Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-I English): Questions 81 - 88 of 294

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The small village of Somnathpur has a magnificent temple, built around 1268 AD by the Hoyasalas of Karnataka- one of the most richest temple builders. Belur and Helebid are among their better know works. While these suffered during the invasion of the 14th century, the Somnathpur temple stands more or less stable in near original condition.

This small temple has divine everyone with its beautiful sculptures and vitality, covering almost every inch of the walls, pillars and even ceilings. It has three shikharas and stands on a start shaped platform with 24 edges. The outer walls have a profusion of detailed carvings: the entire surface runs over by a carved plaque of stone. There were vertical panels covered by exquisite figures of Gods and Goddess. Vishnu seemed the most popular, with many of his incarnations being depicted. Shiv, Brahma and Indra weren’t left out and there were plenty of female deities too Durga and Saraswati. There were shapely nymphs too, some carrying an ear of maize. The elaborate ornamentation, very characteristics of Hoyasalas sculptures, was a remarkable feature. On closer look and it is worth it- the series of friezes on the outer walls revealed intricately carved caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, stylized flowers, warriors, musicians, crocodiles and swans.

The temple was actually commissined by Soma Dandanayaka or Somnath, he naed the temple after him, the minister of the Hoyasalas king, Narsimha the Third. The temple was built to house 3 versions of Krishna. The inner center of the temple was Kalyana Mandapa. Leading from here were 3 corridors, each ending in a shrine, one for each kind of Krishna - Venugopala, Janardana and Prasanna Keshava, though only 2 remain in their original form. In the darkness of the sanctum, I tried to discern the different images. The temple’s sculptural perfection is amazing and it includes the doors of the temple and the 3 beautifully designed towers.

Question number: 81 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

Whose incarnations were mainly of?

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

Somnath

b.

Lord Vishnu

c.

Lord Shiva

d.

Lord Krishna

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Where is the peace, the wishful thinking of us all?

Where is the law and order, the basic desire of each and all?

We look for a thing, which we have seldom

wished for from our genuine heart.

How to get rid of this rotten society where

everyone is sick, but calls himself healthy?

Life is short but the wish to live is too long.

The more and more we are heading towards death.

The more and more the allurements of the world

do seize us,

The germs of discord and dissension prey on us.

And life is reduced to a mere dream;

What a strange world this is indeed, which keeps

us all restless and dissatisfied;

Perhaps this is all the leela the play of Maya,

entrapping us all.

O God! You have made us all slaves to Maya,

seizing us from all sides and keeping us disturbed;

I don’t know what is good and what is evil,

I fail to distinguish between Maya and reality, the

foul and the fair,

As if being born in this world was a punishment;

Are we condemned to live in this hell once and for all?

Where we have to come again and again to suffer,

God! Make us get rid of all that glitters but is not gold.

– Anonymous

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What does the line; ‘where we have to come again and again to suffer” signify?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

our homes

b.

This world

c.

place to visit

d.

Cycle of birth and death

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According to the poet what is a punishment for us?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

To be born in this world

b.

The play of Maya

c.

To live in discord

d.

Death

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The poet is unable to differentiate between-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

strong and weak

b.

life and death

c.

foul and fair

d.

rich and poor

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Allurement here refers to-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Getting carried away

b.

Emotions

c.

Being unsatisfied

d.

Worldly pleasures

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Despite all the honors that we heaped upon him, Pasteur, as has been said, remained simple at heart. Perhaps the fantasy of his boyhood days, when he drew the familiar scenes of his birthplaces and the longing to be a great artist, never entirely left him. In reality he actually becomes a great artist, though after his 16th year, he abandoned the brush forever. Like every artist of worth, he put his soul and whole energy into his work and it was this very energy that in the end wore him out. For him, each sufferer was more than just a case that was to be cured. He looked upon the fight against hydrophobia as a battle and he was so into his determination to win. The sight of injured children, specifically moved him to an indescribable extent. He suffered with his patients and yet he would not deny himself a share in that suffering. His greatest grief was when sheer physical exhaustion made him give up his active work. He retired to the estate of at Villeneuve Etang, where he had his kennels for the study of rabies and there he passed his last summer, as his great biographer, Vallery Robot, has said, “practicing the gospel virtues”.

The attitude of this mean to the Science he had done so much to perfect, can be best summed up in a sentence that he is reputed once to have uttered, concerning the materialism of many of his contemporaries in similar branches of learning to his own: “the more I contemplate the mysteries of nature, the more my faith becomes like that of a peasant”.

But even then, in retirement he loved to see his former pupils, and it was then he repeated his life’s principle: ‘Work, ’ he would say, “never cease to work”.

He passed as simply as a child, the greatest man; France had ever produced, derived from a plebiscite among the French people. Napoleon, the idol of France was placed fifth. No greater tribute could have been given to Louis Pasteur, the tanner’s son, the scientist, the man of peace and the patient worker for humanity.

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Question

What suggestion he always gave to his pupils?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

To work according to one’s health

b.

Never to stop working

c.

Work and rest at the same time

d.

Work to earn money

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How did Pasteur engage himself in the estate?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Conducted study on rabies

b.

Practiced the Gospel Virtues

c.

He took enough rest as he was very exhausted

d.

Both a. and b. are correct

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Question

Opposite word for humanity is-

Choices

Choice (4) Response

a.

early man

b.

people

c.

homogenous

d.

callousness

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