Comprehension Practice Test | Verbal ability

1.

Directions  : 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.
         Govind's father was  a rich landlord, who was loved and respected by all his tenants. when he died, he left large tracts of land to govind.But Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land.He had a funny idea,that there existed a magic potion which,if it was poured on any object would turn it into gold.He spent all his time trying to learn more about this potion. people took advantage of him and cheated him.His wife grew anxious. Given the amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon be paupers.
           One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came to their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage answered  '' I have learnt how to brew such a potion.But it is a difficult process.''Tell me '' insisted Govind,hardly able to believe his luck.''you have to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be 
 planted and watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me.
 I will recite a sacred mantra to transform the dew into the potion.A drop of the potion will be sufficient to change any object into gold.''
  Govind was worried ''Winter is only for a few months in the year. It will take me years to collect the dew.'' ''You can plant as many trees as you want,''   replied the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife, began clearing the large fields which has been lying vacant for years.  
                He planted rows of banana saplings.He tended them with great care . His wife helped him too. She would take the banana crop to  market and get a good price. over the years the plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of dew.He went to the sage who smiled,  uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops of dew on a copper vessel.To Govind dismay nothing happened ''You have  cheated me'' he shouted at the sage. The sage however smiled. Govind wife them came  forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold coins inside.Turning to Govind he said,  ''You worked hard on your land and created a plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market.It was your hard work which created this earlier,  you would not have listened.''Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage's words and worked even harder from that day on.
Q. Why was Govind's wife worried?

   A.) Govind had no knowledge of farming and could not cultivate the land he had inherited from his father
   B.) Govind had not friends because he was obsessed with finding a potion which would turn any thing into gold
   C.) Govind was only intersted in studying under different sages and neglected his family duties
   D.) since Govind had devoted all his time and wealth to finding a magic potion they would soon be poor 

Answer: Option 'D'

since Govind had devoted all his time and wealth to finding a magic potion they would soon be poor 

2.

Directions to Solve : Laws of nature are not commands but statements of acts. The use of the word "law" in this context is rather unfortunate. It would be better to speak of uniformities in nature. This would do away with the elementary fallacy that a law implies a law giver. If a piece of matter does not obey a law of nature it is punished. On the contrary, we say that the law has been incorrectly started.
Q. If a piece of matter violates nature's law, it is not punished because

   A.) it is not binding to obey it
   B.) there is no superior being to enforce the law of nature
   C.) it cannot be punished
   D.) it simply means that the facts have not been correctly stated by law

Answer: Option 'B'

there is no superior being to enforce the law of nature

3.

Directions to Solve : Laws of nature are not commands but statements of acts. The use of the word "law" in this context is rather unfortunate. It would be better to speak of uniformities in nature. This would do away with the elementary fallacy that a law implies a law giver. If a piece of matter does not obey a law of nature it is punished. On the contrary, we say that the law has been incorrectly started.
Q. Laws of nature differ from man-made laws because

   A.) the former state facts of Nature
   B.) they must be obeyed
   C.) they are natural
   D.) unlike human laws, they are systematic

Answer: Option 'A'

the former state facts of Nature

4.

Directions  : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passage have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Despite the economic crunch worldwide that saw pulverization of some of the largest banking and finance giants, Indian banking houses have managed to show positive growth this quarter. Some of India's leading national banks have pasted a net profit rise of more than 40% over the quarter amid global turmoil. This would come as a big shot in the arm for the investors and mounting on t=other banking and broking firms worldwide. One of the main reasons behind the success of these banks this quarter, woukd be their direct banking by the investments in public sector watching the bailout packages being cashed out by governments all over the world to save big business houses.
 Other private banks in India have also reported a substantial net profit over the least queer given the international and domestic scenario one cannot put this down as a mundane achievement. While other are on coat cutting spree and firing employees, Indian companies are actually working on boosting staffing in banking and broking sectors. This can be seen as a big boon in the days to come when the economy gradually comes back on to the fast track. The finance ministry has assured Indian public about the sound health of India banks. This could also be evident from the fact that there have been no mergers and takeovers in Indian banking sector in a contrast to would scenario where finance houses are looking mergers to cut costs on operations. We definitely are not looking to thrive; rather we are not looking for growth. It is just that the pace of growth is a little slow now as compared to a year or two before. These are hard times to test the hard. The weak in business and career will be weeded out and it is sometimes very beneficial for business on the long run.
Q. What, according to the author, is the reason for the success of Indian national banks in this quarter?

   A.) Indian national banks do not have any commitments in troubled foreign markets.
   B.) These banks can never face financial crisis because of their sheer size
   C.) These banks are ready to give loans at a very low rate of interest
   D.) The public is ready to invest in these banks because of the knowledge that these banks get strong support from the government

Answer: Option 'D'

The public is ready to invest in these banks because of the knowledge that these banks get strong support from the government

5.

Directions  : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passage have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Despite the economic crunch worldwide that saw pulverization of some of the largest banking and finance giants, Indian banking houses have managed to show positive growth this quarter. Some of India's leading national banks have pasted a net profit rise of more than 40% over the quarter amid global turmoil. This would come as a big shot in the arm for the investors and mounting on t=other banking and broking firms worldwide. One of the main reasons behind the success of these banks this quarter, woukd be their direct banking by the investments in public sector watching the bailout packages being cashed out by governments all over the world to save big business houses.
 Other private banks in India have also reported a substantial net profit over the least queer given the international and domestic scenario one cannot put this down as a mundane achievement. While other are on coat cutting spree and firing employees, Indian companies are actually working on boosting staffing in banking and broking sectors. This can be seen as a big boon in the days to come when the economy gradually comes back on to the fast track. The finance ministry has assured Indian public about the sound health of India banks. This could also be evident from the fact that there have been no mergers and takeovers in Indian banking sector in a contrast to would scenario where finance houses are looking mergers to cut costs on operations. We definitely are not looking to thrive; rather we are not looking for growth. It is just that the pace of growth is a little slow now as compared to a year or two before. These are hard times to test the hard. The weak in business and career will be weeded out and it is sometimes very beneficial for business on the long run.
Q. How, according to the author, is the current recession beneficial?

   A.) Worldwide, companies have realized that India is a strong power to reckon with
   B.) India is surging ahead of the other companies throughout the world
   C.) Recession is bringing down the prices of essential commodities
   D.) None of these

Answer: Option 'D'

None of these

6.

Directions to Solve : Laws of nature are not commands but statements of acts. The use of the word "law" in this context is rather unfortunate. It would be better to speak of uniformities in nature. This would do away with the elementary fallacy that a law implies a law giver. If a piece of matter does not obey a law of nature it is punished. On the contrary, we say that the law has been incorrectly started.
Q. The author is not happy with word 'law' because

   A.) it connotes rigidity and harshness
   B.) it implies an agency which has made them
   C.) it does not convey the sense of nature's uniformity
   D.) it gives rise to false beliefs

Answer: Option 'A'

it connotes rigidity and harshness

7.

The synonym of inordinate is :

   A.) Unreasonable
   B.) Even-tempered
   C.) Cogent
   D.) Lucid

Answer: Option 'A'

Unreasonable

8.

Directions to Solve : I felt the wall of the tunnel shiver. The master alarm squealed through my earphones. Almost simultaneously, Jack yelled down to me that there was a warning light on. Fleeting but spectacular sights snapped into ans out of view, the snow, the shower of debris, the moon, looming close and big, the dazzling sunshine for once unfiltered by layers of air. The last twelve hours before re-entry were particular bone-chilling. During this period, I had to go up in to command module. Even after the fiery re-entry splashing down in 81o water in south pacific, we could still see our frosty breath inside the command module.
Q. The word 'Command Module' used twice in the given passage indicates perhaps that it deals with

   A.) an alarming journey
   B.) a commanding situation
   C.) a journey into outer space
   D.) a frightful battle.

Answer: Option 'C'

a journey into outer space

9.

Directions to Solve : Harold a professional man who had worked in an office for many years had a fearful dream. In it, he found himself in a land where small slug-like animals with slimy tentacles lived on people's bodies. The people tolerated the loathsome creatures because after many years they grew into elephants which then became the nation's system of transport, carrying everyone wherever he wanted to go. Harold suddenly realised that he himself was covered with these things, and he woke up screaming. In a vivid sequence of pictures this dream dramatised for Harold what he had never been able to put in to words; he saw himself as letting society feed on his body in his early years so that it would carry him when he retired. He later threw off the "security bug" and took up freelance work.
Q. In his dream Harold found the loathsome creatures

   A.) in his village
   B.) in his own house
   C.) in a different land
   D.) in his office

Answer: Option 'C'

in a different land

10.

Directions to Solve : I felt the wall of the tunnel shiver. The master alarm squealed through my earphones. Almost simultaneously, Jack yelled down to me that there was a warning light on. Fleeting but spectacular sights snapped into ans out of view, the snow, the shower of debris, the moon, looming close and big, the dazzling sunshine for once unfiltered by layers of air. The last twelve hours before re-entry were particular bone-chilling. During this period, I had to go up in to command module. Even after the fiery re-entry splashing down in 81o water in south pacific, we could still see our frosty breath inside the command module.
Q. The statement that the dazzling sunshine was "for once unfiltered by layers of air" means

   A.) that the sun was very hot
   B.) that there was no strong wind
   C.) that the air was unpolluted
   D.) none of above

Answer: Option 'D'

none of above

11.

Directions to Solve : 
But I did not want to shoot the elephant. I watched him beating his bunch of grass against his knees, with the preoccupied grandmotherly air that elephants have. It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him. I had never shot an elephant and never wanted to. (Somehow it always seems worse to kill large animal.) Besides, there was the beast's owner to be considered. But I had got to act quickly. I turned to some experienced-looking Burmans who had been there when we arrived, and asked them how the elephants had been behaving. They all said the same thing; he took no notice of you if you left him alone, but he might charge if you went too close to him.
Q. The author did not want to shoot the elephant because he

   A.) was afraid of it
   B.) did not have the experience of shooting big animals
   C.) did not find the elephant to be ferocious
   D.) did not wish to kill animal which was not doing anybody any harm

Answer: Option 'B'

did not have the experience of shooting big animals

12.

Directions  : 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.
         Govind's father was  a rich landlord, who was loved and respected by all his tenants. when he died, he left large tracts of land to govind.But Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land.He had a funny idea,that there existed a magic potion which,if it was poured on any object would turn it into gold.He spent all his time trying to learn more about this potion. people took advantage of him and cheated him.His wife grew anxious. Given the amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon be paupers.
           One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came to their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage answered  '' I have learnt how to brew such a potion.But it is a difficult process.''Tell me '' insisted Govind,hardly able to believe his luck.''you have to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be 
 planted and watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me.
 I will recite a sacred mantra to transform the dew into the potion.A drop of the potion will be sufficient to change any object into gold.''
  Govind was worried ''Winter is only for a few months in the year. It will take me years to collect the dew.'' ''You can plant as many trees as you want,''   replied the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife, began clearing the large fields which has been lying vacant for years.  
                He planted rows of banana saplings.He tended them with great care . His wife helped him too. She would take the banana crop to  market and get a good price. over the years the plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of dew.He went to the sage who smiled,  uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops of dew on a copper vessel.To Govind dismay nothing happened ''You have  cheated me'' he shouted at the sage. The sage however smiled. Govind wife them came  forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold coins inside.Turning to Govind he said,  ''You worked hard on your land and created a plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market.It was your hard work which created this earlier,  you would not have listened.''Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage's words and worked even harder from that day on.
Q. Which of the following can be said about the sage?

   A.) He was cunning and plotted with Govind's wife to cheat him
   B.) He had no magical powers as such and used to swindle people
   C.) He did not deserve his good reputation
   D.) He was a good judge of people  

Answer: Option 'D'

He was a good judge of people  

13.

Directions to Solve : Harold a professional man who had worked in an office for many years had a fearful dream. In it, he found himself in a land where small slug-like animals with slimy tentacles lived on people's bodies. The people tolerated the loathsome creatures because after many years they grew into elephants which then became the nation's system of transport, carrying everyone wherever he wanted to go. Harold suddenly realised that he himself was covered with these things, and he woke up screaming. In a vivid sequence of pictures this dream dramatised for Harold what he had never been able to put in to words; he saw himself as letting society feed on his body in his early years so that it would carry him when he retired. He later threw off the "security bug" and took up freelance work.
Q. Harold's dream was fearful because

   A.) it brought him face to face with reality
   B.) it was full of vivid pictures of snakes
   C.) he saw huge elephant in it
   D.) in it he saw slimy creatures feeding on people's bodies

Answer: Option 'A'

it brought him face to face with reality

14.

Rolled out means :

   A.) To put an end
   B.) To make a service available
   C.) To shelf a product
   D.) To cast a spell

Answer: Option 'B'

To make a service available

15.

Which of the following is true?

  • a) The exporters are making huge business after the roll out of GST
  • b) The GST portal with its high speed is catering the needs for filing tax returns

   A.) Only a
   B.) Only b
   C.) Both a & b
   D.) Neither a nor b

Answer: Option 'D'

Neither a nor b

16.

The antonym of untenable :

   A.) Aberrant
   B.) Imprecise
   C.) Valid
   D.) Shaky

Answer: Option 'C'

Valid

17.

Directions  : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passage have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Despite the economic crunch worldwide that saw pulverization of some of the largest banking and finance giants, Indian banking houses have managed to show positive growth this quarter. Some of India's leading national banks have pasted a net profit rise of more than 40% over the quarter amid global turmoil. This would come as a big shot in the arm for the investors and mounting on t=other banking and broking firms worldwide. One of the main reasons behind the success of these banks this quarter, woukd be their direct banking by the investments in public sector watching the bailout packages being cashed out by governments all over the world to save big business houses.
 Other private banks in India have also reported a substantial net profit over the least queer given the international and domestic scenario one cannot put this down as a mundane achievement. While other are on coat cutting spree and firing employees, Indian companies are actually working on boosting staffing in banking and broking sectors. This can be seen as a big boon in the days to come when the economy gradually comes back on to the fast track. The finance ministry has assured Indian public about the sound health of India banks. This could also be evident from the fact that there have been no mergers and takeovers in Indian banking sector in a contrast to would scenario where finance houses are looking mergers to cut costs on operations. We definitely are not looking to thrive; rather we are not looking for growth. It is just that the pace of growth is a little slow now as compared to a year or two before. These are hard times to test the hard. The weak in business and career will be weeded out and it is sometimes very beneficial for business on the long run.
Q. Which of the following strengthens the finance minister's statement about the sound health of Indian banks with respect to the passage?
A) There have been no acquisitions and mergers of Indian banks.
B) The Indian banks are recording a positive growth
C) Layoffs have been observed worldwide. 

   A.) Only (A)
   B.) Only (B)
   C.) Only (C)
   D.) Only (A) and (B)

Answer: Option 'B'

Only (B)

18.

Directions  : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passage have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Despite the economic crunch worldwide that saw pulverization of some of the largest banking and finance giants, Indian banking houses have managed to show positive growth this quarter. Some of India's leading national banks have pasted a net profit rise of more than 40% over the quarter amid global turmoil. This would come as a big shot in the arm for the investors and mounting on t=other banking and broking firms worldwide. One of the main reasons behind the success of these banks this quarter, woukd be their direct banking by the investments in public sector watching the bailout packages being cashed out by governments all over the world to save big business houses.
 Other private banks in India have also reported a substantial net profit over the least queer given the international and domestic scenario one cannot put this down as a mundane achievement. While other are on coat cutting spree and firing employees, Indian companies are actually working on boosting staffing in banking and broking sectors. This can be seen as a big boon in the days to come when the economy gradually comes back on to the fast track. The finance ministry has assured Indian public about the sound health of India banks. This could also be evident from the fact that there have been no mergers and takeovers in Indian banking sector in a contrast to would scenario where finance houses are looking mergers to cut costs on operations. We definitely are not looking to thrive; rather we are not looking for growth. It is just that the pace of growth is a little slow now as compared to a year or two before. These are hard times to test the hard. The weak in business and career will be weeded out and it is sometimes very beneficial for business on the long run.

Q. What does the phrase 'shot in the arm' as used in the passage mean?

   A.) Shock
   B.) Fear
   C.) Encouragement
   D.) Anxiety

Answer: Option 'C'

Encouragement

19.

Directions  : 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.
         Govind's father was  a rich landlord, who was loved and respected by all his tenants. when he died, he left large tracts of land to govind.But Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land.He had a funny idea,that there existed a magic potion which,if it was poured on any object would turn it into gold.He spent all his time trying to learn more about this potion. people took advantage of him and cheated him.His wife grew anxious. Given the amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon be paupers.
           One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came to their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage answered  '' I have learnt how to brew such a potion.But it is a difficult process.''Tell me '' insisted Govind,hardly able to believe his luck.''you have to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be 
 planted and watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me.
 I will recite a sacred mantra to transform the dew into the potion.A drop of the potion will be sufficient to change any object into gold.''
  Govind was worried ''Winter is only for a few months in the year. It will take me years to collect the dew.'' ''You can plant as many trees as you want,''   replied the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife, began clearing the large fields which has been lying vacant for years.  
                He planted rows of banana saplings.He tended them with great care . His wife helped him too. She would take the banana crop to  market and get a good price. over the years the plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of dew.He went to the sage who smiled,  uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops of dew on a copper vessel.To Govind dismay nothing happened ''You have  cheated me'' he shouted at the sage. The sage however smiled. Govind wife them came  forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold coins inside.Turning to Govind he said,  ''You worked hard on your land and created a plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market.It was your hard work which created this earlier,  you would not have listened.''Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage's words and worked even harder from that day on.
Q. Why did Govind's wife help him in the fields?
A. To support her husband in his endeavour to find a magic potion
B. The sage had advised her to help her husband succeed
C. He needed someone to help him collect the dew.

   A.) Only (A)
   B.) Both (A)and(B)
   C.) All(A),(B)and)(c)
   D.) None of these

Answer: Option 'D'

None of these

20.

Directions  : 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.
         Govind's father was  a rich landlord, who was loved and respected by all his tenants. when he died, he left large tracts of land to govind.But Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land.He had a funny idea,that there existed a magic potion which,if it was poured on any object would turn it into gold.He spent all his time trying to learn more about this potion. people took advantage of him and cheated him.His wife grew anxious. Given the amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon be paupers.
           One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came to their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage answered  '' I have learnt how to brew such a potion.But it is a difficult process.''Tell me '' insisted Govind,hardly able to believe his luck.''you have to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be 
 planted and watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me.
 I will recite a sacred mantra to transform the dew into the potion.A drop of the potion will be sufficient to change any object into gold.''
  Govind was worried ''Winter is only for a few months in the year. It will take me years to collect the dew.'' ''You can plant as many trees as you want,''   replied the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife, began clearing the large fields which has been lying vacant for years.  
                He planted rows of banana saplings.He tended them with great care . His wife helped him too. She would take the banana crop to  market and get a good price. over the years the plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of dew.He went to the sage who smiled,  uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops of dew on a copper vessel.To Govind dismay nothing happened ''You have  cheated me'' he shouted at the sage. The sage however smiled. Govind wife them came  forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold coins inside.Turning to Govind he said,  ''You worked hard on your land and created a plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market.It was your hard work which created this earlier,  you would not have listened.''Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage's words and worked even harder from that day on.
Q. Why did Govind decide to cultivate a banana crop?

   A.) The soil of his land was suitable only for cultivating bananas
   B.) It was the most hoghly priced commodity in the region
   C.) It could be grown at any time of the year including winter 
   D.) The ingredient for the magic potion could only be obtained from a banana tree

Answer: Option 'D'

The ingredient for the magic potion could only be obtained from a banana tree


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