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ENG101 English Comprehension
Mid Term Examination – April 2003
TIME ALLOWED: 120 Minutes
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions given at the end.
2. Answer all questions.
3. P1 is MCQ’s. You can tick the correct answer. You can view its parts as P1.1,
P1.2, P1.3, P1.4, P1.5 and P1.6.
4. Your paper is in two parts. The time allowed for the first partis 75 minutes . Make
sure that you finish the first part within the given time. After that you should start
Part IIfor which you have 45 minutes . Thus the total time for your paper is two
5. Part 1 has five questions which you can see as P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5. Part II has 6
exercises to fill in the blanks. You might see the questions of Part I in a random
form. You can guess them by recognizing P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5.
Total Questions 11
PART – I
Note: You will be given a printed paper which will have the passage about which these
questions are asked.
What time of year was it in this story?
At what time of day did Robin cross the river?
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The stockings that Robin wore were obviously:
omuch too big
From the way he looked, it was evident that Robin was
oa wealthy merchant’s son
oa country boy
Robin was apparently going to the town:
oto buy new clothes
ofor the first time in several years
ofor the first time
oon one of his regular trips there
How far had Robin travelled?
ofrom a nearby town
oover thirty miles
Look at the text again and find out what the words in bold typeface
refer to. Marks 
An example is given below:
He was wearing
Ans. The boy /Robin
a. at that unusual hour
b. he took a very accurate survey
c. but which had seen many winters before this one
d. which in its better days had perhaps sheltered
e. were nature’s gift
Give brief answers to the following questions. (Your answer to each
question should not be more than two lines)
a. How did Robin appear as he walked into town? 
b. What sort of person do you think Robin was? 
c. Who had come with Robin, apart from the ferryman? 
P. 4Give a suitable title to the passage. 
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P.5 Choose the appropriate form of the words to complete the sentences. 
Reliably, rely on, reliable, reliability
a. Computers are ………… machines.
b. If you don’t know the meaning of a computer term, you cannot
always………… an all-purpose dictionary for the answer.
c. Computers can do mathematical operations quickly
PART – II
TIME ALLOWED 45 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS 40
Read the passages a couple of times before you attempt to fill the gaps with appropriate
This is a text about computers from an old book on computers. Trust your knowledge of
the history of Computers and fill in the blanks. The blanks have been numbered. When
you type your answer mention the exercise number first and then the number of the blank
you are writing your answer of. The first letter of the word with which you have to fill the
blanks is given in every blank for your convenience.
What is a computer?
A computer is a m___1_____with an intricate network o___2___ electronic
circuits t_ 3__-operate switches or magnetize tiny metal cores. The switches, l _4___the
cores, are capable _ o_5__being in one of two possible states, that is, o__6___or of,
magnetized or demagnetized. The machine is c___7____ of storing and manipulating
numbers, letters, and characters. The basic i ___8__ of a computer is that we can make
the machine do w__9__we want by inputting signals that turn certain s___10_____on and
turn others off, or that m___11_____or do not magnetize the ___12___.
The basic job of computers is the processing of information. For this reason,
c_____1___can be defined as devices which accept i____2____in the form of
instructions c____3___ a program and characters called data, p____4__ mathematical
and / or logical operations o___5__the information, and then supply results o ___6_
these o______7_. The program, or part of i___8__,which tells the c____9___what to do
and the data, which provide the information n___10__ to solve _ t___11__ problem, are
kept _i____12_ the computer in a place called memory.
Computers are thought t___1 have many remarkable powers. However, most
c________2, whether large _ o ___3_ small have three basic capabilities. First,
computers _ h___4_ circuits of performing arithmetic operations, such as: addition,
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subtraction, d______5_, multiplication and exponentiation. Second, computers have a
m______6_of communicating with the user. After all, if we couldn’t feed information
i___7__and get results back, t____8____machines wouldn’t be o__9____much use.
However, c____10__ computers (commonly minicomputers and microcomputers) are
used _t__11__control directly _ t_____12__ such as robots, aircraft’s navigation systems,
medical instruments, etc.
Some of the m____1__ common methods _ o___2__inputting information are to
u__3__ punched cards, magnetic tape, disks a__4__ terminals. The computer’s input
d___5___ (which might be a card reader, a tape drive or disk drive, depending on the
medium used in putting information) reads the information i_ _6__ the computer. For
outputting i ___7___, two common devices _ u__8__are a printer which _ p__9____ the
new information on _ p___10__, or a CRT display _ s__11___ which shows the results
_o____12___a TV-like screen.
Third, computers _ h___1__ circuits, which c___2__ make decisions. The kinds of
d___3___which computer circuits can make are not o___4__ the type: ‘Who would win
a war between _ t___5__ countries?’ or ‘Who is the richest person in the w ___6__?’
Unfortunately, the computer can only d____7___ three things, namely: Is one number
less than another? Are_ t_ 8__numbers equal? And, is one number greater than
A _ c____1______ can solve a series of p____2_ and make hundreds, even
thousands, of logical decisions without b___3___ tired or bored. It can f__4____ the
solution to a problem in a fraction of the _ t___5__ it takes a human being to
d___6___the job. A computer can replace _ p ____7_ in dull, routine tasks, _ b___8_ it has
no originality; it works according to the instructions given to it and _ c___9___ exercise
any value judgments. There are times when a _ c___10___seems to operate like a
_m____11____ ‘brain’, but its achievements are _l____12____ by the minds of human
beings. A computer cannot do anything unless a p_____13__ tells it what to do and
gives__i __14___the appropriate i______15_____; but because electric pulses can move
at the _s_____16_of light, a computer can carry out vast _ n___17___ of arithmeticlogical
operations _ a____18___ instantaneously. A person can do _ e___19____a
computer can _ d___20__, but in many cases t___21___ person would be dead long
_b___22___ the job was finished.
Text taken from: N. Mullen & P. Brown: English for Computer Science; OUP 1984, pg
16-18 and adapted for Cloze.