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English – Unseen passage for Class 7 | Reading Comprehension exercises

Unseen passage or reading comprehension passage is an important element of class 7 English syllabus. We have atleast 1-2 questions in every English exam with unseen passage for class 7. This covers important aspect of reading and writing portion of English language. As you are reading new comprehension passage for the first time, it test your skill as a reader, your vocabulary, and your writing skills. And once you are solving questions from the unseen passage, your writing skills are checked thoroughly.

Students need to do rigorous practice of unseen passage for class 7 exams. They need to solve unseen passage having descriptive questions or mcq questions before going to their exams.

In this article, we have shared some practice unseen passage for class 7 exam. Students can attempt these reading comprehension passages and check their preparedness for the exam.

Unseen passage for class 7

Students can find the unseen passage for class 7 for practice. Please read the passage carefully, and solve the questions.  You are also advised to keep a timer while solving such reading comprehension questions.

Unseen passage 1 – Source: The Hindu

Fishermen from Tamil Nadu keep getting caught with alarming regularity in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka for “poaching”. Yet, the stakeholders concerned have yet to demonstrate the alacrity required for well-known solutions. In the latest development, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 22 fishermen who are from Nagapattinam and neighbouring Karaikal, on Wednesday. There are already 29 fishermen in custody in Sri Lanka, as pointed out by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin in his letter to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar a few days ago. As per an estimate, Sri Lankan authorities have also impounded 84 boats. The frequency with which Tamil Nadu’s fishermen allegedly cross the International Maritime Boundary Line, despite being aware of the consequences, highlights their level of desperation driven by livelihood concerns. This is, however, not to absolve them of their culpability in endangering Sri Lanka’s marine biodiversity, which is of vital importance to Tamil fishermen of the Northern Province, who suffered in the civil war. The vexatious problem has also been aggravated by events over the past month — the reported death of two Jaffna fishermen following “mid-sea clashes with their Tamil Nadu counterparts” on January 27 and 29, subsequent protests by northern Sri Lankan fishermen, and the reported auctioning by Sri Lanka of 140 impounded boats even before a Tamil Nadu government team and fishermen’s representatives could visit Sri Lanka to finalise modalities on the disposal of unsalvageable boats.

  • Question 1: Why is Sri Lanka arresting Tamil Nadu fishermen?
  • Question 2: Why are Tamil fishermen crossing international water?
  • Question 3: How grave is problem of international water crossing by Tamil fishermen?

Unseen passage 2 – Source: Indian Express

The symptom grabbing everyone’s attention seems to be an increase in screen time. Less attention has been paid to “nuisance” symptoms such as disrupted sleep or eating patterns, lack of focus and motivation to study, sullen behaviour and temper tantrums. Older children have been taken to doctors for anything from mild mood and anxiety disorders to instances of addiction and self-harm. Despite our intention to support our children, it seems we have instead decided to “manage” them and place the burden of coping — academically and emotionally — on them alone. It is one of the great privileges of adulthood to develop an amnesia about how we would have liked to be treated when we were children and adolescents.

Children do not always communicate directly, and often go unheard when they try. Nor do they have (read: are not given) an emotional vocabulary to explain the complexity of emotions they might be going through (neither do adults, if I’m being honest). Instead, they withdraw, get angry, stop studying or lose focus. Our instinct, unthinkingly, is to respond by telling them to engage, stop feeling angry, study harder and focus more. Unsurprisingly, such advice never works. These are expressions of their feelings. Withdrawing into their phones, for instance, can well be an expression of loneliness, despair and a feeling of being unmoored. Children are alive to everything around them. Holding it inside, trying to make sense of it, can be a lot to carry. Shutting down — receding into technology — might be a protective response that offers stimulation and engagement on their terms. Other responses to this felt helplessness, no less extreme, could be addictions of various kinds and attempts at self-harm.

  • Question 1: What are the main symptoms for children, as mentioned by author?
  • Question 2: How do children react to emotions in verbal or nonverbal manners?

Unseen passage 3 – Source: Deccan Herald

So many of these writings were akin to messages written by strangers, put into a bottle and thrown into the ocean at one end of the world, which would roll on the waves to reach the shoreline of your heart. I knew at once James Joyce was my friend after reading Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Both books felt like a near-universal epiphany of individuals and societies in immense agony, whose humour nearly always amplified their pathos. These works of fiction provide some backdrop to Ulysses that recorded a century of its publishing birth, early this month.

Even for those who claim to like it, it’s an extremely demanding book to follow, due to its girth, its play with patois, its zillion references to ancient European mythology, Irish culture, the Gaelic past, and its taking-for-granted that every reader of the book knows the bylanes of turn-of-the-century Dublin like it were home.

Its 730 pages on the goings-on of one day in the lives of three ordinary people, Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, present an outstanding challenge to the reader: How can we imaginatively convey the emotional and psychological landscapes inside and outside human beings? Ulysses, remoulding Homer’s Odyssey, is a resounding answer to that question. How can one get into the mental terrains inside human beings while they continue their seemingly quotidian lives that, on very close, viewing – which Joyce compels us to get to – appear nothing less than extraordinary?

In the years that it took me to absorb Ulysses, I felt great admiration, thinking how literature that pushed the aesthetics envelope even saw the light of day. Without the help of his friend Sylvia Beach of the Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, who encouraged many writers of what are now avowed classics, we may not have had the avant-garde of modern European literature. Beach even put her own money in Ulysses that luminaries like Virginia Woolf, called “tosh”. In its hundredth year, there’s little doubt that Ulysses wouldn’t be published in the traditional sense, in any era.

  • Question 1: Which previous work of James Joyce provided background to Ulysses?
  • Question 2: As per author, why is James Joyce literature so relevant to even current age?
  • Question 3: Why is Ulysses such popular book?


In this article, we have shared practice unseen passage for class 7 exams and tests. Student from other classes or those who are preparing for competitive exams can use these passages for practice too (like reading comprehension for IELTS or CAT). In case you want to match your answers for these unseen passage questions, you can mail your answer to us.

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