English Quiz for LIC AAO 2016 - Set 6

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(Directions Q. 1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Thousands of people in Nepal have been killed in the earthquake that had its epicenter in the western part of the Himalayan republic. The quake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, is one of the worst that has hit the subcontinent. Many adjoining areas in India that stretch to as far as Bhopal have been affected with the death toll in India mounting from three dozen. The primary task of the governments is to bring relief to the quake-affected people, though Nepal’s topography makes it difficult. Nonetheless, no effort should be spared to provide relief in terms of food, clothes and medicines.

Thousands have been injured and they need to be given priority. Nepal, which is one of the poorest nations, needs international support to deal with the crisis. India has already promised humanitarian aid to the neighbouring nation with which it has cultural and political ties dating back to centuries. Man is yet to develop a dependable system of earthquake prediction, though he has identified areas that are prone to such disasters.

The area, which has suffered the most, forms part of the seismic belt. While earthquake prediction is not immediately possible, a lot can be done to minimise the damage a quake can cause. Japan, which frequently suffers from earthquake, has developed a very dependable technology that can withstand quakes. Most deaths occur when the debris of buildings falls on people. So the best way to fight quake is to have buildings that can withstand tremors. India learnt this the hard way when earthquake hit Latur in Maharashtra. Later, when Gujarat suffered a devastating quake, realization dawned on the government and the people that buildings which were not built using earthquake-resistant technology were the ones that collapsed like castles made of playing cards.

Today, Indian companies make steel which is earthquake-resistant and it is used in public buildings and constructions like bridges and dams. The cost-conscious individuals do not use it while building their houses and apartments. At a marginal additional cost, they can make their buildings compliant with the earthquake norms of agencies like the Delhi Development Authority. All new buildings in quake-prone areas must conform to norms in this regard for which a mass awareness programme needs to be initiated. For, prevention is better than cure.

1. What is the main and initial priority after the earthquake in Nepal?
1) To re-construct the fallen buildings of Nepal.
2) Making plans for the buildings to be earthquake resistant.
3) Providing relief to the victims.
4) 1), 2) and 3).
5) None of the above.

2. What is “seismic belt”?
1) The areas in the Himalayas.
2) The areas near the Himalayas.
3) The epicenter of the Nepal earthquake.
4) An area near Japan.
5) The earthquake prone areas in the world.

3. How can the damage caused by an earthquake be minimized?
1) By predicting the time when an earthquake will strike.
2) By using earthquake resistant technologies in construction.
3) By creating mass awareness about earthquake resistant technologies.
4) 1), 2) and 3).
5) 2) and 3).

4. Why some Individuals in India do not use earthquake resistant technologies in construction?
1) Lack of awareness.
2) Unavailability of earthquake resistant construction materials.
3) Additional cost required for using earthquake resistant technology.
4) 1) and 3).
5) India is not earthquake prone.

5. Which of the following title is justified for the passage?
1) India needs Earthquake Protection
2) Buildings in Seismic Belt must be Earthquake Resistant
3) Global Awareness about Earthquake Must be Created
4) Earthquake in Nepal is Nothing But the Beginning
5) None of these

(Directions Q.6-8): Choose the word which is MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

6. topography
1) road
2) terrain
3) weather
4) intensity
5) None of the above

7. relief
1) aid
2) relaxation
3) free
4) help
5) discount

8. prone
1) weak
2) prediction
3) susceptible
4) occur
5) unlikely

(Directions Q. 9-10): Choose the word which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning to the word printed in bold as given below:

9. withstand
1) survive
2) perish
3) resist
4) hold off
5) tolerate

10. marginal
1) negligible
2) slight
3) minimal
4) small
5) major

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Manikandan C - 9/10
Arnav Dragneo/Nidhi Verma - 8/10


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