GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) English: Questions 1076 - 1079 of 1960

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Passage

Read the following poem and answer questions:

Bored

Margaret Atwood

All those times I was bored out of my mind.

Holding the log while he sawed it.

Holding the string while he measured, boards,

distances between things, or pounded

stakes into the ground for rows and rows

of lettuces and beets, which I then (bored) weeded.

Or sat in the back of the car, or sat still in boats,

sat, sat, while at the prow, stern, wheel he drove, steered, paddled.

It wasn՚t even boredom, it was looking,

looking hard and up close at the small details Myopia.

The worn gunwales, the intricate twill of the seat cover.

The acid crumbs of loam, the granular

pink rock, its igneous veins, the sea-fans

of dry moss, the blackish and then the graying bristles on the back of his neck.

Sometimes he would whistle, sometimes

I would. The boring rhythm of doing

things over and over, carrying the wood, drying the dishes.

Such minutiae.

it՚s what the animals spend most of their time at,

ferrying the sand, grain by grain, from their tunnels,

shuffling the leaves in their burrows. He pointed

such things out, and I would look

at the whorled texture of his square finger, earth under

the nail. Why do I remember it as sunnier

all the time then, although it more often

rained, and more birdsong?

I could hardly wait to get

the hell out of there to

anywhere else. Perhaps though

boredom is happier. It is for dogs or

groundhogs. Now I wouldn՚t be bored.

Now I would know too much.

Now I would know. (November Paper 3)

Question 1076 (2 of 3 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2017 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

Which pair of words best describes the repetitive tenor of the speaker՚s unpretentious yet oppressive life?

(1) Details

(2) The car

(3) The wood

(4) The minutae

The right combination according to the code is:

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

(3) and (4)

b.

(1) and (2)

c.

(2) and (3)

d.

(1) and (4)

Question 1077 (3 of 3 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2017 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

“All those times” - the opening words of the poem locate the speaker in:

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

A highway motel

b.

A natural environment

c.

A mountain resort

d.

A city suburb

Question 1078

Appeared in Year: 2015 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

Listed below are the seemingly friendly characters in The Pilgrim՚s Progress who give Christian dangerous advice. Among them is one who does not belong to this group. Identify this odd character. (June Paper 3)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

Talkative

b.

Evangelist

c.

Ignorance

d.

Mr. Worldly Wiseman

Question 1079

Appeared in Year: 2015 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

“I suffered from impaired eye-sight, depression and poverty and left Oxford without a degree. After a period as a teacher and my marriage to a widow twice my age, I left for London, to begin writing for a magazine, I produced my own journal.” Choose the correct answer, identifying the writer, the magazine and the journal. (June Paper 3)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

Joseph Addison, The Freeholder, The Tatler

b.

John Milton, The Examiner՚s Magazine, London Magazine

c.

Samuel Johnson, The Gentlemen՚s Magazine, The Ramble

d.

Richard Steele, The Guardian, The Spectator

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