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Comprehension Reading- GRADE 5

Exercise 1 - Growing Food

When growing your own food, your diet is more diverse and healthier, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Food in its rawest, freshest form is not only the tastiest way to enjoy it, but also the most nutritional. The majority of produce sold in grocery stores go through a long process of being harvested, shipped and distributed to stores. Once distributed, the produce can end up staying in storage or on the shelf for an extended period of time before being purchased, losing nutritional value. Gardening is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and physical activity. The physical activity required in gardening has proven to promote physical health. Involvement in gardening helps to improve cardiac health and immune system response, decrease heart rate and stress, improve fine and gross motor skills, flexibility and body strength. Getting regular exercise can relieve stress, anxiety and depression, while boosting energy. 

Q. Which food is more nutritional?
a. market food

b. own grown food

c. junk food

Q. Involvement in garden helps to improve?
a. cardiac health

b. fine motor skills

c. both

Q.Foods sold in the market is as nutritional as that of self grown food?
a. yes

b. no

c. can’t say

Q. State few advantages of gardening?

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Exercise 2 - The Stonecutter

There lived a stonecutter who went every day to a great rock on the side of a big mountain and cut out stone slabs. He was a careful workman and, therefore, had a number of satisfied customers. In the mountain, there dwelt a spirit which now and then appeared to men, and helped them in many ways to become rich and prosperous. A time came when he had to change his opinion. One day, the stonecutter carried a slab of stone to the house of a rich man, where he saw all sorts of beautiful things of which he had never even dreamed. Suddenly, his daily work seemed hard to him, and he said to himself, “Oh, if only I were a rich man, and could sleep in a bed with silk curtains and golden tassels, how happy I should be!” And a voice answered him, “Your wish is heard, a rich man you shall be!” He looked around but could see nobody. But when he reached his little house, he stood still with amazement, for instead of his wooden hut was a stately most marvelous of all was the bed, in every respect. He was beside himself with joy, and in his new life, the old one was soon forgotten.

Q. Give one word from the passage that mean the same as:
Astonishment = ______________

Clients              = _______________

Q. where did the stonecutter go every day?
a. forest

b. palace

c. rocks

d. market

Q. Pick out the word from the passage which has the following meaning :
a. Attentive ____________________

b. Point of view ____________________

Q. What did he wished for?
a. pizza and burger

b. nice bed 

c. picnic

d. palace

Q. Who granted desired wish to the stonecutter?


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Exercise 3 - The Ill King

The king of a country kept complaining that he was very ill. Although he ate and slept well, he called doctors from every part of the country to treat him. The doctors found nothing wrong with him. This made the king very angry. One day a wise doctor told him he could be cured only if he wore the shirt of the happiest man. The king immediately ordered his men to bring such a shirt. But the men could not find any man who was happy. Some people were unhappy because they were rich, some because they were poor. At last the king’s men found a beggar singing and laughing happily. The tired men asked him for his shirt and said they would give him a lot of money in exchange. The beggar laughed and laughed because he did not have a single one. When the king was told this, he realized how much sorrow and suffering was there in his country and he, who was perfectly well, pretended to be ill and sad.

Q. Pick out the opposites of the following from the passage:

a. healthy – _________________

b. cry        – _________________

Q. Pick out the word from the passage which has the following meaning :

a. sad – ___________________

b. to be someone else – __________________

c. mistake – ___________________

Q. Was the king really ill?

Q. Did the king get shirt of the happiest man?
a. yes

b. no

c. can’t say

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Exercise 4 - Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods, fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Q. Why does the speaker of the poem stop?
A. to watch the woods fill up with snow

B. to find food for his or her horse 

C. to say hello to the owner of the woods

D. to go skating on a frozen lake

Q. What is the setting of this poem?
A. in the woods on a bright, snowy afternoon

B. in a village on a dark, snowy evening

C. by a frozen lake on a bright, snowy afternoon

D. near the woods on a dark, snowy evening

Q. What is one thing that pulls the speaker of the poem away from the woods?
A. the freezing, harsh wind

B. the cold, snowy weather

C. the darkness of the evening

D. promises the speaker needs to keep

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