English Quiz of SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 : Slot II

Directions (1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions. Some words in the passage are marked in bold for you to locate them when a question related to them is asked.

A servant had two large pots, each hung on one end of the pole he carried across the back of his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream, the cracked pot arrived only half full. This went on every day for two years, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house. The cracked pot perceived itself to be not so worthy enough as the perfect pot and was ashamed of its imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived as bitter failure, it spoke to the servant one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself and I want to apologize to you.” Why?” asked the servant. “What are you ashamed of? “The pot said, “For the past two years, I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws you have to work without getting the full value of your efforts,”
The servant felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and out of compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Again at the end of the trail, the pot still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and again it apologized for its failure. The servant said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I knew about your flaw and took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them for me. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to embellish my master’s table. If you were not just the way you are, he would not have such beauty to grace his house.

1. What does ‘such beauty to grace’ means according to the given passage?
a) to decorate
b) to maintain
c) to spread happiness
d) to be gloomy
e) to maintain the decor

2. The pot felt miserable because?
a) Another pot was perfect.
b) He was not able to deliver water properly, in comparison to the other pot.
c) The servant disliked the pot.
d) The stretch from the stream to the master’s house was exhausting for the servant.
e) The perfect pot loathed him.

3. What would be the better replacement for the word ‘bitter’, in this passage?
a) angry
b) complete
c) unknown
d) temporary
e)None of the above

4. What should be the title of the passage?
a) The servant and his master
b) The flowery path
c) A tale of two pots
d) The perfect pot and the servant
e) The master and his pots

5. What does the word ‘miserable’ means, in the given passage?
a) happy
b) arrogant
c) shy
d) hostile
e) sorrowful

6. What does the word ‘perceived’ means, in the given passage?
a) thought
b) said
c) told
d) argue
e) None of these

7. What does the word ‘compassion’ means, in the given passage?
a) competition
b) rage
c) solicitude
d) jealousy
e) understanding

8. According to the passage, how was the nature of the broken pot?
a) arrogant
b) sensitive
c) happy
d) euphoric
e) None of these

9. Which of the following statement is true according to the passage?
a) The master was very cruel.
b) The servant was burdened because the cracked pot delivered only half of its load
c) The cracked pot felt sad because he could to deliver water properly.
d) The stream was too far away from the master’s house.
e) The servant liked the perfect pot more than the cracked pot.

10. What can be inferred as a message from the given passage?
a) Don’t lag behind.
b) Life is full of hurdles.
c) Never give up
d) Leave the past behind.
e) Learn to convert our weaknesses into our strength.

Directions (Q.11-15). Rearrange the following five sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

A)"What a fool I was to think it is an ordinary animal," thought the man. He suddenly realised that the owner had received a good offer and was about to close the bidding.
B) On hearing the man, many people gathered around the donkey and two men started the bid with thirty cents which was followed by another bid of forty cents.
C) Seeing the crowd gathering around the donkey, the man realized that he had made a big mistake by selling his donkey.
D) Once a man went to the market to sell his donkey, and he sold the donkey for twenty cents.
E) “Eighty cents for the donkey”, shouted the man, and purchased back the donkey.
F) The man who bought it immediately put it up for auction. "Look at this fine animal!" he shouted to passersby. "Have you ever seen a better specimen of a donkey? See how clean and strong it is!"

11. Which of the following will be the THIRD sentence?
e)None of these

12. Which of the following will be the FIRST sentence?

13. Which of the following will be the FOURTH sentence?
e)None of these

14. Which of the following will be the SIXTH sentence?
e)None of these

15. Which of the following will be the FIFTH sentence?

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