# IBPS Clerk :: English Language :: Test 55

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1 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
What made the author revisit the underwater reef?
Placid surface of the Red Seas
Glimpses of the sunlight
Clear blue sea water
Scenic beauty of the underwater world
None of these
2 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
What does the sentence 'So I did'convey? The author
slipped a pair of flippers onto his feet
saw glimpses of sunlight
exaggerated the lovely world below water
None of these
3 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
In what way is the Red Sea SIMILAR to the Caribbean Sea, the South Seas, etc?

A. Variety of fish

B. Fantastic reefs

C. Clear and transparent water
A only
B only
C only
All the three
None of these
4 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
What are 'fringing reefs'?
Calcareous deposit formation
Collection of fish
Sea - food accumulation
Collection of minute creatures other than fish
None of these
5 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Fishing in the Red Sea off the coast near Jeddah was
difficult because the water was transparent
risky because tanks are needed to spot the fish
easy because the fish are clearly visible near the surface itself
cumbersome because of the tools like mask, snorkel tube, flippers, etc
more difficult than at the Caribbean Sea, the South Sea and the Indian Ocean
6 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Through the passage, the author gives an account of
his underwater journey by a submarine
how he was fascinated by the underwater world
his hobby of fishing
his expertise in the art of photography
None of these
7 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Which of the following changes occurred in the author after the initial period of a year or so?

A. He got fed up with hunting.

B. He was struck with the idea of shooting the fish with a camera rather than by spear gun.

C. Hunting became more interesting and sporting.
A only
B only
A and C only
A and B only
All the three
8 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage?
$GINGERLY$
Cautiously
Recklessly
Unintentionally
Purposely
Clearly
9 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage?
$TRANSPARENT$
Opaque
Glowing
Dependable
Visible
Dark
10 . Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Off the coast near Jeddah about six years ago I slipped a pair of flippers onto my feet, put on a face mask and $gingerly$ poked my head beneath the placid surface of the Red Sea. I am not sure, now, exactly what I saw in that first glimpse: shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of $fantastic$ beauty; and, no doubt, many fish. But I do $recall$ that by the time I surfaced I had already developed a need to return to that incredibly lovely world below. $So\,\,\, I \,\,\,did$. Indeed, it would not be much of an exaggeration to say that except for such periods as were necessary to earn a living, I have rarely been anywhere else.Diving became a passion and then a way of life-one, as you will gather, I totally endorse.

For the first year after that initial experience I amused myself by hunting fish with a spear gun. It was not at all difficult. Fish are so abundant there that divers do not need to use tanks to get down to where the fish are; they find them near the surface. Furthermore, the water of the Red Sea, like the Caribbean, the South Seas and parts of the Indian Ocean, is so $transparent$ that you can see up to 150 feet away. Thus, all you really need is a mask, a snorkel tube to breathe trough,flippers and a spear gun.

Hunting, however, began to pall on me. I began to wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting and more sporting to photograph some of these $magnificent$ creatures rather than kill them. It was certainly an ideal place for underwater photography. In addition to hundreds of species of fish, the Red Sea coast offers thousands of moles of what they call '$fringing reefs$' - great barriers of coral 10 to 200 mileswide that wind along the African shore from Egypt to Djibouti and down the Asian shore from Aqaba to the Bab-al-Mandab at the gate of the Indian Ocean. Although no more than the accumulation of billions of coral polyps-$minute$

creatures that produce a calcareous deposit-the reefs have grown to fantastic sizes, the largest being the 1,200 mile-long Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage?
$MAGNFICENT$
Delicate
Fragile
Obvious
Powerful
Splendid