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1 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Which of the following is TRUE according to the story ?
Haridatta had asked his son to give milk to the cobra because he himself was tired of doing it.
The cobra gave Haridatta a diamond every day.
Haridatta's son was greedy
Haridatta had no idea as to why the cobra had killed his son.
All are true
2 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
What was the cobra's final gift to the Brahmin ?
Venom
A diamond
A bite
A gold coin
None of these
3 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
What did Haridatta think on seeing the cobra for the first time ?
The cobra was divine and he would get gold coins from it if worshipped.
The cobra was the god of his land and had to be worshipped.
He was fearful of the cobra and ran away from the spot.
The cobra was responsible for his poverty.
None of these
4 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Which of the following is possibly the most appropriate title for the story ?
The Cobra And The Brahmin
The Foolish Brahmin
The Brave Cobra
Haridatta And his son
The mourning father
5 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Why did Haridatta's son try to kill the cobra ?
The cobra had angered him through his behaviour.
The cobra was known to be poisonous and had killed several men in the village by biting them.
He believed that the anthill in which the cobra lived contained all the gold coins.
He thought the cobra would bite him if he went near it.
He did not like the fact that his father was wasting his time by feeding the cobra milk every day.
6 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Choose the word/ group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/ group of words printed in $bold$ as used in the passage.
$HUMBLE$
rich
waste
meek
modest
low
7 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Choose the word/ group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/ group of words printed in $bold$ as used in the passage.
$ASTONISHED$
petrified
upset
dazed
fearful
surprised
8 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Choose the word/ group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/ group of words printed in $bold$ as used in the passage.
STRETCH OUT
lie down
exercise
fall
elongate
extend out
9 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
Choose the word/ group of words which is most opposite in meaning to the word/ group of words printed in $bold$ as used in the passage.
$DEFTLY$
nimbly
artistically
skilfully
shallowly
sluggishly
10 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.
One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was $astonished$ to see this and he thought, 'This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.' He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, 'O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this $humble$ offering.' He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.
The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.
One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, 'This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.' He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra$deftly$ dodged the blow but bit Haridatta's son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son's greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.
The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son's cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, 'You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don't ever come back again.' He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.
$IN AN INSTANT$
in lieu of
quickly
at once
one each day
speedily

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