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Reading Skill Worksheet 4

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Read the Passages given below and select the correct option as your answer.

Q1. Global Warming

Global warming is the warming near the earth’s surface that results when the earths’ atmosphere traps the sun’s heat. The earth is getting warmer. The changes are small , so far , but they are expected to grow and speed up. Within the next fifty to one hundred years, the earth may be hotter than it has been in the past million years. As oceans warm and glaciers melt, land and cities along coasts may be flooded. Heat and drought may cause forests to die and food crops to fail. Global warming will affect weather everywhere, plants and animals everywhere, people everywhere ; humans are warming the earth’s atmosphere by burning fuels, cutting down forests and by taking part in other activities that release certain heat trapping gases into the air.


One major cause of global warming is the use of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas that were formed from the remains of plant material deposited during the earth’s carboniferous period. We have known for only a few thousand years that coal, oil, and natural gas can be burned to provide energy. It was not until the mid – 1800’s, however that we began to burn very large quantities of these fossil fuels. The worldwide consumption of fossil fuel has increased dramatically. Unfortunately , burning fossil fuels is not the only thing that we humans are doing to increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.



Q2. Read the following passage and choose the most appropriate option for your answer.


An Independence Day is an annual celebration commemorating the anniversary of a nation’s assumption of independent statehood, usually after ceasing to be a colony or part of another state, more rarely after the end of a military occupation. Most countries honour their respective independence day as a national holiday. On 15 August 1947 , India attained freedom from the British Rule.


Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. The Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and glory. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought to free their motherland from the clutches of the oppressors – British who ruled the country.


The British had initially come for trade but gradually took over the total administration of the country. At the strike of midnight of the August 15, 1947 ,India shook off the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of celebration all over the country.


Q3. Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow:


(a) What has happened to poet’s wisdom ?

(b) What has allured the poet when he was flying above the world ?

(c) Who did slap him ?

(d) What did the poet try but could not do ?

(e) Find the word from the poem which means the same as ‘intelligence’.


Q4. Read the passage given below carefully and answer the questions that follow :


Health is Wealth ! People have been conscious of maintaining a healthy body and keeping fit. The present generation is going through a lot of stress , tension and competition in their personal and professional lives.


Many of us try to follow a regular exercise regime, but sometimes diet is not taken care of or vice versa. And many of us are working in offices, which results in sitting and working for long hours. Thus it leads to lack of physical activity and thus we tend to put on weight.


Also we travel by our own vehicle to our place of work. And most of the home makers also have the latest gadgets at home or they employ maids to do the routine house work. I have tried to plan my diet, eating at the right time. I eat non-vegetarian only once in a week , try to eat green vegetables, leafy vegetables, pulses, chappatis & very less rice.


I try to avoid deeply fried foodstuffs and also too many snacks. Instead I try to drink fresh fruit juices, eat fresh fruits, salads and avoid sweets. Then I make it a point to avoid tea & coffee. Instead I try to drink milk and eat curds daily.


(a) What has the present generation been going through ?

(b) What is the main cause of putting on weight ?

(c) What does the writer avoid to take ?

(d) What does the writer prefer to drink in place of tea and coffee ?

(e) Trace a word from the passage which means the same as ‘ strain or pressure’ .


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