71. Reading Skills Comprehension: Speech

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(C.D.S. 1996)

Read the Passage carefully and answers the following Questions:-

 Speech is a great blessing but it can also be a great curse, for while it helps us to make our intentions and desires known to our fellows, it can also, if we use it carelessly, make our attitude completely misunderstood. A slip of the tongue, the use of an unusual word, or of an ambiguous word, and so on, may create an enemy where we had hoped to win a friend. Again, different classes of people use different vocabularies, and the ordinary speech of an educated man may strike an uneducated listener as pompous. Unwittingly, we may use a word which bears a different meaning to our listener from what it does to men of our own class. This speech is not a gift to use lightly without thought, but one which demands careful handling. Only a fool will express himself alike to all kinds and conditions of men.

1. Speech can be a curse because it can

 (a) reveal our intentions

(b) lead to carelessness

(c) hurt others

 (d) create misunderstanding

2. A ‘slip of the tongue’ means something said

(a) unintentionally

(b) wrongly by chance

(c) without giving proper thought

(d) to hurt another person

 3. The best way to win a friend is to avoid speech.

(a) ambiguity

(b) verbosity

(c) pomposity

(d) irony

 4. While talking to an uneducated person, we should use

(a) polite language

(b) ordinary speech

 (c) his vocabulary

(d) simple words

5. If one used the same style of language with everyone, one would sound

 (a) democratic                        (b) foolish

 (c) boring                                (d) flat


1. (d)

2. (c)

3. (a)

4. (c)

 5. (b)

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