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English Questions for Stenographer / Typist Exams – APPSC|TSPSC|SSC

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Directions(Q.No. 1 – 5): Choose the correct meaning for the word
1. Enigmatic
1) Puzzling
2) Sharp
3) Problematic
4) Docile

2. Omniscient
1) All powerful
2) Indefatigable
3) All knowing
4) Indomitable


3. Flagrant
1) Scented
2) Shameless
3) Patriotic
4) Burning


4. Ubiquitous
1) Somewhere
2) Everywhere
3) Nowhere
4) Hardware


5. Tardy
1) Quick
2) Sluggish
3) Dirty
4) Progressive


6. Incongruous
1) Out of time
2) Out of country
3) Out of space
4) Out of place


Directions:    blanks by choosing the correct word.
7. We must always resolve our differences ____
1) amiably
2) arguably
3) amicably
4) affably


8. The study of coins is called ___
1) Archaeology
2) Palaeontology
3) Orthography
4) Numismatics


9. A man with a split personality is__
1) Lunatic
2) Misanthrope
3) Sadist
4) Schizophrenic


10. It wasn’t very ___ of you to ring me up at the office during working hours.
1) discreet
2) discrete
3) distinguished
4) delinquent

Directions(Q.No. 11 – 17): Choose the correct answer.
11. Mary: May I Speak to Mr. Brown, please? Robert: You cannot. He is in the bathroom. In the above conversation…
1) Robert is rude
2) Robert is polite
3) Robert is formal
4) Robert is pleasant


12. “It isn’t so foggy today as it was yesterday’, I remarked”. The Indirect Speech form of this
sentence is:
1) I remarked that it wasn’t foggy that day as it was the previous day.
2) I remarked that it wasn’t so foggy that day as it had been yesterday
3) I remarked that it wasn’t so foggy that day as it had been the day before
4) I remarked that it wasn’t so foggy that day as it has been the previous day


13. “Burglars broke into the house.” The passive voice form of this sentence is:
1) The house was broken
2) The burglars were broke
3) The house has been broken into
4) The house was broken into


14. “I wish I knew German”. In this sentence the speaker…
1) wants to learn German
2) does not know German
3) knows German
4) knew German in the past


15. “Would you care for a cup of tea, Mr. Kishore?” In this sentence the speaker…
1) wants to know whether Kishore likes tea or not
2) is inviting Kishore to have a cup of tea
3) is requesting Kishore to offer him a cup of tea
4) wants to know whether Kishore can carefully drink a cup of tea


16. “John is a bull in a china shop.” This sentence means:
1) John is strong and steady
2) John is study – looking but weak
3) John is irresponsible
4) John is rough and clumsy


17. “I’m afraid your answer is wrong”. In this sentence “I’m afraid” means:
1) I’m sorry
2) I’m frightened
3) I’m worried
4) I’m surprised

Directions(Q.No. 18 – 25): Fill in the blanks with the appropriate phrase / verb / preposition.
18. Microsoft has recently ____ a book-sized new version PC.
1) unveiled
2) unearthed
3) unplugged
4) unleashed


19. The University ___ the honorary degree on the celebrity.
1) deferred
2) conferred
3) confirmed
4) collocated


20. Her classmates were jealous of her success; they were therefore constantly running her _____
1) across
2) against
3) off
4) down


21. I tried but could not prevail ____ him.
1) in
2) with
3) on
4) for


22. I wonder if your message got ____ to the audience.
1) across
2) over
3) through
4) round


23. You ____ inform the police about the incident.
1) have better
2) may better
3) had better
4) might better


24. After not speaking to each other for years, the two brothers decided to ___.
1) bury the axe
2) bury the hatchet
3) burn the hatchet
4) bury the helmets


25. The firemen have been trying hard to ____ the fire.
1) put down
2) put away
3) put off
4) put out

Directions(Q.No. 26 – 30): Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow
Success does not mean the absence of failures. It means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle. We have met people and who literally wander through life. They simply accept whatever fate brings them. A few may succeed by accident, but most suffer through a lifetime of frustration and unhappiness. Have you ever wondered why some individuals, organizations are more successful than others? It is not a secret. These people simply think and act more effectively. They have learnt how to do so by investing in the most valuable asset viz people. The success of an individual, organization or country depends on the quality of the people. People can be your biggest asset or your biggest liability

26. According to the author success means ___
1) Winning every battle
2) Absence of failures
3) Attainment of ultimate objectives
4) Escaping accidents


27. By wandering through life ___
1) One succeeds
2) One meets accidents
3) One suffers
4) A few succeed and most suffer


28. The reason why some individuals are more successful than others ____
1) is a secret
2) is due to the fact that these people think and act more effectively.
3) is due to the possession of large assets.
4) is due to the fact that they are learned


29. The success of an organization depends on the ___
1) Quality of their people
2) Quality of the organization
3) Assets and the liabilities
4) Quality of the country


30. The passage is about ___
1) Organization
2) People
3) Country
4) Success of people

Directions(Q.No. 31 – 35): Read the following passages and answer the questions that follow.
Gandhi wrote thus: The rich have a superfluous store of things which they do not need, and which are neglected and wasted, while millions are starved to death for want of sustenance. If each retained possession only of what he needed, no one would be in want, and all would live in contentment. As it is, the rich are discontented no less than the poor. The poor man would fain become a millionaire, and the millionaire a multimillionaire …….. If only the rich keep their own property within moderate limits, the starving millions will be easily fed. Working for economic equality means abolishing the eternal conflict between capital and labour. It means the levelling down of the few rich in whose hands is concentrated the bulk of the nation’s wealth on the one hand, and a levelling up of the semi – starved naked millions on the other. A nonviolent system of government is clearly an impossibility so long as the wide gulf between the rich and the hungry millions persists. A violent and bloody revolution is a certainty one day unless there is a voluntary abdication of riches and the power riches gives and sharing them for the common good. The real implication of equal distribution is that each man shall have the wherewithal to supply all his natural wants and more.

31. Equal distribution really implies that ____
1) each man has the means by which he can supply all his natural want sand more
2) the rich are to be robbed and their wealth distributed among the poor
3) all become millionaires
4) there is nothing to be distributed


32. A non-violent system of government is an impossibility so long as ___
1) people are violent
2) people are kept hungry
3) the poor live in miserable houses and the rich in places
4) the wide gulf between the rich and hungry millions persists


33. According to Gandhi, no one will be in want if everyone ___
1) was content with what he had
2) kept with him only what he needed, and nothing in excess
3) did not desire what belonged to another
4) accepted poverty as the will of God


34. There is bound to be a bloody revolution one day unless ___
1) the rich voluntarily share their riches and power with the poor
2) there is a strict law and order machinery to suppress it
3) the rich respect the poor
4) the well – to – do renounce their wealth


35. Working for economic equality means ___.
1) doing away with capital altogether
2) making all people rich
3) making the rich and the poor equal
4) levelling down the few rich and levelling up the semi – starved millions


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