Reading Comprehension for bank, SSC, and other exams part-1

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Reading Comprehension
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Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. 

A long time ago, on a big tree in the lap of the mountain, lived a bird named Sindhuka. It was a rather special bird because its droppings turned into gold as soon as they hit the ground.

One day, a hunter came to the tree in search of prey and he saw Sindhuka’s droppings hit the ground and turn into gold. The hunter was struck with wonder. He though, “I have been hunting birds and small animals since I was a boy, but in all my 80 years, I have never seen such a miraculous creature. He decided that he had to catch the bird somehow. He climbed the tree and skillfully set a trap for the bird. The bird, quite unaware of the danger it was in, stayed on the tree and sang merrily. But it was soon caught in the hunter’s trap. The hunter immediately seized it and shoved it into a cage.

The hunter took the bird home joyfully. But as he had time to think over his good fortune later, he suddenly realised, “If the king comes to know of this wonder, he will certainly take away the bird from me and he might even punish me for keeping such a rare treasure all to myself. So it would be safer and more honourable if I were to go to the king and present the unique bird to him,” The next day, the hunter took the bird to the king and presented it to him in court with great reverence. The king was delighted t o receive such an unusual and rare gift. He told his courtiers to keep the bird safe and feed it with the best bird food available.

The king’s prime minister though, was reluctant to accept the bird. He said “O Rajah, how can you believe the word of a foolish hunter accept this bird? Has anyone in our kingdom ever seen abird dropping gold? The hunter must be either crazy or telling lies. I think it is best that you release the bird from the cage.” After a little thought, the king felt that his prime minister’s words were correct. So he ordered the bird to be released. But as soon as the door of the cage was thrown open, the bird flew out, perched itself on a nearby doorway and defecated. To everyone’s surprise, the dropping immediately turned into gold. The king mourned his loss.

Question1. Which of the following is possible the most appropriate title for the story?

a) The Skilled Hunter

b) The King’s Prime Minister

c) The King’s Defeat

d) The Bird with the Gold Dropping

e) The Trials and Tribulations of the Foolish Bird Sindhuka


Question2.Which of the following emotions made the hunter gift the bird to the king?

a)Respect          b) Joy                  c) Pride     d) Fear       e) Awe


Question3. Which of the following is true according to the story?

a) Birds like Sindhuka were very common in the area near the mountain.

b) Sindhuka remained caged for the rest of its life

c) Sindhuka was unaware of the trap laid by the hunter

d) The King, when told to not accept the bird, did not listen to his Prime Minister

e)  All are true

Question4. Why was the king’s Prime Minister reluctant to accept the bird?

a) He believed that the bird would die if caged

b)   He know about the hunter’s habit of lying

c)  He believed that the bird would bring bad luck to the king

d)    His sources had informed him that the hunter was crazy

e)    None of these

Question5. How did the hunter find Sindhuka?

a) He had read stories about the bird and had set traps at various locations in the city

b)  He followed the bird’s droppings

c) He was on the lookout for a prey when he chanced upon it

d) People from the city had informed him about the bird’s whereabouts

e)  He was attracted by the birds calls

Directions (Q. 6-8) Choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.

6.      Rather

a)  Regular


b) Quite


c) Instead

d) But e) Known


7.      Release

a)  Free


b) Vacate


c) Vent

d) Let expire e) Make public
8.      Reverence

a)  Respect


b) Detail


c) Astonishment

d) Hope e) Remembrance

Directions (Q. 9-10) Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.


9. Reluctant
a) True b) Clever c) Averse
d) Hesitant e) Keen

10. Skilfully

a) Angrily b) Haphazardly c) Highly
d) Cheaply e) Deftly


1.Option D
2. Option D
3. Option C
4. Option E
5. Option C
6. Option B
7. Option A
8. Option A

9. Option E
10. Option E


Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. 

Once a thief named Kalu had planned to loot the king’s treasury. At midnight, he went to the palace and began to drill a hole in the side wall of the treasury. The king, who was awake in his bedroom just above the treasury, came out to investigate the whirring sound. He was dressed in a simple nightgown and the thief could not recognize him. He asked Kalu who he was and what he was doing. The latter said, “Sir, I am a thief and intend to loot this treasury. I presume that you are also a thief and have come with the same intentin. No matter, let us both go inside and we shall share the loot equally. “Both entered the treasury and divided all the money and the jewels equally between them.

Inside a locker they found three big diamond pieces. As the thief was puzzled as to how to divide the three pieces into two portions, the king siggested. “We have taken away everything else. Let us leave one diamond piece for the poor king and share the rest equally”. Kalu agreed and when he took his leave, the king asked for his name and address. As Kalu had taken a vow of telling only the truth, he have the correct information.

The king took away his share of the loot and hid it in his room. Next morning he asked his Prime Minister to inspect the treasury as he had heard some strange sounds during the previous night. The Prime Minister saw to his horror that all the valuables were missing and only a single diamond was left, perhaps inadvertantly, by the theif. He put the diamond in his oiwn shift pocket as its loss could be ascribed to the thief and nobody would suspect the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister went back to the king. The king particularly enquirerd. “Do you mean that the theif has completely denuded the treasury of its valuables and not a single item has been left?” The Prime Minister confirmed it. The king asked the chief of police to bring in Kalu. When Kalu came he was unable to recfognize the king as his accomplice of the previous night. The king asked him, “Are you the theif who h as stolen everything from my treasury leaving nothing back?” Kalu confirmed it but said, “Sir, I did leave one diamond back in the locker as advised by an accomplice of mine and it should st ill be there.” The Prime Minister interrupted saying, “Your Majesty, this thief is lying. There is nothing left in the locker.” The king asked the police chief to search the pockets of the Prime Minister, from where the missing diamond was recovered. The kind told his courtiers, “Here is a Prime Minister, who is a liar and a thief and here is a thief who is at truthful gentleman.”

Question 11. The king came out in the middle of the night in order to

a)  Help kalu to break into the palace treasury

b) Share the loot equally between Kalu and himself

c) Find out the source of and reason for the sound he had heard

d) Catch the thief who had come to steal his valuables

e) None of these

Question12. Kalu could not recognize the king because

a) The king was wearing clothes like those of an ordinary person

b) The king’s clothes were covered by a simple nightdown

c) Kalu had never seen the king before

d) Kalu had not seen the king descending from his bedroom

e) None of these

Question13. Which of the following made the king suspect the Prime Minister? The Prime Minister’s statement that

a) Except for one piece of diamond all other valuables were stolen

b) All the valuables without any exception were stolen from the treasury

c) The thief was lying when he said he had left one diamond back in the locker

d) The search for the diamond did not yield any favourable result

e) None of these

Question14. Which of the following horified the Prime Minister?

a) The valuables missing from the king’s treasury

b) A piece of diamond left in the locker

c) Certain strange sounds heard by the Prime Minister

d) The fact that the king suspected him of stealth

e) None of these


Directions (Q. 15-17) Choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning
as the word given in bold as used in the passage.
15. Accomplice
a) Co-traveller b) Collaborator c) Controller
d) Coordinator e) Commuter
16. Ascribed
a) Attributed b) Donated c) Attached
d) Withdrew e) Connected
17. Denuded
a) Uncovered b) stripped c) Destroyed
d) Discarded e) Abandoned
Directions (Q. 18-19) Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning of the
word given in bold as used in the passage.
18. Inadvertently
a) Knowingly b) Sensibly c) Indifferently
d) Unwittingly e) Unscrupulously
19. Previous
a) New b) Preceding c) Novel
d) Modern e) Subsequent


11. Option C
12. Option B
13. Option B
14. Option A
15. Option B
16. Option A
17. Option B
18. Option A
19. Option E

This Post is created by Mr. Amit Kumar having 10 years of teaching experience in various reputed  Government Preparation coaching institutes.

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