50. Reading Skills Comprehension: JOURNEY


Read the following passage carefully:

 1         One day a traveller was walking along a road on his journey from one village to another. As he walked he noticed a monk tending the ground in the fields beside the road. The monk said “Good day” to the traveller, and the traveller nodded to the monk. The traveller then turned to the monk and said: “Excuse me, do you mind if I ask you a question?” Not at all,” replied the monk. “I am travelling from the village in the mountains to the village in the valley and I was wondering if you knew what it is like in the village in the valley?”

     2         “Tell me,” said the monk, “What was your experience of the village in the mountains?”

     3         “Dreadful,” replied the traveller, “to be honest I am glad to be away from there. I found the people most unwelcoming. When I first arrived I was greeted coldly. I was never made to feel part of the village no matter how hard I tried. The villagers keep very much to themselves, they don’t take kindly to strangers. So tell me, what can I expect in the village in the valley?”

      4        “I am sorry to tell you,” said the monk, “but I think your experience will be much the same there”.

      5        The traveller hung his head despondently and walked on. A while later another traveller was journeying down the same road and he also came upon the monk. “I’m going to the village in the valley,” said the second traveller, “Do you know what it is like?” “I do,” replied the monk “But first tell me – where have you come from?” “I’ve come from the village in the mountains.” “And how was that?” Oh! My experience was great. The people there are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. They made me feel at home. Rather when I was ready to leave many of them wanted me to stay for some more days. On the whole, I had a wonderful time there.

      6        The monk replied, “You will find this village also to be the same as the previous one” “Thank you”, said the traveller.

 1.1 Read the given questions and write the answer in about 30-40 words.

1. What did the traveller ask the monk and why?

2. How was the traveller treated by the people of the village?

3. Why did the monk tell him that the other village would be similar?

4. How was the second traveller different from the first one?

 1.2Choose the word which is closest in meaning to the words given below.

  (a) Tending

 (i) to keep                                                           (ii) to take care

(iii) to attend                                                       (iv) to water

 (b) Wondering

 (i) thinking                                                          (ii) worried

(iii) disturbing                                                     (iv) believing

(c) Dreadful

 (i) scary                                                                    (ii) saddening

(iii) boring                                                                (iv) frightening

(d) Despondently

 (i) feeling happy                                                      (ii) feeling sad

(iii) feeling hopeless                                                (iv) feeling crazy


(a) The traveller wanted to know how the people in the valley village were. He asked this question because he probably believed that the monk being a local person would be able to tell him.

(b) According to the traveller he was treated very badly by the people. They did not welcome him well. He was never made to feel a part of the village.

(c) The monk realised that the traveller had a negative attitude towards the people of the village. He had nothing good to say about the village. So the monk told him that the other village would be the same.

(d) The second traveller has a positive attitude. He says everything good about the same village about which the first traveller has nothing good to say.


(a) (ii)                                   (b) (i)                                    

(c) (iv)                                  (d) (iv)

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