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This quiz consists of questions from
various Banking entrance exams held during the last few years. Leave your
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the correct answers!

Asteroids are rocks and debris which are
the leftovers of the construction of our solar system.  Most are in a belt, which (1) between Mars
and Jupiter.  However, the gravitational
influence of the giant planets, like Jupiter, or an impact by a comet can knock
these large rocks out of their orbit, thus hurling them (2) the Earth.  Many bodies have struck Earth in the (3), and
a widely accepted theory blames the impact of an asteroid for the extinction of
dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. 
The scale of such a disaster can be understood by the example of a
relatively small-size asteroid strike in Siberia in early 20th century which
(4) more than half a million acres of forest.

However, what relieves the common man of
the (5) regarding asteroid impact is the fact that many scientific groups are
dedicated towards tracking the asteroid paths and orbit all around the
year.  With advanced equipments and
technology, they can predict any upcoming danger much in (6).  According to them, the chances of finding
such an asteroid crossing Earth in this or the next five generation’s lifetime
is only in thousands.  Even if such an
asteroid is found out, there will be (7) of time to track it, measure its orbit
precisely, and plan a system for (8) it from its orbit away from that of the
Earth’s.  There will be no great hurry,
and no great panic.  It would be a
project for all the world’s nations to take part in.  It could be a globally unifying event.  Because it will be (9) long before it
actually hits the Earth.  It probably
would take only a small measure such as chemical rockets, or perhaps an atomic
explosion to divert it from a threatening path.

Thus, in short, it can be said that though
the impact would pose enormous risk to all living forms on Earth, the odds of
it occurring within our lifetimes is very (10) and it is unnecessary to run
around believing that the sky is falling.


(a) rotates

(b) appears

(c) strikes

(d) encircles

(e) exists


(a) past

(b) around

(c) towards

(d) against

(e) inside


(a) future

(b) centuries

(c) earliest

(d) past

(e) history


(a) extinct

(b) devastated

(c) wasted

(d) shrivelled

(e) fell


(a) apprehension

(b) expectation

(c) distrust

(d) sufferings

(e) hesitation


(a) sooner

(b) accuracy

(c) advance

(d) time

(e) distance


(a) dearth

(b) loss

(c) most

(d) lack

(e) plenty


(a) blocking

(b) deflecting

(c) avoiding

(d) destroying

(e) changing


(a) experienced

(b) harmful

(c) perceived

(d) noticed

(e) devastating


(a) low

(b) large

(c) narrow

(d) high

(e) few

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