Comprehension Passage Worksheet for Grade 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 - 1

Question: 1

Culture is the cultivation of a plant or garden, not the eradication of its roots, seeds, their patient care and instructed nourishment. Culture is not knowledge, nor is it art, still less is its acquaintance with literature and art. By culture I mean first of all what the anthropologists mean; the way of life of a particular people living together in one place. That culture is made visible in their arts, in their social system, in their habits and customs, in their religion. It is an aggregate of customs, institutions, manners, standards, tastes, morals and beliefs. Now these are transmitted rather by the family than by the school, hence when family life fails to play its part, we must expect our culture to deteriorate. It is a delusion to think that the maladies of the modern world can be put right by a system of instruction. On the contrary, universal education, by lowering standards, morals and tastes to a common denominator, and by sharpening the wits rather than disciplining character, tends to break down existing checks and balances. Education should be the drawing forth of potential values, it should not be the destruction of the safeguards that tradition places around young egos normally inclined to willful and precarious flights.
The writer uses the term "culture" to refer to

(A) the way of life of a particular people living together in one place

(B) one's acquaintance of knowledge

(C) one's acquaintance with literature and art

(D) the cultivation of a plant or garden by a community

Ans: A

the way of life of a particular people living together in one place

Question: 2

According to the passage, education is

(A) the development of moral standards

(B) the substitution of old tradition with new ones

(C) the sharpening of wits

(D) tapping and encouraging the inherent values in man

Ans: C

the sharpening of wits

Question: 3

The culture of a community is said to deteriorate when

(A) it adopts the modern system of instruction

(B) there is universal education

(C) the family life fails to play its part

(D) there is a fall in its educational standards

Ans: C

the family life fails to play its part

Question: 4

The passage suggest that universal education

(A) would prevent us from transmitting culture to the future generation

(B) would help retain the cultural values

(C) is the solution to the problems in the modern world

(D) is in fact, aggravating the existing problems of the modern world

Ans: A

would prevent us from transmitting culture to the future generation

Question: 5

The culture of a community is transmitted

(A) by the peer group

(B) equally by both

(C) more by the family than school

(D) more by school than the family

Ans: C

more by the family than school

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