English Language-Reading Comprehension (NTSE Stage-2 (National-Level) Scholastic-Aptitude & Language Comprehension): Questions 79 - 83 of 95

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The night was cold and dark. There was a great storm, thunder and lightning also. Most men and animals, adequately protected, were asleep in their homes. They were warm and happy. But some monkeys were running through the forest. They had no warm home and there was cold. Worried monkeys looked everywhere for shelter. They had almost resigned themselves to be flattened out by the cold. Suddenly, they saw some fireflies. Now, fireflies have a light in their tails, as all our children know. The monkeys took the light for fire. Poor things, they did not know any better. They said, ‘We will go near the fire and warm ourselves. ’

There was a flock of birds in a tree nearby. One bird had a kind heart and it fell sorry for the monkeys. It called out, That is not fire, my friends! Those are fireflies. They give no heat. It is futile to run after them. ′ The monkeys got furious, their rage knew no bounds. They did not thank the bird. One monkey said rudely, Is it so? We do not want unsolicited advice. I will teach you to say there is no fire. ′ He jumped up the tree and pulled the poor bird out of its nest. ‘Alas’! said the poor bird, ‘Why did I try to help a fool? ’

Question number: 79 (4 of 5 Based on Passage) Show Passage

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The monkeys were running through the forest because

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Choice (4) Response

a.

they were in search of food

b.

they were in search of a warm place

c.

they wanted to kill birds and eat them away

d.

monkeys like running about

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Why were the monkey angry?

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Choice (4) Response

a.

It was very cold and they could not find a warm place

b.

The birds spoke to the monkey rudely

c.

The monkeys did not like the advice of the bird

d.

The monkeys could not get heat from the fireflies

Passage

Jyoti lived with her mother in a small village. From a young age she had witnessed her mother, a widow, being ill-treated by the villagers. But when she was in high school she began to understand things. She couldn’t take the insults to her mother anymore. She decided to change the way widows were viewed in village society. Jyoti started a “Widow Empowerment Campaign”.

She spoke to village elders and knocked on two hundred doors to spread her message. She learned to organize street plays which she used to make people aware about the plight and pain of widows.

Initially her ideas were not acceptable to the society entrenched in tradition. People pushed her out of their houses and refused to listen to what she had to say.

But she went on relentlessly without faltering. Today, widows are allowed go out of their homes like others. Many, including their mothers are now employed at organizations and literacy centers.

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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The story of Jyoti is an illustration of

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Choice (4) Response

a.

rigidity of traditional families

b.

organisation of street plays

c.

the spread of employment opportunities for widows

d.

Crusade of a young girl for social change

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A major factor in Jyoti’s success seems to be

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Choice (4) Response

a.

social and economic development programmes

b.

sympathy and encouragement from her mother

c.

her own courage and determination

d.

support from her friends

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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“She knocked on two hundred doors” indicates that Jyoti

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Choice (4) Response

a.

went knocking at the doors one after the other

b.

visited people at their houses individually

c.

spoke to every family in the village

d.

approached a large number of people

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