Comarts 1 Quiz- Reading Comprehension

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Comprehension Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz contains reading passages that focus on various manifestations of reading comprehension. It consists of three selections and 15 questions intended to measure your literal, inferential, and critical level of understanding. Read each passage carefully. Then tick the box corresponding to the letter of the best answer among the alternatives. Good luck.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Read the passage that follows.Mark Rothko Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in Daugavpils, Latvia in 1903. His father emigrated to the United States, afraid that his sons would be drafted into the Czarist army. Mark stayed in Russia with his mother and older sister; they joined the family later, arriving in the winter of 1913, after a 12-day voyage. Mark moved to New York in the autumn of 1923 and found employment in the garment trade and took up residence on the Upper West Side. It was while he was visiting someone at the Art Students League that he saw students sketching a nude model. According to him, this was the start of his life as an artist. He was twenty years old and had taken some art lessons at school, so his initial experience was far from an immediate calling. In 1936, Mark Rothko began writing a book, which he never completed, about the similarities in the children's art and the work of modern painters. The work of modernists, which was influenced by primitive art, could, according to him, be compared to that of children in that "child art transforms itself into primitivism, which is only the child producing a mimicry of himself." In this same work, he said that "the fact that one usually begins with drawing is already academic. We start with colour." It was not long before his multiforms developed into the style he is remembered for; in 1949 Rothko exhibited these new works at the Betty Parsons Gallery. For critic Harold Rosenberg, the paintings were a revelation. Rothko had, after painting his first multiform, secluded himself to his home in East Hampton on Long Island, only inviting a very few people, including Rosenberg, to view the new paintings. The discovery of his definitive form came at a period of great grief; his mother Kate died in October 1948 and it was at some point during that winter that Rothko chanced upon the striking symmetrical rectangular blocks of two to three opposing or contrasting, yet complementary colours. As part of this new uniformity of artistic vision, his paintings and drawings no longer had individual titles; from this point on they were simply untitled, numbered or dated.  However, to assist in distinguishing one work from another, dealers would sometimes add the primary colours to the name. Additionally, for the next few years, Rothko painted in oil only on large vertical canvasses. This was done to overwhelm the viewer, or, in his words, to make the viewer feel enveloped within the picture. On February 25, 1970, Oliver Steindecker, Rothko’s assistant, found him in his kitchen, lying on the floor in front of the sink, covered in blood. His arms had been cut open with a razor. The emergency doctor arrived on the scene minutes later to pronounce him dead as the result of suicide; it was discovered during the autopsy that he had also overdosed on anti-depressants. He was just 66 years old.Answer the following questions. 1. Mark Rothko emigrated to the United States
    • A. 

      With his father and elder sister.

    • B. 

      With his mother and brothers.

    • C. 

      With his mother and elder sister.

    • D. 

      With all his family.

  • 2. 
    Rothko wanted to be an artist
    • A. 

      From his early childhood.

    • B. 

      When he joined the Art Students League.

    • C. 

      When he watched students drawing.

    • D. 

      When he moved to the Upper West Side.

  • 3. 
    Rothko thought that modern art
    • A. 

      Was primitive.

    • B. 

      Could be compared to children's pictures.

    • C. 

      Was already academic.

    • D. 

      Was childish.

  • 4. 
    Rothko's distinctive style
    • A. 

      Was inspired by Rosenberg.

    • B. 

      Resulted from moving to Long Island.

    • C. 

      Resulted from his grief.

    • D. 

      Evolved in 1948.

  • 5. 
    Who named paintings by their colours?
    • A. 

      Rosenberg

    • B. 

      Rothko

    • C. 

      Dealers

    • D. 

      Steindecker

  • 6. 
    Read the passage that follows.The Great Wall of China Walls and wall building have played a very important role in Chinese culture. These people, from the dim mists of prehistory have been wall-conscious; from the Neolithic period – when ramparts of pounded earth were used - to the Communist Revolution, walls were an essential part of any village. Not only towns and villages; the houses and the temples within them were somehow walled, and the houses also had no windows overlooking the street, thus giving the feeling of wandering around a huge maze. The name for “city” in Chinese (ch’eng) means wall, and over these walled cities, villages, houses and temples presides the god of walls and mounts, whose duties were, and still are, to protect and be responsible for the welfare of the inhabitants. Thus a great and extremely laborious task such as constructing a wall, which was supposed to run throughout the country, must not have seemed such an absurdity.However, it is indeed a common mistake to perceive the Great Wall as a single architectural structure, and it would also be erroneous to assume that it was built during a single dynasty. For the building of the wall spanned the various dynasties, and each of these dynasties somehow contributed to the refurbishing and the construction of a wall, whose foundations had been laid many centuries ago. It was during the fourth and third century B.C. that each warring state started building walls to protect their kingdoms, both against one another and against the northern nomads. Especially three of these states: the Ch’in, the Chao and the Yen, corresponding respectively to the modern provinces of Shensi, Shanzi and Hopei, over and above building walls that surrounded their kingdoms, also laid the foundations on which Ch’in Shih Huang Di would build his first continuous Great Wall.The role that the Great Wall played in the growth of Chinese economy was an important one. Throughout the centuries many settlements were established along the new border. The garrison troops were instructed to reclaim wasteland and to plant crops on it, roads and canals were built, to mention just a few of the works carried out. All these undertakings greatly helped to increase the country’s trade and cultural exchanges with many remote areas and also with the southern, central and western parts of Asia – the formation of the Silk Route. Builders, garrisons, artisans, farmers and peasants left behind a trail of objects, including inscribed tablets, household articles, and written work, which have become extremely valuable archaeological evidence to the study of defense institutions of the Great Wall and the everyday life of these people who lived and died along the wall. Answer the following questions. 6. Chinese cities resembled a maze
    • A. 

      Because they were walled.

    • B. 

      Because the houses has no external windows.

    • C. 

      Because the name for cities means 'wall'.

    • D. 

      Because walls have always been important there.

  • 7. 
    Constructing a wall that ran the length of the country
    • A. 

      Honoured the god of walls and mounts.

    • B. 

      Was an absurdly laborious task.

    • C. 

      May have made sense within Chinese culture.

    • D. 

      Made the country look like a huge maze.

  • 8. 
    The Great Wall of China
    • A. 

      Was built in a single dynasty.

    • B. 

      Was refurbished in the fourth and third centuries BC.

    • C. 

      Used existing foundations.

    • D. 

      Was built by the Ch’in, the Chao and the Yen.

  • 9. 
    Crops were planted
    • A. 

      On wasteland.

    • B. 

      To reclaim wasteland.

    • C. 

      On reclaimed wasteland.

    • D. 

      Along the canals.

  • 10. 
    The Great Wall
    • A. 

      Helped build trade only inside China.

    • B. 

      Helped build trade in China and abroad.

    • C. 

      Helped build trade only abroad.

    • D. 

      Helped build trade only to remote areas.

  • 11. 
    Read the passage that follows.Dirty Britain Before the grass has thickened on the roadside verges and leaves have started growing on the trees is a perfect time to look around and see just how dirty Britain has become. The pavements are stained with chewing gum that has been spat out and the gutters are full of discarded fast food cartons. Years ago I remember travelling abroad and being saddened by the plastic bags, discarded bottles and soiled nappies at the edge of every road. Nowadays, Britain seems to look at least as bad. What has gone wrong? The problem is that the rubbish created by our increasingly mobile lives lasts a lot longer than before. If it is not cleared up and properly thrown away, it stays in the undergrowth for years; a semi-permanent reminder of what a tatty little country we have now. Firstly, it is estimated that 10 billion plastic bags have been given to shoppers. These will take anything from 100 to 1,000 years to rot. However, it is not as if there is no solution to this. A few years ago, the Irish government introduced a tax on non-recyclable carrier bags and in three months reduced their use by 90%. When he was a minister, Michael Meacher attempted to introduce a similar arrangement in Britain. The plastics industry protested, of course. However, they need not have bothered; the idea was killed before it could draw breath, leaving supermarkets free to give away plastic bags. What is clearly necessary right now is some sort of combined initiative, both individual and collective, before it is too late. The alternative is to continue sliding downhill until we have a country that looks like a vast municipal rubbish tip. We may well be at the tipping point. Yet we know that people respond to their environment. If things around them are clean and tidy, people behave cleanly and tidily. If they are surrounded by squalor, they behave squalidly. Now, much of Britain looks pretty squalid. What will it look like in five years? Answer the following questions. The writer says that it is a good time to see Britain before the trees have leaves because
    • A. 

      Britain looks perfect.

    • B. 

      You can see Britain at its dirtiest.

    • C. 

      You can see how dirty Britain is now.

    • D. 

      The grass has thickened on the verges.

  • 12. 
    According to the writer, things used to be
    • A. 

      Worse abroad.

    • B. 

      The same abroad.

    • C. 

      Better abroad.

    • D. 

      Worse, but now things are better abroad.

  • 13. 
    For the writer, the problem is that
    • A. 

      Rubbish is not cleared up.

    • B. 

      Rubbish last longer than it used to.

    • C. 

      Our society is increasingly mobile.

    • D. 

      Britain is a tatty country.

  • 14. 
    Michael Meacher
    • A. 

      Followed the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.

    • B. 

      Tried to follow the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.

    • C. 

      Made no attempt to follow the Irish example with a tax on plastic bags.

    • D. 

      Had problems with the plastics industry who weren't bothered about the tax.

  • 15. 
    The writer thinks
    • A. 

      It is too late to do anything.

    • B. 

      We are at the tipping point.

    • C. 

      There is no alternative.

    • D. 

      We need to work together to solve the problem.