Comprehension


Direction: You have two brief passages with five questions following each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
PASSAGE
A recent investigation by scientists at the USA Geological Survey shows that strange animal behaviour might help predict future earthquakes. Investigators found such occurrences in a ten kilometre radius of the epicentre of a fairly recent quake. Some birds screeched and flew about wildly, dogs yelped and ran uncontrollably. Scientists believe that animals can perceive these environmental changes as early as several days before the mishap. In 1976, after observing the animal behaviour, the Chinese were able to predict a devastating quake. Although hundreds of thousands of people were killed, the government was able to evacuate millions of other and thus keep the death toll at a lower level.

  1. If scientists can accurately predict earthquakes there will be









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    a lower death rate

    Correct Option: B

    a lower death rate


Direction: You have two brief passages with five questions following each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
PASSAGE
“The beauty of the Japanese landscape is that it conveys philosophical messages through each feature. The use of curving pathways rather than straight lines, for instance. This feature springs from the belief that only evil travels in straight lines, good forces tend to wander. Then, odd numbers of plants or trees are used in these gardens because these numbers are considered auspicious. Even the plants used are symbolic. For example, the cyprus represents longevity and the bamboo symbolises abundance,” says Sadhana Roy Choudhary. In Japan, nature is said to be so closely intertwined with human life that parents actually plant a sapling in their garden when a child is born in the family, letting the growth of the child coincide with the growth of the plant.

  1. The Japanese pathways tend to be









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    curved

    Correct Option: C

    curved



  1. According to the passage the Japanese are









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    lovers of nature

    Correct Option: C

    lovers of nature


  1. The Japanese parents plant a sapling at the time of birth of a child because









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    it is closely associated with the growth of the child

    Correct Option: B

    it is closely associated with the growth of the child



  1. Abundance means









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    plenty

    Correct Option: C

    plenty