March 2, 2014

10th English - Reading Comprehenstion for 1 Mark Questions

1 Mark Questions - Reading Comprehension (General)

Our present system of punctuation came from two classical languages - Greek and Latin.
In olden times, a question was indicated by writing the Latin word 'questio' at the end of every sentence. Since most books were handwritten, the task became time consuming. So 'questio' was shortened to 'QO'. Soon scribes began placing the Q above the O to distinguish it from other abbreviations. Eventually Qu became a wriggly squiggle and the O a dot.

By the 9th century, the question mark resembled the modern one, but tilted slightly to
the right. Then printing invented and a standard set of punctuation marks was devised. The first book on the principles of punctuation was published by Aldo Manuzio in 1566.

Questions:

1. What does the passage talk about?
2. How was a question indicated in olden times?
3. Why did the scribes begin placing the Q above the O?
4. When was a standard set of punctuation marks devised?
5. What is the importance of the book published by Aldo Manuzio in 1566?

Answers:

1. The passage talks about the system of punctuation.
2. In olden times, a question was indicated by the Latin word 'Questio'.
3. The scribes began placing the Q above the O in order to distinguish it from other abbreviations.
4. A standard set of punctuation marks was discovered by the 9th century.
5. The importance of Aldo Manuzio's book was that it was the first book on the principles of punctuation.

2 Marks Question (Punctuation)

Q: is this ship safe she asked him she is indeed madam he said god himself could not sink the ship
A: "Is this ship safe?" she asked him.
"She is indeed, madam," he said. "God himself
could not sink the ship".


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