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Short reading comprehension passages with questions and answers- 3


(Brief-answer Questions)

Reading – I

2. Read the following composition attentively and answer any five of the questions:

An intellectual is one who is enlightened; and being an enlightened person, he has to give light to others who are in need of it. In every society we find intellectuals who have a great responsibility towards the society. They have been guiding humanity to the path of felicity and amity. The intellectuals should come out of his ivory tower and try to elevate others to his level. This is the theme of Tennyson's famous poem, "The Place of Art". The intellectual has the duty of seeing the truth and teaching it to others. The contemplation of the eternal laws of the universe brings about a tranquil exaltation of the mind. The perception of the truth is almost the same as perception of beauty and the duty of an intellectual is to see this truth or beauty and to reveal it to others. [NU 2017]

Tag the following statements (a-f) as true or false:

a. "The Palace of Art" is the name of Tennyson's residence.

Ans: False

b. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.

Ans: Not given

c. Is the statement "an intellectual has to give light to others who are needy." True or False?

Ans: True

d. The intellectual must live in a palace coming out of ivory tower.

Ans: False

e. What is truth is beauty.

Ans: True

f. We have to exercise contemplation on the universe to elevate our mind.

Ans: True

Answer the following questions:

g. Find out a synonym of the word 'felicity' and make a sentence of your own.

Ans: Bliss – Honesty will surely lead a man to infinite bliss after death.

h. What part of speech is the word 'perception' in the last sentence?

Ans: Noun

i. How do the intellectuals discover the beauty?

Ans: The intellectuals discover the beauty through the perception of truth or the eternal laws of the universe.

j. How do the intellectuals guide the humanity?

Ans: The intellectuals guide the humanity by giving light to others who are in need of it.

k. Identify the structural name of the first sentence of the passage?

Ans: The first sentence of the passage is the topic sentence. It is also a complex-compound sentence.

l. The intellectuals are the worshippers of the truth. Do you agree?

Ans: Yes, I agree with this idea because the intellectuals come out of their ivory tower only to see the truth and to teach it to the people.

m. What do you mean by 'ivory tower'?

Ans: ‘Ivory tower’ means a higher intellectual level or plane where creative minds stay.

n. What is the function of the intellectuals?

Ans: The function of the intellectuals is to see the truth and teach it to others.

o. Who are the intellectuals?

Ans: The enlightened persons are the intellectuals.

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