Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 106 - 110 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: 106 (7 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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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

Question number: 107 (8 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why did the first wife offer to go with the merchant when he died?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Because she was afraid to stay alone

b.

Because she was undernourished and was going to die away

c.

Because she hated the other wives

d.

Because she loved him

Question number: 108 (9 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

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: 109 (1 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why did the thief leave the valuables he had stolen behind?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

He was afraid that God would punish him for stealing

b.

Seeing Mihir’s faith in Good the thief was filled with remorse

c.

Feeling sorry for Mihir’s family he decided to donate the valuables to them

d.

In his hurry to run away he forgot to take the valuables along

Question number: 110 (2 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why was the thief not afraid of Mahadev’s family?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

He had weapons to defend himself

b.

They had not brought their servants along to protect them

c.

Seeing their wealth he suspected them of stealing his loot

d.

None of the above

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