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The QUEST - Issue Seven

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

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. I ____ pleased at my son's honesty.

(a) am much

(b) am very

(c) am too

(d) am surely

2. I do not remember ____ a more exciting cricket match

(a) having seen

(b) to have seen

(c) to seeing

(d) seeing

3. I can ____ as an old man.

(a) dance only

(b) only dance

(c) alone dance

(d) dance really

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

4. Specialist

(a) Expert

(b) Lover

(c) Dignitary

(d) Small Gun

5. Connive

(a) Agree

(b) Overlook

(c) Comply

(d) Accept

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

6. Articulate

(a) Talkative

(b) Silent

(c) Artistic

(d) Virtuous

7. Herculean

(a) Big

(b) Hero

(c) Small

(d) Attitude

8. Prudent

(a) Foolish

(b) Proof

(c) Pretender

(d) Courteous

Answer:

1. (b) am very

2. (b) to have seen

3. (a) dance only

4. (a) Expert

5. (b) Overlook

6. (b) Silent

7. (c) Small

8. (a) Foolish

Section Two: CIVICS

1. India is a secular State because

(a) all religions are equally protected

(b) state has no religion of its own

(c) there will be no discrimination on grounds of religion or caste

(d) all the above

2. In a Parliamentary system the executive is responsible

(a) directly to the people

(b) to the legislature

(c) to the judiciary

(d) None of these

3. Which one of the following objectives does the Preamble to the Constitution not proclaim

(a) Social, economic, political justice

(b) Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship

(c) Equality of status and of opportunity

(d) Promoting fraternity among world's nations

4. 'Union of India'

(a) is synonymous with territory of India

(b) comprises States and Union Territories of India

(c) it includes the states which are members of the federal system

(d) constitutes the centrally administered areas

5. The territories of the Units of the Indian federation may be altered or redistributed by Parliament by a simple majority

(a) unconditionally

(b) under no condition

(c) on the President's recommendation of the Bill

(d) on getting the consent of the State concerned

6. Which one of the following is not true for a Bill for re-organisation the territory of any unit of the Indian federation?

(a) The bill may be introduced only in the State Legislature concerned

(b) The President introduces the bill in the Parliament

(c) The President need not seek the views of the State Legislature

(d) The President is not bound by the view of the State legislature

7. President of India has a

(a) suspensive veto

(b) pocket veto

(c) qualified veto

(d) a mix of above all

8. The detailed provisions regarding acquisition and termination of Indian citizen ship are contained in the Citizenship Act which was passed by

(a) the Indian Parliament in 1955

(b) the Indian Parliament in 1950

(c) the British Parliament in August 1948

(d) the constituent Assembly in 1949

Answer:

1. (d) all the above

2. (b) to the legislature

3. (d) Promoting fraternity among world's nations

4. (c) it includes the states which are members of the federal system

5. (c) on the President's recommendation of the Bill

6. (d) The President is not bound by the view of the State legislature

7. (a) suspensive veto

8. (a) The Indian Parliament in 1955

Section Three: History

1. Which of the following is in proper chronological order?

(a) Rowlatt Act, Hunter’s Report, Jallianwala Bagh massacre

(b) Hunter’s Report, Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre

(c) Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Rowlatt Act, Hunter’s Report

(d) Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Hunters report

2. Gandhiji “Champaran Movement” was for

(a) The security of rights of Harijans

(b) Civil disobedience Movement

(c) Maintaining the Unity of Hindu society

(d) Solving the problem of the Indigo workers

3. Who formed the Congress Khilafat Swaraj Party in 1922 ?

(a) Dr. Ansari and Sardar Patel

(b) Babu Rajendra Prasad

(c) Subhash Chandra Bose

(d) C.R Das & Motilal Nehru

4. The nationalist leaders of the Congress who were in favour of the boycott of the legislative councils (1922) were known as

(a) no-changers

(b) changers

(c) Swarajists

(d) Responsivists

5. The aim of the Swaraj Party was

(a) Boycott foreign goods

(b) Declare independence and establish a provisional Indian Government

(c) Enter the Legislative Councils through election in order to wreck the legislature from within

(d) Do all the above

6. The Simon Commission was appointed by the British Government

(a) to inquire into the causes of growing violence in India

(b) to suggest reforms in the system of government established under the Act of 1919

(c) To Indianise the defence forces

(d) for all the above purposes

7. Why did the Congress and the Indians boycott the Simon Commission?

(a) because no Indian was involved in the Commission

(b) because the Non-cooperation Movement launched by the Congress under the aegis of Mahatma Gandhi ordained such a boycott

(c) because the arrival of the Commission in India coincided with the launching of repressive measures by the Government of India to snuff out the revolutionary activities in the country

(d) because the Congress did not accept the terms of reference of the Commission which were not in keeping with its goal of Poorna Swaraj

8. In which year did the Indian National Congress declare attainment of complete independence as its goal?

(a) 1941

(b) 1931

(c) 1929

(d) 1939

Answer:

1. (d) Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Hunters report

2. (d) Solving the problem of the Indigo workers

3. (d) C.R Das & Motilal Nehru

4. (a) no-changers

5. (c) Enter the Legislative Councils through election in order to wreck the legislature from within

6. (b) to suggest reforms in the system of government established under the Act of 1919

7. (a) because no Indian was involved in the Commission

8. (c) 1929

Section Four: General Science

1. The equivalent weight of an element is 8 and its valency is 2, its atomic weight is

(a) 4

(b) 16

(c) 8

(d) 24

(e) 32

2. Which of the following has highest standard electrode potential

(a) K

(b) Ca

(c) Cu

(d) Fe

3. Which the following has lowest standard electrode potential

(a) Ba

(b) K

(c) Mg

(d) Cu

(e) Ag

4. Which of the following is the most reactive metal

(a) Cu

(b) Zn

(c) Fe

(d) Mg

5. Oxygen molecule is

(a) diatomic

(b) monatomic

(c) triatomic

(d) tetratomic

6. Osmotic pressure is exerted by

(a) pure solvent

(b) a solution

(c) solute

(d) none

7. Two solution having the same osmotic pressure are called

(a) hypertonic solution

(b) hypotonic solution

(c) isotonic solution

(d) none

8. The osmotic solution pressure of a solution of a definite molar concentration will be

(a) high at lower temp

(b) low at high temp

(c) high at high temp

(d) none

Answer:

1. (b) 16

2. (a) K

3. (c) Mg

4. (d) Mg

5. (a) diatomic

6. (b) a solution

7. (c) isotonic solution

8. (c) high at high temp

Section Five: Teaching Aptitude

1. In dealing with a class that is misbehaving, the teacher’s least effective course of action is to

(a) ask the principal to observe him/her and make recommendations

(b) lower the grades of pupils who create the most serious infractions

(c) isolate those most responsible for the misbehaviour

(d) ascertain the extent to which his/her methods and/or curriculum are responsible

(e) Ask the advice of his/her grade leader

2. A fourth grade child takes the possessions of pupils who sit near her. The teacher’s best initial step is to

(a) isolate the child in a corner of the room

(b) make a note of this behaviour in the child’s permanent record

(c) ignore the behaviour, as it will eventually disappear

(d) arrange a parent conference to try to determine causation

(e) assign the pupil to detention

3. All of the following are appropriate areas for pupil teacher planning except

(a) the day’s schedule

(b) the selection of committees

(c) the sequence in a skills programme

(d) a class party

(e) the selection of recreational reading

4. All of the following are examples of intrinsic motivation except

(a) encouraging pupils to help develop the aim of a lesson

(b) permitting pupils to evaluate each other’s answers

(c) utilizing pupils backgrounds and experiences

(d) giving short quizzes at the beginning of a lesson

(e) asking pupils to contribute to a class resource file

5. The most important objective of committee work is to have children

(a) practice parliamentary procedure

(b) develop the leadership skills of the high achievers

(c) develop skills of cooperative learning and problem solving

(d) acquire factual information efficiently

(e) learn socialization skills

6. All of the following statements about children are correct except that

(a) Older children in elementary schools are less prone to illness than younger children

(b) Many children do not eat proper breakfasts

(c) A child with an auditory handicap may be completely unaware of it

(d) Children like teachers who are firm and consistent

(e) Girls are superior to boys of the same age in mathematical abilities

7. All of the following are descriptive of good teaching except that

(a) Creative methods can used to achieve traditional goals

(b) Teachers may fail to achieve satisfactory adjustment of some children despite use of optimum procedures

(c) When given, a punishment should immediately follow the misbehaviour

(d) Teachers should allow acting out children to handle manipulative materials

(e) Teachers should refer all children with emotional problems to the guidance counsellor

8. A sixth-grade class includes a group of children reading on the fourth-grade level. Of the following, the best material to use with this group is a

(a) fourth-grade basal reader

(b) tape recorder

(c) high interest, low level book of stories

(d) sixth grade workbook

(e) local newspaper

Answer:

1. (b) lower the grades of pupils who create the most serious infractions

2. (d) arrange a parent conference to try to determine causation

3. (c) the sequence in a skills programme

4. (b) permitting pupils to evaluate each other’s answers

5. (c) develop skills of cooperative learning and problem solving

6. (e) Girls are superior to boys of the same age in mathematical abilities

7. (e) Teachers should refer all children with emotional problems to the guidance counselor

8. (c) high interest, low level book of stories

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. The average of 11 numbers is 10.9. If the average of the first six numbers is 10.5 and that of the last six numbers is 11.4, then the middle (6th) number is:

(a) 11.5

(b) 11.4

(c) 11.3

(d) 11.0

2. Flow : River : : Stagnant : ?

(a) Pool

(b) Rain

(c) Stream

(d) Canal

3. AZBY : DWEV : : HSIR : ?

(a) JQKO

(b) KPOL

(c) KPLO

(d) KOLP

From Question number 4 to 6, find the missing number in the series.

Q4) 3, 7, 23, 95, ?

(a) 575

(b) 479

(c) 128

(d) 62

Q5) 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, ?

(a) 43

(b) 47

(c) 51

(d) 53

Q6) 212, 179, 146, 113, ?

(a) 91

(b) 79

(c) 112

(d) 80

7. Heavier coins are costlier. Ram’s coin is heavier than Mohan’s and costlier than Ramesh’s. Naresh’s coin is costlier than Ram’s but lighter than Yogesh’s. Ramesh’s coin is costlier than Mohan’s. So who is the owner of the costliest coin?

(a) Ram

(b) Ramesh

(c) Yogesh

(d) Naresh

8. There are 7 points in a plane, no three of them being collinear. The number of triangles formed by using these points is:

(a) 7

(b) 21

(c) 10

(d) 4

(e) 35

Answer:

1. (a) 11.5

2. (a) Pool

3. (c) KPLO

4. (b) 479.

5. (a) 43

6. (d) 80

7. (c) Yogesh

8. (e) 35

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