Quiz: Reading Comprehension

(Q.1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given
below. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan found herself in the eye of the
storm last week after she delivered two almost identical rulings on consecutive
days expunging jibes targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A heated debate
followed, with an enraged Opposition unitedly questioning her on Thursday on
whatever was “unparliamentary” in Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann’s remark
that ending farmers’ suicides and the agrarian crisis would require more than a
‘Mann Ki Baat’, in a reference to Mr. Modi’s monthly radio broadcast. In the
end, Ms. Mahajan was forced to retreat, saying she did not object to criticism
of the Prime Minister — she just wished to emphasise that every issue should
not be “politicised”
. She agreed to examine the records, saying that if the
context permitted such a comment, she would restore it. That has since been
done, and Mr. Mann’s words are now part of the parliamentary record. Earlier
she acknowledged that she had repeatedly told MPs it was wrong to refer to the
Prime Minister in every discussion. On Wednesday, a remark by Congress MP K.C.
Venugopal on Mr. Modi during a discussion on attacks on minorities had invited
expunction by Ms. Mahajan.

In the 11 months since the Modi government came to power, the
growing tension between Ms. Mahajan and the Opposition has been palpable, with
many MPs expressing their dismay — if informally — at what they describe
as the “partisan” attitude of the Chair. There have been occasions when Ms.
Mahajan has directed the switching off of microphones mid-speech; her invocation
of “Om Shanti” after obituary references has invited comment. But on Thursday
it all exploded in the House in the full glare of the television cameras. In a
parliamentary democracy the Speaker’s role is well-defined: once elected, she
is expected to detach herself from government activity to run the House impartially.
The Rules characterise the Speaker as “the true guardian of the traditions of
parliamentary democracy”, stressing that her decisions are “final and binding
and ordinarily cannot be questioned, challenged or criticised”. While giving
“adequate opportunities to all sections of the House to ventilate their
views”, she must “preserve the dignity of the House”. Mr. Modi is neither the
first Prime Minister — nor will he be the last — to face Opposition fire in
Parliament. Since Independence every Prime Minister has faced criticism. This
was true also of Nehru, who enjoyed an absolute majority and enormous public esteem.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was regularly pilloried in Parliament, would, like all
his predecessors, defend himself. Mr. Modi, who has positioned himself as a
strong leader, does not need the protection of the Chair. As for the Speaker,
she must not just be just, she must be seen to do justice.
-Source The Hindu, Delhi Edition, 27th April

Q.1. What is the synonym of the
word “Esteem”?
1) Approbation
2) Expatriate
3) Dismal
4) Erratic
5) All of the above
Q.2. Choose an appropriate title for the
1) Sumitra : The Saviour
2) Loksabha : The House of Fighters
3) Modi and Opposition
4) Parliament
5) Chained Thoughts
Q.3.What does the author mean by the line “every issue should not be politicised”?
1) Every issue should be handled with care.
2) Every
issue should not be used for political benefits.
3) Every issue should be taken care of by government as well as
4) All the above
5) None of the above
Q.4. Which of the following is true according
the passage?
1) The opposition is targeting Ms Mahajan for non working of
2) Many opposition Leaders accused Prime Minister for the suicidal
3) Ms Mahajan
was accused to be biased, as per many MP’s, on several instances.
4) All of the above.
5) None of the above.
Q.5. Which of the following can not be
inferred from the passage?
1) Bhagwant Mann appealed to our PM to do something for farmers
instead of talking on radio.
2) The decision of the speaker is final and cannot be criticized.
3) Speaker
should be biased and should take care of the government.
4) Every PM has faced criticism and every PM will face criticism.
5) Equal opportunity should be given to everyone in Parliament to
express their thoughts.
Q.6. The author is emphasizing on which of
the following aspects?
1) Parliamentary Democracy
2) Adequate Opportunities in Parliament
3) The Role of the Speaker
4) Dignity of the house
5) None of
the above
Q.7. What is the synonym of the word “Impartially”?
1) Impart
2) Partial
3) Non-Partisan
4) Biased
5) None of the above
Q.8. which of the following is the synonym of
the word “Ventilate”, according to the passage?
1) Oxygenate
2) Aerate
3) Communicate
4) All of the above
5) None of the above
Q.9. What does the author mean by the word “Invocation”?
1) Qualms
2) Morose
3) Precarious
4) Citation
5) None of the above

Q.10. What is the antonym of the word “Dismay”?
1) Alarm
2) Indolent
3) Agile
4) Sundry
5) Knotty

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