Read the passage carefully.
1. After a long day out in the scorching sun at Nizamuddin railway station, having checked out every bit of garbage disposed off trains, a group of rag pickers gathered for a chat in a rain-swept shelter. This was no regular gathering for them. It was a Mother’s Day gathering.
2. Most children had never heard the word but grew emotional once they got to know what the day signified. Gifts for their mothers ranged from promises of not running away, to earning enough to assure their mothers of some comfort someday.
3. When it came to actual celebrations for the day, a group of boys at the centre run by Chetna, an NGO, near the station, surrounded Manjula Rai. Some even pulled her hair and the rowdy ones calmed down after a stern glance from her. For many boys and girls, this 47-year old social worker is a face recognized as a help at hand. For quite a few of them, Manjula is the ‘mother’ who influences them.
4. When they settled down to talk, the children at Chetna, related their aspirations with thoughtful intent. Vikas Kumar, who felt shy to pronounce the word Mother’s Day, said he was determined to secure someday, quality life for his mother, who was a domestic worker. His promise to his mother on Mother’s Day was to take out his mother from a rented house and to give her a home with a better life, someday.
5. Vikas left school when he was just 9, but is now a motivator for other boys to break free of rag picking and study through Open School System. Today, Vikas, who is a Class VII student, is the pride of the Centre and Manjula has been a part of his journey all through. She has been convincing the parents of these children to understand their evolution from being a child labourer to a teenager who can acquire skills for a better life.
6. Aslam for instance, who giggled as the boys tried to pronounce Mother’s Day, knew the words  ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ having watched TV serials and Hindi films. According to him: “I keep running away from home and fight with my Mom. But on Mother’s Day, when go back, I will not fight and stay with her.” The traumatic life stories related by the children become a self-explanation for their aggressive behaviour and their suppressed feelings
. Q1. On the basis of your reading of the passage given above, answer  the following questions.
1. Whose gathering is mentioned here in the passage?
(i) a group of passengers
(ii) a group of students
(iii) a group of rag pickers
(iv) a group of NGOvolunteers
2. Where was the gathering held?
(i) in front of a shop
(ii) on the station platform
(iii) in a classroom
(iv) in a rain-swept shelter
3. What was the word that most of these children had never heard of?
(i) Children’s Day
(ii) Mothers’ Day
(iii)Independence Day
(iv) All of these
4. Name of the NGO mentioned in the paragraph which supported them.
(i) Vikas
(iii) Manjula
(iv) Chetna
5. What were the gifts they proposed on Mother’s Day?
(i) not running away from home
(iv) not picking rags
6. How old was Vikas when he left school?
(i) 9 (ii)10 (iii)11 (iv)12
7. What does Vikas motivate the other boys to do?
(i) to take care of family
(ii) to study
(iii) to work somewhere
(iv) to travel around
8. How didAslam come to know the word Dad and Mom?
(i) By reading books
(ii) from his friends
(iii) having watched TV
(iv) from elders of his family
9. The reason for the aggressive behaviour of these rag pickers is
(i) Lack of money
(ii) bad experiences
(iii) their in born trait
10. The passage tells us that
(i) proper guidance can save the lives of many child labourers
(ii) rag pickers do not deserve any sympathy
(iii) more provision must be created for child labour
(iv) rag pickers do not want to improve their lives
11. When one is out in the scorching sun, it means the day is…………..
(i) cool (ii)rainy (iii)very hot (iv)cloudy
12. Find out a word from paragraph 6 which is opposite to the word‘soothing’
(i) giggled (ii)suppress (iii)aggressive (iv)traumatic

Dear Student,

1. (iii) a group of ragpickers
2. (iv) rain swept shelter
3. (ii) mother's day
4. (iv) Chetna
5. (i) not running away from home
6. (i) 9
7. (ii ) to study
8. (iii) having watched TV
9. (ii) bad experiences
10. (i) proper guidance can save lives of many child labourers
11. (iii) very hot
12. (iv) traumatic


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