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English. Read the information below
and then answer the 5 test questions.
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Easter (Old English Ēostre; Latin: Pascha; Greek
Πάσχα Paskha, the latter two derived from Hebrew: פֶּסַח
Pesaḥ) is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the
resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his
crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.
Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded
by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains
the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday
(also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper
and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday,
commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter
is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the
Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in
relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea
(325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday
after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the
March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to
be on 21 March (although the astronomical equinox occurs on
20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not
necessarily on the astronomically correct date. The date of
Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.
Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian
calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st
century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which
therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April
and 8 May.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its
symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In
many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are
identical or very similar. Easter customs vary across the
Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming
the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating
Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb. Additional customs
that have become associated with Easter and are observed by
both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting,
the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.
This is a fun holiday for some kids who make colored
eggs and then hide them and compete to find them again.
This usually takes place in a backyard or park.
Reading Comprehension Easter Sunday
the information above. In the test questions
below choose which is the best answer for each
question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1. Easter is which type
a. Muslim festival and holiday
b. Indian festival and holiday
c. Christian festival and holiday
d. Jewish festival and holiday
2. Lent is which of the
a. a forty-day period of eating, drinking, and
b. a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and
c. a forty-day period of traveling to a religious
d. a forty-day period of business transactions
3. The last week of
Lent is called which of the following?
a. Holy Week
b. Prayer Week
c. Religious Week
d. Festival Week
4. Easter is linked to
which of the following?
a. the Jewish New Year
b. the Jewish Hanukkah
c. the Jewish Purim
d. the Jewish Passover
5. An additional
customs includes hunting for which of the following?