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"Loneliness is the most terrible poverty."
- Mother Teresa
Bank PO :: Test 147
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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 5) : Each of the following idioms is followed by alternative meanings of which one is correct. Find out the correct meaning of each idiom and mark the number of that meaning as your answer. If there is no answer mark 4), ie None of these, as your answer.

All along the line

A.    At every marked location B.    Everywhere in the troubled area
C.    Following the line D.    At every point
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2 .

Worth one's salt

A.    frivolous B.    good at ones job
C.    having severe implications D.    detrimental
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3 .

To be led by the nose

A.    strict punishment B.    facing a trial
C.    to follow submissively D.    to obey the command
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4 .

Against the grain

A.    contrary to ones nature or inclination B.    against the law of nature
C.    trying very hard to achieve something impossible D.    against the will of others
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5 .

Heavy going

A.    challenging and enterprising B.    something specific
C.    not a routine affair D.    difficult and boring
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6 .

Direction (Q. 6 - 10) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Smoking is the single most important preventable cause of death in the world. It is invariably a habit that begins as pleasure and becomes the addiction of lifetime. Repeated warnings fail to carry their message home. However, the actual matter of concern is that not only the ones that smoke are exposed to the dangers of smoking, even the non-smoking masses end up damaging their health when they unwittingly inhale sidestream smoke.
Though the degree of seriousness varies, a health hazard cannot be taken casually. Numerous studies on the illeffects of smoking have been done and the oft-repeated warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Over the years, the. number of smokers has increased and with that the realisation that second-hand smoke can be hazardous.
Due to smoking in offices, factories and various public places, millions of passive smokers develop complication related to the heart, thyroid and lungs.
In fact, recent studies suggest that the risk of death from heart disease has increased by 30 per cent among those exposed to smoke from other people's tobacco at home and work.
Such statistics only go to prove that smoking should be a major concern for all. I am all for banning smoking in public places for the welfare of all the millions exposed to such dangerous exhalations. In fact, the Government should levy a very heavy fine on anyone caught smoking in public places.Any real "king" size life should have nothing to do with  smoking.

The peril of smoking affects the health of society in general because

A.    people take it as a merry-making activity. B.    the smokers influence others to smoke.
C.    even the youths are getting addicted to it. D.    non-smokers also inhale the smoke released by the smokers.
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7 .

What do you make out of the first sentence, "Smoking is the single most important preventable cause of death in the world" ?

A.    Besides smoking, other causes of death cannot be checked. B.    Death due to smoking can be checked.
C.    Non-smokers cannot die because of smoking. D.    A large number of people who die because of smoking can not give up smoking.
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8 .

How does the habit of smoking take one into its grip ?

A.    People who start smoking take it as a thing of joy but very soon find themselves trapped in it. B.    Lucrative advertisements draw youngsters into the habit of smoking.
C.    People take it as an act of heroism. D.    Smoking gives relief from tension.
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9 .

Why is it so that warnings about smoking fail to bear desired results ?

A.    Smokers do not believe in the authenticity of these warnings. B.    These warnings are vague and also are not highlighted.
C.    People do not take these warnings seriously. D.    People find it difficult to come out of their smoking addiction.
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10 .

Which of the following has not been mentioned in the passage among those which get affected due to smoke inhaling ?

A.    heart B.    lungs
C.    kidney D.    thyroid
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