This is about 38th BCS Solution (English). Every year BPSC repeats a number of questions. So if you practice the previous year’s question, you will be benefited.


38th BCS Solution

1. Who is the author of ‘Man and Superman’?
    (a) G.B. Shaw
(b) Thomas Hardy
(c) Ernest Hemingway
(d) Charles Dickens
2. The most famous satirist in English literature is-
(a) Jonathan Swift
(b) Alexander Pope
(c) Joseph Addison
(d) Richard Steel
3. What is the plural form of the word ‘louse’?
(a) louses

(b) lice
(c) lices
(d) licess


4. Choose the correct sentence:
(a) He refrained to take any drastic action.
(b) He refrained on taking any drastic action
(c) He refrained in taking any drastic action
(d) He refrained from taking any drastic action
5. Which word is closest in meaning to ‘Franchise’?
(a) utility
(b) frankness
(c) privilege
(d) superficial
6. ‘Once in a blue moon’ means-
(a) always
(b) very rarely
(c) nearly
(d) hourly
7. ‘Jacobean Period’ of English Literature refers to-
(a) 1558-1603
(b) 1625-1649
(c) 1603-1625
(d) 1649-1660
8. A retired officer lives next door. Here, the underlined word is used as a/an:
(a) Gerund
(b) Adverb
(c) Preposition
(d) Participle
9. Choose the appropriate preposition in the blank of the  following sentence:
Eight men were concerned —- the plot.
(a) at
(b) with
(c) in
(d) for

10. Fill in the gap with right tense:
When water — it turns into ice.
(a) will freeze
(b) freezes
(c) would freeze
(d) froze

38th BCS Solution (English)

11. Which one is the correct antonym of ‘frugal’?
(a) Extraordinary
(b) spendthrift
(c) economical
(d) authentic
12. Choose the meaning of the idiom:
‘Take the bull by the horns’
(a) to challenge the enemy with courage
(b) force the enemy to submit
(c) out of one’s wit
(d) surrender before the enemy

13. Fill in the blank with the correct quantifier.
I still have — money.
(a) a few
(b) quite a few
(c) many
(d) a little

14. Select the right  compound structure of the sentence.
‘Though he is poor, he is honest.’
(a) He is poor and honest.
(b) As he is poor, he is honest
(c) He is poor but honest
(d) Since he is poor he is honest


15. Where do the following lines occur in?
‘Alone, alone, all, all, alone,
Alone on a wide, wide sea…’
(a) The Rime of Ancient Mariner
(b) Kubla Khan
(c) The Nightingale
(d) The Dungeon

16. ‘For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love.’ This line is written by-
(a) Emily Dickinson
(b) T.S. Eliot
(c) Mathew Arnold
(d) John Donne

17. Fill in the blank:
Tourist —- their reservations well in advance it they want to fly to Cox’s Bazar.
(a) better to had get
(b) had better to get
(c) had better got
(d) had better get

18. The sun went down. The underlined word is used here as a/an:
(a) Preposition
(b) adverb
(c) noun
(d) conjunction

19. Which one of the following words is in singular form?
(a) agenda
(b) oases
(c) radius
(d) formulae

20. Identify the right passive voice of ‘It is impossible to do this.’
(a) Doing this is possible
(b) This is impossible to be done.
(c) This is must be done.
(d) This can’t be done.

38th BCS Solution (English)

21. Of the following author, who wrote an epic?
(a) John Milton
(b) Jane Mansfield

(c) William Cowper
(d) William Shakespeare

22. The literary term ‘euphemism’ means-
(a) vague idea

(b) in offensive expression
(c) a sonnet
(d) wise saying 

23. “Mutton’ is a/an-
(a) Common noun
(b) Abstract noun

(c) Material noun
(d) Proper noun

24. Reading is an excellent habit. Here, the underlined word is a-
(a) verbal noun
(b) participle
(c) verb
(d) gerund

25. Which one of the following words is an example of a distributive pronoun?
(a) such 

(b) either
(c) that
(d) any

26. Who is not a Victorian poet?
(a)Mathew Arnold
(b) Alexander Pope
(c) Robert Browning
(d) Alfred Tennyson

27. A speech of too many words is called-
(a) A big speech
(b) Maiden Speech
(c) An unimportant speech
(d) A verbose speech

28. ‘Strike while the iron is hot’ is an example of-
(a) Noun clause

(b) Adjective Clause
(c) Adverbial clause
(d) Subordinate Clause

29. The play ‘The Spanish Tragedy’ is written by-
(a) Thomas Kyd
(b) Christopher Marlowe

(c) Shakespeare
(d) Ben Jonson

30. Who among the following Indian English writers is a famous novelist?
(a) Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak

(b) R.K. Narayan
(c) Nissim Ezekiel
(d) Kamala Das

38th BCS Solution (English)

31. The word ‘panegyric’ means
(a) criticism
(b) elaborate praise
(c) curse
(d) high sound

32. Select correctly spelt word.
(a) heterogeneous
(b) hetarogeneous
(c) hetrogeneous
(d) hetroganeous

33. ‘Among’ is the preposition that is used when — people are involved.
(a) two
(b) more than two
(c) two or more than two
(d) four only

34. Which period is known as “The Golden Age of English Literature?’
(a) The Victorian Age
(b) The Elizabethan age
(c) The Restoration Age
(d) The Eighteen Century

35. Which one in the correct indirect narration?
      “Why have you beaten my dog?’ he said to me.
(a) He demanded my why I had beaten his dog
(b) He asked me why I have had beaten his dog
(c) He enquired me why had I had beaten his dog
(d) He demanded of me why  I had beaten his dog


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