English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 145

Directions(1-5): A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits the blank.

  1. You should not try to _______ your children for not studying properly.
    Domineering
    Browbeat
    Bluster
    Bemean
    None of these
    Option B
    Browbeat (verb)– intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words
    Domineer- assert one’s will over another in an arrogant way
    Extend- cause to cover a wider area; make larger
    Bemoan- express discontent or sorrow over (something)

     

  2. Carmen grabbed a _________of wood from the box and jerked the stove door open.
    Tumult
    Chunk
    Retracted
    Uproar
    None of these
    Option B
    Chunk (noun) –a thick, solid piece of something

     

  3. You will miss a great opportunity if you ________ instead of accepting the job offer!
    Vacillate
    Foment
    Trite
    Befuddled
    None of these
    Option A
    Vacillate– waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive
    Foment- instigate or stir up
    Trite- dull on account of overuse
    Befuddle- cause to become unable to think clearly

     

  4. The soldiers __________ their equipment with branches and leaves.
    Moribund
    Accessed
    Camouflaged
    Increased
    None of these
    Option C
    Camouflage – noun – a means or attempt to conceal something
    Moribund- (of a person) at the point of death

     

  5. My friend, Rima, is so _________ in her talks that no one is able to guess her age.
    Upswing
    Stipulation
    Precocious
    Homage
    None of these
    Option C
    Precocious – having mature qualities at an unusually early age
    Upswing- an increase in strength or quantity; an upward trend
    Stipulation- a condition or requirement that is specified or demanded as part of an agreement
    Homage- special honour or respect shown publicly.

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the given question, a statement with a blank has been given, followed by three word out of which more than one can complete the sentence grammatically and contextually. Find the word (s) which can fill the blank and choose the option accordingly.

  7. The party’s ________________ were based on prejudice rather than on any coherent ideology.
    I. Basis
    II. Policies
    III. Founders
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option B
    The blank requires a plural noun as it followed by ‘were’. ‘Basis’ is singular. So, option I is wrong.
    Founders refer to the people who established the party. People can’t be based on something. So, option III is also wrong. Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

  8. The book is hard to obtain, because of ________________ demand following the author’s appearance on TV.
    I. Excess
    II. Access
    III. Assess
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option A
    The blank requires an adjective. ‘Access’ and ‘assess’ are verbs and ‘excess’ is an adjective. Hence, the correct answer is A.

     

  9. The company’s spending has also ________________ following the launch of a new Sunday magazine.
    I. Risen
    II. Made
    III. Decreased
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option D
    Here, ‘spending’ is used as a gerund. The verb in the blank must suitable for this gerund. ‘Spending’ cannot be made. It can, however, rise or decrease. Hence, the correct answer is D.

     

  10. Lewis was annoyed that Adam did not show ________________ respect and deference to him.
    I. Multiple
    II. Enough
    III. Least
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option B
    ‘Multiple’ is used for countable nouns. ‘Respect’ is not countable. Option I is wrong.
    People don’t get annoyed when they are not least respected. So, option II is also wrong.
    Hence, the correct answer is B.

     

  11. The novel’s early readers were understandably annoyed at having their narrative expectations constantly ________________.
    I. Validate
    II. Disappointing
    III. Thwarted
    Only I
    Only II
    Only III
    Both I & II
    Both I & III
    Option C
    The tense of the sentence is simple past tense and thus the verb in the blank should also be in simple past. Hence, the correct answer is C.

     

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