SSC Stenographers (Grade C&D) Exam Paper (Held on: 31-01-2016)
English Language (PART - 2)
Directions: In the following passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer to each question out of the four alternatives and fill in the blanks:
I will always __(i)__ the trip I made to the zoo in 1988. It was then I __(ii)__ measles from one of my friends, Peter, who had __(iii)__ along too. Before he met us at the zoo, he had gone to visit his cousin who was __(iv)__ from measles. The next day, Pete was __(v)__ of a sore throat, a bad cold and high fever. When he was diagnosed by a doctor as having measles, his parents rang me up to warm me that I had been __(vi)__ to measles too. By the next day, I was also showing/ having the same symptoms. My doctor __(vii)__ me to stay at home for the next two weeks. I was quite pleased with the doctor ’s institution. I spent the time reading story-books, __(viii)__ to music and watching television. When I get bored, I would call up Peter, who also had to spend two weeks at home, for a chat. Unfortunately, the two weeks passed too/by quickly. When we __(ix)__ to school, we had to work twice as hard to __(x)__ with ou classmates. It was definitely not worth the ‘holiday’.
(a) be remember
(d) will catch
(a) is advised
(d) is returned
(a) catch up
(c) caught up
(d) catching up
Direction: In the following passage some of the words have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer to each question out the four alternatives and fill in the blanks:
The Red Indians __(i)__ for the arrival of the bison. The beasts, which come
only once a year, are a good source of meat and hide. The= Red Indians __(ii)__
to survive the cold, biter
winter. Tikki, the young boy, __(iii)__ to look out for the herd’s arrival. Everyday, he __(iv)__ to the top of the hill to see if he could spot them on the vast horizon. One night, will he _ (v)__, the gound shook __(vi)__ and his bag of arrows fell off from its hook on the wall. Tikki __(vii)__ of his wigman and felt a strong gust of wind and dust gush past him. Shouting excitedly, he ran to the other wigwarms and woke everyday up. A big fire __(viii)__ built and the Red Indians danced around it, giving praised to their God who had, at last, __(ix)__their food and clothing of animals hide. The next morning, all the warriors __(x)__ to hunt down the beasts which were grazing near the river.
(a) were waited
(b) are waited
(c) were waiting
(d) is waiting
(a) needed their
(b) needing this
(c) needing these
(d) needed these
(a) was chose
(b) was chosen
(c) was choose
(d) is choose
(a) would run
(b) will be running
(c) would running
(d) will running
(a) was sleep
(b) were slept
(c) is sleep
(d) was sleeping
(a) rushed out
(b) rushed in
(c) rushing out
(d) rush out
(a) were immediate
(b) was immediately
(c) were immediately
(d) was immediate
(a) sent their
(b) send their
(c) send them
(d) send them
(a) were assigned
(b) were assigning
(c) is assigned
(d) was assigning
Directions: Read the passage carefully and chose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it by blackening the appropriate circle [ ] in the answer sheet.
Like watering a plant, we grow out friendship (and all our relationships) by nurturing them. Friendships, if they are not continue. These relationships can be delightfully non-judgmental, supportive, understanding and fun. Sometimes a friend can bring out the positive side that you never show in any other relationship. This may be because the pressure of playing a ‘role’ (daughter, partner or child) is removed. With a friend you are to be yourself and free to change. Of course, you are free to do this in all other relationships as well, but in friendships you get to have lots of rehearsals and discussion about changes as you experience them.
It is an unconditional experience where you receive as much
as you give. You can explain yourself to a friend openly without the fear of
hurting a family member. How do friendships grow? The answer is simple. By
revealing yourself; being attentive; remembering what is most showing empathy;
seeing the world through the eyes of our friend, you will understand the
value of friendship. All this means learning family to your own or perhaps someone from a completely different cultural background. Thisi s the way we learn tolerance. In turn we gain tolerance and acceptance for our own difference.
171. In good friendships, we
(a) give and receive
(b) neither give nor receive
(c) only give
(d) only receive
172. Empathy means
(a) someone else’s misfortunes
(b) the ability to share and understand another’s feeling
(c) skill and efficiency
(d) ability to do something
173. Through strong friendships, we gain
(a) only acceptance
(b) only attention
(c) acceptance and tolerance
(d) only tolerance
174. Friendships and relationships grow when they are ______ .
175. When we are with a good friend, we tend
(a) to be ourselves
(b) not to be ourselves
(c) to shut ourselves
(d) to be someone else
Directions: Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it by blackening the appropriate circle [ ] in the Answer Sheet.
In the history of Britain, the period from 1837 to 1901 is
known as the Victorian Age. The period saw the long and prosperous reign of
Queen Victoria in England. Charles Dickens was the most popular novelist of this
period. He became famous for his depiction of the life of the working class,
intricate plots and sense of humour. However, it was the vast galaxy of unusual
characters created by him that made him more popular than any of his
contemporaries. Drawn from everyday life and the world around him, these
characters were such that readers could
relate to them. Being with The Pickwich Papers in 1836, Dickens wrote numerous novels, each uniquely filled with believable personalities and vivid physical descriptions. According to Dickens’ friend and biographer, John Forster, Dickens made “character real existences, not by describing them but letting them describe themselves.”
176. Dickens became famous for depicting the life of
(a) the business class, intricate plots and sense of humour.
(b) the working class, dull plots and sense of humour
(c) the working class, intricate plots and lack of humour
(d) and working class, intricate plots and sense of humour
177. Dickens’ characters were drawn from
(a) everyday life and the world around him
(b) unbelievable personalities
(c) royal familiars
(d) everyday life and the world beyond him
178. John Forster was Dickens’
(a) friend and editor
(b) friend and biographer
(c) best friend and philosopher
(d) friend and doctor
179. The period between 1837-1901 was known as the
(a) the Shakespearian Age
(b) the Victorian Age
(c) the Dark Age
(d) the Elizabethan Age
180. The word ‘popular’ in the passage means
Direction: Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it by blackening the ap18 propriate circle [ ] in the Answer Sheet.
Chameleons can make their skin colour change, but not because they decide to. The colour changes to help the chameleon avoid its enemies. It is a form of camouflage, a disguise that lets it blend in with its surroundings. The change in actually determined by environmental factors, such as light and temperature. Bright sunlight causes the skin to darken.
On cool nights, the colour fades to a creamy colour. The colour also changes when chameleons are excited, angry of afraid. The colour change is rapid and increases when the chameleon is handled, injured, on approached by another chameleon. There are many types of chameleons. Almost half of them are found on the African island of Madagascar. The other mostly occur in the Sahara Desert, with few in Western Asia and Southern Europe. Chameleons live in trees, where they usually eat insects. Very large chameleons may even use their sticky tongues to catch birds.
181. Chameleons change colour when they are
(a) angry, excited or happy
(b) afraid, angry hungry
(c) afraid, excited or angry
(d) excited, angry or hungry
182. Half of the worlds’ chameleons are found
(a) on the African of Madagascar
(b) on the Asian island of Madagascar
(c) In the continent of Asia
(d) In the Sahara Desert
183. The colour changing ability of a chameleon is a form of camouflage which is a
(a) dance done by chameleons
(b) colour that fades
(c) disease which affects chameleons
(d) disguise that lets it blend in with its surroundings
184. A chameleons’ colour changes to help it
(a) avoid its enemies
(b) fly away
(c) look beautiful
(d) attract prey
185. The colour change is determined by
(a) pressure and temperature
(b) light and temperature
(c) light and wind
(d) light and pressure
Directions: In the following Ten Questions, some part of the sentences has errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and blacken the circle [ ] corresponding to the appropriate option. If a sentence is free from error, blacken the circle corresponding to “No Error” in the Answer Sheet.
186. She has been complaining about headache from morning.
(a) from morning
(b) No error
(c) She has been
(d) complaining about headache
187. The children left the playground one after one.
(a) one after one
(b) No error
(c) The children left
(d) the play ground
188. I knew the town well so I was able to advice him where to go.
(a) to advice him where to go
(b) No error
(c) I knew the town well
(d) so I was able
189. He runs more faster than I.
(a) than I
(b) No error
(c) He runs
(d) more faster
190. The fight for liberation brings out the best and a noblest quality in mankind.
(a) a noblest quality in mankind
(b) No error
(c) The fight for liberation
(d) brings out the best and
191. The baby was clinging with her mother in fear.
(a)Mother in fear
(b) No error
(c) The baby was
(d) clinging with her
192. Not much people realize his sincerity.
(a) his sincerity
(b) No error
(c) Not much
(d) People realize
193. The government must provide facilities for the upbringing of women.
(a) upbringing of women
(b) No error
(c) The government
(d) must provide facilities for the
194. You will not succeed unless you don’t work hard.
(a) don’t work hard
(b) No error
(c) You will not
(d) succeed unless you
195. He stated that he prefers tea than coffee.
(a) tea than coffee
(b) No error
(c) He stated that
(d) He prefers
Directions: In the following Five Questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with the most appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the most correct alternative out of the four and indicate it by blackening the appropriate circle [ ] in the Answer Sheet.
196. We all have _______ the widowed girl.
(a) sympathy with
(b) sympathy of
(c) sympathy at
(d) sympathy for
197. They organized an event last month in ________ with another company.
198. He ________ to help me and called me a fool.
199. One who tries may fail but one who does not try never _______ .
200. The lady ____ to be a close relative of ours.
(a) turned up
(b) turned about
(c) turned out
(d) turned in