It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round shape, hard and much the worse for wear. The lining had been of red silk, but was a good deal discolored. There was no maker’s name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials “H. B.” were scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the discolored patches by smearing them with ink.
“I can see nothing,” said I, handing it back to my friend.
“On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing your inferences.”
An excerpt from the book The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
Are you a Watson or a Sherlock? Are you ready for the challenge or do you feel too timid? Do not worry. You are not alone. Thousands of students face issues in reading long passages and make meaning of what they read.
About 1 to 6 questions are asked for a given passage. Questions in RC aim to assess the students’ ability to differentiate facts from opinions.
There are three question types.
In this question type, a question is asked from the passage. Up to 5 answer options are provided. Only one of the options is correct. You are expected to choose the correct answer.
Consider the nature of what happens when we read …. It isn’t like a lecture: it’s like a conversation. There’s a back-and-forthness about it. The book proposes, the reader questions, the book responds, the reader considers.
And we are active about the process… We can skim or we can read it slowly; we can read every word, or we can skip long passages; we can read it in the order it presents itself, or we can read it in any order we please; we can look at the last page first, or decide to wait for it; we can put the book down and … we can assent or we can disagree.
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