Facebook Sample Verbal Questions

Aptitude tests form a critical component the placement process at many corporate companies. Currently, Facebook does not conduct aptitude test but many include it in future. Aptitude tests are standardized tests that designed to assess a candidate’s capabilities in performing a particular task and response to different situations. Quantitative aptitude checks problem solving ability of the candidates, their basic mathematical skills and comfort with data crunching. To score well, a candidate should focus on speedy calculations, sound fundamentals and strong analytical skills through practice.
You can practice the below given sample questions to practise for Facebook’s aptitude questions:

DIRECTIONS for questions 1&2: Read the passage and answer the question based on it.

Passage I: Neuroscience has, as its primary resource, technology that captures images of processes within the living brain. Fear lights up a certain area, therefore fear is a function of that area, which developed for the purposes of maintaining homeostasis. It prepares the organism to fight or flee. Well and good. But fear is rarely without context. People can be terrified of spiders, dentists, the Last Judgment, germs, the need to speak in public, the number 13, extraterrestrials, mathematics, hoodies, the discovery of a fraud in their past. All of these fears are the creatures of circumstance, of the history and state of health of a specific brain. They identify threat, interpreting an environment in highly individual terms. They, not threat in the abstract, trigger alarm, and they are the products of parts of the brain that do not light up under technological scrutiny and would elude interpretation if they did. If they are not taken into account, the mere evidence of an excitation has little descriptive and no predictive value. A fearful person might take a pill, faint, or commit mayhem. The assumptions behind the notion that the nature of fear and the impulses it triggers could be made legible or generalizable for the purposes of imaging would have to exclude complexity—the factor that introduces individuality with all its attendant mysteries. In fairness, however, the neuroscientists seem well content with the technology they have, extrapolating boldly from the data it yields. Refinements that introduced complication might not be welcome.

This all appears to be a straightforward instance of scientists taking as the whole of reality that part of it their methods can report. These methods are as much a matter of vocabulary as of technology, though the two interact and reinforce each other. Here is an example. Neuroscientists seem predisposed to the conclusion that there is no “self.” This would account for indifference to the modifying effects of individual history and experience, and to the quirks of the organism that arise from heredity, environment, interactions within the soma as a whole, and so on. What can the word “self” mean to those who wish to deny its reality? It can only signify an illusion we all participate in, as individuals, societies, and civilizations. So it must also be an important function of the brain, the brain aware of itself as it is modified by the infinite particulars of circumstance, that is, as it is not like others. But this would mean the self is not an illusion at all but a product of the mind at other work than the neuroscientists are inclined to acknowledge. Of course, the physical brain is subject to every sort of impairment, the areas that light up during imaging as surely as any others. Impairments that seem to compromise the sense of self may be taken to demonstrate that it is rooted in the physical brain, that same fleshly monument to provident evolution the neuroscientists admire, selectively. If the physical disruption of the sense of self is taken to prove that the self is an experience created by the physical brain, then there are no better grounds to call its existence into question than there would be to question equilibrium or depth perception. Obviously, there is a conceptual problem here—equilibrium does not “exist” except in the moment-to- moment orientation of an organism to its environment. Say as much of the self, mutatis mutandis, and it is granted the same kind of reality.

Q.1 The word 'homeostasis' means: 

A) Equilibrium            B) symmetry      C) pressure         D) emotion

Correct Answer:- A
Homeostasis means the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. Homeostasis is derived from the roots homeo (meaning like) and stasis (meaning standing still).

Passage II: I teach an undergraduate class on Nietzsche, a philosopher who has a reputation for captivating young minds. After one class, a student came to see me. There was something bothering her. “Is it OK to be changed by reading a philosopher?” she asked. “I mean, do you get inspired by Nietzsche—do you use him in your life?” You have to be careful about questions like this, and not only because the number of murderers claiming Nietzsche as their inspiration is higher than I would like. What the student usually means is: “Nietzsche mocks careful scholarship: Can I, in his spirit, write my paper however the hell I want and still get a good grade?” In this case, though, the student knew perfectly well how to write a scholarly paper. She wanted to do something else too: be Nietzschean!

Here’s my line, for what it’s worth: you can do whatever you want in life— take inspiration from The Smurfs for all I care—but I’m here to teach you how to read a philosopher, slowly and carefully, which is not an easy thing to do. If you want to be inspired by Nietzsche, you have to read him precisely, to make sure that it is Nietzsche who inspires you—not a preconception or a misappropriation or a scholarly reading, mine or anybody else’s, which is vulnerable to the interpreter’s peculiar agenda or the fashions of the hour. And what if, when you read him carefully, you find that he actually wrote things you think are false, wrong-headed, racist or sexist? It’s not a case of inspiration or careful scholarship, I say: choose both.

Notice: I am implying that if you get inspired by misreading someone, or by swallowing their false claims, then you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing. Of course, you might get inspired to do great things by ideas that are wrong or questionable. (Nietzsche could have told you that.) Notice too: I work in an intellectual environment in which young people think that applying philosophy to their own lives is something unusual. It is an oft-repeated idea that philosophy in its modern, professional form has become detached from what was, in ancient times, a founding ideal: to teach people how to live well. In today’s university, the emphasis is on the search for the truth about whichever subject lies at hand, regardless of how, if at all, such truths change what you do when you leave the classroom. So while students often report finding philosophy “therapeutic,” they do so in passing, somewhat guiltily. Perhaps they worry that the moment I hear they’re an emotional Nietzsche-user rather than a cold Nietzsche-scrutinizer my opinion of them will fall. Perhaps, against my better judgment, and in spite of being a user myself, they are right.

Professional philosophers don’t present themselves as particularly wise or as people to turn to for advice about how to live.  And why should we? That’s not what we were trained for when we were students and it’s not what we promise in the prospectus. I remember, as a student, asking a philosophy professor something about what I should do the following year— whether I should continue with my studies or move on to something else. “That’s not a philosophy question,” she said. “That’s a life question! I can’t answer that.” I know what she meant, now more than ever, having faced such questions myself: you can’t expect knowledge of philosophy to guide you through the big decisions about what to do with your life. But I can’t help wondering whether something has gone astray when “philosophy” questions and “life” questions are so easy to pull apart.

Q.2 Identify the statements that are correct as per the information given in the passage:
  1. While being inspired from the thoughts of a particular philosopher, it is important to maintain a balanced view and not to allow your inspiration take over the spirit of scholarship.
  2. Nietzsche is the favorite philosopher of serial killers.
  3. It is often that a student’s view of a philosopher is impacted by the view of the person who interpreted it for the student.

A) I & II B) II & III               C) I & III                D) All of the above

Correct Answer:- C

Statement I can be derived from the lines: It’s not a case of inspiration or careful scholarship, I say: choose both.

Statement II is incorrectly derived from the lines: You have to be careful about questions like this, and not only because the number of murderers claiming Nietzsche as their inspiration is higher than I would like.

Statement III is derived from the lines: Nietzsche who inspires you—not a preconception or a misappropriation or a scholarly reading, mine or anybody else’s, which is vulnerable to the interpreter’s peculiar agenda or the fashions of the hour.

DIRECTIONS for the question 3, 4 & 5: Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

  1. Productivity, the other determinant, can be boosted through public and private investment in infrastructure, education and simplifying the tax structure.
  2. That's a lesson the political establishment still needs to learn.
  3. One of the determinants of GDP growth rate, labour supply, will work to India's advantage because of the famous demographic dividend.
  4. Policy changes, such as opening up close sectors such as telecom and insurance, will also dramatically raise productivity and growth.

A) DACB       B) ABCD               C) CADB               D) DBCA

Correct Answer:- C
The opening sentence will be C, as it tells about the one of the determinants of the GDP growth rate. After this A will come as it highlights the other determinant i.e. ‘labour’.
After this D will come as it ‘also’ tells that other factors should also be taken into consideration.
Finally B will conclude the sequence as it tells the ‘lesson’ to be learnt and the lesson being referred to whatever is mentioned in D. Hence the correct sequence is CADB. SO, option 3 is correct.
  1. Online, one can be anything, anyone, of any age, gender, nationality, biography or appearance.
  2. And yet one may use words and delve into verbal play to enact one’s deepest psyche, to reveal the identity that is buried in everyday life and useless in the real world of social interaction.
  3. To hook up by way of words is often to play hooky with a reality that doesn’t obey our words.
  4. It is to search for a psychic order that can be forcefully denied by social order and which one would like to stealthily achieve in the deepest recesses one one’s mind.
  5. Hence the intensely erotic nature of such play, which, in a way, is an alternative outlet for repressed energies and emotions, without any fear of being caught.


Correct Answer:- C
Sentence A is an ideal opener as the idea therein is explained further in a logical manner by the rest of the lines here. Line C explains the purpose behind using particular words, an idea stated in line B (A-B-C).
Sentence D elaborates on the purpose (to search ….) of using such words (A-B-C-D), while sentence E gives a concluding remark with its use of hence.
  1. Mind wandering as a cognitive tool needs to be looked at very seriously by relevant authorities as it has been shown that it can actually improve performance and problem-solving by as much as 40%.
  2. After all, the link between daydreaming and creativity was affirmed by conventional wisdom long before scientists proved it in laboratory conditions, and encapsulated in the adage, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
  3. Considering the contributions of Archimedes, Newton and Einstein all emanated from 'Aha!' moments of illuminating thought, it is heartening to hear that some scientists in California aver that even lesser mortals can benefit from a spot of revelatory daydreaming.
  4. Countless workers, office-goers and even students would heartily confirm the discovery that difficult tasks are handled better if people have some downtime beforehand to refresh their approach.
  5. Many have found the contemplative pose made famous by Rodin's 'Thinker' to be particularly productive — especially when transposed to rather more mundane settings in the morning — so this reiteration of the notion that sitting idle is not wasteful is welcome.

A) ECBAD     B) CEBDA             C) CAEBD             D) BDECA

Correct Answer:- B
The paragraph talks about daydreaming.
Hence the introductory sentence would have to be C.
A needs to be the last sentence as we first need to finish talking about what daydreaming does or in what ways is it helpful an then consider it to be used as a cognitive tool.

DIRECTIONS for the question 6 & 7: The question consists of a pair of words bearing a certain relationship. From amongst the alternatives, pick up the pair that best illustrates a similar relationship.


A) Morality: Truthfulness             B) Character: Values       C) Concentration: Students         D) Homage: Martyrs

Correct Answer:- C
Citizens should have ‘patriotism’ in them similarly students should have concentration.

A) Beggar: Donation       B) Accident: Hospital      C) Teacher: Education    D) Refugee: Shelter

Correct Answer:- D
‘traveller’ wants to reach destination similarly ’refugee’ wants 'to reach' or 'seek' shelter.

DIRECTIONS for the question 8 : Given below are sentences that form a paragraph, identify the sentence(s) or part(s) that is/are incorrect in terms of grammar and usage (including spelling, punctuation and logical consistency). Then, choose the most appropriate option.

  1. The court has ruled that he gave false witness against the mayor of the city.
  2. She is elder than I am.
  3. Sunrise is such a great phenomena that upon encountering it, one's heart is filled with joy and happiness.
  4. Ever since he has started his strengthening exercises after his terrifying accident, he has been becoming strong everyday.

A) A, B and C      B) B, C and D      C) A, C and D      D) All of the above

Correct Answer:- D
Statement A is incorrect as the correct word in this sentence is 'evidence' and not 'witness'. Witness means 'Someone who sees an event and reports what happened' and evidence means 'all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved'.
Statement B is incorrect. The correct statement is: She is older than I am.
Statement C is incorrect. 'Phenomena' is the plural form and 'phenomenon' is the singular form. In the given sentence, the reference is singular.
Statement D is incorrect. Since a comparison is implied, the correct adjective is stronger and not strong.

DIRECTIONS for the question 9 & 10: Choose the word from the options which is most Similar in meaning to the given word.


A) Skilled Performer       B) Amateur         C) Good Person                D) Rookie

Correct Answer:- A
VIRTUOSO is a person who is a skilled performer , whereas an amateur is a person who engages in any activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefits. ROOKIE means a person who is new to an organization. So, option 1 is correct.

A) Peace              B) Luck  C) Joy    D) Misfortune

Correct Answer:- B
'serendipity' means 'pleasant happening by chance'.
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