DIRECTIONS for questions 1 to 5: Read the given passage and answer the questions.
This continuous effort to suppress one's feelings and behave in public is a bit of a strain, and the usual result is that one puts on a glum and solid look on public occasions. Perhaps because of this I was once described in an article in a Hindu magazine as resembling a Hindu widow! I must say that, much as I admire Hindu widows of the old type, this gave me a shock. The author evidently meant to praise me for some qualities he thought I possessed - a spirit of gentle resignation and renunciation and a smileless devotion to work. I had hoped that I possessed - and, indeed, I wish that Hindu widows would possess - more active and aggressive qualities and the capacity for humour and laughter. Gandhiji once told an interviewer that if he had not had the gift of humour he might have committed suicide, or something to this effect. I would not presume to go so far, but life certainly would have been almost intolerable for me but for the humour and light touches that some people gave to it. My very popularity and the brave addresses that came my way, full (as is, indeed, the custom of all such addresses in India) of choice and flowery language and extravagant conceits, became subjects for raillery in the circle of my family and intimate friends. The high-sounding and pompous words and titles that were often used for all those prominent in the national movement were picked out by my wife and sisters and others and bandied about irreverently. Jawahrarlal Nehru (Pg. 207)
Choose the right word or words which mean Conceit
Admit to be true
Too much pride in oneself
None of the above
Answer: Option C The word means too much pride.
'Raillery in the circle of my family' would mean _______.
Simple meaningless talk
Answer: Option B The word raillery means good-humoured teasing
Choose the right word or words to describe GLUM
Answer: Option C Glum means gloomy and thus, option 3 is the answer
What did Nehruji wish the Hindu widows would possess?
The quality of commanding respect from others
The quality of enjoying laughter, and becoming more active and aggressive
The quality of not giving respect to others
The quality of talking loudly
Answer: Option B It has been mentioned in the passage that Nehruji wanted widows to have the aggressive qualities of humour and laughter. The answer thus, is option 2.
What did Gandhiji express to the interviewer?
That since he possessed an ability of being amused he survived
That since he possessed a determinative set of mind he survived
That he could survive under any pressure
That he was not scared of worries
Answer: Option A It has been clearly stated that Gandhiji believed that his ability to be amused kept him alive. The answer hence, is option A