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.
The habit of reading is one of the greatest resources of mankind; and we enjoy reading books that belong to us much more than if they are borrowed. A borrowed book is like a guest in the house; it must be treated with punctiliousness, with certain considerate formality. You must see that it sustains no damage; it must not suffer while under your roof. You cannot leave it carelessly, you cannot mark it, you cannot turn down the pages, you cannot use it familiarly.
But your own books belong to you; you treat them with that affectionate intimacy that annihilates formality.
Books are for use, not for show. A good reason for marking favourite pages in books is that this practice enables you to remember more easily the significant sayings, to refer to them quickly.
Everyone should begin collecting a private library in youth; one should have one's own book-shelves, which should not have doors, glass windows, or keys; they should be free and accessible to the hand as well as to the eye. Books are of the people, by the people and for the people. Literature is an important part of history; it is the best and most enduring part of personality.
1. Which title is suitable for the passage ?
(a) Merits and Demerits of Books
(b) The Pleasure of Owning Books
(c) Reading a Book
(d) Books and Thoughts
2. According to the passage, a borrowed book is like a
(a) guest in the house
(b) host in the house
(c) neighbour in the house
(d) relative in the house
3. All the following words mean 'mankind' except
(a) Homo sapiens
4. The above passage is all about
5. According to the passage, everyone should begin collecting a private library
(a) in infancy
(b) in childhood
(c) in youth
(d) in adulthood
6. According to the passage, books are more enjoyable when they are
(a) in book-shops
(c) in the library
(d) personal possessions
7. How should you not treat a borrowed book ?
(a) It must be treated as ones own possession.
(b) It must be treated with a considerate formality.
(c) It must be treated carefully.
(d) It must be treated carelessly.
8. What are the advantages of marking favourite pages of your books ? (Pick out the incorrect one)
(a) It enables one to remember facts.
(b) It enables one to remember the significant sayings.
(c) It hinders one from remembering more easily.
(d) It enables one to refer to particular pages.
9. How should the book-shelves of the private library be ?
(a) Should have doors
(b) Should have glass windows
(c) Should have keys
(d) Should be free and easily accessible
10. Which of the following statements is not true ?
(a) Books are for use.
(b) Books are for show.
(c) Books must not be damaged.
(d) Books must be carefully handled.