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  Since 1970, Our GK Books areRated as one of theBest Books on General Knowledge GENERAL KNOWLEDGE REFRESHERRs. 300.00 by O.P. KhannaEVER LATEST GENERAL KNOWLEDGERs. 175.00 by O.P. KhannaTEST OF REASONINGRs. 115.00TOPICAL ESSAYSRs. 100.00CHOICEST ESSAYSRs. 100.00PERSONALITY AND YOURs. 15.00HOW TO STUDY AND TAKE EXAMSRs. 20.00ESSAY WRITINGRs. 30.00 POSTAGE FREE ON ORDERS WORTH Rs. 50.00 OR MORE. (Please add Rs 15.00 towards postage if order is worth less than Rs. 50.00) KHANNA BROTHERS (Publishers) 126, INDUSTRIAL AREA, PHASE-1, CHANDIGARH - 160 002 AVAILABLE AT ALL LEADING BOOK STORES OR ORDER DIRECT. OUR PUBLICATIONSREVISED & UPDATED 2008 EDITIONS  Solved Paper  Vijaya Bank P.O. Exam held on March 2, 2008 ENGLISH LANGUAGE Q. 1-15. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certainwords/phrases have been printed in bold to help youlocate them while answering some of the questions. Hiero, King of Syracuse, had commissioned froma goldsmith of the town a crown of pure gold, but,having taken delivery of the finished article, he wassuspicious. There was reason to believe that thecraftsman had mixed with the gold a certain amountof other metal of inferior value. But how to find out?There was no direct evidence, and it was thereforeobviously a case for the learned men of the city. Andwho more learned than Archimedes?The mathematician was therefore charged withthe task which would nowadays be considered a sim-ple one, but was then a matter for serious thought.Nothing known to science could be brought forward toprove fraud or otherwise on the part of the goldsmith.It is more than probable that the human side of the problem interested Archimedes not at all, but thescientific puzzle worried him intensely. This worrypursued him everywhere he went for days, and per-sisted through the routine acts of his daily round.In the normal course of that routine, he went tothe public baths. We can imagine him standing at theedge of the bath tub as he prepares to enter it, absent-ly allowing the water to flow until he cannot helpnoticing it. Suddenly, he splashed out of his tub,shouting at the top of his voice : “Eureka! Eureka! (Ihave found it! I have found it!). Without waiting, oreven thinking of such a detail as clothes, he tore out of the building and rushed through the streets of Syra-cuse, still shouting: “Eureka! Eureka!”Arrived at his house, the mathematician put hisnewly found discovery to a practical test, and foundindeed that a body plunged in a fluid loses an amountof its weight which is equal to the weight of the fluiddisplaced by it. With this as a starting point—as it wasto prove the starting point of many subsequent dis-coveries of importance—Archimedes was able to tellhis king how much pure gold was in his crown. Thuswas the first fundamental law in hydrostatics enunci-ated. Archimedes was by this time well known to hisfellow townsmen, and his sometimes strange appear-ance and unusual actions probably met with indulgentsmiles. He came from a good family; his father Phei-dias was an astronomer; he was on intimate termswith, and—according to some—was even a kinsman of King Hiero himself. 1. Why could the king not punish the fraudulentgoldsmith?(1) By that time Archimedes had not discoveredthe law of hydrostatics.(2) The king did not have concrete evidence toprove the fraud.(3) The finishing of the crown was perfect but deceptive.(4) The king had lot of faith in the goldsmith.(5) None of these 2. Why was Archimedes charged with the task of finding out if there was any impurity in the crown?(1) Archimedes was famous as the most learned man and mathematician.(2) The king was worried that the goldsmith willtell the truth to Archimedes.(3) The goldsmith was one of the kins of the craftsman.(4) Archimedes was famous for interrogating the criminals and exploring the truth. (5) None of these 3. What was the king’s suspicion?(1) The goldsmith had made a crown with some inferior metal instead of gold.(2) The craftsman had replaced gold with a cheap-er metal.(3) The goldsmith had mixed a cheaper metal with gold in the crown.(4) The finishing of the crown was not upto the mark.(5) None of these 4. Which of the following statements is definite-ly TRUE in the context of the passage?(1) Archimedes’ action of running nude throughpublic places was not taken lightly by theonlookers.(2) Archimedes’ eccentric actions used to createanguish among the public.(3) The goldsmith had mixed inferior quality met-al in the crown.(4) Archimedes could prove that there was noimpurity in the gold used by the goldsmith inthe crown.(5) Archimedes was not a mathematician. 5. When Archimedes was entrusted with thetask, he was curious because:(1) he was thrilled by the human side of theproblem(2) he used to forget all his routine matters and concentrate on the problem THE COMPETITION MASTER  Available as Print Edition also for Rs 50 per copy from your local newspaper agent SUBSCRIBE& Save More than 30%* For One Year Subscription  just send Rs 350 by MO or Cheque in the name of The Competition Master  to 126, Industrial Area-1, Chandigarh - 160002, alongwith your complete name and address.    ©    T   h  e   C  o  m  p  e   t   i   t   i  o  n   M  a  s   t  e  r .    C  o  n   t  e  n   t  s  o  r   T  r  a  n  s   l  a   t   i  o  n  o   f  c  o  n   t  e  n   t  s  o   f   t   h   i  s   d  o  c  u  m  e  n   t  m  u  s   t  n  o   t   b  e  r  e  p  r  o   d  u  c  e   d   i  n  a  n  y  m  a  n  n  e  r  w   i   t   h  o  u   t  p  r   i  o  r  p  e  r  m   i  s  s   i  o  n .  ENGLISH LANGUAGE (3) he had never worked on such scientific challenges in the past(4) it was a challenge to unearth scientific fact(5) None of these 6. “Eureka! Eureka!” as spelt out by archimedeswas:(1) an outburst of unreasonable pride of inventing anovel principle(2) a spontaneous reaction of excitement due to adiscovery(3) an immature expression of a half-baked idea(4) an exhibition of encouragement for a useful discovery(5) None of these 7. What was the impact of Archimedes’ tremen-dous mental involvement in solving the king’s riddle?(1) He was worried but able to take care of his daily routine.(2) The involvement ultimately led to a failure incompleting the assignment(3) He was not able to think of the details of theproblem entrusted to him(4) Because of his involvement he forgot to put thediscovery to a practical test(5) None of these 8. A body submerged in a liquid loses its weightequal to:(1) the weight of the liquid in which it is submerged(2) the volume of the liquid in which it is submerged(3) the weight of the body which is submerged in the liquid(4) the weight of the liquid displaced by it(5) None of these 9. Which of the following is FALSE in the contextof the passage?(A) Archimedes’ father was a relative of King Hiero.(B) Before Archimedes’ discovery, science had limi-tation to detect the goldsmith’s fraud.(C) Archimedes discovered his principle while hewas in the tub for bath.(1) A and B(2) B and C(3) A and C(4) A only(5) B only Q. 10-12. Choose the word/group of words which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word/group of words given in bold as used in the passage. 10. enunciated (1) framed(2) lost (3) implemented(4) concocted (5) applied 11. charged (1)suspected(2) accused(3) filled(4) encouraged(5)entrusted 12. tore out (1)came out gently(2) pushed out(3) walked out(4) rushed out forcefully(5)destroyed angrily Q. 13-15. Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage. 13. subsequent (1)successive(2) preceding(3) pre-determined(4) consequent(5)pre-requisite 14. unusual (1)ordinary(2)remarkable(3)abnormal(4)curious(5) odd 15. intensely (1)powerfully(2) deeply(3) mildly(4) hugely(5) extremely Q. 16-30. Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in onepart of the sentence. The number of that part is theanswer. If there is no error, the answer is (5). ( Ignoreerrors in punctuation, if any  ). 16. Having lifted the heavy weight,(1) the boy suffered(2) a severe pain in(3) his elbow joint.(4) Noerror.(5) 17. Without waiting for(1) the instructions fromthe government,(2) some cable operators in(3) the cityhad block the news.(4) No error.(5) 18. The authorities have instructed(1) that brief notes must be prepared(2) on all the issues related(3) tocustomer grievances.(4) No error.(5) 19. In absolutely terms,(1) the damage may not(2) be very serious,(3) but it should not be ignored.(4) Noerror.(5) 20. The complainants in their complaint(1) have been alleged that(2) they were forced to leave(3) their belongings unattended(4). No error. (5) 21. The long gap needs(1) to be bridged soon(2) because it has created(3) a lot of unpleasant.(4) Noerror.(5) 22. He asked the same question(1) that why he wasnot selected(2) and everyone responded saying(3) that THE COMPETITION MASTER  Available as Print Edition also for Rs 50 per copy from your local newspaper agent SUBSCRIBE& Save More than 30%* For One Year Subscription  just send Rs 350 by MO or Cheque in the name of The Competition Master  to 126, Industrial Area-1, Chandigarh - 160002, alongwith your complete name and address.  ENGLISH LANGUAGE he had failed.(4) No error.(5) 23. If they are found(1) guilty during investiga-tion,(2) a complaint will be(3) lodged against them.(4)No error.(5) 24. They have already put(1) the proposal for to beapproved(2) in the ensuing meeting(3) before the UnionCabinet.(4) No error.(5) 25. They had been hired a taxi(1) to roam aroundthe city(2) but their plan failed(3) as the taxi met with anaccident.(4) No error.(5) 26. On a number of occasions,(1) we had noticedthat(2) those two employees(3) were often in state of confused.(4) No error.(5) 27. Hindi films are certainly(1) popular in the lastdecade(2) but in these days our regional films(3) haveattained more popularity.(4) No error.(5) 28. Most politicians predict(1) that the same mem- bers will(2) be elected despite of(3) their failure to perform.(4) No error.(5) 29. He was selected for that post(1) because of hewas familiar(2) with both urban as well as(3) rural wayof life.(4) No error.(5) 30. The tribal people have(1) high regard for him because(2) he donated large number of(3) money fortheir upliftment.(4) No error.(5) Q. 31-35. Rearrange the following six sentences (A),(B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions givenbelow them. (A) One of them said, “I never buy imported goods.”(B) Patriotism was the topic of discussion.(C) “Well”, said the third, “I haven’t passed the foreign language i.e. English since I started my schooling.”(D) Some students were discussing amongthemselves.(E) “I never see foreign films”, said another.(F) In the discussion, everyone was trying to prove how he was more patriotic than the rest of them. 31. Which of the following will be the SECOND statement after rearrangement?(1)(A) (2) (B) (3) (C) (4) (D) (5) (E) 32. Which of the following will be the FOURTH statement after rearrangement?(1)(A) (2) (B) (3) (C) (4) (D) (5) (E) 33. Which of the following will be the SIXTH(LAST) statement after rearrangement?(1)(A) (2) (B) (3) (C) (4) (D) (5) (E) 34. Which of the following will be the FIRST state-ment after rearrangement?(1)(A) (2) (B) (3) (C) (4) (D) (5) (E) 35. Which of the following will be the FIFTH statement after rearrangement?(1)(A) (2) (B) (3) (C) (4) (D) (5) (E) Q. 36-40. Which of the phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4) given below should replace the phrase given in bold inthe following sentence to make the sentence grammati- cally meaningful and correct. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark (5) as theanswer. 36. How doesa photograph looks depends uponwhat parts of the scene you include or exclude.(1)does a photograph look(2) a photograph looks(3) a photograph does look(4) will be a photograph looking(5) No correction required 37. In less than two days the missing dog was back home.(1) For fewer than (2) For lesser than(3) In lesser than (4) Within lesser than(5) No correction required 38. Generally people are easily fools  by statisticaldata and figures?(1) Generally people are easy tools(2) Generally for people it is easy to fool(3) General people are easy to fool(4) Generally people are easily fooled(5) No correction required 39. Integrity can best taught to children whenthey are small.(1)is best taught (2) can be best teaching(3) is taught better(4) should be best teaching(5) No correction required 40. A shy person devised a trick that worked wondering for him.(1) which is worked wondering with(2) that is working wonderful of (3) that worked wonders for(4) than works wonderful about(5) No correction required ANSWERS 1. (2) 2. (1)3. (3) 4. (3) 5. (4)6. (2)7. (5) 8. (3)9. (4)10. (1)11. (5)12. (4)13. (2)14. (1)15. (3)16. (3) ‘severe pain in’17. (4) ‘the city had blocked the news’18. (5) No error19. (1) ‘In absolute terms’20. (1) ‘have alleged that’21. (4) ‘a lot of unpleasantness’22. (2) ‘Why he was not selected’23. (5) ‘No error’24. (2) ‘the proposal for approval’25. (1) ‘They had hired a taxi’26. (4) ‘ state of confusion’.27. (1) ‘Hindi films were certainly’28. (3) ‘be elected despite’29. (2) ‘because he was familiar’30. (3) ‘he donated large amount of’31. (2) 32. (1) 33. (3) 34. (4) 35. (5) 36. (1)37. (5)38. (4)39. (1)40. (3) THE COMPETITION MASTER  Available as Print Edition also for Rs 50 per copy from your local newspaper agent SUBSCRIBE& Save More than 30%* For One Year Subscription  just send Rs 350 by MO or Cheque in the name of The Competition Master  to 126, Industrial Area-1, Chandigarh - 160002, alongwith your complete name and address.
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