Category : Comprehension

            <![CDATA[<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #000080; font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times, serif;"><u>Comprehension Passage: Aunt Polly and Tom</u></span></strong></span></p>

On Saturday morning, Aunt Polly sends Tom out to whitewash the fence. Jim passes by, and Tom tries to get him to do some of the whitewashing in return for a “white alley,” a kind of marble. Jim nearly agrees, but Aunt Polly appears and chases him off, leaving Tom alone with his toil. 

A little later, Ben Rogers, another boy Tom’s age, walks by. Tom persuades Ben that whitewashing a fence is great pleasure, and after some haggling, Ben agrees to give Tom his apple in exchange for the privilege of working on the fence. Over the course of the day, every boy who passes ends up staying to whitewash, and each one gives Tom something in exchange. By the time the fence has three coats, Tom has collected a store of assorted riches.Read More “Comprehension Passage 1”

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1. A horse is more intelligent than an ass.

An ass is not as intelligent as a horse.
2. A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.
A foolish friend is not as good as a wise enemy.
3. Bombay is the best sea-port in India.
No other seaport in India is as good as Bombay.
4. Disraeli was the greatest statesman of England.
No other statesman of England was as great as Disraeli.
5. There are few districts as fertile as Hoshiarpur.
Hoshiapur is one of the most fertile districts.
6. Kalidasa is one of the greatest poets.
Very few poets are as great as Kalidasa.
7. Very few books are as popular as Dickens David Copperfield.
Dickens’ David Copperfield is one of the most popular books.
8. Gold is one of the most precious metals.
Very few metals are as precious as gols.
9. It is easier to speak than to act.
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Read the passage given below and answer the question a, b, c, and that follow:

La Nina is an atmospheric phenomenon when the equatorial waters of eastern Pacific Ocean turn unusually cold. It is the opposite of El Nino when the eastern waters are warmer than usual. Both events create the greatest global impact in winter time. La Nina — The Little Girl —has enormous adverse effect globally since showing itself in mid-2010. La Nina and its equally unruly relative, El Nino, occur when the waters of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean along the equator become uncommonly cold or warm. These changes in the Pacific bring forth changes in atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature, and rainfall that have a worldwide influence. These conjugated with changes in the ocean and atmospheres are jointly called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO). For India, an El Nino is of grave concern as it negatively affects the south-west monsoon.
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Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b,
c
, and d that follow:

The aim of teaching is to create in the qualitative elevation of mind and
exaltation of character or ideals or conduct. What the teacher is, is more
important than what he teaches. A good teacher cannot be partial or
narrow-minded. A worthy idea of a teacher can motivate students to act
positively and achieve their noble objectives. What a teacher is has an
ennobling impact on the students and reawaken them to accomplish marvellous
goals in the years to come.

Unfortunately, it is a disturbing reality that many of the teachers are
unintentionally partial and their thoughts are malformed. These
distorted thoughts adversely affect the nature and calibre of teaching and
eventually the prospects of the students.

A teacher should painstakingly and methodically develop elegance in thought
and action by nurturing critical thinking.… Read More “ICSE 2011:Comprehension: Practice”

            <![CDATA[<div style="color: blue; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: red;"><b>Question 1</b></span><b> </b>Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow:<br />
Someone dropped a burning match
Unheeded by the way
It caught on fire some underbrush;
Its user did not stay.
From grass to brush from brush to tree
So stealthily it ran,

That no one ever guessed or knew
Just where that fire began.
Someone built a campfire
And failed to put it out.
A breeze came and quickened;
The embers spread about;
And soon the woods were blazing.
The fire spread and spread;
The trees that took long years to grow
Stand blackened now and dead.
Someone saw a little fire
As he was passing by.
He did not stop to put it out;
He did not even try.
He had not started it, of course;
He had no time to spare;
That it might start a forest fire
He did not even care.
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