English Questions: Fill in the Blanks (NEW PATTERN) Set-110

Directions (Q.1-5): The following statements has two blanks which are to be filled with the options given below. Each blank can be filled with more than one option. Find the combination/s which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.

  1. The Barrow venue was __________ to our list. Nuclear submarines keep most of that town in work. The four new ballistic-missile submarines of the Dreadnought class will be built at BAE’s yard there over the next 15 or so years at an estimated cost of £31bn. They will be built with American help and __________ with American Trident missiles; nevertheless they allow the UK government to persist with the expensive notion that it has an independent nuclear deterrent, and guarantee that the UK survives as one of the UN security council’s five permanent members.
    I. furnished
    II. pertinent
    III. relevant
    IV. equipped
    V. apposite

    I-IV
    II-IV
    II-V
    II-III
    None of these
    Option B

     

  2. Even Cameron’s more achievable goals __________ to be eluding him. He still seems to be in his £25,000 shepherd’s hut, writing this wildly called-for book of his, with the publication date now pushed back again to some unspecified date next year. Perhaps the shepherd’s hut could be towed to some remote snowy location, where a captive Cameron would be forced to write the book readers would like to read as opposed to the one he wants to write. It’s only a __________ idea. I think I saw a movie about it once.
    I. appear
    II. distinct
    III. obscure
    IV. emerge
    V. vague

    I-V
    II-IV
    III-V
    IV-I
    None of these
    Option A

     

  3. Every US election, presidential or midterm, is always hailed as the most important of our lifetimes, at least by the candidates stumping for votes. But this time the __________ may actually be justified. The vote that will take place on Tuesday – electing a new House of Representatives, one-third of the Senate and a __________ of governorships – could not be more significant. To Americans, most obviously, but to a watching world too.
    I. denigrate
    II. sprinkle
    III. publicize
    IV. hype
    V. slew

    II-III
    III-IV
    I-IV
    IV-V
    None of these
    Option D

     

  4. You can postpone the choice by __________, but you can’t change it. Europe will never allow us access to the single market without obeying its rules, adjudicated by the European court of justice. Yet Theresa May needs the political __________ room so it appears that we can.
    I. fudge
    II. squirm
    III. evade
    IV. wiggle
    V. understate

    I-IV
    IV-V
    I-V
    III-V
    None of these
    Option A

     

  5. One was a government crackdown on the £100bn of “dirty money” that has been __________ through the UK. The security minister, Ben Wallace, has in his sights the lawyers and accountants, public schools and car washes that __________ from this wrongdoing – and are, he claimed in a Guardian interview, as bad as the criminals themselves.
    I. besmirched
    II. scrubbed
    III. laundered
    IV. facilitate
    V. benefit

    I-III
    I-IV
    III-IV
    IV-V
    None of these
    Option C

     

  6. In the home to the mother of parliaments, it’s easy to feel __________ about the robustness of our democracy. Yet what if it is more __________ than we would like to think? In recent months, a committee of MPs has warned of a “crisis in our democracy”, while the chair of the Electoral Commission has cautioned that the UK faces a “perfect storm” of threats to the integrity of our elections.
    I. conceited
    II. concerned
    III. flimsy
    IV. complacent
    V. fragile

    I-II
    II-III
    II-IV
    IV-V
    None of these
    Option D

     

  7. Britain will, in all likelihood, have already taken the irreversible step of leaving the EU before the results of this investigation into Banks’s alleged criminal wrongdoing are known. And it is a __________ that the Electoral Commission has, more than two years after the __________ took place, only just concluded its inquiry, which only came about as a result of Cadwalladr’s reporting in the first place.
    I. caricature
    II. travesty
    III. election
    IV. solemnity
    V. referendum

    IV-V
    II-V
    III-IV
    I-IV
    None of these
    Option B

     

  8. There has been a complete absence of consequences for those involved, including the cabinet ministers who __________ and sat on the committee that oversaw Vote Leave’s campaign. Both campaigns have treated parliament with __________ and Vote Leave’s former staff have repeatedly refused to co-operate with the Electoral Commission during its inquiries.
    I. mustered
    II. disdain
    III. convened
    IV. esteem
    V. contempt

    I-III
    III-IV
    III-V
    IV-V
    None of these
    Option C

     

  9. This profoundly matters, not just for Brexit, but for the long-term functioning of our democracy. The MPs’ expenses scandal shows what happens when a few individuals start to exploit the rules: it shifts the consensus on what’s considered acceptable so that a few threads __________ loose end up unravelling all the cultural norms that __________ good behaviour.
    I. tugged
    II. pushed
    III. reinforce
    IV. jerked
    V. brace

    II-IV
    II-III
    I-III
    III-V
    None of these
    Option C

     

  10. Opinions are so polarised that concerns over cheating are subsumed into the __________ debate about the path to Brexit and many of those who claim to be committed democrats, including the prime minister and most MPs, shrug when confronted with evidence that something has gone __________ for fear of the fallout. That is a monumental miscalculation. For there are serious consequences to sweeping all this under the carpet.
    I. crooked
    II. acrimonious
    III. caustic
    IV. awry
    V. amicable

    I-V
    II-IV
    IV-V
    I-III
    None of these
    Option B

     


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