GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) English: Questions 12 - 16 of 1960

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Passage

Read the following poem and answer the questions:

Stray Cats

They are not exactly homeless.

They are dissidents who have lost their faith in furnished interiors, morning walks, the cake and the cutlery.

When you have nine lives to live you learn to take things in your stride.

You learn to stretch your body at full length and yawn at domestic

fictions.

And for this reason you figure in horror films in the mandatory moment between the flash of lightning and the appearance of the ghost.

The light is darkish blue and you see yourself in the iris of the burning eye.

The horror is in the seeing.

What you see is altered by the act of seeing.

The mystery does not stop there.

The seer is in turn altered by what he sees.

Having known this, stray cats jump from roof to roof.

They monitor the world from treetops and hold their weekly meetings in the graveyard, like wandering mendicants.

And when they walk out of the mirror of the sun and cross the crowded road in a flash, for a shining moment, they lurk in the light like a giant shadow of doubt.

Ill-omens to those who cannot see beyond what they see.

Question 12 (1 of 4 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2016 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

In the overall context, what do “furnished interiors, morning walks, / the cake and the cutlery” represent? (July)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

“A giant shadow of doubt”

b.

“Domestic fictions”

c.

Ordinary life

d.

Creaturely comforts

Question 13 (2 of 4 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2016 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

From among the following select two words that help accentuate the enigmatic character

of stray cats:

I. Doubt

II. Mandatory

III. Faith

IV. Mystery

The right combination according to the code is (July)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

III and IV

b.

I and II

c.

I and IV

d.

II and IV

Question 14 (3 of 4 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2016 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

The poem constructs its account of stray cats by way of a contrast with (July)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

Ominous cats

b.

Wild cats

c.

Mysterious cats

d.

Domestic cats

Question 15 (4 of 4 Based on Passage)

Appeared in Year: 2016 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

The last two lines suggest that cats crossing the crowded road (July)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

is an example of human obsession.

b.

is indicative of the homelessness of stray cats

c.

is not necessarily the ill-omen it is held out to be.

d.

is an unexceptionable superstition.

Question 16

Appeared in Year: 2016 (UGC)

Question

MCQ▾

Which of the following ancient critics does Alexander Pope commend as exemplary in Essay on Criticism? (July)

Choices

Choice (4)Response

a.

Aristotle, Horace, Durfey, Quintilian, Longinus

b.

Aristotle, Quintilian, Dryden, Dionysius, Horace

c.

Aristotle, Horace, Dionysius, Quintilian, Longinus

d.

Aristotle, Longinus, Quintilian, Durfey, Dryden

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