English Comprehension Easy and Short Passage Reading with Questions and Answers for class 7, 8, 9, 10 12, Exercise 1

Read the following passage and try to answer the questions given below:

Though Buddha usually spent the rainy season in one of his monasteries, he was happiest outdoors, especially in the forest. Noise bothered him. Often, he would withdraw for long periods to some lonely spot, allowing but one monk to bring him food. His calm serenity was constantly replenished by meditation.

Buddha had a strong affinity with the creatures of the wild. There are stories of a monkey bringing him a honeycomb, and of a venomous snake snuggling into his begging bowl. When a jealous relative let loose a killer elephant against him, Buddha met the ferocious beast head-on, and quietly subdued it with his gentle voice.

From “Buddha, The Light of Asia”

by Ernest Hauser


  1. Where was Buddha happiest?
  2. How did he always maintain his peacefulness?
  3. Was Buddha frightened of wild creatures?
  4. Who let loose a killer elephant?
  5. Describe what happened then.


  1. Buddha was happiest outdoors.
  2. He maintained his peacefulness by meditation.
  3. No, Buddha was not frightened of wild creatures.
  4. A jealous relative of Buddha let loose a killer elephant against him.

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