CBSE Class 10 English Comprehension Passage (8)

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 Read the following passage carefully.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GREETING CARDS

It is believed that the early Chinese were the first to send a greeting card for the New Year. They sent tidings of goodwill. Evidence also shows that ancient Egyptians wrote greetings on papyrus scrolls.

The next stop on the timeline is around 1400 when the Germans used woodcuts to print New Year’s wishes. In the early or mid 1400s Europeans exchanged handmade paper greetings for Valentine’s Day. The British Museum has a Valentine greeting card from the 1400s that is the oldest known greeting card in existence.

The introduction of the postage stamp in 1840 helped in the popularity of the greeting cards. What was once relatively expensive, handmade, and personally-delivered gift became an effective and affordable means of personal communication. Another factor promoting advancement was the improvement of printing methods. However, mass production didn’t mean the end of the elaborate greeting card. The Victorian era saw some very ornate and intricate designs of greeting cards.

Source: Greeting Cards Resource

(a)From where did the greeting cards originate?

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(b)On what did the Egyptians write the greetings?

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(c)What did the Europeans do on the Valentine’s Day in mid 1400s?

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(d)Where is the oldest known Valentine’s Greeting card preserved?

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(e)What were the two factors that popularized the greeting cards all the more?

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(f) What did the Germans use to print the New Year wishes?

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(g)What happened in 1840?

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(h)What did the Victorian Era witness in the history of greeting cards?

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(i)Which words in the above passage have the same meaning as the following words:

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