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English Reading Comprehension for All Bank Exams – PO/ Clerk 2017

English Reading Comprehension for All Bank Exams - PO/ Clerk 2017

English Reading Comprehension for All Bank Exams – PO/ Clerk 2017

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English Reading Comprehension

English Reading Comprehension is a must-do topic to clear any competitive exam as 8-10 questions are asked from RC passages alone which make it the most important topic of English Section. To conveniently solve any RC passage, one should have a strong command over Vocabulary, as direct questions related to vocabulary are also asked from RC passages.

Q: 1-10 Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been given in bold 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 every day. 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 watermelons 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 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 so-called 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 realized his folly and hung his head in shame.

1. Why did 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.  Fox told the donkey to sing a song.
  4.  He wanted to prove that he was a good singer.
  5. None of the above.

2. What was donkey’s reaction when Fox suggested him not to sing a song?

  1. Donkey agreed with Fox and did not sing a song.
  2. Donkey chose to dance instead of singing a song.
  3. Donkey became angry and did not talk to Fox after that.
  4. Donkey didn’t pay attention to fox words and sang a song.
  5. None of the above.

3. What happened when donkey sang a song?

  1. The fox clapped for the donkey.
  2. The villagers praised donkey and gave him a gift.
  3. The fox started dancing.
  4. The owner woke up and beat the donkey ruthlessly.
  5. None of the above.

4. How did donkey come to know the fox?

  1. Both were childhood friends.
  2. Donkey happened to meet the fox in the field while wandering around in the search of delicious food.
  3. They used to work together for the washer man from the starting.
  4. Fox once saved donkey life.
  5. None of the above.

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5. Which of the following statement is false according to the passage?

  1. The donkey realized his mistake in the end.
  2. The donkey was not satisfied with the food given to him by his master.
  3. 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 the above

Directions (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.

6. Stealthily

a) Superstitiously         b) Secretly          c) Honestly             d) Openly                    e) Overtly

7. Compelled

a) Discouraged            b) Delayed         c) Suspended          d) Forced                     e) Demanded

8. Adamance

a) Easy going               b) Yielding         c) Flexible                d) Mischievous            e) Rigid

 

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Directions (9-10): Choose the word/group of words which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.

9. Folly

a) Stupidity         b) Madness             c) Advanceness          d) Sageness                e) Sharpness

10. Pitiable

a) Miserable        b) Misfortunate      c) Pathetic                 d) Honorable               e) Commendable

Answers:

  1. (a)    2. (d)   3. (d)   4.(b)   5.(c)   6.(b)     7. (d)     8. (e)      9. (d)    10. (e)

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