Directions : In the following questions some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. If thereis no error, your answer is (4) i.e. No error

1. 1. The Principal and staff 2. / are awaiting for 3. / the chief guest 4. / No error

2. 1. He thinks 2. / himself 3. as a great scholar. 4. / No Error

3. 1. Unless 2. you will study hard 3. / you cannot pass. 4. / No error

4. 1. I like 2. / the poetries 3. / of Byron and Shelley. 4. / No error

5. 1. On last Sunday 2. / I met my friend 3. /accidentally. 4. / No error

Directions: In the following questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternatives out of the four.

6. You may bring your dog where ______ .
a. you have to pay
b. there is no water
c. pets are allowed
d. pets can sleep

7. The chief was wondering ______
a. when to brush his teeth
b. what to prepare for the important dinner
c. how to wash the dishes
d.when to take the dog for a walk

8. I have brought some books ______, you to examine.
a. to
b. for
c. with
d. over

9. The speaker did not properly space out his speech, but went on ____ one point only.
a. stressing
b. avoiding
c. devoting
d. decrying

10. The usher showed us _____
a. how to take photographs
b. where to sit
c. when to comb out hair
d. how to dance

Directions : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.
11. Autocratic
a. Cooperative
b. Dictatorial
c. Inspirational
d. Charitable

12. Daring
a. Brilliant
b. Energetic
c. Enthusiastic
d. Courageous

13. Demonstrate
a. Remonstrate
b. Show
c. Witness
d. Complain

14. Deliberate
a. Purposeless
b. Perpetrate
c. Intentional
d. Intervention

15. Defer
a. Postpone
b. Different
c. Accept
d. Disagree

Directions : In the following questions, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.

16. Abundance
a. Scanty
b. Tiny
c. Scarcity
d. Deficient

17. Unanimity
a. Amity
b. Enmity
c. Disagreement
d. Dissatisfaction

18. Vice
a. Fame
b. Virtue
c. Fortune
d. Fate

19. Renowned
a. Famous
b. Owned
c. Unowned
d. Unknown

20. Provoke
a. Soothe
b. Incite
c. Smoothen
d. Entice

Directions : In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the idiom / phrase printed in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

21. Tagore was a man of letters.
a. of wide contacts
b. an excellent letter dictator
c. a great writer of letters
d. proficient in literary art

22. His friends beat the boy to pay off old scores.
a. to refund old dues
b. to take revenge
c. to force him to be a scorer in a match
d. because he had not scored well earlier

23. Chintan is so innocent that he wears his heart on his sleeve.
a. Wears dress that does not match
b. Expresses his feelings openly
c. Wears colourful dresses
d. Expresses his feelings with the shape of a heart printed on its sleeve

24. It was a red letter day in history of the world.
a. a day with bloodshed.
b. A dangerous not about the destruction
c. A day memorable for some joyful event
d. A day with love and warmth

25. The poor subordinates are make scapegoats by their superiors.
a. punished or others misdeeds
b. developed poor relations
c.treated humbly and respectfully
d.scolded with arrogant reactions

Directions : In the following questions, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (1), (2) and (3) which may improve the sentence. Choose correct alternative. In case no improvement needed your answer is (4).

26. She has red Oliver Twist when she had been fourteen years old.
a. had become
b. has become
c. was
d. No improvement

27. Children like to eat sweets, isn’t it?
a. do they?
b. Is it?
c. Don’t they?
d. No improvement

28. He took disadvantage of the situation and cheated many people.
a. chance
b. advantage
d.No improvement

29. He was so afraid that his knees knocked on another.
a. one against
b. each other
c. both
d. No improvement

30. All the candidates will give a test on Friday.
a. appear
b. take
c. accept
d. No improvement

Directions: In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words / sentences.

31. A person who is physically dependent on a substance.
a. Criminal
b. Martyr
c. Gladiator
d. Addict

32. A child born after the death of its father is called
a. An orphan
b. A deprived child
c. A waif
d. A posthumous child

33. A movement of part of the body to express an idea or feeling
a. Jibe
b. Gesture
c. Pose
d. Mimicry

34. A legal agreement by which a person borrows money from a bank usually to buy a house
a. Document
b. Mortgage
c. Lease
d. Invoice

35. Failing to discharge one’s duty
a. Debacle
b. Dereliction
c. Determination
d. Deterrent

Directions:  In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

A seminar is generally a form of (86) interaction, either at an academy (87) or a commercial or (88) organisation. It has the function of (89). Small groups for (90) meetings, focusing each time on some (91) subject, in which everyone present in (92) to participate. This is often (93) through and ongoing dialogue with a seminar (94) or instructor. Normally participants must not be(95) in the field under discussion.

36. a. academic b. social c. informal d. artificial

37. a. institution b. intermission c. intervention d. interference

38. a. provincial b. proverbial c. professional d. progressive

39. a. bringing out b. bringing together c. bringing among d. bringing off

40. a. recurring b. repeating c. reverting d. reforming

41. a. particular b. partial c. previous d. prevented

42. a. entrusted b. encouraged c. enlarged d. endured

43. a. accomplished b. acknowledged c. acquainted d. acquired

44. a. follower b. member c. leader d. associate

45. a. professional b. teacher c. starter d. beginners

Directions : In the following questions, you have one brief passage with 5 questions following the passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives

India records the world’s highest per-capita incidence of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid and hepatitis, in spite of which concern for safe drinking water is still abysmally low even among educated Indians. This alarming indiffe rence was borne out in a survey conducted by market research agency Research International Ltd. Based on a study of 3,000 households spread across all major cities in India. The survey found that over 73 per cent of all households in the highest income categories (SEC A & B) drink tap water without boiling it and as many as 55 per cent of the same group drink tap water after filtration through a cloth, but without boiling. Though every school child knows that unboiled tap water contains un-seen disease causing germs, and is unsafe to drink, the high level of indifference to boiling water will come as a surprise to many. Comments Dr. S.S. Narvekar, Deputy Dir ector, Directorate of Health Service s, Government of Maharashtra. “We regularly monitor water quality in all major urban centres in this State. During 1995-96, we found that 9,730 out of 159,233 samples of water were contaminated with disease causing organisms, represe nting a high 6.11 per cent of the total number of samples collected and analysed. This is an alarmingly high level of contamination considering that Maharashtra is one of the more developed states in India and it may be higher in other states. Also during late summer months when there is water scarcity, and dur ing these months it is doubly important to ensure drinking water is ade quately sanitised.”

46. In India the concern of safe drinking water is:
a. very low
b. good
c. enough
d. more than expected

47. In the highest number of categories the number of people drink tap water without boiling it is:
a. about half of the house holds
b. all the house holds
c. nearly three fourths of the ouseholds
d. one fourth of the households

48. During rainy season, drinking water should be:
a. cleaned
b. sanitised
c. stored
d. used

49. There is a high level of _____ to boiling water.
a. interest
b. indifference
c. care
d. curiosity

50. According to the passage, unboiled tap water contains _____ .
a. impurities
b. chemicals
c. germs
d. waste mat

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