JSC English Model Test 2018
Full Marks: 100 Time: 3Hours
Part A: Seen (20 Marks)
Read the following passage and answer the questions 1 and 2
Thousands of years ago, the first pearl was probably discovered while human beings were searching for food at the sea shore. Throughout history the pearl with its shine has been one of the most highly valued gems. Pearls have been mentioned many times in religious texts and mythologies from the earliest times. The ancient Egyptians valued pearls so much that they were buried with them. It is said that, the famous queen of Egypt Cleopatra would dissolve a pearl in a glass and drink it as a sign of love and respect for the entire nation. The Greeks thought the pearls as a sign of wealth and social position. The beauty of pearls was associated with love and marriage. In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the greatest sign of wealth and social status. At that time the young women of noble families loved to wear beautiful pearl necklaces. The brave knights used to wear them in the battles for good luck.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text. 1×7=7
i) honor ii) dishonor iii) devour iv) duty
i) definitely ii) certainly iii) of course iv) likely
i) cite ii) site iii) sanction iv) tension
i) price ii) value iii) glow iv) utility
e) The word ‘dissolve’ refers to ——.
i) solve ii) solution iii) melt iv) break
f) The verb form of ‘beautiful’ is ——.
i) beautify ii) beauty iii) beautifully iv) beautifier
g) Mythologies are a book of —— times.
i) ancient ii) modern iii) historical iv) religious
2. Answer the following questions. 2×4=08
a) Who are called the Greeks??
b) What did the Egyptians do with the dead?
c) Why did the brave knights wear pearls in battlefield?
d) Has pearl been highly valued throughout history? If yes, how?
3. Fill in the gaps with correct words. 1×5=05
Most of these ethnic people living in Bangladesh have some common characteristics. They have their (a) —— lifestyles. They build their houses on bamboo or wooden platforms (b) —— ‘machang’. Rice is their (c) —— food. They eat vegetables, maize and fish, poultry and meat. Their kitchen utensils are bamboo, wooden and earthen pots which they (d) —— themselves. Men wear lungis and women wear thamis or sarongs and angis. Women (e) —— their own clothes.
Part B: Unseen (25 Marks)
Read the following text carefully and answer questions 4 and 5
Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir was an officer in the Bangladesh Army during the 1971 Liberation War. He was born on 7 March 1949 at Rahimganj village under Babuganj Upazila in Barishal district. He finished his HSC from Barishal BM College. In 1967 he took admission in the department of statistics at the University of Dhaka. On 5 October 1967, he joined the armed forces as a cadet at the Pakistan Military Academy. He obtained commissioned rank in Engineering corps in 1968. He was promoted to the rank of captain on 30 August 1970. He was an officer in sector 7 of the Mukti Bahini. He was given the responsibility to fight at the Chapai Nawabganj border at Rajshahi district. On 14 December he was killed in an attempt to breakthrough enemy defenses on the bank of the Mahananda River. He was buried near Shona Masjid premises. In recognition of his valor and sacrifice in the War of Liberation Mohiuddin Jahangir was awarded with the highest state honor of Birsreshtha.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 1×5=5
|Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir||born||(i) ——-||7 March 1949|
|He||(ii) ——-||Barishal BM College|
|He||(iii) —–||statistics department in Dhaka University||1967|
|He||(iv) ———-||30 August 1970|
|He||was killed||(v) ——-||14 December 1971|
5. Read the passage again and write True or False beside the following statement. 1×5=5
a) Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir was a betrayer.
b) He fought for the country heart and soul.
c) He fled away from the battle field.
d) He was a great fighter.
e) Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir obtained in the army.
6. Fill in the gaps using clues from the boxes. There are more words than necessary. 0.5×10=5
Books are men’s best friends in (a) —-. You may have many good friends (b) —- you do not find them when (c) —- need them. They may not always (d) —- to you with sympathy. Again, one (e) —- two may prove false and do (f) —- much harm. But books are always (g) —- to be by your side. Some (h) —- will make you laugh, some others (i) —- give you much pleasure. Again some (j) — will bring new knowledge and ideas. They are your real friends throughout your life.
7. Fill in the gaps with correct words. 1×5=05
Many of us give indulgence in (a) —— ill of others. We do not (b) —— ourselves and we even do not (c) —— how to praise the good work (d) —— by others. It is necessary to (e) —— this habit. An ideal nation can never get prosperous. It is true in our personal life as well.
8. The phrases in column A are the beginnings of some sentences. The phrases in column B are the endings. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences.
|Column A||Column B|
|a) A school is a seat of education||i) has a campus, big or small|
|b) It has certain wonderful characteristics||ii) the students jolly and hilarious|
|c) Every school||iii) which give us pleasure and happiness|
|d) It is also||iv) where students gain institutional knowledge|
|e) A wonderful school campus makes||v) we can gain knowledge|
Part C: Grammar (25 Marks)
9. Fill in the gaps used in the following text by adding suffix, prefix or both with the root words underlined in the text. 0.5×10=05
The (a) —- (king) of knowledge is (b) —- (limit). Any man is (c) —- (titled) to roam in the kingdom of knowledge. But all do not do so. Newton said that he was picking pebbles on the sea-shore of knowledge. It appears that (d) —- (one) does not possess the (e) —- (able) to enter the (f) —- (end) realm of knowledge. Those who make efforts (g) —- (continuous) can easily have (h) —- (enter) to that kingdom. They become (i) —- (power) with (j) —- (know).
10. Fill in the gaps of the following text with appropriate articles. Put a cross for zero article. 0.5×10=05
Man has no escape from (a) —– death. Sooner or later he will die. He dies in (b) —– many ways. Many die of diseases and many die by accident. Again (c) —– some die from something excessive but those who die for (d) —– country are martyrs. Many modern weapons can kill (e) —– men in (f) —– moment. Things have been discovered to keep (g) —– dead body alive for long. So, (h) —– man is called mortal. It is (i) —– meaningless effort if (j) —– man tries to escape from death.
11. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets. 1×5=5 a) Everybody prepares walking as an exercise usually in the morning. (Interrogative) b) It keeps our body fit for work. (Negative) c) So, we should never forget this thing. (Passive) d) Good health is very valuable. (Exclamatory) e) The life style of a healthy man should be followed. (Active)
12. Change the following passage into indirect speeches. 05
“You look a little bit like my mother,” he said, “especially in the dark by the fire.” “But you were only four, Jerry, when you came here. Can you remember how she looked all these years?” said the authoress. “My mother lives in Mannville,” said he.
13. Rewrite the following passage using capitalization and punctuation. 0.5×10=05 a fruit-seller said which fruits do you want to buy i have apples from australia oranges from darjelling grapes from kashmir
Section B (Writing)
14. Write a dialogue between you and your friend about “Frequent Road Accidents” 10
15. Write an email to your friend inviting him/her to spend the summer vacation. 10
16. Answer the following questions to write a paragraph on “A Book Fair” You should write about 250 words. 10
a) What is a book fair? b) Where and when does it take place? c) Who come here and why do they come here? d) Why is it important for the readers of all ages? e) What are the benefits of a book fair?