Instructions- Read the following passages and answer the questions given below them.

Today perhaps your only association with the word ‘polio’ is the Sabin Oral Vaccine that protects children from the disease. Fifty-five years ago, this was not so. The dreaded disease, which mainly affects the brain and the spinal cord, causes stiffening and weakening of the muscles, crippling and paralysis — which is why I am in a wheelchair today. 

If somebody had predicted, when I was born, that this would happen to me, no one would have believed it. I was the seventh child in a family of four pairs of brothers and sisters, with a huge 23-year gap between the first and the last. I was told that, unlike the others, I was so fair and brown-haired that I looked more like a foreigner than a Dawood Bohri. I was also considered to be the healthiest of the brood.

Q i. The narrator of the passage is a patient of
(a) cerebral attack. (b) polio. (c) diabetes. (d) heart disease.
Q ii. To say something about the future is to
(a) verdict. (b) predict. (c) addict. (d) protect.
Q iii. The narrator was the seventh child in a family that had
(a) one score children (b) eight children (c) nine children (d) twenty-three children
Q iv. Polio, the dreaded disease, mainly affects the
(a) brain and spinal cord. (b) brain and nerves.
(c) heart and spinal cord. (d) brain and heart.
Q v. What made the narrator look like a foreigner?
(a) He was fair and brown-haired. (b) He was fair with red hair.
(c) He was fair and skinny. (d) He was dark and blonde.


The Great Pyramid at Giza is one of the world’s most amazing landmarks. Rising high above the Sahara Desert in the Giza region of northern Egypt, the Great Pyramid stands some 450 feet into the burning desert sky and occupies an area of 13 acres. 

The rough climate of the Sahara has actually caused the pyramid to shrink 30 feet from its original height. The pyramid was such an amazing feat of engineering, that it remained the tallest structure in the world for over 3,800 years! The entire pyramid was originally faced with polished limestone to make it shine brilliantly in the sun. Most Egyptologists, scientists who study ancient Egypt, agree that the Great Pyramid was built around 2560 BC, a little more than 4,500 years ago. It took tens of thousands of workers twenty years to build. 

The pyramid contains over two million stone blocks. Although most of the block’s weigh two or three tons, some weigh up to 80 tons! The Great Pyramid of Giza was ordered built by the Pharaoh Khufu as a magnificent tomb. His vizier (advisor) Hemon is credited with being the pyramid’s architect. Khufu’s pyramid is actually part of a complex of pyramids that includes the Pyramid of Khafre, the smaller Pyramid of Menkaure, a variety of smaller pyramids and structures, and the Great Sphinx. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Q i. Which of these does not house the Great Pyramid?
(a) Southern Egypt. (b) Northern Egypt. (c) Giza. (d) Sahara Desert.
Q ii. How many stone blocks constitute the pyramid?
(a) more than two million. (b) less than two million. (c) more than one billion. (d) less two billion.
Q iii. Most of the blocks in the pyramid weigh about ……… tons.
(a) eighty (b) two or three (c) five (d) 4,500
Q iv. Which of the following definitions best describes the meaning of “complex” in the passage?
(a) Materials. (b) Group. (c) Pyramid. (d) Army.
Q v. Which of the following is false?
(a) Khufu was Hemon’s vizier and architect.
(b) The Pyramid took tens of thousands of workers about twenty years to complete it.
(c) The Great Pyramid is the last of the Seven Wonders of the World.
(d) Hemon was Khufu’s vizier and architect.
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