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You may have no problem answering these ques-
tions because the information (or facts) required to
answer each question is given in the passage.
Note: Unless specially requested ALL questions
must be answered using a Statement
Evidence for Question 1: I have had my dog Shadow
since he was three months old.
Answer: Shadow was three months old when the
writer got him as a pet.
Evidence for Question 2: I had named him Shadow
because of his all black coat of fur.
Answer: The writer had called his dog Shadow be-
cause of his all black coat of fur.
Evidence for Question 3: My best friend's father had
given him to me as a present on my tenth birthday.
Answer: The writer's best friend father had given
Shadow to him on his tenth birthday.
Generally, we can place questions in comprehen-
sion activities into three (3) categories.
1. LITERAL QUESTIONS
2. VOCABULARY QUESTIONS
3. INTERPRETATION AND CRITICAL THINKING
Today we will look at two (2) of these categories:
1. THE LITERAL QUESTION:
This type of question calls for a simple recall or re-
stating of facts or information given in a passage or
poem. The answer to this type of question does not
require you to go beyond the information given in the
Questions 1, 2 and 3 given above are EXAMPLES of
this type of question.
Read the passage very carefully 2 - 3 times and
then use the information given in the passage to
answer the questions that follow.
1. According to information given in the passage,
what name is given to the smallest community
2. What name is given to the community where
several cities come together?
3. What needs arise as a result of the growing
presence of larger communities in densely popu-
4. According to information given in the passage,
what environmental and social problems are
linked to the presence of large communities?
5. According to information given in the passage,
what type of land is used up to build larger com-
Read the following poem very carefully 2-3 times
and then answer the questions that follow.
6. What object was shining bright in the night sky?
7. What colour did the hills appear to be to the
8. On what part of their bodies did the men carry
the bananas (stems)?
9. What type of sea vessel was said to be 'resting'
in the dock?
10. What is the name of the poet who wrote the
2. VOCABULARY QUESTIONS:
Some questions ask us to give the following:
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1 The bay is calm and the moon is bright,
The hills look black though the sky is light,
Down at the dock is an English ship,
4 Resting after her ocean trip,
While on the pier is a monstrous hustle,
Tally men, carriers, all in a bustle,
With stems on their heads in a long black snake
8 Some singing the song that banana men make.
(Extract from Song of the Banana Man by Evan Jones)
Today the village is, generally speaking, the small-
est community. Not so long ago there was a
smaller type of community called a "hamlet" and
there are, in fact, a few hamlets left in many
parts of the world, but the present tendency is
towards larger and larger communities and very
soon even villages will be a thing of the past.
A larger kind of community is represented by the
town; and, an even larger, by a city. Even so, the
city is no longer considered to be the largest type
of community because, in many highly developed
and densely populated countries, several cities
have joined together to form what are called
"conurbations" These conurbations may occupy
huge areas of built-up land and always tend to
spread further and further into the countryside,
eating up farmland. This results in the need for
more and wider roads, more electricity power
and more water.
In an over-populated heavily industrialized coun-
try, the growth of these enormous cities and
conurbations can result in many environmental
and social problems such as pollution, epidemics
(Adapted from Trinidad & Tobago and Beyond by
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