English Comprehension Practice Set-1 for SSC CGL Exam

English Comprehension Practice Set-1 for SSC CGL Exam

Passage - I

Read the following passage and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

As I stepped out of the train I felt unusually solitary since I was the only passenger to alight. I was accustomed to arriving in the summer, when holidaymakers throng coastal resorts and this was my first visit when the season was over. My destination was a little village which was eight miles by road. It took only a few minutes for me to come to the foot of the cliff path. When I reached the top I had left all signs of habitation behind me. I was surprised to notice that the sky was already a flame with the sunset. It seemed to be getting dark amazingly quickly. I was at a loss to account for the exceptionally early end of daylight since I did not think I had walked unduly slowly. Then I recollected that on previous visits I had walked in high summer and how it was October. All at once it was night. The track was grassy and even in daylight showed up hardly at all.

I was terrified of hurtling over the edge of the cliff to the rocks below. I felt my feet squelching and sticking in something soggy. Then I bumped into a little clump of trees that loomed up in front of me. I climbed up the nearest trunk and managed to find a tolerably comfortable fork to sit on. The waiting was spent by my attempts to identify the little stirrings and noises of animal life that I could hear. I grew colder and colder and managed to sleep only in uneasy fitful starts. At last when the moon came up I was on my way again.

1. The writer felt unusually solitary because

(a) he was feeling very lonely without his family.

(b) he was missing the company of other holidaymakers.

(c) his destination was a little village eight miles away.

(d) there was no one to meet him.

Answer : (b) he was missing the company of other holidaymakers.

2."I left all signs of habitation behind me." This means that he

(a) came to a place where there were very few houses.

(b) was in front of a large collection of cottages.

(c) had come very far from places where people lived.

(d) had just passed a remote village.

Answer : (c) had come very far from places where people lived. 

3. I became darker than the writer expected because

(a) the nights are shorter in autumn than in summer.

(b) the nights are longer in October than mid summer.

(c) the train arrived later than usual.

(d) he had walked unduly slowly.

Answer : (c) the train arrived later than usual.

4. The writer found it difficult to keep to the path because of

(a) the darkness and narrowness of the path.

(b) poor visibility and grassy track.

(c) the darkness and his slow pace.

(d) poor visibility and dew on grass.

(d) poor visibility and dew on grass.

Answer : (d) poor visibility and dew on grass. 

5. When he settled himself on the fork of the tree the writer ___________

(a) had a sound sleep.

(b) was disturbed by noises of animals.

(c) was too afraid to sleep.

(d) tried to sleep but without much success.

Answer : (d) tried to sleep but without much success.

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