English Test for NIACL 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 6

Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follows.

Stephen Dedalus spends the early morning hours of June 16, 1904, remaining aloof from his mocking friend, Buck Mulligan, and Buck’s English acquaintance, Haines. As Stephen leaves for work, Buck orders him to leave the house key and meet them at the pub at 12:30. Stephen resents Buck. Around 10:00 A.M., Stephen teaches a history lesson to his class at Garrett Deasy’s boys’ school. After class, Stephen meets with Deasy to receive his wages. The narrow-minded and prejudiced Deasy lectures Stephen on life. Stephen agrees to take Deasy’s editorial letter about cattle disease to acquaintances at the newspaper. Stephen spends the remainder of his morning walking alone on Sandymount Strand, thinking critically about his younger self and about perception. He composes a poem in his head and writes it down on a scrap torn from Deasy’s letter. At 8:00 A.M. the same morning, Leopold Bloom fixes breakfast and brings his wife her mail and breakfast in bed. One of her letters is from Molly’s concert tour manager, Blazes Boylan (Bloom suspects he is also Molly’s lover)—Boylan will visit at 4:00 this afternoon. Bloom returns downstairs, reads a letter from their daughter, Milly, then goes to the outhouse. At 10:00 A.M., Bloom picks up an amorous letter from the post office—he is corresponding with a woman named Martha Clifford under the pseudonym Henry Flower. He reads the tepid letter, ducks briefly into a church, then orders Molly’s lotion from the pharmacist. He runs into Bantam Lyons, who mistakenly gets the impression that Bloom is giving him a tip on the horse Throwaway in the afternoon’s Gold Cup race. Around 11:00 A.M., Bloom rides with Simon Dedalus (Stephen’s father), Martin Cunningham, and Jack Power to the funeral of Paddy Dignam. The men treat Bloom as somewhat of an outsider. At the funeral, Bloom thinks about the deaths of his son and his father. At noon, we find Bloom at the offices of the Freeman newspaper, negotiating an advertisement for Keyes, a liquor merchant. Several idle men, including editor Myles Crawford, are hanging around in the office, discussing political speeches. Bloom leaves to secure the ad. Stephen arrives at the newspaper with Deasy’s letter. Stephen and the other men leave for the pub just as Bloom is returning. Bloom’s ad negotiation is rejected by Crawford on his way out.

  1. What, according to the passage, is false about Stephen Dedalus ?
    He was upset with his friends.
    He is a student
    He receives wages from Deasy
    Both a & b
    None of these
    Option D


  2. Who is Myles Crawford?
    Wife of Stephen
    Editor of Freeman
    A friend of Bloom
    None of these
    Option C


  3. Which of the following statement is true about Bloom?
    Bloom was negotiating an advertisement for Keyes
    Bloom picks up an amorous letter from the post office
    Bloom fixes breakfast and brings his wife her mail
    Bloom orders Molly’s lotion from the pharmacist
    All are Correct
    Option E


  4. What, according to the passage, is the most appropriate synonym of “scrap”:
    crumbs of bread
    a piece of paper
    particle of sand
    All are correct
    Option B


  5. Who is Henry Flower?
    a. a postman
    b. a woman
    c. an acquaint of Bloom

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are correct
    Option B


  6. Direction (6-10): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.

  7. Going on an arresting spree can be a reassuring display of the ________________ of law and order — only when the arrests are ________________ by evidence and procedure. The arrest of five individuals on charges of illegally helping those ‘waging war’ against the Indian State will also have to meet the same criteria. The Supreme Court has kept matters in limbo, ordering the accused be out of custody and under house arrest till September 6, by which time Maharashtra state and the Centre have to respond to the petition filed challenging the arrests.
    efficiency, weakened
    efficacy, buttressed
    potency, unsupported
    influence, undermined
    All are correct
    Option B


  8. he decline in fixed deposit rates, following cuts in RBI policy rates, helped. The gainers were pension and provident funds and shares and debentures. This shift in household saving behaviour partly explains the ________________ of the stock market even as foreign portfolio inflows proved ________________ .
    buoyancy, fickle
    trend, reliable
    situation, dependable
    place, staunch
    All are correct
    Option A


  9. The economic returns from investing in better schooling, healthcare and sanitation would ________________ , by far, whatever gain is to be had by letting a few thousand more to fly abroad. Subsidising air travel to some of the most popular tourist destinations abroad would merely ________________ domestic economic activity, apart from enriching the already well-heeled.
    prevail, irritate
    compensate, intervene
    outweigh, divert
    preponderate, disturb
    All are correct
    Option C


  10. They’re doing side projects, where they are ________________ innovation outside of the four walls, and then bringing it back in once it has been ________________ . There are lots of ways to infect a company, even if you’re not the leader, with unsafe thinking with a new process, not just the attitude.
    building up, comprehended
    working up, addressed
    fortifying, befitted
    ramping up, incubated
    All are correct
    Option E


  11. In these columns last week, I noted that ________________ GDP growth in Modi’s first four years ________________ ill for his re-election chance in 2019, and that he badly needed to accelerate growth in his final year to 8%. That might actually happen. Official data for the first quarter of 2018-19 has just come out, and shows GDP galloping at 8.2%.
    erotic, presaged
    lacklustre, boded
    vapid, prophesied
    insipid, revealed
    All are correct
    Option B


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