Comprehension Practice Set
From Computer Based SSC CGL Exam Held on 30-08-2016
Directions: A passage is given with 5 questions following it. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and click the button corresponding to it.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none. The sculpture in the memory is not without pre-established harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that is might testify of that particular ray. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and has done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.
1. Which of the following does author appear to highlight in this essay ?
(a) Being contented with the status quo
(b) Knowing oneself better
(c) Working hard and sincerely
(d) Waiting for better opportunities
2. When is a man relieved and gay ?
(a) When he has untapped potential
(b) When he has put his heart into his work and has done his best
(c) When destiny smiles at him
(d) When he achieves his goal
3. According to the author, God is not looking for ___________ to manifest his works.
(b) Stubborn people
(d) All of these
4. What is that which only the person himself knows and must act in order to discover it ?
(a) His untapped potential
(b) His destiny that lies in the future
(c) The power which resides in him
(d) The joy of achieving success
5. What does the word 'Manifest' mean ?