RRB NTPC SAMPLE PAPER - GENERAL ENGLISH - 85
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the
questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you
locate them while! answering some of the questions.
Govind’s father was a rich landlord, who was loved and respected
by all his tenants. When he died, he left large tracts of land to Govind. But
Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land. He had a funny idea,
that there existed a magic potion which, if it was poured on any object would
turn it into gold. He spent all his time trying to learn about this potion.
People took advantage of him and cheated him. His wife grew anxious. Given the
amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon be
paupers. One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came to
their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage
answered, “I have learnt how to brew such a potion. But it is a difficult
process.” “Tell me!” insisted Govind, hardly able to believe his luck. “You have
to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning
during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be planted and
watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen
vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me. I will recite a sacred
mantra to transform the dew into the potion. A drop of the potion will be
sufficient to change any object into gold.”
Govind was worried. “Winter is only for a few months in the year. It will take
me years to collect the dew.” “You can plant as many trees as you want,” replied
the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife, began clearing the
large fields which has been lying vacant for years. He planted rows of banana
saplings. He tended them with great care. His wife helped him too. She would
take the banana crop to market and get a good price. Over the years the
plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of dew. He
went to the sage who smiled, uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops of dew
on a copper vessel. To Govind’s dismay, nothing happened. “You have cheated me!”
he shouted at the sage. The sage, however, smiled. Govind’s wife then came
forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold coins inside.
Turning to Govind he said, “You worked hard on your land and created a
plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market. It was your hard work
which created this wealth, not magic. If I had told you this earlier, you would
not have listened.” Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage’s words and
worked even harder from that day on.
1. Why did Govind’s father give him large plots of land?
(a) It was his way of instilling a sense of responsibility in
(b) Govind was his only son and sole heir
(c) To provide Govind with sufficient funds to pursue his interest of
discovering a magic potion
(d) He wanted Govind to continue to look after the tenants
2. Which of the following can be said about the sage?
(a) He was cunning and plotted with Govind’s wife to cheat him
(b) He had no magical powers as such and used to swindle people
(c) He was a good judge of people
(d) He did not deserve his good reputation
3. Why was Govind’s wife worried?
(a) Govind had no knowledge of farming and could not cultivate
the land he had inherited from his father
(b) Govind had not friends because he was obsessed with finding a potion which
would turn anything into gold
(c) Govind was only interested in studying under different sages and neglected
his family duties
(d) Since Govind had devoted all his time and wealth to finding a magic potion
they would soon be poor
4. What made Govind angry with the sage?
(a) The sage had conspired with Govind’s wife against him
(b) He had forgotten the magic spell and all Govind’s hard work was in vain
(c) He had lost a good deal of money in cultivating bananas
(d) The sage had made a fool of him in front of other villagers
5. How did Govind acquire his dream of gold finally?
(a) The sage gave him gold as a reward for his hard work was in
(b) His wife diligently saved the gold he had received from his father
(c) By selling the banana plantation
(d) His wife sold bananas at a higher price than other did.
1. (b) 2. (c) 3. (d) 4. (b) 5. (c)