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.
- The man is a menace, that much is true. This latest piece of wilful ______________ will put everyone at greater risk. It’s terrible news for all who seek a nuclear-free world. It’s a significant backwards step away from the obligation of all declared nuclear weapons states, under the 1970 nonproliferation treaty, to reduce and eliminate their ______________. It’s a reckless, irresponsible act.
erection, armoriesconsecration, storesvandalism, arsenalsproduction, granariesAll are CorrectOption C
- History tells us that when environments deteriorate, societies turn to supposed strongmen and religious ______________ rather than smart, pragmatic leaders. That is happening now. In addition to the dictatorships of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, a growing number of young democracies have ______________ into authoritarianism: the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte, Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Egypt under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and next, it would seem, Brazil under Bolsonaro.
addicts, progressedmaniacs, recoveredenthusiasts, improvedzealots, relapsedAll are CorrectOption D
- Although May used her conference speech to declare that the Tories are the party of opportunity and pointed to her ministers’ personal hardships as proof of that, a class ______________ still exists in parts of it. A number of MPs like to joke about the fact that, although May attended Oxford University, she only studied geography at St Hugh’s College – founded for women who couldn’t afford the fees at other women’s colleges. Meanwhile, defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s nickname is Poker. It’s not particularly affectionate – the purpose is to tease him over his ______________ beginnings as a fire salesman.
arrogance, arrogantsnobbery, humblehauteur, conceitedprudery, insolentAll are CorrectOption B
- There are 5m households in ______________ accommodation in Britain, while 250,000 families in England are bringing up babies and infants in privately rented accommodation that fails to meet the ______________ homes standard. For all this talk of millennials, it’s affecting older people, too: the number of middle-aged renters has doubled in a decade. Scottish Widows projects that one in eight retirees will be renting by 2032 – treble the figure in 2017.
lacerated, crudefissured, wickedchartered, filthyrented, decentAll are CorrectOption D
- I’d been fired from a job for being transgender. “That’s not right,” he said. “But I worry about bathrooms and keeping girls safe. Men dressing as women could hurt them.” I’d heard this line before, and I asked him which bathroom he would want me to use. He took in my presentation: standard masculine, with a ______________ voice and bit of ______________ . “Oh,” he said, “the men’s room.”
soprano, appeasetenor, adjudicatebaritone, stubblelow, sootheAll are CorrectOption C
- When I was at school, I had a lot of fun. Much of that included streaming out of classrooms to ______________ about the fact our teacher had stepped backwards into a bin; analysing a conversation we’d started having before the period had begun; ______________ out hugs to friends; even – shock horror – discussing what we had just learned. It was also a time to snatch one-on-one time, as break times were more dedicated to group gatherings. It was a chance to chat to people who might not have been in the same social circle as you, or mix outside of joint classes.
chuckle, retaininggiggle, dolingsnicker, refusingchortle, rejectingAll are CorrectOption B
- During their early rapid growth, sharing economy companies started operations around the world without regard to local laws on the basis that existing regulations had not ______________ the radical and disruptive new ideas they embodied. But the tide slowly turned as the ______________ tech rhetoric wore off and it became clear that Uber was in fact a taxi company and Airbnb was in effect a hotel business.
envisaged, whizzyanticipated, ignoramuscontemplated, decelerateconceived, ganderAll are CorrectOption A
- Children are more vulnerable to breathing in polluted air than adults. For their size, they breathe more air each minute than an adult. Buggies and prams put them at the level of car ______________. Breathing illegal and harmful levels of air pollution triggers asthma attacks and can make those attacks more severe, increasing the risk that they will end up in hospital or worse. It can also ______________ their lung growth, causing further health problems as they grow up.
dissipates, flourishfatigues, activatedevours, actuateexhausts, stuntAll are CorrectOption D
- We know that two camps are ______________ against one another: on one side, Hungary’s “illiberal democrat” Viktor Orbán, Poland’s nationalist leadership, Italy’s far-right strongman, Matteo Salvini; on the other, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and the Netherlands’ prime minister, Mark Rutte. This will define the looming 2019 electoral ______________. What’s less explored is how, at a grassroots level, people’s perceptions have drifted far from the European “demos” or public realm dreamed of by the creators of the EU.
alveolate, coincidefaveolate, harmonizepitted, clashbumpy, consentAll are CorrectOption C
- Brexit is a reasonable excuse for ministers being ______________ overall, but there are also underlying misconceptions about abuse that existed long before the EU ______________. It is still assumed, for example, that all victims will go through the criminal justice system, when in reality only one in five of those in refuges even report their ordeals to the police. There still seems to be an assumption that once someone leaves an abusive relationship they’ll be fine, whereas in reality many survivors develop severe mental health problems.
preoccupied, shelvedistracted, referendumdistrait, postponeoblivious, delayAll are CorrectOption B