IBPS Clerk English Language Online Test 9 Practice Questions

1.
Directions(Q.1 to Q.5 ):

In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage, against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

Once upon a time, a bed bug had made its home in the grand, ornamental bed of the king. The bed bug led a regal and peaceful life as he (16) on the king’s sweet blood.

One day, a flea drifted into the king’s bedroom and flew straight into the king’s bed. The bed bug immediately scolded the intruder and told him that he had come to the wrong place. “You better leave before someone notices you,” he warned. “If you are discovered lurking here, you will be killed at once.” The flea replied, “My dear friend, how (17) and rude you are! Don’t you know that you must welcome a guest with polite words ? Besides, I have come here with a purpose. Though I have tasted the blood of many people and beasts, (18) have I tasted the royal blood of a king. I have heard that it is delicious beyond compare and I long to have a sip of it. Please allow me a bite of the king just once ?”

The bug replied, “Oh flea, I suck the blood of the king when he is fast (19). I am careful to bite him so gently that he never feels my bite. You are much too impatient. I’ll agree to let you have one bite of the king, but you will have to wait till I am finished myself.” The flea was delighted to (20) this.


Q:17


a

smaller

b

very

c

inhospitable

d

nice

e

totally


2.

Q:16


a

feasted

b

live

c

drank

d

ate

e

mixed


3.

Q:18


a

also

b

never

c

and

d

nor

e

but


4.

Q:19


a

asleep

b

moving

c

snoring

d

sleeping

e

snored


5.

Q:20


a

doing

b

see

c

hear

d

give

e

listen


6.
Directions(Q.6 to Q.10 ):

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.


STRETCH OUT


a

exercise

b

fall

c

elongate

d

lie down

e

extend out


7.

ASTONISHED


a

petrified

b

fearful

c

dazed

d

upset

e

surprised


8.

DEFTLY


a

artistically

b

shallowly

c

skilfully

d

nimbly

e

sluggishly


9.

HUMBLE


a

modest

b

meek

c

waste

d

rich

e

low


10.

IN AN INSTANT


a

at once

b

in lieu of

c

one each day

d

quickly

e

speedily


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

Rearrange the following eight sentences/group of sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G) and (H) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

(A) Both Ram and Sham realized their mistake and were ashamed about what they had said.

(B) Vivek happened to overhear their conversation and was very angry with both of them for criticising the tree.

(C) Two friends, Ram and Sham, were seeking respite from the searing heat of the midday sun when they saw a huge leafy tree.

(D) “It’s a plain tree,” said his friend. “Don’t waste your time looking for fruits. It produces neither edible fruits nor good wood. It’s one of the most useless trees around.”

(E) “How can you say such a thing when you’re enjoying the shade of this beautiful tree at this very moment ?” snapped Vivek unable to control his anger.

(F) They took shelter under the huge leafy tree and soon felt cool and refreshed.

(G) Busy belittling the tree both Ram and Sham did not notice that another person, Vivek, was lying on the other side of the tree taking shelter.

(H) “What sort of tree is this ? Does it produce edible fruits ?” asked Ram.


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


a

A

b

D

c

B

d

C

e

E


12.

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


a

B

b

A

c

F

d

E

e

G


13.

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


a

G

b

D

c

E

d

F

e

H


14.

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


a

B

b

A

c

D

d

E

e

F


15.

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


a

E

b

F

c

D

d

G

e

H


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

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. Select the part with the error as your answer. If there is no error, select ’No error” as your answer. Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any.


This move has resulted (1)/ in bringing commodity (2)/ prices down and uplift (3)/the country’s economy. (4)/ No error (5)


a

A

b

D

c

C

d

B

e

E


17.

There has been a (1)/ shortage in the supply of (2)/ water in the city (3)/ due for a lack of rainfall. (4)/ No error (5)


a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E


18.

In their statement, the (1)/ officials have blamed (2)/ their supervisors for (3)/ having mismanaged the situation. (4)/ No error (5)


a

B

b

C

c

D

d

A

e

E


19.

He has a passion (1)/ for climbing mountains and (2)/ is contemplates to scale (3)/ Everest next year. (4)/ No error (5)


a

B

b

C

c

D

d

A

e

E


20.

Raj could not take the (1)/ call as he have put his cell (2)/ phone on ’silent’ mode and thus (3)/ could not hear it ring. (4)/ No error (5)


a

B

b

D

c

C

d

A

e

E


21.
Directions(Q.21 to Q.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 might 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 the word is your answer. If 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


Ahmad was not only very intelligent (1)/ but also very sincere (2)/ and would always strand (3)/ first in his class.(4)/ All correct (5)


a

D

b

C

c

A

d

B

e

E


22.

Ronald was very proud (1)/ of his new car and would always (2)/ be on the look out for an excuse (3)/ to flaunt (4)/ it. All correct (5)


a

C

b

B

c

D

d

A

e

E


23.

Lucy was working (1) over time because (2)/ she had to prepare (3)/ for an important meating.(4)/ All correct (5)


a

B

b

D

c

C

d

A

e

E


24.

Ramesh had an aversion (1)/ to alcohol and would (2)/ avoid going to partyies (3)/ with his friends. (4)/ All correct (5)


a

A

b

C

c

D

d

B

e

E


25.

Roshni was found (1)/ of pets and she was a proud (2)/ owner of many unique (3)/ animals. (4)/ All correct (5)


a

B

b

C

c

A

d

D

e

E


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

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.

Long ago, a Brahmin called Haridatta lived in a little village. He was a farmer but the piece of land he cultivated provided him with so little to survive on that he was very poor.

One day, unable to stand the heat of the summer sun, he went to rest for a while under a big tree on his land. Before he could stretch out on the ground, he saw a huge black cobra slithering out of an anthill nearby. The snake then spread his hood and swayed gracefully from side to side. Haridatta was astonished to see this and he thought, “This cobra must really be the god of this land. I have never seen or worshipped him before, which is probably why I am not able to get anything from the land. From this day onwards, I will worship him.” He hurried back to his home at once and returned with a glass full of milk. He poured it into a bowl and turning to the anthill said, “O ruler of the land, I did not know you were living in this anthill. That is why I have not paid my tribute to you. Please accept my apologies for this omission and accept this humble offering.” He then placed the bowl of milk at the entrance of the anthill and left the place.

The next day when the Brahmin arrived to work on his land before the sun rose, he found a gold coin in the bowl he had left at the anthill. He was very happy indeed and from that day on, he made it a practice to offer the cobra milk in a bowl each day. The next morning he would collect a gold coin and leave.

One day Haridatta had to go to a neighbouring village on business. He asked his son to go to the anthill as usual and leave a bowl of milk for the cobra. The son did as he was told, but when he went to the same spot the next day and collected the gold coin he thought, “This anthill must be full of gold. If I kill the cobra, I can collect all the gold in an instant, instead of having to waste my time coming here every day.” He then struck the cobra with a big stick. The cobra deftly dodged the blow but bit Haridatta’s son with his poisonous fangs. The boy soon died. When Haridatta returned to his village the next day, he heard how his son had met his death. He realised at once that his son’s greed would probably have caused him to attack the cobra.

The Brahmin went to the anthill the day after his son’s cremation and offered milk to the cobra as usual. This time, the cobra did not even come out of his hole. Instead, he called out to Haridatta, “You have come here for gold, forgetting ihat you have just lost a precious son and that you are in mourning. The reason for this is pure greed. From today, there is no meaning to our relationship. I am going to give you a diamond as a final gift. But please don’t ever come back again.” He slithered away as the Brahmin watched.


Why did Haridatta’s son try to kill the cobra ?


a

The cobra had angered him through his behaviour.

b

He believed that the anthill in which the cobra lived contained all the gold coins.

c

The cobra was known to be poisonous and had killed several men in the village by biting them.

d

He thought the cobra would bite him if he went near it.

e

He did not like the fact that his father was wasting his time by feeding the cobra milk every day.


27.

What did Haridatta think on seeing the cobra for the first time ?


a

The cobra was the god of his land and had to be worshipped.

b

The cobra was divine and he would get gold coins from it if worshipped.

c

He was fearful of the cobra and ran away from the spot.

d

The cobra was responsible for his poverty.

e

None of these


28.

Which of the following is TRUE according to the story ?


a

Haridatta had no idea as to why the cobra had killed his son.

b

The cobra gave Haridatta a diamond every day.

c

Haridatta had asked his son to give milk to the cobra because he himself was tired of doing it.

d

Haridatta’s son was greedy.

e

All are true


29.

What was the cobra’s final gift to the Brahmin ?


a

A bite

b

Venom

c

A gold coin

d

A diamond

e

None of these


30.

Which of the following is possibly the most appropriate title for the story ?


a

The Foolish Brahmin

b

The Brave Cobra

c

The Cobra And The Brahmin

d

Haridatta And His Son

e

The Mourning Father


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IBPS Clerk English Language Online Test 9 Practice Questions

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