CBSE Class 8 English Unseen Passage 5

Important Unseen Passage for class 8 English for upcoming exams

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions which follow:

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A CARTOONIST?

1.What writers struggle to express through numerous newspaper columns, the cartoon manages in a pointed one-liner. Little wonder then, that the first thing most of us like to see when we pick up a newspaper is the cartoon. Simple though it may seem, making a cartoon is an art that requires a combination of hard work, training and a good sense of humour. Cartoonists say that the cartoons that make us laugh the most are in fact the cartoons that are hardest to make. Even celebrated cartoonists like R.K. Laxman admit that making a cartoon is not a piece of cake. Laxman says he has to wait for over six hours, which includes spending a lot of time scanning newspapers and television channels before any idea strikes him.

2.So how does one become a cartoonist? Which of us has the talent to make it? How can we master the rib-tickling strokes and the witty one-liners? How can we make people smile or laugh? There are few colleges or schools for cartoonists. Most cartoonists come from art colleges, while some learn the craft on their own. Most established cartoonists are of the view that no institute can teach you to make a cartoon. "You can pick up the craft, you may learn to sketch and draw in institutes, but no one can teach anyone how to make a good cartoon," says Uday Shanker, a cartoonist with Nav Bharat Times. While basics, like drawing and sketching can be learnt in an art college, and are important skills, these alone, do not make a good cartoonist. Because it's a question of one's creativity and sense of humour; two qualities one simply may not have. The advice established cartoonists give is that just because you can sketch, don't take it for granted that you will become a cartoonist.

I. Read the questions given below and write the option you consider the most appropriate:

(a) What, according to Laxman, is the challenge in creating a good cartoon?

(i) waiting for the right thought to emerge

(ii) browsing newspapers and television.

(iii) getting the right kind of  training

(iv) good drawing and sketching skills 

(b) Which of these words BEST describes this passage?

(i) humorous

(ii) technical

(iii) challenging

(iv) informative

(c) Of the many qualities that cartoonists should have, which of the following is not referred to directly but can be inferred from the passage? 

(i) knowledge of current  educational technologies

(ii) knowledge of institutions

(iii) knowledge of news and current affairs

(iv) knowledge of different languages 

(d) According to the passage, which group of people is of the opinion that one cannot learn to make a cartoon in institutions?

(i) many struggling writers.

(ii) highly creative artists.

(iii) well-respected cartoonist.

(iv) all newspaper editors. 

(e) "Don't take it for granted that you will become a cartoonist." Choose the option that is closest in meaning to the sentence.

(i) Don't assume that you will become a cartoonist.

(ii) Don't hope that you will become a cartoonist.

(iii) Don't believe that you will become a cartoonist.

(iv) Don't imagine that you will become a cartoonist.

II. Find words from the passage which mean the same as:

a) blend (para1)

b) reputable (para2)

c) amusing (para2)

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