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Exercise-4 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English-HIT The TARGET

Exercise-4 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English-HIT The TARGET

Exercise-4 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English-HIT The TARGET


Directions: In question no 1 to 10 you have brief passage with questions following the passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.


Annually, there are a million cases of snakebite in India and of these, close to 50,000 succumb to the bites.

When you look around the countryside, where most bites occur, and notice people’s habits and lifestyles, these figures aren’t surprising. People walk bare foot without a torch at night when they are most likely to step on a foraging venomous snake. We encourage rodents by disposing waste food out in the open, or by storing food grains in the house. Attracted by the smell of rats, snakes enter houses and when one crawls over someone asleep on the floor and the person twitches or rolls over, it may bite in defense.

Once bitten, we don’t rush to the hospital. Instead, we seek out the nearest conman, tie tourniquets, eat vile tasting herbal chutneys, apply poultices or spurious stones, cut/slice/suck the bitten spot, and other ghastly time-consuming deadly ‘‘remedies’’.

As Rom cattily remarks: ‘‘If the snake hasn’t injected enough venom, even popping an aspirin can save your life”. That’s the key — snakes inject venom voluntarily and we have no way of knowing if it has injected venom, and if

it is a lethal dose. The only first aid is to immobilise the bitten limb like you would a fracture, and get to a hospital for anti-venom serum without wasting time.


Q1. Of the people who are bitten by snakes in India, the fatality rate is

  1. 5%
  2. 25%
  3. 50%
  4. 100%

Q2. According to the author, people living in which parts are more prone to snake bites?

  1. Crowded cities
  2. The open
  3. Villages
  4. Forests

 Q3. Storing foodgrains in the house is one of the causes for snake bites because

  1. foodgrains attract rats which in turn attract snakes
  2. snakes enter houses in search of stored foodgrains
  3. the smell of foodgrains brings both snakes and other animals into the house
  4. stored foodgrains create convenient hiding places for snakes within houses

Q4. ‘… it may bite in defence’ This observation implies that

  1. a snake is very good at defending itself
  2. a snake may bite a human being in order to defend its prey
  3. human beings are defenceless against snakes
  4. a snake bites a human only when it is threatened

Q5. What, according to the author, is the reason for the high fatality rate due to snakebites in India ?

  1. Shortage of medical facilities
  2. Lack of scientific knowledge about snakebites
  3. Shortage of anti-venom serum
  4. Shortage of doctors

Q6. In the instance of a snakebite, what should we do immediately?

  1. Tie tourniquets
  2. Eat herbal chutneys
  3. Immobilise the bitten part and get anti venom serum
  4. Cut-slice-suck the bitten spot

Q7. Pick out a word from the passage which means ‘to go around in search of food’.

  1. foraging
  2. countryside
  3. venomous
  4. barefoot

Exercise-4 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English-HIT The TARGET

Q8. ‘‘If the snake hasn’t injected enough venom, even popping an aspirin can save your life.’’

  1. This sentence can be rewritten without changing the meaning as
  2. When a snake has not injected enough venom, life can be saved even by swallowing an aspirin.
  3. Life can be saved even by swallowing an aspirin, even though the snake hasn’t injected enough venom.
  4. Even popping an aspirin can save your life, in spite of a snake not having injected enough venom.
  5. As long as you are popping an aspirin to save your life, the snake will not inject enough venom.

Q9. Pick out a word from the passage, that means ‘having the power to cause death’

  1. immobilize
  2. voluntarily
  3. lethal
  4. serum



Read not to contradict and confuse, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. That is some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books may also be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others but that would be only in the less important arguments and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading make a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an’ exact man.


Q10. What should be the purpose of reading a book?

  1. To contradict
  2. To weigh and consider
  3. To take it for granted
  4. To understand the contents

Q11. Why are some books to be tasted?

  1. To be read with great care
  2. To be read with great attention
  3. To be read only in parts
  4. To be read for fun

Q12. How is man’s character influenced by the art of writing?

  1. It makes him a great writer
  2. It makes him a ready man
  3. It makes him a full man
  4. It makes him an exact man

Q13. What kind of books are to be read by the deputy?

  1. Extraordinary books
  2. Ordinary books
  3. Interesting books
  4. Meaner sort of books

Q14. What is meant by ‘chewed and digested’?

  1. Thoroughly read and understood
  2. Partly read and understood
  3. Understood without any effort
  4. None of the above



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