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Reading Comprehension for IBPS PO/Clerk/SEBI/Canara Bank(November 6, 2018)

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Dear Aspirants,
English Section is very important to score better in Banking and other competitive exams. Now a day, the pattern of questions asked in this section are very lengthy and thus, time-consuming. But once dealt with proper strategy and accuracy, this section can get you the maximum marks in the examination. Here is another set of Questions to improve your speed and practice. Make most of it.

Directions (Q.1–15): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

        Lumbini is a beautiful place in the southern part of Nepal. About 2,500 years ago, a baby boy was born to the king and queen. The baby was named Siddharth. His mother, died when he was five days old. The baby boy grew into a handsome prince. His father tried to keep him happy. The little prince had everything he needed — fine clothes, the best food and good toys. But he was not interested in them. He wanted to be alone and was always found in deep thought. Later, he was married to a beautiful princess. She was called Yashodhara. They had a son and named him Rahul. The king hoped that Siddharth would become a great ruler.

        One day Siddharth was driving through the street in his chariot, He saw an old man and then a sick man. The oldman could hardly walk. The sick man groaned in pain. Then he saw some people carrying a dead body, others were wailing and weeping at the loss of a dear one. Siddharth was very upset to see so much suffering and unhappiness. He was shocked. Then he saw an entirely different sight. A man in yellow robes was walking along the street. There was no trace of sadness on his radiant face, instead it shone with peace. He was a monk who had given up the world to escape the misery of life.

        Siddharth wanted to find out why there was so much suffering in the world. He wanted to find out how men could be free of misery. He could find neither peace nor happiness in the life he was leading at the palace. One night Siddharth left his home, his wife and his little son. He went into the forest. He wanted to search for a way out of suffering and sorrow for all mankind. He meditated and got enlightenment.

He became Lord Buddha, the enlightened one. Truth was revealed to him and he learnt all the secrets of life and the world.

        He found out that the world was full of sorrow and unhappiness. The reason for it was greed and selfishness. To be free from suffering, we must be free from greed and desire. Desire is the root cause of all human suffering. He advocated the Middle Path and asked his followers to avoid the two extremes.

  1. Which of the following sentences is true according to the passage ?

        1)  Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini.

        2)  The little boy was very happy with fine clothes, good food and toys.

        3)  Siddharth divorced his first wife.

        4)  Siddharth and Yashodhara had no children and so they were very unhappy

        5)  None of these

  1. What was Siddharth interested in as a child ?

        1)  He was interested in making new friends as he did not have any siblings.

        2)  His interests were largely in studying and reading books.

        3)  He was interested in the best of clothes and good toys .

        4)  In spending time alone in deep thought.

        5)  In spending time with nature.

  1. Which of the following can be inferred about Siddharth?

        (A)  Siddharth was different from other princes his age.

        (B)  Siddharth was a spoilt child.

        (C)  Siddharth was lonely because he did not have a mother.

        1) Only (A)

        2) Only (B)

        3) Only (C)

        4) Only (B) and (C)

        5) All (A), (B) and (C)

  1. What did the King wish for his son, Siddharth ?

        1)  He wanted Siddharth to become a great ruler.

        2)    He wished that Siddharth would not marry Yashodhara.

        3)  He wished that Siddharth’s son would take over his kingdom

        4)  He wished that Siddharth would behave like the other princes.

        5)  He wished that Siddharth would find the answer to all the suffering in the world.

  1. What incident changed Siddharth’s life forever ?

        1) His mother’s death.

        2) The incident where he saw a monk free from the misery of life.

        3) The birth of his son

        4) His marriage to Yashodhara.

        5) The time he met Lord Buddha.

  1. Why did Siddharth leave his home?

        1)  He wanted to run away from his wife and son

        2)  He did not want to become heir to his father’s throne

        3)  He was in search of a bigger kingdom

        4)  He wanted to see the world

        5)  He wanted to search for a way out of suffering and spend time in meditation.

  1. According to Siddharth what was the reason for suffering and unhappiness in the world?

        1)  The increased mumber of deaths

        2)  The advocacy of the Middle Path.

        3)  Human greed and selfishness

        4)  People were unaware of the benefits of meditation.

        5)  None of these

  1. What according to passage is the root cause for all human suffering ?

        (A) Desire              (B) Happiness      (C) Meditation

        1) Only (A)

        2) Only (B) and (C)

        3) Only (B)

        4) Only (C)

        5) All (A), (B) and (C)

  1. Why was Siddharth called the enlightened one ?

        1) He was smarter than all the princes of his age. ,

        2) He was the King’s son.

        3) Truth was revealed to him through meditation.

        4) He had a great ability to resist temptation

        5) He always wanted to be left alone

  1. Why did Lord Buddha advocate the Middle Path ?

        1)  He believed that it was the only way to eliminate poverty.

        2)  He believed that it was the only way of obtaining true happiness.

        3)  He was a staunch believer of living an extreme life.

        4)  He did not have a happy life being a prince.

        5)  He was not a risk-taker.

        Directions (Q.11–13) : Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

  1. Root

        1) Secondary        2) Common          3) Burning     4) True                   5) Main

  1. Hardly

        1) Easily                2) Barely               3) Suddenly  4) Carefully          5) Readily

  1. Radiant
  2. l) Full 2) Happy               3) Burning     4) Sober                 5) Sickly

        Directions (Q.14–15): Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

  1. Revealed to

        1) Hidden from                    2) Exposed to               3) Presented to     4) Manifested from             5) Obtained from

  1. Handsome

        l) Dear                                 2) Ugly                           3) Precious            4) Spoilt                                 5) Attractive


  1. 1
  2. 4
  3. 1
  4. 1
  5. 2
  6. 5
  7. 3
  8. 1
  9. 3
  10. 2
  11. 5
  12. 2
  13. 2
  14. 1
  15. 2


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