Story Based Comprehension

Category : 9th Class


Story Based Comprehension


Study the following examples.


·                     Example ? 1


Read the passages carefully and answer the questions that follow.

Aurangzeb banned the playing of a musical instrument called pungi in the royal residence for it had a shrill unpleasant sound. Pungi became the generic name for "reeded noise makers/' Few had thought that it would one day be revived. A barber from a family of professional musicians, who had access to the royal palace, decided to improve the tonal quality of the pungi. He chose a pipe with a natural hollow stem that was longer and broader than the pungi, and made seven holes on the body of the pipe. When he played on it, closing and opening some of these holes, soft and melodious sounds were produced. He played the instrument before royalty and everyone was impressed. The instrument, so different from the pungi, had to be given a new name. As the story goes, since it was first played in the Shah's chambers and was played by a nai (barber), the instrument was named the 'shehnai?.


1.            The emperor banned the playing of which musical instrument?

(a) Flute                                     (b) Guitar

(c) Drum                                                (d) Pungi

(e) None of these


2.            The barber decided to improve which quality of the pungi?

(a) Look                                    (b) Shape

(c) Size                                                  (d) Tonal

(e) None of these


3.            What was the new name of the pungi?

(a) Shehnai                                (b) Harmonium

(c) Guitar                                   (d) Flute

(e) None of these


4.            Who changed the pungi into a new musical instrument?

(a) King                                     (b) Barber

(c) Jeweller                                 (d) Soldier

(e) None of these



·                     Example - 2

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

It was a hot summer night; about ten o'clock. I had my meal at the restaurant and returned to my room. I heard a noise from above as I opened the door. The sound was a familiar one. One could say that the rats and I shared the room. I took out my box of matches and lighted the kerosene lamp on the table. The house was not electrified, it was a small rented room. I had just set up medical practice and my earnings were meagre. I had about sixty rupees in my suitcase. Along with some shirts and dhotis, also possessed one solitary black coat which I was then wearing. I took off my black coat, white shirt and not so-white dhoti and hung them up. I opened the two windows of the room. It was an outer room with one wall facing the open yard. It had a tiled roof with long supporting gables that rested on the beam over the wall. There was no ceiling.



1.            The room was shared between the author and:

(a) Elephant                              

(b) Rabbit

(c) Rats                                     

(d) Dogs

(e) None of these


2.            The author lightened up the ______.

(a) stove                                   

(b) candle

(c) kerosene lamp          

(d) gas stove

(e) None of these


3.            The author's rented house was not:

(a) Painted                                

(b) Electrified

(c) Decorated                             

(d) Beautiful

(e) None of these


4.            The author was wearing_______.

(a) dhoti                                   

(b) shirts

(c) lungi                                    

(d) black coat

(e) None of these


·                     Example - 3


I was born into a middle-class Tamil family in the island town of Rameswaram in the erstwhile Madras State. My father, Jainulabdeen, had neither much formal education nor much wealth; despite these disadvantages, he possessed great innate wisdom and a true generosity of spirit. He had an ideal help mate in my mother, Ashiamma. I do not recall the exact number of people she fed every day, but I am quite certain that far more outsiders ate with us than all the members of our own family put together. I was one of many children- a short boy with rather undistinguished looks, born to tall and handsome parents. We lived in our ancestral house, which was built in the middleof the nineteenth century. It was a fairly large pucca house, made of limestone and brick, on the Mosque Street in Rameswaram. My austere father used to avoid all inessential comforts and luxuries. However, all necessities were provided for, in terms of food, medicine or clothes. In fact, I would say mine was a very secure childhood, both materially and emotionally.


4.            The author was born into a middle-class _________.

(a) Hindu family            

(b) Tamil family

(c) Sindhi family            

(d) Bihari family

(e) None of these


5.            The authors father, Jainulabdeen, possessed:

(a) Formal education       (b) Wealth

(c) Wisdom                  

(d) Fame

(e) None of these


6.            The author's family lived in:

(a) Hotel                       

(b) Rented house

(c) Kacha house             

(d) Ancestral house

(e) None of these


7.            The author's house was a fairly large:

(a) multi-story house.      

(b) roofless house.

(c) pucca house.            

(d) house with pillars.

(e) None of these





1.            (d)

2.            (d)

3.            (a)

4.            (b)


1.            (c)

2.            (c)

3.            (b)

4.            (c)


1.            (b)

2.            (c)

3.            (d)

4.            (c).


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