CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage M

CBSE Class 11 English Unseen Passage M. 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.

Passage

Failure can sometimes become a beautiful experience. This is because it provides us with an opportunity to develop confidence and courage. Remember the proverb, Failures are the step stories for success'. The beauty lies not in falling but in rising after every fall. One needs to continually rise after being knocked down again and again. When we were infants and were learning to walk we would just get up after each fall. 

Our parents encouraged us and brought out the courage that naturally resided in us. Then why do so many of us change? As we grow and experience the jeers instead of cheers of our friends and peers, the courage somehow gets pushed into the corner and we begin to accept failure as an inherent part of our lives. But then do we have to be scared of failing and accepting it for the rest of our lives? How will we get success If we don't try? 

The best way to begin is to realize that failure is an event, not a person. It is quite natural to encounter defeat on the way. But one should not get disheartened because the human spirit never finishes when it is defeated, it finishes when it surrenders. We are not defeated until we admit it. Only those people never fail, who never try. We must motivate ourselves to try again and again. 'By perseverance the snail reached the ark' is another famous proverb. Success requires persistence, determination and never-say-die approach. Our level of persistence needs to be so high that it does not allow our enthusiasm to be dampened by discouragement. The greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time.

Thomas Edison is a good example of success through repeated failures. After 10,000 unsuccessful attempts to develop his electric light bulb, he said, I have not failed, I've Just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Edison realized that men do not fail; they give up trying. Edison used discouragement as a stepping stone to achievement. 

Failure is also a lesson. When we learn from our mistakes, we can avoid committing them again. It reminds us that we must take corrective action before we can reach our real goal. Each failure brings us more close to success. Failure is a learning tool. Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before he invented the light bulb. We must tell ourselves that great work are performed not by men of strength but by men of perseverance. 

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

1.) What happens when we grow up?

2.) Why should one not get disheartened by the failure?

3.) When are we actually defeated?

4.) What does success require? What does our level of persistence need?

5.) What do we learn from our mistakes and what do they remind us?

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

(i) make fun of (para 2)

(ii) continue in spite of failure (para 3)

(iii)  a loss of confidence (para 4)

(iv) delay in achieving success (para 5) 

Suggested answers for the above passage:

1.) As we grow and experience the jeers instead of cheers of our friends and peers, the courage somehow gets pushed into the corner and we begin to accept failure as an inherent part of our lives. 

2.) One should not get disheartened because the human spirit never finishes when it is defeated. 

3.) We actually defeated until we are admit it. 

4.) Success requires persistence, determination and never-say-die approach. Our level of persistence needs to be so high that it does not allow our enthusiasm to be dampened by discouragement. 

5.) We learn from our mistakes, we can avoid committing them again. It reminds us that we must take corrective action before we can reach our real goal. Each failure brings us more close to success. 

6.) (i) cheers

(ii) unsuccessful

(iii) discouragement 

(iv) perseverance 

 


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