Free Reading Comprehension Tests

Reading 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.

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #1

Family is where you learn your first life lessons. Your family members are the only assets that will always be with you. Whatever the circumstances, family members are always there to support one another. In a family, good values and morals are always instilled. We are prepared in the family to respect our elders and love our children. Our family consistently teaches us lessons about honesty, dependability, kindness, and so on. Family always gives us the feeling of being loved and cared for.

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What do you learn in your family?

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Who are the only assets that will always be with you?

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What is the role of family members in supporting each other?

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What values and morals are instilled in a family?

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How does family make you feel?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #2

You may already be aware of the importance of eating a king-size breakfast every morning. Do you understand why? Because you haven’t eaten for about 8-10 hours, your body is hungry in the morning. Breakfast is thus the first meal of the day, and thus the most important. Consider driving without gas; This is how your body feels when it lacks the fuel provided by 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.

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

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What is compared to the feeling of not having breakfast in the morning?

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Why are nutritionists alarmed by the trend of skipping breakfast?

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When is it recommended to eat breakfast?

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What is the purpose of having a king-size breakfast?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #3

Trees form an important part of a country’s wealth. Trees provide a country with all the wood it needs for buildings and furniture and provide a lot of fuel for surrounding areas. But the greatest use of trees lies in their ability to attract rain and conserve moisture. A plant’s leaves are constantly evaporating moisture, which cools the surrounding atmosphere. As a result, when moisture-laden winds blow over trees, the moisture they carry condenses and forms clouds that eventually dissolve into the rain. To save the earth we must stop cutting trees.

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What important resources do trees provide for a country?

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What is the greatest use of trees mentioned in the passage?

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How do trees help attract rain according to the passage?

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What happens when moisture-laden winds blow over trees?

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What action does the passage suggest to save the earth?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #4

Television is a wonderful scientific gift. It combines the advantages of cinema and radio. The most important and effective form of entertainment is television. It broadcasts live telecasts of major events. It is also the most effective advertising medium. It facilitates mass education. It is very important in the world of sports and games. However, it has some drawbacks. It is used to enhance the image of specific individuals. Some programs are inappropriate for pupils to watch. There is a danger of becoming addicted to television. As a result, academic performance suffers. It also has an impact on vision. As a result, programs must be carefully chosen.

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What are the advantages of television?

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What is one of the drawbacks of television mentioned in the passage?

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What danger is associated with television, according to the passage?

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Why should programs be carefully chosen for television?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #5

Christmas is one of the most famous and light-hearted festivals which is celebrated across the world by billions of people. People of the Christian religion celebrate Christmas to remember the great works of Jesus Christ. 25th December is celebrated as Christmas Day across the world. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ of Bethlehem was a spiritual leader and prophet whose teachings structured the premise of their religion. People follow popular customs including exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends, and, obviously, trusting that Santa Claus will arrive. 25th December, Christmas Day, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

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Which festival is celebrated by billions of people across the world?

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Why do people of the Christian religion celebrate Christmas?

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Which date is celebrated as Christmas Day?

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What is a popular custom associated with Christmas?

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Since when has 25th December been a federal holiday in the United States?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #6

Atoms of radioactive elements can split. According to Albert Einstein, mass and energy are interchangeable under certain circumstances. When atoms split, the process is called nuclear fission. In this case, a small amount of mass is converted into energy. Thus the energy released cannot do much damage. However, several subatomic particles called neutrons are also emitted during this process.

Each neutron will hit a radioactive element releasing more neutrons in the process. This causes a chain reaction and creates a large amount of energy. This energy is converted into heat which expands uncontrollably causing an explosion. Hence, atoms do not literally explode. They generate energy that can cause explosions.

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What is the process called when atoms split?

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According to Albert Einstein, what can be interchangeable under certain circumstances?

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What is emitted during the process of nuclear fission?

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What causes a chain reaction during nuclear fission?

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What is the result of the energy generated during nuclear fission?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #7

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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Free Reading Comprehension Test #8

There are many children in our country who are deprived of education and the normal joyous experiences of childhood. While upper-middle-class boys and girls attend school, they work in tea shops or small factories. They work as servants in middle-class and upper-class households. Parents are very poor, so children are forced to take up all these occupations.

The government should come up with strict laws to solve this problem. Along with the law, the government should introduce some economic reforms that will bring down the poverty line to some extent. Apart from this, to solve this problem, illiteracy needs to be eliminated and the birth rate must be controlled.

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What is the main issue discussed in the passage?

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Why do some children work in tea shops or small factories?

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What does the passage suggest the government should introduce to solve the problem?

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Apart from economic reforms, what other measures are mentioned in the passage to solve the problem?

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What is the main focus of the government's role in solving the problem?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #9

Mr Bucket was the only person in the family with a job. He worked in a toothpaste factory, where he sat all day long on a bench and screwed the little caps onto the tops of the tubes of toothpaste after the tubes had been filled. But a toothpaste cap-screwer is never paid very much money, and poor Mr Bucket, however hard he worked, and however fast he screwed on the caps, was never able to make enough to buy one-half of the things that so large a family needed. There wasn’t even enough money to buy proper food for them all.

The only meals they could afford were bread and margarine for breakfast, boiled potatoes and cabbage for lunch, and cabbage soup for supper. Sundays were a bit better. They all looked forward to Sundays because then, although they had exactly the same, everyone was allowed a second helping.

____From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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What were the meals that the family could afford?

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What made Sundays a bit better for the family?

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Why did the family look forward to Sundays?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #10

Tobacco was discovered in America for the first time. Its widespread cultivation with the assistance of negro-slaves made it one of the most important export items in the American economy. Tobacco was also grown in other parts of the world, including Burma and Cuba. Cigarettes made of tobacco rolled in tissue paper aided in the spread of a very harmful habit among the West’s so-called advanced countries. It then spread to various other countries around the world. Attractive packaging and expert advertising aided in spreading the addiction to smoking cigarettes even among the poorest segments of the population.

However, it has recently been discovered that smoking causes a variety of serious physical ailments, that includes from coughing, sore throat, laryngitis, and asthma to the fatal disease cancer. Furthermore, even people who are unintentionally exposed to cigarette smoke while in the company of a smoker can develop any of these diseases. This demonstrates how hazardous the habit of smoking cigarettes is. It has been discovered that quitting smoking can cure a variety of diseases. As a result, we should all avoid the bad habit of smoking cigarettes.

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Where was tobacco discovered for the first time?

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What contributed to the widespread cultivation of tobacco in America?

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What aided in the spread of smoking cigarettes among different countries?

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What serious physical ailments can smoking cause?

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What does the passage suggest about quitting smoking?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #11

Morning walk and early rising to go hand in hand. One who wants to go for a morning walk has to get up early. A morning walk is a healthy habit. It removes the physical lethargy caused by the night’s sleep, helps in the circulation of blood, and makes one healthy. It is good exercise after a long night’s rest and provides us with fresh oxygen from the cool morning air. It gives a good start to a man’s whole day’s work. He can finish a large amount of his work before others get out of bed. He need not hurry over any part of his work.

A morning walk enables a man to have closer contact with nature. He can see the calm, quiet, and complete beauty of nature- the beauty he cannot see by day. A morning walk provides independent exercise. He need not go to the gymnasium for exercise. Morning walk, like early rising, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Even doctors advise their patients to have a morning walk daily, as a remedy for various types of physical ailments, especially diabetes. Moreover, a morning walk is certainly a good start for the whole day’s work. During our walk in the morning, we come into greater and closer contact with nature. A morning walk is advantageous as an independent exercise. If anyone wants to ensure proper care of his or her health, he or she can undertake a morning walk as it is very simple as well as beneficial.

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What benefit does a morning walk provide in terms of nature?

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Why do doctors advise patients to have a morning walk?

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What is the overall effect of a morning walk on a person?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #12

Art thou abroad on this stormy night
on thy journey of love, my friend?
The sky groans like one in despair.
I have no sleep tonight.
Ever and again I open my door and look out on
the darkness, my friend!
I can see nothing before me.
I wonder where lies thy path!
By what dim shore of the ink-black river,
by what far edge of the frowning forest,
through what mazy depth of gloom art thou threading
thy course to come to me, my friend?…………..-Rabindranath Tagore

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What is the speaker wondering about in the poem?

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What is the atmosphere described in the poem?

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What does the sky's groaning resemble in the poem?

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What does the speaker do ever and again during the night?

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What is the speaker unable to see in the darkness?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #13

Rakshabandhan is a light-hearted festival that shows the bond and love between brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm throughout India.

Rakshabandhan is celebrated in the month of Shravan(Sawan) in the Hindi calendar which falls in August. Following is a detailed explanation of the history of Raksha Bandhan.

This ancient festival holds a significant historical background, even observed by gods and goddesses. According to the Vishnu Purana, when the demon king Bali asked Lord Vishnu for a boon, he requested that Vishnu live with him in his palace. Lord Vishnu accepted Bali’s request and resided in his palace.

 

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However, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu’s wife, desired his return. To bring about this reunion, Lakshmi tied a rakhi (a sacred thread) on Bali’s wrist and became his sister. In return, Bali asked Lakshmi what she would like as a gift. She requested the release of Lord Vishnu and his return to his abode, Vaikunth. Bali graciously accepted her request, thereby exemplifying the love and responsibility a brother holds for his sister.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm. It is a delightful occasion that enhances the magical bond and love among siblings. Regardless of age, brothers and sisters partake in the celebrations, creating cherished memories and reinforcing their relationship.

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What did Goddess Lakshmi do to bring back Lord Vishnu from Bali's palace?

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Why did Goddess Lakshmi request the release of Lord Vishnu from Bali?

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What is the significance of Raksha Bandhan?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #14

Not only sands and gravels
Were once more on their travels,
But gulping muddy gallons
Great boulders off their balance
Bumped heads together dully
And started down the gully.
Whole capes caked off in slices.
I felt my standpoint shaken
In the universal crisis.
But with one step backward taken
I saved myself from going.
A world torn loose went by me.
Then the rain stopped and the blowing,
And the sun came out to dry me………….By Robert Frost

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What happened to the boulders in the poem?

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How did the speaker respond to the situation described in the poem?

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What happened after the rain stopped and the sun came out?

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What is the overall tone of the poem?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #15

Once there was a lion who lived in a den, and nearby, a mouse lived in a hole. One day, while the lion was sleeping, the mouse accidentally entered the lion’s nostril. The lion woke up in a fury and caught the mouse, ready to kill it. However, the mouse pleaded for mercy, promising that it could be of help to the lion in the future. Initially, the lion laughed at the mouse’s small size but eventually decided to let it go.

Sometime later, the lion got caught in a hunter’s net and could not free himself. In distress, he roared loudly. The mouse, recognizing the lion’s roar, immediately rushed to the spot and started gnawing the net. Eventually, it succeeded in freeing the lion, and said, “Dear king of beasts, I have done you a favor. Now, please run away to save yourself.” The lion was grateful to the mouse and quickly ran away. The story teaches us that little friends can prove to be great friends.

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Where did the lion live?

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How did the lion react when the mouse woke him up?

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Why did the lion decide to spare the mouse's life?

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How did the mouse help the lion when he was caught in the net?

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Free Reading 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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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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Free Reading Comprehension Test #17

Oh, sweet content, that turns the labourer’s sweat
To tears of joy, and shines the roughest face;
How often have I sought you high and low
And found you still in some lone quiet place;
Here, in my room, when full of happy dreams,
With no life heard beyond that merry sound
of moths that on my lighted ceiling kiss
Their shadows as they dance and dance around;
Or in a garden, on a summer’s night,
When I have seen the dark and solemn air.
Blink with the blind bats’ wings, and heaven’s bright face
Twitch with the stars that shine in thousands there. -William Henry Davies

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Where does the speaker often find sweet content?

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What imagery is used to describe the bats and stars in the passage?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #18

The frog half fearful jumps across the path,
The little mouse that leaves its hole at eve
Nimble’s with timid dread beneath the swath;
My rustling steps awhile their joys deceive,
Till past, and then the cricket sings more strong,
And grasshoppers in merry moods still wear
The short night weary with their fretting song.
Up from behind the molehill jumps the hare,
Cheat of his chosen bed, and from the bank
The yellowhammer flutters in short fears
From off its nest hid in the grasses rank,
And drops again when no more noise it hears,
Thus nature’s human link and endless thrall,
Proud man still seems the enemy of all. -John Clare

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What sound is associated with the grasshoppers in the passage?

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What does the yellowhammer do when the noise stops?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #19

The Hirakud Dam, constructed across the river Mahanadi, stands as one of the earliest multipurpose river projects built after India’s independence in 1953. Its construction was completed in 1953. It is the longest major earthen dam in Asia. The dam also forms the largest artificial lake in Asia. There are two observation towers on each side of the embankment. One is Gandhi Minar and the other is Nehru Minar.

The dam helps control floods in the Mahanadi Delta and irrigates 75,000 square kilometers of land. Bhakra – Nangal Project, Bhakra Dam Power House, Bhakra Canal System, Nangal Dam project provides irrigation for ‘Kharif’ and ‘Rabi’ crops in Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, and Suvarnapur districts.

The dam can generate up to 307.5 MW of electricity through two power plants at Burla and Chiplima. Moreover, the project provides flood protection to 9,5000 km2 of deltaic areas in Cuttack and Puri districts.

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When was the construction of the Hirakud Dam completed?

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What river is the Hirakud Dam constructed across?

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What is the main purpose of the Hirakud Dam?

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How much electricity can the Hirakud Dam generate through its power plants?

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Where are the observation towers located on the Hirakud Dam?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #20

Democracy is considered as the best form of government. In a democracy, people have the right to elect their own representatives. An election is a process by which the people elect their own representatives to form and govern the government. Elections are done by the party in a democracy. The party that gets the most votes forms the government at the center. An election is the most appropriate way in which the people can elect and send their representatives to the legislature.

Why do we Need Elections?

An election is the most appropriate way in which the people can elect and send their representatives to the legislature. When two or more candidates are running for the same office, elections enable voters to choose the candidate of their choice by casting their votes.

Voters participate in the governance of their country by voting in elections. Elections held at regular intervals help the electorate monitor the performance of the government. If their representatives do not perform satisfactorily, they may decide not to vote for them in the next election. During elections, people get to know about the ideology of political parties. After winning the elections, the representatives make laws for the welfare of the people.

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What do representatives do after winning elections?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #21

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said:—Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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The speaker met a traveler who described a statue in an antique land. What material is the statue made of?

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What lies near the trunkless legs of the statue?

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What do the facial features of the statue's visage convey?

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What words are inscribed on the pedestal of the statue?

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What is the fate of the king's once magnificent works and kingdom?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #22

The athletes had come from all over the country
To run for the gold, for the silver and bronze
Many weeks and months of training
All coming down to these games.

The spectators gathered around the old field
To cheer on all the young women and men
The final event of the day was approaching
Excitement grew high to begin.

The blocks were all lined up for those who would use them
The hundred-yard dash and the race to be run
These were nine resolved athletes in back of the starting line
Poised for the sound of the gun.

The signal was given, the pistol exploded
And so did the runners all charging ahead
But the smallest among them, he stumbled and staggered
And fell to the asphalt instead.

He gave out a cry in frustration and anguish
His dreams and his efforts all dashed in the dirt
But as sure as I’m standing here telling this story
The same goes for what next occurred.

The eight other runners pulled up on their heels
The ones who had trained for so long to compete
One by one they all turned around and went back to help him
And brought the young boy to his feet. ——David Roth

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What was the main reason for the athletes coming from all over the country?

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What was the final event of the day that the spectators gathered to watch?

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What happened to the smallest among the runners during the race?

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How did the other eight runners react when they saw the young boy stumble?

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What emotions did the young boy experience after stumbling during the race?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #23

It is important that you recognize the signs of stress in your behavior, and be healthy enough to enjoy your success. Stress can strike anytime, in a fashion that may leave you unaware of its presence in your life. While a certain amount of pressure is necessary for performance, it is important to be able to recognize your individual threshold. For instance, some individuals accept competition healthily. Others collapse into weeping wrecks before an exam or compare mark sheets and find that their mates have scored better.

Whenever there is a change in the external environment such as temperature, pollutants, humidity, and working conditions, it leads to stress. In these days of competition, when a person makes up his mind to surpass what others have achieved, leading to an imbalance between demands and resources causes psycho-social stress. It is a part and parcel of everyday life.

Stress has a different meaning depending on the stage of life you’re in. The loss of a toy or a reprimand from the parents might create a stress shock in a child. An adolescent who fails an examination may feel as if everything has been lost and life has no further meaning. In an adult, the loss of a companion, job, or professional failure may appear as if there is nothing more to be achieved.

Stress can be seen in the attitude and behavior of the individual, such as muscle tension in various parts of the body, palpitation and high blood pressure, indigestion, and hyperacidity, and ultimately in self-destructive behavior such as eating and drinking too much, smoking excessively, relying on tranquilizers, trembling, shaking, nervous blinking, dryness of throat and mouth and difficulty in swallowing. The professional under stress behaves as if he is a perfectionist followed by depression, lethargy, and weakness for further work. Periodic mood shifts also indicate the stress status of students, executives, and professionals.

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What is the importance of recognizing the signs of stress in one's behavior?

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What can be a potential cause of stress in the external environment?

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How might stress manifest in the behavior of an individual?

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What does stress mean for an adolescent who fails an examination?

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What can indicate the stress status of students, executives, and professionals?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #24

The first two years of life are a critical ‘window of opportunity.’ In this period, it is possible to prevent the largely irreversible damage that follows early childhood undernutrition. There are 805 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life.

Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide—greater than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Three-quarters of all hungry people live in rural areas, mainly in the villages of Asia and Africa. An estimated 146 million children in developing countries are underweight—the result of acute or chronic hunger. Poverty trap, lack of investment in agriculture, natural calamities, war and displacement, unstable markets, and food wastage are the major causes for the presence of hunger in the world. Hunger leads to malnutrition, which in turn causes diseases. Malnutrition is the largest single, According to the UN’s Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN), a contributor to disease in the world.

Malnutrition at an early age leads to reduced physical and mental development during childhood. According to the World Bank, India is one of the highest-ranking countries in the world for the number of children suffering from malnutrition. One of the major causes of malnutrition in India is gender inequality. Because of the low social status of Indian women, their diet often lacks in both quality and quantity. Women who suffer from malnutrition are less likely to have healthy babies. In India, mothers generally lack proper knowledge in feeding children. Consequently, newborn infants are unable to get an adequate amount of nutrition from their mothers.

Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar have very high rates of undernutrition. Studies show that individuals belonging to Hindu, Jain, or Muslim backgrounds in India tend to be more malnourished than those from Sikh or Christian backgrounds. The Akshaya Patra Foundation runs the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal program serving freshly cooked meals to over 1.3 million schoolchildren in government and government-aided schools in India. However, the challenge for all these programs and schemes is how to increase efficiency, impact, and coverage.

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During which period is it critical to prevent irreversible damage caused by early childhood undernutrition?

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What is the current estimated number of undernourished people in the world?

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What is the biggest risk to health worldwide, according to the passage?

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What is the major cause of malnutrition in India, according to the passage?

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Which regions in India have very high rates of undernutrition, according to the passage?

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Free Reading Comprehension Test #25

In these trying times, when buying ordinary foodstuff can burn a hole in our pockets, comes the news that can actually help us save some hard cash when we go out to shop the next time. According to a Stanford University study, a first of its kind in the world, there is no evidence to suggest that there are more nutritional benefits from expensive organic food than those grown by conventional methods.

The researchers add that there is no difference in protein and fat content between organic and conventional milk and the vitamin count is similar in both types. The only benefit is that organic foods are not contaminated with pesticides, but then, before you chew on that plate of organic okra with roti made from organic wheat, they are not 100% pesticide-free either.

In India, organic food has been growing at 20–22% and the export market is valued at 1,000 crores. Obviously, the study is not good news for that sector and for people who are big on organic food.

In India, eating organic food is more of a style statement than due to health worries because the stuff is expensive. But people can, do indulge in not only organic vegetables but even organic eggs laid by ‘happy hens’, who are allowed to roam around freely, whereas ‘unhappy hens’ are kept in coops.

Then some companies have installed music channels in their cowsheds and the milk from those sheds is sold at a marked-up price since it has more nutritional value because the animals are happy thanks to lilting 24 × 7 music. We don‘t know yet of any farmer using music to improve his crop quality, but then you never know: plants are known to respond to music.

Why such pickiness about food? These days, the huge number of TV shows and articles that we see and read on food provide bread and butter for specialists. But instead of decoding food, its sources, and what has gone into growing it, isn‘t it much better to enjoy what‘s on the plate?

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What does the Stanford University study suggest about organic food compared to conventional food?

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What is the main benefit of organic foods according to the study?

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What is the main reason people in India eat organic food, according to the passage?

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What is one unusual practice mentioned in the passage about organic food production?

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What does the passage suggest about the approach to food consumption?

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