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SBI PO Mains 2017: English Quiz based on New Pattern - 3


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for SBI PO Mains 2017 based on the new pattern and the difficulty is above moderate.



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DIRECTIONS for Questions 1 to 5: In each of the questions, four different ways of presenting an idea are given. Choose the one that conforms most closely to Standard English usage.

1. A. The running of large businesses consist of getting somebody to make something that somebody else sold to somebody else for more than its cost.
B. The running of a large business consists of getting somebody to make something that somebody else will sell to somebody else for more than it costs.
C. The running of a large business consists of getting somebody to sell something that somebody else made for more than it cost.
D. The running of large businesses consist of getting somebody to make something else that somebody else will sell to somebody else for more than it costs
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D


2. A. From the sixteenth century onwards, people started feeling disdainful and self-conscious about their body and its products that led to a heightened focus on emotional and bodily regulations.
B. The heightened focus on controlling the body and emotions comes from disdain and self-consciousness about the body and its products, found in the sixteenth century.
C. From the sixteenth century onwards, a growing disdain for and self-consciousness about the body and its products took hold, leading to a heightened focus on emotional and bodily regulation.
D. The heightened focus on emotional and bodily regulations started from the sixteenth century onwards, when people felt disdain and self-consciousness about the body and its products.
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D



3. A. We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events.
B. We are forced to falling back on the fatalism as an explanation of irrational events.
C. We are forced to fall back on fatalism as explanations of irrational events.
D. We are forced to fall back to fatalism as an explanation of irrational events.
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D


4. A. Creativity in any field is regarded not only as valuable for itself but also as a service to the nation.
B. Creativity in any field is not regarded only as valuable on its own, but also as a service to the nation.
C. Creativity, in any field, is not only regarded as valuable, but also as a service to the nation.
D. Creativity in any field is regarded not only as valuable in itself but also as a service to the nation.
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D


5. A. If precision of thought had facilitated precision of behaviour, and if reflection had preceded action, it would be ideal for humans.
B. It would be ideal for humans if reflection preceded action and precision of thought facilitated precision of behaviour.
C. It would be ideal for humans if precedence of reflection was followed by action and precision of thought, by precise behaviour.
D. It would have been ideal for humans, if precise action and behaviour preceded precise reflection.

1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D


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Directions for questions 6 to 8: Each statement has a part missing. Choose the best option from the four options given below the statement to make up the missing part.

6. Many people suggest ___ and still other would like to convince people not to buy pirated cassettes.
(1) to bring down audio cassette prices to reduce the incidence of music piracy, others advocate strong legal action against the offenders,
(2) bringing down audio cassette prices to reduce the incidents of music piracy, others are advocating strong legal action against offenders,
(3) bringing down audio cassette prices to reduce the incidents of music piracy, others advocate strong legal action against offenders,
(4) audio cassette prices to be brought down to reduce incidents of music piracy, others advocate that strong legal action must be taken against offenders,


7. The ancient Egyptians believed ___ so that when these objects were magically reanimated through the correct rituals, they would be able to function effectively.
(1) that it was essential that things they portrayed must have every relevant feature shown as clearly as possible
(2) it was essential for things they portray to have had every relevant feature shown as clearly as possible,
(3) it was essential that the things they portrayed had every relevant feature shown as clearly as possible.
(4) that when they portrayed things, it should have every relevant feature shown as clearly as possible


8. Archaeologists believe that the pieces of red – ware pottery excavated recently near Bhavnagar and ___ shed light on a hitherto dark 600-year period in the Harappan history of Gujarat.
(1) estimated with a reasonable certainty as being about 3400 years old,
(2) are estimated reasonably certain to be about 3400 years old,
(3) estimated at about 3400 years old with reasonable certainty,
(4) estimated with reasonable certainty to be about 3400 years old,







Answers with Explanations
1. 2 Running … consists has singular subject-verb agreement. Again, more than it costs is the right diction.

2. 3 B and D have inappropriate temporal references. A is also wrong as products did not lead to the heightened focus. C is the answer as the second and third part of the sentence when put together is complete by itself.

3. 1 Improper use as in “falling back” and “explanations” rule out B and C. Fall back on is the right prepositional phrase and thus A is right.

4. 4 is regarded should go together. Valuable in itself is the right expression. Not only as …but also as has parallel construction.

5. 2 it would be ideal expresses a satisfactory proposition. Reflection should precede action, and thought should facilitate behavior.

6. 3 Between options (2) and (3), the difference is in the word advocate and advocating. Both options have the word “incidents”. We need a verb (advocate) and not a gerund (advocating). Hence, the option (3). In option (1), the usage ‘suggest to bring down is incorrect’. In option (4) audio cassette prices ‘should’ be (and not ‘to’ be) brought down. Between options (2) and (3), ‘incidence’ of music piracy can be reduced and not ‘incidents’.

7. 3 Option (2) is incorrect due to the usage of the simple present tense in ‘they portray’. Option (4) is incorrect due to the usage if the singular ‘it’ for the plural ‘things’. Option (1) is wrong because of the unnecessary usage of ‘must have’ after using ‘essential’.


8. 4 Option (2) is incorrect because we cannot say that ‘archeologists … are estimated’. Options (1) and (3) have the problems of misplaced modifiers.








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