Quiz: Reading Comprehension

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                        Today’s comprehension is related to conservative party win in UK elections. It is relevant as per IBPS, SBI, SSC, and other Govt. exam.

Directions (Q.1-10):
Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below.
Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them.

In a surprise
election outcome, the Conservative Party led by David Cameron has been elected
to govern the United Kingdom for the next five years, and this time on its own
majority. The results of the fiercely fought May 7 elections belied
pre-poll predictions of a tie between the Labour and Conservative parties and a
hung Parliament in which the support of smaller parties would be key to
crafting a coalition arrangement. The final outcome — predicted accurately only
by the single exit poll published at 10 p.m. after polling ended — has the
Conservatives comfortably past the midway 326-mark in the 650-seat House of
Commons. The Labour Party, whose leader Ed Miliband ran a bold and earnest
campaign that focussed on a new and fairer deal for the working people, has
come a far second. The party’s traditional stronghold of Scotland has been lost
to the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has swept up all but three
of the 59 Scottish parliamentary seats. The Labour Party has also lost out to
the Conservatives in England and Wales. The Liberal Democratic Party — perceived
as untrustworthy for having reneged on its electoral promises while in
coalition — was decimated, its numbers down from 57 in the last
Parliament to just eight, and with several of its prominent leaders, including
Vincent Cable, the Secretary of State for Business who had a prominent role in
promoting trade with India, defeated. The right-wing anti-immigration,
Eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party has got only one seat; its
leader, Nigel Farage, failed to win one.
The Conservative
Party takes credit for steering the country into economic recovery and creating
two million new jobs. Its five-year mandate comes at a time when a million
Britons depend on food banks for their survival, and where the numbers of
people in poverty, according to a report from the New Policy Institute, have
increased in the last two years by 800,000, from 13.2 million to 14 million.
The numbers in “deep poverty” have increased from 8.9 million to 9.6 million,
the same report states. The Conservative manifesto commits the party to welfare
budget cuts of 12 billion to reduce the deficit. This comes over and above austerity
measures that have already been undertaken. With Britain’s National Health
Service in a financial and staffing crisis, higher education costs
skyrocketing, a serious housing shortage on the cards, and utility costs
soaring , the new government would appear to have its tasks cut out. Addressing
these issues through the austerity route will rapidly abort Mr. Cameron’s
promise of building “an even greater Britain”. Moreover, the uncertainty
created by the in-out EU referendum pledged before 2017 by the Conservatives is
likely to present a challenge for its international relations, even beyond EU.
 -Source The Hindu, Delhi Edition, 9th May

Q.1.Choose an appropriate title for the
1) UK, The New Democracy
2) The Election
3) The Return of The Tories
4) Black Friday
5) None of these
Q.2.Which of the following can be true
according to the passage?
A) In the end Conservative Party won the election.
B)The Conservative Party won all but three seats in Scotland.
C) The numbers in “deep poverty” have
increased from 8.9 million to 9.6 million.
1) A and B
2) A and C
3) B and C
4) All A, B and C
5) None
Q.3.What does the conservative party
manifesto commits?
1) To steer the Economy towards betterment.
2) To create two million opportunities for the unemployed.
3) To give poorer the support they need.
4) None
5) The Party commits to reduce the deficit in the
upcoming year.

Q.4.What is the characteristic of the
1) Narrative
2) Expository
3) Technical
4) Persuasive
5) None of these
Q.5.Which of the following can be the meaning
of the phrase “which has swept up all but three”?
1) which won by three seats
2) which has got three seats more
3) Which has lost by all but three votes
4) Which has got three less than the total seat
5) None of the above
Q.6.What is the antonym of the word “earnest”?
1) Grave
2) Sober
3) Frivolous
4) Staid
5) None
Q.7.What is the antonym of the word “belied”?
1) Contradict
2) Reveal
3) Confute
4) Controvert
5) None
Q.8. What is the synonym of the word “decimated”?
1) Convolute
2) Craven
3) Diffidence
4) Exterminate
5) None
Q.9.What is the synonym of the word “perceived”?
1) Discern
2) Comprehend
3) Apprehend
4) All of the above
5) None of the above
Q.10.What word “austerity”
1) Difficult economic condition created by government
policies to reduce public expenditure.
2) Difficult decision taken by government to reduce the burden on
3) Difficult economic situation in a country with such increasing
4) Difficult situation where governments get embarrassed.

5) None

1. (3)
2. (2)
3. (5)
4. (1)
5. (4)
6. (3)
7. (2)
8. (4)
9. (4)
10. (1)

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