15 February 2024

Daily practice questions for CLAT - (15 February 2024)

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
If you know Starkfield, Massachusetts, you know the post office, and you must have seen Ethan Frome drive up to it, drop the reins on his hollow-backed bay, and drag himself across the brick pavement, and you must have asked who he was.
It was there that, several years ago, I saw him for the first time; and the sight pulled me up sharp. Even then he was the most striking figure in Starkfield, though he was but the ruin of a man. It was not so much his great height that marked him, for the “natives” were easily singled out by their lank longitude from the stockier foreign breed: it was the careless powerful look he had, despite a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain. There was something bleak and unapproachable in his face, and he was so stiffened and grizzled that I took him for an old man and was surprised to hear that he was not more than fifty-two.
“He’s looked that way ever since he had his smash-up, and that’s twenty-four years ago come next February,” said Harmon Gow, who had driven the stage from Bettsbridge to Starkfield in pre-trolley days and knew the chronicle of all the families on his line.
The “smash-up”, I gathered, had, besides drawing the red gash across Ethan Frome’s forehead, so shortened and warped his right side that it cost him a visible effort to take the few steps from his buggy to the post-office window. He used to drive in from his farm every day at about noon, and I often passed him on the porch or stood beside him while we waited on the motions of the distributing hand behind the grating. I noticed that, though he came so punctually, he seldom received anything but a copy of the Bettsbridge Eagle, which he put without a glance into his sagging pocket. At intervals, however, the postmaster would hand him an envelope addressed to Mrs. Zeena-Frome, and usually bearing conspicuously in the upper left-hand corner the address of some manufacturer of patent medicine.
Everyone in Starkfield knew him and gave him a greeting tempered to his own grave bearing, but his taciturnity was respected and it was only on rare occasions that one of the older men of the place detained him for a word. When this happened, he would listen quietly, his blue eyes on the speaker’s face, and answer in so low a tone that his words never reached me; then he would climb stiffly into his buggy, gather up the reins in his left hand and drive slowly away toward his farm.

Question1:- What is the main idea of the passage?
  • A. Describing life in a rural community.
  • B. Comparing possible causes of a tragedy.
  • C. Examining an unusual figure.
  • D. Criticizing one man’s habits.
Answer is C is correct. This question asks about the main idea of the passage. Throughout the passage, the narrator describes the character Ethan Frome. First, the narrator is struck by his first impression of Frome, and then the narrator describes various details about Frome gathered from a local resident. Eliminate any answers inconsistent with this prediction. Although the passage is centered on a rural community where Frome lives, (A) is incorrect because it does not mention Frome or any specific details related to his life. A tragedy does occur in Frome’s life, but the passage is not comparing possible causes. Eliminate (B). The description and details about Frome throughout the passage are examining an unusual figure, so keep (C). The passage includes details about Frome’s habits, but since it is not critical of those routines, eliminates (D). The correct answer is (C).
Question2:- As used in the line “it was the careless powerful look he had, despite a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain”, “checking” most nearly means
  • A. Studying
  • B. Halting
  • C. Limping
  • D. Verifying
Answer is B is correct. This question asks what checking most nearly means as highlighted in the passage. Go back to the text, find the word checking, and cross it out. Then read the window carefully, using context clues to determine another word that would fit in the text. The passage says that Frome has a lameness that makes his step jerk like a chain. The missing word must mean something like “stopping” or “pulling back.” The passage suggests a physical meaning, not checking information, so eliminate (A) and (D). While (B) and (C) both convey a physical meaning, halting indicates prevention or “stopping” of movement, whereas limping merely suggests an uneven step. Eliminate (C). The correct answer is (B).
Question3:- As revealed in the third paragraph, the narrator’s attitude toward Frome is best characterized as
  • A. Startled and intrigued.
  • B. Dismayed and disapproving.
  • C. Bewildered and fearful.
  • D. Saddened and protective.
Answer is A is correct. This question asks about the narrator’s attitude toward Frome in the third paragraph. Use the line reference to find the window, and read carefully for context. The narrator refers to Frome as a striking figure, yet the ruin of a man, with a careless, powerful look, but also a lameness, seeming bleak and unapproachable, and finally, stiffened and grizzled, though surprisingly not old. Eliminate answers that are not consistent with this prediction. The descriptions the narrator gives are not disapproving, fearful, or protective. Eliminate (B), (C), and (D). The descriptions primarily suggest curiosity, and they specifically mention surprise, which matches (A). The correct answer is (A).
Question4:- Which word would be the farthest in meaning to the word “grizzled”?
  • A. Snowy
  • B. Hoar
  • C. Griseous
  • D. Brighten
Answer is D is correct. The word “grizzled” means grey, silvery, or snowy. Except for option D, rests all are synonyms for the given word. The question is asking to find an antonym for grizzled. Hence, the correct answer is D.
Question5:- Based on the passage, which of the following options most accurately describes Ethan Frome?
  • A. Rigid and reticent
  • B. Rude and imposing
  • C. Decrepit and ignorant
  • D. Generous and friendly
Answer is A is correct. This question asks how the passage describes Ethan Frome. The last part of the passage from (“I noticed...farm”), especially, “Everyone in Starkfield knew him and gave him a greeting tempered to his own grave bearing; but his taciturnity was respected and it was only on rare occasions that one of the older men of the place detained him for a word”, where taciturn means who speaks very less, which clearly describes the person as punctual & quiet. These lines state that everyone greets Ethan when he comes each day for the mail, his taciturnity means that he rarely talks to others, and he moves stiffly into his buggy to return home. These lines could support option (A). Other options are not supported by the passage and so options B, C, and D can be eliminated. Hence, the correct answer is A.