March 23, 2017

Reading Comprehension #2 - General English for IBPS & SBI PO exams

General English for IBPS & SBI PO, IBPS & SBI Clerk, UPSC, SSC CGL, RBI, LIC, CAT and other exams

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the question.

Two back-to-back Bills passed in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly in the face of strong protests from opposition parties once again reflect the Trinamool Congress government’s totalitarian attitude and its tendency to suppress dissent. The West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed on February 8, imposes stringent conditions on those causing damage to public property during agitations and also a “payment of collective compensation on the inhabitants or other persons concerned”.
The West Bengal Universities And Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017, passed the next day, gives sweeping powers to the State government over governmentaided colleges and universities.

There were angry and violent exchanges in the Assembly on February 8 when the government tried to pass the Bill on public order. Opposition legislators reminded the Trinamool Congress of the acts of vandalism by its legislators in the House in 2006 when the Left Front was in power. “Those who were law breakers before are now the law makers,” said Manoj Chakraborty, Chief Whip of the Congress Legislature Party. Speaker Biman Banerjee suspended the Congress’ Abdul Mannan, Leader of the Opposition, for two days. When he refused to leave, the Speaker ordered the security personnel to evict him from the House. In the scuffle that followed, Mannan, 61, collapsed and was hospitalised. The Congress and the Left staged a walkout and continued to protest during the rest of the Assembly session. The West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was passed with voice vote.
Reading Comprehension - General English for IBPS & SB PO, IBPS & SBI Clerk, UPSC, SSC CGL, RBI, LIC, CAT and other exams
The Bill is an amended version of the West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act, 1972, which was never invoked in the 34 years of the Left Front rule from 1977 to 2011. The amended legislation is more draconian. Its single most controversial aspect is the power that it vests in the State government to impose a “collective” penalty for damage to public property.

(Source: The Frontline)

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  1. Which bill is the amended version of West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order  Act 1972?
    1. West Bengal maintenance of Public Order Bill 2017
    2. West Bengal Universities and Colleges Bill 2017
    3. Both A and B
    4. None of these
  2. Which aspect of the bill is more questionable?
    1. Hospitalisation of the leader of opposition
    2. Speaker working for the ruling party
    3. Providing the state government with more power than needed
    4. All A, B and C
  3. To which political party does Abdul Mannan belongs?
    1. Trinamool Congress 
    2. Congress
    3. Other than the mentioned
    4. Cannot be determined
  4. Who said that those who broke the law before were now making the rule?
    1. Leader of opposition
    2. Assembly Speaker
    3. West Bengal Chief Minister
    4. Chief whip of congress legislature party
  5. Why is the author opposing the idea of stringent conditions on those causing public damage?
    1. Because the author is a member of the opposition party and he is doing so as per his leaders
    2. Because he wants to avenge the leader of opposition, Abdul Mannan, who was hospitalised after being suspended by the speaker
    3. Because the author is concerned about the ill effects of providing more powers to the state government with regard to public property
    4. Both A and B

      Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the given word.
  6. Totalitarian
    1. Undemocratic
    2. Constitutional
    3. Despotic
    4. Both A and C
  7. Vandalism
    1. Destruction
    2. Obedience
    3. Compliance
    4. Reverence
  8. Scuffle
    1. Peace
    2. Ruckus
    3. Agreement
    4. Adjustment
  9. Draconian
    1. Considerate
    2. Thoughtful
    3. Brutal
    4. None of these

      Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the given word.
  10. Evict
    1. Include
    2. Dismiss
    3. Expel
    4. Exclude
  11. Invoke
    1. Revolt
    2. Appeal
    3. Disgust
    4. Both A and C
  12. Dissent
    1. Resistance
    2. Authorisation
    3. Strife
    4. Protest


  1. A
  2. C
  3. B
  4. D
  5. C
  6. D
  7. A
  8. B
  9. C
  10. A
  11. D
  12. B
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