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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

Have you ever heard a parrot or pet talk?, Or perhaps you have seen the roadside astrologer who has a couple of parrots in his cage, which, at his command, picks out your fortune card from a pile of cards. You may also have heard of pigeons which once acted as messengers.

All these make you ask the question : are birds intelligent? Can they learn things? Formerly the biologists thought that birds could not learn anything, because their brains were too small and too simple, compared to the intricate nervous system and brain of higher animals. They can act only by instinct, following certain fixed behavioural patterns. Recent studies have shown that bird behaviour is a combination of instinctive or fixed behaviour and learned or flexible behaviour.

648. The given passage deals with

(a) bird behaviour
(b) the learning capacity of birds/pets
(c) the roadside astrologer
(d) the use of instinct and command by birds

649. The writer evidently

(a) believes that birds are intelligent by birth
(b) suggests that birds can learn by practice
(c) negates the capacity of birds
(d) likes to experiment with pets

650. Formerly the biologists thought birds could not learn anything because

(a) they blindly follow their instinct
(b) they are only interested to eat
(c) they do not have an intricate nervous system
(d) None of the above

651. Recent studies have shown that birds behave in a particular/peculiar way because

(a) of training and hard-work
(b) they have such unborn qualities
(c) they listen to the command of their instinct
(d) of their instinctive or fixed behaviour and learned or flexible behaviour

652. What can be the most suitable title to the passage?

(a) Birds and other pets
(b) Birds : Their instinct and behaviour
(c) How to train birds?
(d) The brain of birds

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1. Passage Reading 2. Verbal Logic 3. Non Verbal Logic 4. Numerical Logic

5. Data Interpretation 6. Reasoning 7. Analytical Ability 8. Basic Numeracy

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