Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-I English): Questions 144 - 149 of 294

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It is to progress in the Human Sciences that we must look to undo the evils, which have resulted from a knowledge of the physical world hastily and superficially acquired by populations unconscious of the changes in themselves that the new knowledge has made imperative. The road to a happier world than any known in the past lies open before us if atavistic destructive passions can be kept in leash while the necessary adaptations are made. Fears are inevitable in our time, but hopes are equally rational and far more likely to bear good fruit. We must learn to think rather less of the dangers to be avoided than of the good that will lie within our grasp if we can believe in it and let it dominate our thoughts. Science, whatever unpleasant consequences it may have by the way, is in its very nature a liberator, a liberator of bondage to physical nature and in to come, a liberator from the weight of destructive passions. We are on the threshold of utter disaster or unprecedentedly glorious achievement. No previous age has been fraught with problems, so momentous and it is to Science that we must look to for a happy future.

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To carve out a bright future a man should-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

overcome fears and dangers

b.

analyse dangers that lie ahead

c.

try to avoid dangers

d.

cultivate a positive outlook

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Should Human Sciences be developed because they will-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

eliminate the destruction caused by a superficial knowledge of the physical world

b.

provide more knowledge of the physical world

c.

make us conscious of the changing world

d.

make us conscious of the changes in ourselves

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If man’s bestial yearning is controlled-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the present will become tolerant

b.

the present will be brighter than the future

c.

the future will be tolerant

d.

the future will be brighter than the present

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What does Science liberate us from? It liberates us from-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

bondage to physical nature

b.

idealistic hopes of a glorious future

c.

fears and destructive passions

d.

slavery to physical nature and from passions

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Nostalgically recollecting fond memories, the poet looks at a very old photograph of her mother who has been dead for nearly twelve years. The poet is consumed with grief but is left with no words to express the loss.

The poem begins with the poet looking at a very old photograph of her mother at twelve years of age. The photograph, on a cardboard frame, shows the poet’s mother, with her two girl cousins each holding one of her hand. She was eldest of the three and had a ‘sweet face’. In the snapshot, all the three girls stand still, smiling with their hair falling on their faces, to get clicked by the camera of their uncle, on an occasion when they went paddling. The sea, which has apparently undergone no change, washed their ‘transient’ feet. This image of transcience provides a sharp contrast to the eternal sea.

Some twenty or thirty years later, the poet’s mother laughed at the picture pointing how she was looking. Betty and Dolly (the two cousins) were made to dress for the beach holiday.

That sea holiday was a thing of past for her mother at that time, while her mother’s laughter is the poet’s past now. Both signify their respective losses and the pain involved in recollecting the past.

Her mother is dead for nearly twelve years now. And for the present ‘circumstance’ the poet has nothing left to say. She is absorbed in the memories of her dead mother. The painful ‘silence’ of the situation leaves the poet silent, with no words to express her grief. Thus, the ‘silence silences’ her.

–Shirley Toulson

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This poem has been taken from -

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Choice (4) Response

a.

The Beach Holiday

b.

A photograph

c.

My Sweet Mother

d.

The Painful Silence

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What has the camera captured?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Crab and Shells

b.

The three girls

c.

Beaches

d.

Betty and Dolly

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