MODEL QUESTION 19
Part A : Grammar (60 Marks)
1. Fill in the blanks with the words from the box. You may need to change the forms of some of the words. You may need to use one word more than once. 0.5×10=5
Liberty does not descend (a) —— people automatically. People must raise themselves (b) —— achieve it. It is (c) —— fruit that must be earned (d) —— it can be enjoyed. That (e) —— means freedom only from foreign (f) —— is (g) —— outworn idea. No (h) —— has any real value unless it also means freedom (i) —— want, disease and ignorance; not merely freedom from foreign (j) ——.
2. Fill in the blanks with suitable words. 0.5×10=5
An early (a) —— can enjoy the fresh air and oxygen of the morning (b) —— refresh both his body and mind. Moreover, he can (c) —— his work early and as such he (d) —— enough time to perform his work (e) —— . On the other hand, too much sleep (f) —— a man dull and lazy. A man who gets up late (g) —— a lot of time in sleep and idleness. He doesn’t (h) —— time for (i) —— his work properly. So, everyone should make the (j) —— of early rising.
3. Make five sentences using parts of the sentences from each column of the table below. 1×5=5
|become||obedient to them and try to make them happy|
|Our parents||spend||unhappy at our failure|
|We||try||happy at our success|
|They||should be||to make us happy|
|money for our food, clothes and education|
4. Complete the following text with right forms of the verbs given in the box. : 0.5×10=5
The battle between the mongoose and the cobra (a) ——. The mongoose, (b) —— violently, seized the cobra’s lower jaw and clung to it while the cobra (c) —— its tail strongly, but it grew weaker. In a few moments the cobra (d) —— killed. The crowd stood spellbound as long as the fight (e) ——. But as soon as they saw the cobra dead, they burst into an applause. They began (f) —— excitedly about the magic power of the mongoose. But they (g) —— the snake charmers who had lost a cobra. Moreover, they (h) —— the fight. So, they (i) —— the snake charmers generously and left the place (j) —— ‘hooray’.
5. Change the narrative style of the following text. 5
Bina said to Belal, “Happy birthday to you. You are looking very smart.” Thanks for your appreciation,” said Belal. “Where is Bely? Won’t she come?” “Sorry, she has gone to hospital with her father,” she replied. “He fell on the road and lost sense,” said Bina. “Let’s go to the hospital,” said Belal.
6. Change the sentences according to directions. 1×10=10
(a) Very few cities in the world are as busy as Singapore. (Use comparative degree)
(b) Of all the hotels, Raffles is one of the finest. (Use positive degree)
(c) Millions of people visit Singapore every year. (Use passive voice)
(d) People who love food can taste local as well as foreign food. (Make simple sentence)
(e) The people of Singapore are very well-behaved. (Make negative sentence)
(f) They welcome the tourists warmly. (Use passive voice)
(g) They are industrious. (Make negative sentence)
(h) They are too polite to misbehave towards others. (Make complex sentence)
(i) The tourists are also pleased with them. (Use active voice)
(j) They go there to enjoy the city. (Make complex sentence)
7. Complete the sentences. 1×5=5
(a) —— because he was weak.
(b) A man who —— catches at a straw.
(c) Had I been there ——.
(d) Man eats in order that ——.
(e) No sooner had I known her whereabouts ——.
8. Complete the text adding suffixes, prefixes or the both with the root words given in parenthesis. 0.5Í10=5
Child labour is considered a matter of (a) — (grace) — for a nation. Wherever children are employed, they are (b) — (treated) —. Their (c) — (employ) — don’t give them their due rights, children work for longer period in (d) — (healthy) — and (e) — (favourable) — condition and what is (f) — (sorrow) — they are not given due wages. Many children do (g) — (risk) — and (h) — (danger) — work. Strict laws should be (i) — (forced) — against employing children in manual work. Their parents should be (j) — (courage) — to send their children to school.
9. Make tag questions of these statements. 1×5=5
(a) Nabil said to Shopon, “You are tired. So, have a drink, ——?”
(b) We were all present there. But he said, “None of you went there, ——?”
(c) The boy protested us and said, “I’d do the work, ——?”
(d) My uncle found me on the way and said, “You are applying for the job, ——?”
(e) We all know that every student wants to do well in the examination, ——?
10. Complete the passage using suitable connectors: 1×5=5
Women are half of our population (a) —— they are not given their due rights. (b) —— they are suffering from different social problems. Eve-teasing is the latest of them, (c) ——. (d) —— the school and college going girls fall victim to this social scare. (e) —— , it indicates the moral degradation of the society.
11. Use capitals and punctuation marks where necessary in the following text. 5
have you killed the rats said the mayor yes i have said the pied piper give me the promised money how funny said the mayor we cant give you so much money take only fifty.
SSC ENGLISH SECOND PAPER: Answer
Part A : Grammar (60 Marks)
1. (a) on; (b) to; (c) a; (d) before; (e) freedom; (f) domination; (g) an; (h) freedom; (i) from; (j) domination.
2. (a) riser; (b) that/ which; (c) start; (d) gets; (e) properly; (f) makes; (g) wastes ; (h) get; (i) doing; (j) habit.
3. (i) Our parents try to make us happy.
(ii) They spend money for our food, clothes and education.
(iii) They become happy at our success.
(iv) They become unhappy at our failure.
(v) We should be obedient to them and try to make them happy.
4. (a) began; (b) leaping; (c) lashed; (d) was; (e) continued; (f) to talk; (g) did not forget; (h) enjoyed (i) paid; (j) shouting.
5. Bina wished happy birthday to Belal and said that he (Belal) was looking very smart. Belal thanked Bina for her appreciation. He asked her where Bely was. He again asked her if she wouldn’t go. Bina regretted and said that she (Bely) had gone to hospital with her (Bely) father. She also said that he (Bely’s father) had fallen on the road and lost sense. Belal proposed that they should go to the hospital.
6. (a) Singapore is busier than most other cities in the world.
(b) Very few hotels are so/as fine as Raffles.
(c) Singapore is visited every year by millions of people.
(d) Food-loving people can taste local as well as foreign food.
(e) The people of Singapore are not ill-behaved at all.
(f) The tourists are welcomed warmly by them.
(g) They are not lazy.
(h) They are so polite that they cannot misbehave towards others.
(i) They also please the tourists.
(j) They go there so that they can enjoy the city.
7. (a) He could not walk because he was weak.
(b) A man who is drowning catches at a straw.
(c) Had I been there, I would have helped him.
(d) Man eats in order that he may live.
(e) No sooner had I known her whereabouts than I rushed to her.
8. (a) disgrace; (b) maltreated; (c) employers; (d) unhealthy; (e) unfavourable; (f) sorrowful; (g) risky; (h) dangerous; (i) enforced; (j) encouraged.
9. (a) Nabil said to Shopon, “You are tired. So, have a drink, will you?”
(b) We were all present there. But he said, “None of you went there, did they?”
(c) The boy protested us and said, “I’d do the work, wouldn’t I?”
(d) My uncle found me on the way and said, “You are applying for the job, aren’t you?”
(e) We all know that every student wants to do well in the examination, don’t they?
10. (a) but; (b) As a result; (c) no doubt; (d) Actually; (e) However.
11. “Have you killed the rats?” said the mayor. “Yes, I have,” said the pied piper, “Give me the promised money.” “How funny!” said the Mayor, “We can’t give you so much money. Take only fifty.”