CBSE Class 10 English Comprehension Passage (1)

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1. Read the given passage carefully:

According to a legend, the world originated in the Garden of Eden, a place of pristine beauty and nature’s bounty. Words such as pollution, disaster, poverty, population were unheard of. Today, we see this pristine Eden being continually ravaged and destroyed.

The root cause of this destruction is that man has forgotten that he did not weave the web of life and that he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does unto himself In the pursuit of industrial development and betterment of the standards of living, man has shamefully and grossly neglected the fellow members of the biotic world and the environment in general. A big chunk of responsibility for containing the plague driving our presently polluted and populous planet towards crisis rests with industries and business. Three major impacts that industries have had on the world are water contamination, air pollution and deforestation. All these factors have brought about great ecological imbalance which in turn is affecting crucial elements such as rainfall and climate and also challenging the existence of certain plants and animals.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage complete the following sentences. Write the answers in your answer sheet against the correct blank number.

1. The Garden of Eden used to be a-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


2. To develop the standards of living, man had ignored--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


3. The word ‘ravaged’ means--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


4. The great ecological imbalance is caused by------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

5. Biotic world’s is challenged by----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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