March 16, 2015

10th Class Public Exams Reading Comprehension Tips - Unfamiliar Passage

Comprehension passages are intended to test and improve one's ability to read and understand the language. The passages given for reading comprehension are i) Familiar (From Text Book) and ii) Unfamiliar (general passages).

Tips to follow: To comprehend means to understand. In order to answer the given question, you have to read till you come to have a general idea of the passage, step by step. Read the passage carefully to know what the passage is about. Once you identify the main points you can answer any question efficiently.

Identify, analyse, interpret and then infer the ideas in the text given. You have to deduce the meaning of unfamiliar words, then only you can answer the questions ably.

1. What is the passage about?
A) A town in the heart of America.
B) The unexplainable deaths of birds, animals and people.
C) Total environmental disaster caused by man.
D) The deserted feeding stations in the backyard.

2. Why were the apple trees not bearing fruit?
A) There was no water.
B) There were no trees.
C) There was no pollination.
D) There were no people to nurture.

3. The writer says that it was a spring without voices because ....
A) There were no bees and birds.
B) There were no trees.
C) Fire destroyed the vegetation.
D) There were no living beings.

4. The expression 'had silenced the rebirth of new life...' means
A) The possibility of new life had been taken away.
B) Animals and birds had been made silent.
C) Life on earth had been endangered.
D) There had been drastic changes in the seasons.

Answer the following questions in two or three sentences each.
5. Why does the writer say that there was a shadow of death?
6. What, according to you, is the white granular powder?
7. The writer says 'People themselves are responsible for the disaster'. Cite one example of the disastrous action done by the people.

Answers: 1-C; 2-C; 3-D; 4-A.

5. The writer says that there was a shadow of death as mysterious maladies swept the blocks of chickens. The cattle and sheep sickened and died. There had been several sudden and unexplained deaths of both adults and children.

6. The white granular powder is nothing but the harmful chemical remains.

7. Uncontrolled use of pesticides leads to other problems. We have to eat the vegetables, fruits and other food items which are filled with chemicals and this leads to health problems. Another example is using the atomic
weapons and destroying our fellow countries.


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