SBI PO 2015: English Quiz

Directions (1 to 10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are oriented below the passage and against each, five words/phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank approximately. Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each cast.  

Asteroids are rocks and debris which are the leftovers of the construction of our solar system. Most are in a belt, which (1) between Mars and Jupiter. However, the gravitational influence of the giant planet, like Jupiter, or an impact by a comet can knock these large rocks out of their orbit, thus hurling them (2) the Earth. Many bodies have struck Earth in the (3), and a widely accepted theory blames the impact of an asteroid for the extinction of dinosaur about 65 million years ago. The scale of such a disaster can be understood by the example of a relatively small-size asteroid strike in Siberia in early 20th century which (4) more than half a million acres of forest. 

However, what relieves the common man of the (5) regarding asteroid impact is the fact that many scientific groups are dedicated towards tracking the asteroid paths and orbit all around the year. With advanced equipment and technology, they can predict any upcoming danger much in (6). Accroding to them the chances of finding such an asteroid crossing Earth in this or the next five generations’ lifetime is only one in thousands. Even if such an asteroid is found out, there will be (7) of time to track it, measure its orbit precisely, and plan a system for (8) it from its orbit away no great panic. It would be a project for all the world’s nations to take part in. It could be a globally unifying event. Because it will be (9) long before it actually hits the Earth, it probably would take only a small measure such as chemical rockets, or perhaps an atomic explosion to divert it from a threatening path.
Thus, in short, it can be said that though the impact would pose enormous risk to all living forms on Earth, the odds of it occurring within our lifetimes is very (10) and it is unnecessary to run around believing that the sky is falling. 

1.1) rotates
2) appears
3) strikes
4) encircles
5) exists 

2.1) past
2) around
3) towards
4) against
5) inside 

3.1) future
2) centuries
3) earliest
4) past
5) history 

4.1) extinct
2) devastated
3) wasted
4) shriveled
5) fell   

5.1) apprehension
2) expectation
3) distrust
4) sufferings
5) hesitation 

6.1) sooner
2) accuracy
3) advance
4) time
5) distance 

7.1) dearth
2) loss
3) most
4) lack
5) plenty 

8.1) blocking
2) deflecting
3) avoiding
4) destroying
5) changing 

9.1) experienced
2) harmful
3) perceived
4) noticed
5) devastating 

10.1) low
2) large
3) narrow
4) high
5) few

Directions (Q. 11 to 15): Each question below has two omitted, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the set of words for each   blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

11.After having been friends for more than a decade, they had a ……. last year and have not ……….. each other ever since 
1) fight, talked
2) argument, met
3) dispute, seen 
4) quarrel, admired
5) difference, introduced 

12.The workers, several of ….. had complained about their low wages earlier, have now …… move the court for the labour rights. 
1) who, indicated
2) whom, decided
3) which, threatened 
4) them, resolved
5) number, warned 

13.The hutment dwellers were jubilant when the government …… an apartment to each of them at ….. rates
(a) demolished, fast  
2) announced, less
3) provided, high 
4) acquired, low
5) promised, subsidised

14.The organization was deeply ………. By difficulties a decade ago but the new CEO brought many ………………  changes in it and took it to a new high. 
1) indebted, necessary
2) plagued, vital
3) copying, more 
4) hurt, critical
5) shaken, inevitable 

15.The Prime minister, who is ……….. in his holiday home at the moment, said that he was very … by the news of India winning the World Cup. 
1) visiting, happy
2) residing, obliged  
3) intruding, dejected 
4) staying, pleased
5) resting, cheerful 


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