Direction (Q. 1 - 5) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
There was a famous temple on a high hill in Assam. The priest of this temple was widely respected and was known to be a great scholar. When he grew old, he started searching for a younger priest who could take charge of the temple after his death. But, much to his dismay, he could not find any suitable person. As the priest lay on his deathbed, he called the trustee of the temple and told him, “After my death, make sure that only a ‘human being’ replaces me as the priest of this temple”. As soon as he said these words, he died. Information travelled far and wide that the head priest of the famous temple had died and now there was an urgent need for a replacement. A day was set for the selection of the successor. That day, starting at dawn, aspirants started trekking the steep and torturous climb to the temple. The route to the temple was indeed difficult; it was full of thorns, and stones. By the time most people managed to reach the temple, they had received minor cuts and bruises on their feet and hands.
After breakfast, the selection process started. The trustee asked all the aspirants to recite difficult shlokas, or verses from the sacred texts, and explain various procedures of priesthood. By afternoon, as the selection process was about to end, one young man walked slowly into the temple. The trustee noticed him and said, “Young man, you are very late. What took you so long ? And what happened to your clothes, why are they torn ? Your feet and hands are bleeding so badly.” The man replied, “I know sir, I am late, so I will not participate in the competition. If I have your permission, I will just get my wounds treated, rest for a while and then go back to my village.” But the trustee was curious to know about this man. He asked again, “But how did you manage to hurt yourself so badly, did you not follow the same route as the others ?” “Yes sir, I did,” replied the man, “But I thought I must remove the thorns and other sharp, stones from the path so that when people come to pray in this temple they must not get hurt. That is why I got late and that is how I hurt myself. I apologize for the delay, but as I said, I know I am late and hence I don’t wish to participate in the competition. It will not be fair to the others if I participated.” Hearing this, the trustee smiled and said, “Congratulations, you have been chosen. I am sure that when our noble priest was dying and he said that he wanted a “human being” to be his successor, he meant that he wanted someone like you. “This statement infuriated the other participants. “What do you mean ?” they demanded. “Are we not humans ? This man just said that he did not wish to participate. How can you choose him as he has not gone through any of the tests ?”
The trustee replied, “Our old priest used to say that even animals know how to watch for their self interest; they know how to avoid danger, search food and so on. Only a ‘human being’ knows how to watch for other people’s interests and well being. All of you climbed the same torturous path. But only this man thought about the others and cleared the path so that no one would get hurt. By this definition, only he qualifies as a ‘human being’ and hence only he should be the successor of the great old priest.”

What happened immediately after the old priest died ?

A.  The trustee shut the temple and started mourning for the old priest
B.  The trustee took the old priest’s position and appointed a younger trustee
C.  Word spread that there was an urgent need for the old priest’s successor
D.  Everyone started searching for younger priests
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Why was the old priest looking for a younger priest ?

A.  So that the younger priest became his successor
B.  So that the old priest had a student
C.  So that the younger priest searched for a successor
D.  Because the trustee wanted a younger priest to take care of the temple
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Why was the young man late for the competition ?

A.  He had forgotten his way and thus had taken a longer route to the temple
B.  He was removing all the stones and thorns from the path which led to the temple
C.  He was giving water to the other participants when they were on their way to the temple
D.  He had some household chores to complete
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What was the trustee’s decision when the young man gave his explanation for being late ?

A.  He immediately selected the young man as the successor to the old priest
B.  He scolded him and said that he should have been careful
C.  He asked the young man to go and get his wounds treated
D.  He asked the other participants to leave the temple premises
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What was the old priest’s definition of a ‘human being’ ?

A.  Those who succeed in life and earn a lot of money are human beings
B.  Those who watch for other peoples interests and well being are human beings
C.  Those who put stones and thorns in other peoples path are human beings
D.  Those who know how to make other people laugh are human beings
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How did the other participants react to the trustee’s decision ?

A.  They took it sportingly and learnt a lesson from the incident
B.  They congratulated the trustee for being so wise and fair
C.  They got angry and objected to the trustees decision
D.  They decided to get even with the trustee and the young man
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What did the trustee ask during the selection process ?

A.  He asked the aspirants to recite shlokas and verses from sacred texts
B.  He asked the aspirants to explain the various procedures of priesthood
C.  He asked the aspirants to give an introduction of themselves
D.  Both 1. and 2.
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What would be an appropriate title for this passage ?

A.  The famous temple
B.  The old priest
C.  The torturous path
D.  The true successor
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Why did the young man say that he didn't wish to participate in the competition ?

A.  He was scared of losing the competition
B.  He was not sure about the duties of priesthood
C.  His parents forbade him from becoming a priest
D.  He was late and did not want to be unfair to others
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When did the aspirants get cuts and bruises on their hands and feet ?

A.  While they were reciting difficult shlokas and verses
B.  While they were going through the selection process
C.  While they were talking about the old priest
D.  While they were climbing the torturous path that led to the temple
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