Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 95 - 100 of 191

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The greatest enemy of mankind, as people have discovered is not science, but war. Science merely reflects the social forces by which it is surrounded. It is found that when there is peace, science is constructive, when there is war, science is perverted to destructive ends. The weapons which science gives us do not necessarily create war, these makes ‘war increasingly more terrible. Until now, it has brought us to the doorstep of doom. Our main problem, therefore, is not to curb science, but to stop war to substitute law for force and international government for anarchy in the relations of one nation with another. This is a job in which everybody must participate, including the scientists. But the bomb of Hiroshima suddenly woke us up to the fact that we have very little time. The hour is late and our work has scarcely begun. Now we are face to face with this urgent question “Can education and tolerance, understanding and creative intelligence run fast enough to keep us abreast with our own mounting capacity to destroy? ” That is the question which we shall have to answer one way or the other in this generation. Science must help us in the answer, but the actual decision lies within ourselves.

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Our mounting capacity to destroy can be kept under control by-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

education and broadmindedness

b.

insight and constructive thinking

c.

encouraging social forces

d. Both a. and b. are correct

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The expression “bring to the doorstep of doom” means-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

lead to the threshold of a new destiny

b.

carry close to death and destruction

c.

introduce to an unpredictable destiny

d.

induct in a reinous activities

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The expression ‘keep us abreast’ in the passage means-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

keep side by side

b.

hold out a challenge

c.

prevent from escaping

d.

keep at a side

Question number: 98 (5 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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According to the writer, the main problem we are faced with, is to-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

stop scientific activities everywhere

b.

stop science from reflecting social forces

c.

abolish war

d.

prevent scientists from participating in destructive activities

Question number: 99 (6 of 6 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The phrase ‘our work has scarcely begin’ implies that our work-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

has begun but not yet completed

b.

has not yet begun

c.

has been half through

d.

has only just begun

Passage

Once upon a time, there was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adored her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the third wife very much. He was very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the merchant was always in great fear that she might run away with some other men. He loved his second wife too. She was very considerate person, always patient and in fact was the merchant’s confidence. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times. Now, the merchant’s first wife was very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, ” Now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be! ” Thus, he asked the fourth wife, “I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now, that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company? ” “No way! ” replied the fourth wife and she walked away without another word. The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart. The sad merchant then asked the third wife. “I have loved you so much for all my life. Now, that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company? ” “No”. merchant’s heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the second wife, “I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, Will you follow me and keep me company? “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time! ” replied the second wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave. ” The answer came like a bold of thunder and the merchant was devastated. Then a voice called out, “I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go. ” The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like the suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have! ”

Actually, we all have four wives in our lives. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it took good, it’ll leave us when we die. Our third wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been to us when we’re alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. The first wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure. It is actually the only that follows us where ever we go. Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we’re in our deathbed to lament.

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What does the author have to say about our soul?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

That it can give us company only till our death

b.

That it has been ignored in the chase for worldly pleasures

c.

That it is well taken care of

d. All of the above

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