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Reading Comprehension :


Read the following passages and answer the questions given below by choosing the best option.


A recent investigation by scientist at the U.S.A. Geological Survey shows that strange animal behaviour might help predict future earthquakes. Investigators found such occurrences in a ten kilometre radius of the epicentre of a fairly recent quake. Some birds screeched and flew about wildly. Dogs yelped and ran round uncontrollably. Scientists believe that animals can perceive these environmental changes as early as several days before the mishap. In 1976 after observing the animal behaviour, the Chinese were able to predict a devastating quake. Although hundreds of thousands of people were killed, the government was able to evacuate millions of other people and thus keep the death toll at a lower level.


  1. What prediction may be made by observing animal behaviour?

    (a) an impending earthquake (answer)

    (b) the number of people who will die

    (c) the ten-kilometre radius of the epicentre

    (d) ecological conditions



  2. How can animals perceive these changes when humans cannot?

    (a) Animals are smarter than humans

    (b) Animals have certain instincts that human’s don’t possess (answer)

    (c) By running a round the house, they can feel the vibrations

    (d) Humans don’t know where to look.



  3. Which of the following is not true?

    (a) Some animals may be able to sense an approaching earthquake.

    (b) By observing animal behaviour scientists perhaps can predict earthquakes.

    (c) The Chinese failed to predict an earthquake and save many lives. (answer)

    (d) All birds and dogs in a ten-kilometre radius of the epicentre went wild before the quake.



  4. In this passage, the word ‘evacuate’ means?

    (a) remove (answer)

    (b) exile

    (c) destroy

    (d) emaciate



  5. If scientists can accurately predict earthquakes, there will be……….

    (a) fewer animals going crazy

    (b) a lower death rate

    (c) fewer people evacuated

    (d) fewer environmental changes. (answer)

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