Deepti Sareen asked   •  13 hours ago

Directions (1-10) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are given in underline to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
I was ten year old then , and my brother, Nick, was fourteen. For both of us this buying of a gift for our mother on Mother's day was a time of excitement and great importance.
It was our first gift to her. We were very poor. It was just after the first World War and we lived in difficult times of trouble. Our father worked now sometimes as a waiter. Birthday and Christmas gifts were taken care of by him as well as he could, but such a thing as a mother's day gift was out-of-the-ordinary luxury. But  we had been lucky, Nick and myself. A second hand furniture store had opened on the block, and deliveries were made by means of loading the furniture on a wobbly pushcart,  which we carefully pushed through traffic, to the customer's home. We got a nickel each and, perhaps, a tip.
I remember how Nick's thin, dark face lighted up with the joy of the present. He had first thought of it in shool; and the thought of surprise and giving grew in him, and myself, and we were highly excited. When we secretly told our father, he was very pleased. He stroked our heads proudly. "It's a fine idea", he said. "It will make your mother very happy." From his tone, we knew what he was thinking. He had given our mother very little in their life together. She worked all day, cooking and buying, looking after us in illness and stoking the stove in the kitchen with wood and coal to keep us warm in winter. She did her own washing of the family clothes in the bath tub. And she did all these things silently. She did not laugh much, but when she smiled at us it was a beautiful thing-well worth waiting for.
Q. How old is the narrator, the one who is telling you the story and how old is Nick?
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Wahid Khan asked   •  14 hours ago

Directions (19–20) : Choose the word which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word in underline. 
“My god, it speaks” uttered the Emperor of Brazil and the receiver of the Telephone slipped from his hand and banged aground. At the other end Alexander Graham Bell was still on line.
The incident goes back to 1876 when at an exhibition in Philadelphia (USA), Alexander Graham Bell was giving a demonstration of his invention. This strange instrument known as Telephone was to revolutionize life in the years to come. 
Bell was born at Edinborough, Scotland. He was a teacher and, was dedicated to the noble cause of teaching the deaf and the dumb. Due to severe illness, Bell was sent to Canada in 1870, where too he got engaged in helping the dumb-deaf to hear and speak. Thereafter, he shifted to the USA but continued with his work by opening a school for deaf and dumb. 
Bell was fond of scientific inventions and was ever engaged in making some machines in his spare time. While at Boston, he tried to communicate through metal wire. His companion in this work was Watson. One day while experimenting with his instrument, Bell spoke to Watson standing at a distance, Watson was taken by a pleasant surprise as he had heard Bell clearly through his instrument. The instrument was a success and Bell patented it. 
Graham Bell had some sterling qualities of head and heart. Apart from being an artist, he was a kind human being, ready to help the needy. He established an institution for the deaf and dumb children. He died in 1922 in Canada. The entire northern America paid him a tribute by hanging up their telephones for a while during his funeral.
Q. Pleasant
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Saraswati Sutar asked   •  15 hours ago

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
My heart grieved when I read the other day a news item that more than two-thirds of the elderly are being ignored in their twilight years. They are isolated by their own children and are experiencing loneliness in their present lives. Most of them say they are not being respected or given good treatment by their family or society, and they are being discriminated against in their old age. Majority of the elderly attributed their loneliness to no or little interaction with family members. With fast changing socio-economic scenarios, growing nuclear families and changing value systems, the needs of the elderly have also changed. The most common problems that the elderly face are – marginalization, lack of love and affection from their loved ones, little or no access to medicines and healthcare, finding it difficult to secure their life and property. They have no work opportunities as a result of which they face financial problems. They suffer from restricted mobility and have psychological problems on account of loneliness. To improve the situation for the elderly, the Government of India may consider enacting a law like many other countries have, to make it compulsory for children to maintain and look after their parents and also establish the National Commission for Elderly Persons. At the same time, the fact remains that the real compulsion has to come out of the bonds of affection between parents and children. We would not be wrong in saying that in India the joint-family system has made a powerful contribution in cementing the bonds of affection between the old and the young.
Q. What the elderly do not lack ________. 
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Deepti Sareen asked   •  yesterday

The eastern and the western wings of Pakistan were separated by about 1,600 km. They were united solely by the bond of religion. The rulers of Pakistan suppressed the people of the eastern wing and denied them any say in the affairs of the government. They reduced East Bengal to the position of a colony of West Pakistan and exploited her, Under the leadership of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman and his party (A wami League), the people of East Bengal demanded restoration of democracy and an end to their exploitation by West Pakistan.Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman was arrested and the Pakistani army let loose a reign of terror against the pecople of East Bengal. As a result, about 10 million people of East Bengal escaped to India. It created a great human problem for Inida. In the meantime, the leaders of East Bengal declared East Bengal as a sovereign, independent nation (Bangladesh) and organised an army (Mukti Vahini) to free their country from the Pakistani army. On December 3, 1971,  Pakistan, having failed to suppress the  Mukti Vahini, declared war on India. This war came to an end within 14 days after the defeat of Pakistan. The Pakistani army  surrendered on December 17, 1971. The eastern wing of Pakistan became an independent state under the name of Bangladesh. A conference of the leaders of India and pakistan was held at Shimla in 1972. Both the countries agreed to return the territories conquered by each other during the war. They also agreed to solve their mutual disputes through peaceful negotiations.
India was the first country to recognise the people's Republic of Bangladesh. Many other countries also recognised this new state. Bangladesh adopted the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism. During the time of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman's government, the relations between the two countries were very cordial. India developed trade relatons with Bangladesh and helped in the rebuilding of Bangladesh in every possible way. The question relating to the Farakka Barrage was also resolved. Since 1971 both the countries have established close political, economic and cultural relations.
Although Bangladesh has seen many ups and downs since her establishment. India is trying its best to maintain friendly relations with her. Whenever there is any  calamity, drought, flood etc., in Bangla-desh, India has always extended a helping hand to that country. India also agreed in 1992 to hand over Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh. Similary, Bangladesh also agreed to take back the Chakma refugees. In December 1996, Inida signed a historic treaty with Bangladesh, over the sharing of the Ganga waters. This treaty will remain in force for 30 years.
Q. What was the condition of Bangladesh at the time of Independence in  1971 ?
(A) It was a prosperous and rich nation.
(B) More than two-thirds of the population was below povery line.
(C) The country was prone to major floods and natural disasters.
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Deepti Sareen asked   •  yesterday

The eastern and the western wings of Pakistan were separated by about 1,600 km. They were united solely by the bond of religion. The rulers of Pakistan suppressed the people of the eastern wing and denied them any say in the affairs of the government. They reduced East Bengal to the position of a colony of West Pakistan and exploited her, Under the leadership of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman and his party (A wami League), the people of East Bengal demanded restoration of democracy and an end to their exploitation by West Pakistan.Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman was arrested and the Pakistani army let loose a reign of terror against the pecople of East Bengal. As a result, about 10 million people of East Bengal escaped to India. It created a great human problem for Inida. In the meantime, the leaders of East Bengal declared East Bengal as a sovereign, independent nation (Bangladesh) and organised an army (Mukti Vahini) to free their country from the Pakistani army. On December 3, 1971,  Pakistan, having failed to suppress the  Mukti Vahini, declared war on India. This war came to an end within 14 days after the defeat of Pakistan. The Pakistani army  surrendered on December 17, 1971. The eastern wing of Pakistan became an independent state under the name of Bangladesh. A conference of the leaders of India and pakistan was held at Shimla in 1972. Both the countries agreed to return the territories conquered by each other during the war. They also agreed to solve their mutual disputes through peaceful negotiations.
India was the first country to recognise the people's Republic of Bangladesh. Many other countries also recognised this new state. Bangladesh adopted the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism. During the time of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman's government, the relations between the two countries were very cordial. India developed trade relatons with Bangladesh and helped in the rebuilding of Bangladesh in every possible way. The question relating to the Farakka Barrage was also resolved. Since 1971 both the countries have established close political, economic and cultural relations.
Although Bangladesh has seen many ups and downs since her establishment. India is trying its best to maintain friendly relations with her. Whenever there is any  calamity, drought, flood etc., in Bangla-desh, India has always extended a helping hand to that country. India also agreed in 1992 to hand over Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh. Similary, Bangladesh also agreed to take back the Chakma refugees. In December 1996, Inida signed a historic treaty with Bangladesh, over the sharing of the Ganga waters. This treaty will remain in force for 30 years.
Q. Which country was the first country to recognise the people’s Republic of Bangladesh ?
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Wahid Khan asked   •  2 days ago

“My god, it speaks” uttered the Emperor of Brazil and the receiver of the Telephone slipped from his hand and banged aground. At the other end Alexander Graham Bell was still on line.
The incident goes back to 1876 when at an exhibition in Philadelphia (USA), Alexander Graham Bell was giving a demonstration of his invention. This strange instrument known as Telephone was to revolutionize life in the years to come. 
Bell was born at Edinborough, Scotland. He was a teacher and, was dedicated to the noble cause of teaching the deaf and the dumb. Due to severe illness, Bell was sent to Canada in 1870, where too he got engaged in helping the dumb-deaf to hear and speak. Thereafter, he shifted to the USA but continued with his work by opening a school for deaf and dumb. 
Bell was fond of scientific inventions and was ever engaged in making some machines in his spare time. While at Boston, he tried to communicate through metal wire. His companion in this work was Watson. One day while experimenting with his instrument, Bell spoke to Watson standing at a distance, Watson was taken by a pleasant surprise as he had heard Bell clearly through his instrument. The instrument was a success and Bell patented it. 
Graham Bell had some sterling qualities of head and heart. Apart from being an artist, he was a kind human being, ready to help the needy. He established an institution for the deaf and dumb children. He died in 1922 in Canada. The entire northern America paid him a tribute by hanging up their telephones for a while during his funeral.
Q. The words uttered by the Emperor of Brazil suggest that he was extremely_____
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Deepti Sareen asked   •  2 days ago

The eastern and the western wings of Pakistan were separated by about 1,600 km. They were united solely by the bond of religion. The rulers of Pakistan suppressed the people of the eastern wing and denied them any say in the affairs of the government. They reduced East Bengal to the position of a colony of West Pakistan and exploited her, Under the leadership of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman and his party (A wami League), the people of East Bengal demanded restoration of democracy and an end to their exploitation by West Pakistan.Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman was arrested and the Pakistani army let loose a reign of terror against the pecople of East Bengal. As a result, about 10 million people of East Bengal escaped to India. It created a great human problem for Inida. In the meantime, the leaders of East Bengal declared East Bengal as a sovereign, independent nation (Bangladesh) and organised an army (Mukti Vahini) to free their country from the Pakistani army. On December 3, 1971,  Pakistan, having failed to suppress the  Mukti Vahini, declared war on India. This war came to an end within 14 days after the defeat of Pakistan. The Pakistani army  surrendered on December 17, 1971. The eastern wing of Pakistan became an independent state under the name of Bangladesh. A conference of the leaders of India and pakistan was held at Shimla in 1972. Both the countries agreed to return the territories conquered by each other during the war. They also agreed to solve their mutual disputes through peaceful negotiations.
India was the first country to recognise the people's Republic of Bangladesh. Many other countries also recognised this new state. Bangladesh adopted the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism. During the time of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman's government, the relations between the two countries were very cordial. India developed trade relatons with Bangladesh and helped in the rebuilding of Bangladesh in every possible way. The question relating to the Farakka Barrage was also resolved. Since 1971 both the countries have established close political, economic and cultural relations.
Although Bangladesh has seen many ups and downs since her establishment. India is trying its best to maintain friendly relations with her. Whenever there is any  calamity, drought, flood etc., in Bangla-desh, India has always extended a helping hand to that country. India also agreed in 1992 to hand over Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh. Similary, Bangladesh also agreed to take back the Chakma refugees. In December 1996, Inida signed a historic treaty with Bangladesh, over the sharing of the Ganga waters. This treaty will remain in force for 30 years
Q. How did the policy reforms help in accelerating growth ?
(A) By exploiting the opportunities offered by technological breakthr-ough in agriculiture.
(B) By taking advantage of high liter-acy reate.
(C) By making a seriousdent in poverty in its various dimensions.
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Deepti Sareen asked   •  2 days ago

The eastern and the western wings of Pakistan were separated by about 1,600 km. They were united solely by the bond of religion. The rulers of Pakistan suppressed the people of the eastern wing and denied them any say in the affairs of the government. They reduced East Bengal to the position of a colony of West Pakistan and exploited her, Under the leadership of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman and his party (A wami League), the people of East Bengal demanded restoration of democracy and an end to their exploitation by West Pakistan.Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman was arrested and the Pakistani army let loose a reign of terror against the pecople of East Bengal. As a result, about 10 million people of East Bengal escaped to India. It created a great human problem for Inida. In the meantime, the leaders of East Bengal declared East Bengal as a sovereign, independent nation (Bangladesh) and organised an army (Mukti Vahini) to free their country from the Pakistani army. On December 3, 1971,  Pakistan, having failed to suppress the  Mukti Vahini, declared war on India. This war came to an end within 14 days after the defeat of Pakistan. The Pakistani army  surrendered on December 17, 1971. The eastern wing of Pakistan became an independent state under the name of Bangladesh. A conference of the leaders of India and pakistan was held at Shimla in 1972. Both the countries agreed to return the territories conquered by each other during the war. They also agreed to solve their mutual disputes through peaceful negotiations.
India was the first country to recognise the people's Republic of Bangladesh. Many other countries also recognised this new state. Bangladesh adopted the principles of democracy, socialism and secularism. During the time of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman's government, the relations between the two countries were very cordial. India developed trade relatons with Bangladesh and helped in the rebuilding of Bangladesh in every possible way. The question relating to the Farakka Barrage was also resolved. Since 1971 both the countries have established close political, economic and cultural relations.
Although Bangladesh has seen many ups and downs since her establishment. India is trying its best to maintain friendly relations with her. Whenever there is any  calamity, drought, flood etc., in Bangla-desh, India has always extended a helping hand to that country. India also agreed in 1992 to hand over Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh. Similary, Bangladesh also agreed to take back the Chakma refugees. In December 1996, Inida signed a historic treaty with Bangladesh, over the sharing of the Ganga waters. This treaty will remain in force for 30 years.
Q. India agreed in ______to hand over Tin Bigha corridor to Bangladesh.
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Abc Abc asked   •  2 days ago

I was ten year old then , and my brother, Nick, was fourteen. For both of us this buying of a gift for our mother on Mother's day was a time of excitement and great importance.
It was our first gift to her. We were very poor. It was just after the first World War and we lived in difficult times of trouble. Our father worked now sometimes as a waiter. Birthday and Christmas gifts were taken care of by him as well as he could, but such a thing as a mother's day gift was out-of-the-ordinary luxury. But  we had been lucky, Nick and myself. A second hand furniture store had opened on the block, and deliveries were made by means of loading the furniture on a wobbly pushcart,  which we carefully pushed through traffic, to the customer's home. We got a nickel each and, perhaps, a tip.
I remember how Nick's thin, dark face lighted up with the joy of the present. He had first thought of it in shool; and the thought of surprise and giving grew in him, and myself, and we were highly excited. When we secretly told our father, he was very pleased. He stroked our heads proudly. "It's a fine idea", he said. "It will make your mother very happy." From his tone, we knew what he was thinking. He had given our mother very little in their life together. She worked all day, cooking and buying, looking after us in illness and stoking the stove in the kitchen with wood and coal to keep us warm in winter. She did her own washing of the family clothes in the bath tub. And she did all these things silently. She did not laugh much, but when she smiled at us it was a beautiful thing-well worth waiting for.
Q. STROKED​
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Saraswati Sutar asked   •  5 days ago

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
My heart grieved when I read the other day a news item that more than two-thirds of the elderly are being ignored in their twilight years. They are isolated by their own children and are experiencing loneliness in their present lives. Most of them say they are not being respected or given good treatment by their family or society, and they are being discriminated against in their old age. Majority of the elderly attributed their loneliness to no or little interaction with family members. With fast changing socio-economic scenarios, growing nuclear families and changing value systems, the needs of the elderly have also changed. The most common problems that the elderly face are – marginalization, lack of love and affection from their loved ones, little or no access to medicines and healthcare, finding it difficult to secure their life and property. They have no work opportunities as a result of which they face financial problems. They suffer from restricted mobility and have psychological problems on account of loneliness. To improve the situation for the elderly, the Government of India may consider enacting a law like many other countries have, to make it compulsory for children to maintain and look after their parents and also establish the National Commission for Elderly Persons. At the same time, the fact remains that the real compulsion has to come out of the bonds of affection between parents and children. We would not be wrong in saying that in India the joint-family system has made a powerful contribution in cementing the bonds of affection between the old and the young.
Q. Only ________ can keep the old united with the family. 
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Wahid Khan asked   •  6 days ago

“My god, it speaks” uttered the Emperor of Brazil and the receiver of the Telephone slipped from his hand and banged aground. At the other end Alexander Graham Bell was still on line.
The incident goes back to 1876 when at an exhibition in Philadelphia (USA), Alexander Graham Bell was giving a demonstration of his invention. This strange instrument known as Telephone was to revolutionize life in the years to come. 
Bell was born at Edinborough, Scotland. He was a teacher and, was dedicated to the noble cause of teaching the deaf and the dumb. Due to severe illness, Bell was sent to Canada in 1870, where too he got engaged in helping the dumb-deaf to hear and speak. Thereafter, he shifted to the USA but continued with his work by opening a school for deaf and dumb. 
Bell was fond of scientific inventions and was ever engaged in making some machines in his spare time. While at Boston, he tried to communicate through metal wire. His companion in this work was Watson. One day while experimenting with his instrument, Bell spoke to Watson standing at a distance, Watson was taken by a pleasant surprise as he had heard Bell clearly through his instrument. The instrument was a success and Bell patented it. 
Graham Bell had some sterling qualities of head and heart. Apart from being an artist, he was a kind human being, ready to help the needy. He established an institution for the deaf and dumb children. He died in 1922 in Canada. The entire northern America paid him a tribute by hanging up their telephones for a while during his funeral.
Q. The teaching activity undertaken by Bell was considered ‘noble’ particularly because _____ 
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Deepti Sareen asked   •  6 days ago

Directions (7-8) : Choose the word/group of words which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in CAPITALS as used in the passage.
I was ten year old then , and my brother, Nick, was fourteen. For both of us this buying of a gift for our mother on Mother's day was a time of excitement and great importance.
It was our first gift to her. We were very poor. It was just after the first World War and we lived in difficult times of trouble. Our father worked now sometimes as a waiter. Birthday and Christmas gifts were taken care of by him as well as he could, but such a thing as a mother's day gift was out-of-the-ordinary luxury. But  we had been lucky, Nick and myself. A second hand furniture store had opened on the block, and deliveries were made by means of loading the furniture on a wobbly pushcart,  which we carefully pushed through traffic, to the customer's home. We got a nickel each and, perhaps, a tip.
I remember how Nick's thin, dark face lighted up with the joy of the present. He had first thought of it in shool; and the thought of surprise and giving grew in him, and myself, and we were highly excited. When we secretly told our father, he was very pleased. He stroked our heads proudly. "It's a fine idea", he said. "It will make your mother very happy." From his tone, we knew what he was thinking. He had given our mother very little in their life together. She worked all day, cooking and buying, looking after us in illness and stoking the stove in the kitchen with wood and coal to keep us warm in winter. She did her own washing of the family clothes in the bath tub. And she did all these things silently. She did not laugh much, but when she smiled at us it was a beautiful thing-well worth waiting for.
Q. OUT-OF THE ORDINARY LUXURY
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Aditya Raj Singh asked   •  6 days ago

I was ten year old then , and my brother, Nick, was fourteen. For both of us this buying of a gift for our mother on Mother's day was a time of excitement and great importance.
It was our first gift to her. We were very poor. It was just after the first World War and we lived in difficult times of trouble. Our father worked now sometimes as a waiter. Birthday and Christmas gifts were taken care of by him as well as he could, but such a thing as a mother's day gift was out-of-the-ordinary luxury. But  we had been lucky, Nick and myself. A second hand furniture store had opened on the block, and deliveries were made by means of loading the furniture on a wobbly pushcart,  which we carefully pushed through traffic, to the customer's home. We got a nickel each and, perhaps, a tip.
I remember how Nick's thin, dark face lighted up with the joy of the present. He had first thought of it in shool; and the thought of surprise and giving grew in him, and myself, and we were highly excited. When we secretly told our father, he was very pleased. He stroked our heads proudly. "It's a fine idea", he said. "It will make your mother very happy." From his tone, we knew what he was thinking. He had given our mother very little in their life together. She worked all day, cooking and buying, looking after us in illness and stoking the stove in the kitchen with wood and coal to keep us warm in winter. She did her own washing of the family clothes in the bath tub. And she did all these things silently. She did not laugh much, but when she smiled at us it was a beautiful thing-well worth waiting for.
Q. Which sentence tells us that Nick was very happy at the thought of giving his mother a gift?
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