Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is a set of English Quiz designed for IBPS PO Prelims 2015. The standard of the questions are normal. It is given to boost up your speed in English.
Directions (Q.1-5): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
The original design of "Oscar" was by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons. He came up with a statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. The Academy commissioned the Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley to create the design in three dimensions. It was presented for the first time at the initial awards banquet on May 16, 1929 to Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh". Since then, 2,701 statuettes have been presented. The new golden statuettes are cast, moulded, polished and buffed each January by RS Owens & Company, the Chicago based awards manufacturer retained by the Academy since 1982. Oscar stands 13½ inches tall and weighs 8½ lbs. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. Although the statuette remains true to its original design, the size of the base varied until 1945, when the current standard was adopted. Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker are not clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939. The statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold plated solid bronze. Within a few years the bronze was abandoned in favour of Britannia metal, a pewter like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24- carat gold. Due to a metal shortage during the Second World War, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold plated metal ones. The Academy is not certain know how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened on the night of the ceremony. Although the number of categories are known in advance, the possibility of ties and of multiple recipients sharing the prize in some categories makes it impossible to predict the exact number of statuettes to be awarded. Any surplus awards are housed in the Academy’s vault until the following year's event.
1. Which of the following is true according to the passage:
(a) The perfect number of awards is always erratic
(b) Oscars were made of painted plaster always
(c) The film reel features five spokes, signifying the four original branches of the Academy
(d) Oscar stands 13½ inches tall and weighs 8½ kgs
(e) The Academy adopted the nickname officially until 1939
2. Which of the following is false according to the passage
(a) The Academy commissioned the Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley to create the design in three dimensions
(b) The statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold plated solid bronze.
(c) Due to a metal shortage during the Second World War, the metal was changed.
(d) Actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers are not the only people who represent the five spokes
(e) The initial awards banquet was held on May 16, 1929
3. The meaning of Crusader used in second line is
4. An alloy means
(a) A metal made by combining two or more metals
(b) A metal made by combining gold and bronze
(c) A metal made by combining plaster of paris and copper
(d) A metal made by combining silver and gold
(e) A metal made by compressing two or more metals
5. Vault is
(a) A burial chamber
Directions (Q.6-10): Each question below has a blank/ two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word/ set of words from the five options for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
6. The seriousness of the situation is______ to appreciate in its ____.
(a) easy; complete
(b) different; wholesome
(c) difficult; totality
(d) hard; completeness
(e) tough; compliment
7. The new policy was adopted in the _______ of fierce _______.
(a) wake; opponent
(b) show; postponement
(c) teeth; criticism
(d) course; outcome
(e) reality; injustice
8. The computer is now an _______ tool for the family doctor.
9. A nasty incident was prevented by the _______ arrival of the police.
10. The author _______ draws together the different _______ of the plot.
(a) nicely; theme
(b) tactfully; lines
(c) cleverly; link
(d) skillfully; threads
(e) truly; stories