Friday, 6 June 2014

CBSE Class 10/11/12 - English Grammar - Comprehension Passage


(NDA 2014 General Ability Paper)
Directions: Read the following short passages. After each passage, you will find several questions based on what is stated or implied in the passages. Answer the questions that follow each passage.


In a free country, the man who reaches the position of leader is usually one of outstanding character and ability. Moreover, it is usually possible to foresee that he will reach such a position, since early in life one can see his qualities of character. But this is not always true in the case of a dictator; often he reaches his position of power through chance, very often through the unhappy state of his country. It is possible that Hitler would never have become the leader of Germany if that country had not been driven to despair.

Q1:  In a free country, one who becomes a leader
(a) must be of outstanding character and ability

(b) must show qualities of character from an early age 
(c) is generally of a remarkable character and ability 
(d) must see that his country is free from despair 

Q2: Hitler became a leader because 

(a) he exhibited leadership qualities
(b) Germany was a free country 

(c) Germany was in despair 
(d) Germany wanted a dictator


Q3: The passage seems to suggest that 
(a) despair sometimes leads to dictatorship
(b) Hitler was no leader
(c) a leader is chosen only by a free country

(d) a leader foresees his future position

1: (a) must be of outstanding character and ability
2: (c) Germany was in despair 
3: (a) despair sometimes leads to dictatorship


  1. Your first answer is incorrect. The correct answer to the first question should be: A leader is 'generally of a remarkable character and ability.'


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