Bank of Baroda Clerk Exam Paper 2011
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Directions (1-15): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.
There is a story told of a king who lived long ago in a country across the sea. He was a very wise king, and spared no efforts to teach his people good habits. Often he did things which seemed to them strange and useless; but everything he did, he did to teach his people to be industrious and careful. “Nothing good can come to a nation, whose people complain and expect others to fix their problems for them” he said. “Good things from life come to those who take matters into their hands.” One night, while everyone was asleep, he placed a large stone in the middle of the road that led past the place. Then he hid behind a bush, and waited to see what would happen.
First came a farmer with his wagon heavily loaded with grain, which he was taking to the mill to be ground. “Well, whoever saw such carelessness?” he said crossly, as he turned his wagon and drove around the stone. “Why don’t these lazy people have that stone taken off from the road? ” And so he went on complaining about the uselessness of others, but not touching the stone himself.
Soon afterwards, a young soldier came singing along the road. The long trail of his cap waved in the breeze, and a bright sword hung at his side. He was thinking of the wonderful bravery he would show in the war. The soldier did not see the stone, but struck his foot against it and went tossing in the dust. He rose to his feet, shook the dust from his clothes, picked up his sword, and complained angrily about the lazy people who had no more sense than to leave such a huge stone in the middle of the road. Then he, too, walked away, not once thinking that he might move it himself. And so the day passed. Everyone who came by complained and whined because the stone lay on the road, but no one touched it.
At last, just before nightfall, the miller’s daughter came past. She was a hard-working girl and was very tired because she had been busy since early morning at the mill. But she said to herself, “It is almost dark, somebody may trip over this stone in the night, and perhaps he could be badly hurt. I will move it out of the way.” So she tugged at the heavy stone. It was hard to move, but she pulled and pushed, and lifted until at last she moved it from its place. To her surprise, she found a box underneath. She lifted the box .It was heavy, for it was filled with something. Upon it was written: This box belong to the one who moved the stone. She opened the lid, and found that it was filled with gold! The miller’s daughter went home with a happy heart.
When the farmer, the soldier and all the others heard what had happened, they gathered around the spot on the road where the stone had been. They scratched at the dust with their feet, hoping to turn up a piece of gold.
“My friends,” said the king, “We often come across obstacles and burdens our way. We may complain out loud about them or we may choose to walk around them. Alternatively, we can analyse them and find out what they mean. Disappointment is usually the price of laziness.” Then the wise king mounted his horse and rode away.
1. Why was the miler’s daughter happy?
(1) She finished all her work at the mill.
(2) She won the bet placed by the king.
(3) The king declared her the most industrious persons in his kingdom.
(4) She was rewarded with a box full of gold that lay beneath the stone.
(5) The king offered her a hundred gold coins.
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