Reading Comprehension 02 - Cause and Effect 2
Many times we come across situations where we wonder why some things happen and why some things don’t. For example, when we switch on a light switch the light comes on and likewise when we switch it off the light goes off. The act of switching on the light switch is the cause of the light coming on. Looked at another way the act of switching on the light switch has the effect of the light coming on. Here, we see a cause and effect relationship.
We do our normal daily routine things without really thinking about the cause and effect relationships but they do exist. More often than not, we are alerted when a cause does not have the desired effect. For instance, in our light switch example we would be surprised if the light does not come on and we would begin to look for reasons why the light did not come on. Again, there will be a cause-effect relationship which will explain why the light did not come on. It could be because there is no power, or the light bulb has burnt out, or there is a fault in the wire that supplies the electric current.
In reading comprehension we begin to look for this cause-effect relationship every time we read a passage. Identifying the cause-effect relationship enhances our understanding of what we read. By reading regularly and understanding the cause-effect relationship we learn to read faster and assimilate what the writer intends to say. Read the passage that follows and take the quiz based on what you read which tests your ability to understand the nuances of the cause-effect relationship.