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Oct 17, 2011

Puduvai Bharathiar Grama Bank Question Papers - English


Directions—(Q. 1–15) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.

Before my many years’ service in a restaurant, I attended a top science university. The year was 2023 and I was finishing the project that would win me my professorship. My forty-second birthday had made a lonely visit the week before, and I was once again by myself in the flat. Like countless other mornings, I ordered a bagel from the toaster. ‘Yes, sir!’ it replied with robotic relish, and I began the day's work on the project. It was a magnificent machine, the thing I was making– capable of transferring the minds of any two beings into each other’s bodies. As the toaster began serving my bagel on to a plate, I realized the project was in fact ready for testing. I retrieved the duck and the cat–which I had bought for this purpose from their containers, and set about calibrating the machine in their direction. Once ready, I leant against the table, holding the bagel I was too excited to eat, and initiated the transfer sequence. As expected, the machine whirred and hummed into action, my nerves tingling at its synthetic sounds. The machine hushed, extraction and injection nozzles poised, scrutinizing its targets. The cat, though, was suddenly gripped by terrible alarm. The brute leapt into the air, flinging itself onto the machine. I watched in horror as the nozzles swung towards me; and, with a terrible, psychedelic whirl of colours, felt my mind wrenched from its sockets. When I awoke, moments later, I noticed first that I was two feet shorter. Then, I realized the lack of my limbs, and finally it occurred to me that I was a toaster. I saw immediately the solution to the situation–the machine could easily reverse the transfer–but was then struck by my utter inability to carry this out. After some consideration, using what I supposed must be the toaster’s onboard computer; I devised a strategy for rescue. I began to familiarize myself with my new body: the grill, the bread bin, the speaker and the spring mechanism. Through the device’s rudimentary eye–with which it served its creations–I could see the internal telephone on the wall. Aiming carefully, I began propelling slices of bread at it. The toaster was fed by a large stock of the stuff, yet as more and more bounced lamely off the phone, I began to fear its exhaustion. Toasting the bread before launch proved a wiser tactic. A slice of crusty wheat knocked the receiver off its cradle, and the immovable voice of the reception clerk answered. Resisting the urge to exclaim my unlikely predicament, I called from the table : ‘‘I’m having a bit of trouble up here, Room 91. Could you lend a hand ?’’ ‘‘Certainly, sir, there’s a burst water pipe on the floor above, I suppose I’ll kill two birds with one stone and sort you out on the way.” The clerk arrived promptly, and after a detailed and horrifying explanation, finally agreed to press the button on the machine and bring me back to my original state.


Q1. Why did the author believe that he would earn professorship ?
(A) The author was conducting experiments on his cat and duck
(B) The author was working on making a new toaster
(C) The author was working on a project where he was inventing a new machine
(D) The author thought that he was very intelligent
(E) None of these

Q2. Why was the author afraid that the bread would get exhausted ?
(A) Because he thought he would remain a toaster all his life
(B) Because although he was throwing a lot of bread at the phone, the cradle was not coming off the hook
(C) Because there was limited bread in the room
(D) Because the author had forgotten to load bread in the toaster
(E) None of these

Q3. What does the phrase ‘kill two birds with one stone’ used in the passage mean ?
(A) Take care of two things at one time
(B) Kill two birds with one bullet
(C) Kill both the cat and the duck simultaneously
(D) Please the clerk and gain professorship at the same time
(E) None of these

Q4. Why did the author bring out the cat and the duck ?
(A) So that they could watch while he performed the experiment
(B) So that he could perform the experiment on them
(C) So that the cat could jump on the machine
(D) So that the author could call the clerk
(E) None of these

Q5. The term ‘immovable voice’ as used in the passage means……
(A) hoarse voice
(B) fixed voice
(C) steady voice
(D) loud voice
(E) shaky voice

Q6. Which of the following is NOT true in the context of the passage ?
(A) The clerk was part of the experiment right from the start
(B) The clerk managed to bring the author back to his original state
(C) The experiment did not go completely as planned
(D) The author’s mind was transferred into the toaster
(E) All of the above are true

Q7. What was the author making ?
(A) He was making a toaster which could talk
(B) He was making a machine which could control animal behaviour
(C) He was making a machine which could convert itself into a toaster
(D) He was making a machine which could exchange the minds of two entities
(E) None of these

Q8. Why was the author two feet shorter when he woke up ?
(A) Because he was transformed into a duck
(B) Because the cat had jumped on him
(C) Because he was transformed into a telephone
(D) Because he had not made the machine correctly
(E) None of these

Q9. Who does the term 'The brute' used in the passage refer to ?
(A) The author
(B) The toaster
(C) The machine
(D) The clerk
(E) None of these

Q10. How did the author manage to call the clerk ?
(A) By dragging the phone towards himself
(B) By hitting the button on the machine
(C) By shouting for help
(D) By flinging toast at the phone on the wall and then asking the clerk for help
(E) None of these

Directions–(Q. 11–13) Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word .

Q11. SYNTHETIC
(A) loud
(B) clothed
(C) real
(D) electronic
(E) soft

Q12. FLINGING
(A) touching
(B) holding
(C) bending
(D) feeling
(E) throwing

Q13. INITIATED
(A) withstand
(B) worked
(C) stopped
(D) started
(E) culminate

Directions–(Q. 14–15) Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word.

Q14. TERRIBLE
(A) better
(B) wonderful
(C) extreme
(D) awful
(E) fearful

Q15. RUDIMENTARY
(A) advanced
(B) basic
(C) evil
(D) forward
(E) artificial

Directions–(Q. 16–20) Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C) and (D) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold in the sentence to make it grammatically correct ? If the sentence is correct as it is given and no correction is required, mark (E) as the answer.

Q16. One of the greatest actors pass away in his sleep at dawn today.
(A) passed away
(B) is pass away
(C) passing away
(D) was passed away
(E) No correction required

Q17. In light of the current scenario people should think of saving money rather spending it.
(A) more of
(B) because then
(C) rather than
(D) rather of
(E) No correction required

Q18. In every society there will always be a struggle between the rich and the poor.
(A) will always being
(B) is always being
(C) be always
(D) is always be
(E) No correction required

Q19. As he was keen in doing some social work, he established an NGO for the benefit of the downtrodden.
(A) is eager
(B) was keen on
(C) was eager
(D) is keen on
(E) No correction required

Q20. I am very thanking to you for helping me get through this situation.
(A) greatly thanking for
(B) great thankful to
(C) very thanking for
(D) very thankful to
(E) No correction required

Directions–(Q. 21–25) In each question below, a sentence with four words printed in bold type is given. These are lettered as (A), (B), (C) and (D). One of these four words printed in bold may be either wrongly spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Find out the word which is wrongly spelt or inappropriate, if any. The letter of that word is your answer. If all the words printed in bold are correctly spelt and also appropriate in the context of the sentence, mark (E) i.e., 'All correct' as your answer.

Q21. She opened (A) and closed the apartment (B) door carefuly (C) and finally went for a walk. (D) All correct (E)

Q22. The information (A) contain (B) in this mail is privileged (C) and confidential. (D) All correct (E)

Q23. In the end, we will remember (A) not the words of our enemies, (B) but the silence (C) of our friends. (D) All correct (E)

Q24. He decided to quite (A) the company (B) as he was not being (C) paid well. (D) All correct (E)

Q25. The first step towards (A) getting someway (B) is to decide (C) that you are not going to stay (D) where you are. All correct (E)

Directions—(Q. 26–30) Rearrange the following six sentences (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.
(1) When I arrived, they all sat around the table while I was given a chair to sit.
(2) And to show that the English could do great things, that evening I ate more than usual.
(3) One day the Emperor and his young Princes stated that they would like to invite me for dinner.
(4) Seeing this they further complimented me and I felt ecstatic.
(5) Of course I accepted and visited their palace.
(6) They were all full of admiration when they saw how much I could eat.

Q26. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement ?
(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 5
(E) 6

Q27. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement ?
(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 6
(E) 5

Q28. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement ?
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 6

Q29. Which of the following should be the LAST (SIXTH) sentence after rearrangement ?
(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 4
(D) 6
(E) 5

Q30. Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement ?
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 6

Directions—(Q. 31–40) 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 letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (E). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.)

Q31. One of the best way (A) / of improving (B) / your English is to (C) / read the language. (D) No error (E)

Q32. I was halting (A) /at the station for (B) / the train to arrive when (C) / suddenly there was a loud noise. (D) No error (E)

Q33. I reached (A) / lately for the meeting (B) / as I got (C) / stuck in traffic. (D) No error (E)

Q34. Unless you (A) / work hard you (B) /will not achieve (C) / success in life. (D) No error (E)

Q35. The labourers working at (A) / the construction site were (B) / very tiring and (C) / wanted to rest. (D) No error (E)

Q36. As it was (A) / the boss’s birthday (B) / all the employees wanted (C) / to buy a gift to him. (D) No error (E)

Q37. Priya got a (A) / new job and she (B) / happily told everyone (C) / about then. (D) No error (E)

Q38. Being new to the country (A) / myself decided to first take a (B) / quick tour around (C) / the place I was staying. (D) No error (E)

Q39. Since I had bought (A) / quite a few items (B) / the store keeper smiles (C) / and gave me a discount. (D) No error (E)

Q40. After waiting for (A) /a very long time (B) / the man finally(C) / returned home frustrated. (D) No error (E)

Directions—(Q. 41–50) 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.

My father …(41)… a small estate in Punjab; I …(42)… the third of five sons. When, I was fourteen years …(43) …, my father sent me to college. But as it was expensive, I …(44)… after staying there for three years. I was then apprenticed to Mr. Bose, a well known surgeon. I worked …(45)…him for four years. During this period, my father would send me some money, which I used to study navigation, because I always felt that I would one day …(46)… to faraway lands. When I …(47)… Mr. Bose, my father sent me to medical college. After …(48)… three years there, Mr. Bose got me the position of doctor on a ship. I …(49)… on the ship for three and a half years, after which I thought I would settle down in Kolkata. My master Mr. Bose used to send me some of his patients and I bought a small house. After a …(50)…, I got married to a local girl.

Q41. (A) live
(B) sell
(C) owned
(D) own
(E) lived

Q42. (A) was
(B) had
(C) for
(D) is
(E) wanted

Q43. (A) aged
(B) older
(C) elder
(D) age
(E) old

Q44. (A) leave
(B) went
(C) gone
(D) left
(E) go

Q45. (A) of
(B) under
(C) within
(D) to
(E) off

Q46. (A) visited
(B) travel
(C) flying
(D) visit
(E) travelling

Q47. (A) with
(B) finished
(C) leave
(D) wait
(E) left

Q48. (A) spent
(B) study
(C) complete
(D) nearly
(E) casual

Q49. (A) ran
(B) work
(C) stayed
(D) sleep
(E) travel

Q50. (A) while
(B) brief
(C) pause
(D) time
(E) stay
Puduvai Bharathiar Grama Bank Question Papers - English