English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 86

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. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), data were received from the __________________ till shortly after midnight on August 29. About an hour later, all communications __________________ abruptly. Without these radio links, controlling the spacecraft and getting data from it became impossible. Such an end was, in fact, expected.
    examine, desisted
    probe, ceased
    investigate, relinquished
    search, perished
    All are Correct
    Option E


  2. The government has sought an urgent review, in an attempt to __________________ the __________________ that its own stand was responsible for the Division Bench laying down fresh guidelines on handling complaints under the Act.
    scatter, craziness
    dissipate, astonishment
    dispel, impression
    crumble, baloney
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. In recent years, Egypt has also joined the blockade, practically cutting off the strip from the rest of the world. The flow of both goods and people into and out of Gaza is heavily __________________ . Life has become miserable under these conditions, and it is not an __________________ when the territory is called one big open-air prison.
    circumscribed, embellishment
    confined, overestimation
    restrained, aggrandizement
    restricted, exaggeration
    All are Correct
    Option E


  4. On the first two days of the e-way system, which included a Sunday, 5.5 lakh e-way bills were __________________ , and the GST Network has said that the system is now__________________ to cope with a much higher capacity.
    eradicated, harnessed
    exterminated, tackled
    generated, geared
    extirpated, adapted
    All are Correct
    Option C


  5. The ground station lost track of the satellite on March 31, when it was on course for the final firing. Understanding why this happened is __________________ . A launch operation can be simplified into the initial three stages, during which the satellite is __________________ to different heights by the launch vehicle and then placed in a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
    trivial, elevated
    crucial, boosted
    additional, augmented
    peripheral, aggrandized
    All are Correct
    Option B


  6. While Tamil Nadu has moved the court to initiate __________________ proceedings against the Centre for not complying with the direction to frame a scheme to implement the water-sharing arrangement set out in the February 16 judgment, the Centre has __________________ three more months and some clarifications in the court order.
    contempt, sought
    derision, achieved
    mockery, shunned
    sarcasm, answered
    All are Correct
    Option A


  7. Given the military __________________ against the 2011 upsurge in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade __________________ , a genuinely popular exercise of the ballot was never on the cards.
    response, ground
    reaction, sovereignty
    repercussion, hegemony
    backlash, dictatorship
    All are Correct
    Option D


  8. The Ministry of Human Resource Development failed to __________________ top priority to secrecy and integrity of the process, considering that its standard operating procedure was easily __________________ , and the questions were circulated on instant messaging platforms. Yet, the problem is not new.
    allot, blocked
    appoint, accorded
    assign, breached
    apportion, honored
    All are Correct
    Option C


  9. The two-stage launcher carried the 100-kg Science and Technology Satellite-2 to a height over 300 km. But the mission failed after the heat__________________ , which protects the satellite during the rocket’s rapid __________________ , did not separate and fall away as planned.
    assault, ascension
    shield, ascent
    strike, upgrade
    rush, raise
    All are Correct
    Option B


  10. The appearance of team play was __________________ after the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud broke in mid-February. The PNB fraud has variously been __________________ as having been in operation since 2011, perhaps even earlier.
    shattered, placed
    smashed, changed
    crushed, divested
    busted, toppled
    All are Correct


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