Reading Comprehension Set 131

Directions (Q. 1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Everyone deals with integrity underlying moral issue in their everyday life. Most of our parents would have taught us during our growing up years that we must inculcate this virtue because it is the right thing to do. Question arises-What is integrity? It means honesty – keeping to one’s word even if it costs us dearly to do so. If you pledge to ‘love, honour and cherish your spouse until death do you part’, you must honour that promise. If you agree to do a task, you must do it.
Integrity comes in many forms, but honesty and dependability are two traits that are expected in most workplace situations. Irresponsible behaviour and distrust can make a work environment tense and uncomfortable. A strong work ethic shows co-workers and clients that you’re reliable and take your responsibilities seriously. Polite communication, respectable behaviour and fiscal irresponsibility also help you stand out as a trustworthy employee.
Working diligently when you’re on the clock is a clear example of workplace integrity. Socializing, surfing the Internet, making personal phone calls, texting and frequent snacking are activities that detract from work time. Saving those activities for break time will show your boss, co-workers and customers that you work hard when you’re on the clock. Even if you don’t actually clock in and out with a time card, focusing on your work responsibilities while you’re at your desk, work station or production area will showcase your strong work habits.
Abiding by company policies is another powerful way to demonstrate integrity. Cutting corners and neglecting to follow workplace regulations can lead to mistakes, problems and even dangerous situations. Your willingness to properly record financial transactions, safely dispense of hazardous or toxic materials, follow company protocol for dealing with clients, perform clean-up or set-up procedures and properly maintain equipment shows others that you’re not just looking for the easy way out. Establishing yourself as a trustworthy worker who submits to company policies shows your boss and coworkers that you’ll faithfully carry out your duties.
Respecting those you work with reveals your desire to create a healthy work environment. Polite communication, appropriate interactions and respect for co-workers’ thoughts and ideas demonstrate your ability to look beyond your own interests to pursue team centred work goals. As you deal with co-workers honestly and respectfully, you establish a level of trust with them. Integrity in the workplace also stems from moral and ethical behaviour. Making sure there’s no reason to question your conduct is one of the best ways to prove that you are an honest and dependable employee. Avoid using company products or equipment for personal use and submit exact receipts for travel or meal reimbursements. Don’t over-promise what you can’t provide and strive to meet deadlines. Work productively and cooperate during company meetings so you don’t appear lazy or apathetic, and don’t call in sick if you aren’t. By exhibiting responsible behaviour, you don’t give co-workers or clients the
opportunity to question your integrity.
Q1. What are the two traits of integrity as given in the passage?
1) Distrust and work environment
2) Strong work ethics and dependability
3) Honesty and responsible behaviour
4) Dependability and Honesty.
5) None of these
Q2. Which of the following is not correct in the context of the passage?
1) Ethical behaviour helps you become a trustworthy employee.
2) To follow all the policies of a company is also an example of integrity.
3) One should not make promise to meet deadlines.
4) Employees detract from their work when they misuse the facilities.
5) None of these
Q3. What is the main advantage of demonstrating integrity at the work place?
1) It helps build up ethical behaviour.
2) It increases dependability.
3) It creates a healthy work-environment.
4) Both 2 and 3
5) None of these
Q4. Which of the following activities prove that the employee is sincere?
1) Punctuality and dependability
2) Strong work ethics
3) Honesty and responsible behaviour.
4) Workplace integrity
5) All the above
Q5. What do you mean by the phrase ‘on the clock’?
1) To see if it is a time for a break.
2) To be working
3) Not on duty.
4) You have limited amount of time.
5) None of these
Directions (Q. 6-8): Choose the word which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage-
Q6. Diligently
1) Inactively
2) Differently
3) Ardently
4) Firmly
5) Easily
Q7. Dispense
1) Collect
2) Disorganise
3) Handover
4) Hold
5) Shellout
Q8. Apathetic
1) Disinterested
2) Sympathetic
3) Concerned
4) Callous
5) Endeavour
Directions (Q. 9-10): Choose the word which is MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage-
Q9. Inculcate
1) Mete out
2) Neglect
3) Implant
4) Try for
5) Exert
Q10. Strive
1) Neglect
2) Dissuade
3) Aim
4) Care
5) Endeavor


1. 4
2. 3
3. 1
4. 5
5. 2
6. 1
7. 4
8. 2
9. 3
10. 5

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