AMCAT Reading Comprehension Previous Papers Questions - English 10

AMCAT reading comprehension previous questions with answers - 10

PASSAGE-19

This sue-for-anything philosophy was created in the 1960‘s, when judges and legislators woke up to abuses of racism and other discrimination that had gone unchecked for centuries. When the bad values of judges and legislator were finally exposed, they decided to create a neutral system in which no one in authority would assert any values. Give people the right to sue for anything, they thought, and then they can‘t blame us for imposing bad values. Pretty soon, every angry person or clever lawyer learned how to demand new ―rights  . But these new rights ended up taking away others‘ rights. Trial lawyers justify ruinous claims like a $78,000,000 verdict in Arkansas against a nursing home for the neglect of a 93 years old resident on the basis that it will teach the defendant a lesson not to do it next time. The money, though, comes from you and me, through rapidly rising costs and health insurance premiums. The most important accountability, which the trial lawyers never propose, is to remove the licenses of inept doctors or nursing homes so that they can‘t hurt someone else. Trial lawyers, of course, don‘t make much money if the focus is on better health care, rather than huge verdicts. A society needs red lights and green lights. The legal system is badly broken. Yet, few efforts at reform have gotten very far.   


1. What can be a suitable title for the passage?
A. Positive outcome of law in America         B. Misuse of law has shaken faith of Americans
C. Unlawful practice of lawsuits          D. Society suffers with the ever-changing legal system.

PASSAGE-20

Anjali could not begin to fathom what she was hearing. Event the contractor appeared flabbergasted. His mouth stayed in a half-open position, like a guitar waiting for its strings to be tugged. ―Yes. Leave it  , Varun said again. He was speaking to the notion that someone in the room had asked him to clarify his words. What were the chances that an Indian burial ground would be found on the bucolic site where Varun and Anjali had chosen to build their dream home? Why in the world would Varun not want to have the remains carted away, thought Anjali. The last thing they needed were Indian poltergeists meandering around their home while the two of them were trying to renovate their marriage. Anjali, usually deferential to her husband, knew that now was the time to make her position heard. She tried to cajole Varun from the direction he was heading, ―sweetheart, we don‘t want to build on a site with human remains, it would be irreverent to the dead  . Immediately, she saw contempt in Varun‘s eyes; it was a subtle reminder of how he often viewed her as superficial and self-absorbed. ―What would be irreverent  , said Varun, his voice dripping with condescension, ―would be to desecrate these native graves and move them from their final resting place. Remember the culture.   No, Anjali did not ―remember the culture  . She could care less about the culture. However, varun, the history professor, was obviously enthralled by the contractor‘s findings. He had an innate way of understanding other cultures and other people that amazed Anjali. He did not have that got with her. But something inside Anjali said this was too much. She believed wholeheartedly in ghosts and could not imagine a life of them haunting her, rattling her cupboards, and shaking her floorboards. Anjali had an unnerving sensation that big problems were ahead.

1. If Anjali had chosen to be deferential to her husband, what would she have most likely said?

A)"Good idea."    B)"Don't be silly."   C)"I'll leave you."            D)"I love you."


2)"She tried to cajole Varun from the direction he was heading."

A)She tried to compromise with Varun

B)She tried to force Varun from the direction he was heading

C)She tried to gently prod Varun from the direction he was heading

D)She tried to give Varun veiled threats about the direction he was heading


3)What is the term given to the comparison of the contractor to a guitar?

A)An allusion, meaning a figure of speech making casual reference to a literary figure

B)An analogy, meaning an extended comparison showing the similarities between two things

C)A denotation, meaning the literal definition of a word

D)A hyperbole, meaning a gross exaggeration




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