Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers

Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers

Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #1

On a cold winter morning, a snake came out of its hole but couldn’t go back in, and lay almost lifeless on the road. A farmer passing by saw the poor creature in that condition and took pity on it. He warmed the snake with the fire and saved its life. The farmer’s son was standing nearby and, as the snake revived, it was about to bite him. The farmer became angry and, taking a stick beat the snake to death for its ingratitude.

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What did the snake do when it revived?

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How did the farmer react when the snake was about to bite his son?

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Why did the farmer beat the snake?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #2

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #3

Once upon a time, there was a cruel wolf who enjoyed killing small animals for no reason. One day, he wandered in the forest in search of prey but found none, and became very thirsty. He went to a stream to drink water and saw a lamb there. The wolf wanted to eat the lamb and approached her, accusing her of disturbing the water. The lamb politely replied that it was impossible, as the water was flowing from the wolf to her.

However, the wolf grew angrier and accused the lamb of insulting him in the past. The lamb calmly pointed out that she was not even a year old and couldn’t have done so. Nevertheless, the wolf attacked and devoured the innocent lamb.

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What did the cruel wolf enjoy doing?

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Why did the wolf go to a stream?

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What did the wolf accuse the lamb of?

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How did the lamb respond to the wolf's accusation of insulting him?

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What did the wolf do to the lamb in the end?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #4

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #5

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #6

Positive thinking is an attitude or mindset characterized by optimism and happiness. A positive person hopes for the best and expects success in his life. Although many may scoff at the idea of ​​staying positive all the time, it has a plethora of benefits not only for the mind but also for the body. Positivity brings happiness to the soul and lightens one. It evokes our goodwill and joy. People are attracted to such people. One sword and being negative inaction causes the exact opposite reaction. It is a known fact that people try to avoid people who exude negativity. They don’t want to be around someone who brings down the energy in the house.

Positive feedback to yourself can improve your health and increase your chances of success in life. It is recommended that one refrain from using harsh words in their thoughts or words. Be kind and gentle to yourself, encouraging and comforting. Only then can one achieve everything he wants in life.

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How does positive feedback to oneself impact health and success?

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What is the author's recommendation regarding one's thoughts and words?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #7

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 minimize 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 should restrain 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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #8

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 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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #9

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end…..by William Shakespeare

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What does the speaker do when he summons up remembrance of things past?

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Why does the speaker say he can "drown an eye"?

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What does the speaker mean by "death's dateless night"?

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What does the speaker feel when he thinks about his past grievances?

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What effect does thinking about the "dear friend" have on the speaker?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #10

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #11

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 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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #12

Once, a king named Midas helped a Satyr, and as a reward, he got a wish from Dionysus, the god of wine. Midas asked that everything he touched should turn into gold. Although Dionysus tried to discourage him, Midas insisted, and his wish was granted. Happy with his new power, Midas touched various things, turning them into gold.

But soon, he felt hungry and tried to eat. Unfortunately, the food turned into gold in his hands. Midas realized his mistake and exclaimed, “I’ll starve! Maybe this wasn’t a good wish after all!” His daughter tried to comfort him, but when he touched her, she turned into gold too. Midas finally understood that the golden touch was not a blessing, and he was filled with sorrow.

 

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Who granted Midas a wish in the story?

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What did Midas wish for?

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Why did Dionysus try to discourage Midas from making his wish?

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What happened when Midas touched things after his wish was granted?

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What is the main lesson or moral of the story?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #13

If it is not my portion to meet thee in this life
then let me ever feel that I have missed thy sight
—let me not forget for a moment,
let me carry the pangs of this sorrow in my dreams
and in my wakeful hours.
As my days pass in the crowded market of this world
and my hands grow full with the daily profits,
let me ever feel that I have gained nothing
—let me not forget for a moment,
let me carry the pangs of this sorrow in my dreams
and in my wakeful hours.

When I sit by the roadside, tired and panting,
when I spread my bed low in the dust,
let me ever feel that the long journey is still before me
—let me not forget a moment,
let me carry the pangs of this sorrow in my dreams
and in my wakeful hours.
When my rooms have been decked out and the flutes sound
and the laughter there is loud,
let me ever feel that I have not invited thee to my house
—let me not forget for a moment,
let me carry the pangs of this sorrow in my dreams
and in my wakeful hours-……………..Rabindranath Tagore

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What does the speaker want to carry with them at all times?

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What metaphor is used to describe life's experiences in the poem?

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What does the speaker regret not doing in the poem?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #14

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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What emotion is associated with the tone of the poem?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #15

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #16

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 does the frog do when it encounters the path?

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What does the yellowhammer do when the noise stops?

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What is the overall tone of the passage?

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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #17

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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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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #18

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 centre. 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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #19

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #20

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 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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #21

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #22

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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Reading Comprehension Tests With Answers #23

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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