph 4 of the passage means the same as “spread or grown quickly”?

Suggested answers of the above passage:

1.Ingredients used in making papyrus or ‘plant paper’ were laying strips of stem tissue, crude kind of paste which was made from bread crumbs soaked in boiling water.

2.The parchment could be folded over without cracking it unlike papyrus. Both sides of the parchment could be used for writing, and space could be wasted.

3.Papyrus was difficult to handle because as it cannot be folded over, it had to be rolled up into as scroll, which makes it cumbersome for a reader to handle.

4.The material we used writing was today invented over 1000 years earlier in china.

5.Tsai loan was made an important man in the emperor’s court. He committed suicide because he got involved in dangerous business and he was unable to face public exposure.

6.The most learnt Chinese secret of a paper and brought it to Spain and Sicily and from there it spread throughout to Europe.

7.Johannes Gutenberg’s invention gave a big boast to paper by inventing the first practical mechanical printing press in 1455.

8.Mushroomed is the world save as ‘Spread or grown quickly’. 



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