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Exercise-21 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English–HIT The TARGET

Exercise-21 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English–HIT The TARGET

Exercise-21 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.


The victory of the small Greek democracy of Athens over the mighty Persian empire in 490 B.C. is one of the most famous events in history. Darius, king of the Persian empire, was furious because Athens had interceded for the other Greek city states in revolt against persian domination. In anger the king sent an enormous army to defeat Athens. He thought it would take drastic steps to pacify the rebellious part of the empire. Persia was ruled by one man.

In Athens, however, all citizens helped to rule. Ennobled by this participation, Athenians were prepared to die for their city-state. Perhaps this was the secret of the remarkable victory at Marathon, which freed them from Persian rule. On their way to Marathon, the Persians tried to fool some Greek city-states by claiming to have come in peace. The frightened citizens of Delos refused to believe this.

Not wanting to abet the conquest of Greece, they fled from their city and did not return until the Persians had left. They ‘were wise, for the Persians next conquered the city of Etria and captured its people. Tiny Athens stood alone against Persia. The Athenian people went to their sanctuaries. There they prayed for deliverance .They asked their Gods to expedite their victory. The Athenians refurbished their weapons and moved to the plain of Marathon, where their little band would meet the Persians. At the last moment, soldiers from Plataea reinforced the Athenian troops.

The Athenian army attacked, and Greek citizens fought bravely. The power of the mighty Persians was offset by the love that the Athenians had for their city. Athenians defeated the Persians in archery and hand combat.

Greek soldiers seized Persian ships and burned them, and the Persians fled in terror. Herodotus, a famous historian, reports that 6400 Persians died, compared with only 192 Athenians.

Q1. What did the Athenians do to expedite victory?

  1. They equipped their army with better weapons.
  2. They prayed for assistance of neighbouring states.
  3. They fooled the Persians by retreating.
  4. They sought divine assistance.

Q2. Marathon was the place where

  1. people went to sanctuaries
  2. Athenians achieved victory
  3. Darius ruled
  4. Greeks seized Persian ships

Q3. In the passage “intercede” means to

  1. argue in favour of
  2. support without any conditions
  3. justify with examples
  4. intervene on behalf of

Q4. This is a passage about

  1. military strategy
  2. committed patriotism
  3. social harmony
  4. historical record

Q5. Who has given an account of the battle between Greece and Persia?

  1. Darius
  2. Herodotus
  3. Plataea
  4. None of the above

[Q] Directions: In question no 6 to 10 out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.

Q6. A broad road bordered with trees

  1. Boudoir
  2. Boulevard
  3. Avenue
  4. Facade

Q7. Violation of something holy or sacred

  1. Profanity
  2. Sedition
  3. Sacrilege
  4. Slander

Q8. A woman having more than one husband at the same time

  1. Polyandry
  2. Polygamy
  3. Polyphony
  4. Polygon

Q9. Feeding on food made both of plants and flesh

  1. Carnivorous
  2. Omnipotent
  3. Omnivorous
  4. Optimist

Q10. A short poem or speech addressed to the spectators after the conclusion of a drama

  1. Prologue
  2. Dialogue
  3. Epilogue
  4. Monologue

Exercise-21 SSC CGL 2017 Tier 2-English--HIT The TARGET

[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:- It was nearly two hours before break.

P. When he reached his door, he opened it softly and walked lightly up the


Q. He entered the room, where a table candle was burning upon

R. The streets were deserted silent as Bill Sikes hurried through them.

S. He then drew back the curtain of the bed.

6:- Nancy was lying, half-dressed upon it.

  1. RPQS
  2. PRQS
  3. PQRS
  4. QSPR


1:- The commonest form of non motorised transport is the bicycle.

P. All one has to do is to hop on to it and pedal off.

Q. It takes only a short time for an average person to master it.

R. Also, except for inner tubes, and tyres, maintenance is seldom required.

S. The bicycle is a very simple machine to use.

6:- No wonder millions of people ride bicycles all over the world.

  1. PRQS
  2. PSQR
  3. SRQP
  4. SQRP

[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. Teachers should be-respected.

  1. Teachers deserve respect
  2. Teachers are to be respected
  3. We shall respect teachers
  4. We should respect teachers

Q14 He will do the work tomorrow

  1. The work will be done by him tomorrow
  2. The work would be done by him tomorrow
  3. The work could be done by him tomorrow
  4. The work will have been done by him tomorrow

Q15. She gave me a book

  1. I was given a book by her
  2. She was given a book
  3. A book is given by her to me
  4. I was given her a book.


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