Competitive Exams English Language and Comprehension Set 2

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Directions (Q. 1 - 5) : Read the passage and answer the following question.

It is said that once three old men set out on a journey together. One of them was bald, the second was a philosopher and the third was a barber. At nightfall they decided that each one of them should sit for watch turn by turn. The barber was to keep watch first of all, the philosopher after that and the bald man last of all. So, the philosopher and the bald man went to sleep and the barber was on watch. For some time he kept awake but in the end. He felt tired of it and he thought of some diversion as otherwise it was difficult for him to pass time. Then he look out the razor from his box and shaved the head of the philosopher. At the fixed time he work up the philosopher and himself went to sleep. When the philopher and himself went to sleep. When the philosopher got up and fell his head all over, he was startled and said in surprise, it was my turn but this wretched fellow has awakened bald man.

Q-1. Why did the philosopher get up?

(a) He realised that his head was being shaved off

(b) It was his turn to keep watch

(c) He was awakened by the barber

(d) He had a bad dream

Q-2. Who went to sleep first?

(a) The Philosopher and the barber

(b) The barber and the bald man

(c) The bald man and the philosopher

(d) The barber

Q-3. Why did the barber shave off the head of the philosopher?

(a) The barber was jealous of the philosopher

(b) The barber wanted to include in some fun

(c) The barber wanted the philosopher to keep watch

(d) The barber was feeling drowsy

Q-4. Which one of the following is the correct sequence decided upon the three to keep watch turn by turn?

(a) Barber-bald man-philosopher

(b) Bald man-philosopher-barber

(c) Barber-philosopher-bald man

(d) Bald man-barber-philosopher

Q-5. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a) All the three men decided to keep watch one by one

(b) The barber woke up the bald man

(c) The head of the philosopher was shaved off

(d) The philosopher was startled on feeling his head all over

Direction (Q. 6 - 9) : In each of the following a related pair of words is followed by four pairs of words. Select the pair that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.


(a) Heat: Chill

(b) Disregard: Ignore

(c) Prick: Stab

(d) Enclose: Confine


(a) Hive: Bee

(b) Greenhouse: Plant

(c) Bullet: Revolver

(d) Goalkeeper: Goalpost


(a) Impatiently

(b) Respectfully

(c) Without emotion

(d) Rudely


(a) Over-excited

(b) Obvious

(c) Unpredictable

(d) Cleverness

Directions (Q. 10 - 11) : Each of the following sentences has a blank space and four words/groups of words are given after the sentence. Out of words are given after the sentence. Out of these four choices, select the word/group of words which you consider the most appropriate for the blank space and mark your choice on the Answer Sheet.

Q-10. Every human being is … To the Almighty for his action on earth

(a) Faithful

(b) Approachable

(c) Accountable

(d) Responsible

Q-11. I don՚t know where he is but I could … a guess.

(a) Suggest

(b) Attempt

(c) Hazard

(d) Estimate

Directions (Q. 12 - 13) : In the following items each passage consists of six sentences. The first and the final sentence are given in the beginning the middle four sentences in each have been removed and jumbled up. These are labelled P, Q, R and S.

Q-12. : The Portuguese built the magnificent city of Old Goa or Velha Goa on the banks of the Mondovi River.

: Whether it was precious stones and spices that were shipped to Europe or the Arabian horses that the Portuguese traders sold to the Vijyanagar rulers, all went through this port.

P: Portuguese commercial interests and religious orders, covering the area from the east coast of Africa to China and Japan were centred here.

Q: This became one of the most important ports in India.

R: Old Goa was an important commercial centre.

S: It also became the nerve centre of the Portuguese empire in Asia.

The correct sequence should be

(a) QSPR

(b) RPSQ



Q-13. Medieval India was renowned for its fabled wealth.

Gradually the lands of Asia were colonized by the European powers-the Netherlands, Portugal, France and England-and brought under their cultural influence.

P: The Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama finally discovered one in 1498.

Q: This established a trade route between Europe and Asia.

R: For centuries European nations looked for a sea route that could connect them directly to India.

S: He sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and reached Calicut.

The correct sequence should be

(a) QPSR




Directions (Q. 14 - 15) : Each of the following fifteen items consists of a word in capital letters, followed by four words or group of words. select the word or group of words that is furthest in meaning to the word in capital letters.


(a) Non-adherence to procedure

(b) Dishonesty

(c) Untidiness

(d) Disrespects


(a) Respectful

(b) Brave

(C) Exciting

(d) Modern

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