CTET Paper-I English: Questions 244 - 249 of 294
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The day, the cat was killed, Maddy was gazing her mother wind that old clock with her same little smile, cranking the gold key into its funny little hole, as grandma wandered around the dining scraped their forks against the table and dripped the last bits of potatoes and corn from their open, awful mouths, that clock sat heavy on the white carpet, at the end of the hall, mom humming along to that terrible ticking. It made Maddy’s teeth clench. Truly, there was no point to these silly, endless family dinners. Always being 6 O’clock sharp and never over until that clock was wound, 13 years of her life wasted for this nonsense so far, burnt up in boredom, when all the while she had some very crucial matters to attend to back in her bedroom.
The loncase clock had been left by the previous owner, or may be the one before that, no one was sure. Cloaked in pine wood and always counting, no birds printed around the clock face, no farm scenes or flowers, just black numbers and wiry hands and that was it. Then near the bottom, a long silver pendulum behind a square of smokey glass. It was too heavy to tip, too tall to place anything on top, old and faded and always suspect. Her brothers avoided it at night and the cat avoided it entirely (or used to). The clock face glowing round and white, over the wooden suit, like a pale faced ghost or a porcelain reaper, feetless and shadows for arms. And mom wound sing along with the pendulum, while the boys knocked over the kitchen chairs wrestling and playing tag and grandmother would nap by the television and the nurse would paint her nails. All the time, her mom would smile and hum.
Question number: 244 (6 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
Question number: 245 (7 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
The siblings were ‘awful mouths’ is the following figure of speech-
epigram transferred from its proper word to another that is closely associated with it in the sentence
Question number: 246 (8 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
The use of the word ‘cranking’ conveys the meaning that-
gold was not a suitable metal for a clock key
the clock doesn’t work
the key did not fit the lock properly
the key was used with irritation on the mother’s part
Question number: 247 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
Today’s youth are more intelligent and hardworking as compared to the previous generations. They have more facilities available for education and they do utilise them. But somewhere they lack proper direction. In the absence of proper guidance, young boys and girls go on increasing their academic qualifications. Some of them secure high percentage of marks whereas some of them get only average or below average marks. Since, the number of aspirants for a job is higher than the number of vacancies, most of the candidates do not get any employment. This leads to the problem of the educated unemployment and depression among the youth.
This problem of educated unemployed can be removed partly through proper guidance and counseling and partly through grooming. Young students often undervalue the advice of their parents and blindly follow the footsteps of their peers, Hence this sets in the chain of the blind leading the blind. Uneducated or semi educated parents thing of academic qualification as achievement. Young students must seeks the advice of the school counselors and select a course of studies that suit their aptitude, skills and interest. Despite pursuit of academic excellence, they must go in foe proficiency in technical field like information technology, computer, biotechnology, biochemistry and consumer services. In this way their youthful energy will get directed in the proper channel and they may get fruitful employment or become competent enough to launch their own project and they may be able to give employment to others.
Question number: 248 (1 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
Question number: 249 (2 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage
Academic qualification is seen as an achievement, which adds to the problem due to-
increase in the urge of getting higher remunerations
uneducated or semi-educated parents
disillusionment and depression
lack of focus and attention