Part-A : Grammar
1. Fill in the blanks in the following text with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (×) in those blanks. 0.5´10=5
I live in (a) ¾ Jigatola near (b) ¾ Rifles Square. When I was (c) ¾ student of (d) ¾ University of Dhaka, I stayed at Wari in (e) ¾ old Dhaka. Actually, it was in (f) ¾ Bonogram Lane that originates from (g) ¾ BCC Road, which is a branch of (h) ¾ Rankin Street. (i) ¾ Bangabhaban and (j) ¾ Baldha Garden are adjacent to this area.
2. Complete the text with suitable prepositions. 0.5´10=5
A good student is never indifferent (a) ¾ his studies. He always adheres (b) ¾ his studies. He does not learn things (c) ¾ rote. He does not hunt (d) ¾ traditional guide books. Moreover, he has great thirst (e) ¾ knowledge. For this, he does not confine himself (f) ¾ the traditional studies. He is always aware (g) ¾ the current affairs (h) ¾ the world. He abides (i) ¾ his teacher’s advice and jot (j) ¾ their lectures.
3. Complete the sentences with suitable phrase/words given in the box. 0.5´10=5
|Have to||Had better||As soon as||As if||What does ... look like|
|What's it like||Let alone||Would rather||It||Was born|
(a) Smith : ¾ your father ¾ when he becomes angry? Gayle : He looks terrifying.
(b) You are misunderstanding me. ¾ is not what I mean. I mean something else.
(c) I am getting late. I ¾ catch the train or I will miss it.
(d) You ¾ be cautious than go to doctor. Prevention is better than cure.
(e) The new teacher ¾ act perfectly. Otherwise, the authority will dismiss him.
(f) I am going to have a shower ¾ I arrive at my flat.
(g) Jesmin was painting in a way ¾ she could paint very well. The picture was really a childish one.
(h) The guests are not getting enough meals, ¾ the cold drinks. The host is more calculative.
(i) ¾ spending your entire life alone in an island? It’s not a good idea at all.
(j) William Wordsworth was a romantic poet. He ¾ in 1770.
4. Complete the sentences using suitable clauses/phrases. 0.5´10=5
(a) Be punctual lest ¾.
(b) Had I been a bit conscious ¾.
(c) No sooner had the dog seen its master ¾.
(d) Time is so valuable that ¾.
(e) You could not get A+ provided ¾.
(f) He talked as if ¾.
(g) Would you mind ¾?
(h) One cannot do well in the exam unless ¾.
(i) We want such friends ¾.
(j) If you had wanted ¾.
5. Read the text and fill the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 0.5´10=5
One very conspicuous change in our society (be) (a) ¾ the presence of working women outside the home. Of course, it (acknowledge) (b) ¾ that women have always (work) (c) ¾ within the household but this commonly (count) (d) ¾ as ‘work’. Even their role in agricultural societies (recognize) (e) ¾ either. From the urge (establish) (f) ¾ their own identity many of them are now (enter) (g) ¾ the outside workforce. They (join) (h) ¾ a wide range of professions. Moreover, it is not only educated women who (opt) (i) ¾ to work but women with little or no education (come) (j) ¾ out of their cocoons to become self-reliant.
6. Read the text and change the sentences as directed. 5
(a) It was 1971 when Bangladesh got independence. (Simple)
(b) It is the most significant event in the history of Bangladesh. (Positive)
(c) The lives of the people of Bangladesh have often been shaped by tragedy. (Active)
(d) Despite many negative aspects Bangladesh has become a country of possibility. (Complex)
(e) We have to work unitedly in order to make Bangladesh a developed country. (Compound)
7. Change the narrative style by using indirect speeches. 5
“Stop writing now. The time is over.” “Sir, please wait a few more minutes. I came late,” the student said. “That can’t be an excuse. The college is not responsible for your delay.” said the teacher, “Sorry, sir.”
8. Identify the unclear pronouns references in the following paragraph where necessary rewrite the passage so that all pronoun references are clear. 1´5=5
A man came into a wood one day with an axe in their hand and begged all the trees to give it a small branch which he wanted for a particular purpose. These were good-natured and gave it one of it’s branches. The man fixed it into the axe head and started cutting down tree after tree.
9. Read the following text and use modifiers as directed in the blank space. 0.5´10=5
Men have travelled (a) ¾ (Use adverb to post-modify the verb) since they first appeared on the earth. In primitive times they did not travel for pleasure but (b) ¾ (Use infinitive to pre-modify the noun) new places. They travelled (c) ¾ (Use prepositional phrase to post-modify the verb). Their journeys were long, tiring and (d) ¾ (Pre-modify the adjective) dangerous. They protected (e) ¾ (Use reflexive pronoun to post-modify the pronoun) with simple weapons. (f) ¾, (Pre-modify the verb) they soon discovered easier ways of travelling. Then they travelled for pleasure and for experiencing (g) ¾ (pre-modify the noun) things. This is still the main reason (h) ¾ (Use adverbial phrase). Travelling has now become a (i) ¾ (Pre-modify the noun) business. (j) ¾ (Use subordinate clause to pre-modify the main clause), your need passport, visa and many other things.
10. Use appropriate sentence connectors in the blank spaces of the following passage. 0.5´10=5
Unemployment is a curse. (a) ¾ all the countries of the world suffer from this curse. (b) ¾ nowhere in the world, this problem is so acute as is our country. (c) ¾, there are many reasons behind it. (d) ¾, our country is industrially backward. (e) ¾ our traditional education system is not service oriented. (f) ¾ our students and youths have a false sense of dignity. (g) ¾, they run after jobs only. (h) ¾, unemployment problem should be removed at any cost. (i) ¾, our education system should be changed. (j) ¾, more mills and factories should be set up.
1. (a) ´; (b) the; (c) a; (d) the; (e) the; (f) the; (g) ´; (h) ´; (i) The; (j) the.
2. (a) to; (b) to; (c) by; (d) for; (e) for; (f) to; (g) of; (h) of; (i) by; (j) down.
3. (a) what does .... look like; (b) It; (c) had better; (d) would rather; (e) has to; (f) as soon as; (g) as if; (h) let alone; (i) What’s it like; (j) was born.
4. (a) Be punctual lest you should miss your class.
(b) Had I been a bit conscious I would have solved this problem.
(c) No sooner had the dog seen its master than it started barking.
(d) Time is so valuable that we cannot buy it for money.
(e) You could not get A+ provided you worked hard.
(f) He talked as if he had known everything.
(g) Would you mind opening the window?
(h) One cannot do well in the exam unless one studies hard.
(i) We want such friends who will be beside us in time of danger.
(j) If you had wanted, I would have accompanied you.
5. (a) is; (b) has to be acknowledged; (c) worked; (d) is not counted; (e) has not been recognized; (f) to establish; (g) entering; (h) are joining; (i) are opting; (j) have come.
6. (a) In 1971, Bangladesh got independence.
(b) No other event in the history of Bangladesh is so/as significant as it.
(c) Tragedy has often shaped the lives of the people of Bangladesh.
(d) Though there are many negative aspects, Bangladesh has become a country of possibility.
(e) We want to make Bangladesh a developed country and so we have to work unitedly.
7. The teacher told the student to stop writing and added that the time was over. At this, the student requested him (T) respectfully to wait a few more minutes and added that he (S) had come late. But the teacher said that that could not be an excuse and further said that the college was not responsible for his (S) delay. At this the student appologized to the teacher.
8. A man came into a wood one day with an axe in his hand and begged all the trees to give him a small branch which he wanted for a particular purpose. Trees were good-natured and gave him one of their branches. The man fixed it into the axe head and started cutting down tree after tree.
9. (a) much; (b) to discover;
(c) with great difficulty;
(d) very; (e) themselves;
(f) Later; (g) new; (h) behind travelling; (i) profitable;
(j) If you want to travel to any country.
10. (a) And; (b) However;
(c) Actually; (d) Firstly;
(e) Secondly; (f) Traditionally; (g) So; (h) However; (i) For this; (j) Besides.