SSC Model Test – 2017 (English 1st Paper)
Full Marks: 100 Time: 2:30 Hours
Reading Text (Seen Passage)
Read the following passage and answer the questions 1, 2 and 3
Zahir Raihan was one of the most talented film makers in Bangladesh. He was born on 19 August 1935 in the village Majupur, in Feni district. He was an active worker of the Language Movement. He was one of the ten students to go out in a procession on 21 February 1952 despite a ban on such activities. As a result, he and many others were arrested and taken to prison. Zahir was also present at the historical meeting of Amtala on February 21, 1952. He also took part in the mass movement in 1969. In 1971, he joined the Liberation War.
All through his life, Zahir dreamt for a democratic society, a society that will ensure freedom of speech and will. He had many dreams about our film industry too. He made a legendary film Jibon Theke Neya based on the Language Movement of 1952. It was a revolt against the then autocratic government. The family presented in that film was a miniature East Pakistan ruled by an autocrat who had to go to the prison for her conspiracy. During the liberation war this film was shown outside Bangladesh. Critics like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, and Ritwik Ghatak appreciated this film. Zahir gave all his money to the Freedom Fighters’ trust that he got from his film shows. Besides, his great documentary on Pakistani atrocities, Stop Genocide, helped create world sentiment in favour of our liberation war.
On 30 December 1971, someone informed Zahir about an address somewhere at Mirpur, where he might find his brother, the famous writer Shahidullah Kaiser. Shahidulla was captured and killed by the Pakistani army and the local collaborators during the last days of the war. Accordingly Zahir left home to get his brother back and he never returned. Zahir’s dream was fulfilled. He could see the inception of a free independent Bangladesh though he did not get back his brother. And it’s a pity that this dreamer was missing at such a time when his dream came true.
1. Guess the meaning of the following words and choose the correct meaning closest to the text. 1×7=7
(a) talented: (i) dull (ii) stupid (iii) good (iv) brilliant
(b) procession: (i) still (ii) march (iii) walking (iv) running
(c) legendary: (i) normal (ii) common (iii) renowned (iv) infamous
(d) miniature: (i) big (ii) tiny (iii) gigantic (iv) large
(e) capture: (i) release (ii) free (iii) escape (iv) imprison
(f) student: (i) pupil (ii) learnt (iii) guide (iv) instructor
(g) create: (i) form (ii) begin (iii) start (iv) creation
2. Answer the following questions. 2×5=10
(a) From your reading of the passage give a short account of Zahir Raihan’s participation in various movements?
(b) Write a short note on his short film “Jibon Theke Neya”?
(c) What is ‘Stop Genocide’?
(d) Who was Shahidullah Kaiser? What happened to him?
(e) What happened to Zahir Raihan?
3. Fill in the gap in the following passage with a suitable word. 0.5×10=5
Zahir Raihan had extraordinary (a) —— in film making. He took active (b) —— in the Language Movement. He was sent to jail for bringing (c) —— violating the ban imposed by the then government. He (d) —— in the Liberation War. He was staunch (e) —— of democracy. He dreamt (f) —— country where people would enjoy freedom of (g) ——. His legendary film “Jibon Theke Neya” focuses the Language Movement. This film (h) —— rebel against the (i) —— government. He had a great contribution to our War of Liberation. His dream came (j) —— but he could not enjoy the results of his dream. He was killed just after the independence.
Read the following text carefully and answer questions 4 and 5
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the USA. He is famous for his Gettysburg Address. It was delivered by him during the American Civil War, on November 19, 1863. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky, the USA. His parents were from Virginia. In 1819, his mother died. Then his father moved to Indiana state. He grew up there. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War. He got the nomination for president in 1860. Then he became the President of the USA. In 1861. Lincoln declared a ban on slavery in America on January 1, 1863. He was reelected President in 1864. On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, he was assassinated at Ford’s theatre in Washington.
4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage. 1×5=5
|Name of Event||Place||Time/Year||Contribution|
|Born||Kentucky, USA||(i) ———–|
|(ii) ——-||November 19, 1863|
|Became the President||(iii) ———-|
5. Read the passage again and write a summary of it. 10
6. Match the phrases in column A with the phrases in column B to make complete sentences. 1×5=5
|Column A||Column B|
|(i) William Shakespeare, was one of the greatest||(a) a man of versatile genius|
|(ii) He rose like a dazzling||(b) never set and will shine forever|
|(iii) Perhaps, he was born at||(c) intellectual giants that the world has ever produced|
|(iv) Shakespeare was really||(d) star in the firmament of English literature|
|(v) His literary sun will||(e) Stratford-on-Avon in 1564 and died in 1616 A. D.|
7. Rearrange the following sentences in correct order. 8
a) He went to a teacher.
b) The man was dull headed.
c) There lived a man in a village”.
d) The man grasped only three words.
e) He had a great attraction to English.
f) The teacher released him.
g) The teacher began to teach him.
h) He could not understand the rules of grammar.
8. Write a paragraph on “A Book Fair” 10
9. Write the story on “Honesty is the Best Policy” 10
10. The graph below shows ‘The Mobile Phone Users and Non Mobile Users and Internet Users in Bangladesh’. Describe the graph in 150 words. You should highlight and summarize the information given in the graph.
11. Write a letter to your friend describing your experience of visiting a historical place. 10
12. Write a dialogue between you and your friend about “Their Hobbies” 10
Prepared by: Mahbub Murad (Lecturer of English)