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Information retrieval

Information retrieval is the ability to understand a given text, image, message, etc. and answer the questions based on it. To correctly answer the questions, one must be able to read and comprehend properly.

Read the story and answer the questions that follow.

A tortoise was resting under a tree, on which a bird had built its nest. The tortoise spoke to the bird mockingly, “What a shabby home you have! It is made of broken twigs, it has no roof, and looks crude. What’s worse is that you had to build it yourself. I think my house, which is my shell, is much better than your pathetic nest”.
“Yes, it is made of broken sticks, looks shabby and is open to the elements of nature. It is crude, but I built it, and I like it.”


“I guess it’s just like any other nest, but not better than mine”, said the tortoise. “You must be jealous of my shell, though.”
“On the contrary”, the bird replied. “My home has space for my family and friends; your shell cannot accommodate anyone other than you. Maybe you have a better house. But I have a better home”, said the bird happily.

Moral: Better a crowded hut than a lonely mansion.

1. Whose house looked crude?
a. Bird’s house
b. Tortoise’s house
c. Houses of both the bird and the tortoise
d. Not mentioned in the passage

2. Whose house was better in terms of space?
a. Tortoise’s house
b. Bird’s house
c. Both had same space
d. Can’t say

3. Why did tortoise think that his house was better?
a. Because it could accommodate more people.
b. Because it was crude and made of sticks.
c. Because it could protect tortoise from nature.
d. Because it was small.

4. Is it true that the bird built its house itself?
a. No
b. Yes
c. Not mentioned in the passage
d. Can’t say

5. Why did the bird say “I have a better home.”?
a. Because the bird could live there peacefully.
b. Because the bird hated the tortoise.
c. Because the bird was jealous of the tortoise.
d. Because the bird lived there with its family.

Read the story and answer the questions that follow.

There were four friends who hated studying. They partied all night before their exams and planned to skip the test by lying to the professor. So they went to the dean and told him that they had been to a wedding the previous night and on their way back, they had a flat tire. They continued to say that they had to push the car all the way back, as they didn’t have a spare tire and hence, were not in a position to write the exam.


The dean listened and agreed to let them take the test on a later date. Happy that they got a second chance, the four friends studied hard and were ready for the exam. On exam day, the dean asked the students to sit in separate classrooms, which the students agreed to.

The examination paper had only two questions, for a total of 100 marks. The questions were thus:
1. Your name:
2. Which tire of the car burst: a) Front left b) Front right c) Rear left d) Rear right

Moral: You may be smart, but there are people smarter than you in the world.

1. How many questions were there in the test?
a. Fifty
b. Hundred
c. Ten
d. Two

2. What do you think; did the dean know that the students were lying?
a. No, the dean did not know that they were lying.
b. Can’t say.
c. Yes, the dean knew that they were lying.
d. The dean was not sure.

3. Why were the students not in the position to take the exam?
a. Because they had a flat tire.
b. Because they partied all night before the exam.
c. Because they had to go to a wedding.
d. Because they were sick.

4. What do you understand by the phrase ‘to have a flat tire’?
a. The tire that does not have any or enough air in it.
b. The tire that is very smooth.
c. The tire that is not round in shape.
d. The tire that has excess air in it.

5. How many friends were lying?
a. One
b. Two
c. Three
d. All of them


First story:
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. B
5. D

Second story:
1. D
2. C
3. B
4. A
5. D

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