WBCS Prelims 2017 English Composition Question and Solution



      In West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Preliminary Examination 2017, total of 25 questions was asked from English Composition.

1. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below: The darkness covered the whole countryside.
[A]  Silence

[B]  Stillness   

[C]  Light  

[D] Noise

Correct Answer: [C]  Light  

2. There was no _____ in the rain.  (Insert correct phrasal verb)

[A]  let up        

[B]  let in       

[C]  let off        

[D] let go        

Correct Answer: [A]  let up        

3. Insert correct word in the blank space:
Finish your task in a ______ mariner.

[A]  Swift 

[B]  Competent      

[C]  Silent 

[D] Lazy

Correct Answer: [A]  Swift 

4. Insert proper preposition in the sentence.
He was waiting ____ the train.
[A]  In

[B]  At

[C]  For

[D] With

Correct Answer: [C]  For

5. ‘At daggers drawn‘ means

[A]  Friendly     

[B]  On bad terms with         

[C]  Acquainted    

[D] Unknown

Correct Answer: [B]  On bad terms with         

6. Use suitable auxiliary verb to fill in the blank space:
You _____ catch the train at once.

[A]  Will

[B]  Can

[C]  Shall

[D] Must

Correct Answer: [D] Must

7. Fill in the space with an infinitive:
It is easy _____ but hard to finish.

[A]  To end

[B]  To fall

[C]  To lose

[D] To begin

Correct Answer: [D] To begin

8. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
_____ he was late, he come home by nine.

[A]  Even

[B]  Although

[C]  Because

[D] Despite

Correct Answer: [D] Despite

9. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
The river was _______ the bank.

[A]  Overflowing

[B]  Dry

[C]  Full

[D] Deep

Correct Answer: [A]  Overflowing

10. Fill in the blank with the correct word :
A _____  jewel was in the locker.

[A]  Browning 

[B]  Filling 

[C]  Shining

[D] Moving

Correct Answer: [C]  Shining

11. ‘Made up his mind‘ means

[A]  Remembered   

[B]  Resolved  

[C]  Forgot   

[D] Lost

Correct Answer: [B]  Resolved  

12. Select the correct meaning of the idiom under­lined below:
He is a dark horse.

[A]  Silent 

[B]  Secretive 

[C]  Dangerous

[D] Possessing a secret ability

Correct Answer: [D] Possessing a secret ability

13. Sorrow may be expressed by the following interjections:

[A]  Hurrah!        

[B]  Bravo!       

[B]  Oh!

[D] Alas!

Correct Answer: [D] Alas!

14. An illness that is likely to be fatal is

[A]  Mortal

[B]  Serious 

[C]  Slight  

[D] Temporary

Correct Answer: [B]  Serious 

15. An orthopaedist deals with

[A]  Eyes

[B]  Lungs

[C]  Bones

[D] Childbirth

Correct Answer: [C]  Bones

16. An Epicurean is one who

[A]  Endures

[B]  Suffers

[C]  Enjoys pleasure       

[D] Loves

Correct Answer: [C]  Enjoys pleasure       

17. Fill in the blank with the correct word given below:
He wanted to ________ out.

[A]  Want

[B]  Ask

[C]  Call

[D] Order

Correct Answer: [C]  Call

18. Fill in the blank with the correct word given below:
He saved her ________ certain death.

[A]  From

[B]  With

[C]  Of

[D] In

Correct Answer: [A]  From

19. Fill in, with relative pronoun, the blank space below:
The man _______ briefcase was lost, reported to the police

[A]  That

[B]  Whose

[C]  Which

[D] Whom

Correct Answer: [B]  Whose

20. Insert proper words in the sentence:
Here is the man _____ you asked _____.

[A]  whom, about        

[B]  that, for        

[C]  for, from       

[D] this, for

Correct Answer: [B]  that, for        

21. Select the correct meaning of the idiom under­lined below:
Everything was at sixes and sevens.

[A]  Disordered 

[B]  Lost 

[C]  Found

[D] Sold

Correct Answer: [A]  Disordered 

22. ‘Cinema‘ may be used with

[A]  Cooking   

[B]  Selling

[C]  Sleeping  

[D] Theatre

Correct Answer: [D] Theatre

23. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
À la mode

[A]  Fashionable

[B]  Cheap 

[C]  Expensive 

[D] Convenient

Correct Answer: [A]  Fashionable

24. Put in a correct participle in the blank space:
The car was _______ down the slope.

[A]  rolling 

[B]  breaking  

[C]  lost

[D] having arrived

Correct Answer: [A]  rolling 

25. Choose the word appropriate in meaning to the word underlined below:
The listeners were delighted by the music concert.

[A]  Surprised  

[B]  Saddened

[C]  Angered    

[D] Excited

Correct Answer: [D] Excited

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