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Online English Practice Test for Competitive Exams

Directions (Q.1 – 10): Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been given in COLORED to help you locate them while answering some of the questions:

Once upon a time, there lived a washer man in a village. He had a donkey by the name of Udhata. He used to carry loads of clothes to the river bank and back home everyday. The donkey was not satisfied with the food that was given to him by his master to eat. So he wandered into the nearby fields  stealthily and ate the crops growing there. Once, the donkey, while wandering around, happened to meet a fox. Soon, both of them became friends and began to wander together in search of delicious food. One night, the donkey and the fox were eating water-melons in a field. The watermelons were so tasty that the donkey ate in a large quantity. Having eaten to his appetite, the donkey became so happy that he was compelled by an intense desire to sing. He told the fox that he was in such a good mood that he had to express his happiness in a melodious tone. “Don’t be a fool. If you sing, the people sleeping in and around this field will wake up and beat us black and blue with sticks,” said the fox worriedly. “You are a dull fellow,” the donkey said hearing the words of the fox. “Singing makes one happy and healthy. No matter what comes, I’ll definitely sing a song.” The fox became worried to see the donkey adamant to sing a song in the midst of the field, while the owner was still sleeping only a little distance away. Seeing his adamance, he said to the donkey, “Friend, wait a minute before you start. First, let me jump over to the other side of the fence for my safety.” Saying so, the fox jumped over to the other side of the fence without losing a moment. The donkey began in his socalled melodious tone. Hearing, suddenly a donkey braying in the field, the owner woke up from his sleep. He picked up his stick lying by his side and ran towards the donkey, who was still braying happily. The owner of the field looked around and saw the loss caused by the donkey. He became very angry and beat him so ruthlessly that the donkey was physically incapacitated temporarily. He, somehow, managed to drag himself out of the field with great difficulty. The fox looked at the donkey and said in a sympathetic tone, “I’m sorry to see you in this  pitiable condition. I had already warned you, but you didn’t listen to my advice.” The donkey too realised his folly and hung his head in shame.

1. Why did the donkey want to sing?
1) The donkey was so happy that he was compelled by an intense desire to sing.
2) He wanted to wake up the people sleeping around.
3) The fox told the donkey to sing a song.
4) He wanted to prove that he was a good singer.
5) None of these

2. What was the donkey’s reaction when the fox suggested him not to sing a song?
1) The donkey agreed with the fox and did not sing a song.
2) The donkey chose to dance instead of singing a song.
3) The donkey became angry and did not talk to the fox after that.
4) The donkey didn’t pay attention to the fox’s words and sang a song.
5) None of these

3. What happened when the donkey sang a song?
1) The fox clapped for the donkey.
2) The villagers praised the donkey and gave him a gift.
3) The fox started dancing.
4) The owner woke up and beat the donkey ruthlessly.
5) None of these

4. How did the donkey come to know the fox?
1) Both were childhood friends.
2) The donkey happened to meet the fox in the field while wandering around in search of delicious
3) They used to work together for the washer man from the start.
4) The fox once saved the donkey’s life
5) None of these

5. Which of the following statements is false according to the passage?
1) The donkey realised his mistake in the end.
2) The donkey was not satisfied with the food given to him by his master.
3) The donkey didn’t want to sing but he was compelled to do that.
4) The owner of the field woke up after hearing the donkey’s voice.
5) None of these

Directions (Q.6 – 8): 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) Superstitiously
2) Secretly
3) Honestly
4) Openly
5) Overtly

1) Discouraged
2) Delayed
3) Suspended
4) Forced
5) Demanded

1) Easy-going
2) Yielding
3) Flexibility
4) Mischievous
5) Rigidity

Directions (Q.9 – 10): Choose the word / group of words which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word / group of words printed in the bold as used in the passage.
1) Stupidity
2) Madness
3) Advanceness
4) Sageness
5) Wisdom

1) Miserable
2) Misfortunate
3) Pathetic
4) Honourable
5) Commendable

Directions (Q. 11 – 15): Rearrange the following six sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph and then answer the questions given below.

(A) “Anything that you touch will turn into gold.” The King was delighted with his good fortune.

(B) Even though he was very rich he always craved for more and more.

(C) Everything he touched turned into gold. He turned trees, grass, tables, chairs, flowers and vases into gold.

(D) One day, he called his court magician and commanded, “Find me a spell that can get me more treasures than I already have.”

(E) King Midas was a very greedy king.

(F) The magician said, “Your majesty, I can give you a power that no one else in this world has.”

11. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?
1) F
2) E
3) B
4) A
5) C

12. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
1) A
2) B
3) C
4) E
5) D

13. Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
1) E
2) F
3) D
4) C
5) B

14. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?
1) B
2) A
3) F
4) E
5) C

15. Which of the following should be the LAST (SIXTH) sentence after rearrangement?
1) C
2) A
3) B
4) D
5) F

Directions (Q. 16 – 20): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is “No error”, the answer is 5. (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any)

16. Modi is the fifth Indian Prime Minister to speak (1) / to a joint Congress session (2) / in the past three decades, (3) / and the second from the BJP to do it. (4) / No error (5)

17. The SEA, a body of edible oil producers, (1) / filed a complaint against Patanjali (2) / to claim that its advertisement (3) / for Kacchi Ghani Oil is misleading and derogatory. (4) / No error (5)

18. Fastfilmz, a start-up engaged in regional film streaming, (1) / has patented a technology that would help users (2) / of its mobile app send high-definition movies to their friends (3) / with close to no data usage in just for 10 seconds (4) / No error (5)

19. Alibaba Group has launched ‘Privacy Knight’ – India’s (1) / first free app-lock with face-lock feature (2) / that enables users to unlock their protected apps (3) / through a one-second selfie. (4) / No error (5)

20. After a great deal of legal wrangling, (1) / a jawan who insisted for growing a beard (2) / on religious grounds has been terminated (3) / by the Army and termed ‘an undesirable soldier. (4) / No error (5)

Directions (Q. 21 – 25): In each question below, four words printed in bold type are given. These are numbered (1), (2), (3) and (4). One of these words 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 (5), i.e. ‘All correct’, as your answer.

21. All the competitors (1) / completed (2) / the race (3) / with just one excepsion. (4) / All correct (5)

22. Poor posture (1) / can lead (2) / to muscular (3) / problems (4) in later life. / All correct (5)

23. The pump (1) / shut off (2) / as a result (3) / of a mechanikal (4) failure. / All correct (5)

24. The Principal (1) / gave a very pompous (2) / speach (3) / about ‘The portals of learning’. (4) / All correct (5)

25. Copeing (1)/with her mother’s long illness (2) / was a heavy load (3) / to bear. (4) / All correct (5)

(Q. 26 – 29): Which of the phrases (a), (b), (c), (d) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct, mark (e) i.e. “No correction required” as the answer

26. Directly the meeting commenced then the Board called for the Chairman’s resignation
1) No sooner had the meeting commenced than
2) As soon as the meeting commenced when
3) Hardly did the meeting commence
4) Soon after the meeting commences that
4) No correction required

27. The Director said that he did not want to see neither of the student who had failed and ordered themto leave.
1) none of the students
2) one of the student
3) each of the student
4) any of the student
5) No correction required

28. He was determined in completing the project despite opposition from the union.
1) on completing
2) to complete
3) for completion
4) about completed
5) No correction required

29. In his speech he failed to emphasize the only great reason why Government programmes have not benefited the poor.
1) greatest reason why
2) only greatest reason
3) only greatest reason for
4) great reason because
5) No correction required

 Online English Practice Test for Competitive Exams

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