Model Question-1 (SSC English 1st Paper)

SSC E1 Model Questions

English 1st Paper
Time: 1 hour Full Marks: 100
[Part A: Reading test [Marks:50]

Read the passage. Then answer the following questions:
The advantages of Internet technology have made it possible to emerge a good number of websites to facilitate social relations among people around the world. These are known as social networking services or social networks. At present, Face book is the most popular. Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. are other frequently used social services. Social network services are web-based and hence, provide ways for users to interact through the Internet. These services make it possible to connect people sharing interests and activities across borders and thus have made a lot for the users to feel that they really live in a global village. Why are social networks expanding so fast? The answer is simple. Most of the social services are cost-free. You can make use of them free, paying a very little to your internet service provider. Secondly, you can make your personal profile public before the entire online community. It is like presenting yourself before the entire world. You can also look into other people’s profiles if you are interested. It is simple and easy. Thirdly, social networks allow users to upload pictures, and multimedia content and modify their profile. Some like Face book allow users to update their profiles. Fourthly, networks allow users to post blog entries. User profiles have a section dedicated to comments from friends and other users. Finally, there are privacy protection measures too. A user himself or herself decides over the number of visitors/viewers, and what information should be shared with others.

1. Choose the correct answer from the following alternatives 1×7=7

(a) Which of the following has the closest meaning of the word ‘Interest’ in the passage?
a. Profit b. Curiosity c. Affair d. Activity

(b) What does the expression ‘web-based’ mean?
a. internet technology. b. using the world wide web. c. global communication. d. social network

(c) User accounts have ———– protection measures.
a. virus b. identity c. personal secrecy d. network

(d) User profiles have a section for …………….
a. others’ remarks. b. outsider’s editing. c. outsider’s moderation. d. outsider’s uploading.

(e) Which of the following statement(s) are false?
a. Google+ is more popular than Facebook. b. The world has become a global village nowadays
c. Friends can comment on other friends’ posts. d. both b & c

(f) Social networks connect people —–
a. living in a society b. all over the globe c. outside the world
d. living in their respective county

(g) What is the similarity between Google+ and LinkedIn?
a. Both of them are internet service providers b. Both of them have the same popularity
c. Both of them are social networking sites d. both a & c

(h) Which of the following best describes the acceptance of social media?
a. Social media connect people all over the world. b. Social networks are expanding very y past
c. None lives in cities d. The young generation like them very much.

2. Answer the following questions: 2×5=10

a. What do you mean by social networks? What’s their importance?
b. What are some uses of social networks? Mention their influences on the young generation.
c. ‘These services …have made a lot for the users to feel that they really live in a global village. Do you agree with this view? Why/ Why not?
d. Make a list of the arguments as to why social networks are expanding so fast? What’s your view regarding them?
e. “They really live in a global village” – How?

3. Read the following passage. Then answer the question below. 1×5=5
Zahir Raihan was one of the most talented filmmakers in Bangladesh. He was born on 19 August 1935 in the village of Majeure, 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 Attala 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 of 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 Jib on Theme Nay 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 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 in 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.

Fill in each gap with a suitable word based on the information in the text above:
Zahir Raihan is one of those men (a) ——- we remember and respect. He was a (b) ——- talented filmmaker. He dreamt of an (c) ——— free, sovereign society. He took (d) ——– in the Language Movement, the Mass Movement, and the Liberation War. But it was an (e) ———- of fate that he could not see the freedom of his motherland with his own eyes.

4. Complete the following table with the information given in the passage: 1×5=5
Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents’ house was in north London, but during the second world war, Oxford has considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At the age of eleven, Stephen went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford; his father’s old college. Stephen wanted to study Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he pursued Physics instead. After three years and not very much work, he was awarded a first-class honours degree in Natural Science. But fortune did not favour him. In 1972, he became a victim of Gehrig’s disease.
Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no one working in that area in Oxford at the time. His supervisor was Denis Sciama, although he had hoped to get Fred Hoyle who was working in Cambridge in 1968. After gaining his Ph.D. he became first a Research Fellow and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. After leaving the Institute of Astronomy in 1973, Stephen came to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 1979 and held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1979 until 2009.

Name of the event




(i) ————

in England

(ii) ————

at the age of eleven


Became a professor of Mathematics

in 1979

(iii) ———–

Receive PhD

(iv) ————

from Cambridge University

(v) ————

in 1972


5. write the summary of your own word of the above passage. 10

6. Match the parts of sentences given in column ‘‘A’, ‘B’ and column ‘C’ to write five complete sentences. There are more parts of sentences in column ‘B’ than required. 1×5=5
Column A Column B Column C

Column A

Column B

Column C

a. 21st February is

i. to observe the day

i. with flowers

b. Everyone goes

ii. declared the

ii. half mast

c. Shaheed Minar

iii. is kept

iii. the international mother language day

d. The national flag

iv. at the foot of the

iv. at the Shaheed Minar

e. We offer flowers

v. is covered

v. Shaheed Minar

7. Put the following parts of the story in the correct order to rewrite the whole story. 8
a. Socrates met his friends and disciples for the last time.
b. Then there came a man with a cup in hand.
c. With eyes full of tears, they bade Socrates a last farewell.
d. He told them that the soul of man cannot die.
e. They argued with them about immortality.
f. At last, the hour of departure had arrived.
g. At sunset, the governor of the prison came.
h. The cup contained hemlock a very strong poison and Socrates took the cup in his hand and drank the hemlock without any hesitation.

[Part B: Writing test [Marks:50]

8. Answer the following questions to write a paragraph on “your recent visit to a book fair” You should write about 250 words. 10
a. What is a book fair? b. What was the occasion of the fair? c. Where was it held? d. How was the environment of the fair? e. What experience did you gather by visiting the fair?

9. Read the beginning of the story. Write new ten sentences to complete the story. Give a title for it. 10
There lived a hare and a tortoise in the same jungle. The hare used to taunt the tortoise for its slow pace. One day he challenged the tortoise in a race ———————————-
10. The graph below shows “The number of increasing of internet users in Bangladesh.” Describe the graph in 150 words. You should highlight and summarize the information given in the graph. 10

11. Suppose you are Ronjon. Your friend Suronjona who lives in a village has come to visit your house in the city. Now write a dialogue between you and your friend about city life and village life. 10

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