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Reading Comprehension For the CAT The Genre Series Module 9 Session 2 Columbus & the Cannibals" A Course By: Anupam Mishra
Structure & flow of Sessions. Reading the Passage Para-wise Summary Central Idea Word- meanings No specific Questions to be solved (Shall have a separate course for that)
Some Quips about the Passage O Passage part of: History of the Indians, of North and South America O Was an American Author O Widely known by his alias Peter Parley. O Was a member of the Massachusetts State Senate. O Curiosities of Human Nature, Famous Men of Ancient Times, Peter Parley's tales about America and Australia, Recollections of a Lifetime, etc. are some of the major books published by him. O "Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and buds the choicest flowers and fruits spring up and flourish in the desert abode of thorns and briars." Author: Samuel Goodrich
The Passage (part 1) Columbus discovered the islands of the Caribs or Charibs, now called the Caribbees, during his second voyage to America, in 1493. The first island he saw he named D minica, because he discovered it on Sunday. As the ships gently moved onward, other islands rose to sight, one after another, covered with forests, and enlivened with flocks of parrots and other tropical birds, while the whole air was sweetened by the fragrance of the breezes which passed over them. This beautiful cluster of islands is called the Antilles. They extend from the eastern end of Porto Rico to the coast of Paria on the southern continent, forming a kind of barrier between the main ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Here was the country of the Caribs.
The Passage (part 2) Columbus had heard of the Caribs during his stay at Hayti and Cuba, at the time of his first voyage. The timid and indolent race of Indians in those pleasant islands were afraid of the Caribs, and had repeatedly besought Columbus to assist them in overcoming these ferocious enemies. The Caribs were represented as terrible warriors, and cruel cannibals, who roasted and ate their captives. This the gentle Haytians thought, truly enough, was a good pretext for warning the Christians against such foes. Columbus did not at first imagine that the beautiful paradise he saw, as he sailed onward among these green and spicy islands, could be the residence of cruel men; but on landing at Guadaloupe, he soon became convinced he was truly in a Golgotha, a place of skulls. He there saw human limbs hanging in the houses, as if curing for provisions, and some even roasting at the fire for food. He knew then that he was in the country of the Caribs.
The Passage (part 3) On touching at the island of Montserrat, Columbus was informed that the Caribs had eaten up all the inhabitants. If that had been true, it seems strange how he obtained his information. It is probable many of these stories were exaggerations. The Caribs were a warlike people, in many respects essentially differing in character from the natives of the other West India islands. They were enterprising as well as ferocious, and frequently made roving expeditions in their canoes to the distance of one hundred and fifty leagues, invading the islands, ravaging the villages, making slaves of the youngest and handsomest females, and carrying off the men to be killed and eaten. These things were bad enough, and it is not strange report should make them more terrible than the reality.
Para-Summaries Paragraph -1 O The author starts with describing about how Columbus discovered the Caribbees, starting with the island Dominica. He describes the scene in vivid details Ends with outlining the geographic placement of the islands. Paragraph 2 O In this paragraph the author tells us what Columbus had heard from the Haytians about the ferocious & cannibalistic nature of the Caribs. Columbus, priorly unconvinced about the tales, later on concedes to them after landing at Guadaloupe. The author has vividly described what Columbus encountered on the islands.
Para-Summaries Paragraph 3 O The author establishes that the stories are after all exaggerated to some extent, yet they aren't completely baseless. The Caribs were actually quite cruel ferocious, & enterprising. Although the reporting has made them sound even more so.
Central Idea of Passage P1: The author starts with describing about how Columbus discovered the Caribbees, starting with the island Dominica. He describes the scene in vivid details P2: In this paragraph the author tells us what Columbus had heard from the Haytians about the ferocious & cannibalistic nature of the Caribs. Columbus, priorly unconvinced about the tales, later on concedes to them after landing at Guadaloupe P3: The author establishes that the stories are after all exaggerated to some extent, yet they aren't completely baseless. The Caribs were actually quite cruel, ferocious, & enterprising The passage centers around an island discovered by Columbus in the 15th Century during his second voyage. The text primarily talks about the hearsay about the ferocious inhabitants of the island
Word-meanings (Contextual) O Enlivened O Timid O Indolent O Besought O Curing Cheered, Lively Fearful Idle, Lazy Requested, Pleaded Reserving Courageous Paddle boats Enterprising O Canoes