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Reading Comprehension 06
A man happily playing with a child, but will he still be so happy when he is called 'Thatha'?

Reading Comprehension 06

When reading a piece of text, whether it is a story, an article or an instruction, it is very important that you understand, or comprehend, exactly what the writer means. We call this comprehension and it means understanding or comprehending the meaning of all the parts of a piece of writing.

One way of being able to be good in reading comprehension is to read the passage fully to really understand what the writer is intending. It is like reading a book. You can’t read a book for the first few pages and decide what the book is all about. You will need to read the entire book to really understand what the book was about. Otherwise, you will miss the suspense and if it is a murder mystery you will not know who the killer was! This also applies when reading facts. Take for example a train time table. If you don’t study the entire information on your proposed journey you would not be able to tell your friends or relatives your travel plans.

Similarly, when you read a passage you need to read the entire passage before coming to a conclusion. If you are able to identify facts then you could make some inferences but when you look at non-facts then it is better to wait until you have read the entire passage. Also, it is important to identify the characters in the passage so that you can relate to them with your own experiences and similarly, identify with other non-human characters of the passage and relate to them. Only then would you be able to get the full meaning of the passage and find out what the writer intended.

When reading words, sentences and paragraphs in a passage ensure that you take the time to read through completely and then understand what is meant and then act. Read the text below and then take this quiz to see how well you have understood what the writer was trying to get across.

The questions below are based on the following text:


Joys of Turning Sixty

The other day I was travelling from Bangalore to Chennai on the morning Shatabdi and my co-passengers were a young couple and a three year old daughter. During one of the sharp turns the train was making the girl held on to my knee to steady herself and the mother saw this action and said “Baby don’t trouble Uncle”. My heart swelled with pride at being referred to as uncle by the young mother. On my return journey, the same day on the evening Shatabdi, as a coincidence my co-passengers were again a young couple, different from the morning journey, with a three year old daughter. This time, too, this girl held on to my knee and this young mother chided her daughter and said “Kanda don’t disturb Thatha”. In just one day I had been transformed from an Uncle to a Thatha reminding me that I was about to cross the threshold of sixty years of age. I brooded for a few hours at this turning point in my life and was wondering how I was going to face it. Little did I realise, then, the joys of turning sixty or of being a senior citizen.
1.
What is the article about?
A person's feelings on reaching the age of sixty.
Travel between Bangalore and Chennai.
A train journey.
Passengers on a train journey.
Incidents that happen on the train journey trigger a person's feelings on turning sixty years of age
2.
Who were the co-passengers on the journey from Bangalore to Chennai?
A baby.
A thatha.
An uncle.
A young couple and their three year old daughter.
A young couple and their three year old daughter were the co-passengers. Thatha and uncle were terms used to describe the writer of the text
3.
Why did the person's heart swell with pride?
Because he like to travel on the train.
Because he was called an uncle even though he was sixty years old.
Because he liked his co-passengers.
Because he was going to Chennai.
The person felt he was young even though he was sixty years of age and his feelings were reinforced when his co-passenger called him an uncle and not a grand father
4.
Why did the girl hold on to the person's knee?
She liked the person.
Her mother asked her to.
To prevent herself from falling when the train took a sharp turn.
Because her mother chided her.
We hold on to something when we feel we are falling. Due to the train taking a sharp turn, the girl was off balance and she had to hold on to something, so she held the person's knee
5.
Who were the co-passengers on the journey from Chennai to Bangalore?
A thatha.
An uncle.
A baby.
A young couple and their three year old daughter.
A young couple and their three year old daughter were the co-passengers on the return journey as well as the outward bound one
6.
Why did the mother say 'Baby don’t trouble Uncle'?
She did not want her daughter to trouble the person.
She was angry with her daughter.
She did not like the person.
She was angry with the person.
She did not want the person to be troubled by her daughter
7.
What is the meaning of 'chided'?
To compare.
To praise.
To scold or express disapproval.
To tease.
In the passage both the young mothers chided their daughters for having held on to the person. Chided is a gentle form of disapproval
8.
What is the meaning of 'coincidence'?
A terrifying incident.
An occurrence of similar events merely by chance.
An incident that happened to a co-passenger.
An accident.
A chance occurrence of events at the same time or similar events merely by chance. Here, on both the outward journey and the return journey the person's co-passengers were similar - a young couple with their 3 year old daughter - which was a coincidence
9.
What was the immediate reaction of the person when the mother said, "Kanda don’t disturb Thatha"?
Sadness.
Joy.
Happiness.
Brooding.
You brood when you are worried and the person's immediate reaction was how he was going to face the fact that he was turning sixty. In Kannada language, Kanda is an endearment for a child and Thatha is a grandfather
10.
What was the immediate reaction of the person when the mother said, “Baby don’t trouble Uncle”?
His heart swelled with pride.
Brooding.
Morose.
Sadness.
When you achieve something your heart swells with pride. Here the person felt that even though he was sixty years of age he was referred to as an uncle and not a grandfather and that fact filled him with pride
Author:  V T Narendra

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