8th Class English Sample Paper English Sample Paper - 1

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    Read the following passage carefully:
    Most of us take life for granted. We know that one day we must die, but usually we picture that one day as far in the future. When we are in buoyant health, death is all but unimaginable. We seldom think of it. So we go about our pretty task, hardly aware of our listless attitude towards life.
    The same lethargy, I am afraid, characterizes the use of all our faculties and senses. Only the deaf appreciate hearing, only the blind realize the manifold blessings that lie in sight.
    This observation applies to those who have never suffered impairment of sight or hearing. They seldom make the fullest use of these blessed faculties. Their eyes and ears take in all sights and sounds hazily, without concentration, and with little appreciation. It is the same old story of not being grateful for what we have until we lose it, of not being conscious of health until we are ill.
    I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound.                 
    (i) On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the following questions:
    (a) Death is unimaginable when ______
    (b) We know that one day we must die, but_______
    (c) Give the meaning of: (a) lethargy (b) buoyant
    (d) State the word class of' stricken'. 


    (i) (a) We are in buoyant health.                                                            
    (b) We usually picture that one day as for in the future.
    (c) lethargy - fatigue, lack of energy and enthusiasm
    (d) buoyant - happy, cheerful, light-hearted.


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