CTET Paper-I English: Questions 215 - 220 of 294
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There was a time when the aged were considered as symbols of tradition, respect, wisdom and experience. They controlled and guided the destinies of all the members of joint families. Urbanisation and industrialisation have led to the breaking up of the joing family system and a new system of nuclear families emerged. The disintegration of joing families has had a negative impact on the elderly people. Many elderly people get ignored because of the nuclear set up of families. The aged are now seen as a burden and non-productive entity. Modernisation has led to the degradation of their position, status and authority. Their existence as integral part of the family is now uprooted. With the decline in their functional position as the head of the family, they have lost their authority, respect and prestige they used to command earlier. The changing values and the dependence of the aged on their sons and daughter in law has complicated the problems. The aged are marginalised, alienated and left out of mainstream. Neglect, lack of respect, verbal taunts, inter-actional stress and increasing gap in communication make the aged feel unwanted and unpleasant entities. The only peaceful place where they are being loved by others are old age homes. Under the existing circumstances the need for old age homes has certainly increased and they have become a must for the elderly to lead a peaceful and happy life among those who share and care for them.
Question number: 215 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven
By the Gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn
Her fields and valleys.
I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the
Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn
To embellish the gardens.
When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flower rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated.
The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger or mercy.
I quench the third of one;
I cure the ailment of the other.
The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
The rainbow announces my departure.
I am like earthly life, which begins at
The feet of the mad elements and ends
Under the upraised wings of death.
I emerge from the heard of the sea
Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in
Need, I descend and embrance the flowers and
The trees in a million little ways.
I touch gently at the windows with my
Soft fingers, and my announcement is a
Welcome song. All can hear, but only
The sensitive can understand.
The heat in the air gives birth to me,
But in turn I kill it,
As woman overcomes man with
The strength she takes from him.
I am the sigh of the sea;
The laughter of the field;
The tears of heaven.
So with love
Sighs from the deep sea of affection;
Laughter from the colorful field of the spirit;
Tears from the endless heaven of memories.
– Khalil Gibran
Question number: 216 (1 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage
Question number: 217 (2 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage
When I cry, the hills laugh’ here cry refers to heavy rain. The hill can be heardlaughing when the rain humbles, the flowers seemed to be making happiness and are overjoyed in pleasure, when the rain bows everything is elated in happiness.
raining is blissful
it gives freshness and sorrow
everybody hears the sound of rain
None of the above