NEB || Unseen passage for Exam Class 12

Class: 12 || Subject: Compulsory English

Unseen Passages

  1. Read the following passage and answer the questions below: [5×3=15]

These days, more and more people are making the choice to go to university. While some people are of the opinion that the only purpose of university education is to improve job prospects, others think that society and the individual benefit in much broader ways. It is certainly true that one of the main aims of university is to secure a better job. The majority of people want to improve their future career prospects and attending university is one of the best ways to do this as it increases a person’s marketable skills and attractiveness to potential employers. In addition, future education in very expensive for many people, so most would not consider it if it would not provide them with a more secure future and a higher standard of living. Thus job prospects are very important.

However, there are other benefits for individuals and society. Firstly, the independence of living away from home is a benefit because it helps the students develop better social skills and improve as a person. A case in point is that many students will have to leave their families, live in halls of residence and meet new friends. As a result, their maturity and confidence will grow enabling them to live more fulfilling lives. Secondly, society will gain from the contribution that the graduates can make to the economy. We are living in very competitive world, so countries need educated people in order to compete and prosper.

Therefore, I believe that although a main aim of university education is to get the best job, there are clearly further benefits. If we continue to promote and encourage university attendance, it will lead to a better future for individuals and society.


a. What is the purpose of going to university for some people?

b. List out the benefits of going to the university.

c. Why are job prospects very important? Give reasons.

d. Why living away from home is benefit for an individual?

e. How is the society benefitted from the education of an individual?

2. Read the following passage and answer the questions below: [5×3=15]

What is exactly makes for the thought that the world of the future will be a woman’s world? Biologically, there is something about women that makes them strong. If we look around us we see that women live longer than men; sometimes outliving their husbands by decades. In spite of men having bigger muscles, what is it about women which makes them live longer? One reason suggested is their ability to cope with stress better than men. women cry and release stress; men are proud to cry and end up with serious illness. Women are also thought. For instance, most men would find it difficult to cope without can bring up their families without a man in their lives. Hence we see that independence seems to be an in-built quality in women. Women’s bodies are also more streamlined and they have higher metabolic rates. This suggests that they have more efficient systems. Women’s skins are smoother and they have much less body hair. This suggests that they are more evolved than men. In fact, scientists have suggested that women are millions of years ahead of men in evolution.


a. What specific ability of women posses to help them live longer?

b. What sort of natural power do women have to make them thought than men?

c. What does the higher metabolic rate suggest about women?

d. According to the scientists, in what respect women are ahead of men?

e. Mention the weakness men have, in the context of the passage?

3. Read the following passage and answer the questions below: [5×3=15]

All the world is divided into three parts finger feeders, fork feeders and chopstick feeders. The topic of technology of eating is one that is rife with dispute over the utensils used to eat food. It is also a subject loaded with chauvinism. Supporters of one implement may often regard others as uncivilized or even.

According to Dr. Lynn white fork feeders are most common in Europe and North America, Chopstick feeders in most Eastern Asia and finger-feeders in much of Africa, the Middle East, Indonesia, and the Indian sub continent. Academics agree fork-users have historically been in the minority. As little as three centuries ago, most Western Europeans still used fingers regarding the fork as decadent or worse. French historians Fernard Braudel tells of one medieval preacher in Germany who condemned the fork as a diabolical luxury: God would not have given us fingers if he had wished us to use such an instrument.

Forks and chopsticks became popular because they made it easier to handle hot food. Before this, people generally scooped up hot meals on flat bread. According to Dr. K.C. Chang, the chairman of Harvard University’s anthropology department, Chinese Cuisine was characterized by small portions which didn’t require cutting by a knife and fork eaten from bowls. “There was a need for morsels to be carried from a bowl to the mouth, and chopsticks met that need”, he said.


a. What three different types of feeders the author has introduced in the passage?

b. In which part of the world these different types of feeders are common?

c. How do forks and chopsticks become popular among people/

d. What does the Harvard Scholar K.C. Chang claim?

e. Why does the French historian Braudel condemn the fork?

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