Reading is a mental process. It involves looking at the text and then understanding its meaning. Reading a piece of writing more than once ensures a thorough understanding of the text as to interpret its inner meaning. Comprehension in general means 'understanding'. It thus largely depends on the vocabulary skill of a person, with which he is able to understand a given text.
Unseen passages are those extracts taken from texts which student are not familiar with. The comprehension capacity of a student can be judged by means of questions based on the passages. The questions may be direct or indirect and for these, the students may be able to find answer from the passage in one reading and interpret. Sometimes, they may also need to draw an inference and / or to understand how different parts of a text are related to each other, or things they might have already known.
The main objectives of a comprehension exercise are to test the student's ability to :
Type of Passages
There are three types of passages:
A factual passage is based on some facts already proven by research or known universally. So there is very little scope for drawing out inferences or conclusions in such passages.
The questions based on the passage may require the students to give short answers - in one or two sentences. Sometimes, it may also be in the form of sentence completion and multiple choice questions. In multiple choice questions, the students may need to read and re-read the passage before choosing the correct option. Sometimes, there may also be questions based on vocabulary. Such questions require the students to have a strong language skill of his/ her level.
The passage will largely be based on the opinion of the writer. The passage proceeds by reasoning or arguments based on a fact rather than the fact itself. The students' comprehension here is tested by means of short questions - to be required to answer in one or two sentences. There may also be questions based on the vocabulary. The main objective is to test the vocabulary skills of the students in the form of finding the meaning of a word given in the passage, finding the words from the passage from the given meanings, finding the synonyms or antonyms of the words from the passage.
The passage under this category is a piece of writing taken from a literary work of art, like fiction or a novel, or a short story. There is no scope for inferences or opinions in this type of passage, for whatever the author has written need to be understood and rewritten in own words for answers.
Read the passage given below:
On June 24, 1859, Emperors Napoleon III and Franz Joseph I engaged in the Battle of Solferino, commanding a com The choices we make on a daily basis-wearing a seatbelt, lifting heavy objects correctly or purposely staying out of any dangerous situation-can either ensure our safety or bring about potentially harmful circumstances.
You and I need to make a decision that we are going to get our lives in order. Exercising self-control, self-discipline and establishing boundaries and borders in our lives are some of the most important things we can do. A life without discipline is one that's filled with carelessness.
We can think it's kind of exciting to live life on the edge. We like the image of "Yeah! That's me! Living on the edge! Woo-hoo!" It's become a popular way to look at life. But if you see, even highways have lines, which provide margins for our safety while we're driving. If we go over one side, we'll go into the ditch. If we cross over the line in the middle, we could get killed. And we like those lines because they help to keep us safe. Sometimes we don't even realize how lines help to keep us safe.
I'm not proud of this, but for the first 20 years of my life at work, I ignored my limits. I felt horrible, physically, most of the time. I used to tell myself "I know I have limits and that I've reached them, but I'm going to ignore them and see if or how long I can get by with it." I ran to doctors, trying to make myself feel better through pills, vitamins, natural stuff and anything I could get my hands on. Some of the doctors would tell me, "It's just stress." That just made me mad. I thought stress meant you don't like what you do or can't handle life, and I love what I do. But I kept pushing myself, travelling, doing speaking engagements and so on—simply exhausting myself.
Finally, I understood I was living an unsustainable life and needed to make some changes in my outlook and lifestyle.
You and I don't have to be like everyone else or keep up with anyone else. Each of us needs to be exactly the way we are, and we don't have to apologize for it. We're not all alike and we need to find a comfort zone in which we can enjoy our lives instead of making ourselves sick with an overload of stress and pressure.
On the basis of your understanding of the passage, answer the following questions that follow:
Q.1. The reason why living on the edge has become popular, is because of the:
(a) constant need for something different
(b) population being much younger
(c) exhausting effort to make changes
(d) strong tendency to stay within our limits
Q.2. Choose the option that best captures the central idea of the passage from the given quotes:
(a) Option (1)
(b) Option (2)
(c) Option (3)
(d) Option (4)
Q.3. Which of the characteristics are apt about the writer in the following context : "I know I have limits and that I've reached them, but I'm going to ignore them and see if or how long I can get by with it ?"
(a) 2 and 5
(b) 3 and 6
(c) 1 and 4
(d) 2 and 3
Q.4. Which of the following will be the most appropriate title for the passage?
(a) Much too soon
(b) Enough is enough
(c) How much is too much?
(d) Have enough to do?
Q.5. The phrase "potentially harmful circumstances" refers to circumstances that can:
(a) certainly be dangerous
(b) be fairly dangerous
(c) be possibly dangerous
(d) seldom be dangerous
Q.6. Select the option that makes the correct use of "unsustainable", as used in the passage, to fill in the blank space.
(a) In the long run, the ................ officials followed emergency procedures.
(b) Emergency procedures were ............ . by the officials.
(c) Officials reported an ............... set of events during the emergency.
(d) Officials admit that the emergency system is ................ in the longer run.
Q.7. The author attempts to ................ the readers through this write-up.
(c) offer aid to
(d) offer advice to
Q.8. The author uses colloquial words such as "yeah" and "Woo-hool". Which of the following is NOT a colloquial word?
Q.9. What does the author mean when he says, "To get our lives in order ?"
(a) To resume our lives.
(b) To organize our lives.
(c) To rebuild our lives.
(d) To control our lives.
Q.10. Choose the option that correctly states the two meanings of 'outlook', as used in the passage.
1. A person's evaluation of life
2. A person's experiences in life
3. A person's point of view towards life
4. A person's regrets in life
5. A person's general attitude to life
(a) (1) and (4)
(b) (2) and (3)
(c) (3) and (5)
(d) (4) and (5)
Q.11. The author explains the importance of discipline and boundaries in our lives using the example of:
(a) road accidents
(b) traffic rules
(c) lines on the highway
(d) safe driving
Q.12. What is the message conveyed in the last paragraph of the passage?
(a) Love what you do.
(b) Love yourself to love others.
(c) Be the best version of yourself.
(d) Be yourself.
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