IEO (International English Olympiad) Class 8 Past Paper (Previous Year) 2015 Set a Part 4 Download All the Papers for 2021 Exam

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A bird is a feathered animal. The covering of feathers is the only character common to all birds and not possessed by any other creature. The other characters- the bill, the wings, egg-laying, etc. – by which we usually distinguish birds from animals of other kinds are not exclusive bird characters. Turtles have beaks and there is one species of mammal, which has a bill like that of a duck. Many insects and one species of mammal (the bat) fly. Insects, fishes and reptiles lay eggs and there are several rare species of mammals that lay eggs and incubate them.

On the other hand, some birds are deficient in one or more of the typical bird characters. The ostrich cannot fly. The penguin can neither fly nor run, and cannot even walk well. The cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, leaving to them the hatching and rearing of its young. These exceptional cases are very interesting. The characters which typically belong to birds attain their highest development in them

In most cases this is due to peculiar adaptable features of their feathers.

While placing birds below mammals in a simple classification of animals, naturalists note that birds are the most distinct class in the animal kingdom. When we compare birds and the lower mammals, and the lower mammals, and the relations of each class to man we see at once that nothing else could take the place of birds either in nature or in civilization. Among birds are found the highest developments of animal locomotion and of the natural voice. Birds also have the capacity for language far beyond that of other creatures (except man) and family and community relations resembling those of the human race.

In the history of the world, mammals have been more useful to man than birds. But birds have given him some of his best ideas. With the advance of civilization the lower mammals became less necessary to him. It has been said that “on earth and on the sea, man has attained the powers of locomotion with which, in strength, endurance, and velocity, no animal movement can compare. But the air is an element on which he cannot travel, an ocean which he cannot navigate. The birds of heaven are still his envy, and on the paths they tread he cannot follow.” Since that was written practical flying machines have been invented. But in these, as in boats and ships, man has merely devised a machine which under his control can do laboriously and at great risk what the bird does naturally and easily. To birds man is indebted for his first lessons in navigating the water as well as for his ideas about airships.

Q 29. What is the most distinctive feature of all birds?

A. they lay eggs.

B. they have beaks

C. they can fly

D. they have feathers.

Q 30. Which is the most distinct class in the animal kingdom?

A. mammals

B. birds

C. reptiles

D. amphibians

Q 31. Man is indebted to birds for ________.

A. wading through water

B. the concept of airships

C. the advancement of civilization

D. the highest development

Q 32. The highest developments found in birds are similar to ________

A. fish

B. amphibians

C. reptiles

D. humans

Q 33. Except man, who has the best capacity for language?

A. mammals

B. birds

C. reptiles

D. fish

Q 34. In the history of the world, who has been useful to man?

A. mammals

B. birds

C. reptiles

D. amphibians

Q 35. What do the naturalists observe in the simple classification of animals?

A. birds are the most distinct class

B. mammals are placed above birds

C. bird locomotion if highly developed.

D. birds communicate using language.

Q 36. Kavya: “Where were you last evening” ?

Manya: “My colleagues planned an impromptu party and we had a whale of time”

What does Manya mean by her reply?

A. they had lots of free time

B. they had a lot of fun

C. they were late, very late

D. they party very rarely.

Q 37. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me means- ________

A. you should learn from your mistakes

B. i am not silly as i look

C. people can be cruel so be careful

D. i am not an easy person to lie to

Q 38. Nalini: “We are going to meet the teacher. Are you coming?”

Shalini: “________, let me get my keys.”

A. hand over

B. hang on

C. hang up

D. hand in

Q 39. Pooja: “I am glad to have met you”

Pinky: ″ Me too. I ________ to meeting you again.

A. am looking down

B. am looking forward

C. am on look out

D. will look after

Q 40. Basu: “How was the movie?”

Vasu: “Great. The movie was better than I had ________.”

A. banked on

B. boiled down to

C. bargained for

D. brought in on

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