(Download) Allahabad Bank Clerk Exam Paper Held on:
08-05-2011 : 1st Sitting - English Language
1-9 Read the following passage carefully and answer
the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help to
locate them while answering some of the question.
Once upon a time, there were three brothers. Today were all very clever and
one day decided to make a fortune by using their powers of reasoning and logic.
As they walked to the nearest city to look for work, they saw some footprints on
the mud road. As they stood looking at the marks, a merchant came rushing
towards them. “Did you see anyone goby this road.’ He asked in panic. The first
brother looked closely at the prints and said, “Yes, a large camel,’ The second
said, ‘the camel could see with only one eye.’ The third, who had been looking
further down the road, said, “the camel was carrying a woman and a child on its
back.’ Now the merchant was furious and shouted, ‘you have kidnapped my wife and
child. Come with me to the king.’ The brothers could not get to reason out and
the four men ended up in the king’s court. ‘Hmm, ‘ the king said, after he had
heard the entire story.’ If you three claim to be so clever, let me set a task
for you. I will place before you a wooden box which will be locked. You will
have to tell me what it contains without looking inside. The three brothers
agreed, and soon the king’s men placed before them as tout wooden box, firmly
shut. The first brother said immediately, ‘It has something round inside.’ The
second said, “It is a pomegranate,’ ‘An unripe pomegranate,’ added the third.
The box was opened and indeed, inside there was an unripe pomegranate. The king
now asked them for an explanation. The first man said, “When your servant was
bringing the box, I heard something rolling inside. That meant there was a round
object it in. ‘The second man said, ‘I saw your servant coming from the
pomegranate orchard, so I knew he had placed a pomegranate in the box,’ ‘And
this is not the
season for pomegranates, so it had to be an unripe one.’ commented the last
brother. The king had now witnessed the brother’s powers of observation and was
curious to know how they had discovered about the merchant’s wife and child
being on the camel’s back. The footprints we saw were large ones, so I deduced
it was a big camel that had passed that way,’ said the first brother. The camel
had grazed on only one side of
the road. ‘said the season so I know it was one eyed.’ ‘And I saw the footprints
of a woman and a child where the camel had sat down to rest,’ said the third,
‘which meant they were on the camel’s back. The king, now convinced of their
cleverness, appointed the three brothers as ministers in his court.
1. How did the second brother arrive at the
conclusion that the camel could see with only one-eye?
(A) He saw the camel pass by.
(B) He took a guess.
(C) The grass on only one side of the road was eaten.
(A) (2) Only (B)
(3) Only (C)
(4) Only (B) and (C)
(5) Only (A) and (C)
2. Why did the merchant take the three brothers to
the king’s court?
(1) The confessed to having kidnapped his wife and child.
(2) He found them acting very strange.
(3) He thought they were responsible for his missing wife and child.
(4) The found their observations hilarious and wanted them to narrate them to
(5) The king had heard about the clever brothers and was on the lookout for
3. Why did the three brothers come to the city?
(1) They had an appointment with the king.
(2) They were in search of the merchant’s wife and child.
(3) They wanted to earn a living in the king’s court.
(4) They were in search of work where in could put their skills to use.
(5) They came in search of their lost camel.
4. Which of the following statements is false
according to the passage?
(1) One of the brothers saw the king’s servant come out from the
(2) One of the brothers saw the camel carrying a lady along with a child on its
(3) The three brothers were appointed as ministers in the king’s court.
(4) The king was convinced with brothers’ story after listening to their logic.
(5) The merchant doubted the brothers and so took them to the king.
5. Why did the king challenge the three brothers
with a task?
(1) He wanted to see if they would pass the test in order to be
ministers in his court.
(2) He wanted to show them off to his ministers.
(3) The wanted to put their reasoning skills to the test.
(4) He wanted the merchant to witness their cleverness.
(5) None of these.
6. Which of the following word is most opposite to
the word panic print edin bold in the above story?
7. What task did the king to the three brothers on
their arrival to the court?
(A) He asked them to reveal the contents of a wooden box that he
placed before them.
(B) The task of handling the day to day affairs of the state.
(C) He asked them to explain the select of their reasoning abilities.
(1) Only (A)
(2) Only (B)
(3) Only (C)
(4) Only (A) and (B)
(5) None of these
8. Which of the following sentence/s is true of the
(A) They were fortune tellers.
(B) They were responsible for kidnapping the merchant’s wife and child.
(C) They used logic in order to determine the contents of the wooden box.
(1) Only (A)
(2) Only (B) and (C)
(3) Only (B)
(4) Only (C)
(5) All (A), (B) and (C)
9. The king appointed the three brothers as
ministers to this court because____
(1) the ministers in his court were not as intelligent.
(2) he was in awe of their upbringing.
(3) they were in search of a job.
(4) they were ill-treated by the merchant.
(5) hew as assured of their cleverness.
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