WBCS Prelims 2013 English Composition Question and Solution


   In West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Preliminary Examination 2013, total 25 questions was asked from English Composition.

1. Choose the correct alternatives from the options to fill in the blanks:
They ‘laughed down’ the man means that they ______ the man.

[A]  Confined    

[B]  Laughed with       

[C]  Ridiculed and belittled       

[D] Punished

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Ridiculed and belittled       

2. Choose the correct alternatives from the options to fill in the blanks:
‘Crocodile tears’ means _______.

[A]  Expression of sorrow      

[B]  Tears of animals      

[C]  False tears      

[D] Painful expression

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  False tears      

3. Use appropriate words to fill in the blanks :
The_____ structure of Tajmahal makes it one of the wonders of the world

[A]  Magnanimous   

[B]  Mediocre    

[C]  Mighty   

[D] Majestic

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] Majestic

4. Use appropriate words to fill in the blanks :
He was penniless when the bank failed and declared himself _______ .

[A]  Insipid 

[B]  Insolent   

[C]  Innocent 

[D] Insolvent

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] Insolvent

5. Use appropriate words to fill in the blanks :
The child proved himself _____ by his behaviour and was expelled from the school.

[A]  Ill-bred       

[B]  Ill-advised       

[C]  Ill-treated       

[D] Illogical

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Ill-bred       

6. Use appropriate words to fill in the blanks :
A ______ makes no difference between man and man in spreading his love.

[A]  Philander  

[B]  Philistine  

[C]  Philosopher 

[D] Philanthropist

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] Philanthropist

7. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word :
Transparency is needed in dealing with a matter of public interest :

[A]  Haziness 

[B]  Trauma  

[C]  Turbulence 

[D] Transition

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Haziness 

8. Insert the appropriate phrasal verb in the blank below to make the sentence meaningful :
His friend  ________ his word much to his despair.

[A]  Went back on       

[B]  Went away from       

[C]  Went with      

[D] Went in

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Went back on       

9. Identify the correct word from the options given to make the sentence meaningful :
The banquet-hall is ______decorated to celebrate the occasion.

[A]  Slovenly    

[B]  Simply    

[C]  Lavishly 

[D] Poorly

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Lavishly 

10. An omnivorous creature is one who :

[A]  Eats both plants and animals       

[B]  Omnipresent

[C]  Omniscient  

[D] Eats nothing

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Eats both plants and animals       

11. People who do not settle down, speak the Romany language, are called :

[A]  Truant    

[B]  Vagabond  

[C]  Gypsy  

[D] Wanderer

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Gypsy  

12. He came of his own _____

[A]  Impulse   

[B]  Instinct   

[C]  Accord    

[D] Indifference

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [B]  Instinct   

13. Choose the word closest to the meaning of the underlined words :
The patient needed an anodyne for his strained nerves.

[A]  Alcohol  

[B]  Opium 

[C]  Medicine 

[D] Painkilling balm

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] Painkilling balm

14. Choose the word closest to the meaning of the underlined words :
The news came like a bolt from the blue.

[A]  Windfall 

[B]  Thunderbolt

[C]  Sudden and unexpected       

[D] Shock

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Sudden and unexpected       

15. Fill in the blank with the appropriate preposition :
I was alarmed _____ the news of my brother’s illness.

[A]  In

[B]  At

[C]  Of

[D] On

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [B]  At

16. He is such a Good Samaritan. It means :

[A]  He is very clever      

[B]  He is a fool     

[C]  Someone who tries to help people      

[D] He is a bad man

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Someone who tries to help people      

17. Select the pair in the following options, which is set in opposition :

[A]  Erroneous — Faulty     

[B]  Reticent — Silent      

[C]  Vilify — Slander      

[D] None of the above

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] None of the above

18. ‘Deciduous’ trees are :

[A]  Trees that lose the leaves annually      

[B]  Trees that are big

[C]  Trees that are short       

[D] Trees that are scattered

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Trees that lose the leaves annually      

19. ‘To see red’ means :

[A]  To begin to understand        

[B]  To be mad with anger

[C]  A narrow escape          

[D] Smart and clean

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [B]  To be mad with anger

20. A preparation for killing insects is :

[A]  Parasite  

[B]  Insecticide  

[C]  Humus  

[D] Rodent

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [B]  Insecticide  

21. Eruption means outbreak, irruption means :

[A]  Bursting in       

[B]   Equal        

[C]  Disease  

[D] Evil

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Bursting in       

22. Replace the underlined word by any of the options given below:
It was queer to see his behaviour.

[A]  Natural

[B]  Odd 

[C]  Probable

[D] Convincing

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [B]  Odd 

23. Fill in the blank  :
The street is not properly ____

[A]  Illumed 

[B]  Illumined  

[C]  Illuminated  

[D] Enlightened

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [C]  Illuminated  

24. ‘We are superior to everybody else’ is the apt utterance of a/an —

[A]  Egoist   

[B]  Pacifist  

[C]  Anarchist   

[D] Chauvinist

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [A]  Egoist   

25. The opposite of ‘remote’ is :

[A]  High 

[B]  Less  

[C]  Far     

[D] Near

Correct Answer

Correct Answer: [D] Near

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