Reading Comprehension Exercise – 01

reading comprehension exercise

Read the passage carefully and select the best answers from among the given choices for each question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage:

It was during one of the most dreadful smallpox epidemics in England that Edward Jenner, a country doctor, made a discovery which was to alter the course of history. Jenner noticed that the disease seldom struck those who lived in rural areas and worked around cattle. Most farmers and dairy workers had contracted cowpox and had recovered with nothing more serious than a pustule which left a scar. This observation led Dr. Jenner to think: why not vaccinate people with cowpox to protect them from smallpox? On May 14, 1876, Dr. Jenner took a healthy boy, James Phillips to a dairy maid, Sarah Nelmes, who had a cowpox pustule on her hand resulting from an infection from her master’s cow. Dr. Jenner made two shallow cuts on James Phillips’ arm and inoculated them with matter taken from the cowpox sore. A pustule developed on the boy’s arm formed a scab and healed. In July of the same year Dr. Jenner inoculated James with matter from a smallpox pustule. During the next two weeks, the doctor watched for signs of smallpox. They did not develop. The vaccination was successful. Dr. Jenner wrote a paper explaining his method of vaccination campaigns. Gradually however the doctors and their patients accepted vaccination.

Q1: The fact that Edward Jenner was a country doctor was important in the discovery of smallpox vaccine, because:

  1. He had enough time to pursue his research in the rural areas.
  2. He noticed that the disease was prevalent where people worked around cattle.
  3. He noticed that the disease seldom struck people who worked around the cattle
  4. He found that he could convince rural people easily than city people.

Q2: Dr. Jenner was successful as cowpox virus produces

  1. Severe infection in humans resulting in deaths.
  2. A mild infection in humans which is not enough to produce active immunity.
  3. A mild infection in humans which is enough to produce active immunity.
  4. No infection in humans. 

Q3: Dr. Jenner made his experiments on a healthy boy who

  1. died after experimentation
  2. could not be relieved of his mark of pustule.
  3. Developed the sings of pustule on his body when he was injected the matter of cowpox.
  4. was paid for it.

Q4: This passage is ………………….. in style

  1. Provocative
  2. Analytic
  3. Idiomatic
  4. Descriptive

RC Exercise – 01 Solution

Q1: He noticed that the disease seldom struck people who worked around the cattle
Q2: A mild infection in humans which is enough to produce active immunity
Q3: Developed the sings of pustule on his body when he was injected the matter of cowpox
Q4: Analytic

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