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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 Bank of Maharashtra ClericalCadre Exam, 2007 ENGLISH LANGUAGE Q. 1-15. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words areprinted in bold to help you to locate them whileanswering some of the questions. In the town where Abhiram painted pictures of gods and goddesses, everyone knew him only as astranger who had always painted pictures for a living.No one knew him or his past. He would think, “I wasonce wealthy but it’s all gone now...and in a way it isfor the better. Immeditate on various forms of God allday long now, my bread and butter comes from that. Ialso place His image in all the houses. No one can takeaway the respect and goodwill this earns me.” One daythe royal Minister passed away. The King employed anew Minister from a foreign land. The whole town wasabuzz with the news but that day Abhiram’s fingersstilled to a halt. Abhiram’s father had adopted anorphan boy whom he raised and trusted more than hisown son, Abhiram. But the boy had turned traitor andhad stolen the old man’s fortune from him. The verysame man had now come to the new kingdom as thenew Minister. The room where Abhiram painted wasalso his puja room. He went in, folded his hands and queried, “Is this why I have spent so many years medi-tating on You through every colour, every line? Is thishow you reward me—with such an insult?”The chariot pageant was coming up. At the fair-grounds many people from different lands throngedto buy abhiram’s pictures. In that throng, there was alittle boy watched over by servants. He picked out onepicture. Abhiram turned to the child’s attendant andasked, “Who is this boy?” He replied, “The only son of our royal Minister.” Abhiram covered his paintingswith a cloth and said, “I will not sell my pictures”,which only made the child want the picture even more.He came home and sulked in the corner and refusedto eat. The Minister sent a bagful of coins for Abhiram, but the bag came back to the Minister untouched. TheMinister said to himself, “What audacity !” The morehe was pestered, the more dogged was Abhiram’srefusal and he thought, “This is my victory.”Every morning the first thing Abhiram did was topaint a picture of his own beloved deity. This was theonly form of worship known to him. One day he real-ized the painting wasn’t to his satisfaction. Somethinglooked different. It wasn’t looking right. He felt tor-mented. As the days passed, the subtle difference became more apparent until one day Abhiram lookedup, startled by the realization..he could see it clearlynow—the face of his God was beginning to look moreand more like the Minister. He hurled his brush to theground and said, “So the Minister wins!” That sameday he took the painting to the Minister and said,“Here is the picture, give it to your son.” The Ministerasked, “How much?” Abhiram said, “You robbed me of my devotion to God I shall gain it back by gifting youthis picture.” The Minister had no idea what he wastalking about. 1. Which of the following cannot  be said aboutAbhiram?(A) Abhiram used to meditate and pray every morning that God would make him prosper-ous.(B) Abhiram refused to sell the painting to the little boy because the boy did not speak to him politely.(C) Abhiram had been a businessman in the past.(1) All (A), (B) and (C).(2) Both (A) and (C).(3) Only (B).(4) Both (B) and (C)(5) None of these 2. Why did Abhiram paint a picture of one particular deity every morning?(1) His paintings of this particular deity were verypopular and he sold many of them.(2) He kept trying to paint the picture well but henever succeeded.(3) In memory of his father who had had greatdevotion for the deity.(4) It was his way of praying. (5) None of these 3. Why did Abhiram refuse to accept the moneythat the Minister sent him?(A) He wanted the Minister to give him moremoney in person.(B) He had a grudge against the Minister and wanted to punish him.(C) He was angry because the Minister did notrecognize and acknowledge him as a brother.(1) Only (B)(2) Only (A)(3) Only (C)(4) Both (A) and (C)(5) No correction required 4. Why did the Minister send a bagful of gold toAbhiram’s house?(1) As penance for taking Abhiram’s rightful shareof their father’s property.(2) He admired artists and wanted to pay his    ©    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 . 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 respects to Abhiram.(3) As a bribe to ensure that Abhiram would keeptheir past a secret.(4) He wanted to purchase a painting that his sonwas determined to have.(5) As payment for the portraits that he wantedAbhiram to paint. 5. Why was Abhiram disappointed with his mostrecent painting?(1) Despite his best efforts he could not get thepainting to resemble the Minister.(2) Attention to details which made his paintings sopopular was missing.(3) Instead of resembling a replica of a deity, thepainting looked like a portrait of the Minister.(4) Since he was unable to paint the lighting effectsproperly the deity did not look lifelike in theportrait.(5) There was nothing wrong with the painting,Abhiram was a perfectionist. 6. What was Abhiram’s first reaction when heheard about the appointment of the new Royal Minister?(1) He decided not to sell his paintings at the chariot pageant.(2) He stopped praying because he believed thatGod had abandoned him.(3) He gave up his career as an artist.(4) He asked God to punish the Minister.(5) None of these 7. What did Abhiram learn from the incident?(1) it is impossible to withstand pressure from apowerful person.(2) The past can neither be forgiven nor forgotten.(3) One had to sometimes use unfair practices to besuccessful and wealthy.(4) One should not to be greedy and single mindedabout acquiring wealth.(5) Seeking revenge and refusing to forgive has adetrimental effect on the person himself. 8. Why did Abhiram dislike the newly appointedMinister?(1) Abhiram had been fond of the old Minister and believed that the new Minister had taken hispost by unfair means.(2) He was jealous of the affection his father hadshowered on the new Minister in their youth.(3) He had swindled Abhiram’s father out of hiswealth.(4) He wanted Abhiram to only paint pictures thathis son liked.(5) None of these 9. What made Abhiram finally gift the painting tothe Minister?(1) He learnt that the Minister’s son had becomegravely ill because he would not eat till heowned the painting.(2) He realized that he himself was being harmed byhis act of revenge of denying the Minister thepicture.(3) The Minister was so persistent that Abhiramfinally gave in.(4) God directed Abhiram to do so every night in adream.(5) Abhiram wanted to change the Minister’s previous negative impression of him into amore favourable one. 10. What effect did the appointment of the newMinister have on Abhiram’s work?(A) He changed his style of painting of showing subtle differences and adopted a more modernstyle.(B) He decided to give up painting pictures of deities and began to make portraits of the Minister.(C) He raised the prices of his paintings.(1) Only (A)(2) Only (B)(3) Both (A) and (C)(4) Both (B) and (C)(5) None of these Q. 11-13. Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in bold as used inthe passage. 11. audacity (1) courage (2) fear (3) insult(4) rudeness(5) adventure 12. idea (1)image(2) understanding(3) design(4) plan(5)example 13. queried (1)confessed(2) asked(3) shouted(4) prayed(5)suspected Q. 14-15. Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage. 14. gain (1)lose(2) decrease(3) lack(4) fail(5)loss 15. dogged 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 (1)polite(2)weak(3)unstable(4)soft(5) unsure Q. 16-25. Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any,will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (5) i.e. ‘No Error’ ( Ignore errors in punctuation, if any  ). 16. In our opinion(1) the venue is too small(2) toaccommodate such the(3) large number of candi-dates.(4) No error.(5) 17. He deserves a reward(1) because hemanaged(2) to complete the assignment(3) inspite manydifficulties.(4) No error.(5) 18. The Director has refused to(1) gave them anappointment(2) on Wednesday because(3) he has another meeting scheduled.(4) No error.(5) 19. He has the necessary(1) qualifications for(2)the post so(3) he has declined it.(4) No error.(5) 20. The clerk whom(1) spoke rudely to(2) the cus-tomer yesterday(3) has been suspended(4). No error.(5) 21. Although Ram did not handle(1) his previousproject well(2) he has been entrusted(3) with a newone.(4) No error.(5) 22. The majority of(1) the Board are(2) in favourof(3) implementing the proposal.(4) No error.(5) 23. Mr Rao has(1) no intention of(2) accepting thetransfer(3) in that rural branch.(4) No error.(5) 24. Despite the progress(1) we have achieved in(2)the field of medicine many(3) million of people die of malaria.(4) No error.(5) 25. Unless we work(1) careful we may(2) overlooksomething(3) in the contract.(4) No error.(5) Q. 26-30. Which of the phrases (1), (2), (3) and (4) given below should replace the phrase given in bold inthe following sentences to make the sentence grammati- cally correct? If the sentence is correct as it is and thereis no correction required mark(5) as the answer. 26. My sincere advice to him is in pursuit of his education instead of taking up a job.(1)to pursue his(2) in the pursuit of his(3) in pursuing(4) to pursuit in his(5) No correction required 27. The company is determined to achieve the target by any means possible.(1)through no means(2) from some means (3) in any means (4) using any mean (5) No correction required 28. We have been look forward to the arrival of the new machinery for two weeks.(1)looked forward for(2) looked forward at(3) looking forward to(4) looking forward(5) No correction required 29. He was quite upset how we refused hisrequest for a loan.(1)that we refuse(2) when we refused(3) while we refuse(4) where we refused(5) No correction required 30. The HR department plays a such crucial rolein the organization.(1) so crucially(2) most crucial (3) much crucial(4) very crucial(5) No correction required Q. 31-35. In each question below a sentence withfour words printed in bold type is given. These are num- bered as (1), (2), (3) and (4). One of these four words printed in bold may be either wrongly spelt or inappro- priate in the context of the sentence. Find out the word which is either wrongly spelt or inappropriate if any. Thenumber of that word is your answer. If all the words printed in bold are correctly spelt and also appropriatein the context of the sentence, mark (5) i.e. ‘All correct’ as  your answer. 31. Their sole (1) concern (2) was how they could assisst (3) their colleague in his hour of crisis. (4) All correct.(5) 32. We shall be disabled (1) to  justify (2) this excess (3) expenditure. (4) All correct.(5) 33. The lease on these premises (1) has expired (2)and we have incured (3) significant debt. (4) All correct.(5) 34. Your statement (1) that you received (2) no prier (3) intimation (4) is not plausible. All correct.(5) 35. Mr Sharma refused to acknowledge (1) that hehad committed (2) an error (3) while taking that decision. (4) All correct.(5) Q. 36-40. 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) When they returned home from the trip hisfather asked him, “How was the trip? Did yousee how the poor live?”(B) “So thank you for showing me how poor we are!”(C) When the boy had finished the man realizedthat everything depends on how we look atthings. 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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