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1 . In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in eachcase.
King Vikramaditya was $(1)$ for his justice and kindness. In his kingdom, everyone was leading a happy and content life. His people loved him and were proud of him. Once, Vikramaditya decided to build a palace on a riverbank. He $(2)$ his ministers to survey the site and start the $(3)$. Many labourers were put to work and in a few days the palace was $(4)$. Before inviting the King to see the palace, the minister decided to take a final look. 'Splendid !' the minister exclaimed, looking at the palace. Then suddenly his eyes fell on something and he shouted, 'What is that ? I did not see that before.' All the labourers and the soldiers turned around. There was a hut just a few steps away from the palace gate. 'What is this hut doing here?' shouted the minister and added, 'And who does it belong to?'
'Sir, it belongs to an old woman. She has been living here for a long time,' replied a solider. The minister walked up to the hut and spoke to the old lady. 'I want t buy your hut. You can ask for as much money as you want,' he said. 'I am sorry, Sir. I can't accept your offer. My hut is $(5)$ to me than my life. I have lived in it with my late husband and I want to die in it,' the old lady said. The minister tried to tell her that her hut would $(6)$ the charm of the newly constructed palace. But the old lady was strong $(7)$ her stance and she was ready to face any consequence and any punishment. She refused to sell her hut to the King. The matter was then taken to the King. The wise and generous King thought for a while, and then said, 'Let the old lady have her hut where it is. It will only $(8)$ to the beauty of the new palace.' Then $(9)$ the minister, the King said, 'Let us not forget that what seems ugly to us may be $(10)$ to someone else.'
$(6)$
stop
spoil
bring
obstruct
2 . In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in eachcase.
King Vikramaditya was $(1)$ for his justice and kindness. In his kingdom, everyone was leading a happy and content life. His people loved him and were proud of him. Once, Vikramaditya decided to build a palace on a riverbank. He $(2)$ his ministers to survey the site and start the $(3)$. Many labourers were put to work and in a few days the palace was $(4)$. Before inviting the King to see the palace, the minister decided to take a final look. 'Splendid !' the minister exclaimed, looking at the palace. Then suddenly his eyes fell on something and he shouted, 'What is that ? I did not see that before.' All the labourers and the soldiers turned around. There was a hut just a few steps away from the palace gate. 'What is this hut doing here?' shouted the minister and added, 'And who does it belong to?'
'Sir, it belongs to an old woman. She has been living here for a long time,' replied a solider. The minister walked up to the hut and spoke to the old lady. 'I want t buy your hut. You can ask for as much money as you want,' he said. 'I am sorry, Sir. I can't accept your offer. My hut is $(5)$ to me than my life. I have lived in it with my late husband and I want to die in it,' the old lady said. The minister tried to tell her that her hut would $(6)$ the charm of the newly constructed palace. But the old lady was strong $(7)$ her stance and she was ready to face any consequence and any punishment. She refused to sell her hut to the King. The matter was then taken to the King. The wise and generous King thought for a while, and then said, 'Let the old lady have her hut where it is. It will only $(8)$ to the beauty of the new palace.' Then $(9)$ the minister, the King said, 'Let us not forget that what seems ugly to us may be $(10)$ to someone else.'
$(7)$
for
by
on
to
till
3 . In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in eachcase.
King Vikramaditya was $(1)$ for his justice and kindness. In his kingdom, everyone was leading a happy and content life. His people loved him and were proud of him. Once, Vikramaditya decided to build a palace on a riverbank. He $(2)$ his ministers to survey the site and start the $(3)$. Many labourers were put to work and in a few days the palace was $(4)$. Before inviting the King to see the palace, the minister decided to take a final look. 'Splendid !' the minister exclaimed, looking at the palace. Then suddenly his eyes fell on something and he shouted, 'What is that ? I did not see that before.' All the labourers and the soldiers turned around. There was a hut just a few steps away from the palace gate. 'What is this hut doing here?' shouted the minister and added, 'And who does it belong to?'
'Sir, it belongs to an old woman. She has been living here for a long time,' replied a solider. The minister walked up to the hut and spoke to the old lady. 'I want t buy your hut. You can ask for as much money as you want,' he said. 'I am sorry, Sir. I can't accept your offer. My hut is $(5)$ to me than my life. I have lived in it with my late husband and I want to die in it,' the old lady said. The minister tried to tell her that her hut would $(6)$ the charm of the newly constructed palace. But the old lady was strong $(7)$ her stance and she was ready to face any consequence and any punishment. She refused to sell her hut to the King. The matter was then taken to the King. The wise and generous King thought for a while, and then said, 'Let the old lady have her hut where it is. It will only $(8)$ to the beauty of the new palace.' Then $(9)$ the minister, the King said, 'Let us not forget that what seems ugly to us may be $(10)$ to someone else.'
$(8)$
multiply
subtract
increase
help
4 . In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in eachcase.
King Vikramaditya was $(1)$ for his justice and kindness. In his kingdom, everyone was leading a happy and content life. His people loved him and were proud of him. Once, Vikramaditya decided to build a palace on a riverbank. He $(2)$ his ministers to survey the site and start the $(3)$. Many labourers were put to work and in a few days the palace was $(4)$. Before inviting the King to see the palace, the minister decided to take a final look. 'Splendid !' the minister exclaimed, looking at the palace. Then suddenly his eyes fell on something and he shouted, 'What is that ? I did not see that before.' All the labourers and the soldiers turned around. There was a hut just a few steps away from the palace gate. 'What is this hut doing here?' shouted the minister and added, 'And who does it belong to?'
'Sir, it belongs to an old woman. She has been living here for a long time,' replied a solider. The minister walked up to the hut and spoke to the old lady. 'I want t buy your hut. You can ask for as much money as you want,' he said. 'I am sorry, Sir. I can't accept your offer. My hut is $(5)$ to me than my life. I have lived in it with my late husband and I want to die in it,' the old lady said. The minister tried to tell her that her hut would $(6)$ the charm of the newly constructed palace. But the old lady was strong $(7)$ her stance and she was ready to face any consequence and any punishment. She refused to sell her hut to the King. The matter was then taken to the King. The wise and generous King thought for a while, and then said, 'Let the old lady have her hut where it is. It will only $(8)$ to the beauty of the new palace.' Then $(9)$ the minister, the King said, 'Let us not forget that what seems ugly to us may be $(10)$ to someone else.'
$(9)$
hiding
smiling
turning
peeping
staring
5 . In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in eachcase.
King Vikramaditya was $(1)$ for his justice and kindness. In his kingdom, everyone was leading a happy and content life. His people loved him and were proud of him. Once, Vikramaditya decided to build a palace on a riverbank. He $(2)$ his ministers to survey the site and start the $(3)$. Many labourers were put to work and in a few days the palace was $(4)$. Before inviting the King to see the palace, the minister decided to take a final look. 'Splendid !' the minister exclaimed, looking at the palace. Then suddenly his eyes fell on something and he shouted, 'What is that ? I did not see that before.' All the labourers and the soldiers turned around. There was a hut just a few steps away from the palace gate. 'What is this hut doing here?' shouted the minister and added, 'And who does it belong to?'
'Sir, it belongs to an old woman. She has been living here for a long time,' replied a solider. The minister walked up to the hut and spoke to the old lady. 'I want t buy your hut. You can ask for as much money as you want,' he said. 'I am sorry, Sir. I can't accept your offer. My hut is $(5)$ to me than my life. I have lived in it with my late husband and I want to die in it,' the old lady said. The minister tried to tell her that her hut would $(6)$ the charm of the newly constructed palace. But the old lady was strong $(7)$ her stance and she was ready to face any consequence and any punishment. She refused to sell her hut to the King. The matter was then taken to the King. The wise and generous King thought for a while, and then said, 'Let the old lady have her hut where it is. It will only $(8)$ to the beauty of the new palace.' Then $(9)$ the minister, the King said, 'Let us not forget that what seems ugly to us may be $(10)$ to someone else.'
$(10)$
good
nice
uglier
precious
happy
6 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it
Once upon a time there was an old man called Yugiyama, in a small village in Japan. He lived alone as his only son had gone far away to study. Yugiyama was a nice and friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. He had a very positive view of everything that happened around him. He never grumbled or complained about anything. The villagers would often come over to the old man's house to express their sympathy as his only son had gone far away and even at this old age he had no one to look after him and support him. They often wondered aloud if his son would ever return. As a reply to all their concerns, Yugiyama would always thank them and say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' No one ever understood why he was never sad about his son's absence. One day, Yugiyama's son returned to the village after completing his education. His son had become a merchant and was earning very well. He took great care of his father. Everyone was not only amazed at Yugiyama's luck but they were also very happy for him. Streams of villagers come over to congratulate him and like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.'
Barely a few days had passed, when one day; Yugiyama's son fell off a horse's back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Yugiyama's house to express their concern and again the old man thanked them for their sympathy and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in this situation as his son had broken a leg and old Yugiyama would have to take care of him. A month later, the kingdom to which Yugiyama belonged and the neighbouring kingdom had a war. The king announced that they needed more young men in the army. A small troop of the army came to the village and recruited all able-bodied young men into the army. They did not give anyone a choice. Even those who were reluctant were forced to join the army. When they came to Yugiyama's house they found this son with a broken leg. The army leader told Yugiyama, 'Your son is injured and so, he will not be of any help in the battle field.' Thus they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man's house to congratulate him for his good luck. They said, 'You are lucky that your son was not recruited. Otherwise, who would have looked after you?' Like always, the old man thanked them and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' It was only then that the villagers understood the true meaning of Yugiyama's words.
Why did Yugiyama always say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good'?
His son liked to hear these words
He liked to puzzle the villagers by saying these words
This was his way of grumbling about everything
7 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it
Once upon a time there was an old man called Yugiyama, in a small village in Japan. He lived alone as his only son had gone far away to study. Yugiyama was a nice and friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. He had a very positive view of everything that happened around him. He never grumbled or complained about anything. The villagers would often come over to the old man's house to express their sympathy as his only son had gone far away and even at this old age he had no one to look after him and support him. They often wondered aloud if his son would ever return. As a reply to all their concerns, Yugiyama would always thank them and say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' No one ever understood why he was never sad about his son's absence. One day, Yugiyama's son returned to the village after completing his education. His son had become a merchant and was earning very well. He took great care of his father. Everyone was not only amazed at Yugiyama's luck but they were also very happy for him. Streams of villagers come over to congratulate him and like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.'
Barely a few days had passed, when one day; Yugiyama's son fell off a horse's back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Yugiyama's house to express their concern and again the old man thanked them for their sympathy and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in this situation as his son had broken a leg and old Yugiyama would have to take care of him. A month later, the kingdom to which Yugiyama belonged and the neighbouring kingdom had a war. The king announced that they needed more young men in the army. A small troop of the army came to the village and recruited all able-bodied young men into the army. They did not give anyone a choice. Even those who were reluctant were forced to join the army. When they came to Yugiyama's house they found this son with a broken leg. The army leader told Yugiyama, 'Your son is injured and so, he will not be of any help in the battle field.' Thus they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man's house to congratulate him for his good luck. They said, 'You are lucky that your son was not recruited. Otherwise, who would have looked after you?' Like always, the old man thanked them and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' It was only then that the villagers understood the true meaning of Yugiyama's words.
Why was everyone amazed at Yugiyama's luck?
His son was given a high post in the army after his return
His son had returned and was taking great care of him
His son had become one of the greatest warriors
His son received an award for being a successful merchant
8 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it
Once upon a time there was an old man called Yugiyama, in a small village in Japan. He lived alone as his only son had gone far away to study. Yugiyama was a nice and friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. He had a very positive view of everything that happened around him. He never grumbled or complained about anything. The villagers would often come over to the old man's house to express their sympathy as his only son had gone far away and even at this old age he had no one to look after him and support him. They often wondered aloud if his son would ever return. As a reply to all their concerns, Yugiyama would always thank them and say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' No one ever understood why he was never sad about his son's absence. One day, Yugiyama's son returned to the village after completing his education. His son had become a merchant and was earning very well. He took great care of his father. Everyone was not only amazed at Yugiyama's luck but they were also very happy for him. Streams of villagers come over to congratulate him and like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.'
Barely a few days had passed, when one day; Yugiyama's son fell off a horse's back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Yugiyama's house to express their concern and again the old man thanked them for their sympathy and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in this situation as his son had broken a leg and old Yugiyama would have to take care of him. A month later, the kingdom to which Yugiyama belonged and the neighbouring kingdom had a war. The king announced that they needed more young men in the army. A small troop of the army came to the village and recruited all able-bodied young men into the army. They did not give anyone a choice. Even those who were reluctant were forced to join the army. When they came to Yugiyama's house they found this son with a broken leg. The army leader told Yugiyama, 'Your son is injured and so, he will not be of any help in the battle field.' Thus they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man's house to congratulate him for his good luck. They said, 'You are lucky that your son was not recruited. Otherwise, who would have looked after you?' Like always, the old man thanked them and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' It was only then that the villagers understood the true meaning of Yugiyama's words.
Why did Yugiyama live alone?
He liked to live alone
His son abandoned him as he was very old
His son had gone away to study
His son had gone away to work in another village
He had no family at all
9 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it
Once upon a time there was an old man called Yugiyama, in a small village in Japan. He lived alone as his only son had gone far away to study. Yugiyama was a nice and friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. He had a very positive view of everything that happened around him. He never grumbled or complained about anything. The villagers would often come over to the old man's house to express their sympathy as his only son had gone far away and even at this old age he had no one to look after him and support him. They often wondered aloud if his son would ever return. As a reply to all their concerns, Yugiyama would always thank them and say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' No one ever understood why he was never sad about his son's absence. One day, Yugiyama's son returned to the village after completing his education. His son had become a merchant and was earning very well. He took great care of his father. Everyone was not only amazed at Yugiyama's luck but they were also very happy for him. Streams of villagers come over to congratulate him and like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.'
Barely a few days had passed, when one day; Yugiyama's son fell off a horse's back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Yugiyama's house to express their concern and again the old man thanked them for their sympathy and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in this situation as his son had broken a leg and old Yugiyama would have to take care of him. A month later, the kingdom to which Yugiyama belonged and the neighbouring kingdom had a war. The king announced that they needed more young men in the army. A small troop of the army came to the village and recruited all able-bodied young men into the army. They did not give anyone a choice. Even those who were reluctant were forced to join the army. When they came to Yugiyama's house they found this son with a broken leg. The army leader told Yugiyama, 'Your son is injured and so, he will not be of any help in the battle field.' Thus they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man's house to congratulate him for his good luck. They said, 'You are lucky that your son was not recruited. Otherwise, who would have looked after you?' Like always, the old man thanked them and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' It was only then that the villagers understood the true meaning of Yugiyama's words.
Initially, the villagers sympathised with Yugiyama because
he was old and there was no one to look after him
his house was robbed one night
he broke his leg while working in the fields
10 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it
Once upon a time there was an old man called Yugiyama, in a small village in Japan. He lived alone as his only son had gone far away to study. Yugiyama was a nice and friendly man who was liked by all the people in the village. He had a very positive view of everything that happened around him. He never grumbled or complained about anything. The villagers would often come over to the old man's house to express their sympathy as his only son had gone far away and even at this old age he had no one to look after him and support him. They often wondered aloud if his son would ever return. As a reply to all their concerns, Yugiyama would always thank them and say, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' No one ever understood why he was never sad about his son's absence. One day, Yugiyama's son returned to the village after completing his education. His son had become a merchant and was earning very well. He took great care of his father. Everyone was not only amazed at Yugiyama's luck but they were also very happy for him. Streams of villagers come over to congratulate him and like always, the old man was polite. He thanked all of them for coming over and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.'
Barely a few days had passed, when one day; Yugiyama's son fell off a horse's back and broke his leg. Once again the entire village came over to Yugiyama's house to express their concern and again the old man thanked them for their sympathy and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' Some of the villagers were surprised to hear this and wondered what good could there possibly be in this situation as his son had broken a leg and old Yugiyama would have to take care of him. A month later, the kingdom to which Yugiyama belonged and the neighbouring kingdom had a war. The king announced that they needed more young men in the army. A small troop of the army came to the village and recruited all able-bodied young men into the army. They did not give anyone a choice. Even those who were reluctant were forced to join the army. When they came to Yugiyama's house they found this son with a broken leg. The army leader told Yugiyama, 'Your son is injured and so, he will not be of any help in the battle field.' Thus they left him behind. Once again, all the villagers came to the old man's house to congratulate him for his good luck. They said, 'You are lucky that your son was not recruited. Otherwise, who would have looked after you?' Like always, the old man thanked them and said, 'Whatever happens, happens for the good.' It was only then that the villagers understood the true meaning of Yugiyama's words.
Why did the army recruit more men?
The king wanted an army bigger than the neighbouring kingdom
The kingdomwasatwarand itneeded moresoldiers to defend itself
The soldiers were resigning as the king was cruel to them
The king was planning to attack another kingdom and thus wanted a huge army
The king wanted to create employment for his subjects

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