Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 101 - 106 of 191

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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.

Question number: 101 (2 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Which of the following is possible not a characteristics of the first wife as given in the passage?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

Beautiful

b.

Thin

c.

Caring

d.

Loyal

Question number: 102 (3 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What does the phrase ‘cut like a sharp knife’ as used in the passage mean?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

Dangerous

b.

Bleed

c.

Injure

d.

Hurt

Question number: 103 (4 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Appeared in Year: 1960

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What fear did the merchant have about his third wife?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

That she would run away with all his money

b.

That she would kill him

c.

That she would not accompany him when he died

d. None of the above

Question number: 104 (5 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What explanation did the fourth wife give for not accompanying the merchant when he was dying?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

She was afraid to go with him

b.

She did not give any explanation

c.

She wanted more money

d.

She wanted to marry someone else after the merchant’s death

Question number: 105 (6 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The author has compared the merchant’s fourth wife to our-

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Choice (4) Response
a.

Wealth

b.

Friends

c.

Soul

d. All a. , b. and c. are correct

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What was the second wife’s quality?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

She helped the merchant in his business

b.

She made the merchant feel proud

c.

She contributed to the merchant’s wealth

d.

She helped the merchant during tough times

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