Reading - Comprehension Worksheet

Reading - Comprehension Worksheet

          The Importance of Reading is difficult to express in words but can experienced by people from all walks of life. With the advent of modern technology, the I Pod and the X-box have probably overtaken the humble Hardy Boys or Tom Sawyer in managing to catch the attention of the young kids. Parents and others would however do well to inculcate the habit of reading in children from a very young age and that will prove to be in good stead for the years to come.

          Although one can take to reading at any age, I have seen that it is much easier to begin at a young age and develop a love and passion for reading rather than forcing oneself to indulge in this at a later age in life. Reading has a host of benefits - tangible and intangible and should in fact become a habit as common as bathing or eating.

          I have been an avid reader since my childhood and I can't seem to thank my parents enough for this gift and to this date my house and work desk have been overflowing with books as I constantly move from one book to another enjoying pearls of wisdom or the fantasies. Reading is a very active state exercise for your mind as opposed to watching TV or listening to music. Reading forces your brain cells to engage in activity as you paint a vivid image in your mind about the story that you are reading. This is what is most fascinating for me and also why I am always scared of watching a movie about a book that I have read. The imagination in our heads could be totally different from that depicted in a movie.

          Our Brain is also a muscle which must be worked on a regular basis as this will keep your mental faculties constantly engaged and thus keep you sharper and smarter.

          Reading is a complex process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension). It is a means of knowing a language, of communication and of sharing information and ideas. Like all languages, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader which is shaped by the reader’s knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated. The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement.


Multiple-Choice Question:

  1. It is better to develop the habit of reading at a

(A) middle age                              (B) very young age

(C) young age                                (D) old age


  1. The author thanks his

(A) Parents        (B) teachers      (C) friends         (D) neighbours


  1. He is talking about which gift?

(A) reading books                         (B) playing games

(C) using I-pods                            (D) watching television


  1. Reading helps in

(A) sharing information             (B) communication

(C) both of the above.                  (D) only option A


  1. Give the synonym of ‘avid’

(A) slow             (B) Eager           (C) quick            (D) boring


  1. Give the antonym of ‘proposed’ as given in the passage.

(A) paraphrased                           (B) apposed

(C) disposed                                   (D) Opposed


Fill in the blanks:

  1. The writer is scared of watching _____ about a book that he has read.


  1. Reading is a very active _____ exercise.


  1. It is a complex _____ between the text and the reader.


  1. It helps to paint a ____ image in our minds.


  1. The process of reading constantly engages our ____ faculties.



  1. Our brain must exercise regularly.


  1. Reading has some intangible benefits.


  1. The writer becomes scared of reading heavy books.


  1. The imagination in our heads is totally different as depicted in a movie.


  1. The writer enjoys the drops of wisdom.


Answer key:

  1. (C)

  2. (A)

  3. (A)

  4. (C)

  5. (B)

  6. (D)

  7. a movie

  8. state

  9. interaction

  10. vivid

  11. mental

  12. True

  13. True

  14. False

  15. True

  16. False