English Language-Reading Comprehension (NTSE Stage-2 (National-Level) Scholastic-Aptitude & Language Comprehension): Questions 62 - 66 of 95

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Passage

The functional declines of advancing age are depressing. The heart’s ability to pump blood drops about one per cent, blood flow to arms and legs decreases by thirty to forty per cent in old age. The amount of air a person can exhale after a deep breath lessens and the chest wall stiffens with age. However, recent studies have shown that most of these age-associated declines can be delayed by exercise. Exercise lowers the resting heart-rate and increases the amount of blood pumped with each beat in older people. When stress is placed on bones through exercise, calcium content rises, with the result that resistance to fracture is improved.

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The word ‘exhale’ means-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

breath out

b.

breath slowly

c.

breath in

d.

breath fast

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The chest wall becomes stiff in old age, because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

the resting heart-rate becomes high

b.

the blood flow to various organs decreases

c.

the person’s ability to exhale sufficient air lessens

d.

the heart’s ability to pump blood to drop about one per cent

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The strength of bones can be increased by exercise, because it-

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Choice (4) Response

a.

lessens the stiffness of the chest wall

b.

increases the amount of blood pumped by the heart

c.

increases the amount of air exhaled by a person

d.

increases calcium content in bones

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Years ago, people woke up to find sparrows chirping in their backyard. A noisy lot, they took grains right from your hand if you had befriended them. They got over their fear easily and demanded food or water with their loud chirping if you had forgotten to give them their regular share of food. Tiny pink beaks opened to morsels of food or worms sometimes regurgitated by the parent birds. We had a splendid time watching the bird family bond and as children sat gazing at them as they picked up grain or splashed about us in muddy water.

Many people have written poems and lyrics on sparrows, their noisy chirps, their friendly nature, and their spotty feathers. Sparrows were a menace on the fields. There were guards with slings and stones to chase them away as they ate grain from standing crops. Now, people are trying to woo them back to nature.

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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The farmers consider sparrows a nuisance because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

they are loud and noisy

b.

they splash around in muddy water

c.

they chirp loudly

d.

they eat up the grains from the fields

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Which of the following statements shows that watching sparrows was fun for the author?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

Children sat gazing at them as they picked up grain or splashed about us in muddy water

b.

Tiny beaks opened to morsels of food or worms sometimes regurgitated by the parent birds

c.

They demanded food or water with their loud chirping

d.

They live near our houses

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