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English Comprehension Practice Questions for CLAT 2020

English Comprehension Practice Questions for CLAT 2020

English Comprehension Practice Questions for CLAT 2020

Passage 1:

A young talented Bollywood actor tragically ended his life on June 14. But the events that followed Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide have been even more shocking. On full display in the subsequent weeks were some of the worst regressive traits of Indian society, from misogyny, invasion of privacy, voyeuristic glee to a collective loss of clarity. All hell broke loose soon after his family accused the 34-year-old actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, 28, of foul play; the grief-stricken father said she had poisoned his son and filed an FIR charging Rhea with ‘abetment to suicide’, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A section of the media pounced on Rhea, terming her a gold digger, and handed out instant verdicts in the newsroom. Anchors appeared to have little time to discuss India’s crossing four million COVID-19 cases, the 23.9% GDP contraction or the heightened border tensions. That Sushant hailed from poll-bound Bihar added a political dimension impossible to ignore. The actor, reported to have been suffering from depression, lived in Mumbai, which is now ruled by estranged Bharatiya Janata Party partner, the Shiv Sena, together with the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress, and his demise has become political fodder crossing limits of decency, drawing in other Bollywood celebrities. Three top government agencies, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Narcotics Control Bureau grilled Rhea for days. The NCB finally arrested her on September 8 linking her to a drugs case in Sushant’s death probe. Rhea has denied any wrongdoing, telling the media that she didn’t speak after Sushant’s passing away out of grief and respect for him. Whether Rhea has committed a crime the law will decide, but as she and her family fight this battle, the spotlight is firmly on Indian society and its deeply entrenched prejudices.​​ --- (1)---​​ rights activists have spoken up against the demonization of Rhea, and how gender, the clothes she wore, the undefined relationship she had with the actor, all played a role. What is perhaps more disturbing is that many women, far from empathising with a girl who lost her boyfriend in such circumstances, have been quick to pronounce Rhea​​ --- (2) ---​​ of any number of wrongdoings. That people could erupt with joy at her arrest on charges not directly related to the death is an indication that vague demands of justice for Sushant have played out as a blood sport. A mob that seems to find its voice through TV anchors and social media appears​​ to have overruled ideas of justice, fairness and even the law. It is important that India’s criminal justice system delivers justice in this case.


  • Which​​ of the following word in passage above means indefinite?

  • Regressive

  • Prejudices

  • Vague

  • Voyeuristic


  • As per the passage, what seems to​​ not have​​ been overruled by the people voice through TV anchors and social media?

  • Law

  • Idea of Justice​​ 

  • Idea of Good Conscience

  • Concept of Fairness


  • The meaning of word Demonization in the passage is

  • Criticising

  • Reduction in value of money

  • Both (a) and (b)

  • None of these


  • The best suited word to be filled in ---(1)--- is

  • Minority

  • Juvenile

  • Women’s

  • All of the above


  • The best suited word to be filled in ---(2)--- is

  • Guilt free

  • Guilty

  • Free​​ 

  • None of the above



Passage 2

The Allahabad high court order releasing Kafeel Khan was a stinging rebuke of the Uttar Pradesh government, holding him in preventive detention under the draconian National Security Act for over six months. The court concluded that Khan’s speech at an anti-CAA protest in Aligarh made no attempt to promote hatred or destabilise law and order. Khan’s case shocks for another reason: His detention under NSA began two months after the speech, just when he secured bail in a related criminal case. There was no proximate or live cause at that time to necessitate detention.​​ The NSA’s no-questions-asked detention scheme without trial or remand hearing provided a perfect vehicle for the state to trample upon Khan’s rights. The few safeguards under NSA, like the district magistrate issuing the detention order following a police report and a state advisory board headed by a sitting HC judge approving and periodically extending the detention, only served to condemn Khan to longer incarceration. Even the HC ruling took several months, and followed a 15-day ultimatum from the Supreme Court to dispose of Khan’s mother’s habeas corpus petition.​​ Constitutional courts must thus be more vigilant and hear pleas against preventive detentions on top priority. Otherwise, it could lead to a situation where anyone deemed troublesome could wind up in jail. NSA applied against cow slaughter or criticism of serving governments reveals how a law ideally kept in handy reserve for invoking as last resort, when all else fails, has very tangibly misfired. When space for criticism and outrage​​ --- (1) ---, police and governments turn complacent, circumstances that can be conducive to violence and shocking crimes.​​ Some days ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned young IPS officers against coming under the “Singham” influence. That holds for governments too on NSA abuse, actions that opposition parties may imitate when their turns come. NCRB data suggests an uptick: 697 NSA detainees in 2018 against 501 in 2017. This rising tide is a flagrant violation of SC guidelines safeguarding free speech against criminalisation through sedition, preventive detention and other IPC provisions. This disregard of SC injunctions by governments and police is the real contempt of court being committed today. Courts must intervene energetically and effectively to protect civil liberties.


  • What is the best suited word for​​ --- (1) ---?

    • goes up

    • rises

    • shrinks

    • falls

  • ​​ Which of the following words in passage means imprisonment?

  • Incarceration

  • Proximate

  • Detention

  • Both (a) and (c)

  • The word flagrant in the passage means

  • Obvious

  • Mere

  • Extreme

  • A little

  • The real contempt of court being committed today is

  • Disregard of Supreme Court injunctions by Government and Police

  • Rising no. of detainees under NSA

  • Both (a) and (b)

  • None of these

  • Which of the following statement is not true as per the passage?

  • Number of detainees under NSA has increased from 2017 to 2018

  • The SC guidelines and injunctions are being disregarded.

  • The hearings against​​ preventive​​ detention must be done on priority

  • The NSA’s detention scheme should be completely done away with.


Passage 1

  • (c)

  • (c)

  • (a)

  • (c)

  • (b)

Passage 2

  • (c)

  • (d)

  • (a)

  • (a)

  • (d)



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