Directions(1-10): In each of the following questions a passage is given in which there is a blank. Choose the most logical and appropriate option from the five options given that can be filled in the blank.
- Sexual assault denies a victim her voice, the right to say no and have it mean anything. Your account of his hand clamped over your mouth _______________________. A society that then refuses to hear a survivor, that denies her the ability to testify to her own experience, that creates a pervasive hostility that prevents victims from coming forward, erases her and them and us again. But on Thursday you had a voice that rang out across the world, and you used it to defend this country against a man not just unfit to be a judge but antithetical to what a judge should be: honest, reliable, calm, evenhanded, respectful of the rights of others. Your voice may have shaken, but your truth went marching on.
denies her the ability to testify to her own experiencemakes this experience of being silenced a direct assaultprompted a searching national conversation about sexual harassment that was desperately neededa vast collective conversation about workplace harassment opened upNone of theseOption B
- The history of Northern Ireland is a battleground almost as bloody as the events it disputes. Lloyd George, _____________________, defended it as the best of a very bad job dating back to the rejection by the Conservative party of Gladstone’s 1886 bill that would have given home rule to Ireland as a whole. That was followed by a revolt against any future home rule settlement by Ulster’s Orange movement, cynically and treacherously manipulated by Tory leaders from Lord Salisbury to Bonar Law.
who did the ultimate partition deal in a coalition with the Torieswas when the full constitutional revolution in Ireland took placeled ultimately to the civil rights protests of the 1960s and a collapse into violence and terrorismrevolt in Ulster against the elected Liberal government to stop home rule before the first world warNone of theseOption A
- And there we have it: the Nobel science prizes are done for another year. Yes, the awards come in for a lot of stick, and much of it is justified. But ________________________. On Monday, we saw the medicine prize awarded for checkpoint inhibitors, the radical new drugs that help direct the full force of the immune system on to cancer. On Tuesday, the physics prize went to the sci-fi technology of optical tweezers, which allow researchers to hold live bacteria in beams of light.
only the fifth woman to win the chemistry prize; and Arthur Ashkin, aged 96, became the oldest person to receive any Nobel prizetoday, of course, the chemistry prize went for the transformational methods of directed evolution and phage displaythey do force us to stand back and look at what scientists and engineers have achievedthe development of intense, ultrashort laser pulses, now used in corrective eye surgery millions of times a yearNone of theseOption C
- Future history students will enjoy speculating about the Brexit deal (or no deal) and _______________________. However, these studies are unlikely to consider the impact of the time and energy lost to discussions and discord on Brexit over the past two years.
some care providers are leaving public provisionto be cared for and to die in their own homes. The simple truth is that at presenta mention of it yesterday by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, there is no set date for it to be publishedwhat might have happened if this historic agreement had concluded differentlyNone of theseOption D
- The south London borough, which changed Black History Month to “Diversity Month” some time ago, said: “We are proud to celebrate the historical achievements and __________________________ and who all contribute so much to life in our city.”
wouldn’t expect Chinese New Year to be rebranded as “Asian New Year” or change Gay Pride to “Everyone be Happy Day”successes of all the diverse communities that make up our borougheducation would look at history from a worldview with lots of different narratives presentedto be found at events run by the rightwing thinktanks Taxpayers’ Alliance or Adam Smith InstituteNone of theseOption B
- At the Tory conference in Birmingham this week there is a large crowd of young people the likes of whom are rarely spotted. In a central hotel one suited bunch could be seen studiously avoiding eye contact with a group of rowdy cheerleaders of around the same age. Another _________________________, singing ABBA songs together.
have tended to end quickly, and in embarrassmenthave made great efforts to attract young people, hoping for a Momentum-like movement to inject energy into the party and inspire young voterscould be seen striding sober and immaculate through the city centre at 1amhave the most recognisable dress sense: bow ties, signet rings, three-piece suitsNone of theseOption C
- What kind of people would you expect the newspapers to interview most? Those with the most to say, perhaps, or maybe those with the richest and weirdest experiences. Might it be philosophers, or detectives, or doctors working in war zones, refugees, polar scientists, street children, firefighters, base jumpers, activists, writers or free divers? No. It’s actors. I haven’t conducted an empirical study, but I would guess that between a third and _____________________ and speaking someone else’s words.
could be filed as “those who serve the wealthy”: restaurateurs, haute couturists, interior designers and the like, lionised and thrust into our faces as if we were their prospective clients#MeToo movement is widely assumed to have begun a year ago, with Weinstein’s accusersof the way the media works. Its problem runs deeper than fake newsa half of the major interviews in the newspapers feature people who make their living by adopting someone else’s personaNone of theseOption D
- Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan campaigned for four years ____________________. On Tuesday, the government confirmed that the wait was over. Social media has been bursting with congratulatory tweets (“will you not marry me?”) and couples are arranging dates and parties and crying with happiness because, finally, they can have what they want.
the same human rights as our mixed-sex friends who could, if they choseto have civil partnerships recognised for mixed-sex coupleswhich was no more than us gays adding our names to a register to confirm that we were in a same-sex relationshipwe smashed a glass, lit a candle and had the entire room chantingNone of theseOption B
- I believe Dr Christine Blasey Ford. I found her testimony of a violent sexual assault by supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh powerful and convincing, as did many, many others ____________________. Even Donald Trump said at the time: “I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman.”
echoing a question Ford was asked by the committeewe see him imitating her inability to remember certain details from the events of that night 40 years agowho watched her give evidence before the Senate committee last weekcould start rounding women up in the manner of Gilead and I would be frightened and furiousNone of theseOption C
- Too late to persuade the voters? Quite possibly. Certainly a huge fiscal gamble, since the public finances post-Brexit may make any such promise redundant all too quickly. But the prime minister could not have been clearer in her signal that _______________________ – in principle at least.
one-nation Tories should gather under his newly raised “big tent”the launch of the government’s general election campaign for 2022the fiscal conservatism of the Cameron-Osborne era is no longer to be the main pillar of Conservative economic policyher disclosure that “there is a whole world out there” was drowned out by the sound of the drawbridge being pulled upNone of theseOption C