Reading Comprehension (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 157 - 160 of 191

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In the town of Agra there lives a rich businessman. But he was also quite a miser. Various people used to flock outside his house everyday hoping for some kind of generosity, but they always had to return home disappointed. He used to award them off with false promises and then never lived up to his word. Then one day, a poet named Raidas arrived at his house and said that he wanted to read out his poems to the rich man. As the rich man was very fond of poetry, he welcomed him in with open arms.

Raidas started to recite all his poems one by one. The rich man was very pleased and especially so when he heard had written on him. In those days, it was a custom for rich men and kings to show their appreciation through a reward or a gift, as that was the only means of earning that a poor poet possessed. So the rich man promised Raidas some gifts and asked him to come and collect them the next day. Raidas was pleased.

The next morning when he arrived at the house, the rich man pretended that he had never laid eyes on him before. When Raidas reminded him of his promise, he said that although Raidas was a good poet he liked the poem which was written on him and the rest of the poems were very ordinary. He also said that he had earlier promised a reward to Raidas not because he was really pleased or impressed, but to simply encourage him. Raidas was extremely upset, but as there was nothing that he could do, he quietly left the house. On his home way he met his brother Kuber who was riding a horse. So, he stopped him and asked for his help after narrating the whole incident. Kuber took him to his own house in order to come up with a plan. After giving it some thought he asked Raidas to go to a friend’s house with five gold coins and request the friend to plan a dinner where the rich man would also be invited. He then narrated his plan to him.

Raidas had one trustworthy friend whose name was Mayadas. So, he went up to him and told him the plan. The next day, Mayadas went to the rich man’s house and invited him for dinner. He said that he intended to serve his guests in vessels of gold, which the guests would get to take homeafter the meal. The rich man was thrilled to hear this and jumped at the offer. After ‘the rich man arrived at Mayadas’ house, he was surprised to see no other guests there but Raidas. Anynow, they welcomed him in and started a polite conversation. The rich man had come on an empty stomach and so was getting hungrier by the minute.

Finally, at midnight, the rich man could bear his hunger no longer and asked Mayadas to serve the food. Mayadas sounded extremely surprises when he asked him what food was he talking about. The rich man tried to remind him that he had been invited for dinner. At this point Raidas asked him for proof of the invitation. The rich man had no answer. At that point Raidas reminded the rich man of the same treatment that he had done with him. The rich man realised his mistake and begged for forgiveness. He said that Raidas was a good poet and had not asked him for any reward. He himself had promised to give him some gifts and then cheated him out of them. To make up for his mistake, he took out the necklace that he was wearing and gifted it to Raidas. Then, they all sat down at eat a happy meal.

Question number: 157 (1 of 8 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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How did the rich businessman react when the realized his mistake of not keeping his promise which he had made to Raidas?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

He asked Raidas to come to his house the next day to take his reward

b.

He Right Mayadas’ house immediately without having dinner

c.

He left Mayadas’ house immediately without having dinner

d. None of the above

Question number: 158 (2 of 8 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why did the people always return home disappointed from the rich businessman’s house?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

He made promises to them but never kept his words

b.

He would donate less than what he had promised to them

c.

The rich man would only reward those who had written poetry on him

d. All of the above

Question number: 159 (3 of 8 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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What did Raidas and Mayadas do when the rich businessman came over for dinner?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

They served him in gold utensils which he later took with himself

b.

They did not serve him any food until he learnt a lesson on what he had done with Raidas

c.

They were thrilled to have a rich businessman as their guest and served him well

d. All of the above

Question number: 160 (4 of 8 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why was the rich businessman thrilled on being invited over to dinner by Mayadas?

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Choice (4) Response
a.

had ever invited him over for dinner since he was very miserly

b.

He was thrilled to have dinner for free

c.

No one had ever invited him over for dinner since he was very miserly

d. None of the above

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