CBSE Class 10 English Comprehension Passage (2)

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PASSAGE (2)

2. Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

On August 12th, after sixteen days of exciting athletic competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the final medal count is in. When all was said and done, Team USA ended up with a haul of 104 Olympic medals. The entire count for all the countries was 962. The 2012 Olympics closing ceremony was an explosion of lights, fireworks and technicolour marvels, infused with live performance by Great Britain’s best known musical artists. It was one of the greatest after – parties of all time and the perfect end to a perfect Summer Games.

On day sixteen, the final day of competition, the United States jumped to its biggest lead in the medal count against powerhouse China on August 12th. Team USA earned two more medals (both gold), but China didn’t win any on the final day. The United States has won 104 total medals and 46 gold medals. China has claimed 87 total medals and 38 gold ones. Overall, the United States lead the 2012 Olympics medal count by 17 medals over its nearest competitor.

At the end of the closing ceremony, the Olympic flag was passed to the next Summer Olympics host country, Brazil in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. During the closing ceremony, Great Britain’s Olympic organizer thanked the thousands of volunteers and athletes for making the 2012 London Olympics summer Games to remember.

The London Olympic Games were marked by moments of heroism and heartbreak, but for 17 days, it was a magical time when different countries united as one to celebrate the world’s best athletes and the spirit of competition.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage answer the following questions briefly.

(a) What was special about 2012 Olympic Games?

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(b) Why was the 16th day of the Olympic Games lucky for USA?

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(c) How was the closing ceremony of London Olympic Games?

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(d) Who was the host of the 2016 Olympic Games?

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(e) For how many days were the 2012 London Olympic Games held?

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(f) Who was the ultimate winner of the games, with a lead of how many medals?

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Find words in the passage which mean the same as the following.

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(b) contestant (para-2)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(c) courage, strength (para-4) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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