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Reading Comprehension – Poet

  • by Fehbe Meza
  • Jan 04, 2020
  • Question of the Day

“Ab’ul Hasan Yamīn ud-Dīn Khusrau (1253-1325) is one of the most celebrated poets of medieval India, writing both in Persian, the courtly language of Muslims of the Sultanate period, and Hindavī, the vernacular language of the Delhi area. Also known as Tūtī e-Hind (Parrot of India) and “Turk of India” for his poetic eloquence and fluency in Persian and Hindavī, Khusrau has stood for a major cultural icon in the history of Indian Civilization for almost seven hundred years.

Before Khusrau, Persian writers like Fakhr e-Mudabbir, Hasan e-Nizāmī and Minhāj-us-Sirāj and so on, had confined their narratives to descriptions of battles, conquests and court intrigues of the period. Khusrau shifts our focus to social and cultural aspects. I.H.Siddqui also states that Khusrau was the first Indian-born historian and wrote from an Indian perspective. His work reflects a strong sense of identity with the country and Sultanate, emphasizes Siddiqui. No other has written so widely and in such an imaginative way about India as Khusrau.” Source: Inquiriesjournal.com

The primary purpose of the passage is to

A. Shed light on new findings about the life of Khusrau.
B. Explain the difference between most Persian writers and Khusrau.
C. Argue against the view emphasized by Siddiqui.
D. Provide information that upholds the view that Khusrau is one of the most celebrated poets of medieval India.
E. Inform the public about the lack of diversity in Indian writing before Khusrau.

Answer

CORRECT ANSWER = (D) The author gives multiple reasons to support the claim in the first sentence, stating among other things that no one has written so widely and in such an imaginative way about India as Amir Khusrau.

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