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Exercise-12 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English–HIT The TARGET

Exercise-12 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English–HIT The TARGET

Exercise-12 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English–HIT The TARGET


Directions: In question no 1 to 5 you have brief passage with questions following the passage. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.


Placebo literally means “I shall please.” Placebos are inert substances given to some volunteers in a given study while other volunteers are treated with experimental drugs – whose effect is tested by measuring the difference in response to the powerless placebo and to the drug. Some of a group of volunteers who had just had their wisdom teeth extracted were given morphine to alleviate their pain; the others swallowed a placebo they believed to be morphine. Many of the placebo recipients said they experienced dramatic relief from their pain. However, when a drug that blocks the effects of enaorphine was given them, the pain returned almost immediately .The test confirmed something very important: When a patient believes he or she has been given a pain reliever, the brain releases chemicals to substantiate that belief. In short, the placebo effect is an act of faith. Very recent studies have determined that the placebo effect is much more powerful than previously imagined. So be careful what you believe and pretend – it may come to pass.

 Q1. What is peculiar about the volunteers’ response to drugs given following the consumption of placebo ?

  1. They experienced relief after taking the medicine
  2. They felt pain after taking them
  3. Their pain returned after taking these medicines
  4. They had faith in both the placebos and the medicines

Q2. To whom are Placebos administered ?

  1. To all patients in pain
  2. To some volunteers in pain
  3. To volunteers in good health
  4. To all volunteers in pain

Q3. What does the writer prove ?

  1. The mind realises what it believes
  2. The mind secretes chemicals
  3. The mind cannot control the body
  4. The body deceives the mind

Q4. Why are Placebos administered ?

  1. To measure patients’ response to experimental drugs
  2. To measure patients’ response to Placebos
  3. To measure patients’ response to endorphine .
  4. To measure patients’ response to prayers

Q5. What has the experiment confirmed ?

  1. Effectiveness of Placebos
  2. Uses of morphine
  3. Effects of endorphine
  4. The power of faith

Exercise-12 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English--HIT The TARGET

[Q] Directions: In question no 6 to 10 sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

Q6. He spoke…………………..his travels.

  1. of
  2. on
  3. at
  4. along

Q7. Man is essentially a……………………..animal and tends to associate with others.

  1. sentimental
  2. gregarious
  3. selfish
  4. perverse

Q8. Why do we always have to submit…………………… his authority?

  1. under
  2. with
  3. for
  4. to

Q9. The master assured her…………………success in the examination.

  1. of
  2. in
  3. for
  4. with

Q10. The officer ……………………….  the car to speak to the driver.

  1. stops
  2. has stopped
  3. stopped
  4. have stopped

[Q] Directions: In question no 11 to 12 the first and the last sentence of the passage are numbered 1 to 6.The rest of the passage is split into 4 parts P,Q,R and S. These four parts are not given in the proper order. Read the sentence and find out  which of the four combinations is correct.


1:-   I had a pleasant dream last night.

P.  There was a merit list.

Q. And in happiness I was awakened by my mother.

R. My name was at the top and I was very happy.

S.I saw my friend in my dream who had a newspaper in his hand.

6:-  She had a newspaper in her hand and the newspaper still showed me on top.

  1. SPRQ
  2. SRQP
  3. SQRP
  4. PSRQ


1:- Smoking is very injurious to the health of the smoker.

P. It affects lungs and causes serious diseases.

Q. It is harmful both to a smoker and his companion who is a passive smoker.

R. It pollutes the environment too.

S. One of the chief causes of ailment is smoking cancer being an important one.

6:- Government should take steps to fine the people smoking at public places.

  1. QSPR
  2. QPSR
  3. PRQS
  4. PRSQ

[Q] Directions In question no 13 to 15 a sentence has been given in active or passive voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested select the one which best expresses the same sentence in active/passive voice.

Q13. His subordinates accused him of various offences.

  1. They accused him of various offences
  2. It was accused by his subordinates that he had done various offences
  3. His subordinates accused that he had done various offences
  4. He was accused of various offences by his subordinates

Q14. Has someone made all the necessary arrangements?

  1. Has all the necessary arrangements been made by someone?
  2. Have the necessary arrangements been all made by someone?
  3. Have all the necessary arrangements been made by someone?
  4. All the necessary arrangements have been made by one?

Q15. We will know the outcome of these experiments after six months.

  1. The outcome of these experiments will be known after six months
  2. The outcome will be known of these experiments after six months
  3. After six months, we will know the outcome of these experiments
  4. These experiments will have a known outcome after six months.


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