51. Reading Skills Comprehension: Mountaineering

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(Stenographer’s Exam, 1995)

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 Mountaineering is now looked upon as the king of sports. But men have lived amongst the mountains since pre-historic times and in some parts of the world, as in the Andes and Himalayas, difficult mountain journeys have inevitably been part of their everyday life. However, some of the peaks were easily accessible from most of the cities of Europe. It is quite interesting that while modern mountain-ears prefer difficult routes for the greater enjoyment of the sport, the early climbers looked for the easiest ones, for the summit was the prize they all set their eyes on. Popular interest in mountaineering increased considerably after the ascent of the Alpine peak of Matterhorn in 1865 and Edward Whimper’s dramatic account of the climb and fatal accident which occurred during the descent.

 In the risky sport of mountaineering, the element of competition between either individuals or teams is totally absent. Rather one can say that the competition is between the team and the peaks themselves. The individuals making up a party must climb together as a team, for they depend upon one another for their safety. Mountaineering can be dangerous unless reasonable precautions are taken. However, the majority of fatal accidents happen to parties which are inexperienced or not properly equipped. Since many accidents are caused by bad weather, the safe climber is the man who knows when it is time to turn back, however tempting it may be to press on and try to reach the summit.

1. Mountaineering is different from other sports because

(a) it can be fatal.

 (b) it is risky and dangerous.

(c) there is no competition between individuals.

(d) it is most thrilling and exciting.

2. People living in the Andes and the Himalayas made mountain journeys because

(a) they lived in pre-historic times.

(b) of the challenge offered by the difficult journey

(c), it was a kind of sport.

 (d) they had to undertake them in their day-to-day life.

3. Mountaineers climb as a team because

(a) there is no competition among them.

 (b) the competition is between the team and the peak.

(c) the height is too much for one individual.

(d) they have to rely on each other for safety.

4.   the summit was the prize they all set their eyes on”. In the context of the passage this means

(a), they kept their eyes steadily on reaching the peak.

 (b) reaching the top was their exclusive concern.

(c) they chose a route from which they could see the summit clearly.

(d) they cared for nothing but the prize of reaching the summit.

 5. “to press on” in the last sentence means

(a) to force upon others

(b) to struggle in a forceful manner

(c) to continue in a determined manner

(d) to work fearlessly


1. (a)

2. (d)

3. (d)

4. (b)

5. (c)

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