English Test for IBPS Clerk 2018 Main Exam Set – 31

Directions(1-5): In each of the following questions a passage is given in which there is a blank. Choose the most logical and appropriate option from the five options given that can be filled in the blank.

  1. That the British political and media establishment is engrossed by this week’s edition of that long-running psychodrama called Brexit is forgivable; it is their country, and the episode promises to be an action-packed one. But for many Europeans, the meaningful vote is just more of the same: the Brits still don’t know what they want, __________________________.
    so country still refuses to face the consequences of its decision to leave, again and again deferring a choice from the post-Brexit options available to it.
    so the politicians go round and round and round, and then round some more
    so the real world made the victory for the leave camp possible in the first place
    so a vote that will not bring any further clarity in the only question that matters
    None of these
    Option B


  2. The latest person to tell us how hard it is to be a parent is Duncan Jones, a filmmaker, father of two and the son of David Bowie. He “sparked debate” (AKA a social media pile-on) ____________________. “I’ll tell you something I never see anyone admit,” he wrote. “They are exhausting, frustrating and life-destabilizing. They are rarely fun. Sure, smiles are great, hugs are lovely, but it’s HARD & not obviously a good choice in life.”
    these are often the same parents who judge the choices of people who don’t have children, and suggest to us that we will regret it
    how hard it is all the time – it’s just that some people really don’t want to hear it
    this week with a series of tweets about life with children aged two-and-a-half and nine months
    no advice to offer about colic or cabbage leaves, or the unique agony of going back to work or choosing the right school
    None of these
    Option C


  3. This is the spread the president put on for the visiting Clemson University football team, who had won the College Football Playoff National Championship. Trump made sure to point out numerous times that he paid for the food out of his own pocket. Many federal employees are not being paid at all, given the ongoing government shutdown (now the longest ever), which is why the president had to order food in the first place, __________________ (which, again, he blamed on the Democrats).
    because he has been known to enjoy them in bed
    because photographs captured them merrily chomping down
    because mum has that drawer full of stolen restaurant condiments
    because catering staff are on furlough
    None of these
    Option D


  4. Whenever they need a grumpy middle-aged man to be triggered, there he is, reliable as clockwork. He did it with Greggs’ vegan sausage roll, ________________. And he’s done it again with the new Gillette ad targeting toxic masculinity, which twists its familiar “the best a man can get” tagline to suggest that men can do a lot better than Harvey Weinstein and fighting in the street.
    helping catapult their January marketing wheeze onto the front pages by complaining that it was a monstrosity
    ad clearly has offended some male customers who take deep exception to being lumped in with gropers and thugs
    the aim was to generate oodles of free publicity by whipping up controversy
    it may have helped reposition an established brand that was in danger of starting to look old-fashioned as something more cutting edgeit may have helped reposition an established brand that was in danger of starting to look old-fashioned as something more cutting edge
    None of these
    Option A


  5. The story of Yuen, a former British public schoolboy and London DJ, has captured the attention of the British press, but he’s far from the only one awaiting caning. Judicial corporal punishment has been a long-time fixture in the south-east Asian city state. It was first introduced by British colonialists in the 19th century, but has been retained and even expanded by the post-independence government. Today, it’s applicable to more than 30 offences, ______________________. Between January and October 2016, the courts handed down caning sentences to 1,257 people; 987 sentences were carried out in that time.
    listening to them describe being lined up with others due to be caned that day
    from violent crimes like rape and robbery to nonviolent breaches of the law such as vandalism or overstaying one’s visa for over 90 days
    courts have ruled that caning – an act of violence that causes the skin to split and the buttocks to bleed
    evidence that capital or corporal punishment deters crime is not as clear as they’d have everyone believe
    None of these
    Option B


  6. Directions (6-10): Choose the odd sentence out of the given five sentences in each question.

  7. About the country we are and the one we could be, about the glittering prizes our leaders will wrangle from Europe, or about how the entire train ride can be stopped.
    Since June 2016, we have gone from dreams of exporting “innovative jam”, to state-sponsored traffic jams on the A256 outside Manston.
    This week the fantasy island finally gets its comeuppance.
    And even if the opposition fails to topple the government, May then has until next Monday to magic up a plan B.
    For two and a half years the UK has bubbled with delusions and dishonesty.
    Option D


  8. He sat down with his family, put Journey on a jukebox and chomped on some onion rings.
    Then the screen went black. What happened after that – whether Tony was assassinated by the bloke who walked into the toilet moments before the blackout, or if he lived and had to listen to Meadow discuss her terrible parallel parking – is an unknown and will always remain so.
    The Times dedicated a story to whether or not the issue of Tony Soprano’s fate had finally been put to bed. Of course, it hasn’t and isn’t.
    As it should do.
    Let’s get one thing straight. Tony Soprano didn’t die at the end of The Sopranos.
    Option C


  9. People have very different experiences of the economy depending on where they live and work.
    But it is these local and regional statistics that more accurately reflect the real-life economies people experience.
    New research from the Resolution Foundation is a timely reminder of quite how different that experience is:
    But while some low-employment areas have also caught up, there are some new divides emerging – in rural areas especially.
    it shows that some northern cities have seen large increases in employment rates, and that London accounted for a third of net employment growth since 2008.
    Option B


  10. If our national psyche were one person, it would be Robbie Williams.
    Then suddenly, when the World Trade Center was hit, satire seemed unequal to the new seriousness.
    OK, so it may not have had much actual information, but it was a pretty flaccid time.
    Everyone was pretending to be the good guy, the world’s policeman. It was all cops and no robbers.
    In 2001, before 9/11, the satirical US news source the Onion was where a lot of us got most of our international news.
    Option A


  11. Unfortunately, the majority are not getting this support, as students in these nations remain tied to an archaic process based around predicted grades governing university entry.
    They need the support to help choose the course that is best for them, and avoid dropping out, which would leave them with the cost of higher education without the benefit.
    And it’s made even more significant for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the eye-watering debt most will accumulate.
    The decision regarding which university to go to and which course to choose is the biggest that most young people will have faced in their lives,
    The present process, whereby the majority of students receive the offer of a university place based primarily on their expected grades rather than actual ones, is a product of a process designed for a time when less than 5% of the population went to university.
    Option E


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