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Reading Comprehension 07
A thin cow, not with a glitzy car but a motor scooter.

Reading Comprehension 07

More often than not we tend to think that we have understood everything by just reading the first few lines of a passage. How many times have we misread the text and found ourselves in some sort of a bother? Understanding the written word is of utmost importance, not only for your own personal enjoyment, but also in everyday life.

Reading and understanding text is vital; even more so in certain situations such as when you are applying for a job. Imagine reading a job advertisement. Before you can apply for the job you must understand exactly what the employer is looking for in the job applicants, and also exactly what the job entails. If you don’t peruse the details carefully it is possible that you would be applying for a wrong job. No one would be happy to arrive for their first day at work in what they thought was a nursery for plants only to discover that they were now in charge of thirty screaming babies!

Many times when you read novels or newspaper articles you tend to read something that interests you. Sometimes, though the subject is to your liking, you may not like the style of the writer and it is at these times that you would skim through rather than look at the details. However, it is a good habit to really study everything properly and apply all that you have learnt so as to understand what the writer is trying to say.

As you can see, comprehending text can help you to move forward in life and also help you to avoid unpleasant situations! Read the text below and then take this quiz to see how well you understood what the writer meant.


The questions below are based on the following text:

When you enter Chandni Chowk in New-Delhi (actually old Delhi) and take in the cacophonic atmosphere and then juxtapose this with the Taj Mahal the quiz question is ‘What is common between them’ and the answer will stun you. The answer is Shah Jahan, the Mughal under whose reign the Taj Mahal was built and Chandni Chowk was established. Chandni Chowk is a riot of the mundane with the ethereal; relics of the past with the hopes of the future; fat cows with glitzy cars; two piece swimsuits with designer salwar kameezes; ladies pant suits with tie and dye saris; match boxes with lighters; jilebis with caviar; Hindus, Buddhists and Jains with Muslims and Christians; the genuine goods with their replicas. I can go on and on but I would urge you to experience the market and do not miss it when you visit New-Delhi. You can miss it at your peril.
1.
Where is Chandi Chowk located?
New-Delhi.
Taj Mahal.
Shah Jahan.
In a foreign country.
Chandni Chowk is a market in New-Delhi, the capital of India
2.
In whose reign was Taj Mahal built?
Buddhists.
Hindus.
Jains.
Shah Jahan.
Shah Jahan was a ruler of India who built the world famous Taj Mahal
3.
In whose reign Chandni Chowk was established?
Buddhists.
Shah Jahan.
Christians.
Jains.
Shah Jahan was the fifth Mughal ruler who ruled India during the period 1628-1658
4.
What is common between the Taj Mahal and Chandni Chowk?
Both are markets.
Both are in New-Delhi.
Taj Mahal was built and Chandi Chowk established during the reign of Shah Jahan.
Buddhists and Jains are common to both.
While Chandni Chowk is a market in New-Delhi, Taj Mahal is a monument built in Agra by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal
5.
What is Chandi Chowk?
A relic of the past.
A riot of the mundane.
A cacophonic atmosphere.
A market in New-Delhi.
Chandni Chowk is a famous and popular market in New-Delhi where everything under the sun is sold
6.
What is meant by 'juxtapose'?
To place in such a way that comparison can be made.
To pose for a photograph.
A relic of the past.
A cacophonic atmosphere.
In the article, the writer is comparing Chandni Chowk with Taj Mahal because both were established and built during the reign of Shah Jahan
7.
Why is the writer asking you to visit Chandni Chowk?
Because it is a place for Buddhists.
Because it is like Taj Mahal.
Because it is a bustling market where visitors can see the vibrancy of the place with its many contradictions.
Because it is a place for Christians.
Chandni Chowk is a place the writer thinks all people, whatever religion, should see. He does not think it similar to the Taj Mahal, save that it was established by the same person, Shah Jahan
8.
By 'glitzy cars' the writer means what?
New cars.
Showy, flashy cars.
Slow cars.
Huge cars.
Cars sometimes are used to show off a person's wealth and the more flashy the car the more wealth is displayed. The writer is comparing the cars with cows that can be seen in Chandni Chowk
9.
What was built during the reign of Shah Jahan?
Cars.
Lighters.
New-Delhi.
Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is a monument built in Agra by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is considered as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
10.
What was established during the reign of Shah Jahan?
A market called Chandni Chowk.
Replicas.
Cacophonic atmosphere.
Glitzy cars.
Chandni Chowk is a bustling wholesale market in the olden part of New-Delhi, the capital of India. The market has been in existence for over three centuries. The meaning of Chandni Chowk, which is a Hindi name, is 'moonlit square'
Author:  V T Narendra

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