Comprehensive Passages HSEB/ NEB 2073 Old Questions | English Class 11

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Comprehensive Passages HSEB/ NEB 2073  Old Questions of Compulsory English Class 11

HSEB/ NEB 2073: Read the following passage and answer the following questions given below. [5*2=10]

Many people buy bottles of mineral water when they travel away from home. Buying water is more expensive than carrying your own water. If you buy a Nalgene water bottle you can easily carry water from your home. Nalgene water bottles are made from a type of plastic that is stronger than steel. The plastic is so strong that boiling water can not make a hole in it, and each bottle can be used for at least fifteen years. Nalgene water bottles come in different sizes. The bigger bottles are more expensive than the smaller ones, but they carry more water. The similar bottles are as strong as the big bottles and they last many years.

Buying a Nalgene water bottle means that you can always carry fresh, clean water with you. This will save you money because you won’t have to buy expensive mineral water.


i. What do many people buy to drink when they travel away from home?

ii. How long can you use the Nalgene water bottle?

iii. What is special about the material Nalgene water bottles are made from?

iv. Compare bigger Nalgene water bottles to the smaller one.

v. According to the advertisement, how will buying a Nalgene water bottle save your money? 

HSEB/ NEB 2073: Read the following passage and answer the questions given below. [5*2=10]

Once there lived three artists in a famous city. They were famous for their art. They were known to everyone. They claimed that they were perfectly skilled. Each praised oneself claiming he was the best artist among them. One day they decided to have a fair competition to find out who was the best. There was a good prize for a winner. A judge was also appointed to decide the case. The competition started on time. One artist painted flowers, the second painted fruit, and the third painted a curtain. The judge observed and evaluated them deeply. First, he observed the flower on which the bee was sitting. Then he observed fruit which an ox tried to eat. Both the pictures were very natural. He praised them. Then he observed a curtain. It was so natural that he wanted to open it to enter the room. The flower was able to deceive the intellectual man like him. The judge realizes that the picture of the curtain was most natural among them. That is why it was declared the first. Thus the third artist was able to get a prize.


i. What were the artists famous for?

ii. Why did they decide to have a fair competition?

iii. What did each artist paint?

iv. How the third painting was different from the rest?

v. Why was the third picture declared the first in the competition? 

HSEB/ NEB 2073: Read the following passage and answer the questions given below. [5*2=10]

Minister for home affairs Shakti Bahadur Basnet declared Jajarkot as the 28th district with full literacy amidst a program held at Tribhuvan Higher Secondary School in the district headquarters Khalanga on Friday.

The literacy rate is 95.31 percent among the age group of 15-60 years in the district, claimed Minister Basnet during the program. Jajarkot is the sixth district to be declared a district with full literacy in Mid-western Region and the second in the Bheri Zone.

“This is the result of the hard work of teachers and students. They have given the desired result as per the investment of the government,” said the minister. Basnet added that the school management committee, teachers and everyone involved in the educational field had worked sincerely that is why the district was announced as a district with full literacy. During the program, members of Non-formal Education Centre Dibakar Dhungel and Rita Rawal said that this declaration adds responsibility to the communities of the district.

It was planned since April of last year to declare the district with complete literacy. “About 43000 uneducated have turned literate in the past few years”, informed District Education Officer Lalit Bikram Singh.

Singh said that those who can read the national language, understand the main point of Nepali writing, who are able to use mobile and calculator, can read and write names and age of the members of their family, can read symbols and signs, read traffic signs, perform normal calculations and use bank cheque are said to be literate.


i. What is the literacy rate of the Jajarkot district among the 15-60 age group?

ii. Who declared Jajarkot as a district with full literacy?

iii. According to the news, who are called literates?

iv. Who were the speakers in the program?

v. Suggest a suitable title to the passage. 

HSEB/ NEB 2073: Read the following passage and answer the questions given below. [5*2=10]

After inventing dynamite, Swedish born Alfred Nobel became a very rich man. However, he foresaw its universally destructive powers too late. Nobel preferred not to be remembered as the inventor of dynamite, so in 1995, just two weeks before his death, he created a fund to be used for awarding prizes to people who had made worthwhile contributions to humanity. Originally there were five awards: literature, physics, chemistry, medicine, and peace. Economics was also added in 1968, just sixty-seven years after the first award ceremony.

Nobel’s original legacy of nine million dollars was invested and the interest on this sum is used for the awards which vary from $30000 to $125000. Every year on December 10, the anniversary of Noble’s death, the awards ( gold medal, illuminated diploma, and money) are presented to the winners. Sometimes politics plays an important role in the judges’ decisions. Americans have won numerous science awards, but relatively few literature prizes.

No awards were presented from 1940 to 1942 at the beginning of world war II. Some people have won two prizes, but this is rare; others have shared their prizes.


i. Why was the Nobel prize established?

ii. In which area have Americans received the most awards?

iii. In how many fields are prizes bestowed?

iv. How much money did Nobel leave for the prizes?

v. What makes you conclude that the Nobel prize is not always fair? 

HSEB/ NEB 2073: Read the following passage and answer the questions given below. [5*2=10]

One of the reasons why so many children start smoking is that they see adults smoking. They think that it is a ‘grown-up’ thing to do. They smoke in order to impress their friends, and also because they don’t really believe that cigarettes will do them any harm. Quite reasonable, they are not impressed when adults warn them about the danger of smoking.

Smoking can cause cancer, bronchitis, and heart diseases. The nicotine inhaled from cigarettes makes the heart beat faster and makes the arteries contract. This can lead to blockages in the arteries, particularly in the legs. Cancer and bronchitis are caused by the tar and monoxide taken into the longs. Although these harmful effects are well known, people continue to smoke. Some people carry on even after having a heart attack or leg amputated.


i. Why do children smoke, according to the passage?

ii. Why don’t the children care about the warnings of the adults?

iii. What are the different diseases caused by smoking?

iv. How does nicotine affect the total system of the body?

v. Write two words from the passage that cause cancer and bronchitis?

Comprehensive Passages HSEB/ NEB 2073  Old Questions | English Class 11

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