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.
- Out of the horror ______________ by those who cannot accept the world as it is, comes a vision of a better world. It comes from above and it comes from below. It comes from ordinary people. Supermarkets in Wellington suburbs have sold out of flowers, tough old football coaches are talking about love and, most powerful of all, there are the stories of the Christchurch shooting ______________ themselves. Those who risked – and lost – their lives to save their fellow worshippers or – astonishingly – found it in their hearts to forgive the gunman.
maintained, reversioninflicted, survivorsgrasped, survivabilityreposed, beneficiariesAll are CorrectOption B
- If you have been paying attention, you will know that there is now a genre of response protocol that is followed after attacks on Muslims. It blows dog-whistles even as carnage is unfolding. A ______________ routine has become established. It usually goes like this. Condemn the attack in the strongest terms, and then water down that condemnation. We mustn’t get carried away, you see, and forget about the context. Attacks against Muslims must not stop us from continuing to criticise Islam and Muslims when it is warranted. The unvoiced subtext is that maybe these particular Muslim victims didn’t have it coming, but such ______________ don’t come out of nowhere. But, you know, thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
heavenly, outrageousnessattracting, monstrositiesghoulish, atrocitiesgroomed, violationsAll are CorrectOption C
- In the more likely event of failure tomorrow, May has promised the Commons a two-week debate on alternative forms of Brexit. Crashing out without a deal has been ______________ . An alternative to May’s deal, so-called soft Brexit, would then be on the table. The option of remaining in a customs union and maintaining close ties to the single market has the support of the Labour party, the minority parties and possibly a majority even of Tories. Since May originally voted to remain, we might assume she favours it too. Only her desperate attempt to push her deal through with Tory and DUP support has kept this option from being ______________ .
asserted, deemedopted, reasonedacknowledged, studiedrejected, consideredAll are CorrectOption D
- Climate change activism is increasingly the domain of the young, such as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the unlikely face of the school strike for climate movement, which has seen many thousands of children walk out of school to demand that their parents’ generation takes responsibility for leaving them a planet to live on. In comparison, the existing political establishment looks more and more like an impediment to change. The consequences of global warming have moved from the merely theoretical and predicted to observable reality over the past few years, but this has not been matched by an ______________ in urgency. The need to keep the wheels of capitalism well-oiled takes ______________ even against a backdrop of fires, floods and hurricanes.
uptick, precedencenotch, posterioritygouge, inferiorityscratch, subsequenceAll are CorrectOption A
- A no-deal Brexit would be a practical and logistical nightmare for our farm businesses. The no-deal tariff schedule, published by the UK government last week, gave an ______________ into what we are facing. A zero rate tariff on agricultural goods coming from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland would ______________ farming here. It offers Ireland a tariff-free backdoor into the British market. This would wipe out any post-Brexit home market dividend for Northern Ireland farmers.
imbecility, annihilateinsight, decimateludicrousness, destroyinanity, exterminateAll are CorrectOption B
- The truth is that Muslim communities are not afforded the luxury of grieving in peace. To be able to do so would ______________ an intentionally constructed belief that is critical to western states to uphold state surveillance, barbaric immigration policies and the racist governments that are seeing a ______________ across the globe. This is the belief that Muslims are dangerous, undeserving and, ultimately, disposable.
dispose, renaissancereconcile, resurrectiondisrupt, resurgencearrange, renascenceAll are CorrectOption C
- Heading up the march was Nigel Farage, described by an ______________ as a great statesman and fantastic leader. Farage is a man who has seven times failed to be elected to parliament and ______________ and then unresigned as leader of a political party numerous times. So you might say that Farage is a great statesman and a fantastic leader in the same way former footballer Richard Dunne, who holds the record for the most own goals ever scored in the Premier League, was a great marksman and a fantastic finisher.
gaffer, rejectedpate, relinquishedguide, abandonedacolyte, resignedAll are CorrectOption D
- It has been clear for some time now that John Bercow sees himself as a leading protagonist in our political drama, not some bystander. Even before Theresa May’s deal was bogged down in parliamentary trench warfare, the Commons Speaker had styled himself as a warrior on behalf of the legislature, defending it against arrogant ______________ by government. But kicking May’s withdrawal agreement out of the chamber altogether yesterday was a ______________ escalation.
inroads, benevolentincursions, ferociousinvasions, charitableintrusions, sympatheticAll are CorrectOption B
- Rightly John Bercow complains of time wasted, of running down the clock as she tries to crush MPs against the ______________ wall she herself constructed. No 10 was not forewarned of the Speaker’s ruling. Oddly, the Brexiteers were sounding pleased, presuming her deal as it stands can’t pass. They hope that no-deal ______________ – still the legal certainty unless parliament passes something else. But the champion of the house will guarantee that MPs get the chance to stop no-deal dead.
palpable, snubssubstantial, spurnsconcrete, beckonstangible, jarsAll are CorrectOption C
- I don’t give the media much credit for this change, however. I think disabled people themselves have brought it about. Using social media and blogging over the past decade, we’ve built online communities that have enabled us to start taking control of the narratives around our lives. Sex bloggers with disabilities are talking frankly about the challenges – and joys – of sex in their particular bodies: Leandra Vane, who was wrongly told as a young woman that she’d never have sex because of spinal cord issues, writes about ______________ ways of enjoying sex with widespread nerve damage, from “thinking herself off” to kink, and says “visibility is key to bringing about ______________ change”.
numerous, exceptionalmultitude, unusualcountless, extraordinarymyriad, mainstreamAll are CorrectOption D