SBI PO Prelims 2022: English Language Quiz –4

SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz

English Language plays a very crucial role in every competitive examination. With consistent practice, candidates can ace this section in examination. In this article, we bring to you SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz to boost your preparation. This SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz contains various types of questions ranging from easy to difficult level. This SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz is absolutely FREE. Candidates will be provided with a detailed explanation of each question in this SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz. In order to be able to answer questions quickly and efficiently in upcoming exams, aspirants must practice this SBI PO Prelims English Language Quiz.


Directions (1-5): Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C) and (D) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the sentence grammatically correct. If the sentence is correct as it is, mark (e), i.e., ‘No correction required’ as the answer.


  1. You plea that you were thorough ignorantof the consequences cannot be accepted.

(a) had thorough ignorance

(b) were thoroughly ignorance

(c) had thoroughly ignorant

(d) were thoroughly ignorant

(e) No correction required

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

  1. I had met him after the party where he had beengiven an inspiring speech.

(a) when he had

(b) where he would have

(c) in which he was given

(d) where he had

(e) No correction required

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

  1. Because of scientific progress, we expect to live better than our parents have.

(a) should expect to live better than our parents

(b) expect to live as good as our parents live

(c) expect to live better than our parents did

(d) expected to live better than our parents

(e) No correction required

Answer & Explanation
Ans. c

  1. I cannot put up withthat nasty fellow.

(a) put up

(b) put at

(c) put on with

(d) put up in

(e) No correction required

Answer & Explanation
Ans. e

  1. It is useless to run away from every danger, risks must not betaken.

(a) no risks must be

(b) any risk must be

(c) although risks must be

(d) some risks must be

(e) No correction required

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d


Directions (6-9): 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.

Woodrow Wilson was referring to the liberal idea of the economic market when he said that the free enterprises system is the most efficient economic system. Maximum freedom means maximum productiveness: our ‘openness' to be the measure of our stability. Fascination with this ideal has made Americans defy the ‘Old World’ categories (settled possessiveness versus unsettling deprivation; the cupidity of retention versus the cupidity of seizure, a ‘status quo’ defended or attacked.

The United States, it was believed, had no status quo ante. Our only ‘station’ was the turning of a stationary wheel, spinning faster and faster. We did not base our system on property but opportunity—which meant we based it not on stability but on mobility. The more things changed, that is, the more rapidly the wheel turned, the steadier we would be. The conventional picture of class politics is composed of the Haves, who want a stability to keep what they have, and the Have-Nots who want a touch of instability and change; in which to scramble for the things they have not. But Americans imagined a condition in which speculators, self-makers, runners are always using the new opportunities given by our land. These economic leaders (front-runners) would thus be mainly agents of change.

The non-starters were considered the ones who wanted stability, a strong referee to give them some position in the race, a regulative hand to calm manic speculation; and authority that can call things to a halt, begin things again from compensatorily staggered ‘starting lines.’ Reform' in America has been sterile because it can imagine no change except through the extension of this metaphor of a race, wider inclusion of competitors, ‘a piece of the action,’ as it were, for the disenfranchised.

There is no attempt to call off the race. Since our only stability is change, America seems not to honour the quiet work that achieves social interdependence and stability. There is, in our legends, no heroism of the office clerk; stable industrial work force of the people who actually make the system work. There is no pride in being an employee; Wilson asked for a return to the time when everyone was an employee.

There has been no boasting about our social workers—they are merely signs of the system's failure, of opportunity denied or not taken, of things to be eliminated. We have no pride in our growing interdependence, in the fact that our system can serve others, that we are able to help those in need; empty boasts from the past make us ashamed of our present achievements, make us try to forget or deny them, move away from them. There is no honour but in Wonderland race, we must all run, all trying to win, none winning in the end (for there is no end).

  1. According to the passage, 'Old World'values were based on

(a) ability

(b) property

(c) family connections

(d) guild hierarchies

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. d

Exp. ‘Old World’ values were based on guild hierarchies according to the passage.


  1. In the context of the author's discussion of regulating change, which of the following could be most probably regarded as a ‘strong referee’ in the United States?

(a) A school principal

(b) A political theorist

(c) A federal court judge

(d) A social worker

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. c

Exp. In the lines, ‘These economic leaders…” starting lines, ‘a strong referee’ is a regulative hand and an authority that can control things, therefore, a federal court judge, i.e., option (c) appears to be the most appropriate answer.


  1. The author sets off the word ‘Reform’ with quotation marks in order to

(a) Emphasise its departure from the concept of settled possessiveness

(b) Show his support for a systematic programme of change

(c) Underscore the flexibility and even amorphousness of United States society

(d) Assert that reform in the United States has not been fundamental

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. b

Exp. In order to show his support for a systematic programme of change, the word ‘Reform’ is given in quotation marks.


  1. It can be inferred from the passage that the author most probably thinks that giving disenfranchised 'a piece of the action' is a/an

(a) Compassionate, if misdirected, legislative measure

(b) Example of Americans' resistance to profound social change.

(c) Innovative programme for genuine social reform

(d) Monument to the efforts of industrial reformers

(e) None of the above

Answer & Explanation
Ans. b

Exp. The point in question can be deciphered from lines, ‘Reform’ in America has been sterile…….for disenfranchised. Most probably the implication or hidden meaning of the lines is that the author thinks that giving disenfranchised ‘a piece of the action’ is an example Americans’ resistence to profound social change.

Directions (10): Choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning to the word given in bold as used in the passage.

  1. Cupidity

(a) generosity

(b) grudge

(c) avarice

(d) reluctance

(e) abhorrence

Answer & Explanation
Ans. c

Exp. Cupidity means greed for money or possessions. Avarice means extreme greed for wealth or material gain.



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