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How to prepare for SSC JHT Exam Paper-I

For Questions Nos. 72-85

Dear SSC JHT Aspirant,

Here are the Questions asked previously in SSC JHT English Paper Exam -1

Comprehension: Read the passage and select the most appropriate options to answer the questions that follow.

I was somehow surprised when the man opposite me in the train said he did not smoke and that he could not give me a light. I had been admiring the fine lighter which he had on the folding table by the window and the least I expected of it was that it would work. But I did not give the matter a second thought, for we were now rapidly approaching the frontier and conversation on the customs examination we were soon to undergo was becoming quite heated. We had been given forms to fill in and the lady beside me was arguing that a fur coat which had been worn three times was a used article. Everybody joined in the argument except the man opposite who kept gazing intently out of the window. I finally grew bored with the discussion and was just trying to get some sleep when an official came into our compartment and asked for passports. He collected them wearily, stamped them mechanically and handed them back to us. No sooner had he left than the customs officers entered. They were extremely polite and not much concerned about the goods we had with us. They opened one or two cases which they did not examine too thoroughly, and then asked each of us how much money we had with us and requested to see it. I learned later that large sums of money were being smuggled out of the country. The officers seemed satisfied that all was in order and were preparing to leave when one of them casually picked up the cigarette lighter to light up his pipe. The man opposite me made an involuntary movement and checked himself, saying that the lighter was broken. The officer replied jokingly that was why he had no cigarettes to declare. The man stammered an embarrassed reply and it was clear he was trying to hide something. The customs officer noticed this too and offered to repair the man’s lighter. He unscrewed the bottom of it and to our amazement began to draw out a thick roll of dollar bills of high value. A lighter like this was too valuable to be left lying around, the officer said and asked the man to follow him out of the compartment.

SubQuestion No : 72

Q.72 The narrator did not think much about the refusal of the man to lend the lighter because

Ans

1. he was distracted by the heated discussion going on about the customs examination.

2. the officials had come into the compartment to check passports.

3. he thought the man was not generous enough to share his fine lighter.

4. he was busy filling in forms for the customs clearance.

Q.73 What indicates that the customs officers were not much concerned about the goods of the passengers?

Ans

1. They trusted the passengers to declare their goods honestly before the authorities.

2. The official collected passports wearily and stamped them mechanically.

3. The officers checked a few cases at random but did not go through the contents very thoroughly.

4. The customs officers were sure that everything was in order and no scrutiny was required.

Q.74 Which word in the passage means ‘giving full attention’?

Ans

1. intently

2. wearily

3. extremely

4. rapidly

Q.75 Which of these statements is NOT correct?

Ans

1. The man with the lighter had no cigarettes to declare to the customs officer.

2. The narrator was initially not aware of money being smuggled out of the country.

3. The lighter was actually a contraption to hide dollar bills.

4. Everybody joined in the argument about the fur coat being a used article.

Q.76 Why did the customs officer unscrew the lighter?

Ans

1. He wanted to repair it as he had a strong urge to smoke his pipe.

2. He had grown suspicious because of the man’s nervousness and his uneasy demeanour.

3. The lighter was of very fine quality and too valuable to be left lying around.

4. He knew there were high value dollar notes hidden in the lighter.

Q.77 Select the option that arranges sentences B, C, D and E in a logical sequence. Sentences A and F are static.

A. I taught a class at a telecom centre a few years ago.

B. During the lunch break I asked him where he was from and he replied Singapore. “That’s a great city!” I said.

C. In fact, he was so sure of himself that he offered to pay $100 for each time he used them.

D. He thought it was easy not to use these words at all.

E. One of the men in my class mocked me when I mentioned the problem of using ‘no’, ‘but’ and ‘however’ in our conversations.

F. “Yes,” he replied, “It’s great but…..” Then he smiled and reached his pocket for cash.

Ans

1. ACEBDF

2. AECDBF

3. ADCBEF

4. AEDCBF

Q.78 Select the correct passive voice of the given sentence.

Who will investigate cases related to funding of terror groups?

Ans

1. By whom will cases related to funding of terror groups be investigated?

2. By whom will cases related to funding of terror groups been investigated?

3. By whom are cases related to funding of terror groups being investigated?

4. By whom will cases related to funding of terror groups be investigated by?

Q.79 Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.

Close fisted

Ans

1. very angry

2. miserly

3. revengeful

4. benevolent

Q.80 Select the most appropriate antonym of the given word.

Imperative

Ans

1. ostentatious

2. obtrusive

3. optional

4. obligatory

Q.81 Select the most appropriate antonym of the given word.

Indolent

Ans

1. apathetic

2. lackadaisical

3. enthusiastic

4. phlegmatic

Q.82 Identify the segment that contains a grammatical error. If there is no error, select ‘No error’.

We should be cautious while placing our trust in others, specially in matters involving money.

Ans

1. specially in matters involving money

2. We should be cautious

3. while placing our trust in others

4. No error

Q.83 Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

Surreptitious

Ans

1. forthright

2. audacious

3. clandestine

4. avaricious

Q.84 Identify the segment that contains a grammatical error. If there is no error, select ‘No error’.

Mohan’s mother asked him that if he had watered all the plants in the morning.

Ans

1. No error

2. that if he had watered

3. all the plants in the morning

4. Mohan’s mother asked him

Q.85 Select the option which correctly converts the given sentence into direct speech.

The speaker said that they ought to defend the honour of their country even if they had to lay down their lives for it.

Ans

1. The speaker has said, “We ought to defend the honour of our country even if you have to lay down your lives for it.”

2. The speaker says, “You ought to defend the honour of your country even if you have to lay down your lives for it.”

3. The speaker said, “They ought to defend the honour of our country even if they have to lie down their lives for it.”

4. The speaker said, “We ought to defend the honour of our country even if we have to lay down our lives for it.” b

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