COMPREHENSION TEST
213. The writer is dissatisfied with the examiners because        219. Which period lasted longest?
       they test students                                                (1) Paleolithic            (2) Ice Age
       (1) memory.               (2) originality.                        (3) Mesolithic             (4) Neolithic
       (3) aptitude.             (4) creativity.                  220. When did people create governments ?
214. The writer’s intention to compare the topic of discus-              (1) 8000 – 6000 B.C..
       sion with that of dance and music is to                           (2) 2 million to 8000 B.C..
       (1) show how students of dance and music enjoy not                (3) 6000 to 3000 B.C..
           only learning but also examinations.
                                                                         (4) 2 million to 1 million B.C..
       (2) popularise dance and music among all children.
                                                                                            PASSAGE-II
       (3) congratulate teachers who take good care of their
           students.                                                     I used to have my meals at a vegetarian restaurant.
       (4) prove that dance and music alone can bring peace       Here I met Mr. Albert West. We used to meet in this restau-
                                                                  rant every evening and go out walking after dinner. Mr.
           to us.
                                                                  West was a partner in a small printing concern. He read
215. According to the passage, the objectives of education        my letter in the press about the outbreak of the plague
       should be                                                  and, not finding me in the restaurant, felt uneasy.
       (1) to teach dance, music and drama to students in                My co-workers and I had reduced our diet since the
           schools and colleges.                                  outbreak, as I had long made it a rule to go on a light diet
       (2) to reduce teacher-pupil ratio.                         during epidemics . In these days I had therefore given up
       (3) not to test bookish, rote memory.                      my evening dinner. Lunch also I would finish before the
       (4) to encourage originality and problem solving abili-    other guests arrived. I knew the proprietor of the restau-
           ty.                                                    rant very well, and I had informed him that, as I was en-
        Directions (216 – 225) : You have two brief passages      gaged in nursing the plague patients, I wanted to avoid the
with 5 questions following each passage. Read the passages        contact of friends as much as possible.
carefully and choose the best answer to each question out                Not finding me in the restaurant for a day or two, Mr.
of the four alternatives.                                         West knocked at my door early one morning just as I was
                                                                  getting ready to go out for a walk. As I opened the door Mr.
            (SSC Stenographer (Grade "C" & "D" Exam. 09.01.2011)
                                                                  West said : ‘I did not find you in the restaurant and was
                           PASSAGE-I                              really afraid lest something should have happened to you’.
        The Stone Age was a period of history which began in
approximately 2 million B.C. and lasted until 3000 B.C. Its                        SOME IMPORTANT WORDS
name was derived from the stone tools and weapons that             out break     :   the sudden start of something (violence/
modern scientists discovered. This period was divided into                           disease)
the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Ages. During the first  epidemics     : a wide spread out break of an infectious
period (2 million to 8000 B.C.) the first hatchet and the use of                     disease
fire for heating and cooking were developed. As a result of the    lest          : in case.
Ice Age, which evolved about 1 million years in the Paleolithic
Age, people were forced to seek shelter in caves, wear clothing   221. What did the speaker and Mr. Albert West do every
and develop new tools.                                                   evening?
        During the Mesolithic Age (8000 to 6000 B.C.) people             (1) Went walking and met at the restaurant for eat-
made crude pottery and the first fish hooks, took dogs for                     ing.
hunting, and developed a bow and arrow, which was used                   (2) After eating, met at the restaurant to go for walk-
until the fourteenth century A.D.                                              ing.
        The Neolithic Age (6000 to 3000 B.C.) saw humankind              (3) Met in the restaurant and went out walking after
domesticating sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle, becoming less                    dinner.
nomadic than in the previous Ages, establishing permanent
                                                                         (4) Had dinner and walked in the restaurant.
settlements and creating governments.
                                                                  222. Why did the speaker not come to the restaurant?
                   SOME IMPORTANT WORDS                                  (1) He wanted to contact all his friends.
  hatchet        :  a small axe.                                         (2) He had decided to diet in order to lose weight.
 216. The Stone Age was divided into _______ periods.                    (3) He did not want to meet Mr. Albert and was avoid-
        (1) five                  (2) four                                   ing him.
        (3) three                 (4) six                                (4) He was taking care of plague patients.
217. What developed first in the Paleolithic period?              223. Mr. Albert West was
        (1) The bow and arrow. (2) Pottery.                              (1) considering to become a partner of the printing
                                                                             press.
        (3) The first hatchet.    (4) The fish hook.
                                                                         (2) a partner in a small printing press.
 218. For how many years did Mesolithic Age exist?
                                                                         (3) a partner in a large printing press.
        (1) 2000                  (2) 3000
                                                                         (4) concerned about printing.
        (3) 4000                  (4) 5000
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