Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 81 - 85 of 191

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Passage

In modern times Abraham lincoln stands as the model of a compassionate statesman. He showed this quality not only in striving for the emancipation of the American blacks but in the dignity with which he conducted the American Civil War. Lincoln did not fancy himself as a liberator. He thought it would be better for all if emancipation was a gradual process spread over many years. He proposed compensation for slave-owners in US bonds and grants for the rehabilitation of blacks - ‘colonisation’ as he called it. But fate was to deem otherwise. The haste with which the south wanted to break away from the Union with the North, compelled him to move faster than he expected. Perhaps more than most men of his time he had thought through the issue of slavery’. We must free the slaves’, he said, or be ourselves subdued ‘Before reading his first draft of the Proclamation of Emancipation, he told his colleagues. In giving freedom to the slaves, we assure freedom to the free’.

Lincoln replied. As of they never went to war?

When the news came of the victory of the Northern against the confederate forces, some one suggested that the head of the confederation Administration, Jefferson Davies, really ought to be hanged. ‘Judge not, that yet be not judged’.

Lincoln replied. As to the demand for the, prosecution of rebels, Lincoln replies. We must extinguish our resentments if we expect harmony and union. This was his last recorded utterance.

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Question

Which of the following makes Abraham Lincoln a compassionate statesman?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

His hesitation in striving for emancipation of American blacks

b.

His indifference in conducting the American Civil War

c.

His efforts to force the American blacks from slavery

d. None of the above

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The incidents in the passage prove that Lincoln was-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

unduly concerned for the safety of rebels

b.

not an administrator

c.

sympathetic and kind-hearted states man

d.

afraid of the majority of slaves

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What came in Lincoln’s way of carrying out emancipation as a gradual process?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

The haste of the South to break away from the union with the North

b.

The inadequate compensation given to slave - owners

c.

His proposition to give grant for the rehabilitation of slaves

d.

His own over enthusiasm to complete the process fast

Question number: 84 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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According to Lincoln, the culprits of the system of slavery were-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

the slaves and the slave-owners

b.

the slave alone

c.

the slave - owner alone

d.

All the people in the country

Passage

Once a thief named Kalu had planned to rob the king’s treasury. At midnight he went to the place and began to drill a hole in the side wall of the treasury, The King, who was awake in his bedroom just above the treasury, came out to investigate the whirring sound. He was dressed in a simple nightgown and the thief could not recognize him. He asked Kalu who he was and what he was doing. The latter said, “Sir, I am a thief and intend to rob this treasury. I presume that you are also a thief and have come with the same intention. No matter, let us both go inside and we shall share the loot equally”. Both entered the treasury and divided all the money and the jewels equally between them.

Inside a locker they found three big diamond pieces. As the thief was puzzled as to how to divide the three pieces into two portions, the king suggested, “We have taken away everything else. Let us leave one diamond piece for the poor king and share the rest equally”. Kalu agreed and when he took his leave, the king asked for his name and address. As Kalu had taken a vow of telling only the truth, he gave the correct information.

The king took away his share of the loot and hid it in his room. Next morning he asked his Prime Minister to inspect the treasury as he had heard some strange sounds during the previous night. The Prime Minister saw to his horror that all the valuables were missing and only a single diamond was left, perhaps inadvertently, by the thief. He put the diamond in his own shirt, pocket as its loss could be ascribed to the thief and nobody would suspect the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister went back to the King. The king particularly enquired, “Do you mean that the thief has completely denuded the treasury of its valuables and not a single item has been left? ” The Prime Minister confirmed it. The king asked the chief of police to bring in Kalu. When Kalu came he was unable to recognize the king as he is accomplice of the previous night. The king asked him, “Are you the thief who has stolen everything from my treasury leaving nothing back? ” Kalu confirmed it but said, “Sir I did leave one diamond back in the locker as advised by an accomplice of mine and it should still be there. “.

The Prime Minister interrupted saying, “Your Majesty, this thief is lying. There is nothing left in the locker”. The king asked the police chief to search the pockets of the Prime Minister, from where the missing diamond was recovered. The king told his courtiers, “Here is a Prime Minister who is a liar and a thief and here is a thief who is a truthful gentleman”.

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They decided to leave the diamond inside the locker because-

A. they wanted some part of the wealth to be left for the Prime Minister.

B. it was difficult for them to carry the third piece of diamond.

C. the total number of diamonds being odd, they had to leave out one piece to facilitate equal distribution.

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Choice (4) Response
a.

All of the three

b.

Only C

c.

None

d.

Only B

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