Reading Comprehension-Prose or Drama (CTET Paper-II English): Questions 89 - 93 of 133

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Once upon a time, there lives a herd of elephants at the bottom of the majestic Himalayas. Their leader was a rare white elephant who was indeed an extremely kind-hearted soul. He greatly loved his mother who had grown blind and feeble and could not look out for herself. Each day this white elephant would go deep into the forest in search of food. He would look for the best of fruits to sent to his mother through other elephants of the herd. But his mother never received any. This was because the other members of the herd would always eat that food up themselves. Each night, when he returned home he would be surprised to hear that his mother had been starving all day. He was absolutely disgusted with his herd. Then one day, he decided to leave them all behind and disappeared in the middle of the night along with his dear mother. He took her to Mount Cadorana to live in a cave besides a beautiful lake. It so happened that one day, when the white elephant was feeding, he heard loud cries. A forester from Banaras had lost his way in the forest and was absolutely terrified. The white elephant told him not to worry as he knew every inch of this forest and could take him to safety. He then lifted him on to his back and carried him to the edge of the forest from where the forester went on his merry way back to Banaras. Oh reaching the city, he heard that King’s personal elephant had just died and the King was looking for a new elephant. His heralds were roaming the city, “announcing that any man who had seen or heard of an elephant fit for a King should come forward with the information. The forester was very excited and immediately went up to the King and told him about the white elephant that he had seen on Mount Candorana. The King was quite pleased with the information and immediately dispatched a number of soldiers and elephant trainers along with the forester. After travelling for many days, the group reached ________ besides which the elephants resided. They slowly crept down to the edge of the lake and hid behind the bushes. The white elephant was collecting lotus shoots for his mother’s meal and could sense the presence of humans. When he looked up, he spotted the forester and realised that it was he who had the King’s men to him. He was very upset at the ingratitude but decided not to put up a struggle as many of the men would be killed. And he was just too kind to hurt anyone. So he decided to go along with them to Banaras and then seek a solution to this problem. On reaching the beautiful city of Banaras, the trainers laid out a feast for their new State elephant but he refused to touch a morsel. He did not respond to any kind of stimuli, be it the fragrant flowers or the beautiful and comfortable stable. He just sat there looking completely despondent. The king was extremely concerned. He offered the elephant food from the royal table and asked him why he grieved in this manner. The white elephant replied that he would not eat a thing until he met his mother back home on Mount Candorana as she must be hungry because she was blind and had no one to feed her and take care of her. He was afraid that she would die. The compassionate King was touched by the elephant’s story and assured him that his soldiers would bring his old mother to the palace as soon as possible. The king kept his promise and his soldiers took good care of his mother for as long as she lived. She blessed the kind King with peace, prosperity and joy till the end of his days. In this way the white elephant could serve the king and also got the royal perks at the king’s palace along with his mother.

Question number: 89 (9 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Why did the white elephant not put up a struggle against the King’s soldiers?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

He feared that the King may kill his mother if he did not go to the palace

b.

He was blind and feeble and thus could not put up a struggle

c.

He surrendered as he realised that he would not be able to fight so many soldiers

d.

He did not want anyone to get hurt in the struggle

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Motivation for ruralism in underdeveloped countries are understandably different from those in developed countries. In the Third World countries, which are predominantly rural, the only lever that can lift human life above its present subhuman level, is rural development. Rural life in such countries has been stagnating for countries on end. Nothing worthwhile has been done to ameliorate the conditions of the rural population which is only slightly different from that of their quadruped counterpart. Ignorance, ill health and poverty have become synonyms of rural life in the undeveloped and underdeveloped countries. But the worst tragedy is that the concerned human populations have taken this state of affairs for granted, as something unalterable, something for which there is no remedy. Every ray of hope has gone out of their lives. In such countries, Rural Development is the inevitable condition of any material or non-material advancement. As such enlightened sections of all such countries have been taking ever growing interest in the question of Rural Development.

This was also part of the legacy of their freedom struggle. In countries like India, it is well-known that attempts at Rural Development were an inseparable part of the independence movement. Leaders like Gandhiji realised quite well that Real India lived in her stagnating villages. Cities, which were mostly the products of Western colonialism, were just artificial showpieces. Even there, there were two worlds. The posh areas, where the affluent few, mostly the products and custodians of imperial interest lives, were little islands engulfed by the vast ocean of dirt, represented by the vast majority of people.

Cities were by no means unknown to India, but in ancient India, they were integral parts, organically related to the rest of the country and society. But, modern cities are exotic centres of commercial and industrial exploitation. Cities in ancient India were the flowers of cultural and artistic excellence of the nation, modern cities are just parasites, preying on and debillitating the country.

Hence, Gandhiji started the ‘Go to Village Movement’ which along, according to him, could bring freedom to India and sustain it. Rural development had the pride of place in his strategy for the Nation’s freedom. Thus, it had its origin in the freedom struggle.

Question number: 90 (1 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Which of the following best describes the two divergent worlds of the modern cities?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

A few rich people and many poor people

b.

Commercial and industrial exploitation

c.

Posh area and affluent people

d.

Patrons of Western products and custodians of imperial interests

Question number: 91 (2 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Which of the following is the ‘lever’ according to the passage?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Enlighten of the rural people by the city-dwellers

b.

Stagnation of rural life

c.

Non-material advancement

d.

Upliftment of the rural masses

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People are taking growing interest in Rural Development because-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

People are taking growing interest in Rural Development because-

b.

they have been suffering from severe health problems

c.

they have now become optimistic about it

d.

they have realised the indispensability of it

Question number: 93 (4 of 9 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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Which of the following is the worst tragedy according to the author?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

The subhuman condition of the people

b.

Exploitation of the rural people by the city-dwellers

c.

The pessimism of the rural people about their own conditions

d.

Lack of realisation of the importance of rural development

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