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IBPS English Comprehension Test 5

Read the following paragraph and answer the questions asked below:

          The Coliseum is an ancient stadium in the centre of Rome. It is the largest of its kind, It is very old, They started building it in the year 70. It took ten years to build. It is still around today. The Coliseum has been used in many ways. In ancient Rome, men fought each other in it. They fought against lions, tigers, and bears. It was dreadful. But most of the people loved it. As many as 80,000 Romans would pack inside to watch. These gruesome events went on until 523. The Coliseum has been damaged many times over the years. It was struck by lightning in the year 217, this started a fire. Much of the Coliseum is made of stone. But the fire damaged the upper levels. They were made of wood. This damage took many years to repair. It was not finished until the year 240. The worst damage happened in 1349.

          A mighty earthquake shook Rome and the Coliseum. The south side of the building collapsed. Pieces of the arena were all over the ground. Many people took the fallen stones. Others took stones from the seating areas. They used them to repaid houses and churches. The Romans of those days were not connected to the Coliseum. It had last been used as castle. Before that it was graveyard. It has been hundreds of years since the games. The damage to the Coliseum was never repaired. Its good thing the outer wall of it still stands strong. Today the Coliseum is one of Rome's most popular attractions. People from all over the world come to Italy to see it. It has even appeared on the back of a coin. I guess that makes it a symbol that many people want too.


Which happened first ?

An earthquake damaged the Coliseum.
The Coliseum was struck by lightning.
The Coliseum appeared on the back of a coin.
The Coliseum was used as a castle.
None of these


When did the Roman finish building the Coliseum ?

The year 70
The year 523
The year 80
The year 240
The year 217


Which caused the most damage to the Coliseum ?



Which is not a way in which the Coliseum was damaged over the years ?



Which best describes the main idea in the last paragraph ?

This is about all the things the Coliseum has been used for throughout history.
This is about how the Coliseum is a popular place to visit today.
This is about how the Coliseum is a symbol that many people know.
This is about how the Coliseum is used today.
None of these