Reading Comprehension

I. Read the following passage.
There was a miser who constantly worried that his many valuable possessions would be lost or stolen. He finally decided to sell everything and taking the proceeds from the sale, converted it all into a large single lump of solid gold. Unable to bear the thought of losing such a great treasure, he carefully buried it in a hole in the ground, near the compound wall. He would undertake a daily visit to the spot, uncover the gold, rejoice over it and then replace it in the hole.
A thief observed it. As soon as the miser had left the spot, one evening, the thief quietly went over and dug up the gold. Elated at finding the gold, he quickly disappeared with the gold. The next day the miser in his usual manner went to look at his gold but found nothing. He shocked and distressed, he began crying loudly. A neighbor of his house came there. He said, ‘Don’t worry. Just put a stone in the hole and feel it as gold. The gold in a hole is as useless as a stone.”
Now, answer the following questions. Each question has four choices. Choose the correct answer and write (A), (B), (C) or (D) in your answer booklet.
  1. What is the passage about?
    A. about stealing gold                                                       B. about saving gold
    C. miserliness                                                                     D. about valuable possessions
  2. He constantly worried. Why?
    A. that his possessions would be stolen                    B. that government tax on treasure
    C. because valuable things always dangerous         D. because he wants to become poor
  3. Thief elated at finding the gold. The word ‘elated’ means..
    A. surprised                                                                        B. felt happy
    C. terrified                                                                          D. fainted
  4. Why the miser shocked and distressed?
    A. because his neighbour taken the money             B. because he converted his all possession to a single sump of gold
    C. because his gold lump was stolen                         D. because his gold turned to stone
Answer the following questions in two or three sentences.
  1. If you have such valuable things what would you do?
  2. Why the miser converted all his treasure to a single lump of solid gold?
  3. In your view what is the wrong on miser’s part?
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II. Read the following passage.
A woman was visiting Hyderabad for the first time. She wanted to see the Charminar. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find it, so she asked a police officer for directions.
"Excuse me, officer, how do I get to the Charminar?"The officer replied, "Wait here at this bus stop for the number 65 bus. It’ll take you right there." She thanked the officer and he drove off. Three hours later the police officer returned to the same area and, sure enough, the woman was still waiting at the same bus stop. The officer got out of his car and said, "Excuse me, but get to the Charminar, I said to wait here for the number 65 bus. That was three hours ago. Why are you still waiting?" The woman replied, "Don’t worry, officer, it won’t be long now. The 56th bus just went by!"
Now, answer the following questions. Each question has four choices. Choose the correct answer and write (A), (B), (C) or (D) in your answer booklet.
  1. The passage is about………………..
    A. Charminar tour                                                            B. the bus no. 65
    C. The route to Charminar                                            D. a humorous incident
  2. What did she ask the officer?
    A. about bus no. 65                                                         B. about bus no. 56
    C. the bus to get to the Charminar                           D. the route to Charminar
  3. What was the feeling of the officer to see the woman at bus stop after 3 hours?
    A. Surprised                                                                       B. got angry
    C. laughed himself                                                           D. felt pity
  4. Why was she still waiting at the bus stop?
    A. waiting for the bus no. 65                                       B. waiting for the 65th bus
    C. waiting for the 65th bus of bus no. 65’s                D. waiting for the 56th bus
Answer the following questions in two or three sentences.
  1. Why was she waiting hours together?
  2. Did the police officer give wrong direction to her7. There must be a communication gap between woman and officer. What was that?
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III. Read the following passage.
Homework has historically been given to students to reinforce what they learn at school, and ultimately to help them learn the material better. However, too much homework is not helpful, and can be counter-productive. Excessive amounts of time spent on completing homework can take away the kid’s social life, family time, and it limit their participation in sports or other activities. The amount of homework a teacher has to give to a student should be restricted.
Critically acclaimed, author Tamim Ansary reports that since 1981, the amount of homework given to an average sixth class child has increase by more than fifty percent. Many people claim that the increase in homework dates as far back as 1957. The new competition that emerged served as an incentive for schools to try to increase the volume of the curriculum. The amount of homework increases with the increase in class.
Many teachers defend large amounts of home work, claiming that it helps to prepare students for a world that is becoming increasingly competitive. However, Dr. Kralovec, author of ‘The End of Homework’, argues that doing homework during high school has little or no effect on successful study skills of the students when they join college.
Now, answer the following questions. Each question has four choices. Choose the correct answer and write (A), (B), (C) or (D) in your answer booklet.
  1. What is the passage about?
    A. about advantages of homework                         B. about disadvantages of homework
    C. about a book- "Homework"                                 D. about Tamim Ansary
  1. Excessive amounts of time spent on homework results ……..
    A. takes away social life                                           B. takes away family time
    C. limits the time to participate in sports           D above all
  2. The reason for increase of homework….
    A. The competition                                                   B. Child can learn more from homework than school
    C. Self learning                                                          D. To impress parents
  3. Who is the author of "The End of Homework"?
    A. Tamim Ansary                                                      B. Dr. Rao
    C. Dr. Kralovec                                                           D. Amrik Singh
Answer the following questions in two or three sentences.
  1. What is the aim of Homework?
  2. How can we replace the homework in schools?
  3. Do you support ‘giving homework"? Why?
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IV. Read the following passage.
A man went to a cathedral to offer his service. There he noticed a lamp. It was swinging. He closely observed the movements of the lamp. He found out the time of each swing by putting his hand on the pulse – beat as he had no watch. This keen observation led him to the discovery of the principle of pendulum. Later he invented an instrument to measure the pulse-beat. Doctors started using it. Next he dropped two metal balls of different weights from the top of the Leaning Tower in Pisa. He dropped them on to the ground. They landed on the ground at the same time. Do you know who he was? He was none other than Galileo.
Now, answer the following questions. Each question has four choices. Choose the correct answer and write (A), (B), (C) or (D) in your answer booklet.
  1. The man in the paragraph is a …………………….
    A. priest                                                                     B. teacher
    C. doctor                                                                    D. scientist
  2. What is the meaning of the word "Service" in the passage?
    A. repair                                                                    B. Helping the poor
    C. prayer                                                                   D. work for the society
  3. If we drop two metal balls of different weights from a height, which one reaches the land first?
    A. heavier one                                                        B. lighter one
    C. two at same time                                             D. depends
 Write answers for the given questions in one or two sentences.
  1. Which one led to the discovery of principle of pendulum?
  2. How did Galileo count the time in his experiments?