WBCS Preliminary Exam-2003 (Eng Ver)


Preliminary Exam
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Marks: 200

English Version (Collected from Memory)


Direction for Question Nos. I to 3 :
Choose the word nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence.


1. The orator spoke in a bombastic manner,
(a) Animated   (b) Sensitive   (c) Pompous   (d) Ardent


2. He abjured his allegiance to the king
(a) Perjured   (b) Projected   (c) Renounced   (d) Expressed


3. His arrogance is exceeded only by his abysmal igno-rance.
(a) Bottomless   (b) Diabolic   (c) Eternal   (d) Internal


Direction for Question Nos. 4 to 8 :
Choose the word closest in meaning to the opposite of the underlined part of the sentence :


4.The glitter and opulence of the ballroom took Cinderella’s breath away.
(a) Glamour  (b) Potency   (c) Poverty   (d) Squalor


5.  I find writing this book to be an odious task.
(a) Nice    (b) Satisfactory    (c) Stimulating   (d) Delightful


6.He is very  sagacious  for such a young person.
(a) Foolish   (b) Bitter   (c) Voracious   (d) Veracious


7.Parents should not belittle their children’s early attempts at drawing.
(a) Magnify   (b) Extol   (c) Encourage   (d) Flatter


Direction for Question Nos. 9 to 18:
Choose the exact meaning of the underlined part of the sentence :


8.When the ships collided in the harbor, pandemonium broke out among  passengers.
(a) Confusion  (b) Disorder   (c) Chaos  (d) Wild tumult


9.He is not fit to hold a candle to his predecessor,
(a) Unfit to guide   (b) Incapable of following   (c)Not to be named in comparison with    (d)Unable to enlighten


10.Poor nutrition in infancy can hold back physical growth.
(a) Restore   (b) Retard  (c) Resist   (d) Decrease


11.His sudden and unexpected appearance seemed to petrify her.
(a) Frighten  (b) Turn to stone   (c) Amaze   (d) Shock


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