RRB NTPC SAMPLE PAPER - GENERAL ENGLISH - 217
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions
given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to locate them
while answering some of the questions.
There was a girl who sang beautifully at the temple every morning. The
music master used to happily recall, “One day when I went into the woods to
pluck flowers, I found this baby under a pipal tree.” He picked her up
carefully, raised her lovingly as if she was his daughter and taught her to sing
before she spoke her first word. The music master grew old and didn’t see too
well. The girl tended to him caringly. Many people including young men travelled
from far and wide to hear her sing. This made the music master’s heart quake
with fear. “You will choose one of them as your husband. What is to become of
me?” The girl replied, “I shall not be apart from you.” But on a full moon night
during the harvest festival, the master’s chief disciple touched his feet
reverently as said, “Master grant me your permission for your daughter has
agreed to marry me.” The master’s tears flowed freely, “She has chosen well. Go
and fetch her let me hear you sing the first of many melodies that you will sing
together.” The two began to sing in harmony. But the song was interrupted by the
arrival of the royal messenger. “Your daughter is very fortunate—the king has
sent for her.” the messenger said. At the palace the Queen summoned the girl to
her and said, “I place upon you the honour of making sure my daughter is never
unhappy at her husband’s home.” There wasn’t a single tear in the girl’s eyes
but she thought of the master and her heart was heavy. That very night the
princess began her journey to Kambhoj. The princess’s royal chariot led the
procession and the girl’s palanquin followed close behind carrying trunks of
silks; jewellery and precious stones. It was covered with a velvet sheet and had
soldiers on both sides. As the procession passed, the master and his disciple
Kumarsen stood still by the wayside. A collective sigh escaped the crowd
gathered there wishing that the princess wouldn’t feel homesick in her faraway
1. Why was the princess going on a journey?
(A) She was going to her prospective husband’s home to get engaged.
(B) Her parents wanted her to visit the kingdom of which she would be the future
(C) To take expensive gifts for the rulers of the Kambhoj who were well known to
(a) Only A
(b) Both A & B
(c) All A, B & C
(d) Both A & C
2. Why was the master afraid?
(a) He felt the princess would treat the young girl unkindly
(b) He would be all alone after the girl’s marriage
(c) The girl may not be able to adapt to her new home
(d) He was slowly going blind
Directions: Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the
word printed in bold as used in the passage.
(d) None of these
5. Choose the word which is OPPOSITE in meaning of the word collective as
used in the passage.
1. (c) 2. (d) 3. (d) 4. (a) 5. (c)