CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage K.

CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage K.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.


Doolittle. I do not care for the lecturing. I can lecture at length till they become blue in the face, and I will not show any signs of fatigue. It is his having made a gentleman of me that I object to. I never asked him to make a gentleman of me.

I was happy and I was free. I pressed hard everybody for money when I wanted it, in the same way as I pressed you, Henry Higgins. Now I am worried. Now I am a prisoner and everybody requests me for money. It's very lucky for me, says my lawyer. "Is it"? I ask him. I mean it's a good thing for him. When I was a poor man and had to engage a lawyer once when they found a dead baby in the dust cart, he turned me out and shut his doors on me as quickly as he could. It was the same with the doctors.

They used to push me out of the hospital before I could hardly stand on my legs, and I had nothing to pay. Now they find out that I'm not a healthy man and can't live unless they look after me twice a day. In the house, I'm not allowed to do any work for myself. Somebody else must do it and demand payment from me for it.

A year ago, I did not have a relative in the world except two or three that would not speak me. Now I have fifty relatives so poor that they do not earn even a decent week’s wages among the lot of them. I have to live for others and not for myself that is middle class morality. You talk of losing Eliza. Don’t you be anxious? I bet she's on my doorsteps by this time.

She could support herself easily by selling flowers as I was not considered respectable enough. And the next one to demand money from me will be you, Henry Higgins. I’ll have to learn to speak middle class language from you, instead of speaking proper English which is natural to me. That is where you'll come in and I dare say that is why you wrote the letter about me. 

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

1.) How was Doolittle living before being a gentleman? 

2.) How did the lawyer and the doctors behave when Doolittle was poor? 

3.) How many relatives had Doolittle when he was poor and how many are now? 

4.) Why is the writer not allowed to do any work in his house? 

5.) What is middle class morality? 

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

(i) punishment for a crime (para 2)

(ii) scarcely (para 3)

(iii) appropriate (para 4)

(iv) think carefully about something (para 5)

Suggested answers for the above passage:

1.Before being a gentleman Doolittle was living happily and freely. He would press hard everybody for money when he wanted.

2.When Doolittle was poor, the lawyer shut his doors on him and the doctors used to push him out of the hospitals.

3.When Doolittle was poor, he had two or three relatives and now there are fifty and poor ones.

4.The writer is not allowed to do any work in his house because somebody will do it for him.

5.Live for others and not for yourself is the middle class morality.

(i) prisoner

(ii)  hardly

(iii) decent

(iv) considered


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