Reading Comprehension for SSC CGL Pre 2017 Exam

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Directions (1-5): Read the following passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four given alternatives.
Akbar had quarreled with Birbal over something important and had asked him not to come to the palace again. Akbar started missing Birbal and wanted him back, but could not find out where he was. Akbar hit upon a plan. He sent a message to all the villages that wells had been selected to wed the royal well and so they had to bring the bride to the capital immediately.

The headmen of the various villages were alarmed at the impossible task and came rushing to the capital to apologise for their inability to move their wells. One man, Khaji, however, came to discuss the details of the wedding. Khaji wanted to know whether the marriage ceremony would be conducted in the traditional manner. Akbar assured him that all the formalities would be observed. Khaji was happy and assured Akbar that he would bring the bride to the gates of the city. Khaji added that according to the tradition, the bridegroom was to meet the bride at the village gates and take her into the city. He also asked Akbar when was the commitment date from the bridegroom so that they could set out with the bridal party.
Akbar was happy to hear all this. He realized that such an intelligent idea could be though out only by the fertile brain of Birbal and told Khaji that he did not want the well but the man who gave him the idea.
Q1. Why did Akbar decide to perform the marriage?
(a) He wanted to know how marriages are performed
(b) He wanted to increase the water in his well
(c) He wanted to test the intelligence of the village Headmen
(d) He wanted to find out the whereabouts of Birbal
Q2. Which of the following is not true in the context of the passage?
(a) According to Akbar, Birbal was the most intelligent man in his kingdom
(b) Khaji thought of the idea that the marriage of wells should be conducted in a traditional manner
(c) Akbar enjoyed Birbal’s company
(d) The King’s well was to be the bridegroom
Q3. Which of the following is true in the context of the passage?
(a) Akbar never quarreled with others on small matters
(b) Akbar ordered all the village headmen to find out about Birbal
(c) Every village headman did not reach to Akbar’s marriage in the same way
(d) Khaji was to bring to bridegroom to the village gates
Q4. Why did Akbar say that he did not want the well which Khaji was offering?
(a) Akbar did not like the demands which Khaji was making
(b) Akbar’s intention behind his plan to perform the marriage was fulfilled
(c) There was not much water in the well
(d) None of these
Q5. Why did Khaji come to meet Akbar?
(a) He wanted to know whether the marriage would be performed in a traditional manner
(b) He wanted to know whether the bridegroom could come to his village gate to receive the bride
(c) He wanted to know why Akbar had thought of the marriage between wells
(d) He wanted to know when the marriage ceremony was to be held
Directions (6-10): Read the following passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four given alternatives.
Just as some men like to play football or cricket, similarly some men like to climb mountains. This is often very difficult to do, for mountains are not just big hills. Paths are usually very steep. Some mountain sides are straight up and down, so it may take many hours to climb as little as one hundred feet. There is always the danger that you may fall off and be killed or injured. Men talk about conquering a mountain. It is a wonderful feeling to reach the top of a mountain after climbing for hours and may be, even days. You look down and see the whole country below you. You feel god-like. Two Italian prisoners of war escaped from a prison camp in Kenya during the war. They did not try to get back to their own country, for they knew that was impossible. Instead, they climbed to the top of Mount Kenya, and then they came down again and gave themselves up. They had wanted to get that feeling of freedom that one has, after climbing a difficult mountain.
Q6. Some men like to climb mountains because
(a) they do not like to play football or cricket
(b) they want to have a wonderful feeling
(c) they know the trick of climbing
(d) they like to face danger
Q7. To climb mountains is often difficult because
(a) mountains are big hills
(b) it consumes more time
(c) prisoners often escape from camps and settle there
(d) paths are steep and uneven
Q8. It is a wonderful feeling __________. ‘It’ refers to __________.
(a) the steep path
(b) the mountain
(c) the prisoner
(d) mountaineering
Q9. Two Italian prisoners escaped from the camp and climbed on the top of Mount Kenya
(a) to get the feeling of freedom
(b) to escape to Italy
(c) to gain face as mountaineers
(d) none of the above
Q10. Mountaineering is not a very popular sport like football or cricket because
(a) it may take many hours or days
(b) there are no spectators in this sport
(c) people do not want to enjoy a god-like feeling
(d) none of the above
Directions (11-55): Read the following passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four given alternatives.
Once, an ant who had come to drink at a stream fell into the water and was carried away by the swift current. He was in great danger of drowning. A dove, perched on a nearby tree, saw the ant’s danger and dropped a leaf into the water. The ant climbed onto this, and was carried to safety. Sometime after this, a hunter, creeping through the bushes, saw the dove asleep, and took a careful aim with his gun. He was about to fire when the ant, who was nearby, crawled forward and bit him sharply on the ankle. The hunter missed his aim, and the loud noise of the gun awakened the dove from her sleep. She saw the danger and flew swiftly away to safely. Thus, the ant repaid the dove for having saved its life in the foaming current of the stream.
Q11. The ant came to the stream to
(a) fall into it
(b) to drink from it
(c) look at the swift current
(d) carry back some water
Q12. The dove dropped a leaf into the water to
(a) drown the ant
(b) save the ant
(c) help itself
(d) perch on it
Q13. The dove was in danger because
(a) there was a bush nearby
(b) a hunter was about to shoot it
(c) it had fallen off the branch
(d) a hunter wanted to care for it
Q14. The word ‘aim’ in this passage means
(a) to look at something
(b) to have an ambition
(c) to point a gun at something or someone
(d) to try to reach somewhere
Q15. The ant repaid the dove by
(a) biting the dove
(b) bring the hunter
(c) biting the hunter
(d) none of these

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