ENG101- English Comprehension Midterm Past Papers

ENG101- English Comprehension Midterm Past Papers

(Short Questions)

English Comprehension past papers of different years have been solved and are converted into  ENG 101 midterm solved papers megafile for preparation of midterm exams. Following are short questions only. You can check MCQs by clicking on this link: English Comprehension – ENG101 MCQs

Question No:1 ( Marks: 2 ) What is the purpose of table in a text?

Answer:- In a text ,table contain columns and rows, in which each columns and rows have the unique value and properties .through which data can be handled easily
1. To manage and updated easily.
2. Sorting easily.
3. To access readily.
Question No: 2 ( Marks: 5 ) Write the correct prefix in the blanks to make negative forms of the adjectives.

1. The new house is not ___dis__similar to our old one except that it’s a bit bigger.

2. The organization insists that it is ___im__political and does not identify with any one particular party.


3. The ownership of the painting remains __un___clear.

4. We’re living in an ___im__perfect world. 5. Whether the book is well or badly written is __im___material to me – it has an important message.

Question No:3 ( Marks: 5) Read the paragraph and answer the questions given below.
At Dalton State College, the registrant of a motor vehicle is held responsible for the safe and prudent operating and proper parking of his or her vehicle regardless of who may be the operator. Curbs painted in yellow are no parking areas. Parking against the flow of traffic is prohibited at all times. Vehicles parked on campus after school hours may be towed away. All faculty and staff reserved parking areas will be painted in red. Fines will be paid at the Business Office in the Westcott Building. Speed limits are as posted. There is no parking at anytime on College Drive. Decals are not transferable.

Q1. Choose the sentence that best states the implied main idea.

Answer: Parking against the flow of traffic is prohibited at all times at “Dalton State College”.

Q2. Why people have to pay fines at Business Office in the Westcott Building?

Answer: People have to pay fines at Business Office in the Westcott Building, if they break the traffic rules implied by the registrant of Dalton State College.

Q3. Suggest a suitable topic for the passage. Suitable topic for the passage.

Answer: Parking rules during college hours.

Question No: 4 ( Marks: 2 ) Read the statements and identify them as Fact/Opinion.
1. Pizza tastes better than fish. Opinion
2. Many people work Mondays through Fridays at their jobs. Opinion
3. Before electricity, many people burnt candles to give them light. Fact

4. Jumping rope is a form of exercise. Fact

Question No: 5 ( Marks: 2 ) Fill in the blanks with participle.

1. The story was –red– by the librarian. (read)

2. These numbers have been —added– wrong. (add)

3. My brother has never —drunk– wine. (drink)

4. I have never –felt– so sick before. (feel)

Question No: 6 ( Marks: 3 ) Identify the following statements as F for fact, O for opinion or B for a blend of both.

1. Victor Emmanuel II was the first king to rule over a united Italy; he was also a madman, who had his toenail clippings edged in gold and encrusted in diamonds. Then he would give the clippings to palace favorites. O

2. In 1943, the extraordinary Jacques Cousteau invented an improved diving suit that allowed divers to descend 500 feet below the surface of the ocean; nowadays, that suit is usually referred to as a scuba suit. F

3. Richard Rodriguez writes movingly about his personal struggle to honor his Spanish-speaking parents and still excel at speaking English. O

Question No: 7( Marks: 3 ) Fill in the blanks with participle.

1. She has –requested- two tickets to the show. (request)

2. I have –thought- about it for a long time. (think)

3. The money was -put– in the bank. (put)

4. Have you been –hurt–? (hurt)

5. The paper will have to be —-radon–. (redo)

6. Mike has already –read– that article. (read)

Question No: 8( Marks: 5 ) Read the paragraph and identify the main idea.

When aging parents need help, it puts a tremendous weight on their adult children. The situation is particularly difficult if the parent does not live nearby. To handle such difficult situations, some health experts advise adult children to investigate community resources such as Meals on Wheels. Another suggestion is to rotate care among other family members. Sometimes the problem can be alleviated by having the parent move closer. It is also essential to assess the parent’s actual needs.

Main idea:-There are solutions to a number of difficulties that adult children face when caring for aged parents.

Question No: 9( Marks: 5 ) Read the passage carefully and identify the main idea.

Myths are stories, the products of fertile imagination, sometimes simple, often containing profound truths. They are not meant to be taken too literally. Details may sometimes appear childish, but most myths express a culture’s most serious beliefs about human beings, eternity, and God.

Main idea:-Myths illustrate the values that are considered important to a society.

Question No: 10( Marks: 5 ) What is the difference between Skimming and Scanning?

Answer:- Skimming and scanning are very important reading techniques. In short, skimming refers to looking through material quickly to gather a general sense of the ideas, information, or topic itself. When you skim, you read through an article three to four times faster than when you read each word. Scanning refers to reading through material to find specific information. When you scan, you run your eyes over text or information to pull out specific words, phrases, or data.

Question No: 11 ( Marks: 2 ) What is the line in the ‘line graph’ going from top to bottom at the left-most side called?

Answer:- vertical axis

Question No: 12 ( Marks: 2 ) What is the purpose of coordinating conjunction in a sentence?

Answer:- Coordinating Conjunctions The short, simple conjunctions are called “coordinating conjunctions”:
 and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so

A coordinating conjunction joins parts of a sentence (for example words or independent clauses) that are grammatically equal or similar. A coordinating conjunction shows that the elements it joins are similar in importance and structure.

Question No: 13 ( Marks: 3 ) Recall your memory about ‘Making inferences’ and identify the statements as True/False.

1. When the meaning of a word is not implied by the general sense of its context or by examples, it may be implied by an antonym or by a contrasting thought in a context. True

2. A paragraph without a topic sentence may have an implied main idea. False

3. .A paragraph without a topic sentence does not have supporting details. True


Question: What is an antonym?
Answer: Antonym is a word having opposite meaning.

Question: How many letters are there of English alphabets?
Answer: There are 26 letters of English alphabets.

Question: What is a phoneme?
Answer: The smallest unit of sound is called a phoneme.The sound of a word which you utter is called a phoneme.
Question: Define a dictionary.
Answer: A dictionary is a book that not only lists and records the words of a language but it also tells you how speakers of the language spell, pronounce, define, explain, and use the words of their language.

Question: What are vowels?
Answer: Vowels are sounds produced without any obstruction in the mouth.
Question: How are phonemic symbols shown in a dictionary?
Answer: Phonemic symbols are given in slash brackets in the dictionary.
Question: What is a dipthong vowel?
Answer: A dipthong vowel is the sound which is produced by combining two vowel sounds. In diphthongs, there is a movement or glide from one vowel sound to another. Moreover, there are 8 diphthong vowels in English.
Question: What is a consonant sound?
Answer: A consonant is a sound which is articulated with some obstruction in the mouth.
Question: What is stress?
Answer: Stress is the extra force, used in pronunciation or speaking, on a particular word. A dictionary indicates stress by a tiny mark on top of a word.

Question: What are connectives?
Answer: Connectives are links which are made by conjunctions that join ideas into some kind of relationship within text. These words or phrases are also known as transitional markers that connect ideas together. They indicate:
 result
 contrast
 illustration
 cause and effect
 a series/time sequence
 addition

Question: What is phonetics?
Answer: Phonetics is the precise study of human speech sounds – how they are produced, how they are transmitted and how they are heard.
Question: What is phonology?
Answer: Phonology is the broader study of major speech sounds, and their organisation, in a particular language.
Question: What is a prefix, stem and suffix?
Answer: The stem of a word is its basic form, the fundamental element which is common to all the other forms of a word.
A prefix is a form which is fixed to to the beginning of a stem;
A suffix is a form which is fixed to the end of a stem. e.g. in the word
Stem = measure
Suffix = able
Prefix = im

Question: What is scanning?
Answer: Scanning means reading a text quickly in order to look for a specific piece of information e.g.,looking for a particular number in a telephone directory is scanning for information.
Question: Which factors show that your reading comprehension is not good?

Answer: Reading speed and comprehension are related. If you are not an experienced reader then reading faster can make your comprehention slow. Moreover, vocalisation i.e., reading words aloud can also make you comprehend less.
Question: Which things should be kept in mind while reading?
As a skilled reader you must recognize the writer’s purpose, tone and attitude.
Question: What is practical writing?
Practical writing deals mainly with facts. It may be a report, an account or someone expressing his opinion on a particular matter, a series of instruction or a set of statistics.

Question: What does “making inferences” mean?

1.You are familiar with the expression “to read between the lines”,
which means that you pick up ideas that are not directly stated in the material you are reading. The writer is giving or making a suggestion but stating it directly i.e. he is implying something. These implied ideas are often important for a full understanding of what the writer means. It is this discovering of ideas in writing that are not stated directly that is called “making inferences” or drawing conclusions.
Question: What is a fact?
Answer: A fact is a statement that can be proved true through objective evidence. This evidence may be physical proof or the testimony of witness (spoken or written).
Question: What is an opinion?
Answer: An opinion is a statement that can not be objectively proved true or false. Opinions usually express beliefs, feelings, judgements that a person may have on or about a subject.
Question: What is the difference between the abbreviation i.e., and e.g.
Answer: The abbreviation i.e. (i.e., that is) is often confused with other abbreviations (e.g., e.g.). The i.e. generally is used to introduce matter that is explanatory as opposed to being the name of an example or list of examples. If you can say for example as a substitute for the abbreviation, you want to use e.g., not i.e. Do not italicize or underline these abbreviations.
Question: What is the difference between abbreviations and acronyms.
Answer: There is a difference between acronyms and abbreviations. An acronym is usually formed by taking the first initials of a phrase or compounded-word and using those initials to form a word that stands for something. Thus NATO, which we pronounce NATOH, is an acronym for North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and LASER (which we pronounce “lazer”),
is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of
Radiation. FBI, then, is not really an acronym for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; it is an abbreviation. AIDS is an acronym; HIV is an abbreviation. URL is an abbreviation for Uniform Resource Locator (World Wide Web address), but many people pronounce it as “Earl,” making it a true acronym, and others insist on pronouncing it as three separate letters, “U * R * L,” thus making it an abbreviation.

Question: How many phonemes are there in English?
Answer: In English 44 sounds of phonemes have been identified.
Question: How many vowel phonemes are there in English language?
Answer: There are 20 vowel phonemes in English language.
Question: What are references?
Answer: References are words in a sentence that refer to each other. They can be pronouns , demonstrative pronouns, adverbs etc.,as well as substitute the words coming earlier ar later.
Question: What is skimming?
Answer: Skimming means reading a text quickly to get the gist of the text.The reader is just concerned with the main idea and leaves the minor or supporting details. Skimming is a useful technique especially in extensive reading.
Question: What is imaginative writing?
Answer: Imaginative writing means creative writing. Creative writngs include novels, short stories,a piece of writing dealing with fictional situation. It can also be a poem.
Question: What is a topic sentence?
Answer: The sentence which states the main idea of a paragraph is the topic sentence of that paragraph. It may occur anywhere in the paragraph_____ in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Question: What is a synonym?
Answer: Synonym is a word having similar meaning.
Question: What is an obsolete?
Answer: Obsolete is a word that is no longer in use.
Question: What is an archaic?
Answer: Archaic is a word that is no longer in use.
Question: What are some of the uses of a dictionary?
Answer: The following is a list of things that can be learned from a dictionary.
 Spelling
 Pronunciation
 Parts of speech
 Origin of words
 Meaning/ explanation
 Synonyms& antonyms
 Foreign words and phrases
 General information.