English Passage SSC No. 1

Q.I. (A) Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow : (10 marks)

A.1. Complete the following. (2)
(i) ___________ has planned and executed Saina’s progress.
(a) Her coach (b) Her mother (c) Her physiotherapist
(ii) _____________ is her coach.
(a) Prakash Padukone (b) Pullela Gopichand (c) Her father

Answer. (i) (a) Her coach
(ii) (b) Pullela Gopichand


Saina is already a big star at such a young age. It will bring a lot of media attention. What is important is not to get carried away. It is equally important to realize that she has a long career ahead of her and a lot more tournaments to win. From whatever little I know of Saina, I am sure, she will stay focused and it is only a matter of time before she becomes World No.1. Full credit to her coach Pullela Gopichand for the way he has planned and executed her progress as well as the support team of the physiotherapist and physical trainer who, as always work quietly behind the scenes. Saina, you have done all of us proud, you have the ability to go all the way. In this format it will not be possible to win every tournament you enter. What is critical is choosing your tournaments carefully and resting enough between them to make sure that you remain in peak condition all the time and injury-free. This is just the beginning. Do not worry about the odd loss here and there. Keep it up. The entire country is behind you.

A.2. The two things that are important for Saina in order to be successful are : (2)  
(i) __________________________
(ii) __________________________

Ans.  (i) not to get carried away
(ii) to realize that she has a long career ahead of her and a lot more tournaments to win.



A.3. Give the antonyms of the following using words from the passage. (2)  

(i) humble (ii) heal
(iii) decline (iv) noisy

Ans.  (i) proud (ii) injure
(iii) progress (iv) quiet


A.4. Rewrite as an affirmative sentence. (2)  

(i) In this format it will not be possible to win every tournament you enter.
(ii) Do not worry about the odd loss here and there.

Ans.  (i) In this format it will be impossible to win every tournament you enter.
(ii) Avoid worrying about the odd loss here and there.


A.5. Why do you think has Saina reached great heights? (2)  


Ans. Saina has all the attributes vital to be among the best in the world - she is technically sound, physically fit and mentally strong apart from being patient, hardworking and self-confident. All these qualities have made her reach great heights.