110. Reading Skills Comprehension: TEA


Read the passage carefully and answer the following questions:-

1. After water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. Its popularity has survived thousands of years and has played an important role in many cultures. It is enjoyed both hot and cold, as a refreshing drink, as part of a ceremony, or as a tonic for improved health.

2. The drink of Asia for hundreds of years, tea is believed to have been brought to Europe by the Dutch. Today, from remote Ladakh in India to Buckingham Palace in London, tea is synonymous with cheer. It is rightly said that there will be no agreement on a perfect cup of tea. Though for tea drinkers the brew is addictive, the preferred method of preparation and taste differ from person to person and region to region. From traditional black teas to the newer, and extraordinarily healthy white teas, and recognisable flavoured teas such as Earl Grey, to exotic blends such as Rooibos Love, there is a flavour and a blend for everyone. Today many varieties of tea and tea brands are available in the market. Innovation is the tea-bag that is easy, quick and less messy than traditional ways of brewing tea. Green tea is popular in China and the Far East.

3. In Japan, the tea ceremony is a traditional way of greeting guests and is a social occasion. Unlike the tea we are familiar with, green tea is not drunk with sugar or milk. It is an olive-coloured liquid served in porcelain cups. In Morocco, green tea is infused with freshly plucked mint.

4. Some scientists believe tea prevents tooth decay because it is a rich source of fluoride.

5. Tea is also a folk remedy for stomach upsets, flu and diarrhoea. Tea is also said to have antioxidants that fight cancer and also has anti-ageing properties ‘that fight the free radicals in our bodies. Research suggests that drinking tea reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer and lowers cholesterol levels in the blood.

6. A welcome thought for inveterate tea drinkers. Tea is the new apple-a-day to keep the doctor away.

 Answer the following questions briefly:

(i)Who has introduced tea to Europe?

(ii) What does the line “Tea is synonymous with cheer” mean?

 (iii) What is the new and convenient way of making tea?

(iv) Where is the tea ceremony a way of greeting guests?

 (v) What are the fluorides in tea useful in preventing?

(vi) Whom do you call ‘an inveterate tea drinker’?

(vii) What are the benefits of drinking tea?

 (viii) Where is ‘Green tea’ popular?


(i) Dutch

 (ii) A cup of tea makes people healthy.

(iii) By using tea bags.

(iv) In Japan

 (v) Tooth decay

(vi) Love drinking tea.

(vii) It is a remedy for stomach upsets, flu and diarrhoea. It is an antioxidant that fights cancer and also has anti-ageing properties that fight the free radicals in our bodies.

(viii) In China.

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