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.
- The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On, presented by the broadcaster Mobeen Azhar, was an intelligent, subtle _______________ of the impact of the Rushdie affair on Britain’s Muslim communities. Azhar was a child at the time of the fatwa. He _______________ to his Huddersfield primary school, remembering, with a nervous laugh, playground games of “How do we kill Rushdie?” The Satanic Verses was a “spectre” that hung over his life then, he _______________ , and still haunts Muslims.
investigation, abducted, watchedexploration, returned, observedinspection, appropriated, perceivedprospection, captured, noticedAll are CorrectOption B
- The question is not, emphatically, _______________ to the case of the ubiquitous prelate, blogger and speaker, Giles Fraser, although with his recent blog – _______________ women who fail to stay near home for the future convenience of incontinent fathers – he has done more than most to focus attention on the sort of qualities that should, ideally, _______________ a Thought for the Day contributor from, say, Jacob Rees-Mogg.
restrained, comforting, differentiatecircumscribed, commending, recognizerestricted, chastising, distinguishqualified, calming, discriminateAll are CorrectOption C
- Television was a medium that the conductor understood completely. Over the previous years, he had _______________ more than two dozen editions of André Previn’s Music Night, a shiny-floor light entertainment show in which the star guests were the players of the London Symphony Orchestra. Previn was the _______________ ’s chief conductor. Eschewing formal concert dress for open-necked shirts and casual trousers, they performed popular classics _______________ with a light touch by the maestro.
emceed, formidable, insertedherded, exclusive, adopteebilleted, different, presentedhosted, ensemble, introducedAll are CorrectOption D
- Ariana Grande headlining this year’s Manchester Pride _______________ , on the surface, as if it should be a perfect fit. After the _______________ tragedy of the Arena bombing in 2017, the singer has a unique and close connection to the city. She is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, if not the biggest; there are so many numbers on her Spotify or YouTube that they look like the answer to a final-grade University Challenge maths question. She has a back catalogue bursting with _______________ pop hits.
seems, horrendous, irresistibleapparently, pleasant, avoidablelooks, great, escapablecounteracts, tolerable, dowdyAll are CorrectOption A
- There was a time on these temperate islands when freak weather _______________ us with its bouts of exceptional heat, wind, rain or snow. Unless you were at sea in a _______________ , fear was a rare emotion. Even in 1987, when the so-called Great Storm _______________ through southern England and northern France on a night in mid-October, it was possible to be more awed than afraid. Crashing branches and tumbling slates woke people, but when they turned to each other in bed it was to exclaim about the wind’s strength – “Would you just listen to that!” – rather than to see it as a portent of something larger or more terrible.
gutted, cinch, hurledthrilled, gale, hurtledmiserable, unroll, forcedhorrified, aviation, pitchedAll are CorrectOption B
- Islamophobia is not just _______________ in attitudes, it also finds expression in policy. For example, the party _______________ to ignore hate against Muslims in the wider society as well, with its hate crime action plan appearing to have made little progress on issues related to Muslims, quite powerfully demonstrated by the comparatively low funding going to mosques to support security, despite a rise in Islamophobic attacks. There are many who will say this is a clear _______________ of institutional Islamophobia – if not, how could a mayoral campaign built on racist tropes about Muslims have gained the support of the Conservative leadership, not to mention the active participation of Theresa May and David Cameron?
rooted, disappears, presageimplanted, dissipates, portentembedded, appears, indicationenclosed, departs, prognosticAll are CorrectOption C
- Say what you like about Chris Grayling – and I’m about to – but his face at least has the _______________ to “get it”. No matter what bullish self-justification is coming out of the transport secretary’s mouth, the face knows the truth. Look at literally any photo of Chris Grayling – honestly, go to Google Images now – and you will see the eyes of a man whose inner _______________ is telling him, right at that second, that this one was a follow-through. Now it’s just a question of _______________ it out till he’s off-camera.
decorum, conversation, restrainingintegrity, dialogue, barringhonesty, conversation, blockingdecency, monologue, butchingAll are CorrectOption D
- Shall we take a gentle amble down memory lane, a nostalgic trip back to the heady days of the referendum campaign of 2016? So many sweet promises were _______________ into our ear, it can be hard to remember them all. No talk then of shelling out £33m to settle a legal case with Eurotunnel or ferry contracts for companies with no ferries, or spending billions to prepare for the cataclysm of a no-deal departure. No, back then it was all cash bonanzas of £350m a week and _______________ that Brexit would be smooth and seamless – the Europeans needed us more than we needed them, after all – so that, by the time 23 June 2016 _______________ , voting leave seemed like a painless, risk-free option.
murmured, assurances, came aroundwhispered, insecurities, ask aboutmuttered, timidities, come backrippled, dismays, revert toAll are CorrectOption A
- How many things is it possible to be scared of at the same time? I am asking for a friend. Actually for all my friends. Indeed, everyone I ever met. Every day a new horror _______________ . Sunbathing in February? Well, that’s not normal is it? Police tape up again. Another _______________ . Another young woman missing. Then various Apocalypse Now-style scenarios _______________ on Twitter by the minute. Donald Trump excusing more murder and torture. People I admire dying way too young. Bodies in sleeping bags on the street. Camps in China. Kashmir. People shooting at the face of Shamima Begum for fun, and on and on it goes.
ceases, jejune, run downarises, stabbing, played outlounges, blunt, run outreposes, stolid, play roleAll are CorrectOption B
- But the binary way in which her story has been framed – she is either a dangerous public enemy and security risk covered from head to toe in her long black clothing, _______________ demanding to be _______________ to Britain, or she is a helpless victim, tricked into marriage to a man twice her age, rape, three pregnancies, the loss of two babies, post-natal depression and war trauma – is unhelpful. It ignores the fact that sometimes the truth is complex and lies somewhere between the _______________ , and that is having an impact on other Muslim women in Britain.
intrepidly, forge on, mediansbrashly, make a promise, ordinariesaudaciously, taken back, extremesimpertinently, provide support, moderatesAll are CorrectOption C