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DIRECTIONS (Q. 1-5): Rearrange the following six sentences(A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph, then answer the questions given below them.

(A) Do the devices that make it possible to do so many things at once truly raise our productivity or merely help us spin our wheels faster?
(B) More important, they’re exploring what can be done about it– how we can work smarter, live smarter and put our beloved gadgets back in their proper place, with us running them, not the other way around.
(C) The dinging digital devices that allow us to connect and communicate so readily also disrupt our work, our thoughts and what little is left of our private lives.
(D) They have begun to calculate the pluses, the minuses and the economic costs of the interrupted life– in dollars, productivity and dysfunction.
(E) What sort of toll is all this disruption and mental channel switching taking on our ability to think clearly work effectively and function as healthy human beings?
(F) Over the past five years, psychologists, efficiency, experts and information-technology researchers have begun to explore those questions in detail.

01) Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence?
(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

02) Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence?
(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

03) Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence?
(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) F

04) Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence?
(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

05) Which of the following should be the SIXTH sentence?
(1) A
(2) B
(3) C
(4) D
(5) E

DIRECTIONS (Q. 6-15): In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

Haria, a poor barber lived alone in his small hut. He was…(6)… to his work and whatever he earned was enough to fulfil his needs. One evening, after returning from work, Haria was hungry. Just as he was …(7)… what he could cook for dinner he heard a hen clucking outside his hut. “That hen would make a great feast,” thought Haria and prepared to catch the hen. With a little effort he …(8)… in catching the hen and as he was about to kill the hen, it squeaked, “Please do not kill me, Oh kindman ! I will help you.” Haria stopped. …(9)… he was surprised that the hen spoke, he asked, “How can you help me ?” “If you…(10)… my life, I will lay a golden egg for you everyday,” said the hen. Haria’s eyes …(11)… in delight. Haria was surprised to hear this promise.  “A golden egg ! That too everyday! But why should I believe you? You might be lying,” said Haria. “If I do not lay a golden egg tomorrow, you can kill me,” said the hen. After this promise, Haria spared the hen and …(12)… for the next day. The next morning Haria found a golden egg …(13)… outside his hut and the hen sitting beside it. “It is true! You really can lay a golden egg!” exclaimed Haria with great delight. He did not…(14)… this incident to any one, …(15)… that others would catch the hen.

06) (1) dedicated
(2) devote
(3) enthusiastic
(4) good
(5) engrossed

07) (1) feeling
(2) sounding
(3) dreaming
(4) plotting
(5) wondering

08) (1) quit
(2) surrendered
(3) succeeded
(4) won
(5) managed

09) (1) Finally
(2) Though
(3) Since
(4) As
(5) Because

10) (1) forgive
(2) leave
(3) give
(4) spare
(5) consume

11) (1) exclaimed
(2) dazed
(3) open
(4) awakened
(5) widened

12) (1) remembered
(2) starved
(3) waited
(4) rejoiced
(5) looked

13) (1) lying
(2) forlorn
(3) presented
(4) hiding
(5) secluded

14) (1) seek
(2) say
(3) narrates
(4) reveal
(5)  hide

15) (1) fearing
(2) selfish
(3) concerning
(4) citing
(5) alarmed

Answers:

01) 3
02) 4
03) 2
04) 1
05) 2
06) 1
07) 5
08) 3
09) 4
10) 4
11) 5
12) 3
13) 1
14) 4
15) 1
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