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ENGLISH -- useful for SBI PO -- Preliminary Exam.

Directions. Q.1-10: Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it.  The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence.  The number of that part is the answer.  (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any).
1.        a)    The long gap needs                              b)     to be bridged soon 
      c)    because it has created                          d)     a lot of unpleasant
2.          a)     He asked the same question                 b)    that why he was not selected
      c)     and everyone responded saying          d)    that he had failed
3.      a)     If they were found                                b)    guilty during investigation 
      c)     a complaint will be                              d)     failed
4.      a)      They have already put                         b)     the proposal for to be approved
      c)      in the ensuing meeting                       d)     before the Union Cabinet
5.      a)       They had been hired a taxi                b)     to roam around the city
     c)        but their plan failed                           d)     as the taxi met with an accident
6.      a)      On a number of occasions                   b)     we had noticed that
      c)      those two employees                          d)      were often in state of confused
7.      a)       Hindi films are certainly                     b)      popular in the last decade
      c)      but in these days our regional films   d)      have attained more popularity
8.      a)      Most politicians predict                       b)      that the same members will
      c)     be elected despite of                            d)       their failure to perform
9.      a)      He was selected for the post                b)      because of he was familiar
      c)      with both urban as well as                   d)      rural way of life
10.  a)      The tribal people have                          b)     high regard for him because
      c)      he donated large number of                 d)     money for their upliftment.
Directions. Q.11 to 15:  In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces.  Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by number (A), (B), (C) and (D).  Find out which paid of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same sequence to make it meaningfully complete.
11.  It is ironic that a party, which was once viewed as …….. the ……. of its peasantry, is now its foe.
a)       Persuading, obligations                    b)  visualizing, sake
            c)  safeguarding, interests                       d)  upholding, livelihood
12.  Fanaticism of any kind  ---------- from any religion is to be ------------
a)       Emanating, condemned            b)  extracted, braved   
           c)     enforced, divorced                   d)  enshrined,      abandoned
13.  The media have done a spectacular job in this regard to -------- their voice and ---- public
a)         Curb,  garner       b)  enrich, expedite     c)  embolden, unfurl  d) raise, sensitise
14.  If the Government believes it has done enough to ----- inflation by tinkering with oil
      prices, it is --------------
a)       Derail, unprecedented                          b)    check, mistaken 
c)     moderate, foul                                     d)    drive, naive
15.  It is high time the Government and private companies ------ more --- to hockey.
a)        Cater,   prestige           b)  deploy,  edge        c)  paid, attention  d) project, tempo
Directions. Q.16-25: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered.  These numbers are printed after the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately.  Find out the appropriate word in each case.
Mass migration has produced a huge world wide economy of its own which has …. 166 … so fast during the past few years that the figures have ……… 167 … experts.  Last year remittances sent home by migrants were expected to …..168 … $ 232 billion according to the World Bank which …….. 169 …… these figures ….. 170 ….. though the flow of remittances is to alleviate the plight of the migrant’s family it cannot on its own lift entire nation out of poverty.  Those who study the …….. 171 …… of remittances argue that the money allows poor countries to put off basic decisions of economic management like … 172 ….their tax collection systems and building schools.  Remittances to poor countries can also …… 173 the fact that they do not produce much at home.  The challenge is now to find programmes that ….. 174 … the benefits of remitted cash while … 175 …. Some of its downside.
16.  a)   accelerated       b)  grew              c)  expand         d)  increase
17.  a)   strike                b)  encourage      c)  astonished   d)  convinced
18.  a)   rise                   b)  represent        c)  project         d)  exceed
19.  a)   record              b)  tracks             c)  estimate       d)  report
20.  a)   detrimental      b)  minor             c)  propose       d)  vital
21.  a)   circumstance   b)  profit              c)  impact         d)  status
22.  a)   declaring         b)  established      c)  measuring   d)  reforming
23.  a)   mark               b)  hit                    c)  review         d)  display
24.  a)   launch            b)  predict              c)  optimum     d)  maximise
25.  a)   augmenting    b)  avoiding           c)  suspend      d)  protects
Directions.  Q.26-34: Read the following passage carefully and answer the question given below it.  Certain words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate while answering some of the questions.
Hiero, King of Syracuses, had commissioned from a goldsmith of the town a crown of pure gold, but, having taken delivery of the finished article, he was suspicious.  There was reason to believe that the craftsman had mixed with the gold a certain amount of other metal of interior value.  But how to find out?  There was no direct evidence, and it was therefore obviously a case for the learned men of the city.  And who more learned than Archimedes?
The mathematician was, therefore charged with the task which would nowadays be considered a simple one, but was then a matter for serious thought.  Nothing known to science thought.  Nothing known to science could be brought forward to prove fraud or otherwise on the part of the goldsmith.
It is more than probable that the human side of the problem interested Archimedes not at all, but the scientific puzzle worried him intensely.  This worry pursued him every where are went for days., and pre-sisted through the routine acts of his daily round.
In the normal course of that routine, he went to the public baths.  We can imagine him standing at the edge of the bath tub as the prepares to enter it, absently allowing the water to flow until he cannot  help noticing it.  Suddenly, he splashed out of his tub, shouting at the top of his voice: “Eureka! Eureka!
Arrived at his house, the mathematician put his newly found discovery to a practical test, and found indeed that a body plunged in a fluid loses and amount of its weight is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by it.  With this as a starting point as it was to prove the starting point as it was to prove the starting point- as it was to prove the starting point to many subsequent discoveries of importance – Archimedes was able to tell his king how much pure gold was in his crown.  Thus, was the first fundamental law in hydrostatics enunciated.
Archimedes was by this time well-known to his fellow townsmen, and his sometimes strange appearance and unusual actions probably met with indulgent smiles.  He came from a good family; his father Pheidias was an astronomer; he was on intimate terms with, an according  to some – was even a kinsman of King Hiero himself.  
26.  Why could the King not punish the fraudulent gold smith?
a)      By that time Archimedes had not discovered the law of hydrostatics.
b)      The king did not have concrete evidence to prove the fraud.
c)      The finishing of the crown was perfect but deceptive
d)     The King had lot of faith in the godsmith.
27.  Why was Archimedes charged with the task of finding out if there was any impurity in
       the crown?
a)      Archimedes was famous as the most learned man and mathematician
b)      The King was worried that the goldsmith will tell the truth to Archimedes.
c)      The goldsmith was one of the kins of the craftsman.
d)     Archimedes was famous for interrogating the criminals and exploring the truth.
28.  What was the king’s suspicion?
a)      The goldsmith had made a crown with some inferior metal instead of gold.
b)      The craftsman had replaced gold with a cheaper metal.
c)      The goldsmith has mixed a cheaper metal with gold in the crown.
d)     The finishing of the crown was not upto the mark.
29.  Which of the following statements definitely TRUE in the context of the passage?
a)      Archimedes’ action of running nude through public places was not taken lightly by the onlookers.
b)      Archimedes’ eccentric actions used to create anguish among the public.
c)      The goldsmith and mixed inferior quality metal in the crown.
d)     Archimedes could prove that there was no impurity in the gold used by the goldsmith in the crown.
30.  When Archimedes was entrusted with the task, he was curious because
a)      he was thrilled by the human side of the problem.
b)      He used
31.   “Eureka! Eureka! as spelt out by Archimedes was
a)       An outburst of unreasonable pride of inventing a novel principle.
b)      a spontaneous reaction of excitement due to a discovery
c)      an immature expression of  a half-baked idea
d)     an exhibition of encouragement for a useful discovery
32.  What was the impact of Archimedes’ trendous metal involvement in solving the king’s
a)      He was worried but able to take care of his daily routine.
b)      The involvement ultimately led to a failure in completing the assignment.
c)      he was not able to think of the details of the problem entrusted to him.
d)     None of these.
33.  A body submerged in a liquid loses its weight equal to
a)      the weight of the liquid in which it is submerged.
b)      the volume of the liquid in which it is submerged.
c)      the weight of the body which is submerged in the liquid.
d)     The weight of the liquid displaced by it.
34.  Which of the following is FALSE in the context of the passage?
I.                   Archimedes’ father was a relative of King Hiero.
II.                Before Archimedes’ discovery, science had limitation to detect the goldsmith’s fraud.
III.             Archimedes discovered his principle while he was in the tub for bath.
a)      I and II      b)  II and III        c)  I and III          d)  II only
Directions. Q.35-37 Choose the word/ group of words which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word/group of words given in bold.
35.  Enunciated   a)  Framed       b)  Lost      c)  Implemented      d)  Concocted
36.  Charged  a)  Suspected     b)  Accused       c)  Filled        d)  Entrusted
37.  Tore out  a)  Came out gently   b) Pushed out   c)  Walked out   d)  Rushed out forcefully
Directions. Q.38-40: Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word given in bold.
38.  Subsequent a)  Successive   b)  Preceding  c) Pre-determined   d)  Consequent
39.  Unusual  a)  Ordinary   b)  Remarkable   c)  Abnormal    d)  Curious
40.  Intensely  a) Powerfully  b) Deeply   c)  Mildly   d) Hugely
Directions. Q.41-45: In the following questions, choose the one which expresses the right meaning of the given word and mark it the Answer Sheet.
41.  Dubious  a)  Doubtful    b)  Disputable   c)  Duplicate    d)  Dangerous
42.  Flabbergasted   a)  Scared    b)  Embarrassed    c)  Dumbfounded   d)  Humiliated
43.  Eternal  a)  Innumerable   b) Unmeasurable   c)  Prolonged    d)  Perpetual
44.  Genuine   a)  Authentic    b)  Legitimate    c)  Reliable    d)  Pure
45.  Obscene   a)  Indecent    b)  Incorrigible   c)  Ridiculous    d)  Intolerable
Directions Q. 46-50: In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence and mark it in the Answer Sheet.
46.  To be biased against
a) Partial      b)  Objective    c)  Prejudiced     d)  Predestined
47.  Motion of head, hands etc., as a mode of expression indicating attitude.
         a)  Gesture      b)   Grin    c)   Gestation     d)   Grimace
48.  Bitter and Violent attack in words
         a)  Diaspora      b)   Diacriticism    c)   Diadem     d)   Diatribe
49.  Treatment by means of exercise and massage
  a)  Chemotherapy      b)   Hydrotherapy    c)   Physiotherapy     d)   Psychotherapy
50.  The abandonment of one’s country or cause
 a)  Defection      b)   Disloyalty    c)   Desertion    d)   Migration.


1.    d)       2.   b)      3   a)     4.    b) 5.     a)       6.    d)        7.   a)       8.    c)    9.    b)       10.  c)     

11   c)     12.     a)   13.     d)       14.    b)   15.   c)  16.    a)    17.    c)  18.  d)      19   a)    20.    d)

21.     c)  22.    d)   23.   a)    24.    d)    25.    b)    26.  b)      27   a)     28.     c)  29.  c)       30.    d)       

31.   b)   32.    d)    33.    d)       34.  d)      35   a)     36.     d)37.     c)   38.    b)   39.   a)       40.   c)   

41.    a)  42.  c)      43   d)     44.     a)   45.     a)       46.    c)  47.   a)       48.    d)    49.    c) 50.   a).

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