Read the following passage and answer the questions.
Folk songs are sung in the traditional style of a community or country. Here the traditional style includes the themes, words and tunes of the songs that have existed for a long time among the common people. We have a rich history and collection of folk songs in Bangladesh. Of them Palligiti, Bahtiali, Bhawaiya, Jari, Sari, Gambhira, Lalongiti, Palagan and songs of Hason Raja are very popular. The traditional musical instruments are usually played with these songs.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words.
(c)uncommon (d) general
(a) type (b) aristocratic
(c) same (d) alike
(a) subject (b) matter
(c) plot (d) story
(a) disappear (b) absent
(c) present (d) unseen
(a) together (b) bunch (c) store (d) bank
(a) general (b) particular (c) mass (d) special
(a) like (b) same (c) adore (d) favourite
(a) specially (b) finally
(c) generally (d) always
(a) recent (b) modern
(c) for long (d) abrupt
(a) songs (b) music
(c) styles (d) tools
2. Give short answers.
a. What kind of songs are folk songs?
b. How are they sung?
c. What does traditional style include here?
d. What have existed for a long time among the common people?
e. What is said about folk songs in Bangladesh?
f. How many kinds of folk songs have been mentioned here?
g. What is the status of folk songs in our country?
h. What kind of instruments are usually played with folk songs?
i. What do folk songs represent?
j. Do you think we should like folk songs?
3. Write the summary of passage in 50 words.
Answers : 1. i-a, ii-a, iii-a, iv-c, v-c, vi-a, vii-d, viii-c, ix-c, x-d,
2. a. Folk songs are traditional songs of a community or a country.
b. They are sung in the traditional style of a community or country.
c. Here traditional style includes the themes, words and tunes of the songs.
d. The themes, words and tunes of the folk songs have existed for a long time.
e. Bangladesh has rich history of folk songs.
f. Here mentioned nine kinds of folk songs.
g. Folk songs are very popular in our country.
h. The traditional musical instruments are usually played with folk songs.
i. Folk songs represent a community or a country.
j. Yes, because folk songs tell the history and tradition of our country.
3. Folk songs are songs sung in the traditional themes, words and tunes. They have existed for a long time among the ordinary people. Bangladesh has a rich history and collection of folk songs. Palligiti, Bhatiali, Bhawaiya, Jari, Sari, Gambira, Lagongiti, Palagan and songs of Hason Raja are very popular.। ।