Reading Comprehension-Prose or Drama (CTET Paper-I English): Questions 27 - 34 of 170

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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.

Question number: 27 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The reasons for involving the ordinary citizen are that-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

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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‘Why did not you show up yesterday? Asked the headmaster, looking up. Swaminathan’s first impulse was to protest that he had never been absent. But the attendance register was right there in front of him. ‘No-No-I was blazed, I tried to come, but they took away my cap and burn it. Many strong men held me down when I tried to come… When a great man is sent to goal… I am surprised to see you a slave of the Englishmen… Didn’t they cut off - Dacca Muslin - Slaves of Slaves… ‘These were some of the disjoined explanations which he thought in his head and which even at that moment, he was discreet enough not to express. He wanted to mention headache, but he found to his distress that others beside him had one. The headmaster shouted, ‘won’t you open your mouth? ’ He brought the cane sharply down on Swaminathan’s right shoulder. Swaminathan kept staring at the head master with tears in his eyes, massaging with his left hand the spot, where the cane was laid, ‘I will kill you if you keep on staring without answering my question, ’ cried the head master. ‘I-I couldn’t come’, stammered Swaminathan. ‘Is that so? Asked the head master and turning to a boy said, ‘bring the peon’. Swaminathan thought What is he going to ask the peon to thrash me? If he does any such thing, I will bite everybody’. The peon came. The headmaster said to him, ‘now say what you know about this little rascal on the desk’. The peon eyed Swaminathan with a sinister look, grunted and demanded, ‘Didn’t I see you break the panes? ‘The peon eyed Swaminathan with a sinister look, grunted and demanded, ‘Didn’t I see you break the panes? ‘Of the ventilators in my room, added the headmaster with zeal. Here, there was no chance of escape. Swaminathan kept staring foolishly till he received another whack on the back. The headmaster demanded what the young brigand (bandit) had to say about it. The brigand had nothing to say. It was a fact that he had broken the panes. They had seen it. There was nothing more about it. He had unconsciously become defiant and did not care to deny the charge. When another whack came on his back, he abruptly said, ‘don’t beat me, Sir. It pains. ’ This was an invitation to the head master to bring down the cane four times again. He said, ‘keep standing here, on this desk, staring like an idiot, till I announce your dismissal.

Question number: 28 (1 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The headmaster’s attitude towards Swami is one of-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

hatred for Swami

b.

pleasure in punishing him

c.

pleasure in asking questions

d.

kindness for Swami

Question number: 29 (2 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The passage is all about-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Swami at school

b.

the peon’s evidence

c.

Swami’s excuses

d.

Swami’s punishment

Question number: 30 (3 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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In the end, Swami is-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

defiant

b.

calm

c.

submissive

d.

indifferent

Question number: 31 (4 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Swami felt trapped because-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the head master blocked his escape

b.

he could not deny the charge

c.

he didn’t find a good excuse

d.

the peon stopped him

Question number: 32 (5 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The ‘sinister look’ of the peon indicates that he is-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

cruel or evil

b.

sympathetic

c.

threatening

d.

Sarcastic

Question number: 33 (6 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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If Swami was not ‘discreet’, he was like-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

careless

b.

smart

c.

intelligent

d.

wise

Question number: 34 (7 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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In the passage, Swami is shown to be

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Choice (4) Response

a.

arrogant

b.

respectful

c.

mischievous

d.

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