|Read the following passage carefully:|
|Character is destiny. Character is that on which the destiny of a nation is built. One cannot have a great nation with men of small character. We must have young men and women who look upon others as the living image of themselves as our Shastras have so often declared.|
|But whether in public life or student life, we cannot reach great heights, if we are lacking in character.|
|We cannot climb the mountain when the ground at our feet is crumbling. When the very basis of our structure is shaky how can we reach the heights we have set before ourselves? We must all have humility. Here is a country which we all are interested in building up for whatever service we take up, we should not care for what we receive. We should know how much we can put into that service. That should be the principle which should animate our young men and women. Ours is a great country, we have had for centuries a great history. The whole of the East reflects our culture.|
|(i) On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the following questions:|
|(a) What is the passage about?|
|(b) What kind of young men and women must we have?|
|(c) How can we reach the great heights we have set before ourselves?|
|(d) That should be the principle which should animate our young men and women. The underlined word means:|
|(e) Give the adjective forms of nation|
|(i) Humility (ii) reflection|
|(f) Why is ours a great country?|
(a) This passage deals with the importance of character formation in moulding the destiny of our nation. (b) We must have young men and women who look upon others as the living images of themselves as our Shastras have so often declared. (c) We can reach the great heights we have set before ourselves if our character is built on a strong foundation of sterling qualities. (d) (ii) encourage (e) (i) humble (ii) reflective (f) Ours is a great country with a history that goes back for centuries. Its rich cultural heritage makes it unique. It has also contributed a great deal to the world of knowledge and culture.
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