English Test for IBPS PO Prelims Exam set – 15

Directions (1-5): In each of the following questions, a word has been used in sentences in THREE different ways. Choose the option corresponding to the sentences in which the usage of the word is CORRECT or APPROPRIATE.

  1. ROBUST
    (i) Even though we are told to robust plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy, there have been cases where drinking too much water has been fatal for some people.
    (ii) Robust savings can only be withdrawn if the worker is leaving the company permanently.
    (iii) In order to be a fireman, one needs to be robust because fighting fires is a very difficult job.
    Only (i)
    Only (ii)
    Only (iii)
    All are correct
    None of these
    Option C
    Robust means strong and healthy

     

  2. GRADUAL
    (i) A car only proceeds through gradual movements, starting slow and gaining speed a little bit at a time before reaching a cruising speed.
    (ii) A gradual income is one that pays you slowly but surely, unlike a bonus check which only benefits you one time.
    (iii) Time is completely gradual, moving along slowly and one second at a time, never making leaps and bounds at one time.
    Only (ii)
    Both (i) and (iii)
    Only (iii)
    All are correct
    None of these
    Option D
    Gradual means taking place or progressing slowly or by degrees.

     

  3. FRUGAL
    (i) The mother didn’t mean to frugal, but she was tired and her children refused to do their chores.
    (ii) The students began to grumble and protest when their teacher assigned them a frugal project during winter break.
    (iii) My Mom was thoughtful enough to include my favorite snack in my lunch today, so it was much frugal than the school lunch I had the day before.
    Only (i)
    Only (ii)
    Only (iii)
    Both (ii) and (iii)
    None of these
    Option E
    Frugal means simple and plain and costing little.

     

  4. DISSONANCE
    (i) There is a great deal of dissonance between what a liar says and does.
    (ii) The criminal used dissonance to his advantage by behaving in a way in which the police would never have expected him to act.
    (iii) Dissonance often occurs when individuals try to explain their abnormal behaviors.
    All are correct
    Only (ii)
    Both (i) and (iii)
    Only (ii)
    None of these
    Option A
    Dissonance means lack of agreement or harmony between people or things

     

  5. HEFTY
    (i) The man struggled to carry his hefty bag down the steep stairs.
    (ii) The hefty car parts were difficult to lift without the use of a machine.
    (iii) While I expected my elderly neighbor to be hefty, he was actually genial and invited me in for tea.
    Only (i)
    Only (ii)
    Both (i) and (ii)
    Only (iii)
    None of these
    Option C
    Hefty means strong and bulky

     

  6. Directions (6-10): Choose the word which is most SIMILAR in meaning to the word printed in bold below.

  7. ESPOUSE
    Embrace
    Reject
    Oppose
    Absolute
    Endanger
    Option A
    Espouse: adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life).
    Embrace: an act of accepting something willingly or enthusiastically

     

  8. INCITE
    Depress
    Arouse
    Dissuade
    Hinder
    Deaden
    Option B
    Incite: encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behaviour).
    Arouse: evoke or awaken (a feeling, emotion, or response).

     

  9. BOLSTER
    Neglect
    Obstruct
    Aid
    Halt
    Undermine
    Option C
    Bolster: support or strengthen.
    Aid: help or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something.

     

  10. TEDIOUS
    Eventful
    Facile
    Pleasant
    Exhausting
    Exciting
    Option D
    Tedious: too long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous.
    Exhausting: making one feel very tired; very tiring.

     

  11. GERMANE
    Inappropriate
    Improper
    Unsuitable
    Irrelevant
    Pertinent
    Option E
    Germane: relevant to a subject under consideration.
    Pertinent: relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite

     

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