Reading Comprehension (IAS Prelims CSAT Paper-II (Aptitude)): Questions 5 - 9 of 14

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The following items are based on passage in English to test the comprehension of English language and therefore these items do not have Hindi version. Read each passage and answer the items that follow.

In front of us was walking a bare-headed old man in tattered clothes. He was driving his beasts. They were all laden with heavy loads of clay from the hills and looked tired. The man carried a long whip which perhaps he himself had made. As he walked down the road he stopped now and then to eat the wild berries that grew on bushes along the uneven road. When he threw away the seeds, the bold birds would fly to peck them. Sometimes the stray dogs watched the procession philosophically and then began to bark. When this happened, my two little sons would stand still holding my hands firmly. A dog can sometimes be dangerous indeed. (2014)

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The expression “a stray dog watched the procession philosophically” means that

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the dog looked at the procession with big, wondering eyes.

b.

the dog stood aloof, looking at the procession with seriousness.

c.

the dog stood there with his eyes closed.

d.

the dog was restless and ferocious.

Question number: 6 (2 of 2 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The author’s children held his hands firmly because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the road was uneven.

b.

they were scared of the barking dogs.

c.

they saw the whip in the old man’s hand.

d.

they wanted him to pluck berries.

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Cynthia was a shy girl. She believed that she was plain and untalented. One day her teacher ordered the entire class to show up for audition for the school play. Cynthia nearly died of fright when she was told that she would have to stand on stage in front of the entire class and deliver dialogues. The mere thought of it made her feel sick. But a remarkable transformation occurred during the audition. A thin, shy girl, her knees quaking, her stomach churning in terror, began to stun everyone with her excellent performance. Her bored classmates suddenly stopped their noisy chat to stare at her slender figure on the stage. At the end of her audition, the entire room erupted in thunderous applause. (2014)

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The transformation that occurred during the audition refers to

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the nervousness of Cynthia.

b.

the surprise on the faces of her classmates.

c.

the eruption of the entire room in thunderous applause.

d.

the stunning performance of Cynthia.

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Cynthia was afraid to stand on stage because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

her stomach was churning.

b.

she felt her classmates may laugh at her.

c.

she lacked self-confidence.

d.

she did not like school plays.

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Cynthia’s classmates were chatting because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the teacher had no control over them.

b.

they were bored of the performances.

c.

it was their tum to act next.

d.

Cynthia did not act well.

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