Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CBSE Class 8/9/10/ CTET - English Grammar - Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Q1(CTET Nov 2012): Read the given poem and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option:
CBSE Class 8/9/10/ CTET - English Grammar - Reading Comprehension
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Human Nature

Is it human nature
to desire forbidden fruit,
to hunger for a blossom
so obsessed with passion
that we forget the pain,
which inevitably arises
once we tease ourselves
with the thought of it
or taste a tiny part of it,
and it becomes the predator
eating at us like a carnivore
that saves the head for last
savouring the brain to feed its own
and we, still craving illicit nectar
enjoying the fact that it is devouring us?
                                           - C J Grant

Q1: Another word in the poem that suggests 'forbidden' is



(a) illicit
(b) obsess
(c) crave
(d) savour

Q2: "It becomes the predator" means

(a) being strong and positive against any threat
(b) strong emotions influence one negatively
(c) pursuit for happiness
(d) being cautious against outside influence

Q3: An example of personification in the poem is

(a) like a carnivore
(b) saves the head
(c) tease ourselves
(d) illicit nectar

Q4: "Eating at us like a carnivore" refers to

(a) exerting a strong influence
(b) being attacked by a wild beast
(c) being attacked by a human enemy
(d) being eaten by an unknown entity

Q5: "We still craving illicit nectar" can be explained by focusing on the word

(a) nectar
(b) we
(c) craving
(d) illicit

Q6: A synonym for the word "savouring" is


(a) avoiding
(b) smelling
(c) flavouring
(d) experiencing


Answers:
1: (a) illicit
2: (b) strong emotions influence one negatively
3: (b) saves the head {carnivore/beast saves the head of its prey like a prize as humans do}
4: (c) being attacked by a human enemy
5: (c) craving {it describes humans evil nature}
6: (d) experiencing {enjoying it completely}


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