SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz – 3

SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz

Aspirants have a strong possibility of scoring well in the English Language section if they practice quality questions on a regular basis. This section takes the least amount of time if the practice is done every day in a dedicated manner. In this article, we have come up with the SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz to help you prepare better. Candidates will be provided with a detailed explanation for each question in this SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz. This SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz includes a variety of questions ranging in difficulty from easy to tough. This SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz is totally FREE. This SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz has important English Language Questions and Answers that will help you improve your exam score. Aspirants must practice this SBI Clerk Pre-English Language Quiz in order to be able to answer questions quickly and efficiently in upcoming exams.

Directions (1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you locate them, while answering some of the questions.

In a modern computer, electronic and magnetic storage technologies play complementary roles. Electronic memory chips are fast but volatile (their contents are lost when the computer is unplugged). Magnetic tapes and hard disks are slower, but have the advantage that they are non-volatile, so that they can be used to store software and documents even when the power is off.

In laboratories around the world however researchers are hoping to achieve the best of both worlds. They are trying to build magnetic memory chips that could be used in place of today’s electronic ones. These magnetic memories would be non-volatile; but they would also be faster, would have obvious applications in storage cards for digital cameras and music players; they would enable handheld and laptop to boot up more quickly and to operate for longer; they would allow desktop computers to run faster; they would doubtless have military and space-farming advantages too. But although the theory behind them looks solid, there are tricky practical problems that need to be overcome.

Two different approaches based on different magnetic phenomena are being pursued. The first being investigated by Gary Prinz and his colleagues at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington D.C. exploits the fact that the electrical resistance of some materials changes in the presence of a magnetic field- a phenomenon known as magneto-resistance. For some multi-layered materials, this effect is particularly powerful and is accordingly called ‘giant’ magneto-resistance for some multi-layered materials, this effect is particularly powerful and is accordingly called ‘giant’ magneto –resistance (GMR). Since 1997, the exploitation of GMR has made cheap multi-gigabyte hard disks commonplace. The magnetic orientations of the magnetized spots on the surface of a spinning disk are detected by measuring the changes they induce in the resistance of a tiny sensor. This technique is so sensitive that it means the spots can be made smaller and packed closer together than was previously possible, thus increasing the capacity and reducing the size and cost of disk drive. Dr. Prinz and his colleagues are now exploiting the same phenomenon on the surface of memory chips, rather than spinning disks. In a conventional memory chip, each binary digit (bit) of data is represented using a capacitor reservoir of electrical charge that is either empty or full- to represent a zero or a one. In the NRL’s magnetic design, by contrast, each bit is stored in a magnetic element in the form of a vertical pillar of magnetisable material. A matrix of wires passing above and below the elements allows each to be magnetized, either clockwise or anticlockwise, to represent zero or one. Another set wires allows current to pass through any particular element. By measuring an elements’ resistance you can determine its magnetic orientation, and hence whether it is storing a zero or a one. Since the elements retain their magnetic orientation even when the power is off, the result is non-volatile memory. Unlike the elements of an electronic memory, a magnetic memory’s elements are not easily disrupted by radiation and compared with electronic memories whose capacitors need constant topping up, magnetic memories are simpler and consume less power. The NRL researchers plan to commercialize their device through a company called Non-Volatile Electronics, which recently began work on the necessary processing and fabrication techniques. But it will be some years before the first chips roll off the production line.

Most attention in the field is focused on an alternative approach based on magnetic tunnel-junction (MTJs), which are being investigated by researchers at chip makers, such as IBM, Motorola, Siemens and Hawlett Packard IBM’s research team, led by Stuart Parkin, has already created a 500 element working prototype that operates at 20 times the speed of conventional memory chips and consumes one percent of the power. Each element consists of a sandwich of two layers of magnetisable material separated by a barrier of aluminum oxide just four or five atoms thick. The polarization of lower megnetisable layer is fixed in the one direction, but that of the upper layer can be set (again, by passing a current through a matrix of control wires) either to the left or to the right, to store a zero or a one. The polarizations of the two layers are then in either the same or opposite directions.

Although the aluminum-oxide barrier is an electrical insulator, it is so thin that electrons are able to jump across it via quantum-mechanical effect called tunneling. It turns out that such tunneling is easier when the two magnetic layers are polarized in the same direction than when they are polarized in opposite directions. So by measuring the current that flows through the sandwich, it is possible to determine the alignment of the topmost layer, and hence whether it is storing a zero or a one.

To build a full-scale memory chip based on MTJs is, however, no easy matter. According to Paulo Freitas, an expert on chip manufacturing at the Technical University of Lisbon, magnetic memory elements will have to become far smaller and more reliable than current prototypes if they are to compete with electronic memory. At the same time, they will have to be sensitive enough to respond when the appropriate wires in the control matrix are switched on, but not so sensitive that they respond when a neighboring element is changed. Despite these difficulties, the general consensus is that MTJs are the more promising idea. Dr. Parkin says his group evaluated the GMR approach and decided not to pursue it, despite the fact that IBM pioneered GMR in hard disks. Dr. Prinz, however, contends that his plan will eventually offer higher storage densities and lower production costs.

Not content with shaking up the multi-billion-dollar market for computer memory, some researchers have even more ambitious plans for magnetic computing. In a paper published last month is Science, Russell Cowburn and Mark Welland of Cambridge University outlined research that could from the basis of a magnetic microprocessor chip capable of manipulating (rather than merely storing) information magnetically. In place of conducting wires, a magnetic processor would have rows of magnetic dots, each of which could be polarized in one of two directions. Individual bits of information would travel down the rows as magnetic pulses, changing the orientation of the dots as they went. Dr. Cowburn and DrWelland have demonstrated how a logic gate (the basic element of a microprocessor) could work in such a scheme. In their experiment, they fed a signal in at one end of the chain of dots and used a second signal to control whether it propagated along the chain.

It is admittedly, a long way from a single logic gate to a full microprocessor, but this was true also when the transistor was first invented. Dr. Cowburn, who is now searching for backers to help commercialize the technology, says he believes it will be at least 10 years before the first magnetic microprocessor is constructed. But other researchers in the field agree that such a chip is the next logical step. Dr. Prinz says that once magnetic memory is sorted out ‘the target is to go after the logic circuits.’ Whether all-magnetic computers will ever be able to compete with other contenders that are jostling to knock electronics off its perch-such as optical, biological and quantum computing-remains to be see. Dr. Cowbrun suggests that the future lies with hybrid machines that use different that use different technologies. But computing with magnetism evidently has an attraction all its own.

  1. A line of research which is trying to build a magnetic chip that can both store and manipulate information is being pursued by

(a)Paul Freitas

(b)Stuart Parkin

(c)Gray Prinz.

(d)None of the above

(e) All of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

Exp. R Cwburn and M Welland are trying to build the magnetic chip that could store and manipulate information. option (d) is the right choice.

  1. Experimental research current underway, using rows of magnetic dots, each of which could be polarized in one of the two directions, led to the demonstration of:

(a)working of a microprocessor

(b)working of a logic gate

(c)working of a magneto-resistance based chip

(d)working of a magneto tunneling-junction (MTJ) based chip.

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. b

Exp. Option (b) is the right choice. This can be found from the latter part of the 8th paragraph “they fed a signal in at one end of the chain of dots and used a second signal to control whether it propagated along the chain”.

  1. From the passage, which of the following cannot be inferred?

(a)Electronic memory chips are faster and non-volatile.

(b)Electronic and magnetic storage technologies play a complementary role.

(c)MTJ are the more promising idea compared to the magneto-resistance approach.

(d)Non-volatile electronics is the company set up to commercialize the GMR chips.

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. a

Exp. Option (b) is clearly stated in the opening lines of the passage while the opening lines of the 6th paragraph confirm option (b) as well. In the same way the concluding lines of the 4th paragraph confirm option (d). While the second sentence of the 1st paragraph helps us identify option (a) as the right answer.

Direction (4 – 5): Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the given word.

  1. Magnetized

(a)abhorrence

(b) repugnance

(c) allure

(d) nausea

(e) loathing

Answer & Explanation
Ans. c

Exp. Magnetized means a physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, which results in attractive and repulsive forces between objects and allure means the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.

  1. Pioneered

(a)emigrant

(b) indigenous

(c)primeval

(d) spearhead

(e) primordial

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

Exp. Pioneered means develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity) and spearhead means an individual or group chosen to lead an attack or movement.

Directions (6-10): In each of the question given below a/an idiom/phrase is given in bold which is then followed by five options which then tries to decipher its meaning as used in the sentence. Choose the option which gives the meaning of the phrase most appropriately in context of the given sentence.

  1. If you want to keep your job here, you must abide byour rules.

(a)respect

(b)await

(c)endure

(d)support

(e)dwell

Answer & Explanation
Ans. a

Exp. The phrasal verb “abide by” means “to respect or obey a decision, a law or a rule”. Thus, the most appropriate meaning among the given options is “respect”. Hence option (a) is the correct choice.

  1. The problem boils down toone thing – lack of money.

(a)ground

(b)deduce

(c)introduce

(d)learn

(e)divine

Answer & Explanation
Ans. b

Exp. The phrasal verb “boil down to” means if a situation or problem boils down to something, that is the main reason for it, or “to be summarized as”. Thus, the most appropriate meaning among the given options is “deduce”. Hence option (b) is the correct choice.

  1. You must brush up onyour French before going to Paris next month.

(a)enroll

(b)study

(c)train

(d)cram

(e)push

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

Exp. The phrasal verb “brush up on” means to improve your knowledge of something already learned but partly forgotten. Thus, among the given options, the most appropriate meaning of the phrase is “cram” which means study intensively over a short period of time. Hence option (d) is the correct choice

  1. The local authorities have decided to clamp down onillegal parking in handicapped parking places.

(a)liberate

(b)limit

(c)stifle

(d)conform

(e)encourage

Answer & Explanation
Ans. c

Exp. The phrasal verb “clamp down on” means to act strictly to prevent something. Thus, the most appropriate meaning among the given options is “stifle” which means prevent or constrain (an activity or idea). Hence option (c) is the correct choice.

  1. She’s such a snob. She always looks down onanyone who is poor.

(a)honor

(b)ignore

(c)regret

(d)laud

(e)despise

Answer & Explanation
Ans. e

Exp. The phrasal verb “look down on” means “to think that you are better than someone”, or “to consider as inferior”. Thus, the most appropriate meaning among the given options is “despise” which means “feel contempt or a deep repugnance for”. Hence option (e) is the correct choice.

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