SSC – English Quiz on – Reading Comprehension – I

Dear readers, 

You have one brief passage with
5 questions following the passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the
best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Every profession or trade, every art and
every science has its technical vocabulary, the function of which is partly to
designate things or processes which have no names in ordinary English and partly
to secure greater exactness in nomenclature. Such special dialects or jargons
are necessary in technical discussion of any kind. Being universally understood
by the devotees of the particular science or art, they have precision of a mathematical
formula. Besides, they save time, for it is much more economical to name a
process than to describe it. Thousands of these technical terms are very
property included in every large dictionary, yet as whole they are rather on
the outskirts of the English language than actually within its borders.

Different occupations, however, differ widely
in the character of their special vocabularies. In trades and handicrafts and other
vocations like farming and fishing that have occupied great numbers of men from
remote times, the technical vocabulary is very old. An average man now uses
these in this own vocabulary. The special dialects of law, medicine, divinity
and philosophy have become familiar to cultivated persons.

1. It is true that:

(a) Various professions and occupations often
change words

(b) There is always a non- technical word
that may be substituted for the technical word

(c) The average man often uses in his own
vocabulary what was once technical language not meant for him

(d) Everyone is interested in scientific
findings

2. In recent years, there has been increase in
the number of technical terms in nomenclature of:

(a) Farming

(b) Fishing

(c) Sports

(d) Government

3. Special words used in technical discussion:

(a) May become part of common speech

(b) Never last long

(c) Should resemble mathematical formula

(d) Should be confined to scientific fields

4. The writer of this article is a

(a) Scientist

(b) Politician

(c) Linguist

(d) Businessman

5. This passage is primarily concerned with:

(a) Various occupations and professions

(b) Technical terminology

(c) Scientific undertakings

(d) A new language

Answers:

Qs1 (c)  Qs 2 (d)  
Qs 3 (a)  Qs 4 (c)  Qs 5 (b)

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