Read the following passage carefully and complete the activities given below: [10 marks]

B1. Choose

Choose the correct alternatives and complete the sentences (2)

(1) The narrator is:
(a) an astronaut (b) an engineer studying in BITS Pilani (c) in the team of astronauts.

Ans. The narrator is an engineer studying in BITS Pilani.

(2) Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind which means:

(a) one step on the moon means, many steps on the earth.
(b) he felt like a giant on the moon.
(c) one moon mission had opened up many avenues in science and technology for mankind.

Ans. Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind which means: one moon mission had opened up many avenues in science and technology for mankind.


It was late evening of July 20, 1969, when we turned up the hostel radio. I was an engineering student at BITS, Pilani. I still remember the feverish excitement that gripped up from July 16 when Apollo 11, the US space rocket, took off from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Neil Armstrong and his team of astronauts, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, were to land on moon, for the first time in human history. We listened with rapt attention when Armstrong declared: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

His death on Saturday, August 25, is a moment to salute the romance of space science that Apollo 11 unleashed. It has changed forever the way we look at our planet Earth and its satellite, the moon.

Standing on powdery moondust, Armstrong put up his thumb, shut one eye and found his thumb blotting out the Earth. “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth,” he said later. “I felt very, very small.” But behind that humbling realization stood a giant truth: The effort to explore the universe united mankind in technology and knowledge. Each moon mission, about 110 till date, provided more confidence to take on bolder projects.

B2. Complete (2)

(1) Armstrong describes the earth as _______
(2) The effort to explore the universe has _______
(3) Apollo 11 unleashed and changed forever _______
(4) The author came to know about Apollo 11 mission when he _______

Ans. (1) Armstrong describes the earth as a tiny pretty blue pea.  
(2) The effort to explore the universe has united mankind in technology and knowledge.  
(3) Apollo 11 unleashed and changed forever the way we look at planet Earth and its satellite, the Moon.  
(4) The author came to know about Apollo 11 mission when he turned on the hostel radio on the late evening of July 20, 1969.  



B3. Solve

Solve the crossword with the clues given below. Refer to the passage for your answers: (2)

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Ans.
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Down: (1) The area beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
(2) The name of the spacecraft that Armstrong travelled.

Across: (3) A person trained to travel in space.
(4) A natural satellite of the earth.


B4. Begin the Sentence

(i) With  For the first time _______ and rewrite (1)


Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins were, to land on the moon for the first time.

Ans. (i) For the first time, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins were to land on the moon.

(ii) Insert ‘that’ appropriately and rewrite. (1)
Armstrong found his thumb blotting out the Earth.

Ans. (ii) Armstrong found that his thumb was blotting out the Earth.

B5. Personal Response (2)
Would you like to be an astronaut? Give reasons.

Ans. To be an astronaut is quite a difficult and challenging task. Even Though, I would love to be an astronaut. Astronauts get the opportunity to travel to space. They collect data and specimens needed for research work which is conducted for the benefit of the whole world.

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