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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 5) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering  some of the questions.
All children are created worthy and they deserve the right to enjoy respect and dignity. It can be done! Unfortunately, the current epidemic of self-doubt that's rampant in our society is the result of an unjust and unnecessary system of evaluating human worth. Not everyone is deemed worthy, not everyone is accepted for what he or she is. Instead, we reserve our praise and admiration for a select few — those who have been blessed from birth with the proverbial silver spoon.
It is a vicious system and we, as parent, must counter its debilitating impact. If only we could understand what the children undergo as a result of the flawed values on which self-esteem is so often based in our culture! We must, in fact, recognise how effectively and unknowingly we teach our small children that worthiness and social approval are beyond their reach.
By glorifying role models who represent an ideal and not a minimum norm, we have only created a vast army of have-nots—bom losers who're disappointed with life before it has really begun. They turn this way and that, searching vainly for a solution to their inner emptiness and pain. For millions who never find either, the road to personal worth becomes a long, unpaved detour, leading to nowhere.
The matter of personal worth is not only the concern of those who lack it, but also the responsibility of those who believe in it. In a real sense, the health of an entire society depends on the ease with which its individual members can gain personal acceptance. Thus, whenever the keys of selfesteem are seemingly out of reach for a substantial percentage of the people as is evident in the West, then mental illnesses, especially neurosis, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence and social disorder, are bound to be widespread.
Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. Itmust become a part of our personalities, or each one of us will have to endure the repercussions of its absence. With the proper use of parental influence and direction, we can provide our children with the inner strength necessary to overcome the obstacles they face. We can open the road to self-esteem and personal worth for our children. Perhaps we won't be able to reconstruct the world, but we could certainly help our children cope with it a wee bit more successfully.

Direction (Q. 1 - 2) : Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. DEEMED

A.    born B.    fortunate
C.    privileged D.    considered
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2 .

Q. COPE

A.    sustain B.    practise
C.    manage D.    evolve
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3 .

Direction : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering  some of the questions.
All children are created worthy and they deserve the right to enjoy respect and dignity. It can be done! Unfortunately, the current epidemic of self-doubt that's rampant in our society is the result of an unjust and unnecessary system of evaluating human worth. Not everyone is deemed worthy, not everyone is accepted for what he or she is. Instead, we reserve our praise and admiration for a select few — those who have been blessed from birth with the proverbial silver spoon.
It is a vicious system and we, as parent, must counter its debilitating impact. If only we could understand what the children undergo as a result of the flawed values on which self-esteem is so often based in our culture! We must, in fact, recognise how effectively and unknowingly we teach our small children that worthiness and social approval are beyond their reach.
By glorifying role models who represent an ideal and not a minimum norm, we have only created a vast army of have-nots—bom losers who're disappointed with life before it has really begun. They turn this way and that, searching vainly for a solution to their inner emptiness and pain. For millions who never find either, the road to personal worth becomes a long, unpaved detour, leading to nowhere.
The matter of personal worth is not only the concern of those who lack it, but also the responsibility of those who believe in it. In a real sense, the health of an entire society depends on the ease with which its individual members can gain personal acceptance. Thus, whenever the keys of selfesteem are seemingly out of reach for a substantial percentage of the people as is evident in the West, then mental illnesses, especially neurosis, hatred, alcoholism, drug abuse, violence and social disorder, are bound to be widespread.
Personal worth is not something human beings are free to take or leave. Itmust become a part of our personalities, or each one of us will have to endure the repercussions of its absence. With the proper use of parental influence and direction, we can provide our children with the inner strength necessary to overcome the obstacles they face. We can open the road to self-esteem and personal worth for our children. Perhaps we won't be able to reconstruct the world, but we could certainly help our children cope with it a wee bit more successfully.

Direction : Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Direction (Q. 3 - 5) : Choose the word which is the opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. VICIOUS

A.    gentle B.    opportune
C.    basic D.    dwelling
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4 .

Q. BEYOND

A.    inside B.    towards
C.    along D.    within
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5 .

Q. EASE

A.    luxury B.    headache
C.    pain D.    discomfort
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6 .

Direction (Q.  6 - 10) : In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase printed in bold. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase and mark it as your answer. If none of the alternatives are correct, mark 4), ie None of these, as your answer.

To clear the decks

A.    To make room for something B.    To clear the confusion
C.    To remove obstructions D.    To take a final decision
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7 .

Maiden speech

A.    Speech with exclusive inputs B.    Speech given by a pleasant woman
C.    Humorous speech D.    First speech by a person
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8 .

To grease a person's palm

A.    To bribe B.    To cheat
C.    To punish D.    To fool
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9 .

To build castles in the air

A.    To lose touch with the ground realities B.    To fortify oneself to the utmost
C.    To make plans that are unlikely to succeed D.    To behave like infants
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10 .

To muse on

A.    To indulge on B.    To have second thoughts
C.    To develop a rhythm D.    To think deeply about
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