English Questions: Fill in the Blanks (NEW PATTERN) Set-109

Directions(1-10): Each sentence below contains 3 blanks followed by 3 words given in a, b, c. You have to choose the sequence in which these words can fill the blanks of the sentence respectively.

  1. Not everyone is of this opinion, of course. In recent years, as Airbnb and other vacation rental platforms such as HomeAway have __________ in popularity, there have been increasing concerns that they are __________ the unaffordable housing crisis. Various studies support this idea, and there is also plenty of anecdata: I have a friend who was just about to sign a lease on an apartment in Brooklyn when the landlord __________ it would be more profitable to turn it into an Airbnb instead.
    a. decided
    b. exploded
    c. exacerbating

    bca
    abc
    cab
    cba
    acb
    Option A

     

  2. Nemitz identifies four bases of digital power which create and then __________ its unhealthy concentration in too few hands: lots of money, which means __________; control of “infrastructures of public discourse”; collection of personal data and profiling of people; and __________ of investment in AI, most of it a “black box” not open to public scrutiny.
    a. reinforce
    b. domination
    c. influence

    bca
    abc
    cab
    cba
    acb
    Option E

     

  3. On giant screens in the European parliament building in Brussels last week, the face of Mark Zuckerberg looked down on the world’s data protection and privacy commissioners assembled there for their annual conference. What he said was cautious and rather __________, but the imagery was __________: a young Big Brother issuing a tailored message to those who administer the laws of many lands. Zuckerberg did not take questions – a Facebook executive in the chamber did, after Zuckerberg faded from the screens into the green and sunny background of his distant __________.
    a. potent
    b. locale
    c. bland

    bca
    abc
    cba
    cab
    acb
    Option D

     

  4. Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton – she of the “I’m with her” slogan – was questioned on whether her husband should have __________ over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. No one was expecting a yes. But this self-professed feminist, the first major-party female candidate for US president, couldn’t even __________ a “no comment”. Instead she defended the indefensible, perpetuating the myth that it’s OK for the most powerful man in the world to accept oral sex from his intern in the Oval Office, because it was “__________”.
    a. rouse
    b. stood down
    c. consensual

    bca
    cab
    bac
    abc
    acb
    Option C

     

  5. Ayear on, there’s already a depressing familiarity to the #MeToo cycle. First comes the revelation. Then days of __________ headlines. Then the moment of reckoning: a powerful man either loses his job. Or he doesn’t. And on we go until it all happens again. When #MeToo first __________, I shared the optimism about its capacity to create change: not just for the victims of the rich and famous, but also for those whose transgressions are never going to be newsworthy. Today I’m much __________.
    a. salacious
    b. exploded
    c. warier

    bca
    abc
    cab
    cba
    acb
    Option B

     

  6. Diaspora Jewish communities understand how __________ our safety feels wherever we find ourselves; centuries of pogroms, assaults and state-sanctioned genocide __________ we’ll never be able to forget. I, and all Jews, look forward to the day we aren’t required to stand outside our communal spaces to keep watch. Until then, we must sadly once again take __________ from the stories of Cable Street – where fascists were pushed back in London in 1936 and where a vigil will be held tonight.
    a. ensure
    b. solace
    c. precarious

    cab
    bca
    abc
    cba
    acb
    Option A

     

  7. Trump’s administration and its supporters have added to the chorus of __________ ideas being spread about George Soros. The Jewish billionaire has long been the target of __________ antisemitic attacks, including those by the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán – the very same Hungarian administration that Conservative party MEPs voted to protect in September this year. It’s surely no __________ that Soros was one of those targeted by pipe bombs earlier this week.
    a. despicable
    b. coincidence
    c. bigoted

    bca
    abc
    cba
    acb
    cab
    Option E

     

  8. As a child, I thought little about the security team __________ outside my north-west London Jewish primary school. I didn’t spend much time asking why there were guards at each entrance to our __________ every Saturday, either. Seeing my mum stood with a walkie-talkie, patrolling the front gates through the classroom window didn’t seem out of the ordinary; my dad leaving the Shabbat service halfway through to stand outside and keep us safe __________ run of the mill.
    a. felt
    b. stationed
    c. synagogue

    cba
    abc
    cab
    bca
    acb
    Option D

     

  9. When the Trussell Trust announced earlier this year that 2017 had seen a new record high in the number of food parcels being __________ at food banks, there came the usual hand-wringing and __________ from the 90-minute socialists among us. And so it was refreshing to hear a more optimistic and uplifting note struck by some enlightened Tories. This wasn’t a cause for __________ and self-flagellation, they said; rather, it was a joyous affirmation of the generosity of spirit that exists in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.
    a. recrimination
    b. outrage
    c. handed out

    bca
    abc
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    acb
    Option C

     

  10. The __________ of the UK royals continues to amaze. At the last count, the Actual Royals Support and Emolument fund, aka the sovereign grant, was supporting about 67 princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses. Very few would qualify under Ballantyne’s “work and pay their way” clause, unless you __________ to the theory that a long honeymoon in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand paid for by someone else __________ as work.
    a. counts
    b. fecundity
    c. subscribe

    abc
    bca
    cab
    cba
    acb
    Option B

     


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