CCT Weekly Practice | Keeladi Unseen Passage MCQ Answers

This unseen passage with MCQ is an excerpt from The Hindu newspaper. CBSE’s Diksha app sourced it from there and added multiple choice questions to it for students to improve their comprehension skills. Let’s read the unseen passage and answer the questions that follow –

CCT Weekly Practice | Keeladi Unseen Passage MCQ Answers

In the last week of September 2019, Keerthi Jeyaraj, Director of EduRight Foundation, flew from Texas, the U.S., to Pallichandai Thidal, a nondescript mound at the far end of Keeladi, a tiny hamlet located 12 km southeast of the historic city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The next week, three Sri Lankan Tamils arrived at the same spot. It was their second visit to the excavation site. Also on his way by rail was Chennai-based documentary filmmaker Amshan Kumar. To accommodate these visitors and thousands more, a temporary parking lot was created in Keeladi. A stall selling snacks and coffee sprung up at what looked like a new picnic spot.

An astonishing 1.16 lakh people visited the site between September 20 and October 10. The visitors flocked to the hamlet in curiosity and fascination following the publication of a report by the Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology (SDA) on September 18. Earlier, carbon samples from Keeladi had been sent to the Beta Analytic Lab in Miami, Florida, for carbon dating, a widely accepted tool to ascertain the age of archaeological and historical remains. The Lab had found that the cultural deposits unearthed during the fourth excavation at Keeladi in the Sivaganga district could be safely dated to a period between the 6th century BCE and 1st century CE. These place Keeladi artefacts about 300 years earlier than previously believed.

Source: Diksha App

Keeladi unseen passage

Q 1 What can you infer about what happened in Keeladi by the usage of the word flocked in the second paragraph?

a. the population of Keeladi suddenly exploded as there was a massive number of people moved into the town.
b. there was a brief surge in the number of people who went to Keeladi to see the archaeological site.
c. every person who visited Keeladi had read the study published by the SDA.
d. Keeladi was a centre for tourist holidays.

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Q 2 What can you say about how long ago Indian people had lived at the Keeladi excavation site?

a. between 300 and 600 years ago
b. between 600 and 1000 years ago
c. between 1000 and 2000 years ago
d. between 2000 and 2500 years ago

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Q 3 Which another word in the passage is closest in meaning to the word ‘artefacts’ in the last sentence?

a. hamlet
b. remains
c. site
d. samples

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Q 4 Based on the information in the passage why do you think that carbon dating is a widely accepted tool to ascertain the age of Archaeological and historical remains?

a. it is a highly accurate dating method that is not available in all countries.
b. only some developed countries have it.
c. it is the best tool that is available at present.
d. it is a very safe method of dating historical remains.

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Q 5 Which of the following phrases used in the excerpt supports the idea that Pallicandie Thidal was a non-descript mound?

a. What looked like a new picnic spot.
b. a temporary parking lot was created.
c. an astonishing 1.16 lakh people visited the site.
d. excavation site

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