Priyanshi Bal Bal asked   •  3 hours ago

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Every morning the mean of the village would tuck into a hearty breakfast and then gather in groups. If the men had spent even a little time on their land, they would have reapedwonderful crops but they spent the day telling each other tall tales. They returned home only at lunch and dinner time. All responsibilities fell on the women. They cooked, cleaned, sent the children to school, worked in the fields, took the crops to the market-in short, they did everything. The women grew tired of this. Someone suggested writing to the King, who was known to be fair and kind. So a letter has written and sent. The women went back to their work, but were on the lookout to see if the King would solve their problem. Many days passed and slowly the women began to lose hope. After all, why would the King of such a vast empire be concerned about the plight of a few women in a tiny village like theirs? 
On night, when the men gathered to chat and boast after dinner, a tall and handsome stranger joined them. Each man wanted to prove he was better than others to impress him. One said.” As soon as I was born, I ran to the capital and met the King.” Not to be outdone, a second man said, “When I was a day old, I rode a horse all the way to the King’s palace and we had the most delicious breakfast together.” At the thought of food everyone began to applaud. Now a third man said, “I sat on an elephant when I was a week old and had lunch with the King in his palace.” Before the admiring murmurs could die down, a fourth one said, “When I was a month old I flew to the king’s garden. He let me sit with him on his throne.” 
The stranger then spoke up, “Do you four men know the King very well?” “Of course we do!” they replied together. “In fact, he is proud to have supernatural beings like us in his Kingdom”. The stranger looked thoughtful and said, “Some time ago, the King called four supermen to the city in order to repair the city walls. Since the largest, toughest stones were used, this could be done only by these supermen. The four asked to be paid in gold and the King gave them the money. But they disappeared and I have been wandering the Kingdom looking for them. The King has ordered me to find them and bring them back to the capital to finish the work. They will also have to return the gold they ran away with. It looks like my search has finally ended. I will take you four to the King, along with the gold you stole from him. I shall be the rich one now.” 
By the time the stranger finished telling this amazing story, the men’s faces were ashen. What trouble had their lies landed them in? They dived at the stranger’s feet.” Forget what we said!” they wailed. “Those were all lies. We are just lazy men.” The stranger smiled. “I will tell the King there are no supermen in this village, only hard-working, ordinary men and women. But he will come to verity this himself!” The men promised to stop telling tales and do some honest work. That height the stranger left the village on a white horse, fit to belong to the King!
Q. What reason did the stranger give for visiting the village? 
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Wahid Khan asked   •  4 hours 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. Strange 
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Wahid Khan asked   •  15 hours ago

Directions (17–18) : Choose the word or group of words which is MOST NEARLY THE SAME in meaning as the word printed 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. Dedicated 
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Akshay Kumar asked   •  16 hours ago

Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option. 
1. Nammescong Creek flowed into the backs of my thighs as fished, pausing between casts to secure my balance in the current and admire a new hatch of pale yellow mayflies lift from the stream. Over my shoulder, the sun dropped into a farmer's cornfield, the final patch of orange light on the water enough for me to spot the small, vaguely metallic object at my feet. A credit card? Retrieving it, ran my thumb over its raised lettering, rubbing away the mud and a string of algae. A name appeared, along with an expiration date. June 1984. I had discovered arrowheads here in the past, so it didn't seem misplaced to finds tool used by modern man to obtain a meal. 
2. I took a moment to consider how the card had come to rest in the bed of the Nammy. thought maybe there was a story in it. I was curious to know if the owner has lost his wallet while fishing, the whole trip ruined the second he'd inventoried his cash or dug out his license for a game warden. Over time the leather would've rotted into fish food, with the scoured plastic remaining. I wondered how many miles the card might have ridden on spring floods over the past quarter of a century. For all knew he could've been robbed, the thieves stripping out the money and tossing the billfold away later as they crossed a bridge. 
3. Looking him up and phoning, I recited the card number and issuing bank. He laughed, recalling it as the first credit account he'd even taken out, a line of imaginary cash in those years when he had no real money. But that finally changed, he explained, after an industrial accident cost him his left eye, the payoff from the plant enabling him to retire eight years earlier than expected and moves to a small hobby farm in southern Virginia. He told me a glass eye wasn't his style, so he had taken to wearing an eye patch, which his wife still hates and his grandchildren - ages three, five and seven - have always loved, as it makes Grandpop look like a pirate. He called them his Miracle Grandbabies, born to a daughter who struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for years - her rock-bottom in 1984, a year before she cleaned up for good. 
4. But in the end, the man couldn't remember ever losing his wallet, either by accident or theft. He said he'd never fished the Nammy, that, in fact, he'd always thought the sport a little boring and so I came to realize there was no story here. 
Q. "Flowed into the backs of my thighs" informs the reader that the narrator was fishing while 
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Wahid Khan asked   •  21 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   •  yesterday

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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Madhvi Sharma asked   •  yesterday

निम्नलिखित गद्यांश को ध्यानपूर्वक पढ़िये तथा पूछे गए प्रश्नों के लिए सही उत्तर वाले विकल्प का चयन कीजिए –
व्यक्ति की पहचान उसकी भाषा से होती है और भाषा संस्कार से बनती है। जिनके जैसे संस्कार होंगे, वैसी ही उसकी भाषा होगी। जब कोई आदमी भाषा बोलता है तो साथ में उसके संस्कार भी बोलते हैं। यही कारण है कि भाषा शिक्षक का दायित्व बहुत गुरोत्तर और चुनौतीपूर्ण है। परम्परागत रूप में शिक्षक की भूमिका इन तीन कौशलों­बोलना, पढ़ना और लिखना तक सीमित कर दी गई है। केवल यांत्रिक कौशल किसी जीती जागती भाषा का उदाहरण नहीं हो सकते है। सोचना और महसूस करना दो ऐसे कारक हैं जिनसे भाषा सही आकार पाती है। इसके बिना भाषा गूँगी एवं बहरी है, इनके बिना भाषा संस्कार नहीं बन सकती, इनके बिना भाषा युगों­युगों का लम्बा सफर नहीं तय कर सकती; इनके बिना कोई भाषा किसी देश या समाज की धड़कन नहीं बन सकती। केवल सम्प्रेषण ही भाषा नहीं है। दर्द और मुस्कान के बिना कोई भाषा जीवन्त नहीं हो सकती। 
Q. कोई भाषा किसके बिना जीवंत नहीं हो सकती? 
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Taha Merchant asked   •  2 days ago

Read the passage given below and answer the question that follows by selecting the most appropriate option. 
1. Karuna Verma is bewildered. "I don't know how she did it," she says about her mother, Renu Chopra. Karuna's childhood memories are of her father leaving late for office so that, by then, her mother would be back from work. Of her parents working in sync to make sure the kids were well taken off. Of her mother handling kitchen and classroom with ease. 
2. When her own daughter was born, Karuna too wanted to do the balancing act. But it did not turn out a job as easy as it seemed. For starters, her parent's era was different from hers. As she was living with her husband in Andheri, Mumbai, away from their families, resuming work would have meant leaving her daughter with a maid while she was away. Her daughter's formative years would be spent with an outside, a thought that did not appeal to Karuna. She quit her teaching job in a school. 
3. For a woman who was encouraged to be independent throughout her life, the decision to quit and stay at home was a difficult one. Ironically it was her mother who urged her to quit the job and become a full-time mother. For Karuna, being a housewife is one of the tougher jobs she has had. "I have no time for myself' says Karuna. "I make sure all my personal work is done when Avni is asleep. Earlier I had a set routine. My husband and I used to wake up at 6 a.m. would re-heat the food the maid had cooked the day before and pack it for lunch. Then we used to head off to work, and at night, we would go out. I had a lot of time to myself and for my husband then," says Karuna. 
4. The routine is quite different now. Karuna has taken to cooking. She wakes up quite early and makes sure all her work is done before the baby is up. The rest of the day flies by, pandering to two-year-old Avni's needs. 
Source: The week, March 13, 2011 (adapted) 
    Q. "I have no time for myself' says Karuna. This sentence can be written in reported speech as 
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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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