(Download) SBI Associate Clerk Exam Paper Held on 16-01-2011:
2nd Sitting - General English
1-10. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given
below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to locate them while
answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time in a village, there lived six blind men. In spite of their
blindness, they had managed to educated themselves. Seeking to expand their
knowledge, they decided to visit a zoo a try out their skills in recognizing
animals by their touch. The first animal they came across, as soon as they
entered the zoo, was an elephant.
As the first man approached the elephant, the elephant waved its trunk, and the
man felt something brush past him. Managing to hold on to it, he felt it, and
found something long and moving. He jumped back in alarm, shouting “Move away!
This is a snake!” Meanwhile, the second man had moved closer, and walked right
near its legs. As the man touched the thick, cylindrical – shaped legs, he
called our “Do not worry. These are just four trees here. There is certainly no
snake! The third man was curious hearing the other two, and moved forward. As he
walked towards the elephant, he fell his hand touch one of the tusks. Feeling
the smooth, sharp ivory tusk, the man cried out “Be careful! There is a sharp
spear here”. The fourth man cautiously walked up behind the elephant, and felt
its swinging tail. “It’s just a rope! There is nothing to be afraid of!” he
said. The fifth man had meanwhile reached out and was touching the huge ears of
the animal. “I think all of you have lost your sense of touch!” he said. “This
is nothing but a huge fan!” The sixth man did not want to be left out. As he
walked towards the elephant, he bumped into its massive body, and the exclaimed,
“Hey! This is just a huge mud wall! There is no animal at all!” All six of them
were convinced that they were right, and began arguing amongst themselves.
Wondering what the commotion was all about, the zoo keeper arrived at the
scene, and was surprised to see six blind men surrounding an elephant, each of
them shouting at the top of their voice! “Quiet” he shouted out, and when they
had calmed down, he asked, “Why are all of you shouting and arguing in this
manner?” They replied, “Sir, as you can see, we are all blind. We came here to
expand our knowledge. We sensed an animal here, and tried to get an idea of its
appearance by feeling it. However, we are not able to arrive at a consensus over
its appearance, and hence are arguing. Can you please help us and tell us which
of us is right”?
The zoo keeper laughed before answering, “My dear men, each of you had touched
just one portion of the animal. The animal you see is neither a snake, nor any
of the other things you have mentioned. The animal in front of you is an
elephant!” As the six men bowed their head, ashamed of the scene they had
created, the zoo keeper said, “My dear men, this is a huge animal, and luckily,
it is tame. It stood by calmly as each of you touched it. You are extremely
lucky that it stayed calm even during your argument, for if it had got angry, it
would have trampled all of you to death!” He continued further, “It is not
enough to gather knowledge, but it is also important to learn to share and pool
your knowledge. Instead of fighting amongst yourselves, if you had tried to put
all your observations together, you might have had an idea of the animal as a
whole! Also, when you cannot see the entire truth, it is better to go to someone
only useless, but also dangerous. If you had come directly to me, I would have
helped you identify all the animals without putting you in danger!” The six men
apologized to the zoo keeper, and assured him that they had leant their lesson.
From now on, they would seek true knowledge from qualified people, and would
also try to work together as a team so that they could learn more.
1. Which part of the elephant resembled a big fan?
(A) The wide ears.
(B) The mouth.
(C) The long slender trunk.
(D) The big wrinkled body.
(E) The end of the tail.
2. Why did the six blind men visit the zoo?
(A) They wanted to touch an elephant.
(B) They had heard a lot about animals.
(C) They wanted to visit the animals in the zoo.
(D) They wished to recognise animals by their touch and feel.
(E) They had never been to a zoo before.
3. What was the first thing the blind men came across as they entered the zoo?
(A) A large mud wall.
(B) The zoo keeper.
(C) The trees.
(D) The elephant.
(E) A snake.
4. Why is it that each of the six blind men had different impressions of the
(A) Each of them touched only a portion of the elephant.
(B) Each of six blind men approached different animals.
(C) The blind men were touching the surroundings instead of the elephant.
(D) They had never touched an elephant before.
(A) Only (A) (B) Only (A) and (C)
(C) Only (C) (D) Only (B) and (D)
(E) Only (B)
5. Why were the six men arguing and shouting amongst themselves?
(A) Each of them wanted his voice to be heard over and above the others.
(B) Each of them thought he was right about the animals.
(C) There was lot of noise in the zoo and they couldn’t hear each other.
(D) They were having an interesting debate.
(E) None of these.
6. What advice did the zoo keeper give to the six blind men?
(A) That the elephant was tame and obedient.
(B) That they were very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit the zoo.
(C) That is was important to share knowledge and work together as a team.
(D) That they were not qualified to be knowledgeable individuals.
(E) That the elephant is made up of different parts.
7. Which statement best describes the zoo keeper’s behaviour towards the six
(A) The zoo keeper insulted the six men.
(B) The zoo keeper presented himself to be as ignorant as they were.
(C) The zoo keeper helped them and assisted them further.
(D) The zoo keeper was indifferent towards the six blind men.
(E) The zoo keeper prohibited the six blind men from entering the zoo.
8-10. Choose the word which is mot nearly the same in meaning as the word
printed in bold as used in the passage.
11-15. In each of the following sentences, as idiomatic expression or a
proverb is highlighted. Select the alternative which best describe its used in
11. In all likelihood the missing boy has run away to the forest.
(A) with good intentions.
(B) there’s no chance.
(C) without doubt.
(D) in most probability.
(E) None of these.
12. The parents were completely in the dark concerning their daughter’s plans.
(A) Ignorant about.
(B) ashamed of.
(C) pretending to be unaware.
(D) unhappy about.
(E) None of these.
13. I am in touch with the police, and they will be here in ten minutes.
(A) in communication with.
(B) in close proximity with.
(C) in good terms with.
(D) familiar with.
(E) None of these.
14. I stumbled upon some interesting old letters in my Grandfather’s desk.
(A) deliberately went through.
(B) surveyed. (C) tripped over.
(D) discovered by chance.
(E) None of these.
15. The secretary made and entry of the arrangement.
(A) initiated discussion.
(B) made a record. (C) brought notice.
(D) showed approval.
(E) None of these.
16-20. Each sentence below has a blank, each blank indicates that something
has been omitted. Choose the word / groups of words that best fit/s the meaning
of the sentence as a whole.
16. When I was training for the marathon, I _______ run over 100 kilometers a
(A) have to
(E) use to
17. My colleague is one of the kindest people _________
(A) that I knows
(B) I know
(C) Who I know
(D) Which I know
(E) I had known
18. The lawyer’s _________ led to the resolution of the problem.
19. The government claims that ______ in the telecommunications industry will
mean lower prices for customers.
20. Sarah was walking along the street ______ she tripped over.
21-30. In each question below, four words printed in bold type are given. These
are numbered (A), (B), (C) and (D). One of these words is printed in bold may
either be wrongly spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Find
out the word that is inappropriate or wrongly spelt, if any. The number of that
word is your answer. If all the words printed in bold are correctly spelt and
appropriate in the context of the sentence then mark (E) i.e. ‘All Correct’ as
21. All the competitors completed the race, with just one exception. All Correct
22. Poor posture can lead to muscular problems in later life. All Correct
23. The pump shut off as a result of a mechanical failure. All Correct
24. The Principal gave a very pompous speech about ‘The portals of learning’.
25. Copeing with her mother’s long illness was a heavy load to bear. All Correct
26-30. Rearrange the following six sentence/group of sentence (A), (B), (C),
(D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then
answer the questions given below.
(A) To his surprise, a little honeybee came before his throne and said, “Of all
the gifts you could give me, only one will. I’d like the power to inflict great
pain whenever I choose to.”
(B) I hereby give you a sharp sting. Bu, I am sure you will use this weapon
carefully only in times of anger and strife.
(C) “What an awful wish!” said great Zeus, “But I will grant it”.
(D) And to this day, the little honeybees dies after it stings.
(E) One day, Zeus, the King of Mount Olympus, was giving out gifts to beasts,
bird and insects.
(F) “You will get to use it only once, for using it will cost you your life.”
26. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after the arrangement?
27. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after the arrangement?
28. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after the arrangement?
29. Which of the following should be the SIXTH (LAST) sentence after the
30. Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence after the arrangement?
31-35. In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been
numbered. These numbers are printed in below the passage and against each, five
words are suggested, one of which fits the blanks appropriately. Find out the
appropriate word in each case.
Day dreaming is often overlooked as a proper dream and (76) instead as wandering
thoughts. However, the meanings to your nightly dream symbols are also (77) to
your day dreams. The content is your day dreams are helpful understanding your
true feelings and will help you in (78) your goals. Day dreaming is the
spontaneous imaging or recalling or various images or experiences in the past or
the future. When you daydream, you are accessing your right brain, which is the
creative and feminine side of your personality. Worrying about something creates
visual images in your brain of the worst outcome that you are imaging and is a
form of daydreaming. By repeating these negative images in your mind, you are
more likely to make them happen. So the next time you start worrying, try to
think of a positive outcome. Positive daydreaming is very healthy and acts as a
temporary (79) from the demands of reality. It is also a good way to (80) built
up frustrations without physically acting them out.