Q. 24.8( 4 Votes )

Read the passage

Answer :

(i) It is well known that no one is born millionaire but everyone is a potential billionaire. There is no discrimination between one person and another by nature. The gift of nature is equal for everyone. It is the potential within an individual to utilize it to the fullest. So, the deprived people are in fact the privileged person.


(ii) The children of some successful parents are dull because one raises in his/her position through one’s own struggle. Many parents started their life with the spirit of discontent and hence are successful because they are aware of the realities of life, while their children started their life with contentment. So, they become dull as they don’t struggle in their life. Thus, this is the only reason for the difference between parents and children.


(iii) The intellectual development takes place faster in children of poorer parents because the circumstances of the children of poorer parents automatically develop an intellectual struggle in their mind. And because of this struggle, it automatically gets unfolded in their inner capacity and thereby emerging an intellectually developed person.


(iv) The message that the author is trying to give is that life is full of opportunity. It is our take how to react to it. No one is born poor and no one is born rich. Nature has given equal gifts to everyone. It’s our responsibility how to utilize it fruitfully and come up with flying colours. Also, the author wants to clear one point that success cannot be inherited. It can only be achieved through our hard work.


(v) (b)


‘Potential’ means having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. Thus, ‘prospective’ is correct. The passage is stating that no one is born billionaire but with the efforts and hard work, everyone is a prospective billionaire.


(vi) (a)


‘Incentive’ means a thing that motivates or encourages someone to do something. The passage talks about inner motivation. And that motivation acts as a strong incentive which will make a person super in his or her field.


(vii) (b)


‘Discontent’ means dissatisfaction with one's circumstances; lack of contentment. The passage is talking about why the children of some parents are dull. This is because the dissatisfaction level in parents is more than that of a child.


(viii) (c)


Solution: ‘Eternal’ means lasting or existing forever; without end. So, the word that has a similar meaning is ‘everlasting’. It also means lasting forever or a very long time.


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