(Paper) SBI Junior Associates Exam - 2009 "General English"

(Paper) SBI Junior Associates (Customer Support & Sales) & Junior Agricultural Associates Exam - 2009

Subject: General English

Directions (41-55): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

King Hutamasan felt he had everything in the world not only due to his riches and his noble knights, but because of his beautiful queen, Rani Matsya. The rays of the sun were put to shame with the iridescent light that
Matsya iEuminated, with her beauty and brains. At the right hand of the king she was known to sit and aid him in all his judicial probes. You could not escape her deep — set eyes when you committed a crime as she always knew the victim and the culprit. Her generosity preceded her reputation in the kingdom and her hands were always full to give. People in the kingdom revered her because if she passed by, she always gave to the compassionate and poor.

Far away from the kingly palace lived a man named Raman with only ends to his poverty and no means to rectify it. Raman was wrecked with poverty as he had lost all his land to the landlord. His age enabled him little towards manual labour and so beg^ ging was the only alternative to salvage his wife and children. Every morning he went door to door for some work, food or money. The kindness of people always got him enough to take home.

But Raman was a little seli-eenteied. His world began with him firstlilftjkvsd by his tamlly and the rest. 8© He would eat and drink to his delight and return home with whatever he found excess. This routine followed and he never let anyone discover his interests as he always put oma long face when he reached home.

One day afe he.was relishing the bowl of nee.he had just received from a humble tipiiiK»»i he. heard that Rani Matsya was Jo pass from the very place he was standing. Her generosity had reached his ears and he knew if he pulled a loo glace and showed how poor he wa,s, she would hand him a bag full of gold coins — enough for the rest of his iff?1, enough to buy food and supplies' ibr his family. He thought - he could keep some coins for himself and only repeal a few to his wife; so he can fulfill his own wishes.

He ran to the chariot of the Rani and begged her soldiers to allow him to speak to the queen. Listening to the arguments omsideRani Matsya opened the curtains of her chariot and asked R irrtan what he wanted. Raman went on his knee.and praised the queen. I haye heard you are most generous and most chaste, show this beggar some charityvRanJ narrowed her brows and asked Raman what he could give her in return. Surprised by such a question, Raman looked at his bowl full of rice. With r-pite in him he just picked up a few grains of rice and gave it to the queen. Rani Matsya counted the 5 grains and looked at his bowl full of rice and said, you shall be given what is due to you. Saying this the chariot galloped away.

Raman abused her under his breath. This he never thought would happen. How could she ask him for something in return when she hadn't given him anything ? Irked with anger he stormed home and gave his wife the bowl of rice. Just then he saw a sack at the entrance. His wife said some men had come and kept it there. He opened it to find it full of rice. He put his hand inside and caught hold of a hard metal only to discover it was a
gold coin. Elated he upturned the sack to find 5 gold coins in exact for the five rice grains. If only I had given my entire bowl, thought Raman, I would have had a sack full of gold.

41. According to the passage, which of the following is definitely true about Rani Matsya?

(A) She was beautiful'
(B) with intelligent
(C) She was kind.

(1) Only (A)
(2) Only (B)
(3) Only (C)
(4) Only (A) and (B)
(5) All the three (A), (B) and (C)

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42. What does the phrase 'pulled a long face' as used in the passage mean ?

(1) Scratched his face
(2) Looked very sorrowful
(3) Disguised himself
(4) Put on makeup
(5) None of these

43. What can possibly be the moral of the story ?

(1) Do onto ethers as you would want others to do to you
(2) Patience is a virtue
(3) Winning is not everything, it is the journey that counts
(4) Change is the only constant thing in life
(5) Teamwork is more we and less me

44. Why was begging the only option for Raman to get food ?

(1) As Raman belonged to a family of beggars
(2) As begging was the easiest way for him to obtain food
(3) As Raman's family had forced him to beg r
(4) As he had lost all his property and was too old to do manual work
(5) None of these

45. Which of the following words can be used to describe Raman?

(A) Deceitful
(B) Selfish
(C) Timid

(1) Only (A)
(2) Only (B)
(3) Only (A) and (B)
(4) Only (B) and (C)
(5) All the three (A), (B) and (C)

46. What did Raman find after he returned home from his meeting with Rani Matsya ?

(1) The Rani's soldiers
(2) An empty house
(3) The five grains of rice that he had given to Rani Matsya
(4) A sack full of rice and five gold coins
(5) None of these

47. What emotion did Raman feel when he saw that the Rani had given him five gold coins ?

(1) Determination
(2) Regrti
(3) Hatred
(4) Suspicion Thrill

48. What did Raman do when Rani Matsya asked him for something in return for her charity ?

(1) He gave her five grains of rice out of his full bowl of rice
(2) He gave her the five gold coins that he had saved
(3) He handed over the entire bowl of rice that he possessed
(4) He refused to give her anything as he was offended with her request
(5) None of these

49. Why was Raman angiy with Rani Matsya ?

(1) As she had not stopped despite Raman's calling out to her
(2) As she had insulted him in front of his family
(3) As she had taken the rice grains from him and had not given him anything in return
(4) Not mentioned in the passage
(5) None of these

50. How did Raman treat his own family?

(1) He gave his family plenty to eat
(2) He saved whatever food and money he got and handed it over to his family.
(3) He loved his familly a lot and always put. their interests before his
(4) He beat up bis wife and children out of frustration
(5) None of these

Directions (51- 53) : Choose the word/group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.


(1) hurtled
(2) stumbled
(3) slumbered
(4) jumped
(5) ran


(1) remembered
(2) feared
(3) talked about
(4) embraced
(5) respected

53. HAND

(1) arm
(2) throw
(3) give
(4) limb
(5) lend

Directions (54 - 55) : Choose the word/group of words which is most opposite in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.


(1) stop
(2) conceal
(3) present
(4) pending
(5) tell


(1) afraid
(2) poor
(3) happy
(4) depressed
(5) grounded

Directions ( 56 - 60) : Rearrange! the following six. sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph: then answer the questions given below them.

(A) Because of the black and white rats the branch would fall on the ground very soon and the man woke up with a start oniy to realize that it was a dream.
(B) On climbing, he looked down and saw that the lion was still there waiting for him.
(C) Once a man dreamt that a Hon was chasing him.
(D) One rat was black and the other one was white.
(E) The man then looked to his side where the branch he was sitting on was attached to the tree and saw that two rats were circling around and eating the branch.
(F) The man ran to a tree, climbed on to it and sat on a branch.

56. Which of the follovving should be the THIRD sentence alter rear rangement?

(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

57. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after re arrangement ?

(1) B
(2) C
(3) D
(4) E
(5) F

58. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement ?

(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) F

59. Which of the following should be the LAST (SIXTH) sentence after rearrangement ?

(1) A
(2) B
(3) D
(4) E
(5) F

60. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement ?

(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

Directions (61- 65) : Which of the phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as i t is given and No correction is required', mark (5) as the answer.

61. In order to forget his worries Rahul take to smoke day and night.

(1) took to smoke
(2) taking to smoking
(3) take to smoking
(4) took to smoking
(5) No correction required

62. Prerna was very please with the gift she had received from her best friend on her birthday.

(1) was very pleased
(2) was very pleasing
(3) is very pleased
(4) is very pleasing
(5) No correction required

63. She wa s so scared on seeing the lion that she shooked like a leaf.

(1) shaked l ike a leaf
(2) shook l ike a leaf „
(3) shook l ike a leaves
(4) shake l ike a leaf
(5) No correction required

64. Meena had the presence of mind to get out of the way as the bus sped out of control past her.

(1) present of mind
(2) present mind
(3) presence in mind
(4) presence to mind
(5) No correction required

65. Finally Suhas had gather the courage to speak against his father's atrocities.

(1) gathering the courage
(2) gathers courage
(3) gathered the courage
(4) gather the couraged
(5) No correction required

Directions (66-70) : In each question below, a sentence with four words printed in bold type is given. These are numbered as (1 ) , (2) , (3) and (4) . One of these four words printed in bold may be either wrongly spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sent enc e . Find out the word which is wrongly spelt or inappropriate, if any. The number of that word is your answer. I f all the words printed in bold are correctly spelt and also appropriate in the context of the sentence, mark (5) i.e. 'All correct ' as your answer.

66. The designer will showcash (1)/ her collection (2)/at an upcoming (3)/ fashion (4) / event in the city. All correct (5).

67. Our mind is l ike a garden (1)/ which can either be intelligently (2)/ cultivated (3)/ or be allowed to run wilde. (4)/ All correct (5}

68. Researchers (1)/ have identified (2) / the early master cel ls that make up the human heart could be used t o make patches (3)/ to fix damaged hearts. (4)/ All correct (5)

69. The girl spends (1)/every knight (2)/studying, as she wants to graduate (3) / from a wel l known college with good marks. (4) / Al l correct (5)

70. The next t ime your g ym instructor (1) / tells you to do some stretching (2)/ exersises (3)/ before starting the workout, say no. (4) / Al l correct (5).

Directions (71-80) : In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately.

Find out the appropriate word in each case. There was a man who had four sons. He (711 his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a (721 in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great  distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in autumn. When they had all gone and come back, he 1731 them together to (74) what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent , and twisted. The second son said, "No I t was covered with green buds and full of promise." The third son disagreed; he said i t was laden with blossoms that (75) so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had (761 seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping wi th fruit, full of life and fulfillment. The man then (77) to hi s sons that they all were right, because they had each seen but only one (78) in the trees life. He told them that you (79) judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the ( 8 0 ) of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come s from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are over.


(1) created
(2) wanted
(3) placed
(4) meant
(5) teach


(1) quest
(2) airplane
(3) expedition
(4) pilgrimage
(5) requested


(1) followed
(2) tied
(3) called
(4) said
(5) bound


(1) all
(2) predict
(3) maintain
(4) describe
(5) talk


(1) was
(2) fell
(3) colour
(4) smelled
(5) cooked


(1) worriedly
(2) mostly
(3) ever
(4) forever
(5) forcefully


(1) tell
(2) feaked
(3) reprimanded
(4) stood
(5) explained


(1) flower
(2) season
(3) ground
(4) more
(5) leaf


(1) let
(2) not
(3) must
(4) should
(5) cannot


(1) essence
(2) danger
(3) tree
(4) fear
(5) journey


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