ICET 2011 Reading Comprehension Test Model Paper

Time: 30 min.
Directions for qoestionsi to 30: Read each passage carefully and choose the best answer for questions that follow it.

Calcuttas love affair with Chinese cuisine dates back a long way. The Chinese first came to the city in the middle of the ‘l8’ century, bringing along with them their exotic culture and customs. They Q settled down largely in two pockets with in the city, the central part, where they set up various business establishments like restaurants and beauty salons, and the eastern side (which later came to be called China town), where they opened tanneries. Old timers, many of whom are now settled outside the city, recall the Chinese delights served at Peiping and Chung Wah. Although the interiors were not fancy, food was served in real Chinese porcelain. Depending on the antecedents of the owner, the cuisine was either Hakka, Cantonese or Szechwan, each characterised by distinctive tastes and flavours. However, in the late seventies, many of the people started migrating to the United States or Canada. As a result, the Chinese eateries ingtown suffered. Only a few homely joints in Chinatown and some small restaurants like Song Hay, How Hua, Eau Chew and Jimmy’s Kitchen continued to serve genuine stuff. Crispy Fried Chicken and Chimney Soup with an occasional dish cooked in lemon and wine were available to those who were saturated with the Chilli Chicken, Sweet and Sour Noodles and Mixed Fried Rice routine. Meanwhile, the Chowmeinor the ubiquiutous noodles, were found at roadside kiosks.

Which brings us to the question – what exactly is Chinese Cuisine? The point to be noted is that the Chinese do not necessarily serve what they eat at home. ln fact, the homely cuisine is quite bland but nutritious. The flavouring is subtle and the use of artificially bottled sauces is avoided. Yet, a lot of
Chinese food is prepared with soya, peanuts or bean curd sauces. Cornflour is used as a thickening agent and vinegar for a sour, tangy taste, not always achieved by lemon. The Chinese diaspora, it is said, incorporate local ingredients wherever they go. That is why Chinese food in Hong Kong is likely totaste different from that found in New York or even Calcutta. .

1. Peipfng and Chung Wah could be …..
(1) names of exotio Chinese herbs.
(2) the names of Chinese restaurants.
(3) special Chinese dishes.
(4) the oiiinesel Settlements.

2. Which ofthe foilowing is not true according · to the passage?
(1) During the late seventies, many Chinese people migrated to the US or Canada.
(2) Caicutta’s people still enjoy Chinese cuisine.
(3) Many of the surviving Chinese ” restaurants still serve genuine Chinese dishes.
(4) Chinese cuisine was patronised by the Bengalis since as early as the 18th Century.

3. The term “ubiguitous” in the passage means.,
(1) present everywhere. (2) regular.
(3).spicy. (4) out of sight.

4. The difference between th home cooked food and food served in the Chinese restaurants is
(1) homely cuisine is bland . when compared to the -restaura)nt cuisine.
(2) serving dishes in the restaurants are madeof genuine bone China.
(3) soya, peanuts or bean curd sauces are extensively used in the home cooked food.
(4) the restaurant food is more nutritious.

5. According to the author, one of the reasons for the difference in the taste of Chinese food from different pieces is :
(1) the quality of the cornflour used as the thickening as the agent.
(2) the use oi vinegar instead of lemon.,
(3) the difference in the tastes of the bottled sauces made in different areas.
(4) the inclusion of the local ·· ingredients of the places wherever they go.

Throughout history the powerful and rich have interfered in the lives and freedom of the poor, usuaily to tell them that being poor is their own fault because they do not expioit the right opportunities. At the same time, the rich have always laboured- greatly to ensure that the poor never get to raise their heads above ground level. History is repeating itself. Despite our new and wonderful age of knowledge dissemination, innovations, and opportunities, the powerful have not changed in india or anywhere else. The rich nations ofthe world are telling the poor ones that their poverty is the result of . their own corruption, greed, and bad governance. Meanwhile, the powerfui in India are telling the poor that their destltution is the result of their illiteracy, ignorance, and narrow-mincled belief in traditions. Neither the rich nations nor the rich people of india do more than deliver lectures. They do not put their money where their mouths are. They insist that the poor must first deliver proof of honesty and sincere desire to use the money correctly before anything will be given. Of course, the decisions about what is the correct use of money are in the hands of the rich. ln any case, the rich use nearly 70 percent of the money given at any time to sell services to the poor. Western countries stil! make sure that as much as two-thirds of their aid is spent on consultants and materiais from the West. The rich in India go a step further. lt is still true that only six rupees out of every 100 spent by the government actually reach the villages. This year, reducing poverty is at the centre of the efforts of the Worid Bank and the United Nations. Several scholarly reports have been published. But none says that the poor deserve to be helped just because they are poor. They do not see poverty as an affliction. They see it as the consequence of inadequate actions by the poor themselves.

6. Through the passage, the author shows that he is
(1) in support ofthe wealthy.
(2) against the wealthy.
(3) justified in supporting the poor.
(4) doubtful, if the poor would use the opportunities.

7. Most ofthe scholarly reports failed in
(1) identifying poverty as an affliction.
(2) proving the consequences of inadequate actions.
(3) suggesting remedial measures.
(4) pointing out the most responsible factor for poverty.

8. According to the passage, which of these is not true?
(1) The rich people and the rich nations do not donate their money to the needy.
(2) The decisions to decide the correct use of money are made by the rich only.
(3) 70% of the money given at any time is being used bythe rich to sell services.
(4) The World Bank and the United Nations are concentrating on collecting funds to help the poor nations.

9. The rich nations are stating one of the following as the reason for poverty in poor nadons ·
(1) bad governance.
(2) illiteracy.
(3) narrow—minded beiiefs.
(4) lack of funds.

10. According to history, the powerful and rich have
(1) tried to suppress the labour force.
(2) said that non exploitation of the right opportunities by the poor caused their poverty.
(3) dominated the poor by interfering in ” their lives.
(4) not changed at all since times immemorial.

On paper, the women of Kerala are far ahead of women elsewhere in india. They have higher literacy levels, greater access to healthcare including reproductive care and, in some communities, the rnatriarchal system continues to prevail. So an outsider expects to meet women whoare assertive and confident about their rights. it comes as a surprise, therefore, to arrive in Kozhiltode and find that there are few women on the streets and that the women you meet are shy to a fault. A meeting oi women activists on the portrayal of women in media was so quiet that one wondered whether there was any way to provoke a response, Suddenly, the place came alive, Whéfl a woman with shelt cropped hair, wearing navy blue trousers and a checked shirtjurnped to her feet to make a statement. Needless to say, she was the only women dressed like this. Vlnaye, who is from Wynad, spoke passionately about the need to change many things in Kerala. She ended by declaring that she felt that wearing the sari was oppressive, it restricted womerfs freedom ot movement and that women needed to break out of the imposition of this dress code. That did it. Suddenly the room was alive. Animated conversations in all sections of the audience ied to a fascinating discussion on the subject, The main issue for which people had gathered- was forgotten, as clearly, this was something much closer to what the women had on their minds. But what she and other women said finally boiled down to one issue: the absence of choice. Several women said that the problem was that women in Kerala had no choice. They were only acceptable to society, that is men, if they wore saris and invited all . kinds of speculation if they wore something else.

11. The term ‘enimated’ in the passage implies
(1) loud and cross.
(2) fighting like animals.
(3) strongly abusive.
(4) lively.

12. The women of Kerala mostly prefer sans to any other type of dress as:
(1) they find saris convenient in everyday life.
(2) the society is orthodox, they are encouraged to dress in sans.
(3) they are soared of all kinds of speculations from the men, if they wear other forms of dresses.
(4) saris are cheaper.

13. Which ofthe following is not true, according to the passage?
(1) The women literacy levels are higher in Kerala.
(2) in some communities, women lead the families.
(3) The women, the author encountered in Kozhikode were bold and assertive.
(4) Saris are being preferred as the women have no choice.

14. The single most interesting event or fact concerning Vinaya that led to a fascinating ? discussion during a meeting of women activists is her…
(1) attire of trousers and shirt.
(2) lecture on the way of life.
(3) profession.
(4) deciaration that women should break the dress code.

15. The main issue of the discussion at the meeting .
(1) was sidestepped to discuss about the oppressive dress code of Kerala. E
(2) got neglected as the women had other priorities.
(3) was discussed without any angry responses.
(4) had to be reminded to the activists by the author.

A heated debate continues to rage in the halls of the US Congress regarding Internet taxation. Given the massive involvement of indian companies in the ecommerce transition taking place in the United States, the internet taxation debate needs close observation from the indian side. The US debate will give profound insight into how this issue needs to ‘‘’ be approached more broadly as governments around the world face the transitioning of increasingly more significant amounts of commerce to e—space. The internet respects no sovereignty and the solutions will in the end have to be global.

Since its inception the internet has provided a commercial environment outside traditional bricks··and mortar marketplace dynamics, including a medium of commercial exchange beyond the reach of state and local sales taxes. Recognising the absence of regulations and taxation as one of the primary attributes ofthe Internets success in 1998, Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act. · The Act instituted a three year moratorium on new taxes designed to capture internet-based transactions. Similarly, the legislation implemented a three-year moratoriumbn internet ‘access taxes. in addition to the tax rnoratoriums, the Act created an Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce {ACES) to recommend future internet taxation policy. The ACEC’s counsel, handed down this past spring, has met with mixed reviews. lt recommended that some iorm of internet taxation was “reasonable”, but stressed that the imposition of a tax should be delayed substantially. ln sum, the ACEC’s recommendations- represent a major concession to local concerns while acknowledging the potential that taxation could derail “e-comrnerce”, the virtual engine of the US economy.

16. The debate in the taxation of Internet in the US needs closer observation from th Indian sid as –
(1) there are many Indian companies involved in the e-commerce taking place in the US.
(2) many Indians are leaving for the US for software jobs.
(3) it is the only means of communication between India and the US.
(4) the Internet involves US based technology.

17. The author says taxing ecommerce would
(1) generate additional revenue.
(2) affect the US economy drastically.
(3) shrink the number of Internet users.
(4) push the people away from buying computers.

18. The ACEC’s recommendation was
(1) to substantially delay the imposition of internet tax.
(2) condemned throughout the world.
(3) taxing the iniarrmt access.
(4) received by the Gcvammam only during the last spring.

19. The phrase (bricks-and—mortar market place)implies
(1) the medium of commercial exchange
(2) the market piacc which is paying taxes.
(3) the tradiiicnai market piaca with the crdinary shops used im cmmmssrciai iranswctimms.
(4) a re;-zguizatad markming body.

The domestic training market was characterised by a healthy growth of 31% over the previous year. However, the most dramatic change in the training industry was not financial performance in terms of revenue or centers number of students trained. it was in terms of the radical change in the nature of courses offered. ln 1998-99, vendor certification was the hottest buzzword in training. And certifications from Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Lotus, Novell and Cisco were the feathers in the cap, Now twelve months later, it is stiii certifications, but with a difference. The underlying note of urgency and demand is e·commerce, internet and Java. Certifications have been turned inside out, by vendors putting this side up »— and where they have not, the certification is languishing. Consider the knowledge management course from Microsoft and Aptech, the e-com course from IBM Aptech, and the multitude of Java courses from Sun with certifications from both Sun and lBM. Overnight, the best paymasters are not looking anymore for just a Microsoft certification. They are still looking for technology skills as evidenced by a certihcation but they are also looking for an understanding of solutions and system skills. And all that around the web and e—comrnerce.

21. According to the passage, the latest trend in the training market is
(1) vendor certilication.
(2) ecommerce, internet and Java.
(3) different nature ofthe courses. –
(4) healthy increase in the demand for the latest training.

22. Now—a—days the employers are looking for:
(1) a certilication from a reputed vendor.
(2) technology skills.
(3) uirggilierstanding of solutions and systems i s.
(4) All the above

23. The most dramatic change in the training market witnessed during the recent times, according to the author is:
(1) nature of courses offered.
(2) financial performance.
(3) increase in the number of training centers.
(4) increased numoet ot certifications.

24.The term Teattrer in the can Ernpiiee:
(1) an achievement.
(2) crowning giory.
(3) extremely rewarding.
(4) ornamental.

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