SSCCGL English Language And Comprehension

Question 181

In the following questions, you have two brief passages with questions in each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
My lodge is nothing but a dark, tiny hut made of palm fronds, with a bunch of damp branches and a swarm of flies through a whole in the wall of leaves. I see a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest: the stage of Cicinnurus magnificus, the magnificent bird of paradise. The bird's loud call, 'Kyeng, Kyeng' has been ringing since dawn, announcing the male's imminent performance. But his feathered female spectators have not shown yet. Perhaps they are out widow-shoping, taking a good look around until they find the most resplendent specimen.
I hear a fluttering and look up. A magnificus is 'enthroned on a branch about 2m above the stage: an iridescent - green breast shield, bright organge-red wings and a lemon-yellow cape with a furry brown collar. The feat and hill are a sparkling sky-blue, which also covers the eyelids and extends down to the neck. He plucks off a few leaves to let in more light and optimize eye-contact with his audience. Finally, he drags the freshly fallen leaves away from the catwalk.
The most 'resplendent specimen' means

  • bright and colourful

  • beautiful and gentle

  • appalling and ugly

  • extravagant and gaudy

Solution

A.

bright and colourful

Question 182

In the following questions, you have two brief passages with questions in each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
My lodge is nothing but a dark, tiny hut made of palm fronds, with a bunch of damp branches and a swarm of flies through a whole in the wall of leaves. I see a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest: the stage of Cicinnurus magnificus, the magnificent bird of paradise. The bird's loud call, 'Kyeng, Kyeng' has been ringing since dawn, announcing the male's imminent performance. But his feathered female spectators have not shown yet. Perhaps they are out widow-shoping, taking a good look around until they find the most resplendent specimen.
I hear a fluttering and look up. A magnificus is 'enthroned on a branch about 2m above the stage: an iridescent - green breast shield, bright organge-red wings and a lemon-yellow cape with a furry brown collar. The feat and hill are a sparkling sky-blue, which also covers the eyelids and extends down to the neck. He plucks off a few leaves to let in more light and optimize eye-contact with his audience. Finally, he drags the freshly fallen leaves away from the catwalk.
The bird performs for

  • no one

  • the author

  • sheer enjoyment

  • female birds

Solution

D.

female birds

Question 183

In the following questions, you have two brief passages with questions in each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
My lodge is nothing but a dark, tiny hut made of palm fronds, with a bunch of damp branches and a swarm of flies through a whole in the wall of leaves. I see a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest: the stage of Cicinnurus magnificus, the magnificent bird of paradise. The bird's loud call, 'Kyeng, Kyeng' has been ringing since dawn, announcing the male's imminent performance. But his feathered female spectators have not shown yet. Perhaps they are out widow-shoping, taking a good look around until they find the most resplendent specimen.
I hear a fluttering and look up. A magnificus is 'enthroned on a branch about 2m above the stage: an iridescent - green breast shield, bright organge-red wings and a lemon-yellow cape with a furry brown collar. The feat and hill are a sparkling sky-blue, which also covers the eyelids and extends down to the neck. He plucks off a few leaves to let in more light and optimize eye-contact with his audience. Finally, he drags the freshly fallen leaves away from the catwalk.
An 'iridescent - green breast shield' means

  • a shield worn by the bird to protect itself.

  • the bright, colourful feathers of the bird.

  • a description of the surroundings.

  • a piece of twig used by the bird in its performance.

Solution

B.

the bright, colourful feathers of the bird.

Question 184

In the following questions, you have two brief passages with questions in each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
My lodge is nothing but a dark, tiny hut made of palm fronds, with a bunch of damp branches and a swarm of flies through a whole in the wall of leaves. I see a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest: the stage of Cicinnurus magnificus, the magnificent bird of paradise. The bird's loud call, 'Kyeng, Kyeng' has been ringing since dawn, announcing the male's imminent performance. But his feathered female spectators have not shown yet. Perhaps they are out widow-shoping, taking a good look around until they find the most resplendent specimen.
I hear a fluttering and look up. A magnificus is 'enthroned on a branch about 2m above the stage: an iridescent - green breast shield, bright organge-red wings and a lemon-yellow cape with a furry brown collar. The feat and hill are a sparkling sky-blue, which also covers the eyelids and extends down to the neck. He plucks off a few leaves to let in more light and optimize eye-contact with his audience. Finally, he drags the freshly fallen leaves away from the catwalk.
The cicinnurus magnificus is

  • the magnificent bird of paradise.

  • a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest.

  • a place where his hut is located.

  • the stage is in the rainforest.

Solution

A.

the magnificent bird of paradise.

Question 185

In the following questions, you have two brief passages with questions in each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
My lodge is nothing but a dark, tiny hut made of palm fronds, with a bunch of damp branches and a swarm of flies through a whole in the wall of leaves. I see a patch of cleared earth in the rainforest: the stage of Cicinnurus magnificus, the magnificent bird of paradise. The bird's loud call, 'Kyeng, Kyeng' has been ringing since dawn, announcing the male's imminent performance. But his feathered female spectators have not shown yet. Perhaps they are out widow-shoping, taking a good look around until they find the most resplendent specimen.
I hear a fluttering and look up. A magnificus is 'enthroned on a branch about 2m above the stage: an iridescent - green breast shield, bright organge-red wings and a lemon-yellow cape with a furry brown collar. The feat and hill are a sparkling sky-blue, which also covers the eyelids and extends down to the neck. He plucks off a few leaves to let in more light and optimize eye-contact with his audience. Finally, he drags the freshly fallen leaves away from the catwalk.
The synonym for 'optimise' is

  • to make best use of

  • to improve vision

  • to see clearly

  • to enlarge

Solution

A.

to make best use of