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CGL-16 TIER-I QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (31-08-2016 — 2nd shift)

QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) DATED 31-08-2016 (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.
LETHARGIC
1) ENERGETIC
2) LAZY
3) LETHAL
4) LEGAL
Question 77
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.
MALLEABLE
1) TEACHABLE
2) INTRACTABLE
3) MANAGEABLE
4) PLIABLE
Question 78
Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.
1) Persemonious
2) Persimonoius
3) Parsemonious
4) Parsimonious

ERROR FINDING
Question 79
Sooner had he come/his colleagues/organised a get together./No Error
Question 80
I enjoyed during/my tenure/at Shimla./No error
Question 81
The Government offered him/clerical job/but he turned it over./No error

FILL IN THE BLANKS
Question 82
After a noisy and tumultuous supper, we __________ for the day.
1) retirement
2) retiring
3) retired
4) retire
Question 83
The villager cried __________ his voice for help
1) on the top of
2) in the top of
3) from the top of
4) at the top of
Question 84
Simon teaches children __________ water colour painting
1) the art on
2) the art in
3) the art by
4) the art of

IDIOMS/PHRASES
Question 85
Be down with
1) Suffering from
2) In grief with
3) In pain with
4) Aching with
Question 86
Fair – weather friend
1) Honest only when easy and convenient
2) Truthful only when easy and convenient
3) Supports only when easy and convenient
4) Temporary only when easy and convenient
Question 87
Pull together
1) Become friends
2) Work harmoniously
3) Be successful
4) Live happily

ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION
Question 88
A place where soldiers live
1) Tanks
2) Shacks
3) Ordnance Depots
4) Barracks
Question 89
A man who collects old and new coins.
1) Geologist
2) Numismatist
3) Archaeologist
4) Zoologist
Question 90
Regular users of places/restaurant etc.
1) Client
2) Clientele
3) Often
4) Usage

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Question 91
This material is not much enough for me
1) not more enough
2) not so much enough
3) not enough
4) No improvement
Question 92
This is a change of my usual work.
1) from my usual work
2) for my usual work
3) in my usual work
4) No improvement
Question 93
Maharana Pratap killed many enemy soldiers through his sword.
1) by his sword
2) with his sword
3) across his sword
4) No improvement
Question 94
Everyone hoped of good weather on the day of the wedding
1) for
2) at
3) about
4) no improvement
Question 95
He asked the child to go and play with some others children.
1) some other’s children
2) some others
3) some other
4) No improvement

PASSAGE
Two men were once walking along a forest path, talking of courage and loyalty. The bigger one, who had a gun, was boasting of his own bravery and fidelity, when suddenly a large bear came from behind a rock close in front of them, and stood in their way growling angrily. The boaster fled to the nearest tree, dropped his gun, and climbed to a safe place without thinking of his poor friend. The latter flung himself upon his face as though dead. The bear smelt his body, turned him over, licked his face, and supposing him to be dead, went on its way leaving him unhurt.

The other man came down from the tree, and going to his friend said “Well, what secrets did he whisper so quietly in your ear?”. To which the little man, who owed his life to his own presence of mind and not to the boasted bravery and fidelity of his companion, replied, “why, he said, ‘put not your trust in braggarts,’ and I shall take his advice.”

Question 96
What were the two men talking about while walking along the forest path?
1) About their wives and children
2) About money and fame
3) About friendship and enjoyment
4) About courage and loyalty
Question 97
What is the meaning of the word “fidelity”?
1) Muscle
2) Strength
3) Faithfulness
4) Courage
Question 98
After seeing the bear, what happened to the boaster?
1) He fled home.
2) He hid himself behind the rock.
3) He hid himself behind a shed.
4) He fled and climbed up the nearest tree.
Question 99
What made the bear go away after examining the man?
1) The bear thought the man was dead.
2) The bear could not stand the bad odour of the man.
3) The bear did not want to eat the man.
4) The bear heard a noise and was scarred.
Question 100
What saved the little man?
1) The aid from the villagers
2) His friend’s bravery
3) His own presence of mind
4) His own courage

SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (By MAHA GUPTA)

76. Option ‘2’ (LAZY)

77. Option ‘2’ (INTRACTABLE)

78. Option ‘4’ (Parsimonious)

79. Replace SOONER HAD HE COME by NO SOONER HAD HE COME THAN or HE HAD NO SOONER COME THAN or AS SOON AS HE CAME in part ‘A’. NO SOONER—-THAN is used to show that one thing happens immediately after another thing; e.g. No sooner had I started mowing the lawn than it started raining. ‘NO SOONER — THAN’ can be used in the following two ways:

NO SOONER + HELPING VERB + SUBJECT + VERB
OR
SUBJECT + HELPING VERB + NO SOONER + VERB

AS SOON AS and NO SOONER are similar in meaning but fit differently into a sentence. AS SOON AS is almost always followed immediately by a noun or adjective whereas NO SOONER is almost always followed immediately by a verb.

80. Remove DURING from part ‘A’ as the verb ENJOY is followed by an object directly. DURING is no object, MY TENURE is.

81. Replace TURNED IT OVER by TURNED IT DOWN in part ‘C’. TURN SOMETHING/SOMEBODY DOWN = to refuse an offer or request; e.g.

  • He offered her a trip to Australia but she turned it/him down.
  • He turned down the job because it involved too much travelling.

82. Option ‘3’ (retired). RETIRE = to move or proceed away from a place.

83. Option ‘4’ (at the top of). AT THE TOP ONE’S VOICE = extremely loudly

She shouted his name at the top of her voice.

84. Option ‘4’ (the art of)

85. Option ‘1’ (Suffering from)

86. Option ‘3’ (Supports only when easy and convenient)

87. Option ‘2’ (Work harmoniously). HARMONIOUSLY = friendly and peacefully. PULL TOGETHER = to work hard as a group in order to achieve something; e.g.

We don’t have much time but if we all pull together we should get the job done.

88. Option ‘4’ (Barracks)

89. Option ‘2’ (Numismatist)

90. Option ‘2’ (Clientele)

91. Option ‘3’ (not enough). You can use adverbs such as NEARLY, ALMOST, JUST, HARDLY, QUITE in front of enough, but do not use MUCH with it; e.g.

  • At present there is just enough to feed them.
  • There was hardly enough time to have lunch.
  • We are all nearly young enough to be mistaken for students.
  • She is just old enough to work.

92. Option ‘1’ (from my usual work)

93. Option ‘2’ (with his sword).

We use WITH to indicate ‘using’; e.g.

  • I wrote a letter with the pen you gave me.
  • This is the soup that I made with rice and barley.
  • He cut my hair with his gold scissors.

We use BY to indicate a mean or method; e.g.

  • Please send this package to Russia by airmail.
  • I came here by subway.

94. Option ‘1’ (for). HOPE FOR = to be optimistic that one’s wish for something will come true; e.g.

  • I still hope for her return.
  • We hope for good weather on Friday.

95. Option ‘3’ (some other)

To understand use of OTHER and OTHERS see point number 3 here:
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96. Option ‘4’ (About courage and loyalty)

97. Option ‘3’ (Faithfulness)

98. Option ‘4’ (He fled and climbed up the nearest tree.)

99. Option ‘1’ (The bear thought the man was dead.)

100. Option ‘3’ (His own presence of mind)

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