Thursday, February 23, 2017

Comprehension Test for SBI PO Prelims 2017 - Set 1


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for SBI PO Prelims on Comprehension Test.

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been written in bold to help you locate them while answering the questions.

India’s foreign policy under the current dispensation has accorded the right priority to nurturing and improving relationships with neighbours such as Sri Lanka and Nepal. Even otherwise, India has always been proactive in providing humanitarian assistance to countries in distress, near or far, without too many policy calculations, as it ideally should be. So it is not surprising that India rushed aid to Sri Lanka which was reeling under challenges posed by floods due to depression-induced torrential rains. A Sri Lankan defence ministry press release gratefully acknowledged the arrival of two Indian naval ships laden with essential emergency relief supplies. India even pressed into service its IAF C-17 transport aircraft displaying its keenness to lend a helping hand to the island nation.

India’s swift response cannot but also be viewed in the context of the race with Pakistan, Nepal and China on disaster relief. Though India has made the right moves and gestures towards Sri Lanka, the government cannot afford to ignore the lessons from India’s disastrous engagement with Nepal during the 2015 earthquake. Indian media and Indian citizens on social media went to town trumpeting their contribution totally oblivious of the plight of the Himalayan nation in the throes of a disaster it couldn’t handle. The backlash from the people of Nepal was so strong that its tremors were felt in Delhi’s South Block. The amateurish and insensitive television and social media response was vulnerable to misinterpretation by Nepal as a reflection of Indian government’s attitude towards its small and dependent neighbour.

This time, both the government and the media have tread with caution, especially given the history of India’s relationship with Sri Lanka which is marked by challenges ranging from post-LTTE political settlement, reconciliation and reconstruction to Indian fisher folk in conflict with the Lankan navy. That’s a relief indeed, given Sri Lanka’s importance.
1) What were the help sent by India to Sri Lanka in the event of floods in Sri Lanka?
i) Two Indian naval ships laden with essential emergency relief supplies were sent to Sri Lanka.
ii) A fair amount of credit was given to Sri Lankan government by Indian government.
iii) India even pressed into service its IAF C-17 transport aircraft to help the island nation.
a) Only(i)
b) Only(ii)
c) (ii) &(iii)
d) (i) & (iii)
e) (i) (ii) & (iii)


2) What according to the passage went wrong during Nepal 2015  earthquake?
a) India couldn’t send emergency relief to Nepal.
b) Indian government did not know the proper way to send help.
c) Indian media and Indian citizens on social media went to town trumpeting their contribution totally oblivious of the plight of Nepal
d) All of the above.
e) None of the above



3) Which statement is true in context of the passage?
a) Sending help to Sri Lanka proved fatal to Indian government.
b) Sri Lanka did not acknowledge Indian government’s help.
c) The relief operations during Nepal earthquake ran smoothly.
d) None of these are true.
e) The history of India’s relationship with Sri Lanka is marked with challenges.




4) What does the author mean by “tremors were felt in Delhi’s South Block.”?
a) There was an earthquake in Delhi.
b) The tremors of the earthquake in Nepal were felt in Delhi
c) The complaints were loud enough to travel up to Delhi.
d) The complaints were widely spread.
e) None of the above.


5) Why were the Government and media cautious about sending aid to Sri Lanka?
a) Funds were minimum.
b) Sri Lanka had previously acknowledged India’s help.
c) India and Sri Lanka had some conflict earlier.
d) None of the above.
e) The complaints on the behavior of media during Nepal Earthquake.



Choose the word/phrase which is similar in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.

6) Backlash
a) Resentment.
b) Question.
c) Leap
d) Hurdle
e) Boost.


7) Assistance
a) Help
b) Relief.
c) Gratification.
d) Contribution
e) Membership.


8) Trumpeting
a) Proclaiming.
b) Adjusting
c) Howling
d) Blaming
e) Rooting



Choose the word/phrase which is opposite  in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.

9) Conflict
a) Disagreement
b) Agreement.
c) Harmony
d) Accord
e) Strife



10) Keenness
a) Disapproval.
b) Willingness.
c) Unwillingness
d) Regret
e) Hatred.


Answers & Explanations:
1) (d)
2) (c)
3) (e)
4) (d)
5) (c)
6) (a)
7) (b) Since, a disaster is mentioned “relief” will be used.
8) (a)
9) (c)
10) (c)







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