Test your Reading Skills #04

Test your Reading Skills #04

Reading comprehension

Read the following passage carefully before answering the questions. This exercise aimed at enhancing your reading and comprehending skills.

Robert Langdon awoke with a start from his nightmare. The phone beside his bed was ringing. Dazed, he picked up the receiver. “Hello?” “I’m looking for Robert Langdon,” a man’s voice said. “This… is Robert Langdon.” He squinted at his digital clock. It was 5:18 A.M. “I must see you immediately.” “Who is this?” “My name is Maximilian Kohler. I’m a discrete particle physicist.” “A what?” Langdon could barely focus. “Are you sure you’ve got the right Langdon?” “You’re a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University. You’ve written three books on symbology and … ” “Do you know what time it is?” “I apologize. I have something you need to see. I can’t discuss it on the phone.” This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God. “How did you get my number?” Langdon tried to be polite, despite the hour. “On the Worldwide Web.” Langdon frowned. He was damn sure his book’s site did not include his home phone number. The man was obviously lying. “I need to see you,” the caller insisted. “I’ll pay you well.” Now Langdon was getting mad. “I’m sorry, but I really — ” “If you leave immediately, you can be here by — ” “I’m not going anywhere! It’s five o’clock in the morning!” Langdon hung up and collapsed back in bed. He closed his eyes and tried to fall back asleep. It was no use. Reluctantly, he put on his robe and went downstairs. Robert Langdon wandered barefoot through his deserted Massachusetts Victorian home and nursed his ritual insomnia remedy — a mug of steaming Nestlé’s Quik. Langdon’s colleagues often joked that his place looked more like an anthropology museum than a home. His shelves were packed with religious artefacts’ from around the world — an ekuaba from Ghana, a gold cross from Spain, a cycladic idol from the Aegean, and even a rare woven boccus from Borneo, a young warrior’s symbol of perpetual youth. As Langdon sat on his brass Maharishi’s chest and savoured the warmth of the chocolate drink, the bay window caught his reflection. The image was distorted and pale… like a ghost. An aging ghost, he thought, cruelly reminded that his youthful spirit was living in a mortal shell.

 

Q.1 Who is the Professor of religious iconology?

 

(a) Maximilian Kohler                                                 (b) Robert Langdon

(c) Not mentioned in the passage                              (d) Massachusetts Victorian

 

Q.2 what had happen before with Robert Langdon as per the passage?

 

(a) Mr.  Maximilian Kohler had called him many times before today

(b) Robert Langdon’s colleagues made fun of him about aging

(c) Over enthusiastic people calling Robert to confirm their religious signals

(d) Robert Langdon wandered barefoot through his deserted Massachusetts Victorian home

 

Q.3 how did Robert Langdon know that Mr. Kohler was lying?

 

(a) Mr. Kohler was religious zealot who claimed to be discrete particle physicist

(b) Mr. Kohler promised him to pay while most of his callers never paid him

(c) Mr. Kohler was particle physicist and he has no business with religious iconology

(d) Langdon’s home phone number was not mentioned on his website

Q.4 why did Langdon’s colleagues often joked that his place looked more like an anthropology museum than a home

 

(a) Langdon’s colleagues loved to make fun of him

(b) Langdon was professor of religious iconology at Harvard University.

(c) Interior design of Langdon’s house was more like museum

(d) Langdon’s shelves were crammed with religious items from various parts of the world

 

Q.5 what is the meaning of highlighted word? “Langdon sat on his brass Maharishi’s chest and savoured the warmth of the chocolate drink”

 

(a) Drink                                 (b) relish                     (c) smell                                  (d) think

Source: This article is from the “Angels and Demons”, a novel written by Dan Brown

https://danbrown.com/wp-content/themes/danbrown/assets/db_A&D_book_excerpts.pdf

 

RC 4 Answers and Solutions

 

Q.1 (b) “you’re a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University.”

Q.2 (c) “This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God.”

Q.3 (d) Langdon frowned. He was damn sure his book’s site did not include his home phone number. The man was obviously lying.

Q.4 (d) His shelves were packed with religious artefacts from around the world

Q.5 (b) Savour means to enjoy (relish)

 

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