English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 136

Directions(1-10): A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits in the blank making the sentence grammatically correct and meaningful.

  1. Its function is to give news and to expose malpractice or __________ dealing where it exists.
    Manifest
    Covert
    Perceptible
    Glorious
    Magnificent
    Option B
    ‘Covert’ meaning ‘not openly acknowledged or displayed’ is the apt fit for the blank.
    Manifest: clear or obvious to the eye or mind
    Perceptible: (especially of a slight movement or change of state) able to be seen or noticed
    Glorious: having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration
    Magnificent: extremely beautiful, elaborate, or impressive

     

  2. He continued to wrest the lands from the Greeks which their _________ arms were no longer able to defend.
    explosive
    volatile
    tumultuous
    gregarious
    feeble
    Option E
    feeble means ‘lacking physical strength, especially as a result of age or illness’
    Explosive: able or likely to shatter violently or burst apart
    Volatile: (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures
    Tumultuous: making an uproar or loud, confused noise
    Gregarious: (of a person) fond of company; sociable

     

  3. He was not only without political or military capacity but was so __________ that he could not keep a secret.
    garrulous
    affable
    taciturn
    secretive
    pretentious
    Option A
    ‘garrulous’ means ‘excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters’ .
    Affable: friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to
    Taciturn: (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
    Secretive: (of a person or an organization) inclined to conceal feelings and intentions or not to disclose information
    Pretentious: attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed

     

  4. He was ___________ enough to deliver up that minister into the hands of his enemies.
    tenacious
    tremendous
    victorious
    cowardly
    happy
    Option D
    ‘cowardly’ means ‘lacking courage’

     

  5. The contrast is marked by the humour which seems to combine a cynical view of human folly with a deeply __________ sense of the sadness and suffering of life.
    hillarious
    witty
    pathetic
    jocular
    facetious
    Option C
    ‘pathetic’ means ‘arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness’

     

  6. While teaching family law, the professor witnessed the ____________ of my students when they realised how unfair all personal laws are to women — be it Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Parsi.
    clutter
    dismay
    serendipity
    sanguine
    arrear
    Option B
    ‘dismay’ means Causing distress or concern.

     

  7. Meanwhile, job creation will depend on the resurgence of industrial production, continuing growth of exports and an agricultural _________.
    Revival
    Inevitability
    Rearing
    Fostering
    Rehabilitation
    Option A

     

  8. With the Indian cricket team’s captain striding on to the world stage as the face of country, the profile of the coach remained less visible as the ____________ of the national team.
    Alderman
    Fenman
    Layman
    Leman
    Helmsman
    Option E
    Helmsman means one who steers/guides the ship.

     

  9. While it might be difficult to choose, “Beloved” remains one of Toni Morrison’s most __________ works, which won her the Pulitzer and a clutch of other awards.
    ephemeral
    enduring
    rendition
    waging
    stalking
    Option B

     

  10. Given that the opinions climate proxies people have are so varied, it has often been questioned whether they can be used by various __________ in the field of climate change.
    stakeholders
    conglomeration
    council
    symposium
    porters
    Option A
    Stakeholder refers to a person with an interest or concern in something.

     

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