COMPREHENSION TEST
1194. A person who is good at foreign languages is known                  (2) children should start learning English from class I
       as                                                                 (3) children may not study English when they are at
       (1) Virtuoso               (2) Linguist                                school
       (3) Ventriloquist          (4) Scholar                             (4) children ought to study English just as a lingua
1195. _______ are regional variations of a language.                          franca
       (1) English                (2) Mandarin Chinese                  Directions (1203–1207) : A passage is given with 5
       (3) Home language          (4) Dialects                    questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose
1196. English also included French words ________ the             the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
       Norman Conquest                                                                                      (SSC CGL Tier-I (CBE)
                                                                                                    Exam. 03.09.2016 (IInd sitting)
       (1) after                  (2) prior
                                                                        Of the many changes that have taken place thanks to
       (3) before                 (4) during
                                                                  liberalisation, a major one is that today’s youngsters are
1197. ________ is part of a Germanic language.
                                                                  earning more than ever before. In some cases, they draw
       (1) Britain                (2) Anglo Saxons                even fatter salaries than their parents. But are they blowing
       (3) English                (4) Roman Empire                it up or sensibly saving it? Though some tend to splurge
      Directions (1198-1202) : A passage is given with 5          there are many who have started saving. Some of them go
questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose     in for mutual funds and tax saving bonds. Some even go in
the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives     for investments which give them tax breaks–insurance, home
and corresponding to it.                                          loans, mutual fund savings schemes. In fact the average
                                          (SSC CGL Tier-I (CBE)   age of a person taking a housing loan has come down from
                                 Exam. 02.09.2016 (IIIrd sitting) 41 to 28 in the last five years. Now, where do they get their
      There is a growing parallel between India and Europe        investment advice from? Some feel its a combination of
in terms of language policy and challenges of maintaining a       friends, family, broker–advisors, the media and the net.
balance between regional languages, minority languages and        1203. Liberalisation has enabled our youngsters to :
the rising demand for English.                                            (1) Be paid more           (2) Work hard
      The EU’s language policy promotes multinationalism                  (3) Blow up money          (4) Look after their money
and the idea that every EU citizen should learn and speak
                                                                  1204. ‘Blowing it up’ means :
at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother
                                                                          (1) Spending extravagantly
tongue. In practice, the foreign language curriculum in
European countries is dominated now by the need to learn                  (2) Exaggerating
English. So the defacto policy is that children should, in                (3) Spending on smoking
addition to the language of their member state, learn English             (4) Donating liberally
and one other European language. English has become not           1205. The average age of a person taking housing loan has
only the language of business across Europe, but also the                 come down because he :
corporate language of many French, German, Dutch and                      (1) Gets fat salaries even at a young age.
Spanish enterprises.                                                      (2) Has wealthy parents.
      The trend across Europe is for schools to begin                     (3) Goes in for mutual funds.
teaching English in Class I, treating it as a basic skill rather          (4) Buys lottery tickets.
than a foreign language. This trend began in earnest only         1206. Which of the following is ‘False’?
after 2000. However, the methods to teach English are                     The investments that give people tax breaks are :
diverse-an increasingly popular trend is towards bilingual                (1) Mutual funds           (2) Home loans
schools, which teach through more than one language
                                                                          (3) Savings scheme         (4) Purchasing jewellery
medium.
                                                                  1207. Which of the following is true’?
1198. There is a parallel between India and Europe as
                                                                          (1) The youngsters today spend all the money they
       regards
                                                                          get
       (1) language policy        (2) trade policy
                                                                          (2) All the youngsters save all the money they get
       (3) foreign policy         (4) cultural policy
                                                                          (3) Many youngsters save all the money they get
1199. According to the passage, the foreign language policy
                                                                          (4) A few youngsters spend more while some save
       in the EU aims to foster.
                                                                        Directions (1208–1212) : A passage is given with 5
       (1) English                (2) Multilingualism
                                                                  questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose
       (3) Bilingualism           (4) Only native language        the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
1200. The passage says that the rising demand for English                                                   (SSC CGL Tier-I (CBE)
       in the EU is because of                                                                      Exam. 03.09.2016 (IIIrd sitting)
       (1) immigrants             (2) emigrants                         Worry is a very common thing. Even children worry as
       (3) Government policy      (4) trade and commerce          much as grown up people. In his childhood, the writer
1201. EU schools regard English as                                used to fear that his parents would die suddenly at night.
       (1) a foreign language     (2) a difficult language        His fear and anxiety was just imaginary.
       (3) a basic skill          (4) an adult skill                    When he was on the war front in Mesopotamia, the
1202. In Europe the usual pattern is that                         writer came to a certain conclusion on worrying. He was a
       (1) children should study English late in life             subaltern officer. It was not his duty to plan future actions
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