AMCAT ENGLISH PREVIOUS QUESTIONS-2

Ques. In the question, there is a sentence of which some parts have been jumbled up. Re-arrange these parts which are labelled P, Q, R and S to produce the correct sentence. Choose the proper sequence. :
   
S1:    We now know that the oceans are very deep.
P :    For example, the Indian ocean has a range called the Indian Ridge.
Q :    Much of it is fairly flat.
R :    However, there are great mountain ranges as well.
S :    On average the bottom is 2.5 miles to 3.5 miles down
S6:    This reaches from the India to the Antarctic.
The Proper sequence should be:

A.    SQPR
B.    PQSR
C.    RSQP
D.    QPRS

Correct Op : A

Ques, This book is quite similar ……

A.    with the “Treasure Island”
B.    of that film we saw at school
C.    to the one I read last week
D.    than a story told by our teacher

Correct Op : C

Ques, Man must …… to stop pollution.

A.    act
B.    perform
C.    operate
D.    behave

Correct Op : A

Ques, Those who persist in the endeavor at long last triumph …… the odds of life.

A.    over
B.    on
C.    upon
D.    about

Correct Op : A

Ques, The English schemed to continue their rule in India by playing off one community …… the other.

A.    before
B.    upon
C.    against
D.    with

Correct Op : C

Ques, Brothers must live in harmony. They must never fall ……

A.    off
B.    out
C.    apart
D.    away

Correct Op : B

Ques, The manner in which bombs exploded in five trains with in a short span of time suggests that it is a part of a ……

A.    game
B.    conspiracy
C.    villainy
D.    sabotage

Correct Op : B

Ques, This book is quite similar ……

You’ve only three months to complete the course, Don’t give …… now.

A.    out
B.    away
C.    up
D.    off

Correct Op : C

Ques, The river overflowed its …… and flooded the area.

A.    edges
B.    fronts
C.    limits
D.    banks

Correct Op : D

Ques, Her parents will never give their …… to so much an unsuitable match.

A.    acquiescence
B.    consent
C.    agreement
D.    willingness

Correct Op : B

Ques, About twenty clerks were made …… when the banks introduced computers.

A.    dispensable
B.    redundant
C.    expandable
D.    obsolete

Correct Op : A

Ques, Government buildings are …… on the Republic day.

A.    enlightened
B.    lightened
C.    illuminated
D.    glowed

Correct Op : C

Ques, The criminal seems to have acted in …… the three others.

A.    collusion
B.    coalition
C.    collision
D.    cohesion

Correct Op : A

Ques, Natwarlal …… them all for a ride by producing false documents.

A.    took
B.    cheated
C.    kept
D.    let

Correct Op : A

Ques,     Health is too important to be ……

A.    discarded
B.    despised
C.    detested
D.    neglected

Correct Op : D

Ques,     One major …… between the Election Commission and the Union Government related to the powers of the former in respect of the deployment of central police forces at places where are elections is held.

A.    irritant
B.    conflict
C.    pain
D.    culprit

Correct Op : B

Ques,     He is the person who is …… to blame.

A.    mostly
B.    sure
C.    most
D.    bound

Correct Op : C

Ques,     He knew everything better than anybody else, and it was an affront to his …… vanity that you should disagree with him.

A.    overstrung
B.    overweening
C.    overwhelming
D.    overwrought

Correct Op : A

Ques,     Pakistan lost a …… wicket just when they seemed to be doing so well, and that led to their eventual defeat.

A.    critical
B.    crucial
C.    sensitive
D.    providential

Correct Op : B

Reading Comprehension

On the surface, the conquest of the Aztec empire by Herman Cortes is one of the most amazing military accomplishments in history. With a small fighting force numbering in the hundreds, Cortes led the Spanish explorers into victory against an Aztec population that many believe topped 21 million. In light of such a seemingly impossible victory, the obvious question is: how did a small group of foreign fighters manage to topple one of the world’s strongest, wealthiest, and most successful military empires?

Several factors led to Cortes’ success. First, the Spanish exploited animosity toward the Aztecs among rival groups and convinced thousands of locals to fight. In one account of a battle, it is recorded that at least 200,000 natives fought with Cortes. Next, the Spanish possessed superior military equipment in the form of European cannons, guns, and crossbows, leading to effective and efficient disposal of Aztec defenses. For example, Spanish cannons quickly defeated large Aztec walls that had protected the empire against big and less technically advanced armies.

Despite the Spanish advantages, the Aztecs probably could have succeeded in defending their capital city of Tenochtitlan had they leveraged their incredible population base to increase their army’s size and ensured that no rogue cities would ally with Cortes. In order to accomplish this later goal, Aztec leader Motecuhzoma needed to send envoys to neighboring cities telling their inhabitants about the horrors of Spanish conquest and the inevitability of Spanish betrayal.

In addition, the Aztecs should have exploited the fact that the battle was taking place on their territory. No reason existed for the Aztecs to consent to a conventional battle, which heavily favored the Spanish. Motecuhzoma’s forces should have thought outside the box and allowed Cortes into the city, only to subsequently use hundreds of thousands of fighters to prevent escape and proceed in surprise “door-to-door” combat. With this type of battle, the Aztecs would have largely thwarted Spanish technological supremacy. However, in the end, the superior weaponry of the Spanish, the pent-up resentment of Aztec rivals, the failure of Aztec diplomacy, and the lack of an unconventional Aztec war plan led to one of the most surprising military outcomes in the past one thousand years.

1. Which of the following best characterizes the main point the author is trying to convey in the passage?
Aztec failure to fight an unconventional war led to an unnecessary defeat
Spanish victory was neither as impressive nor as surprising as it may first appear
Herman Cortes masterminded an amazing military accomplishment
The myopic vision of the Aztecs led to their unnecessary downfall

Correct Op: B

2. The passage is sequentially organized in which of the following ways?
Define a problem; explain the sources of the problem; offer a solution to the problem
Pose a question; offer an answer to the question; offer an alternative answer to the question
Introduce a mystery; offer an explanation for the mystery; provide an alternative explanation for the mystery
Introduce an enigma; explain the reasons for the enigma; discuss the inevitability of the enigma

Correct Op: D

According to the passage, all of the following led to Cortes success except:
Advanced crossbows
Local Spanish allies
Nimble military force
Local tribal friction

Correct Op: C

4. The author implies which of the following about the nature of Aztec regional influence and power?
Achieved with a non-traditional military campaign
Engendered some anger
Achieved through alliances
Based upon small yet swift and brutal military force

Correct Op: B

5. The author’s tone can best be described as ?
Analytical
Anger
Frustrated
Optomistic