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Published on August 1st, 2012 In category English | Reading Comprehension

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Reading Comprehension- Practice set 2

This is a second set of Reading comprehension to practice your English comprehension for competitive examinations.

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Here goes the passage, please read it carefully,

Very often we hear about elders discussing about the ‘problem of youth’ and the youth talking about ‘the generation gap’. If there is a problem – which I doubt – then it is the creation of older people, not the youth. If one was to take a pragmatic view, one will agree that the young after all are human beings – people just like their elders. There is only difference between the two; a young man has a glorious future before him and the old one has an experienced past behind him; and that’s where the rub is. There is a disconnect between the past and the future – which the present ought to bridge – commonly referred to as the generation gap.

Everyone agrees that a teenager is uncertain and easily swayed by emotions, peer pressure and perceptions. That in no way qualifies him to be a problem. But one thing – being a problem gives him a certain identity and that is one of the things, the young are ‘actively engaged’ in seeking. I find young people exciting. They have an air of freedom. They are not anxious social climbers, ambition seekers and they have no devotion to material things. He may be conceited, ill-mannered, presumptuous and inconsiderate towards respect for elders. The last may be condoned, if mere age were a reason for expecting respect and the others can be corrected through counselling. Definitely, they cannot be blamed or criticized for these common personal traits.

Questions from this passage
  1. Who, according to the writer, create problems for the youth?
  2.  What does the youth have, which the elderly person doesn’t?
  3. Which phrase in the passage indicates that the youth are not a problem?
  4. Which qualities of elderly people does the writer criticize?
  5. What do the youth seek?
  6. Explain : ‘that’s where the rub is’.
  7. Name one word from the passage which means :
    1. holding too high an opinion of one’s self
    2. excessively forward or bold
  8. (i) That is where the rub is. (Rewrite beginning, ‘ It is possible……)
    (ii) They are not anxious social climbers. (Rewrite as an affirmative sentence.)
Answers
  1. It is the older people who create problems for the youth.
  2. The youth have a glorious future ahead of them.
  3. The phrase, ‘ which I doubt ’ indicates so
  4. ‘Anxious social climbers ’, ‘ ambition seekers ’ and ‘ devotion to material things ’.
  5.  The youth seek identity
  6. ‘that is where the difficulty or problem lies ’.
  7. (i) Conceited (ii) Presumptuous
  8. (i) It is possible that, that is where the rub is.
    (iii) They are far from being anxious social climbers.

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