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English Language Quiz for IBPS Clerk Prelims - 2018

Directions (1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

There were once two brothers who lived on the edge of a forest. The elder brother was very mean to his younger brother and ate up all the food and took all his good clothes. One day, the elder brother went into the forest to find some firewood to sell in the market. As he went around chopping the branches of a tree after tree, he came upon a magical tree. The tree said to him, ‘Oh kind sir, please do not cut my branches. If you spare me, I will give you my golden apples’. The elder brother agreed but was disappointed with the number apples the tree gave him. Greed overcame him, and he threatened to cut the entire trunk if the tree didn’t give him more apples. The magical tree instead showered upon the elder brother hundreds upon hundreds of tiny needles. The elder brother lay on the ground ....(A).... in pain as the sun began to lower down the horizon.

The younger brother grew worried and went in search of his elder brother. He found him with hundreds of needles on his skin. He rushed to his brother and removed each needle with painstakingly love. After he finished, the elder brother apologised for treating him badly and promised to be better. The tree saw the change in the elder brother’s heart and gave them all the golden apples they could ever need.

Q1. Which of the following can be inferred as the moral of the story?
 Brotherly love is the greatest amongst all relationships.
 It is important to be clever and act selfishly at certain times.
 Greedy persons always suffer in their lives.
 It is important to be kind and gracious as it will always be rewarded.
 None of the Above

Q2. What did the tree offer to the elder brother if he spared its branches?
 Golden Needles
 Golden Apples
 Its Trunk
 Golden mangoes
 All of the Above

Q3. Which of the following words can be filled in the blank given in (A) making it contextually correct and meaningful?

Q4. Which of the following can be the most appropriate title for the passage above?
 The Needle Tree
 Brotherly Love
 Greedy Brother
 Golden Fruits
 None of the Above

Q5. In the passage above, a line is given in bold. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. The part which has an error in it will be your answer. If there is no error, choose option (e) as your answer.
 He rushed to his
 brother and removed
 each needle with
 painstakingly love.
 No error

Directions (6-10): In the following questions two columns are given containing three sentences/phrases each. In first column, sentences/phrases are A, B and C and in the second column the sentences/phrases are D, E and F. A sentence/phrase from the first column may or may not connect with another sentence/phrase from the second column to make a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. Each question has five options, four of which display the sequence(s) in which the sentences/phrases can be joined to form a grammatically and contextually correct sentence. If none of the options given forms a correct sentence after combination, mark (e), i.e. “None of the above” as your answer.


 Both (A-E) and (C-D)
 None of the Above

 Both (B-D) and (A-E)
 (A-E), (B-D) and (C-F)
 None of the Above


 (B-E) and (A-F)
 None of the Above


 (B-E) and (A-F)
 None of the Above


 Both (C-F) and (A-D)
 Both (B-E) and (C-D)
 None of the Above

Directions (11-15): In each of the following sentences, there is a blank space. Below each such sentence, there are five options with one word each. Fill up the blank with the word that makes the sentence grammatically and contextually correct.

Q11. Taking a few deep breaths following a heated argument may ……….. your temper.
 None of the Above

Q12. Her face contorted with ……….., and her eyes blackened.
 None of the Above

Q13. Perhaps the ………………..was the person who beat me to the publisher in Vermont, the sponsor of that idiotic contest!
 None of the Above

Q14. Flowers without their stalks are sewn together and make up ……………. Designs.
 None of the Above

Q15. It's not a ………………….. apartment by any means but it's livable in.
 None of the Above



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