# IBPS PO :: English Language :: Test 131

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1 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following can be an appropriate title for the story ?
Bring Out the Devil in You
The Rooster and its Crow
The Mantra to be Successful-Own a Cat or a Rooster
Make the Best of What You Have
The Scheming Father
2 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following statements is true in the context of the story?
The king was reluctant to purchase the cat from the youngest son
All three brothers married the king's daughters in the end.
The ailing father had secretly informed the eldest son about making money from his rooster.
The youngest son was too lazy to work; as a result he went last on his quest for wealth.
None of the given statements is true
3 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Choose the following which is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word 'RIGHT' as used in the story?
dishonest
unfitting
true
left
4 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase, 'chanced upon' as used in the story?
divided
went with the flow
waited for something
failed to find
came across
5 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word 'BEGGED' as used in the story?
sued
donated
granted
ordered for
6 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
As mentioned in the story, people of the island bought the rooster because ___________ .
(A) they genuinely wished to help the eldest son in becoming a merchant.
(B) it would help them manage their time more effectively.
(C) they were amused by its features and wanted it as a pet.
Only B
Both A and B
Only A
Only C
Both A and C
7 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word 'CERTAINLY' as used in the story?
positively
cautiously
probably
blindly
eccentrically
8 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following characteristics of the father comes across distinctly through the story?
He was aggresive
He was lonely
He rarely became angry
He was wise
He was an animal lover
9 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
Which of the following is most nearly the $SAME$ in meaning as the word 'WORTHLESS' as used in the story?
barren
significant
useless
abolished
10 . Read the following passage 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.
There once lived an old man. He had three sons. One day, the old man called his three sons and said, '$My$ end is near! I wish to give you certain things that I have kept for you. 'He then gave a rooster to his eldest son, an axe to the second and a cat to the youngest. These things may seem $worthless$ but everything depends on how sensibly you use them', said the old man.
In a few days, the old man died. His sons decided to make their fortune using the gifts, they received from their father. So, the eldest son went wandering about with his rooster. He crossed many towns and cities until he reached an island where people didn't know how to divide their time. 'Perhaps, this should be the $right$ place to use my rooster, he thought. So he called out to the people and said, 'Look! Here is an amazing creature; it has a ruby-red crown upon its head like a knight. It crows four times during the night and when it crows for the last time, the sun soon rises. But, if it crows in broad daylight, then be careful, there will $certainly$ be a change in weather.' The people of the island were amazed to see such a creature. 'Is this creature up for sale?' they asked. 'O yes! And the price is as many gold coins as a donkey can carry, he replied. 'Oh that's just a small price for such a precious and useful creature who will help in keeping track of time, they replied and willingly gave him the gold coins.
When the eldest son came home with his wealth, the other two were astonished. Now the second son went wandering about with his axe. He crossed many farms where labourers were carrying their own axes. At last, he chanced upon an island where people knew nothing about axes. So, he began displaying his axe and started narrating its uses. People were amazed to see such a $tool$ and agreed to buy it for a horse laden with as much gold as it could carry.
Now it was the third son's turn to see what he could get of his cat. He went about wandering through many towns until he reached a place where mice had created a menace and no cat had ever been seen. 'We are fed up of the mice. They are so many that they dance upon our tables and benches and gnaw whatever they catch hold of, they complained. The youngest son let his cat free for some time. She began her chase and soon cleared some houses. People were extremely happy to see this. They $begged$ the king to buy the wonderful creature for their kingdom. The king readily agreed and bought it for a mule laden with gold. The youngest son happily returned home. Thus, the three sons made the best out of their father's gifts and lived in wealth and prosperity.
As mentioned in the story, the father gave gifts to his sons because __________.
he didn't want them to fight in his absence,
those were the only gifts he could afford at that time
he was trying to take revenge on them by giving gifts which were of no use.
Other than those given as options