SNAP 2011 Solved Question Paper: GENERAL ENGLISH

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Created On: Jul 5, 2016 15:26 IST
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Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a prominent and sought after entrance examination. The examination grants admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU).

It is conducted by GMACTM every year for the students and grants admission to 14 institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU) which are situated at different locations i.e Pune, Bengaluru and Nashik

In order to prepare well for the exam, take a look at the General English Section of SNAP 2011.

SNAP 2011 Solved Question Paper: GENERAL ENGLISH

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 1-6): Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.

For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is our, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture, that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate comos. 1 am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet below know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my min, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the water-Apocalypse, 1931.

1. By triumph the author means

(a) sin

(b) loss

(c) sorrow

(d) victory

2. When the dead look after the afterwards the living should look at life

(a) forever

(b) for some months

(c) for only a short while

(d) in the past

3. By rapture the author means an emotion involving great

(a) trepidation

(b) thrill

(c) fear

(d) joy

4. By the last line “the mind water”, the author means that mind is only

(a) a mirage

(b) an illusion

(c) magic

(d) a reflection

5. The tone of this passage is

(a) social

(b) moral

(c) reflective

(d) philosophical

6. The most suitable title for this passage would be

(a) the surface of the water

(b) my mind

(c) the human race

(d) alive and kicking

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 7-9): Choose the correct option.

7. The reperition of messages or the use of superfluous expressions is called………

(a) redundancy

(b) hyperbole

(c) alliteration

(d) allegory

8. ink: pen: paper

(a) watch: dial: strap

(b) book: paper: words

(c) farmer: plough: field

(d) colour: brush: canvas

9. Realia

(a) theoretical constructs

(b) fabricated examples

(c) objects from real life

(d) based on reality

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 10-15): Choose the grammatically correct option from the following.


(a) ‘Are these gloves belonging to you?’ she asked.

(b) ‘Does this gloves belong to you?’ she asked.

(c) ‘Do these gloves belongs to you?’ she asked.

(d) ‘Do these gloves belong to you?’ she aksed.


(a) I live in a house in a street in the countryside. The street is called “Bear Street” and the house is old-more than 100 years old!

(b) I live in the house in the street in the countryside. The street is called “Bear Street” and the house is old-more than 100 years old!

(c) I live in a house in the street in the countryside. The street is called “Bear Street” and the house is old -more than 100 years old!

(d) I live in a house in a street in the countryside. The street is called “Bear Street” and a house is old - more than 100 years old!


(a) The teachers will be able to visit our schools and compare our teaching methods to their own.

(b) The teacher will be able to pay a visit to our schools and compare teaching methods for their own.

(c) The teachers will be able to visit our schools and compare our teaching methods with their own.

(d) The teachers will be able to visit our and compare their teaching method with their own.


(a) Could you give me the amount that you filled out in the check which was sent?

(b) Could you give me the amount what you filled out in the check you sent?

(c) Could you give me the amount for which you filled out in the check you sent?

(d) Could you give me the amount wherein you filled out in the check you sent?


(a) I have completed the work yesterday.

(b) I did completed the work yesterday.

(c) I have had completed the work yesterday.

(d) I completed the work yesterday.


(a) The train couldn’t stop in time and crashed with the truck

(b) The train couldn’t stop in time and crashed into the truck.

(c) The train couldn’t stop in time and crashed against the truck.

(d) The train couldn’t stop in time and crashed before the truck.

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 16-20): Choose the correct synonymous word or description for each italicized word.

The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to (16) as the citizens’ ombudsman bill, is a proposed independent (17) anti-corruption law in India. Anti-corruption social activists proposed by the Government of India. The Jan Lokpal Bill aims to effectively deter (18) corruption, redress grievances (19) of citizens, and protect whistle-blowers. If made into law, the bill would create an independent ombudsman (20) body called the Lokpal. It would be empowered to register and investigate complaints of corruption against politicians and bureaucrats without prior government approval. (Source; Wikipedia)


(a) described as

(b) included in

(c) supported for

(d) reformed as


(a) self-centered

(b) impartial

(c) self-seeking

(d) self-possessed


(a) swell

(b) prevent

(c) propel

(d) lucubrate


(a) complaints

(b) dishonesty

(c) committees

(d) opinions


(a) a government appointee who investigates complaints by private persons against bureaucrats and/or politicians

(b) a government appointee who investigates complaints by government against common citizens.

(c) a government appointee who investigates complaints by government against common citizens.

(d) a government appointes who investigates complaints by government against government officials.

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 21-24): In the following sentences, one word or a phrase is used wrongly. Choose the word that must be changed or modified or deleted to make the sentence correct. There are sentences without any errors too.

21. The committee came to a decision to discuss in detail about assorted problems that people have been facing for a long time.

(a) came to

(b) to discuss

(c) about

(d) a long time

22. I know you may not see eye to eye with the philosophy of Ramkrishan but you must admit that be had had tremendous influence over a great many followers.

(a) see eye to eye

(b) had had

(c) influence over

(d) no error

23. The Principal inquired with the students if they would like their teacher to repeat the lesson again.

(a) inquired with

(b) to repeate

(c) again

(d) no error

24. One of the security guards reushed forward; unlocked the gate and asked whether I had anything objectionable.

(a) security guards

(b) forward

(c) objectionable

(d) no error

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 25-26): Rearrange the following sentences fragment (P, Q, R and S) to make meaningful sentences.

25. I always told them…………and consideration for me.

P. how for me she

Q. always exuded warmth

R was like a family’s

S. elder and how she has

(a) PRSQ

(b) PQSR

(c) PRQS

(d) SQPR

26. A year or………..foreign languages

P. I picked up a liking for learning

Q. the largest urban area and primary

R. so after leaving Bangkok

S. city of Thailand and a place of unique beauty

(a) RPQS

(b) RQSP

(c) RSPQ

(d) SPQR

DEFECTIONS (Qs. 27-29): Choose the correct option.

27. This book………….five sections.

(a) comprises of

(b) comprises

(c) consists

(d) comprises to

28. My grandfather left most of his money to an NGO; the rest went directly to my daughter and……..

(a) I

(b) me

(c) myself

(d) myself too

29. Parts of a country behind the coast or a river’s banks

(a) Isthumus

(b) Archipelago

(c) Hinterland

(d) Swamps

DIRECTIONS (Qs. 30-31): In the questions below the sentences have been given in Active/Passive voice. From the given alternatives, chose the one which best expresses the given sentences in Passive/Active voice.

30. Who is creating this mess?

(a) Who has been created this mess?

(b) By whom has this mess been created?

(c) By whom this mess is being created?

(d) By whom is this mess being created?

31. You should open the wine about three hours before you use it.

(a) Wine should be opened about three hours before use

(b) Wine should be opened by you three hours before use

(c) Wine should be opened about three hours before you use it

(d) Wine should be opened about three hours before it is used

DIRECTIONS (Q. 32): In question below, the passage consists of six sentences. The first and sixth sentences are given. (SI, S6) The middle four sentences in each have been removed and jumbled up. These are labeled as P, Q, R and S. Find out the proper order for the four sentences.

S1: Metals are today being replaced by polymers in many applications.

P: Above all, they are cheaper and easier to process making them a viable alternative to metals.

Q: Polymers are essentially a long chains of hydrocarbon molecules.

R: Today polymers as strong as metals have been developed.

S: These have replaced the traditional chromium-platedmetallic bumper in cars.

S6: Many Indian Institutes of Science and Technology run special programmes on polymer science.

The proper sequence should be:


(a) QRSP

(b) RSQP

(c) RQSP

(d) QRPS

DIRECTONS for (Qs. 33-36) Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word.


(a) Foolishness

(b) Extremity

(c) Enthusiasm

(d) Economy


(a) Massenger

(b) Steward

(c) Forerunner

(d) Pilot


(a) Genius

(b) Uninteresting person

(c) Worm

(d) Arthropod


(a) Resentment

(b) Dubiousness

(c) Duplicity

(d) Excitement

DRIECTIONS for (Q. 37) Find the odd one out from the group of words.

37. (a) Bludecon

(b) Drazon

(c) Blackjack

(d) Order

DIRECTIONS for (Q. 38) Each pair of capitalized words given is followed by four pair of words, select the pair that DOES NOT express a relationship similar to that expressed by the capitalized pair.


(a) Caterpillar :   Pupa

(b) Larva   :   Cacoon

(c) Lassitude  :   Svncope

(d) Passenger :   Car

39. Both of them…………since their childhood.

(a) are working here

(b) work here

(c) have been working

(d) are liking to work

40. Although initial investigations pointed towards him………

(a) the preceding events corroborated his involvement in the crime

(b) the additional information confirmed his guilt.

(c) the subsequent events established that the was guilty

(d) the subsequent events proved that he was innocent



















































































1. Sol (d) Triumph is the synonym of victory

2. Sol (c) According to author of passage, domain of dead is activities after the death and a living being are here to enjoy this life for a short time. As he writes —”………. and ours only for a time.” This is the answer of the question.

3. Sol (d) Author inspires to celebrate the life with dance as we are blessed with life in the flesh enjoying being the part of the cosmos.

4. Sol (b) The example of glitters of sun on the surface of water is given to show that existence of mind is just an illusion as the sun’s reflection on the surface of water.

5. Sol (d) Passage starts on a philosophical note and ends with a philosophical example. Author seems to think beyond what is there to see.

6. Sol (d) Option

(a) is absurd as only an example. Option

(b) is very limited in scope and the passage is very wide in ideas presented in it. The passage is not about human race therefore option

(c) is ruled out. The passage is about being alive and acknowledging this fact and being happy about it. Hence option

(d) is the most appropriate choice.

7. Sol (a) Redundancy, extra, repetitive, trite, banal, alternative, superfluous.

8. Sol (d) Ink is used in pen to write on paper. Replace the underlined words with the option choices in the same sequence.

9. Sol (c) Re-alia means objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life especially of people studied.

10. Sol (d) In option (d), ‘do’ with ‘you’ and ‘belong’ for ‘gloves’ is grammatically right.

11. Sol (a) Option (a) is the most appropriate choice.

12. Sol (c)

13. Sol (a) Option (a) is grammatically correct.

14. Sol (d) The work was done previous day. So, simple past tense should be used as used for something done in past. So option (d) is correct.

15. Sol (b) When a moving vehicle hits another vehicle with force then rammed into’ or ‘crashed into’ is used.

16. Sol (a) First sentence defines or introduces the Jan Lokpal Bill. ‘Referred to’ here indicates ‘described as’. Options are so different that there is no confusion regarding choice. Simple logic rejects support or reforms.

17. Sol (b) From the context of the passage, a bill /law can be independent only if it is not partial or unbiased. How can a law be self-centered or self-seeking? Self possessed is also not suitable for a bill/law hence inappropriate. Therefore, options a, c and d are ruled out.

18. Sol (b) Linguistic meaning of’ deter’ is to prevent /to stop /to obstruct. This meaning fits well with the context of passage and is logical in continuation with the sequence of events.

19. Sol (a) Grievances are complaints. Opinions can be included in the grievances but these can not be complaints in true sense. It does not fit in the passage as well. Option (b) and option (d) is not considerable.

20. Sol (a) An official appointed to investigate individuals ‘complaints against a company organization, especially a public authority is an ombudsman.

21. Sol (c) Came to a decision is an error free expression. To discuss cannot be questioned either.

22. Sol (d) ‘Over’ with ‘influence’ is exact. He has influence in past and that time is discussed. Therefore ‘had had’ is grammatically right.

23. Sol (c) Remove ‘again’ from the sentence to make it correct.

24. Sol (d) As there are more than one guards so ‘one of security guards’ is appropriate. Use of ‘forward’ and ‘objectionable’ is also not questionable. There is no error in sentence.

25. Sol (a) The leading sentence mentions about something told by writer…………..P starts that thing which was being told………….R connects with its helping verb……….S is next logical connection as Q with no information about ‘she’ does not fit after S. After S there should be some part that describes ‘she’ of S. Q continues the description of ‘she’ and links well with the finishing part that has been given after the blank.

26. Sol (b) RQSP is the appropriate choice.

27. Sol (b) For the book ‘comprises ‘is best to explain its sections.

28. Sol (b) The objective case ‘me’ is appropriate. Myself is incorrect usage, ‘too’ is itself included in ‘and’

29. Sol (c) Let us see the definition of each and every word-
Hinterland — The land or region lying behind the coast district. The term is used esp. with reference to the so-called doctrine of the hinterland.
Correct choice is (c) for given statement in the question.

30. Sol (d) The given sentence is in the active voice. The correct passive form is choice (d).

31. Sol (d) The given sentence is in active voice and the correct passive construction is given in choice (d).

32. Sol (a) Statement SI introduces the subject - ‘polymers’. Q defines the polymers. Hence follows S1. P cannot follow as ‘above all’ in it indicates that other qualities of subject of ‘polymer’ should have been described earlier. Correct sequence is QRSP.

33. Sol (d) Frugal is someone who thinks twice before spending money.

34. Sol (c) HARBINGER - One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.

35. Sol (a) Exodus means outflow and influx it opposite with a meaning inflow.

36. Sol (d) Equanimity refers to maintaining calm and balance.

37. Sol (b) While bludgeon, blackjack and order are both nouns and verbs, dragon is only a noun and can’t be used as a verb.

38. Sol Kernel means the core of a seed and hence it could refer to the kernel being inside the shell.
Option (a) — caterpillar and pupa are two stages of an insect. One is not inside another hence it does not have the same relationship.
Option (c) lassitude means laziness and syncope refers to the loss of one or more letters in the interior of a word.
Option (d) is not about the natural relationship also all passengers are not related to car.
Option (b) carries the same relationship almost.

39. Sol (c) Since the blank is followed by ‘since’, the present perfect continuous (have been working) is apt.

40. Sol (d) Use of ‘although’ implies that two different facts are discussed in the same sentence. If initial investigations points towards him. Then end should not point towards him or in other words prove him innocent.

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