CTET February 2015 – Paper – I (English Language) Answer Key

Directions (Q. Nos. 136 to 141): Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
As District Employment Officer, my Father was given a jeep by the government. There was no garage in the office, so the jeep was parked in our house. My Father refused to use it to commute to the office. He told us that the jeep is an expensive resource given by the government-he reiterated to us that it was not his jeep’ but the government’s jeep. Insisting that he would use it only to tour the interiors, he would walk to his office on normal days. He also made sure that we never sat in the government jeep—we could sit in it only when it was stationary. That was our early childhood lesson in governance-a lesson that corporate managers learn the hard way, some never do.
The driver of the jeep was treated with respect due any other member of my Father’s office. As small children, we were taught not to call him by his name. We had to use the suffix ‘dada’ whenever we were to refer to him in public or private. When I grew up to own a car and a driver by name of Raju was appointed, I repeated the lesson to my small daughters. They have, as a result, grown up him Raju Uncle-very different from many of their fr who refer to their family drivers as ‘my driver’. W that term from a school or college going person, me, the lesson was significant-you treat small people more respect than you treat big people. It is more imp to respect your subordinates than your superiors. 4 grown up calling of their friends drivers as ‘my driver’. When I hear college going person, I cringe.
Q136. The author’s father would not allow his family to use the jeep because
A. it was not their private vehicle
B. the roads were full of potholes
C. he was afraid of accidents
D. the jeep was in a bad condition

Q137. The author taught his children to
A be firm with servants
B. treat small people with respect
C. maintain a discreet distance from servants
D. be kind to small people

Q138. The author was critical of his children’s friends because their attitude to servants smacked of
A. weakness
B. coarseness
C. arrogance
D. loftiness

Q139. The author’s attitude towards servants can be described as
A respectful
B. indifferent
C. rational
D. affectionate

Q140. The opposite of the word ‘refused’ is
A. accepted
B. received
C. justified
D. admired

Q141. The word that can replace ‘reiterated’ is
A. revised
B. repeated
C. recalled e
D. reconsidered

Directions (Q. 142 to 150): Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow by selecting the most appropriate option.
Ramanujan was born on December 2, 1887, in Erode (South India) as the eldest son in a family of six children. In November 1892, he entered, the Town High School at Kumbakonam as a half-fee scholarship-holder and passed the Matriculation Examination in 1904. In the school, he became a minor celebrity, walking off with merit certificates and prizes for academic brilliance. This school nourished him for six years, bringing him as close as he would ever come to a satisfying academic experience. When he was in the seventh standard, he gave clear evidence-of his mathematical gifts; he could reel off the square root of a natural number to the specified number of places; he could point to the indeterminate nature of zero divided by zero. Ramanujan’s mother—the family being close to penuryook in college students as boarders who noticing amanujan’s interest in mathematics, brought him textbooks om the college library. Loney’s ‘Trigonometry’ was one such treasure which he mastered.
During 1906-1912, Ramanujan was constantly in search of an employer to earn his livelihood. With his “Notebooks” as his only recommendation, he sought the patronage of V. Ramaswamy Iyer, the founder of Indian Mathematical Society who was at Tirukovillur and asked for a clerical job in his office. The former had no mind to smother Ramanujan’s genius and sent him back to Madras with a letter of introduction to P.V. Seshu Aiyar, then at the Presidency College, Madras. He gave in turn, Ramanujan a letter of recommendation to that true lover of mathematics, R. Ramachandra Rao, the District Collector, Nellore. This was the turning point in his life.
On the advice of P.V. Seshu Aiyar, Ramanujan communicated his theorems on divergent series in a historic letter dated January 16, 1913 to G.H. Hardy, who was ten years senior to Ramanujan. With the personal interest of Gilbert Walker and support given by Indian stalwarts, the University of Madras awarded its first scholarship to Ramanujan to study in Cambridge. Over the next three months, Ramanujan received four long letters from Hardy, who had already sprung into action, advising the India Office, of his wish to bring him to Cambridge.
Q142. Merit certificates and prizes awarded to Ramanujan at school are a proof of his
A. commitment
B. intellectual brilliance
C. sincerity
D. dedication

Q143. Ramanujan’s mother took in college students as boarders because
A. the family was on the verge of poverty
B. she wanted to give her son all the comforts of life
C. she wanted to save money to buy a house
D. she had to pay up huge debts

Q144. The turning point in Ramanujan’s life came when
A. he was given a scholarship
B. he got a job in Indian Mathematical Society
C. his name was recommended to the District Collector, Nellore
D. he was awarded a big cash award

Q145. The support Ramanujan received from his school suggests that:
A. fortune favours those who dare
B. a talented person needs nourishment to flourish
C. luck is more important than patronage
D. support or no support, men with talent forge ahead

Q146. Identify the correct statement
A. Ramanujan was offered a job at Cambridge
B. Ramanujan did not get much support from his school
C. Ramanujan’s mother did not want him to go abroad
D. Seshu Aiyar was Ramanujan’s patron

Q147. The phrasal verb, freel off” means to
A. say quickly
B. fishing
C. rehearse easily
D. articulate fast

Q148. The closest synonym for the word ‘smother is
A. deaden
B. stifle
C. discourage
D. ruin

Q149. The antonym for the word ‘recommend
A. disapproval
B. condemnation
C. criticism
D. revulsion

Q150. The word that can best replace pour
A. gifted
B. sent
C. supported
D. served

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