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.
- 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, posteriorflinch, precedentshrink, immediatesquinch, presentedAll are CorrectOption B
- 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, scapegoatsdeceptive, assassinsfraudulent, enforcersfallacious, droppersAll are CorrectOption A
- 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, inwardlysalute, obscurelyconflagration, assuredlybonfire, ostensiblyAll are CorrectOption D
- 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, reliablecompulsory, believablemandatory, iffyimperious, achieveAll are CorrectOption C
- 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, secretivealight, sausagesdescend, evasiveilluminated, circuitousAll are CorrectOption B
exceedtrackclotcossetAll are CorrectOption B
dictatederasedrecordedabideAll are CorrectOption C
fastidiousdaintyscrupuloussqueamishAll are CorrectOption E
dolloptorrentdrudgeadmitAll are CorrectOption A
amateurcuratenovicedabblerAll are CorrectOption B
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.