English Sample Question for JSC 2019

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

JSC Examination 

Subject: English

Full Marks: 100, Time: 3 Hours

Marks for the individual items are mentioned next to the test items.

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

Part: A Seen

Read the text and answer questions 1 and 2

Bangladeshi cuisine is rich and varied with the use of many spices. We have delicious and appetizing food, snacks, and sweets. 

Boiled rice is our staple food. It is served with a variety of vegetables, curry, lentil soups, fish and meat. Fish is the main source of protein. Fishes are now cultivated in ponds. Also we have fresh-water fishes in the lakes and rivers. More than 40 types of fishes are common. Some of them are carp, rui, katla, magur (catfish), chingri (prawn or shrimp). Shutki or dried fishes are popular. Hilsa is very popular among the people of Bangladesh. 

Panta ilish is a traditional platter of Panta bhat. It is steamed rice soaked in water and served with fried hilsa slice, often together with dried fish, pickles, lentil soup, green chilies and onion. It is a popular dish on the Pohela Boishakh.

The people of Bangladesh are very fond of sweets. Almost all Bangladeshi women prepare some traditional sweets. ‘Pitha A type of sweets made from rice flour, sugar syrup molasses and sometimes milk, is a traditional food loved by the entire population. During winter Pitha Utsab, meaning pitha festival is organized by different groups of people. 

Sweets are distributed among close relatives when there is good news like births, weddings, promotions etc.

Sweets of Bangladesh are mostly milk based. The common ones are rasgulla, sandesh, rasamalai, gulap jamun, kal jamun and chom-chom. There are hundreds of different varieties of sweet preparations. Sweets are therefore an important part of the day-to-day life of Bangladeshi people.

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

  1. Choose the correct answer to each question from the alternative given and write the corresponding number of the answers in your answer script.

(i) The word ‘cuisine’ in line 1 of the text means ————- .

(a) a style of cooking       (b) a special kind of food

(c) cooking spicy dishes  (d) a combination of different dishes

(ii) The words ‘appetizing food’ in line 1 of the text mean ————  .

(a) expensive food

(b) food that makes you feel hungry

(c) food that is cooked with spices

(d) food that has good nutritional value

(iii) The word ‘platter’ in line 8 of the text means ————— .

(a) a large plate to serve food (b) a meal served on a large plate

(c) a dish with a variety of food items on it (d) all of above

(iv) The main source of protein for Bangladeshi people is ————- .

(a) boiled rice (b) lentil soup

(c) fish          (d) meat

(v) Panta bhat is usually served with ————– .

(a) dried fish (b) green chili and onion

(c) hilsa        (d) all of the above

(vi) Panta-ilish is eaten with much festivity ———– .

(a) throughout the year (b) to the wedding guests

(c) on a special day         (d) in winter

(vii) A popular food item in winter is ————- .

(a) lentil soup (b) pitha (c) panta bhat (d) dried fish

  1. Answer the following questions from your reading of the above text.

(a) Name four freshwater fish.

(b) How is panta bhat prepared?

(c) Name four milk-based sweets.

(d) Where are most of the fish cultivated?

  1. Read the following text and fill in the gaps with appropriate words to make it a meaningful one.

In a plane, oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a lack of oxygen, an oxygen mask will automatically (a) —————— in front of you. Pull the mask towards you and (b)—————- it firmly over your nose and mouth. Secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires (c) —————— , secure your mask on first, and then help the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to (d) —————– it. In the event of an (e)—————- please assume the bracing position.

Part B : Unseen

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

Read the following text and answer questions 4 and 5.

Meera is a singer with a great zeal for folk songs. She is a dancer too. She enjoys dancing with folk songs. She performs at national events and also represents our culture in different countries. Besides singing, she also studies computer science at a university in China. Manosh and Rudro are also two promising folk singers of our time. Manosh passed the SSC Examination in 2018 when Rudro was a student of class eight. Manosh won the Star Voice Singing competition in 2012 in the folk song category. Rudro won that award in 2015 in the same category. He performed in the Boishakhi open concert at Dhaka University campus in 2016. Both Manosh and Rudro love folk songs because it appeals to our root culture. They believe that folk music can reach the heart of our common people easily. In 2018, Manosh successfully released his first album titled ‘Mon Janala’.
  1. Complete the table below. Write no more than three words and/or numbers for each answer.
Who? What? When/where?
Meera studies computer science in  a university in (1) —————
Meera (2) ———————— in foreign countries
(3) ————— Was awarded Star Voice Singing competition in 2012
Rudro appeared in the Boishakhi concert at (4) —————- in 2016
Manosh Released his maiden album in (5) ——————————
  1. Read the passage again and write, whether the statements are true or false. Give correct answer if the statement is false.

(a) Meera enjoys singing folk songs.

(b) Meera performs at both national and international levels.

(c) Manosh and Rudro won two different awards.

(d) The first album of Manosh was released in the same year when he passed the SSC Examination.

(e) The common people of our country love folk songs.

  1. Read the text and fill in the gaps using the clues given in the boxes. There are  more words than necessary. One word can be used once only.
the off as named this finances
length cost country width roads touch

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is a mega project in the construction history of Bangladesh. This will connect 21 districts of (a)————– , Munshiganj, Shariatpur and Madaripur. With (b)————- connectivity 21 districts of (c)—————- south-western part of the (d)————— will come under direct (e)—————– with the capital as well (f)————— the whole country. It’s total (g)—————- is 6.15 kms and (h)—————– is 18.1 meters. It will (i)——————– 3.6 billion USD. Bangladesh government (j)——————- this huge project.

English Sample Question for JSC 2019

  1. Read the text and fill in the gaps using suitable words to make it a meaningful text.

The sun in the source of all energies. All the living beings (a) ————— sunlight directly or indirectly for their (b)—————– on this earth. Sunlight (c)—————- white as we see it with our naked eyes but the actual (d)——————— of sunlight his green. Now, we are going to explain why sunlight looks white (e)—————— it was originally green.


  1. Match the part of sentences from column A and B to make five complete sentences.
Column A Column B
(a) One day a fisherman (i) to see the coins as the fisherman returned home
(b) Suddenly he saw (ii) began to boast of it before all the friends
(c) His wife was very happy (iii) a bag full of gold coins in his net
(d) The fisherman asked his wife to keep (iv) cast his net in the river
(e) But instead of doing so she (v) the find of gold coins a secret

 English Sample Question for JSC 2019

Part C: Grammar

  1. Read the text below and fill in the gaps with the root words in the brackets adding suitable suffix, prefix or both.

Altaf Mahmud is a musician, (a) ————— (culture) activist and a (b)————– (free) fighter of Bangladesh. He took part in the historic Language (c)————– (move) of 1952. He is the (d)————— (compose) of the famous song “Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano”. He wrote that immortal song to honour the language martyrs of 1952. The songs composed and sung by Altaf Mahmud were great source of (e)————– (inspire) to the people who protested against the (f)—————– (brutal) of Pakistani Government. Altaf Mahmud was very (g)—————— (support) to those who fought for Bangladesh in the Liberation war of 1971. He created a camp inside his  house to provide (h)—————- (accommodate) to them. His (i)—————- (patriot) songs were then broadcast from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendro. He was awarded the Ekushey padak of his (j)—————- (contribute) to Bangali culture and the War of Liberation.

  1. Fill in the gaps in the following text with appropriate articles (a, an or the). Put a corss(x) where no article is used.

Friendship is one of (a)———- most precious gift of life. (b)———- person who has true friends in life is lucky enough. Friendship makes (c)———- life thrilling. It is indeed, (d)———- asset in life. True friendship is (e)———- feeling of love, sharing and caring. (f)———- true friends stand by us when we are in trouble. Lasting friendship in indeed, (g)———- blessing. However, it is better to have friends of (h)———- same age group and mentality. In short, friendship is (i)———- essential condition for (j)———- happy life.

  1. Change the following sentences as directed in the brackets.

Sylhet is one of the most beautiful districts of Bangladesh. (a) In the 14th century, Saint Hazrat Shah Jalal conquered Sylhet. (Make it a passive sentence) (b) It was declared as a division by the government in 1995. (Make it an active sentence) (c) The vast green tea gardens attract many tourists. (Make it an interrogative sentence) (d) The climate of this place is very fine. (Make it an exclamatory sentence) Sylhet produces a lot of quality pineapple. (e) Sylvi, a local girl, likes pineapple. (Make it a negative sentence)

  1. Rewrite the following passage changing the form of speech.

“It is so unusual! It’s a cold night, but I feel warm now,” the Prince said, “It happens when I do something good to help someone,” he added. The queen smiled to look at his son and said, “Good night,” “Good night,” the Prince also smiled and said to his mom.

  1. Use capital letters and punctuation marks as needed in the following passage.

one day Neela went to see bela her elder sister she found her very depressed there Neela asked what happens darling

Part D: Writing

  1. Suppose, you are Rabid and you are in a restaurant with your sister. Make a dialogue between you and the waiter before ordering your meal.
  2. A social organization in your locality is hiring some volunteers for a fund raising event. Write an email to the coordinator of that organization to be a volunteer for the event. The email can be sent to abcd123@charity.org.bd. In your email, you should

>write a subject line

>use proper salutations/greetings

>give a brief introduction of you

>express your interest for the role of a volunteer

>mention why you are interested to work as a volunteer

>write a closing remark, your name and contact address

16.Write a paragraph of 150 words on the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear families. Your writing should address the following questions.

>What is a nuclear family?

>What are the advantages of a nuclear family?

>What are the disadvantages of a nuclear family?

>What kind of family do you prefer and why?

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