Passage for Exercise-57

Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow:

    Socrates lived in Athens about four hundred years before Jesus Christ was born. Like other boys of his age he went to school where the most important lessons were music and gymnastics. He also learned some science and mathematics and a little about the stars, but not nearly so much history and geography as children learn today. This strange little creature with the short neck and plain face was a thougthtful child. He allowed very few things to escape his notice and watched his companions with the closest attention. Socrates grew to manhood in a small house. He was too poor to own fine furniture. Indeed, he never seemed to want either wealth or beautiful things. As he grew older he began to think very little of bodily comfort and pleasure and to give his mind to all that was noble, honourable and just.


(a) Choose the correct alternative.
(i) In the passage the word ‘gymnastics’ means—
(a) art
(b) painting
(c) forms of physical exercise
(d) Dancing
(ii) In the passage the word ‘strange’ means—
(a) unusual
(b) unhappy
(c) ugly
(d) weak
(b) Which word in the passage is the opposite of ‘pain’?
(c) | Which word in the passage means ‘observed’?
(d) Who was the ‘thoughtful child’ referred to in the passage?
(e) What were the most important lessons Socrates learnt in school?
(f) Two of the following statements are true. Write them down.
(i) Jesus Christ was older than Socrates.
(ii) Socrates notices almost all the things.
(iii) Socrates gave much importance to physical comfort.
(iv) Socrates did not have fine furniture.

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