(Online Course) English Grammar & Comprehension: Practice Exercises Multiple Choice - Passage 1

English Grammar & Comprehension
Practice Exercises Multiple Choice

Passage 1

Jyoti, a gardener’s son, was once invited to attend the marriage ceremony of a Brahmin friend. Since he loved his friend sincerely, he attended the ceremony. The bridegroom was going in a procession to the house of the bride. The procession consisted of Brahmins, men, women and children. There was hardly any person from other communities. Jyoti was walking along with the processionists. One orthodox Brahmin recognised him and was annoyed at the sight of a low-caste boy in the marriage procession walking along with the Brahmins. Unable to contain himself, he shouted, “Howdare you walk along with us’? You are not our equal. Get behind, otherwise go away”. Jyoti felt insulted. He abandoned the procession and returned home. He narrated the whole incident to his father with anger in his eyes but his father advised him to observe the old customs. That night Jyoti could not sleep.

He thought what he could do for the equality of human beings. The caste system was deep-rooted. As lower-caste people had no education, they has accepted this mental slavery for ages. Jyoti, therefore, resolved to revolt against the mental slavery and to educate the lower-caste people. He became the first Indian to start a school for the untouchables and a girls’ school in Maharashtra. We recognise him today as Mahatma Phooley.

1. According to the passage, which of the following has primarily made low-caste people accept the mental slavery ?
(a) poverty
(b) old customs
(c) apathy of change
(d) lack of education
(e) supremacy of Brahmins

2. According to the passage, Jyoti’s father
(a) was a man of revolutionary ideas.
(b) advised him to start a school for the untouchables.
(c) did not want Jyoti to break old traditions.
(d) was not in favour of his attending the marriage ceremony.
(e) was also present in the marriage procession.

3. After his insult, Jyoti
(a) left the procession and went to his friend.
(b) tried to take a revenge on his friend.
(c) decided not to join any such marriage procession in future.
(d) involved himself actively in freedom movement.
(e) engaged himself in social service.

4. Why did Jyoti attend the marriage?
(a) He was advised by his father accordingly.
(b) He was invited by the father of the bride.
(c) The bridegroom was a good friend of Jyoti.
(d) Not mentioned in the passage
(e) None of these

5. Jyoti could not sleep that night because
(a) he had to attend the marriage of his friend.
(b) he wanted to do something for the lower-caste people.
(c) the Brahmin insulted his friend.
(d) his father was sick.
(e) he was not getting any help for his school.

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