18th May: English Practice Quiz for NIACL and SBI PO Mains

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English Practice Quiz for NIACL and SBI PO Mains
Directions (1 – 5): Five statements are given below, labelled A, B, C, D and E. Among these, four statements are in logical order and form a coherent paragraph/passage. From the given options, choose the option that does not fit into the theme of the passage.

1.
A) Shyamapada Mukherjee resigned his job and returned home because his boss spoke to him rather rudely.
B) He worked hard in his field and came home hungry like a tiger and asked his wife, “Is the food ready?”
c) In the heat of his anger shyamapada said, “I threw my resignation letter on his face.
D) I am not going to care for anybody.”
E) When his anger left him, he regretted that in his fit of anger he had done something horrible
2.
A) ‘Love is blind’ – this is a common saying.
B) This means love makes no difference, no discrimination.
c) But many times people understand love in the sense of carnal desire, lose their discretion and blindly exaggerate the importance of physical love and throw away all moral restraints and sanction.
D) Only a spiritual leader can bring about peace and happiness in family life.
E) Between the newly wedded couple there may be more of carnal desire than true love, but with a spiritual orientation this desire can be gradually sublimated into true love.
3.
A) But local language publishing has not seen an explosion in production, distribution and marketing practices.
B) December 2016 had some good news for Indian readers.
c) E-tailer-publisher Amazon said its reading device Kindle would now support at least five Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam.
D) This support of Indic script will make distribution of Indian language e-books easier.
E) This is a game-changer for the $3 billion plus-Indian publishing sector for more than one reason.
4.
A) In recent times, rising income inequality – especially the growing gap between the top 1 per cent and the remaining 99 per cent – has been attracting a lot of attention.
B) At the same time, it is creating a deep sense of resentment against the existing economic order in many parts of the world.
c) But this is not the only way income distribution is changing.
D) Another important change is taking place in the form of rising ‘polarisation’ or ‘hollowing out’ of the middle.
E) The so-called middle class is considered an important pillar of social and economic stability.
5.
A) It is not difficult to understand that a mysterious force governs this world, but we often fail to pay any attention to this.
B) We don’t know the anterior of our birth and the posterior of our death.
c) When I realise that I am responsible for my present state and I am the creator of my own destiny, the tendency to think and do evil is curbed.
D) We don’t know either the cause of our joy and sorrow.
E) Nor we are aware that certain, subtle laws govern every living being on this earth.
Directions (6 – 10): Select the phrase/connector from the given three options which can be used to form a single sentence from the two sentences given below, implying the same meaning as expressed in the statement sentences.
6. Fixing the problems of democracy cannot be achieved through court rulings. Politics has to fix its own problems, through dialogues if possible, using logical extrapolations of troublesome arguments.
(A) Achieving court ruling through ...............
(B) The political problems have ...............
(C) Democracy cannot be achieved ...............
A) Only (A)
B) Only (B)
C) Only (C)
D) Only (A) and (B)
E) None of these
7. The process of getting Indians to invest in equity is a journey, not a destination. Every year their participation into the markets is going up.
(A) For Indians it is destination ...............
(B) However, Indians’ participation ...............
(C) It is only a journey ...............
A) Only (A)
B) Only (B)
C) Only (C)
D) Only (A) and (B)
E) None of these
8. In normal times, the grain Mandi of Samrala is abuzz with the hum of agrarian commerce. These days, however, it lies virtually vacant, with only a handful of farmers coming to sell their produce.
(A) As only a handful of farmers ...............
(B) The grain Mandi of Samrala lies ...............
(C) Only the grain Mandi ...............
A) Only (A) and (B)
B) Only (B) and (C)
C) All (A), (B) and (C)
D) Only (A)
E) Only (B)
9. In India, you can get a driver licence delivered to your home without even taking a test. Because there is little control over who gets to drive and who does not, enforcement becomes a dodgy affair.
(A) A little control over ...............
(B) Taking a test is not ...............
(C) A dodgy affair ...............
A) Only (A)
B) Only (A) and (B)
C) Only (C)
D) Only (B)
E) None of the above
10. Exide Inva Tubular is simply the most powerful battery for long and extended power-cuts. Bring home the Ultimate Inverter Battery. Pick out the option which when used to start a sentence combines both the above sentences into one.
(A) To bring home ...............
(B) For long and extended power-cuts ...............
(C) It is necessary to ...............
A) Only (A)
B) Only (B)
C) Only (C)
D) Only (B) and (C)
E) None of the above
Answers:
1. B) Shyamapada Mukherjee resigned his job and returned home because his boss spoke to him rather rudely. ie he worked in an office and did not toil hard in his farmland/field. If we go through all statements carefully it could easily be felt that statement (B) sounds incoherent whereas other statements seem co-related.
2. D) Here, all statements revolve around the different facets of ‘love’. Among these statements, (D) suggests a different string of thought and cause an anomaly.
3. A) December 2016 had some good news for Indian readers. [What is that?] E-tailer-publisher Amazon said its reading device Kindle would now support at least five Indian languages — Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam. This support of Indic scripts will make distribution of Indian language e-books easier. This (kindle supporting local dialects) is a game-changer for the $3 billion -plus Indian publishing sector for more than one reason.
Although (A) sounds somehow related with this discourse, but it doesn’t fit well among these sentences and therefore can be eliminated as incoherent one.
4. E) In recent times, rising income inequality — especially the growing gap between the top 1 per cent and the remaining 99 per cent — has been attracting a lot of attention. At the same time, it (the big gap between extremely rich and poor) is creating a deep sense of resentment against the existing economic order in many parts of the world. But this is not the only way income distribution is changing. Another important change is taking place in the form of rising‘polarization’ or ‘hollowing out’ (removal) of the middle (class). It means that the so-called ‘middle class’ is shrinking and more and more middle-income people are becoming richer or poorer. Sounds convincing as well as coherent!
5. C) It is not difficult to understand that a mysterious force governs this world, but we often fail to pay any attention to this. We don’t know the anterior of our birth and the posterior of our death. We don’t know either the cause of our joy and sorrow. Nor we are aware that certain, subtle laws govern every living being on this earth. Sounds coherent! And now, think of statement (C).
‘When I realise that I am responsible for my present state and I am the creator of my own destiny, the tendency to think and do evil is curbed’. Seemingly, the sentence echoes a spiritual idea, but it sounds a far-fetched view and breaks the coherence.
6. E) Fixing the problems of democracy cannot be achieved through court rulings and so the politics has to fix its own problems, through dialogues if possible, using logical extrapolations of troublesome arguments. Clearly, we put first clause in the same manner as it is given to make it synthesized. So, no initiators suit the purpose.
7. C) A possible synthesis could be as following.
It is only a journey not a destination for the process of getting Indians to invest in equity as every year the number of Indians investing in equity is going up.
8. A) The possible way to rephrase the sentence is as, Only a handful of farmers are coming to sell their produce at the grain Mnadi of Samrala these days and the Mandi lies almost vacant but in normal times, it remains abuzz with the hum of agrarian commerce.
The grain Mandi of Samrala lies almost vacant these days because only a handful of farmers are coming to sell their produce but in normal times it is abuzz with the hum of agrarian commerce.
9. E) A possible synthesis could be as following.
As there is little control over who gets to drive and who does not and an enforcement becoming a dodgy affair, in India, you can get a driver licence delivered to your home without even taking a test.
But no such starter/connector is suggested in the option.
10. B) For long and extended power-cuts bring home Exide Inva Tubular battery which is an ultimate and the most powerful inverter battery. 
It gives the same message. Don’t you think so?