SSC CGL TIER-01 English Test Paper | SSC CGL 2019

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SSC CGL TIER-01 English Test Paper | SSC CGL 2019

 

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.

The Revolt of 1857, though suppressed, shook the very foundation of the British empire and remained a source of inspiration for millions of Indians. It made Indians aware of the true nature of the British rule and generated faith in their own capability to fight against oppression. Every section of the Indian population felt that its interests were sacrificed at the altar of British imperialism. Though it took nearly 30 years to start an organized agitation, the spirit of the Revolt and anti-imperialistic feelings were reflected in localized revolts in various parts of India by the zamindars, jagirdars, farmers, labourers and even the tribals.
Even after 1857, the discontent of Indians was often expressed in different localized movements in different parts of India. For example, the Wahabi Movement led by Syed Ahmad Barelvi became strengthened between 1860-70 which generated a feeling of hostility against the British and inspired the Indians with patriotism. The Kuka Movement led by Guru Ram Singh boycotted English education and British goods.
The execution of Kuka leaders in 1872 angered the Indians. Promises made by the British Queen after the Revolt were not kept and gradually Indians began to realize that the British rule was the real barrier to India’s economic, social, cultural and political development. Except for bitterness and dislike for one another, there was nothing in common between the British and the Indians. The presence of the British in India, thus, acted as a unifying factor in generating national sentiments.

Q.1 A dramatic revolutionary event is known which raised the nationalism into the minds and hearts of Indians. Which was that movement?
(A) Wahabi Movement.
(B) Revolt of 1875 (
C) Execution of Bahadur Shah Zafar
(D) Revolt of Jhansi
Q.2 The East India Company easily suppressed the Revolt of 1875. Which of the following is not a reason of easy decline of Revolt of 1875?
(A) Rise of regional revolts.
 (B) Absence of common goal or unity
 (C) Absence of a good leader.
 (D) The rise of revolt before the planned time.
Q.3 Though the Revolt proved to be short-termed and failed consequently, still it proved to be successful in some aspects. What was the main success of the Revolt of 1875?
(A) The Queen passed the proclamation.
(B) It shook the very roots of British Raj.
(C) The sepoys were given care.
 (D) The overseas travel for sepoys was relaxeI
Q.4 In the Revolt of 1857, Indians of all communities participated by one way or another. Which is not the reason of uniting Indians against the British?
(A) The exploitation of labor for producing much goods.
 (B) The failure in accomplishing Queen’s promises.
(C) The exploitation of women in the society.
(D) The suppression of regional revolts brutally by the British..
Q.5 There was an Indian who rebel against British openly for the very first time in India and he is known as the first Indian revolutionist. What was his name?
(A) Nana Saheb
(B) Mangal Pandey
(C) Vasudev Balwant Phadke
(D) Bahadur Shah Zafar
Q.6 With the changing weather patterns, farmers in the area hope that their crops are producing more.
(A) Are hoping that their crops will be producing more (B) Hopes that their crops are producing more (C) Hopes that their crops shall be producing in more (D) No Improvement

In the following questions, a part of the sentence is bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (A) , (B) and (C) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, your answer is (D).
Q.7 With a total population of less than two hundred and fewer breeders than ever before, the reptile seemed to be in danger of disappearing a decade ago.
(A) Lower than two hundred and less (B) Of less than two hundred and few (C) Less than two hundred and fewer (D) No Improvement
Q.8 From the given options, choose the correct antonyms for each of the given words:
FRAILTY
(A) Strength (B) Illness (C) Lean (D) Beauty
Q.9 From the given options, choose the correct antonyms for each of the given words:
EMBRACE
(A) Accept (B) Hug (C) Reject (D) Tolerate
Q.10 Select the correct synonyms for the words given in the questions:
ATTRITION
(A) Solution
(B) Development
(C) Suffering
(D) Erosion
Q.11 Select the correct synonyms for the words given in the questions:
CADGE
(A) Rob
(B) Prison
(C) Catch
 (D) Bicker

In the following questions, four / five alternatives are given for the meaning of the given Idiom/ Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase .
Q.12 Deliver the goods.
(A) To send the consignment on time
(B) To do what is good
(C) To reach on time
(D) To do what is expected

In the following questions, four / five alternatives are given for the meaning of the given Idiom/ Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase .
Q.13 To get into hot waters.
(A) To be in a confused state of mind
(B) To suffer a huge financial loss
(C) To get into trouble
(D) To be impatient

In the following questions, Out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.
Q.14 A short amusing story that tells about some real person or incident.
(A) Fairy-tale
(B) Antidote
(C) Anecdote
(D) Fable

In the following questions, Out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.
Q.15 A poem comprising of fourteen lines.
(A) Sonnet
(B) Elegy
(C) Ode
(D) Poetry

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about . Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

A child (16) to talk does not learn (17) being corrected all the time.  (18) corrected too much, he will (19) talking. He notices many times a day the differences between the  (20) he uses and the language that is used by others around him.

Q.16 Choose the appropriate word for 16.
(A) Learning
 (B) Educating
(C) Experiencing
(D) Experimenting

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about . Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
Q.17 Choose the appropriate word for 17.
(A) In (B) Of (C) To (D) By

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about . Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
Q.18 Choose the appropriate word for 18.
(A) If (B) Being (C) Until (D) Unless

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about . Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
Q.19 Choose the appropriate word for 19.
(A) Stop (B) Halt (C) Shun (D) Avoid

In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about . Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
Q.20 Choose the appropriate word for 20.
(A) Language (B) Skill (C) Art (D) Talk

In the following questions, some of the sentences have error and some have none. Find out which part of the sentence (A) or (B) or (C) has an error. If there in no error, the answer would be (D).
Q.21 Mariah agrees that understanding of Latin language would be very useful (A)/ to build a fine English vocabulary, (B)/ but she does not feel that she has the ability(C)/ to study English at the moment. No error (D)
(A) A (B) B (C) C (D) D

In the following questions, some of the sentences have error and some have none. Find out which part of the sentence (A) or (B) or (C) has an error. If there in no error, the answer would be (D).
Q.22 In such areas as games, rating of individual performance is (B)/ comparatively well accepted since the constraints (B)/ on which the ranking are based are normally objective. (C)/ No error (D).
(A) A (B) B (C) C (D) D

In the following questions, some of the sentences have error and some have none. Find out which part of the sentence (A) or (B) or (C) has an error. If there in no error, the answer would be (D).
Q.23 The most significant skill Amelia had learned (A)/ in her three years of graduation was to (B) / study with proper planning. (C)/ No error (D)
(A) A (B) B (C) C (D) D

Rearrange the following given sentences to make a meaningful paragraph and then answer the question given below.
Q.24 (1) They have undoubtedly been progressive, or else there would have been little to differentiate between man and ape
(2) That is the reason why men make use of tools and equipments that make a pair of hands accomplish the work of several pairs.
(3) At the end of life, the one who can do the greatest amount of work in the shortest time period turns victorious
(4) The one who tills his land with empty hands has to give way to the one who uses tools for tilling like plough or the tractor.
(A) 1234 (B) 3214 (C) 3241 (D) 4312

Rearrange the following given sentences to make a meaningful paragraph and then answer the question given below.
Q.25 (1) The war of nineteen seventy-one changed the political geography of the entire subcontinent.
(2) In spite of the importance of the event, there was no serious book about the war.
(3) Capitulation at Dacca intends to fill this gap.
(4) It also greatly transformed the geo-strategic situation in South-east Asia.
(A) 1432 (B) 4321 (C) 2134 (D) 1423

Solutions for CGL Tier I English Test

1 – B
Explanation:The Revolt of 1875 was called the first fight of freedom against the British rule in which all the communities and from all over India participated and hence it gave rise to nationalism in India
2 – A
Explanation:The Revolt of 1875 was actually the big aspect of small regional revolts in different parts of the country like Buxar, Kolkata etc, but it was not the reason of its failure.
3 – B
Explanation:The Revolt of 1875 did not actually get success but it made the British rulers realized that Indians were not that easy to be ruled over.
4 – C
Explanation:The exploitation of women in the society had been present for a very long time in history, much before the invasion of British. Nowhere in the passage has it been mentioned that the Indians united for defending the exploitation against women.
5 – B
Explanation:Mangal Pandey was the soldier in the army during nineteenth century and who was the first person who defended the British power by refusing to use the rifles and openly hitting the British Commander. His brutal murder by British commanders led to the outbreak of this revolt.
6 – A
Explanation:Option (a) is correct because ‘are hoping’ is in the future tense, thereby forming proper structure of the sentence.
7 – D
Explanation:The sentence requires no correction as it is already in the correct structure.
8 – A
Explanation:‘Illness’ refers to ‘sickness’, ‘lean’ means ‘thin’, ‘beauty’ means ‘attractiveness’ and ‘poverty’ means ‘paucity.’ Therefore, ‘strength’ is the perfect antonym for ‘frailty’.
9 – C
Explanation:The words ‘embrace’, ‘accept’, ‘hug’ and ‘clasp’ all have similar meanings. ‘Tolerate’ means to bear. Thus, the antonym for ‘embrace’ is ‘reject’.
10 – D
Explanation:The synonym for the word ‘attrition’ is ‘erosion’.
11 – A
Explanation:The synonym for the word ‘cadge’ is ‘rob’.
12 – D
Explanation:The meaning of the phrase ‘Deliver the goods’ is ‘to come up to expectations.’
13 – C
Explanation:To get into hot waters means getting into a difficult or danger situation.
14 – C
Explanation:An ‘anecdote’ is a short amusing story describing the life of a person or a real incident.
15 – A
Explanation:A poem comprising of fourteen lines is called as a ‘sonnet.’ One must let their children evaluate their own work.  Elegy is a poem of serious reflection, especially a lament for the dead. Ode is a lyric poem.
16 – A
Explanation:A child learns to talk. ‘Educating,’ ‘experimenting,’ ‘experiencing’ and ‘endeavoring’ are not suitably fitting into the statement and the situation.
17 – D
Explanation:The suitable preposition before being in the given situation is ‘by’. Therefore, option (d) is the correct answer.
18 – A
Explanation:Since the sentence is conditional, ‘if’ is the most appropriate word The words in the other options would not correctly define the conditionality of the statement.
19 – D
Explanation:The right word is ‘avoid’ because it makes the aim of the statement transparent. In case if a child is corrected a number of times regarding the errors in his speech then he would naturally avoid talking. The other words in the options would not make the meaning of the sentence clear.
20 – A
Explanation:The sentence is complementing the language used by others with the language used by the child. Thus, the suitable word is ‘language’.
21 – B
Explanation:The error in the given sentence is ‘to build’. The idiom that would be grammatically correct is “useful in building”.
22 – C
Explanation:The error in the given sentence is ‘ranking are’. To make it meaningfully it must be changed from ‘are’ to ‘is’ with the subject ranking.
23 – A
Explanation:The error in the sentence is ‘had learned’. It is a verb tense error. The sentence can be corrected by changing the past perfect tense to simple past tense by removing ‘had’ from the sentence.
24 – C
Explanation:The correct order of sentences is:
At the end of life, the one who can do the greatest amount of work in the shortest time period turns victorious. That is the reason why men make use of tools and equipments that make a pair of hands accomplish the work of several pairs. The one who tills his land with empty hands has to give way to the one who uses tools for tilling like plough or the tractor. They have undoubtedly been progressive, or else there would have been little to differentiate between man and ape.
25 – D
Explanation:The correct order of sentences is: The war of nineteen seventy-one changed the political geography of the entire subcontinent. It also greatly transformed the geo-strategic situation in South-east Asi(a) In spite of the importance of the event, there was no serious book about the war. Capitulation at Dacca intends to fill this gap.