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ENGLISH PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT TEST NOV/DEC 2016

READING SKILLS – PRACTICE MATERIALS
Question Paper - 4
Q. I. Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:
A Sobbing little girl stood near a small school from which she had been turned away because
it was too crowded. “I can’t go to school”, she sobbed to a priest as he walked by. Seeing her
shabby, unkempt appearance, the priest guessed the reason and, talking by hand, took her
inside and found a place for her in the school class. The child was so touched that she went to
bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to study.
Some years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings and the parents
called for the kind hearted priest, who had befriended their daughter, to handle the final
arrangements. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was
found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump. Inside were found 57
cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read, “This is to help make the little
school bigger so more children can go to school”.
For more years she had saved for this offering of love. When the priest tearfully read that
note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook
to the stage, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion. He challenged his assistants
to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building. A newspaper learned of the story
and published it. It was read by a rich business man who offered them a parcel of land worth
many thousands. When told that the school could not pay so much, he offered it for a 57
percent payment.
Religious members too made large subscriptions. Cheques came from far and wide. Within
five years the little girl’s gift had increased up to $250, 000 huge sums for that time. Her
unselfish love had paid large dividends. The school building houses hundreds of scholars, so
that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside at school time. In one of the rooms of
this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so
sacrificially saved , made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind
priest.

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What was the final outcome of the 57 cents saved by the little girl? Q. In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump's real estate and _______7_________ firm and later renamed it. but withdrew before voting began. He sought the Reform Party presidential ________8________ in 2000. The Trump Organization. from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016. casinos. During his career. 2 . and 156th in the United States. hotels. How was the priest instrumental in fulfilling the little girl’s dream? 5. He ________9________ and co-produced The Apprentice. and other branded facilities ________5________.Answer each question in about 25 – 30 words.II. he was listed by Forbes as the 324th ________10________ person in the world. Trump was born and raised in New York City and _________6_______ a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. 1946) is an ________1________ businessman and politician who is President-elect of the United States as well as chairman and president of The Trump Organization. In what manner did the business man help in making the little girl’s dream come true? 2. rising to public prominence shortly thereafter. What was the real reason behind the girl not being allowed into the school? 3. a reality television series on NBC. Trump has _____4______ office towers. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words: [construction company attained wished institution nomination received office wealthiest American election built hosted intention worldwide] Donald John Trump (born June 14. What was the little girl’s idea behind wanting to build a bigger school? 4. golf courses. He has stated the ________3________ to vacate the latter positions prior to his assumption of the presidency. 1. the principal holding ________2________ for his real estate ventures and other business interests.

rough sawn and the ends waxed to stop splitting. III. The cleft has already been split from the round using a wooden wedge. Predominantly - joined 2. Glue is spread on the handle prior to the binding in order to ensure that the binding is held in place for the life of the bat handle. When ready to be turned into bats the ends are cut and they pass through a five cutter milling machine to give the cleft a uniform shape. Bulk - elastic. bendable 3. Read the given passage and match the words given in column A with those in column B Cricket bat willow is a cultivated timber which predominantly grows in large plantations in wetland areas throughout England mainly in the South East. The Woodstock bat is then ready for labelling. Blended - effortless 3 . Each bat handle is spliced and fitted using flexible wood glue making sure it is set slightly forward to ensure the perfect line of the bow. Spliced - diligent effort 6. The handle is then gently tapped into place and left to dry in an upright position. individually. The bulk of the Woodstock willow comes from willow specialists but each cleft is still selected by leading bat makers. Our bats are shaped firstly using a traditional draw knife then various wooden block planes and spoke shaves to ensure the shape is pleasing to the bat maker. Each handle is then painstakingly shaped with a rasp to ensure the shape fits perfectly in the hands of the batsman. The process of seasoning in the open air takes place to reduce moisture content and this takes between nine months and a year. Using a loose leaf polishing mop on the outboard side of the binding lathe each bat is polished meticulously to give a rich satin finish. Every bat also receives a final checkover to ensure that it has been finished to a high standard and that there are no previously unspotted imperfections. Once the bat has been shaped and blended the sanding process begins. The shoulders are shaped and blended firstly with the skilful use of a draw knife and then finished with a traditional rounded spoke shave. Cleft - massive 4. balance and pick up in every bat we produce.Q. gripping and knocking in. COLUMN A COLUMN B 1. Seasoning - rigid 5. thus ensuring the perfect weight. Flexible - primarily 7.

8. Soon other countries formed football associations. or payment for sin. soccer was considered to be mostly a men’s game.C. However. The Japanese played a game similar to soccer in about1000 B. he passed laws banning it. By 1912. Soccer eventually became an accepted sport. It even became part of the school curriculum. Queen Elizabeth of England had people put in jail for a week for playing soccer. However. in fact. laws.D. it was very important for young men to practice archery. Read the following passage and match Column A with Column B. The Chinese played against Japan with a feather or hair–filled soccer ball as early as 50 B. and soccer competed with archery. and it is documented that the Japanese played the first real soccer game in the year 611A. penance. Soccer. At that time. Painstaking - sliced segment 9. there were 21 countries affiliated with the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Twelve teams played for 4 . The Greeks played a game called episkyros. followed by religious penance.. somehow made its way to England by the 1300s. Ensure - merged important process of conditioning the wood handled careful isolated Q. It was similar to soccer. and official censure did not stop the game of soccer.E. Soccer seems to have originated in Asia. FIFA established the Women’s World Cup in 1991. This meeting was the beginning of “The Football Association”. a meeting of eleven English soccer clubs and schools decided on the official rules of the game. Meticulous - make certain 10. In 1863. The game was thought to take time away from military drills and archery. The first Women’s World Cup tournament was played in the People’s Republic of China in 1991. Before the 1970s. IV. King Henry IV and King Henry VII passed laws against soccer as well. The Romans played a ball game called Harpastum.C. Today FIFA has 208 member associations. King Edward of England did not like the game.

1. have been scouring the Indian countryside looking for suppliers of cheap components for products made in their European and American plants. ADCB 3.000) women are currently playing football throughout the world. It obviously does not even have the time to make the investments required to set up a new plant. a leading manufacturer of dashboard instruments. S6. Column A 1. US women’s college teams have also begun to receive varsity status. many have had to go back empty-handed. II paragraph Soccer – the game of Japanese people 3. I Column B paragraph Participation of women in the FIFA tournament 2. Sentences S1 and S6 are in the correct position. in a financial daily. The company was soliciting spare capacities for the supply of intricate machines and sheet-metal components. A. most Indian automobile component manufactures cannot produce enough to meet demand both domestic and international. While some of them do find good deals. FIFA that about forty million (40.000. B. mostly because of the influence of Title IX. D. DBCA 4..the championship. A recent advertisement of Premier Instruments and Controls Ltd. The fact is that executives from companies. summed it all up. V. Pick the right answer from the given options. ranging from Benz to General Motors. BDAC 2. CDAB ------------------------- 5 . S1. IV paragraph Birth of International Football Association Status of Women team in FIFA Members of the Football Association Entry of soccer in England Influence of the soccer game Q. C. Rearrange sentences ABCD in the logical order. a new law which provides more money for schools that include women’s sports. III paragraph Origin of the game soccer 4. Today.