Q1.Sentences of a paragraph are given here in jumbled order. Arrange the sentences in the right order to form a meaningful and coherent paragraph.
A. The skills to make India a global handloom hub exist but they are dying for lack of proper infrastructure and planning.
B. India has over nine million textile craftspeople, with skills unmatched by any other country.
C. Today ‘handmade’ and ‘handloom’ are becoming sought after international brands, and new markets and buyers are emerging.
D. These people also have an enormous repertoire of designs going back generations and creating textiles in hundreds of different techniques.
a. C, D, B, A
b. A, D, B, C
c. B, D, C, A
d. D, C, B, A
Option c D, C, B, A
2. Select the option that is the meaning of the underlined words/segment in the given context. Please allow me to pick your brain on this topic.
a. to find fault in you
b. to talk to an intelligent person such as you c. to irritate you
d. To obtain more information from you
Answer: Option d To obtain more information from you
3.She kept looking at the men behind the counter in utter disbelief – she had thought the Thanjavur painting would _, _ as the gems were not precious.
a. Cost an arm and a hand, but it was dirt cheap
b. Cost an arm and a leg, but it was dead cheap
c. Cost an arm and a leg, but it was dirt cheap
d. Cost two arms and both legs, but it was dirt cheap
Answer: Option b Cost an arm and a leg, but it was dead cheap
Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: Under the harsh light of a naked blue bulb, the handloom weaver sits in a pit, craning his neck over a loom, manipulating a mass of threads. Slowly frame by frame, a paisley motif emerges on fuchsia pink silk, sourced from South India. Banaras silk is mentioned in the Rig Veda and Buddhist history texts, which, together with images from the Mughal court, provide clues to its evolution. Silk-embroidered sarees have been an art form during the Mughal period in the 16th century.
To gain an insight into the intricate weaving process, a visit to the Mehta International Silk Centre helps. Here you can understand the intricacies of the process: difference between phenkua and kadhua: the technique of throwing the shuttle from end-to-end between the threads of the warp, and weaving in the threads, one by one.
Three generations can wear an intricately woven Banarasi saree, and it is more a family heirloom that a mother passes on to her daughter or daughter-in-law. The complexity of design in a Banarasi saree is of the highest order — the highest pixels.
The workers, mostly men, may take 10 days to weave a saree working eight hour shifts on wages as low as Rs 600 per day. If the design is complicated, then the saree may proceed at 2 inches a day and the weaver may even take three months to weave just one saree. Sarees may tell pictorial stories; the motifs on sarees are like a history book of influences — Persian and Mughal and Hindu culture. One can find motifs like asharfi (coin-shape), gainda (marigold flower), chand-tara (moon and star), lateefa (floral bouquet), etc.
4.What is the broad theme of the given passage?
a. The various types of Banarasi sarees.
b. The flourishing weaving industry of Varanasi.
c. The poor condition of the weavers of Varanasi.
d. The intricate weaving process of Banarasi sarees.
Answer: Option d The intricate weaving process of Banarasi sarees.
5.Which of the following is the odd one out in the history of influences on Banarasi sarees?
Answer: Option a Buddhist
6.Three generations can wear an intricately woven Banarasi saree because
a. it goes through an intricate weaving process.
b. it becomes a family heirloom.
c. it is very strong and lasts for years together.
d. it has a complexity of design of the highest order.
Answer: Option a – it goes through an intricate weaving process.
Four words have been deleted in the paragraph given below.
The four sentences, from which the words have been deleted, are given below — individually. Select the word that best completes the sentence in each of the four items below.
Good art must connect with ordinary lives. It must be relatable. It must connect with themes that other people’s lives are influenced by. The artist cannot merely _______an ideal. The best utopian works depict an ideal which is achievable. The best _______ works depict a terrifying future that’s ever possible. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is terrifying because it so accurately portrays the ______ and human suffering that occurs when fascism takes over. Great literature holds a hand-mirror up to the flaws on society’s face. it forces people to face the consequences of their actions and helps us try to _________ a better, more equal society.
7. The artist cannot merely ________ an ideal.
Answer: Option a – Create
8. Onwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is terrifying because it so accurately portrays the __________ and the human suffering that occurs when fascism takes over.
Answer: Option a – Insanity