IBPS Clerk English Language Online Test 1 Practice Questions

1.
Directions(Q.1 to Q.10 ):

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are given 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 illuminated, 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 begging was the only alternative to salvage his wife and children. Every morning he went door to door for some work, food and money. The kindness of people always got him enough to take home. But Raman was a little self-centred. His world began with him first, followed by his family and the rest. So 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 on a long face when he reached home.

One day as he was relishing the bowl of rice he had just received from a humble home, he heard that Rani Matsya was to pass from the very place he was standing. Her generosity had reached his ears and he knew if he pulled a long face and showed how poor he was, she would hand him a bag full of gold coinsenough for the rest of his life, enough to buy food and supplies for his family. He thought he could keep some coins for himself and only reveal a few to his wife, so he can fulfil 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 outside Rani Matsya opened the curtains of her chariot and asked Raman what he wanted. Raman went on his knees and praised the queen, “I have heard you are most generous and most chaste, show this beggar some charity. Rani 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 spite in him he just picked up a few grains of rice and gave it to her. Rani Matsya counted the five 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 had not given him anything? Irritated 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 five 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


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

(A) Deceitful

(B) Selfish

(C) Timid


a

Only (B) and (C)

b

Only (A)

c

Only (A) and (B)

d

Only (B)

e

All the three (A), (B) and (C)


2.

Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word given below, as used in the passage.

GALLOPED


a

jumped

b

hurtled

c

stumb

d

slumbered

e

ran


3.

What can possibly be the moral of the story?


a

Patience is a virtue.

b

Do onto others as you would want others to do to you.

c

Change is the only constant thing in life.

d

Winning is not everything, it is the journey that counts.

e

Teamwork is more we and less me


4.

Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word given below, as used in the passage.

ELATED


a

poor

b

afraid

c

depressed

d

happy

e

grounded


5.

Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word given below, as used in the passage.

HAND


a

give

b

throw

c

arm

d

limb

e

lent


6.

What does the phrase ’pulled a long face’, as used in the passage mean?


a

Scratched his face

b

Looked very sorrowful

c

Put on makeup

d

Disguised himself

e

None of these


7.

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

(A) She was beautiful

(B) She was intelligent

(C) She was kind


a

Only (c)

b

Only (a) and (c)

c

Only (a)

d

Only (b)

e

All the three (a), (b) and (c)


8.

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


a

He had lost all his property and was too old to do manual work.

b

Begging was the easiest way for him to obtain food.

c

Raman belonged to a family of beggars.

d

Raman’s family had forced him to beg.

e

None of these


9.

Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word given below, as used in the passage.

REVERED


a

embraced

b

feared

c

remembered

d

talked about

e

respected


10.

Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word given below, as used in the passage.

REVEAL


a

conceal

b

stop

c

pending

d

present

e

tell


11.
Directions(Q.11 to Q.15 ):

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.

On Noah’s Ark things were getting a bit boring. Noah and his animals had spent so many days secluded there that they started organising games and activities to (26) themselves. But, with all that pen up energy, the games got rather rowdy, and a woodpecker ended up drilling a hole in the bottom of the ark. As water began (27) the boat, the hole got bigger. So, more water came in, and things got a bit disquieting.

One by one, different animals tried to (28) the hole. They even got competitive about it because everyone wanted to be the animal that had saved the ark. The beaver built a dam over the hole, but no (29) that worked. Everyone was (30) and worried that the boat would sink. That was, until the bee started talking. The bee explained to everyone how it was that bees always worked together, as a team, each one doing the job they were best at. On hearing this, all the animals set about working together, each on playing their part by contributing their own special talent. The birds grabbed onto parts of the ark with the beaks, and flapped their wings furiously, lifting the boat up a little. The elephants sucked up the water in their trunks and shot it back into the sea. The fastest animals ran here and there, collecting material. Those used to making nests took this material and stuffed it quickly into the hole.


Q:28


a

blocks

b

watch

c

fix

d

closed

e

make


12.

Q:27


a

entering

b

pouring

c

seeping

d

on

e

coming


13.

Q:30


a

scared

b

much

c

dead

d

hungry

e

happy


14.

Q:29


a

even

b

more

c

it

d

also

e

so


15.

Q:26


a

kill

b

haunt

c

entertained

d

find

e

amuse


16.
Directions(Q.16 to Q.20 ):

Rearrange the following six sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

(A) The little one, whose mother’s skin the wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf.

(B) One day he found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside.

(C)Thus for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.

(D) A wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dog.

(E) The wolf led the little one a little a far and soon made a meal off her.

(F) The wolf put it on over his own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.


Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement ?


a

B

b

A

c

E

d

C

e

F


17.

Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement ?


a

D

b

B

c

C

d

A

e

F


18.

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


a

D

b

C

c

B

d

A

e

F


19.

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


a

D

b

A

c

C

d

B

e

E


20.

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


a

C

b

D

c

E

d

F

e

B


21.
Directions(Q.21 to Q.25 ):

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error 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.)


For hours the secretary ignoring them, (1)/ hoping that the couple would (2)/ finally be discouraged (3)/ and go away. (4)/ No error (5)


a

D

b

C

c

A

d

B

e

E


22.

Often when we face obstacles (1)/ in our day-to-day life, our hurdles (2)/ seemed very small in comparison (3)/ to what many others have faced. (4)/ No error (5)


a

D

b

A

c

C

d

B

e

E


23.

Working together for the first time. (1)/ the father and son developed concepts of how (2)/ they could accomplish the task and (3)/ how the obstacles could be overcome. (4)/ No error (5)


a

A

b

D

c

B

d

C

e

E


24.

Once upon a time there was (1)/ a water-bearer who had two large pots, (2)/ each hung on each end of a pole (3)/ who he carried across his neck. (4)/ No error (5)


a

B

b

C

c

D

d

A

e

E


25.

A man was sleeping (1)/ at night in his cabin (2)/ that suddenly (3)/ his room filled with light. (4)/ No error (5)


a

A

b

C

c

B

d

D

e

E


26.
Directions(Q.26 to Q.30 ):

In each of the following questions, a sentence/s contain/s a blank space. You have to choose from the options (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) and fill in the blank in such a manner that it completes the sentence/s in the most meaningful and grammatically appropriate manner.


I am hosting a party at my house tomorrow evening. I ___ you can make it on time.


a

understands

b

wishes that

c

knew that

d

hope that

e

desire


27.

The thieves knew that there was a lot of money in the bank and wanted to __ on it.


a

stash it

b

borrow

c

steal

d

cash in

e

purchase things


28.

I have been so busy with work that I have not yet __ to arranging my things in my new house.


a

attempting

b

come ahead

c

tried

d

seemed

e

gotten around


29.

The rioting crowd had reached very close to Asha’s house. Asha’s brother somehow managed to avoid this crowd and reached home ___ .


a

in silent

b

in one piece

c

in jiffy

d

simply

e

quicker


30.

It was common knowledge that the Manager had committed a fraud. Just to ____, the Manager was now lying through his teeth.


a

admit it

b

jump the gun

c

save his own skin

d

reaffirm it

e

make hay while the sun

shines


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IBPS Clerk English Language Online Test 1 Practice Questions

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