English Comprehension Tests

English comprehension tests help to gain knowledge from the information shared in the passage, develop a good vocabulary, review the author’s ideas, form an opinion on the facts or information in the passage, and understand the passage stylistically.

Introducing a curated selection of over 25 English Comprehension Tests accompanied by detailed explanations, outcome analysis, and time tracking.

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English Comprehension Test #1


Time and tide wait for none. Man has many responsibilities in his short life, so time is the most important factor in one’s life. We must remember that we cannot go back in time. We can stop the clock, but not the time. If we waste our time, our assigned work will suffer and success will be difficult to achieve. Time lost is time lost forever. We must complete our work as soon as possible. We must always remember the proverb “A stitch in time saves nine.”

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What does the phrase "Time and tide wait for none" mean?

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Why is time important in one's life?

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What happens if we waste our time?

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What does the proverb "A stitch in time saves nine" mean?

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Can we go back in time?

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English Comprehension Test #2


Our greatest asset is our own health. A healthy body can earn a lot of money, but a wealthy person cannot. We live in a fast-paced world where people have no time for themselves. The majority of their lives are spent in pursuit of materialistic wealth in order to outshine others, but they lose their health along the way. Wealth is important, but it is not as important as health. Spending a lot of money on junk food in five-star hotels or other forms of entertainment, such as watching movies for a day, has no benefits other than self-satisfaction.

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What is considered our greatest asset?

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According to the passage, what can a healthy body do?

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Why do people spend a lot of money on junk food and entertainment?

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What is the main message of the passage?

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Why do people often lose their health in pursuit of wealth?

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English Comprehension Test #3


Everyone knows that paper is made from trees. But when one looks at trees, one cannot imagine that something so soft and fragile as the paper is made is so hard and strong. Plant materials such as wood are made of fibers known as cellulose. It is the primary ingredient in paper making. Raw wood is first converted into pulp consisting of a mixture of Cellulose, lignin, water, and some chemicals. The pulp can be made mechanically through grinders or through chemical processes.

Short fibers are produced by mechanical grinding. The paper produced in this way is weak and is used to make newspapers, magazines, and phonebooks. Through the chemical pulping process, strong paper is produced. Cellulose pulp is sprayed to form mats on moving conveyor screens. These mats are then dried, dyed, and cut as required.

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What is the primary ingredient in paper making?

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What are plant materials like wood made of?

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Which process is used to produce strong paper from raw wood pulp?

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What is the purpose of forming mats from cellulose pulp on moving conveyor screens?

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What is the purpose of the mechanical grinding process in paper making?

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English Comprehension Test #4


You probably already know that it is important to have a king-size breakfast every morning. do you know why Your body is hungry in the morning because you haven’t eaten for about 8-10 hours? Breakfast is therefore the first meal of the day, and therefore, the most important. Imagine driving without fuel; This is exactly how your body feels without fuel from a nutritious breakfast. Nowadays many people skip breakfast to lose weight.

Nutritionists are alarmed by this trend, as it is mandatory to eat breakfast within two hours of waking up. Depriving the body of energy can lead to serious health problems in the long run. Forget silly celebrities and their absurd ways to lose weight. Never miss breakfast!

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Why is breakfast considered the most important meal of the day?

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What is the comparison made between driving and having breakfast?

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Why are nutritionists alarmed by the trend of skipping breakfast?

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What is the recommended timeframe for having breakfast after waking up?

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What is the author's attitude toward celebrities' weight loss methods?

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English Comprehension Test #5


Any unwanted loud sound which causes stress and irritation can be termed noise pollution. Of late, sound or noise pollution has adversely affected our normal life in a major way. It is chasing us at almost every step. In schools, colleges, offices, and even hospitals we have an explosion of deafening sound. The main sources of noise pollution are Means of transport, the Use of loudspeakers, the Industrial sector, and the Celebration of festivals and wedding ceremonies. We are almost deafened by the blaring mikes or the record players which are often played at full volume.

Secondly, we have noise pollution caused by various groups of people shouting out their slogans or impatient automobiles always honking their horns. During some social and religious festivals, crackers are burst indiscriminately. Noise pollution can have serious effects on human health. It may cause impairment of hearing and can cause sleep disruption. People who are frequently subjected to a high level of noise pollution may suffer from hypertension, depression, and panic attacks. It may lead to an abnormal increase in heartbeat and heart palpitation. It can also cause migraine headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

Some Measures to Minimise Noise Pollution are Prohibiting the blowing of horns, The use of loudspeakers should be banned, Airports should be located away from residential areas, and People restraining themselves from lighting firecrackers. In recent times laws have been passed to take effective steps to control sound pollution. People must also be made aware of the dangers of noise pollution.

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What is noise pollution?

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Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a source of noise pollution?

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What are the possible effects of noise pollution on human health?

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What measures are suggested in the passage to minimize noise pollution?

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Why is it important to raise awareness about noise pollution?

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English Comprehension Test #6


There is truth in the common saying: “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Cleanliness is a great virtue. It makes a man healthy and happy. The healthy habit of cleanliness should be formed from childhood in our everyday routine. A clean environment keeps us free from pollution. Cleanliness comes out of a taste for decency.

Cleanliness is of two types—cleanliness of body and cleanliness of mind. Cleanliness of the body makes for physical health. Health is an impossibility without bodily cleanliness. The disease is the handmaid of dirt. The germs of disease breed and multiply in the dirt. Epidemic diseases like cholera and typhoid which often sweep over villages and towns and take a heavy toll on life are the result of dirty habits and the surroundings of the people.

Cleanliness of the mind is as necessary as that of the body for self-respect. No one loves and respects a man if he is not clean in mind-free from impure desires and evil thoughts. Mental cleanliness makes for one’s success in any sphere of life. The effects of cleanliness are great. It contributes to the character of a noble personality not only with clean clothes but also with clean ideas, clean thoughts, and clean ways of life. In every walk of life, it is necessary to maintain cleanliness in body and mind as well as indoors and outdoors. Cleanliness is truly next to godliness. All should cultivate it.

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What is the saying that reflects the importance of cleanliness?

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Why is cleanliness important for physical health?

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What are the two types of cleanliness mentioned in the passage?

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Why is mental cleanliness important?

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What does the phrase "Cleanliness is next to godliness" mean?

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English Comprehension Test #7


In a faraway desert, there was a proud rose who loved her beauty but disliked growing next to an ugly cactus. Every day, the beautiful rose made fun of the cactus, while the cactus stayed silent. Other plants tried to help the rose understand, but she cared too much about her own looks.

During a hot summer, the desert dried up, and there was no water. The rose began to wilt, losing her lovely petals. Seeing a sparrow getting water from the cactus, the rose felt sorry. She asked the cactus for water, and he kindly agreed. Together, they helped each other through the tough summer and became friends.

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Why did the beautiful rose make fun of the cactus?

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How did the cactus respond to the rose's teasing?

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What happened to the rose during the hot summer?

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Why did the rose feel sorry for the cactus?

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What did the rose and the cactus do for each other during the tough summer?

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English Comprehension Test #8


When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee–and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings………………..by William Shakespeare

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What does the speaker do when he is in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes?

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What effect does thinking about the person bring to the speaker?

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What does the speaker wish for when he looks at others who are more fortunate?

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What does the speaker compare his state to when he thinks of the person?

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What feeling does the speaker experience when he remembers the person's sweet love?

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English Comprehension Test #9


History is the study of the past. The study of history involves examining the past and exploring the heroic deeds of remarkable individuals whose exemplary performances have earned them a place in the annals of history. Such people and their remarkable accomplishments serve as a source of inspiration for others to follow. By studying history, one’s character can be influenced positively.

However, the present generation, driven by the materialistic culture of modern society, tends to prioritize making money and leading a lavish lifestyle over reflecting on historical events. They fail to see the value in studying history unless it can help them win competitions or prepare them for a worthwhile career.

On the other hand, those with an interest in history tend to have a more altruistic mindset and aspire to achieve something significant for the betterment of humanity. They strive for excellence and take inspiration from the accomplishments of those who have gone before them.

Throughout history, many extraordinary individuals have contributed significantly to mankind’s progress. Emperors who governed their countries gloriously and those who displayed bravery, self-sacrifice, exceptional leadership skills, and noble deeds have earned their place in history books.

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What is the main focus of the study of history?

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What serves as a source of inspiration for others according to the passage?

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Why do some people fail to see the value in studying history?

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What kind of mindset do those with an interest in history tend to have?

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What do those individuals who have contributed significantly to mankind's progress earn?

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English Comprehension Test #10


Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep…………………by Robert Frost

 

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What is the speaker contemplating in the poem?

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Why does the speaker stop by the woods?

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How does the horse react to the speaker's actions?

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What is the atmosphere described in the poem?

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What does the speaker mean by "miles to go before I sleep"?

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English Comprehension Test #11


In a village lived a hardworking farmer with four sons. Sadly, the sons were lazy and constantly fought among themselves. They spent their days sleeping and arguing while their father worked hard in the fields. The father’s attempts to involve them in work fell on deaf ears. Wanting to teach them a lesson, he devised a plan.

One day, the father asked his sons to bring a bundle of sticks. They did so, and he told them to break the bundle. Try as they might, they couldn’t break the bundle of sticks. Then, the farmer instructed them to break the sticks individually. When they separated the sticks and tried breaking them one by one, they succeeded easily. The farmer then explained, “See, my sons, these sticks have a lesson for you. When you’re united, like the sticks in the bundle, you’ll be strong and nobody can harm you. You can achieve a lot together. But if you’re apart and divided, like the separate sticks, you’ll be weak and won’t achieve much.”

These words opened the sons’ eyes. They realized the importance of unity and stopped quarreling. Instead, they started working hard and working together, making their father very happy.

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What was the main problem with the farmer's sons?

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How did the farmer try to teach his sons a lesson?

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What did the farmer ask his sons to do with the bundle of sticks?

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What did the sons realize from the lesson with the sticks?

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How did the sons change after learning the lesson?

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English Comprehension Test #12


The Maurya Empire is regarded as the first and greatest empire in India. It is called an empire because it annexes and brings under its control several smaller states. Chandragupta Maurya established the Maurya Empire in the 4th century BC by ousting the Nandas from Magadha. His son Bindusara further expanded the boundaries of the Maurya Empire. Bindusara’s son, King Ashoka is considered one of the greatest kings of ancient India.

Kautilya’s Arthasastra is one of the most important sources of Mauryan history. Kautilya or Chanakya was Chandragupta Maurya’s chief advisor. The book contains important information on politics, rules of diplomacy, principles of administration, and other state affairs.

The Indika was written by Megasthenes who was the Greek ambassador to the court of Chandragupta Maurya. A Greek ruler named Seleucus sent him to Chandragupta’s court. Megasthenes lived in Chandragupta’s court for about five years. He observed the social customs, culture, and people of the country. His work in India was later mentioned by scholars like Arrian, Strabo, and Diodorus.

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Who established the Maurya Empire?

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Who was Chandragupta Maurya's chief advisor?

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What is the name of the book written by Kautilya?

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Who was the Greek ambassador to the court of Chandragupta Maurya?

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What was the purpose of Megasthenes' stay in Chandragupta's court?

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English Comprehension Test #13


Human evolution has been a remarkable journey, extensively studied using various tools like excavations, carbon dating, fossil analysis, and DNA sequencing to trace evolutionary relationships.

The diversity in the human body and its features has always been vast.

Research indicates that early Homo sapiens originated in Africa. Over a hundred years ago, some of our ancestors migrated from Africa, while others remained. Thus, regardless of our current locations, all human species can be traced back to Africa. The earliest human fossils include Australopithecus, followed by Homo habilis, H. erectus, H. heidelbergensis, and eventually modern-day Homo sapiens.

Around 25-30 million years ago, hominoid stock began transitioning from tree-dwelling to ground-dwelling creatures, leading to the evolution of apes and humans.

The separation between apes and human ancestors is estimated to have started around 5 million years ago, which eventually led to the development of the Pongidae (apes) and Hominidae (humans) families.

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What tools have been used to study human evolution?

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Where did early Homo sapiens originate according to research?

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What can be inferred about the migration of human species?

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When did the separation between apes and human ancestors begin?

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What led to the evolution of apes and humans from tree-dwelling to ground-dwelling creatures?

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English Comprehension Test #14


The Harappan civilization is regarded as an advanced stage of human cultural development. Between 4000 BC and 3000 BC was a period when many civilizations were flourishing. Ancient civilizations started near river banks as rivers provided water for drinking and irrigation. The discovery and use of metals enabled man to advance to a new stage in the progress of civilization. Copper was the first metal used by humans. The period in which both stone and copper were used to make tools is called the Chalcolithic period.

Later, people began mixing copper with tin or zinc to create an alloy called bronze. Since bronze was hard, it began to be used to make agricultural implements and weapons. As a result four civilizations developed in the world. Bronze played an important role in the development of these civilizations, hence they came to be known as Bronze Age civilizations. Harappan civilization, Mesopotamian civilization, Chinese civilization, and Egyptian civilization were Bronze Age civilizations.

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During what time period did the Harappan civilization flourish?

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What resource was essential for the development of ancient civilizations near river banks?

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What metal was the first to be used by humans?

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What period is characterized by the use of both stone and copper to make tools?

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What important role did bronze play in the development of certain civilizations?

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English Comprehension Test #15


I’m leaving now to slay the foe
Fight the battles, high and low
I’m leaving, mother, hear me go!
Please wish me luck today.
I’ve grown my wings, I want to fly
Seize my victories where they tie,
I’m going Mom, but please don’t cry
just let me find my way
want to see and touch and hear
Though there are dangers, there are fears.
I’ll smile my smiles and dry my tears –
Please let me speak my say
I’m off to find my world, my dreams,
Carve my niche, sew my seams,
Remember, as I sail my streams –
I’ll love you, all the way. – Brooke Muller

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What is the speaker leaving to do?

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Who is the speaker addressing in the passage?

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What does the speaker ask their mother not to do?

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What does the speaker want to do with their dreams?

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What emotion does the speaker express towards their mother?

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English Comprehension Test #16


Weavers, weaving at break of day,
Why do you weave a garment so gay?
Blue as the wing of a bluebird wild,
We weave the robes of a new-born child.
Weavers, weaving at fall of night,
Why do you weave a garment so bright?
Like the plumes of a peacock, purple and green,
We weave the marriage-veils of a queen.
Weavers, weaving solemn and still,
What do you weave in the moonlight chill?
White as a feather and white as a cloud,
We weave a dead man’s funeral shroud.

Sarojini Naidu

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What do the weavers weave in the morning?

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When do the weavers weave a garment so bright?

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What colors are mentioned in the poem to describe the garments being woven?

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What do the weavers weave in the moonlight chill?

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What emotion is associated with the tone of the poem?

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