45. Reading Skills Comprehension: Bridge

By | June 18, 2019

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(C.B.I. 1395)

Read the Passage carefully and answers the following Questions:-

 There was a marked difference of quality between the personages who haunted the near bridge of brick and the personages who haunted the far one of stone. Those of the lowest character preferred the former, adjoining the town; they did not mind the glare of the public eye. They had been of no account during their successes; and though they might feel dispirited, they had no sense of shame in their ruin. Instead of sighing at their adversaries they spat, and instead of saying the iron had entered into their souls they said they were down on their luck. The miserable’s who would pause on the remoter bridge was of a politer stamp-persons who did not know how to get rid of the weary time. The eyes of this species were mostly directed over the parapet upon the running water below. While one on the downward bridge did not mind who saw him so, and kept his back to the parapet to survey the passer-by, one on this never faced the road, never turned his head at coming foot-steps, but, sensitive to his own condition, watched the current whenever a stranger approached, as if some strange fish interested him, though every finned thing had been poached out of the river years before.

1. The two bridges were known

(a) for being haunted places

 (b) for their similar design

 (c) for attracting dejected people to them

(d) for being equip-distant from town

2. People belonging to the lower strata, in their moments of distress

 (a) visited the brick-made bridge

(b) remembered their days of glory

 (c) felt ashamed of their failures

(d) dressed shabbily to earn sympathy

 3. The bridge of stone was frequented by

 (a) those fond of fishing

(b) the sophisticated but luckless

(c) all the sections of society

(d) None of the above

 4.  The attitude of the lowly and genteel towards strangers was

(a) entirely different

(b) virtually the same

 (c) virulently hostile

(d) completely indifferent

 5. In this passage, the author is trying to

 (a) explain the difference between the construction of two bridges

 (b) describe the way different sections of people like to dress

 (c) explain the variety of ways in which strangers can be treated

 (d) describe how people of different classes behaved when unhappy


1. (c)                2. (b)

 3. (d)              4. (a)

5. (d)

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