(Paper) CTET: Language English Part- 4 : (Paper-1) - 2011


Central Board of Secondary Education

Central Teacher Eligibility Test : (Paper - I)

Pervious Paper 2011

(Part-4) Language English

Directions : Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow (Q. No. 1 to 9) by selecting the most appropriate option.

1 Max Weber laid the foundation for my belief that decent and hard-working people with high aspirations make great nations, no matter what the odds are. This was the first piece of the development puzzle for me. Mahatma Gandhi opened my eyes to the importance of good leadership in raising the aspirations of people, making them accept sacrifices to achieve a grand vision, and most importantly, in converting that vision into reality. He unleashed the most powerful instrument for gaining trust – leadership by example. He ate, dressed, travelled and lived like the poor. Walking the talk was extremely important to the Mahatma who understood the pulse of our people like no other Indian leader. The biggest lesson for me from Gandhi’s book and life is the importance of leading by example. I realized fairly early that this was the second piece of the development puzzle.

2 Frantz Fanon’s book on the colonizer mindset of elites in a post-colonial society opened my eyes to the role of the bureaucracy and the elite in decelerating the progress of the poor and the disenfranchised. The colonial mindset of the ‘dark elite in white masks’ in a post-colonial society – the mindset that the ruled and the rulers have different sets of rights and responsibilities with a huge asymmetry in favour of the rulers — was indeed the third piece of the development puzzle. I see this attitude of the Indian elite every day in how they send their children to English medium schools while forcing the children of the poor into vernacular schools, extol the virtues of poverty while living in luxury, and glorify the rural life while they sit comfortably in cities.

Source : ‘A Better India, A Better World’ – N.R. Narayana Murthy (Adapted)

1. The main purpose of the author in the above passage is to
(1) discuss the different writers he has read
(2) argue why India should not be considered a developed country
(3) delineate the lessons he has learnt for the development of a nation
(4) prioritise goals for only economic development of India

2. The first piece of the development puzzle, according to the author, is
(1) creating a team of industrious people for a national cause
(2) the importance of decent, inspired and industrious people for a nation’s development
(3) imbuing the citizens of the country with decency and aspirations
(4) the need for making people understand the importance of leading an idealistic and simple life

3. Mahatma Gandhi proved that only leadership by example can

(1) mobilise the people of a country against colonial rule
(2) fully and properly understand the pulse of the people of a country
(3) gain the trust of the people so that they are willing to make sacrifices for a larger cause
(4) inspire people to eat, dress, travel and live like the poor

4. The expression ‘walking the talk’ means
(1) addressing public gatherings in an election campaign
(2) talking to the common people by mingling with them
(3) being diplomatic in one’s behaviour and words
(4) practising what one preaches

5. The colonial mindset of ‘dark elite in white masks’ with reference to the passage is
(1) discriminating people on the basis of the colour of their skin
(2) an assumption that the administrators and politicians have more rights and privileges than the common people
(3) looking down upon the poor and the disenfranchised
(4) the bureaucratic practice of according topmost priority to confidentiality in official dealings

6. Extolling ‘the virtues of poverty while living in luxury’ is an instance of
(1) the hypocrisy of the people of our country
(2) practising what you preach
(3) the ideal of a good government
(4) the need to make people adopt a simple life

7. ‘I realized fairly early that this was the second piece of the development puzzle.’ The underlined part of this sentence is a/an
(1) Adjective clause
(2) Adverbial phrase
(3) Noun clause
(4) Verb clause

8. Pick out a word or phrase from the second paragraph of the passage that means the same as ‘to make (something) go slower’.
(1) disenfranchised
(2) dark elite
(3) decelerating
(4) vernacular

9. ‘Development’ is a noun with ‘-ment’ as a suffix. Which of the following will become a noun if we add the suffix ‘-ment’ to it ?
(1) Extort
(2) Enter
(3) Enchant
(4) Endure

Directions : Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow (Q. No. 10 to 15) by selecting the most appropriate option.

On A Tired Housewife Here lies a poor woman who was always tired, She lived in a house where help wasn’t hired: Her last words on earth were: ‘Dear friends,
I am going To where there’s no cooking, or washing, or sewing, For everything there is exact to my wishes, For where they don’t eat there’s no washing
of dishes. I’ll be where loud anthems will always be ringing, But having no voice I’ll be quit of the singing. Don’t mourn for me now, don’t mourn for me never,
I am going to do nothing for ever and ever.’ Anonymous

10. The woman described in the poem
(1) was very busy doing chores
(2) was no more
(3) lived in her own house
(4) worked in the house of a rich man

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