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12 December 2016

English Language Practice Questions for IBPS Clerks, POs and Specialists Exams

Directions (1-5): In the following questions, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is the answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is (5) i.e. No error.

1. The king humbly (1) / thanked the (2) / noble deer for (3) / saving his life. (4)/ No error (5).

2. The fierce lion and (1) / the sly fox became friend (2) / & decided to (3)/ hunt together. (4)/ No error (5).

3. The clever disciple who (1) / knew the special verse (2)/ wanted to showed how he was (3)/ better than the others. (4)/ No error (5).

4. When the bison had gone down (1)/ to the water hole to drink, (2)/ the jackal goes up to the lion (3)/ and started speaking to him. (4)/ No error (5).

5. The turtle would have (1)/ loved to accompany (2)/ his friends, but (3)/ he could not fly. (4)/ No error (5).

Directions (6-15) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words / phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said 'My end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you'. He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. 'These things may seem worthless but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.

In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps this should be the right place to use my rooster', he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look!

Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby- red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four
times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in
broad daylight, then be careful, there will certainly be a change in weather'. The people of
the island were amazed to see such a creature.

'Is this creature up for sale?'‚ they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey
can carry', he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature
who will help in keeping track of time', they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe.

He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a tool and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.

Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering
through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of', they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for sometime. She
began her chase and soon cleared some houses.

People were extremely happy to see this. They begged the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.

6. Which of the following can be an appropriate title for the story?
1) Bring Out the Devil in You
2) The Rooster and its Crow
3) The Mantra to be Successful-Own a Cat or a Rooster
4) Make the Best of What You Have
5) The Scheming Father

7. Which of the following statements is true in the context of the story?
1) The king was reluctant to purchase the cat from the youngest son.
2) All three brothers married the king's daughters in the end.
3) The ailing father had secretly informed the eldest son about making money from his rooster.
4) The youngest son was too lazy to work; as a result he went last on his quest for wealth.
5) None of the given statements is true

8. Choose the following which is most nearly the opposite in meaning as the word 'RIGHT' as used in the story?
1) dishonest 2) bad luck 3) unfitted
4) true 5) left

9. Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase, 'CHANCED UPON' as used in the story?
1) Divided 2) Went with the flow
3) Waited for something 4) Failed to find
5) Came across

10. Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning as the word 'BEGGED' as used in the story?
1) pleaded with 2) sued 3) donated
4) granted 5) ordered for

11. As mentioned in the story, people of the island bought the rooster because
A) they genuinely wished to help the eldest son in becoming a merchant.
B) it would help them manage their time more effectively.
C) they were amused by its features and wanted it as a pet.
1) Only (B) 2) Both (A) and (B)
3) Only (A) 4) Only (C)
5) Both (A) and (C)

12. Which of the following is most nearly the opposite in meaning as the word 'CERTAINLY'
as used in the story?
1) positively 2) cautiously 3) probably
4) blindly 5) eccentrically

13. Which of the following characteristics of the father comes across distinctly through the story?
1) He was aggressive 2) He was lonely
3) He rarely became angry 4) He was wise
5) He was an animal lover

14. Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning as the word 'WORTHLESS' as used in the story?
1) barren 2) significant 3) useless
4) abolished 5) adopted

15. As mentioned in the story, the father gave gifts to his sons because
1) he didn't want them to fight in his absence.
2) they had demanded those gifts from him.
3) those were the only gifts he could afford at that time.
4) he was trying to take revenge on them by giving gifts which were of no use.
5) Other than those given as options

Answers:

1-5
2-2
3-3
4-3
5-5
6-4
7-5
8-3
9-5
10-1
11-1
12-3
13-4
14-3
15-5