1 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Both official and corporate India is allergic to
A.  failure of monsoon
B.  poverty and inequality
C.  slowdown in industrial production
D.  mention of clean technology
E.  crop failure
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2 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Which according to the passage, is a life and death question to many Indians?
A.  Increase in respiratory diseases
B.  Use of clean technology
C.  Thick blanket of pollution over the region
D.  Failure in crops
E.  Dwindling agricultural yield
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3 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
If the rate of premature deaths increases it will
A.  exert added burden on our crumbling economy
B.  have adverse social and economic consequences
C.  make positive effect on our efforts to control population
D.  have less job aspirants in the society
E.  None of the above
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4 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
According to the passage, India cannot tolerate any further
A.  crop failure
B.  deterioration of health care system
C.  increase in respiratory diseases
D.  proliferation of nuclear devices
E.  social and economic consequences
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5 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
According to the passage, two wheeler industry is not adequately concerned about
A.  passenger safety on the roads
B.  life cover insurance of the vehicle owners,
C.  pollution control system in the vehicles
D.  rising cost of the two wheelers
E.  rising cost of the petrol in the country
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6 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
What could be the reason behind timing of the haze report just before the Kyoto meet, as indicated in the passage ?
A.  United Nations is working hand-inglove with US
B.  Organizers of the forthcoming meet to teach a lesson to the US
C.  Drawing attentions of the world towards devastating effects of environment degradation
D.  US wants to use it as a handle against developing countries of the forthcoming meet
E.  The meet is a part of political agenda of the UN
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7 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

Q: . Profligacy
A.  Wastefulness
B.  Conservation
C.  Upliftment
D.  Criticality
E.  Denouncement
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8 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

Q: Allergic
A.  Liking
B.  Passionate
C.  Possessive
D.  Crumbling
E.  Repugnant
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9 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

Q: . Morbidity
A.  Powerfulness
B.  Healthiness
C.  Softness
D.  Acuteness
E.  Purposeful
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10 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words /expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Radically changing monsoon patterns, reduction in the winter rice harvest and a quantum increase in respiratory diseases-all part of the environmental doomsday scenario, which is reportedly playing out in South Asia. According to a United Nations Environment Programme report, a deadly 3 km deep blanket of pollution comprising a fearsome cocktail of ash, acids, aerosols and other particles has enveloped this region. For India, already struggling to cope with a drought, the implications of this are devastating and further crop failure will amount to a life and death question for many Indians. The increase in premature deaths will have adverse social and economic consequences and a rise in morbidities will place an unbearable burden on our crumbling health system. And there is no one to blame but ourselves. Both official and corporate India has always been allergic to any mention of clean technology. Most mechanical two wheelers roll of the assembly line without proper pollution control system. Little effort is made for R & D on simple technologies, which could make a vital difference to people's lives and the environment.

However, while there is no denying that South Asia must clean up its act, skeptics might question the timing of the haze report. The Kyoto meet on climate change is just two weeks away and the stage is set for the usual battle between the developing world and the West, particularly the US President Mr. Bush has adamantly refused to sign any protocol, which would mean a change in American consumption level. UN environment report will likely find a place in the US arsenal as it plants an accusing finger towards controls like India and China. Yet the US can hardly deny its own dubious role in the matter of erasing trading quotas. Richer countries can simply buy up excess credits from poorer countries and continue to pollute. Rather than try to get the better of developing countries, who undoubtedly have taken up environmental shortcuts in their bid to catch up with the West, the US should take a look at the environmental profligacy which is going on within. From opening up virgin territories for oil exploration to relaxing the standards for drinking water.
Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

Q: Dubious
A.  Unquestionable
B.  Dissimilar
C.  Illegal
D.  Antisocial
E.  Innovative
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