May 13, 2016

Model English Questions SBI PO Preliminary Exam

Model English Questions SBI PO Preliminary Exam

Model English Questions SBI PO Preparation

Directions (1-5): Rearrange the following seven sentences A, B, C, D, E, F and G in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

(A) In other words, floods and ,droughts are built into the countries monsoonal ecology.
(B) “It pours cats and dogs” they said.
(C) In the remaining 8,660 hours there is hardly any precipitation.
(D) If the rain is not caught and stored, it will be impossible to live in this country.
(E) But most of it pours down in a mere hundred hours.
(F) India gets more rain annually - 1,100 mm, on an average- than any other part of the world.
(G) When the British came to India, they were struck by the amount it rained here.

1. Which of the following will be the FIRST sentence?
(1) G
(2) A
(3) C
(4) D
(5) F

2. Which of the following will be the SECOND sentence?
(1) C
(2) D
(3) F
(4) G
(5) B

3. Which of the following will be the FOURTH sentence?
(1) F
(2) C
(3) E
(4) F
(5) D

4. Which of the following will be the FIFTH sentence?
(1) A
(2) C
(3) D
(4) F
(5) G

5. Which of the following will be the LAST sentence?
(1) D
(2) E
(3) F
(4) A
(5) C

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Directions (6-10) : In each of the following questions an idiomatic expression and its four possible meanings are given. Find out the correct meaning of the idiomatic expression. If you do not find any correct answer mark 5 i. e. "None of these” as your answer.

6. To lose face________________
(1) To gain an advantage over
(2) To wait eagerly for
(3) To fight unfairly
(4) To avoid being friendly with
(5) None of these

7. The rank and file ________________
(1) The ordinary members of a society
(2) Bring about appeasement in a disturbed situation
(3) A fuss over a trifling matter
(4) An established secured right
(5) None of these

8. To make a long face __________________
(1) To be short of money
(2) To make a gain that is legitimate
(3) To be friendly with
(4) To look depressed
(5) None of these

9. In apple pie order _____________
(1) To change for the better
(2) Expose ones inner feelings to others
(3) Perfectly methodical arrangement
(4) To escape from danger
(5) None of these

10. In the blues ___________________
(1) Behave like a lord
(2) Melancholy and low-spirited
(3) Being colourful
(4) Having many blue things
(5) None of these

Directions (11-20): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

We all seek happiness but few, very few, indeed, get it. We are unhappy partly because we desire much more than what we can-hope to attain. Our countless desires are hard to be satisfied. And that is what makes us so sad in life.
The secret of happiness lies in the simplification of life. Simple living encourages high-thinking. It leads to contentment. Contentment gives us inner wealth, the wealth of the mind and of the soul. A contented man devotes himself to virtues like truth, beauty, love, goodness, kindness and charity. By pursuing and inculcating these virtues, a man can feel true happiness.
I do not mean that for simplification of life, a man should become an ascetic. The happiness of a sadhu is of a negative kind. I want positive kind of happiness. For this I must live in the midst of life and faithfully carry out my responsibilities to my home and my country. But all this should be done in the spirit of selfless service. A man, who wants to lead a happy life, should also make others happy. In making others happy he will taste real and lasting happiness. There is a kind of joy in serving others with virtuous motives, in sacrificing what one has for the good of others. An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.
The secret of perfect happiness lies in renunciation. Wealth may give us joy for a while and fame may provide us with fleeting excitement. But they cannot give us permanent happiness. Kings have everything to make them happy and yet they feel unhappy. It is because they do not practice renunciation.
There is a sense of joy in doing one’s work honestly and efficiently. A research worker feels joy in research and a journalist in writing. In doing 0ne’s duty sincerely, one feels peace of mind which is an important essence of happiness.
It is only by cultivating spirit of renunciation, self-sacrifice, contentment and sincere work that one can really be happy. The stings of misfortune spare none but they will not cow such a person.

11. What does a contented man do?
(1) He pursues and assimilates the basic virtues of life
(2) He faces boldly the adversities of life
(3) He encounters the strings of misfortunes
(4) He gives up bad habits effortless
(5) None of these

12. Which of the following is the correct chain of things, as mentioned in the passage, leading to happiness?
(1) Contentment, high-thinking, simple living, inner wealth.
(2) Simple living, high thinking, inner wealth, contentment
(3) High-thinking, simple living, inner wealth, contentment
(4) Inner wealth, simple living, contentment, nigh thinking
(5) Simple living, high thinking, contentment, inner wealth

13. According to the passage, the essence of happiness lies in __________
(1) worldly desires
(2) matching one's abilities with the work undertaken
(3) avoiding all unfortunate events
(4) adopting a simple life style
(5) following the dictates of nature

14. We are unhappy partly because ____________
(1) We have no inner strength
(2) We have lost moral and spiritual values
(3) We have countless unfulfilled desires
(4) Our lives have become extremely complicated
(5) We carry several stresses and strains

15. Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) One feels peace of mind in doing one‘s duty sincerely.
(2) Renunciation is the result of perfect happiness.
(3) Multiplicity of desires make us unhappy
(4) Making others happy makes one happy
(5) An act of goodness is an act of happiness.

16. Which of the following is OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘fleeting’ as used in the passage?
(1) Permanent
(2) Passing
(3) Fast
(4) Momentary
(5) pleasing

17. A man who wants to live a permanent happy life should __________
(1) make others happy
(2) master the art of renunciation
(3) pursue wealth and fame
(4) inculcate the virtues of life
(5) keep a tight control on his desires

18. Which of the following is SIMILAR in meaning as the word ‘cow’ as used in the passage?
(1) Spare
(2) Conquer
(3) Discard
(4) Provoke
(5) mould

19. Which of the following statements is TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) Human beings seldom seek happiness
(2) Doing one’s work sincerely & hardly makes one happy
(3) Peace of mind is tangent to happiness
(4) Simple life is like a life of an ascetic
(5) A happy man is also not spared by the misfortunes

20. What according to the passage is a positive kind of happiness?
(1) Keeping ones motives and feelings under control.
(2) Love for life and a country
(3) Leading a simple life of an ascetic
(4) Carrying out all worldly activities in the spirit of selfless service
(5) None of these

Questions Answers
1 5
2 4
3 3
4 2
5 1
6 5
7 1
8 4
9 3
10 1
11 1
12 5
13 4
14 3
15 2
16 4
17 2
18 5
19 2
20 4

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