CTET January 2021 – Paper I (English Language I) Answer Key

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परीक्षा (Exam) – CTET Paper I Primary Level (Class I to V) 
भाग (Part) – Part I – English Language I
परीक्षा आयोजक (Organized) – CBSE
कुल प्रश्न (Number of Question) – 30
परीक्षा तिथि (Exam Date) – 31st January 2021 (Morning Shift 09.30 AM – 12.00 PM)


Directions: Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow (Q. Nos. 91 to 99), by selecting the correct/most appropriate options :

1. Each drop represents a little bit of creation and of life itself. When the monsoon brings to northern India the first rains of summer, the parched earth opens its pores and quenches its thirst with a hiss of ecstasy. After baking in the sun for the last few months, the land looks cracked, dusty, and tired. Now, almost overnight, new grass springs up, there is renewal everywhere, and the damp earth releases a fragrance sweeter than any devised by man.

2. Water brings joy to earth, grass, leaf bud, blossom, insect, bird, animal, and the pounding heart of man. Small children run out of their homes to romp naked in the rain. Buffaloes, which have spent the summer listlessly around lakes gone dry, now plunge into heaven of muddy water. Soon the lakes and rivers will overflow with the monsoon’s generosity. Trekking in the Himalayan foothills, I recently walked for kilometers without encountering habitation. I was just scolding myself for not having brought along a water bottle when I came across a patch of green on a rock face. I parted a curtain of tender maidenhair fern and discovered a tiny spring issuing from the rock-nectar for the thirsty traveler.

3. I stayed there for hours, watching the water descend, drop by drop, into a tiny casement in the rocks. Each drop reflected creation. That same spring, I later discovered, joined other springs to form a swift, tumbling stream, which went cascading down the hill into other streams until, in the plains, it became part of a river. And that river flowed into another mightier river that kilometers later emptied into the ocean. Be like water, taught Laotzu, philosopher, and founder of Taoism. Soft and limpid, it finds its way through, over or under any obstacle. It does not quarrel; it simply moves on.

91. Children respond to the first rains of summer by
(1) giving shouts of joy.
(2) floating paper boats in the water.
(3) running and playing in the rain.
(4) singing songs

92.The tiny spring issuing from the rock is hidden by
(1) thick moss.
(2) maiden hair fern.
(3) bushes and creepers.
(4) tall grass.

93. To become part of a river, a tiny drop has to
(1) have a lot of strength.
(2) depend on external forces.
(3) suffer a lot
(4) merge its identity.

94. Which of the following words is most similar in meaning to the word *pounding’ as used in para 2 of the passage?
(1) shaking
(2) benumbing
(3) palpitating
(4) sinking

95. Which one of the following words is most opposite in meaning to the word ‘descend’ (para 3) as used in the passage?
(1) Flow
(2)ascend
(3) hover
(4) Zoom

96. Which part of speech is the underlined word in the following sentence?
Almost overnight new grass spring up.
(1) Preposition
(2) Pronoun
(3) Adjective
(4) Adverb

97. Which part of the following sentence contains an error?
He knew (a)/ that he will (b)/ on his promise (c)/ go back (d)
(1) a
(2) b
(3) c
(4) d

98. Which of the following statements is not true?
(1) There is renewal everywhere.
(2) New grasses spring up.
(3) The sweltering heat comes to an end.
(4) The damp earth releases a sweet fragrance.

99. The earth does not look before the onset of the monsoon.
(1) cracked
(2) brown
(3) dusty
(4) tired

Directions: Read the poem given below and answer the questions that follow Q. No. (100 to 105) by selecting the correct/most appropriate options:

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray:

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

100. The tree presses its mouth against the sweet earth’s flowing breast to
(1) express its gratitude to it.
(2) draw sustenance from it.
(3) draw inspiration from it.
(4) express its love for it.

101. The tree prays to God by
(1) swinging its branches.
(2) lifting her arms
(3) producing fruit and flowers.
(4) providing shade to travelers.

102. Which of the following statement not true in the context of the poem>
(1) The tree welcomes the snow bosom.
(2) The tree symbolizes strength an stability
(3) The tree allows birds to build the nests in it.
(4) It lives closely with rain.

103. Name the figure of speech used in lines 3 and 4.
(1) Simile
(2) Personification
(3) Metonymy
(4) Alliteration

104. Identify and name the figure of speech used in “Poems are made by fools like me’.
(1) Metaphor
(2) Personification
(3) Simile
(4) Hyperbole

105. The word, ‘mouth’ in line 3 refers to the tree.
(1) crown
(2) branches
(3) trunk
(4) roots

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