Section 5 : Reading Comprehension
All over the World snakes are feared, hated and killed mercilessly. Even
to insult someone, in the Old West, people used phrases with the word
snake attached to it.
A. Incorrect. These reptiles are not cunning. Their
reflex (swiftness) might give one such an impression.
B. Incorrect. They are vicious but this viciousness surfaces only
when they are disturbed or provoked, or, in self defense. But nothing
of this sort has been mentioned in the paragraph.
D. Incorrect. The paragraph does not give such an explanation
E. Incorrect. The phrase "snake in the grass" was used as an
insult in Old West.
'Phobia' means fear. Usually an inexplicable or illogical fear of a particular
object. Ophidian means relating to or resembling snakes. Fear of snakes.
A. Incorrect. Snakes are reptiles but this does
not give us the meaning.
B. Incorrect. Snakes are limbless reptiles but this does not
give us the meaning.
C. Incorrect. Snakes are amphibians - creatures which live both
in land and water. But this does not give us the answer.
E. Incorrect. This does not come near the meaning at all.
The amount of venom ejected by a taipan in a single bite is enough in
quantity and intensity to kill 200,000 mice.
A. Incorrect. A taipan is not capable of biting
200,000 mice at one time.
C. Incorrect. The taipan is cobra-like. The strength of their
poison is not compared.
D. Incorrect. Even a saintly person like Albert Schwitzer hated
E. Incorrect. Poisonous snakes are not compared to the taipan.
Like the snakes, the sharks are also very much feared.
A. Incorrect. Snakes are carnivorous but they
are not compared to sharks on this point.
B. Incorrect. Sharks are not poisonous and not all snakes are
C. Incorrect. Snakes are not human beings and thus do not seek
D. Incorrect. Sharks and snakes are not descendants of the same
'Ophidio' comes from the word 'ophidian' which means relating or resembling
snakes. 'Phile' means a 'lover' - one who gets hooked to a certain thing.
Mr. Greene works with snakes for a living..
A. Incorrect. Bibliophile is a lover of books.
B. Incorrect. Mr. Greene talks only about snakes.
C. Incorrect. Mr. Greene is a biology professor.
E. Incorrect. Mr. Greene works at a university
Viscera is plural of viscus -- internal organs of an animal.
B. Incorrect. Mucles are not organs.
C Incorrect. Snakes do not have bones
D Incorrect. The "belly" is one of several internal
E. Incorrect. Scales are the type of skin snakes possess - like
Mr. Greene asks the author to feel the skin of the rattle snake and listen
to its rattling sound. He calls it a work of art.
A. Incorrect. Only a room in the museum is filled with venomous
C Incorrect. Mr. Greene only comments about a rattlesnake being
a work of art. He may think the same about a cobra but he does not explicitly
E. Incorrect. The doors are basically for protection - a precaution.
Seahorses are tiny fish-like creatures which resemble horses in appearance.
They are a much sought-after species today because of the belief that
they have immense medicinal values.
A. Incorrect. Horses cannot survive in sea.
B. Incorrect. Sea anemones are not the topic of the passage.
C. Incorrect Pearl divers are not discussed in this article.
E. Incorrect. Seahorses are fished in Tasmania, besides other
Sea horses are used in different Asian countries for their 'medicinal
values' and also as food. About 40 countries in the world are extensively
involved in fishing 20 million seahorses a year.
A. Incorrect. Seahorses are not used for experiments.
C. Incorrect. Seahorses may be vulnerable to predators in the
sea but this would not threaten their existence as a species.
D. Incorrect. All the sea creatures are a vulnerable lot today
because of the toxic waste, not only the seahorse.
E. Incorrect. There is no rivalry between the seahorses and
Although unbelievable, it is the male of the species which gets pregnant
and gives birth to babies.
A. Incorrect. This feature, though striking,
is not unique. The orangoutang looks so much like a human being.
B. Incorrect. Many other creatures are believed to have medicinal
D. Incorrect. They cannot fly.
E. Incorrect. Perhaps seahorses can be disolved into alcohol,
but this is not a unique characteristic. Other fish could be disolved
into alcohol too.
Seahorses, besides having 'medicinal values', are believed to be aphrodisiacs.
A. Incorrect. They are not inebriators (intoxicating
B. Incorrect. They are both aphrodisiacs and considered to have
C. Incorrect. They are neither inebriators nor guinea pigs (used
D. Incorrect. They are not only believed to be 'medicines',
but also considered aphrodisiacs.
. 12. D
Snakes are generally a target because they are hated, but, seahorses
are caught for food and for medicinal purposes.
A. Incorrect. Only snakes are reptiles.
B. Incorrect. Only snakes are amphibians.
C. Incorrect. Only snakes are poisonous.
E. Incorrect. Only the male seahorse reproduces..
Snakes are killed because they are looked upon as dangerous and disgusting
creatures and seahorses are killed for the purpose of medicine.
A. Incorrect. Seahorses can be called
as endangered species but not the snakes.
C. Incorrect. Seahorses are not considered as tasty food.Snakes
are eaten, and some say rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken.
D. Incorrect. Neither seahorses or snakes are considered "brainy".
E. Incorrect. Seahorses are aquatic (animals living only
in water). But snakes are amphibians.