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English Quiz for Banking entrance exams
  • 2016-06-06
English Quiz for Banking entrance exams

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This quiz consists of actual questions from various Banking entrance exams held during the last few years. Leave your answers/ responses in the comments section below and soon we'll let you know the correct answers!

Directions (Q. 1-10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five, words/phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each case.

           Can an experiment conceived, carried out, and reported in kids-speak with pencil-coloured figures and hand-written tables by schoolchildren aged 8 to 10 years get published in a highly rated international journal following a peer-reviewing process? Twenty-seven school children from a primary school in UK have proved this is (1) - if a simple but novel scientific question raised is (2) in a scientific way. Their paper was published in the Royal Society's Biology Letters journal. Their (3) was that bumble-bees can use a "combination of colour and spatial relationships in deciding which colour of flower to forage from." Considering that our understanding of how bees perceive coloured patterns and scenes is inadequate, this inspiring

outcome has shown that schoolchildren guided by gifted teachers can think and (4) out experiments like any hard-wired scientist. For these kids, doing science changed their (5) of the subject. Science also became "cool and fun." This refreshing approach turns the spotlight on the best methods of teaching science. The (6) learning system adopted by most schools in India, even classroom study combined with some laboratory work with pre-defined outcomes, does very little to (7) curiosity and interest in science. Is that one of the (8) why out-of-the-box thinking that produces path-breaking science rarely comes out of Indian laboratories? The children at the UK school had their gifted teacher to guide them. Scientists from India's space and atomic energy departments and in some other places where serious science is done can take a (9) out of the school's book and (10) the way in engaging with school pupils and getting them to do real science.

1. (1) done                    (2) unlikely       (3) potential            (4) promising            (5) possible

2. (1) questioned        (2) said               (3) retorted              (4) answered           (5) address

3. (1) question             (2) finding         (3) methodology     (4) result                  (5) studies

4. (1) wage                   (2) create          (3) execute                (4) carry                 (5) attempt

5. (1) option                (2) lives              (3) visual                   (4) demands       (5) perception

6. (1) revolutionary      (2) radical          (3) rote                 (4) adequate             (5) bore

7. (1) stimulate             (2) simulate       (3) make              (4) peek                     (5) judge

8. (1) cause                   (2) root                (3) reasons          (4) issues                   (5) sources

9. (1) thread                 (2) leaf                (3) example          (4) look                     (5) pages

10 (1) lead                   (2) start                (3) deliver            (4) paved                 (5) ahead