English Test for IBPS Clerk 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 05

Direction (1-5): In each question below a sentence is given with two 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 both the blanks of the sentence.

  1. The alternative is to hold out for something better at the risk of getting something worse. Here the pro-European camp splits. On one side are those who say the only way to avoid the pointless cost of Brexit is by calling it off, which requires another referendum. On the other side are those who see the social impact of a referendum as costlier than the economic hit of an orderly Brexit. They ____________ at the thought of a campaign that, judging by recent ____________ , would be neither civil, nor decisive.
    wince, posterior
    flinch, precedent
    shrink, immediate
    squinch, presented
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  2. They long ago renounced ownership of any practical Brexit outcome. It was never their intention to preside over the enactment of their ____________ campaigns and it is not their intention to lay down arms once the UK is out of the EU. They look forward to the day when May’s model has failed so they can steer the ensuing grievance towards ____________ closer to home than Brussels.
    mendacious, scapegoats
    deceptive, assassins
    fraudulent, enforcers
    fallacious, droppers
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  3. It makes so much sense. What’s more British than ____________ night? Nothing, that’s what. It’s a glorious – and gloriously British – celebration of everything this country holds dear. It’s a chance for us to wrap up warm, huddle together, eat disappointing food and watch something ____________ fun that’s never quite as good as it’s supposed to be.
    inferno, inwardly
    salute, obscurely
    conflagration, assuredly
    bonfire, ostensibly
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  4. It’s historically an aggressively Protestant celebration – the Observance of 5 November Act 1605, enforced with ____________ attendance of a church service for 250 years, required the reading of a text about “malignant and devilish Papists, Jesuits, and Seminary Priests” – and, to this day, it inspires behaviour that we could probably do without. Burning effigies of public hate figures is always a bit ____________ , and the less said about the blacked-up children of Lewes the better.
    requisite, reliable
    compulsory, believable
    mandatory, iffy
    imperious, achieve
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  5. It leaves it as a toothless holiday stripped of visual interest and historical context. It leaves it as a holiday where people just pile up a load of wood and set it ____________ while eating half-raw ____________ off a stick. And, sure, that might not sound like very much to you, but it’d be a day off work, OK? Are you too good for a day off? You make me sick.
    ablaze, secretive
    alight, sausages
    descend, evasive
    illuminated, circuitous
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the passage given below there are 10 blanks. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C), and (D). You have to tell which word is APPROPRIATE according to the context. If all are appropriate then mark your answer as “E”.

    I had just turned 11 when Salt-N-Pepa released a ___6___ that made my ears burn on first hearing: “Let’s talk about sex baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about SEX.” It was quickly ___7___ on to a cassette and listened to surreptitiously. God forbid my parents should hear and think I wanted to talk about sex with them. But of course, as a preteen and then teenager, it was a conversation I did want to have. One I hoped would make me feel normal amid the swirl of overwhelming hormones. My parents were, for their part, ordinary in their attitude towards “the talk”. They could be best described as ___8___, preferring to be vague on details but with a huge ___9___ of fear because … PREGNANCY. They were, and are, not alone. Ineptitude sits close to denial; both act as effective weapons for those who’d rather shirk a tricky responsibility. On this matter our schools have proved no different. Deemed best placed to ___10___ discussions around sex, they have done so with an incompetence that has left young people unable to talk about the good and bad of s-e-x.

  7. exceed
    track
    clot
    cosset
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  8. dictated
    erased
    recorded
    abide
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  9. fastidious
    dainty
    scrupulous
    squeamish
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  10. dollop
    torrent
    drudge
    admit
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  11. amateur
    curate
    novice
    dabbler
    All are Correct
    Option B

     


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