English Quiz: MISC. for SSC CHSL EXAM

Directions (1-5): Look at the BOLD part of each sentence. Below each sentence are given three possible substitutions for the underlined part. If one of them (a), (b) or (c) is better than the BOLD part, indicate your response. If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (d) as your response which will signify a ‘No improvement’ response.
Q1. Though we were sitting very close to the dais, his speech was impossible to be heard.
(a) His speech was impossible to hear
(b) His speech was impossible to have been heard
(c) it was impossible to hear his speech
(d) no improvement 

Q2. I am living in this house since 1978.
(a) was living
(b) have been living
(c) lived
(d) no improvement
Q3. All important people of the country are having large houses in cities.
(a) have
(b) were having
(c) have been having
(d) no improvement
Q4. It is natural to be enthusiastic about the infinite variety of organic life found in the tropical seas.
(a) enthusiastic with
(b) enthusiastic in
(c) enthusiastic on
(d) no improvement
Q5. We should get to the cinema early, not to miss the beginning of the film.
(a) for not missing
(b) in order not to miss
(c) in case not to miss
(d) no improvement
Directions (6-10): In this section item consists of a word or a phrase which is BOLD in the sentence given. It is followed by four words or phrases. Select the word or phrase which is closest to the opposite in meaning of the BOLD word or phrase.
Q6. They have tried their best to provide the flood victims.
(a) attract
(b) gratify
(c) deprive
(d) convince
Q7. The judge implicated the investigating officer in the murder.
(a) absolved
(b) exonerated
(c) explicated
(d) liberated
Q8. His comment was considered pointless by the Chairman of the meeting.
(a) significant
(b) original
(c) objective
(d) impartial
Q9. The rainfall was plentiful in this part during the last season.
(a) handful
(b) rare
(c) small
(d) scanty
Q10. I have vague memories of my childhood.
(a) pleasant
(b) sufficient
(c) profound
(d) clear
Directions (11-15): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
Q11. A jocular person who is full of amusing anecdotes
(a) Wiles
(b) Yokel
(c) Wag
(d) Aeon
Q12. Deep in thought
(a) Meditation
(b) Pensive
(c) Pesky
(d) Purloin
Q13. Without risk of punishment
(a) Impudent
(b) Impunity
(c) Inexorable
(d) Imperturbable
Q14. Excessive preoccupation with one’s health
(a) Hypochondria
(b) Malaise
(c) Disaffected
(d) Malinger
Q15. Ceremonial sounding of trumpets
(a) Fanfare
(b) Symphony
(c) Orchestra
(d) Band


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