1 .DIRECTIONS (Qs.1-3) :After passage, you will find several questions based on the passage. First, read a passage, and then answer the questions based on it. You are required to select your answers based on the contents of the passage and opinion of the author only.

The New Year is a time for resolutions. Mentally at least, most of us could compile formidable lists of do’s and don’ts. The same old favourites recur year in and year out with monotonous regularity. Past experience has taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond attainment. If we remain inveterate smokers, it is only because we have so often experienced the frustration that results from failure. Most of us fail in our efforts at self improvement because our schemes are too ambitious and we never have time to carry them out. We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolutions to everybody so that we look even more foolish when we slip back into our old bad ways.
The author seems to imply that many are inveterate smokers because
A.  they have not really tried to give up smoking
B.  they know from past experience that they can never succeed in their attempt to give up
C.  they want to forget the frustration of not smoking
D.  they do not have the will power to stop smoking
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2 .The same old favourites recur ... with monotonous regularity’ implies that
A.  we want to be so perfect that we include some items regularly
B.  we have been so regularly doing certain things that they have become monotonous
C.  in spite of repeated failures, we still would like to try one more time
D.  some favourite actions if repeated often could become monotonous
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3 .The phrase ‘formidable lists of do’s and don’ts’ means that
A.  the bad points of our character are formidable
B.  the list is so long that it is frightening
C.  the things that need to be included is frightening
D.  the realisation that we are so imperfect is frightening
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4 .DIRECTIONS (Qs.4-10) : Look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence, three possible substitutions for the underlined part are given. If one of them (i.e.,) (a), (b) or (c) is better than the underlined part, indicate your response on the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter (a), (b) or (c). If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (d) as your response on the Answer Sheet. Thus a ‘No improvement’ response will be signified by the letter (d).
If I wereyou, I would do it at once
A.  was
B.  am
C.  would be
D.  No improvement
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5 .They set a strong guard, lest anyone couldescape
A.  would
B.  might
C.  should
D.  No improvement
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6 .The matter called upan explanation of his conduct.
A.  out
B.  in
C.  for
D.  No improvement
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7 .The accused refusedhaving murdered anybody
A.  disagreed
B.  denied
C.  declaimed
D.  No improvement
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8 .We need honest workers, not people of redoubtableintegrity
A.  doubting
B.  doubtful
C.  doubtless
D.  No improvement
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9 .By the time he arrived, everybody had gone home
A.  when he arrived
B.  at which he arrived
C.  by which he arrived
D.  No improvement
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10 .There is no alternate, so we must leave now.
A.  altering
B.  alternative
C.  alternation
D.  No improvement
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