HSC English 2nd Paper Articles All Board Exercises
Fill in the blanks in the following texts with articles (a/an/the) as necessary. Some of the blanks may not require an article. Put a cross (x) in those blanks. 0.5 x 10 = 5
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Question 1. (a) – parliament house of Bangladesh is (b) – exquisitely designed building. In fact, it is (c) wonder of modern architecture and technology. It is one of (d) – largest and most spectacular parliament buildings in (e) — world. It is (1) – highly expensive building. (g) – maintenan cost of the parliament house is about 50 million taka per year. An American architect (h) – Louis Kahn designed this (i) — building. Everyday many (j) — visitor comes to visit the building. [DB ’19; Rajshahi Govt. City College, Rajshahi-2019; Cantt. Public School & College, Saidpur, Nilphamari-2014
Question 2. The national flag represents (a) — independence of (b) — country. Ours is (c) — independem country. Hence, we have a national flag symbolizing our independence. (d) — cloth of a national fiae is made of (e) — cotton, silk or linen. Our flag is rectangular in shape maintaining (j) — ratio of its length and breadth 10 : 6. There are different sizes of national flag. The background of our flags green which symbolizes our life and energy. In the middle point of the flag there is (g) – blood-redi circle representing our hard struggle and blood-shed. (h) – red circle also represents the heroic blood-shed of (i) — martyrs. The national flag plays (j) — vital role in the life of a nation.
[RB ’19; Uttara High School & College, Dhaka-2019: Jalalabad Cantonment Public School & College, Sylhet-2009]
Question 3. Industry is (a) —— key to success. (b) — industrious can prosper in life. (c) — man who does not undertake (d) – hard-work can never go (e) long way in (f) — world. Many (g) – man is not conscious of (h) — importance of (i) — diligence for which they can’t reap (j) — benefit of success.
Question 4. An honest man is true to his (a) —- words. He does not deviate from (b) – path of honesty. He knows that true happiness consists in (c) – honesty. He does not fall victim to (d) — greed. He does not hanker after (e) — worldly property. (f) — honest man abstains him from corruption. He does not mix with (g) — corrupted people. He is (h) – man who tries to get pleasure from good deeds. (i) — greed for wealth does not touch him. People should follow the path of (j) —- honest people of the society.
Question 5. What is patriotism? It is (a) —- noble virtue. It inspires (b) — man to dedicate his life for the freedom of his (c) — country. (d) — man without patriotism is no better than (e) —- beast. A true patriot is honoured by (f) — his countrymen. He thinks for (g) – betterment of his country. On (h) – contrary, (i) — unpatriotic man thinks only of his own interest. Those who die for (j) country are true patriots.
Question 6. I have (a) – uncle who has just retired from (b) –- army. He used to be (c) – ABI agent, and everybody says he has been an honest man all his life. As a child, I loved him for his stories. He once told me that he met (d) – one-eyed alien from (e) – space. (f) alien did not need any oxygen. And it did not have (g) – nose. I now understand that it was (h) — hard story to believe. I am not sure he was telling me (i) — truth. May be he is not so (j) — honest, after all.
[SB ’19 ]
Question 7. Mr. Bright is (a) — European. As he is (b) — Englishman, he knows (c) — English well. He is (d) honourable to everyone though he is (e) one-eyed man. One day having (f) —SOS, he went to (g) – USA. His brother Johnson living there joined (h) — army last year. He is (i) — younger of the two brothers. When Bright met his brother, he could not but shed (i) – tears: (JB’15; BB ’19; Pabna Cadet College, Pabna-2018; Mirpur Cantonment Public School & College, Dhaka-2017)
Question 8. Childhood or boyhood is (a) – man’s formative period. During this period (b) — child receives training from its mother. (c) mother’s tender heart always looks to (d) – welfare and well-being of (e) child. If during this period (1) – mother tries to bring (g) — child up carefully and according to her (h) —- best ideas, (i) — child is sure to grow with its superiors, parents and teachers and love (j) — all irrespective of caste, creed and colour.
[DB’11; JB ’09; DjB ’19; Shaheed Police Smrity College, Mirpur, Dhaka-2017]
Question 9. Bangladesh is (a) —- independent country. We won freedom on (b) — December 16, 1971. This freedom was won as (c) — result of great sacrifice. (d) — great many people laid down their lives for (e) — freedom of the country. (f) man who loves his country is (g) patriot. (h) — real patriot loves his country more than his life. Being patriot, we all should try to make (i) —- effort for the welfare and (j) — progress of our motherland.
Question 10. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in (a) — village of Stratford-on-Avon in (b) – county of Warwickshire. His father John Shakespeare was (c) – farmer’s son who came to (d) — Stratford about 1531, and began to prosper as (e) — trader in corn, wheat, leather and agricultural products. His mother Mary Arden was (f) —- daughter of (g) – prosperous farmer, descended from (h) — old family of mixed Anglo-Saxon and Norman blood. It is generally believed that neither (i) poet’s mother nor his father could read or write. In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the daughter of (j) — peasant family. She was eight years older than Shakespeare..
[Combined Board ’18 (Code-185); Kumudini Govt. College, Tangail-2018]
Question 11. Truthfulness is (a) — greatest of all (b) — virtues which makes (c) — man really great. If we do not cultivate the habit of speaking (d) — truth, we cannot command (e) — confidence of others. (1) – man whom nobody believes can never be great in life. We might succeed once or twice by telling (g) — lie but it never brings a good result. (h) – lie never lies hidden. Today or tomorrow it comes to light. Then (i) — real character of (j) — liar is revealed and nobody believes him.
[RB ‘17; Madan Mohan College, Sylhet-2019; Gout. Padma College, Dhohar, Dhaka-2018; Cumilla Govt. College, Cumilla-2018; Noakhali Govt. Women’s College, Noakhali-2018; Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt. Anwar Girls’ College, Dhaka-2017]
Question 12. The process of learning may very well be compared to (a) — undertaking of a journey. The learner or the student is (b) — journey taker or traveller. Just as a traveller has to undergo all (c) — botherations of buying his ticket, booking his baggage, showing up his ticket, taking care of things, boarding a train or a bus and suffering every other item of (d) — tedious journey to reach his (e) – destination, so a learner has to manage his learning affair himself. It is (f) — laborious process and no one can do (g) — labour for him and no one else can undertake (h) — journey for another. There is no trick or magic in it. It cannot be acquired at second hand. Just as a traveller he can enquire here and there in case of doubt and difficulty. However, the journey is (i) — passenger’s own concern. In (j) – same way, learning is entirely the concern of the student or the learner.
[JB ’17; Holy Cross College, Dhaka-2018; SOS Hermann Gmeiner College, Mirpur, Dhaka-2018; New Govt. Degree College, Rajshahi-2018; Gout. Fazilatunnesa Women’s College, Bhola-2017] ·
Question 13. In (a) — last 25 years (b) — world has lost one-third of its natural wealth, according to (c) international conservation organization World Wild Fund. (d) — earth’s forest, wetlands, seas and coasts are in (e) — worse state today than they were before. Forests are cut down. Moreover, they are being burnt indiscriminately resulting in (1) — increase in carbon-di-oxide and ultimately in (g) – water level rising as a consequence of global warming. It is anticipated that (h) – new century will face (i) — overwhelming environmental (j) — catastrophe.
[CB’17; St. Gregory School And College, Laxmibazar, Dhaka-2018; Ispahani Public School & College, Cumilla Cantt.-2017; Gout. College of Commerce, Chattogram-2017; Pirojpur Govt. Women’s College, Pirojpur-2017]
Question 14. ‘Rifle Roti Aurat’ is (a) —— first Bengali novel on (b) — Liberation war of Bangladesh. This unique novel is written by Anwar Pasha, (c) — professor of Bangla department at Dhaka University. He wrote this (d) — novel between April and June in 1971. The main character in this novel is Sudipta Shaheen who shares his dream of (e) —-— new country. Professor Anwar Pasha was picked up from his Dhaka University residence two days before (1) – victory. Sensing imminent defeat, the members of (g) — notorious killing squad Al-Badr picked up (h) – novelist Anwar Pasha and many other intellectuals and brutally killed them. According to (i) — Banglapedia, around 991 academics, 13 journalists, 49 physicians, 42 lawyers, and 16 other intellectuals were killed during (j) – liberation war of Bangladesh. [CtgB’17; Jashore Gout. Mohila College, Jashore-2019; Hajigonj Model Govt. College, Hajigonj-2018; Patuakhali Govt. College, Patuakhali-2018; Dhaka Imperial College, Dhaka-2017; Jashore Govt. Mohila College, Jashore-2017; Gout. Begum Rokeya College, Rangpur-2017)
Question 15. Robi is (a) — indigent boy. He comes of (b) — needy family. But he is diligent and upright. He has (C) – unique vision for life. He believes that honesty is (d) — key to success. Moreover, he has (e) – deep sense of patriotism. Being imbued with these ideals, he shapes (1) – dream of his life. From (g) – dawn to dusk, he works hard. He never squanders time, wastes money and dissipates (h) —– energy. His only aim is to reach (i) — apex of success. We need (j) — ideal boy like Robi.
[SB ’17; Bera Al-Hera Academy School & College, Pabna-2018; Cantt. Public School & College, Jahanabad, Khulna-2018; Cumilla Commerce College, Cumilla-2017)
Question 16. Truthfulness is (a) — greatest of all (b) — virtues which makes (c) — person really great. If we do not cultivate (d) — habit of speaking (e) — truth, we cannot command (f) — trust of others. The man whom nobody believes can never be famous in life. It may be that we may succeed once or twice by telling (g) — lie but it never brings about (h) – good result. A lie never lies hidden. Today or tomorrow it comes to light. Then (i) —- real character of (i) — liar is revealed and nobody believes him. ” (BB’17; Gout. Padma College, Dhohar, Dhaka-2018; Cumilla Govt. College, Cumilla-2018; Noakhali Govt. Women’s College, Noakhali-2018; Habigonj Govt. Mohila College, Habiganj-2017; Carmichael College, Rangpur-2017]
Question 17. What (a) — surprise it was! Robin got (b) — first prize in (c) —- competition. I was really (d) amazed at his success. Of course, he was trained by (e) — expert coach for (i) — time. He always obeyed (g) – instructions given by (h) – coach. Even he was not found outside (i) — camp during practice session. (j) boy like him is always appreciated by the people.
(DjB’17; Govt. City College, Chattogram-2017]
Question 18. Michael Madhusudan Dutt was (a) —- popular 19th century Bengali poet and dramatist. He was born in (b) — Sagardari on (c) — – bank of (d) — Kopotaksho river, (e) — village in Keshobpur Upazilla under Jashore district. From (f) — early age, Dutt aspired to be (g- Englishman in form and manner. Though he was born in (h) – sophisticated Hindu family, he took Christianity arousing (i) — anger of his family. He contributed much to (j) — development of Bengali literature.
(DB ’16; BAF Shaheen College, Shamshernagar, Moulvibazar-2018; St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-2017; Gout. M.M. College, Jashore-2017]
Question 19. Every student wants to do better in (a) — examination. But it is not (b) – easy work. (c) —student has to do something for this. From (d) — very beginning he must be serious. He should read (e) – texts again and again. He must not memorize (f) — answer without knowing the meaning. He must not make notes from (g) – common source. He should have a good (h) — command of English. By doing all these things (i) — student can hope to make a good (j) – – result
(RB’16; Shahid Smrity Govt. College, Muktagacha, Mymensingh-2018; Chandpur Govt. College, Chandpur-2018; Police Lines School College, Rangpur-2018; BN College, Dhaka-2017; Blue Bird High School & College, Sylhet-2017|
Question 20. Literacy as (a) – skill was first institutionalized in Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt and China soon after (b) – art of writing was invented. Education then was not for (c) – general people but (d) – privilege for (e) chosen (f) — few who took on strategic roles in (g) — running of (h) — state and in religion. In Greece, education became more widespread in about the 5th century BC. (i) — Greeks, however, sent only their (j) — male children to school. (JB’16; Shamsul Haq Khan School & College Dhaka-2018; Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah College, Demra-2018; Brahmanbaria United College, Brahmanbaria-2018; BEPZA PublicSchool & College, Chattogram-2018; Naogaon Govt. College, Naogaon-2017; Police Lines School & College, Kushtia-2017||
Question 21. My mother is (a) — ideal housewife. She is (b) — affectionate lady. She manages (c) — family very nicely. She hopes to see me happy at (d) — cost of her own life. She does not enjoy (e) — wink of sleep if I fall sick. She is very kind to (f) — poor. She is also (g) — very religious lady. She advises us to follow (h) – path of truth and honesty. (i) — woman like her is very rare. She bears a good moral (j) — character.
(CB’16; Brindaban Govt. College, Habiganj-2018: Carmichael College, Rangpur-2018; Muminunnisa Govt. Women’s College, Mymensingh-2017; Mongla Govt. College, Bagerhat-2017
Question 22. There is a saying that sincerity is (a) — key to success. (b) — person can prosper in life by doing hard work. The man who does not follow (c) rules of sincerity can never go (d) — long way in se world. Many (f) – man is not conscious of (g) – importance of (h) — sincerity for which they don’t have (i) – benefit of (i) — success. However, we should be sincere to our work if we want to achieve anything notable. (CtgB’16; Gout. Tolaram College, Narayanganj-2018; Cantt. Public School & College Momenshahi-2018; Bogura Cantt. Public School & College, Bogura-2018; Bangladesh College Teachers’ Association, Barishal-2017)
Question 23. Kamal is (a) —— HSC examinee this year. He is not (b) — attentive to his lessons. He is very weak in (c) — English. Moreover, he is (d) – lazy. So his preparation in English is not good. (e) — month ago before his examination he managed (f) — short suggestion and learnt it. On (g) – day of examination he started for the examination hall (h) – bit earlier. He entered (i) – examination hall with (i) — trembling heart.. [SB’16; Bandarban Govt. College-2018; Haji Lalmia City College, Gopalganj-2017)
Question 24. Once there lived (a) —- poor cobbler. He had (b) — rich neighbour. (c) — neighbour possessed (d) – ill-health. So, he was (e) — angry man. He was always (f) — unhappy man. Once he used to think (g) – richest men to be (h) happiest men in (i) — world. But his (j) — idea was wrong.
[BB ’16; Collectorate School & College, Rangpur-2018; Tejgaon College, Tejgaon, Dhaka-2017; Gout. Rashidujjoha Mahila College Sirajganj-2017; Chandpur Govt. College, Chandpur-2017]
Question 25. (a) — morning walk is a good habit for all classes of people. It is (b) — simple exercise and good for health and (c) — mentality. In the morning (d) — air is fresh and free from any kind of noise and pollution. This pure (e) — environment makes an effect on (f) — walker’s health and mind. When (g) — man enjoys (h) —- beauties and solemnity of (i) — nature in (j) — morning, his mind gets refreshed.
(CB’13; DjB ’16; Govt. Jaheda Safir Women’s College, Jamalpur-2018: Viqarunnisa Noon College, Dhaka-2017; Gazipur Cantonment College, Gazipur-2017; Govt. Shah Sultan College, Bogura-2017]
Question 26. Long long ago, (a) — mirror was found in (b) —- paddy field by (c) = farmer. Neither this farmer nor anybody else in (d) — area had ever seen (e) — mirror. So, when (f) – farmer looked into (g) – mirror, he was surprised to see (h) – man looking straight at him. Now, this farmer very much resembled his father who had died (i) — years ago. He thought that it was his father inside it and saluted him with (j) — love and respect. [RB’15; JB’12; Gulshan Commerce College, Gulshan, Dhaka-2017]
Question 27. (a) — discipline is seen even in (b) — nature. Every morning (c) — sun rises in (d) — east. Day follows (e) – night, birds sing and (f) – plants blossom. Everywhere in (g) – nature, there is (h) – harmony. If there was no discipline in (i) – nature, there would have been (j) – chaos everywhere.
Question 28. Television is (a) — part and parcel of modern life. At present we can enjoy various TV channels through satellite. Among these, (b) — Discovery Channel is my favourite one. This TV channel is very interesting and attractive. I think both (c) – young and (d) – old get pleasure from this channel. When I watch this TV channel, I forget (e) — everything of practical life. The introducer narrates everything in (f) — most appropriate way. He turns our attention to (g) – unknown and mysterious world of (h) — history and animals. (i) — sea-view is excellent. I think it attracts (j) — attention of all kinds of viewers. CtgB’15; Govt. Shaheed Bulbul College, Pabna-2018]
Question 29. Life is full of (a) = unfavourable circumstances. (b) – – adverse situations. These situations bring out (e) – man’s latent qualities. (f) — people in such circumstances learn many virtues like fortitude and bravery. Only (g) – virtuous and brave men can conquer (h) — obstacles of life. (i) — adverse situations have glorified (j) – mind and character of great men.
(SB’15; Dhaka Commerce College, Mirpur, Dhaka-2018; Mymensingh Girls’ Cadet College, Mymensingh-2017; Cout. Shaheed Bulbul College, Pabna-2017]
Question 30. The process of globalisation obviously requires (a) — common language for international (b) – communication. For many different reasons, English has achieved (c) – prestige of being that (d) – language because it is (e) – international language. It is no longer (f) — unique possession of the British or the Americans or other native-speakers, but (g) – language that belongs to (h) — world’s people. This phenomenon has led to (i) — bewildering variety of (j) — English around us.
[BB’15; Barishal Cadet College, Barishal-2018; Adamjee Cantonment College, Dhaka-2018; Canti. Public School & College, Momenshahi-2017; Rajshahi Govt. Women’s College, Rajshahi-2017; Barishal Cadet College, Barishal-2015]
Question 31. Ferdousi, (a) — great poet, began to write (b) — Shahnama and the Sultan promised him (c) — piece of gold coins for each (d) — verse. (e) — epic contained sixty thousand (f) — verses. But instead of gold coins, he offered the poet only sixty thousand silver (g) — coins. So, the poet refused to accept the silver coins and left the court with (h) – broken heart. He was (i) — aggrieved man. Later on, the Sultan realised that he had made (j) — blunder.
Question 32. Humayun Ahmed (1948–2012) was (a) — great novelist, screenwriter, playwright and film-maker of Bangladesh. He went to many (b) —- schools in Sylhet, Cumilla, Chattogram, Dinajpur and Bogura as his father lived in many places upon official assignment. He passed (c) — S.S.C Examination as (d) — student of Bogura Žilla School in 1965. Later he was admitted to Dhaka College and passed (e) – – H.S.C Examination in 1967. He initially planned to study (1) — Economics but suddenly changed his (g) – mind and got admitted into the University of Dhaka to study (h) —- Chemistry. He passed both B.Sc (Honours) and M.Sc with First Class. Subsequently, he joined the University of Dhaka as (i) — Lecturer in Chemistry. Later, he went to (j) — United States to do his Ph.D. [DB ’14; Hajigonj Model College, Chandpur-2017]
Question 33. (a) – – idle man and (b) — – active man cannot be equal. We know (c) — story of (d) —- ant and (e) — grasshopper. (f) – ant was industrious. On the other hand, the grasshopper was really (g) – lazy. The ant knew that (h) — industrious shine. On (i) — contrary, (j) —_– lazy suffer in life.
(RB ’14; JB ’14; CB ’14, ’09; Savar Govt. College, Savar-2018; Alamdanga Govt Degree College, Alamdanga, Chuadanga-2018; Savar College, Savar-2017; Rani Bhawani Govt. Women’s College, Natore-2017; Govt. Agragami Girls’ High School and College, Sylhet-2017]
Question 34. Poverty is (a) — acute problem in (b) — LDC like Bangladesh. Many people live below (c) — poverty line here. They regard (d) – poverty as (e) — great evil. It degrades (f) — dignity of (g) – individual as well as (h) – nation. But (i) — poverty alleviation is (j) — mammoth task.
[Ctgb ’14; Jalalabad Cantonment Public School & College, Sylhet-2018]
Question 35. Recently a detective watched (a) — well dressed woman who always went into (b) __ large store on Monday morning. One Monday, there were fewer people in the shop. So it was easier for (c) – detective to watch her. The woman first bought (d) — few small articles. After (e) — little time, she chose one of the most expensive dresses in the shop and handed it to (f) assistant who wrapped it up for her as quickly as possible. Then the woman simply took the parcel and walked out of the shop. When she was arrested, it was discovered that (g) – sales assistant was her (h) – daughter. The girl gave her (i) — expensive dress once (j) — week.
Question 36. The 16th December is (a) — red letter day in the history of Bangladesh. On this day we achieved (b) – freedom through (c) — long, bloody battle. (d) – new nation named Bangladesh came into (e) – being and made a place in (f) — world map as (g) – independent country. Every year this day is celebrated in (h) — enthusiastic atmosphere. We remember (i) — great sacrifice of our heroic sons who died for this country. We also pay (j) — great tribute to them.
[DjB’14; Armed Police Battalion Public School & College, Bogura-2017]
Question 37. Though newspaper is not always (a) — unmixed blessing, it is (b) — most useful thing in our life. We rarely think of (c) — day without reading (d) – newspaper. Reading newspaper is one of (e) – good habits of a man. We shall be like (f) – frog in a dark well if we neglect developing this habit. However, some people prefer (g) — electronic media to reading (h) — newspaper. But (i) – newspaper offers more to its readers than (j) — electronic media.
[DB ’13; RB ’10]
Question 38. Mosquito menace is one of (a) — most-talked topics. (b) — fear and nuisance of mosquito is called (c) — mosquito menace. For (d) — city dwellers it is (e) – constant nuisance. Particularly at (f) – night, it becomes intolerable when thousands of mosquitoes start singing around (g) — us. Even during daytimes, we are not free from (h) — attack of mosquitoes. To prevent (i) — nuisance e caused by mosquitoes, we have to be alert and work in (j) —- assorted efforts.
(RB ’13; Viqarunnisa Noon College, Dhaka (Set : Al-2018; B.Baria Govt. College, Brahmanbaria-2017)
Question 39. Adnan is a brilliant student. He is (a) — asset. One day he may be (b) — engineer or (c) -doctor. He makes (d) — best use of his time. He makes a proper division of his time and does his duties accordingly. He knows that youth is (e) – golden period of (f) — life. He has (g) – aim in life. He knows that life without (h) — aim is like (i) – ship without (j) — rudder.
[JB ’13; Ctgb ’13; Govt. Shahid Suhrawardy College, Dhaka-2017]
Question 40. A library is (a) —-part and parcel of (b) educational institution. It is (c) —- unique place where books of different subjects are kept for (d) – reading. It enables (e) readers to read books of their choice that creates (f) — enthusiasm for learning. Students should pay (g) — visit to (h) — library regularly. They can borrow books for (i) — certain period and return them after (j). — given time.
[SB’13; Rangpur Cadet College, Rangpur-2018; Gout. Sarada Sundari Mohila College, Faridpur-2017]
Question 41. Galib works in (a) — nationalized bank in Dhaka, (b) — capital city of Bangladesh. Being (c) – sensitive young man and (d) – ex-student of (e) —- English literature, he takes the job as (1) – source of pleasure. As (g) — honest officer, he tries to give his best to (h) — clients. Everyday hundreds of people come to (i) — bank and Galib happens to come across many of them with (j). – smiling face.
Question 42. At present Bangladesh faces (a) — number of (b) – problems. Of all these problems (c) — population problem is (d) — most acute one. Population is undoubtedly (e) — great asset of (f) country. But when (g) – country fails to feed and provide them with (h) — bare necessities of life, they become (i) — burden. Similar is (j) — case with Bangladesh.
[DjB ’13; CtgB’11]
Question 43. Tea is a drink. It is also (a) – refreshing drink. The preparation of tea is a long but (b) –interesting process. (c) – water is first boiled in (d) – – kettle and (e) – desired quantity of (f) – tea dust is put in it. After (g) – few minutes (h) — boiled leaves are separated from (i) – liquor. Then the liquor is poured into (j) — cup and some milk and sugar are mixed with it.