SSC CGL English Miscellaneous Quiz for Beginners: 26th December

Direction (1-2): In these questions some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and indicate it corresponding to the appropriate letter. If there is no error, indicate corresponding to the last option.

Q1. She did die without (A)/ specifying her heirs of (B)/ those seven trusts. (C)/ No Error (D)
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D

Q2. To the whale, its (A)/tail is the sole (B)/mean of propulsion. (C)/No error (D)
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D

Direction (3-4): Each of the following sentences has a black space and four words are given below it. Select the word you consider most appropriate for the blank space.

Q3. This is the time that you need to _________ all your strength.
(a) muster
(b) build
(c) capture
(d) show

Q4. As a rule, I tend to avoid ___________ topics of conversation which might lead to arguments.
(a) contentious
(b) colloquial
(c) tractable
(d) obliging

Direction (5-6): Out of the four alternatives, choose that best expresses the meaning of the given word.

Q5. Hoodwink
(a) Confront
(b) Defraud
(c) Daunt
(d) Stare

Q6. Scram
(a) Cluster
(b) Array
(c) Convene
(d) Scoot

Direction (7-8): In the following questions, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.

Q7. Chuckle
(a) Snicker
(b) Guffaw
(c) Lament
(d) Chortle

Q8. Scowl
(a) Glower
(b) Glunch
(c) Grimace
(d) Grin

Direction (9-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Q9. Scope out
(a) To admit defeat
(b) To make a preliminary inspection
(c) To accompany someone safely to their home
(d) To unexpectedly upset or confuse someone

Q10. A man of mark
(a) An eminent person
(b) A literary person
(c) A common man
(d) A knowledgeable man


S1. Ans.(b)
Sol. Heir ‘to’ some property and Heir ‘of’ somebody. Hence replace ‘of’ with ‘to’.

S2. Ans.(c)
Sol. “Mean” should be replaced with “means” which denotes “a method”.

S3. Ans.(a)
Sol. Muster: to assemble.
We use “muster” with strength when the context is regarding assembling.

S4. Ans.(a)
Sol. Contentious: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.
Colloquial: used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary.
Hence option A is the correct choice.

S5. Ans.(b)
Sol. Hoodwink: deceive or trick.
Defraud: illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception.

S6. Ans.(d)
Sol. Scram: leave or go away from a place quickly.
Scoot: go or leave somewhere quickly.

S7. Ans.(c)
Sol. Chuckle: laugh quietly or inwardly.

S8. Ans.(d)
Sol. Scowl: an angry or bad-tempered expression.
Grin: smile broadly.

S9. Ans.(b)
Sol. Option B is the correct meaning.

S10. Ans.(a)
Sol. Option A is the correct meaning.

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