Reading Comprehension-6

Directions (Q. No. 1 -5 ): Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
William Thomson the “Grand Old Man of Victorian Science” received a multitude of well-deserved honours during his long and productive scientific career. In 1890 this great scientist was elected President of the Royal Society; two years later he was made Lord Kelvin of Large. Upon his retirement from University of Glassgow as Professor at the age of seventy five in 1899, he chose to devote himself to writing and to revising his John Hopkins University lectures of 1884 on the wave theory of light. They were published in 1904, three years before his death in 1907. Lord Kelvin now rests with Sir Isaac Newton and many Great Britain’s other greats in Westminster Abbey.
Despite Kelvin’s strong clear mind, outstanding, mathematical techniques, powerful personality and unlimited physical stamina, he narrowly missed attaining the very pinnacle reserved for such immortals as Einstein, Maxwell, Bohr and Newton. As an author A.E.E. Mackenzie stated, “Lord Kelvin’s weakness was his inability to read the work of others.” He tended to reject the theoretical ideas of his contemporaries and lacked the intuitive gift to see clearly beyond the immediate facts. He once said that he could understand only that of which he could make model. Nonetheless, his very practical and versatile achievements made an enormous impact upon, humanity.
1. In which year William Thomson became Lord Kelvin?

(A) 1884
(B) 1890
(C) 1892
(D) 1899

2. Why did Lord Kelvin start writing and revising his Hopkins University lectures?

(A) He used to write his lectures before delivering it
(B) There was a great demand from other scientists
(C) It was a practice followed by other greats
(D) Not given in the passage

3. Who among the following has not been mentioned as “immortals” in the passage?

(A) Einstein
(B) Mackenzie
(C) Maxwell
(D) Newton

4. “____ he could understand only that of which he could make a model” means:

(A) he used to present his theories by presenting an actual model
(B) model helps others to understand the topic easily
(C) if you cannot make a model the theory cannot be proved
(D) he was more concerned for ‘concrete’ things than ‘abstract’

5. It can be inferred from the passage that the author of the passage:

a) is totally happy with the honours received by Kelvin
b) feels that the scientist contributed substantially to the mankind
c) feels that full justice was not done with Kelvin

(A) (a) and (b)
(B) (b) and (c)
(C) Only (a)
(D) Only (c)