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English Language Quiz For IBPS Clerk Mains: 2018

Directions (1-10): Read the given passage and answer the questions as directed.

Delhi in the cooler months, between early October and late March, once a six-month stretch of mild sunshine, blue skies, crisp air, festivals of every major religious community, associated with agricultural cycles, equinoxes and other natural and cultural punctuations of the annual solar calendar (A) ………………… with the monthly lunar calendar, lives now only in memory. (B) A pall of the world’s worst air pollution descends on the city at the beginning of what used to been the festive season, and lifts only, if at all, as the harsh summer approaches, bringing with it its own problems of excessive heat and water scarcity. (C) Our lifespans have been shortened, we are told, by sustained exposure to various pollutants, but things have relief a stage where one can only see this as a reached from having to live on in a place no longer fit for human habitation. We cough, gasp and (D)……………………………………………………….. these punishing winter months, with poor visibility, skies neither blue nor sunny, and a feeling of being trapped in a long nightmare from which we cannot awaken. A public health emergency (E)………… us all, from children with permanently compromised respiratory systems to the elderly struck by lung cancer towards the end of their lives. (F) The persistent itch in our throats and the dull ache in our heads will not go away for weeks one day. Mornings and evenings are unsafe for walks; any outdoor activity (G)……………… the use of masks if not inhalers; natural light can only be seen when one leaves town. Eerily simultaneously, a political fog descended on the capital in 2014. In late August Ashis Nandy delivered the Daya Krishna Memorial lecture in Delhi, titled “Lost Cities and Their Inhabitants”. He was careful to define and (H) delineate what he meant by “lost”. A “lost city” is one whose past one can remember and relate to; one whose memory as a living city is not overwritten by an episode of final destruction. (I) Thus Hiroshima is not a lost city, since it was completely destroy in the form in which it had existed by the detonation of an atomic bomb in August 1945. A city may be called lost when people remember its life and not its death. (J) The city as it continues to be and the city’s lost self are, in a sense, discontinuous with one another. Lost cities are autonomous, to use Prof. Nandy’s term, from their real counterparts. He spoke about Bombay and Jerusalem, Cochin and Dhaka, Lahore and Hyderabad, Calcutta and Lucknow. Needless to say, histories of war, genocide and mass migration are implicit in the stories of these cities, and many others in the world, ancient as well as modern

Q1. Which of the following word given in the options should come at the place marked as (A) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful. Also, the word should fill in the two sentences given below to make them contextually correct and meaningful.

(i) Rissa was dressed in clean men's clothing, her hair ……………. once more.
(ii) She had stolen a …………………. rug from the foot of his own bed and a rocking chair from the garage.
 handled
 curtail
 braided
 hampered
 None of the Above

Q2. In the passage given, a sentence (B) is given in italics. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (e) as your answer
 A pall of the world’s worst air pollution descends on the
 city at the beginning of what used to been the festive season,
 and lifts only, if at all, as the harsh summer approaches,
 bringing with it its own problems of excessive heat and water scarcity.
 No change required

Q3. The sentence given in (C) has four words given in bold. Amongst the given bold words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
 sustained-habitation
 reached-habitation
 sustained-relief
 reached-relief
 No change required

Q4. Which of the following phrases should fill the blank in (D) to make it contextually correct and meaningful?
 prefer eating to exercising
 refuse taking the medicines
 choke our way through
 do not prefer to visit
 None of the Above

Q5. Which of the following words should come in the blank given in (E) in the passage?
 dehydrates
 engulfs
 overwhelming
 endanger
 soothe

Q6. In the passage given, a sentence (F) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (e) as your answer.
 The persistent itch in our
 throats and the dull ache in our
 heads will not go away
 for weeks one day.
 No change required

Q7. Which of the following word given in the options should come at the place marked as (G) in the above paragraph to make it grammatically correct and meaningful.
 endanger
 protects
 endeavour
 necessitates
 remark

Q8. Which of the following words given in the options, is opposite in meaning to the word given in bold in (H) in the above paragraph.
 falsify
 illustrate
 represent
 sketch
 limn

Q9. In the passage given, a sentence (I) is given in italics. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (e) as your answer.
 Thus Hiroshima is not a lost city, since
 it was completely destroy in the form
 in which it had existed by the detonation
 of an atomic bomb in August 1945.
 No error

Q10. The sentence given in (J) has four words given in bold. Amongst the given bold words which of the following must replace each other to make the sentence contextually correct and meaningful.
 self-discontinuous
 autonomous-real
 self-real
 discontinuous-autonomous
 No change required

Directions (11-15): In the passage given below there are blanks which are to be filled with the options given below. Find out the appropriate word in each case which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.

Q11. The World Human Rights day has just turned seventy. Isn’t this the time to evaluate the journey in …………(11)………… of goals enshrined in the charter, for women in particular? The post-UN era undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of many gender-specific resolutions to do away with ………..(12)………….. and violence. In the new millennium, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and subsequently, the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also contain a ………(13)……….. agenda for women by 2030. The outcome analysis of the MDGs in 2015, revealed a story of mixed global progress in several human development indicators. The literacy rate among women (15 to 24 years) showed an ………(14)…………. turn from 83 to 91 per cent, between 1990 and 2015. But women continued to remain on the …………(15)………… of political power by being only one among five members of parliament, notwithstanding their enhanced presence from 13.2 per cent in 2000 to 23.4 per cent in 2017 (UN Women).

 aware
 realisation
 devastation
 recruitment
 Both (b) and (d)

Q12. The World Human Rights day has just turned seventy. Isn’t this the time to evaluate the journey in …………(11)………… of goals enshrined in the charter, for women in particular? The post-UN era undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of many gender-specific resolutions to do away with………..(12)………….. and violence. In the new millennium, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and subsequently, the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also contain a ………(13)……….. agenda for women by 2030. The outcome analysis of the MDGs in 2015, revealed a story of mixed global progress in several human development indicators. The literacy rate among women (15 to 24 years) showed an ………(14)…………. turn from 83 to 91 per cent, between 1990 and 2015. But women continued to remain on the …………(15)………… of political power by being only one among five members of parliament, notwithstanding their enhanced presence from 13.2 per cent in 2000 to 23.4 per cent in 2017 (UN Women).
 discrimination
 appreciation
 encroachment
 freedom
 abetment

Q13. The World Human Rights day has just turned seventy. Isn’t this the time to evaluate the journey in …………(11)………… of goals enshrined in the charter, for women in particular? The post-UN era undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of many gender-specific resolutions to do away with………..(12)………….. and violence. In the new millennium, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and subsequently, the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also contain a ………(13)……….. agenda for women by 2030. The outcome analysis of the MDGs in 2015, revealed a story of mixed global progress in several human development indicators. The literacy rate among women (15 to 24 years) showed an ………(14)…………. turn from 83 to 91 per cent, between 1990 and 2015. But women continued to remain on the …………(15)………… of political power by being only one among five members of parliament, notwithstanding their enhanced presence from 13.2 per cent in 2000 to 23.4 per cent in 2017 (UN Women).
 fluctuate
 reimbursed
 distributed
 time-framed
 Both (b) and (d)

Q14. The World Human Rights day has just turned seventy. Isn’t this the time to evaluate the journey in …………(11)………… of goals enshrined in the charter, for women in particular? The post-UN era undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of many gender-specific resolutions to do away with………..(12)………….. and violence. In the new millennium, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and subsequently, the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also contain a ………(13)……….. agenda for women by 2030. The outcome analysis of the MDGs in 2015, revealed a story of mixed global progress in several human development indicators. The literacy rate among women (15 to 24 years) showed an ………(14)…………. turn from 83 to 91 per cent, between 1990 and 2015. But women continued to remain on the …………(15)………… of political power by being only one among five members of parliament, notwithstanding their enhanced presence from 13.2 per cent in 2000 to 23.4 per cent in 2017 (UN Women).
 right
 upheaval
 upward
 remote
 Both (b) and (d)

Q15. The World Human Rights day has just turned seventy. Isn’t this the time to evaluate the journey in …………(11)………… of goals enshrined in the charter, for women in particular? The post-UN era undoubtedly witnessed the emergence of many gender-specific resolutions to do away with………..(12)………….. and violence. In the new millennium, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and subsequently, the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also contain a ………(13)……….. agenda for women by 2030. The outcome analysis of the MDGs in 2015, revealed a story of mixed global progress in several human development indicators. The literacy rate among women (15 to 24 years) showed an ………(14)…………. turn from 83 to 91 per cent, between 1990 and 2015. But women continued to remain on the …………(15)………… of political power by being only one among five members of parliament, notwithstanding their enhanced presence from 13.2 per cent in 2000 to 23.4 per cent in 2017 (UN Women).
 conclude
 fringes
 curtail
 innovation
 Both (b) and (d)










SOLUTIONS

1.C
2.B
3.D
4.C
5.B
6.E
7.D
8.A
9.B
10.E
11.B
12.A
13.D
14.C
15.B

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