English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 103

Direction (1-10): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.

  1. Vajpayee’s first hold on power was a ____________________ as External Affairs Minister in the Janata government in 1977-79, where he made a bold effort to normalise relations with China. Subsequently, he had three stints as Prime Minister, a 13-day misadventure without the required support in 1996, a 13-month experiment with strange bedfellows in 1998-99, and a full term with a reasonably ____________________ alliance during 1999-2004. The National Democratic Alliance that the BJP formed in 1998 would not have been possible without Vajpayee as the leader.
    lavish, coherent
    stint, cohesive
    exuberant, integrated
    generous, tenacious
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. Well-chosen words, however, will not be enough. To begin with, there appears to be very little trust in any quarter of both capitals. Both leaders face political realities that could ____________________ them from taking any major risks. Mr. Modi, who dealt with the Pathankot airbase attack just days after his visit to Lahore in December 2015, may well prefer to avoid such overtures, especially with Lok Sabha elections due in less than a year. Mr. Khan, who commands a thin majority in Parliament, and has frequently criticised his predecessors for close ties with India, may choose to remain ____________________ .
    facilitate, radical
    assist, liberal
    inhibit, conservative
    incite, bohemian
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. A review of elephant corridors published by the Wildlife Trust of India jointly with the Environment Ministry’s Project Elephant last year ____________________ that there are 101 such identified pathways, of which almost 70% are used regularly. Nearly three-quarters of the corridors are evenly divided among southern, central and northeastern forests, while the rest are found in northwest Bengal and the northwestern region. Some of these passages are precariously narrow, at only a hundred metres wide. These landscape characteristics, and the evidence that there are an ____________________ 6,500 elephants in just the Brahmagiri-Nilgiris-Eastern Ghats ranges, call for complete protection of the routes they regularly use.
    connotes, computed
    betokens, criticized
    demonstrates, precise
    indicates, estimated
    All are Correct
    Option D


  4. After the Wuhan summit, India and China have made progress on addressing the trade deficit, with China increasing access for Indian goods such as pharma and agricultural products. The second ____________________ is about demands by other RCEP countries for lower customs duties on a number of products and greater access to the market than India has been willing to provide. On the other hand, the more developed RCEP countries such as Australia and Singapore have been unwilling to ____________________ India’s demands to liberalise their services regime and allow freer mobility of Indian workers.
    enterprise, confuse
    solicitude, frustrate
    distress, incommode
    concern, accommodate
    All are Correct
    Option D


  5. The second largest bloc, Hadi al-Amiri’s pro-Iran Fatah Alliance, is yet to join hands with Mr. Sadr. During the campaign, Mr. Sadr had attacked the growing ____________________ of the U.S. and Iran in Iraq. Fatah, made up of the Iran-trained Popular Mobilisation Forces that were at the forefront of the battle against the Islamic State, ran a pro-Iran campaign. In June, Mr. Sadr and Mr. Amiri had announced a surprise alliance in Najaf, but later Fatah backed out. If Mr. Sadr’s grand ____________________ does not get Fatah on its side, it will have to seek support from Kurdish or Sunni parties.
    influence, coalition
    persuade, discord
    effect, severance
    induce, dissection
    All are Correct
    Option A


  6. It goes without saying that a wide political consensus, as well as legislative cooperation from various parties at the Centre and in the States, is required for holding simultaneous elections. It is natural that parties that control legislatures constituted in recent months or years would resist any ____________________ of their tenures, while those in the Opposition may prefer simultaneous polls if it means Assembly elections being advanced. Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has written to the Law Commission favouring simultaneous polls, giving a fillip to the idea. The ____________________ of the argument in favour of the concept is that the country is perpetually in election mode, resulting in a lack of adequate focus on governance.
    furtherance, brink
    curtailment, crux
    plethora, fringe
    adjunct, circuit
    All are Correct
    Option B


  7. The answer is that both are true. Mr. Trump’s critics are correct in that there is no single U.S. law requiring families to be ____________________ . Rather, what the White House referred to as “loopholes” in legislation are two legal provisions: a law against “improper entry by aliens” at the border, and a decree known as the Flores settlement. The first is a federal law that makes it impossible to summarily ____________________ certain vulnerable categories of migrants, such as families, asylum-seekers and unaccompanied minors.
    participative, ostracize
    connected, banish
    separated, deport
    adhesive, extradite
    All are Correct
    Option C


  8. The electoral face-off between Mr. Widodo and Mr. Prabowo comes also against the backdrop of a highly charged gubernatorial race in Jakarta in 2017. The ____________________ at that time, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, had succeeded Mr. Widodo when he became President in 2014 and was considered his protégé. Mr. Purnama, a Christian, narrowly lost the election after a hard-fought campaign in which hardline groups accused him of blasphemy. He was subsequently ____________________ on the charge. Mr. Prabowo and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, had campaigned for Mr. Purnama’s rival at the time — but Mr. Widodo’s running mate, Mr. Amin, was a witness in the blasphemy trial.
    mandatory, detached
    obligatory, emancipated
    necessary, delivered
    incumbent, imprisoned
    All are Correct
    Option D


  9. There is an outpouring of goodwill and support from across the country and even abroad, and the State government has ____________________ quickly to make online contributions to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund possible through a dedicated portal. Liberal donations will help the government in large-scale relief and post-flood rehabilitation ____________________ . Support groups from neighbouring States such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have begun sending relief material, although the disruption to road connectivity has left a lot of it stranded at the inter-State borders.
    ceased, enterprises
    acted, initiatives
    waited, endeavors
    abstained, openings
    All are Correct
    Option B


  10. In badminton, India has never gone beyond the bronze at the Asian Games, but the presence of two Olympic medallists, Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, may well change that. India may not be a powerhouse in ____________________ and field. All the same, athletics has brought the country more than half its golds across Asiads. Now, Chopra begins as the favourite to wrest the javelin gold. The 4×400 m relays — there are three, with the ____________________ of a mixed relay — may also bring some joy. Much depends on how the Athletics Federation of India handles the Nirmala Sheoran issue.
    track, introduction
    pursue, epilogue
    chase, appendix
    spoor, egress
    All are Correct
    Option A


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