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Old 20th April 2016, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: Reading passages with Questions And Answers

Hey as The Reading Comprehension section contains reading passages and
questions about the passages.

Here I am giving you passage for practice

The railroad was not the first institution to impose regularity on

society, or to draw attention to the importance of precise

timekeeping. For as long as merchants have set out their wares at

Line daybreak and communal festivities have been celebrated, people

(5) have been in rough agreement with their neighbors as to the time of

day. The value of this tradition is today more apparent than ever.

Were it not for public acceptance of a single yardstick of time,

social life would be unbearably chaotic: the massive daily transfers

of goods, services, and information would proceed in fits and

(10) starts; the very fabric of modern society would begin to unravel.

Example I

What is the main idea of the passage?

In modern society we must make more time for our neighbours.
The traditions of society are timeless.
An accepted way of measuring time is essential for the smooth functioning of society.
Society judges people by the times at which they conduct certain activities.

The main idea of the passage is that societies need to agree about how time is measured in order to function smoothly. Therefore, you should choose answer C.
Example II

In line 6, the phrase "this tradition" refers to

the practice of starting the business day at dawn
friendly relations between neighbours
the railroad's reliance on time schedules
people's agreement on the measurement of time

The phrase "this tradition" refers to the preceding clause, "people have been in rough agreement with their neighbours as to the time of day." Therefore, you should choose answer D.
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