CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage A

 CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage A. Students should do unseen passages for class 11 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.


When I was at college I used to spend my summer vacations in Dehra, at my grandmother's place. I would leave the plains early in May and return late in July. Deoli was a small station about thirty miles from Dehra; it marked the beginning of the heavy jungles of the Indian Terai.

The train would reach Deoli at about five in the morning, when the station would be dimly lit with electric bulbs and oil lamps, and the jungle across the railway tracks would just be visible in the faint light of dawn. Deoli had only one platform, and office of the station master and a waiting room. The platform boasted of a tea stall, a fruit vendor, and a few stray dogs; not much else, because the train stopped there for only ten minutes before rushing on into the forests.

Why it stopped at Deoli, I don't know. Nothing ever happened there. Nobody got off the train and nobody got in. There were never coolies on the platform. But the train would halt there a full ten minutes, and then a bell would sound, the guard would blow his whistle, and presently Deoli would be left behind and forgotten.

I used to wonder what happened in Deoli, behind the station walls.I always felt sorry for that lonely little platform, and for the place that nobody wanted to visit. I decided that one day I would get off the train at Deoli, and spend the day there, just to please the town.

I was eighteen, visiting my grandmother, and the night train stopped at Deoli. A girl came down the platform, selling baskets. It was a cold morning and the girl had a shawl thrown across her shoulders. Her feet were bare and her clothes were old but she was a young girl walking gracefully and with dignity. 

1.1 On the basis of reading the above passage answer the following questions:-

1.) Where the author used to spend his summer vacation during his college period?

2.) Where was Deoli situated? What did it mark?

3.)  Deseribe the railway station of Deoli.

4.) How did Deoli station look at five in the morning?

5.) Why was the author surprised about the station of Deoli ? 

1.2 Find the meaning of the following words and phrases from the passage:-

(i)  abandonment (para1)

(ii) unremembered (para3)

(iii) a room provided for the use of people who are waiting (para 2)

(iv)  attractively elegant way (para 5) 

Suggested answers for the above passage:

1.) The author used to spend his summer vacations in Dehra at his grandmother's place.

2.) Deoli was a small station thirty miles away from Dehra. It marked beginning of deep forests of Indian Terai.

3.) Deoli was a small, lonely and deserted station. It had only one platform an office for the station master and a waiting room. At the station small tea-stall, a fruit vendor and a few stray dogs could be seen.

4.) At five o' clock in the morning Deoli station was dimly lighted with electric bulbs and oil lamps. It gave a deserted look. The jungles across the tracks were just visible in the faint light of the dawn.

5.) The station of Deoli always looked almost deserted. There nobody got off the train and nobody got in. Yet the train stopped there for full ten minutes. This surprised the author.

6.) (i) vacations

(ii) forgotten

(iii) waiting room

(iv) gracefully


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