Comprehension Practice Set
From SSC CGL Tier II Exam 2013
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. You are required to select your answers based on the contents of the passage and opinion of the author only.
Today perhaps your only association with the word 'polio' is the Sabin Oral Vaccine that protects children from the disease. Fifty-five years ago, this was not so. The dreaded disease, which mainly affects the brain and the spinal cord, causes stiffening and weakening of the muscles, crippling and paralysis - which is why I am in a wheelchair today. If somebody had predicted, when I was born, that this would happen to me, no one would have believed it. I was the seventh child in a family of four pairs of brothers and sisters, with a huge 23 year gap between the first and the last. I was told that, unlike the others, I was so fair and browned-haired that I looked more like a foreigner than a Dawood Bohri. I was also considered to be the healthiest of the brood.
1. Polio, the dreaded disease, mainly affects the
(a) heart and spinal cord
(b) brain and spinal cord
(c) brain and nerves
(d) brain and heart
2. To say something about the future is to
3. What made the narrator look like a foreigner ?
(a) He was fair and skinny.
(b) He was fair and brown-haired.
(c) He was fair with red hair.
(d) He was dark and blonde.
4. The narrator of the passage is a patient of
(b) cerebral attack
(d) heart disease
5. The narrator was the seventh child in a family that had
(a) nine children
(b) one score children
(c) eight children
(d) twenty-three children