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READING UNIT 1

Harnessing Women Power

The grim scenario of women having no voice in their own houses has undergone major transformation in recent times. The modern woman is no longer confined to the four walls of the house. Women are now realising their worth in every way and demanding gender equality and justice both at home and in the workplace. They have broken the glass barrier in almost every field, be it technology, space science, sports or the armed forces.

One recent example is Parallel Taxi Track being operated by all women crew. In a first for the IAF, the “OTTERS” squadron of Western Air Command has undertaken Parallel Taxi Track Operations with anall women crew in the Dornier 228 aircraft. The pilots, Sqn Ldr Kamaljeet Kaur, and her copilot Sqn Ldr Rakhi Bhandari carried out successful landing and take-off operations at Sirsa. This achievement highlights the theme of Aero India 2019 and of Women in the Aviation Sector. Parallel Taxi Track enables unhindered operations even when the runway is not available due to enemy action or any other reasons.

Source: “Yojana” March 2019, Article by ShahinRazi

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1. According to the text, Parallel Taxi Track has a peculiar characteristic. What is it? ___________________________________________________________________

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2. Parallel Taxi Track proves to be a great help to the Indian Army during _________________.

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3. Why is Parallel Taxi Track operation a challenging task?

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4. The phrase Glass barrier in the passage implies the: a.)four walls of the house b.) glass walls in the office c.)unfair attitudes/customs that deprive women of certain jobs d.)official laws to restrict the independence of women.

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READING UNIT 2 Newspaper Advertisements

Source – Google Images
Given above are two different newspaper advertisements of McDonald’s. The first one is a modern day advertisement while the second one is decades old.

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1. Study the advertisement which on the left. List any TWO features of it that are likely to attract customers. ______________________________________________________________________

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2. Imagine it’s 1960. Peter’s family of four decides to enjoy an “All American Meal” at McDonald’s restaurant at Hubbell Avenue for the first time. Find out how much he will have to spend for this family meal.

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3. List out the factors that one needs to consider before choosing a food outlet.

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4. Choose one remarkable change that has come in modern day advertisements as compared to the previous decades.

a. They have catchy headlines b. They are more concise and visually appealing c. They are colourful d. Discounts/ offers are highlighted.

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READING UNIT 3 Sustaining Artisans Economically

A wide range of beautiful handicrafts form one of the most significant traits of the rich cultural heritage of our country. They are not only the traditional arts of different provinces but also form an important source of alternative income for the artisans. Almost 70 percent of our country’s population residing in rural areas is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture as the primary source of livelihood. In non-agricultural or lean seasons, handicrafts become an alternative means of subsistence for this population and safeguard them from food insecurity. In this way, handicrafts become an important source of livelihood for a large chunk of the Indian population. There were 68.86 lakh artisans as per the census of handicrafts conducted during the eleventh five-year plan. The sector provides employment in various forms to the artisans. This can be production of raw materials like motifs, production of finished goods and their marketing.

There is another sub-segment of this sector employing another set of people. They are the people engaged directly or indirectly in export of handicrafts. The export segment of handicrafts is emerging as the potential source of foreign exchange earnings.

Figure 1 establishes the fact that export of handicrafts reflects a rising trend and has a significant share in the domain of all-India exports.

According to government sources it was estimated in the year 2015-16 the total production of handicrafts including handmade carpets was Rupees 41,418 crores and export of handicrafts was Rupees 30,939 crores. The figures prove the role of the sector in the Indian economy.

-Hina Naqvi, from Yojanamagazine, Edition April 2019

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1. According to the figure, the increase in All India Export of handicrafts from the year 1998-99 to 2011-12 was: a.) 268964.39 million US dollars b.) 268963.29 million US dollars c.) 268964.29 million US dollars d.) 267963.21 million US dollars

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2. List two factors from the article that establish the growing importance of Indian handicrafts sector. ______________________________________________________________________

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3. Raima goes to an exhibition of handicrafts with her mother and wants to buy a piece of handicraft. Her mother, however, refuses to buy as it is too costly. Raima still insists on buying it. What virtue do you think does she have? a.) Spendthrift b.) Pity c.) Empathy d.) Pride ________________________________________________________________________

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4. What efforts should be made by different agencies to sustain artisans economically? Mention any three. ________________________________________________________________________

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READING UNIT 4 The Slave's Dream
Beside the ungathered rice he lay, His sickle in his hand.
His breast was bare, his matted hair Was buried in the sand.
Again, in the mist and shadow of sleep, He saw his Native Land.
Wide through the landscape of his dreams The lordly Niger flowed;
Beneath the palm-trees on the plain Once more a king he strode;
And heard the tinkling caravans Descend the mountain-road.
He saw once more his dark-eyed queen Among her children stand;
They clasped his neck, they kissed his cheeks, They held him by the hand!--
A tear burst from the sleeper's lids And fell into the sand.
And then at furious speed he rode Along the Niger's bank;
His bridle-reins were golden chains, And, with a martial clank,
At each leap he could feel his scabbard of steel Smiting his stallion's flank.
Before him, like a blood-red flag, The bright flamingoes flew;
From morn till night he followed their flight, O'er plains where the tamarind grew, Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts, And the ocean rose to view.
At night he heard the lion roar, And the hyena scream,
And the river-horse, as he crushed the reeds Beside some hidden stream;
And it passed, like a glorious roll of drums, Through the triumph of his dream.
The forests, with their myriad tongues, Shouted of liberty;
And the Blast of the Desert cried aloud, With a voice so wild and free,

That he started in his sleep and smiled At their tempestuous glee.

He did not feel the driver's whip, Nor the burning heat of day;
For Death had illumined the Land of Sleep, And his lifeless body lay
A worn-out fetter, that the soul Had broken and thrown away!

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1. ‘Native Land’ in the last line of stanza 1 refers to: a) Africa b) the slave’s native place c) the place where the slave is d) an ancient land

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2. Explain the clause “Once more a king he strode” in stanza 2.

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3. Which stanza of the poem reveals that the soul of the slave was liberated forever? a) Stanza 1 b) Stanza 2 c) Stanza 8 d) Stanza 5

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4. What do you think of the ending of the poem? Do you think that modern human beings are also enslaved?

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READING UNIT 5
Given below is the picture of a packet of Dried Cranberries. Read the information given on the packet and answer the following questions:

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1: if people allergic to tree nuts want to consume cranberries, they must:

a) adhere to the allergy caution b) ask the doctor’s advice c) take it in a very small quantity d) take precautions before consumption _____________________________________________________________________________

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2: What significant and necessary safety detail would you look for in the packet above or any other edible before if you buy it?

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3: Though NUTRAJ is one of India’s leading brands of nuts and dried fruits, why is it marketed as American dried cranberries? ___________________________________________________________________________

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4: The packet mentions the nutritional facts and the serving size per 100 gms .What is the calorie count of this packet? _____________________________________________________________________________

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