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The musical accomplishments of composer Ludwig van Beethoven have been all the more remarkable for
the fact that he lost his hearing ability from an early age. He developed the symptoms of tinnitus, a constant
sound of ringing in his ears that made it difficult for him to hear. He is compared to Mozart for his genius,
and is considered the most eminent musician after Mozart.
Although his formal education never went beyond the elementary level, he trained in music under Joseph
Haydn. He has always been acclaimed as a brilliant piano maestro. His father and grandfather were the
court musicians of a German prince. Young Ludwig was often made to perform for his father?s drinking
companions in the middle of the night, and was even beaten if he protested.
For the first thirty years of his life, Beethoven could listen to and play music effortlessly. As a result, he
understood sounds of musical instruments and the pitch of the singing voices. He knew the harmony
between music and singing before he became completely deaf. His deafness was not sudden, but a gradual
decline. This slow process of losing his hearing activated his mind to imagine how his compositions would
sound like. When he became completely deaf, he started to observe the vibrations of the piano. The
observations helped him realize that he could not hear the high notes of the piano. To be able to hear his
own compositions, he sawed off the legs of his piano. The piano touched the floor, and Beethoven would
press his ear to the floor, banging the piano keys to listen to the high notes in his compositions.
The most significant aspect of Beethoven?s character was that he did not give up. With a brave heart, he
confronted the greatest challenge a musician can face, and continued living his dream of composing music.
Deafness could not deter him from achieving the pinnacle of musical success. He fought against the
greatest obstacle and won. His quality of ?never giving up? strengthened him. It made him come to terms
with his deafness in a dynamic and constructive way. These qualities led him to become a famous
On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer the questions that follow:
(i) What did Beethoven lose at an early age?
a) his eyesight
b) his thinking ability
c) his hearing ability
d) his power to understand
(ii) Till which level did Beethoven receive his formal education?
a) Elementary level
b) Secondary level
c) Primary level
d) Higher Secondary level
(iii) What activated his mind to imagine his various compositions?
a) the slow process of losing his hearing
b) the process of becoming popular
c) inspiration from his father
d) ability to listen and play music effortlessly
(iv)When was he able to observe the vibrations of the piano?
a) began to learn music better
b) became completely deaf
c) was able to hear his own compositions
d) he was unable to play music
(v) Find a word in the passage which means the same as ?publicly praised and celebrated?.
a) accomplishments
b) acclaimed
c) remarkable
d) significant

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