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Bank PO :: Test 159
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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 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.
Communal violence is not a strange phenomenon for this country. However, it is high time that we, as civilised human beings, sat down to rid ourselves of the fallacies that institutionalised religions have spread: like no religion teaches violence; all religions are the same; and that religion is a path that leads to God.
Essentially, religion is a code of conduct for people of different communities — geographical or cultural — to follow. Religion is a dead document. It's an imposed human burden on man after his birth. Besides, every religion generates hatred in a bid to gather more people in its flock, leading to bloodshed.
Whenever and wherever religion grows, it spreads intolerance amongst people of different religious denominations. Religion actually removes God from the purview of man, assuring him of heaven by his own good works. Thus God is made superfluous. What a falsehood! Perhaps it is this unconscious lack of fear of a living God that results in every evil. It's time for all of us to realise that what men need today is a God, and not religion. From the time of his birth, man's conscience is coded with the knowledge of God, the fact that there is only one God who has eyes to behold, ears to hear and a heart to love and to save.
The God is indeed invincible and cannot be defeated by any power, including death itself.
At this hour when we must unite to combat pain and suffering, I request you to turn to this God of love, forgiveness and justice. He is your need and not religion. Over the ages millions, irrespective of caste, creed, colour and religion, have cried out to God and have been saved. May the Lord grant all humanity the humility to do so, for sooner or later every one has to meet his or her maker.

Which of the following best expresses the idea behind the sentence "Communal violence is not a strange phenomenon for this country" ?

A.    The sense of communal violence is in our blood. B.    We have inherited the theme of communal violence from our forefathers.
C.    Communal violence has taken place time and again in India, so it is not new to us. D.    There is no end to communal violence in our country.
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2 .

If no religion teaches violence, how is religion responsible for communal violence ?

A.    Different organisations of religion are responsible for it. B.    Different castes and creeds are responsible for it.
C.    Extremist religions are responsible for it. D.    It is the people who are responsible for it.
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3 .

When any religion attempts to increase the number of its followers

A.    it lessens the burden of another one. B.    the affected religions do not approve it.
C.    bargaining takes place. D.    it has to offer something at stake.
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4 .

How do we decide the religion of a newborn ?

A.    There is no specific religion for a newborn. B.    A newborn is considered to be the child of God.
C.    As per the customs, a newborn gets associated with the religion of his father. D.    There is no criteria to decide the religion of a newborn.
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5 .

Which of the following best expresses the concern of the author regarding religion and God ?

A.    Religion has made people closer to the Almighty. B.    Religion has created a wide gap between people and God.
C.    Every religion has its own way of worshipping God. D.    Religion is not the only way to God.
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6 .

Which of the following generates evil in society ?

A.    growth in the number of religions B.    extremists in different religions
C.    peoples dissociation with God D.    peoples idea of God
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7 .

Which of the following is true in the context of the passage ?

A.    Religion is not a dead document. B.    Growth in a particular religion makes the followers of other religions worried.
C.    Religion is more important than God. D.    Different institutionalised religions are existing in harmony with each other.
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8 .

Which of the following points has been highlighted in this passage ?

A.    Violence in the name of religion is irrational so it must be stopped. B.    Religion should not be imposed on an individual.
C.    Religion is the creation of God. D.    Nothing is beyond the reach of God.
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9 .

What message does the author convey to the people through the last two paras ?

A.    God is Almighty. B.    God showers his love on all of us.
C.    May all religions proper! D.    Embrace God, shun religion.
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10 .

Direction : 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.
Communal violence is not a strange phenomenon for this country. However, it is high time that we, as civilised human beings, sat down to rid ourselves of the fallacies that institutionalised religions have spread: like no religion teaches violence; all religions are the same; and that religion is a path that leads to God.
Essentially, religion is a code of conduct for people of different communities — geographical or cultural — to follow. Religion is a dead document. It's an imposed human burden on man after his birth. Besides, every religion generates hatred in a bid to gather more people in its flock, leading to bloodshed.
Whenever and wherever religion grows, it spreads intolerance amongst people of different religious denominations. Religion actually removes God from the purview of man, assuring him of heaven by his own good works. Thus God is made superfluous. What a falsehood! Perhaps it is this unconscious lack of fear of a living God that results in every evil. It's time for all of us to realise that what men need today is a God, and not religion. From the time of his birth, man's conscience is coded with the knowledge of God, the fact that there is only one God who has eyes to behold, ears to hear and a heart to love and to save.
The God is indeed invincible and cannot be defeated by any power, including death itself.
At this hour when we must unite to combat pain and suffering, I request you to turn to this God of love, forgiveness and justice. He is your need and not religion. Over the ages millions, irrespective of caste, creed, colour and religion, have cried out to God and have been saved. May the Lord grant all humanity the humility to do so, for sooner or later every one has to meet his or her maker.

Direction : Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. RID

A.    confront B.    tackle
C.    sustain D.    free
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