Section A: Verbal Ability

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Verbal Reasoning Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 

    The miser gazed __________ at the pile of gold coins in front of him.

    • A.

      Avidly

    • B.

      Admiringly

    • C.

      Thoughtfully

    • D.

      Earnestly

    Correct Answer
    A. Avidly
    Explanation
    The word "avidly" suggests that the miser is gazing at the pile of gold coins with great enthusiasm and eagerness. This indicates that he is extremely interested in the coins and is eagerly admiring them.

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  • 2. 

    I saw a ___________ of cows in the field.

    • A.

      Group

    • B.

      Herd

    • C.

      Swarm

    • D.

      Flock

    Correct Answer
    B. Herd
    Explanation
    The word "herd" is the correct answer because it is used to describe a group of cows. "Group" is a general term that can be used for any collection of things, while "swarm" is typically used for insects, "flock" is used for birds, and "herd" specifically refers to a group of cows or other grazing animals.

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  • 3. 

    Man does not live by ___________ alone.

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Bread

    • C.

      Meals

    • D.

      Diet

    Correct Answer
    B. Bread
    Explanation
    This phrase is a well-known proverb that emphasizes the importance of not only physical sustenance but also other aspects of life. It suggests that human beings need more than just food for survival and fulfillment. The word "bread" is used metaphorically here to represent basic necessities or material possessions. The proverb implies that humans require emotional, social, and spiritual nourishment in addition to their physical needs.

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  • 4. 

    The paths of glory lead ___________ to the grave. 

    • A.

      Straight

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      Directly

    • D.

      But

    Correct Answer
    D. But
    Explanation
    The phrase "The paths of glory lead but to the grave" means that no matter how successful or glorious one's life may be, ultimately it will end in death. The word "but" is used to emphasize the inevitability of death, contrasting it with the idea of glory and success.

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  • 5. 

    In Bush, Saddam was up ___________ more than his match.

    • A.

      For

    • B.

      Into

    • C.

      To

    • D.

      Against

    • E.

      Front

    Correct Answer
    D. Against
    Explanation
    In the given sentence, the word "against" fits perfectly as it indicates that Saddam was facing someone who was equally strong or capable. The phrase "more than his match" suggests that the person he was up against was challenging and formidable. Therefore, "against" is the correct choice to convey this meaning.

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  • 6. 

    Rama was so badly injured that he needed ___________ care in the hospital.

    • A.

      Extensive

    • B.

      Intensive

    • C.

      Expensive

    • D.

      Motherly

    Correct Answer
    B. Intensive
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "intensive" because the sentence states that Rama was badly injured, implying that he requires a high level of care. "Intensive" care refers to specialized and close monitoring of patients who are critically ill or injured. This type of care is necessary when a patient's condition is severe and requires constant attention and medical intervention.

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  • 7. 

    Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word:    CORPULENT

    • A.

      Lean

    • B.

      Gaunt

    • C.

      Emaciated

    • D.

      Obese

    Correct Answer
    D. Obese
    Explanation
    The word "corpulent" means excessively overweight or obese. Therefore, the word that best expresses the same meaning is "obese".

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  • 8. 

    Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word:    AUGUST

    • A.

      Common

    • B.

      Ridiculous

    • C.

      Dignified

    • D.

      Petty

    Correct Answer
    C. Dignified
    Explanation
    The word "August" refers to something that is dignified, noble, or majestic. It is often used to describe a person or an event that commands respect and admiration.

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  • 9. 

    Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word:    EMBEZZLE

    • A.

      Misappropriate

    • B.

      Balance

    • C.

      Remunerate

    • D.

      Clear

    Correct Answer
    A. Misappropriate
    Explanation
    The word "embezzle" means to steal or misuse funds entrusted to one's care. The word "misappropriate" has a similar meaning, as it refers to the act of using something dishonestly or for one's own gain, particularly when it comes to money or resources. Therefore, "misappropriate" is the word that best expresses the meaning of "embezzle".

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  • 10. 

    Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word:    HARBINGER

    • A.

      Messenger

    • B.

      Steward

    • C.

      Forerunner

    • D.

      Pilot

    Correct Answer
    C. Forerunner
    Explanation
    The word "harbinger" refers to something or someone that signals the approach of something else. A "forerunner" is a word that best expresses this meaning, as it refers to something that comes before and indicates the arrival or occurrence of something else. Therefore, "forerunner" is the correct answer.

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  • 11. 

    The question consists of two words which have a certain relationship to each other followed by four pairs of related words. Select the pair which has the same relationship.   THRUST : SPEAR

    • A.

      Mangle : iron

    • B.

      Scabbard : sword

    • C.

      Bow : arrow

    • D.

      Fence : epee

    Correct Answer
    D. Fence : epee
    Explanation
    The relationship between "thrust" and "spear" is that "thrust" is an action performed with a "spear". Similarly, "fence" is an action performed with an "epee".

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  • 12. 

    The question consists of two words which have a certain relationship to each other followed by four pairs of related words. Select the pair which has the same relationship.   WAN : COLOUR

    • A.

      Corpulent : weight

    • B.

      Insipid : flavour

    • C.

      Pallid : complexion

    • D.

      Enigmatic : puzzle

    Correct Answer
    B. Insipid : flavour
    Explanation
    The relationship between the words "WAN" and "COLOUR" is that "WAN" is a synonym for pale or lacking color, and "COLOUR" refers to a specific type of color. Similarly, the pair "insipid : flavour" has the same relationship where "insipid" means lacking flavor or taste, and "flavour" refers to a specific type of taste.

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  • 13. 

    The question consists of two words which have a certain relationship to each other followed by four pairs of related words. Select the pair which has the same relationship.   INDIGENT : WEALTHY

    • A.

      Angry : rich

    • B.

      Native : affluent

    • C.

      Gauche : graceful

    • D.

      Scholarly : erudite

    Correct Answer
    C. Gauche : graceful
    Explanation
    The relationship between the words "indigent" and "wealthy" is that they are antonyms, with "indigent" meaning poor and "wealthy" meaning rich. Similarly, the pair "gauche" and "graceful" are antonyms, with "gauche" meaning awkward or clumsy and "graceful" meaning elegant or smooth. Therefore, the pair "gauche : graceful" has the same relationship as "indigent : wealthy".

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  • 14. 

    Identify the most appropriate option which can replace the [enclosed]  part of the sentence below:    There are not many men who are so famous that they are frequently referred to by their [short names] only.

    • A.

      Initials

    • B.

      Signatures

    • C.

      Pictures

    • D.

      Middle names

    • E.

      No correction required

    Correct Answer
    A. Initials
    Explanation
    The most appropriate option to replace the [enclosed] part of the sentence is "initials." This is because initials refer to the first letters of a person's name, which can be used as a shorter form of identification. In the context of the sentence, it suggests that there are only a few men who are well-known enough to be commonly referred to by their initials alone.

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  • 15. 

    Identify the most appropriate option which can replace the [enclosed]  part of the sentence below.    The performance of our players was rather [worst than I had expected]. 

    • A.

      Bad as I had expected

    • B.

      Worse than I had expected

    • C.

      Worse than expectation

    • D.

      Worst than was expected

    • E.

      No correction required

    Correct Answer
    B. Worse than I had expected
    Explanation
    The sentence is comparing the performance of the players to the speaker's expectations. The word "worst" is incorrect because it implies that the performance was the absolute lowest possible, which may not be true. The correct word to use is "worse" because it indicates that the performance was not as good as expected. The phrase "than I had expected" clarifies that the speaker's expectations were not met.

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  • 16. 

    Identify the most appropriate option which can replace the [enclosed]  part of the sentence below.    [Shapes] of gods and goddess are worshiped by people.

    • A.

      Idols

    • B.

      Reflections

    • C.

      Clay shapes

    • D.

      Clay toys

    • E.

      No correction required

    Correct Answer
    A. Idols
    Explanation
    The most appropriate option to replace the enclosed part of the sentence is "Idols." This is because idols are commonly used to represent gods and goddesses and are worshipped by people. The other options, such as reflections, clay shapes, and clay toys, do not accurately convey the idea of religious worship. Therefore, "Idols" is the correct answer.

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  • 17. 

    The passage below consists of six sentences. The first and sixth sentences are  correctly ordered. The middle four sentences have been jumbled up. These are labeled as P, Q, R and S. Choose the appropriate order for these four sentences. S1: In the middle of one side of the square sits the Chairman of the committee, the most important person in the room. P : For a committee is not just a mere collection of individuals. Q : On him rests much of the responsibility for the success or failure of the committee R : While this is happening we have an opportunity to get the 'feel' of this committee. S : As the meeting opens, he runs briskly through a number of formalities. S6: From the moment its members meet, it begins to have a sort nebulous life of its own. 

    • A.

      RSQP

    • B.

      PQRS

    • C.

      SQPR

    • D.

      QSRP

    Correct Answer
    D. QSRP
    Explanation
    The correct order for the middle four sentences is QSRP. Sentence Q states that much of the responsibility for the success or failure of the committee rests on the Chairman. Sentence S describes the Chairman running through formalities as the meeting opens. Sentence R mentions the opportunity to get the "feel" of the committee during this time. Finally, sentence P explains that a committee is not just a collection of individuals, implying the importance of the Chairman's role.

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  • 18. 

    The passage below consists of six sentences. The first and sixth sentences are  correctly ordered. The middle four sentences have been jumbled up. These are labeled as P, Q, R and S. Choose the appropriate order for these four sentences.  S1 : All the land was covered by the ocean. P : The leading god fought the monster, killed it and chopped its body in to two halves. Q : A terrible monster prevented the gods from separating the land from the water. R : The god made the sky out of the upper part of the body and ornamented it with stars. S : The god created the earth from the lower part, grew plants on it and populated it with animals. S6: The God molded the first people out of clay according to his own image and mind. 

    • A.

      PQRS

    • B.

      PQSR

    • C.

      QPSR

    • D.

      QPRS

    Correct Answer
    D. QPRS
    Explanation
    The correct order for the middle four sentences is QPRS. The passage talks about the creation of the world by a god. Sentence Q introduces a conflict where a monster prevents the gods from separating the land from the water. Sentence P follows, describing how the leading god fights and kills the monster. Sentence R explains how the god uses the upper part of the monster's body to create the sky and adorn it with stars. Finally, sentence S states that the god creates the earth from the lower part of the monster's body, adds plants and animals to it, and ultimately molds the first people out of clay.

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  • 19. 

    The passage below consists of six sentences. The first and sixth sentences are  correctly ordered. The middle four sentences have been jumbled up. These are labeled as P, Q, R and S. Choose the appropriate order for these four sentences.  S1: For some time in his youth Abraham Lincoln was manager for a shop. P : Then a chance Customer would come. Q : Young Lincoln way of keeping shop was entirely unlike anyone else's R : Lincoln would jump up and attend to his needs and then revert to his reading. S : He used to lie full length on the counter of the shop eagerly reading a book. S6: Never before had Lincoln had so much time for reading as had then. 

    • A.

      SRQP

    • B.

      QSPR

    • C.

      SQRP

    • D.

      QPSR

    Correct Answer
    B. QSPR
    Explanation
    The correct order of the middle four sentences is QSPR. Sentence Q describes how young Lincoln's way of keeping shop was different from others. Sentence S tells us that he would lie on the counter and read books. Sentence P states that occasionally a customer would come, and Lincoln would attend to their needs before going back to reading. Finally, sentence R explains that during this time, Lincoln had more time for reading than ever before.

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  • 20. 

    The passage below consists of six sentences. The first and sixth sentences are  correctly ordered. The middle four sentences have been jumbled up. These are labeled as P, Q, R and S. Choose the appropriate order for these four sentences.  S1: Metals are today being replaced by polymers in many applications. P : Above all, they are cheaper and easier to process making them a viable alternative to metals. Q : Polymers are essentially a long chains of hydrocarbon molecules. R : Today polymers as strong as metals have been developed. S : These have replaced the traditional chromium-plated metallic bumpers in cars. S6: Many Indian Institutes of science and Technology run special programmes on polymer science. 

    • A.

      QRSP

    • B.

      RSQP

    • C.

      RQSP

    • D.

      QRPS

    Correct Answer
    A. QRSP
    Explanation
    Polymers, which are essentially long chains of hydrocarbon molecules, have become a viable alternative to metals in many applications. They are cheaper and easier to process, making them an attractive option. Additionally, polymers have been developed to be as strong as metals, allowing them to replace traditional metallic bumpers in cars. This shift towards polymers is reflected in the fact that many Indian Institutes of Science and Technology now offer special programs on polymer science. Therefore, the correct order for the middle four sentences is QRSP.

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  • 21. 

    Read the passage below and answer this question: What does the statement that the dazzling sunshine was "for once unfiltered by layers of air" mean?  I felt the wall of the tunnel shiver. The master alarm squealed through my earphones. Almost simultaneously, Jack yelled down to me that there was a warning light on. Fleeting but spectacular sights snapped into and out of view, the snow, the shower of debris, the moon, looming close and big, the dazzling sunshine for once unfiltered by layers of air. The last twelve hours before re-entry were particular bone-chilling. During this period, I had to go up in to command module. Even after the fiery re-entry splashing down in 81 degree water in south pacific, we could still see our frosty breath inside the command module

    • A.

      That the sun was very hot

    • B.

      That there was no strong wind

    • C.

      That the air was unpolluted

    • D.

      None of above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of above
    Explanation
    The statement that the dazzling sunshine was "for once unfiltered by layers of air" means that there were no obstructions or atmospheric conditions that would normally dim or block the sunlight. This suggests that the air was clear and there were no pollutants, but it does not necessarily mean that the sun was very hot or that there was no strong wind.

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  • 22. 

    Read the passage below and answer this question: Which statement among the given options best expresses the central idea of the passage? What needs to be set right is our approach to work. It is a common sight in our country of employees reporting for duty on time and at the same time doing little work. If an assessment is made of time they spent in gossiping, drinking tea, eating "pan" and smoking cigarettes, it will be shocking to know that the time devoted to actual work is negligible. The problem is the standard which the leadership in administration sets for the staff. Forgot the ministers because they mix politics and administration. What do top bureaucrats do? What do the below down officials do? The administration set up remains week mainly because the employees do not have the right example to follow and they are more concerned about being in the good books of the bosses than doing work.

    • A.

      The employee outlook towards work is

    • B.

      The employee must change their outlook towards

    • C.

      The employees would never change their work culture

    • D.

      The employer-employee relationship is far from

    • E.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. The employee must change their outlook towards
    Explanation
    work. The passage highlights the issue of employees in the country not putting in enough effort at work and wasting time on non-work activities. It suggests that the problem lies in the leadership and example set by top bureaucrats and officials. Therefore, the central idea of the passage is that the employees need to change their outlook towards work in order to improve the work culture and productivity.

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  • 23. 

    Read the passage below and answer this question: Which one of the following best illustrates the relationship between the phrases: (i) 'eschew the glittering prizes' and (ii) 'idyllic and rural paradise'?  Mahatma Gandhi believed that industrialization was no answer to the problems that plague the mass of India's poor and that villagers should be taught to be self-sufficient in food, weave their own cloth from cotton and eschew the glittering prizes that the 20th century so temptingly offers. Such an idyllic and rural paradise did not appear to those who inherited the reins of political power. 

    • A.

      Unless you do (i), you cannot have (ii)

    • B.

      (i) and (ii) are identical in meaning

    • C.

      First of all you must have (ii) in order to do (i)

    • D.

      The meaning of (i) is directly opposite to (ii)

    • E.

      There can be no relationship between the two phrases

    Correct Answer
    D. The meaning of (i) is directly opposite to (ii)
    Explanation
    The phrase "eschew the glittering prizes" suggests avoiding or rejecting materialistic and worldly achievements or rewards. On the other hand, the phrase "idyllic and rural paradise" implies a peaceful and idealized countryside setting. The meaning of (i) being directly opposite to (ii) is supported by the fact that Gandhi believed in promoting a simple and self-sufficient lifestyle in rural areas, while the inheritors of political power did not prioritize or create such idyllic and rural paradises.

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  • 24. 

    Read the passage below and answer this question: What does the writer mean when he refers to corduroy's 'utilitarian tenacity'? Corduroy is fast establishing itself at this year's fabric, While the ribbed cotton itself provides utilitarian tenacity, texture and warmth. it is the fabric's long held associations may provide a hint to its current revival as a fabric for all seasons. It is Corduroy's link with the good breeding and country living that made it an essential ingredient in the gentleman's wardrobe along with Wellington boots and decent wooly. I combines the comfortable nonsense appeal of cotton with the perfectly correct luxury finish of velvet. Corduroy has the ability to appear either supremely sophisticated or rough and ready. 

    • A.

      Though expensive, it is economic in the long run

    • B.

      It is useful because it is durable

    • C.

      It has remained fashionable over several years

    • D.

      It does not need frequent washing

    • E.

      None of These

    Correct Answer
    B. It is useful because it is durable
    Explanation
    The writer means that corduroy is useful because it is durable. The phrase "utilitarian tenacity" suggests that corduroy is strong and long-lasting, making it a practical choice of fabric. This durability is highlighted by the mention of its "long held associations" and its ability to appear both sophisticated and rough, indicating its versatility and resilience.

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