- Reading comprehension involves a proof reading of a passage of about 300 – 1000 words and answering the questions that follow.
- RC forms an important part of the verbal ability section. This section mainly focuses on to check the ability to understand the language and the underlying concept of the passage. The main focus should be to have a good command over the language as well as time management.
- Make sure you attempt these passage on a regular basis and with complete seriousness.
- Read the passage below and then answer the questions that follow.
- Once you are finished, click the ‘Get Results’ button below. Any items you have not completed will be marked incorrect.
I am already far North of London, and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Do you understand this feeling? This breeze, which has travelled from the regions towards which I am advancing gives me a foretaste of those icy climes. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. There – with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators – theresnow and frost are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in’ beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe, Its productions and features may be without example, as the phenomena of the heavenly bodies undoubtedly are in those undiscovered solitudes. What may not be expected in a country of eternal light? I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial observations that require only, this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever. I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river. But supposing all these conjectures to be false, you cannot contest the inestimable benefit which I shall confer on all mankind, to the last generation, by discovering a passage near the pole to those countries to reach which at present so many months are requisite; or by ascertaining the secret of the magnet, which if at all possible, can only be effected by an undertaking such as mine.
Reading Comprehension: Passage 12
a report filed by journalist
a log-book entry of a military officer
the observations of a diplomatic attache
the dreams of an explorer
intended for Margaret
written by a brother for his sister
All of the above
curious and driven by wanderlust
escaping from the law
migrating to a different continent
on a commercial venture
None of these
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Where it is mentioned that the author is male ?(Brother part)
Hi Ridhima. Go through the explanations carefully. The author clearly refers to his sister in the passage.
Actually we can see 1st ans 3rd options are correct so we can consider the author to be his brother thereby making an analogy that all the above is right…
Hi, the passage says “my sister”..two girls being sisters would also refer each other as ” my sister”..!! So I think Ridhima has a point. Please clarify if I have missed out anything.Thanks.
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Thanks a lot Yash