English Language & Literature

Discursive Passage

Class 10

Multiple Choice Questions Type

Discursive Passage 03

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:

  1. Social media sites serve as a platform to connect with our friends and relatives. We share our happiness as well as sad moments on social media platforms to let those on our friend list know how we are feeling and what we are doing in life. People ‘like’ our status, updates and photographs and ‘comment’ on them to tell us how they feel about it all. This is a great way to socialise in this busy world. It makes us feel that everyone we love and want to be in touch with, is just a click away. However, social media becomes a problem when we get addicted to it.
  2. Many people living in different parts of the world are suffering from social media addiction and are bearing their consequences too. Social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter may help us connect with our distant relatives and long-lost friends but social media addiction is distancing us from our immediate family and close friends. People addicted to social media are hooked to these platforms for hours. They do not care if their loved ones are sitting with them or trying to make a conversation. All they care about is who updated what on social media and how many people liked or commented on their posts.
  3. Social media addicts frequently check updates and notifications on social media platforms. This can be as frequent as twenty-thirty times in an hour. Viewing a new notification, especially one involving their posts gives them a high. Lack of it, on the other hand, can make them feel sad and depressed.
  4. All that the social media addicts care about is to maintain an attractive social media profile. They are mostly seen clicking pictures during social events, family gatherings and even during getaways with friends. They hardly enjoy the moment or talk to the people around them. They are only focused on collecting pictures that can be uploaded on their social media accounts or busy checking and commenting on the status updates of those on their friend list.
  5. They post updates stating they are enjoying with their family or having fun with their friends while in reality, they do not even interact properly with anyone around. This is the grave reality of social media addicts. Social media addiction is becoming a big problem. It is ironic how a platform created to help people socialise is actually cutting them off from society.

What is the negative effect of social media?

(a) Connecting with friends
(b) Ignoring family
(c) Ignoring friends
(d) Making friends

(b) Ignoring family

Choose the option that best captures the central idea of the passage from the given quotes.
1. “Don’t use social media to impress people; use it to impact people.” —Dave Willis
2. “It takes discipline to not let social media steal your time.” —Alexis Ohanian
3. “Social media is addictive precisely because it gives us something which the real world lacks; it gives us immediacy, direction, and value as an individual.”—David Amerland
4. “It’s not who you know in social media. It’s how well you maintain and strengthen your relationships.” —Stuart Davidson

(a) Option 1
(b) Option 2
(c) Option 3
(d) Option 4

(c) Option 3

According to the context of the passage, what does a social media addict care about?

(a) Family
(b) Children
(c) Parents
(d) Update about friends

(d) Update about friends

Social media is distancing us from our immediate __________.

(a) family
(b) house
(c) car
(d) garden

(a) family

Social media addicts just want to maintain an attractive __________.

(a) bank balance
(b) results
(c) profile
(d) life

(c) profile

Social media addicts do not like to __________ with people.

(a) interact
(b) fight
(c) argue
(d) exist

(a) interact

The biggest issue with social media is that it is becoming _______.

(a) popular
(b) an addiction
(c) intense
(d) expensive

(b) an addiction

The synonym of ‘bliss’ as given in paragraph 1 is:

(a) sadness
(b) happiness
(c) misery
(d) ill-being

(b) happiness

Choose the option that CORRECTLY states the two aspects of ‘social media’, as used in the passage.
1. connects with friends
2. appreciates friends
3. share happiness and sad moments
4. share address
5. share property

(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 3 and 4
(d) 4 and 5

(a) 1 and 3

The antonym of ‘repellent’ as given in paragraph 4 is:

(a) alluring
(b) charming
(c) glamorous
(d) attractive

(d) attractive

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