Reading comprehension Practice Test 8

Reading comprehension Practice Test 8

 

(Q. 1 to 5) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:

 

The other day we heard someone smilingly refer to poets as dreamers. It is accurate to refer to poets as dreamers, but it is not discerning to infer, as this person did, that the dreams of poets have no practical value beyond the realm of literary diversion; the truth is that poets are just as practical as people who build bridges or look into microscopes, and just as close to reality and truth, where they differ from the logician and the scientist is in the temporal sense alone; they are ahead of their time, whereas logicians and scientists are abreast of their time. We must not be so superficial that we fail to discern the practicableness of dreams. Dreams are the sunrise streamers heralding a new day of scientific progress another forward surge. Every forward step man takes in any field of life, is first taken along the dreamy paths of imagination. Robert Fulton did not discover his steamboat with full steam up, straining at a hawser at some Hudson River clock; first he dreamed the steamboat, he and other dreamers, and then scientific wisdom converted a picture in the mind into a reality of steel and wood. The automobile and afterward, long afterward, the practical minded engineer’s caught up with what had been created by winging fantasy. He who looks deeply and with a seeing eye into the poetry of yesterday finds there all the cold scientific magic of today and much which we shall not enjoy until some tomorrow. the poet does not dream so clearly that blueprints of this vision can immediately be drawn and the practical con versions immediately effected; he must not for that reason be smiled upon as merely the mental host for a sort of harmless madness. For the poet, like the engineer, is a specialist. His being, turned to the life of tomorrow, cannot be turned simultaneously to the life of today. To the scientist, he says, ‘Here, I give you a flash of the future.”The wise scientist thanks him, and takes that flash of the future and makes it over into a fibre of today.

1. Who are abreast of their time?

(a) Scientists and poets
(b) Logicians and scientists
(C) Logicians and poets
(d) Poets, logicians, soothsayers and scientists

Ans. b

2. If the poet did not dream, what would happen?
(a) There would perhapsĀ  be squint flashes

(b) There would be no future
(c) There would perhaps be no advancement in any field
(d) None of the above

Ans. c

3. Are the poets dreamers?
(a) Yes, poets are dreamers
(b) Yes, Poets are dreamers
(c) Yes, they build rationality and dream
(d) None of the above

Ans. b

4. In what way is the poet a specialist?
(a) He is a dreamer and the dreams are taken up as agenda
(b) He is soothsayer of the tricks and these are used by scientist to make over
(c) He gives the scientist a flash of the future which the scientist takes and makes over into fibre of today
(d) He overcomes the melancholy of the scientist

Ans. c

5. According to the author, dreams are useful to the world because
(a) It is a psychological theory
(6) it is a cultural fact
(C) the artist enables us to see the beauty of the world
(d) Every forward step in any field of life is first taken along the dreamy path of imagination

Ans. d