May 24, 2013 | 07:51 AM (BD Time)
24 May, 2013 Friday
SSC English first paper
Part A: Reading Test
Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow:
The National Memorial at Savar is a symbol of the nation's respect for the martyrs of the War of liberation. It is built with concrete, but made of blood. It stands 150 feet tall, but every martyr it stands for stands so much taller. It is an achievement the dimensions of which can be measured, but it stands for an achievement which is immeasurable. It stands up right for the millions of martyrs who laid down their lives so that we may stand upright, with honour and dignity, amongst the nations of the world.
Most prominently visible is the 150 feet tower that stands on a base measuring 130 feet wide. There is actually a series of 7 towers that rise by stages to a height of 150 feet. The foundation was laid on the first anniversary of the Victory Day. There is actually a plan to build a huge complex in several phases. The entire complex will cover an area of 126 acres. The plan of this complex includes a mosque, a library and a museum. The relics of the liberation war will be kept in the museum. They will ever remind our countrymen and all who would come to visit the museum of the valiant struggle and supreme sacrifices of a freedom loving people. Here also will be a clear warning to all oppressors that the weapons of freedom need not be very big, and that oppressors will always be defeated. The will of people prevails, for man is born to be free.
The most moving sight of the complex is the several graves of the martyred freedom fighters: close to the tower. Standing in front of the graves we bow down our heads in respect, as the towers soar up symbolizing the loftiness of their spirit.
Choose the best answer: 1x5=5 1 X 5=5
a) In the passage the phrase 'moving sight' means -----sight
i) charming ii) beautiful
iii) touching iv) enchanting
b) The memorial will be a clear warning to all---
i) tyrants ii) rulers
iii) kings iv) oppressors
c) the National Memorial stands for an achievement which is ---
i) measured ii) measuring
iii) immeasurable iv) measureable
d) The height of the towers symbolizes ------of the spirit
e) It was made of blood. Here 'blood' is an--------
2. Write whether the statements are true or false. If false, give the correct answer: -1x5=5
a) man likes bondage by birth
b) The National Memorial at Savar has symbolical meaning.
c) The National Memorial upholds the sacrifice of the language movement martyrs.
d) Concrete has been used to build the National Memorial.
e) Oppressors always come out victorious.
3. Fill in each gap in the following passage with a suitable word from the box. There are more words than necessary: ½ X 10 = 5
profound stands independence weighed Situated remains
measured Symbolical bent gave bow sacrifice
The National Memorial (a) ...........at Savar (b) ...........the people of our country of the supreme (c) ...........of the martyrs of the War of Liberation for the (d) ...........of our motherland. It has got a ........... (e) ....meaning. It (f) ...........for nation's respect for the martyrs. The achievement earned by the martyrs can not be (g) ............ . the martyrs (h) ...........away their lives so that we may live with dignity. Standing before the graves of the martyrs we (i) ...........down our head with (j) ...........respect.
4. Read the passage in A. Now write a paragraph based on the information about the National Memorial. Use the clues in the box below. Write the information in a logical sequence as it appears in the text. The paragraph should not exceed 70 words. 5
Sublime , foundation, remind, achievement, symbol, defeat, weapon
5. Read the text in A again. Now answer the following questions in your own words. 1x5=5
a) What does the National Memorial symbolize?
b) What warning would be there for the oppressors?
c) What does the complex include?
d) Why does the will of people prevail ?
e) Why is the museum built near the monument?
6. Fill in each gap with a suitable word of your own, based on the information from the text in A. ½ X 10 = 5
The plan (a) .......this complex includes a mosque, a library and a (b) ........ The relics (c) .......the Liberation War will be kept in the museum. They will ever (d) .......our countrymen and all who would come to (e) .......the museum of the valiant struggle and (f) .......sacrifices of a (g) .......loving people. Here also will be a clear (h) ....... to all oppressors who (i) .......be defeated. The will of people prevails (j) .......man is born to be free.
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