English Quiz | 17th October 2018

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

(A) A major breakthrough on the question of mechanisation in Indian banks came with a significant decision given by the National Industrial Tribunal in 1981.

(B) Computers, however, were allowed only for clearing operations, inter branch reconciliation, remittances, foreign exchange dealings, investment management, personnel inventory, payrolls, provident fund, merchant banking and management information systems on credit, budgetary data and annual control returns.

(C) The settlements specified that only accounting machines with attached memory modules and not computers, may be used in banks for the purpose of current accounts, deposit accounts, general ledger accounts, and cash credit and loan accounts only in urban and metropolitan areas.

(D) Subsequently, in 1983, the Indian Banks Association (IBA) reached an agreement with the staff unions under which electronic ledger posting/accounting machines were allowed to be installed to support specified functional areas in branches, zonal offices, etc.

(E) The tribunal gave unequivocal award in favour of the use of computers and other sophisticated machines with the proviso that it should not cause displacement of more than 10 percent of staff.

(F) The Reserve Bank of India took a major lead in coordinating the work related to mechanisation in various banks and even helped them in deciding the vendors, software required etc.

Q1. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?

(a) A              

(b) B

(c) C

(d) D

(e) E

Q2. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?

(a) A

(b) B

(c) C

(d) D

(e) F

Q3. Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?

(a) E

(b) B

(c) C

(d) D

(e) F

Q4. Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence after rearrangement?

(a) A

(b) B

(c) C

(d) D

(e) E

Q5. Which of the following should be the SIXTH (last) sentence after rearrangement?

(a) B

(b) C

(c) D

(d) E

(e) F

Directions (6 to 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. Great saints believe that realisation of God will liberate man from ______ bondage and this state of release confers the privilege of serving the Lord in his ______ abode.

(a) materialistic, permanent

(b) earthly, transcendental

(c) primitive, unique

(d) spiritual, ethereal

(e) premiere, conscious

Q7. Biological clocks are of such ____ adaptive value to living organisms, that we would expect most organisms to ____ them.  

(a) meager – evolve   

(b) meager – evolve  

(c) significant – eschew

(d) obvious – possess

(e) prominent, adhere

Q8. Before his marriage the Duke had led an austere existence and now regarded the affectionate, somewhat ____ behavior of his young wife as simply ____

(a) restrained – despicable

(b) childish – elevating

(c) playful – sublime

(d) frivolous – puerile

(e)  imprudent – chldish

Q9. Today Wegener’s theory is ____ ; however, he died an outsider treated with ____ by the scientific establishment.

(a) unsupported – approval

(b) dismissed – contempt     

(c) accepted – approbation

(d) unchallenged – disdain

(e) Unprecedented- derision

Q10. Pipes are not a safer _____________ to cigarettes because, though pipe smokers do not inhale, they are still _____________ higher rates of lung and mouth cancers than nonsmokers.

(a) preference…free from

(b) answer…responsible for

(c) alternative…subject to

(d) rejoinder…involved in

(e) offer…involved with


For questions (1 to 5) The correct sequence is AECDBF.

  1. (e)
  2. (d)
  3. (c)
  4. (b)
  5. (e)


Option(b) is correct

Man has to be liberated from ‘earthly’ or ‘materialistic’ bondage and he should be united with ‘spiritual’ bondage, and hence ‘spiritual’ in option d would distort the sentence.

When man’s life is materialistic , God’s abode should be the opposite of ‘materialistic’. But ‘permanent’ does not suggest that. Whereas ‘earthly’ and ‘transcendental’ are antonyms and are the most appropriate word in the given context.


Option(d) is correct

The sentence structure suggests that if biological clocks are a great advantage, then most organisms would possess them. [Or, if they are not an advantage, then organisms will not have them.]

Therefore, the obvious value, leads us to expect that organisms possess them.

(meager = small, slight; eschew = shun, avoid; ambivalent = ambiguous)


Option(d) is correct

The behavior of the wife is described as ‘affectionate’ and so we require a word of similar weight for the first blank.

Hence we eliminate ‘restrained’ and ‘unpleasant’. Also the Duke is described as ‘austere’ and is unlikely to approve of affectionate behavior. And so from the remaining choices we choose the negative word puerile.

(frivolous = non-serious; sublime = awe-inspiring; puerile = childish)


Option(d) is correct

‘however’ indicates a contradictory statement, and therefore we need opposite ideas in the two halves of the sentence.

So, Wegener’s theory is unchallenged(everyone accepts it); however he was treated with disdain (contempt).

Also the word ‘outsider’ in the sentence indicates that the second blank will have to be a negative word.

(approbation = approval; reverence = respect)


 ‘alternative…subject to’ is the correct use.

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