The Astronomer

Read the passage below then answer the questions that follow. You can also listen to the reader read the passage.

The Astronomer

An astronomer used to go out at night to observe the stars. One evening, as he wandered through the suburbs with his whole attention fixed on the sky, he fell accidentally into a deep well. While he lamented and bewailed his sores and bruises, and cried loudly for help, a neighbour ran to the well, and learning what had happened said: “Hark ye, old fellow, why, in striving to pry into what is in heaven, do you not manage to see what is on
earth?’

Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage, that a reader can use to understand the meanings of new or unfamiliar words. Types of context clues:

  1. Definition or description clue. Look for clues: when you see “such as”, and within commas, dashes and parentheses.
  2. Example clues. Clues are given after words such as including, such as, and for example,
  3. Synonym restatement clue. Words with the same meaning appears on the sentence.
  4. Contrast/antonym clue. Look for words like” although”, “however, but
  5. Mood/tone clue: The author sets a mood, the meaning of the unknown word must harmonize with the the mood.

Now time for some questions.