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SSC English Free Practice paper: Para-jumbles (Set-1)

Sep 28, 2017 17:59 IST
    Parajumbles questions for SSC
    Parajumbles questions for SSC

    Para-jumbles is collecting the sentences in such a manner that obtained paragraph make a legitimate grammar sense in Chronological and ascending order of action. This section is very important to check one’s readability and comprehending power. SSC used to put 1-2 questions from this section in SSC CGL/CHSL and other SSC exams.

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    In this article, we have introduced 15 questions with answers of Para-Jumbles topic. Let us take a tour of these questions.

    Practice Questions

    Ques 1:

    A. The likelihood of an accident is determined by how carefully the motorist drives and how carefully the pedestrian crosses the street.

    B. An accident involving a motorist and a pedestrian is such a case.

    C. Each must decide how much care to exercise without knowing how careful the other is.

    D. The simplest strategic problem arises when two individuals interact with each other, and each must decide what to do without knowing what the other is doing.

    1. ABCD

    2. ADCB

    3. DBCA

    4. DBAC

    Ques 2:

    A. In rejecting the functionalism in positivist organization theory, either wholly or partially, there is often a move towards a political model of organization theory.

    B. Thus the analysis would shift to the power resources possessed by different groups in the organization and the way they use these resources in actual power plays to shape the organizational structure.

    C. At the extreme, in one set of writings, the growth of administrators in the organization is held to be completely unrelated to the work to be done and to be caused totally by the political pursuit of self-interest.

    D. The political model holds that individual interests are pursued in organizational life through the exercise of power and influence.

    1. ADBC

    2. CBAD

    3. DBCA

    4. ABDC

    Ques 3:

    A. Group decision making, however, does not necessarily fully guard against arbitrariness and anarchy, for individual capriciousness can get substituted by collusion of group members.

    B. Nature itself is an intricate system of checks and balances, meant to preserve the delicate balance between various environmental factors that affect our ecology.

    C. In institutions also, there is a need to have in place a system of checks and balances which inhibits the concentration of power in only some individuals.

    D. When human interventions alter this delicate balance, the outcomes have been seen to be disastrous.

    1. CBAD

    2. BCAD

    3. CABD

    4. BDCA

    Ques 4:

    A. He was bone-weary and soul-weary, and found himself muttering, “Either I can’t manage this place, or it’s unmanageable.”

    B. To his horror, he realized that he had become the victim of an amorphous, unwitting, unconscious conspiracy to immerse him in routine work that had no significance.

    C. It was one of those nights in the office when the office clock was moving towards four in the morning and Bennis was still not through with the incredible mass of paper stacked before him.

    D. He reached for his calendar and ran his eyes down each hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour, to see where his time had gone that day, the day before, the month before.

    1. ABCD

    2. CADB

    3. BDCA

    4. DCBA

    Ques 5:

    A. With that, I swallowed the shampoo, and obtained most realistic results on the spot.

    B. The man shuffled away into the back regions to make up a prescription, and after a moment I got through on the shop telephone to the Consulate, intimating my location.

    C. Then, while the pharmacist was wrapping up a six-ounce bottle of the mixture, I groaned and inquired whether he could give me something for acute gastric cramp.

    D.I intended to stage a sharp gastric attack, and entering an old-fashioned pharmacy, I asked for a popular shampoo mixture, consisting of olive and flaked soap.

    1. DCBA

    2. DACB

    3. BDAC

    4. BCDA

    Ques 6:

    A. Since then, intelligence tests have been mostly used to separate dull children in school from average or bright children, so that special education can be provided to the dull.

    B. In other words, intelligence tests give us a norm for each age.

    C. Intelligence is expressed as intelligence quotient, and tests are developed to indicate what an average child of a certain age can do: what a 5-year-old can answer, but a 4-year-old cannot, for instance.

    D. Binet developed the first set of such tests in the early 1900s to find out which children in school needed special attention.

    1. CDAB

    2. DCAB

    3. DACB

    4. CBAD

    Ques 7:

    A. This is now orthodoxy to which I subscribe— up to a point.

    B. It emerged from the mathematics of chance and statistics

    C. Therefore the risk is measurable and manageable.

    D. The fundamental concept: Prices are not predictable, but the mathematical laws of chance can describe their fluctuations.

    1. ADCB

    2. BDCA

    3. ABDC

    4. DCBA

    Ques 8:

    A. Similarly, turning to caste, even though being lower caste is undoubtedly a separate cause of disparity, its impact is all the greater when the lower-caste families also happen to be poor.

    B. Belonging to a privileged class can help a woman to overcome many barriers that obstruct women from less thriving classes.

    C. It is the interactive presence of these two kinds of deprivation—being low class and being female—that massively impoverishes women from the less privileged classes.

    D. A congruence of class deprivation and gender discrimination can blight the lives of poorer women very severely.

    1. ABDC

    2. BDCA

    3. DABC

    4. BCDA

    Ques 9:

    A. When identity is thus ‘defined by contrast’, divergence with the West becomes central.

    B. Indian religious literature such as the Bhagavad Gita or the Tantric texts, which are identified as differing from secular writings seen as ‘western’, elicits much greater interest in the West than do other Indian writings, including India’s long history of heterodoxy.

    C. There is a similar neglect of Indian writing on non-religious subjects, from mathematics, epistemology and natural science to economics and linguistics.

    D. Through selective emphasis that point up differences with the West, other civilizations can, in this way, be redefined in alien terms, which can be exotic and charming, or else bizarre and terrifying, or simply strange and engaging.

    1. BDAC

    2. DABC

    3. BDCA

    4. BCDA

    Ques 10:

    Security inks exploit the same principle that causes the vivid and constantly changing colours of a film of oil on water.

    A. When two rays of light meet each other after being reflected from these different surfaces, they have each travelled slightly different distances.

    B. The key is that the light is bouncing off two surfaces, that of the oil and that of the water layer below it.

    C. The distance the two rays travel determines which wavelengths, and hence colours, interfere constructively and look bright.

    D. Because light is an electromagnetic wave, the peaks and troughs of each ray then interfere either constructively, to appear bright, or destructively, to appear dim.

    Since the distance the rays travel changes with the angle as you look at the surface, different colours look bright from different viewing angles.

    1. ABCD

    2. BADC

    3. BDAC

    4. DCAB

    Ques 11:

    Commercially reared chicken can be unusually aggressive, and are often kept in darkened sheds to prevent them pecking at each other.

    A. The birds spent far more of their time—up to a third—pecking at the inanimate objects in the pens, in contrast to birds in other pens which spent a lot of time attacking others.

    B. In low light conditions, they behave less belligerently, but are more prone to ophthalmic disorders and respiratory problems.

    C. In an experiment, aggressive head-pecking was all but eliminated among birds in the enriched environment.

    D. Altering the birds’ environment, by adding bales of wood-shavings to their pens, can work wonders.

    Bales could diminish aggressiveness and reduce injuries; they might even improve productivity, since a happy chicken is a productive chicken.

    1.DCAB

    2. CDBA

    3. DBAC

    4. BDCA

    Ques 11:

    The concept of a ‘nation-state’ assumes a complete correspondence between the boundaries of the nation and the boundaries of those who live in a specific state.

    A. Then there are members of national collectivities who live in other countries, making a mockery of the concept.

    B. There are always people living in particular states who are not considered to be (and often do not consider themselves to be) members of the hegemonic nation.

    C. Even worse, there are nations which never had a state or which are divided across several states.

    D. This, of course, has been subject to severe criticism and is virtually everywhere a fiction.

    However, the fiction has been, and continues to be, at the basis of nationalist ideologies.

    1.DBAC

    2. ABCD

    3. BACD

    4. DACB

    Ques 12:

    In the sciences, even questionable examples of research fraud are harshly punished.

    A. But no such mechanism exists in the humanities—much of what humanities researchers call research does not lead to results that are replicable by other scholars.

    B. Given the importance of interpretation in historical and literary scholarship, humanities researchers are in a position where they can explain away deliberate and even systematic distortion.

    C. Mere suspicion is enough for funding to be cut off; publicity guarantees that careers can be effectively ended.

    D. Forgeries which take the form of pastiches in which the forger intersperses fake and real parts can be defended as mere mistakes or aberrant misreading.

    Scientists fudging data have no such defences.

    1.BDCA

    2. ABDC

    3. CABD

    4. CDBA

    Ques 13:

    Horses and communism were, on the whole, a poor match.

    A. Fine horses bespoke the nobility the party was supposed to despise.

    B. Communist leaders, when they visited villages, preferred to see cows and pigs.

    C. Although a working horse was just about tolerable, the communists were right to be wary.

    D. Peasants from Poland to the Hungarian Pustza preferred their horses to party dogma.

    “A farmer’s pride is his horse; his cow may be thin but his horse must be fat,” went a Slovak saying.

    1.ACDB

    2. DBCA

    3. ABCD

    4. DCBA

    Ques 14:

    Making people laugh is tricky.

    A. At times, the intended humour may simply not come off.

    B. Making people laugh while trying to sell them something is a tougher challenge, since the commercial can fall flat on two grounds.

    C. There are many advertisements which do amuse but do not even begin to set the cash tills ringing.

    D. Again, it is rarely sufficient for an advertiser simply to amuse the target audience in order to reap the sales benefit.

    There are indications that in substituting the hard sell for a more entertaining approach, some agencies have rather thrown out the baby with the bath water.

    1.CDBA

    2. ABCD

    3. BADC

    4. DCBA

    Ques 15:

    Picture a termite colony, occupying a tall mud hump on an African plain.

    A. Hungry predators often invade the colony and unsettle the balance.

    B. The colony flourishes only if the proportion of soldiers to workers remains roughly the same, so that the queen and workers can be protected by the soldiers, and the queen and soldiers can be serviced by the workers.

    C. But its fortunes are presently restored, because the immobile queen, walled in well below ground level, lays eggs not only in large enough numbers, but also in the varying proportions required.

    D. The hump is alive with worker termites and soldier termites going about their distinct kinds of business.

    How can we account for her mysterious ability to respond like this to events on the distant surface?

    1.BADC

    2. DBAC

    3. ADCB

    4. BDCA

    Answer key

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