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English Reading Comprehension Set 137

Directions (Q. 1-10): Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.

Civilisation, so far, has not succeeded, in creating an environment suitable to mental and moral activities of mankind. The low intellectual and spiritual value of most human beings is largely due to deficiencies of their psychological atmosphere. The supremacy of matter and the dogmas of industrial religion have destroyed culture, beauty and morals. The immense spread of newspapers, cheap literature, radios and cinemas has contributed only to the degeneration of culture. Unintelligent is becoming more and more general, in spite of the course given in schools, colleges and universities. School children and students form their minds on the silly programmes of public entertainment. Social environment, instead of favouring the growth of intelligence, opposes it with all its might.

Moral sense is almost completely ignored by modern society. We have, in fact, suppressed its manifestation. All are imbued with irresponsibility. Those who discern good and evil, who are industrious and provident, remain poor and are looked upon as morose. The woman who has several children, who devotes herself to their education instead of to her own career, is considered weak-minded. If a man saves a little money for his wife and the education of his children, this money is stolen from him by enterprising financiers or taken by the Government and distributed to those who have been reduced to want by their own improvidence and the short-sightedness of manufacturers, bankers and economists. Artists and men of science supply the community with beauty, health and wealth. They live and die in poverty. Robbers enjoy prosperity and peace. Gangsters are protected by politicians and respected by judges. They are the heroes whom children admire at the cinema and imitate in their games. A rich man has every right. He may discard his aging wife, abandon his old mother to penury, rob those who have entrusted their money to him, without losing the consideration of his friends. Sexual morals have been cast aside. Psychoanalysts supervise men and women in their conjugal relations. There is no difference between wrong and right, just and unjust. No one makes any objection to their presence. Ministers have rationalised religion. They have destroyed its mystical basis. But they do not succeed in attracting modern men. In their half-empty churches, they vainly preach a weak morality. They are content with the part of policemen, helping in the interest of the wealthy to preserve the framework of present society. Or, like politicians, they flatter the appetites of the crowd.

Men are powerless against such psychological attacks. They necessarily yield to the influence of their group. If one lives in the company of fools or criminals, one becomes a fool or criminal. Isolation is the only hope of salvation. But where will the inhabitants of the new city find solitude? Said Marcus Aurelius, ‘No retreat is more peaceful or less troubled than that encountered by man in his own soul.’ But we are not capable of such an effort. We cannot fight out social surroundings victoriously.

1. What is being rejected completely in the modern society?
1) The acquisitive social tendency
2) The thriving habit
3) The civic sense
4) The moral sense
5) None of these

2. The author thinks that in the modern civilisation
1) the gangsters have grown up in large numbers.
2) the society is out to fight against gangsters.
3) gangsters enjoy protection and respect from those in power and the courts.
4) gangsterism has become a profession.
5) None of these

3. What does the author mean by saying, ‘A rich man has every right.’?
1) The rich are the privileged few chosen by God.
2) The rich command resources of every type which enable them to claim and get anything they desire.
3) The rich are not accountable to God for any of their actions.
4) The govt consists of members belonging to rich families. Hence, they provide every sort of protection to the rich.
5) None of these

4. The general tenor of the article is that
1) the modern civilisation has given precedence to intellect over taste.
2) we are witnessing a systematic erosion of moral values in modern civilisation.
3) for civilisation to be enduring, it should be founded on morality.
4) corruption is rampant in public life.
5) None of these

5. According to the writer, the civilisation has so far failed
1) to bridge the gap between the affluent and the indigent.
2) to shape human life along spiritual lines.
3) to provide justice to one and all.
4) to create an environment congenial to the growth of mental and moral activities of mankind.
5) None of these

6. ‘Ministers have rationalised religion’ means
1) they have interpreted religion in a way favourable to themselves.
2) they have severed the connection of religion from faith and belief.
3) they have made religion a thing of mind instead of a thing of heart.
4) they judge every principle of religion on its merit.
5) None of these

Directions (Q. 7 - 8): Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

7. Manifestation
1) Declaration 
2) Manifold 
3) Open
4) Display 
5) None of these

8. Morose
1) Poor 
2) Helpers
3) Aggressive 
4) Ill-mannered
5) Ill-humoured

Directions (Q. 9 - 10): Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

9. Discern
1) Puzzled 
2) Plain 
3) Understand
4) Visible 
5) Clear

10. Solitude
1) Alone 
2) Loneliness
3) Being in company 
4) Group
5) None of these

1. 4 
2. 3 
3. 2 
4. 2 
5. 4 
6. 2
7. 4 
8. 5 
9. 1 
10. 3

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