Dear PaGaLGuY readers,

As we all know, Verbal Aptitude is an
important component of a number of competitive examinations such as the UPSC
Civil Services Examination, Banking Entrance Examinations, SSC CGL/CHSL
Examination, MBA Entrance Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, etc.
In order to help you practice and improve your verbal ability, we are providing
you this English Quiz.

Given below are a few questions from
SSC examinations held in the last few years. Leave your answers/ responses in
the comments section below and soon we’ll let you know the correct answers!

Directions (Q. Nos. 1-5) In the questions
given below, Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each
question out of the four alternatives

A man may usually be known by the books he
reads as well as by the company he keeps, for there is a companionship of books
as well as of men and one should always live in the best company whether it be
of books or of men. A good book may be among the best of friends. It is the same
today that it always was and it will never change. It is the most patient and
cheerful of companions. It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity
or distress. It always receives us with the same kindness, arousing and interesting
us in youth comforting and consoling us in age.

1.  The statement ‘A good book may
be among the best of friends’ means

(a) our friends read the same good books

(b) a good book is the worst enemy

(c)  books may be good friends,
but not better than good men

(d) a good book can be included among the best friends of mankind

2. According to the passage,” A man may be known by the books he reads”,

(a) his selection of books generally reveals his temperament and

(b) his reading habit shows that he is a scholar

(c) the books he reads affects his thinking and character

(d) books provide him a lot of information

3.  Which of the following
statements is not true?

(a) A good book serves as a permanent friend.

(b) Good books and good men provide good company.

(c)  A good book never betrays us.

(d) Sometimes we may have to be patient with a book as it may bore us.

4.  Which one of the following
would be the most suitable title for the passage?

(a) Importance of books in old age

(b) Books show the reader’s character

(c) Books are man’s abiding friends

(d) Books are useful for our youth

5.  A book is a ……….

(a) burden           (b)
adversary               (c) critic                (d) companion

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