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The QUEST - Issue Eleven

Welcome to the eleventh issue of The QUEST- a fortnightly newsletter from EnableAll.org, to help you prepare for competitive exams.

This issue of The QUEST, has six sections: English Language, Civics, History, General Science, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning and a supplementary section on Teaching Aptitude for B. Ed. aspirants. There are eight questions in each section. Answers to all questions in a section are provided at the end of each section. Questions have been compiled in such a manner that it is easy to follow and memorize. We recommend that you go to the answers only after you have attempted all the questions in a section, it will provide a true picture of your preparedness. Good Luck!

Section One: English

FILL IN THE BLANKS: A sentence with a blank space marked by dotted lines is given along with four answer choices out of which only one is correct. The candidates are expected to fill in the blank space with the correct choice.

1. He ____ his address before we reached the venue.
(a) had begun

(b) began

(c) was to begin

(d) did not begin

2. The enemy ____.

(a) was bound hand and feet

(b) was binded hand and foot

(c) was bound hand and foot

(d) was bound by hand and foot

3. His company is ____.

(a) much sought after

(b) very sought after

(c) sought after

(d) much sought

Direction: Out of the four alternatives provided, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given words.

4. Profess

(a) Work

(b) Job

(c) Belief

(d) Claim

5. Optimist

(a) Hopeful

(b) Eye-Specialist

(c) Mean

(d) Desirous

Direction: Out of the four alternatives provided, choose the one word which has exactly the opposite meaning of the given words.

6. Heathen
(a) Soft

(b) Believer

(c) Unhealthy

(d) Pagan

7. Implicit

(a) Expressed

(b) Known

(c) Hint

(d) Perform

8. Tainted

(a) Unhelpful

(b) Absolute

(c) Pure

(d) Partial

Answer:

1. (a) had begun

2. (c) was bound hand and foot

3. (a) much sought after

4. (d) Claim

5. (a) Hopeful

6. (b) Believer

7. (a) Expressed

8. (c) Pure

Section Two: Civics

1. Vote on Account is made by the Lok Sabha

(a) to meet the additional expenditure incurred by the government on any approved item of expenditure during the supplementary budget

(b) to meet expenditure on secret service

(c) to meet expenditure for a period before the passing of the annual budget

(d) to meet expenditure on unexpected demand

2. The Parliament is to meet at an interval of

(a) not more than six months between one session and another

(b) 12 months at most

(c) three months or less between sessions

(d) nine months

3. Which one of the following powers is enjoyed by the Parliament of India?

(a) It can elect the Vice-President

(b) It can initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of India

(c) It can recommend removal of Judges of Supreme Court and High court to the president

(d) it enjoys all the above powers

4. President of India can be impeached by a/an

(a) simple majority

(b) absolute majority

(c) both

(d) none of these

5. A Money Bill and a finance bill differ in that

(a) a finance bill is only an ordinary bill

(b) a finance bill can be introduced in the Rajya Sabha

(c) a finance bill can be effectively rejected by the Rajya Sabha whereas a money bill cannot

(d) There is no difference

6. The power to remove which one of the following is not vested with Parliament

(a) Judges of the Supreme Court and High courts

(b) Chief Election Commissioner

(c) Comptroller and Auditor-General

(d) Attorney–General

7. The members of Rajya Sabha are

(a) elected by voters of India directly

(b) elected by elected members of the State Vidhan Sabha

(c) nominated by the President and State Governors

(d) elected by the members of the Lok Sabha

8. What is the power of the Rajya Sabha regarding a Money Bill?

(a) it may take 14 days to reject the bill

(b) it may amend the bill within 10 days

(c) it may make recommendations to the Lok Sabha within 14 days

(d) it has no powers at all regarding Money bills

Answer:

1. (c) to meet expenditure for a period before the passing of the annual budget

2. (a) not more than six months between one session and another

3. (d) it enjoys all the above powers

4. (b) simple majority

5. (c) a finance bill can be effectively rejected by the Rajya Sabha whereas a money bill cannot

6. (d) Attorney–General

7. (b) elected by elected members of the State Vidhan Sabha

8. (c) it may make recommendations to the Lok Sabha within 14 days


Section Three: History

1. Who presented a plan for the division of India into two independent states in June 1947?

(a) The Muslim League

(b) The Indian National Congress

(c) Lord Wavell

(d) Lord Mountbatten

2. The “Inquilab Zindabad” slogan was given by

(a) Chandra Shekhar Azad

(b) Subhash Chandra Bose

(c) Bhagat Singh

(d) Iqbal

3. When was the Partition of Bengal annulled?

(a) 1909

(b) 1910

(c) 1911

(d) It was not annulled

4. Which of the following introduced the system of separate electorates for Muslims and Hindus?

(a) Indian Councils Act of 1892

(b) Minto-Morley Reforms 1909

(c) Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms 1919

(d) None of these

5. Who wrote Vande Mataram?

(a) Mohd Iqbal

(b) Sarat Chandra Chatterjee

(c) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

(d) Rabindranath Tagore

6. Which of the following is wrongly matched?

(a) New Delhi – Bipinchandra Pal

(b) Yugantar – Aurobindo Ghose

(c) Swaseshmitran- G. Subramania Iyer

(d) Mahratta - Gokhale

7. Who declared “Swaraj is my birth right”?

(a) Mahatma Gandhi

(b) Lala Lajpat Rai

(c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

(d) Subhash Chandra Bose

8. Which of the following gives the correct chronological sequence of the events?

I. Dandi March

II. Champaran Satyagraha

III. Ghadar Party

IV. Khilafat Movement

(a) I, II, III, IV

(b) III, II, IV, I

(c) I, III, IV, II

(d) III, I, IV, II

Answer:

1. (d) Lord Mountbatten

2. (d) Iqbal

3. (c) 1911

4. (b) Minto-Morley Reforms 1909

5. (c) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

6. (d) Mahratta - Gokhale

7. (c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

8. (b) III, II, IV, I

Section Four: General Science

1. Horse latitudes or subtropical highs refer as

(a) less warmer air mass descends doom at around 30 latitude building up a high pressure subtropical belt

(b) warmer mass continuing poleward movement

(c) air mass moves towards equator

(d) air mass moves towards poles

2. The PH scale measures
(a) the acidity of rain water

(b) neutrality of rain water

(c) basically of rain water

(d) both the acidity and basically of rain water

3. Agriculture can increase the acidity considerably by the use of

(a) phosphate fertilizers

(b) nitrogenous fertilizers

(c) sulphate fertilizer

(d) both nitrogeneous and phosphate fertilizer

4. Depletion of ozone at higher height, would result

(a) is greater entry of ultraviolet light to earth

(b) in reassign the energy reaching the earth surface

(c) assisting the greenhouse effect

(d) in greater entry of ultraviolet light to earth its creasing the energy reaching the earth surface, and assisting the greenhouse effect

5. When a nature gas deposit is tapped

(a) propane and butane gases are liquiefied and removed as liquefied petroleum gas

(b) methane and propane gases are liquiefied

(c) ethane and propane are liquiefied

(d) propane and ethane are liquiefied

6. During the process of nuclear fission

(a) abundance nuclear energy is released

(b) nuclear energy is absorbed

(c) nuclear energy is consumed

(d) none of the above

7. Certain isotopes of hydrogen get combined this process of combination is know as fusion reaction under which

(a) the heavier isotopes fuse more readily

(b) the lighter isotopes fuse more reading

(c) the heavier isotopes fuse more readily but the lighter ones are more abundant

(d) none of the above

8. Energy from the sun is creased by

(a) the fusion of hydrogen into helium

(b) the fission of hydrogen in helium

(c) both the above

(d) none of the above

Answer:

1. (a) less warmer air mass descends doom at around 30 latitude building up a high pressure subtropical belt

2. (d) both the acidity and basically of rain water

3. (a) phosphate fertilizers

4. (d) in greater entry of ultraviolet light to earth its creasing the energy reaching the earth surface, and assisting the greenhouse effect

5. (a) propane and butane gases are liquiefied and removed as liquiefied petroleum gas

6. (c) nuclear energy is consumed

7. (a) the heavier isotopes fuse more readily

8. (a) the fusion of hydrogen into helium

Section Five: Teaching Aptitude

1. Of the following, the most promising step for a teacher to take in order to improve class discipline is to

(a) note specific infractions for class rules in the marking book

(b) evaluate his/her material, methods, and approaches toe children

(c) consult the class and agree upon a graduated series of punishments

(d) call a class parent meeting to discuss the situation

(e) refer the worst offenders to the guidance office

2. A small machine used in the reading programme to increase rate of speed is the

(a) mnemonic device

(b) sphygmomanometer

(c) tachistoscope

(d) audiometer

(e) stadiometer

3. A teacher should be catechized for all of the following practices except

(a) undermining the role of the parent

(b) becoming overly friendly with pupils

(c) exercising firm leadership

(d) giving talented pupils special favours

(e) excusing the poor behaviour of children from broken homes

4. Team teaching is chartered by all of the following except

(a) the use of master teacher

(b) the use of large group lectures

(c) group planning

(d) inflexible groupings

(e) differentiated personnel assignments

5. A paraprofessional may properly engage in all of the following activities expect

(a) assisting on parents night

(b) conferring with parents about a child behaviour

(c) making short answer tests

(d) tutoring

(e) distributing materials

6. The teacher introduces a problem solving lesson with a good motivation and then asks for proposed solutions. No suggestions are forthcoming. The teacher is best advised to

(a) repeat the motivation until children respond

(b) tell the student to read their text

(c) show an interesting filmstrip

(d) stimulate pupil thought by advancing a few personal proposals

(e) assign the proposed solution for homework

7. Individual differences within a class are best handled by

(a) coaching slow children after school

(b) giving the bright students free reading time

(c) peer tutoring

(d) organizing groups for specific purposes

(e) making each pupil fairly

8. A quite, reserved fourth grader brings roadmaps to school and looks at them whenever he gets a chance. The teacher should

(a) encourage the pupil to talk about them during a show and tell period

(b) tell the pupil the leave the maps at home

(c) take the maps away

(d) plan a unit on maps and globes

(e) call the mother to determine the reason for the behaviour

Answer:

1. (b) evaluate his/her material, methods, and approaches toe children

2. (c) tachistoscope

3. (c) exercising firm leadership

4. (d) inflexible groupings

5. (b) conferring with parents about a child behaviour

6. (d) stimulate pupil thought by advancing a few personal proposals

7. (d) organizing groups for specific purposes

8. (a) encourage the pupil to talk about them during a show and tell period

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

Directions for Questions 1 to 5: Study the following information carefully and answer the questions given below it: A sales representative plans to visit each of six companies M, N, P, Q, R and S exactly once during the course of one day. She is setting up her schedule for the day according to the following conditions:

(1) She must visit M before N and R

(2) She must visit N before Q

(3) The third company she visits must be P

1. Which of the following must be true of the sales representative's schedule?

(a) She visits M before Q

(b) She visits N before R

(c) She visits P before M

(d) She visits P before S

(e) She visits Q before R

2. If the sales representative visits S first, which company must she visit second?

(a) M

(b) N

(c) P

(d) Q

(e) R

3. The sales representative could visit any of the following companies immediately after P except

(a) S

(b) R

(c) Q

(d) N

(e) M

4. If the sales representative visits Q immediately before R and immediately after S she must visit Q

(a) First

(b) Second

(c) Fourth

(d) Fifth

(e) Sixth

5. Which of the following could be the order in which the sales representative visits the six companies?

(a) M, S, P, N, R, Q

(b) Q, N, P, R, S, M

(c) M, R, N, Q, P, S

(d) P, S, M, R, Q, N

(e) P, R, M, N, Q, S

Direction for Questions 6 to 7: Study the, following information carefully and answer the question. There are six persons A, B, C, D, E, and F in a family. C is the sister of F. B is the brother of E's husband. D is the father of A and grandfather of F. There are 2 fathers, 3 brothers and a mother in the group.

6. Who is E's husband?

(a) B

(b) C

(c) D

(d) F

(e) None of these

7. Who is the mother?

(a) A

(b) B

(c) E

(d) D

(e) None of these

8. If in a certain language MYSTIFY is coded as NZTUJGZ, how is NEMISES coded in that code?

(a) MDLHRDR

(b) OFNJTFT

(c) ODNHTDR

(d) PGOKUGU

Answer:

1. (a) Clearly, she visits M before N and N before Q. SO, she must visit M before Q.

2. (a) Of the six companies if S is first, P is third and the orders M N Q and M R are followed. Clearly, M must be visited second.

3. (e) Since P is at third place and orders M, N, Q and M, R are to be followed, so immediately after P she can visit any company except M and which may occupy first or second place because Q R & N cannot precede it.

4. (d) If Q is visited just before R and immediately after S, the order followed will be M N S Q R . Since P must be in 3rd place, so we have M N P S Q R i.e. Q will be visited fifth.

5. (a) According to information P must be in third place and the order M N, Q must not be violated. This is followed only in the arrangement MS P N R Q.

6. (e) A is E's husband.

7. (c) E is the mother of F and C.

8. (b) Clearly, in the code, each letter is the alphabet next to the corresponding letter in the word. So, for NEMISES, N will be coded as O, E as F, M as N and so on. The answer is (b).

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