CTET Paper-I English: Questions 25 - 30 of 294

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If you have been missing the tweeting of sparrows around your house, here’s your chance to find out why this common bird seems to have disappeared from cities across India. A two months long online survey called citizen sparrow was launched inviting responses from people on questions such as when they last sighted the bird and details regarding the area where they used to live in.

“It is an elementary step to assimilate information. We are encouraging and motivating people to share their experience, be it a drastic drop in sparrow count or a sudden spurt. These data will give us valuable leads to compile pan-India data, ” said Suhel Quader, evolutionary ecologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. The disappearances of the house sparrow, so widespread till recently that the Chinese communist Party declared it a pest in 1958 and asked people to exterminate it, remains a great modern mystery world wide. In the UK, sparrows are estimated to have declined from over 12 million to 6 million, since the mid 80s.

“The survey would give us the first baseline data about distribution of sparrows in the country. This would form the basis for further research, ” said Karthik K, project coordinator. The sole aim of involving ordinary citizens inspite of experts comes with a purpose. ” Almost everyone knows about sparrow. It is an attempt to reach out to people, asking them to share their stories and their understanding of these birds, ” said Quader.

Participants in the survey would be asked to mark locations on a map and give information about their sparrow sightings, including sightings from last year and even earlier. Such information will enable a comparison of population of sparrows in different places and this is expected to point to particular threats or problems. The findings are intended to provide detailed studies, investigating reasons of decline in population and potential measures for recovery of population.

The sparrow is an indicator of a trend. A number of other birds have also declined sharply in the past few decades. The survey would provide more clues about why these birds are disappearing.

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The passage is about-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

dwindling rate of sparrows

b.

saving sparrows

c.

elimination of sparrows

d.

evolution of sparrows

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In the sentence ‘findings are intended to feed detailed studies’ means-

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to give substance for growth

b.

to supply in depth information

c.

to give food to sparrows

d.

food habits of finds

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By marking locations on maps, participants will be able to-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

tell about sparrows from current years

b.

given an account of sparrows from previous years

c.

inform sighting of sparrows in different places

d.

mark locations of sparrows and give information about them

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The reasons for involving the ordinary citizen are that-

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they are better than experts

b.

they know about sparrows

c.

they have stories about sparrows

d.

they are more committed

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The estimated decline in sparrows in the UK is-

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one-eighth of the number in the mid 80s

b.

half of the number in the mid 80s

c.

a quarter of the number in the mid 80s

d.

three-fourth of the number in the mid 80s

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The function of an ‘ecologist’ is to-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

study species and their evaluation

b.

study environment

c.

study evolution of birds

d.

study habitation of various species

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