1 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following is most nearly the opposite in meaning as the word 'ABLE' as used in the story?
A.  incompletent
B.  shy
C.  popular
D.  aggressive
E.  None of these
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2 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following is most similarly the same in meaning to the word 'PERPLEXED' as used in the passage?
A.  annoyed
B.  ecstatic
C.  relaxed
D.  certain
E.  puzzled
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3 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning to the word RATIONAL as used in the story?
A.  graduate
B.  literate
C.  logical
D.  aged
E.  inept
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4 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word 'HONOURED' as used in the story?
A.  remembered
B.  dented
C.  cracked
D.  devoid
E.  garlanded
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5 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following is/are NOT TRUE in the context of the story?
(A) The king was fond of the old Prime Minister.
(B) The king was sensitive towards the needs of his people.
(C) The old Prime Minister was jealous of the king's position.
A.  Only A
B.  Only B
C.  Both A and B
D.  Only C
E.  All the given options are true
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6 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
As mentioned in the story, how much time did the three pundits take to come up with a solution to the problem?
A.  The whole day
B.  More than two days as they consulted their friends
C.  Two hours
D.  Three hours
E.  They could not find the solution
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7 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following can be said about the three pundits ?
A.  They did not go beyond their acquired knowledge
B.  They were good friends with each other.
C.  They were jealous of the old Prime Minister
D.  They were aware of their limitations
E.  They were financially bankrupt.
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8 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
As mentioned in the story, the old Prime Minister played a trick on the four pundits as _____.
(A) it was his habit.
(B) he wanted to identify the wisest of them all.
(C) he was taking revenge on them.
A.  Only A
B.  Both A and B
C.  Only B
D.  Only C
E.  Both A and C
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9 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following can be a suitable title for the story?
A.  The Arrogant Prime Minister
B.  The Haunted Palace
C.  The Witty Pundits
D.  The Wise Successor
E.  Choose Your King
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10 . Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in $bold$ to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very $able$ Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one.
After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, 'The room has two doors.' I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister.
Out of the four pundits, three were $perplexed$. Each of them thought, 'How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. 'Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a $rational$ and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. 'There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,' he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely.
Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and $honoured$ him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.
Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase, 'pondered over' as used in the story?
A.  Disregarded
B.  Twisted
C.  Contemplated
D.  Disregarded
E.  Pushed
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