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Directions (Q. 1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
A long time ago, on a big tree in the lap of the mountain, lived a bird named Sindhuka. It was a rather special bird because its droppings turned into gold as soon as they hit the ground. One day, a hunter came to the tree in search of prey and he saw Sindhuka’s droppings hit the ground and turn into gold. The hunter was struck with wonder. He though, “I have been hunting birds and small animals since I was a boy, but in all my 80 years, I have never seen such a miraculous creature. He decided that he had to catch the bird somehow. He climbed the tree and skillfully set a trap for the bird. The bird, quite unaware of the danger it was in, stayed on the tree and sang merrily. But it was soon caught in the hunter’s trap. The hunter immediately seized it and shoved it into a cage. The hunter took the bird home joyfully. But as he had time to think over his good fortune later, he suddenly realised, “If the king comes to know of this wonder, he will certainly take away the bird from me and he might even punish me for keeping such a rare treasure all to myself. So it would be safer and more honourable if I were to go to the king and present the unique bird to him,” The next day, the hunter took the bird to the king and presented it to him in court with great reverence. The king was delighted t o receive such an unusual and rare gift. He told his courtiers to keep the bird safe and feed it with the best bird food available. The king’s prime minister though, was reluctant to accept the bird. He said “O Rajah, how can you believe the word of a foolish hunter accept this bird? Has anyone in our kingdom ever seen abird dropping gold? The hunter must be either crazy or telling lies. I think it is best that you release the bird from the cage.” After a little thought, the king felt that his prime minister’s words were correct. So he ordered the bird to be released. But as soon as the door of the cage was thrown open, the bird flew out, perched itself on a nearby doorway and defecated. To everyone’s surprise, the dropping immediately turned into gold. The king mourned his loss.
1. Which of the following is possible the most appropriate title for the story?
a) The Skilled Hunter
b) The King‘s Prime Minister
c) The King‘s Defeat
d) The Bird with the Gold Dropping
e) The Trials and Tribulations of the Foolish Bird Sindhuka

2. Which of the following emotions made the hunter gift the bird to the king?
a) Respect
b) Joy
c) Pride
d) Fear
e) Awe

3. Which of the following is true according to the story?
a) Birds like Sindhuka were very common in the area near the mountain
b) Sindhuka remained caged for the rest of its life
c) Sindhuka was unaware of the trap laid by the hunter
d) The King, when told to not accept the bird, did not listen to his Prime Minister
e) All are true

4. Why was the king‘s Prime Minister reluctant to accept the bird?
a) He believed that the bird would die if caged
b) He know about the hunter‘s habit of lying
c) He believed that the bird would bring bad luck to the king
d) His sources had informed him that the hunter was crazy
e) None of these

5. How did the hunter find Sindhuka?
a) He had read stories about the bird and had set traps at various locations in the city
b) He followed the bird‘s droppings
c) He was on the lookout for a prey when he chanced upon it
d) People from the city had informed him about the bird‘s whereabouts
e) He was attracted by the birds calls

Directions (Q. 6-8): Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.
6. Rather
a) Regular
b) Quite
c) Instead
d) But
e) Known

7. Release
a) Free
b) Vacate
c) Vent
d) Let expire
e) Make public

8. Reverence
a) Respect
b) Detail
c) Astonishment
d) Hope
e) Remembrance

Directions (Q. 9-10): Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
9. Reluctant
a) True
b) Clever
c) Averse
d) Hesitant
e) Keen

10. Skilfully
a) Angrily
b) Haphazardly
c) Highly
d) Cheaply

Directions (Q. 11-16): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
King Hutamasan felt he had everything in the World not only due to his riches and his noble knights, but because of his beautiful queen, Rani Matsya. The rays of the Sun were put to shame with the iridescent light that Matsya illuminated, with her beauty and brain. At the right hand of the king, she was known to sit and aid him in all his judicial probes. You could not escape her deep-set eyes, when you committed a crime as she always knew the victim and the culprit. Her generosity preceded her reputation in the kingdom and her hands were always full to give. People in the kingdom revered her because if she passed by, she always gave to the compassionate and poor.
Far away from the kingly palace lived a man named Raman with only ends to his poverty and no means to rectify it. Raman was wrecked with poverty as he had lost all his land to the landlord. His age enabled him little towards manual labour and so begging was the only alternative to salvage his wife and children. Every morning, he went door to door for some work, food or money. The kindness of people always got him enough to take home. But Raman was a little selfcentered. His World began with him first, followed by his family and the rest. So, he would eat and drink to his delight and ret urn home with whatever he found excess.
This routine followed and he never let anyone discover his interests as he always put on a long face, when he reached home. One day as he was relising the bowl of rice he had just received from a humble home, he heard that Rani Matsya was to pass from the very place he was standing. Her g enerosity had reached his ears and he knew if he pulled a long face and showed how poor he was, she would hand him a bag full of gold coins – enough for the rest of his life, enough to buy food and supplies for his family. He thought he could keep some coins for himself and only reveal a few to his wife, so he can fulfil his own wishes.
He ran to the chariot of the Rani and begged her soldiers to allow him to speak to the queen. Listening to the arguments outside Rani Matsya opened the curtains of her chariot and asked Raman what he wanted. Raman went on his knees and praised the queen. I have heard you are most generous and most chaste, show this beggar some charity. Rani narrowed her brows and asked Raman what he could give her in return, surprised by such a question, Raman looked at his bowl full of rice. With spite in him he just pricked up a few grains of rice and gave it to the queen. Rani Matsya counted the 5 grains and looked at his bowl full of rice and said, you shall be given what is due to you. Saying this, the chariot galloped away. Raman abused her under his breath.
This he never thought would happen. How could she ask him for something in return, when she hadn‘t given him anything? Irked with anger he stormed home and gave his wife the bowl of rice. Just then he saw a sack at the entrance. His wife said men had come and kept it there. He opened it to find it full of rice. He put his hand inside and caught hold of a hard mental only to discover it was a gold coin. Elated he upturned the sack to find 5 gold coins in exact for the five rice grains. If only I had given my entire bowl, thought Raman, I would have had a sack full of gold.

11. According to the passage, which of the following is definitely true about Rani Matsya?
A. She was beautiful.
B. She was intelligent.
C. She was kind.
a) Only A
b) Only B
c) Only C
d) A and B
e) All the three

12. What does the phrase “pulled a long face” as used in the passage mean?
a) Scratched his face
b)Looked very sorrowful
c) Disguised himself
d) Put on makeup
e) None of these

13. What can possibly be the moral of the story?
a) Do onto others as you would want others to do to you
b) Patience is a virtue
c) Winning is not everything, it is the journey that counts
d) Change is the only constant thing in life
e) Teamwork is more we and less me

14. Why was begging the only option for Raman to get food?
a) As Raman belonged to a family of beggars
b) As begging was the easiest way for him to obtain food
c) As Raman‘s family had forced him to beg
d) As he had lost all his property and was too old to do manual work
e) None of these

15. Which of the following words can be used to describe Raman?
A. Deceitful
B. Selfish
C. Timid
a) Only A
b) Only B
c) A and B
d) B and C
e) All the three

16. What did Raman find after he returned home from his meeting with Rani Matsya?
a) The Rani‘s soldiers
b) An empty house
c) The five grains of rice that he had given to Rani Matsya
d) A sack full of rice and five gold coins
e) None of these

Directions (Q. 17-18): Choose the word/group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.
17. Galloped
a) Hurtled
b) Stumbled
c) Slumbered
d) Jumped
e) Ran

18. Revered
a) Remembered
b) Feared
c) Talked about
d) Embraced
e) Respected

Directions (Q. 19-20): Choose the word/group of words which is most opposite in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.
19. Reveal
a) Stop
b) Conceal
c) Present
d) Pending
e) Tell

20. Elated
a) Afraid
b) Poor
c) Happy
d) Depressed
e) Grounded

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