Comprehension


Direction: A passage is given with 5 questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose thebest answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
PASSAGE
The function of education is to prepare young people to understand the whole process of life. The end of education is not merely to pass some examinations and get a job and earn one’s livelihood. If education is to make people understand life, then surely life is not merely a job or an occupation; life is something extraordinarily wide and profound, it is a great mystery, a vast realm in which we function as human beings. If we prepare ourselves only to earn a livelihood, we shall miss the whole point of life. To understand life is much more important than to get a degree or pass an examination for a job. Life, with all its subtleties, is such a vast expanse. It has its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys. It also has its hidden things of the mind such as envies, ambitions, passions, fears, fulfilments and anxieties. The birds, the flowers, the flourishing trees, the heavens, the stars, the rivers and the fishes therein-all this is life. When we are young we must seek and find out what life is all about. Thus we cultivate intelligence with the help of education. Intelligence is the capacity to think freely, without fear, without a formula, so that we begin to discover for ourselves what is real and what is true. Anyone who is gripped with fear will never be intelligent. Most of us have fear in one form or another. Where there is fear there is no intelligence. Thus what education should do is help us understand the need of freedom. Unless we are free we will not understand the whole process of living. When we are free we have no fear. We do not imitate but we discover.
MEANINGS OF DIFFICULT WORDS/PHRASES
(1) profound (Adj.) : of the greatest intensity
(2) realm (N.) : area
(3) subtleties (N.) : the small but important details/ aspects of something
(4) expanse (N.) : a wide scope

  1. Education helps us realize the









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    necessity of freedom.

    Correct Option: D

    necessity of freedom.


  1. When we are young we should









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    seek the meaning of life.

    Correct Option: A

    seek the meaning of life.



  1. The aim of education is to make us realise the need of









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    freedom

    Correct Option: B

    freedom


  1. What is the effect of fear on humans?









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    We are not able to develop our intelligence.

    Correct Option: B

    We are not able to develop our intelligence.



Direction: A passage is given with 5 questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose thebest answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
PASSAGE
Mary Garden, a noted opera singer, earned a great deal of money during her career, but was constantly bothered by the demands of her father for money and always in large sums. Miss Garden would always give it to him, though often she would often complain that his requests seemed somewhat unreasonable. To this the stock reply was that he needed the money for a very special project. She was not going to refuse her father, was she? During the depression Miss Garden, like many others, lost her money in the stock market crash. Shortly afterward, her father died, and, much to her surprise, she was notified that he had left a large bank account in her name. He had saved for her every cent she had given him. The demands God makes on us may seem hard at times. But all the while, he is actually helping us to store up an ‘eternal bank account’ in heaven–one which may balance the scales in our favour when we least expect it. Troubles are often the instruments by which God fashions us for better things.

  1. God at times, makes hard demands so that He __________ when we least expect it.









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    can balance the scales in our favour.

    Correct Option: B

    can balance the scales in our favour.