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CGL-16 TIER-I QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (09-09-2016 — 2nd shift)

QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) DATED 09-09-2016 (2nd Shift)

QUESTIONS: 25                                                                                            MAXIMUM TIME: 15 Minutes

SYNONYMS/ANTONYMS/SPELLINGS
Question 76
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word.
PROFLIGATE
1) TALKATIVE
2) INTELLIGENT
3) UNCONVENTIONAL
4) WASTEFUL
Question 77
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.
CONTEMPLATIVE
1) WISTFUL
2) UNREFLECTIVE
3) NUMBED
4) AROUSED
Question 78
Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.
1) RECONAISSANCE
2) RECCONAISANCE
3) RECONNAISSANCE
4) RECONNAISANCE

ERROR FINDING
Question 79
One/should keep/his word./No Error
Question 80
If you turn the corner,/you will found a house/built of stone./No Error
Question 81
His appearance bears/a striking resemblance/to your cousin./No Error

FILL IN THE BLANKS
Question 82
The director congratulated Mr. Varma _____ his success.
1) on
2) for
3) at
4) about
Question 83
The boys were _____ to hear that we were going to build a bridge.
1) delight
2) delights
3) delighted
4) delighting
Question 84
The revolting players and the game’s administrators held _____ discussions to resolve the payment dispute.
1) unnecessary
2) obligatory
3) preliminary
4) silent

IDIOMS/PHRASES
Question 85
Wild goose chase
1) An admirable enterprise
2) An honest effort
3) A foolish, unprofitable adventure
4) A powerful effort
Question 86
Smell a rat
1) Detect bad smell
2) Suspect a trick or deceit
3) Misunderstand
4) See hidden meaning
Question 87
A live wire
1) Industrious and brilliant
2) Lively and active
3) Sincere and intelligent
4) Sincere and efficient

ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION
Question 88
The ceremony of crowning a sovereign
1) Felicitation
2) Promotion
3) Coronation
4) Installation
Question 89
One who tends to patronize, rebuff or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire people regarded as social superiors
1) Snob
2) Fob
3) Dandy
4) Freak
Question 90
A room where dead bodies are kept until burial
1) Grave
2) Cemetery
3) Mortuary
4) Pyre

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Question 91
Any able-bodied man is eligible for the job.
1) Each able-bodied man is
2) Any able-bodied men have been
3) Any able-bodied men are
4) No improvement
Question 92
She found a wooden broken table in the room.
1) wooden and broken table
2) broken wooden table
3) broken and wooden table
4) No improvement
Question 93
The truck rumbled to a halt and a man got out and ran.
1) shrieked at
2) screeched to
3) screamed at
4) No improvement
Question 94
The Professor asked the intruder who was he and why was he in his lecture.
1) who he was and why he was
2) who he was and why was he
3) who he had been and why he had been
4) No improvement
Question 95
My uncle goes to office on bicycle or by foot.
1) by bicycle or by foot
2) by bicycle or on foot
3) on bicycle or on foot
4) No improvement

PASSAGE
We set out for the gallows. Two warders marched on either side of the prisoner, with their rifles at the slope; two others marched close against him, gripping him by his arm and shoulder, as though, at once pushing and supporting him. The rest of us, magistrates and the like, followed behind. Suddenly, when we had gone ten yards, the procession stopped short without any order or warning. A dreadful thing had happened – a dog, come goodness knows whence, had appeared in the yard. It came bounding among us with a loud volley of barks, and leapt round us wagging its whole body, wild with glee at finding so many human beings together. It was a large woolly dog, half Airedale, half Pariah. For a moment, it pranced round us, and then, before anyone could stop it, it had made a dash for the prisoner, and jumping up tried to lick his face. Everyone stood aghast, too taken aback even to grab at the dog.

Question 96
What was the tone of the essay at the beginning?
1) Celebrative
2) Emotionally charged
3) Gloomy
4) Light-hearted
Question 97
How did the arrival of the dog change the atmosphere of the event?
1) It caused the people to scatter
2) It allowed the prisoner to escape
3) It saddened the prisoner even more
4) It stunned everyone present there
Question 98
What was the emotion displayed by the dog?
1) Fear
2) Joy
3) Anger
4) Alarm
Question 99
What was surprising about the actions of the dog?
1) It ran up and down the path
2) It bit the guards
3) It barked at the magistrates
4) It licked the prisoner’s face
Question 100
How did the author respond to the appearance of the dog?
1) He jumped at the dog and collared it
2) He ignored the dog and pretended it was not there
3) He was taken aback as the others
4) He yelled at the dog to silence its barking

SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (By MAHA GUPTA)

76. Option ‘4’ (WASTEFUL)

77. Option ‘2’ (UNREFLECTIVE). CONTEMPLATION = serious and quiet thought for a period of time; e.g.

She was staring out over the lake, lost in contemplation.

The nuns have an hour for silent contemplation every morning.

78. Option ‘3’ (RECONNAISSANCE)

79. Replace HIS by ONE’S in part ‘C’ as the subject of the sentence is ONE, and its possessive adjective is ONE’S, not HIS. KEEP ONE’S WORD = to do what one has promised; e.g.

  • I told her I’d be there to pick her up, and I intend to keep my word.
  • Keeping one’s word is necessary in the legal profession.

80. Replace FOUND by FIND in part ‘B’. With the helping verb WILL/SHALL or a modal we always use first form of the verb.

81. NO ERROR

82. Option ‘1’ (on). When we give (someone) one’s good wishes when something special or pleasant has happened to them we use the preposition ON with CONGRATULATE, but when we praise someone for an achievement we use FOR with it; e.g.

  • He had taken the chance to congratulate him on his marriage. (wishes)
  • He congratulated himself on his success. (wishes)
  • She took the opportunity to congratulate Rahul on his marriage. (wishes)
  • She congratulated herself on her powers of deduction. (wishes)
  • The operators are to be congratulated for the service that they provide. (praise)

83. Option ‘3’ (delighted). With the verb BE (is/am/are/was/were) we use the third form of a verb.

84. Option ‘3’ (preliminary). PRELIMINARY = prior to or preparing for the main matter, action, or business; introductory

85. Option ‘3’ (A foolish, unprofitable adventure)

86. Option ‘2’ (Suspect a trick or deceit). DECEIT = an act of keeping the truth hidden, especially to get an advantage; e.g.

  • The story is about theft, fraud, and deceit on an incredible scale.
  • When the newspapers published the full story, all his earlier deceits were revealed.

87. Option ‘2’ (Lively and active). LIVELY = full of energy and enthusiasm; interesting and exciting; e.g.

  • It’s hard work teaching a class of lively children.
  • They take a lively interest in their grandchildren.
  • There was some lively discussion at the meeting.

88. Option ‘3’ (Coronation). SOVEREIGN = a king or queen

89. Option ‘1’ (Snob)

90. Option ‘3’ (Mortuary). BURIAL = the act of putting a dead body into the ground, or the ceremony connected with this; e.g.

We went back to Mumbai for my uncle’s burial.

91. NO IMPROVEMENT. Though option ‘1’ is also right, the given sentence is also correct. Remember, in a question on sentence improvement, if the given sentence is already correct we should not choose any answer option if it’s correct also. Option ‘3’ is incorrect because ANY if used with a plural noun, it must be either a negative sentence or interrogative, but the given sentence, you see, is affirmative. ANY = practically every (no particular one); e.g.

  • Any book about riding will tell you how to saddle a horse.
  • Any dictionary will give you the meaning of these words.

92. Option ‘2’ (broken wooden table). Adjectives of physical description come before adjectives of material. BROKEN is an adjective of physical description and WOODEN an adjective of material.

93. Option ‘2’ (screeched to). RUMBLED =  To move or proceed with a deep, long, rolling sound. SCREECHED TO A HALT/STANDSTILL = to stop very suddenly, making a loud high noise.

94. Option ‘1’ (who he was and why he was). The sentence is in indirect speech, and in the indirect speech we can’t use a question form.

95. Option ‘2’ (by bicycle or on foot). To understand this well see PREPOSITIONS WE USE WITH ‘FORMS OF TRANSPORT’ here
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96. Option ‘3’ (Gloomy). GLOOMY = not expecting or believing anything good in a situation

97. Option ‘4’ (It stunned everyone present there).

98. Option ‘2’ (Joy)

99. Option ‘4’ (It licked the prisoner’s face)

100. Option ‘3’ (He was taken aback as the others)

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