SSC: English Quiz for Upcoming Exams

Directions (1-5): In the following passage some of the words
have been left out. Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer to
each question out of the four alternatives and fill in the blanks.

In these days of cable television
the radio has again become popular. As in the days before the (1) of
television, people switch on their radios first thing in the morning. FM
channels of every (2) can be heard broadcasting news and songs for every (3).
More than anything else, people prefer to listen (4) which bring a refreshing change
to the (5) routine of their everyday lives.

1. (1) advent                  (2)
appearance

(3) birth                         (4)
genesis

2. (1) range                     (2)
variety

(3) frequency               (4)
category

3. (1) state                      (2)
language

(3) description               (4) kind

4. (1) into the songs     (2) from the songs

(3) the songs                (4)
to the songs

5. (1) packed                 (2)
monotonous

(3) exciting                    (4)
light

Directions (6 – 10): Sentences are given with blanks to be filled
in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each
question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

6. The bird’s voice was speaking ____ all lying
under stars.

(1) to                            (2)
for                 

(3) all                           (4)
in

7. The shepherd was looking after the ____ of sheep.

(1) crew                      (2)
gang

(3) fleet                       (4)
flock

8. Many of us believe that science is something
modern ____ the truth is otherwise.

(1) unless                   (2)
though                         

(3) if                             (4)
as if

9. ____ my food and my repose were salted.

(1) None of                   (2)
All of

(3) Both                      (5)
Both of

10. India will ____ arch rival Pakistan in the
finals.

(1) takes after          (2) looks after

(3) taken back          (4) take on

Answers:

1 (1)

2 (3)

3 (4)

4 (4)

5 (2)

6 (2)

7 (4)

8 (2)

9 (3)

10 (4)

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