CTET Paper-II English: Questions 117 - 121 of 191

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Passage

Mihir and Mahadev lived in the same village. While Mahadev owned the largest shop in the village. Mihir was a poor farmer. Both had large families, with many sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. One day, Mihir, tired of not being able to make ends meet, decided to leave the village and move to the city where they were sure to make enough to feed everyone. They said their goodbyes, packed their few belongings and set off. When night fell, they stopped under a large tree. There was a stream running nearby, where they could refresh themselves. Mihir told his sons to clear the area below the tree. He told his wife to fetch water. He instructed his daughters-in-law to make up the fire and started cutting wood from the tree himself. Now, in the branches of that tree sat a thief. He watched as Mihir’s family worked together. He also noticed they had nothing to cook. Mihir’s wife too thought the same for, she said to her husband, “Everything is ready, But what shall we eat? ” Mihir raised his hands to heaven and said, “Don’t worry. He is watching all his from above. He will help us”.

The thief was worried. He had seen that the family was large and worked well together. Surely they did not know he was hiding in the branches? He decided to make a quick get away. He climbed down swiftly when they were not looking and ran for his life. But, he left behind his bundle of stolen jewels and money, which dropped down into Mihir’s lap. He opened it and jumped with joy when he saw the contents. The family promptly gathered their belongings and returned to the village. There was great excitement when they told everyone how they got rich.

Mahadev thought this was a nice quick way to earn some money! He commanded his family to pack some clothes and they set off as if on a journey. They stopped under the same tree and Mahadev started commanding everyone as Mihir had done. But no one in his family was willing to obey orders. They were used to having servants wait on them, so the one who went to the river to fetch water had a nice bath. The one who went to gather wood for the fire went off to sleep beneath the tree. And Mahadev only ordered everyone about, not bothering to do anything himself. Meanwhile the thief had returned to the tree. He noticed’ the family members were greedy and selfish. They would never be able to put up a fight together. Then, Mahadev and his wife started the conversation that they had rehearsed carefully. Mahadev’s wife said, “Everything is ready. But what shall we eat? ” Mahadev raised his hands upwards and said, “Don’t worry. He is watching all this from above. He will help us”. At this, the thief jumped down from the tree, knife in hand. Seeing him, everyone started running here and there to save themselves. The thief stole everything. Mahadev and his family had to return to the village empty-handed, having lost all the jewellery and gold they had taken with them.

Question number: 117 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

Which of the following cannot be said about Mihir’s family?

A. They respected and obeyed Mihir.

B. They were so poor that they sometimes had to starve.

C. They had no friends in the village when they were poor.

Choices

Choice (4) Response
a.

Only B

b.

None

c.

B and C

d.

Only C

Passage

In terms of the total energy consumed by different sectors, the largest consumer in understandably the industrial sector, which accounts for nearly half the total energy used in the country today. This is followed by the transport sector which consumed about 25%, the household sector (about 14%) and the agricultural sector (about 9%). This last sector has shown considerable increase in energy use over the last four decades. Among the primary fuels, the relative proportion of coal has dropped from nearly 80 % to 40 % and that of oil has gone up from 17 % to 44 % over the same period. Total energy consumption in India today is equivalent to 291 million tonnes of oil of which 26 % comes from wood. On a per capita basis it works out to about one litre of oil per day, which is extremely low by international standards. The future energy demand depends upon the level of development envisaged and also on the sections of people to be affected by it. The energy disparity between the urban and the rural population is at present as wide as between nations on a worldwide scale. There is apparently a greater need to provide energy in the rural areas and to improve the efficiency of energy use than merely to increase the national figures for energy consumption limiting its use to those who are getting’ the bulk share already. With the projected rate of population growth, improving upon the per capita energy consumption is a tough task as our coal reserves and the capacity to import oil cannot be increased beyond a point. There is clearly no escape from the utilisation of renewable energy sources in a big way if the gap between the desired levels of energy supply and available resources has to be kept at the minimum.

Question number: 118 (1 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

The energy disparity… as wide as… worldwide scale’ the first sentence of third paragraph means-

Choices

Choice (4) Response
a.

disparity in urban and rural is observed in all nations

b.

developed countries consume more energy than developing countries

c.

worldwide scale is different for rural and urban areas

d.

in no other nation such disparity is objserved

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Which of the following has been suggested by the author as, the best possible solution to overcome energy crisis?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

Importing large quantities of coal

b.

Maximisation of renewable sources

c.

Exploration of oil reserves

d.

Reducing share of bulk users

Question number: 120 (3 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

Which of the following styles have been adopted by the author?

Choices

Choice (4) Response
a.

Data-based, but coloured by socialism

b.

Unsubstantiated arguments and views

c.

Data based, objective, positive, solution oriented

d.

Highly subjective with bias for rural people

Question number: 121 (4 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Question

The author is laying greater emphasis on which of the following?

A. Efficient use of energy

B. Increasing national indices for energy consumption

C. Controlling population growth

Choices

Choice (4) Response
a.

Only A

b.

Only B

c.

Only C

d. All of the above

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