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CPO Tier II English Mock Test - Part 1

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Question 1

Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

With close to 3 million Indians living in their version of the Promised Land, and over a lakh of Indian students chasing their big dream out there, it’s hardly surprising that a new sub-culture of diasporic films is emerging from the US.

We aren’t just talking about Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", based on an eponymous novel by another diasporic Indian Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the toast of the literary circuit for her rendition of the Bengali angst in the US.
This weekend will see the American Centre plating tribute to the rise in Indian crossover cinema in the US. The Indo-American Film Festival, called Yellow Frames, explores the themes of racism, globalisation and identity seen through Indian-American eye.

The films being screened range from Mira Nair’s classic, Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family thrown out of Uganda and resettled in the American South, to newer Indian features like American Chai and One Dollar Curry. Documentaries also feature in the mix, such as Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, which journeys into India’s call centres; and Still in Transit, about friendship between an Indian and an American musician. “All films are about Indians in the US, except One Dollar Curry, which is set in Paris.

The film shows how Indians values clash or merge with American culture, seen through the diasporic lens,” said American Centre director Anne Lee Seshadri. “With so many Indians in America now, there is an Indian influence in every aspect of life in America, particularly in culture,” she added.
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All these films are about Indians and Americans except:

Question 2

Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

With close to 3 million Indians living in their version of the Promised Land, and over a lakh of Indian students chasing their big dream out there, it’s hardly surprising that a new sub-culture of diasporic films is emerging from the US.

We aren’t just talking about Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", based on an eponymous novel by another diasporic Indian Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the toast of the literary circuit for her rendition of the Bengali angst in the US.
This weekend will see the American Centre plating tribute to the rise in Indian crossover cinema in the US. The Indo-American Film Festival, called Yellow Frames, explores the themes of racism, globalisation and identity seen through Indian-American eye.

The films being screened range from Mira Nair’s classic, Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family thrown out of Uganda and resettled in the American South, to newer Indian features like American Chai and One Dollar Curry. Documentaries also feature in the mix, such as Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, which journeys into India’s call centres; and Still in Transit, about friendship between an Indian and an American musician. “All films are about Indians in the US, except One Dollar Curry, which is set in Paris.

The film shows how Indians values clash or merge with American culture, seen through the diasporic lens,” said American Centre director Anne Lee Seshadri. “With so many Indians in America now, there is an Indian influence in every aspect of life in America, particularly in culture,” she added.
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The term ‘angst’ means:

Question 3

Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

With close to 3 million Indians living in their version of the Promised Land, and over a lakh of Indian students chasing their big dream out there, it’s hardly surprising that a new sub-culture of diasporic films is emerging from the US.

We aren’t just talking about Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", based on an eponymous novel by another diasporic Indian Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the toast of the literary circuit for her rendition of the Bengali angst in the US.
This weekend will see the American Centre plating tribute to the rise in Indian crossover cinema in the US. The Indo-American Film Festival, called Yellow Frames, explores the themes of racism, globalisation and identity seen through Indian-American eye.

The films being screened range from Mira Nair’s classic, Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family thrown out of Uganda and resettled in the American South, to newer Indian features like American Chai and One Dollar Curry. Documentaries also feature in the mix, such as Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, which journeys into India’s call centres; and Still in Transit, about friendship between an Indian and an American musician. “All films are about Indians in the US, except One Dollar Curry, which is set in Paris.

The film shows how Indians values clash or merge with American culture, seen through the diasporic lens,” said American Centre director Anne Lee Seshadri. “With so many Indians in America now, there is an Indian influence in every aspect of life in America, particularly in culture,” she added.
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Crossover films deal with themes of:

Question 4

Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

With close to 3 million Indians living in their version of the Promised Land, and over a lakh of Indian students chasing their big dream out there, it’s hardly surprising that a new sub-culture of diasporic films is emerging from the US.

We aren’t just talking about Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", based on an eponymous novel by another diasporic Indian Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the toast of the literary circuit for her rendition of the Bengali angst in the US.
This weekend will see the American Centre plating tribute to the rise in Indian crossover cinema in the US. The Indo-American Film Festival, called Yellow Frames, explores the themes of racism, globalisation and identity seen through Indian-American eye.

The films being screened range from Mira Nair’s classic, Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family thrown out of Uganda and resettled in the American South, to newer Indian features like American Chai and One Dollar Curry. Documentaries also feature in the mix, such as Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, which journeys into India’s call centres; and Still in Transit, about friendship between an Indian and an American musician. “All films are about Indians in the US, except One Dollar Curry, which is set in Paris.

The film shows how Indians values clash or merge with American culture, seen through the diasporic lens,” said American Centre director Anne Lee Seshadri. “With so many Indians in America now, there is an Indian influence in every aspect of life in America, particularly in culture,” she added.
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The term ‘diasporic’ refers to

Question 5

Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

With close to 3 million Indians living in their version of the Promised Land, and over a lakh of Indian students chasing their big dream out there, it’s hardly surprising that a new sub-culture of diasporic films is emerging from the US.

We aren’t just talking about Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", based on an eponymous novel by another diasporic Indian Jhumpa Lahiri, who is the toast of the literary circuit for her rendition of the Bengali angst in the US.
This weekend will see the American Centre plating tribute to the rise in Indian crossover cinema in the US. The Indo-American Film Festival, called Yellow Frames, explores the themes of racism, globalisation and identity seen through Indian-American eye.

The films being screened range from Mira Nair’s classic, Mississippi Masala, about an Indian family thrown out of Uganda and resettled in the American South, to newer Indian features like American Chai and One Dollar Curry. Documentaries also feature in the mix, such as Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, which journeys into India’s call centres; and Still in Transit, about friendship between an Indian and an American musician. “All films are about Indians in the US, except One Dollar Curry, which is set in Paris.

The film shows how Indians values clash or merge with American culture, seen through the diasporic lens,” said American Centre director Anne Lee Seshadri. “With so many Indians in America now, there is an Indian influence in every aspect of life in America, particularly in culture,” she added.
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Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of "The Namesake" has written about

Question 6

In the following question, out of the five alternatives, select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Impoverish

Question 7

In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Virile

Question 8

Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested one of which fills the blank appropriately.
Consumer demand and _(8)_ scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fish species and fish stocks around the world. But researchers have developed a model that allows fisheries to meet rising consumer demand while ensuring adequate income and _(9)_ of natural stocks. Finding the "sweet spot" -- where the world's fisheries can function all the while protecting natural fish stocks -- was the goal of the new model. It gives fisheries and conservation managers a tool for balancing those _(10)_ demands. They developed the model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species to determine by how much a given fishery has been overharvested. Basically, the model encourages fisheries to reduce short-term harvests in order to realize higher long-term _(11)_ without sacrificing economic return. The model is based on the _(12)_ that it's just as profitable to have high catches and low prices as high prices and lower catches. That strategy also helps ensure a more sustainable fishery over the long-term.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 9

Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested one of which fills the blank appropriately.
Consumer demand and _(9)_ scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fish species and fish stocks around the world. But researchers have developed a model that allows fisheries to meet rising consumer demand while ensuring adequate income and _(10)_ of natural stocks. Finding the "sweet spot" -- where the world's fisheries can function all the while protecting natural fish stocks -- was the goal of the new model. It gives fisheries and conservation managers a tool for balancing those _(11)_ demands. They developed the model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species to determine by how much a given fishery has been overharvested. Basically, the model encourages fisheries to reduce short-term harvests in order to realize higher long-term _(12)_ without sacrificing economic return. The model is based on the _(13)_ that it's just as profitable to have high catches and low prices as high prices and lower catches. That strategy also helps ensure a more sustainable fishery over the long-term.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 10

Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested one of which fills the blank appropriately.
Consumer demand and _(10)_ scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fish species and fish stocks around the world. But researchers have developed a model that allows fisheries to meet rising consumer demand while ensuring adequate income and _(11)_ of natural stocks. Finding the "sweet spot" -- where the world's fisheries can function all the while protecting natural fish stocks -- was the goal of the new model. It gives fisheries and conservation managers a tool for balancing those _(12)_ demands. They developed the model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species to determine by how much a given fishery has been overharvested. Basically, the model encourages fisheries to reduce short-term harvests in order to realize higher long-term _(13)_ without sacrificing economic return. The model is based on the _(14)_ that it's just as profitable to have high catches and low prices as high prices and lower catches. That strategy also helps ensure a more sustainable fishery over the long-term.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 11

Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested one of which fills the blank appropriately.
Consumer demand and _(11)_ scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fish species and fish stocks around the world. But researchers have developed a model that allows fisheries to meet rising consumer demand while ensuring adequate income and _(12)_ of natural stocks. Finding the "sweet spot" -- where the world's fisheries can function all the while protecting natural fish stocks -- was the goal of the new model. It gives fisheries and conservation managers a tool for balancing those _(13)_ demands. They developed the model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species to determine by how much a given fishery has been overharvested. Basically, the model encourages fisheries to reduce short-term harvests in order to realize higher long-term _(14)_ without sacrificing economic return. The model is based on the _(15)_ that it's just as profitable to have high catches and low prices as high prices and lower catches. That strategy also helps ensure a more sustainable fishery over the long-term.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 12

Direction: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested one of which fills the blank appropriately.

Consumer demand and _(12)_ scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fish species and fish stocks around the world. But researchers have developed a model that allows fisheries to meet rising consumer demand while ensuring adequate income and _(13)_ of natural stocks. Finding the "sweet spot" -- where the world's fisheries can function all the while protecting natural fish stocks -- was the goal of the new model. It gives fisheries and conservation managers a tool for balancing those _(14)_ demands. They developed the model using information about landed fish catches and prices for any species to determine by how much a given fishery has been overharvested. Basically, the model encourages fisheries to reduce short-term harvests in order to realize higher long-term _(15)_ without sacrificing economic return. The model is based on the _(16)_ that it's just as profitable to have high catches and low prices as high prices and lower catches. That strategy also helps ensure a more sustainable fishery over the long-term.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 13

Each of the following sentences in this section has a blank space and four words or group of words given after the sentence. Select the word or group of words you consider most appropriate for the blank space and indicate your response on the Answer Sheet accordingly.
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A good lawyer never gropes ______.

Question 14

Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

He was _______ about whether to do it or not.

Question 15

Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.
Do not stay in the grasslands after dark as some animals become ______ when they see humans.

Question 16

Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

During a period of protracted illness, the sick can become infirm, __________ both the strength to work and many of the specific skills that were once possessed.

Question 17

Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

She decided to _______ as the competition was quite stiff.

Question 18

In the following question, out of the five alternatives, select the word similar in meaning to the given word.

Promulgate

Question 19

Choose the most appropriate option to change the voice (active/passive) form of the given sentence.

By that time tomorrow, they would have completed the work allotted to them.

Question 20

Choose the most appropriate option to change the voice (active/passive) form of the given sentence.

The girl's death has opened a can of worms.

Question 21

Select the correct active form of the given sentence.

Kamala was told the bad news as soon as she arrived.

Question 22

Select the correct active form of the given sentence.

I was asked my name.

Question 23

Choose the most appropriate option to change the voice (active/passive) form of the given sentence.

They will help us with money.

Question 24

Direction: In the given question, the first and the last parts of the passage/sentence are numbered (1) and (6). The rest of the passage/sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentences and find out which of the four combinations is correct and mark the respective option.
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1) Making ourselves
P. our language
Q. part of growing into
R. masters of
S. is an important
6) full manhood or womanhood.

Question 25

Direction: In the following question, the first and the last parts of the passage/sentence are numbered (1) and (6). The rest of the passage/sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentences and find out which of the four combinations is correct and mark the respective option.
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1) 'I was born here in the old city’, the girl told us.
P. her answer suggested that her family has roots
Q. when we inquired
R. as opposed to the modern towns that consist mostly of hotels
S. and belongs to the traditional past where the temples are
6) Some say people here are more ethnically pure.

Question 26

Direction: In the given question, the first and the last parts of the passage/sentence are numbered (1) and (6). The rest of the passage/sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentences and find out which of the four combinations is correct and mark the respective option.
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1) It will be better
P. to a few than enrol
Q. to provide quality education
R. them out as graduates
S. en masse and churn
6) after perfunctory teaching.

Question 27

Direction: In the given question, the first and the last parts of the passage/sentence are numbered (1) and (6). The rest of the passage/sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentences and find out which of the four combinations is correct and mark the respective option.
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1) The wife is
P. not the husband’s slave
Q. but his companion and his helpmate
R. and an equal partner
S. in all his joys and sorrows
6) as free as the husband to choose her own path.

Question 28

In the following question, a set of labelled sentences is given. Out of the four alternatives, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraph.
1) As my jogging-enthusiast sister
P. was often bothered by neighbourhood dogs
Q. stick in hand
R. her husband started to accompany her on a bicycle
S. on her daily run
6) to ward off any attackers.

Question 29

Rearrange the parts of the sentence in the correct order.

1) In less than a week,
P. the processor controlled exchange
Q. have restored the functioning of
R. which had suffered
S. the telecommunication people
6. a major disaster.

Question 30

Direction: In the given question, a part of the sentence may have an error. Find the part which has an error. If the sentence is correct as it is, your answer is 'No error'.
Once upon a time there lived a giant which was very powerful and cruel.

Question 31

In the sentence, identify the segment which contains the grammatical error. If the sentence has no error, then select 'No error'.
Excitement, as well as nervousness, are the cause of her shaking.

Question 32

In the sentence, identify the segment which contains the grammatical error. If the sentence has no error, then select 'No error'.

A city that is in a hill cannot be hidden.

Question 33

In the sentence, identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.

The books which help you most are those who make you think most.

Question 34

In the sentence, identify the segment which contains the grammatical error. If the sentence has no error, then select 'No error'.
It was a bright cold day at April.

Question 35

Select the most appropriate idiom (in the context) to fill in the sentence.

The team has made some major improvements, but they still face _________.

Question 36

Direction: Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.

Put two and two together

Question 37

Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
A drop in a bucket

Question 38

Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.

All moonshine

Question 39

Choose the most appropriate option to change the narration (direct/indirect) of the given sentence.
Tom said to me, “I shall meet you at the station."

Question 40

In the following question, a sentence has been given in Direct/Indirect Speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct Speech.
He exclaimed that it was a very terrible storm.

Question 41

Choose the most appropriate option to change the narration (direct/indirect) of the given sentence.

He exclaimed that it was very dreadful.

Question 42

Choose the most appropriate option to change the narration (direct/indirect) of the given sentence.

Ram said, “Good bye, my friend.”

Question 43

Choose the most appropriate option to change the narration (direct/indirect) of the given sentence.
She prayed that God might save the king.

Question 44

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer out of the four alternatives for the given blanks.

It’s long been known that carnivorous plants allure their insect prey in a range of ways: _(44)_ nectars, vivid colors and alluring scents that range from rose to rotten flesh.
But recently, scientists discovered a previously hidden means of beckoning among the most ruthless of greenery. Scientists believe that insects are attracted to carnivorous plants by their odors and colors, but hard evidence as to what exactly _(45)_ the bugs to their deaths was previously unknown. In a stroke of _(46)_, they put several carnivorous plants under ultraviolet light and photographed what they saw. They found UV-induced blue emissions. This is the first time such distinct _(47)_ emissions were ever detected in the plant kingdom. Under normal light, these bright, glowing rims would look green to humans. But an ant—which is extremely sensitive to blue and violet light—would see rings of blue fluorescence. Thus, fluorescence emissions from these plants could be acting as major visual _(48)_ luring these mammals towards them.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 45

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer out of the four alternatives for the given blanks.

It’s long been known that carnivorous plants allure their insect prey in a range of ways: _(45)_ nectars, vivid colors and alluring scents that range from rose to rotten flesh.
But recently, scientists discovered a previously hidden means of beckoning among the most ruthless of greenery. Scientists believe that insects are attracted to carnivorous plants by their odors and colors, but hard evidence as to what exactly _(46)_ the bugs to their deaths was previously unknown. In a stroke of _(47)_, they put several carnivorous plants under ultraviolet light and photographed what they saw. They found UV-induced blue emissions. This is the first time such distinct _(48)_ emissions were ever detected in the plant kingdom. Under normal light, these bright, glowing rims would look green to humans. But an ant—which is extremely sensitive to blue and violet light—would see rings of blue fluorescence. Thus, fluorescence emissions from these plants could be acting as major visual _(49)_ luring these mammals towards them.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 46

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer out of the four alternatives for the given blanks.

It’s long been known that carnivorous plants allure their insect prey in a range of ways: _(46)_ nectars, vivid colors and alluring scents that range from rose to rotten flesh.
But recently, scientists discovered a previously hidden means of beckoning among the most ruthless of greenery. Scientists believe that insects are attracted to carnivorous plants by their odors and colors, but hard evidence as to what exactly _(47)_ the bugs to their deaths was previously unknown. In a stroke of _(48)_, they put several carnivorous plants under ultraviolet light and photographed what they saw. They found UV-induced blue emissions. This is the first time such distinct _(49)_ emissions were ever detected in the plant kingdom. Under normal light, these bright, glowing rims would look green to humans. But an ant—which is extremely sensitive to blue and violet light—would see rings of blue fluorescence. Thus, fluorescence emissions from these plants could be acting as major visual _(50)_ luring these mammals towards them.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 47

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer out of the four alternatives for the given blanks.

It’s long been known that carnivorous plants allure their insect prey in a range of ways: _(47)_ nectars, vivid colors and alluring scents that range from rose to rotten flesh.
But recently, scientists discovered a previously hidden means of beckoning among the most ruthless of greenery. Scientists believe that insects are attracted to carnivorous plants by their odors and colors, but hard evidence as to what exactly _(48)_ the bugs to their deaths was previously unknown. In a stroke of _(49)_, they put several carnivorous plants under ultraviolet light and photographed what they saw. They found UV-induced blue emissions. This is the first time such distinct _(50)_ emissions were ever detected in the plant kingdom. Under normal light, these bright, glowing rims would look green to humans. But an ant—which is extremely sensitive to blue and violet light—would see rings of blue fluorescence. Thus, fluorescence emissions from these plants could be acting as major visual _(51)_ luring these mammals towards them.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 48

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and select the correct answer out of the four alternatives for the given blanks.

It’s long been known that carnivorous plants allure their insect prey in a range of ways: _(48)_ nectars, vivid colors and alluring scents that range from rose to rotten flesh.
But recently, scientists discovered a previously hidden means of beckoning among the most ruthless of greenery. Scientists believe that insects are attracted to carnivorous plants by their odors and colors, but hard evidence as to what exactly _(49)_ the bugs to their deaths was previously unknown. In a stroke of _(50)_, they put several carnivorous plants under ultraviolet light and photographed what they saw. They found UV-induced blue emissions. This is the first time such distinct _(51)_ emissions were ever detected in the plant kingdom. Under normal light, these bright, glowing rims would look green to humans. But an ant—which is extremely sensitive to blue and violet light—would see rings of blue fluorescence. Thus, fluorescence emissions from these plants could be acting as major visual _(52)_ luring these mammals towards them.
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Choose the correct answer from the given options to fill the blanks which are numbered.

Question 49

Select the word which means the same as the group of words given.

Land surrounded by water on three sides

Question 50

Select the word which means the same as the group of words given.

A large body of people playing various musical instruments.
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