Passage narration exercise for SSC and HSC

To be good at grammar there is no alternative to practice. Through exercise, students can be good at grammar. So, the passage narration exercise with the answer is given here for SSC and HSC examinees.

For practice, some passage narration exercises with answers for SSC and HSC are given below.

Best wishes to the students.

Passage narration exercise with answers for SSC and HSC

1. Change the narrative style by using indirect speech.

“Do you prepare yourself for the test examination?” said my mother. “Yes,” I replied. “Then why are you worried? You should revise all the subjects carefully. Don’t be nervous.” Mother said. “Thank you, Mom. What an affectionate mom you are!” I said.

Answer: My mother asked me if I prepared myself for the test examination. I replied in the affirmative. My mother then asked me why I was worried she also advised me that I should revise all the subjects carefully and told me not to be nervous. Thanking my mother, I exclaimed that she was a very affectionate mom.

2. Change the narrative style. 5

I said to Jamal, “Good morning. You missed the class on the rules of passage narration yesterday.” “Alas! What a fool I am! Please help me on the topic. I do not understand passage narration.” “Don’t worry. I will make you understand the rules of passage narration,” I said.

Answer: I wished Jamal a good morning and said that he had missed the class on the rules of passage narration the previous day. In reply, Jamal exclaimed with sorrow that he was a great fool and requested me to help him on the topic. He also said that he did not understand passage narration. I forbade him to worry and said that I would make him understand the rules of passage narration.

3. Change the narrative style by using indirect speech. 5

“Hello rickshaw puller Bhai, will you go?” said I. “Where?” said the rickshaw puller. “New town.” Said I. “I will surely go but the rent is 100 taka,” said the rickshaw puller.


Addressing as Bhai and drawing the attention of the rickshaw puller I asked him whether he would go. The rickshaw puller asked me the destination. I replied that I wanted to go to New Town. The rickshaw puller said that he would surely go but the rent was 100 taka.

4. Change the following passage to the indirect narration. 5

“Don’t worry about a few mistakes,” said the teacher. “We learn through making mistakes.” “Do we really learn by making mistakes, sir?” said the students. “Yes, we learn. Our mistakes make us perfect.”

Answer: The teacher told the students not to worry about a few mistakes. He also said that they learn through making mistakes. The students asked whether they really learnt by making mistakes. The teacher replied in the affirmative and said that they learnt by making mistakes and added that their mistakes made them perfect.

5. Change the narrative style to the indirect narration. 5

The math teacher said to Rubel, “Are you ready for your half-yearly exam? You will have to work hard if you want to get through with good marks. Cheer up! Do not waste your time and start doing your revision work immediately. Wish you a good result.”

Answer: The math teacher asked Rubel if he (Rubel) was ready for his half-yearly exam. He also told Rubel that he would have to work hard if he wanted to get through with good marks. The math teacher delightfully told him to cheer up and advised him not to waste his time and start doing his revision work immediately. He (Teacher) also wished good result for him (Rubel).

6. Change the narrative style by using indirect speech. 5

A news reporter said to me, “Sir, we have arranged a seminar on the beautification of Dhaka city. If you kindly keep your opinion in the seminar.” I said, “It is a pleasure to me that you have selected a very important topic. I am, in fact, busy with some other cases. If I can manage time, I will attend.” “Thank you, sir.” Replied the reporter.

Answer: Addressing as sir a news reporter said to me that they had arranged a seminar on the beautification of Dhaka city and requested me to keep my opinion in the seminar. I replied that it was a pleasure to me that they had selected a very important topic and added that I was, in fact, busy with some other cases. But I assured him (Reporter) that if I could manage time, I would attend. The reporter thanked me with respect.

7. Change the narration of the following passage from direct to indirect.

“Why don’t you come to school regularly? Won’t you take part in the exam? If you want, you have to be regular from now on.” “Sorry, sir. Please forgive me. I went to Khulna to visit my sister’s home,” said the student.

Answer: The teacher asked the student why he did not go to school regularly he (Teacher) also asked if he (Student) would not take part in the exam. The teacher also added if he wanted, he had to be regular from then on. The student respectfully apologized and requested to forgive him and said that he had gone to Khulna to visit his sister’s home.

8. Change the narrative style.

“Good morning, students,” said the teacher. “How are you?” “We are fine, sir. What about you?” “I am fine too. Please sit down. Have you prepared your lesson?” said the teacher. “Sorry, sir. We were busy with our practical class.” Said the students.

Answer: The teacher wished students good morning and asked students how they were. The students replied politely that they were fine and asked the teacher how he was. In reply, the teacher said that he was fine too. He also requested them to sit down. In addition, he wanted to know whether they had prepared their lesson. Addressing as sir they said that they were sorry and added that they had been busy with their practical class.

9. Change the narrative style.

Mother said to Hasib, “My dear, why don’t you get up early from sleep?” Hasib said, “It’s tough for me to leave bed early.” “Alas! It’s a bad habit,” said mother. “Please wake up from bed early if you want to lead a happy and healthy life. Follow my advice.” “Sorry for my bad habit. From tomorrow I will wake up early,” said Hasib.

Answer: Mother asked Hasib affectionately why he didn’t get up early from sleep. Hasib replied that it was tough for him to leave bed early. Mother exclaimed with sorrow that it was a bad habit and requested to wake up from bed early if he wanted to lead a happy and healthy life. She also told him (Hasib) to follow her advice. Hasib apologized for his bad habit and said that from next day he would wake up early.

10. Change the narrative style by using indirect speech.

“What’s your program after the exam?” asked Rafiq. Safiq said, “I’ve not decided. Can you suggest any?” “Let us visit Padma Bridge,” said Rafiq. “What an excellent idea it is!” said Safiq

Answer: Rafiq asked Safiq what was his program after the exam. Safiq replied that he had not decided and asked Rafiq if he could suggest any. Rafiq proposed that they should visit Padma Bridge. Safiq exclaimed with joy that it was an excellent idea.

11. Change the narrative style.

The night guard said, “Who are you? Please give your identity. Otherwise, I’ll not give you entrance.” The guest said, “Kamal, at last you have failed to identify your housemaster.” The guard said, “Sorry sir, I cannot identify you in this dress.” The housemaster said, “Don’t worry. I have just observed your sincerity.”

Answer: The night guard asked the guest who he was and requested him to give his identity, and said that otherwise, he (the night guard) would not give him (guest) entrance. Addressing him (night guard) as Kamal, the guest told him that he had failed his housemaster. The guard politely apologized to the guest (housemaster) that he could not identify him in that dress. The housemaster told the guard not to worry and said that he had just observed his (night guard’s) sincerity.

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