English Reading Comprehension - SBI/IBPS/INSURANCE Exams - Competitive Exams 11

Dear Readers,

Today we are rendering you quiz on Reading Comprehension which is one of the most crucial and tough portion of English section in banking exams, in which maximum people get baffled and get panicked while solving it. You can solve Reading Comprehension with ease if you are practicing it on very regular basis, It is pivotal for all the upcoming banking exams, IBPS/SBI/RRB etc.

Directions (1-15):
Read each of the following passages carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words in the passages are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

After his spectacular success in the Matriculation examination Subhash Chandra Bose was sent to Calcutta but he had already decided to persue a meaningful life and contribute to the improvement of mankind. He joined the Presidency College, Calcutta, for the honours course in philosophy. He found genuine interest in his studies for the first time and western philosophy helped him to develop a critical frame of mind and emancipated him from preconceived notions. He questioned the truth of the Vedanata on which he had taken his stand so long and wrote essays in defense of materialism, Purely as an intellectual exercise. He came in conflict with the atmosphere of his group and it stuck him for the first time that people were dogmatic in their views, taking certain things for granted. During the summer vacation of 1914, when he was just 17, he quietly left for a pilgrimage with a friend without informing anybody at home. He wanted to find a guru but failed. He practiced asceticism for the purpose of purifying character and developing qualities of self-discipline. He saw an old woman who used to beg for alms. Her sorrowful countenance and her tattered clothes pained him. He felt himself like a criminal. He thought what right had I to be so fortunate to live in a three-storied house when this miserable beggar woman had hardly a roof over her head and practically no food or clothing. A week’s experience opened his eyes and unfolded. A picture of real India, the India of rampant illiteracy and villages where poverty stalked the land, and men died like flies. He realized that Yoga and other spiritual exercises were meaningless if they did not aim at promoting the good of the society.

Most of the college classes and lectures had very little interest for Subhash. He was slowly but steadily shedding his introvert character and taking greater interest in works of National reconstruction. In those days, the terrorist revolutionary movement had a peculiar fascination for the students of Bengal but Subhash and his group were more attracted to national reconstruction. Occasionally, there were frictions between the group of Subhash and the revolutionary group with the limited object of creating panic or chaos.

1.  While in college, Subhash Chandra started taking interest in …..
(1) activities of national reconstruction
(2) terrorist revolutionary movement
(3) various intellectual exercises
(4) dogmatic principles of Indian philosophy
(5) developing his personality as an introvert individual

2.  Why did Subhash Chandra Bose undertake pilgrimage?
(1) To change the dogmatic beliefs of people.
(2) To remove the sufferings of poor and needy
(3)To understand the essence of philosophical thought
(4)He wanted to create a better image of himself.
(5)None of these

3.  Which was the picture of real India as realized by Subhash?
(1) India was ruled for centuries by foreign invaders
(2) National Integration was the first priority of India
(3) Indian women lived extremely miserable life
(4)Illiteracy and poverty were prevalent in India
(5)None of these

4.  Which of the following helped Subhash Chandra to develop a critical frame of mind?
(1) Vedantic concepts of Indian philosophy.
(2)His contacts with learned teachers in Presidency college
(3) Western philosophical thought
(4) His observation of the miseries and plight of India poor
(5) None of these

5.  What thoughts flashed in the minds of Subhash Chandra when he saw an old woman?
(1) How painful the begging must be?
(2)Why do people beg rather than work to earn their livelihood
(3)He should concentrate more on Yoga to obtain spiritual power
(4)He must do something to mitigate the miseries of women.
(5)None of these

6. The objective of the revolutionary group was to….
(1) spread the teachings of materialism
(2) create instability and confussion in India
(3) spread the teachings of Vedantic Philosophy
(4)work for reconstruction of Indian nation
(5)teach people to practice asceticism

7.  Which of the following statement(s) (1), (2) and (3) is/are definitely true?
(1) Subhash realized that people in general were having progressive views.
(2) Subhash Chandra gradually became more and more introvert
(3) Western philosophy helped Subhash to free himself from the set nation.
(1) Only (a)                                 (2) Only (b)        
(3) Only (c)                                  (4) Only (a) and (b)         
(5) Only (b) and (c)

8.  Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) The studies at the college greatly interested Subhash
(2) Subhash gradually came out of his introvert character in college
(3) Subhash was genuinely interested in the revolutionary movement.
(4) Subhash questioned the tenets of spiritualism in Vedanata
(5)Bengal students had fascination for revolutionary movement.

9.  Which of the following statements is TRUE in the context of the passage?
(1) Subhash went on a pilgrimage to understand the real nature of real India
(2) Subhash found Yoga and other spiritual exercises really meaningful
(3) Nobody had an idea about the pilgrimage undertaken by Subhash
(4) Subhash did not agree with the principles of materialistic philosophy
(5)Subhash internalized the activities of the revolutionary group

Directions (10-12): Choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

10.  Emancipated
(1) prevented                           
(2) freed             
(3) empowered                       
(4) directed       
(5) engulfed

11.  Rampant
(1) widespread                      
(2) perpetual    
(3) recurring                            
(4) impossible   
(5) downtrodden

12.  Countenance
(1) expression                          
(2) look                
(3) presentation                      
(4) appearance
(5) trend

Directions (13-15): Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

13.  Promoting                 
(1) declining                              
(2) advocating  
(3) rejecting                             
(4) thwarting     
(5) uplifting

14.  Unfolded
(1) briefed                                 
(2) concealed    
(3) developed                           
(4) opened                        
(5) obtained

15.  Attracted
(1) ignored                                 
(2) offended     
(3) repelled                               
(4) manipulated               
(5) neglected




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