Class 10 English Chapter 8 MCQ topic The Sermon at Benares (Multiple Choice Questions) with answers updated for new academic session 2023-24. Subjective questions are given on the section of NCERT Solutions page and objective questions are in the format of MCQs. This includes all important questions as well as board previous year questions.

Class 10 English Chapter 8 MCQ

Chapter 8 THE SERMON AT BENARAS Passage 1

Both young and adult, both those who are fools and those who are wise, all fall into the power of death; all are subject to death. “Of those who, overcome by death, depart from life, a father cannot save his son, nor kinsmen their relations Mark! While relatives are looking on and lamenting deeply, one by one mortal are carried off, like an ox that is led to the slaughter. So, the world is afflicted with death and decay, therefore the wise do not griveve, knowing the terms of the world.


Choose the option that tells who is subject to death.

[A]. Both young and old
[B]. Those who are fools
[C]. Those who are wise
[D]. All who take birth

Who has accepted the truth that death is common to all?

[A]. The wise
[B]. The foolish
[C]. The literates
[D]. The illiterates

Who is the speaker here?

[A]. Kisa Gotami
[B]. A Villager
[C]. Gautama Buddha
[D]. An old man

The word afflicted does Not Correspond to

[A]. Depressed
[B]. Affected
[C]. Sticken
[D]. Comforted

Chapter 8 THE SERMON AT BENARAS Passage 2

Poor Kisa Gotami now went from house to house, and the people pitied her and said, “Here is mustard-seed; take it!” But when she asked, “Did a son or daughter, a father or mother, die in your family?” they answered her, “Alas! the living are few, but the dead are many. Do not remind us of our deepest grief.” And there was no house but some beloved one had died in it.


“Do not remind us of our deepest grief.” The tone of the speaker(s) is

[A]. disillusioned.
[B]. sceptical.
[C]. ironic.
[D]. solemn

“Alas! The living is few, but the dead are many. This means that

[A]. shows the high death rate and low birth rate in the city of Benares.
[B]. It throws light on the numerous loved ones the villager shad lost-over.
[C]. It throws light on the holy status of Benares where many Hindus go to die.
[D]. It reflects that many children had died in the village for various reasons.

Pick the options that correctly classifies the fact/ (F) and opinion/s (O) of the villagers.

[A]. F-1,2 and O-2,4
[B]. F-2,3,4 and 0 – 1
[C]. F-2,4 and O- 1,3
[D]. F-3 and 0-1,2,4

Why did Kisa Gotami go from from house to house

[A]. To collect mustard seeds
[B]. To search for Buddha
[C]. To look for her son
[D]. To grieve their dead

Chapter 8 THE SERMON AT BENARAS Passage 3

Not from weeping nor from grieving will anyone obtain peace of mind; on the contrary, his pain will be the greater and his body will suffer. He who seeks peace should draw out the arrow of lamentation, and complaint, and grief. He who has drawn out the arrow and has become composed will obtain peace of mind.


Chose the option that appropriately completely the following—lamentation: grief:

[A]. laughter: joke
[B]. discomfort: fear
[C]. celebration:joy
[D]. resignation: loss

According to the Buddha, peace of mind is attainable by those who

[A]. renounce worldly life like the Buddha
[B]. take out the arrow and become strong
[C]. grieve, suffer and then move on
[D]. recognise terms of life and let go of complaint

Which of the following statements cannot be attributed to the Buddha based on the given extract?

[A]. (i) and (ii)
[B]. (i) and (iii)
[C]. (iii) and (iv)
[D]. (i) and (iv)

The word Composed does not correspondent to

[A]. Collected
[B]. Smooth
[C]. Placid
[D]. Upset
Last Edited: June 9, 2023