English: Sentence Fillers — Set 57 (IBPS PO 2017 Pattern)

Directions: In each question a sentence is given followed by a blank. Each blank is followed by three options and you have to determine which option can be used in place of blank to make it a meaningful sentence and mark it as your answer.

  1. If one word could best describe a man, then for Atal Bihari Vajpayee that would have to be compromise. ______________________, Vajpayee was equally the consensus-seeker and the alliance-builder who could traverse ideological divides and overcome political animosities with a skill set that was a throwback to the Nehruvian era. A brilliant parliamentarian and a shrewd politician who could demolish political opponents with his acerbic wit, Vajpayee was also the elder statesman who was never afraid to reach out and make peace with India’s neighbours.
    a. Once the contender
    b. Sporadically the maverick
    c. Ever the contrarian

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  2. In the midst of the ______________________ over Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s presence at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, there have been more substantive exchanges between New Delhi and Islamabad. In his first statement after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party, Mr. Khan singled out India as a foreign policy relationship he hoped to work on, offering to walk “two steps for every one step” that India took.
    a. fatuous squabble
    b. inane controversy
    c. asinine consistency

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  3. The Supreme Court’s order to seal and close 27 resorts operating in corridors used by elephants in the Nilgiris is a necessary step to __________________________ of these spaces. Weak regulation of ecotourism is severely impacting important habitats, and affecting animals that have large home ranges, like elephants. Fragmentation of forests makes it all the more important to preserve migratory corridors. The movement of elephants is essential to ensure that their populations are genetically viable, and help regenerate forests on which other species, including tigers, depend.
    a. restore the ecology
    b. revive the habitat
    c. recover the surroundings

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  4. Negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, among 16 Asian and Pacific Ocean countries, have entered a decisive phase. Most potential member-countries of the grouping, that comprises the 10 ASEAN members and their Free Trade Agreement partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea, would like to see a “_______________________” on the trade deal by the end of this year. At a meeting in Singapore, which is driving the effort as the current ASEAN chair, countries which still have issues with the outline of the agreements reached so far may be told politely to step aside and allow a smaller group to go ahead with finalising the RCEP, with the option to join it at a later date.
    a. significant chaos
    b. substantive agreement
    c. indispensable debate

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  5. The Iraqi Supreme Court’s ratification of the results of the May 12 parliamentary election has _________________________ for government formation. After claims of widespread irregularities during voting, Iraqi lawmakers had ordered a recount. The only change after the recount is that the Al-Fatah bloc, which had come second with 47 seats, now has 48, gaining one from the Baghdad Coalition. The Sairoon Alliance led by firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr remains the largest bloc with 54 seats, while incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Victory Alliance has 42.
    a. put on
    b. set the stage
    c. get started

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  6. Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat’s view that it is not possible to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies soon is a __________________________ of the humongous task ahead of the Election Commission before it can embark on such an ambitious venture. Mr. Rawat has, in particular, ruled out the possibility of holding elections to the Lok Sabha this December along with polls to the Assemblies of four States.
    a. pragmatic amnesty
    b. realistic assessment
    c. reasonable appraisal

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  7. As part of its “zero-tolerance” approach to dealing with undocumented migrants, the Donald Trump administration in the U.S. has been separating parents and children within migrating families, leading to outrage _________________________ of minors lodged in foster care. Reports suggest that between October 2017 and May 2018 at least 1,995 children were separated from their parents, with a significant majority of the instances between April 18 and May 31.
    a. over the burgeoning number
    b. through the dwindling number
    c. beyond the regressive number

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  8. With Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his main challenger Prabowo Subianto announcing their running mates for the April 2019 election, the stage is set for an extended campaign. These will be the fourth direct presidential elections since the end in 1998 of the three-decade-long military-backed dictatorship of Suharto. Both candidates are expected to unveil their road maps to give a boost to job-creation and reduce inequality in the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Equally, in a country with the largest Muslim population and also one whose population is extremely diverse, the two campaigns are shining a light on the larger _________________________.
    a. coast for diversity
    b. strive for multiracialism .
    c. struggle for pluralism

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  9. The unprecedented deluge in Kerala unleashed by heavy rain, overflowing rivers, brimming dams and massive landslips has overwhelmed the State government and rescue agencies, as they struggle to make a complete assessment of the devastation. More than 160 people have died since August 8, and several are missing. The State government faces the challenging task of rescuing people who are ___________________________ houses in several districts and providing them food and water until the teams get to them. About 2,23,000 people had been moved to more than 1,500 relief camps as of Friday, with more waiting to join.
    a. aground in comprehensive
    b. stranded in outlying
    c. marooned in far-flung

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  10. The Asian Games begin in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday, providing Indian sport a _____________________ to prove its composite progress at the global level. While confined to competition from within Asia, the Asiad is keenly contested, involving some of the best sportspersons in their respective disciplines. China continues to be the behemoth, and it is a pointer to its overall excellence that having finished at the top of the table in the last edition, in 2014, at South Korea’s Incheon, it also secured the third highest number of gold medals in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
    a. invigorating threat
    b. bracing opportunity
    c. exhilarating hitch

    Both a & b
    Both b & c
    Both c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option D

     


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