English Test for IBPS PO Prelims Exam set – 3


Directions(1-7): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

In all the land, no one was better with a bow and arrow than Robin Hood. He lived with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest. That was the woods where the King kept his royal deer.

A few years before, King Richard had ruled the land. King Richard let people who were poor come into Sherwood Forest. They could hunt the deer to get food for their families. But the time had come for King Richard and his army to leave England. As soon as he was gone, his younger brother John took over the throne. Bad King John did not want anyone to come into Sherwood Forest anymore to hunt the royal deer. From then on, anyone who was seen hunting the King’s deer in Sherwood Forest would be hanged!

Robin Hood did not like that one bit. He moved into Sherwood Forest. Dressed in green from his cap to his boots, the trees of Sherwood Forest could hide him as he hunted the King’s deer. Sometimes other brave men came into Sherwood Forest. One by one they joined Robin Hood, and became his Merry Men.

Robin Hood and his Merry Men would hide when rich nobles and dukes passed through the woods. Then all at once, they would jump out and rob those rich men. And Robin Hood would give the money to the poor.

The rich men who were robbed were not happy about it. They went to the King. They told Bad King John what was going on in Sherwood Forest. They said, “Something must be done about this!” The King put the Sheriff of Nottingham in charge of Sherwood Forest. It would be his job to catch Robin Hood – once and for all!

But the man in green was too quick. His Merry Men would warn Robin Hood each time they saw the Sheriff of Nottingham or one of his guards in the woods.

So the Sheriff came up with a new plan. “I will call for a great contest,” he said, “to find out who is the best in the land with a bow and arrow. The winner will go home with a Golden Arrow.” The Sheriff said in a low voice, “If I know Robin Hood, he will not be able to stay away from such a contest. And when he comes, we will catch him!”

“Robin Hood, don’t go to the contest!” said Little John. Of all the Merry Men, Robin Hood trusted Little John the most. “It is a trap!” he said. “When they see you, they will get you.” Robin Hood said nothing. He wanted to go.

On the day of the contest, ten fine bowmen lined up. The round target was so far away it was hard to see its black and red circles. One by one, each young man shot his best arrow. Some of the arrows landed on the target. None came close to the center.

The Sheriff turned to one of his guards. “Do you see him? Is he here?”

“No, Sir. Robin Hood has red hair. None of the ones who are shooting has red hair.”

“That wimp!” said the Sheriff. “He fears me! That is why he stayed away.”

Two bowmen were left. The first was William, the Sheriff’s man. With care, William, took aim. His arrow landed at the very center of the target – a bull’s eye! The crowd cheered for William.

It was time for the last bowman. His arrow sailed through the air, too. It landed right through the bull’s eye arrow, cutting it in half! In a flash, the bowman let go of two more arrows. Each one flew to where the Sheriff sat, pinning him to his seat, one arrow on each side.

The Sheriff did not know what was going on! Then the man in green pulled off a black wig and threw it on the ground.

“Get him, you fools!” shouted the Sheriff. “It’s Robin Hood!”

But our hero jumped over the wall to a horse waiting for him. He was gone! Robin Hood had escaped!

  1. 1. Which among the following is /are correct regarding Robin Hood, as described in the passage?

    I. Robin Hood is very good with bow and arrow but he is better with guns.
    II. Robin Hood used to live with his own family members and no outsider was allowed in their house.
    III. Robin Hood was a government servant who used to serve the government whenever required by the King.

    Both I and II
    Both II and III
    Only II
    Both I and III
    None of I, II and III
    Option E
    Refer to, “In all the land, no one was better with a bow and arrow than Robin Hood. He lived with his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest. That was the woods where the King kept his royal deer.”

     

  2. What happened to Robin Hood ultimately, as per the information given in the passage?
    Robin Hood was caught by the King’s Men and he was put to death as per the orders of the King.
    Robin Hood escaped and the King’s Men could not catch him despite their best efforts to arrest him.
    The King’s Men could not understand what to do as Robin Hood offered them a lucrative deal to join him and leave the government job.
    The King’s Men were overpowered by the Robin Hood army and all of them were killed brutally.
    None of the above
    Option B
    Refer to, “But our hero jumped over the wall to a horse waiting for him. He was gone! Robin Hood had escaped!”

     

  3. What convinced the King’s Men that Robin Hood had not come to take part in the competition organized by the King?
    Robin Hood used to come with his army of Green Men but there was no such indication in the competition.
    The Sheriff’s Men wanted to show that they were at the job all the time without even checking the presence of Robin Hood in the competition.
    The Sheriff was so impressed with his men that he did not check the veracity of the information given by them.
    The Sheriff’s Men was convinced that Robin Hood would come in his normal self and they could not locate anybody like that.
    None of the above
    Option D
    Refer to, “No, Sir. Robin Hood has red hair. None of the ones who are shooting has red hair.”

     

  4. Which among the following statements can be considered as correct regarding William, as described in the passage?
    William was one of the King’s Men who were keeping an eye on Robin Hood but he also took part in the bow and arrow competition.
    William did not appear in the competition despite giving his name for that since he knew that he would lose to Robin Hood.
    William was a very good archer but he was not in the same class as Robin Hood.
    William was a part of the Army of Robin Hood though he could not make it to the competition along with other members of the army.
    None of the above
    Option C
    Refer to, “Two bowmen were left. The first was William, the Sheriff’s man. With care, William, took aim. His arrow landed at the very center of the target – a bull’s eye! The crowd cheered for William. It was time for the last bowman. His arrow sailed through the air, too. It landed right through the bull’s eye arrow, cutting it in half! In a flash, the bowman let go of two more arrows. Each one flew to where the Sheriff sat, pinning him to his seat, one arrow on each side.”

     

  5. Which among the following is correct regarding the rule of King Richard in England, as described in the passage?
    King Richard was so bad that he did not want anyone to come to his palace with their problems and he only wanted to be involved in music and dance.
    King Richard was very considerate towards the poor and he used to think about them a lot.
    King Richard was not the actual King of England and that is why he had to leave the country after certain years.
    King Richard could not understand the significance of engaging in welfare of his subjects and that I why he was overthrown by the public.
    King Richard was not a good king but at the same time he did not bother about what was happening in the country.
    Option B
    Refer to, “A few years before, King Richard had ruled the land. King Richard let people who were poor come into Sherwood Forest. They could hunt the deer to get food for their families.”

     

  6. Which among the following is similar in meaning to the word ”Escaped” as used in the passage?
    Ran away
    Terminated
    Fragmented
    Utilized
    None of the above
    Option A

     

  7. How did Robin Hood form his army of Merry Men after moving to the Sherwood Forest himself during the rule of King John in England?
    Robin Hood asked all the poor men in the Sherwood Forest to join him so that they could end the rule of the King.
    Robin Hood brought with him all the friends from the earlier place of his residence so that he did not have to find any company.
    Robin Hood was a part of the King’s Men earlier but he fell out with the King and escaped with all his finest men.
    Robin Hood requested all the people of England to join him at the Sherwood Forest in order to overthrow King John from the throne.
    None of the above
    Option E
    Refer to, “Dressed in green from his cap to his boots, the trees of Sherwood Forest could hide him as he hunted the King’s deer. Sometimes other brave men came into Sherwood Forest. One by one they joined Robin Hood, and became his Merry Men.”

     

  8. Directions(8-10): In the questions given below, a sentence has been broken down into four fragments labeled (A), (B), (C) and (D) and arranged, not necessarily in the correct order. You have to find the correct order of arrangement from the options given below. In case, the sentence is correct in its original form, please select (E) as your answer.

  9. Of the World Trade Organization at Buenos Aires is anything (A) / upon wrecking the multilateral framework of the WTO (B) / If the recently concluded 11th Ministerial Conference (C) / to go by, then the United States seems bent (D).
    DABC
    CADB
    CBAD
    BACD
    No rearrangement required
    Option B
    Correct statement: If the recently concluded 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Buenos Aires is anything to go by, then the United States seems bent upon wrecking the multilateral framework of the WTO.

     

  10. Assets and the proposed FRDI Bill, 2017 to pre-empt any banking or (A) / the finance ministry claims that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (B) / financial institution failures will help resolve the bad loans problem (C) / enacted in May 2016 to expedite the recovery of stressed (D).
    CBAD
    BDAC
    DBAC
    ACBD
    No rearrangement required
    Option B
    Correct statement: The finance ministry claims that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code enacted in May 2016 to expedite the recovery of stressed assets and the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 to pre-empt any banking or financial institution failures will help resolve the bad loans problem.

     

  11. Out to various telecom companies for (A) / voice services all across the country (B) / rolling out mobile internet and (C) / a total of 122 licenses had been given (D).
    DABC
    BCDA
    DACB
    CBAD
    No rearrangement required
    Option C
    Correct statement: A total of 122 licenses had been given out to various telecom companies for rolling out mobile internet and voice services all across the country.

     

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