SSC CGL & MTS Quiz : English Language

1-5. In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

At Nobel Prize time, journalists ____ (A) to celebrate the ingenuity of scientists. This year, let’s show some appreciation for the ingenuity of evolution and the human body instead.

The 2017 Nobel for medicine went to three researchers who uncovered the workings of tiny clocks inside your cells — clocks that tell you when to eat, when to stop eating, and ____ (B) to shut off that computer and get some sleep. The prize-winning work was done on fruit flies, but its findings are relevant to us humans, since once evolution invents something useful, it often spreads far and wide. In humans, mice, insects and a multitude of other creatures, circadian clocks use chemical reactions and feedback loops to keep time and ____ (C) living things to the astronomical world — a pas de deux between our planet and the sun.

Like almost any Nobel finding, this work — conducted by Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young — was not done from scratch. Back in the 1970s, Caltech biologist Seymour Benzer set the groundwork for their discoveries. He had ____ (D) exploring the connections between genes and behaviour in fruit flies, using chemicals to create mutant flies. He would observe ones with abnormal behaviour patterns, and then figure out which genes had been altered.

Sleep — or at least some form of cyclical periods of rest — is one of the most universal of animal behaviours. Fruit flies snooze at night and also tend to take a siesta in the day, Among Benzer’s mutant flies, there were some with sleep disorders — short cyclers who slept every 19 hours, long cyclers who slept every 29 hours, and a few that ____ (E) to sleep and wake at random.

1 Choose the correct option for (A)

A. pretends

B. tend

C. attend

D. grave

2 Choose the correct option for (B)

A. who

B. when

C. which

D. why

3 Choose the correct option for (C)

A. mean

B. know

C. think

D. connect

4 Choose the correct option for (D)

A. be

B. bees

C. been

D. being

5 Choose the correct option for (E)

A. seemed

B. knows

C. attempt

D. see

6-10. In the following question, find out which part of a sentence has an error and mark the answer to the appropriate letter (A), (B), and (C). If there is no error, mark your answer as (D).

6 I insisted (A)/ on his going (B)/ there immediately. (C)/ no error (D)

A. A

B. B

C. C

D. D

7 She has lots of friends (A)/ besides her roommate (B)/ in the hotel. (C)/ no error (D)

A. A

B. B

C. C

D. D

8 I went there (A)/ from a view to surveying (B)/ the entire procedure. (C)/ no error (D)

A. A

B. B

C. C

D. D

9 Having found a piece of cheese (A)/ two cats went to a dog (B)/ to divide it among them.(C)/ no error (D).

A. A

B. B

C. C

D. D

10 He (A)/ laughed on her (B)/ as she fell off the tree. (C)/ no error (D)

A. A

B. B

C. C

D. D


Q.1 (B)

Q.2 (B)

Q.3 (D)

Q.4 (C)

Q.5 (A)

Q.6 (D)

Q.7 (D)

Q.8 (B)

Q.9 (C)

Q.10 (B)
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