English Language Quiz For IBPS RRB Exam

Q1-10 Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some questions.

In the olden days, a newsroom conjured up an image of a fading, old building, with a fan crankily spinning overhead in a hall with stacks of paper scattered on the desk as the editorial staff struggled to meet the deadline. The look of the newsroom may have changed, but the enthusiasm that comes with doing an interesting story has not. This is what keeps journalists on the go. More often than not, a reporter is driven to cover issues which excite him, apart from the usual stories he is assigned to do on a day-to-day basis. Curiosity is one of the defining traits of a good journalist, who is expected to take the initiative to find out more about the subject he/she is writing about. What are the other elements a journalist must have in mind when he sets out to do a story? The ability to recognize a good story and narrate it in different forums is what characterizes a good journalist. A different approach renders a distinct viewpoint to a story. Integrity of a journalist plays a crucial role in how a story is communicated to the masses. Journalists have a strong role in influencing the culture of an organization, especially addressing some of its approaches to doing stories, some of which may be ruining journalism. It won’t happen unless individual journalists take a stand. Journalists’ roles have evolved in the past half century, from writing stories on a typewriter to editing on a computer; and from jotting down everything on paper to having recording devices at their disposal. Recent years have seen the burgeoning of journals and newer platforms of mass communication. Journalism is not confined to the print medium or political news reporting. It is open-ended — evident with the availability of a wide array of journals, journalism reviews, news websites, coverage of specialized beats such as science, health and environment; and opportunities for freelancers, photo journalists and columnists who write on topics of their expertise. What does a lay person choose to read/watch in this era of information explosion? Most news that appears in newspapers is already known to the reader because of easy access to television and the Internet. So, how do you add value and make the report or subject look different? Investigative journalism is what distinguishes a newspaper or television channel — when news has become a commodity. For instance, you could look at farmer deaths in Maharashtra. You can probe the issue to find out the cause by going to the village, see how other people are coping, what’s being done to address the larger problem.

Q1 What does ‘Information explosion’ refer to, as mentioned in the passage?

01. Authenticity of information

02. Source of information

03. Availability of a lot of information

04. The effects observed after revealing the information

05. All of the above

Q2 Which of the following fields can journalists explore, as career options-

(A) Can write journals 

(B) Prepare political speech

(C) Write content for news websites 

(D) Write columns in the newspaper

01. Only A

02. Only C

03. Only A and D

04. All except B

05. All of the above

Q3 What is the characteristic which has remained the same from the newsroom of the old times to the modern newsroom?

01. The incentives associated with the success of the story

02. The intensity in the writing of the story

03. The advancement in technology to aid coverage of the story

04. The zeal with which journalists cover the story.

05. Not mentioned in the passage.

Q4 What role does ‘curiosity’ play in the success journey of a journalist?

01. It prompt him to gather more information about the assignments/stories he has undertaken.

02. He covers more stories than his counterparts do.

03. He sets up communication network with a lot of people who provide him new stories.

04. His efforts are well acknowledged by his seniors in terms of promotions and salary benefits.

05. A curious journalist does not let any other journalist get ahead of him.

Q5 What is meant by- “News has become a commodity”?

01. News can be sold or bought, whenever required.

02. The same news remains available through channels, newspapers and other sources.

03. Nowadays- news is created out of nothing.

04. News can be spread easily using different sources of communication. 

05. Not mentioned in the passage 

Q6 Which of the following is FALSE in the context of the passage?

01. A different approach does no help in presenting a story in a different way.

02. Very few people have shown inclination to take up journalism as a career, in recent years.

03. Journalism is confined to the print medium or political news reporting.

04. The ability to find a good story and narrate it in a forum is what characterizes a good journalist.

05. All of the above

Q7 Choose the word most SIMILAR in meaning to the word given in bold, as used in the passage.

Conjured up

01. Conspired

02. Reasoned

03. Resolved

04. Puzzled

05. Brought

Q8 Choose the word most SIMILAR in meaning to the word given in bold, as used in the passage.


01. Mastery

02. Inanity

03. Craft

04. Cleverness

05. Trading

Q9 Choose the word which is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.


01. Written

02. Distributed

03. Shuffled

04. Arranged

05. Extended

Q10 Choose the word which is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.


01. Intending

02. Praising

03. Ignoring

04. Concentrating

05. Questioning


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