Upper Primary School English Quiz - Reading Comprehension 06 - Factual 1 (Questions)

Reading comprehension is a very important aspect of study for anyone learning the English language, not just for those studying at Upper Primary school. The purpose of any language is to communicate and comprehension is the understanding of a communication, in this case a factual one.

You can communicate in written English or spoken English. In both forms of communication grammar is a vital component. While reading and writing are important for written communication, pronunciation and listening are important for oral communication.

Comprehension is defined, according to one of the dictionaries, as an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding. For a person to have a comprehension he must know the rules by which the passage is written or spoken. Only then can the person comprehend what is written or spoken.

[readmore]To be a good reader or listener one must know the language well. Knowing the language well is achieved by learning grammar, spellings, pronunciation, different parts of speech and the various nuances of the language. It is said that practice makes perfect and the best way to learn is through reading and listening carefully.

Reading comprehension may be classified into several types depending upon what is being written. One of the types is factual writing. In factual writing there is very little scope for diverse interpretation and the writer writes what is factually there. Many news stories are factual writing and are printed in newspapers and reach hundreds or thousands of readers. Learning to comprehend factual writing is very useful in daily life, especially when it is related to information that affects your, such as tax information, legal issues and news stories.

The quiz that follows tests your capability to comprehend written factual passages. Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.
Mr Rajeev Sharma must realise that the PM was talking to the whole of India and not just the thinkers. In a speech that lasted about an hour, he touched upon subjects that he felt the people of India would like to listen to and probably act on his exhortations. On this he scored one hundred percent.

Sharma tore into the Indian psyche of being soft on male children as compared to female children. I am sure this will touch a chord in every set of parents and hopefully they will advise their male offspring to behave responsibly. All the other issues he touched upon would also directly affect the masses and the PM wanted positive action from his countrymen.

On internal security, defence and space, what could the people of India contribute if the PM had mentioned his plans? There is not much the Indian people can contribute directly in space and defence sectors. However, on internal security, he did indirectly touch upon it by exhorting all sections of society to shun all forms of violence, including communal. A lot of internal security issues would get sorted out if the communities live in peace and harmony among themselves. On defence and space, the PM would definitely talk to the people involved in those activities, which he has done admirably so far. Also, there is no merit in outlining your strategies in critical sectors such as defence.
1. According to the author who was the PM of India addressing?
[ ] The whole of India including the masses.
[ ] The thinkers of India.
[ ] The parents of India.
[ ] The space scientists.
2. When the PM was referring to 'the Indian psyche of being soft', what was he referring to?
[ ] Investments in the defence sector.
[ ] Investments in the space sector.
[ ] Issues of security.
[ ] Indian parents being soft on male children as compared to female children.
3. What did the PM want the parents to do?
[ ] To produce more female children.
[ ] To advise their male children to behave responsibly.
[ ] To produce more male children.
[ ] To produce male and female children equally.
4. What was the length of the speech delivered by the PM?
[ ] About 45 minutes.
[ ] About 15 minutes.
[ ] About 60 minutes.
[ ] About 30 minutes.
5. The PM felt that the Indian masses could not contribute directly in which areas?
[ ] Shun all forms of violence.
[ ] Positive action from countrymen.
[ ] Parents advising their male children to behave responsibly.
[ ] In the defence and space sectors.
6. The writer felt that, 'On this he scored one hundred percent.'
What was the writer referring to?
[ ] On the PM being able to speak upon subjects that the people of India would like to listen to.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to thinkers.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to security experts.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to defence experts.
7. What was one of the PM's solutions to solve internal security issues?
[ ] Outlining strategies in space sectors.
[ ] Outlining strategies in defence sectors.
[ ] The communities living in peace and harmony among themselves.
[ ] Parents not being soft on male children.
8. What was another of the PM's solutions to solve internal security issues?
[ ] Motivating the thinkers.
[ ] Exhorting all sections of society to shun all forms of violence, including communal.
[ ] Being hard on male children.
[ ] Being hard on female children.
9. The writer feels that the PM has talked to certain sections wherever necessary. Which sections is the writer referring to?
[ ] Internal security.
[ ] Masses.
[ ] Parents.
[ ] The defence and space sectors.
10. Who felt 'there is no merit in outlining your strategies in critical sectors such as defence'?
[ ] Mr Rajeev Sharma.
[ ] The PM.
[ ] The writer.
[ ] The people of India.
Upper Primary School English Quiz - Reading Comprehension 06 - Factual 1 (Answers)
1. According to the author who was the PM of India addressing?
[x] The whole of India including the masses.
[ ] The thinkers of India.
[ ] The parents of India.
[ ] The space scientists.
The PM of India was addressing the whole of India including the masses
2. When the PM was referring to 'the Indian psyche of being soft', what was he referring to?
[ ] Investments in the defence sector.
[ ] Investments in the space sector.
[ ] Issues of security.
[x] Indian parents being soft on male children as compared to female children.
The PM was referring to the bias towards male offspring rather than female offspring
3. What did the PM want the parents to do?
[ ] To produce more female children.
[x] To advise their male children to behave responsibly.
[ ] To produce more male children.
[ ] To produce male and female children equally.
The PM wanted the parents not to be soft on male children and to motivate their male children to behave more responsibly
4. What was the length of the speech delivered by the PM?
[ ] About 45 minutes.
[ ] About 15 minutes.
[x] About 60 minutes.
[ ] About 30 minutes.
The speech lasted about an hour, which is 60 minutes
5. The PM felt that the Indian masses could not contribute directly in which areas?
[ ] Shun all forms of violence.
[ ] Positive action from countrymen.
[ ] Parents advising their male children to behave responsibly.
[x] In the defence and space sectors.
The PM felt that the masses would not be able to contribute directly to defence and space sectors
6. The writer felt that, 'On this he scored one hundred percent.'
What was the writer referring to?
[x] On the PM being able to speak upon subjects that the people of India would like to listen to.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to thinkers.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to security experts.
[ ] On the PM's ability to talk to defence experts.
The writer felt that the PM was able to speak on subjects that the masses of India would like to listen to
7. What was one of the PM's solutions to solve internal security issues?
[ ] Outlining strategies in space sectors.
[ ] Outlining strategies in defence sectors.
[x] The communities living in peace and harmony among themselves.
[ ] Parents not being soft on male children.
The PM felt that if the communities lived in peace and harmony amongst themselves the internal security issues would get sorted out
8. What was another of the PM's solutions to solve internal security issues?
[ ] Motivating the thinkers.
[x] Exhorting all sections of society to shun all forms of violence, including communal.
[ ] Being hard on male children.
[ ] Being hard on female children.
The PM wanted all sections of society to shun all forms of violence, including communal violence
9. The writer feels that the PM has talked to certain sections wherever necessary. Which sections is the writer referring to?
[ ] Internal security.
[ ] Masses.
[ ] Parents.
[x] The defence and space sectors.
The writer feels that the PM would definitely talk to the people involved in the defence and space sectors, which the writer feels the PM has done admirably
10. Who felt 'there is no merit in outlining your strategies in critical sectors such as defence'?
[ ] Mr Rajeev Sharma.
[ ] The PM.
[x] The writer.
[ ] The people of India.
The writer felt that there was no merit in the PM outlining strategies in critical sectors such as defence to the general public