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CGL-16 TIER-I QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (09-09-2016 — 3rd shift)

QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) DATED 09-09-2016 (3rd 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.
HOODWINK
1) DECEIVE
2) NEGATE
3) UPSET
4) COVER
Question 77
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.
FUTILE
1) DISTINCT
2) OPEN
3) PLEASED
4) FRUITFUL
Question 78
Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.
1) Aggression
2) Agression
3) Aggretion
4) Aggresion

ERROR FINDING
Question 79
She does not listen to me/because she is/senior than me./No Error
Question 80
The man is/the most tallest/of the group./No Error
Question 81
The boy/which money/was lost felt sorry./No Error

FILL IN THE BLANKS
Question 82
This is the wrong _____ to this question .
1) saying
2) style
3) reaction
4) answer
Question 83
The resort is _____ the lake.
1) from
2) has
3) besides
4) beside
Question 84
The life of a mosquito is _____ , but very active.
1) long
2) passive
3) brief
4) important

IDIOMS/PHRASES
Question 85
Capital Punishment
1) Death sentence
2) Life imprisonment
3) To be jailed
4) Imprisoned for a long period
Question 86
Leaps and bounds
1) Slowly
2) Rapidly
3) Jumping
4) Stationary
Question 87
Smell a rat
1) Suspect something wrong
2) Smell a burned rat
3) Smell a rotten rat
4) Smell something right

ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION
Question 88
Government by a king
1) Autocracy
2) Aristocracy
3) Oligarchy
4) Monarchy
Question 89
Hobson’s choice
1) Choice to live or die
2) Excellent choice
3) No choice at all
4) Bigman’s choice
Question 90
Violation of the sanctity of a sacred place
1) Sin
2) Sacrilege
3) Sedition
4) Blasphemy

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Question 91
A chance remark by her friend transported her life.
1) transgressed
2) transposed
3) transformed
4) No improvement
Question 92
Please switch of the fan.
1) switch off
2) switch in
3) switch out
4) No improvement
Question 93
The employees are hell bent at getting what is due to them.
1) hell bent on getting
2) hell bent for getting
3) hell bent about getting
4) No improvement
Question 94
The new book written by Vikram Seth has become very populous.
1) populist
2) popular
3) populace
4) No improvement
Question 95
Where have you first met your husband?
1) had you first met
2) did you first met
3) did you first meet
4) No improvement

PASSAGE
Man’s attitude to various animals changed many times in the course of centuries. From indifference or practicality, he went on to adoration and deification, and then to hatred. Ancient Egyptians, for example, highly appreciated the cat’s ability to destroy rodents. The cat was much superior in this respect to the grass-snakes and weasels they had kept in their houses before. These proved unable to cope with hordes of rats which invaded Egypt from Asia. So the cat, a very useful animal, was ranked as a sacred animal and one of the most important animals, too. The goddess of the Moon, fertility and child-birth, Bast herself was portrayed by the Egyptians as a woman with a cat’s head.

Sumptuous temples were built to this goddess, where cats were kept in luxury and fed the choicest of foods. They had their own priests and votaries, more numerous as a matter of fact than any other sacred animal could boast. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, the festival in the city of Bubastis, which had a temple dedicated to cats, was attended by as many as 700 thousand, who brought their offerings to the goddess in the shape of figurines of her made of gold, silver and bronze and adorned with precious stones.

Question 96
Egyptians appreciated the cat’s ability to destroy _____ .
1) snakes
2) weasels
3) houses
4) rodents
Question 97
Hordes of rats invaded Egypt. They came from _____ .
1) Europe
2) Asia
3) Asia Minor
4) Africa
Question 98
The cat was considered to be a _____ .
1) sacred animal
2) goddess
3) symbol of peace
4) symbol of fertility
Question 99
What is the opposite of the word ‘votaries’ ?
1) Enthusiast
2) Critic
3) Adherent
4) Fanatic
Question 100
The word ‘deification’ in the passage means _____ .
1) highly valuable
2) take pride
3) act of treating as God
4) devotees

SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (By MAHA GUPTA)

76. Option ‘1’ (DECEIVE)

77. Option ‘4’ (FRUITFUL)

78. Option ‘1’ (Aggression)

79. Replace THAN by TO in part ‘C’ as in comparison we use TO (not THAN) with SENIOR

80. Remove MOST from part ‘B’ as TALLEST itself is the superlative degree of TALL.

81. Replace WHICH by WHOSE in part ‘B’ as we need a relative possessive pronoun of WHO here, and possessive pronoun of WHO is WHOSE. To know about that read point number 4 (d) here:
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82. Option ‘4’ (answer)

83. Option ‘4’ (beside). BESIDE = ‘next to’ or ‘at the side of something/somebody’. BESIDES = in addition/also. To understand the complete difference between these, see it
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84. Option ‘3’ (brief). We need opposite of ACTIVE here because of the conjunction BUT.

85. Option ‘1’ (Death sentence)

86. Option ‘2’ (Rapidly)

87. Option ‘1’ (Suspect something wrong)

88. Option ‘4’ (Monarchy)

89. Option ‘3’ (No choice at all)

90. Option ‘2’ (Sacrilege). SANCTITY = the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly

91. Option ‘3’ (transformed). TRANSFORM = to change completely the appearance or character of something or someone, especially so that that thing or person is improved; e.g.

  • The reorganization will transform the entertainment industry.
  • Whenever a camera was pointed at her, Ritu would instantly transform herself into a radiant star.

92. Option ‘1’ (switch off). SWITCH OFF (something) =  to turn itself off; e.g.

  • At midnight, all the lights switched off automatically.
  • The television switched off after I went to sleep.

93. Option ‘1’ (hell bent on getting). HELL BENT ON = to be determined to do something, usually something that people think is wrong; e.g.

  • Local fans seemed hell-bent on causing as much trouble as possible during the match.

94. Option ‘2’ (popular). POPULOUS = having a large population; densely populated; e.g.

  • China is the world’s most populous country.

95. Option ‘3’ (did you first meet). Past tense is needed.

96. Option ‘4’ (rodents). RODENT = any of various small mammals with large, sharp front teeth, such as mice and rats

97. Option ‘2’ (Asia)

98. Option ‘1’ (sacred animal)

99. Option ‘2’ (Critic)

100. Option ‘3’ (act of treating as God)

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