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Posted on :19-03-2016
DIRECTIONS for the question 1-3:
Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word underlined in the sentence.
Q1. One can acquire fame only by being truthful, honest and faithful
A) loseB) depriveC) forsakeD) Surrender
Explanation:Acquire and lose are antonyms
Q2. Always avoid late-night jobs.
A) inspireB) compelC) pursueD) seek
Q3. It was a voluntary gesture
A) compulsoryB) violentC) deliberateD) Valuable
DIRECTIONS for the question 4-7:
Study the passages below and answer the questions that follow each passage.
Teaching today, to me, doesnt exude the same vibrant memories that it used to, maybe even a decade ago. My interest in this profession was kindled from an early age with the conversations between my father, a professor, and his students. He was a strict disciplinarian admired and revered by his students. I used to stealthily listen from behind the curtains, the conversation between the professor and his students. Sometimes, it ranged from a casual hello to permission for non-submission of assignments or an earnest plea of forgiveness for mistakes committed in the classroom or issues related to career growth. Whatever the subject, the aura of respect and love that emanated from the mere presence of their professor amid them intrigued me, and kindled the spirit in me too to take up teaching as a profession. During Diwali, students used to knock gently at our door with a box laden with goodies and in a trembling voice ask us whether the professor was at home. He was a stickler for values and one among them was a complete no-no-to gifts from students.
He used to take a small piece of murukku to appease them and then tell them gently and forcefully not to bring home anything except their wishes. At railway stations and banks, shopping centres and markets, he used to be greeted with love and affection. Some people used to bring their newly-wedded wives, come in at times during quiet evenings to share their success stories or simply drop in to say hello. Another picture still etched in my mind is the discussion of question papers enthusiastically after the exams. The students used to follow him right from the college to the quarters where we used to stay. I used to be aghast at their verve and excitement to get to know the corrections and do better next time. That was perhaps in the early 1980s. I pictured all this and more to happen to me too when I took up this profession as a lecturer.
But every time an examination gets over now I hardly get to see my students come back and discuss, save to tell me that a few questions were out of syllabus in their judgment and I had no right to include them. Things have changed a lot. Today, my students are all with me 24x7 in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, but their virtual reality is nothing compared to the warmth that I could sense my father being showered with by his students. Mobile phones and emails are flooded with forwards that arrive in bulk, but rarely with a personal tone. The fast pace of life has eroded the joy of being a teacher to the students everyday of our life. Students are busy with gaming, surfing, messaging and downloading. Teachers are too busy to be bothered! Akin to the World Environment Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, we need a day devoid of any technological gadgets and see how we relate to each other that golden day. Its time to engage in conversations with our students to help them come out of the virtual world and experience the joy of exploring themselves along with us!
Q4. What prompted the author of the passage to take up a teaching career?
A.The expectation of being showered with gifts of love from students on special occasions.
B.The aura of love and respect of students that his father commanded.
C.The opportunity to interact with students and share their excitement.
A) A and BB) B OnlyC) B and CD) A,B and C
Q5. What does the author suggest should be done, to bring back the relationship of love and warmth between students and teachers ?
A) Celebrate a "No-Gadgets" Day that would leave the students free to talk.B) Healthy and regular personal interactions between students and teachers.C) Extensive interaction through Facebook, Linkedln and Twitter, as everyone is very busy these days.D) All these
Q6. What, according to the author, are the reasons for the deterioration in the teacher-student relationship, as compared to his fathers time as a teacher ?
A) Both students and teachers are too busy coping with the hectic pace of life.B) All the students today only have complaints to make to the teachers.C) There is no special day earmarked for interactions between students and teachers.D) Many teachers are not on Facebook, Linkedln or Twitter, and miss out on the opportunity to stay connected with their students.
Q7. It is implied in the passage that the best way to improve student-teacher relationship is
A) for the students to seek out their teachers and take counsel on various matters.B) for the teachers to be connected with their students 24x7 through the social networking websites.C) for the teachers to take the initiative and encourage students to open up with them.D) All these
DIRECTIONS for the question 8-10:
A sentence has been broken into four parts. Choose the part that has an error.
Q8. A.The Internet has B.greatly C.affected D.our life
Our life should be replaced with our lives as our is plural
Q9. A. I hope B. you enjoy C. your staying D. in India this time.
Q10. A. I buy B. a car C. because I need one D. to go to the office.
I buy is wrong usage of the tense