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SSC CHSL English-31-08-2008- Accent Concept

SSC-CHSL English Langauage Solved Paper– 31-08-2008- by Ajay Sir

Directions (101-105): In the following questions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is your answer. If there is no error, your answer (4) i.e. No error.

101. (a) They agreed
        (b) to repair the damage
        (c) freely of charge
        (d) No error
102. (a) When Darun heard the news that his father had                  been hospitalised
         (b) he cancelled his trip  
         (c) and returned back to his village
         (d) No error
103. (a) The Governing Board
         (b) comprises of
         (c) several distinguished personalities
         (d) No error
104. (a) My uncle does not spend
         (b) so much money on that house
         (c) unless he thinks of moving in soon
         (d) No error
105. (a) Neither my sister nor my brother
         (b) are interested
         (c) in moving to another house
         (d) No error

Directions (106-110): In the following sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with the appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

106. If I ____ a doctor, I would serve the poor.
(a) am
(b) had been
(c) were
(d) was
107. He is weak ____ he does a lot of work.
(a) and
(b) yet
(c) because
(d) so
108. Mahesh showed

an ____

for sports at a very early stage.
(a) attitude
(b) aptitude
(c) imagination
(d) intuition
109. For ____ sake don’t tell it to others.
(a) haven
(b) heaven
(c) heavens
(d) heven’s
110. Napoleon’s army ____ to the Russian soldiers without any flight.
(a) evaded
(b) decimated
(c) capitulated
(d) cordoned

Directions(111-115): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

111. Supersede
(a) suspend
(b) enforce
(c) repeal
(d) set aside

112. Perilous
(a) monstrous
(b) dangerous
(c) cautious
(d) dubious

113. Affluence
(a) richness
(b) difficulty
(c) influence
(d) awkwardness

114. Bifurcated
(a) dissected into pieces
(b) divided into two
(c) thoroughly evaluate
(d) verbally abused

115. Consensus
(a) unanimity
(b) equanimity
(c) magnanimity
(d) proximity

Directions (116-120): In the following questions, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
116. Salient
(a) correct
(b) insignificant
(c) central
(d) convenient

117. Dormant
(a) strong
(b) reveal
(c) disguise
(d) pretended

118. Camouflage
(a) hide
(b) reveal
(c) disguise
(d) pretended

119. Latent
(a) primitive
(b) evident
(c) potent
(d) talented

120. Ample
(a) meagre
(b) quantitative
(c) sufficient
(d) tasty

Directions(121-125): In the following questions, four alternative are given for the idiom/phrase underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase. 

121. He is always praised for his gift of the gab.

(a) being lucky
(b) getting something free
(c) talent for speaking
(d) great skill

122. The teacher’s extra hours of coaching went a long way in improving the student’s performance.
(a) took great effort
(b) spent a lot of time
(c) extended widely
(d) helped considerably

123. The administration found it difficult to cope with the striking employees.
(a) move
(b) compromise
(c) handle
(d) subdue

124. The criminal was pardoned at the eleventh hour just as the was about to be hanged.
(a) at eleven o’clock
(b) suddenly
(c) at the very last moment
(d) at midnight

125. He spoke well though it was his maiden speech.
(a) long speech
(b) brief speech
(c) first speech
(d) emotional speech

Directions (126-130): In the following questions, apart of the sentences is underlined. Below are given alternatives to the underlined part at (1), (2) and (3), which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, your answer is(4). 

126. He was released from the hospital yesterday
(a) let out
(b) discharged
(c) dismissed
(d) No improvement

127. The colours softened as the sum went down.
(a) brightened
(b) deepened
(c) mellowed
(d) No improvement

128. The new manager is soft – spoken and is considerable to all.
(a) conceited
(b) considerate
(c) constricted
(d) No improvement

129. He hanged his portrait is the main hall.
(a) hang
(b) hung
(c) had hanged
(d) No improvement

130. We were unable to call on you because of the rains.
(a) help
(b) invite
(c) visit
(d) No improvement

Directions (131-135): In the following questions, a group of four alternatives is given. Choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentences.

131. To feel or express disapproval of something or someone.
(a) declare
(b) deprive
(c) depreciate
(d) deprecate

132. Handwriting that cannot be read
(a) ineligible
(b) decipher
(c) ugly
(d) illegible

133. Animals that can live on land and in water
(a) anthropoids
(b) aquatics
(c) amphibians
(d) aquarians

134. Easily duped or fooled
(a) insensible
(b) perceptible
(c) gullible
(d) indefensible

135. Fear of water
(a) claustrophobia
(b) hydrophobia
(c) insomnia
(d) obsession

Directions (136-140): In the following question, groups of four words are given. In each group, one word is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.
136. (a) despondant
         (b) detrimental
        (c) diaphanous
        (d) dilapidated

137. (a) separate
        (b) confidance
        (c) referance
        (d) prosperous

138. (a) reprimand
         (b) resplendent
         (c) resposetary
         (d) requesite

139. (a) nectar
        (b) necassary
        (c) puntuation
        (d) punjent

140. (a) irrelevance
         (b) maintence
         (c) exubarance
         (d) acquaintence

Directions(141-150):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. The fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

Cloze Test:
….141…. the common ….142…., the ostrich does not bury its head in the sand to ….143… danger. An ostrich can run ….144… a speed offorty–five miles …..145…. hour, kick powerfully and ….146…. aggressively …..147…. its break. As the ….148…. and fastest bird in the world, it …..149…. needs to ….150….. its head.

141. (a) In keeping with
        (b) As per
        (c) According to
        (d) Contrary to
142. (a) fact
        (b) view
        (c) expectation
        (d) belief
143. (a) resist
         (b) avoid
         (c) face
         (d) encounter
144. (a) with
         (b) for
         (c) at
         (d) to
145. (a) one
        (b) per
        (c) a
        (d) every
146. (a) peck
        (b) play
        (c) push
        (d) poke
147. (a) on
        (b) through
        (c) with
        (d) by
148. (a) larger
         (b) largest
         (c) more large
         (d) largest
149. (a) doesn’t
        (b) did
        (c) does
        (d) didn’t
150. (a) put
         (b) cover
         (c) shield
         (d) bury

Answer key:-

101. (c)          102. (c)            103. (b)             104. (a)                   105 (b)

106 (c)          107 (b)              108 (b)              109 (d)                   110 (c)

111 (c)            112 (b)               113 (a)               114 (b)                   115 (a)

116 (b)            117 (d)               118 (b)              119 (b)                   120 (c)

121 (c)            122 (d)               123 (c)              124 (c)                   125 (c)

126 (b)           127 (b)               128 (b)              129 (b)                   130 (b)

131 (d)            132 (d)               133 (c)              134 (c)                   135 (b)

136 (d)            137 (d)               138 (a)             139 (a)                   140 (a)

141 (d)            142 (d)                143 (b)            144 (c)                   145 (b)

146 (a)            147 (c)                 148 (b)            149 (a)                   150 (d)

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