Direction (1-10): In each question below a sentence is given with three 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 the blanks of the sentence.
- Even now, after all that’s happened over the past few days and with everything to come, Labour politicians and their aides _____________ to one of two excuses for their position on Brexit. The first will come most often from an MP for some kicked-about northern seat. “I voted remain, of course,” they generally begin, “but my constituents wanted Brexit.” And so, despite all misgivings, Brexit they shall have. Soft Brexit, naturally, as soft and as yielding as a _____________ pillow, because our clear-eyed, good-hearted representative looks at the tragedy at Honda and knows they want no more of that – but enough Brexit, they hope, to satisfy the voters’ _____________.
cling, goosedown, appetitecohere, goosedown, revulsionclasp, goosedown, antipathygrasp, goosedown, repugnanceAll are CorrectOption A
- There is a sensible way forward into the two-year _____________ period, and it is called Theresa May’s deal with the EU. But since some 80 Tory fundamentalists will not have it and hold her in an arm-lock, to move forward requires Labour cooperation. EU negotiators are at a loss as to why such cooperation has not been forthcoming. The answer is that Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is as much an anarchist as the Tory fundamentalists. So there is _____________ . Hence the wisdom of delay. A decision has been made to leave the EU. Every bit of evidence, from business and trade to opinion polls and lobbyists, shows a desire to _____________ “frictionless” trade, at least in goods and services, with a future Europe.
conversion, progress, preservetransit, decision, asserttransition, stalemate, maintaintransmutation, furtherance,All are CorrectOption C
- As news breaks of the _____________ high numbers of homeless people arriving in British hospitals with diseases we thought we’d left in the past, such as tuberculosis, there’s yet more soul-searching about what can be done to help. So what do homeless people really need? It sounds _____________ , and obvious, but the answer is: housing. They need homes more than anything else. Rough sleepers especially urgently need a _____________ roof over their head, as of right.
frighteningly, suspicious, consistentalarmingly, shrewd, perpetualscarily, naive, permanentappallingly, cynical, persistentAll are CorrectOption C
- Last week, it was revealed that a 67-year-old man faces deportation to Malaysia because Home Office officials, and a tribunal judge, _____________ to believe he is gay. Yew Fook Sam, known as Sam, came out two years ago and spent 10 months in Harmondsworth _____________ removal centre. He _____________ in the UK in 2005 after his wife found out he had been having sex with ladyboys in Thailand and left him.
refuse, immigration, arriveddecline, penetration, happenedrubbish, decolonization, appearedgarbage, admittance, parvenuAll are CorrectOption A
- Since I stood up to Whale during that unexpected _____________ of an interview last summer, I’ve had to take time out from work and suffered bouts of _____________ and depression for which I’ve had to seek therapy and medication. But I’ve also been contacted by hundreds of people offering support, sharing similar stories of _____________, and expressing concern that this is the level of public discourse we deem acceptable around it.
distort, composure, shieldtwist, anxiety, assaultwrench, serenity, guardspiral, assurance, bastionAll are CorrectOption B
- You’re aged 10 and you’ve never seen anyone like you. You do your best to hide the fact that you’re disabled, taking care to never wear shorts and seeking out boot-cut trousers to slide over your _____________. You think you’ll grow out of your disability, get through it like a growth spurt. When that doesn’t happen you’re devastated. The smell of a hospital is enough to send you into a frenzy of shame. You are 12 and unsure why people on the street – adults, the elderly, fellow children – stare at you so intently. You don’t know why you’re so angry when they _____________ . The odd few brave enough to come up and ask you about your disability make you _____________ and squirm with despair.
clevis, glimpse, cuddleclamp, gleam, gaitshackle, ogle, cuddlecalliper, stare, writheAll are CorrectOption D
- One of the many moral panics of our time is that of “victimhood culture”. Apparently, we are too _____________ of those who can claim victim status, a state especially _____________ among students. The story goes that this has turned us all into eternal babies, coddling us, protecting us from “micro aggressions” and signalling an erosion of individual grit and autonomy in favour of mimsy _____________.
liberal, scarce, praisingbenevolent, bizarre, happylenient, devoid, complacentindulgent, rife, whiningAll are CorrectOption D
- I did it for four years, from 1997 to 2001, and believe that Burke was wrong. Looking back on it, I _____________ that being an MP, like being a soldier, was something that I did not much enjoy doing, but I enjoyed having done. And I found a friendly space in the House of Commons. MPs on all sides _____________ me as an historical oddity rather than a threat to their party system. My parliamentary friends were of the awkward _____________.
considered, ignored, bunchplasm, exacerbated, troopreflected, treated, squadpondered, frantic, brigadeAll are CorrectOption C
- The Conservative party has embraced Brexit as a mythic nativist destiny towards which we must all march loyally. Labour, meanwhile, is in thrall to the old left determinism, in which all the core debates have long since been settled, devotion to the leadership must be absolute, and all that remains is for those who are foolish enough to think otherwise to be _____________ of their false consciousness. For those of us who believe in pluralist politics, it has been a depressing _____________ , a battle between desperate certainties that slide pointlessly over the _____________ , unpredictable reality of 21st-century life.
stripped, spectacle, grittydenuded, disguise, spiritedexposed, sarcasm, spunkystark, farce, farinaceousAll are CorrectOption A
- Though I’m better known as an arts journalist, for most of my career I’ve been a crime reporter. I’ve covered headline-making cases, from the serial killer Levi Bellfield – the subject of ITV’s recent drama Manhunt – to that of Shannon Matthews, whose _____________ was the subject of the BBC drama The Moorside. I’m proud of the careful, responsible reporting of those cases by journalists, and am always _____________ by the _____________ work of police, lawyers and jurors in public courtrooms all over the country.
capture, bored, industriousabduction, inspired, diligentseizure, drab, sedulousabducting, insipid, laboriousAll are CorrectOption B