English Quiz for IBPS CLERK MAINS|13th JANUARY 2019

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

  1. Therefore, the duty of the advocate is to do his best for his client.
  2. That rests with the judge, and it is ultimately for the judges to decide which side is right, and how justice should prevail.
  3. When he was asked what he thought of an advocate supporting a cause which he knew to be bad. Johnson’s answer was that the advocate did not know it to be good or bad till the judge determined it for him and for others.
  4. But he must do so fairly, and without concealing from it anything that it is his duty to divulge.
  5. There is a belief that an advocate’s function consists, for the most part, of showing white as black and black as white.
  6. He is, after all, the client’s mouthpiece, and he must put before the court all aspects of the case which are favorable to his client.
  7. The only answer that one can give to this popular misconception is the famous answer that Johnson gave to Boswell.
  8. But he is not concerned with the final result.


Q1. Which of the following will be the FIRST sentence in the passage?      

(a) C     

(b) E     

(c) F

(d) G     

(e) B

Q2. Which of the following will be the FIFTH sentence in the passage?

(a) F     

(b) G

(c) D

(d) C

(e) H

Q3. Which of the following will be the THIRD sentence in the passage?

(a) A                                                                                     

(b) D

(c) F                                                                                      

(d) C

(e) H

Q4. Which of the following will be the FOURTH sentence in the passage?

(a) F                                     

(b) C

(c) E                                      

(d) D

(e) A

Q5. Which of the following will be SEVENTH sentence in the passage?

(a) D                                                                                     

(b) B

(c) H                                                                                     

(d) A

(e) C

Directions (6-10): Each question below has two blanks. There are five pairs of words below the sentence. Each pair is lettered. Choose the pair of words which can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same order so as to complete the sentences meaningfully.

Q6. Some people have a ………….. need to control all aspects of their lives and to eliminate all ………… of chance. These individuals seldom achieve a sense of fulfillment.

(a) habitual, possessions 

(b) dramatic, factors

(c) powerful, nuances  

(d) compulsive, elements

(e) drastic, hindrances

Q7. Leaders interested in achieving performance need a/an ………… ………… of the relationship between work-related stress and one’s performance.

(a) durable, understanding

(b) optimum, awareness

(c) holistic, utility

(d) powerful, analysis 

(e) effective, application

Q8.  Whereas off-Broadway theatre over the past several seasons has clearly ________ a talent for experimentation and improvisation, one deficiency in the commercial stage of late has been its marked incapacity for _______.

(a) manifested, spontaneity

(b) lampooned, theatrically

(c) cultivated, orthodoxy

(d) disavowed, histrionics

(e) corroborated, efficiency

Q9.  The village headman was unlettered, but he was no fool, he could see through the ________ of the businessman’s proposition and promptly _______ him down.

(a) deception, forced

(b) naivete, turned

(c) potential, forced

(d) sophistry, turned

(e) probable, moved

Q10. Vivekananda remained a devoted pupil and would often ………….., with some fondness, his master’s guiding hand that ………… him through life and destiny.

(a) recount, steered

(b) ponder, engaged   

(c) replenish, advised

(d) mentioned, proved

(e) narrate, forwarded


For questions (1-5); The correct sequence is EGCAFDHB.







‘Compulsive, elements’ is the correct use.

Compulsive- resulting from or relating to an irresistible urge.

Elements- an essential or characteristic part of something abstract.


‘Optimum awareness’ means ‘most favourable or desirable level of awareness’. As the second blank immediately follows the first, the two words in an option must make sense taken together. ‘Durable understanding’ and ‘powerful analysis’ will not apply as there is ‘an’ preceding the first blank of the statement. ‘Effective application’ will not suit the meaning of the sentence.


The off- Broadway and Broadway theatres are contrasted here. The former has manifested or shown a talent for improvisation, extemporaneous or spontaneous performance. The latter has manifested no such talent for spontaneity.


Sophistry is deception through words and turn down is to reject.

Naivete = inexperienced

Deception = deceit through action.

Ans.10. (a)

To ‘recount’ is to ‘relate or narrate’; ‘recount’ and ‘narrate’ both suit the first blank. But only ‘steered’ (guiding or directing) suits the second blank.

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